The best non-fiction film I saw last year — and maybe the best film I saw, period — was The Shining documentary Room 237. Directed by Rodney Ascher, the movie showcases the theories of five unseen Shining obsessives about what Stanley Kubrick really intended with his 1980 Stephen King adaptation. The end result is at least twice as entertaining — and at least five times funnier — than that synopsis might indicate. (My colleague Owen Gleiberman did a much better job of summing up the movie when, in the course of writing about his favorite movies of 2012, he described it as “a veritable Kubrickian Da Vinci Code that’s really about the power that conspiracy theory now holds over our thinking.”)
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Is 2013 going to be the year of Ken Marino? Well, no, according to the Chinese zodiac it’s actually the year of the snake. But the Wet Hot American Summer star and Childrens Hospital actor-writer does have a lot of upcoming projects, including the second season of his dating show parody Burning Love — which debuts on February 14 — the Lake Bell-directed, Sundance-screened In a World…, and the comedy-horror film Milo, which will premiere at next month’s SXSW Film Festival.
'Bellflower' team promises next movie will feature explosions, car chases, and a 30-person street brawl (if you help finance it)
One of the most memorably twisted indie films of recent times was undoubtedly 2011′s micro-budgeted Bellflower — an apocalyptically minded tale of Mad Max fandom and a love affair which goes horribly awry. The Sundance-screened movie was made by a collective of filmmakers known as Coatwolf, whose membership includes writer-director Evan Glodell and producer-composer Jonathan Keevil. Today, the Coatwolf crew announced that their next project, the Keevil-directed action movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, will feature molotov cocktails, a high-speed car chase, and “a massive bone-crushing 30 person street brawl.” The (fairly reasonable) catch? You have to help pay for it.
'Would You Rather' star Jeffrey Combs on his new horror movie, working with Sasha Grey, and the future of 'Re-Animator'
Would you rather stab a fellow dinner guest in the thigh with an ice pick or strike another diner three times across the back with an African whipping staff? That is just one of the highly unpleasant choices offered to characters in the new horror movie Would You Rather, which opens this Friday at New York’s IFC Center (the film will also be available on VOD).
Directed by David Guy Levy, Would You Rather stars Jeffrey Combs as a sadistic 1%-er named Shepard Lambrick who invites a group of troubled folks to his mansion and promises to solve the problems of whoever wins his homicidal version of the titular game. “I think the movie really has something to say about what’s going on in our society right now,” says Combs, who is best known for portraying Herbert West in the Re-Animator movies. “It really echoes the haves-versus-the-have-nots that we’re all dealing with and seeing in the news — granted, in an exaggerated way.”
Below, the affable Combs talks more about Would You Rather, which also stars Brittany Snow, John Heard, and former adult film actress Sasha Grey. Plus!: Why his days playing Herbert West are probably over and the one movie he would rather not have made. READ FULL STORY »
It’s hard for a movie poster to be anything but pretty when it features the faces of Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling, and Bradley Cooper, but somehow, the new poster for The Place Beyond the Pines achieves an impressive-yet-appropriate level of gloominess (while still being pretty).
The Place Beyond the Pines, the next film from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt rider who turns to a life of crime (specifically bank robbing) to provide for his baby mama, played by Eva Mendes. Meanwhile, Cooper and his blue eyes are lurking around every corner with his rookie-cop badge and a son of his own.
After debuting at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, The Place Beyond the Pines is giving the rest of us a glimpse into its world with its latest poster, which features a very worried Mendes, a confused/angry Cooper and a determined Gosling on his way to the nearest bank. It’s a tale of fathers, sons and, from the looks of the poster, at least one dark and stormy night.
See it below. READ FULL STORY »
Director Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You) and writer Joy Gregory (Switched at Birth) have announced they are developing a movie version of the latter’s stage musical, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, which details the strange story of the titular, all-girl ’60s rock band.
Check out the new poster for serial killer documentary 'The Jeffrey Dahmer Files' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE
More than two decades after he was sentenced to 957 years in jail for murdering 17 people, Jeffrey Dahmer remains, thankfully, America’s most notorious serial killer. Now, a new documentary from director Chris James Thompson called The Jeffrey Dahmer Files details the crimes of the so-called “Milwaukee Cannibal” using archive footage and interviews with, amongst others, one of the lead detectives on the Dahmer case and the killer’s next door neighbor. (Thompson has committed to donating any profits from the film to The Milwaukee Community Service Corps, a non-profit vocational training organization.)
Goose and Maverick are back and quite literally bigger than ever.
Beginning on Feb. 8 and ending Feb. 13, Tom Cruise’s hit film Top Gun will return to theaters, but this time, you can feel the need for speed in a whole new way: IMAX 3-D. And if the movie’s 1986 success — it grossed more than $350 million in the box office worldwide — is any indication, we’d expect a large turnout.
Take a look at the Top Gun 3D trailer … which looks a lot like just another Top Gun trailer … which it kind of is. READ FULL STORY »
'Beware of Mr. Baker': Watch Eric Clapton reminisce about Cream in rock doc outtake -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
You’ve got to love a documentary that begins with the film’s subject trying to break the director’s nose. Well, okay, maybe you don’t — but those who think they might enjoy such a thing would be well-advised to check out Jay Bulger’s terrific movie about ex-Cream drummer and all-round madman Ginger Baker, the appropriately titled Beware of Mr. Baker which distributor SnagFilms is platforming out to cinemas across the country from this Friday.
'John Dies at the End': Paul Giamatti and director Don Coscarelli talk about their demented horror-comedy
Director Don Coscarelli is best known for the Phantasm horror series—about folks getting their brains drilled out by silver spheres—and 2002′s Bubba Ho-Tep, about a nursing home showdown between an Egyptian mummy and a man, played by Bruce Campbell, who believes himself to be Elvis. Doesn’t the filmmaker ever dream of making a nice, romantic-comedy? Seemingly not. Coscarelli’s latest offering is John Dies at the End, which stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as a pair of slacker-types who gain the ability to travel to different dimensions after consuming a drug called “soy sauce” and Paul Giamatti as a journalist Williamson’s character recruits to tell their bizarre tale. And “bizarre” seems the appropriate word for a movie whose outlandish sights include a flying moustache, a door handle turning into penis, and a monster made from cuts of meat.
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