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Hamaguchi's HAPPY HOUR on DVD 12/5

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A powerful affirmation of the immersive potential of cinema. HAPPY HOUR is a slow-burning epic chronicling the emotional journey of four thirtysomething women in the misty seaside city of Kobe. As they navigate the unsteady currents of their work, domestic, and romantic lives a sudden, unexpected rift opens between that propels each to a new, richer understanding of life and love. Filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s wise, precisely observed, compulsively watchable drama of friendship and midlife awakening runs over five hours, yet the leisurely duration is not an indulgence but a strategy to create a novelistic space for everyday moments to become charged with possibility that yields a subtle emotional intensity rarely possible in a standard-length film. HAPPY HOUR is far more than just an ordinary melodrama. It is a spectacularly complex and fiercely poetic rendering of the details of daily life in which ideas and feelings are swayed by the unseen forces of friendship and love and buffete…

THE THETA GIRL Red Band Trailer

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The Theta Girl, a feature film produced by first-time filmmakers David Axe and Christopher Bickel, is coming to film circuits this Winter.

The film had its world-premiere in Atlanta on Friday the 13th of October at midnight -- a fitting time slot for opening what director Christopher Bickel calls "a brutally violent existential horror film." At the Atlanta screening, several audience members walked out of the film following one shocking scene depicting a violent home invasion. The audience members who remained were very vocal and enthusiastic about their enjoyment and appreciation of the film, one audience member writing in a comment online: "Holy sh*t! Talk about a low-budget MASTERPIECE. A gory drug-induced mystery! A psychedelic B Movie thriller! Roger Corman-esque Punk cinema that's WAY better and smarter than it should be! A++++++"

The Theta Girl was produced on a shoestring budget of $14,000. To put that budget into perspective, the film could have been …

Please, Stop Paying Attention to Box Office and Rotten Tomatoes

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If you do a Google search for “Justice League” right now the first thing that will populate are the show times, then after that, you will see the IMDB page, Twitter, and Rotten Tomatoes page. That’s the same for pretty much every new release film. It’s what you find a few entries deeper that I find annoying. The countless articles and stories about how the #1 film in the world is a box office failure. I’m not here to support or tear down that assertion because I think it’s pointless. Playing armchair studio executive was once a game relegated to the financial pages and CNBC but now it’s not just Forbes analyzing the red and black, it’s Esquire, GQ, EW, every movie blogger, Twitter fanboy, and “movie nerd” deep diving into the commerce side of the business called show.
We’ve reduced film criticism to an analytic that creates a misleading narrative by valuing the output from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB, and CinemaScore. Different viewers can dislike or like films for a whole bevy of reasons …

YOU’RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALL: THE LIFE, TIMES AND INFLUENCE OF MARY TYLER MOORE - Book Review

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YOU’RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALL By Marc Shapiro
Mary Tyler Moore was best known for her roles on THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW and THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW. Both wildly successful programs that challenged gender norms and inspired generations of women. Marc Shapiro had a difficult task in writing a book about the cultural icon as she laid her heart bare in two memoirs, AFTER ALL, and GROWING UP AGAIN: LOVE AND OH YEAH DIABETES. What was left to say? She was open about her battle with alcoholism, went into great detail about her fight with diabetes and had lived in the public eye for the better part of 40 years.
Instead of approaching his book as a rehashing of old stories, gossip, and recycled interviews Shapiro decided to take a look at Moore’s life through the cultural lens she helped to shape. In a time where new allegations of workplace harassment are making headlines on a daily if not hourly basis this approach to the material is a fitting tribute to an important figure in the women’s …

INCREDIBLES 2 - Teaser Trailer, Poster and Image

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Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transistion for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.





U.S. Release Date: June 15, 2018
Voice Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson
Director: Brad Bird
Producers: John Walker, Nicole Grindle

Pop Culture Case Study - Episode 285 - Justice League

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In this episode, I am joined by BVS superfan Andrew of AB Film Review and Mark as Played.  We briefly discuss if we can judge JUSTICE LEAGUE, the greatness of Ezra Miller and smiling Superman.  Take a listen and tell us what you think!


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THE True Bromance Film Podcast - Justice League

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Episode 181

The never ending barrage of superhero films continues this week as DC rolls out the latest installment in their oft-maligned universe. Things are looking up for DC this year, as Wonder Woman scored with critics and audiences, and Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon are tasked with continuing that trend. Can Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, and company keep the ball rolling in Justice League? Check out our thoughts and find out.

MOVIES DISCUSSED THIS WEEK:

Conspiracy, Daddy's Home 2, Free Fire, A Ghost Story, Justice League


PROJECTING FILM: Pottersville (Jaws meets Bowfinger)

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Our latest episode spreads the holiday cheer in a way that you never knew you wanted: Michael Shannon in a drunken rage, terrorizing a small town as Bigfoot. This hard to categorize monster movie by way of Hallmark leads us to a discussion on JAWS as not just a scary shark movie but a terrifying look at a small town's insecurity. And the only way to top that is to look at those desparate enough to try and make it in the film business, such as the characters in the Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy comedy classic BOWFINGER. Like most Christmas episodes this leads to a bit of self-reflection from your hosts Mike and Chris... which means that this particular episode is easy to categorize as a tragedy. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @projectingfilm Hosts: Chris @Following_Films Mike @warmachinehorse Email us suggestions on indie films you are looking forward to at projectingfilm@gmail.com Theme music provided by the band Good Talk Russ. The song is Build It Up off their album The Panglossian…

Kevin Spaceyless ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD Posters

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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Kevin Spacey) (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom.
When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son's captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son's life in the balance, Gail and Getty's advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.


Directed By: Ridley Scott
Written By: David Scarpa
Based on the book by: John Pearson
Produced by: Dan Friedkin Bradley Thomas Quentin Curtis Chris Clark Ridley Scott Mark Huffam Kevin J. Walsh
Starring: Michelle Williams Kevin Spacey Christopher Plummer and Mark Wahlberg Romain Duris Charlie Plummer Timothy Hutton

THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT - Teaser Trailer & Poster

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A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

RELEASE DATE: March 9, 2018

Poster for ANOTHER WOLFCOP

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Directed by Lowell Dean (WOLFCOP), the film stars Leo Fafard (WOLFCOP), Amy Matysio (STRANDED), Jonathan Cherry (GOON: LAST OF THE ENFORCERS), and Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries). Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven’s residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.

Look at the left-hand side of the poster above the liquor and donuts sign, is that Kevin Smith?

ANOTHER WOLFCOP will be in theatres December 1st


Pop Culture Case Study - Episode 284 - The Dirty Dozen and Motivation

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Jessi Lauren finally gets her wish, a manly movie. While watching THE DIRTY DOZEN, we talk about masculinity, motivation, and her newest dead boyfriend.  All of this to get ready for JUSTICE LEAGUE! Tune in!


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MARK AS PLAYED: Thor Ragnarok & Suburbicon and Filmmakers Playing in Another's Sandbox

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On this episode we are inspired not so much by the latest cinematic offerings in THOR: RAGNAROK and SUBURBICON but from a conversation on the great BAD FEMINIST FILM CLUB podcast about coming to terms with different filmmakers realigning characters in a franchise to their own individual creative sensibilities. And while this has been done with much success in the latest Marvel film which was shepherded by Taika Waititi, previous critical darling George Clooney has taken a beating with his attempt to put his fingerprints on a Coen Bros. script. For that we recommend an episode from WHO SHOT YA? on the idea that Clooney is perhaps too close of a collaborator with the Coens. As usual we come to no conclusions other than Andrew of AB FILM REVIEW wanting no more "unoffical" Coen work hitting the silver screen and Mike of PROJECTING FILM coming to terms with the fact that there's no way to praise Mr. Waititi's work without thinking that his name sounds silly (but pleasant…

PROJECTING FILM: A Closer Walk with Thee (While You Were Sleeping meets The Cable Guy)

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On this episode we talk with Brie Williams and John C. Clark and their new genre subverting film A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE. This leads to a discussion on how genre guides an audience through the story and manages our expectations for characters based on the film world they reside in. That world is a bit different when your hosts make their own mash-up of this new scary but very funny indie film as we debate the horrific merits of Jim Carrey's overbearing THE CABLE GUY against American sweetheart Sandra Bullock's romantic white lies in WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING. ALSO: It should come as no surprise to our subscribers that one of of our hosts (Mr. Vanilla) really agrees with Matthew Broderick on a prostitute not being a cool gift to receive from a friend. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @projectingfilm Hosts: Chris @Following_Films Mike @warmachinehorse

Trailer for THE ROAD MOVIE

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A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s THE ROAD MOVIE is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield — including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels — all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers

THE ROAD MOVIE will be in cinemas January 19th.

I'me not sure what it says about me that I want to see this film, check out the trailer below and let me know.