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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

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How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch
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The 2015 BFI London Film Festival winners announced

The 2015 BFI London Film Festival offically wraps up tomorro with a closing night presentation of Steve Jobs, the new biopic from Danny Boyle, but tonight, the festival’s big winners were announced a ceremony at Banqueting House in the City.

The big winner on the night was Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s Chevalier, which won Official Competiton Winner. Also bagging an award was the brilliant Sherpa which got The Grierson Award for Best Documentary, and Robert EggersThe Witch, a festival favourite, which got First Feature.

The WItch

Cate Blanchett picked up the BFI Fellowship after two of her new films, Carol and Truth, two excellent dramas, debuted at the festival. Read our reviews of thos movies at the end of the links.

Catch all of our reviews from this year’s festival over here, and the full announcement with the winners below.

London – 17 October 2015: The 59th BFI London Film
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Win Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Mosters: Dark Continent on 31st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Directed by Tom Green (Misfits), Executive Produced by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and starring Johnny Harris (Atonement, Snow White and the Huntsman, War Horse), Joe Dempsie (Skins, Game of Thrones, The Damned United) and

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‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Blu-ray Review

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Stars: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Sofia Boutella, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers, Michaela Coel, Rajinikanth, Jesse Nagy | Written by Tom Green, Jay Basu | Directed by Tom Green

It was probably inevitable that a critical and commercial success like Monsters would spawn a sequel. The general concern upon announcement was that it would fail to live up to the spirit of the original film, and would become just another generic alien shoot ‘em up. There was also a concern that there isn’t really an obvious way to continue the story in the original film. Monsters: Dark Continent - note the lack of a numeric designation in the film’s title — doesn’t really try to be a direct sequel. It’s a second offering in the universe created by the original film, and if the first film was a romance or road trip set against the backdrop of mysterious alien creatures,
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Monsters: Dark Continent Blu-ray Review

Director: Tom Green

Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Nicholas Pinnock, Sofia Boutella

Certificate: 15

Special Features: The Dog Fight – VFX Breakdown / Evolving the Monsters / Filming on Location

Gareth Edwards‘ 2010 film Monsters is seen by many as one of the most original and innovative movies of this century. Edwards’ managed to craft a thought-provoking sci-fi monster movie on a shoe-string budget. Rather than other films that dealt with invading aliens, this one was devoid of massive set pieces and the White House being blown up. Instead the film was much more focussed on the humans of the story, Andrew and Sam, as they made their way through the infected zone and embarked on a romance along the way.

Now four years later we have a sequel to Edwards’ classic. Edwards himself has given up the director’s chair in favour of Godzilla and Star Wars: Rogue One, he
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DVD Review – Monsters: Dark Continent (2014)

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2014.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Nicholas Pinnock, Parker Sawyers and Kyle Soller.

Synopsis:

Four friends from Detroit join the Us army in the Middle East, where air strikes against its Infected Zone’s alien ‘monsters’ have caused an insurgency amongst the locals.

“…one of the worst sequels of the decade.”

Eesh.

“18% on Rotten Tomatoes.”

Blimey…

“…it’s ruin-porn, then war-porn – between which there’s some porn-porn.”

Ouch.

Besides the promise of ‘porn-porn’, watching Monsters: Dark Continent wasn’t very appealing. The movie was critically panned. The release date had suffered delays. The idea of releasing a sequel to Monsters felt like a Donnie Darko 2-esque cash-grab. Those weren’t good signs.

Actually, it’s one of the most underrated movies of the last few years.

It’s easy to see why people took against the film – a sequel-of-sorts (more of a
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Interview: Tom Green talks Monsters: Dark Continent, comparisons to the first movie and the negative reviews

Oli Davis sits down with Monsters: Dark Continent director Tom Green

Out on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 31st, Flickering Myth co-editor and Fmtv producer Oli Davis sat down with the director of Monsters: Dark Continent to talk about the comparisons made about the first movie, how his movie differs and the wave of negative the reviews received upon its release last year.

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Monsters: Dark Continent includes Johnny Harris (Welcome to the Punch), Sam Keeley (What Richard Did), Joe Dempsie (Game of Thrones), Kyle Soller (Anna Karenina), Parker Sawyers (Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit) and Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger).
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Contest: Win Monsters: Dark Continent on Blu-ray

Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Monsters, takes a harrowing look at creature-centric combat and is now available on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS TWC. We've been provided with three copies to give away.

"Ten years after the events of Monsters, the Infected Zones have now spread worldwide, and an American platoon is thrust into battle with a new breed of aliens. These soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts of the Middle East. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront their fear that the true monsters on the planet may not be alien after all."

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Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Monsters: Dark Continent.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject “Monsters: Dark Continent Contest.” Be sure
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New on Blu-ray & DVD: Spring! Jupiter Ascending & More!

Gareth Edwards' original Monsters is basically legend by this point. The post-alien invasion road movie was so well received it went on to launch Edwards' career in Hollywood, the director tackling Godzilla and moving onto the first Star Wars Anthology film.

And now, years later, we get a sequel to that film. Monsters: Dark Continent takes place in the war torn middle east and is directed by Tom Green who has a ton of [Continued ...]
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Second Opinion – Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock and Parker Sawyers.

Synopsis:

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Making a sequel to a critically lauded film as Gareth Edward’s Monsters (2010) wasn’t going to be an easy feat and Tom Green’s follow up Monsters: Dark Continent manages to expertly fail in every way. Much like the transition from Alien to Aliens, this time round we follow a group of soldiers as they attempt to deal with insurgent activity caused by the Monster infection. This is where the similar ends. Whilst
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Thn Interview: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Actor Sam Keeley

Earlier this week we brought you an exclusive interview with Tom Green, the director of this week’s new release Monsters: Dark Continent. The film is a loose sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2010 movie Monsters and stars Irish actor Sam Keeley as lead Michael.

Michael alongside childhood best friend Paulie, and some other guys from his Detriot neighbourhood embarks on his first military mission in monster territory. Lead by veteran sergeant Frater, played by Johnny Harris, the group are trying to rescue some comrades trapped deep in the infected zone.

Sam Keeley gives a stellar turn as the young recruit who finds his world turned upside down by the true impacts of war, and is definitely an actor to keep an eye on. In the next twelve months he will star alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest, working with Bradley Cooper in Adam Jones and Chris Hemsworth and Ron Howard
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Movie Review – Monsters: Dark Continent (2015)

Monsters: Dark Continent, 2015.

Directed by Tom Green.

Starring Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley, Joe Dempsie, Kyle Soller, Nicholas Pinnock and Parker Sawyers.

Synopsis:

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

Much like with Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd where certain members of the audience didn’t realise it was a musical (yeah…), there were reports of walk-outs during Gareth Edwards’ strange and subversive debut Monsters. Not for explicit or offensive content, and no, not for being a musical; people walked for the simple fact that there just weren’t very many monsters in it. Edwards famously shot the film on a shoe-string budget and
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Round-Up: L.A. Slasher Theatrical Release Details, Monsters: Dark Continent Blu-ray, Helix Cancelled

In our latest round-up, we take a look at the theatrical release details for L.A. Slasher, Anchor Bay Entertainment's Blu-ray release of Monsters: Dark Continent, and the news of Helix being cancelled by Syfy.

L.A. Slasher: Press Release -- "Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2015) - Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror-dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12 in select AMC Theatres.

“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen," Archstone Distribution's President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. "It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”

L.A. Slasher Producer Daniel Sollinger remarked, “My team and I are thrilled to be working with Archstone, as they have a steady track record for bringing high quality films to audiences worldwide.
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Sequel Monsters: Dark Continent Returns with More Chaos

Sequel Monsters: Dark Continent Returns with More Chaos

Johnny Harris (Snow White and the Huntsman, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and Joe Dempsie (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) star in Monsters: Dark Continent, the epic sequel to the 2010 breakout hit Monsters, arriving on Blu-ray™ and DVD June 2 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS. Helmed by first-time feature film director Tom Green, the ...

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Giveaway – Win signed Monsters: Dark Continent posters

To celebrate the release of the sci-fi sequel Monsters: Dark Continent – which opens here in the UK this Friday, we’ve been given six sets of Poster Posse posters for the film to give away to our readers, and best of all they come signed by director Tom Green! Here are the posters from Marko Manev, Paul Shipper and Orlando Arocena, and read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At
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Monsters: Dark Continent review

Giant alien creatures spread to the Middle East in the sequel Monsters: Dark Continent. Here's Ryan's review...

Giant bioluminescent space creatures dominated the horizon but not the plot in Gareth Edwards’ breakthrough film, Monsters. Shot run-and-gun style by Edwards and a tiny crew, Monsters was an unusual blend of road-trip drama with light touches of sci-fi; its focus was the growing friendship between a photograph journalist (Scoot McNairy) and his boss's daughter (Whitney Able) travelling across a Central America ravaged not so much by the title’s Lovecraftian kaiju but by a military intent on keeping them well away from American soil.

Monsters’ success saw Edwards move to Hollywood, where he’s so far headlined the daddy of all kaiju movies, Godzilla, and now set to head up another pop culture giant - the Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One. This left production company Vertigo with a potential franchise on its hands,
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Tom Green interview: Monsters: Dark Continent and Misfits

With Monsters: Dark Continent out in UK cinemas this weekend, director Tom Green talks to us about filming in the desert, Misfits and more.

In 2010, British director Gareth Edwards made a huge splash with his feature debut Monsters, a road trip drama with giant monsters stalking around in the background. It was an atmospheric movie that made ingenious use of its low budget; Monsters' success led to Edwards departing for Hollywood, where coveted franchises like Godzilla and Star Wars awaited.

Five years later, and director Tom Green brings us Monsters: Dark Continent, an entirely new story set in the same world as the first movie. A decade after a Nasa probe crashed in Mexico, bringing the giant monsters to Earth, their lumbering threat has spread to the Middle East. The Us Airforce is dispatched to bomb the creatures to prevent their spread, while on the ground, American troops try
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Thn Interview: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Director Tom Green

Gareth EdwardsMonsters was one of those films that people fell in love with. Made on a shoe string budget, the film highlighted just what could be achieved with some hard work, determination, and a good knowledge of special effects software. Now four years on there is a sequel on the way. Monster: Dark Continent is set a decade after the events of Monsters. The creatures have spread further into the human population, there now being several danger zones. The plot centres on a group of fresh army recruits whose first mission takes them deep into the forbidden territory as the embark on a rescue mission.

The film is being directed by British director Tom Green. Green came to studio Vertigo Films’ attention thanks to his impressive short films Brixton 85 and Kid, as well as his hand in E4 television series Misfits. In the run up to the film
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Monsters: Dark Continent Review

Director: Tom Green

Cast: Sam Keeley, Johnny Harris, Joe Dempsie

Run Time: 100 minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Ten years after Monsters, the invading creatures have infected a lot more of the Earth, with the Middle East becoming overrun. The constant attempts to wipe out the creatures from this part of the world has lead to a rise in insurgents. After a squad of soldiers goes missing behind enemy lines it’s up to battle-worn Sergeant Frater (Harris) to lead a squad full of fresh recruits on a rescue mission deep into monster territory.

Gareth Edwards’ 2010 film Monsters is seen by many as one of the most original and innovative movies of this century. Edwards’ managed to craft a thought-provoking sci-fi monster movie on a shoe-string budget. Rather than other films that dealt with invading aliens, this one was devoid of massive set pieces and the White House being blown up. Instead the
See full article at The Hollywood News »

New trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent

A new trailer has arrived online for Monsters: Dark Continent, director Tom Green’s follow up to Gareth EdwardsMonsters, check it out below after the official synopsis…

Ten years on from the events of Monsters, and the ‘Infected Zones’ have now spread worldwide. In the Middle East a new insurgency has begun. At the same time there has also been a proliferation of Monsters in that region. The Army decide to draft in more numbers to help deal with this insurgency.

We follow four fresh new recruits from Detroit as they all excitedly look forward to performing what they were trained to do. At first it all seems like a game to them but things quickly change when they are given a special mission: to rescue five soldiers who have been lost deep in the Infected Zone.

The main focus of their mission is human but they are instructed
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