The Many Faces Of Ray Stevenson

Currently number one in US cinemas, Divergent: Insurgent shows there can still be some financial life in young-adult franchises. A look at its cast list reveals an impressive list of supporting actors, including Ray Stevenson, so let's make him the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: ZOMBEAVERS, Or How The Final Girl Got Knocked On Her Tail

Spoiler warning for Zombeavers. You get what you pay for with a movie called Zombeavers - or you'd better get it, otherwise why did you pay for it? It must suck to be a "Neologism Title" movie (for which the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: Does GHOST IN THE SHELL Still Have A Future?

There sure is no shortage of Ghost in the Shell news lately. After many a false start, a live-action version by Dreamworks seems to be pretty much underway, starring Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Meanwhile, on the animated front,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Rinko Kikuchi

This week sees the premiere of Kumiko - The Treasure Hunter, the film based on the bizarre tale of a Japanese woman who thought the bag of money from the Coen Brothers' Fargo was real, and who went looking for... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: CINDERELLA And The Fairy Tale As Comfort Food

I was rather hoping for a bit more from Cinderella, I admit. It was not to be. Kenneth Branagh's live-action staging of the Disney cartoon of the Grimm fairy tale is perfectly competent, and marvelously dull. For those following the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

SXSW 2015: George Miller Introduces THE ROAD WARRIOR And Previews MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Seeing George Miller walk out on stage to introduce The Road Warrior made all my pains go away. A medical doctor turned filmmaker, Miller may not have magical healing powers, but his movies have the capacity to make audiences forget... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Li Bingbing

Last week saw the premiere of Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal in China. Our editor of Asian Affairs James Marsh saw it, and had plenty of good to say about it, especially concerning lead actress Li Bingbing.... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Shut Down Marvel's AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

To a real extent, I love Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I love all of the people involved, creatively. I love the cast (and I suspect my fondness, in particular, for Chloe Bennett's Agent Skye has carried my interest in the... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Have Your Say: FIFTY SHADES OF... Why?!

Some success stories surprise more than others, but in the past year, few successes were as surprising as what happened to the Fifty Shades... trilogy of erotic novels. What started life as amateur SM-tinged Twilight fan-fiction turned into a worldwide... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Now Streaming: UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, Do Sit-Coms Dream Of Binge-Watching?

Situation comedies have been a mainstay of broadcast networks in the U.S. since the early 1950s, so it makes perfect sense that streaming services would want to feature such tried-and-true fare in their own programming schemes, such as Unbreakable Kimmy... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Sigourney Weaver

This week sees the release of Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, starring an eclectic mix of actors, non-actors and special effects. Loïc saw the film and had mixed feelings. Among the cast members is Sigourney Weaver though, and that is always worth... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: ALIENS And The Burden Of Canon

Having now - I hope! - been convinced that Neill Blomkamp's comments last week (re: removing Alien3 and Alien Resurrection from the Alien franchise's continuity for his forthcoming Alien 5 sequel) were taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued, a... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Remembers Leonard Nimoy

We lost a truly iconic performer yesterday when Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) passed away. He had a remarkable career, topped of course by playing one of the most iconic characters in popular culture.Here is a look back at the man and... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hooray For Hollywood! North Koreans, The Greeks, And Hollywood's Oklahoma Deficit

Socrates said, "Know thyself." A more contemporary philosopher from Oklahoma offered, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Reading many business stories about Hollywood lately, it quickly becomes apparent that few have embraced either the Athenian master or... More »
By Todd Harrington   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Oscars 2015, FIFTY SHADES, LAST 5 YEARS And More

Another two-fer here at Twitchvision. First up is talking about Oscars 2015, including looks at Boyhood, Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel.Then, a week late, we have the video for our 50 Shades of Grey chat, as well as the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of Michael Keaton

This weekend, Michael Keaton could be receiving an Academy Award for Best actor, for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. Indeed, many people over here at TwitchFilm central think he's going to get the gold, and Birdman itself was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: JUPITER ASCENDING And Life After Peak Visual Effects

It was on the fifth or fifteenth major sequence of extraordinary outer space somethingorothers doing something extraordinary in Jupiter Ascending that I realized I no longer cared about visual effects as a category of achievement. There are what seem like... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Julianne Moore

This weekend, fantasy-film lovers can choose to get their fix either with or without science fiction attached, with both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son out in cinemas. Check Loïc Valceschini's reviews, here and here. Both films sure have some fine... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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