The Oscar buzz thus far has Patricia Arquette with her, and the rest of the cast’s, boring moments in time, in Boyhood a favorite to get some sort of gong come award time. The film was made over a 12 year time period and used the same actors over said filming period. The audience get watch an entire fictional family grow up together. This is a real slice of Americana where one “family” is put under the spotlight and viewers are treated to the warts and all vantage point of observer in this rather mundane look at a family’s son and his journey up to leaving the nest and striking out on his own.
Written, directed by and starring Chris Rock, Top Five is his take on Celebrity with its pitfalls, problems, fears and since this is Chris Rock, the comedy behind the fame. This is the second time that the 49 year old stand up comedian, actor, writer, director, and producer has donned three hats for a film. In 2007, Rock was also a “three man band” on I Think I Love My Wife and that film, which was a romantic dramedy, was pretty much panned by critics upon its release. This is Rock’s third time directing a feature length film and his fourth time directing, when including one episode of his television comedy series Everybody Hates Chris.
The 1979 cult classic Mad Max is one of those films, that despite the filmmakers deciding to dub Mel Gibson’s voice in U.S. theatres, falls into that sacred category of “should never be remade,” but the release of the second Fury Road trailer complete with the 2000 Battle Royale film music equals some kind of awesome. It also makes the argument of not remaking the film a moot point. When a trailer looks and sounds this great, it is almost fait accompli that the film is going to rock socks at the cinema.
As far as anthology films go, VHS and VHS 2 were pretty original in concept, although the first in the trilogy was the best in terms of thinking outside the box and the end of this particular franchise, VHS Viral feels like it should be the last time this topic is revisited. The first film came out in 2012 and the series came out with a new film in 2013 and 2014, essentially a new film each year. While the concept deals with home video footage, which increasingly becomes oriented towards more Jackass than Punk’d, the underlying theme is that video tapes degrade with repeated viewing.
Fans of horror films who are also fans of the Brit television comedy The Inbetweeners, and the two films it spawned, will love The Pyramid where an archaeological team are digging up trouble, but no mummy, in the middle of the Egyptian desert after they unearth the three sided tomb of a pharaoh. Directed by Grégory Levasseur, who is best known for writing and producing The Hills Have Eyes and Mirrors, this is his first time helming a feature length film and the screenplay was written by Daniel Meersand (The 7th Claus, Removal) and Nick Simon (The 7th Claus, Removal).