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Second Opinion – The Misguided (2017)

The Misguided, 2017.

Written and directed by Shannon Alexander.

Starring Steven J. Mihaljevich, Jasmine Nibali, Caleb Galati, and Katherine Langford.

Synopsis:

After planning to leave the city with his girlfriend, a young man must first betray her in order to save his brother from a deadly situation.

The last thing I expected to think about while watching The Misguided was Ang Lee’s 2003 Hulk movie, but such is the way the mind sometimes works. You may be wondering how an independent Australian dramedy evokes a superhero film, and the answer is in the worst possible way. Anyone who has seen the latter will easily remember the amount of crazy nonsensical editing it was filled with. It was though the editor Tim Squyres had come upon a file of fancy pre-rendered transitions and decided to use all of them for the hell of it, no matter the narrative sense.

Transitions aren’t the problem with The Misguided,
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‘American Animals’ Review: A True Heist Story About Four Idiot Kids Who Fowled Up — Sundance 2018

‘American Animals’ Review: A True Heist Story About Four Idiot Kids Who Fowled Up — Sundance 2018
“You’ve seen too many movies.” It’s a line that’s almost as old as the movies themselves. And yet, in reality, very few people have actually seen too many movies (and most of those people are film critics). More often, the trouble is that someone hasn’t seen enough movies. Case in point: Bart Layton’s “American Animals.”

Had the film-loving twentysomethings at the heart of this real-life heist story bothered to watch the “Rififi” DVD they rent from their local Blockbuster, perhaps they would have known how these stories usually end (though a deep knowledge of “Reservoir Dogs” doesn’t seem to faze them). Had any of them taken the time to revisit “Fight Club” (because there’s no way these kids haven’t seen “Fight Club”), perhaps they wouldn’t have needed to throw their lives away in order to make peace with the notion that
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"The X-Files," Season 11, Episode 3 Recap: Back To Our Bread And Butter

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X-Files Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering Chris Carter's 10-episode continuation of the X-Files television series.To know someone intimately is to risk familiarity, and we all know what that breeds. Not that FBI Special Agents and ex-flames Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are contemptuous of each other, exactly. Their disdain is more often directed inward, at those subconscious voices that dissuade and derail, reminding them that the clock (on both their work and on life itself) is always ticking. The duo's flirty, jargon-heavy banter is, beyond its innumerable surface pleasures (could any other pair so bewitchingly debate Gastaut-Geschwind syndrome?), a defense mechanism against the devils within and without. Find that one person who you can most easily converse with, whose sentences you don’t just finish but practically prophesy, and nothing can hold you back. That’s how it should ideally work,
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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘Plus One’ Features Silly Plotting but Solid Character Work (Plus a Surprise for Longtime Fans)

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‘The X-Files’ Review: ‘Plus One’ Features Silly Plotting but Solid Character Work (Plus a Surprise for Longtime Fans)
[Editor’s note: Spoilers follow for “The X-Files” Season 11, Episode 3, “Plus One.”]

Previously, on “The X-Files”…

Mulder and Scully are FBI agents who investigate weird crimes. Sometimes those are stand-alone adventures. Also, they’ve been partners, off and on, professionally and personally, for 25 years now, though their exact relationship status has often been a bit nebulous.

This Week’s Dossier

After we see a young man spot his own double while driving drunk, it’s clear something weird is going on in a small rural Virginian community — confirmed by the fact that this is just one in a series of many other instances, where mysterious deaths are connected to the victims having seen their doubles beforehand. So it’s a good thing that Mulder and Scully, paranormal investigators, are on the case!

The partners figure out relatively quickly that at the core of the mystery are two very eccentric twins who like to play telepathic hangman
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How Star Wars lost its luster

Anghus Houvouras on the Star Wars franchise…

Sic transit gloria. Glory fades. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I started thinking about how quickly the latest Star Wars movie came and went. It’s been just over a month since The Last Jedi was released and whether you loved the film or loathed it, it’s already gone. After five weeks the most recent and most polarizing Star Wars movie is nothing more than a memory. Take a minute and let that sink in: the eighth installment of the biggest cinematic franchise in history was released in December and by mid-January no one cares.

It’s fairly simple: Star Wars lost its luster by generating too much product. A Star Wars film every year makes it nearly impossible for the property to leave our collective pop culture consciousness. The moment a Star Wars movie hits theaters,
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Is Helena Bonham Carter The Crown's New Princess Margaret?

The Crown might have a new Princess Margaret. Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly near a deal to replace Vanessa Kirby in the royal role for season three. The Evening Standard first reported Bonham Carter's involvement in the Netflix series. Reps for Bonham Carter declined to comment Bonham Carter was nominated for two Oscars, including her work in The King's Speech where she played Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret's mother. Her other credits include the Harry Potter films, Ocean's 8, Fight Club and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. If the deal closes, Bonham Carter will join Olivia Colman as part of the new cast of Netflix's award-winning drama. Colman will take over...
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The Heroes Of The Arrowverse Suit Up In New Promo

Now that Christmas is over and done with, the four shows that make up The CW’s Arrowverse will be returning in just a couple of weeks. And to celebrate, the network has dropped this short but sweet crossover promo featuring TV’s finest heroes suiting back up after a month away from our screens.

The clip sees the gang in a locker room-like facility (each one has their own changing room), as Stephen Amell’s Green Arrow orders them to suit up. Cue a swanky slow-mo montage of the group donning their crime-fighting gear.

Those featured in the video include White Canary (Caity Lotz), Vibe (Carlos Valdes), Atom (Brandon Routh) and Wild Dog (Rick Gonzales), while we also get glimpses of Steel, Kid Flash, Mister Terrific and Heatwave. Late to the party, meanwhile, are Flash (Grant Gustin) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), who use their handy super-speed to catch up with the others.
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Scott Reviews Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread [Theatrical Review]

I’ve maintained what I consider to be a healthy distrust of my past self, which is to say, while I maintain many of the same interests throughout my life, I tend to look skeptically on what specifically obsessed me when I was younger. This is a film review, so I’ll keep my examples there – I still quite like Fight Club, but when I was 18, I thought it the greatest film ever made and dared anyone to prove me wrong. These days, I still like David Fincher, but he seems in some ways ossified to that time in my life, no longer a major artist, but an interesting, dependably esoteric and highly-skilled director. I feel that way of many of my obsessions from that era, those still-working filmmakers who haven’t gotten any worse but rarely seem to become appreciably better. Or perhaps it’s my own restlessness, eager
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The Last Jedi: Interview with Costume Designer Michael Kaplan

Minor Spoilers

There are already lots of good interviews with Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) costume designer Michael Kaplan on the internet (we recommend this one in particular), so for Clothes on Film we kept it brief and fresh. We caught up with Kaplan, who is also responsible for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Star Trek (2009), Fight Club (1999) and Blade Runner (1982), for a little chat about what’s new for episode 8 of the ever evolving space saga.

Clothes on Film: Let’s kick off by asking you about the best new costume in the film, the Elite Praetorian Guard…

Michael Kaplan: They are my favourite costumes too! I created a mood board with all the elements I was thinking about – mostly shiny, red, candy apple muscle cars from the early 1970s. We incorporated the bends, the vents, etc. I loved the final, completed design arrived at, but that was just the beginning.
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Here’s Every Franchise That Disney Just Got From Fox

Even before Disney acquired Fox’s entertainment assets as part of its historic Hollywood merger, keeping track of those all-important film rights within the industry’s leading franchises was a difficult, and often confusing, gig. But now that the Disney-Fox merger is ostensibly signed, sealed and delivered, the Mouse House’s roster of characters and properties is about to expand quite drastically – and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

For Marvel Studios, in particular, this merger spells a long-rumored homecoming for the X-Men, and we understand head honcho Kevin Feige is keen to cross-pollinate those iconic mutants with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its roster of established characters – just don’t get your hopes up for Hugh Jackman to swing by for a cameo in Avengers 4. If anything, this merger leaves the door open for another actor to take Jackman’s place and reboot the Wolverine we know and love.
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Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox

Every Movie Franchise Disney Just Got from Fox
It's now a done deal. After weeks of rumors and discussion, Disney has officially purchased the majority of 21st Century Fox, including the entirety of their movie studio 20th Century Fox, among many other valuable assets. The deal is valued at $66 billion and is quite possibly the biggest shake-up in Hollywood history. Disney has become an absolute franchise machine in recent years and, with this Fox deal, they're going to be untouchable as they've just purchased a ton of new franchises to mine for box office gold.

Starting with the big ones on everyone's mind, Fox is now in control of virtually every Marvel property under the sun, assuming the deal is allowed to go through. The deal still needs to be approved, legally speaking, and that could take a while. Assuming that all works out, Disney will officially be in control of the X-Men, Deadpool and (possibly) the Fantastic Four film rights.
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Great Fan-Made Short Introduces Us To The World of Orc Fight Club!

The first rule we learn from Fight Club is that we don’t talk about Fight Club. Well, RackaRacka didn’t hear about this rule apparently as he brings a friend to go to an Orc Fight Club which is for nerds to cosplay as orcs and pretend to beat each other up. What they don’t know is that it’s actually orcs fighting in cage matches to the death. Hijinks ensue in this great short film as these two humans are freaking out about the situation they’ve found themselves in. What kind of Fight Club would you belong to, and would you bring your friends?
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‘Happy!’ & ‘Knightfall’ Review: Syfy & History Series Proudly Display Their Influences

In the age of Peak TV, you can do a lot worse that add a slug of watered down Fight Club and Game of Thrones to your holiday viewing mix. With a bellyful of that, December 6 brings the premieres of both Happy! on Syfy and Knightfall on History. You could call Wednesday the “Night of the Derivatives,” or you could settle in for two potentially well-timed homages that have identified a void or two on the small screen are have leaped in to fill them, as I say in my video…
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A few thoughts on Fox selling its film business

Simon Brew Dec 5, 2017

Fox is said to be in talks with Disney over the sale of its film business. But this might not be great news...

There’s been an understandable level of enthusiasm surrounding news that 21st Century Fox is considering selling its film business, and that Disney is in the box seat to snap it all up. From a fan point of view, that means that the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters would revert back to Marvel, thus offering even more options for the Marvel cinematic universe.

Furthermore, one lesser-known side effect: Fox still holds the home entertainment rights to Star Wars: A New Hope. That would become Disney property too. Just imagine the boxset.

But whilst in the case of Fantastic Four – and possibly Star Wars - at least, I can see the upside of this, I can’t help wondering if a
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10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew

10 Fight Club Facts You Never Knew
Today, it's an oft-quoted classic, but Fight Club was only a modest success when it was released in 1999. Its cult film status was cemented by repeated VHS and DVD viewings, thanks to the brilliant performances by Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter in David Fincher's adaptation of the novel of the same name. By now, we're all as familiar with the movie's twist as we are the whole bit in The Sixth Sense. Yes, there's the whole "first rule of Fight Club," but we've all shared anecdotes like the subversive frames hidden in the movie, or the Starbucks cups in every scene. Here, we look at 10 things you never knew about Fight Club.

The Producers courted four different directors.

It's hard to imagine anyone else behind the camera, but producers approached at least three other directors for the job before making a deal with David Fincher, who
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Netflix renews Mindhunter for second season

Netflix has announced that it has renewed its hit crime drama series Mindhunter for a second season.

The show features Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallany (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe), Hannah Gross (Unless) and newcomer Cameron Britton, who portrays serial killer Ed Kemper on the series, and has drawn raves for his performance.

Joe Penhall (The Road) created the series. David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead), Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are executive producers.

See Also: Why Mindhunter Is One of Netflix’s Greatest Ever Shows

The first season of Mindhunter is available to stream now on Netflix.

The post Netflix renews Mindhunter for second season appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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World War Z 2 Director Is Still Mapping Out the Mythology

World War Z 2 Director Is Still Mapping Out the Mythology
After four years of development, Paramount's sequel World War Z 2 is finally moving forward with director David Fincher. The filmmaker had been rumored for the project for nearly a year, after Brad Pitt first mentioned it in an August 2016 interview. Still, Paramount hasn't set a release date at this time, and it isn't clear when production starts. But the filmmaker revealed in a new interview for his Netflix series Mindhunter that he's still working on the story. Here's what he had to say below.

"We're trying. A lot of stones have been laid. We're just deconstructing it right now against the mythology that exists to see where we can go."

World War Z 2 had been originally slated for release on June 9, 2017, but that never happened, since, in February, Paramount indefinitely delayed World War Z 2, taking the sequel off its release slate entirely. While David Fincher is on board to direct,
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Dead Cross' Church Music Video Is the Best Horror Short of 2017

Dead Cross' Church Music Video Is the Best Horror Short of 2017
Hardcore super group Dead Cross, featuring ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton, have just released a new video for their song "Church of the Motherf---ers" and it's the best horror short of the year. This is the band's second video off of their debut album and it is an intense look at religion with some harsh undertones of what has been happening in the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct scandals. When a band sounds as brutal as Dead Cross, it's hard to find imagery that heightens that feeling instead of parodying it, and director Michael Panduro has done a perfect job of capturing the pure essence of this type of music.

The Fight Club-themed video for "Church of the Motherf--ers" opens with a quote from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who states, "The influence of a man has never yet grown great without his blind pupils.
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Mr Robot season 3 episode 7 review: Fredrick & Tanya

Alec Bojalad Nov 23, 2017

The Dark Army strikes back on an upsetting, excellent episode of Mr Robot. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.7 Fredrick & Tanya

“They’re actually going to get away with this,” Dom whispers to herself at the end of Fredrick & Tanya.

She’s right. The Dark Army is going to get away with it. Whiterose has achieved her precious annexation of the Congo. 71 E Corp buildings have been destroyed, along with at least 4,000 people dead. Elliot and Mr Robot are defeated, their people’s revolution is torn to ribbons, each one of those ribbons picked up to be co-opted by yet another 1% puppet master. Trenton and Mobely are dead, framed for the E Corp building attacks. Angela is a time-travelling vegetable.
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Mr Robot season 3 episode 6 review: Kill Process

Alec Bojalad Nov 16, 2017

Mr Robot keeps the action going in the thrilling, unexpectedly climactic Kill Process. Spoilers ahead in our review...

This review contains spoilers.

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3.6 Kill Process

Mr Robot, what has gotten into you?

It’s not that season 3 has been bad thus far. This is still a show about a paranoid, reclusive hacker taking down the world economy with his imaginary friend/ghostdad after all. But season 3 has been, let’s say, deliberately paced.

Hell, one could argue that Mr Robot, itself, has been deliberately paced since Elliot Alderson was dressed down in a villain monologue from Mr Robot in a frenetic Times Square post-hack in the season 1 finale. Season 2 had its moments but was more a disquieting and intensely intimate view of our lead character’s deteriorating mental health.
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