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.
Airing 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)
Posted By: Bob Healy
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.
Airing 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.
Posted By: Bob Healy
There are child actors, and then there is Gregory Smith, who was an infant actor. Smith, who stars on the ABC summer cop drama Rookie Blue, started acting even before he started talking. When we caught up with him, he told us about how his career got started, but also admitted that by the time he was a teenager, he was thinking about giving it up.
Check out Rookie Blue Thursday night 10/9c on ABC.
In theaters early next month, TERMINATOR: GENISYS is the state-of-the-art fifth installment in the popular sci-fi franchise introduced by JAMES CAMERON over three decades ago. The first in what is slated to be a new trilogy, TERMINATOR: GENISYS marks an amazing return to the series by ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER who, through the miracles of modern movie making, finds himself in mortal combat with a much younger version of himself. At the ripe young age of 67, SCHWARZENEGGER seems none the worse for wear and proves to be a formidable foe against his younger self.
SCHWARZENEGGER took a sabbatical from acting when elected to the office of California Governor in 2003 and served in that capacity until 2011. And, while stepping seamlessly back into the world of show biz, the former ‘Governator’ has continued to keep his eye on world affairs.
At yesterday’s press conference to promote the release of the upcoming TERMINATOR: GENISYS, SCHWARZENEGGER responded candidly to a question regarding the landmark SCOTUS decision on marriage equality.
TERMINATOR: GENISYS opens in theaters 7/1.
Posted By: Bob Healy
Opening in theaters today, MAX is a ‘family’ film that suffers primarily from trying to be all things to all people. Directed by BOAZ YAKIN (REMEMBER THE TITANS) and produced by KAREN ROSENFELT (MARLEY & ME), the movie is an old-school mash-up of military jingoism, boy-and-his-dog sap and coming-of-age cliche. Centering on a wayward teen entrusted with the care of the military service dog that belonged to his older brother, who was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan, the film is not so much ‘bad’ as it is relentlessly familiar (despite the inclusion of several more plot twists and diversions). And, this being the middle of summer tent-pole season, MAX feels more like a home video release than a big screen contender.
Newcomer JOSH WIGGINS is great as the teen trying to come to terms with being a teen and LAUREN GRAHAM and THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH add some ‘name power’ as his concerned parents.
During recent studio generated interviews to promote the film, LAUREN GRAHAM talked about why she thinks MAX will appeal to a very broad audience.(CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
MAX opens in theaters today.
Posted By: Bob Healy
Word hit earlier this week that BOMBSHELL, the Marilyn Monroe-inspired musical that served as an intricate plot point in the now defunct NBC series SMASH, is actually headed for Broadway. Produced for the stage by CRAIG ZADAN and NEIL MERON (who also produced the series) and featuring original songs by composers MARK SHAIMAN and SCOTT WHITTMAN, the show was recently performed as a one-night concert presentation to both critical and audience acclaim.
The press release issued by Universal Stage Productions indicated the show has not yet been cast and no time-line was given but the word is that the project definitely has a ‘green light’.
While this news seems to have surprised a lot of people, the fact is, rumors of BOMBSHELL heading to the great white way actually surfaced about three years ago. Just for giggles, we dug up the 2012 interview we did with SMASH stars KATHERINE McPHEE and MEGAN HILTY, where we asked directly what they thought about the rumors of the show-within-a-show going to Broadway. We’re not sure if they were out of the loop or just playing coy but, either way, they weren’t having it.
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Posted By: Bob Healy
Samuel L. Jackson has had his share of hits, but did you know he is arguably the biggest box-office star in movie history?
Movies like Pulp Fiction, his participation in the Star Wars and Jurassic Park franchises, plus his long affiliation with Marvel have all played a part in his box-office success. To date, his films have amassed over $4 billion worldwide.
Jackson spoke to us about his storied movie career and how fortunate he is to be able to star in very successful films. (Click on the media bar below to hear Samuel L. Jackson)
Samuel L. Jackson’s new movie Big Game opens in theaters this Friday.
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MasterChef is one of the most addicting cooking shows on television. You don’t have to be a cooking fan in order to enjoy the show, as the personality of the judges and contestants always seem to shine through. While many other cooking shows have tried to mimic the success of MasterChef, it’s hard to beat the original.
There are many reasons why MasterChef has been so successful, l but Gordon Ramsay believes it’s the judges’ hands on approach with amateur chefs that places the series high above the fray. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gordon Ramsay)
MasterChef airs Wednesday nights 8/7c. on FOX.