Destroy All Monsters: ALIENS And The Burden Of Canon

Having now - I hope! - been convinced that Neill Blomkamp's comments last week (re: removing Alien3 and Alien Resurrection from the Alien franchise's continuity for his forthcoming Alien 5 sequel) were taken out of context or otherwise misconstrued, a... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Remembers Leonard Nimoy

We lost a truly iconic performer yesterday when Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) passed away. He had a remarkable career, topped of course by playing one of the most iconic characters in popular culture.Here is a look back at the man and... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of J. K. Simmons

Last weekend was Academy Award weekend, and a lot of it was predictable, uninteresting, and often both. However, I do not think anybody had a problem with the Oscar for best Supporting Actor going to J. K. Simmons, for his... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Hooray For Hollywood! North Koreans, The Greeks, And Hollywood's Oklahoma Deficit

Socrates said, "Know thyself." A more contemporary philosopher from Oklahoma offered, "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging." Reading many business stories about Hollywood lately, it quickly becomes apparent that few have embraced either the Athenian master or... More »
By Todd Harrington   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Us, Them, And The Oscars

Hollywood's annual pageant of nice dresses and the complex madness of John Travolta went off pretty much as expected - a few less for American Sniper than perhaps I cynically expected, and a few more for Birdman, which ain't Boyhood,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Oscars 2015, FIFTY SHADES, LAST 5 YEARS And More

Another two-fer here at Twitchvision. First up is talking about Oscars 2015, including looks at Boyhood, Whiplash and The Grand Budapest Hotel.Then, a week late, we have the video for our 50 Shades of Grey chat, as well as the... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of Michael Keaton

This weekend, Michael Keaton could be receiving an Academy Award for Best actor, for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. Indeed, many people over here at TwitchFilm central think he's going to get the gold, and Birdman itself was... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: JUPITER ASCENDING And Life After Peak Visual Effects

It was on the fifth or fifteenth major sequence of extraordinary outer space somethingorothers doing something extraordinary in Jupiter Ascending that I realized I no longer cared about visual effects as a category of achievement. There are what seem like... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Julianne Moore

This weekend, fantasy-film lovers can choose to get their fix either with or without science fiction attached, with both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son out in cinemas. Check Loïc Valceschini's reviews, here and here. Both films sure have some fine... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Go Big, GAME OF THRONES, Before You Go Home

Quietly over the weekend, several IMAX theatres played two episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones on their very big screens - and grossed $1.5 million. It's not a huge amount of money. It doesn't even fractionally compare to American Sniper's... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Sundance 2015, PADDINGTON, Oscar Buzz And More

With all the fest fun there's been a bit of a delay getting some of these Twitchvision vids up for y'all, so here you get a bit of a megamix of vids from the last few weeks.The main entry of... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

The Many Faces Of Sean Bean

Last week, there was a Game of Thrones event in cinemas, in IMAX cinemas even. Anticipation for the fifth season of the incredibly favorite show is high enough to make people rewatch the ending of the fourth season in theaters,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Leave Johnny Depp Alone

OK, seriously: what did Johnny Depp ever do to you? I know, I know. It's just fashionable to hate him right now and lord knows, fashion is our main deal in these parts. The rise and fall and rise again... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Stanley Donen's TWO FOR THE ROAD

Smart, stylish, insightful and brimming with technical inventiveness, Stanley Donen's Two For The Road is a wonderful examination of the modern marriage whose influence can still be felt in Hollywood cinema today, nearly 50 years after it was originally released.Inspired... More »
By James Marsh   
  

The Many Faces Of Joaquin Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is doing its rounds West of the Atlantic, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam has scheduled the international premiere of the film for today. Dustin reviewed the film and enjoyed it lots, so what an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Meeting The Criterion: TIME BANDITS On Blu-ray

Time Bandits (1981) is often called Terry Gilliam's most accessible film, which has always seemed like a back-handed compliment to me. Is there a more neutral term than accessible? Gilliam's work is characterized by anything but neutrality. It's a narrative resume... More »
By Dave Canfield   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Faster, AMERICAN SNIPER! Kill! Kill!

Warning: Spoilers for American Sniper below. If Twitter is anything to go by, the liberal side of the population is never even going to attempt to understand why American Sniper cleared a gargantuan $107M over the Martin Luther King weekend,... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Amazon 2015 Pilot Season: THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Stands Out

Fresh off winning two Golden Globes for the comedy/drama (aka "dramedy") Transparent, Amazon's annual pilot season is in full bloom, with 13 new pilot episodes debuting in the past few days. Of those, six are aimed at children, so I... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the US. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Good Enough For The Golden Globes

The Golden Globes are the silliest and most trivial of the trivial Hollywood accolades, a fact widely known among film fans and hopelessly lost to the masses beyond, the same masses who awarded Taken 3 a heaping $40M this past... More »
By Matt Brown   
  
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