Weekly Poll Results: Best Stanley Kubrick Film


I was pretty convinced that The Shining would win last week’s poll based on its cultural cachet and crazy cult following but lo and behold… the groundbreaking 2001: A Space Odyssey pulled off a decisive victory with 31% of the votes. Perhaps everyone else made the same assumption about The Shining and decided to compensate for it (not that 2001 doesn’t deserve it). Either way, you can’t go wrong with most of these options and The Shining still ended up in second place followed by A Clockwork Orange, Dr. Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket. I was a bit surprised that Eyes Wide Shut placed as high as it did, and also that The Killing was so low, but I don’t think anyone will be shocked to see Kubrick’s first two films at the bottom of the list. Do you agree with these results?

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey — 31%
2. The Shining — 21%
3. A Clockwork Orange — 14%
4. Dr. Strangelove — 10%
5. Full Metal Jacket — 8%
6. Eyes Wide Shut — 5%
7. Barry Lyndon — 4%
8. Paths of Glory — 2%
9. Spartacus — 2%
10. The Killing — 1%
11. Lolita — 1%
12. Fear and Desire — 0%
12. Killer’s Kiss — 0%

Movie Poster Round-Up: Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies


As we await more substantial announcements from Comic-Con this week, let’s take a look at some of the new posters that have surfaced online as a prelude to the main event. Marvel has revealed exclusive one-sheets for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man while Mondo has Comic-Con posters for Jurassic World and the new Heavy Metal movie. If that’s not enough, we’ve also got the first posters for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie and Kevin Smith’s Tusk plus a Mike Mignola piece for the new Pixar short Toy Story That Time Forgot.

Looking beyond Comic-Con, we’ve also got a collection of 16 neon character posters for The Expendables 3 that will make your eyes bleed and the first batch of posters for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. There is also an amusing poster for Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut and an inexplicable one-sheet for Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. I’ll keep adding to the post if any more interesting artwork pops up throughout the weekend. Which ones are your favourites? Check out the full gallery after the jump.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer


Comic-Con is officially underway in San Diego this morning, and let’s face it, nothing says Comic-Con like kinky erotic fiction. Which is clearly why Universal Pictures and Focus Features have decided wait until now to unveil the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the best-selling book by E.L. James. The movie stars Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a literature student sent to interview billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), only to find herself pulled into an… unorthodox relationship with him. Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and hits theatres on Feb. 13th, 2015; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Pushed Back to 2018, Sinister Six Coming in 2016


There have been a lot of whispers over the past month about the fact that Sony’s recently rebooted Spider-Man franchise might already be in trouble. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the fourth biggest movie of 2014 so far with just over $700 million worldwide but it is also the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie to date and the negative reviews are not helping matters. An early report from Ain’t It Cool News last month indicated that Sony was considering a delay for the next installment, and when Roberto Orci announced that he would be leaving the series to focus on Star Trek 3, he indicated that the schedule was still up in the air. Now this week Sony has finally confirmed the rumours: The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be delayed, but the Sinister Six movie is taking its place.

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Nightcrawler Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal


Alright, settle down comic book fans… this is not a previously unannounced X-Men spin-off. Nightcrawler is actually the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy (not to be confused with his brother Tony Gilroy) and the movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a young crime journalist trying to work his way up the ladder as a TV reporter in Los Angeles. It also stars Rene Russo (Gilroy’s wife) and Bill Paxton and it looks like a darkly comedic commentary on what passes for news today. A strange video resume for Gyllenhaal’s character found its way onto YouTube last week and now the first trailer has arrived online to give it some context. Nightcrawler will premiere at TIFF in September before hitting theatres on Oct. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Deus Ex Movie Gets a New Writer, Loses Scott Derrickson as Director


It’s no secret that Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil) is in high demand these days, having recently signed on to direct Doctor Strange for Marvel while also developing an Outer Limits movie, a sequel to Sinister, a Deus Ex movie and a remake of a Dutch thriller called Two Eyes Staring. Clearly something had to give and it looks like the video game adaptation Deus Ex will ultimately end up getting handed off to someone else. Derrickson already worked on the script for the cyberpunk flick with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill, but now this week CBS Films have hired a new writer as they also prepare to start the search for a new director. Hit the jump for more details.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Take on Manimal Movie


A couple of years ago, Sony picked up the movie rights to a short-lived ’80s TV show that had been all but forgotten. The brilliantly named Manimal starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man trained in ancient African techniques that allowed him to take the form of various animals in order to help solve crimes. Unfortunately, even the impressive transformation sequences by Academy Award-winning SFX artist Stan Winston couldn’t save the show… it was cancelled after just eight episodes. Thirty years later, it looks like Manimal is finally ready for a comeback as Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have just signed on to produce a live-action / CG hybrid film. Here’s what McKay had to say about it:

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TIFF Announces First Wave of 2014 Films


Following up on the announcement of some high-profile premieres for the New York Film Festival last week (such as Gone Girl, Inherent Vice and Birdman), the Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled their own first batch of 2014 films this week. The list includes 59 of the 300 titles that will be playing at this year’s festival, and while I don’t think they have anything quite as huge as a new David Fincher or P.T. Anderson movie, there is still a lot of great stuff here. Clearly the competition between film festivals is heating up and time will tell if this ends up hurting TIFF in the long run.

Some of the highlights so far include Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (which, admittedly, already debuted at Cannes), David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (same deal) and Michael Roskam’s The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini plus Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children. Another big (but slightly out of place) world premiere is Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and then there is Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. What are you looking forward to at TIFF this year? Check out the list of announced films after the jump.

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Idris Elba in Talks for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur


While Guy Ritchie is busy putting the finishing touches on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is due to hit theatres this January, his next project is also slowly starting to take shape. Surprisingly, it will not be Sherlock Holmes 3, but rather another new take on an old story: Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. We first heard rumours about this back in 2010 when it was revealed that Ritchie might direct a King Arthur movie based on a treatment by comic book writer Warren Ellis. Since then, however, Ellis’ name has not been mentioned and instead it is Joby Harold (Awake) who appears to have written the script. Warner Brothers is said to be envisioning this as the first in a 6-film franchise (because, of course they are) and now the movie has reportedly landed its first star. Hit the jump to get the lowdown.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Transcendence, Sabotage, Blue Ruin


A couple of disappointing flops head up this week’s list of DVD and Blu-ray releases as Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger both wonder what went wrong with Transcendence and Sabotage respectively. Other major releases include the acclaimed revenge thriller Blue Ruin plus Cesar Chavez starring Michael Pena, Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law, and Ron Howard’s Jay Z concert doc Made in America. On the small screen we have the first season of the A&E reality show The Wahlburgers and on Blu-ray we’ve got plenty of catalogue releases including Witness for the Prosecution, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Legend of Billie Jean and the cult classic Canadian werewolf flick Ginger Snaps. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the list of new releases after the jump.

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The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination Trailer Starring Ethan Hawke


After impressing genre fans with their previous films, Undead and Daybreakers, Australian filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig are reteaming with Ethan Hawke for their latest project, Predestination. The movie is based on a Robert A. Heinlein short story called “—All You Zombies—”, but it actually has nothing to do with zombies; instead, it is a time travel flick in the vein of Looper and Timecop. Hawke plays a Temporal Agent who recruits a newcomer to help prevent an attack by a terrorist known as The Fizzle Bomber. Predestination premiered to mostly positive reviews at SXSW earlier this year but a U.S. release date is still TBA. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #474: The Raid 2


0:00 – Intro / Jay’s Border Crossing Story / Werner Herzog Lottery
27:40 – Review: The Raid 2
51:55 – Headlines: Marvel Announces a Female Thor, Mark Romanek to Direct The Shining Prequel, Bond 24 Gets a Rewrite to Make it Funnier
1:11:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sex Tape, Romancing the Stone, Krull, Dr. No in 4K, Turtle Power, Joe Dirt, Used Cars, The Karate Kid, The Farting Preacher, Highway to Heaven, Starcrash, Snowpiercer, Hearts of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, Chinatown, The Two Jakes, The Leftovers, The Strain
2:21:50 – Junk Mail: Frank’s Blind Love for Tim Burton, Horses in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Directors Not Directing the Third Movie in a Trilogy, Interesting Uses of Time in Movies, Movie and Food Pairings
2:41:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:42:50 – Outro

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