The sibling filmmaking duo of Jen and Sylvia Soska has done something interesting with their second feature: they’ve created a tasteful torture porn flick. Don’t get me wrong, American Mary is still a grotesque and disconcerting movie. It happens to have some redeeming qualities, however.
Being the rare instance where a storied genre favorite is also a tentpole summer release, lots of people around the FEZ Palace have an opinion about about J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek Into Darkness, itself a sequel to his much-anticipated Star Trek reboot four years ago. So, what do we think? Read our reviews below, then stick around for a new N5 Show on Monday where we go into spoiler territory!
This episode was pretty uneven. It’s one of the best morning challenges in the house so far, but the “people” moments that bookend it seem to go on for days.
Well, that was fast. It’s been almost two months since Amazon announced it had funded a Zombieland TV series pilot and a month since it debuted. Now it’s cancelled.
…and then there were five. Katie sent Monica and Lexxy off to prove themselves before the creators. I say it every elimination, but we don’t get to see what these artists are really made of until they show up for elimination, then half of them are dismissed right away.
I respect Daft Punk’s ability to funkify things; to elevate things in the room. I’ve enjoyed a bunch of their work over the years thanks to a Newgrounds cartoon for “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and their score for 2010’s Tron: Legacy. Yesterday, their first album in eight years, Random Access Memories, leaked to the internet. This isn’t a guide on how to get it, but I must say, I’m pretty put off by the result.
Ask any filmmaker, aspiring or otherwise, and they’ll tell you that Stanley Kubrick and his 2001: A Space Odyssey are major influences. Of course. His 1968 science-fiction classic launched a lot of careers and inspired millions, even after its plodding and ethereal themes were replaced by the rapid-fire space fantasy of Star Wars nearly a decade later. After 45 years, it’s honestly hard for me to envision kids hopping for joy at seeing such a mature film, much less a comic starring kids who won’t “tell the ending”.
I’m one of those people. The ones that wouldn’t tune into FOX on Sunday nights to watch Arrested Development while every critic and their grandma was ranting about how excellent it was. I’d tried to watch clips online, which are virtually useless without the context of the series. Seriously, it’s like trying to snap onto a railroad while the train’s on it: you have to be on from the beginning. Anyway, I’m all aboard the Good Ship Bluth as it sets sail on Netflix in 13 short days. I’m ready for it all.
Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color is a puzzling film. It’s beautiful, it’s interesting, it’s something else. An abstract presentation on the meaning of life, Russell and N tackle this review with their thoughts on Carruth’s film, his first since his debut with 2004’s Primer, a mind-bending puzzle box of a thing. Note: there will be spoilers.
I suppose anyone setting out to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel is destined for failure. The Great Gatsby is one of those rare literary experiences that is simply too perfect to be adequately captured on the big screen. Still, Baz Lurhmann swings for the fences on this ambitious adaptation and he achieves some moderate success. Lurhmann has created a film that is both captivating and infuriating in equal measure.