The Best of 2014: What's Your Favorite Horror Movie?
Is it possible to see every horror film released in a given year? Aren't there just thousands of them, of all budgets (or no budget) and with all kinds of distribution (or no distribution), making it difficult to be a total authority on the whole genre? And horror has so many subgenres -- slasher, splatter, supernatural, psychological, sci-fi and of course comedy, to name a few. There are movies that focus on being gory and other movies that focus on being scary. There are movies with monsters, movies with haunted houses and movies with boogeymen originating from children's books.
Yes, let's begin by mentioning The Babadook, a real breakthrough that has even nonhorror fans curious and then calling it one of the best directed movies of the year, as well as featuring... Read More
The Geek Beat: Four Things I Want for Christmas from Geeky Movies
The holiday season is typically focused on the giving and receiving of gifts, but there's also a lot of wishing that happens around this time of year. Whether it's a wish upon a star, a wish for a Red Ryder BB Gun, or even a wish to know what the world would be like if you'd never been born, wishes can be the stuff of powerful holiday magic – especially when Hollywood gets ahold of them.
That's why this week's column is a wish list of sorts, offering up a few modest – and yes, decidedly geeky – requests of the movie industry that would be great to find under the tree this year... and, of course, in theaters.
So here's what I'm hoping Santa will bring for this upcoming year:
1. A Super Superman
With Batman v Superman... Read More
Comics on Film: Andrew Garfield and the Tangled Future of the 'Amazing Spider-Man' Franchise
Director Marc Webb's reboot of the Spider-Man film series has been a surprisingly polarizing topic among comic book fans and movie lovers. While 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man was well received and managed a respectable box office gross, some people were left scratching their heads at the idea of a reboot for a successful franchise happening barely a decade after the original series began. Still, Webb's direction and the solid performances by the film's cast -- with particular praise being leveled at Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy -- led to the inevitable sequel: this year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The second film, while featuring vibrant production design and another solid turn from its two leads, was less well... Read More
Watch: The Schmoes Review 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'
The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. You can watch more of their reviews here.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Watch: The New Trailer for 'It Follows,' One of Next Year's Scariest Horror Movies
Though we have an entire year's worth of new horror movies getting ready to freak out audiences worldwide beginning next month, we can already guarantee that It Follows will be among the scariest you watch in 2015. The brilliantly atmospheric pulse-pounding thriller introduces a new kind of ghoulishly obsessive spirit: one that's sexually transmitted. Oh, you heard that right. It Follows tracks the story of one girl whose perfect first date ends with her being infected with a curse that finds her being endlessly followed by an angry spirit only she can see. A spirit, mind you, that will keep following her until it kills her... unless she passes it on to someone else.
It's pretty crazy, and the kind of film that's destined to become a slumber-party classic.
The... Read More
Check Out the Year's Coolest 'Star Wars'-Themed Holiday Lights Show
One look around your neighborhood reveals it's most definitely that time of year again. Time for corny window dressings, pretty holiday lights and... Star Wars music? One dude chose to celebrate the holiday season by not only creating a wicked display of lights, but he also synched those lights up to a bunch of Star Wars music for what we think is one heckuva cool show.
Check it out below...
Here's what YouTuber Tom BetGeorge had to say about his setup:
"I sequenced the show using LOR, mixed the music/sound effects with Digital Performer, and filmed it using a 35' lift at 3am :) This is now my second year decorating. I built all the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory... Read More
This One Celebrity Topped Google's Annual List of Most Searched Terms
We lost a lot of talented people in 2014, but few deaths had quite the same impact as the untimely passing of comedian Robin Williams. When Williams committed suicide this past August, it felt as though the whole world went into a state of mourning – and that’s not just hyperbole. Google has released its annual Year in Search results, and Williams is at the top of the list. In fact, he was the only celebrity in its top 10.
What’s really interesting about Williams topping the chart is that the results weren’t just related to his passing. Google reports that there was also an uptick in searches related to mental health and depression topics after Williams’ death, too – maybe the one silver lining in the dark cloud surrounding his demise. With... Read More
Watch: Liam Neeson Delivers a Holiday Beatdown with This Great 'Taken 3' Video
If you’re finding yourself not quite feeling the holiday vibe yet, maybe watching Liam Neeson crack some skulls to a punk-rock version of The 12 Days of Christmas while promoting Taken 3 will inspire your Yuletide spirit.
Fox released this new promotional video titled The 12 Skills of Christmas to promote Neeson’s third turn as all around badass Bryan Mills. We're not sure how far they'll be able to take this franchise (will Mills battle an alien army next -- cause we'd watch that), but this new clip does a nice job showcasing all the ways Neeson is gonna kick the crap out of men much younger than him in the new film. Here’s the plot breakdown, just in case you couldn’t piece it together from all the mayhem in the video.
“Liam... Read More
Movie News: Viola Davis Joins 'Suicide Squad' As Villain; New 'Cinderella' Trailer Heightens the Glamour
Suicide Squad: Viola Davis, who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award (Doubt, The Help), is in line to play a villainous role in DC's Suicide Squad. She would play Amanda Waller, a character often charged with running the team in the comic book series. Schedule issues may be an issue, however, since she is also busy starring in the hit TV show How to Get Away with Murder. The cast currently includes Will Smith, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney. [Latino Review]
Pontius Pilate: Brad Pitt, who was attached to star in a new movie titled Pontius Pilate (a character depicted above by Jean Marais in a 1962 version), has dropped out, and so has financier-distributor Warner Bros., but the project is still moving forward. Reportedly, that's... Read More
New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'The Maze Runner' and More
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Paramount - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Johnny Knoxville, Noel Fisher. Full cast + crew
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a punching bag before anyone had even seen a frame of it. That's just inevitable when you take something with a rabid fan base and throw Michael Bay's name in the mix. But the actual movie really isn't that bad.
One could argue there's too much April O'Neil and not enough Turtles, and that would be fair (though it also makes this one of the only 2014 blockbusters with a female lead), but the actual turtles team has got the same lighthearted family dynamic that made them a mainstay for kids in... Read More