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Review: Starred Up, starring Jack O'Connell

Find out why many think Jack O'Connell is Hollywood's next superstar

Review: Frank

Michael Fassbender as you've never seen him before!

Review: The Trip to Italy

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon go on another hilarious tour!

Review: Love is Strange

The latest film from Ira Sachs

9/01/2014

Willem Dafoe is 'Pasolini' in Trailer for Abel Ferrara's New Film



"To scandalize is a right, and to be scandalized is a pleasure". Those words by the great Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini proved to be prophetic indeed. The filmmaker's life was one where his many great films, such as The Gospel According to Matthew and The Decameron were met with just as many scandals surrounding his politics and sexuality. Even his death would turn out to be one surrounded by mystery and controversy, and serves the basis for Abel Ferrara's film, Pasolini, which has just released its first trailer ahead of premieres in Venice and Toronto.

Willem Dafoe takes on the role of the Italian director in a story that chronicles the final days of his life in 1975. It's at this time he's battling with censors over his last film, Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, and interviewing with journalists about his career. But the events leading up to his murder are also hinted at, especially in that final car ride at the tail end, and just how far Ferrara intends to go in exploring the crime is unclear. What's clearer is this looks like a strong, dialed-down performance by Dafoe and a beautifully shot ode to a great director. Hopefully it finds a way to the U.S.

'24' Movie Talks Rumored to be Heating Up Again



Ever since 24 ended its initial run back in 2010, fans have firmly believed the story of badass CTU agent Jack Bauer was far from over. The only question was how that story would continue to be told. A feature film had been developing for awhile, with Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Breach) and Mark Bomback (The Wolverine) working on the script and Antoine Fuqua eying the director's chair for a 2012 shoot. But for various reasons the project never got off the ground, and when the 12-episode 24: Live Another Day was ordered up there seemed no need for a movie. But now the series is over and everybody wants more Jack Bauer, and they may finally get it on the big screen.

According to TVLine, talks have picked up again for a 24 movie, largely due to the ratings success of 24: Live Another Day. Imagine Entertainment and producer Brian Grazer are high on the idea of a movie again, but talks are said to be complicated because Fox is considering another season. And that has always been sort of the sticking point, hasn't it? 24 never truly felt gone so a movie never was really given the space it needed to develop. That doesn't seem to be the case now, either.

What it sounds like is we'll get at least one more 24: LAD miniseries and then a movie may follow, which basically keeps us at square one. Given how many years this movie has been talked about I wouldn't hold my breath until something is confirmed by 20th Century Fox.

Blu-Ray Deal of the Week: Clint Eastwood 40-Film Collection for 57% Off


At the age of 84, Clint Eastwood doesn't seem to be slowing down at all, having just directed an adaptation of Jersey Boys and with American Sniper on the way next year. Over the course of his legendary fifty year career, Eastwood has been in front of and behind the camera for dozens of classics, and now is a good time to get your hands on nearly all of them. This week's blu-ray deal is the Clint Eastwood 40-Film Collection for only $76.99, that's 57% off the regular price. For that you get 38 feature films including greats like Unforgiven, The Outlaw Josey Wales, and Dirty Harry, plus two brand new documentaries.

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Miltos Yerolemou of 'Game of Thrones' Joins 'Star Wars: Episode VII'



Gwendoline Christie won't be the only Game of Thrones cast member part of Star Wars: Episode VII. For obvious reasons there's a need for those with plenty of sword training, and J.J. Abrams has enlisted Miltos Yerolemou, who played Arya Stark's graceful sword trainer Syrio Forel, for a role in the latest Star Wars film.

The report comes from the BBC who state Forel's role is "not thought to be a major one.” Makes sense, otherwise he probably would have been cast long before now. But with production just picking back up after a hiatus due to Harrison Ford's injury, now seems like the right time to bring him aboard. And of course, with Forel's experience one can only think he'll be playing a Jedi or Sith, anybody that might have a chance to wield a lightsaber.

Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18th 2015.

Lars von Trier Developing Engligh-Language TV Series 'The House that Jack Built'



It's understandable that everyone wouldn't take to Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac twin-bill, what with it being a four-hour plus movie about a woman's tawdry sexual escapades. But for those who are fans of von Trier's...ummmm, let's just call it "unique" look at female sexuality (and I'm one), the full 5 1/2 hour Director's Cut of Nymphomaniac Parts 1 & 2 are screening at the Venice International Film Festival and will hopefully make their way to the U.S. at some point. While that's exciting, what has really caused a stir is new of von Trier's next project which will be on the small screen.

During the Nymphomaniac press conference in Venice, von Trier appeared on screen through video link, dialed up by his pal Stellan Skarsgard. It was then that producer Louise Vesth announced von Trier would be embarking on an English-language television series that is expected to have a huge international cast...

Vesth: “Now, when he’s not able to speak, so he cannot say that it’s not ture, I’m happy to announce that the next Lars von Trier project will be a TV series in the English language. He has a really really good idea which I cannot tell more about right now. He wants a huge cast and from what I heard I’m sure that it will be something that you have never seen before and you will definitely never see it again.”

The show will be titled The House that Jack Built. The hope is for shooting to begin in 2016 with von Trier beginning work on the scripts this fall. And as usual for the provacative filmmaker it's expected to be unlike anything else on TV. Or so says producer and Zentropa founder Peter Aalbæk Jensen who says “it will be a TV series without precedent" and cautioned “You better hold your breath.”

Hard to believe it has been twenty years since von Trier's last foray into television with The Kingdom, which was weird in all the ways one would expect from him, which is why it's considered a cult classic by many.  Given the loosened boundaries of TV nowadays the lengths he'll be able to go make this a project worth getting excited about. Can we assume Skarsgard, Udo Kier, and probably Charlotte Gainsbourg have already been called up?[Deadline]

Exciting First Promos for Marvel's 'Agents of SHIELD' Season 2



With a rash of new comic book-based TV series beginning this fall, it's funny to think of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD as a veteran as it goes into season two, but it kind of is. After a shaky first season both creatively and in terms of ratings, the show really picked up steam and recovered in the final stretch as it reflected changes brought about in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And going into this next season the ramifications of the Hydra infiltration will continue to be felt

ABC and Marvel have released two new promos for Agents of SHIELD's second season, with one featuring a ton of never before seen footage. The first, titled "Rollercoaster", features footage from the prior season and teases the up 'n down nature of the team's adventures. But it's the second promo that is really cool as it gives us a look at what Agent Coulson's (Clark Gregg) team looks like now that SHIELD is no more. They're protecting innocents in secret, living "in the shadows" as he puts it. Essentially they'll be completely off the grid, which I guess means the traitorous Agent Ward (Brett Dalton) doesn't have time to shave. It also means Skye (Chloe Bennett) will be receiving more field training than ever, and she looks much tougher now than ever before. And although this teaser doesn't really show it, something has to be up with Fitz (Ian De Caestecker) after the trauma he suffered.

Lots of stuff going on, and with a whole slew of new characters coming aboard this should be an exciting season. Marvel's Agents of SHIELD returns September 23rd at its new time of 9pm eastern. If you're interested in recapping the show for us each week, shoot me an email at punchdrunkcritics@yahoo.com.




Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 2 - Teaser #1 [VO|HD] by Team Lyricis

New 'Star Wars Rebels' Short Teases Ezra's Force Powers



With Disney and Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels now about a month away from premiering, the final of their series of short movies has been released. This one is titled "Not What You Think" and focuses on 14-year-old Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), a con artist and thief who joins up with Jedi Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze) and the crew of the Ghost to battle the Empire. In this story, Ezra takes advantage of a hapless tie-fighter pilot while also flashing his Force powers. With the Jedi on the run and in hiding, those Force abilities will probably prove to be more dangerous than helpful.

My biggest complaint about this short and the others is they've all focused on making the Empire look like a bunch of clowns. I have zero interest in watching a kiddie version of Star Wars where the heroes are perfect and the bad guys not much of a threat.  If there are no stakes or consequences then what's the point of watching?

Go here for all of the other short films preceding this one. Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion airs on October 3rd on the Disney Channel, followed by the Star Wars Rebels series beginning October 13th on Disney XD.

First Clip of Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's 'Manglehorn'



Earlier this year David Gordon Green worked wonders for Nicolas Cage's career with Joe, a low-key drama that was the actor's best performance in years. And now Green appears to be doing the same for Al Pacino with Manglehorn, curbing the legendary actor's recent tendencies in favor of a subtler, complex turn. As the film has recently played at the Venice Film Festival, one of two Pacino has at the fest this year, the first clip from Manghlehorn has arrived.

Pacino stars alongside Holly Hunter, Harmony Korine, and Chris Messina in the story of A.J. Manglehorn, a regular guy in a small Texas town, still pining for the love of his life that he gave up on years earlier. But Manglehorn, who follows the same routine every day of his life, is keeping a dark secret that will soon be revealed to all. This particular scene features Hunter, who plays a bank teller who Manglehorn strikes up a close friendship with.

Manglehorn has yet to gain U.S. distribution but given the name value of Green and Pacino, coupled with some strong early reviews, should change that pretty quickly.


"Manglehorn", de David Gordon Green (extrait) by Le Monde.fr

8/31/2014

Supercut of Wu-Tang Clan Performed by All Your Favorite Movies



This might be the greatest thing the Internet has ever produced. Seriously, I think this is what it was dreamed up for all those years ago. One Youtube user with too much time on their hands (that could be ALL of them, but I digress) and an abnormal love of movies and Wu-Tang Clan rap lyrics, has stitched together a supercut of movie characters performing the group's 1995 single "Wu-Tang Clan Ain't Nuthing ta Fuck Wit". It's beyond awesome. Basically every movie character you ever liked manages to get a word in, even ol' Gandalf the Grey gets his two-cents. Check it out. Lots of Coffee & Cigarettes, too, for obvious reasons. [Uproxx]

Wesley Snipes Rumored to Return for 'Blade' Sequel at Marvel


Looks like it may be "open season on all suckheads" once again Wesley Snipes and Blade. Just a few weeks ago Snipes was talking about his desire to suit up as the daywalking vampire killer Blade for a fourth Blade movie, and given how the character is back in Marvel hands after New Line Cinema worked wonders with the original trilogy, fans have been eager for it, too. But while Kevin Feige hasn't exactly expressed an eagerness to bring Blade into the cinematic universe, a new rumor has surfaced saying the movie is in the works. The report comes from the New York Daily News' rumor-mongering section, so take it with the requisite amount of salt...

"Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in “Blade,” the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels.

Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is “looking good” and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits. Let’s hope he remembers to pay Uncle Sam this time."


What's interesting is they call it a sequel, but that can't be true unless Marvel has worked something out with New Line who still own the rights to those movies. If this is indeed happening then it's most likely a total reboot of the character, allowing the half-vamp/half-human Blade to be introduced to a whole new audience minus any baggage. Those who loved Snipes' performance, and I am one who believes it was the role he was born to play (that and Nino Brown), will always make that mental connection with the older movies.

So is there any truth to this? Or is it a lot of ice skating uphill? Considering all of the interviews Kevin Feige does somebody is bound to ask him sooner or later.