Back in February, it seemed almost unfathomable that 2014 could produce a more listless spy thriller than 3 Days to Kill. Oh, for a return to those bygone days of innocence. There’s a new kid on the block and he looks a lot like the guy who used to be James Bond. Based on a popular series of ‘80’s espionage novels, The November Man feels less like an adaptation and more like the outtakes from some mediocre made-for-television movie. It’s a Frankenstein creation of re-cycled plots and villains, pieced together with lethargic pacing and turgid action sequences. Where are the invisible cars when you need them?
I’m back with another mix tape, only this time the compilation consists solely of the best music from movies released in 2014 (January to the end of August). As per usual, I’ve also included some fun movie clips. Here are tracks from the best soundtracks and scores of the year so far. Be sure to check back in December for part two.
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on TIFF’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. It’s true that Telluride’s reputation for picking the films that go on to Oscar honors first continues to grow with each passing year but that is where the threat to Toronto ends. By virtue of being a small town located at the end of a box canyon in Southwest Colorado, it can only accommodate an extremely limited amount of festival goers. Unlike the ever-expanding Toronto or Sundance, Telluride will remain modest by virtue of geography, the resoluteness of tradition and the absolute secrecy of its line-up.
Director John Michael McDonagh wastes no time in establishing the stakes of Calvary. In a darkened confessional, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) is told that he is going to die in a week. The man planning to kill the priest explains it is exactly because Father Lavelle has done nothing wrong that he is going to die. Of the two McDonagh brothers, John Michael is known for his irreverent comedy The Guard, but with this latest release he joins the ranks of the most fatalistic of Irish artists.
It took us two weeks to release our TMNT special due to many technical difficulties during recording, and again while editing. Nevertheless, we did not give up, and after many hours of hard work, you can now listen to us review not one, but three Turtle films. Over the past few decades, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have become a triumph of marketing and licensing. From their origins in 1984 in an underground black-and-white comic book to 1988′s hit television cartoon series, and to the most recent Michael Bay produced feature-lenght film, theTMNT franchise has evolved into a global phenomenon. This week we take a look back at the original live action film helmed by music video director Steve Barron. Afterwards we also take some time to review the sequel,The Secret of the Ooze, before moving on to Jonathan Liebesman’s big screen adaptation. Joining us is special guests, Bob Phelan and Casey Brady of The Red Box Report.