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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Woody Allen has always been a busy filmmaker, showing astonishing productivity and consistency throughout his career, and while in the 80’s he made 10 films, it was still one of his least fruitful decades. During the ending of the 70’s – beginning with Annie Hall – he ventured into a more sophisticated, dramatic comedy that would hint at the future filmmaker he would become. A year later he released Interiors which marked the first time he would direct a dramatic film. While these changes in style were new to Woody Allen, he would advance upon these changes very successfully in the 80’s with his increase of comedy/dramas and his new leading lady, Mia Farrow. Though the 80’s showed him making some of the best films of his career, it also was the start of him making bad films, or as bad as a Woody Allen picture can be. Let’s take a look at the best films Woody Allen has to offer from his career in the 80’s. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Making a film on your own – without the big studios backing you – can become a very expensive process. Thanks to sites like Indiegogo.com many up-and-coming filmmakers can get their projects made with a little help from me and you and everyone we know. The film that needs us right now is The Secret Beneath Janus Lake. It is directed, written, and produced by Nikhil Khosla, Greg Lazcano, and Jonathan Schillingford, and will be presented in three very different acts with the three directors taking on a different act each. (more…)

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner]

Aziz Ansari and Danny McBride are two of the most famous faces in comedy right now even if you can’t quite put names to the faces.  The two are currently working on Ruben Fleischer‘s new film 30 Minutes or Less which should end up involving a pizza or two.  While speaking with MTV on the set of the film, Danny McBride mentioned a project that he and Aziz were working on with writer Harris Wittels of The Sarah Silverman Show and Parks & Recreations fame.  The film is tentatively titled Olympic Size Asshole which is one of the best titles for a movie that I’ve heard in quite a while.  We don’t have much to report yet but what they’ve revealed of the plot is still enough to get us interested. “It’s about this Olympic athlete who comes back to his hometown and he bangs mine and Aziz’s girlfriends. So we go on this mission to destroy his Olympic life,” said Danny McBride. With Aziz and writer Matt Hubard behind the idea and Jody Hill/David Gordon Green/Danny McBride’s Rough House Pictures producing, I can definitely see this film bringing on the hilarity.

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In my first post for this site I reviewed M. Night Shyamalan‘s crowning achievement, Unbreakable. In the review I mentioned how the major letdown of the film was that it could have had so much more added to it instead of the abrupt ending we got. Throughout the years M. Night has hinted that he was writing a sequel for the film, but instead of a direct sequel, we are getting what would have been Unbreakable 2 in the form of a stand alone film which will be part of his upcoming horror film series, The Night Chronicles. “I cannibalized the idea for the sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ for one of The Night Chronicles. I fleshed it out more and more, and thought, ‘This could be a standalone movie,‘” revealed Shyamalan in a recent interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz. “I’ll just say it: the third ‘Night Chronicles’ movie is what would have been the sequel [to ‘Unbreakable’]. So now I need to come up with a new idea.

Looking at Shyamalan’s recent outings as a director, I feel safe to say that the release of an Unbreakable sequel could easily wash the bad taste out of even the most critical viewer’s mouth. Maybe with M. Night at work with The Night Chronicles scripts he will get caught up in writing and start work on a new Unbreakable 2 script, but until then we can always reminisce on the time when Shymalan was a promising up and coming director.

What are you thoughts on a possible Unbreakable 2? What would you like to see happen in an Unbreakable sequel? Does M. Night Shyamalan still have it, or did he peak long ago? Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

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With Machete coming out next weekend, and Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving in the beginning stages of screenwriting, it only feels right to take a look back at ALL of the faux trailers from the Grindhouse double feature. (more…)

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Trailer Review:
[Reviewed by: Justin Wagner]

Switching over from wrestling to ballet dancing, Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film, Black Swan, is a thriller about two opposing dancers in an upcoming production of the play “Black Swan”. There are many Lynch-esque moments throughout this trailer. From the “woman-in-trouble” premise to the competitiveness between two leads in an ongoing production, Black Swan seems to play like Mulholland Dr. meets Showgirls, but with the obvious presence of Aronofsky behind the Director’s chair. Much of the same style and camera work presented in The Wrestler seems to be present here in Black Swan though the tone of the film seems to be vintage Aronofsky. If there is one thing to love about this trailer it’s that it still keeps the mystery of the film in tact without giving too much away like most recent movie trailers have been doing. Black Swan will premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival this September and will have a limited theatrical release Dec. 1, but for now we have this lovely trailer to watch over and over again in preparation for what looks to be one of the best films this year has to offer.

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[Posted by: Justin Wagner] [Via: FunnyOrDie]

So many fine points are presented in this video that I now feel obligated to see Piranha 3D, and you should too.

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