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Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have to make the money to buy a ticket." In theaters now is Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, a story set during nighttime in Los Angeles about a young man desperate for work who lands a career in late-night crime journalism. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, who zooms around the city with his video camera hoping to capture footage of the biggest story he can find. The cast includes Bill Paxton as a competitor, Rene Russo as a TV station editor, and Riz Ahmed as his assistant "Rick". So how is it? The sleeper hit of the year? Or just plain disgusting? Gyllenhaal's best work? How does LA look? If you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler.
"At the movies, we’re going to see someone else put on a show, and I feel a responsibility to put on the best show possible." This attitude is one of the many reasons we love him. As much as we adore Christopher Nolan, he still doesn't speak with online press at all. So instead, every time he releases a new movie, he does come out of the woodwork for a few interviews with newspapers/magazines and TV outlets. There's a new profile in NY Times Magazine called "The Exacting, Expansive Mind of Christopher Nolan" coming in at over 7,000 words and it's a must read. The writer goes into an incredible amount of depth and understanding, presenting a rare inside look at the filmmaker and the legendary status that surrounds him.
Today Marvel Studios had their own event to announce their future plans for the big screen, and there were some big announcements. We'll be taking a closer look at some of the news in the coming hours, but first up, we wanted to run down the list of projects that Marvel Studios will be sending to theaters through 2019. They include some sequels we expected like Captain America 3 and Doctor Strange, but there were also some long-developing films that were finally given official release dates. Even Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was given a new release date meaning it will arrive earlier in the summer of 2017. Here we go!
In theaters this week is horror anthology sequel The ABCs of Death 2, featuring 26 short segments of wacky, grotesque, creative horror. Perfectly timed for Halloween along with the theatrical release of the film (currently available on VOD from Magnet Releasing) is the latest discussion point: what are the greatest movie deaths of all time? Have at it! In addition to our interview, we get to feature this fun discussion between filmmaker Jerome Sable and producer/writer Nicholas Musurca about what movie deaths they love. It starts with The Lion King and ends with Bambi, but there's some brutality discussed as well. Dive in.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Don't Set Him Off! Now in theaters is one of the best action movie sleeper hits of the year, John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves as John Wick, directed by two stuntmen - David Leitch & Chad Stahelski. Reeves plays an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the Russian mobsters that took everything from him. Is it as awesome as everyone is saying? Is Keanu really back? How is the action vs the emotion? Is it better than other recent action movies? Favorite fights? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on David Leitch & Chad Stahelski's John Wick.
There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch.
We're only a few weeks away from the release of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, which will be opening four days early in film only (35mm/70mm projection). The announcement caused quite a stir in the cinema community, as the response from some movie theater chains was not unexpected. Many of them got upset, many of them were pissed off that they weren't a part of this deal, the big reason being that they just gave up their 35mm projectors to transform to digital and now they're missing out on some of the best money of the year. So they blame the studios, and the filmmakers, but never themselves. In response to all of this, Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League (who owns a handful of theaters himself) wrote a passionate essay/response and published it on Deadline. It's brilliant, it gets everything right, and at the end of it all, it's inspiring too.
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? War never ends quietly. Now playing in theaters is David Ayer's Fury, starring Brad Pitt as the commander of a tank during WWII. The tank crew is lead by Pitt with Shia LaBeouf as 'Bible', Logan Lerman, Michael Peña as 'Gordo', and Jon Bernthal as 'Coon-Ass' to round things out. The tank heads into Germany near the end of the war and takes heavy fire from a desperate Germany army. So how is it? Is Fury as kick ass as it looks? Does the action surpass the story? How is Shia LaBeouf compared to Brad Pitt or Logan Lerman? Is this one of the better WWII movies recently or a complete flop? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on David Ayer's Fury.
Over the last few weeks we've written a few articles about Quentin Tarantino taking over managing the New Beverly Cinema, the repertory 35mm theater in Los Angeles. However, there's an interesting development on the other side today and it involves one of the theater's longtime employees speaking out about the new changes. It seems things have taken a turn for the worse, and after being told to keep quiet, Julia Marchese (@juliacmarchese) has written a blog about her experiences and being unfairly forced to quit. Marchese is also the filmmaker behind the documentary Out of Print about saving 35mm film made mostly at the New Beverly. But due to this break-up, she has released the doc in full online immediately for everyone's viewing.
This past weekend it was New York's time to geek out. The New York Comic-Con took place at the Javitz Center on the west side, with over 100,000 geeks/nerds/fans of all ages attending. On Friday evening I was invited to participate in a panel called Your Opinion Sucks! Rotten Tomatoes Critics vs. Fans where a small group of "professional critics" sit in front of a room full of fans and argue about what they like/didn't like. This isn't the first time this panel has appeared, as Rotten Tomatoes has been hosting it in San Diego and at conventions like CinemaCon for years, but it was my first time on it. I really wanted to have fun, see what people wanted to debate, and enjoy the experience of being on a panel instead of covering it (for once).
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Defend your Honor. Now playing in theaters nationwide is David Dobkin's (Shanghai Knights, Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up, Fred Claus) dramatic turn The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall. RDJ plays a city lawyer named Hank Palmer who returns to his small hometown where his father is suspected of murder. He then gets involved in the case and sets out to discover the truth. The ensemble cast includes Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Leighton Meester. So how is the film? Smart change of pace for Dobkin or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your own thoughts on The Judge.
It's been a big week for news regarding the future of the Ghostbusters franchise. It's been officially confirmed that the percolating project at Sony Pictures from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig and The Heat writer Katie Dippold will be a hard reboot featuring an all-female team of paranormal investigators (teaser image from Mashable). That means there won't be any ties to the first two Ghostbusters films. In addition, Feig also said yesterday this wouldn't be a remake of the original Ghostbusters, and would have a completely new approach to the concept that wouldn't duplicate the original characters and simply adapt them for female actresses. That means anything is possible. So who do you want to star in the film? Discuss!
"It all started with an Aerosmith video." As we head further into the awards season this year, we start to see the more challenging and thought-provoking films emerge. David Fincher's latest film Gone Girl, which just hit theaters this past weekend, is evoking some of the best writing about filmmaking, and about society, in a long time. It's starting a discussion that we've been afraid to have and yet the commentary so far has been invigorating. The latest must read discussion comes from fellow filmmaker Richard Kelly (of Donnie Darko, Southland Tales, The Box) who wrote a massive essay for Talkhouse Film analyizing Gone Girl and comparing it to Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, Kubrick's final film which is beloved by critics as well.
Over the last month or so we've been following development announcements for the Deadpool movie, which might actually end up shooting thanks to fans reaching out on places like Twitter. While production is still far off and details like the rating (PG-13 or R?) won't be decided until later, fans are nonetheless very anxious to figure out what's going on and where/how the Merc with a Mouth might fit in to any universe. When speaking to screenwriter Simon Kinberg recently, news site ComicBook.com found out Deadpool may actually be involved in the X-Men universe at Fox, or at least a part of the bigger picture somewhere.