If you thought something like Battleship or John Carter got out-of-hand production-wise, you’re in for another treat with Empires of the Deep. A few years ago, Chinese and American producers came together to fund an idea by Chinese millionaire Jon Jiang, who also wrote the script. For a reported $100 million (and possibly more), talent came and went (including Irvin Kershner and Monica Bellucci), until director Michael French got stuck with the final credit along with stars, most notably To the Wonder‘s Olga Kurylenko.
Now, we have the hilarious first look with an early trailer. After some quick banter with actual humans (or possibly mermaids), we get a minute onslaught of some of the worst, potentially insanely entertaining footage of this disaster. With not even a hint of any sort of distribution, I wouldn’t expect to see this in any theater. But for now, get some guilty pleasure enjoyment by checking out the trailer for Empires of the Deep below, thanks to Twitch.
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week associate editor Nick Newman, writerDanny King, and I go over the films of polarizing auteur, Zack Snyder. Then we talk about his newest film, the Superman reboot Man of Steel. Finally, we take a look at the films/TV shows coming to theaters and DVD [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Photos from behind the scenes from The Good, The Bad and [...]
It’s that time of year again: the summer heat — or rain, depending on your location — sets in and the multi-million-dollar summer blockbusters terrorize a local multiplex in search of your hard-earned money. Fortunately for us New York City dwellers, there exists a multitude of alternative programming (check out our recurring Weekend Watch for proof [...]
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