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Canon Of Film: ‘Paris, Texas’

20 hours ago

This week, we will be looking at Wim Wenders‘ classic, ‘Paris, Texas‘ in honor of Harry Dean Stanton, who recently passed. For the genesis of Canon Of Film, you can click here.

Paris, Texas (1984)

Director: Wim Wenders

Screenplay: Sam Shepard, adapted by L.M. Kit Carson

As much as I admire the leader of the New German cinema movement of the sixties and seventies, R.W. Fassbinder, and as much as I admire, probably the best and most important director in that movement Werner Herzog, if I actually had to pick a favorite New German Director, and one of my favorite directors of all-time, it’d have to be Wim Wenders. I rank his film ‘Wings of Desire‘ among the Ten best films ever made, and all his films–even his less-than-stellar ones–all have this intuit sense to them. It’s not empathy; it’s almost spiritual. While Herzog is constantly »

- David Baruffi

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Age of ‘mother!’ during the ‘Age of Ultron’: Auteur vs Tentpole

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Full disclosure, I will not spoil ‘mother!‘ (but you can read our review here), I think it’s incredibly vital to the film and the filmmakers that most of the film stay under wraps. For better or worse, I went into the film as blind as I could and left…blind with fury.

Now, I’ll admit wholeheartedly that surrealist films and those that get lost in their own message and metaphors infuriate me. Not because I don’t get it, but because of the people that applaud and celebrate these films like they are the second coming of some long-lost messiah. These are films, yes, and they deserve to be celebrated, but don’t look toward your nose at those that enjoy films that involve The Avengers assembling, or men dressed as bats beating up clowns. All film deserves to be celebrated, so what makes ‘mother!’ worthy of discussion and this essay? »

- S Christian Roe

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A ‘mother!’ of a Vicious Commentary

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There’s no easy way to describe Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, the appropriately titled mother! (appropriate once the pieces start crashing into place). It’s oppressively heavy on symbolism, it’s profoundly unsettling, it’s guaranteed to piss off practically audience member in one way or another. To be blunt: it’s pure Aronofsky and, if its reception from both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals to the scathingly polarizing reaction its had in its first weekend of release are any indicator, it’s going to cement itself with ease as one of the most thoroughly debated experiences of the 21st century. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

In a beautiful countryside manor amidst lush fields and the warmest sunsets (all beautifully brought to life by regular Aronofsky Dp Matthew Libatique and production designer Philip Messina)  lives a couple – given no names in the story, »

- William Coffey

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The Punisher Trailer: Marvel’s Most Brutal Series Yet

20 September 2017 1:44 PM, PDT

The new official trailer for Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ is finally here and it is so metal that it will melt your face off. Before you click the play button I will have to warn you to proceed with caution due to the extreme violence and violent images. What else would you expect from the Punisher? Without further adieu, here is the official trailer.

How awesome was that trailer? Metallica’s “One” providing the soundtrack was the icing on the cake. The trailer had the perfect feel for what the character is all about. It is easily the most violent Marvel trailer yet.

All thirteen episodes starring Jon Bernthal will stream on Netflix sometime in 2017.

Stay tuned for more details as we will keep you updated and of course we’ll have have a future review.

The post The Punisher Trailer: Marvel’s Most Brutal Series Yet appeared first on Age of The Nerd. »

- Chris Salce

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‘Tomb Raider’ Trailer & Poster Released

19 September 2017 10:08 PM, PDT

The reboot of ‘Tomb Raider‘ has finally released it’s first trailer! Directed by Roar Uthaug (The Wave), the trailer seems to focus heavily on the action. It’s really something that feels more akin to the more recent, action packed Tomb raider video games, rather than her early ones. The casting of Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) seems akin to this new direction, as the film follows a younger Laura Croft this time around.

Here’s the first official trailer:

Written by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel), the reboot also stars Dominic West, Walton Goggins, and Daniel Wu. Surely Warner Brothers is hoping that this film will be the start of a new franchise, but the trio of Vikander, Robertson-Dworet, and Uthaug all prove to be untested when it comes to these types of movies. So it’ll be interesting to see how this film plays out when it’s released. »

- Taylor Salan

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Matt Damon Teams up With Alexander Payne for ‘Downsizing’

19 September 2017 7:56 PM, PDT

It has been almost five years since the world was graced with the last Alexander Payne film ‘Nebraska‘, a film that caught a lot of critical attention but can also be considered a perfect example of Payne’s wheelhouse. ‘Downsizing” seems to have all the elements of an Alexander Payne film while somehow hitting a level quirky-ness we haven’t really seem from the critically acclaimed director.

Downsizing’ imagines what might happen if, as a solution to over-population, Norwegian scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall and propose a 200-year global transition from big to small. People soon realize how much further money goes in a miniaturized world, and with the promise of a better life, everyman Paul Safranek (Matt Damon) and wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in Omaha in order to get small and move to a new downsized community — a choice that triggers life-changing adventures. »

- Sean McAloon

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Clip & Featurette Released

19 September 2017 6:51 PM, PDT

Awards season is getting into full swing, and one of the early contenders is the real-life sports drama ‘Battle of the Sexes‘. The film follows the well publicized tennis match between Billie Jean king (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) that was dubbed by the media as the “Battle of the Sexes”. The film seems to tackle gender equality, and is primed to be a major player in this year’s awards race.

The film was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), with a script form Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy. In addition of Carell and Stone, ‘Battle of the Sexes’ stars Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, and Eric Christian Olsen.

In preparation for the movie’s sure-to-be awards run, Fox Searchlight have released two clips and a featurette for the film. Here »

- Taylor Salan

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When Creature Met Sally: New ‘The Shape of Water’ Clip

18 September 2017 9:16 PM, PDT

The Shape of Water is already earning accolades and is said to be Guillermo del Toro‘s best film yet. With all of these good things associated with the film it’s easy to see why it’s one of the most anticipated films of 2017. Just days after the release of the film’s Red Band trailer Fox Searchlight has released an all-new clip from the film. In the clip below you will witness the first meeting between the two main characters the Asset (Doug Jones) and Eliza Esposito (Sally Hawkins).

Synopsis:

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape Of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer »

- Chris Salce

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Jeepers Creepers 3 Creeps in Theaters For One Night Only

18 September 2017 8:48 PM, PDT

The Creeper is back with a bloody vengeance. A third film in the Jeepers Creepers franchise is coming. On September 26th in select cities the film will be playing up on the big screens, and from early ticket sales it looks as if fans are ready to take a look at what the Creeper has been up to.

The last time fans got a glimpse of the Creeper was all the way back in 2003. Controversial director Victor Salva wrote and directed the film. Jonathan Breck will reprise his role as the Creeper. Gina Phillips will reprise her role as Trish Jenner, from the first film. Phillips will have a cameo in the film.

The plot of the film will follow a disbelieving Sgt. Tubb’s  (Brandon Smith ), who set’s up a task force to hunt the Creeper after the events of the first film. Terror ensues as the Creeper fights back. »

- Stephen Nepa

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Can We Stop with the Damn ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ Outrage?!

18 September 2017 1:36 PM, PDT

Oh, for the love of God, why am I still reading about this? Seems like every godd**n week, I see a new article from somebody trying to figure out the ‘Rotten Tomatoes‘ phenomenon or whatever new phenomenon or faux-outrage or whatever bullsh*t about it there is… Here’s one from Vox.com a few days ago. Here’s one from Wired.com a couple months ago. Here’s one from TVOvermind.com. Here’s one from TheRinger.com. Here’s one from the god**nn New York F**king Times! Here’s an episode of “What the Flick” doing a whole Youtube segment on the New York Times article! And here’s another one from Variety, yes that Variety, about how Rotten Tomatoes doesn’t influence box office. (Sigh) Some of those are from last week; here’s an infamous one that I wrote last year!!!!!!!

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- David Baruffi

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‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ Pushed to December 20, 2019

18 September 2017 3:59 AM, PDT

The road to ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ just got a little bit longer. Last week, a series of changes happened that culminated with the firing of Colin Trevorrow, and subsequent Hiring of J.J. Abrams as director. Before this news landed, the film was set to go into production January 2018 with a planned release date of May 24, 2019. As soon as the directing announcement was made, Lucasfilm also confirmed that Abrams and writer Chris Terrio (Justice League) would re-write the story from scratch, meaning that the production would most likely not meet it’s release date.

Now that the tremors of the ‘Star Wars: Episode IX‘ shake-up have begun to settle, the official twitter of Star Wars has announced that the release date has been pushed to December 20, 2019. Here’s the official announcement:

Star Wars: Episode IX is scheduled for release on December 20, 2019. pic.twitter.com/rDBqmuHX89

Star Wars (@starwars) September 12, 2017

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- Taylor Salan

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Episode One of ‘Batman – The Telltale Series’ Free on iOS!

18 September 2017 3:17 AM, PDT

We’re excited to announce that episode one of Batman – The Telltale Series is now available for free in perpetuity for all iOS users! In addition, we’re launching a free comprehensive performance update today that provides significant technical improvements and should ensure the series runs smoothly on a broader range of iOS-based devices. iPhone and iPad players can begin their adventures today and experience Telltale’s critically-acclaimed take on the Batman universe. In the series’ opening episode, entitled ‘Realm of Shadows,’ Bruce Wayne discovers his father was in fact a ruthless crime boss, forcing him to question everything he thought he knew about his identity. As both Bruce and Batman, players must negotiate harsh political realities and prevent Gotham City from descending into chaos while digging into the truth about the Wayne family’s sordid past. The decisions players make across Batman – The Telltale Series then optionally carry over into the ongoing second season, »

- Sean McAloon

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First Trailer for Upcoming Spy Thriller ‘Red Sparrow’

18 September 2017 2:13 AM, PDT

Dominika Egorova is many things. 
 A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. 
A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit.

A master of seductive and manipulative combat. Check out the first look at “Red Sparrow‘ right here.

When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced. Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who »

- Sean McAloon

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