Treaser Trailer: Synchronicity

Synchronicity

Time travel concepts and Blade Runner science fiction noir come together in Jacob Gentry’s Synchronicity. Gentry is perhaps best known for the quirky-absurd middle vignette in the 2007 apocalypse triptych, The Signal and has a particular knack for sync’ing up framing and action to electronic music, which you will see on display in the teaser trailer below.

The film is startlingly ambitious for what is probably a very tiny budget, and is playing at this years Fantasia International Film Festival. The film stars horror-indie regular AJ Bowen (The Guest, House of the Devil, Rites of Spring) and the villain is played by iconic Canuck character actor and ham (literally, watch ABC’s “V: The Final Battle”) Michael Ironside, who is also at Fantasia, starring in the Quebecois post-apocalyptic kids adventure, Turbokid. Go Michael!

Trailer #3: American Ultra

American Ultra

If there is one thing that stoner-super-spy comedy American Ultra is doing right, it is with passive understatement, and the casting of Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart seems perfect in this case. Also digging the Molly-Day-Glo set-piece. It only has to overcome the fact that this concept (without the pot) has been done hundreds of times at this point.

After three trailers, are you ready for The Bourne High-dentity? (Sorry, that one is mine.)

Mamo 415: Ant-vengers, Assemble!

Mamo!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe offers up its weakest opening weekend since The Incredible Hulk with Edgar Wright Peyton Reed’s Ant-Man, so we assemble the avengers – Norm Wilner from Now Magazine and Someone Else’s Movie, and Greg LeGros from See You Next Wednesday and Time Bandits – to geek out over what’s gone on in the MCU (and the Distinguished Competition, as well). Plus, smoked meat!

Blu-Ray Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut

Director: Bryan Singer
Screenplay: Simon Kinberg
Based on a Graphic Novel by: Chris Claremont, John Byrne
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage
Country: USA/UK/Canda
Running Time: 142 min (Rogue Cut) 126 (Theatrical Cut)
Year: 2014
BBFC Certificate: 12 (although the commentary is rated 15)


I like to moan about super hero movies. There seems to be an endless stream of them nowadays with these extended universes and such, so I’ve grown very tired of hearing about them. 90% of online chatter seems to surround the latest super hero movie trailer or casting news. Personally I couldn’t give a s**t about most of it and become a snob hiding in the corner with my indie movies and classic re-releases. However, despite my grumbling, I’ve actually enjoyed most of the super hero films I’ve seen during this decade-and-a-half boom.

One of last year’s super hero movies that I liked quite a lot was X-Men: Days of Future Past. So when I was offered a chance to review the new Rogue Cut of the film, I decided to break away from my usual snooty high-brow/classic/cult posts to join the mainstream.

I won’t go into too much detail about the plot for X-Men: Days of Future Past as most of you will already have seen it. Basically, in the future, the world is a bleak and desolate place, particularly for mutants who are being hunted and killed by the all powerful Sentinels (big evil robots that can take on mutant powers). The X-Men have a plan though. They send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back into the subconscious of his 1970’s self to change events surrounding Mystique/Raven (Jennifer Lawrence), Charles Xavier (a.k.a. Professor X, played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (a.k.a. Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) which led to the development of the Sentinel programme, spearheaded by Dr. Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).

What The Rogue Cut adds in its 16 extra minutes, alongside a couple of minor changes here and there, is, as you might have guessed, a role for Rogue (Anna Paquin). She was a major character in the first couple of films, but was left on the cutting room floor when Days of Future Past hit cinemas. In these re-instated scenes she is saved from experimentation by Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Bobby/Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) so that she can help the wounded Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) keep Wolverine in his former subconscious.

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Mondays Suck Less in the Third Row

Check out these links:
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Some classic films that almost had wildly different endings
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Are you a HORROR junkie? This is probably worth a click…
Redditor looking for a “relaxing” movie
5 must watch films from the Criterion Collection (author concurs)



Since “Dogma” clearly forbids temporal and geographical alienation… (gracias Rot)

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Review: Ant-Man

Director: Peyton Reed (Bring it On, The Break-Up, Down with Love, Yes Man)
Writers: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam McKay, Paul Rudd
Producers: Kevin Feige
Starring: Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly, Corey Stoll, Bobby Cannavale, Judy Greer, Abby Ryder Fortson, Michael Peña
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Running time: 117 min.

 

 

My original posting of this review can be found on LetterBoxd

 


One thing a superhero movie, or any blockbuster, should never be is boring. Unfortunately, that’s the quickest criticism I would make of Ant-Man, which out of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe should have had the uniqueness to avoid that description the most. At this point in the game, being the 12th film in the franchise and the closer of their Phase Two, it’s no surprise that Ant-Man follows the Marvel formula from start to finish, but Guardians of the Galaxy just last year showed that you can be on the MCU factory line and still bring a flesh flavor to the mix that excites more often than it succumbs to tedium. Even with the much-discussed departure of Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, this film had all the potential to be the quirky and charismatic jolt of energy that the franchise needed to stave off the fatigue it’s been plagued with increasingly the past few years of dolling out one overfamiliar entry after the next. Director Peyton Reed comes from a unique line of comedies, Anchorman director Adam McKay worked on a new draft of the script and right alongside him was star Paul Rudd, an unconventional and exciting choice to lead a big superhero extravaganza. So why did Ant-Man turn out so dull?

Maybe it was the tired plot, as Marvel’s patented routine of bland, one-dimensional, practically non-existent villains sees its newest member in the form of Corey Stoll’s Darren Cross, saddling a very talented actor with a character who doesn’t even warrant a second glance. The moment you meet this guy there’s no real sense of threat to him, so instead you sit back and wait for whatever is going to happen to wash him away so he can join Malekith and Ivan Vanko in the annals of nobodies. Cross got his feelings hurt when his mentor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), wouldn’t share his big secrets with him so instead he spent decades trying to create what Pym did in order to…. um…. uh….. revenge…. or….. ? Well how about this, how about Pym’s sad story about his deceased wife leading him to neglect his daughter Hope (Evangeline Lilly), who now works for Cross but goes back to her father for help when she discovers what he’s going to do with this dangerous new technology. You see, the whole relationship is built around the fact that Pym has been hiding the truth of what happened to Hope’s mother and there’s this really big emotional moment where he finally tells her, letting her know that he hid it all these years, ruining his relationship with his only child and causing her to abandon him, because…. um…. crap…. well…. the movie needed an emotional scene?

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Trailer: The Revenant

leorevenant

Rev·e·nantˈrevəˌnäN,-nənt – noun
a person who has returned, especially supposedly from the dead.

Hot off the success of last year’s Best Picture winner Birdman, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is shifting gears with The Revenant. The film is a period piece revenge thriller adapted by Iñárritu from Michael Punke’s 2003 novel based on the true story of 19th century fur trapper Hugh Glass.

Over the years, the project has gone through quite a few hands before ending up on Iñárritu’s lap. At one point, Park Chan-wook was attached to direct with Samuel L. Jackson to star. Later on, John Hillcoat and Christian Bale were in negotiations.

As you’ll see in the trailer, with the final product, Iñárritu has crafted what appears to be a spectacularly beautiful film starring Leonardo Dicaprio as the weary protagonist hellbent on revenge against his companions (one played by Tom Hardy) who rob and leave him for dead after he’s attacked by a grizzly. Needless to say, it looks fucking awesome.

The Revenant drops into theaters stateside on Christmas Day 2015.

Friday One Sheet: The Hateful 8

The promise of a ‘Western with winter’ in the vein of The Great Silence, Ravenous, Jeremiah Johnson or McCabe & Mrs. Miller is just about as compelling as just about anything in cinema for yours truly. You can guess at the tingle that this particularly painterly poster offers. Kudos to Quentin Tarantino and other keeping the genre alive (and this year promises to be particularly kind for gunslingers and ne’er-do-wells.) The Hateful 8 with its gritty tagline (I can practically hear that line being spoken by Kurt Russell or Bruce Dern) alongside foot prints and blood. And a collection of hardened men against the backdrop of gently falling snow. Bliss.

Cinecast Episode 403 – Two Hundred Eighty-Eight Thumbs Up

It’s a night time desert out there in the cinemas these days. Things are so chilly that Andrew does not even want to dwell on his Minions experience over the weekend (but rest assured, he does anyway). Also in the melange is conversation on True Detective, Telugu MEGA-EPIC Baahubali: The Beginning, the slew of trailers dropped at a certain pop cultural event, plus and a number of random tangents and what-have-yous. Not really a typical Cinecast, but things are not the trainwreck you might think (more on that bit of miscommunication in the show). Apologies for The Cranberries closing out the show, it’s an Amy Schumer thing.

(show notes below are limited)

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

 

 
 

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