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Jay Baruchel interview: Chapterhouse Comics, Goon 2, Statham

Duncan Bowles Jul 17, 2017

Jay Baruchel chats to us about comics, X-Men movies, Goon 2 and Jason Statham...

Jay Baruchel is a very happy man indeed. Over the last decade, I’ve been fortunate enough to interview a lot of people for Den of Geek, but Mr Baruchel might just be the most enthusiastic one to date – almost every sentence ended with the kind of joyous laugh that would come from having, quite possibly, the best job ever, twice. Known to most as an actor with a gift for the comedic, having starred in the likes of Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up, Goon, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Art Of The Steal (to name a few personal favourites) as well as voicing accidental hero Hiccup in the fantastic How To Train Your Dragon movies, it was about his recent involvement with Canadian comic book publisher, Chapterhouse, that we had a chat with him about.
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Top 5: Heist Movies

With both The Hatton Garden Job in UK cinemas now, and We Still Steal the Old Way available on DVD from today, I thought i’d take a look at my favourite Top Five Heist/Crime Caper Movies… In order (for a change) they are:

5) In Security

In Security tells the story of best friends Kevin and Bruce, who are co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime. As a last ditch effort to drum up some business, they start robbing the neighbors to instill fear and create a need for their services but bullets fly when they unwittingly rob the wrong guy – a suburban drug lord with a penchant for kitchen gadgets.

It’s fair to say I love a good goofball crime caper, but In Security however has much more than being just a “crime caper” going for it. For one it stars one of my favourite actors,
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Going in Style movie review: pabulum and circuses

MaryAnn’s quick take… Bland, tasteless entertainmentstuff intended to neither move nor offend, and succeeds as such. A sad pile of unfunny nothing that falls painfully flat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I suddenly realized, while struggling to stay awake during the limp and unfunny Going in Style, that it seemed like forever ago that I first started seeing trailers for the film. Had its release been postponed after an initial marketing push, or was it just so uninspired and familiar that it merely felt as if I’d seen it all before?

Both, as it turns out: Style was original slated to open almost a year ago, in May 2016 (which means I probably saw trailers in late 2015), and it’s also such a stale wisp of a dustbunny that it barely stands out from its own background noise.
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Lars Von Trier Sets Matt Dillon as Jack the Ripper in ‘The House That Jack Built’

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Lars Von Trier Sets Matt Dillon as Jack the Ripper in ‘The House That Jack Built’
Over the past decade, Matt Dillon has made plenty of movies that no one really cared about. Old Dogs, Armored, Takers, Pawn Shop Chronicles and The Art of the Steal have all featured Matt Dillon, and they’re all movies that you either forgot about or never knew existed to begin with. However, with a key […]

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie review: infodump, the movie

MaryAnn’s quick take…

Relentlessly dull. A tour of a strange world and “characters” little more than their “peculiar” abilities isn’t enough to whip up fantastical excitement. I’m “biast” (pro): I was a peculiar child, and I remain a peculiar adult; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): mostly disappointed by Tim Burton lately

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So it’s Harry Potter Lite. Very lite. No, wait: It’s X-Men Babies. In the land of Groundhog Day, or maybe in a Doctor Who-ish timey-wimey chronic hysteresis. Where they’re haunted by Slenderman. Later, there is a Bill & Ted reference. Remember the days when Tim Burton made movies that took your breath away with their originality? Where has that Tim Burton gone?

Okay, so lots of things are derivative. That’s not necessarily a dealbreaker.
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‘Vikings’ Exclusive Trailer: History Channel’s Brutal Historical Drama Returns For Another Season

‘Vikings’ Exclusive Trailer: History Channel’s Brutal Historical Drama Returns For Another Season
Shows like “Game of Thrones” get much of widespread genre love, but there are plenty of other series that involve a large ensemble cast, period settings and costumes, intense action sequences, and insightful examinations of social and political issues. Look no further than the History Channel’s historical drama series “Vikings,” which follows the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. Inspired by Norse sagas like “Ragnars saga Loðbrókar” and “Ragnarssona þáttr,” the series examines the raiders, traders, and explorers who wished to conquer new lands and discover civilizations around the world. Watch an exclusive sneak peek from the new season that was shown at the “Vikings” panel at Comic Con today.

Read More: Watch: Season 3 of History’s ‘Vikings’ Promises An Epic Time In This Sneak Peak

The series was created by Michael Hirst, who previously created, wrote, and executive produced the Showtime historical drama “The Tudors,” and wrote
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‘Vikings’ Exclusive Trailer: History Channel’s Brutal Historical Drama Returns For Another Season

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‘Vikings’ Exclusive Trailer: History Channel’s Brutal Historical Drama Returns For Another Season
Shows like “Game of Thrones” get much of widespread genre love, but there are plenty of other series that involve a large ensemble cast, period settings and costumes, intense action sequences, and insightful examinations of social and political issues. Look no further than the History Channel’s historical drama series “Vikings,” which follows the exploits of legendary Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. Inspired by Norse sagas like “Ragnars saga Loðbrókar” and “Ragnarssona þáttr,” the series examines the raiders, traders, and explorers who wished to conquer new lands and discover civilizations around the world. Watch an exclusive sneak peek from the new season that was shown at the “Vikings” panel at Comic Con today.

Read More: Watch: Season 3 of History’s ‘Vikings’ Promises An Epic Time In This Sneak Peak

The series was created by Michael Hirst, who previously created, wrote, and executive produced the Showtime historical drama “The Tudors,” and wrote
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‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Joins ‘The Dark Tower’ (Exclusive)

‘Vikings’ Star Katheryn Winnick Joins ‘The Dark Tower’ (Exclusive)
Katheryn Winnick, star of History Channel’s “Vikings,” has found her next high-profile gig. Sources tell Variety the actress will join the cast of Sony and Mrc’s adaptation of “The Dark Tower.”

Idris Elba stars in the adaptation of Stephen King’s book series alongside Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor.

Sony and Mrc declined to comment.

Directed by Nikolaj Arcel, “The Dark Tower” arrives in theaters Feb. 17, 2017.

Production is currently underway.

The first installment in the series of books focuses on Roland Deschain (Elba), a.k.a. “The Gunslinger,” and his relationship with the younger Jake Chambers (Taylor). McConaughey plays the mysterious Man in Black character.

The first book, “The Gunslinger,” has already been adapted by Akiva Goldsman and Jeff Pinkner. Goldsman and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins are producing the film. Pinkner is exec producer.

Vikings” recently ended its fourth season with a
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Berlin: Double Dutch Sells Adam Massey's 'Man Vs.' in Multiple Territories

  • Sydney's Buzz
Jason Moring, Double Dutch International president, recently announced seven deals for the picture, "Man Vs." Double Dutch has sold the picture in the following territories: United Kingdom to Metronome, Japan to At Entertainment, Commonwealth of Independent States to Top Film, Pan Asia Pay TV to Fox International, Middle East to Gulf Films, Turkey to Sinema TV, and Thailand to Major Katana.

"Man Vs." follows the host of a hit TV series, 'Man Vs.', Doug Woods is forced to fend for himself for five days in remote locations with no crew, food, or water, only the cameras he carries on his back to film his experiences. Doug's in the remote woods for a routine episode, until he's awoken by an earth-shaking crash. Things get weirder as it becomes clear Doug isn't alone. Someone or something is watching him. Man Vs is a gripping 'found footage' thriller about one man's extraordinary desire to survive at all costs.

The film is written and directed by Adam Massey ("The Intruders") and stars Chris Diamantopoulos ("The Three Stooges," "The Art of the Steal").

"We are very excited to have made these deals for Man Vs," says Moring, "Terror is a universal emotion and Man Vs is terrifying not matter where you are from. Audiences in the UK, Japan and the others are going to be scared well into the night!"
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The Hateful Eight movie review: all hat, no cattle

Inexcusably self-indulgent. Tarantino gratifies his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else. I’m “biast” (pro): loved Tarantino’s last two films…

I’m “biast” (con): …but really hate some of his films, too

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Damn. So after the marvels of Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has swung back to the Kill Bill style of filmmaking, which I described in my review of Basterds as a cinematic “circle jerk in which he and his fans get off on one another and how clever they all are to be such rapacious film geeks.” With the inexcusably self-indulgent The Hateful Eight, Tarantino has returned to the gratification of his enormous self-love and his amusement at his own genius at the expense of all else.

There are no characters to like in Eight.
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The Best Movie Posters of 2015

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1. The AssassinThough it doesn’t always follow, the most beautiful film of the year should have the most beautiful poster, and Erik Buckham does Hou Hsiao-hsien right with this gorgeous piece. What looks at first like a combination of photography and illustration is in fact entirely taken from images from the film. Buckham told me “I didn’t want to use any imagery in the poster that did not come from the film itself, so everything you see is taken from screen grabs and some on-set photography.” What I always thought were stylized clouds surrounding Shu Qi are actually elements from an embossed picture of a rooster on a lacquered vase or some similar object. As Buckham confided, “I liked the look of the lines so I cropped in super close and played around with lighting and layer effects to blend it in with the background imagery. It was
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The Best Movie Posters of 2015

  • MUBI
1. The AssassinThough it doesn’t always follow, the most beautiful film of the year should have the most beautiful poster, and Erik Buckham does Hou Hsiao-hsien right with this gorgeous piece. What looks at first like a combination of photography and illustration is in fact entirely taken from images from the film. Buckham told me “I didn’t want to use any imagery in the poster that did not come from the film itself, so everything you see is taken from screen grabs and some on-set photography.” What I always thought were stylized clouds surrounding Shu Qi are actually elements from an embossed picture of a rooster on a lacquered vase or some similar object. As Buckham confided, “I liked the look of the lines so I cropped in super close and played around with lighting and layer effects to blend it in with the background imagery. It was
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Fast & Furious 7 (aka Furious 7) movie review: head-on vehicular hard-on

Too long, too convoluted, too sentimental, and too ridiculous. Some will say those are its good points. Will they embrace the homoeroticism too? I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): mostly not a fan of the series

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

We are through the looking glass here, people. We have reached peak Hollywood. There is nothing negative anyone can say about Furious 7 (aka Fast & Furious 7) that cannot be taken as a positive. There is the “review-proof movie” that will gather a massive audience no matter what we egghead critics think of it, and then there’s the movie that is actually hardened against reviews like it’s coated in Teflon: scoffing just slides right off it.

I could say that this is the kind of movie in which, when someone says to a child who has just tossed a toy,
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John Travolta Pulls Off An Impossible Heist In First Trailer For The Forger

The first trailer for Philip Martin’s The Forger arrives today, along with a brand new poster showcasing the film’s leading trio: John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan.

In the movie, Travolta stars as master art forger Raymond Cutter, who makes a deal with a crime syndicate to initiate his early release from prison. As a trade, he must embark on an impossible heist; forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. Along to assist him in this risky mission are his father (Plummer) and son (Sheridan).

From the outset, the trailer promises a gritty, thrilling actioner – in similar vein to last year’s The Art Of The Steal. As it progresses and more of the story and character begin to unravel, it crosses into unexpected territory. Character-wise, there are touches
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Junkfood Cinema: Mann of the Hour

Continuing through our exploration of the first feature films of prominent directors, Cargill and I arrive at the debut outing of one of my absolute favorite filmmakers: Michael Mann. In 1981, Mann brought us a gritty, savvy techno noir that starred James Caan as cinema’s coolest Thief. From the growling single-mindedness of its protagonist to the sights and sounds of, respectively, stunning cinematography and a pulsing Tangerine Dream score, Thief is that rare first film that never misses a beat and solidifies a director’s style in an instant. Don’t rob yourself of the fun of listening to Junkfood Cinema this week. You should follow Brian (@Briguysalisbury), Cargill (@Massawyrm), and the show (@Junkfoodcinema). Download Episode #39 Directly On This Week’s Show: Pre-Ramble [0:00 – 1:23] The Art of the Steal [1:24 – 49:49] Denouement [49:50 – 55:07] Films Discussed: [Click to buy, help us keep the lights on] Get In Touch With Us: Email Junkfood Cinema Follow the Show:

"Junkfood Cinema: Mann of the Hour" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our
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Ten Best: Phil’s Top 10 Movies of 2014

Well it’s that time of year again – the one where websites across the globe churn out Top 10 list after top ten list. So why should we be any different?! Yet whilst we may be following the predictable end of year lists, I can guarantee that my list is anything but predictable, featuring films from across the globe: including the Us, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and even good old Blighty!

This year more than ever there has been film after film that knocked it out of the park for me – which is why my Top 10 list has Two sections: the Top 10 and then the pick of 35(!) more brilliant movies (I would have loved this list to be a Top 45, honestly). So what’s my criteria? Well it has to be a movie I’ve seen this year, one that was released this year, i.e. making its UK debut,
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Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz talk Big Eyes – Flickering Myth Podcast

The Flickering Myth Podcast gets Big Eyes

Set for release on Christmas Day in the Us and Boxing Day in the UK, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is the true-life story of artist Walter Keane, who stole the work of his wife Margaret and claimed it as his own.

On this edition of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Scott Davis sits down for a roundtable discussion with director Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz, who plays Walter Keane, to discuss the movie.

You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, update your RSS feed or listen via Sitcher or using the player below…

And don’t forget to check out past episodes via the Flickering Myth Pocast website or use the player below:

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s.
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New poster for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

Ahead of its release this Christmas, a new poster has arrived online for Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes, featuring Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Amy Adams (Man of Steel). Check it out here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Big Eyes

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and
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‘The Art of the Steal’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Chris Diamantopoulos, Katheryn Winnick, Kenneth Welsh, Jason Jones, Terence Stamp | Written and Directed by Jonathan Sobol

[One of my favourite films of the year, so far, is heist movie The Art of the Steal; with the film set for release tomorrow, here's a reposting of my review from the films very limited cinema run. Why? Because this is one film I think everyone should see!]

I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day
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First poster for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

We got a trailer last month [watch it here], and now we have the first poster for Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes, which stars Amy Adams (Man of Steel) and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)….

Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to
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