Trailer: Blade Runner

As the sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 cyberpunk-ennui par excellence, Blade Runner slowly trundles along towards being made, the 2K re-release (known as The Final Cut) of the original film is coming to select cinemas, I am aware of the BFI doing a special release nation-wide in the UK, as well as TIFF LIGHTBOX in Toronto in spring. A brand new trailer has been cut for this release, and it’s a master-class in evoking the images, the plot, the characters and the overall feel of the film in an very elegant package.

Take a break from whatever ever you are doing, click the video below, bump the resolution to 1080p and soak in the timeless magic of this amazing film.

After the Hype #88 – Dawn of the Planet of the Apes



Hey guys! Thanks for holding down the fort while we were out fighting some crazy smart monkeys with our pals Tony and Chewie. Means a lot to know that we have a place to come back to-OH MY GOD MORE MONKEYS HAVE INVADED WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO AAAHHHHHHH!!!!

Ape…listen to podCAST!


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Cinecast Episode 384 – Feeling Uncomfortable is Great


A surprising amount of agreement this week. Yes Matt Gamble is here which always brings a certain amount of animosity and incredulity to the show. Yet there seems to be an underlining and approving theme of “less than great” to the entire show. That’s about it. There are politics at play. The music industry at odds with itself. An anti-Rom-Com. Fucked up celebrities seeing ghosts. Giant stone tablets from God and Hugh Jackman drawing a firearm during league play.

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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2014 List of Lists [FINAL]

…And here they come down the final stretch. My obsession with lists has waned in the past couple of years, but that goes out the window this time of year. I like to stay in the know with popular opinion and keep all of these lists handy. I think some of the readers here do too. But rather than publish a daily “here’s another list from Mrs. X” post, I’ll periodically (about once a week) be on the lookout for new top ten lists from critics, directors, bloggers, podcasters, the wise old owl down the street and Joe Bob Briggs. At any rate, this will be the go-to place for a constantly updated source to where you can find all of the movie top ten lists that are being spurted all over the interwebz.

I’m trying something a little bit different this year. Rather than an epic, long list with periodic updates populating the list even further, I’ll just add a new section to the list with a date and the new entries. Perhaps towards the end of January as the list releasing slows down to a halt I’ll condense them all into one long list. But for now, each time this post is re-published, you’ll be able to see all of the new entries listed by date. It may not be as easy to find a specific list right away (ctrl + f is your friend), but for those that are keeping tabs, it will be easier to see the newest updates.

If you’ve got your own list or seen a list laying around that you don’t see below and think should be included, by all means email me the link or drop it in the comments below.

(#1 film in parentheses if applicable)
Twitch (Todd Brown)  
Cinema Axis (Mommy)
Smashing Armadillos (The Tale of Princess Kaguya)
Thoughts on Film (Under the Skin)
Puke in Film (Hard To Be A God)
Examiner (Boyhood)
Film Pulse  

[over/under rated] The Playlist
[Best Cinematography] No Film School
[Best Horror] The Horror Section
[Best Horror] Film Pulse

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Trailer: Tomorrowland

Another day, another chosen-one hero journey. Brad Bird’s foray into Disney live action film making (previously he made Ratatouille & The Incredibles for Pixar, Mission Impossible 4 for Paramount and The Iron Giant for Warner Brothers) looks like a handsome journey into the unknown, and in a recent trend, the chosen one is a girl instead of a boy. I like the bright, glossy visuals, but otherwise, this sort of thing looks very familiar. Tomorrowland is co-written by Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and starring Britt Robertson, George Clooney, and Hugh Laurie.

Bound by a shared destiny, a teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor embark on a mission to unearth the secrets of a place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory

Tom Hanks did a thing with Carly Rae Jepsen.


I‘m not sure how it happened, I’m not sure why it happened… but whatever the case, watching Tom Hanks strolling down the street while dancing and singing bubblegum pop music is a glorious sight to see.

Carly Rae Jepsen, best known for her unavoidable, silly, and admittedly catchy “Call Me Maybe,” enlisted Hanks to mouth the words to her latest music video, “I Really Like You,” and, well… you just have to check it out for yourself.

I’m not really sure what I just watched (although she said the video is inspired by her love of Wes Anderson), I’m not sure why Justin Bieber showed up at the end in a big-puffy coat, and I’m not sure how in the hell she got the Hanks in the first place–but I’m glad she did.

Albert Maysles 1926-2015.

“Making a film isn’t finding the answer to a question; it’s trying to capture life as it is.”

he elder half of the famous Maysles documentary filmmaking team, Albert Maysles died yesterday at 88. David (who passed on in the late 1980s) and Albert documented The Rolling Stones in one of the best documentary films ever made, Gimme Shelter, shot during the infamous Altamont Concert; a touch-point considered the end of the Hippie movement, and the beginning of the flower-power narcotics hangover. (We did a Movie Club Podcast on the 1970 doc here.) They were leading proponents int the Direct Cinema Movement which aimed to minimize cinema tricks in the documentary form to represent their stories honestly (and as the name states, directly.) They also documented The Beatles, IBM, The extended Kennedy family (Grey Gardens)the dynamic of the modern salesman in the classic documentary, Salesman. In his solo career Albert Maysles made an equally diverse stretch of films from the 1950s all the way up to 2009. Maysles was a titan of the documentary field, as important to its development as Robert J. Flaherty, Frederick Wiseman, Werner Herzog and Errol Morris.

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Friday One Sheet: Dark Places

This French poster for Gilles Paquet-Brenner procedural thriller, Dark Places is so utterly simple one might be tempted to write it off as merely forgettable. But in a time of over-cluttered, floaty-head designs, simplicity (to to be confused with minimal) is often best. Charlize Theron lays down on a black background either at rest a near fetal position, or judging from the orientation of the photo, possibly ready to spring into action. This is for an adaptation of another Gillian Flynn novel (the poster makes note of this by mentioning Gone Girl in the upper corner.