Justin Rogers The Detroit News Published 5:59 PM EST Dec 4, 2018 Allen Park — After a two-week, holiday-related break from the film review, we return just in time to dissect the Detroit Lions' 30-16 loss to the red-hot Los Angeles Rams. The margin of defeat ended up being right about where most anticipated, but the way the Lions lost the game probably didn't follow the expected script The Lions managed to keep it close until halfway through the fourth quarter, when quarterback Matthew Stafford fumbled and the Rams converted that turnover into a touchdown a few plays later. Before that, Detroit's defense managed to limit the high-powered Rams offense to 16 points. We'll explore how the unit was able to accomplish that as part of this week's five observations from the film. Buzz coverage, bad Goff The Lions threw a variety of coverage looks at the Rams offense, with a clear premium placed on stopping the vertical elements of the passing attack. Coming into the … [Read more...] about Detroit Lions film review: Five observations vs. Los Angeles Rams
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ENTERTAINMENT 10/24/2018 05:45 am ET The 34-year-old's new film "Mid90s" is about a neighborhood as much as it is about the era alluded to in the title. I know, because I grew up there. By Maxwell Strachan Watching Jonah Hill’s new film, “Mid90s,” which came out Friday, I couldn’t shake how familiar the whole thing felt. There was something about the taco spot, the eggshell-colored alleyway behind the skate shop, the ginormous public school the kids sneak into, the fights and big hair and bland streets. Even the sup fools and fuck shits, the way the phrases don’t so much roll off the actors’ tongues as rattle out of their throats on the creaking Spitfire Bighead wheels of their u’s and o’s and i’s — even the vowels felt like home. The movie, a “coming-of-age” “animal-kingdom” film about skateboarding in Los Angeles, according to Hill, is about a place as much as it is about the era alluded … [Read more...] about Jonah Hill’s Love Letter To In-Between Los Angeles
If it seems the Los Angeles Film Festival is arriving late this year, that’s because it’s been moved from its early-summer spot to the current festival season — Sept. 20-28. Fans might have noticed last year that the weeklong confab spread well beyond its usual downtown-centric venues to locales as far-flung as Santa Monica. It’s all part of the vision of new artistic director Jennifer Cochis, who came aboard last year. Though she took over a little too late to implement all of her ideas, this year is her year, and her perspective promises a fresh energy for the long-running event.“I’m hoping to have the L.A. Film Festival feel like it’s a curio of treasures,” she tells L.A. Weekly. “If you aren’t one of the small amount of people who can travel to Tribeca or Telluride, you’re entitled to a festival you can see in Los Angeles. If you’re adventurous and want to discover new storytellers or see new works that have … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Film Festival Has an Exciting New Vision and Plenty of Star Power
Los Angeles-born filmmaker of Hungarian ancestry Nimród Antal made a name for himself on the international circuit with a debut that turned into a minor cult film, Kontroll. He then returned back over the pond to work on horror Vacancy, sci-fi thriller Predators, music movie Metallica Through the Never and managed to direct an episode of M. Night Shyamalan´s TV adaptation of the mystery trilogy Wayward Pines. On his recent visit to Hungary, he finished his latest feature, The Whiskey Bandit, combining the allure of Eastern European social drama with high-paced Hollywoodsy action and gloss. It's based on the real events and personality of Attila Ambrus, born in Transylvania. In the 90s, Ambrus worked as a professional goaltender (and the team´s janitor) while moonlighting as "a gentleman robber" around Budapest. He never intended to hurt anybody, and even presented tellers with flowers during multiple heists, and while his escapades coincided with a rather rocky … [Read more...] about Summer Film School 2018 Review: THE WHISKEY BANDIT, True Story Gets Superstar Treatment
Back in 2010, I was approached to write a weekly column for Birth.Movies.Death. (then Badass Digest) about horror. It could be about anything genre-related - I had no guidelines, no restrictions, not even a minimum word count. And with this unlimited freedom and wealth of material to draw from, I opted to make my very first Collins' Crypt (formerly Terror Tuesday) a love letter to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. You can't ever accuse me of going off brand. Alas, the original article is kind of a mess now due to various site upgrades over the years, so I've reposted it below for your enjoyment. But before you get to that, I'd like to offer you a chance to win a pair of tickets to Screamfest's 30th anniversary screening happening on May 9th at the TCL Chinese in Hollywood! We have a huge Q&A assembled for the event, including Danielle Harris, director Dwight Little, and screenwriter Alan McElroy, so it should be a great time and more than make up for the fact that yes, … [Read more...] about Los Angeles: Win Tickets To See HALLOWEEN 4!