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Highway to the danger zone... Gunna take it right in to the danger zone!! Now these are some must-have poster prints, if you're lucky enough to get your hands on one. Our friends at SlashFilm have posted photos of the new print for Tony Scott's 1986 action-drama classic Top Gun designed by Gabz being sold by Odd City Entertainment. The print is unique because it was printed on holographic "foil" paper, meaning it shimmers like it's metallic and can be flipped and both sides show the kick ass Top Gun artwork. So awesome. I'm a huge Top Gun fan, I mean, who isn't? Tom Cruise, fighter jets, Anthony Edwards, frickin' Tom Skerrit, it's the best. This art highlights the fighter jets above all and if you're a big fan, it's a must have.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that..." Now in theaters is the latest from acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice, starring Joaquin Phoenix as PI "Doc" Sportello. This stoner comedy/drama/mystery begins when Doc looks into the disappearance of an ex-girlfriend named Shasta, played by the effervescent Katherine Waterston. PTA's cast includes a bunch of other goofy characters: Josh Brolin as Bigfoot, Joanna Newsom as Sortilège, Benicio Del Toro as Smilax, even Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short.. So how is it? One of PTA's best or did PTA get too high on his own supply? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on PTA's Inherent Vice.
"No one under 100 will be admitted!" Dang this looks crazy. Drafthouse Films has debuted their official US trailer for Hitoshi Matsumoto's R100, a funky, wacky Japanese thriller about a man (Nao Ohmori of Ichi the Killer) who joins an S&M club and gets into some crazy shit when dominatrices appear and kick his ass anytime of the day. The title R100 is a riff on the Japanese movie rating system, whose equivalent to NC-17 is R18, and this is playing on the idea that it's not okay for anyone under 100. Ha. The new poster is a bit too much, aiming to sell it purely on the sex/S&M angle, but the trailer hints at the absurdity of the film in so many other ways. This definitely isn't for everyone, but it's not just for S&M fans either, I think. Have fun.
"This film documents an event that has never taken place..." Chills. This documentary explores the idea of what would happen, and how we would respond, if aliens came to Earth. Titled The Visit, from filmmaker (not actor) Michael Madsen (of Into Eternity: A Film for the Future), the documentary is premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in January and it looks like a must see (it's definitely on my radar now). As explained by Sundance, utilizing "unprecedented access to" the United Nations' Office for Outer Space Affairs (such an office exists?), and "leading space scientists and space agencies," the doc wonders how we would respond and what might happen. I can't wait. "Our scenario begins with the arrival. Your arrival."
The list of nominations for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2015), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from The Beverly Hilton. The selection this year is solid, but as always full of some wacky picks, and a few snubs. The top nominees are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman along with Linklater's Boyhood and Cumberbatch's The Imitation Game. There's even some oddball ones like Quvenzhané Wallis from Annie. Full list below!
hell heck is this film?! One of the wackiest, most eye-brow-raising selections of Sundance 2015 is a film titled Last Days in the Desert, written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. The plot is explained as: "Ewan McGregor is Jesus -- and the Devil -- in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert." As much as that sounds like the perfect comedy, it's actually a historical "adventure drama" (according to IMDb) where Jesus must overcome a "dramatic test" as he confronts the Devil, who is also McGregor. Our first look at Jesus has just arrived and because this is such a unique film, I can't help but share the photo (though it doesn't show much) as we count down the days to Sundance in late January.
"Bye, bye, Bilbo!" There is no bigger J.R.R. Tolkien fan than Stephen Colbert. He hosted the Hall H panel for The Hobbit at Comic-Con this summer, and appears in small cameo roles in the recent three movies (not to mention he can out-trivia anyone). With the grand finale, Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, arriving in theaters in just another week we're getting the last marketing push and this one takes the cake. Entertainment Weekly has made three different covers for their latest issue featuring Stephen Colbert in full make-up/costume as three characters: Bilbo, Legolas and Gandalf. These are perfect, Colbert gets my respect for doing this. I'm excited for this last movie, one final adventure in Middle Earth.
"World domination - same old dream." Last week it was announced that the new James Bond movie is titled Spectre, and it will be re-introducing the infamous evil organization (called S.P.E.C.T.R.E.) first created by Bond author Ian Fleming that was also a key part of the early Bond movies from the 60s and 70s. After the news broke, we profiled the organization as a look back, but now there's a fan-made trailer that's the perfect recap for Bond fans and newbies alike. It's another of those "modern trailer" mash-ups of old movies, made to play like a real trailer for next year's Spectre – if it starred Sean Connery and the original Blofeld. Enjoy!
This guy! What an inspiration. Thanks to a great profile in The Guardian, we have been introduced to and must share this story of Tommy Edison, a man from here in America known as the "Blind Film Critic". Edison got the most attention in 2011 and 2012, being profiled by Roger Ebert and earning news coverage from CNN and other TV media by publishing YouTube video reviews of films he "watched", or rather, he listened to. We're just catching up to him now, but watching his reviews (see them below), seeing that smile on his face, and hearing his enthusiasm for film even though he can't actually see the screen - is infectious.
Time for the premieres! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 45 days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has officially announced more of their line-up following the In-Competition selection and Midnight & Spotlight last week, mainly the coveted Premieres category, 28 narrative features and docs, at the world's greatest, snowiest film festival in January. Here's where they have regulars Joe Swanberg (Happy Christmas), James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and plenty of great filmmakers. Plus - the docs this year, oh my! Full lists below.
Gojira!! He's back! Oh wait, we already knew that. After Legendary Pictures released their impressive new Godzilla movie this summer to much success (what did you think of it?), the original company that started it all – Toho Co., Ltd. from Tokyo, Japan – is getting ready to bring back the giant radioactive lizard in their own new movie. Variety/THR reports that Toho has announced their new Godzilla will begin shooting next summer, for release sometime in 2016, though details are limited so far. The last Godzilla movie that Toho made was Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004 for the monster's 50th anniversary, Toho's 29th Godzilla film.
Get ready to feel a chill go down your spine. Today's trailer is for a hit horror-thriller called It Follows, the second film from David Robert Mitchell of The Myth of the American Sleepover previously. Up-and-coming actress Maika Monroe, who you'll recognize starring in The Guest or Labor Day or At Any Price, stars as a teenage girl who ends up cursed after she has sex with a guy from her school. Out of nowhere, a person will suddenly start walking towards her, it never stops, and it's creepy as all hell. Jeremy gave the film a great review at Fantastic Fest, and it has earned raves from critics aplenty as it plays festivals all over the world. It's an original thriller that horror fans will love. Check out this teaser (which doesn't give away anything).
Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too.
Round two! Every new year brings us yet another exciting Sundance Film Festival and with only 49 more days until Sundance 2015 kicks off on January 22nd, Sundance has continued to reveal more films in their line-up, today announcing the Midnight, Spotlight and New Frontier selections (all 66 films In-Competition were announced yesterday). Among the selection are many of our favorite films already, including '71, 99 Homes, Eden, Girlhood and Ukrainian film The Tribe. We also get a good look at the unique midnight films, including Cop Car with Kevin Bacon: "two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car". Full lists below.