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Ben Hur, Review: Chariots for hire
What do you remember about the 1959 screen version of the 1880 story? Nothing, unless you are a Senior Citizen, even if the Indian release was probably two years later than the Hollywood opening. I remember the chariot race, with Charlton Heston as Judah Ben-Hur and Stephen Boyd as Messala. Edge of the seat stuff, especially Messala. The sub-text of Christ, Christianity, Judaism, and the Roman Empire’s sadistic tyranny, was lost on the bunch of school-...
"ROCK PAPER SCISSORS"
SET TO TAKE YOU ON ONE WILD THRILL RIDE
Award-Winning Team Begins Shooting in New Jersey August 2016
“How will they know when they've won”
Production is announced today for the frightening new Thriller feature film "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Director Doug Bollinger(“Waltzing Anna”, “Mail Order Bride”) takes you on a violent, psychological ride that pushes a simple suburban couple to t...
Six moms and a common problem: being mothers of school-going children in present-day USA.
Amy (Mila Kunis) is a woman with a seemingly perfect life--a great marriage, a boy and a girl and a dog; a beautiful home. Now for the downside: she's over-worked, underpaid (by a 20 something boss Dale Kipler: Clark Duke), over committed to her family and exhausted to the point that she's about to snap. Moreover, she finds that her husband Mike (David Walton) is having a torrid online affair, an...
Ghostbusters-Answer the Call, Review: Making the ghost of it
Sequel? No. Remake? Well, almost. The term going around is re-boot. Thirty years after the first ghost was busted, we have a new version, where the male protagonists are replaced by females, the female by a male, several of the original cast are invited to do cameos and the original writers/director are given all due credit It’s a joy-ride that is slow to take off, but grows on you, almost like the gargantuan balloon of a ghos...
Star Trek Beyond, Review: Nebulous Enterprise
On TV, Star Trek was conceived in 1966, as a weekly NBC series, running for three seasons. Graduation to the big screen was logical. Since 1979, we have had a dozen treks so far, and here comes the 13th Enterprise, marking the golden jubilee year, and spelling the end of star-billed Starship Enterprise, its literal destruction. The film is disruptive in plot, personal in dramatisation and modest in special effects.
Three years after its five-year...
The Legend of Tarzan, Review: Gorillas in the Midst
Remember the immortal lines, “Me Tarzan, you Jane”? Now try this, "He's Tarzan, you're Jane. He'll come for you," says her captor to Jane. He sure will. He’s been coming on to the screen for the last 98 years, in 41 movie and 57 TV outings. Adds up to 98 again. The Legend of Tarzan, preceding the character’s on-screen centenary by a whisker, is a slightly over-written exercise, without too ...
Independence Day-Resurgence, Review: Anniversaries and aliens
It takes four presidents of the USA to battle a here and now alien invasion—five if you count the first one, in 1996--but the battle is not over yet. German director Roland Emmerich, who gave us the original Independence Day, agreed to helm Independence Day-Resurgence, despite being a self-confessed sequel sceptic. Now, since the end has been left open, he might even return for a trequel or a prequel. However, if they do make...
Every 20 years I am cast in a film which remains at the top of the most favorite watched films worldwide by audiences. In 1971, it was The Godfather in a minor role as an usher.
In the early 1990's I was very involved in producing evenings with IFP West now known as Film Independent, with directors Robert Altman, Stephen Frears and many other filmmakers. I ran their screening program and I met Bryan Singer at the screening of hi...
Hollywood in June was jammed with three film festivals Hollywood. The 10th LA Greek Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood made you feel like you are in Greece and the films were very personal, and the stories were heartfelt.
Then in June, the LA Film Festival arrived at the Arclight in Hollywood with the feature Lowriders and many other films with recognizable names and the premiere of Conjuring 2 which is the film to see Culver City Studios were used f...
Alice through the Looking Glass, Review: It’s Hatter Time
When the Mad Hatter meets Alice in Lewis Carroll’s first book, he says, “I’ve been stuck at this tea party since last March, when Time and I quarrelled.” Now, bring in the fertile imagination of a writer and a director, and you have created a brand new character, Time himself, worked out in great detail, and playing a pivotal part. Alice, Hatter, Time, Iracebeth, Hamish...Alice through the Looking Glass is...
Money Monster, Review: Spend on it
Money makes the world go round. It can also drive a man round the bend! Jodie Foster’s financial thriller, Money Monster, juxtaposes TV ratings and credibility with Wall Street stock fixers. It also pitches a John Doe like victim against the establishment, in a battle of wits, and of lives. Heart-rending and irreverent in varying measures, the film is well worth investing your time and money in.
Cable TV’s cocky Wall Street financial guru Lee Ga...
After our great summer at the Rio Cinema in Dalston, we have decided to return there this summer for LFFF 2016.
Submissions are now open for women directors from around the globe and films from all genres, of all length and from any year are accepted.
Submissions close 12 June 2016. Full submission information and guidelines are available on our website: https://londonfeministfilmfestival.com/2016-submissions/
The festival will take place from 18-21 August...
Welcome to the 2016 LA Film Festival
The LA Film Festival will take place June 1 - 9, 2016.
In order for you to qualify to volunteer for the 2016 LA Film Festival, you must meet all of the following criteria:
1. Attend one MANDATORY Volunteer Orientation:
Wednesday, MAY 18 - 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Friday, MAY 20 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: ArcLight Culver City (9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232)
Parking: The Arc...
Captain America-Civil War, Review: Danger...Us?
Emerging from the 2006 Marvel Comic storyline, Civil War, this is a top heavy assembly, where the heroes get divided into two camps and battle it out, before realising that unity in diversity must come first, and egos should take second billing. It is about two superstars taking opposing, dictatorial stances, but with so many characters doing their bit for the fans, the film is a democratic treatise. Villains, by comparison, are poorly delineate...
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From theater to film, and the new upcoming horror / thriller “The Samaritans” join us for A moment with rising star
DFF: Your new project, The Samaritans - what’s it about, and tell us about your character in it and how you want to bring it to life?
AN: The Samaritans is about a group of four ambitious entrepreneurs who have been developing hot new apps ...
Mother’s Day, Review: Mom Com
Mother of two sons and a dedicated wife, philandering husband falling for sexy new babe, grieving widower raising two daughters, an aging couple who discover that they have an Indian for a son-in-law and a woman for the other daughter’s partner, an out-of-wedlock abandoned child of a mother who is now a TV celebrity...all set for a Mom Com, made for, and aimed at, Mother’s Day. Well, it could have been a Rom Com, except for the fact that so many...
10 Cloverfield Lane, Review: Hollowcaust
Ultra-thin story line, with some slick moments in the first half, is how one can sum up 10 Cloverfield Lane. A psychological, science fiction, holocaust, suspense tale, the film needed a rock solid unravelling. Instead, it goes off on an indulgent tangent, and you come out wondering, “So this was what it was all about?”
It is the second film in the Cloverfield franchise. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but while und...
The Huntsman-Winter’s War, Review: Ice Maiden and Sinister Sister
What? No Snow White in the title? Right. Almost no Snow White in the picture too. Many Huntsmen, one ‘The Huntsman’, two evil queen sisters who hate everybody, including each other, a few dwarves, a kingdom of gnomes and monsters, and the ubiquitous mirror that often steals the image (read: scene).
Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron), who has the power of shooting tentacles to wrap her opponents, betrays her...
Production has started on the new Boyband documentary film and it is truly "Larger Than Life"
From Co-founders Edvin Ortega ("Orange Is The New Black", "The Jersey Devil") and John Wagner comes "Larger Than Life: A Boyband Story"
The film not only takes a close look at what is like to be a tribute artist in New York's cut throat music scene, but it depicts the journey of co-founder Edvin Ortega as he tries to reu...
SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS
Thom Bierdz and Adrienne Papp
By Adrienne Papp
Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts...
Demolition, Review: Shun
If ever there was a practical example of ‘deconstruction for the sake of reconstruction’ being taken too literally, here is one. Our protagonist, a tormented and meandering soul, cannot cope with the loss of his wife, which tragedy has benumbed him. So, he remembers what his father-in-law once said, that in order to rebuild something, you have to demolish it first. His father is a more than sane investment banker and his own boss (which means that our hero...
The Jungle Book, Review: Unputdownable
A fitting tribute to the 1967 version on its golden jubilee, The Jungle Book is unputdownable. You might find differences in the two versions, and in the book itself. Don’t bother comparing. If the smooth-sailing songs make you sing-along (a friend seated on my left just wouldn’t stop), even better. Gaze into the volcanic eyes of the animals, marvel at the resourcefulness of the man-cub, and applaud the imagination of the writer who spun this...
First look pictures have surfaced on the new film that tells us no good deed goes unpunished. Currently filming, from the minds of Award Winning Filmmakers Keith Collins ("The Meat Puppet","Clean Cut"), Doug Bollinger ("Waltzing Anna", "Mail Order Bride"), Cory Green ("The Jersey Devil"). The chilling pictures set the tone on where this new creep show seems to be heading. You be the judg...