Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How THE OFFICE Saved My Life

By Elizabeth Weitz

Let me begin by saying that I wasn't always a fan of the American version of The Office, in fact, for its first three years I refused to watch it at all out of loyalty to the British original. I came into it slowly, hating the first few episodes (which felt like copycats), trying to not be charmed by the goofy cuteness of Jim (John Krasinski), the painful insecurity of Pam (Jenna Fischer), the neediness of Michael (Steve Carell) or the blatant kissassery of Dwight (Rainn Wilson) but by episode 4 (The Alliance) I was hooked and hooked hard (against my will) and from that point on, I was what you might call an "Office Freak" (and now, those first few episodes are beloved).

Then, a few years later something happened to make The Office not just a TV show I enjoyed, but a TV show I needed.

In January 2012 I woke up in debilitating pain and unable to walk without screaming. It was a sudden and unexpected event that had no known cause behind it. In fact, the doctors had no idea what was happening. There were X-rays, MRIs, Cortisone shots, countless trips to the hospital for blood work, pain pills, pills for infections, pills, pills, pills...and finally, inserting needles into the nerves of my spine and burning them off (every six months) all in the hopes that whatever was happening could be slowed down.

I'll spare you the more boring details other than I've lived with this for three years now (with the only diagnosis being Fibromyalgia- a condition where your brain is somehow triggered into not being able to process pain correctly and therefore believes your entire body is on fire and someone is trying to put it out by beating the flames down with a sledgehammer) and the only thing that has made it bearable has been The Office.

(Looks Incredulously At Writer)

Yes It's True, This Movie Has No Dick; A Few Thoughts on the New GHOSTBUSTERS

By Taffeta Darling

"Ghostbusters, whaddaya want?"

If you've ever watched the FANGIRLS webcast, if you've been a friend of mine, or even just a social media pen pal; you know how much I love Ghostbusters. I'm an 80s baby that thrives on cult classic nostalgic pop culture.  For years fans of the busting franchise have been waiting for a Ghostbusters 3 movie, and eventually fans received the rumored reunion in the 2011 Ghostbusters video game. (which was all things needed, even Peck!)

Even after the successful game release, it's still apparent die hards want more of Ray, Winston, Peter, and Egon in the flesh. More rumors circulated that an actual GB3 would happen. Dan Aykroyd talked about a new generation coming in with possibly a few girls, (which was exciting news!!!) but the original cast would still play a part and maintain the legacy. Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray both answered with opened ended responses thus leaving the door and topic open, but contracts unsigned.

Fast forward and then stop to maybe six-seven months ago and these hints via popular cinephile websites started teasing (disgusting) fans with news of a complete reboot with no ties to the original movie. "WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK!? " was my first reaction, but I tried to remain open minded (had some trouble) about the possible homage. And then studios announced the new Ghostbusters movie would be an all female cast as in some sort of way this would please and appease the empowerment movement of comedic women..

.....This was a little frustrating (even as a woman) because I don't think of the Ghostbusters movie as an "all male cast"'s a goddamn classic with a few comedy gods of the 80s.

And this week they've announced the cast: three SNL alums and the tag along friend that works well in female ensembles.


As a HUGE movie fan, an even bigger Ghostbusters fan, and as someone who gets real tired real quick of actors with schtick, the announcement of this cast crushed me. I can't say that I understand this casting or approve it, but really no one cares what I think, I'm not paying their bills.

But as I do, I have a lot of opinions and concerns regarding the new employees at Ghostbusters headquarters that maybe others do too, and just wanted to put 'em out there.

'IMITATION GAME' Director In Talks For 'PASSENGERS'; Script From 'PROMETHEUS' Writer

By Christopher M

Variety reports that Sony is currently in negotiations with Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum to helm their sci-fi flick Passengers. He's best known for the Oscar nominated film which earned him a Best Director nomination, studios will likely be knocking his door with many projects.

Another one of his films is a slick thriller Headhunters which is totally worth watching if you get the chance.

Passengers is based on a spec-script from screenwriter Jon Spahits that Sony bought on the spot.

Set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a distant new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else and decides to wake up a female passenger, sparking the beginning of a love story.

Jon is best known for having his original Prometheus script rewritten by Damon Lindelof, I urge you to seek out his original draft and compare it to the film it's actually pretty damn good.

This new project is seeming taking cues from David's creepy spying on Shaw during her hyper-sleep.

He's also landed high profile screenwriting gigs with Marvel Studios penning Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange along with writing a draft of Universal's Mummy reboot.

Punk Rock Lives On in Ryan Ferrier's 'CURB STOMP'

Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. This February, award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the debut of Curb Stomp, a no-holds-barred, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her home—perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ‘70s cult-favorite film, The Warriors. Rising star Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) teams up with newcomer artist Devaki Neogi to create the unflinching story of Machete Betty and the girls of The Fever, a gang fiercely committed to protecting their home of Old Beach.

“Turf wars, fierce ladies, teeth-rattling action—Ryan and Devaki are going to be keeping readers on the edge of their seats with this series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “It’s got everything we love about punk rock, and it’s got everything we love about a good story. There’s a lot of heart in this one. It’s just studded with spikes.”

Win ZERO THEOREM on Blu-Ray!

Witness a vision of the techno-philosophical future from Terry Gilliam, the visionary director of BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS, and FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.

Qohen Leth (2-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz) is a computer genius plagued with existential angst. Eccentric and reclusive, he lives in a burnt-out church, toiling on a top-secret project personally assigned by Management (Matt Damon) – to discover the meaning of life. If there is one.

His supervisor (David Thewlis) is unstable. He doesn’t trust his digital therapist, Dr. Shrink-Rom (Tilda Swinton). And his budding romance with Bainsley (Mélanie Thierry) involves webcams, wired-up bodysuits, and the universe.

Is the secret to happiness losing your mind?

And we're giving away three copies!

Netflix's WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER Gets a Teaser

The counselors are confirmed for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, a limited 8-episode series coming to Netflix just in time for summer. Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter are among some of the cast joining the series, which tells the story of the first day of Camp Firewood's famous summer season, now fourteen years after the film's debut. The series is directed by David Wain and co-written by Wain and Michael Showalter.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Slamdance 2015: BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS (review)

Review by Dean Galanis
Produced by Alain Bransford, Kyran Danaher,
 Jason Egan, Tony Keily, Patrick Stapleton, 
William Treadwell, Brandon Evans, Brett Forbes, 
Colleen Hard, Gregory Morse, Patrick Rizzotti
Written by Dr. God, Ryan Mitts
Directed by Brian James O’Connell
Starring Franz Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, 
Yvette Yates, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick

Self-described Shaun of the Dead meets The Office, Bloodsucking Bastards is a failed horror comedy that isn’t anywhere near the same league as the above. Joss Whedon vet Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Much Ado About Nothing) brings his usual professionalism and panache to a project that really doesn’t deserve it; anyway, he plays an office drone who is demoted at work, eroding his already tenuous enthusiasm for his workplace.

When his coworkers start turning into vampires, well, ya know, wackiness and strained satire follow.

Kranz emerges nearly unscathed, and really tries to sell his character and the laughs, but to little avail.

His fellow actors don’t come off as well, but the film looks as if everyone was left to their own devices, and some of the performers actually appear to be squirming onscreen.