One of the few video games franchises that have stood the test of time has undoubtedly been the Super Mario Bros. franchise. Created more than 20 years ago, the franchise has seen numerous incarnations (in that time) in various forms of media (from games to movies). Now, Evan Daugherty, the writer behind the 2012 blockbuster SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN, has put a new spin on the typically kid-friendly franchise with four short films called THE (more…)
There have been various details heard concerning the plot of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Reboot set to release this coming summer. So much so, that there has been an uproar among fans concerning how the reboot will “reimagine” the lore/mythos of the turtles. However, if some (more…)
2013 Virginia Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: Interview with FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED Director, Alan Berliner!
Poet. Translator. Critic. Teacher. These are but a few words which highlight the life and career of the late Edwin Honig. In his latest film, FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED, Alan Berliner, provides a more intimate portrait of the poet (his cousin), as he (Edwin Honig) battles through the ravages of memory loss and Alzheimer’s Disease. Shot over the course of five years, Berliner, through visits with Edwin (as well as ex-wife, his kids, and his students), documents the (more…)
This weekend, the city of Charlottesville will be taken over by the 26th Annual Virginia Film Festival! Created back in the late 1980s, the Virginia Festival of American Film (renamed The Virginia Film Festival) was endorsed by the state’s Department of Economic Development and adopted by the University of Virginia. The intent was twofold: to stimulate economic development by encouraging film production in Virginia and increasing (more…)
This weekend will see Alexandria play host to the 7th Annual Alexandria Film Festival. Launched back in 2007, the Alexandria Commission for the Arts created the festival with a two-fold mission:
- To establish Alexandria as a venue for creating, exhibiting, and experiencing film by reaching out to local, national, and international filmmakers.
- To foster awareness of the cultural and educational value of cinema among Alexandria’s diverse and influential audience.
Last year, the festival had a lot of variety to offer in the way of films; in fact, last year the festival featured more than 40 films from 18 countries. (more…)
Years ago, Medora was a booming rural community with prosperous farms, an automotive parts factory, a brick plant, and a thriving middle class. Flash forward to present day, and that reality is a distant memory, thanks to those same said factories now being closed. Now that these sources of the town’s prosperity have faded away, the town’s population has slowly begun to dwindle and drug use has become more common. Despite these troubles, a glimmer of hope may be found within the walls of the town’s school. The subject of which is addressed in the basketball (more…)
Project X (2012), 21 and Over (2013) and now Last Vegas. The first two movies were examples of that ultimate night of debauchery and excess. While they don’t compare to stealing Mike Tyson’s tiger or the nighttime adventures with a Kathoey (google it!) prostitute in Thailand, these movies took the concept of The Hangover, mixed it with 4-Loko, embalming fluid and cherry cough syrup. Such an experience should be expected from college kids whose evening quickly spiraled out of control.
In a month’s time it will be Thanksgiving in the U.S. A time for family and camaraderie. A for food and football. Also, there’s the elephant it the room wearing a Black Friday hoodie. Thanksgiving may have strayed from the it’s roots from 1620, and has since transformed into the commercial spectacle that it is today; but one thing remains the same, 393 celebrations later. It’s a bad time to be a turkey.
Marvel Studios has released the new trailer for their upcoming superhero sequel, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. Check it out! (more…)
Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention has announced today that it will be hosting Infected By Art’s global search for the world’s best Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Illustrated and Horror artists. Jury panel members Larry Elmore, Rowena, Enric, and Chris Achilleos will choose the top (more…)
Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival EXCLUSIVE: WILLOW CREEK Director, Bobcat Goldthwait!
What happens when you mix the legend of Bigfoot with a found footage stylistic flair (a la THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT)? The answer is WILLOW CREEK. Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, the film follows a young couple who travels out to the American West Coast in search of (more…)
Director Paul Greengrass continues his trend of films that have been “ripped from the headlines”. From Bloody Sunday in 2002 to his latest effort Captain Phillip, Greengrass always brings a sense of authenticity to his film. This fly on the wall approach to some significant moments of very recent American history, works well for Greengrass. He doesn’t waste much time getting to the events of the Hijacking of the Marsek Alabama. Though the movie opens with a glimpse of Captain Phillips’ home life in Vermont with his wife played by Catherine Keener, it quickly transitions over to the Horn of Africa where two small boats are closing in on our ship.
When it comes to remakes/reboots, I (along with many others, I’m sure) am typically ambivalent to the idea. Still, with that being said, I still try to keep any open mind, and I still try to give these films a chance. The latest film which will seek to test audiences’ tolerance regarding remakes (more…)
Mention the word, “Afghanistan,” and more than likely, many not-so-positive images come to mind, with most centering around war. However, renowned playwright Charles Randolph- Wright seeks to change that perception through his upcoming play, “Love In Afghanistan.” Set to make its world premiere at Arena Stage this Friday, the play follows Duke and Roya, two “fantastically different people” discovering love in the (more…)
Aside from this little indie film named The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Gravity is the only other film this fall that is a must see. There are so many questions surrounding this movie, Gravity doesn’t give much away in the trailers. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the only on screen actors while a handful of others lend their voices including Ed Harris. I’m not going to debate the authenticity of the the science in the movie. Personally, I don’t care. Overall it leads to a wholly satisfying experience that is enhanced by the 3D experience.
RadiusTWC has released a new trailer for the 2013 Sundance Selection, CONCUSSION. Written and directed by Stacie Passon in an auspicious directing debut effort, and produced by Rose Troche, CONCUSSION is a poignant sexual examination of Abby (Robin Weigert in (more…)
Lydia R. Diamond Joins American Voices New Play Institute At Arena Stage As Resident Playwright In October 2013
Artistic Director Molly Smith announced today, playwright Lydia R. Diamond, whose impressive body of work includes Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye and The Gift Horse, among others, will become a resident playwright as part of the American Voices New Play (more…)
In Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon proves that JGL can do anything he damn well likes. The film was written, directed and stars JGL as a Jon; a guy that can pull 8′s and 9′s on any night in any club from Seaside Heights to Parsippany. Some of the film was shot in nearby Hackensack. (It’s a Jersey thing, go with it) He’s a modern day Don Juan to his friends in the nightclub where he is a bartender; but when a certified 10 named Barbara (Scarlett Johansen) walks into his life, Jon should be happy. The montage filled nights of cheap sex with slutty women should stop. His growing porn addiction that has replaced his love life, should whittle away into nothingness.
Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is proud to welcome Eisner Award Winning Artist Gene Ha to the fifth anniversary show on (more…)
Part of it’s 75th anniversary, you can return to Oz in IMAX 3D starting September 20th. The film has been remastered using IMAX-DMR technology and converted into 3D. If you’re unfamiliar with this 1939 classic starring Judy Garland and a town of Munchkins, definitely read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. You could also watch one of the many incarnations of the film on home video already. The 70th anniversary is already available and is a pretty comprehensive package.
Do you love to tango? Well, you are in luck as the Lincoln Theatre brings TANGO LOVERS to the nation’s capitol next month. Inspired by the rhythms of big cities, on November 16, for only one presentation comes TANGO LOVERS to (more…)
“Runner Runner.” It’s an expression unknown to all but perhaps the most ardent gamblers. For the uninitiated, here’s a quick explanation: In the game of poker Texas hold ‘em, each player is dealt two “hole cards,” which they keep to themselves. Then three cards are dealt face up – also known as The Flop. The fourth card dealt up is The Turn and the fifth card is The River. Sometimes a player will get the two cards he needs on The Turn and The River – a very lucky break that is also known as “runner runner.”
From the director that brought us THE LINCOLN LAWYER, comes his latest film, RUNNER RUNNER. Starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, the film follows Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), who, believing that he’s been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Soon Richie finds himself seduced by Block’s promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces closing in on him. Check the recent clip that has been released below….
Considered one of the premiere festivals in the nation’s capitol, the Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival, has unveiled its lineup for 2013. Founded in 2006, the festival, like prior years, has a lot in store for ravenous horror fans come next month. Curious to see exactly what to expect? Check it out! (more…)
Forget Area 51, Project Blue Book, little grey men and The Fourth Kind as you’re about to experience a Close Encounter of the terrifying kind in this eagerly anticipated, horror/sci-fi thriller –Dark Skies meets THE BLAIR (more…)
Already two days in, the 2013 Toronoto International Film Festival is now in full swing. Aside from the film just mentioned before, another film premiering is Finer’s Films’ CANOPY. Marking the directorial feature debut of Aaron Wilson, the film centers (more…)