Destroy All Monsters: Men Plan; GODZILLA Laughs

Not enough Godzilla in Godzilla? Fuuuuuuuck you. Any more Godzilla, and Godzilla (the 2014 American update of the so-venerable-as-to-seem-centuries-old Japanese film franchise) would tip its hand, becoming a visible tragedy. Director Gareth Edwards wisely shoots Godzilla entirely from the ant's... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks Cannes 2014

Greetings from the Croisette! My first report from Cannes 2014 includes talk of the Canadian invasion that includes Xavier Dolan, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan.I also chatted about Red Army and The Salvation, two great finds from this year's fest!... More »
  

Hooray For Hollywood: It's The End Of The World As We Know It And I Feel... Bien?

I don't know if any of you have noticed recently, but the world has gone mad. (Fine, madder.) And I wish it was only things like the imminent melting of Antarctica, the rise of global Holocaust denial and my sudden... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Bill Paxton

Looking through the roster of films premiering this week, one actor's name popped out immediately to me, almost jumping from my computer screen. Because it said that in Million Dollar Arm, one of the supporting characters is played by Bill... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

BOOZIE MOVIES HAS SEEN GODZILLA, AND IT'S GOT SOMETHING TO SAY. IT WANTS TO KILL YOUR DOG AND BABY TODAY!

Short summary of long article, to answer your big question now. "Is Godzilla good?" No, not really. "Is it better than the 1998 remake?" Yes, but not really. Not by very much at all. Actually, maybe not at all. The... More »
  

Destroy All Monsters: I Don't Need Movies To Be Good

I find movies so interesting, I really couldn't care less if they're good. This is the story of me, of where I'm at now in my relationship with the films. I'm sure there are other territories yet to traverse and... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks NEIGHBORS

Chatting this week about the latest film from Nick Stoller, the stoner/frat-comedy Neighbors has a hell of a lot more going for it than the trailers might reveal.Video embedded below... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: Take A Look At The French WORLD WAR Z Limited Edition

(Like a zombie I stumbled across something very palatable-looking!) Despite its massive cost-overruns and being sniggered at by the press upon its release, World War Z was actually profitable, doing decent business across the globe. Me, I like the film,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

The Many Faces Of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

With the fourth season of Game of Thrones in full swing, let's take a look at the actor playing Jaime Lannister: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. Quite possibly one of the most feline-looking male actors on the planet, Nikolaj is perfectly cast as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: The Clothes Make The Spider-Man

Do you remember that Seinfeld joke about how, with professional sports and their interchangeable rosters, we're never cheering for teams, but for clothes? So it is with The Amazing Spider-franchise. I don't know where the yardstick falls on these movies... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Stack: Canfield Talks THE SWIMMER, BIG BAD WOLVES, MONSTERS, Olive Films, And William Friedkin's SORCERER

Welcome back to The Stack. This time I wax rhapsodic on the long awaited and excellent Blu-ray digibook release of William Friedkin's almost lost Sorcerer. Direct from Israel, Big Bad Wolves, the film Quentin Tarantino called "the best film of 2013"... More »
  

Chicago Critics Film Festival 2014: Canfield Delivers His 10 Most Anticipated

The second year for the Chicago Critics Film Festival promises big things. 23 Chicago premieres and 14 shorts combined with appearances from a number of filmmakers and film subjects are just part of why. In many ways the most exciting part... More »
  

Learning From The Masters Of Cinema: Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE

Released in 1951, Ace in the Hole marked a pivotal moment in the career of its writer-director, Billy Wilder, for a number of different reasons. His scathing attack on the media was Wilder's first film after breaking his long-term writing... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Paul Giamatti

This weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in the US, after having done a bit of a world tour in other territories. And the most interesting piece of casting in it must surely be Paul Giamatti as the villain known... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: Ebertfest Marches On

This week I attended the 16th annual Roger Ebert Film Festival in Champaign, Illinois, the first installment of the festival put together after Ebert's death. (The 15th annual festival, last year, was a week from taking the stage when Ebert... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

The Many Faces Of Roy Scheider

This week, a Blu-ray has been released of director William Friedkin's Sorcerer, an English-language adaptation of Clouzot's The Wages of Fear. A difficult production once thought to be a big fat failure, Friedkin's version is now seen by many as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Destroy All Monsters: BACK TO THE FUTURE and The Power Of Love

The power of love is a curious thing, as Back to the Future's power ballad affirmed. If you grew up in the 1980s (or really, any decade of cinema which mythologized the fairy-tale patriarchy, in whatever modernist guise), movies like... More »
By Matt Brown   
  

Twitchvision: Jason Gorber Talks TRANSCENDENCE

We hit a bit of a nadir with new releases this week, as Transcendence proves something of a flop, a throwback film that misfires on pretty much every level. As I described in my review, it's "more than a Lawnmower Man redux, mowing... More »
  

The Many Faces Of Cillian Murphy

This week, Wally Pfister's Transcendence is out in cinemas, and rather than focusing on its famous lead, I thought this to be a splendid opportunity to highlight Cillian Murphy, who plays Agent Buchanan in the film. Cillian Murphy is an... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Tribeca 2014: Twitch Raises The Curtain With 17 Must-Sees

Spring has most certainly arrived in The Big Apple (finally), which means so has the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the fest kicks off tonight with Time Is Illmatic, multimedia artist One9's documentary on Nas' landmark album... More »
  
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