Matthew Modine

Full Metal Jacket

About ten years ago, Matthew Modine released the journal he kept on the Full Metal Jacket set along with the photographs he took. It’s as amazing as it sounds. A hypnotic first-person account from a burgeoning actor working with a master. Now he wants to turn it into an audiobook. Thompson on Hollywood has the details on a Kickstarter campaign to make the audio version a reality. Modine and project co-director Adam Rackoff are looking for $12,000 and using the pre-order model to secure it. Plus, they’ve got some excellent enticements for Stanley Kubrick fans and fans of his sharp-tongued war movie.

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Family Weekend Movie A Clockwork Orange

Remember House Arrest? Of course you do. Everyone does. Kevin Pollack and Jamie Lee Curtis made an excellent comic couple, especially after getting kidnapped by their children. That sort of thing makes an impression. There are definitely shades of that movie in Family Weekend, although it doesn’t look like the method catches on with the rest of the neighborhood children here. The film stars Kristin Chenoweth and Matthew Modine as crappy parents, and even if it has a similar blueprint (they get kidnapped by their children), the tone absolutely feels different. At least from the trailer. The script comes from Matt K. Turner, whose only other credit (for story on a home invasion thriller called The Truth) might be telling here. Guy is really into taking hostages. At least in Family Weekend, there’s a pint-sized homage to A Clockwork Orange. Call me easy, but that’s enough to sell it. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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bakshi last days still

Tired of animation that makes you happy and stupid? Then return that ticket for Escape From Planet Earth and spend that $10 on a new, comeback effort by Ralph Bakshi, famed animator behind Fritz the Cat, Wizards and the 1978 version of The Lord of the Rings. It’s been more than 20 years since his last feature, the hybrid Cool World, but a new series of shorts in the works could wind up leading to another. The series is titled Last Days of Coney Island, a noir-ish political toon set on that edge of New York City during the ’60s. The $10 you could put towards the crowdfunding campaign will get you an pre-release look at the result online. That’s if the first installment is fully financed. And with less than half the goal reached at the half-way point, that might not happen (the deadline is March 3). It does seem that $165,000 is a pretty steep amount for a seven-minute product, but this isn’t just anyone’s project. Bakshi is a legend. I’ll admit, I’m not a big fan of his work, but I love that he exists. And I want to see his animation continue to exist because it’s bold and different and, as he implies, we need artistic entertainment that might bring us down and should make us think, especially about ourselves. Is it weird to want to put money into something I don’t like? Why not, I pay my taxes every year…

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s probably the last great nightly movie news column you’ll ever read, seeing as tomorrow is the apocalypse. And since it’s the end of days, we’re keeping things simple around here. Just a little trip down relevant street with a few detours along the way. If we don’t see you on the other side, just know that we loved you all. Even you. Tom Cruise feels like the perfect guy to feature on this, the last ever edition of Movie News After Dark. For one, he and the church of Scientology must have something to do with why God hates us. Also, he’s just been confirmed for Horizons, the $100 million dollar sci-fi flick that Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has set up at Universal. Just when Cruise was starting to do awesome movies again, here comes the apocalypse to ruin it all. Thanks, L. Ron.

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Junkfood Cinema

Editor’s Note: Toni Salisbury is guest-writing this week on behalf of her husband who is taking one of those breaks that you need after eating 18 hot pockets on a “dare.” Welcome back, Cinema Junkies. Your regular host–the connoisseur of crap, maitre d’ miserable, reviewer of the rotten and lover of lost causes, Brian Salisbury–is taking a brief hiatus to restock his celluloid pantry with the most fattening films he can find. And like a doting father loathes to leave his child with a strange, menacing babysitter for the first time, he asked Mrs. Junkfood to smooth the transition. Which I would do if this column WOULD JUST STOP SCREAMING! THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE TO SHAKE IT! (note: I have never shaken a baby, and neither should you. Ever.) With that in mind, I invite the reader to indulge his (or her) weekly appetite for the ridiculously bad (and bad-for-you) film and food pairing that is Junkfood Cinema. Since nature documentaries are hardly ever anything but vegan-like in mental effect, I chose to review the only film I repeatedly watch that both lowers my IQ and raises my cholesterol at the same time. It is the most pungent of the stinkers, the limpest of the flops, feature-filmiest of B movies–and my personal go-to-in-the-dark-of-night-when-no-one’s-around-and-God-help-you-if-you-catch-me-watching-this-guilty-pleasure movie: Cutthroat Island.

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