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Room, Review: Psychopathos

24-year-old Joy (Brie Larson) and her five-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) live in a squalid shed they call “Room”. They share a bed, toilet, bathtub, a rickety old television, and a rudimentary kitchen; the only window is a skylight. They are captives of a man they call ‘Old Nick’ (also an old Christian nickname for the Devil), Jack's father (Sean Bridgers), who abducted Joy seven years ago, and routinely rapes her, while Jack appears to be sleeping in the wardr...

Joy, Review: Mop to the Top

Joy, Review: Mop to the Top Is it possible to watch a film based on a true story and feel that some of the scenes are unreal, artificial or contrived? It is. Probably more so, when the writer/director takes liberties galore with the original story and tries to universalise it, adding smart anecdotes and witticisms where honest narrative might have worked better. Joy is one such example. It’s a genre-defying tale, and that’s welcome. Half-baked plot points and half-hearted characte...

The 5th Wave, Review: Earthnic cleansing

The 5th Wave, Review: Earthnic cleansing Aliens want the earth, without the baggage of humans. Obviously, 6.5 bn humans are not going to commit mass suicide, to oblige the extra-terrestrials, so the aliens decide to exterminate them. But, for reasons unclear, they are unable to do so in one attempts; several ‘waves’ are launched, some of them literal and tidal, to carry out operation decimation. Nothing new, except plot structure. And the not entirely credible premise that childre...

The 33, Review: Deep, Down, Dark, and Die-hard

The 33, Review: Deep, Down, Dark, and Die-hard A Chilean-Colombian co-production, The 33 (Los 33 in Spanish) has a Mexican director, Puerto Rican and the son of Guatemalan immigrants as two of the writers, American, British, Irish, French, Brazilian and Filipino members in the cast, and even more nationalities in the production. This is what we can call an international ensemble film, in the real sense of the world. It is an almost true reproduction of a mining disaster that trapped 33 miner...

AKIRA KUROSAWA, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   AKIRA KUROSAWA RETROSPECTIVE, By AP   ...

The Hateful Eight, Review: Bounty-hunters v/s cowboy gangs

The Hateful Eight, Review: Bounty-hunters v/s cowboy gangs Some things are characteristic Tarantino: Crime, betrayal and revenge; several guns going off at regular intervals; chapter-wise narrative; a central black character, repeatedly referred to as ‘nigger’; flash-backs or intertwined narrative; a large ensemble cast, with good footage to each actor; direct or indirect reference to the Bible or Jesus Christ. The Hateful Eight has all these elements, and even more QT traits. And...

Panavision and Ludwig Kameraverleih Announce Distribution Deal

   Panavision, the entertainment industry’s leading designer, manufacturer and rental provider of high-precision optics and camera systems, has reached a distribution agreement with Ludwig Kameraverleih in Germany. The highly regarded rental facility will now be able to provide filmmakers in the region with Panavision’s extensive range of spherical and anamorphic lenses, including the popular Primo 70 series for larger sensor digital cameras. ...

CALL FOR ENTRY - 6TH ANNUAL HORROR QUEST FILM FESTIVAL.

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The 6th Annual HorrorQuest Film Festival is now accepting submissions for 2016. HorrorQuest considers itself a "Horror & Genre" festival and is seeking submissions in the following catagories... Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Music Video *if it has a horror/genre theme*, Documentary *If it is Horror/Genre related*. or Animation of any kind. For submission instructions and gudielines, please vist www.thehorrorquest.com ...

Daddy’s Home, Review: The Ex factor

Daddy’s Home, Review: The Ex factor A sensitive, sentimental true story goes through Hollywood’s spin doctors and comes out with a load of slap-stick comedy, a few sharply contrasting stereo-types, and some above the PG-13 certification content. If you can detach yourself from identifying with a well-intentioned hubby who goes crazy when faced with the prospect of losing his nuclear family, you can enjoy several laugh-out-loud moments. If you stay with the plot, however, these lau...

Our Brand is Crisis, Review: Dirty politricks

Our Brand is Crisis, Review: Dirty politricks On one hand, Our Brand is Crisis dispels all delusions anybody might still have about elections being the ultimate manifestation of democracy…and how! On the other, it makes mud-slinging look exceedingly simple to indulge in, with pictures and quotes being the only real weapons you need. Of course, there are the obligatory debates, baring of hearts on live television, and the dirty tricks department of state machinery, that play their parts...

Point Break, Review: Death-defying spectacle and spectacular deaths

  Point Break, Review: Death-defying spectacle and spectacular deaths Point break: Noun. In surfing, a type of long-lasting wave, found off a coast with a headland or point. Example: A point break is formed when a swell moves around the land, almost at a right angle to the beach, and a break, which begins near the point, gradually progresses along the wave. A young Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) watches helplessly as his extreme sports partner Jeff (Max Thieriot) falls to his death from a mou...

the "Exchange" - Make a list of props you need for your next film!

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Writersandfilmmakers.com is introducing usefull services for filmmakers! We call it the “Exchange” and it should be live in about a week!   List props you need for your next film! List your past or current films and posters for marketing purposes. Audience members can lend props, time, locations etc by describing them and/or taking a photo of the item.   Oh, and it’s free, free free!   Let us know how you think we can improve...

112 Original Scores In 2015 Oscar® Race, By Adrienne Papp

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   112 Original Scores In 2015 Oscar® Race   By Adrienne Papp The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on December 18th that 112 scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures released in 2015 are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 88th Academy Awards®. The eligible scores along with their composers are listed below, in al...

Celebrity Skin Care Line, Fytofontana, Has Arrived to the United States

SPOTLIGHT MEDIA PRODUCTIONS   Celebrity Skin Care Line, Fytofontana, Has Arrived to the United States   By Adrienne Papp Aging. It’s the inevitable condition that all human beings face and that annoying “thing” that we all dread. Recent advances in anti-aging technology have made some of the aging symptoms much less severe, and healthier lifestyles mean that many of us will be able to continue to lead active, youthfu...

Secret in Their Eyes Premiere in LA with smiling beaming Julia Roberts

Red Carpet Footage, Interviews & Photos From The Premiere at The Hammer Museum In Theaters November 20, 2015     ...

'Liza, the Fox-Fairy', 'The Prime of Life' Win CDFF Audience Awards

  9 November 2015 For Immediate release   OTTAWA, ON – The credits have rolled and the ballots are in! The audiences of the second annual Cellar Door Film Festival name Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Liza, a rókatündér) and The Prime of Life (La force de l‘âge) as the winners of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film, respectively. Liza, the Fox-Fairy, directed by Károly Ujj Mészáros, is a dark fantasy/comedy f...

Goosebumps, Review: BlackJack Stine and the ‘loose’ characters

Goosebumps, Review: BlackJack Stine and the ‘loose’ characters It’s enough to give you goosebumps: over 400 million Goosebumps books have been sold worldwide, in 32 languages, with author R.L. Stine recognised as one of the highest rated, bestselling, children’s authors in history. Goosebumps had its TV adaptation running from 1995 to 1998. Now, here comes the movie, with so much material that the makers were spoilt for choice. A clever technique is used to get past th...

Hotel Transylvania 2, Review: Vampa ire

Hotel Transylvania 2, Review: Vampa ire When you want to turn horror into comedy, what better ploy than to make them animated/CGI characters? Add 3D to that, and the spell is cast. Only problem is, the funnier it gets, the less scary it remains, and vice versa. Like the passers-by in Hotel Transylvania 2, who are far from scared at the past-their-prime monster brigade’s pathetic attempts at instilling fear in them, the audience might find the proceedings short of being very scary or too...

Rock the Kasbah, Review: Afghan star, American war

Rock the Kasbah, Review: Afghan star, American war                                                                             In all probability, the plot of Rock the Kasbah was worked out backwards. Somebody saw an Afghan girl named Setara (meaning ‘star’) Hussainzada sing and dance on a loca...

The Last Witch Hunter, Review: Witch one will Vin?

The Last Witch Hunter, Review: Witch one will Vin?                                                              Like the aliens in Men in Black, the witches here could pass off as persons next door. That is, until they are found out by an 800 year-old man in black, the last surviving witch-hunter. The Last Witch Hunter is not the last movie...

A Bridge of Spies, Review: Spyelberg on spy-swapping--one of theirs for two of ours

A Bridge of Spies, Review: Spyelberg on spy-swapping--one of theirs for two of ours Old school film-making at its charming best is what Steven Spielberg delivers in this potential thriller, that is, instead, crafted as a compelling commentary--on the sordid business of spying, the acceptance of the hard truth that a foreign spy operating in your country is as loyal as your spies indulging in espionage abroad, and the sacred right of every accused in America to a fair trial, be it a US citizen...

Pan, Review: Flying Pantasy

Pan, Review: Flying Pantasy Once you pick up a hundred year-old children’s story and decide to invent its unwritten prequel, 3D and CGI are obvious choices. Yes, you could go overboard on both counts, but so long as you have packed it with a generous dose of thrills, and given it break-neck pace, you can make a fantasy both exciting and interesting. Pan offers above par performances, not so common in fairy-tales, mounts a huge canvas and makes sweeping brush-strokes. There are issues ab...

Sicario, Review: One drug cartel is better than two

Sicario, Review: One drug cartel is better than two Breath-taking aerial shots of the US-Mexico border area and amazingly choreographed encounter scenes are the highlight of Sicario, a drug cartel crime thriller about an FBI-CIA joint operation that does on land what the US army and air-force have been doing in foreign countries for decades: seek, find and eliminate the enemy. Every player has questionable motives, except a couple of conscientious FBI operatives, and even they eventually fall...

"CLEAN CUT" READY TO MAKE AN INCISION AT ATLANTIC CITY CINEFEST 2015

                KEITH COLLINS-DOUG BOLLINGER-SAMANTHA ARTESE-MICHAEL BILLY STAR IN NEW THRILLER "CLEAN CUT"   Award-Winning Team To Have World Premiere In Atlantic City, NJ   "The straightest people can be the most twisted"   The psychologically disturbing new Thriller feature film "Clean Cut" will have its highly antici...
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