10 Best Kyle Gallner Films (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

Kyle Gallner has been a working actor for two decades now. A child actor who got his big breaks on TV shows Veronica Mars and Smallville, Gallner has stayed busy working on a range of commercial films, television shows, and indie projects choosing unconventional roles that challenge his audience.

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His latest film Dinner In America hit Sundance last month to rave reviews, and this month his new show Interrogation, a choose-your-own-adventure crime drama with Gallner as the lead, premiered on CBS All Access. Be sure to sign up for CBS’s free one-week trial to check it out.

9 The Finest Hours (2016) – 63%

Based on the true story, The Finest Hours is about the rescue of an oil tanker that split apart during a cyclone off the coast of New England. The disaster-thriller from Disney starred Chris Pine, Casey Affleck and Eric Bana. Critics surmised it as a traditional, old-fashioned rescue-drama, and the film was a box-office flop failing to compete with other summer-titles such as The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Gallner had a supporting role as Andrew Fitzgerald, an engineman who joins the volunteer rescue crew alongside Pines and Bana.

8 Beautiful Boy (2011) – 70%

Not the 2018 film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy (2011) stars Michael Sheen and Maria Bello as a married couple whose teenage son commits a mass school-shooting/suicide. Their marriage is tested by the pressure cooker of media onslaught, community scrutiny, and the unanswered question of why their son would do something so evil.

Gallner played the aforementioned son, during a stage in his career where he tended to be cast as dark, violently troubled youths. Since then, he’s done well to not let himself be pigeonholed by these roles and has experimented with a range of genres.

7 American Sniper (2015) – 72%

Another film based on a true story, American Sniper is a biographical war-drama directed by Clint Eastwood. Bradley Cooper stars as Chris Kyle, a US Navy SEALs sniper who served four tours in Iraq and became the deadliest marksman in the US military. The film had multiple wins and nominations, including the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Adapted Screenplay.

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Gallner played fellow SEAL Goat-Winston, a man with contrasting attitudes to wartime and empathy for “kills” compared to Cooper’s character.

6 Band of Robbers (2016) – 78%

A fun, hidden gem in Netflix’s catalog, Band of Robbers is a modern retelling of the classic Mark Twain novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Gallner stars as Huck Finn, now an adult who has just been released from jail, alongside Adam Nee (the film’s co-writer and co-director) as deadbeat cop Tom Sawyer.

Wrangling together a group of their childhood friends, the iconic-duo set out to find the elusive Murrell’s treasure – and along the way, make the change from crooks to heroes.

5 Red Eye (2005) – 75%

From legendary horror director Wes Craven, Red Eye may start out as a seemingly innocent romantic film about two attractive strangers who meet while on a red-eye flight to Miami. The charm and shy flirting is a ploy, lulling us into a false sense of security before the film takes a sudden turn towards claustrophobic thriller.

Rachel McAdams stars as Lisa Reisert, a hotel manager taken hostage by domestic terrorist Jack Rippner, played by Cillian Murphy in one of his first US roles. Gallner played one of the fellow passengers on board the plan, credited as “Headphone Kid’s Brother”, and would later go on to star in the remake of Craven’s classic A Nightmare on Elm St.

4 The Cleanse (2018) – 82%

This one is a unique – and for some, hard to swallow – blend of dark fantasy, comedy, philosophical soul searching, and horror. At times reminisce of Cronenberg, for its use of practical body-horror style effect. And at other times whimsical, like 80s fantasy-style ugly-cute creatures. The Cleanse follows a group of four strangers who embark on a strange spiritual retreat, with no real knowledge of what the retreat entails other than a chance to cleanse them from their inner demons.

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Gallner plays Eric, a sarcastic and cynical alcoholic who has only agreed to go on the retreat to appease his strung-out girlfriend.

3 Smashed (2012) – 83%

Smashed received high praise from audiences and critics, as did Mary Elizabeth Winstead for her subtle and sincere portrayal of school teacher and secret alcoholic Kate. Opposite Winstead, Aaron Paul plays Charlie, Kate’s husband and other half to their dysfunctional, alcohol and substance abuse fueled relationship.

Gallner plays Owen, Charlie’s younger brother and party mate for their nights out at the bars and dingey garage parties. When Owen accidentally let’s slip his brother shared with him Kate has recently tried meth, it puts her on the trajectory for getting sober – even if it puts her marriage in jeopardy.

2 Dear White People  (2014) – 91%

Another film that isn’t for everyone, Dear White People (and it’s spin-off Netflix series) has received just as much high praise from critics and audiences as it has backlash and criticism. Gallner reunited with fellow Veronica Mars alum Tessa Thompson.

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Thompson played Sam White, an outspoken student whose radio show Dear White People causes controversy at her prestigious university. Her radio show drew criticism to the university’s culture surrounding white privilege, racial diversity, and racist transgressions, and heightened the tense divide between white and black students on campus.

Gallner played Kurt, the son of the school’s president, a cocky fratboy who has his club turn up to a campus party in blackface.

1 Dinner In America (2020) – 100%

A hit at Sundance earlier this year, Dinner In America is the punk-rock romantic comedy we didn’t know we needed until now. Gallner gives a knockout lead performance as Simon, an agro punk rocker wanted by the police. Alongside Gallner is the incredibly cute Emily Skeggs as Patty, an odd young woman obsessed with Simon’s band Psyops – or rather, his masked persona Johnny Q.

When Simon and Patty cross paths, and she blackmails him to take her to meet the infamous Johnny Q, they embark on a wild journey across Midwestern America and unexpectedly fall in love. Surely to become a cult classic the likes of Napolean Dynamite, be sure to look out for a wide release.

NEXT: 10 Must-See Movies That Played At Sundance 2020

2020-02-14 03:02:25

Amy Rae

The 10 Most Mature Animated Films, Ranked | ScreenRant

Though the likes of Disney and Dreamworks have made billions of dollars off animated films for children and families, animation is so much more than that. As a medium, it’s offered some artful and mature films that challenge perceptions of animation. While the likes of the Oscars seem to dismiss it and relegate those films to their own categories, there are plenty that deserves to compete for the bigger prizes.

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The films listed here are animated films that challenge the notion of animation only being for children. This isn’t a list of exclusively R-rated animated films but rather a collection of mature and artful films that explore the human condition somehow and somehow. Here are ten great and mature animated films.

10 Coonskin

“This is it folks.” Ralph Bakshi has always been one to push buttons. From the X-rated sexcapades of Fritz the Cat to the oddly racist/sexist undertones of his fantasy films like The Lord of the Rings and Fire & Ice, he is one of the most controversial figures in animation but a lot of his films offer some substance.

Coonskin is a transgressive film that aims to make fun of racial stereotypes. Starring the likes of Barry White and Scatman Crothers, the film is a live-action/animation hybrid that deals with themes like police corruption, organized crime and increasingly deteriorating racial relations. While it may not handle those themes well all that time, its attempt to say something is an impressive feat.

9 Watership Down

Harrowing and suspenseful is not how most would describe an animated film featuring rabbits, but Watership Down is that exception. Detailing the journey of a group of rabbits and their fight for survival, the film dives deep into heavy themes of religion, politics and the afterlife.

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It’s an incredibly dark feature that also deals with its themes with a tenderness. It features a large cast of great English actors such as John Hurt and Nigel Hawthorne and is one of three animated films released on the Criterion Collection. It’s one of the darkest animated films out there, but it’s a rewarding experience for those who want a dash of existentialism in their pictures.

8 Waking Life

If Watership Down touched upon some deep themes concerning humanity, Waking Life is full of them. Richard Linklater’s first animated feature is an experimental ride that deals with dreaming, free will and ultimately, finding the meaning of life. It features a large cast including actors like Wiley Wiggins and Ethan Hawke and non-actors Eamonn Healy and Otto Jürgen Hofmann.Linklater uses rotoscoping (drawing over live-action footage) to tell this experimental tale. It’s an actual experience, one where viewers aren’t just spectators. Instead, they are characters actively participating in this much larger narrative.

7 Grave Of The Fireflies

How does a country heal from a catastrophic event? What is the human cost of war? Who really suffers when two countries fight? Grave of the Fireflies attempts to answer these questions with an unflinching sense of brutality.

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Detailing the journey two siblings, Seita and Setsuko, have during the final moments of World War II, the film shows how other countries dealt with a worldwide tragedy. It’s one of Studio Ghibli’s most powerful films, using its somber tone to meditate on what war does to people. Far from easy viewing, the grim subject matter makes for one of the boldest artistic statements ever animated.

6 Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi’s autobiographical, graphic novel Persepolis is one of the greatest comics ever. It’s stark, black and white art coupled with a coming of age story (set against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution) makes for powerful reading.

Its film adaptation is a gorgeously animated odyssey, that retains the bold black and white style of the graphic novel. It is a story of adolescence, war, and revolution. Satrapi co-directed the film with Vincent Paronnaud and was released to controversy from the Iranian government. In spite of that, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize.

5 Yellow Submarine

The Beatles were on top of the world in 1968. That year, their self-titled album (also known as The White Album) was released to acclaim and the band was entering their twilight years. After two successful comedies (A Hard Day’s Night and Help!) a new film featuring the band premiered.

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Yellow Submarine is a psychedelic animated film that takes the group through a faraway land. It’s a surreal film, nothing compared to Disney films at the time. Instead of a traditional plot, there are a number of set pieces that are accompanied by Beatles songs. It’s a music video, a drug trip and a history lesson rolled into one. It is still one of the most visually impressive films ever and high marks for one of the most culturally revered bands.

4 Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm

Batman: The Animated Series was a show primarily aimed at children. Despite that, it was a mature portrait of one of the most famous superheroes, full of the definitive versions of characters like Batman, Joker, Two-Face, and others.

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The feature-length film set within the continuity of the show is probably one of the best Batman films ever. It explores Bruce Wayne’s first adventures as Batman and his former lover named Andrea. It’s full of the same action and drama that fans of the show can expect, with excellent performances from Kevin Conroy and Mark Hammil as Bruce Wayne and the Joker respectively.

3 Wallace And Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit

Aardman films are always of high quality. Full of dry wit and oozing with charm, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was the first film based on the eponymous shorts. Parodying monster films, it follows Wallace and Gromit as they investigate a string of incidents caused by an overlord of rabbits in their quiet town.

It’s funny in a way that adults will appreciate more. It feels like a great comedy from the 60s like Dr. Strangelove, The Pink Panther, and Penelope. It’s a classic in Aardman’s filmography and full of the heart that people have come to expect from the studio.

2 Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

Technically, this is a miniseries for Adult Swim. Thankfully, Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Lab, Samurai Jack, Hotel Transylvania) released a film version called Primal: Tales of Savagery for Oscar voting, so it counts.

Primal is a prehistoric action film that centers around a caveman who forms an uneasy alliance with a T-rex. It features no dialogue, echoing filmmakers like Akira Kurosawa to create something beautiful. In that beauty, however, there is a lot of violence and gore, something that can be incredibly unflinching. Its violence can be a huge barrier of entry but those who can stomach it are rewarded with a breathtaking piece of art.

1 Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson’s best and most mature film was the 2009 animated film based on the Roald Dahl novel Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s the story of a fox dealing with a mid-life crisis. He decides to go back into stealing chickens, only for it to backfire.

It has a massive ensemble cast and the classic Wes Anderson motifs (symmetrical shots, 60s pop music, muted colors) while offering a more sobering look at themes like marriage, honesty, and mortality. It may be marketed as a family film but this one is truly for the adults.

NEXT: The 10 Best Non-Disney Animated Films, Ranked

2020-02-13 01:02:21

CJ Salcedo

10 Disney Live Action Versus Animated Films (Who Did Better on Rotten Tomatoes)

When you think of your favorite movies, do you think about animated cartoons, complete with talented voice actors, or do you think of films with familiar faces of real people? Lucky for us, when we say “Disney movies,” you can think of both. Disney is unique and set apart from other production companies because they make animated and live action films; there’s something for everyone!

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Disney started with animation, and many classics have come in this form. Viewers fell in love with the cartoon characters and plots from day one, and they couldn’t get enough. In fact, some of the animated films did so well that Disney decided to retell their stories all over again, but this time, using real people. Did the new films live up to the former’s reputations? Not always. Here are ten live action remakes from Disney and how they measured against their cartoon counterparts.

10 Dumbo

Dumbo the great, the most famous and loved elephant out there, the only one we know of that can fly! Being born with larger than life ears, ripped from your mother, and forced to perform in a circus can definitely have its challenges, but this baby elephant manages to keep his head up and overcome adversity! He did so first in 1941 in cartoon form and again in 2019 in CGI. The first film tied as the highest in our list with a 98%, and the remake was given a lowly 46%.

9 Cinderella

The story of Cinderella has been brought to our screens in one way or another over a hundred times, and Disney themselves made two movie adaptations. The animated classic came out in 1950, and 65 years later, the 2015 film made Cinderella the first Disney Princess to get a live remake.

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In each movie, Cinderella is a servant girl who winds up at the ball by magic and meets a handsome prince! The first film earned a 97%, and the second came in not too far behind with an 84%.

8 Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was first a novel by Lewis Carroll until Walt Disney turned it into a colorful film in 1951. Alice is a young girl who stumbles down a rabbit hole and finds herself in a magical and wonderful new world where things are often silly and not always as they appear. In 2010, director Tim Burton put his creepy spin on the story as real live actors mixed with the fictional Wonderland. Walt got an 81%, while Tim received 30 points less with 51%. Still, both films are made by Disney’s company, so we can’t complain!

7 Lady and The Tramp

It’s the movie that made eating spaghetti on a date seem so much more romantic and gave a new meaning to the term “puppy love.” Lady and the Tramp first came out 1955, and it simply tickled the part inside our hearts that hopes to get a puppy for a present each holiday. This film taught us about love and what’s important when it comes to being from different worlds. The 2019 live action version of the film brought us real pups to enjoy on screen, and we loved every minute of it. Critics, however, were not as impressed, giving the second film a 65% when the first received 93%.

6 Sleeping Beauty

Everyone knows the story of Sleeping Beauty, the princess who was cursed as a baby to grow up and prick her finger on a spinning wheel on her sixteenth birthday. She was sent away with three kind fairies who would raise her in a cottage far away from the evil Maleficent.

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However, it turns out that Maleficent was not as wicked as she seemed to be, as we found out when she got to tell her side of the story in 2014 with her own film, titled Maleficent. This isn’t an exact remake like the other movies on our list, but rather it’s a unique take on the events before and during the original Sleeping Beauty that audiences loved. Critics only gave the villain’s tale a 54%, favoring 1959’s Sleeping Beauty with an 88%.

5 101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians originally came out in 1961 when Cruella De Vil burst into our screens and demanded a new fur coat made of precious puppies. In 1996, we were met with actual Dalmatians for the live action film. Interestingly enough, each movie had their own sequel, the animated 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure and the live 102 Dalmatians. In both instances, the first films did better on Rotten Tomatoes; the original 101 Dalmatians earned a 98%, the highest score on our list, and the remake received a 42%, the lowest score on our list.

4 The Jungle Book

Before Disney had Tarzan being raised in the jungle by apes, they had Mowgli being raised by wolves in The Jungle Book. We were introduced to this adorable feral boy in 1967 when he was found as a baby in a basket and was brought to a new mother wolf. After knowing nothing but the jungle for ten years, Mowgli is forced to leave once word gets around that a man-eating tiger is in the area.

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Disney may believe in just the bare necessities, but in this instance, that included a remake in 2016. This time around, the movie did even better with a 94% RT score from critics in comparison to an 87% for the animation.

3 Beauty and the Beast

It’s a tale as old as time and a song as old as rhyme. A kind-hearted bookworm ends up being taken hostage in place of her father by a misunderstood grumpy beast under a magic spell, who is actually a prince in disguise! Beauty and The Beast danced into theaters for the first time in 1991 and again with Emma Watson as Belle in 2017. Rotten Tomatoes critics say that the second film offers a “faithful yet fresh retelling,” although it only got a 71% versus the animated movie’s 94%.

2 Aladdin

If you had a genie to grant you three wishes, do you know what you would wish for? That was exactly the predicament in which Aladdin found himself in 1992 and again in 2019. At first, finding a magic lamp with a genie tucked inside feels like a dream come true, but Aladdin soon learns that getting wishes granted is not always as good as it seems to be. The iconic Robin Williams played the genie in the animated film, while Will Smith took over the role this past year. Looks like Mr. Williams takes the win with a 95%, with Mr. Smith’s movie coming in at 57%.

1 The Lion King

From Dalmatians to elephants, we now bring you lions with The Lion King. This one may be cheating a bit because there was no “live action” actors playing all the animals; it was CGI. Poor Simba the lion cub took responsibility for his father’s death in 1994, and we had to watch the tragedy strike again last year in 2019. Both films shared the honor of having James Earl Jones voice Simba’s father Mufasa, and his performances were a highlight in each film. However, he and his cast mates seemed to do better the first time around, as the cartoon got a 93%, and the CGI film only got a 53%.

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2020-02-09 01:02:32

Emily Bump

5 Times Product Placement Improved The Films It Was In (& 5 Times It Was Just Distracting)

Product placement has a very interesting history with cinema, it originally comes from the idea that when a consumer sees advertisements directly from an organization they assume a certain degree of illegitimacy. Therefore, the logic continues, if a product is placed into the context of a film and the organization in question has sacrificed some control over how it is presented, this presentation maintains credibility.

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That’s the corporation logic anyway, in reality, no one likes being propositioned to buy products when they’re trying to enjoy a movie. But product placement has become a necessary evil, contributing massive funding to films that otherwise might have struggled with production. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some product placement that was well integrated and perhaps even contextually beneficial to films (and some that are glaringly awful, for contrast).

10 Good: Toy Story – The Toys

There’s no other film that exemplifies Pixar’s ability to pick an emotional nerve a strike with such precision that you ugly cry into your popcorn, but what if I told you most of the characters where brand integrated? It’s a movie about anthropomorphized toys so of course companies like Mattel, Fisher-Price, and Hasbro had their products (Mr. Potato Head, Barbie, Etch-A-Sketch to name a few) included.

The most amazing example is Woody’s sidekick Slinky Dog, who’s manufacturer James Industries had gone out of business 10 years prior. But the first Toy Story was so successful and the demand for Slinky Dogs got so high it actually brought James Industries back into business.

9 Bad: James Bond – Omega & Heineken

To this day James Bond is pretty synonymous with product placement, look no further than Aston Martin for a clear example of that. However one of the most recent examples of truly egregious product placement came in Daniel Craig starring Casino Royal. 

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In a scene between Craig and co-star Eva Green, she asks him if he’s wearing a Rolex, to which he replies with a smarmy “I’m better than that” smile, “Omega”. If you think that’s some eye-rolling advertisement, consider the fact that Heineken forked out $45 Million to replace the Vodka Martini (shaken, not stirred) as Bond’s drink of choice just a few movies later in Skyfall. 

8 Good: Guardians Of The Galaxy – Walkman

I Am Groot, a CGI Raccoon, and a toe-tapping 70’s soundtrack are likely all things that spring to mind when you think of James Gunn directed Guardians of the Galaxy. What might often slip your mind is the constant presence of Star-Lord’s Sony Walkman.

Obviously the choice of product had a lot more to do with artistic character choice than a fat paycheck from Sony, and it likely didn’t impact the sales of a product they no longer manufacture. However, it likely did raise brand awareness for Sony and its current Walkman range. It’s forgivable product placement because it feels organic and true to Peter Quil’s character.

7 Bad: Transformers – The Cars

Transformers are movies about giant robots that metamorph into vehicles, we get it, the cars are pretty unavoidable. The problem is, and you’ll know where this is going if you’ve ever seen one of these films, that director Micheal Bay started his career in advertising, and it shows.

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Using camera angles straight out of a car commercial and always having characters crack wise about how cool the Autobots trim is, it’s no surprise that the first film actually has the titular robots spend more time as automobiles than as Autobots. That and the military inclusion in the film basically makes the Transformers franchise pay to view propaganda…

6 Good: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse – Alternate Universe Products

You wouldn’t think it at first glance, but Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse is chock full of product placement. Putting aside the Nike Air Jordans that Miles Morales sports throughout the film and the blatant Sony product placement, most of the brands glimpsed as Spidey swings through NYC are actually great world-building.

Even the real Times Square is an advertisement mecca, so it would be inauthentic if the one that appears in the film was void of commercialism. Spider-man: Into The Spider-Verse, however, takes place in an alternate universe to our own, in which their products look more like Koca-Soda, RedEx, and Planet Inglewood just as a few examples that are fun to spot.

5 Bad: Jurassic World – Verizon Wireless

From some sneaky world-building brand integration to some that took a leap in that direction but ultimately fell flat on its prehistoric face. In the first Jurassic World film, the Verizon Wireless logo appears on-screen in virtually every discussion of the film’s main dino, after all, “Verizon Wireless presents the Indominous Rex”.

It’s obvious what director Colin Trevorrow was going for, in fact, his reuse of the Jurrasic Park theme as a child takes in the awe of the branded theme park is blatant evidence that a commentary on consumerism was the aim. But the film doesn’t follow through and following some dialogue between Owen and Claire discussing the nature of dinosaurs as consumer attractions, the angle is dropped just becoming another logo with purchased screen time.

4 Good: Fast And Furious –  Corona

Corona and the Fast & Furious franchise have a strange relationship and that’s mostly down to it not being product placement in the traditional sense. Corona have never paid to be included in the films, which is strange considering that the Toretto’s have a lot of BBQ’s and they exclusively drink Corona (audibly mentioning this) at said events in virtually every movie.

It’s been estimated that the franchise has given Corona around $15 Million in free advertising and the only reason the cast and filmmakers can come up with as to its presence, other than Corona sending several cases to the production of the first movie, and it just sort of sticking.

3 Bad: Man Of Steel – IHOP

While Zac Snyder’s Man of Steel had a budget of $225 Million it managed to pull in $160 Million before ticket sales began, all thanks to product placement and brand deals (the Carl’s Jr. ad is a personal favorite).

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The most famous product placement within the film has to be the iHop add spot that takes place midway through the pivotal fight between Superman and General Zod’s goons. A moment in the action sees Superman tackle one out of the air and straight into an IHOP, the logo front and center, lingering for a comical amount of time. It’s not subtle.

2 Good: Wayne’s World – Pizza Hut, Doritos, etc.

When it comes to product placement there seems to be two schools of thought, either integrate it organically or make it shamelessly blatant. Wayne’s World throws the brand integration rule book and throws it out of the window. In a scene in which Wayne, Garth, and their manager discuss bowing down to their advertisement overlords, Wayne holds up the film’s real-life sponsors in a moment of satirical brilliance.

Obviously this isn’t the only product placement in the film, in fact, a lot of it is seamlessly integrated so that it slots into some of the character’s more naturalistic dialogue, but it’s all done so well no one has been able to really replicate it.

1 Bad: Wings – Hershey

The original placer of products had to be included on this list, and while many believe that the first modern integration of brands in a blockbuster was the Reeses pieces in E.T. it was, in fact, the 1927 film Wings and a Hershey’s chocolate bar. 

Specifically, it was the first Academy-Award winning film to feature product placement, there were films such as the 1920’s film The Garage that came sooner. However, Wings kicked off what we know product placement to be today, featuring many insert shots of Hershey’s chocolate bars, as well as main characters eating them, and starting the trend is well worth the final spot on this list.

NEXT: 10 Most Shameless Product Placements In 2019 Movies

2020-02-08 01:02:56

Kieran Smith

10 Exciting Upcoming Studio Films By Female Directors

Females have been directing up a storm in Tinseltown as of late so it’s no surprise that the big studios have taken notice. 2020 and beyond sees more and more female directors entrusted with big-budget properties, featuring some of the top actors working today.

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The following list features 10 upcoming studio films by female directors to get excited about, some of which are pure blockbuster fare, targeted to as many eyeballs as possible, while some are less so, though are still intriguing enough to keep on your radar. No matter the case, it’s an exciting time in Hollywood for female directors.

10 Birds of Prey – Cathy Yan (Warner Bros)

It’s been a long time coming, but DCEU fan-favorite Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) finally gets her solo film in the upcoming Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). After a nasty breakup with the Joker, Quinn is even more free to go about her anarchistic ways in Gotham City. She’ll be teamed up with a fellow gang of lady anti-heroes when a new villain arrives in town.

The film version of Harley Quinn made her debut in 2016’s heavily criticized Suicide Squad, and she was generally the most well-received thing about that movie, prompting work on a solo film soon after. Robbie has given this character her all and it has shown, to the point where it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role. The real test here will fall on director Cathy Yan’s shoulders as she only has one other small-budget feature to her name. But with Robbie leading the film’s talent pool, success should be on the cards.

9 Mulan – Directed by Niki Caro (Disney)

The latest in Disney’s live-action remakes of their past popular animated features, Mulan tells the story of a Chinese maiden who disguises herself as a man to join the nation’s army and save her ailing father from having to fight. Mulan features universal themes that resonate across borders and creeds and should be a hit for Disney and director Niki Caro.

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Caro is a highly capable director who’s making her debut on a film with a massive budget. With 2002’s Whale Rider and 2017’s The Zookeeper’s Wife to her name, she has shown that she can handle heartfelt, emotionally powerful stories, making her the ideal choice for Mulan. 

8 The Craft – Zoe Lister-Jones (Sony)

A remake of the 1996 teen-horror film of the same name, The Craft follows a young woman who arrives at a Catholic school and befriends a group of girls who a part of a coven of witches. Things quickly turn dark for the recruit when the witches begin to use their powers for evil.

Sony Pictures has a long history producing horror films, and while their list is divisive, there’s no doubt they’ve released some cult horror classics like 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, 2005’s Hostel, and 2016’s Don’t Breathe. Remaking their own property in The Craft makes sense and with the talented up-and-coming director Zoe Lister-Jones at the helm, we could be in store for another modern cult horror classic.

7 The Photograph – Stella Meghie (Universal)

Right in time for Valentine’s Day, writer/director Stella Meghie’s romance film The Photograph follows a journalist who falls in love with the daughter of a famous photographer that he’s tasked to write a story on. Rising stars LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae play the two lovebird leads, allowing them to showcase their ever-improving acting abilities and range.

Stanfield and Rae have been making a name for themselves in Hollywood over the last few years and they seem to have a natural on-screen chemistry together, which should make for an authentic portrayal of young love in modern-day. Love stories tend to be timeless and with a cast this good, Stella Meghie’s film is sure to warm the hearts of many an audience.

6 Black Widow – Cate Shortland (Disney)

In what has been a long time coming, one of the MCU’s most beloved characters, Black Widow, gets her solo film, helmed by Australian director Cate Shortland. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff and in it, she reunites with her super-spy family in mother Russia as they team up to take down a villainous threat.

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Black Widow is one of the last remaining prominent Marvel characters to receive a solo film, so eager fans should be relieved that this has been placed under the watchful eye of Shortland. Marvel Studios’ films are always highly entertaining, and with an impressive supporting cast that includes Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz, Black Widow is sure to follow suit.

5 Candyman – Nia DaCosta (Universal)

Another 90s cult classic horror film scheduled for a modern reboot is Nia DaCosta’s Candyman. An underappreciated horror movie icon, the Candyman is armed with a hook for a hand and appears when someone says his name aloud five times in front of a mirror, after which they soon meet their gruesome demise.

The character haunted many dreams upon his debut in the horror world in 1992, and producer/co-writer Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta will aim to haunt a new generation of horror fans in 2020. The Candyman may not be as recognizable as Freddy Krueger, Jason, or Michael Myers, but he’s just as terrifying.

4 Promising Young Woman – Emerald Fennell (Universal)

Carey Mulligan plays a woman with a traumatic past who puts on a drunken ruse at a bar each week to entrap any men that attempt to take advantage of her in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman. It’s a film with a strong message and one that doesn’t pull any punches.

Writer/director Emerald Fennell uses an unsubtle approach to get the point across in this film, which should make for some engrossing viewing. It’s the type of film that is sure to fire up a lot of discussion about the themes amongst the audience, which is often the mark of a great movie.

3 Wonder Woman 1984 – Patty Jenkins (Warner Bros)

Patty Jenkins helped rejuvenate the struggling DCEU when her 2017 film, Wonder Woman, opened to universal critical acclaim and whopping box-office earnings. Her upcoming sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, takes the popular DC heroine to the 80s, where she’ll once again have to use her special abilities to save the Earth from impending doom.

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It’s no surprise that Jenkins has signed on for more Wonder Woman films considering the popularity of the franchise, and the upcoming sequel looks like it could surpass the success of the first film. If that were to happen, then DC and Warner Bros would be truly back in the race to catch up to Marvel’s dominance in the comic-book movie space.

2 Eternals – Chloé Zhao (Disney)

Marvel Studios’ newest entry into their Phase 4 slate of films follows a group of immortal beings, known as the Eternals, who come out from hiding following the events of Avengers: Endgame to take on a new, ancient enemy. The finer details of the plot are still under wraps, though the cast has been announced – and it’s impressive.

With the likes of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington, and Kumail Nanjiani all in leading roles, Chloé Zhao’s Eternals is almost certain to strike gold for Marvel. Add to that what appears to be a storyline of epic proportions and the future looks promising for Zhao and the MCU.

1 The Matrix 4 – Directed by Lana Wachowski (Warner Bros)

The science-fiction movie world was changed forever in 1999 following the release of the Wachowski’s The Matrix. Despite the lackluster sequels that followed, the franchise was still considered a huge success. In 2021, Lana Wachowski will be bringing fans a new installment, The Matrix 4, which will see original leads Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss reprising their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity.

The Matrix films delivered some of the most thought-provoking philosophical themes ever seen in sci-fi cinema, some that were truly ahead of the times. Anticipation could hit an all-time high as this nears its release, with fans eager to know what Lana Wachowski has in store for these beloved characters.

NEXT: 10 Underrated Movies By Female Directors

2020-02-03 01:02:34

Nick Janks

Sundance: The Festival’s 10 Worst Films, Ranked By Rotten Tomatoes Score

Since 1978, the Sundance Film Festival has been delivering quite an impressive series of impressive movies and documentaries (often independent), even delivering box office hits like The Blair Witch Project or making the careers of future visionaries like the Coen Brothers. Sundance has gained the reputation of being the largest independent film festival in the United States, and for good reason.

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But, along with the hits, there have been several misses. Here are 10 worst films to premiere at Sundance, according to their score on review-aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.

10 Public Access – 58%

The winner of the Grand Jury Prize in 1993, Public Access is the tale of a stranger arriving in a sleepy town and starting a public access TV show which reveals the citizen’s problems. The premise sounds good but Public Access remains to be one of the weakest top-prize winners at the Sundance Film Festival.

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However, it is still significant for the fact that it was Bryan Singer’s first film, as well as Christopher McQuarrie’s first screenplay. Singer would then end up directing the acclaimed neo-noir The Usual Suspects along with many other big-budget productions. McQuarrie, on the other hand, won an Academy Award for writing The Usual Suspects.

9 Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile – 55%

Critics swooned over Zac Efron’s take on real-life killer Ted Bundy but had a lot of issues with the way the movie handled his character and personal relationships.

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The Netflix original film was garnering quite some hype ahead of its premiere at Sundance, but, when it finally released, responses were very mixed. The major consensus seems to point out the movie’s limitations in the narrative which tell us that Bundy was a deranged man behind some heinous crimes, but doesn’t spend much time exploring his mindset or character further.

8 31 – 47%

Initially produced through crowd-funding, Rob Zombie’s 31 premiered in the 2016 edition of the festival. Zombie had developed a cult following as a horror director with the success of his previous films like House of the 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. But, as the Rotten Tomatoes report card reads, 31 turned out to be a movie only for Zombie’s old fans, as the film suffered from a lack of fresh ideas.

There was stylized gore, an accurate 70s vibe, and a killer soundtrack, but this story of strangers trapped in a Saw-like game of death couldn’t resonate much with audiences and critics alike.

7 Waiting For The Moon – 43%

Before Midnight In Paris excited art aficionados with a reimagining of prominent 20th-century writers and painters, there was this film. It depicts writer Gertrude Stein and her lover traveling in the 1930s meeting people like Picasso and Hemingway.

The movie clearly hasn’t aged well, and it’s surprising that it won the Grand Jury Prize in 1987 when movies like the teen classic River’s Edge (starring a young Keanu Reeves) and sports drama Hoosiers (starring Gene Hackman in full form) were also competing for the same prize.

6 Arizona – 40%

Danny McBride starred in this bizarre dark horror comedy tale of a real estate agent and her daughter who are terrorized by a stubborn homebuyer. It premiered at Sundance 2018, but critics weren’t impressed by the multiple tones of the film, as they felt it tried hard to be a satire and a psycho-killer film at the same time. McBride’s performance still drew some praise.

5 Don’t Let Go – 39%

A tonal imbalance was the major drawback for critics in this movie, too. An edgy race-against-time “whodunit,” David Oyelowo and Storm Reid’s leading performances got positive reactions.

The premise of Don’t Let Go involves a detective’s recently-murdered niece calling him and giving him clues on who might have killed her. So, this time-bending flick couldn’t make waves at Sundance, but, you never know—it might become a cult favorite later on. Despite its Rotten critics’ score on the Tomatometer, the movie has a great audience score of 79%.

4 Hellions – 27%

Hellions is another movie that had an interesting storyline but just couldn’t sustain it enough for a remarkable experience. The Canadian horror film was an official selection in the 2015 edition of the festival and deals with a girl who mysteriously gets pregnant on the day of Halloween. Added to the mix are three trick-or-treaters knocking at her door and creeping on her.

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Reviews highlighted the muddled story, and this was the case with its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and in theatres, too. Hellion’s public score on Rotten Tomatoes is even lesser at a mere 16%.

3 Corporate Animals – 26%

Corporate Animals shows you that sometimes a promising director and a promising cast can offer a dud. The film was directed by Patrick Kack Brice (The Overnight, Creep series), and stars Demi Moore, Ed Helms, and Karan Soni.

A horror comedy dealing with a corporate team trapped in a cave, Corporate Animals apparently suffered from “random gags” and “methodical tediousness” according to the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.

2 The Romantics – 14%

“A very pretty movie that has no idea how silly it is,” reads one critic review from Rotten Tomatoes. Written and directed by Galt Niederhoffer and adapted from her novel, the movie has a set of friends reuniting for a wedding.

And then, in typical romantic melodrama fashion, a love triangle dominates the storyline, making it one of the most forgettable Sundance premieres.

1 Twelve – 3%

Joel Schumacher hasn’t directed any classics, but his films are still fun to watch as guilty pleasures. Twelve, however, was a new low even for a Joel Schumacher film. It’s the story of a high-school dropout who becomes a drug dealer and focuses on the trials and tribulations of his life. The movie was universally panned since its 2010 Sundance premiere, with its cliches and pretensions being pointed out.

After his disastrous Batman film, Batman And Robin, Schumacher apologized to fans in an interview for its 20th anniversary. Guess he should have done the same for Twelve!

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2020-02-01 01:02:22

Shaurya Thapa

The 10 Most Controversial Films Of All Time, Ranked | ScreenRant

Across the history of film, various genres have emerged. A lot of these are innocent, enjoyable and make for a calming viewing experience. Take Disney, for example. You aren’t going to get the end of Moana thinking, ‘wow that was harrowing’, are you?

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The other end of the film spectrum makes you do exactly that. We have ranked the ten most controversial films of all time below. Asking you to sit through some of these might really be difficult, so warn your stomach and mind before dipping your toe into these gruesome waters.

10 A Clockwork Orange

The typical response to films of extreme controversy is that they aren’t exactly good. The first entry on our list pretty much subverts this straight away, plunging us straight into a classic work of cinema through Stanley Kubrick’s incredible A Clockwork Orange.

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The reason this dystopian psychological thriller makes it into our top ten is due to the sheer repulsion many viewers felt when it first released. The idea of Alex and his Droogs committing murder and assault simply because they want to takes things beyond the understandable use of extreme violence for many audiences.

9 Audition

Audition is a Japanese horror film following a widower named Shigeharu Aoyama, whose dark past starts to torment her new lover. As the film progresses, the audience is forced to endure some excessively violent acts, not limited to: using needles in traumatic ways, the sawing off of a foot, and the breaking of a neck. These scenes are played off as ‘just a dream’, but whatever they were, they were still up there with most graphic depictions of violence film has ever produced.

8 The Last Temptation Of Christ

Taking a similar route to Mel Gibson’s much later (and almost as controversial) The Passion Of The Christ, Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation Of Christ is another film from this list which actually persists as a well-loved work on cinema.

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The main issue found in the film came from religious groups, who found many faults with its portrayal of gospel narratives. This led to a multitude of responses, including a Catholic nun deriding the film as “the most blasphemous ridicule of the Eucharist that’s ever been perpetrated in this world”, and various Christian pickets.

7 The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

A film openly inspired by Nazi medical experiments was never going to be a playful jaunt in the park. The plot of the well-known The Human Centipede revolves around the desire of Josef Heiter to connect a series of individuals together, front-to-back, so that they share a single digestive system. The plot, honestly, doesn’t really get much deeper than that. Heiter’s various sexual fantasies are explored, but the most harrowing moments come at the end, where Lindsay is left in the middle of the centipede, surrounded by (and connected to) her dead friends.

6 The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)

The sequel to The Human Centipede actually starts off with quite a cool concept. The original film was just that; a film. The problem is that The Human Centipede 2 basically moves past this plot device, and makes the first film again, but with more people…

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It ramps up the violence and graphic depictions of its namesake trope, making the film both more controversial than its predecessor, but also, quite a lot funnier. It’s really hard to take anything that is happening on screen particularly seriously, especially after you’ve seen the South Park parodies.

5 I Spit On Your Grave

Both of the versions of I Spit On Your Grave received their own doses of controversy. Of course, both films kick off with a brutal assault and follow the story of a woman seeking to take her twisted revenge (but very understandable) on her assailants.

The original came out in the 70s, and saw huge responses from an audience simply not accustomed to such an onslaught of brutality. The remake upped the violence, but also added in its own female empowerment element; when the ‘empowerment’ is brutal torture-murder, it doesn’t always stick the landing.

4 A Serbian Film

The scenes depicted towards the end of A Serbian Film border on too graphic to even write about. The general plot follows the escapades of a former porn star, who is subjected to (and subjects others to) increasingly extreme acts of violence. The conclusion of the film is a murder (involving the destruction of a human eye) the likes of which the film industry had never seen before. The fact that its brutality and sickening acts don’t really kick off until the end of the film is the only reason this hasn’t landed the top spot.

3 Cannibal Holocaust

Considering Cannibal Holocaust was able to create death scenes so realistic that a full-scale criminal trial was brought down upon director Ruggero Deodato, you can understand why it’s in this particular list.

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He had to track down his cast to prove that he hadn’t filmed a snuff film. He showed the murder of multiple animals on-screen. He filmed various (simulated, thankfully) assault scenes. Cannibal Holocaust had it all, and it was all controversial.

2 The Birth Of A Nation

For a film that effectively acted as a piece of racist, propaganda and gave a new lease of life to the cult, The Birth Of A Nation actually isn’t talked about as much as it should be. Directed by D.W Griffith, the film portrayed the KKK as an almost heroic group, treating black people (many of whom were white people in blackface) as aggressive predators. Luckily, the film was protested against relentlessly and didn’t gain the positivity it hoped for.

1 120 Days Of Sodom

Based on the book of the same name, Salo, or The 120 Days Of Sodom was a huge controversy upon its release at the Paris Film Festival back in 1975. The film remains banned in many countries to this day, and for good reason. The film is littered with nudity, most of which comes from underage cast members, and has been considered by some as pornography, thanks to its graphic depictions of sexual acts. The violence and murder is equally graphic but takes a back seat when compared to the sadomasochistic overtones littered throughout the film.

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2020-01-30 01:01:05

Dan Peeke

10 Stephen King Films/Miniseries That Could Use Remakes

Author Stephen King has been a prominent figure in imaginative horror and supernatural fiction for decades now. With the recent releases of the It films and upcoming Salem’s Lot and Tommyknockers reboots, along with talks of a possible remake of the dystopian sci-fi The Running Man, this literary force of nature shows no signs of stopping. Given the recent King releases and reworkings, along with the success of the epic It revamps, we can’t help but wonder what other film or miniseries adaptations from this author could do with a modern coat of paint.

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Here are 10 of the best choices that are on our radar.

10 The Langoliers

Sure, this film/miniseries may have been pretty cheesy and even dull at times, complete with some crudely animated creatures. Yet, this is all the more reason that The Langoliers could use a sprucing up. Its emphasis on these animated orbs with teeth makes it a great contender for a modern coat of cinematic, CG paint. An improvement in the production value could benefit this film a great deal.

Besides, beneath its somewhat cheap aesthetics lies a premise that’s pretty cool and thought-provoking. Given the capabilities of modern filmmaking, there’s certainly is a lot that could be done with a premise of time rifts and alternate timelines frozen in place.

9 Thinner

The notion of unforeseen, uncontrollable curses can be a frightening one, especially when said curse is literally whittling down your very physical being. Such is the premise behind this ’96 film, Thinner, based on the novel by the same name.

Like our previous entry, this one received a pretty mixed reception, and no doubt had its moments of cheese. Still, the concept of a protagonist being cursed with a constantly thinning body is a fun one to play with. It could be amusing to watch a remake laced with some greater cinematic flair and bombast; perhaps some more thrilling action as Billy clashes with Tadzu and company. You could certainly have some fun with CG and more elaborate makeup given the myriad of body-altering curses that permeate this film.

8 Silver Bullet

The werewolf motif might have seemed a little stock 60, or even 30, years ago. Though these days, outside of the occasional Twilight, these once-prominent figures of horror seem mostly absent, and due for a zombie-like renaissance.

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As this entertaining horror flick dates all the way back to 1985, we could definitely do with a modern rendition or reimagining of this cult classic. Despite its now-dated visuals which can border on looking a bit silly, the core of a creepy premise is certainly there. Given the right direction and production, Silver Bullet could see its full terrifying potential if only the werewolves were dressed up with some more modern renderings. One can certainly imagine a sleek, epic rework by the likes of Burton, Tarantino, or del Toro.

7 Rose Red

Given that Netflix cranks out reboots and expansions of existing properties at a high volume, how about a slickened, more grandiose remake of Rose Red? Given the quality and success of that thriller, it would be cool witnessing a Stephen King take on The Haunting of Hill House. It makes sense, given King and director Craig Baxley’s show was actually inspired by Shirley Jackson’s ’59 novel — which also birthed that Netflix program.

While we don’t necessarily need the “in your face” bombast and buckets of blood the It remake received, this spooky tale could benefit from a modern coat of paint. The eerie haunted mansion setting could be crawling with some neater special effects and creepier imagery.

6 Cat’s Eye

One of the more overlooked and underrated works from a Stephen King adaptation has to be this anthology; a trio of very different, but equally thrilling tales from the author’s Night Shift short story collection.

The film kicks off with a man trying to cut his smoking addiction by enlisting in an organization that uses rather rough, unorthodox tactics to get their patients to quit. The next tale features a gambler who gets himself in hot water and is forced to traverse a skyscraper ledge. The unifying element is a cat, who wanders from story to story, before meeting a young girl being terrorized by a troll. Yes – there’s quite a bit that goes on in this thriller. Cat’s Eye makes a terrific contender for a remake, as this troll can use a cinematic overhaul in its design. Yet, there’s also potential to perhaps toss in a couple more unused horror stories from King’s Night Shift.

5 The Running Man

Given the current climate in entertainment that embraces dark, dystopian sci-fi and twisted thrillers, a more grandiose reboot of The Running Man would fit right in. One can’t help but think of properties like The Hunger Games or Syfy’s recent campy gorefest, Blood Drive, as potential inspiration for an awesome revamp. At the same time, the core of The Running Man‘s existing story – a man forced to take part in a violent game show – is a fun one to explore as is.

There’s definitely potential to rev up the visual spectacle and the dazzling special effects, which a premise like this screams for. You’d probably have to bump up the year which the film’s set in quite a bit though, as “2025” doesn’t exactly work contextually anymore…

4 Storm Of The Century

Like many on our list, Storm of the Century has the backbone of an entertaining narrative that simply begs for a modern sprucing up, complete with some more action and epic special effects.

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While ’99 isn’t too far removed, the relatively limited budget that comes with producing a made-for-TV series coupled with the two decades of age can make this look a touch dated now. A large-scale revamp could work as a thrilling diaster-meets-horror film, or could even be extended into a dramatic, creepy TV series. This tale of survival, with its myriad of characters and sinister villain, could really use more airtime than the 3 meager episodes it was allotted.

3 Maximum Overdrive

The comedicially-tinged thriller is another trait in films that seems to be on the upswing, with unique romps like Krampus taking the spotlight. Thus, it would seem like the ideal conditions for this campy King horror to go full-throttle with a comeback.

One could imagine a sort of Final Destination or Wes Craven vibe, given the slew of deadly inanimate objects that spring to life and wreak havoc on people. There’s endless potential for some slickened production value and crazy CG that can create some even more over-the-top action scenes. You’ve also got over 3 decades worth of technological improvements with the featured gadgets themselves. This invites the possibility of creepy “smart devices” and the like terrorizing people with greater efficiency.

2 Christine

Much like our previous entry, this classic antique of a film could probably do for a sleeker, more modern redesign. The vintage Plymouth Fury, which comes to life and kills those who scorn it, can be a creepy prospect considering a person’s vulnerability to this mobile hunk of steel. Yet, a sequel or remake that features our more sophisticated modern-day death machines would certainly produce some thrills.

This is probably one of the largest King properties that remains untapped in recent history. Given this fact, and the distinct qualities prominent in this supernatural horror, Christine is surely due for a new paint job.

1 The Shining

What better way to follow up the recently-released sequel, Doctor Sleep, than to revisit this classic ’80 film from which it originated, The Shining? While it would be tough to match the creepy intensity of Jack Nicholson’s performance, a more cinematic, visually nuanced retelling of this eerie tale could hold a ton of potential.

A modern, more expansive Overlook Hotel could be laced with some even spookier visuals and frightening manifestations. Perhaps we could even get a TV show in soft reboot fashion which hones in on a new set of characters settling into a more rundown version of the hotel in the present day.

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2020-01-20 01:01:43

Stephen Lagioia

Paul Schrader: 10 Best Films, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Up there with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader is one of the best living American filmmakers. His career spans multiple decades and genres. Their styles and perspectives are so aligned that Schrader has written multiple screenplays for Scorsese films, including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.

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A Michigan native, Schrader is also an accomplished director in his own right, responsible for quite a few critically acclaimed features that highlight his gritty approach to cinematic storytelling. This list brings together Paul Schrader’s 10 best films – either as a screenwriter, director, or both – ranked according to their percentage score on Rotten Tomatoes.

10 Hardcore (1979) – 78%

One of Schrader’s earlier features, Hardcore is a shocking and engrossing thriller. Veteran actor George C. Scott plays a conservative businessman in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who finds out his estranged daughter is starring in pornographic movies.

Scott plays Jake Van Horn, who decides to infiltrate the world of late-’70s X-rated movies in order to find his daughter and bring her home. The movie is known for the tagline, “Oh my God, that’s my daughter.”

9 The Last Temptation Of Christ (1988) – 80%

Schrader wrote the screenplay for this contentious, experimental Scorcese film starring Willem Dafoe as Jesus Christ. Eschewing the canonical depictions of Christ, the movie humanizes and complicates the ill-fated man in his final weeks and days.

The Last Temptation of Christ was criticized for depicting a sexual relationship between Christ and Mary Magdalene, portrayed as hallucinations while Christ suffers on the cross. It features supporting performances from Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey.

8 Rolling Thunder (1977) – 86%

Schrader is responsible for this film’s screenplay. Rolling Thunder is directed by John Flynn, known for many taut thrillers. It stars William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones, and it focuses on post-Vietnam fallout, especially for soldiers returning home from combat.

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Devane plays Major Charles Rane, a man who comes back to Texas, where he’s met with equal parts derision and love. Rane becomes the target of a local gang of thieves who hope to secure the valuable silver coins he brought over from Vietnam. Bloody and bleak, Rolling Thunder is a violent revenge drama.

7 Light Sleeper (1992) – 87%

Schrader directed and wrote the screenplay for this urban drug drama starring Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon. Dafoe plays a former addict and high-end Manhattan drug dealer named John Le Tour whose way of life is compromised after his boss, played by Sarandon, abandons the business.

Le Tour, reeling from the change, tries to reconnect with an old girlfriend, but she associates him with her drug-addled past and wants to keep her distance. After a wealthy woman is killed during a drug sale, Le Tour begins to believe he’s being trailed by the police, causing him to spiral out of control.

6 Affliction (1997) – 88%

This critically acclaimed family drama is based on a novel by Russel Banks. Schrader wrote the screenplay and directed Affliction, which stars Nick Nolte and James Coburn, the latter of whom won an Oscar for his performance in the movie.

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Nolte plays the sheriff on a small New England town who has inherited the traumas and addictive tendencies passed down from his abusive father, played by Coburn. Nolte’s character repeats many of the same behaviors as an adult, but things come to a head after a rich businessman is killed in a suspicious hunting accident.

5 Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985) – 89%

This artistic and visionary biopic about the life and death of revered 20th-century Japanese writer Yukio Mishima is likely Schrader’s most stunning and audacious feature. Ken Ogata plays Mishima, who attempted to overthrow the Japanese government and reinstate the emperor in 1970. After his coup failed and he was ridiculed, Mishima performed ritualistic suicide, known as seppuku.

Schrader’s movie digs into the complicated creative and personal life of Mishima while depicting famous scenes from his novels and plays. The sets for the sequences from Mishima’s writings were designed by Eiko, also known for her work on Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula and Tarsem Singh’s The Fall, and shot using vibrant and dreamlike colorizations.

4 First Reformed (2018) – 93%

First Reformed is Schrader’s latest feature, and it proves he hasn’t lost any of his stamina and ability as a filmmaker. Considered one of the best films of 2018, it stars Ethan Hawke as a troubled pastor in a small New York town who is questioning his faith.

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After he meets with the politically radical husband of a pregnant young parishioner played by Amanda Siegfried, the pastor comes face-to-face with the degradation of the environment and the ways corruption taint humanity’s spiritual purpose. Ignoring his own health issues, the pastor slides deeper and deeper into a dark, meditative haze brought on by these dismal revelations.

3 Raging Bull (1980) – 94%

Schrader wrote the screenplay for this iconic, near-perfect biopic focused on the life of boxer Jake LaMotta, which is directed by Scorsese. Robert De Niro plays LaMotta in this career-defining movie, which also stars Joe Pesci and Cathy Moriarty. Raging Bull is considered one of the best movies of all time, and it gave De Niro his second Oscar.

The movie traces the rise and fall of LaMotta, an explosive and angry New Yorker known for his ability to withstand intense beatings. As his career reaches its height in the 1940s, LaMotta sabotages his success as a result of his inner demons. He stops taking care of himself, and by the 1950s, his career seems completely over. However, LaMotta managed to make a comeback in the 1960s as a nightclub owner and local celebrity.

2 Taxi Driver (1976) – 97%

Contemporary American cinema was forever altered after the release of Taxi Driver, the first collaboration between Schrader as screenwriter and Scorsese as director. Schrader wrote the screenplay inspired by his own experiences in New York City, where the film takes place, as well as by the journals of Arthur Bremer, the man who shot presidential candidate George Wallace in 1972.

Robert De Niro stars as a lonely taxi driver who hatches an extreme plot to execute a presidential candidate as well as a local pimp played by Harvey Keitel. Taxi Driver paints a bleak portrait of the 1970s, one defined by excessive crime and complete moral corruption. The film was considered controversial for casting Jodie Foster, who was only 12-years-old at the time, as an underage sex worker.

1 Blue Collar (1978) – 100%

Schrader’s best film is also his first directorial feature. Set in his native Michigan, Blue Collar provides a grim look into the lives of Detroit’s autoworkers. Harvey Keitel and Richard Pryor star as assembly linemen living paycheck to paycheck, despite being represented by their local union.

After they come up with a plan to steal some quick cash from their local union office, they find evidence of corruption and deceit. Blue Collar exposes the racism and classicism that continue to keep society stratified.

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10 Must-See Giallo-Style Horror Films | ScreenRant

Giallo is a genre that not even a lot of people who would consider themselves horror aficionados are familiar with. It’s a fairly obscure type of Italian movie that starts to drift pretty much into slasher-film territory, even though they aren’t strictly slashers. While Giallo movies and slashers are definitely two distinct movements, they do share their similarities. Giallo usually features a masked killer who’s generally in a black raincoat with his identity concealed until the end of the film, who usually kills predominantly women, although this isn’t always the case.

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The reason the killer’s identity is hidden is that these movies are based on a special type of crime novel that was popular leading up into the 70s, where Giallo films really became popular. In fact, the word Giallo itself is the Italian word for “yellow”, which is the color of the paperbacks that were commonly sold that served as the inspiration for these movies, sometimes specifically being adapted into Giallo films. Let’s take a look at some entries into the genre that you definitely aren’t going to want to pass up.

10 The Girl Who Knew Too Much

The Girl Who Knew Too Much is considered by many to be the very first Giallo film ever to hit theaters, and it was the beginning of a very lucrative career in the genre for filmmaker Mario Bava, who to this day is known as one of the most respected Giallo directors in history. The film was released in 1963, which may come as a shock to anyone familiar with Giallo who somehow hasn’t seen this film. It follows the story of a girl traveling to Rome who witnesses a murder. The police don’t believe her until she begins witnessing a whole string of them, all of the victims being chosen in alphabetical order.

9 The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

A film by one of the masters of Giallo Dario Argento, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage came out in 1970 to make double the cost of its production in the box office at 1,000,000 USD. It takes a lot of cues from a book called The Screaming Mimi, which had also been made into a film by Hollywood. When an American writer named Sam takes a vacation to Rome, he sees the attack and murder of a young woman at an art gallery. The authorities presume that the attacker was a serial killer targeting and murdering young women. Of course, Sam gets caught up in the investigation and begins to receive threatening phone calls.

8 A Bay Of Blood

A Bay Of Blood, a film by Mario Bava (that’s known by entirely too many names such as Twitch Of The Death Nerve, Carnage, or Blood Bath) was released in 1971. Along with Black Christmas, this film is often listed as perhaps having all of the ingredients to make a slasher film, and when we look at the plot, it appears strikingly similar to something like Friday The 13th, at least in setting anyway.

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It deals with murders that happen surrounding the bay the film is named after. There’s a huge emphasis in this film on graphic violence, more so than in many Giallo films, and it’s widely considered to be Bava’s most violent.

7 Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key

Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key is a film directed by Sergio Martino and released in 1972. It also takes a lot of elements from gothic horror author Edgar Allen Poe’s short story The Black Cat. The film tells the story of an isolated couple who entertains guests to keep themselves occupied. Oliviero, the husband in the couple, frequently abuses his wife, which causes suspicion when a local woman dies. The next day, Oliviero finds their maid dead and hides her corpse to make sure that no one is too quick to accuse him. As the suspicion mounts, double-crosses are made, new details are revealed, and more and more bodies pile up.

6 Suspiria

The beginning of Dario Argento’s witch-themed trilogy, and arguably the best part of the said trilogy, is Suspiria. Not the one that came out in 2018, which even if it did stray from the basic framework Argento put in place, was an incredible film, but no, Suspiria from 1977. It tells the story of a young dancer who visits a dancing academy after hearing that it’s one of the most prestigious places of learning for dancers in the world. After she gets there one night and has a rather strange encounter, she returns and won’t take no for an answer. Once she starts her studies there, she realizes her friend is acting strange.

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She’s speaking of disappearances and witches and some sort of grand conspiracy so she decides to investigate. While some people will say that this film isn’t exactly Giallo since it’s supernatural, it’s the first thought for a lot of people and should definitely be looked into.

5 What Have You Done To Solange?

This film is really well respected in the Giallo community, and it holds a pretty high score in most of it’s reviews. While there’s a certain amount of sex-appeal that goes into every Giallo film since that’s apparently an important part of what makes a Giallo film a Giallo film, this movie just kind of commits to that and sets it in an all-girl Catholic school. While the unapologetic sexuality of the film might not be in everyone’s wheelhouse, it’s still worth a watch.

4 All The Colors Of The Dark

All The Colors Of The Dark is a film from 1972, directed by Sergio Martino. Now, while Giallo films are all known for having quite a psychedelic, hallucinogenic type of feel to them, this movie takes it to the extreme, eventually completely blurring the line between fantasy and reality. Jane is worried about a nightmare that she’s been having. She’s had a hard life, and saw her mother die. What do her friends recommend to her? Medication? Tried it, didn’t work. Therapy? Tried it… Didn’t work. A black mass to share praise for Satan himself? Perfect. Except that this is when her troubles really begin.

3  Don’t Torture A Duckling

One important thing to get out of the way before talking about this film is that it’s graphic. It’s not for the squeamish or the faint of heart, but that being said that isn’t a challenge. It deals with extremely graphic subject matter, and if you have any psychological triggers due to trauma, this film should probably be avoided.

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That being said, if you’re still interested, it also provides a good commentary on the sexuality of the Catholic church. The film tells us about a detective who’s investigating a rash of child murders in an extremely superstitious town, and is the first of important Italian director Lucio Fulci’s films to start experimenting with gore.

2 Deep Red

Deep Red is yet another entry on this list by Dario Argento. It came out in the year 1975, and as we neglected to mention Suspiria‘s “killer” (hehe) soundtrack, we should probably give the band Goblin their due here. They’re an insanely cool psychedelic progressive rock band who’s collaborated with Argento frequently, specifically on Deep Red and Suspiria. Dark Red stars your normal Giallo killer clad in black gloves, only this time he’s being investigated by a medium and a piano player. This film has inspired both David Cronenberg’s film Scanners and Halloween II.

1 Lizard In A Woman’s Skin

A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin is another film on this list by Lucio Fulci, being released in 1971. While Giallo films usually have pretty interesting plots, this one is absolutely wild. It follows the story of a girl who begins to have psychedelic nightmares of murder, debauchery, and mayhem. When she dreams that she commits a murder, she wakes up to find out that there’s been an investigation opened into the murder of her recently deceased neighbor.

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