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3:00 PM on 03.12.2014

SXSW Review: Open Windows

Open Windows was the first film I saw during SXSW 2014. I've never covered the festival before, so I had no idea what kind of features I'd end up exposing myself to. Going in I was awkward, tense, but mostly curious. As the f...

Nick Valdez


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8:00 AM on 12.17.2013

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises gets English voice cast

Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises (which could very well be his final film before retirement) has been inching closer and closer to a domestic release after it's fly through Japan. Shortly after getting the first US trailer for...

Nick Valdez



Trick or Treat: The Faculty photo
Trick or Treat: The Faculty
by Sean Walsh

Hey guys, it's October! You know what that means: Halloween is right around the corner! As such, we will be bringing you some of our favorite horror film suggestions, in the hopes that they will lead to some sleepless nights. This is...Trick or Treat!

The Faculty is one of those movies that is just chock full of goodness. Written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson and directed by the legendary Robert Rodriguez, it's a sci-fi body snatcher movie that takes place in a 90's high school full of attractive students like Usher.

It's got a stellar cast (Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Famke Janssen, Salma Hayek, Christopher McDonald, Robert Patrick, and Jon Stewart, among others), wonderful 90's high school cliches, wonderfully cheesy lines, and a really awesome final battle.

There's really nothing to not like about The Faculty. It's a great example of 90's sci-fi and it's stupid fun. And Usher's in it!

Watch it on Instant Queue!

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3:00 PM on 09.13.2013

Trailer for Open Windows with Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey

A trailer has finally surfaced for Open Windows, the new film from Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) starring Elijah Wood and former porn starlet Sasha Grey. It brings together celebrity voyeurism, webcams and p...

Hubert Vigilla



Review: Maniac photo
Review: Maniac
by Hubert Vigilla

Last year I reviewed a Romanian film called Best Intentions (Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii). In that film, director Adrian Sitaru told much of the story from the point of view of side characters. The problem was that he treated POV simply as a technical matter. POV is about how we see objects, but it's also about the different ways that people perceive and interpret the world -- it's about opinions and values, not just camera placement. Rather than dealing with POV from a character perspective, Sitaru reduced his characters to mere tripods, and the formal decision fell apart for me because it didn't really inform or affect the story he was telling.

I couldn't stop thinking about Best Intentions as I watched Franck Khalfoun's remake of Maniac. The film is told almost entirely from the POV of Elijah Wood's murderous lead character, and I think it's a generally effective play with the form even if it doesn't always work. What's interesting is the way the POV in Maniac functions both as an exploration of character as well as a commentary on being a viewer.

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1:00 PM on 02.14.2013

Trailer: Maniac (UK)

Valentine's Day can be a lonely time for many people. Maybe no one knows that better than Elijah Wood's character in Franck Khalfoun's remake of Maniac. In this UK trailer for the film, we get a glimpse into his life as a si...

Hubert Vigilla

12:00 PM on 12.28.2012

The first six minutes of Maniac starring Elijah Wood

Here are the first six minutes to Franck Khalfoun's remake of Maniac, starring Elijah Wood. Our own Nick Valdez hasn't seen the clip but asked if Wood is dancing like he's never danced before. Well, if by "dancing" you mean ...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 11.06.2012

International Trailer: Maniac (NSFW)

Just to reiterate the warning, this trailer is NSFW and I have also been told it spoils some of the film's best scenes by just throwing them right into your face, so if you want to see it with innocent eyes I suggest you mov...

Thor Latham

4:00 PM on 05.25.2012

Red Band Trailer: Maniac

We posted a truncated, crap quality version of this trailer last week, and let me tell you something, after watching the full, heavily NSFW trailer you see above, I am definitely intrigued by this remake of Maniac ...

Alex Katz

10:00 AM on 05.17.2012

Trailer: Maniac

Here's a little tease of the forthcoming remake of Maniac, directed by Franck Khalfoun and starring Elijah Wood. (Alexandre Aja is also a co-writer and producer on the film.) It's NSFW due to some nudity, but giving it a wat...

Hubert Vigilla

10:00 AM on 05.11.2012

Elijah Wood gets maniacal in the Maniac remake

You may remember some news from last year that Elijah Wood was starring in a remake of Maniac, the 1980 gorefest from William Lustig. We also brought you set photos from the Maniac remake, with Wood getting maniac-y. Now the ...

Hubert Vigilla





3:00 PM on 05.02.2012

I think it was called "The Piano That Couldn't Slow Down"

Pop quiz, hot shot. There's a bomb in a grand piano. If the concert pianist goes below an allegro, the bomb explodes. What do you do? Elijah Wood has reportedly signed onto star in a new thriller from writer Damien Chazelle a...

Cecilia Razak

11:00 AM on 11.07.2011

Elijah Wood is the lead in the remake of Maniac

A casting choice so crazy it just might work, Elijah Wood is set to star in a remake of the grim slasher/serial killer movie Maniac. French actress Nora Arnezeder will co-star as the object of his depraved desires. The s...

Hubert Vigilla