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Here’s Why Super Dark Times Should Be On Your Radar

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Today marks the limited theatrical release (screening list) of Super Dark Times, which hails from The Orchard. Telling the tale of a teenage boy who is part of a horrifying accident, Super Dark Times brings us back into the early 90’s, before the Columbine High School massacre. It’s a film about a friendship broken apart by the mistakes of innocence, how an afternoon of joy can quickly turn into one of the most harrowing days of someone’s life.

The film is the feature-length debut of Kevin Phillips, whose short film Too Cool for School premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. In an interview at that festival, he spoke about Super Dark Times. In it, he labeled the 90’s as a, “…ripe and vulnerable and very sensitive time…It’s perfect for cinema.” He fully admits that the Columbine High School massacre played a heavy role in the film, stating that he saw firsthand how America changed after that shocking event. “That changed the landscape,” Phillips stated. “That changed the way parents and people in general viewed violence, especially amongst teenagers and kids in high school and kids in general…

Speaking with Vice, Phillips brought up several phenomenal directors that he cites as influences on this film, such as, “…Lynne Ramsay, David Fincher, Ingmar Bergman, and Jonathan Demme.”

For many of us, we remember ourselves how that event changed the shape of our culture and society. Everything was viewed through a lens of extreme scrutiny. Things that had no business being judged were suddenly taboo, like black trench coats. Fingers were pointed at Marilyn Manson and Doom as the cause for loss of life. It was a time of frustration and discussion, of which many conversations are still happening to this day.

If Super Dark Times‘ only purpose was to create a film with a sensitive topic in mind, we wouldn’t be here to tell you that it’s something you need to watch. It’s because it’s done with grace, poise, and elegance, all without shying away from being a deeply unsettling and unnerving experience, that I’m here to tell you all about it.

Phillips does an amazing job directing based on a script by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski, the duo who wrote SiREN, the V/H/S spinoff film. This is the same duo who wrote the upcoming fantasy/horror film Stephanie, which is being directed by Akiva Goldsman and will star Anna Torv, Frank Grillo, and Harold Perrineau. With only a handful of films before Super Dark Times, it’s clear that this film has made enough of an impact that they’re moving up in the ranks.

Much acclaim has been given to the stars of the film, such as Owen Campbell (“The Following”, “The Americans”, As You Are), Charlie Tahan (I Am Legend, Frankenweenie, “Wayward Pines”), Elizabeth Cappuccino (“Jessica Jones”), Max Talisman, and Sawyer Barth (“The Following”, “Public Morals”). The New York Times called their performances, “…uniformly excellent” while THR gushes about the, “…vivid performances from a youthful cast.” Our own Brad McHargue praised the, “…incredible performances of Campbell and Tahan.”

EW praised the film, saying that it had a, “…masterful air of unpredictability and white-knuckle tension.” Variety adds, “Phillips instills a sense of unease from the very beginning…

If you’re looking for a character-driven thriller, one that spirals out of control into a shocking conclusion, Super Dark Times is precisely the film that you are looking for. For those lucky enough to have it play in their area (screening list), we highly recommend you make the journey. For those of you who can’t make it out, Super Dark Times will be hitting digital platforms and OnDemand this coming Tuesday, October 3rd.

I have a feeling that Super Dark Times will speak to many of you on a level that few other films do. It’ll take you back to your childhood but not with the intent of bringing up fond memories. Rather, it will remind you of the dark cloud that pervaded over our lives for many, many years.

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Amazon Developing Stephen King’s The Dark Tower TV Series

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The Dark TowerIt’s been a while since we brought you guys an update on the planned TV series based on Stephen King’s The Dark Tower book series.

But today it looks like we have confirmation via Deadline that, “Amazon… is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark Tower…”

The series is being developed by Amazon as part of their bid to move into bigger budgeted spectacles ala their recent acquisition of the rights to The Lord of the Rings.

No further info is available at this time but we will keep you up to date as we hear word on Amazon’s “The Dark Tower.”

Are you excited about this series? Let us know below!

Synopsis:

Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), the last Gunslinger, is locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim (Matthew McConaughey), also known as the Man in Black. The Gunslinger must prevent the Man in Black from toppling the Dark Tower, the key that holds the universe together. With the fate of worlds at stake, two men collide in the ultimate battle between good and evil.

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Rutger Hauer Says There Was No Love and No Soul in Blade Runner 2049

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I don’t know about you, but I dug the hell out of last summer’s Blade Runner 2049. I found the film to be a tonally perfect addition to the Blade Runner universe and appreciated how it built on the story established in the original film.

That said, there are some out there that aren’t fans of the sequel – most of all, it seems, is the original film’s baddie, Rutger Hauer.

Recently, Hauer spoke with THR and didn’t hold back on his dislike of the new film.

“I sniff and scratch at it,” Hauer says. “It looks great, but I struggle to see why that film was necessary. I just think if something is so beautiful, you should just leave it alone and make another film. Don’t lean with one elbow on the success that was earned over 30 years in the underground.”

He continues: “In many ways Blade Runner wasn’t about the replicants; it was about what does it mean to be human? It’s like E.T. But I’m not certain what the question was in the second Blade Runner. It’s not a character-driven movie and there’s no humor, there’s no love, there’s no soul. You can see the homage to the original. But that’s not enough to me. I knew that wasn’t going to work. But I think it’s not important what I think.”

Wow, don’t hold back, Hauer. Tell us how you really feel!

I’m kidding. And while I don’t agree with Hauer on this particular issue, the man has more than earned the right to think it IS “important what [he] thinks.

Do you agree with Rutger Hauer on Blade Runner 2049? Let us know below!

Synopsis:
Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former LAPD blade runner who has been missing for 30 years.

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Ash vs Evil Dead Set Visit Part 2: Learning About Kelly, Pablo, and Brandy

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If you haven’t read through the first part of my set visit for the third season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, make sure to do so here.

After walking through the halls of Brandy’s high school, the sperm bank clinic that has been seen in the trailer, Brock’s house, and the streets of Elk Grove (all through the magic of set designs), it was time to sit down with stars Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, who told me about their characters Kelly and Pablo through this season of “Ash vs Evil Dead”! Oh, and there’s also a lot from Arielle Carver-O’Neill about her character Brandy as well, because who can resist hearing from Ash’s daughter?

After finding out that Dana, who is from Youngstown, Ohio, is a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, our interview nearly ended. After all, your boy is a Wolverine, through and through, and anyone who knows sports rivalries knows that Buckeyes and Wolverines don’t get along. That being said, we managed to put aside our differences so that I could learn a bit about Kelly and what she’ll be going through this season.

I really loved Kelly’s journey in season one and two. It was very exciting to play because, in a way, it mirrored my own as an actor coming into a franchise like this. Just like Kelly was dragged into this fight against evil and was caught completely off guard, it was very similar to the actor struggling for 10 years. I was living in Los Angeles working at a bar when I got this job. All of a sudden I’m being thrown into this with this incredible franchise, with the amazing producers of Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, where a franchise that’s built upon one man, a lone wolf as we’ve said, who is the star of this show and now he’s going to have sidekicks, that was terrifying as well! But it was really cool because I feel like I got to grow with Kelly and every time Kelly did something new, it was me doing something new,” DeLorenzo explains.

Expanding on that, DeLorenzo starts telling me more about Kelly and how she specifically changes through the upcoming season, saying, “At the end of season two, there’s the parade. And if you look, you can see that Kelly isn’t happy. Kelly is the smart one of that trifecta, the ghostbeaters. She knows that evil is not gone for good, which brings us to season three. Now that she’s tasted blood, she’s constantly chasing that high. So, at the start of season three, Kelly is a warrior without a war. She wants to stay on her game for when evil comes back. Her journey for season three…evil paints Kelly in a bloody corner and sets up her to fail where she can’t do what she does best, which is kick evil’s ass. She’s put in these catch-22 situations that she can’t fight her way out of without someone she cares about getting hurt. I think fans will be shocked at her transformation [this season].”

The theme of family running throughout this season of the show is not lost on DeLorenzo, who recognizes that Kelly’s ultimate purpose throughout this series is called into question through events that she wasn’t able to elaborate upon. However, she did tell me, “It was always about protecting and staying by the side of Ash and Pablo because they are not her family by blood but they are her family by bloodshed.

When describing the ghostbeaters, she calls Ash the “brawn”, Pablo the “heart”, and Kelly the “brains”. Later, as I sat with Arielle Carver-O’Neill, I asked what Brandy represents, to which she stated, “the hope”. “They all become very protective of Brandy and are very supportive of her journey,” Carver-O’Neill explains.

I asked her to envision a world where a fourth season is confirmed and how she’d like to see Brandy’s role expanded. Pondering this for a couple of moments, she then told me, “I’d like to see her find herself a bit more. I think just because she’s a teenager, you go through that journey at that age where you are figuring out who you are and your parents, either consciously or unconsciously, play a large role in that. For her, she only had her mum and then she found parts of herself in her dad. But she’s got a lot of growing up to do and I think that’d be really fun to explore how she goes about that.

For Santiago, the character and evolution of Pablo throughout the series has a very personal meaning for him. “As a kid, I grew up watching horror films and I always wanted to be the hero saving people from the monster and I always wanted to be the person chased by the monster. I think, in this show, I have the opportunity do that every day as Pablo and I’m one step closer to becoming the superhero I wanted to be as a kid,” he states.

As for his evolution, Santiago sees Pablo as going from a pushover in the first season to someone very important and potentially very powerful in the third season. “We’ve seen Pablo go from this naive guy [in the first season] that’s pushed through the ringer to last season and…the Necronomicon and Pablo have an undeniable relationship that will never end. As we move into this third season, Pablo sees things differently. He’s not just tormented by his visions of darkness, we see that he may not be just a sidekick but also psychic! We’re going back to his family and we callback to his roots. Perhaps it wasn’t just a coincidence that he met Ash and that he himself was always destined to be somewhat of a Jefé. I think season three is where we see all that coming to fruition. He’s not just along for the ride, he’s become an integral part of the team.

Part III of our set visit coming soon!

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