Québécois filmmaker and enfant terrible Xavier Dolan has been called many names: bratty, cheeky, cocky, insufferable, pretentious, and self-indulgent. He’s also been called brilliant and a genius.
He started his career as a young actor, who appeared in movies (such as 2008’s French extremity horror Martyrs) as well as ads for Quebec’s Jean Coutu chain of pharmacies. Eventually, his interests turned towards writing and directing.
His first effort, I Killed My Mother (J’ai tué ma mère), which he wrote, directed, and starred in, premiered at the Director’s Fortnight programme of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a standing ovation, the Art Cinema Award, the Prix Regards Jeunes, and the SACD Prize. Dolan was only 19.
Some movies are good, and some movies are bad. Others still are so bad that they’re good. Then you have a movie like Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, a movie that does not fit any of these descriptions. In actuality, Kung Pow is very much all of these things. Many scenes are just brilliant and hilarious, while others are just downright bad (that cow fight…). Overall, it feels like the film is purposefully trying to be so bad it’s good. In the end, what you get is probably one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. So it is with great joy that I can announce that Kung Pow 2 is finally happening!
Last weekend, Steve Oedekerk, writer and director of Kung Pow, was at Dragonfest to speak with fans. While there, he dropped the news that he is finally going ahead with the sequel. For years, Oedekerk has talked about wanting to do the sequel, but this is the first time he has said that he is moving forward with it. This means it’s probably safe to assume that it’s really happening.
There are certain shared cultural experiences that can connect strangers, but none quite like the 1990s JRPG. When Final Fantasy VII comes up as a common love in conversation with a newly-met acquaintance, I feel like I know this person already. We have been through the same experiences, toiling through 40 to 100 hours of fully engaged interaction, boatloads of reading, and casual math. We’ve seen the same things, fought the same battles, saved the same planet, and heard the same sounds – old adventuring pals that never met – and that’s why the London Symphony orchestra’s recent tribute to the greatest RPGs of all time is important.
There are some movie roles that are so iconic, that it seems like nobody else could have possibly played them. Of course, how can we ever really know how someone else would have done in these roles? As a movie fan, one of my favorite things to do is to look at actors who almost won a role, and imagine what those films would have been like had they been cast. This time we’ll be looking at actors who almost got the role of Doctor Emmett Brown in Back to the Future.
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It has been confirmed that in Arrow season 4, our heroes will face the DC Comics villain Anarky. The masked political extremist will be played by Alexander Calvert of Nickelodeon’s The Troop.
But who is this guy? What makes him stand out from your standard costumed baddie? What’s his connection to the Batman, Mad Magazine and the terrorist hero of V for Vendetta?
Admit it. You wish your parents loved you as much as troymcklure loves his kids. The Nintendo fan and Redditor chronicles his adventures in do-it-yourself on the geeksmithing YouTube channel, and the master arts-and-craftsman has topped his previous Yoshi’s Island efforts with a Mario Kart-themed nursery for his children.
It’s more wonderful than you can possibly imagine.
There are some things in life that just go together well. Things like: milk and cookies; popcorn and movies; and boy bands and zombie westerns. Thankfully, the visionary filmmakers at The Asylum are well aware of that last one, as they’ll be producing the film Dead 7, a zombie western horror film written by and starring Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys fame.
The film, described as a post-apocalyptic drama, will follow the exploits of a “ragtag band of gunslingers” who battle against the zombie plague. Appearing in the film alongside Nick Carter will be fellow Backstreet Boys A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, and ‘NSync’s Joey Fatone. It’s unclear at this point how significant each of the former heartthrob’s roles will be.
“The Great Red Dragon” marks the beginning of a new phase for Hannibal, shifting back to the show’s procedural roots as it prepares to unravel the mystery of the Dragon. It makes for a welcome change of pace. The high wire psychology that played out in Italy was extraordinary, but that balancing act becomes more difficult to maintain the longer it goes on. “The Great Red Dragon” gives the show the opportunity to regain its bearings, serving as a nostalgic reminder that Hannibal, Will, and Jack first came together to help solve crimes.
The episode is primarily exposition, although it covers the ground with far more panache than most other shows. After a three-year jump in time, we learn that Jack is back in charge at the FBI, while Alana is running the institution where Hannibal is a prisoner. Chilton is on the celebrity doctor circuit penning books about serial killers. He occasionally visits Hannibal to gloat, though it’s unclear if he’ll get his comeuppance before the show runs out of episodes.
Remember how annoying this guy’s voice was?
“Do you know where I can find some sailors?”
It might sound strange to those who aren’t familiar with the Shenmue franchise, but every time I hear the above phrase, I can’t help but grin.
Shenmue, released in North America 2000 for Sega’s failed Dreamcast console, has had a significant influence on my life. Similar to Final Fantasy VI, Shenmue taught me that video games can be more than just games, bringing the concept of story and narrative to an entirely new level.
And somehow, we’re going to get Shenmue III. The raucous cheers emitted from the crowd at Sony’s 2015 E3 press conference when the game’s Kickstarter campaign was announced likely seemed bizarre to a lot of people watching (I actually yelled at my TV during an E3 press conference for the first time ever).
There’s fantastic news for fans of Hammer horror and good, old-fashioned gothic haunted house films: Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak creeps into theaters in October.
When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a supernatural mystery starring Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.
I can scarcely imagine a better cast! Tom Hiddleston was exquisite as emo vampire Adam in 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive, and Mia Wasikowska brought brooding heroine beauty to her portrayal of Jane Eyre in 2011. Jessica Chastain has her own haunted history, having starred in 2013’s Mama, while Charlie Hunnam certainly proved his worth in del Toro’s Pacific Rim.