Simon Killer

discs day of the dead

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Day of the Dead The zombie apocalypse continues to ravage the Earth, and one of the last pockets of survivors makes their home in an abandoned missile silo. The group is divided unevenly between civilians and soldiers, but as the days pass and the undead keep coming, the tension among the living rises to dangerous levels. George Romero‘s Dead films currently number six, and while his most recent three are mostly forgettable, the original trilogy remains a classic both collectively and individually. And this is where I admit that I find Day to be the best of the bunch. Tom Savini‘s effects are the most gorily effective of the series, and while it lacks the previous films’ allegory and metaphor, it manages a self-contained story complete with good guys, bad guys, and entertaining set pieces. And hell, even John Harrison‘s score is fantastic. Scream Factory’s new Blu-ray gives the film the treatment it deserves complete with original artwork, a new HD transfer, and a load of extras including a documentary almost as long as the movie itself. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Documentary, commentaries, featurettes, galleries, trailer]



Tonight on Movie News After Dark, Community is dead, the documentary is better, AMC is making sci-fi shows now and filmmakers are having their films taken away for no good reason. Everything is a mess, but we’ll sort it out together.



This week, our Video On Demand Power Ranker Supreme 3000 has been a little viral and under the weather (we told him to be careful when going on robot dates, but he says he loves and trusts Siri, and we think she gave him robot-mono) so it’s not exactly a quantity week. That said, with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Terence Malick leading the way, it sure is a quality week of VOD and digital releases.


Pain and Gain Red Band

This is the month we’ve been building towards ever since the start of 2013. This year was made for this month. Why did the Mayans postpone their destruction of our dear Earth? So they could see what Michael Bay‘s small movie was like. Pain and Gain is his first non-Transformers movie in nearly eight years, and it’s about time the Mayans and the rest of us saw it. That Hasbro series had its moments, but not in the way The Rock and The Bad Boys films did. Pain and Gain looks to fit into that half of Bay’s career. Summer comes early with his dark, ‘roided up comedy, and the same can be said for the movies we’re seeing from Danny Boyle, Shane Carruth, and Joseph Kosinski. In fact, Kosinski’s Oblivion is the only blockbuster on the list. April is shaping up to be a huge month for smaller movies.



If Antonio Campos‘ Simon Killer didn’t, oh, have the word “killer” in its title, the film’s first trailer – a stylish and slick little diddy – would be far more interesting. As is, it’s two minutes of us wondering, “well, just when is this guy going to kill someone?” We’ll spare you the waiting – Brady Corbet doesn’t kill anyone in this trailer, but he does wander around Paris and go to a ton of dance clubs (watch those strobe lights if you’re light sensitive) and try to cure a supposedly broken heart by way of plunging into a relationship with a sexy prostitute (Mati Diop). Campos’ film first premiered way back at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it divided critics left and right. Is it a finely nuanced character study with major bite? Or a gaudy little trifle that takes itself far too seriously? We’ll all just have to decide later this year, when the film finally hits theaters, thanks to IFC Films. At the very least, Simon Killer could become infamous for strobe-induced in-theater pass-outs. Get out your glowsticks and check out the first trailer for Simon Killer after the break.

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