Today’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to 1978, for the excellent cinematography in a film called Days of Heaven. Written and directed by 3x Oscar nominee Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life), Days of Heaven is an American epic that follows a young couple, Bill and Abby, during the Expansionist era in 1916. Moving from Chicago to Texas in search of work, the two become involved in a scheme to have Abby marry a wealthy farmer who is close to death in order to gain his fortune. This, of course doesn’t go according to plan and so a dramatic conflict of jealousy and deceit ensues, loosely based on a backstory that first appeared in Alexander Dumas‘ The Three Musketeers.
Starring Richard Gere (An Officer and a Gentlemen, Pretty Woman), Brooke Adams (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Dead Zone), and Sam Shepard (Swordfish, Black Hawk Down), the film received Oscar nominations for Best Costume Design, Best Sound, and Best Music – Original Score. Although it failed to win any of these awards, Days of Heaven did receive the Oscar for Best Cinematography for Nestor Almendros. Continue reading →
The final trailer has arrived for director Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men feature, Apocalypse. If you haven’t been following, the last X-Men movie was Days of Future Past, which found Wolverine going back in time to alter the timeline of the X-Men movies to prevent the end of the world. This new timeline picks up in what I’m guessing would be at least the the late 1980s, and finds Mystique responsible for training the new generation of X-Men to fight Apocalypse, the world’s first and most powerful mutant, who happens to be immortal. Apocalypse awakes after thousands of years and begins amassing power; having seen what humanity has become, he recruits a team of powerful mutants (including Magneto) to cleanse mankind and create a new world order. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg (Sherlock Holmes, Fantastic Four) wrote the script from a story written by himself and director Bryan Singer (X2: X-Men United, X-Men: Days of Future Past), as well as writers Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (Superman Returns, Krampus). Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of excitement surrounding acclaimed writer/director Steven Spielberg‘s upcoming adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One over the last six months. Spielberg (Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Lincoln) has been dealing with various production delays, including Warner Bros. pushing the release date back to March 2018 to avoid conflicting with Disney‘s Star Wars: Episode VIII, but now with a final release date set, production should get underway relatively quickly, especially seeing as the cast has just added a lead actor. The Tree of Life and Mud actor Tye Sheridan has been selected to play the lead role of Wade Watts, a teenager in a futuristic world where the human race prefers to live in a virtual reality universe called Oasis. When the found of Oasis dies, he offers up his fortune in a treasure hunt across Oasis that Wade and an ensemble of other contestants comes out to compete in. Continue reading →
Last week we caught the first full length trailer for DC Comics’ upcoming Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. This week, however, Marvel has just rolled out a new trailer for Bryan Singer‘s new (and potentially last) installment in the X-Men film series, subtitled Apocalypse. The film follows the new timeline that was established at the conclusion of Days of Future Past, and finds the young generation of X-Men facing an ancient mutant known as Apocalypse, who has the power to destroy civilization as we know it. Original X-Men director Bryan Singer, who also directed X2: X-Men United and Days of Future Past, returned to direct and co-write the screenplay with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes), along with help from Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris (X2: X-Men United, Superman Returns). Continue reading →
2015 will mark the years legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone makes his return to the western film genre after a 40-year absence. Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming western The Hateful Eight, out in theaters this December, will feature an original composition by Morricone, who has composed scores for such westerns as A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), Once Upon A Time in the West (1968), Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970), and A Genius, Two Partners, and a Dupe (1975). Morricone will be following up his western composition with the long-awaited drama Voyage of Time from writer/director Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life). Malick’s film features actors Brad Pitt (Fightclub, Inglorious Basterds) and Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Blue Jasmine) as narrators as he takes the audience on a visual and musical journey to examine the universe. Continue reading →
Happy Halloween! This October has already seen a new addition to the Paranormal Activity series (The Ghost Dimension), the return of AMC’s The Walking Dead and its spinoff series Fear The Walking Dead, and the comeback of R.L. Stine’s classic scary-tale series Goosebumps with Jack Black (Shallow Hal, School of Rock) at the helm. This week, and just in time for Halloween weekend, we get another Zombified movie experience from director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity, Burning Palms) in the form of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse. Bringing back the fun-zombie feel of Zombieland (2009), this one follows three scouts who must use their experiences to ban together and save their hometown from a zombie outbreak. Actors Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life, Mud), Logan Miller (I’m In The Band, +1), and newcomer Joey Morgan star in the lead roles, with Sarah Dumont (Don Jon, Playing It Cool), David Koechner (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby), and Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein, Beerfest) in the supporting cast. Director Landon co-wrote the screenplay with Lona Williams (Drop Dead Gorgeous, Shark Tale), Carrie Lee Wilson (Teamo Supremo, College Road Trip), and Emi Mochizuki (College Road Trip). Also still playing in theaters for your Halloween needs are Goosebumps and Crimson Peak. Enjoy the Halloween weekend, and be safe!
Producer-turned-director Bill Pohlad (The Tree of Life, 12 Years A Slave) will see his new film Love & Mercy open to limited release this weekend. The film was first shown at the Toronto Film Festival last September, and was also featured at the SXSW Festival earlier this year. Written by Oren Moverman (The Messenger, I’m Not There) and Michael A. Lerner (Deadlines, August.Eighth) and inspired by the life of Brian Wilson (the lead singer of the Beach Boys), the film follows Wilson in both the 1960s during the rise of the Beach Boys fame and during the 1980s in a time when he was undergoing therapy for psychosis that had arisen 20 years earlier while he was leading the band. Starring as 1980s Wilson is John Cusack (Hot Tub Time Machine, The Raven) and as 1960s Wilson is Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood), with Elizabeth Banks (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Zack & Miri Make A Porno) and Paul Giamatti (The Illusionist, Lady in the Water) making up the supporting cast. If you’re a Beach Boys fan, or a fan of classic rock, be sure to check your local listings for show-times in your local theaters.
Two of Chicago’s most underrated artists dropped their latest collaborative effort yesterday, the SoulMoney EP. The SaveMoney rapper and self-proclaimed SoulTrap rapper have worked together on numerous occasions but this is their first full project together. The tape also features several other Chicago artists including fellow SaveMoney artists Sterling Hayes & Dally Auston.
Chris Crack is back with the 2nd single off of his upcoming collaborative project with Tree entitled #TREESWAG. Filmed by Davy Greenberg of Elephilms and produced by Tree, “That Sick” is dope from it’s opening moments. Chris spews his razor sharp flow all over this one, giving us a small look into what appears to be an average day on the block. Dope record with an equally dope video to match, no frills, no cars or hoes….Just REAL. Peep the video above and keep an eye out for more from Chris Crack as the Summer approaches.
Location: 2105 S State Street, Chicago When: Thursday, October 10th
Minneapolis’ own Prof will be traveling to Chicago on October 10th for what’s looking to be a pretty dope show at Chicago’s own Reggie’s Rock Club. Sean Anonymous & Mike Mictlan will also be featured while Jugrnaut and 1833 will handle the presentation side of things. If you’re in the CHI you should definitely hit this one up, for those that don’t know these are 3 of the hottest spitters coming out of Minneapolis so DONT SLEEP. Tickets are cash only and can be bought at Jugrnaut in Chicago, stay tuned for more from all 3 of these dope artists.