Red Bull

It would be easy to mock the idea of a parkour Oliver Twist. It could certainly be seen by the cynical as the perversion of a classic, one that will most certainly shove modern hipness into a story meant to be a serious microscope into poverty and the ethical impossibilities it presents. But what’s the fun in that? Instead, let’s celebrate the prospect of parkour flipping pickpockets all hopped up on Red Bull. According to Variety, the energy drink company is pairing with Pure Grass Films and the Salt Co. to create Twist – a currently-set take on the classic novel from Charles Dickens. Is there any chance it won’t be in 3D? Of course not. This shit is going to be sailing into your eye balls in as many dimensions as possible.

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ActionFest

If you haven’t heard of ActionFest, let this piece stand as your introduction. ActionFest is a young film festival held annually in April in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina celebrating, predictably, the best in badass action cinema. The fest is currently in its third year and is presided over by the likes of Magnolia founder and CEO Bill Banowsky, former Magnolia and current Weinstein Company acquisitions guru Tom Quinn, and Aaron Norris brother of Chuck. Colin Geddes, who programs the prestigious Midnight Madness slate at the Toronto International Film Festival, is in charge of programming and serves as Festival Director. These guys know action films and they’ve put together a scrappy if relatively small fest that’s a ton of of fun to attend. I happened to be in North Carolina in April of last year and decided to come up to Asheville for two days jam-packed with ActionFest films. Upon my return to Austin, I could feel Junkfood Cinema kingpin Brian Salisbury’s seething jealousy. I could literally feel it since we happen to be roommates and he spent time breathing down my neck about going to the next iteration of the fest. This is how I found myself pulling out of our driveway on Wednesday around 11:30pm, Salisbury at my side, a bag full of chips and Red Bull in the backseat and a 20 hour drive across the country ahead of us.

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