It’s rare that we can point to one specific point in time where media really changed; the way we communicate is a flow of evolution rather than a series of specific formative events. But there are some cases where we really can say “it all began here.” One point in time is the set of debates between William F. Buckley, Jr. and Gore Vidal, organized by ABC in 1968 as the network’s coverage of the Republican and Democrat national conventions.
Each man was known and notorious for his own reasons. Each was blessed with dextrous verbal wit. And each hated the other, viciously. Pairing them for televised political debates was genius, and their verbal sparring nearly spilled over into physical combat.
Best of Enemies is a wonderful documentary that chronicles not just their debates, but the ways in which the event set a template for so much of the television we’re familiar with now. Check out the Best of Enemies trailer below. Read More »
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We’ve all seen the “dog returns home” story, and most of us have seen animal kingdom films like Watership Down, in which we’re given a window on all-animal societies. White God appears to be akin to those sorts of stories, but with ain influence of politically minded speculative fiction as seen in films such as the recent Planet of the Apes movies. In the film from director Kornél Mundruczó, a girl is separated from her only friend, a proud mutt, with the dog abandoned by the girl’s father. But the dog doesn’t just go home alone; he becomes the leader of an army of similarly cast-off pups. The film has earned heaps of praise at festivals, and the White God trailer is awesome. Watch below. Read More »
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think a historical drama starring a white-hot Oscar nominee and an even hotter Oscar winner would have no trouble getting released in the U.S. But in the case of Susanne Bier‘s Serena, you’d be wrong.
The Jennifer Lawrence / Bradley Cooper pic started shooting all the way back in 2012 and has only now found an American distributor, who plans to dump the movie in early 2015. Ouch. Hit the jump for more Serena US release details.
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The best thing about the ABC’s of Death franchise is they have 26 chances to get it right. Twenty-six short films, combined into one, offering up the most brutal, disgusting, disturbing or hilarious methods of death imaginable directed by a laundry list of talented directors. If you don’t like one letter, there are plenty more to go and even if one or two really stick with you, the film has done its job.
The sequel ABC’s of Death 2 comes to iTunes and On Demand October 2 before hitting theaters October 31. Directors such as Alejandro Brugues, Bill Plympton, Larry Fessenden, Rodney Ascher and Vincenzo Natali are just a few of the filmmakers who are part of the fun this time around and a brand new red-band trailer is out, showcasing their madness. This is as red-band as red-band gets, with some absolutely stomach churning violence. It’s not safe for work, but it’s a lot of fun if you like this sort of thing. Check out the new ABCs of Death 2 Red Band trailer below. Read More »
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Do you want to disappoint Tilda Swinton? No, of course you don’t. Over the weekend, the actress took part in a Reddit AMA to promote her new film Snowpiercer. During the session she gave many charming and informative answers to a wide variety of questions. Asked about an unappreciated movie of hers that she hopes more people might see, she wrote enthusiastically about Erick Zonca‘s 2008 film Julia.
The movie, inspired by John Cassavetes’ Gloria, features Swinton in the lead role as a woman who kidnaps a young boy in hopes of ransoming him for a large amount of money. Below, read her comments, and watch the trailer for the film.
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Thursday night in Hollywood, Magnolia Pictures hosted the premiere of the incredible documentary Life Itself. Directed by Steve James, the film tells the story of legendary film critic Roger Ebert. Along the way, it helps us think about not only Ebert’s legacy, but our own love of movies and ultimately our own lives. It’s a beautiful film that opens in theaters and on demand July 4.
Scrolling through Twitter, I noticed something at the Life Itself premiere that touched my heart. Someone at the premiere had left a seat open for Ebert, who passed away in April of 2013, just four months after James started filming. The simple gesture brought a tear to my eye because of just how much Ebert meant to myself and fellow film critics, fans and audiences all over the world. If it had that effect on me, we thought it might have a similar effect on you. Read More »
Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.
The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »
Want something a little different this summer, but not too different? Ragnarok may be just the thing. The film is a big-budget action-adventure story in the Spielberg mold, but there are also shades of Godzilla as the real star is a giant beast that has lain for centuries beneath the sea. Inspired vaguely by stories of the mythological Norse end of the world, this Norwegian film stars Pål Sverre Hagen (Kon-Tiki) and Sofia Helin. Mikkel Brænne Sandemose directed from a script by John Kåre Raake. Check out the US Ragnarok trailer below. Read More »