Category: Clickables

Neill Blomkamp is Back for More With New Short Film

Neill Blomkamp continues to make cool shorts his way through his venture, Oats Studios. We posted his first two shorts from Oats Studios earlier this year, and now we have another to share: ADAM: The Mirror. The film serves as a sequel to a short he released last year, ADAM: Chapter 1. Both shorts were filmed using creation software Unity Technologies. A third installment, ADAM: The Prophet is expected to be released online later this year. Watch both ADAM: Chapter 1 and ADAM: The Mirror below! You can find out more about Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios and how to support it here: http://oatsstudios.com/ Featured...

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The Best Screenwriters, So Say Actual Screenwriters

Best-of lists are too often cynical, randomly thrown together content churn designed to drum up internet arguments but not much new thought on the subject. Vulture’s list of the 100 Best Screenwriters is different; it’s packed with high-quality analysis and, perhaps most importantly, was generated by working screenwriters who are too often relegated backseat status to directors and actors. But it all begins with the word. So enjoy this list from Vulture, and let us know your favorites!   Featured Image: Columbia...

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Need a Good Scare Today?

Fall begins tomorrow and even though New York City weather refuses to acknowledge it, I can feel it; the spooking season is near. This week I’ve been catching up on back episodes of Snap Judgment Presents Spooked, a spinoff of the addictive storytelling-focused, Snap Judgment podcast. Each show features two scary stories told firsthand by those who experienced them. They’re all fantastic, but the one I listened to on last night’s commute was next-level creepy. Scroll down to the September 8 episode, Lost in Time and check out the first story. Is it true? I don’t care. But I...

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Get Lost and Scared with Daniel Radcliffe in the ‘Jungle’ Trailer

The Halloween season is starting to heat up! Announcements are being made, decorations bought, and pumpkins plumped. Just in time, here comes an Australian thriller showcasing the best of man vs. nature in a tense fight for survival in the Bolivian jungle starring Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe plays Yossi Ghinsberg, author of the bestselling memoir Jungle: A Harrowing Tale of Survival on which the movie is based. It tells Ghinsberg’s tale of becoming lost in the Amazon surviving against all horrific odds. Watch this group of eager, adventurous travelers learn how unprepared they are for everything that goes wrong while...

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Ed Skrein: Representation’s Ally

Anyone who is hooked into film and television criticism knows the term whitewashing. Whether it is Scarlett Johansson in The Ghost in the Shell, Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange, or even Emma Stone in Aloha, whitewashing is a growing issue that is finally getting attention thanks to the ability that the internet grants to discuss hot button topics. The latest film to get caught in the firestorm of whitewashing is the new Hellboy reboot. In this upcoming film, Ed Skrein, known mainly from Game of Thrones and Deadpool, was cast as Major Ben Daimio, who is a character of...

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New Alt-History Drama ‘Black America’ Announced

You’ve likely heard of Confederate, the recently announced alternate-history TV series from the showrunners of Game of Thrones, or at least the controversy surrounding it. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss’ vision of a modern day Confederate nation where slavery is still legal was criticised for a number of valid reasons. In fact, you can see our own executive editor Richard Newby quoted in this all-encompassing article about the backlash in The Hollywood Reporter. By what feels like a strange coincidence, or some karmic balancing of the universe, Amazon Studios has now announced the title and plot for the unnamed project they...

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Lupita Nyong’o Goes Undercover at SDCC

Look! A spark of joy! It’s no secret Lupita Nyong’o  was at SDCC this year promoting Black Panther. But she also secretly blessed fans with her presence at San Diego Comic-Con in a fabulously sparkly pink Power Ranger disguise/cosplay. She danced her way through the crowd, chatting and posing with unknowing patrons and just generally had an amazing time, as everybody should at Comic-Con. This amateur cosplayer wholeheartedly approves, and also wonders, who else has been hiding right under our noses dressed as Stormtroopers or Spiderman? Today she revealed her secret in a tweet, along with a montage of...

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Open The Vault with James Franco and Taryn Manning in New Trailer

Some of the best horror involves being trapped in a space where you might not be alone (Recently, remember The Void, Baskin, Autopsy of Jane Doe, or even Last Shift?) Besides being easy on the budget, tight-space thrillers force creativity and a quality of performance that stretches everyone involved. Only some are up to the challenge. The Vault is opening in Select Theaters & On Demand on Friday, September 1 and is directed by Dan Bush, who you might know from his previous film, The Signal. Taryn Manning (good ol’ Pennsatucky) and Francesca Eastwood (Final Girl) play badass sisters...

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Video Essay: Transformers and Film Studies by Lindsay Ellis

I’ve been following Lindsay Ellis’ in-depth video essays since her days under the moniker of Nostalgia Chick. Back when she began the show in 2008, her witty explorations of the strangest corners of the 90s film landscape were a rare example of genuine intelligent analysis meeting the areas of pop culture usually thought of as below the bar for such discourse. In recent years, Ellis’ output has developed into something even more impressive. Her Youtube channel is one I make sure to keep up to date with, for both her analytical video essays and her show “Loose Canon,” where she...

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Neill Blomkamp is Unleashed in Two Short Films for Oats Studios

While Neill Blomkamp hasn’t quite maintained the critical stride that catapulted his career after his debut feature, District 9, in 2009, there’s no doubt that he has carved out his place as one of our most unique genre filmmakers. With Oats Studios, Blompkamp launced an experimental film platform through which to showcase his latest short films. Fans of the director have said for some time that they’d like to see Blomkamp step away from the robotic exo-suits that became unifying aspects and aeshtetic commitments in his first three features. Oats Studios allows Blomkamp to chart a new path, to...

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The Untamed Teases out Our Primal Desires; See the Trailer Here

Just in time for the sticky sweet heat of July, Amat Escalante’s new drama-horror jam The Untamed is peeking from its mysterious depths. Simone Bucio plays the alluring Verónica who leads a troubled couple to a cave promising something inside that “only gives pleasure.” Hints of family drama and societal commentary about sexuality abound in this one. Personally, I don’t need to know much more than that to be ready to party, and The Untamed just shot to the top of my summer list.  Check out the gorgeous trailer: The Untamed hits theatres July 17. Featured Image: Adomeit...

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FSR’s Love Letter to The Man of a Thousand Faces

Meg Shields over at Film School Rejects has put together an almost-love-letter tribute to Lon Chaney (and his son, Lon Chaney, Jr.) of the silent film era. For those unfamiliar with his work, it’s an excellent primer to his multi-faceted contributions ranging from The Phantom of the Opera and beyond. For those who are, it’s a veritable treasure chest of historical gems and tie-ins to today’s themes in horror. Most interestingly, she cultivates an appreciation for Chaney’s deep understanding of humanity and the grotesque. “Chaney advocated for a space that collapsed the distance between horror and heartbreak. “Virg, make...

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