SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 48 days ago

seven-psychopaths-blu-ray-slice

Writer/director Martin McDonagh first came to the attention of American audiences with his 2005 short film Six Shooter.  Fresh off the short’s success, he wrote and directed his first feature film shortly thereafter, turning 2008’s fantastic drama In Bruges.  The film was a critical hit, and it showcased McDonagh’s knack for original storytelling that blended humor and incredibly dark situations in a way that few had done before.  The filmmaker’s long-awaited follow-up film finally made its way to screens last year with the sufficiently nutty and wildly self-referential comedy Seven Psychopaths.  Though the pic never ceases to be entertaining, it has a hard time coalescing as a singular story, instead veering off into wild tangents and meta subplots.  Hit the jump for our review of Seven Psychopaths on Blu-ray.

New to Blu-ray: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS PART 2, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, DIE HARD: 25th Anniversary Collection, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 80 days ago

batman-dark-knight-returns-2-die-hard-collection-blu-ray-slice

This week on Blu-ray, the caped crusader’s animated iteration comes to a close, Sam Rockwell and Co. get their crazy on, and a classic action series that has been copied to no end gets a 25th anniversary collection.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for the special features details.

Matt’s Top 10 Films of 2012

by     Posted 1 year, 111 days ago

top-10-films-2012-slice

There’s a bit of silliness to a “Top 10″ list.  It’s similar to giving letter grades to movies.  We’re grading art, and trying to standardize a subjective appraisal.  But perhaps the grade can be instructive.  I always hope that my grade will guide you to read the full review, and then to the movie whether I liked it or not.  I think people should see as many movies as possible, but I know that’s not realistic.  Tickets cost too much, audiences are increasingly rude (I can’t remember the last time I went to a non-press or non-Drafthouse screening, and someone didn’t take out his or her cell phone), and the amount of entertainment options can be overwhelming.  That’s where I think a Top 10 list matters.  If you see only ten movies this year, these are the ones you should check out.  I found them moving, funny, thoughtful, and enduring.  I hope you’ll feel the same way.

Hit the jump for my Top 10 films of 2012.  Please note that to make the list, the film had to receive a theatrical release in 2012.  Click on the respective links for my Best of 2012, Top 10 Trailers, Dave’s Top 10 Films, and Adam’s Top 10 Films.

MOONRISE KINGDOM and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Lead 2013 Independent Spirit Award Nominations; Matthew McConaughey Lands Double Nods

by     Posted 1 year, 142 days ago

moonrise-kingdom-movie-image-bruce-willis-slice

The nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and Oscar hopefuls Silver Linings Playbook and Moonrise Kingdom lead the pack.  Both films picked up nominations for Best Feature, Director, and Screenplay with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper landing acting noms for SLP and Bruce Willis garnering a swell Best Supporting Actor nomination for his work in Moonrise KingdomBeasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, and Keep the Lights On round out the Best Feature nominees, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Safety Not Guaranteed were singled out for the Best First Feature award.  Also, Matthew McConaughey pulled double nominations for his stellar work in this year’s Magic Mike and Killer Joe, landing a Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor nod, respectively.  Notably shut out of the race entirely was Leos Carax‘s critically-lauded Holy Motors.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of nominations.  The winners of the 2013 Spirit Awards will be announced on Saturday, February 23, 2013.

Weekend Box Office: TAKEN 2 Repeats in First; ARGO Claims Second with $20.1 Million; HERE COMES THE BOOM Goes Bust

by     Posted 1 year, 186 days ago

liam-neeson-taken-2-slice

Even with five new movies competing at this weekend’s box office, Taken 2 had no trouble holding on to first place for a second week in a row. The action movie edged out Ben Affleck’s Argo and Friday’s first-place horror feature Sinister, though each put up strong debut numbers. The picture was not as rosy for the remaining three new releases, including Sony’s comedy Here Comes the Boom with Kevin James.

 Title Weekend Total
1. Taken 2 $22,500,000 $86.7
2. Argo $20,120,000 $20.1
3. Sinister $18,250,000 $18.2
4. Hotel Transylvania $17,300,000 $102.1
5. Here Comes the Boom $12,000,000 $12
6 Pitch Perfect $9,336,000 $36
7. Frankenweenie $7,014,000 $22
8 Looper $6,300,000 $51.4
9. Seven Psychopaths $4,275,000 $4.2
10. Perks of Being a Wallflower
$2,166,000 $6.1

Woody Harrelson Talks SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Working with Martin McDonagh, His Desire to Write More, and THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

by     Posted 1 year, 186 days ago

 Woody-Harrelson-Seven-Psychopaths-interview-slice

One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven PsychopathsThe film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere I sat down with Woody Harrelson for an exclusive interview.  We talked about collaborating with Martin McDonagh and did he change any of the script, how he landed the role, how it was originally going to be played by Mickey Rourke, his desire to write more and direct a play in NYC, and he talked a little about The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.  Hit the jump to watch.

TOP 5: New York Comic-Con 2012, First Trailer for HITCHCOCK, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Interviews, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ARROW Interviews

by     Posted 1 year, 187 days ago

collider-top-5-slice

As a preamble to this week’s Top 5, I’d like to take a few lines to recognize my own personal “Top 2″ from the past 7 days: the St. Louis Cardinals and Warner Premiere’s animated adaptation of Frank Miller‘s classic tale The Dark Knight Returns, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1. Beginning with the former, my beloved Cardinals completed yet another historic comeback last night against the Washington Nationals. Win or lose, I think it’s necessary to get in writing here that I won’t have a single negative thing to say about this team the rest of the way. As for the latter, I had a chance to sit down with director Jay Oliva‘s animated adaptation the other day and I found it to be a worthy retelling of Miller’s classic Bat-story. If you have any interest in animated comic adaptations and have yet to check it out, I recommend doing so.

But enough of my own personal favorites, included in this week’s trip around the bases (yep, that’s another baseball reference) is our coverage of New York Comic-Con 2012, the first trailer for director Sacha Gervasi‘s Hitchcock, Seven Psychopaths interviews with Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and more, a new trailer for Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and a slew of interviews for The CW’s new superhero series, Arrow. A brief recap and link to each awaits.

Friday Box Office – SINISTER Leads Crazy-Crowded Friday Field; ARGO Opens with $5.9 Million while HERE COMES THE BOOM Fails to Bring It

by     Posted 1 year, 187 days ago

sinister-poster-slice

Five, count ‘em, five new releases entered the box office race on Friday, though it looks like none of them will be able to unseat Taken 2 by the time weekend estimates are out. First on Friday was Sinister with an estimated $7.5 million from 2,527 runs. With Paranormal Activity 4 waiting in the wings, the R-rated horror movie barely registered a week ago; but with a scary-effective marketing campaign and well-attended late shows, Sinister took the lead on its first day out. By Sunday, however, Sinister should fall behind Taken 2 and Argo. The well-reviewed feature from director Ben Affleck placed third with an estimated $5.9 million from 3,232 runs on Friday and is expected to get close to $20 million by weekend’s end. Among wide releases, Here Comes the Boom had the most trouble. Opening in 3,014 locations, the comedy placed fifth with an estimated $3.6 million. The final two players in Friday’s box office crush fell below the top five. CBS Films’ Seven Psychopaths earned an estimated $1.4 million for ninth place from 1,480 locations while Atlas Shrugged: Part II, in a head-scratching 1,012 runs, failed to crack  $1 million.

Title
Friday Total
1.  Sinister $7,500,000 $7.5
2.  Taken 2 $7,000,000 $71.3
3.  Argo $5,900,000 $5.9
4.  Hotel Transylvania $4,200,000 $89
5.  Here Comes the Boom $3,600,000 $3.6

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS Review

by     Posted 1 year, 188 days ago

seven-psychopaths-colin farrell christopher walken sam rockwell

[This is a re-post of my review from the Toronto International Film Festival.  Seven Psychopaths opens today.]

A way to work through writer’s block is to write about the writer’s block. At least you’re writing, and you may get something more creative than if you had carefully mapped out your path. I’m not sure if writer-director Martin McDonagh suffered a case of writer’s block on his way to creating Seven Psychopaths, but the end result is brash, brilliant, wickedly fun, and the best film about screenwriting since Adaptation. Psychopaths is viciously funny, delightfully clever, and meta without being cloyingly self-conscious. McDonagh’s machine-gun script races with energy fueled by wild performances from stars Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, and Christopher Walken. The movie doesn’t simply break through writer’s block; Seven Psychopaths gleefully blows the block to hell.

Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, What Inspired Their Performances, Memorable Moments, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 189 days ago

seven-psychopaths-colin farrell christopher walken sam rockwell

The crime comedy Seven Psychopaths, from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), is equal parts gore and humor, with an absolutely adorable Shih Tzu thrown in, for good measure.  Struggling screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is past deadline and out of ideas, until he gets inspiration from his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and the eccentric Hans (Christopher Walken), whose dog-napping business results in gangster Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) desperate to get his prized pooch back.

At the film’s press day, co-stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken talked about why they enjoy working with Martin McDonagh, the cemetery scene, what they found most memorable about working on the film, what inspired their performances, and delivering such great dialogue.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Writer/Director Martin McDonagh Talks SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Film vs. Digital, and Injecting Humor into the Story

by     Posted 1 year, 191 days ago

martin mcdonagh seven psychopaths

The crime comedy Seven Psychopaths, from writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), is equal parts gore and humor, with an absolutely adorable Shih Tzu thrown in, for good measure. Struggling screenwriter Marty Faranan (Colin Farrell) is past deadline and out of ideas, until he gets inspiration from his best friend Billy (Sam Rockwell) and the eccentric Hans (Christopher Walken), whose dog-napping business results in gangster Charlie Costello (Woody Harrelson) desperate to get his prized pooch back.

At the film’s press day, Martin McDonagh talked about the meta aspects of the film, the importance of injecting the humor into this story, how lovely Bonny the Shih Tzu was to work with, why he chose to shoot on film versus digital, what the actors brought to their unusual roles, and the fact that he could never see himself directing someone else’s work. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Script Changes on Set, How They Each Prepare for a Role, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 193 days ago

Christopher-Walken-Sam-Rockwell-Seven-Psychopaths-interview-slice

One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven PsychopathsThe film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere, I sat down with Walken and Rockwell for an exclusive interview.  We talked about their initial reaction to reading the script, how precious McDonagh is with the dialogue, whether anything changed on set, how they each prepare for a role, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

New Posters for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS by Artists Todd Slater, Phantom City Creative, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 195 days ago

seven-psychopaths-artists-posters-slice

Earlier today, we showed you our exclusive poster for Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths by Chris Thornley.  The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mayhem created by his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a shih tzu belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).

Five other character posters have been posted on various websites, and you can check out those posters after the jump.  A seventh poster will be selected from artwork submitted to the movie’s official Facebook page.  The film also stars Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish, and Tom Waits. Seven Psychopaths opens October 12th.  Click here to read my review.

Check out Chris Thornley’s Poster for SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, and Find out How You Can Make Yourself the 7th Psychopath

by     Posted 1 year, 195 days ago

seven-psychopaths-poster-woody-harrelson-chris-thornley-slice

Next week, Martin McDonagh‘s Seven Psychopaths hits theaters.  The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mayhem created by his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a shih tzu belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  CBS Films is premiering special posters for the film, and we’re proud to debut Chris Thornley‘s art for Harrelson’s character.  The studio is also asking fans to create a new poster, and CBS Films wants you as the psychopath.

Hit the jump for more details. and to see Thornley’s full poster.  Seven Psychopaths opens October 12th.  Click here to read my review.

Colin Farrell and Writer-Director Martin McDonagh Talk SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS, Deleted Scenes, TIFF, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 198 days ago

Martin-McDonagh -Colin-Farrell-Seven-Psychopaths-interview-slice

One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven PsychopathsThe film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson).  For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.

The day after the world premiere I sat down with McDonagh and Farrell for an exclusive interview.  We talked about what it was like to premiere in Toronto, how controlling is McDonagh with the dialogue and did anything change on set, deleted scenes, and what will it take for McDonagh to make a movie every year.  Hit the jump to watch.

Copyright ©2005 - 2014. All Rights Reserved. Built by topLingo

Click Here