Archive for the ‘MOVIES’ Category

In Your Eyes Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 24 - 2014 0 Comment

Movie: In Your Eyes Director: Brin Hill Cast: Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David, Nikki Reed, Steve Harris, Mark Feuerstein, Steve Howey, David Gallagher, Michael Yebba, and Reed Birney. Tribeca Film Festival 2014 The name Joss Whedon carries a lot of weight when it comes to genre-heavy storytelling. He’s been building a fan base since Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on the WB network in 1997. With the big success of Marvel’s The Avengers, Whedon’s name is now considered one of the heavy hitters in Hollywood. While Joss Whedon didn’t direct the film “In Your Eyes,” he was the film’s screenwriter and executive producer. You can almost say that his signature style  [ Read More ]


Last Passenger Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 24 - 2014 0 Comment
Last Passenger Movie

Title: Last Passenger Director: Omid Nooshin Starring: Dougray Scott, Kara Tointon, Iddo Goldberg, David Schofield, Joshua Kaynama, Lindsay Duncan Ahh, what might have been for Dougray Scott. In the late 1990s, he was originally cast as adamantium-clawed “X-Men” mauler Wolverine, but then forced to drop out of the film when overruns and delays dragged out the production schedule of “Mission: Impossible II.” Stripped of that franchise touchstone, he’s never quite reached the same buzzy occupational heights. Now, while Hugh Jackman has gone on to all sorts of riches and rewards, the Scottish-born Scott is left to anchor British-produced rip-offs of “Speed,” as with “Last Passenger,” a runaway-train action thriller that coasts along serviceably for a  [ Read More ]


David Call Hits the Gabriel Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival

Posted by Karen Benardello On April - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
David Call Hits the Gabriel Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival

Truly spending meaningful, quality time with a person can genuinely help better understand their motivations and emotions, no matter how drastically they differ from your own ideas and inspirations. That’s certainly the case with two of the main actors in the new independent drama thriller, ‘Gabriel,’ David Call and Rory Culkin, as well as their respective characters. The two actors, who play brothers trying to battle the strain that arose between them after the title character was diagnosed with a mental illness, infused a deep sincerity into their performances after living together during the film’s production. That honest bond that grew between Call and Culkin as they were preparing for  [ Read More ]


Chef Movie Review

Posted by Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi On April - 23 - 2014 0 Comment
ef Movi Review

Title: Chef Director: Jon Favreau Starring: Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Emjay Anthony. Tribeca Film Festival 2014 The eclectic entertainer, Jon Favreau, delivers a delicious dramedy that he wrote, directed and in which he starred in. ‘Chef’ is the story of cook Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner (Dustin Hoffman). Once he is left to figure out what to do with his life, his ex-wife (Sofia Vergara), will help him with her former husband (Robert Downey Jr.) to launch a food  [ Read More ]


D.C. Douglas Joins Sharknado 2: The Second One

Posted by monique On April - 22 - 2014 0 Comment

“Sharknado 2: The Second One” will be chomping up SyFy this July and there has been some new casting news from everyone’s favorite schlocky shark film. Video game, film and television actor D.C. Douglas has confirmed on Twitter that he recently wrapped filming a cameo sequence for the film. Douglas didn’t reveal any character details or plotpoints, but he did say that he left the set much dirtier and “gooey-er” than when he arrived. “It was probably the quickest and hardest one day shoot in my life, while also being glorious fun” he said in a statement, “but what made it special was that many fans on twitter were hoping  [ Read More ]

Star Trek Into Darkness Poster

Say it isn’t so! One of the most popular duos is splitting up! This time, it’s not a Hollywood marriage, it’s a writing team. It’s Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the writing duo that is behind some of the biggest tentpole movies today. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the split is amicable and had been in the works for a while, since the two writers have been working on other separate franchises. Orci is still in the world of the “Star Trek” franchise and is also in loose talks to direct the third film–no negotiations have happened, but Orci has director J.J. Abrams’ blessing. Abrams, of course, is directing the  [ Read More ]


FilmOn has completed its acquisition of the world’s largest privately owned film library. The library, including 30,000 hours of content, was part of a $25 million investment into several major film libraries and a new digitization facility. The library includes rare classics by Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Otto Preminger and John Huston along with never before seen footage of John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and The Beatles. The acquisition was announced by FilmOn CEO Alki David. The acquisition includes the CineBx Library along with 40 other cataloges including Allied Entertainment, A1 Entertainment, Four Star, and HanVideo. The collections comprise a total of 10,000 films and 10,000  [ Read More ]


Joe Movie Review

Posted by bsimon On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter For many directors, the independent film realm, and its more constrictive parameters of budget storytelling, are a thing to leave behind — to graduate from, as part of a move up into the “big leagues.” David Gordon Green, though, even as he has crafted Hollywood studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness” and “The Sitter,” has kept one foot planted in the indie arena, and more plaintive portraiture. “Joe,” his latest effort, is a tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama, anchored by a magnetic performance from Nicolas Cage, that also exercises a certain kind  [ Read More ]


Locke Movie Review 2

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: Locke Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Steven Knight Screenplay: Steven Knight Cast: Tom Hardy, Voices of Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Bill Milner Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 4/17/14 Opens: April 25, 2014 There is a reason that telephoning while driving is illegal in many parts, but Steven Knight, who wrote and directs “Locke,” finds that the chance of causing an accident is strictly peripheral. “Locke” stars Tom Hardy as the title character, a study in cinematic minimalism that finds Hardy in a one-man show. This is the sort of presentation that might work if you have a brilliant  [ Read More ]


Who is Dayani Cristal? Movie review.

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? Kino Lorber Films Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  A- Director:  Gael García Bernal, Marc Silver Screenplay:  Mark Monroe Cast:  Gael García Bernal Screened at:    Review 1, NYC, 4/16/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 They like us!  They really like us!  No, not the Lebanese or Pakistanis, Slovenians or Russians.  They’re Mexicans, many of whom literally risk their lives to cross to us at the fenced-in border between our two countries.  Never mind that the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo lifted parts of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Colorado from our loving neighbors to the South, reliving the Mexicans  [ Read More ]


Blue Ruin Movie Review

Posted by Harvey Karten On April - 21 - 2014 0 Comment

BLUE RUIN   Radius TWC-Radius Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  C+ Director:  Jeremy Saulnier Screenplay: Jeremy Saulnier Cast:  Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves, Kevin Kolack, Eve Plumb, David W. Thompson, Brent Werzner, Stacy Rock, Sidné Anderson Screened at:  Review 2, NYC, 2/6/14 Opens:  April 25, 2014 Don’t look for much of the color blue in this gothic melodrama: the term “blue ruin” means “desolation,” or “utter despondency.”  Such is the manner of the movie’s principal character, Dwight (Macon Blair), who is a wreck from the first time we see him until the story’s logical conclusion.  In one scene he tells his sister, Sam  [ Read More ]


About Alex Movie Review

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment

Title: About Alex Director: Jesse Zwick Cast: Maggie Grace, Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Jane Levy, Max Minghella, and Nate Parker Tribeca Film Festival 2014 We are now at a point in history where the Millennial Generation (people born between 1982 and 2004) is nostalgic about their youth. When post-post-college careers have become mind numbing and dull that the only cure from responsibility is a road trip or a weekend getaway. The movie “About Alex” should be re-titled “The Small Chill” or “The Big Chill: Millennial Edition” because it shares the same narrative thrust as Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film “The Big Chill,” only with one caveat: what if the  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Director Zack Parker Talks Proxy, More

Posted by bsimon On April - 18 - 2014 0 Comment
Zack Parker Proxy

Director Zack Parker has a knack for marrying unnerving incident to shifty, hard-to-pin-down characters. His latest film, the psychological thriller “Proxy,” could sort of be described as a sociopathic lesbian love triangle… and yet it’s more than that, even. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to Parker one-on-one, about his movie, what sort of storytelling excites and drives him, making movies in his native Indiana, being a stay-at-home dad and how the California Raisins helped lead him to where he is today. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: Like “Scalene,” your previous film, it feels like “Proxy” is very invested in exploring shifting audience sympathies. Not at all in  [ Read More ]


Exclusive: Food Chains Gets A New Clip

Posted by Rudie Obias On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment

We all need food to survive. Food nowadays is more than just survival, but it’s also for pleasure and competition. But before you enjoy your next salad, think about how your food gets to your table. A new documentary called “Food Chains” examines the workers who harvest your food and how unfairly they’re being treated by corporations and the United States. Visit Films released a new clip from the documentary exclusively to ShockYa.com. The contents of the clip is both haunting and eye-opening. There is more interest in food in the United States today than at any time in our history. Yet, there is very little interest in the hands  [ Read More ]

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The Machine Movie Review

Posted by juliana On April - 17 - 2014 0 Comment
the machine

Title: The Machine Director: Caradog W. James Starring: Toby Stephens, Caity Lotz, Denis Lawson Running time: 91 Minutes, Rate R, In theaters 04.25.14 Vincent (Toby Stephens), a reclusive computer programmer is running a sham competition, promising a huge grant to any programmer that can come up with a form of artificial intelligence after his own program to rehabilitate soldiers with brain injuries fails with horrific results.  A woman named Ava (Caity Lotz) comes to him with her own design, a program that is self aware. After being told the grant is actually a job interview, she decides to take it anyway. Together they form a bond and he popes they  [ Read More ]

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