R. Lee Ermey, the gruff character actor probably most remembered for his scene-stealing, vulgar-laced turn in Stanley Kubrick‘s Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74. Ermey was a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and drill instructor who broke into acting, and spent a long career playing authority figures.
Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Black Panther is primed to rule 2018. The Marvel Studios movie directed by Ryan Coogler is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and with tickets going officially going on sale yesterday, the frenzy over the superpowered king of Wakanda is just beginning.
It’s clear that Black Panther is unlike any movie we’ve seen before: the lush Afro-futurism, the majority-black cast, the epic political intrigue. But no movie is made in a void, and Coogler is readily sharing the movies that influenced Black Panther. And some of them may surprise you.
The Horror Was For Love: ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ and ‘Crimson Peak’ Are the Ideal Halloween Double Feature
Posted on Friday, October 27th, 2017 by Chris Evangelista
If you’re searching for the perfect Halloween double feature, you need not resort to repetitive slashers or gross-out gore-fests. You need only journey down a foggy, mossy path towards a towering structure in ruins, and find yourself embraced by the lush, ornate, blood-soaked worlds of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Crimson Peak. These two films are the fine wines of horror and gothic romance, paired perfectly with your gourmet Halloween meal. They live, and breathe, and die like so few other horror films.
Primarily because these two films do not adhere strictly to the horror genre. Instead, they wade into the world of Gothic romance, where candles flicker as passions burn; where the old world clashes with the new; where dark secrets lurk in locked rooms. But you can break those locks, if you’re adventurous enough; if you’re brave enough. If you’re willing to face the ghosts and undead that lurk in the shadows, and learn what truths they hold.
These films dabble in death and terror, yes. But they also thrive on love. They have beating hearts which long to be listened to. They are somehow both horrific and delicate; like Venus Fly Traps that can ensnare and destroy if you get too close. As Halloween approaches, and you look for a break from sequels and jump-scares, why not draw closer to these two films and wrap yourself up in their chilly embrace?
This post contains major spoilers for both films.
Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 by Ethan Anderton
Whenever I get the itch to sit down and watch Apocalypse Now, I always lament the fact that I can’t follow it up by playing a video game that allows me to venture into the horrors of the Vietnam War, all while listening to the insane ramblings of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz. Now I won’t have to worry about that anymore.
A new Kickstarter project has begun, in association with director Francis Ford Coppola and his American Zoetrope production banner, to create an RPG video game based on the classic 1979 movie starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper and more.
Find out more about the Apocalypse Now video game after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
We feature plenty of collectible artwork here at /Film, but nearly all of them pay tribute to movies and TV, but not the people who make them. That changes today with a series of filmmaker portraits that are positively stunning.
Julian Rentzsch has created a series of portraits paying tribute to iconic directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Alfred Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Stanley Kubrick and more. Check out the Julian Rentzsch director portraits after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Disney has locked down actor Alden Ehrenreich to be their new Han Solo in the spin-off film that will be directed by The LEGO Movie and 21 Jump Street filmmakers Phil Lord & Chris Miller. In total, over 2,500 actors auditioned for the role including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Ansel Elgort, Emory Cohen, Jack Reynor, and Taron Egerton. But Ehrenreich came out on top. While his work as an actor speaks for itself, Ehrenreich had someone in his corner who vouched for him, and it just so happens to be iconic filmmaker Steven Spielberg.
Find out more about the young Han Solo actor after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jack Giroux
It’s now been over five years since Francis Ford Coppola has directed and released a feature film. Coppola’s last picture, Twixt, was an experimental horror movie of sorts, and his ambitious plans for that film never came to fruition, as it sat on the shelf before quietly getting released. Coppola had wanted to tour the states with Twixt, playing different cuts of the movie, depending on the audience and when and where the movie was playing. The director’s intention was to create a more engaging cinematic experience, which he’s once again hoping to do with Distant Vision, his latest and wildly ambitious project.
Learn more about Francis Ford Coppola’s Distant Vision below.
Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Francis Ford Coppola makes a lot more wine than he does movies nowadays. We haven’t seen a film from the iconic director behind The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation for four years now. His last picture, Twixt, came and went. Over the past decade Coppola has been directing some of his most experimental work, not what he calls “factory movies,” which he has no interest in making. Read more about why the director stopped making movies for major studios after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
This Monday, on my first day at the site, /Film reader Jean Morel asked: “Who the F is Jack Giroux?” But my question is: “Who are you, Mr. Jean Morel?” Rather than explain who I am or provide you with a background profile, I thought it’d be best to let my taste in movies do the talking. After the jump, read about my favorite movies of all time.
Posted on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Ethan Anderton
Everyone now and then, someone takes the time to round up a new list of 100 of the greatest films of all time, and it always stirs up some debate, even though probably 75% of the list is the same as any other. A new list from BBC Culture, however, is a little different, because the news organization from across the pond has rounded up a list of the 100 Greatest American Films, as voted on by an international assembly of film critics.
Some of your favorites like The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Back to the Future and Jaws made the cut, but there are only two films from the past five years, and only five total from the 21st century. The top films likely won’t surprise you, but there are still some questionable inclusions and exclusions on this list.
See the full list after the jump! Read More »