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quietearth [Cathode Ray Mission 10.19.14] USA zombies horror drama

For those who stopped watching The Walking Dead after it turned into a soap opera in season 2, rejoice because we finally have a real alternative in Syfy's Z NATION. Not only does it have some great writing, it also has all the gore us hardcore fans love and the balls to kill off major characters mid season. I hate TV but I've been watching this steadily since it's pr... [Continue reading (7 comments)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.17.14] post apocalyptic apocalyptic scifi

This stunning 23-minute short written and directed by filmmaking team Miguel de Olaso and Bruno Zacarías who say the film started as a simple yet ambitious idea: to make a realistic science fiction love story. [Continue reading (1 comment)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.17.14] scifi horror

From the producers of Severance and Creep (both awesome flicks) comes a new British horror film that brings aliens into the found footage horror genre. [Continue reading (4 comments)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.17.14] post apocalyptic apocalyptic scifi animation action thriller adventure

ATTACK ON TITAN is an emerging phenomenon a 14-volume manga, three spinoffs manga series, two spinoff novels, an anime heading into its second season, and, coming soon, two live-action feature films. I just watched the 25-episode first season of the anime and enjoyed it. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Celluloid 10.16.14] United Kingdom thriller

The thing that caught my attention about the trailer for Catch Me Daddy is the lack of dialogue. It doesn't make it easy to figure out what the movie is about but the mystery is part of the appeal, as is the air of dread that mounts with each passing moment. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.15.14] post apocalyptic horror action thriller

I know what you're thinking: been there, done that. Truth is, you're right. What's worse is that Thomas S. Hammock's debut as director doesn't offer a new angle to the story in any sort of way. It's clear from early on how this is going to play out and though The Well does seem to be taking an unexpected turn at the beginning of the third act, it wraps up in the exact... [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.15.14] Sweden comedy drama

Tomas, Ebba and their two kids are on a family vacation in France. The trip is going well and everyone is having a good time skiing, eating and relaxing. While having breakfast one morning, the family watches as a controlled avalanche quickly approaches the patio where their food has just arrived and rather than slowing down, it looks as though the avalanche is gainin... [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.14.14] Canada drama

Maps to the Stars brings together a group of Hollywood types who are all connected by Agatha Weiss (Mia Wasikowska). The daughter of a Hollywood family, Agatha was sent away after setting fire to the family home, an event that left her physically disfigured. She's been living away from Hollywood for a while but now that she's been set free from the loony bin, she's re... [Continue reading (3 comments)]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.14.14] Canada drama

News that Mommy was another masterpiece had to be taken with a grain of salt. Cannes is notorious for celebrating directors rather than individual works so it came as little surprise that Dolan had captured attention but was Mommy really the masterpiece it was heralded to be? In a single word: yes. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.14.14] Peru horror

Mayella Lloclla stars as Mercedes, an orphan who lives in a small town with her best friend and works at a local meat packing facility. It's difficult, menial work and when a local rich lady comes looking for someone to help her around the house, Mercedes jumps at the opportunity. Silvia (Vanessa Saba) appears to be nice enough; a woman who seems to be looking for hel... [Continue reading]

agentorange [DVD News 10.14.14] horror action thriller adventure

Emerging as one of the biggest surprises of the TV year, Fargo was not the simple retread of the Cohen Brothers' original film that people thought it might be, but rather a quirky and unsettling, totally contained season of great TV that payed homage to all the things that made the original work in the first place. [Continue reading (1 comment)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.09.14] cyberpunk scifi action thriller

For all you science fiction fans who complain that nobody's releasing original or thought provoking genre fare into cinemas, this is your chance to put your money where your mouth is and head to the theatres to see Gabe Ibáñez's stellar Automata (review). [Continue reading (3 comments)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.09.14] scifi adventure

The first teaser trailer from Disney's super-secret Damon Lindelof/Brad Bird project Tomorrowland has hit and it feels pretty confident in itself. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.08.14]

With only days left on VIFF, there have been a handful of memorable movies at the festival this year but one the best of the fest is also one of the first I saw: Andrew Huculiak's feature film debut Violent (review). [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.07.14] Canada thriller

Matthew MacCaull and Dakota Daulby star as brothers Noel and Jake Henson. A tragedy years before separated what was left of the family and while Noel has been living at home, keeping the family abode intact, Jake has been living with an aunt and her abuse husband out in the city. After a particularly abusive night, Jake takes off, running away to the island to hide ou... [Continue reading]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.07.14] post apocalyptic scifi animation

Director Álvaro Garcia Martinez reached out to give us a look at his stunning new post-apocalyptic scifi short SUMER. [Continue reading]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.07.14] apocalyptic scifi horror action thriller adventure

Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow, easily one of the best blockbusters of the summer, is finally out on Blu-ray today. Watch Enjoy Repeat. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.06.14]

Shortly before its Vancouver premiere at VIFF, I had a chance to meet up with Bloody Knuckles (review) director Matt O'Mahoney who turned out to be exactly the kind of guy you'd expect to have made the movie: smart, personable and very funny. [Continue reading]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.06.14] scifi history

The Great Martian War of 1914, a show on History Canada, combines period archive footage with special FX and interviews with aging veterans to tell the story of the conflict: from the devastation of Western Europe where a rag-tag alliance digs in against monstrous Alien war-machines, to the political battle for the Whitehouse where President Wilson struggles to mainta... [Continue reading (2 comments)]

agentorange [Cathode Ray Mission 10.06.14] mystery

Twin Peaks will return with a nine-episode, limited series on Showtime in 2016. What else if there to say beyond the fact that Mark Frost and David Lynch are on board to produce and write all nine episodes and Lynch will direct the entire series. [Continue reading (1 comment)]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.04.14] documentary

After an agonizing wait, the first trailer for Mark Hartley's Cannon Films documentary has dropped. I had the great fortune to screen the film early (review) and really enjoyed it. [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.03.14] Hungary drama

The set-up is interesting enough; the aforementioned old lady climbs the stairs of her apartment building to the roof, jumps off and lands on the road with a splat. Minutes later she stands up, brushes herself off and goes back into the building where's she's forced to walk up the stairs because the elevator is being serviced. There's no explanation as to how or why s... [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.03.14] Canada horror comedy

Travis is an underground comic creator whose work spits in the face of propriety. He has a rabid fan following and some local notoriety for his work which has led to some interesting gigs including band logos and cover albums. But Travis is also a realist and occasionally he takes on an odd job doing "respectable" work to pay the bills. Trouble knocks when Travis draw... [Continue reading (1 comment)]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 10.03.14] Canada drama

Relative newcomer Dagny Backer Johnsen stars as Dagne, a young woman who wants to escape small town life. Her mother makes arrangements for her to move to the city to work at a family friend's store, a job that comes with a place to live around the corner from the shop. It's a barren little apartment but Dagne seems genuinely happy with her meagre surroundings and les... [Continue reading]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.03.14] horror

You know the drill: 26 directors envision 26 ways to die in a what are mostly darkly comic, or ironic micro-shorts. Our Fantastic Fest correspondent enjoyed it and, after screening it yesterday, I have to admit I had a blast with it too. [Continue reading]

agentorange [Celluloid 10.01.14] horror thriller

The premise is a real groaner: A thriller as seen only through multiple open windows on a laptop. Specifically, a laptop belonging to Elijah Wood's celebrity obsessed Nick. [Continue reading]

rochefort [Film Festival 10.01.14] horror

"Dante the Great" by director Gregg Bishop (the really solid Dance of the Dead (review)) kicks things off with the story of a fellow named Dante (Justin Wellborn). Dante owes his distinguished career as a successful magician to a black cape that gives him extraordinary powers in exchange for fresh souls. Wellborn is a woefully under-appreciated actor who's turned in r... [Continue reading (1 comment)]

agentorange [DVD News 09.30.14] scifi horror thriller

Mike Meyers refuses to die. John Carpenter's first film invented a new kind of modern horror film that we're still seeing facsimiles of today. Shout! Factory have put together all ten Halloween film films including the Rob Zombie remakes into one mid shattering collection that I don't think anyone saw coming. [Continue reading (1 comment)]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 09.30.14]

Last week, shortly before leaving for Iceland where his movie is playing before making its Canadian premiere, Two Step (review) director Alex R. Johnson took some time from his busy schedule to chat with me about his feature film debut. Over the course of our conversation we talked about breaking into the industry, how projects falling apart can actually lead to great... [Continue reading]

Marina Antunes [Film Festival 09.29.14] Canada horror comedy thriller avant-garde

Written and directed by Adam Brooks and Matthew Kennedy, Brooks also stars as Rey Ciso, a once great film editor who has lost his mojo along with most of the fingers in one hand. Now relegated to cutting schlocky Italian movies for a hard ass, he spends much of his time remembering the old days, being chided or ignored by his once famous actress of a wife and day drea... [Continue reading]

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