Ah, this movie. It’s hard to sum this film up simply but let me give it a shot…. Lana Turner trips balls. Okay, maybe that wasn’t so hard. From that description, you may have guessed that this movie takes place in the late 60’s, (1969 to be exact) and... Read more
Three quick reviews on this week that was kinda compromised by an abundance of watching “Daredevil”.
The Netflix-produced sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 original features more action, less drama.
This super-cool film is a classic of independent movie-making and a humongous cult hit into the bargain. It’s also the debut feature film of director Quentin Tarantino.
I love Danny DeVito’s Hoffa. I couldn’t give two busted axles how historically inaccurate it may be. Whether you like this film or not, you might have motor oil on the brain if your views of modern day labor unions sway your feelings for this film. For what it’s... Read more
In a second take, IAB revisits a review he wrote almost one year ago, and sees if the longer cut of the film made a difference.
Four writers discuss the old question “The Godfather vs. Goodfellas”. Which one of those classic gangster movies held up better?
What great serial killer movies have been made in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong?
Contains pictures featuring nudity and potentially disturbing imagery.
Escape from Tomorrow is a very unique, surreal film that deserves to be seen by Disney and non-Disney fans alike.
“Joe Wright and his writers have gang-raped this property so hard, it might never be able to walk properly again. If this was my child, I would file for a restraining order immediately!” – Mathias Folsted.
“The Butterfly Room” (2012) with genre queen Barbara Steele is an interesting giallo-homage as well as a meditation on motherhood.
“Crimson Peak is a tribute to an era of patience, back when people actually had faith in the art of visual poetry and graphic storytelling. It wasn’t just about constant release of exposition, it was about keeping the audience guessing until the very end, craving for more until they would nearly burst because of the tension.” – Mathias Folsted.
Film producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, owners of Cannon Films, became interested in the art of urban street dance after being inspired by a story from Golan’s daughter about seeing a a group of breakdancers performing at Venice Beach. They took further inspiration for the setting from a documentary titled Breakin’ and Enterin’ and even recruited some... Read more
“Only God Forgives” (2013) is not a film for everyone. Is it for anyone?
Laws of Gravity, the 1992 film directed by Nick Gomez, takes place in a decaying, pre-hipster Brooklyn. It follows the mundane lives of petty criminals and fringe dwellers.
If you were a kid in the early 90’s, in Canada especially, The Mighty Ducks was huge. Every kid who liked hockey loved it and kids that weren’t hockey fans quickly changed their tune upon watching it.
Denis Villeneuve’s (“Prisoner”) drug cartel thriller starring Emily Blunt is declared as one of the finest cinematic treats of the year.
Hello, AsimovLives here. This is my review of a most unusual and cool film. It is called… A Field In England. Follow me below. In Which The Artists and the Personae Dramaticae Are Presented And Listed: Director: Ben Whetley Writer: Amy Jumpey Cast: Julian Barratt as Trower, Peter Ferdinando as Jacob,... Read more
Slap Shot isn’t just a great film or merely the best hockey movie by default, it’s a truly amazing portrait of the sport and its players at a specific point in hockey’s history.
“Instead of focusing on the key qualities that made the book so riveting to read, like the character dynamics and the mystery elements, the filmmakers give us a safe-zone treadmill-routine with lots of running, screaming and visually chaotic action sequences that are so incoherent it hurts.” – Mathias Folsted.
“If there is one thing “Love & Mercy” certainly is not, it’s a conventional biopic. Not just because it downright refuses to follow the traditional beats and blueprint structure of the genre, but more so because it chooses to capture the essence of its subject instead of attempting to cover as much factual ground as possible.” – Mathias Folsted.
“Fantastic 4″ is in every sense of the word a dreadful cinematic experience. The script is lazy, the structure is a mess, and the story is a paceless train wreck. It’s utterly forgettable trash, containing none of the fun and colourful excitement of a Marvel film, while also failing miserably to pull off the grimy look and dark feel of the pictures that inspired it.” – Mathias Folsted.
Sun Don’t Shine, the feature film directorial debut by hardworking and talented independent film actress Amy Seimetz, is a hazy, semi-trippy road movie that takes us through some of the backwaters and chintzy tourist towns of Florida. It tells the story of two lovers, Crystal and Leo, who are on... Read more
Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron, is the latest entry in the popular female-driven psychological thriller genre that is currently dominating Hollywood.
Are you bored with your life? Are you tired of your job? Had it with wrestling with stuttering Exchange servers, farting computers and whining end users who make your plump, obnoxious nephew sticking his finger up your dog’s ass seem like pleasant behavior? Has selling auto insurance to narcoleptic... Read more
Peter Weir’s excellent movie, Witness, is a near perfect mash-up of crime drama, romance and fish out of water tale.
One of my all time beloved actors is Kurt Russell, who has starred in several of my favorite films. My question to you all: What are your favorite Russell films? Below I have listed mine: 10. Dark Blue (2002) Above average Ron Shelton film (Bull Durham, White Men Can’t... Read more
This week’s Imaginarium will not be heard due to our guest’s family emergency, and Scott’s never ending Internet problems. The Imaginarium will return next week. This week blacksploitation meets jailsploitation in Leon Isaac Kennedy’s cult hit, PENITENTIARY! Be amazed as two of the whitest people on earth talk... Read more
“Supported by a phenomenal cast and dazzling special effects, Kenneth Branagh brings the tale of Cinderella to spectacular life, making it feel both fresh and traditional at the same time.” – Mathias Folsted.
Writer Andrew Kevin Walker talks to the Movies and Stuff guys about the 20th anniversary of the David Fincher film Se7en.
Two things recently have me amazed in a way that isn’t necessarily good. The first is that I find my 43 years of unblemished heterosexuality tested every time I have to see Hillary Clinton on tv, screaming like some witch at a haunted carnival and her thundergunt trying to... Read more
The Movies and Stuff podcast talk about Bad Lieutenant and are joined by director Abel Ferrara!
“Do you remember when they arrived? Do you remember April 9th? I think you do. Everybody does. All of a sudden, they were everywhere.” Ole Christian Madsen’s Flame and Citron opens with newsreel footage of the Nazi Army marching into Denmark. Over black and white images of goose stepping... Read more
Doomsdays follows Dirty Fred and Bruho, two guys squatting in vacation homes around the Catskills of New York during the off-season.
All boozers need a shithole to drink in. It is imperative to find a place where they can ride out the useless hours in an alcoholic haze, free from life’s problems and the tragic terror that is responsibility. The irony that drinking might be the cause of their trials... Read more
Good people do bad things. Desperation is a powerful demon. It can shadow you like a grubby drug dealer, enticing you with the narcotic of better things ahead. Just take this one hit. You just need to do this wrong thing once, then you will vomit it out and... Read more
The Movies and Stuff podcast talk about Lost Highway and are joined by novelist and screenplay writer Barry Gifford!
Life is about knowing your limits. In all manner of activities, we need to know when to say I’ve had enough people, I am taking a rest. Take it easy with the pushups, your heart could explode.
“Maggie” is a hypnotically bleak, realistic and grounded examination of death, and how we as humans deal with it. On the surface, it may look like another Zombie flick, but in reality it’s a full-blown drama, slow in pace and hard to watch.” – Mathias Folsted.
Much can be said of Terrance Malick’s distinctive body of work. Some might consider his style pretentious, his storytelling low on substance, and his vision devoid of reason. Others, like myself, see profound beauty and wisdom in the paintings that he so meticulously brings to life. His 1998 war... Read more
Humidity is hell on ass hair. It gets all wet and matted and you feel like you are sitting on a dead rat. From below, something unpleasant slow dances with your nose and dips your nostril hairs in an unflushed toilet. You hope the odor is just the remnants... Read more
Unless you are some hip independent film director with fabulous hair, being an outsider can be a lonely endeavor. Misfits wearing pancake makeup and pierced tongues are only generally accepted if they make cacophonous industrial music that expounds on the virtues of witchcraft and recreational drug use. Mother Nature,... Read more
In this edition of “IAB’S Shelf”, he takes a look at two 2013 movies, both based on books. One is bad, one is good.
The Movies and Stuff podcast talk about The Shawshank Redemption and are joined by actor William Sadler!
What’s it mean to be a cop in William Friedkin’s classic, The French Connection? You stand outside drinking tasteless coffee—watching the bad guys wine and dine in some upscale bistro—with the cold harassing you like a drunk at a hockey game. The squalor you live in would make meth... Read more
Buzzing by your head like an arrow shot by a crossbow wielding redneck with revenge on his mind, Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin is a violent crime drama dripping with blood and sarcasm. Using a cleaver to hack off some DNA from the Coen Brothers’ catalogue and cleaning off the... Read more
ROPE (1948) Directed By Alfred Hitchcock Written By Arthur Laurents and Adapted For the Screen By Hume Cronyn After I received my generous income tax return this year, I did what any responsible parent would do and I spent it all on blu-rays for myself. I can just... Read more
“Under the swift direction of Steven Spielberg, and the meticulously constructed screenplay by David Koepp, “Jurassic Park” succeeds both as straight-up popcorn entertainment and deep-cutting science philosophy. A true cinematic masterpiece in every sense of the word” – Mathias Folsted.
What to do if you’re a sensitive young man growing up on the hardscrabble streets of Hell’s Kitchen in the early 1980’s? Your old man is one the neighborhood’s biggest Irish gangsters, and your older brother—about as sensitive as pavement in February—has already gone to work for him. He... Read more
Do we invest wisely in the things that we worship? The teams we root for? Is the return worth the pain and sacrifice? What should we do when a beloved singer smacks his woman around in public? What about when you realize your favorite author is just the grumpy... Read more
Released in 1969, Midnight Cowboy, Directed by John Schlesinger and Produced by Jerome Hellman, is one of the best films about friendship, despite the odds, and how the people we forge connections with help to shape our lives. Based upon the novel by James Leo Herlihy, adapted by formerly blacklisted Hollywood... Read more
It’s strange how things grab your attention at the right time and make an impression. I happened upon The Golden Chicken series purely by accident. My wife speaks Mandarin and I’m always searching for movies that we can watch together and one night, a few weeks ago, I... Read more
LOVE is an elusive concept that can be felt but the word itself can’t even begin to touch upon what it means to you when something or someone touches your soul in a way that you can’t describe. This is how I feel about Kung Fu Hustle, one of... Read more
Death is a sure shot sniper, ending people with extreme prejudice since the beginning of time. It doesn’t care what color you are or which god you worship, when Death has you in its crosshairs you better hire someone to carve out your epitaph. Perhaps death is easiest... Read more
IAB, late in the game as usual, reviews some of last years’ big films, fresh off the DVD-shelf
Larry Clark’s Bully is a fascinating and disturbing film to watch. It plays like an afterschool special penned by a modern day Marquis de Sade. It views suburbia as the crusty sheets on a seedy motel bed. A group of aimless teenagers drift through life like plankton in a... Read more
If you ask the average person what the funniest film of 2009 was, it’s more than likely they’ll say The Hangover. Not me. No, sir. My vote definitely goes to the overwrought, slapstick melodrama Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire. Set in 1987, Precious: Based on the... Read more
The latest entry in my series “Pleasure, Pain and Celluloid” about the depiction of BDSM in movies. This time, I review the almost “notorious” Japanese movie “Tokyo Decadence” from 1992
AsimovLives reviews Valhalla Rising! A few days earlier than usual, Asi’s Edge this week focuses on an unlikely Science Fiction film. One that has no technology and takes place in the past.
Actor TOM NOONAN joins SUK to discuss the Michael Mann film MANHUNTER!
Guest writer El Anderson explores 50 Shades of Grey from a feminist perspective.
Dee reviews the most hyped movie of this month and he says that oddly enough, he is the only one who really suffered during that bondage pastiche.
Due to this week’s release of the film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey”, I decided to write a few reviews about preceding films that tackle the topic “BDSM”. Today: “Quills” (2000), a tale about the last year in the life of the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush).
“A playful, inventive and energetic feast for both eyes and ears.”
Tim Burton is back in shape with his new new biopic about artists and cons. Read our full review below.
“The style is so bleak, yet the humor stays relatively light, which leaves you confused as to whether this was intended as a black comedy or straight-up drama”.
Click the link to read our full review of Jennifer Aniston’s much talked-about performance as a sufferer of chronic pain.
In this episode, we talk to the director of Cold in July, Jim Mickle! We also talk about other “manly” movies. Here are a few of the questions we asked Jim and his responses. Listen to the whole interview by clicking the play button below and hear if he could shoot... Read more
It’s Valentine’s Day, folks! If you have not checked out our V-Day special about “Romantic Movies”, this is your chance to catch up!
Just don’t empty that chocolate box in one sitting! 🙂
It’s no secret that I count Wade Radford, the star, co-director, producer and writer of Boys 3 as a good friend, yet even he will tell you that I don’t let our friendship get in the way of an honest opinion. If anything, it’s that honesty that draws us... Read more
I saw Kingsman at an advanced screening in Toronto earlier this month, THAT I PAID TO GET INTO UNLIKE SOME BOUGHT-AND-SOLD-WHORES ON OTHER WEBSITES THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, and since this is my first preview-review I shall be relatively spoiler free lest I ruin the experience for the... Read more
DIO VS DEE II: Darren Aronofsky- Genius Director or Arthouse Charlatan? This debate has been gestating for a while. It started here and continued here: BOPX member Detective Dee called (in)famous director Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, Black Swan, Noah) an “overrated director”... Read more
Wes Anderson is largely known for his distinctive stylistic flair, elaborate set-pieces, and offbeat storytelling. Take all of that, then add some whodunit, a prison break, and Hitchcock-esque mystery, and you have “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – an unabashedly raunchy, thoroughly entertaining, and sharply written farce containing everything that... Read more
Welcome to the first episode of our ongoing “Director’s series” special, for which we will pay tribute to a different director we love each episode in the upcoming weeks! Today, we will discuss the legendary and controversial Coen Brothers, Joel and Ethan that gave us masterpieces like Fargo, Miller’s... Read more
When was the last time a black comedy won the Oscar for ‘Best Picture’? It must have been ages ago, because the academy usually doesn’t favour comedies in this particular category, or just in general. “Birdman” might just change the way we perceive the relevance of the genre, and... Read more
Do you know that feeling when you’ve just seen something really special? An experience so profound in its wisdom, so immersive in its art, and so connective in its narrative, that it leaves you speechless and in awe of the passionate effort it took to create such piece of... Read more
2014 has been a great year for both blockbusters, low-budget thrillers, and documentaries of all kinds. But who would’ve expected that a tiny Australian horror film would rank among the most critically acclaimed films of the bunch. Surprising but true, “The Babadook” is the answer to all those who... Read more
Clint Eastwood is unquestionably a very gifted director, but let’s not fool ourselves. His past few releases have been less than favourable. Lazy, to be exact. So when it became known that he was taking over for Steven Spielberg as the helmer of this film-adaptation of a best-selling book,... Read more
It would seem as long as there are movies, we will never stop seeing stories of World War II- called by many the last “great war.” An event that changed the course of human history and the stories populated throughout will never lose their allure where heroism was not... Read more
Ah yes, here it is, a nifty little thriller quietly playing in theaters right now loaded with the soul of a 1970’s expose film- right down to the rather glum ending- it reminds us of many films of that decade that would take a peek inside an industry and... Read more
Full disclosure here, I contributed to the Kickstarter for Little Feet. Also, the Shut Up Kids had Alex Rockwell on as a guest back in September and he’s a really cool guy. So feel free to consider this review to be completely biased. I won’t be upset with you.... Read more
Written and directed by: Dan Gilroy Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton Nightcrawler tells the story of a young man called Louis Bloom who gets caught up in the world of nighttime crime journalism in LA. Louis is not an ordinary man and yet at the same... Read more
This is my review of David Fincher’s latest thriller Gone Girl. I kept my review completely spoiler-free, never going beyond the basic plot synopsis, but I am describing the overall qualities and atmosphere of the movie in detail. As I have not read the novel the film is based... Read more
For the first time, Wade Radford’s aacclaimed film, Twink (for which he was nominated for a best acting award), will be available in the UK. Not only that, but it will be a special edition, with a limited run of only 500 copies. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.... Read more
Originally published September 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm If there was ever a heyday for war movies, particularly, WWII, it was the 1940’s. While many can now be seen as propaganda (which isn’t a slam by the way, it was Hollywood’s part of the war effort, orchestrated at times by... Read more
Airdate: 21-September-2014 In this episode, the guys got to do a sit-down conversation with the insanely awesome actor Sam Rockwell and one of the original great indie directors, Alexandre Rockwell! What do Sam and Alex think of the independent film scene now? What actors have inspired Sam’s performances? What... Read more
Airdate: 22-June-2014 In this episode, the guys are joined by D-Vader as they discuss Akira Kurosawa’s Ran. In the Best of the Week segment, they discuss the potential writer of Doctor Strange, news about a Hulk solo-film, and they delay of Jupiter Ascending to February. http://media.blubrry.com/thesupernaughts/p/pods.thesupernaughts.com/SUK/25_SUK_45.mp3Podcast: Play in new... Read more
Airdate: 7-June-2014 In this episode, the guys talk about Richard Linklater’s “Bernie.” In the Best of the Week segment, they discuss Doctor Strange, kinda-sorta rumors about the Joker, and Sharknado 2: The Second One. http://media.blubrry.com/thesupernaughts/p/pods.thesupernaughts.com/SUK/23_SUK_43.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more
Release Date: 4-Apr-2014 (USA); also VOD Rated: NR Length: 145 minutes With: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia LaBeouf The problem with Nymphomaniac Vol. 2 isn’t that it tries too hard to be as good as Vol. 1. It doesn’t try hard enough. The film looks and sounds beautiful, with those Von... Read more
Release Date: 21-Mar-2014 (USA); also VOD Rated: NR Length: 145 minutes With: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia LaBeouf There is something downright ridiculous about philosophizing about sex. Tear away all of the stigmas and the baggage, the joy and pleasure, the excitement and apprehension and what you are... Read more
Release Date: 14-Mar-2014 (USA) Rated: PG-13 Length: 107 minutes With: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis and Krysten Ritter Many who hail from a seedy, armpit of a hometown have high hopes of moving on to greener pastures. Others acknowledge the bad but see more of the good and plant... Read more
Release Date: 14-Feb-2014 (USA) Rated: R Length: 97 minutes With: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and John Cusack Kurt Vonnegut was 47 years old when Slaughterhouse Five was published. He had witnessed the horrors of World War II and used his experiences from the bombings at Dresden to craft a masterful story... Read more
Airdate: 9-March-2014 In this episode, the guys discuss the rumors of Steven Spielberg directing West Side Story, the 4-minute clip of Captain America: Winter Soldier, the petition to get Hammer Films on Blu-Ray, the Kickstarter for Enemy of Man and more in the Best of the Week segment before... Read more
Airdate: 26-January-2014 In this episode, the guys talk about Quentin Tarantino’s cancelled Hateful Eight, sexed-up Powerpuff Girls, and people who loathe Prometheus in their Best of the Week segment before they agree to disagree on David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. http://media.blubrry.com/thesupernaughts/p/pods.thesupernaughts.com/SUK/04_SUK_24.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more
Airdate: 10-January-2014 In this episode, the guys discuss Ewoks, Michael Bay and Shia LaBeouf in their Best of Week and then review Stuart Gordon’s 2003 revenge film, “King of the Ants.” http://media.blubrry.com/thesupernaughts/p/pods.thesupernaughts.com/SUK/02_SUK_22.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more
Airdate: 23-November-2013 In this episode, Dan, Nick and the Colonel discuss Quentin Tarantino’s filmography. What’s wrong with Django’s ending? What makes Death Proof a bad representation of Tarantino’s work? How are his films connected? Since Hitler was killed in Tarantino’s universe, how does that change history? All that and... Read more
Air Date: 24-August-2013 In this episode, the guys discuss P.T. Anderson’s “The Master,” the choice of Ben Affleck as the next Batman, the disturbing fetish known as “Crushing” and much more. http://media.blubrry.com/thesupernaughts/p/pods.thesupernaughts.com/SUK/SUK_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download Read more