Kevin Smith‘s Tusk is a prime example of a filmmaker in the midst of reinvention. Every since the disaster that was Cop Out, Smith has been on a quest to become a new director. First he shunned Hollywood and self-distributed Red State, a welcome departure from his off-the-wall comedies of the past. Now he’s delving deep into horror with Tusk, the story of a man named Howard (Michael Parks) who kidnaps a podcaster named Wallace (Justin Long) and attempts to turn him into a Walrus.
Much like Smith’s up-and-down career path, Tusk has a fascinating trajectory. Everything starts off well with the director slowly but surely building a very specific, intriguing and foreboding tone. Even as the story begins to border on the ridiculous and the gore gets exponentially more intense, we buy it because the film has won us over with its sharp writing, well-timed humor, inventive plot and layered storytelling.
Unfortunately, about two-thirds into the movie, Smith apparently saw some brake lights in front of him because the film comes to a screeching halt. It stops being fun so suddenly and so painfully it’s almost unfathomable. Things never quite recover from that narrative roadblock and, by the end, it all feels arbitrary and amateurish. Read More »
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I literally just walked out of a screening of Force Majeure at Fantastic Fest 2014 and had to let you know about it. Thankfully for me, a new poster and trailer came out earlier this week.
Directed by Ruben Östlund, the film follows a family who are on a ski vacation. When an avalanche unexpectedly hits, everyone is forced into a life or death situation where they’ll reveal their true colors. In one case, they aren’t what they expect. That might sounds like the set up to some kind of horror movie, but Force Majeure walks an absolute stellar tightrope of tone, seamlessly going from uncomfortable to funny, then tense and human. It’s poignant, it’s hilarious, it’s beautifully shot and it’s totally unexpected. The film won a special award at Cannes earlier this year and has been slaying the festival crowd, myself included. Below what the latest Force Majeure trailer and see the new poster. Read More »
At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.
Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.
So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.
Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »
Buried in the huge news of 20th Century Fox dating the Deadpool movie was info about the studio also making a few other significant changes to their schedule. The biggest is that Assassin’s Creed, thevideo game adaptation starring Michael Fassbender, has been moved off its August 2015 release date and given a frightening “To Be Determined” release slot. That’s to be expected, however, as filming hadn’t started yet but not slotting it into a new slot is a tad worrisome.
The other news is Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four has moved back a few weeks. Originally slated for a June 19, 2015 release date, it’s now going to come out August 7, 2015. A small, but important, few weeks. Below read more about the Fantastic Four and Assassins Creed release dates. Read More »
Why are grey little blobs like the Minions from Despicable Me running for their lives? You’ll have to watch the new sci-fi short film, It’s Payback Time, to find out. In this animated film, a seemingly simple alien world has found itself in the midst of a terrible outbreak. A destructive blue substance is taking over and there doesn’t seem to be a way out. However, in the tight, action-packed two minute film, you’ll get a great, uplifting twist you don’t see coming. Check out It’s Payback Time below. Read More »
We’ve officially reached a new level of geekdom. It used to be, when you were a fan of a movie something, you just saw it a few times in theaters. Then maybe you bought some merchandise. Hung a poster on your wall. Then you started going to conventions. Dressing up. Maybe you took it up a notch with a tattoo or naming your child after a character. That was pretty much as crazy as things could get.
Last week though, Chinese scientists took things to another level. They found fossils to a new dinosaur species and named it after a creature in James Cameron‘s Avatar. Below read more about, and see photos of, the Avatar dinosaur. Read More »
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In the mood to watch two aliens and a human verbally eviscerate some of the worst movies of all time? Yes, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is now available to stream online. Vimeo recently uploaded 80 episodes of the hilarious show and the company is still working on clearing rights for the remaining episodes to bring them online, too. Read more about Mystery Science Theater 3000 streaming below. Read More »