Briefly: The 2014 Sundance Film Festival is over and done but the we’re still seeing the effects of the fest on film distribution. Three of the festival’s more popular films were just picked up for future release. The first is Infinitely Polar Bear, the Bad Robot-produced dramedy starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the rights. No release window has been planned yet but the movie is wonderful. Read our review here.
Also now headed to a theater near you is Ping Pong Summer, Michael Tully‘s ode to the Eighties, which has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures and Millennium Entertainment. They’re planning a theatrical run early this Summer. Read our review here.
And finally, Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel‘s Japanese action film Killers, produced by Gareth Evans, was picked up by Well Go USA Entertainment. It’ll be out in the fourth quarter of this year. Thanks to The Wrap.
The horror anthology V/H/S/2 featured a great segment called ‘Safe Haven,’ directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid) and Timo Tjahjanto. Now Tjahjanto has a new project hitting Sundance this week. Killers was co-directed by him and ‘Safe Haven’ producer Kimo Stamboel, and the film looks like a dark, mean genre exercise. Killers follows two men, from Indonesia and Japan, who post videos of their crimes online in an effort to one-up each other. The result looks ugly, but also captured with a kinetic energy that offers some appeal to balance the grimy goings-on.
Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy star in the film. Check out a trailer below. Read More »
As the movie industry evolves, so to do the Razzies. The anti-Oscars, which infamously recognize the worst movies of the year, have announced their short list of eligible films which includes a brand new category: Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D. What films are eligible for that award as well as Worst Film of the Year and more? Find out after the jump. Actual nominations will be announced January 24, the day before Oscar nominations. Read More »
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Not everyone is going to appreciate MacGruber’s unabashed clever-stupid comedic sensibilities, and those that do will likely be accused of being idiots by those that don’t. It’s a crude, silly movie that works because it knows exactly what it is and embraces it, finding just the right rhythm to deliver its absurdist, knowing slant on ’80s action flicks. All of the characters have their goofy charm, but they’re restrained enough to make the film feel like it could just be a straight action movie, were the outright cartoonish MacGruber not there to fuck everything up. For the first time ever, Will Forte has finally found a role for which his over-the-top demeanor is perfectly suited, and his delivery and timing in just about every scene is riotously funny. Director Jorma Taccone deserves much of that credit, as he effortlessly maintains the pace of the film’s non-stop gags, one-liners and saxophone-enhanced musical beats. MacGruber isn’t a great movie—it’s nowhere near the caliber of, say, Hot Fuzz—but it’s far funnier than it should’ve been, and easily one of the funniest movies of the year so far.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Unrated & theatrical versions, commentary with director/co-writer Jorma Taccone, co-writer/actor Will Forte and co-writer John Solomon, a deleted scene, and a gag reel.
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Lionsgate has released the second movie trailer for Robert Luketic‘s upcoming action-comedy Killers, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl on Hulu. Seems like just another middle of the road comedy from both stars. Watch it now embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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It was just a few days ago that we heard a prequel/reboot of Mr. and Mrs. Smith is under consideration. But why bother, when there’s Killers, a movie about a woman who marries a seemingly perfect guy, only to discover that he’s a government operative/assassin? Of course she gets in on the action, turning this into another buddy movie like Mr. and Mrs. Smith; i.e. one where the buddies in action could actually make out.
Oh, and the couple in question are Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher. Maybe we do need that Smith reboot after all. Read More »