Release Date: April 18, 2014
Director: Zack Parker
MPAA Rating: NR
Film Pulse Score: 7.5/10
Zack Parker’s daring new film Proxy is not so much a horror film, but an excellently crafted mashup of genres that will constantly keep you guessing as to how the next crazy twist will play out. It’s deliberately paced, but knows exactly when to throw in a gut punch to keep the audience on their toes. Like Parker’s previous film, Scalene, Proxy is a movie that is unique both in structure and tone, and if it has to be pigeonholed into the horror genre it’s easily one of the best of the year.
The film begins with a woman (Alexia Rasmussen) being brutally attacked and losing her unborn child after leaving her doctor’s office. While coping with the loss of her child, she develops a friendship with a woman named Melanie (Alexa Havins) at a support group. As her infatuation with Melanie grows, things start to become a little strange before completely spiraling into chaos. Read More >>
One of the most charming and funny comedies I saw this year was Donna Stern‘s Obvious Child which stars Jenny Slate as a comedian who, after a one night stand, finds out she’s pregnant. A new trailer for the film has been released by A24 today, and I highly recommend you check it out along with the movie when it opens in select theaters June 6th.
This week, Adam and Kevin speak with writer/director Jeff Barnaby on his film Rhymes for Young Ghouls, talk about some of what they’ve been watching, review the festival favorite Nothing Bad Can Happen, and get Film Pulse contributor Ernie Trinidad back on the show for a review of The Raid 2.
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00:01:18 – 00:34:05 Jeff Barnaby Interview (click here to view his short film discussed in the interview)
00:34:06 – 01:01:21 What we’ve been watching including discussions on Occulus and Enemy
01:01:22 – 01:15:06 Nothing Bad Can Happen Review
01:15:06 – 01:46:00 The Raid 2 Review
01:46:01 – 01:51:01 Movie Predictions, DVD and Blu-Ray Releases
20th Century Fox released the first trailer for David Fincher‘s upcoming thriller Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck as a husband who becomes the number one suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Based on a novel by Gillian Flynn, the film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Gone Girl is set to open in theaters October 3rd, hit the break for the trailer and synopsis. Read More >>
Here’s the debut trailer for the upcoming David Cronenberg thriller Maps to the Stars, which stars Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Olivia Williams. The idea of seeing Cronenberg’s take on Hollywood life is something that intrigues me to no end, so I’ll be very anxious to check this one out.
Maps to the Stars has no U.S. release date as of yet, but it will be opening in France May 21st. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and synopsis. Read More >>
We had the opportunity to have a chat with writer/director Jeff Barnaby on his latest film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls, and talk about the film along with the horrific Canadian Residential School System, as well as his plans for future projects. You can check out Jeff’s short film File Under Miscellaneous via YouTube here.
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Rhymes for Young Ghouls is currently playing in Canada, with a U.S. release planned for later this year.
As a fan of weird children’s films of the ’80s, this week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is something very near and dear to my heart. Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! is an upcoming book from Kier-La Janisse that celebrates cult classics like The Peanut Butter Solution and those glorious after school specials. This book looks amazing and I absolutely can’t wait to check it out.
To get your very own copy, click here to head over to the Indiegogo page and pledge your support. This project has 27 days left and is looking to earn $5,500 CAD so let’s help make this happen. Hit the break for more info. Read More >>
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Director: Mike Flanagan
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 7/10
Director Mike Flanagan first broke onto the scene in 2011 with his low budget horror film Absentia, which has since become something of a cult favorite among fans. Now, Flanagan is back with a new supernatural thriller titled Oculus, which, in addition to a heftier budget, shows a marked maturity in the writing and directing. On the surface Oculus appears to be a typical haunted house flick, heavy on the jump scares, light on the plot. Fortunately, this isn’t the case and the film proves itself to be a cut above the rest by providing an extremely intriguing premise that keeps the viewer on their toes the entire time. It isn’t without its faults, but it still manages to be one of the freshest and most entertaining horror films of the year. Read More >>
Release Date: April 11, 2014 (Limited)
Director: David Gordon Green
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse: 8/10
[This is a repost of our review from SXSW 2014. Joe is in theaters and VOD now.]
The most burning question people have before seeing David Gordon Green’s Joe is if this is a return to form for Nicolas Cage. With an emphatic “yes” I can attest that this is Cage at his absolute best. He’s still crazy Nic Cage, but in a much more subdued and earnest way. Cage’s performance however, is not the only highlight of this film, as it excels on nearly every level. Many will criticize this film for being too close in plot to Jeff Nichols’ Mud, and there are certainly similarities, but in many ways Joe outshines it in both the story and the visuals.
Cage stars as the titular character of Joe, an ex-con trying to stay on the right side of the law by managing a crew of workman tasked with poisoning trees in order to clear them out. After meeting Gary (Tye Sheridan), a young teenager plagued with family issues, Joe takes the boy under his wing by giving him a job and some guidance. Clashes with Gary’s useless drunk of a father and a twisted pedophile with a vendetta begin to escalate and Joe must protect Gary by risking his freedom and his life. Read More >>
Release Date: April 11th, 2014
Director: Jim Jarmusch
MPAA Rating: R
Film Pulse Score: 6/10
Vampires have been employed as metaphorical stand-ins throughout history, used to discuss topics ranging from drug addiction and sexuality, affixed with political connotations as symbolic representation of parasitic systems, as well as representing any number of societal outsiders. They’ve been connected to rabies, they’ve been used to account for unexplainable clusters of death, they’ve obviously even been psychoanalyzed, but this might be the first time that vampires have been used as a presenter of a director’s range of taste in the realms of art, music and literature; With Only Lovers Left Alive, writer/director Jim Jarmusch offers up his personal tastes via a narratively nomadic relationship drama populated with a number of culturally-refined bloodsuckers.
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