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We kicked off our look back at the year in film with The 2013 Movie Trailer Mash-Up earlier this week, and now we have a second retrospective video paying tribute to the big screen releases this year. This one seems to have a lot more movies included, but that might just be hasty speculation. Cinefile 2013 from Miguel Branco isn't quite as grandiose as our first retrospective, but it's still a great, comprehensive look back at film. We wish the sound editing was a little more finely tuned and dialogue interconnected, but films like Dallas Buyers Club, Prince Avalanche, Pacific Rim and more still get their due diligence. Watch!
As the title suggests, Out of the Furnace isn't exactly full of happiness and rainbows. Scott Cooper injects his film with all the grit and dirt the writer/director can muster, a general sweep of grey cast over the proceedings of his story. That story is long-winded yet short on substance, but the filmmaker follows his debut, Crazy Heat, with similar atmosphere and some outright commanding performances that could easily slide in next to the best of the year. Led by The Dark Knight Trilogy star Christian Bale, the cast works its magic under Cooper's direction, and though Out of the Furnace itself becomes something of a bleak but beautiful slog to get through, it is the sum total of those performances that makes it worthwhile. Read on!
Back in 2011, we reported that Emma Stone was in talks to lead He's F**king Perfect at Fox, a promising romantic comedy from Funny or Die sketch director Jake Szymanski. However, it's been two years since we heard anything about the project, so we were wondering where it went. Well, now we have an update from THR reporting Amanda Seyfried is stepping up to take the lead role in the film now set up at Universal and produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay through their Gary Sanchez Productions banner, with a script that hails from Lauryn Kahn, the former assistant to the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers.
Despite the release date placement of this new thriller Reasonable Doubt, the presence of Dominic Cooper and Samuel L. Jackson actually have me giving it a second glance. The first trailer for the film makes it feel like a thriller that wouldn't be out of place in the 90s, as a District Attorney who thinks he's responsible for killing a man in a hit and run accident, inadvertently sets free the accused killer, thinking he's innocent. The only downside here is that the trailer seems to give away the whole movie, unless there's a twist that will save it. Still, this one looks better than most of the films coming to theaters early next year.
Following the news that Fox is bringing X-Men: Apocalypse to theaters in May of 2016, the studio is keeping around X-Men: Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg to keep their own Marvel universe in line. THR has word that the producer and screenwriter, along with his Genre Films company, have just signed a new three-year first look deal with Fox. It's important to note that Kinberg is also writing the Fantastic Four reboot for director Josh Trank, and Fox hopes that Kinberg will help them craft a universe with their Marvel properties just as the comic book company's own studio did with The Avengers.
"We're in the same boat, man!" To follow up all the Sundance announcements, here is a very cool action-thriller short film titled Proximity, or spelled PROXiMITY in the short, directed by up-and-comer Ryan Connolly (@ryan_connolly). The concept is key here, and it's all about messing with your mind as they're messing with the characters' minds. There's a good twist at the end and more than anything it's just a well done, super low budget little short showcasing the talent of Connolly and his cast/crew. He says there are over 50 VFX shots in the short, but you can barely tell. View the 11-min film in full and get more info below.
First things first, if you haven't seen You're Next yet, it's one of the best horror-thrillers in years and worth a watch. Once you're familiar with that film, you can prepare yourself for this first look at Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's next film, an action-thriller titled The Guest. The film was just announced as one of the eight Park City at Midnight premieres at the Sundance 2014 in January, and these three new first look photos go hand in hand with that reveal. It's hard to piece together what exactly we're seeing, but these do present an interesting first look at what should be another kick ass film from Wingard and Barrett.
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look... you can't get rid of the Babadook." Well, what do we have here? One of the eight films announced in the Park City at Midnight category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an Australian horror-thriller called The Babadook. The description doesn't sound like much, but these first photos say otherwise. It's about a single mother who battles with "her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house", but the coolest part is the little kid, Samuel - who's wearing some kind of catapult backpack and carrying a crossbow. All I know is that these photos look damn cool, I really want to see this because of 'em.
Not to be outdone by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer (complete with a tease of Doc Ock and Vulture), director Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox have made a huge announcement for the X-Men franchise coming in the summer of 2016. By way of Twitter, Singer merely tweeted, "
#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016" and then Box Office Mojo said the film would arrive on May 27th, 2016. If you're not freaking out about that title, you're not familiar with the iconic X-Men villain called Apocalypse, who has conquered North America and enslaved humanity in the comics. He's one of the most powerful villains the X-Men have faced.
Round two! Every new year brings us another Sundance Film Festival and with only 42 more days until Sundance 2014 kicks off on January 16th, Sundance has continued to reveal more films in their line-up, today announcing the Midnight, Spotlight, "Kids" and New Frontier selections. Among the selection are many of our favorite films already, including Blue Ruin, Ayaoade's The Double, Ida, The Lunchbox, Only Lovers Left Alive and Stranger By the Lake. All the big Premieres will be announced next week. As always, the midnight selection looks fun, with the Dead Snow: Red vs Dead sequel being the highlight. Lists below.
In the short history of cinema, there have been astounding advancements happening as quickly as the technology will allow. However, innovations like digital cameras, computer generated imagery, surround sound and 3D wouldn't have been possible without the inception of cinema that began with silent films. With the exception of The Artist, the era of the silent film has become only history as Hollywood has stuck with the innovation of sound on film. But because the speed at which Hollywood adapted new technologies, some of their rich history has been lost. In fact, a new study (via The Film Stage) from The Library of Congress says out of 10,919 silent feature films released in America, 70% of them are gone forever.
"Awe-inspiring!" Among the many fantastic documentaries of 2013, one we suggest seeking out at your earliest convenience is a fun, fascinating art doc called Tim's Vermeer. The doc is the directing debut of Teller, one half of Penn & Teller, both of whom produced this film about their friend Tim Jenison, who attempts (and pretty much does) debunk the myth of artist Johannes Vermeer and how he painted such detailed artwork. The film has been receiving rave reviews from festivals all over (I saw it in Telluride and enjoyed it quite a bit) and has made the cut for the Oscar's Best Documentary shortlist, meaning it has a chance for a nomination. I'm sure a trailer is next, but until then check out the new poster below via HitFix.
Following the shiny, sexy and stylish teaser poster for the long delayed horror thriller Nurse 3D from Lionsgate, we finally have a teaser trailer for the film arriving next February. With a Single White Female vibe, this looks like a sultry but trashy movie that feels like a Skinemax movie that looks pretty. Paz De La Huerta leads the charge as a nurse who becomes obsessed with one of her co-workers (Katrina Bowden), but when she pulls away from her aggressive advances, that's when things get deadly. We suppose the rampant sex and nudity isn't a far cry from other horror movies, but it feels like 3D softcore porn. Watch?
We got a tease of January's new found footage horror attempt The Devil's Due just in time for Halloween in October, and now a second trailer gives us another look at the film chronicling the genesis of a devilish baby. Zach Gilford and Allison Miller star as a couple who find themselves with a surprise pregnancy that begins tearing their family apart. The trailer begins in the aftermath of something terrible with Gilford being questioned by the police, sitting with blood on his face and clothes. It's weird that the 20th Century Fox logo doesn't show up until halfway through the trailer, but whatever. This looks like it could be spooky.