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New Releases: August 23, 2013

Posted on 22 August 2013 by William Gatevackes

youre_next3 1. You’re Next (Lionsgate, 2,435Theaters, 95 Minutes, Rated R): It doesn’t take much to create innovation in the horror genre. Look at Scream. All it basically did was introduce horror films into the world of that particular horror film. All of a sudden, the film became a metacommentary on the genre and therefore became innovative.

This film has also received some acclaim for renovating the genre, but really all it is is a bunch of genre tropes combined together to create something new. It’s “Home Invasion” plus “Masked Assailants” plus “Slasher Film” plus “Ten Little Indians” plus “Girl Fights Back.”

This doesn’t mean the film won’t be good. Word of mouth has been great and it follows two of Bill’s Rules for Horror Movie Success: it’s short and it’s R rated.

The plot involves a rich family gathering in a remote mansion to celebrate an anniversary. Unfortunately, a group of marauding serial killers happens upon the house seemingly at random during a killing spree in the neighborhood. Family members die one after another, and the carnage continues until a girlfriend of one of family decides to fight back.

The_Worlds_End_72. The World’s End (Focus Features, 1,548 Theaters, 109 Minutes): It should come as no surprise to readers of mine that I love the films coming from the  trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright. I thought Shaun of the Dead was a witty take on the just become overplayed zombie genre. I thought that Hot Fuzz was a brilliant appliance of the American police action film tropes to the typical British crime drama. I even like them when apart. I like Paul, which featured Pegg and Frost  but not Wright and I loved Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

So it pains me to see that this film will get absolutely crushed in theaters this weekend. It’s paltry theater count means that it will be hard for it to make an impact. I’d wager a bet that it isn’t even playing in most places in the country at all.

Which is a shame because I was hoping this film would open bigger, both in terms of theater counts and in box office receipts. It details a man who is stuck in the past reuniting his mates to complete a legendary pub crawl they didn’t finish when they were younger. But as often happens, a lot has changed in the years they were away. There are a whole lot more Starbucks, everything is a lot cleaner, robots have replaced all the locals, you know, the usual.

Please make an effort to see this in the theater. It deserves it and you deserve it.

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Summer Film Preview – June

Posted on 31 May 2012 by FilmBuffOnline Staff

Snow White And The Huntsman (June 1) I have to say that I find it hard to believe out of the two duelling cinematic takes on the Snow White the one that looked more visually compelling would not turn out to be Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror, but this film from new comer director Rupert Sanders. Thanks to Disney’s ultra-cuddly animated classic, people have forgotten that the story has some dark underpinnings but this definitely looks as if it aims to remind them of that. (In case they miss the PG-13 rating.) Drop in Chris Hemsworth, subbing out his Thor hammer for an ax, as the titular huntsman going after Kristen Stewart’s Snow White at the behest of evil queen Charlize Theron and add Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost and Toby Jones among the seven dwarves for spice and you have got the makings for a really good film. – Rich Drees

Prometheus (June 8) To say that most people were skeptical of Fox’s first announcement that they were developing a prequel to their classic Alien franchise may be an understatement. And considering how that franchise has puttered out with the fairly terrible duo of Alien Vs Predator films, it was hard not to blame them. But then something happened. The director of the original film Ridley Scott became involved and then the project slowly evolved from being a prequel to another story set in the same universe that would share some “DNA” with the original film. Now I’ve had friends who have criticized the trailers for looking too much like an Alien retread – Spaceship crew lands on mysterious planet, discover alien lifeform, much running and screaming ensue – but I have to believe that Scott has something far more deeper and smarter than that in store for us. -RD

Rock Of Ages (June 15) When Rock of Ages opened on Off-Broadway in 2008. I didn’t give it much of a chance to succeed. It’s well-worn star-crossed lovers plot set against the rock clubs of the Sunset Strip didn’t seem the type of show New Yorkers would go for, even if it didn’t feature a score provided by an iPod Shuffle full of 1980’s Hard Rock hits. But succeed it did, moving to Broadway in 2009 where it still resides, and it has made it to the big screen before many other high profile musicals–most notably Wicked.

The biggest thing about the film seems to be the curiousity surrounding Tom Cruise making his musical debut as washed up hair band singer Stacee Jaxx. But the original musical had less going for it and is still going strong. This film could be the surprise of the summer.  – William Gatevackes

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (June 22) I didn’t expect much out of this film other than it being a tounge in cheek piffle. However, the ads for the film look good. Really good. Granted, the film cannot be all that serious. I mean, it portrays our most iconic President as a male Buffy. But it appears to be slightly more than just one note.  – WG

Brave (June 22) Cars 2 was a critical disappointment for Pixar. Not that Disney even noticed, the film was one of the Top Ten highest grossing films of 2011. But it showed a chink in the armor of the usually dependable output from Pixar and some might be worried that it was the first step in the downward spiral of diminishing quality. From what I’ve seen of this film, I think Cars 2 more an abberation than a warning sign. This film seems utterly charming and even the trailer evoked an emotional response from me. It appears to be a return to form for Pixar. – WG

GI Joe: Retaliation (June 29) I can’t wait for this film since I…wait, what? Really? Nevermind.- WG

Ted (June 29) – Judging by the red band trailer, this story about a grown man and his living teddy bear will be just as profane as one would expect from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Mark Wahlberg has made a few stabs at doing comedy before but this looks like it might actually be the film where he scores a hit. Also, in a summer full of big budget tentpole action pics an original high concept comedy could be just the cinematic sorbet we need in the middle of the summer movie season. – RD

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New Releases: December 21

Posted on 20 December 2011 by William Gatevackes

1. The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount, @3,000 Theaters, 107 Minutes, Rated PG): I believe the main battle for box office supremacy for this Holiday week will be fought between this film and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If this is true, then Daniel Craig is a very smart man because his has roles in each.

I really don’t know which way this film will go. The character is immensely popular overseas, where it has been published near continuously in Belgium from 1929 until today. But while Tintin has had animated TV series that aired in the US, it is nowhere near as popular.

However, you can’t argue with the talent involved in this production. I have gone to numerous films just because Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were involved all by their lonesome. Having them all take part in the same film is a no-brainer. And, from what I’ve seen of it, the stop-motion animation is the closest thing I have seen to a comic strip come to life. If I had money to place on who will win at the box office, my money would be here.

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There’s A First Draft Script To Wright And Pegg’s Next Film

Posted on 12 December 2011 by Rich Drees

As many fans of Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz know, those two films were the first two parts of a thematic triptych alternately referred to as “Blood and Ice Cream” or “The Three Flavours Trilogy” and that at some point director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were going to reteam for the final installment The World’s End. That time may be upon us as Frost has told Coming Soon that a first draft of the script now exists-

There is a draft out there, which I’ve read, and it’s great, and I think our plan is to crack on and shoot next year. Touch wood. They move and they change but we definitely want to get on with it.

While I would love to see this film moving forward as soon as possible, I think we need to see the caution under Frost’s optimism. Pegg’s availability for a shoot next year will depend on his schedule for J J Abrams Star Trek 2 while Marvel could finally get around to giving Wright’s long in-development Ant Man film the nod. (Marvel still has two dates staked out in 2014 but haven’t publicly committed titles to them yet.)

There’s not much about The World’s End that we know outside of the fact that it will be a genre film much in the same Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were genre films and that one of its themes will be about reaching middle age. Beyond that, though – nothing. Does the title refer to Armageddon, the edge of a Flat Earth or something else entirely? No matter what the answer is, I’m sure that it will be a fitting conclusion to the cycle of films that the three have created so far.

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Nick Frost Is The Final Dwarf For SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Posted on 13 July 2011 by Rich Drees

Last month there was some confusion over whether we have heard all the casting of the dwarfs for Universal’s upcoming Snow White And The Huntsman. The studio had announced seven actors for the roles, but those who have read the early draft of the script that had been circulating knew that there was eight dwarfs.

The mystery of how many dwarfs will be in the film was solved today with the announcement that Nick Frost will be playing the questioned role of the dwarf Gus. Frost joins Ian McShane (Caesar), Eddie Izzard (Tiberius), Toby Jones (Claudius), Bob Hoskins (Constantine), Ray Winstone (Trajan), Eddie Marsan (Hadrian) and Stephen Graham (Nero) as the group of freedom fighters who help Snow White (Kirsten Stewart) regain her kingdom whose rule was upsurped by her evil stepmother (Charlize Theron).

Via Variety.

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New Releases: March 18

Posted on 17 March 2011 by William Gatevackes

1. Paul (Universal, 2,801 Theaters, 104 Minutes, Rated R): Seeing Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in any film not directed by Edgar Wright seems to veer a little too close to sacrilege for my tastes (same goes the other way too, it just doesn’t seem right).

But yet, here we are, with the pair joined up with Superbad‘s Greg Mottola as a pair of comic book afficiantos making a pilgrimage to the San Diego Comic Con who pick up a rather unique hitchhiker near Area 51, an alien named Paul (voice by Seth Rogen).

Considering the people involved, it should be impossible that the film is not funny at all. The premise is kind of meh, but the cast is good enough to bring some oomph to it.

2. Limitless (Relativity, 2,756 Theaters, 105 Minutes, Rated PG-13): If it wasn’t for one particular plot point, this film would be your typical high finance thriller.

Think about it. A young skilled hotshot enters a corporation. His talent shoots him quickly up into the highest eschelon, and his ego makes him a lot of enemies on the way up. Once his luck runs out and his talent fails him, the wolves begin to circle. Sound familiar?

The twist is that the hotshot’s talent is brought about by a pill that unlocks the untapped potential for the human brain. That kind of sci-fi swerve does add something to the film, but it only barely makes it more unique than your typical Wall Street clone.

3. The Lincoln Lawyer (Lionsgate, 2,400 Theaters, 119 Minutes, Rated R): This might be opening myself to ridicule, but I believe Matthew McConaughey can be a great actor when he wants to be.

Sure, most people when the first think of him, think of him as a stoner characture who’s acting talents would be strained if he goes beyond the realm of the chick flick.

But this is a man who did some pretty fine acting in Contact and A Time to Kill. These were solid dramatic roles and McConaughey excelled in them.

He returns to the legal-potboiler-adapted-from-a-book genre with this one as he plays a lawyer with a client who is hiding something. Not exactly fresh and unique, but could be something that could remind people that McConaughey can really act.

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New Releases: November 13

Posted on 12 November 2009 by William Gatevackes

2012Poster1. 2012 (Sony/Columbia, 3,404 Theaters, 158 Minutes, Rated PG-13): The Mayans, rumor has it, belives the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. Roland Emmerich has decided to apply this myth to his disaster movie template and to see what happens.

You might think I am exaggerating, but really. This is how it goes.: a catastrophic event (alien invasion, a giant lizard, a giant snowstorm, the end of the world) causes massive CGI destruction (every major landmark in the world, most of Manhattan, most of Manhattan again plus the rest of the United States, everything in the known world). While this is going on, our stoic yet sensitive hero (Will Smith, Matthew Broderick, Dennis Quaid, John Cusack) is compelled to be reunited with a loved one (their girlfriend, their girlfriend that stabbed him in the back but still loves him anyway, his son, his daughter) and ensure their safety (by blowing up the aliens, by blowing up the lizard, by relocating to Mexico, by getting on a massive space ark).

The rest of the connecting tissue is nonsense on top of nonsense.  Will we see any type of characterization? A good explanation of why the world is ending? Why there is a space arc and where it came from? Probably not.

However, if you love seeing famous landmarks destroyed, then this movie will be for you. You’ll probably get more of that than you could have ever dreamed of. At least 130 minutes of it.

PirateRadioPoster2. Pirate Radio (Focus Features, 882 Theaters, 135 Minutes, Rated R): And here we have the sacrificial lamb to 2012.

This is loosely based on real life events in Britain during the 1960s. As a result of the government shying away from playing pop music in favor of jazz, a bunch of pirate radio stations sprung up in the waters around England and broadcast what the kids wanted to hear.

This film isn’t based on any one story, but a composite of a bunch of them. It involves a wacky bunch of DJs and the like undertaking a bunch of wacky adventures while being all subversive and stuff.

The film is written and directed by Richard Curtis of Love Actually and Notting Hill fame, and the cast if filled with a bunch of cast members from his previous films such as Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, January Jones, and Rhys Ifans, with Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the token big nmae American in the cast and Nick Frost thrown in for good measure. So it should be entertaining to say the least.

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Is Simon Pegg Too Old To Play Himself?

Posted on 29 September 2009 by Rich Drees

SimonPeggIf you’ve ever flipped through the comic book The Boys, you probably noticed that one of the characters, Wee Hughie, looks alot like British comic actor Simon Pegg. That’s because the series’ creators Garth Ennis and Darrick Robinson have purposely (and with permission) modeled the character on the actor. And now with talk of a possible Boys film, everyone is just assuming that Pegg will be getting the part.

Everyone but Pegg that is.

In a recent twitter post, Pegg stated-

The Boys rocks. Think I’m a little old to play Hughie though. There has been talk of a movie for some time. Would be fun.

Well, I disagree with Pegg. The book, which tells the story of a CIA-sponsored group tasked with policing the world’s superheroes, has only been published since 2006, so it’s not like the character design has been frozen while Pegg has been aging unnaturally fast or anything. He has certainly demonstrated his ability to do a convincing Scottish accent in Star Trek, so that can’t be a concern.

Pegg currently has the John Landis dark comedy Burke And Hare as the next film on his schedule, with a Star Trek sequel lurking unscheduled in the future. The only other project waiting in the wings right now for the actor is The World’s End, which will see him working with frequent co-star Nick Frost and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright. The film version of The Boys is still being developed, so any maybe Pegg is saying that he’ll be too old to play Hughie if they don’t start shaking a leg.

Via Bleeding Cool.

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Script Review: PAUL

Posted on 08 September 2009 by Rich Drees

SimonPeggNickFrostThe comedy duo has all but disappeared from movies today. A holdover from the days of vaudeville, double acts like Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy and lesser knowns like Olsen and Johnson or Wheeler and Woolsey were in great abundance in Hollywood’s Golden Era and the concept survived up to the 1950s and early 1960s with the likes of Hope and Crosby and Martin and Lewis. Today, it seems as if the comedy duo, two comic actors appearing together in a variety of different roles across different films, has pretty much disappeared.

But if anyone could lay claim to that comedic heritage these days, it would be Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Almost immediately with their pairing on the British television series Spaced, the two have shared an on-screen chemistry that has guaranteed laughs. Together with Spaced director Edgar Wright, the pair have brought that dynamic to the big screen with the zom-rom-com Shaun Of The Dead and their buddy-cop/action film riff Hot Fuzz. And while each has done work separately, none of it has sparkled in the way that their work together does.

Pegg and Frost’s next pairing will be the movie Paul, and it will mark a couple of firsts for the two. It will be the first time that they are working without Wright, either directorially or on the screenplay. As Wright was busy directing Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, so Adventureland helmer Greg Motolla has stepped behind the camera for Paul. (Wright is serving as an executive producer on the project, so he at least retains a bit of a hand in the proceedings.) And where Shaun and Fuzz were jointly scripted by Pegg and Wright, Paul marks the first time that Pegg and Frost have sat down to collaborate on a screenplay. The result is a Hope and Crosby-esque road trip across America from the San Diego Comic-Con to Roswell, New Mexico and then points north.

Graham and Clive are two uber-science fiction/fantasy geeks from England to the famed San Diego Comic-Con to promote their recently published fantasy novel, Jelva- Alien Queen Of The Varvak. Unfortunately for them, their appearance doesn’t go very well, with them only selling three copies of the book. But the pair doesn’t let their bad luck at the convention deter them from the second half of their planned American adventure- renting an RV and driving out to Roswell, New Mexico and the fabled Area 51 in the hopes of seeing a real UFO. Graham and Clive get more than expected though, when they encounter a “grey alien” who has escaped from the top secret government labs there. Introducing himself with the unlikely name of Paul, the alien persuades Graham and Clive to drive him to Wyoming and a rendezvous with a spaceship to take him home. However, the government isn’t too happy with Paul’s travel plans and a pursuit of the alien is launched, headed by the relentless Agent Zoil.

Graham and Clive are, to be generous, not the most socially graceful people, but their geekiness gives them a common point from which to relate to each other. Their speech is peppered with Star Trek, Star Wars and Back To The Future references and they way they can complete each other’s sentences hints at more than a bit of a bromance. However, when it comes to dealing with someone outside of fandom, they aren’t as articulate, often stammering and turning red. But while these two characters definitely have some of the stereotypical traits of nerds that have become standardized tropes in Hollywood films for years, Pegg and Frost have managed to invest Graham and Clive with a degree of depth that keeps the characters from becoming caricatures, while also avoiding the more egregious cinematic nerd traits. No taped eyeglasses, underwear in heads or rubber Spock ears on these two just because they are science-fiction fans. If anything, Graham and Clive share a dynamic similar to Michael Cera and Jonah Hill’s characters in Motolla’s Superbad, so it is easy to see why the director was attracted to the material here.

But while reading the part of Paul the alien, it is hard not to visualize animated television series American Dad’s own sardonic, wisecracking, chain smoking Area 51 escapee gray alien, Roger. At least the script is smart enough to recognize the similarities and makes it fodder for a joke. When Paul speaks his alien name, the boys mistake it for “Roger.” And where American Dad’s resident extra-terrestrial must stay pretty much the same character week-in and week-out, Paul has an emotional arc he travels over the course of the screenplay, its surprising destination a lonely old woman living in a cabin in the woods of Wyoming.

As a comedy, Paul is not necessarily just funny bit of dialogue after funny bit of dialogue, although there is plenty of that. Much of the humor is also born out of Graham and Clive’s reactions to the situations that they find themselves in. In that way, the script has several moments that work as satire on various strata of American society. Also, I get the feeling that many laughs will come more from Pegg and Frost’s performances and physical reactions in these situations, than from just the scripted lines. Many of the jokes have ways of continually paying off throughout the script. A running gag about burnt out light bulbs makes a surprising appearance in the film’s closing moments, while an off-the-cuff joke involving Steven Spielberg stealthily serves to set up the film’s climactic location.

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Casting For New Simon Pegg/Nick Frost Comedy PAUL

Posted on 27 May 2009 by Rich Drees

peggfrostSimon Pegg and Nick Frost have just gotten some traveling companions for their upcoming road trip comedy Paul.

Variety is reporting that the all-star comedy lineup of Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader and Jane Lynch has been added to the film.

Pegg and Frost, who co-wrote the script, star as two British science-fiction geeks who travel to the US to attend the San Diego Comics Con and then rent an RV to drive to Area 51 in the hopes of spotting a real UFO. They wind up getting more than they planned for when they meet Paul, an alien escaping from the Top Secret facility. Together the three travel across the country so Paul can signal a rescue ship to come and retrieve him before the pursuing government agents can recapture him.

Rogen will be providing the voice of the wise-cracking alien. It hasn’t been revealed who the rest of the cast will be playing, but there are plenty of choice roles in the script. The FBI team pursuing Paul is headed up by the relentless Agent Zoil. Along the way, the trio meets a young woman whose strict religious upbringing doesn’t allow for the possibility of life on other worlds and her over-protective, domineering, redneck father as well as an older woman who was nearly killed as a little girl by Paul’s crashing spaceship. There’s lots of potential with this cast.

Paul will be directed by Superbad/Adventureland helmer Greg Mottola. It marks the first time that Pegg and Frost have collaborated as writers, though they headlined the comedies Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. (And if you haven’t seen either one, you need to right this very minute.)

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