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With Inside Llewyn Davis hitting theatres this month, the cineasts at TIFF found time to roll out a retrospective of some of the best flicks in the Coen brothers canon. From early works like Blood Simple and Miller’s Crossing to their breakout smash Fargo to more recent classics like No Country For Old Men, they’ve put together a great program showcasing the Coens’ style and dedication to story and craft (however loopy). This Friday, December 13th they’re showing one of the Coens’ most loved movies, The Big Lebowski. Next week, TIFF-goers can catch A Serious Man, less appreciated, but just as superb. Made over ten years apart, these two films mirror each other in unexpected ways. Get ready to enter a very funny world of pain, after the jump.
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Love or hate, I pay attention to everything that the filmmaking partnership of Lana and Andy Wachowski produces. I’m never indifferent to their work.
The first Matrix film blew me away. Not so much the sequels. I was befuddled by the still-stunning visuals of Speed Racer and absolutely adored the compelling V For Vendetta. I dug the action of Ninja Assassin and really enjoyed the complex and touching Cloud Atlas. But even while sitting in a theatre and watching one of their films, I always wondered what the next big Wachowski sci-fi storyline would be. Today, we finally get a glimpse.
Long spoken of, if only in quiet and careful conversation, the first trailer for next summer’s Jupiter Ascending dropped today. There isn’t even a poster for the film yet!
Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, and the always-incredible Sean Bean (there’s even a small role given to director Terry Gilliam in the film), take a look at this hard-core sci-fi epic.
It’s only the first trailer, but will Jupiter Ascending be a hit or a miss? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!
Oh, that was a fun heading to write!
Not that I really had much to do. How often do you get a weekend box office wrap-up report that can write itself like this particular weekend? Thank you, Disney and Buona Vista, Lionsgate and Relativity Studios!
With the cold snap currently being experienced throughout the United States, I wonder if it wasn’t an omen of sorts for the top grossing film at the box office this weekend?
Make the jump and find out what’s what with the prognostications!
A long time ago is right now. A galaxy far, far away is right here.
No, I’m not slipping into a 1990 Jesus Jones haze. Instead, I’m fondly remembering a recent visit to the abode of Biff Bam Pop’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns, wherein I got some quality time to play a little My Little Pony (Princess Twilight Sparkle rules!) with his beautiful little girl (who, I’m proud to say, also happens to be my awesome Goddaughter).
And although friendship might be magic, it’s the vehicular quiz game that the two of us played that really raised an eyebrow and brought me back to when I was a kid.
The game was Star Wars. And our quiz instructor was the beautiful new hardcover book from DK Publishing titles: Star Wars Complete Vehicles.
It makes a great gift this holiday season for both the young and impressionable – and the older and impressed. Here’s why…
Quick, name another physicist that’s been on The Simpsons. They’ve had a Nobel prize-winning chemist (Dudley Herschbach), and a renowned paleontologist (Stephen Jay Gould). But in the public mind one luminary science guy’s cameo registers more deeply than the rest. With his wheelchair (that apparently flies) and his computer-synthesized voice, Stephen Hawking’s iconic appearance with TV’s most dysfunctional family was a classic moment in popular culture. Hawking had been famous for years before his cameo with yellow people in two dimensions, of course. A new documentary simply titled Hawking takes us through the great scientist’s life, and how he changed our view of the universe. Look out for wormholes, after the jump.
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Earlier this year, when the first trailer to Thor: The Dark World was released, I found myself surprisingly excited. Here was what looked to be a bit of a throw back film; a bit of a Marvel Studios homage to the those great swashbuckling sword and sorcery movies of the early 1980’s: Conan, The Sword and the Sorcerer, The Beastmaster and Krull. Those were movies that I loved as a kid – and love even more now.
With Thor: The Dark World, it seemed liked the eightification of comic book films was upon us. And in this particular case, I was ok with that. There was no better decade for this kind of genre than the decade that spawned all of those cool movies of my youth, happily spent at the video rental store.
Thor: The Dark World, was more than that, though. It was a movie that combined muscular heroes and dreaded villains with big-budget sets and fantastic special effects with well-known actors, working inside a shared fictional universe, playing well with at least three other important film franchises. A truly twenty-first century aesthetic.
It’s Saturday. Let me tell you more about the movie, Thor: The Dark World after the jump.
Last week I wrote about TIFF’s wide-ranging retrospective From Within: The Films of David Cronenberg. It’s a superb series showcasing all of his films, with several special screenings featuring talks by either Cronenberg himself or various of his collaborators. TIFF’s outdone themselves this time around, going beyond the film programme to mount a Cronenberg Expo featuring props, costumes, artwork and more, called David Cronenberg: Evolution.
The exhibition traces from the beginnings of Cronenberg’s career up to his most recent films. As Noah Cowan, TIFF’s Artistic Director, observes, “David Cronenberg has made an immeasurable contribution to Canadian and global cinema. TIFF has been fortunate enough to have worked with him throughout his career to amass a significant collection of artifacts and documents that have made this celebration possible.” And boy have they. Props and makeup appliances from Cronenberg’s earliest films are on display, including the Hobbes parasites created by Joe Blasco for Shivers and the vagina-like slit from James Woods’ torso created by effects legend Rick Baker for Videodrome. Made from latex, the older pieces are fragile and some are a little shrivelled, but they’re remarkably well preserved. I was surprised how many weird bits under glass still packed a visceral punch. You can feel the creepiness vibrating from each unsettling protuberance. The discarded pieces of Seth Brundle’s body from The Fly, created by Chris Wallas, are still cringe-worthy, as are the Mantle retractor and other custom gynecological tools sculpted by Cheryl Camack Grundy for Dead Ringers. Even inert, Cronenberg knows how to mess your sex up.
Yesterday evening (or was it morning or afternoon?), Director Peter Jackson and his Hobbit film friends, including actors Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield), Luke Evans (Bard the Bowman), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Evangeline Lilly (Tauriel) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) among many others, gathered in four different cities to engage an ever-growing audience of Tolkein book and film lovers.
From Wellington, New Zealand to London, England to New York City to Los Angeles; across four time zones, questions were asked, answers were given and behind the scenes stories about the making of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were told.
And then the new, and last, trailer for the second film in the trilogy dropped! You can watch it after the jump!