One of the more interesting and comparatively difficult series of books to adapt remains Thomas Harris’s Hannibal series. Now the film adaptation of Silence of the Lambs was and remains a remarkable masterpiece and a personal close-held favorite. However, by the time of Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon, the Hopkins incarnation (which still remains one of the best on-screen performances) had run its course. And with the lackluster book and movie release of Hannibal Rising was the signaling of the death of the character. Which was proper. The original books of Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs were focused on the agents working the specific cases. They were very well seasoned pulp stories that had many very significant elements apart from the novels Hannibal and Hannibal Rising. The main point was that Hannibal Lector was not the main character of the first two novels. He was the part of the novels (and later the films) originally as a very eccentric psychopathic genius that loved to toy with people’s minds as if they were his puppets. But the emphasis was placed more on the killer that Hannibal was helping them catch. Read more
Personally, there were reasonable expectations when approaching the new Seth Rogan-helmed comedy, This is the End. Co-written by Evan Goldberg (whose claim to fame was co-writing Superbad and Pineapple Express with Rogan) as well as taking the director’s chair for the first time, the comedic possibilities about an end-of-the-world scenario are actually limitless when done right. Read more
Personally, Baz Luhrmann is one of the more eccentric visionary directors working in the film medium. His productions of Moulin Rouge! and Strictly Ballroom were workings of masterful story-telling fused with an over-ripe visual and editing style which audiences have come to love about Luhrmann films. However, does this interesting mixture provide a base for the long-lasting story by F. Scott Fitzgerald? It could have. Read more
The Evil Dead franchise is one of the most popular, influential and beloved series of horror films in existence. During the early transition into what can be considered the modern horror film, there were three films that altered film language when approaching American horror that all came in relative short succession to each other. The first and decidedly the most influential was The Exorcist in 1973, where the approach to supernatural elements was taken from the baroque and overly fantastical worlds to that of a stark and utterly unforgiving perspective on the definition of evil, also beginning to test on-screen violence to that of mainstream audiences not usually journeying to the drive-ins for Roger Corman films or to grindhouses for the latest Roger Earl flick. This was during a time in which films bent on a more realistic perspective and tone were continuously flooding the market and influencing audiences while grandiose old displays of gothic horror were pushed to the wayside. However, this altered again in 1980 with the release of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Read more
One of the few groups of artists in history understood artistic anarchy better than the Beats. Initially, the ideology behind the Beat Generation was an impassioned (and it would be safe to say, slightly mental) innovation to experiment with style (greatly infused with drugs), giving a face to alternative sexual identities, introducing Eastern philosophies to Western audiences, a rejection of materialism (which in the 40s and 50s was being promoted as the American Dream to those of the up and coming Baby-Boomer Generation), and explicit portrayals of violence and sex that is sometimes on par with the Marquis de Sade. However, at its core, the Beats were the epitome of art before structure. Read more
Just as there are regulated and unregulated systems of commerce and politics, the possibilities of systems in cinema follow the same principles. This may manifest in the forms of artistic movements and ideologies and it seems that every five years a new one emerges. In regards to conceptual artistic anarchy in film, there truly are only a handful of movements and filmmakers that propagate the ideas of what may be considered Anarchic Cinema, some already covered in cursory terms are notably Nick Zedd, Andy Warhol, and the arena of Transgressive Cinema, which will be returned to as the debate progresses. However, whereas completely unregulated and undefined cinematic anarchy was manifested in the mold of Transgressive Cinema, Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg’s Dogme 95 is an investigation to discover the same principles, but through extraordinary control and regulation. Herein lies the conflict. Read more
One of the most fundamental terms and yet one of the most difficult concepts to grasp is that of artistic anarchy. Anarchy is usually classified as a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority. Anarchy a superficial and flat word and it doesn’t encompass what needs to be understood in the artistic sense. Read more
Sam Raimi has always been a much beloved fascination. Beginning his career with The Evil Dead and moving on to direct the Spiderman franchise as well as The Quick and the Dead and Drag Me to Hell, Raimi has provided audiences with experiences that are unique to his films alone. And such couldn’t be more evident in the director’s latest project, Oz: The Great and Powerful. Read more
I cannot describe how I feel about David Guy Levy’s feature film, Would You Rather. There are many specific elements that present a strong, well-designed investigation into what could be thought possible by the human psyche, but also a testament in on-screen violence. However, on the other hand, it is burdened with occasionally stiff and lifeless cinematography, bad acting and uneven tone and pacing.
Warner Brothers has their next hit franchise with Henry Cavill as Superman in the Man of Steel. Men’s Confidence Magazine was lucky enough to catch an early screening of the movie, and holy cow is it good.
I don’t say this lightly, but Man of Steel is better than The Dark Knight Rises, and the action sequences are easily as good as the Avengers.
Nick Jones Jr. was in the audience with us and tweeted this about the movie: ”It was a masterpiece of epic proportions” This tweet has since gone viral.
Other reports around the web have surfaced indicating that Warner Brothers is very pleased with the outcome, and know they have an instant hit on their hands. Henry Cavill is signed on for a three picture deal with Warner Bros, so expect news of a Justice League movie to be announced shortly after the Man of Steel debut.
Man of Steel opens June 14th in IMAX 3D.