There are few interesting indie releases opening in local theaters this weekend, alongside Jordan Peele’s directorial horror debut Get Out. The first is a war-drama titled Bitter Harvest, starring Max Irons (The Host, Woman in Gold) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables, The Christmas Candle) as lovers facing the oncoming Ukraine Genocide of 1932-1933 under Joseph Stalin. The film comes from director George Mendeluk and follows a young artists (Irons) as he works to save his love, Natalka (Barks), from being rounded up and executed as part of the death-by-starvation camps that would be made all the more famous during Hitler’s time in Nazi Germany during World War II. The script comes from writer Richard Bachynsky Hoover and co-stars Terence Stamp (Superman, Young Guns) and Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile). Continue reading →
Along with the second installation of The Hobbit and a reprisal of his role as Magneto in next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Ian McKellen is no stranger to modern cinema or popular culture. Like his co-star Hugh Jackman, who has played the Wolverine a total of 5 times, McKellen will have played the role of Gandalf in a total of six films by the time the third Hobbit film is released. It may be around that time that he will also be appearing as none other than a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film by director Bill Condon. Condon directed McKellen in 1998’s Gods and Monsters, which earned the actor an Oscar nomination, and is currently at the Toronto Film Festival for the premiere of his new movie The Fifth Estate. The new Holmes movie is titled A Slight Trick of the Mind and will be based on the novel by Mitch Cullin in which Holmes is living with his maid, coping with dementia and dealing with old age. While another Sherlock Holmes movie may seem like overkill, it might just be really redeeming to see a veteran actor take on the role with some sincerity that credits the original characteristics of Sherlock Holmes, and not a modern day Beavis and Butthead duo like Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law who are picked just to draw a crowd. With shooting about to get underway for X-Men it may still be a while before we see the movie in theaters, but McKellen knows how to deliver a performance worth waiting for, so we’ll just have to be patient.
Nike SB has began releasing the “Beavis & Butthead” pack slowly but surely to select retailers around the country. Renart’s shoe store in New York received their pairs on June 22nd so if you’re interested in these make sure to start checking your local shoe spots. MADE Minneapolis should keep an eye on La Familia & Cal-Surf, these could hit shelves literally at any moment.