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Following Films Podcast: Michael Mendelsohn

Today I'm joined be Michael Mendelsohn, the CEO of Patriot Pictures, an organization that packages film production, financing, and distribution elements.  Upcoming projects include LOST IN WONDERLAND written and directed by Daniela Amavia, starring Ella Bleu Travolta, Edouard Philipponnat, Sasha Luss, James Cromwell, and Terrence Howard; and GHOST SHIPS, an underwater dive shipwreck documentary directed by Markus Blunder, and many more projects currently in production.  Recent releases include the seasonal hit THE GRINGO WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS (2023) starring George Lopez, Emily Tosta, Mariana TreviΓ±o, and Jack Kilmer. GOD IS A BULLET (2023) is based on a book by Boston Teran, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, January Jones, and Jamie Foxx. BLACKOUT (Netflix released October 2022 to #2 worldwide) directed by Sam Macaroni, starring Josh Duhamel, Abbie Cornish, Omar Chaparro, and Nick Nolte; THE MATRIX starring Keanu Reeves; Icon Pictures and Nancy Meyers direc

LISA FRANKENSTEIN Blu-ray Review

LISA FRANKENSTEIN isn't just a movie; it's a love letter to the misfits, the goths, and the dreamers of the '80s era. Director Zelda Williams crafts a stunning debut, blending horror and comedy into a neon-soaked homage that resonates with both swooning romance and biting humor. Diablo Cody's script shines with its signature wit, likely paving the way for another cult classic akin to Jennifer's Body. Set in 1989, Lisa Swallows (Kathryn Newton) is a high school senior navigating a new town haunted by her tragic past. Her father's hasty remarriage and a stepfamily straight out of a nightmare compound her sense of isolation. But when a bolt of green lightning resurrects the charming Creature (Cole Sprouse) from his grave, Lisa finds an unlikely ally in her quest for love and acceptance. Visually and aurally stunning, LISA FRANKENSTEIN transports viewers to a world of moody neons and dreamy aesthetics. Director of Photography Paula Huidobro and the creative team per

Box Office Disasters

The biggest box office failures of all time are typically measured by the extent of their financial losses rather than just their underperformance at the box office. Some of the most notable ones include: " Mars Needs Moms " (2011) - This animated film from Disney is often cited as one of the biggest box office failures. It had an estimated production budget of around $150 million but only grossed approximately $39 million worldwide. The film's poor performance was attributed to a combination of factors, including unappealing marketing, a lackluster story, and the uncanny valley effect caused by the motion capture animation. " John Carter " (2012) - Based on the classic sci-fi novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs, "John Carter" had an estimated production budget of around $250 million. However, it struggled to find an audience and only grossed around $284 million worldwide. Despite having a loyal fan base, the film's marketing campaign failed to effectiv

In the Land of Saints and Sinners - Review

"In the Land of Saints and Sinners" is a gripping and poignant return to form for Liam Neeson, who effortlessly embodies the tough yet complex character of Finbar Murphy in this evocative thriller set against the backdrop of 1974 Ireland. Directed by Robert Lorenz, the film offers a refreshing departure from Neeson's more conventional action roles, showcasing his versatility and depth as an actor. Neeson's portrayal of Murphy, an ex-assassin haunted by his past, is both captivating and emotionally resonant. As the narrative unfolds, we are drawn into Murphy's world—a world where past deeds and personal demons collide, leading to a gripping tale of redemption and self-discovery. The film's setting in the coastal village of 1970s Glencolmcille adds authenticity to the whole affair, capturing the rugged beauty of the Irish landscape while also serving as a driving force in the unfolding drama. The attention to detail in recreating 1970s Ireland is impeccable, tra

DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY Trailer and Release Info

  After visiting a crime scene, an ambitious and insensitive tabloid crime photographer falls victim to a mysterious illness that makes him lose his five senses one by one. DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY is coming to Netflix on April 12th

Tucson Comic-Con 24 - First Guest Announcement

Tucson, AZ - March 29, 2024 Tucson Comic-Con, the Southwest's ultimate celebration of pop culture, has ignited excitement with the announcement of its 2024 guest lineup for its highly anticipated 15th-anniversary event. Scheduled to take place from August 30th to September 1st, 2024, this year's convention promises to be an unforgettable experience for fans of all ages. The spotlight of the convention's guest announcements shines brightly on none other than the legendary Ecto-1, a tribute to the original Ghostbusters movie, masterfully crafted by the renowned artist known simply as Tattoo. With a career spanning back to 1997, Tattoo has established himself as a creative force in the realm of iconic vehicle design, and his latest creation promises to captivate attendees with its unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to detail. The Ecto-1, a resurrection of a 1963 Pontiac Bonneville hearse, has been meticulously reconstructed by Tattoo to embody the essence of the beloved

IRENA'S VOW Trailer and Poster

  Through the eyes of a strong-willed woman comes the remarkable true story of Irena Gut Opdyke and the triumphs of the human spirit over devastating tragedy. 19-year-old Irena Gut is promoted to housekeeper in the home of a highly respected Nazi officer when she finds out that the Jewish ghetto is about to be liquidated. Determined to help twelve Jewish workers, she decides to shelter them in the safest place she can think of: the basement of the German commandant's house. Over the next two years, Irena uses her wit, humor, and courage to hide her friends until the end of the German occupation, concealing them in the midst of countless Nazi parties, a blackmail scheme, and even the birth of a child. Her story is one of the most inspiring of our time. In Theaters April 15th & April 16th