Over the next year or so, the beard is back with a vengeance as not only does Senior Spielbergo have The Adventures of TinTin: The Secret of the Unicorn out later this month, but he also has two very different kettles of cinematic fish lined up to follow.
Alan Smithee was once the go-to pseudonym for film creatives who wished to have their names distanced from the finished product. Hidden 3D's screenplay is credited to Alan and Alana Smithy. It's so bad that it couldn't even hold the classic spelling.
Brian Karter (the wooden and somewhat bewildered Sean Clement) inherits a renovated monastery, that once belonged to a group of rape-monks, that was transformed into an unorthodox rehab clinic by his mother. Along with a group of friends, who mostly have no real reason for being there, he visits his mother's old haunt and uncovers the terrible secrets within.
In Red State, Kevin Smith’s anticipated departure from comedy, the writer/director accomplishes an odd feat of producing a film which excels in the final third after an essentially pointless first hour. As such, it may be difficult to discuss the film without giving away where Smith’s story actually goes, so reader be warned. With religious extremists and the US government in his cross-hairs, Red State feels more like Smith trying to make a point rather than a good film. The shame is that the explosive third act is well deserving of a better lead-in.
As a lover of classic cinema, animated movies and needlessly longwinded challenges, I recently decided to start watching the entire back catalogue of Disney Animated Classics from start to finish - starting with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) and finishing up fifty films later with Tangled (2010). I wanted to revisit the classics and also the not so classics and see how they still hold up. Along the way I’ll address the important questions such as: while we all remember the likes of The Jungle Book and Pinocchio, does anybody remember Make Mine Music and Melody Time? Everyone rates Aladdin and Cinderella, but were The Sword and the Stone or The Aristocats that much worse? Plus perhaps the most the most important question of all: just how inappropriately racist were those crows in Dumbo? The answers to all these questions and more will be addressed in The Disney Project.
Red, White and Blue is an intriguing Texas-based drama that slowly works its way towards a horrific crescendo. This revenge film initially follows Erica (Amanda Fuller) as each night she hits a different bar and beds a different man, or in some cases, three different men at once. It's a stark introduction to a woman whose mantra is "I don't stay over, I don't fall in love and I don't fuck the same guy twice". Residing in co-op housing, Erica leads a lonely, closed-off life. It's not until she's forced to earn a living that Erica allows herself to open up to anyone. Helping her to find work at his building supplies depot is Nate (Noah Taylor), a slight, Iraqi war veteran with a deeply ingrained dark side. He watches as Erica allows herself to be exploited and yearns to protect her.
Jack Ketchum never reached the heights of success or awareness levels of peers such as Stephen King, but he has a devoted following within horror fandom. It was only recently that Ketchum's novels made the transition into film, with 2007’s The Girl Next Door finally earning him wider notoriety. His work appeals to indie filmmakers, willing and able to delve into the extreme violence and dark themes that typify his work.
A new Tarantino movie always leads to the most interesting casting news of the year and his "Southern" revenge saga Django Unchained is no different. After scaring away Will Smith, the director cast Jamie Foxx in the title role with support from Oscar-winning Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson.
Variety recently broke the news that Warner Bros are about to get serious about their latest attempt to revive The Twilight Zone on the big screen, with a wish-list that includes some of the biggest and/or most exciting names in blockbuster cinema.