0:00 – Intro
8:55 – Review: Fury
40:30 – Headlines: Jena Malone Rumoured for Female Robin, Dying of the Light Trailer
1:07:30 – Prescribing Frank: Black Sunday
1:27:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Patton, Leprechaun, A Decade Under the Influence, Print the Legend, Annabelle, Serial Podcast, The People Under the Stairs, Snake Eyes
1:52:10 – Junk Mail: Movies That Lie to the Audience, Salty Language, Best Way to Watch Star Trek, Creepy Characters in Non-Horror Movies, Movies That Get Funnier with Age, Best Way to Watch Interstellar, Sean’s Zac Efron Boycott
2:16:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:17:40 – Outro
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It was over a decade ago that a first-time filmmaker named Eli Roth brought a little horror movie called Cabin Fever to the Toronto International Film Festival, which sparked a bidding war and kickstarted his career. Although he soon followed it up with Hostel, Cabin Fever eventually went on to spawn a pair of direct-to-video sequels, neither of which he had any involvement in. Now Roth is set to return to the Cabin Fever franchise by overseeing a remake of the original film. He won’t be directing it, but he is officially on board as executive producer, thus giving it his seal of approval. But is Cabin Fever really a movie that is begging to be remade?
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Just one week after Warner Brothers announced plans to expand The Lego Movie franchise with a Lego Batman spin-off, they are continuing to move forward with another property that revolves around building blocks as well. Back in February, hot on the heels of the success of The Lego Movie, they announced that they had acquired the big screen rights to the popular video game Minecraft. At the time, the most surprising thing was that they were planning a live action adaptation as opposed to an animated one. That still appears to be the case, as the project is now close to nailing down a big name director. Hit the jump for more details.
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Although Gillian Jacobs is mostly known for her comedy work, particularly as Britta Perry on Community, she looks to be branching out a bit with her latest film, The Lookalike. The movie is a thriller of sorts that revolves around a drug lord who has an obsession with a girl named Sadie Hill. But when Sadie is accidentally killed, two of his underlings must try to find a lookalike in order to avoid upsetting him. Australian director Richard Gray (Mine Games) is mostly unknown stateside, but the rest of the cast is pretty eclectic and also includes Justin Long, John Corbett, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon and Luis Guzman. The Lookalike hits select theatres and VOD on Nov. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Just when you thought that Warner Brothers had laid all of their cards on the table by announcing the full line-up of upcoming DC Universe movies, we’ve got one more juicy rumour that just broke over the weekend. This one concerns a semi-secret casting addition to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We already know that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman will have significant roles in the film, and it seems a safe assumption that Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman may also make appearances. But what about Robin? It has long been speculated that a version of Dick Grayson as Nightwing might appear in the film with Adam Driver previously rumoured for the role. Now it appears that Robin may actually be in the film, but as a female version of the character. Hit the jump for the full scoop.
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As expected, David Ayer’s Fury rolled over the competition this weekend, opening to a decent $23.5 million. However, that is a bit below projections as many were predicting it would come close to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38 million back in 2009. Perhaps it just looked a little too similar. Elsewhere, David Fincher’s Gone Girl dropped to second place, just barely edging out the animated film The Book of Life, which had a debut on par with what The Boxtrolls made last month. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Best of Me rounded out the top 5. Outside of the top 10, Birdman had a very strong per-theatre average while playing on just four screens, which bodes well for Fox Searchlight’s expansion plans in the coming weeks.
1. Fury — $23.5M
2. Gone Girl — $17.8M
3. The Book of Life — $17M
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — $12.04M
5. The Best of Me — $10.2M
6. Dracula Untold — $9.89M
7. The Judge — $7.94M
8. Annabelle — $7.93M
9. The Equalizer — $5.45M
10. The Maze Runner — $4.5M
Written and Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke
David Ayer (End of Watch) is known for gritty thrillers that depict harsh realities in unflinching ways. While there is often an authenticity and attention to detail in his films, he also has no problem amping up the violence to the point where it can almost feel sadistic and surreal. His latest film, Fury, applies this brutal sensibility to a military battlefield, where it remains unclear if he is condemning the atrocities of war or celebrating them. But for the most part, the movie’s apparent contradictions are kind of the point.
Fury takes place during the tail end of WWII as Allied forces make a final push into the heart of Nazi Germany. Victory is drawing near, but the soldiers are beaten down and exhausted. The story focuses on the five-man crew of a Sherman tank led by Sgt. Don Collier aka Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), an experienced leader who remains calm under fire. But if the thought of Brad Pitt killing Nazis seems similar to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, there is no humour or alternate history at work here… just human beings in the midst of hell, desperately trying to survive.
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You may have already heard that the original Saw is returning to theatres for one week only to celebrate its 10th anniversary starting on Oct. 31st. But what you may not know is that this is also the first step in a potential comeback for the once lucrative horror franchise, which has been sidelined for the past 4 years. In a recent interview with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, they hinted that they are finally gearing up for a new Saw movie and that the original creative team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell are potentially interested in returning. Here’s what they had to say:
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Men, Women & Children
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson
Starring: Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Emma Thompson (narrator), Jennifer Garner, Olivia Crocicchia, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever and Elena Kampouris
Curiously, Men, Women & Children is categorized as being a comedy/drama. Truth is, there’s nothing funny about it. Children takes a bleak look at where our technology is taking us. Director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) delivers a heavy-handed cautionary tale about our obsession for all things electronic, and our increasing inability to connect to one another at a rudimentary level.
Children interweaves the stories of a handful of parents and their children in Austin. The circumstances vary, but each family struggles in one way or another with the encroachment of the digital age.
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It feels like awards season is officially underway this weekend as Brad Pitt rides a wave of Oscar buzz into theatres with David Ayer’s WWII flick Fury. Other major releases in theatres include the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated film The Book of Life and Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me, while Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is now playing nationwide. In select theatres, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s highly anticipated dramedy Birdman finally arrives along with Camp X-Ray starring Kristen Stewart and what could potentially one of Studio Ghibli’s final animated films, The Tale of Princess Kaguya. Also, if you’re looking for something horror-related, The Town That Dreaded Sundown remake is now in limited release. What will you be watching this weekend?
Believe it or not, next year will mark the 25th anniversary of Tremors, the cult classic monster movie about a small town in Nevada being terrorized by giant underground worms. The movie spawned three direct-to-video sequels over the years with the last one premiering back in 2004 on the Sci-Fi Channel. Although there have been rumours of a fifth Tremors movie for years now, just a couple of months ago we started to hear that a reboot might be happening instead. Well, this week the official word has come down and it looks like a new movie is indeed happening. The good news is that it looks to be a sequel rather than a reboot. The bad news? The sequel is going to co-star Jamie Kennedy.
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There isn’t a whole lot to talk about in terms of new additions to Netflix Instant this week, but American viewers are getting Roman Polanski’s new movie Venus in Fur day and date with the DVD release so I guess that’s something. Other new titles arriving in the U.S. this week include The Debt starring Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, Hours starring Paul Walker and the adaptation of Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down plus the horror-comedy Witching & Bitching by Alex de la Iglesia. There are also more ESPN 30 for 30 docs and the first (and last) season of The Tomorrow People. In Canada, we get Point Break, Rush Hour 2, Batman Forever and the first three seasons of Full House! Do you see anything worth checking out? Scope out the full list of new additions after the jump.
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