AUTHOR: Mike Sampson

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Review: Josh Trank's Chronicle (2012)

PLOT: Three high school seniors find themselves suddenly bestowed with superhero-like powers. Unlike most superheroes, they use this power not for saving people, but for having fun. They pull pranks, impress girls and go on flying joyrides. As they test their newfound powers, they become close friends...until one of them begins to lose control. REVIEW : Found footage films...

INTERVIEW: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher!

"I feel that there are real genuine stories about the making of movies and a lot of that gets lost." David Fincher not suffer fools gladly. This I know even before I meet the director in a New York City hotel room, where I'm the final obligation the director has while promoting THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. And as he sits slumped in his chair, firmly rubbing at his forehead, we...

Review: We Need to Talk About Kevin (Fantastic Fest)

PLOT: Eva is a woman seemingly full of life. She meets Franklin, a man she falls for immediately. After an unexpected pregnancy, she struggles with her worth and abilities as a mother - especially when it turns out their son, Kevin, exhibits sociopathic tendencies from a young age. Their strained mother-son relationship frames the tale of a violent school shooting as Kevin...

Review: The Day (Fantastic Fest)

PLOT : Set in a post-apocalyptic world, five survivors roam the wasteland looking for food, water and shelter. They find the latter in a seemingly abandoned house. But when they accidentally set off an alarm, they realize the true owners are returning and won't be inviting them over for tea. REVIEW: My feelings for THE DAY can best be summed up in two words: CGI fire. Now...

Review: Penumbra (Fantastic Fest)

PLOT: A beautiful, young lawyer is looking to sublet an apartment and finds some suspiciously motivated buyers. As she waits for their attorney to arrive to sign the contract, it becomes clear there is something far more sinister going on. REVIEW: At the risk of hinting at spoilers, PENUMBRA shares a great deal with Ti West's thriller HOUSE OF THE DEVIL. Both are slow burn...

Review: Livid (Fantastic fest 2011)

PLOT : A young girl takes up a job as an in-home caregiver to elderly residents. She meets one particularly unusual client - an old woman in a coma living in an abandoned mansion. When the girl learns the woman's dying wish is to be buried inside the house alongside her "treasure," she hatches a plan with her boyfriend and his brother to steal said treasure. Spoiler Alert: things go...

Review: You're Next! (Fantastic fest 2011)

PLOT : A family reunites for their parents 35th anniversary at a secluded home in the woods. As their own tensions and sibling rivalries begin to mount, they must unite against a new enemy - a group of masked assailants who are mounting a home invasion. REVIEW : I was wondering how YOU'RE NEXT would differ from THE STRANGERS, another home-invasion thriller that featured attackers...

Review: The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).

PLOT: A mentally disabled parking garage attendant from England is obsessed with the movie THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE. He watches it at work, creates scrapbooks and even masturbates to it using sandpaper. Not content to just be a film lover, he takes his love of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE to the next level by actually working to link people - this time a whopping 12 victims - together....

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Daniel Craig talks Cowboys & Aliens

Someone asked me after I had seen COWBOYS & ALIENS to convince them why the movie is good (and I do think it's quite fun). I answered quickly, "Daniel Craig." COWBOYS is not without its flaws but director Jon Favreau continues his knack for casting by getting a charismatic lead in Craig that establishes his presence from the opening sequence and brings you along for the ride. My...

VIDEO INTERVIEW Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau

The title COWBOYS & ALIENS can be both a blessing and a curse. The title has led some audiences to believe the film is something of a comedy or maybe a little bit goofy (and, in fairness, it once was back when Robert Downey, Jr. was involved and Lonergan was more of a Tony Stark fast-talker). But Jon Favreau's version is played completely straight as a western film that just happens...

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Olivia Wilde of Cowboys & Aliens!

A few people asked after yesterday's interview with Harrison Ford was posted if the background was a greenscreen. Bite your tongue! That's legitimate Big Sky Country! (In before "pics or it didn't happen" - here's a photo I took waiting for the interview to start .) In fact, it's so real, as I sat down to speak with the lovely Ms. Olivia Wilde, we had to stop our interview halfway...

COMIC CON: Go behind the scenes of The Walking Dead video game!

There are plenty of first-person shooter style video games out there and especially enough FPS zombie games that when Telltale Games sat down to create a "Walking Dead" video game, they didn't want to replicate that genre. Instead they've created something much different. Staying very true to the Robert Kirkland graphic novels, the episodic game will follow a new character, Lee, and a...

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