The Los Angeles Times, over the weekend reported that Paramount Studious will be going all digital. They will be the first major movie studio to distribute its movies to theaters in a digital only format. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues will be the last 35mm film from Paramount to be distributed, while The Wolf of Wall Street will be the first of many that is only available to theaters digitally.  I could set a precedent that would make it pretty tough for smaller, independent theaters to screen movies without upgrading to the expensive, current projection systems.

..Going the way of the MiniDisc (Thanks Sony)

..Going the way of the MiniDisc (Thanks Sony)

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Just announced today, Radius-TWC has secured the North American rights to the upcoming Timo Tjahjanto/ Gareth Evans collaboration titled THE NIGHT COMES FOR US.  Marking the duo’s second collaboration together, the action thriller is currently (more…)

Movie Review – The Nut Job

January 17, 2014

I'll give him credit for making the most of his 15 minutes of fame.

I’ll give him credit for making the most of his 15 minutes of fame.

The Nut Job is based on the 2005 short film Surly Squirrel in which a squirrel and his friend, a mouse conspire to steal a lone slice of pizza from the trash. Across the street from the park, a bank robbery is about to start. The human and animal police attempt to catch the bandits who have made off with the loot. The original short film isn’t for the target audience of The Nut Job, which is it’s most appealing quality. Mild language, realistic use of gunfire and a squadron of pidgeons that strafe the bandits, both human and animal alike with machine gun like fire of anal justice; Surly Squirrel felt like an Adult Swim short. (more…)

golden_oscars-300x224 The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards were announced earlier today.  The overwhelming majority will speculate and gamble on winners and losers of individual categories.  For me there’s a disconnect between The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the general public, when it comes to determining who’s the best of the year. Many films that only reach the Art-house theaters in major cities receive award nominations, while giant robots and an Iron Man ruled the box office. I’m not arguing that just because a movie is popular, makes it a best picture nominee automatically. I’m lobbying for it to be taken into consideration.  (more…)

 

Gru (STEVE CARELL) has a big talk with Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Agnes (ELSIE FISHER) and Edith (DANA GAIER) in Despicable Me 2.

Gru (STEVE CARELL) has a big talk with Margo (MIRANDA COSGROVE), Agnes (ELSIE FISHER) and Edith (DANA GAIER) in DESPICABLE ME 2.

Aside from the souped-up cars and superheroes that dominated the box office in 2013, another familiar genre which raked in major bucks were animated films; in fact, one of the biggest films of 2013, second only to IRON MAN 3, was DESPICABLE ME 2Co-directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, the animated sequel to the 2010 hit, which continued the adventures of Gru, his three girls, and his Minions, took in more than $900 million worldwide.

In order to gain some insight into the film’s success, I recently spoke with the sequel’s composer, Heitor Pereira, to discuss what he felt (more…)

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With the Golden Globes only hours away, there are many films (as well as television shows) up for multiple awards.  However, one film that has a chance to make a splash at this year’s ceremony is the film, NEBRASKA.  Nominated for 5 Golden Globes, the unique dramedy,directed by 2-time Oscar winner, (more…)

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Around this time last year at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the show,  In The Middle Of No One, exposed sold-out audiences to the hilariously zany antics of double act, Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, aka “The Pajama Men.”  Now, using their unique blend of wit, improv, and physical comedy, (more…)

Interstellar

Today, thanks to a new trailer, we have a glance at director Christopher Nolan’s latest, the sci-fier INTERSTELLAR.  The film, which stars the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway (just to name a few), tells the story of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered (more…)

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Following a deadly storm, two beautiful young sisters are left to support their family – and carry on a gruesome tradition – in WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, the acclaimed new masterpiece from director Jim Mickle. The gripping, unnerving and ultimately (more…)

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Evan Daugherty on set of  THE FOUR PLAYERS

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…)

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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…)

Edwin Honig (Photo Credit: Caryl Morris)

Edwin Honig Portrait (Photo Credit: Caryl Morris)

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…)

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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…)

Alexandria Film Festival

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…)

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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…)

Movie Review: Last Vegas

November 1, 2013

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.

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Movie Review: Free Birds

November 1, 2013

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.

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Chris Hemsworth as Thor in THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Following 2012′s THE AVENGERS, Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe commenced with this summer’s IRON MAN 3.  Now that THE DARK WORLD is quickly approaching, with THE WINTER SOLDIER soon to follow, Phase 2 is undoubtedly in full swing.  With that said, (more…)

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Marvel Studios has released the new trailer for their upcoming superhero sequel, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.  Check it out! (more…)

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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…)

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Bryce Johnson & Alexie Gilmore in WILLOW CREEK

 

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…)

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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.

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Fox Searchlight has unveiled a new clip from their much-buzzed-about film, 12 YEARS A SLAVE.  Directed by Steve McQueen, the film tells the tale of (more…)

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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…)

love-in-afghanistan-artMention 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…)

Movie Review: Gravity

October 3, 2013

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. George-Clooney-in-Gravity-2013-Movie-Image

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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…)

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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…)

Movie Review: Don Jon

September 27, 2013

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.

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Long Beach Comic & Horror Con is proud to welcome Eisner Award Winning Artist Gene Ha to the fifth anniversary show on (more…)

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