Interview: KILL YOUR DARLINGS stars Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in KILL YOUR DARLINGS | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Long before he wrote “Howl,” helped found the Beat movement and became one of the most venerated poets – and gay activists – of the twentieth century, Allen Ginsberg entered Columbia Collegein 1944. There he met Lucien Carr, who introduced Ginsberg to William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac and Carr’s old mentor David Kammerer. The relationship between Carr and Kammerer became so fraught that it ended in tragedy, which in turn presented an enormous moral conundrum for Ginsberg. This true – but until now largely unknown – story has been brought to the screen in KILL YOUR DARLINGS, directed by John […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL YOUR DARLINGS

KILL YOUR DARLINGS movie poster | ©2013 Sony Pictures Classic

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Cullum, David Rasche Writers: John Krokidas & Austin Bunn, story by Austin Bunn, based on biographical material by Allen Ginsberg Director: John Krokidas Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: October 16, 2013 KILL YOUR DARLINGS is advice that essentially means a writer should remove any elements that he or she feels particularly precious about or identifies with too much. In this fact-based film, it also has a more literal interpretation. It turns out that Allen Ginsberg […]Read On »

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Toronto International Film Festival Wrap Up: Part 3 – The Cold

THE UNKNOWN KNOWN | ©2013 Weinstein Company

It’s time to conclude what happened at the Toronto International Film Festival by dividing up the films into three categories. So here are the winners, losers and something in-between so just for fun I’ve broken them down into buzz terms, HOT, WARM and COLD. Part 3: THE COLD (BUZZ+CRITICAL REACTION+AUDIENCE COMMENTS) YOU ARE HERE Road trip comedy drama with Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis CONSENSUS: Writer/director Matthew Weiner’s surprising limp big screen debut. The leads are irritating, the plot so-so, the overall effect dull. Maybe Weiner just too tired after obsessing over every MAD MAN detail. Would make a good […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Blu-ray | ©2012 Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Suggested Retail Price: $35.99 (Blu-ray), $30.99 (DVD) It’s hard to craft an old fashioned ghost story in a world where found footage films seem to be the only thing pulling horror fans into theaters. Thank goodness for THE WOMAN IN BLACK, the latest attempt at the classic Hammer Films label to bring back the vibe and tone of their 1960s heyday. They’ve found great material with the James Goldman script based on the novel by Susan Hill. It’s […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK soundtrack

THE WOMAN IN BLACK soundtrack | ©2011 Silva Screen Records

When horror connoisseurs think back on the classic legacy of Hammer films, they’ll usually envision creatures prowling amidst haunted, Gothic abodes on dark and stormy nights. The musical equivalent to these memorable images was equally as atmospheric, as such Hammer “house” composers as James Bernard (HORROR OF DRACULA), Benjamin Frankel (CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF) and Harry Robinson (TWINS OF EVIL) applied melodically fearsome orchestral strains to the studio’s old-school terrors. However, it’s not like Hammer didn’t thrust their monsters into the modern age with equally contemporary scores, a creative attitude that’s typified the studio’s recent rebirth through such pictures as […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE WOMAN IN BLACK

THE WOMAN IN BLACK movie poster | ©2012 CBS Films

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciaran Hinds, Janet McTeer Writer: Jane Goldman, based on the novel by Susan Hill Director: James Watkins Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: February 3, 2012 For those who have a fondness for old-school Hammer horror films, and even for those who have no idea what those are but just like spooky period ghost stories, THE WOMAN IN BLACK is a treat. This isn’t just an homage – Hammer is listed in the credits as one of the production companies. If this is how they’re going to return to the big screen, a big “Welcome back!” […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 poster - Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, William Welling, Evanna Lynch Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 15, 2011 You can tell Warner Bros. feels they have something special on their hands with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 from the very beginning. It’s rare (if not unheard of) for the studio […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX Ultimate Edition

HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - Ultimate Edition | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltraine, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brednan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters Writer: Michael Goldenberg based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Home Video Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 Of all the HARRY POTTER films, I think HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF  THE PHOENIX is by far the weakest. Condensing an overly long book into this very short film proved to be a daunting task. Additionally, Michael […]Read On »

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Fresh Clip: Brand new trailer for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 - Lord Voldemort poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

This week we already got a glimpse of the new HARRY POTTER poster, and now the brand spanking new trailer of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 is here as well and it’s phenomenal. Now this is what a summer film should look like. All the set-up of DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1 leads to what looks like a non-stop action ride. The film features the epic final battle between Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) with Hogwarts and our entire beloved cast caught in the middle. The film arrives July 15 is 3D. […]Read On »

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New Poster for HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 2 poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Well, the latest poster for the final HARRY POTTER film – HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 2 has arrived and it says it all: “It All Ends.” Arriving in theaters in 3D on July 15, the final chapter of the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s novels will feature the climactic battle between good (Harry as played by Daniel Radcliffe) and evil (Lord Voldemort as played by Ralph Fiennes). Check out a larger version of the new poster by clicking on the image below. DO YOU LIKE IT? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Click on […]Read On »

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