Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
Getting a movie made is never easy. And in the case of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, it was especially difficult. Originally set up at Warner Bros. and then at Sony, it was stuck in development hell until producers Don Carmody and Robert Kulzer decided to take a gamble on the property. Following the model they created with the first Resident Evil movie (they produced it independently and then made a deal with a studio), they had the script rewritten, got a director, and started casting. After a crazy few months, they were in pre-production and then in front of cameras.
On set last year, I got to participate in a group interview with Carmody and Kulzer. They talked about the challenges of getting The Mortal Instruments made, casting Lily Collins, the differences between Mortal Instruments and Twilight and Harry Potter, the success of The Hunger Games and how it had a female lead, deciding where to spend the money when you’ve got a limited budget, altering the tone of the story, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
While it’s always great to talk to actors, if you want to know why certain decisions were made on a movie, you’ve got to talk to the producers. While an actor can tell you why they delivered a line a certain way or how they got involved in the project, they can’t tell you why certain characters were brought back and why others weren’t. In addition, they can’t talk about the budget, working with Capcom and Screen Gems, and so many other key behind the scenes decisions. So when I got to visit the set of Resident Evil: Retribution last month in Toronto, one of the key interviews was with producers Jeremy Bolt, Don Carmody, and Robert Kulzer. During our wide ranging conversation they talked about what’s different in the fifth installment, what fans can look forward to, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say.
If you thought that Silent Hill tanking at the box office would be an impediment to a sequel, you would be exercising sound common sense, but you would also be wrong. Shooting Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, began today in Toronto with Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) in the director’s chair. Adelaide Clements and Kit Harrington will star in the sequel that’s based on the popular video game of the same name. Here’s the synopsis:
For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.
Hit the jump for the full press release as well as the first image from the film. Presumably, Silent Hill: Revelations will be released in theatres, although I think it would be cool to start seeing direct-to-3D-Blu-ray releases.
The producing team that helped bring audiences Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D are revisiting another video game franchise. According to a press release we received today, Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody will produce Silent Hill: Revelation 3D from a script by writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane). Per the release, the film is currently in pre-production with filming to begin in the Toronto area this winter.
Hadida and Carmody also co-produced 2006′s Silent Hill starring Radha Mitchell. As a fan of Konami’s franchise (Note: I still refuse to play the first two installments without every light in the house on), I was in the theater during that film’s opening weekend. Though I found it visually appealing, in my opinion, Christophe Gans’ take lacked the scares, moodiness, and overall engaging storyline presented in the games. Nevertheless, with that memory now four years behind me, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in seeing how Revelation shapes up. For more info on Silent Hill‘s newest silver screen iteration, hit the jump for the full press release which just so happens to include some basic plot info on the film as well as quotes from Hadida and Carmody.