‘Tyrant’ Promises Middle Eastern Drama With No Political Agenda

tyrantAiring tonight on FX,episode four (A House Built on Sand) in the sophomore season of TYRANT proves that the series is most definitely on the right track and has advanced considerably from the rather sluggish exposition of season one. Set in the Middle East and centered on the story of an unassuming American family drawn into the machinations and drama of an extremely turbulent dynastic political situation, this really has become high-echelon nighttime soap. Created by GIDEON RAFF (HOMELAND), the cast includes ADAM RAYNER, JUSTIN KIRK, JENNIFER FINNIGAN and ASHRAF BARHOM.

During a recent press conference to promote the series, Exec Producer/Showrunner HOWARD GORDON talked about how TYRANT (despite it’s setting and possible interpretation) is moving forward with no polemic or agenda.(CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

TYRANT airs tonight on FX.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter’ Is Cinematic Gold

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter - (CR: Sean Porter)

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter - (CR: Sean Porter)

Out today on Blu-ray, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter centers on Kumiko (Pacific Rim’s Rinko Kikuchi), an anti-social Japanese office worker who believes buried loot is actually hidden in the snow filled environs of North Dakota. Proof and clues of the “treasure” comes from a specific scene from Fargo (Kumiko owns a beat up VHS tape of the film).

Tired of her dead end life and job in Tokyo, Kumiko sacrifices everything for her quixotic mission (she even abandons her ramen eating rabbit Bunzo) and ventures to the United States. In a conversation with a security guard at a library, Kumiko tells him that she is “like a Spanish conquistador.”

Since Kumiko is a terse and introspective person, the film’s inspired and detailed visual language as well as its immersive score brings a deeper dimension into our protagonist’s complex inner workings.

Though it isn’t blessed with the extravagant budget afford to the average studio film, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter is a feast for the eyes, as director David Zellner and cinematographer Sean Porter bring a painterly eye to the narrative. The film’s score, composed by The Octopus Project, is just as stunning.

The film’s idea originated in 2001, the Zellner Brothers (Nathan Zellner produces and co-stars in the film as one of the first people she meets in the States) came across the story of a Japanese woman died in Minnesota after she reportedly searched for the missing Fargo money. Though it was later discovered to be an urban legend, the Zellner Brothers became obsessed with the tale.

Special features on the Blu-ray include six minutes worth of deleted and alternate scenes, plus audio commentary from the Zellner Brothers and producer Chris Ohlson.

In the video below, David Zellner offers up filmmaking advice:

To check out 7 extra facts about Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, please check out our Deepest Dream post.


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Expect A Game Change In The Upcoming Fifth Season Of MTV’s ‘Teen Wolf’

teen-wolfAiring on Monday nights on MTV, the popular TEEN WOLF series begins its fifth season with what sounds like a slew of new plot points. With no review screener provided, we can only speculate from the slight network ‘leaks’ that there’s a major shakeup about to go down in Beacon Hills. And, while the appearance of a ‘wild new monster’ and a team of ‘Frankenstein-like doctors’ sounds like a cause for concern, the rumor of the separation between the hotness that is Scott and Stiles is unimaginable.

Created for MTV by JEFF DAVIS (CRIMINAL MINDS), the series stars TYLER POSEY, DYLAN O’BRIEN, HOLLAND RODEN and TYLER HOECHIN. Despite the original concern that turning a comic theatrical franchise into a dramatic TV series might be a bust, MTV’s TEEN WOLF is a resounding success. Arguably, one of the most homoerotic series on TV, TEEN WOLF has crossed many barriers (both overtly and with subtlety) and proved itself to be way ahead of its time.

During a press conference to promote the show, series creator JEFF DAVIS talked about how the setting of TEEN WOLF is a perfectly natural place to explore adolescent sexuality. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)

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Thrilling ‘The Third Man’ 4K Restoration Hits Landmark’s Nuart Theatre

The Third Man - Rialto Pictures

The Third Man - Rialto Pictures

The Third Man, director Carol Reed’s classic thriller starring Citizen Kane players Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten, will open Friday, July 3 at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre for an exclusive one-week engagement.

The feature’s 4K restoration had its world premiere May 2015 as part of the “Cannes Classics” section of the Cannes Film Festival, and now movie buffs can check out the haunting beauty of cinematographer Robert Krasker’s imagery. Though he didn’t direct the film, Orson Welles’ aesthetic stamp is infused throughout the narrative, as black marketeer Harry Lime (Welles) is often hidden amidst the shadows, a seemingly faint illusion that continues to evade two-bit writer Holly Martins (Cotten).

Filled with memorable dialogue (most notably Lime’s monologue about civilization and the cuckoo clock), Anton Karas’ iconic, zither driven “Third Man Theme,” and a knockout ending (which Martin Scorsese lovingly paid homage during one of the final sequences in The Departed), The Third Man is an undisputed classic.

For showtimes of The Third Man, please check out the Nuart Theatre’s schedule.



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Showtime Pulls The Plug: Series Finale Of ‘Nurse Jackie’ Airs Tonight

nurse-jackieAiring tonight on Showtime, the seventh season (and series) finale of the popular satirical drama NURSE JACKIE brings to a close what eventually became one of the most unconventional medical series in TV history. Centered on the life of an emergency room head nurse in an urban New York City hospital, the show follows her eventual addiction to prescription drugs and how that affects her career and personal life. Created by LIZ BIRKIS, LINDA WALLEN and EVAN DUNSKY, the cast includes EDIE FALCO, EVE BEST, ANNA DEVERE SMITH, MERRITT WEAVER,PAUL SCHULZE and PETER FACINELLI.

Despite the popularity of the series and much to the dismay of the NURSE JACKIE creative team, SHOWTIME decided to pull the plug on the show at the end of this season. During a press conference to promote the season, showrunner and exec producer CLYDE PHILLIPS talked about bringing it all to a close. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)


The series finale of NURSE JACKIE airs tonight on SHOWTIME.

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