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A high-profile comedy and a lower budget science fiction film compete for our attentions this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Find out which one of the sets just so happens to be one of the best of the year, here.
Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer has become one of the most critically heralded film of the year. And now it's the first to be sent to the Academy of Arts and Sciences for consideration for awards season.
Here at Cinema Blend, we're big fans of Bong Joon-ho's science-fiction epic Snowpiercer. So we're stoked that this Friday it will be easier than ever for you to see it. No matter where you live. That's right Snowpiercer is coming to VOD way sooner than expected.
Looking to Tammy, Snowpiercer and Deliver Us From Evil for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of road trip comedies, dystopian sci-fi, and haunting horror.
We decided that today would be a great day to regroup, reflect and single out the best movies we have seen on screen so far in 2014. The outstanding team of Cinema Blend movie writers have chosen to champion movies both massive and small, passionate and intimate. Even by expanding our list to 10, there are titles we had to leave off of the list.
In a summer of sequels and xeroxes, the numbers show that American audiences are getting a little fed up with the same sad leftovers. People want to see something different. Well, it doesn't get much more different than Snowpiercer. This is unique, brawny, thrilling filmmaking on a large scale, a risk-taking picture so unique it should form its own cult.
There's a great injustice going on and you probably don't even know it. Snowpiercer, the English-language debut of celebrated South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, is coming to theaters this Friday, but it's getting nowhere near the fanfare it deserves. Tomorrow we'll post our review of this post-apocalyptic thriller, but today we're giving you a look into its weird and fascinating world
This year's cinematic crusade is being waged on The Weinstein Company for a film they don't think American audiences will buy. That film is Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer, and we now have a red-band trailer that shows off all of its subversive goodness.
For each, we try to explain WHY these movies matter. You have a lot of films to choose from in the summer season. These are the ones we think need to be on your radar.
Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer is set to open the Los Angeles Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11th. The South Korean filmmaker’s first English language film is enjoying a period of good news after an uncertain beginning. The film will open in theatrical release on June 27th, although the scope of the release is unknown at this time.
The dispute between Bong and Weistein “has been resolved,” and that the uncut version of Snowpiercer will open in the U.S. after all. Instead of the film getting a wide release as planned however – a move made possible no doubt to the presence of the bankable Evans in a non-Marvel role – it will receive a platform release.
This trailer in particular exhibits a solid pacing that lays out the story almost perfectly. We get to see how different sections of the train get to live before watching the heinous treatment that the lower class citizens in the back of the train experience. And all it takes is a gun butt to the face and someone stepping on someone else’s hand.
The film is set on a speeding, perpetual motion-powered train called the Snowpiercer that runs non-stop through all parts of a world following the beginning of a man-made Ice Age. As time passes, those inside the train fall into a class system. The lower class riders in the back of the train start a revolution to take control of the engine and drama ensues.
Beyond smashing Korean box office records, Snowpiercer has received very positive early reviews from outlets like TwitchFilm, The Hollywood Reporter, and Variety - all of which are run by non-invalid English-speaking people – yet TWC wants to butcher 20 minutes from the film, knocking its story-heavy 126 minute runtime down to a more action-oriented 106 mins.
What you’ll notice in the clip, however, is the presence of Chris Evans in a non-Captain America role. Which is interesting, because Evans usually tows the party line that he does Marvel movies to fund the non-superhero films … and yet Snowpiercer looks like it will rely on him kicking ass and taking names—only without a shield or a mask.
Next up in Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, the clean-shaven star has no superpowers, a gruff beard, but the same drive to change the world for the better. In this case, it means toppling the cruel class system that divides the passengers of the titular train.
Moviegoers around the world know Chris Evans as the clean-cut titular hero of Captain America: The First Avenger, but this character poster for his Avengers follow-up Snowpiercer shows a bearded and brooding side to the actor we've never seen before.
The first batch of clever promotional material that Snowpiercer has to offer comes in the form of passports for its miserable looking characters, and they perfectly portray the dark, dreary and mysterious tone the film seems to exude.
Trains have played a central part in some of cinema’s most engaging mystery thrillers. A short list would read Sidney Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express, Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train, and Brad Anderson’s Transsiberian. No matter how long that list gets, however, it will never include Joseph Ruben’s Money Train.
The first picture appears to be a look at the titular train forging it's way through the ruins of our world, which includes a massive, overturned battleship. Next looks to be a peek into the crowded sleeping compartments for the lower classes. And lastly, there's a total counterpoint to the desperation and isolation seen in the first two images.
The cast of Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic thriller Snow Piercer has grown by one more notable British actor. Ewen Bremner, best-known for playing the sweet but simple Spud in Trainspotting, has just signed on, joining an impressive ensemble that already includes the beguiling Tilda Swinton, the engaging Jamie Bell, and the legendary John Hurt. This will mark Joon-ho's English-language debut...
Inspired by the 1970s French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, Snow Piercer centers on an eponymous train that houses the last known survivors of a global warming-induced Ice Age. Trapped together in perpetuity, always traveling but getting nowhere, the passengers aboard Snow Piercer eventually develop an unjust class system that soon spurs talk of revolt.
Snow Piercer is already set to be one of the most-anticipated films of 2013 as it continues to collect lauded talent from all around the globe. Aside from Evans, Hurt, and Swinton, The Adventures of Tintin's Jamie Bell is in talks to co-star, and South Korean actor Song Kang-ho, who starred in Joon-ho's The Host and Chan-wook's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, is also expected to make an appearance.
Kelly Masterson made his dazzling debut with Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, which was memorably helmed by moviemaking legend Sidney Lumet, yet Masterson has been largely absent from the industry ever since. But after a long winter, he's is plotting his return to acclaim with two more in-development projects. The first is the Tobey Maguire-produced crime-drama Good People, based on the Marcus Sakey novel.
Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell are now in talks for Snow Piercer, a project that also has the distinction of having Chan-wook Park attached as a producer. The movie is set in a world that is covered in ice and snow and follows a group of passengers on a train that must help each other in order to survive. While she is seemingly always in the Oscar race in some capacity or another...