I’m not going to lie, “The Iceman” is my kind of movie. I’ve always been a sucker for those “rise and fall in the criminal underworld” pictures and part of that love likely comes from an obsession with “True Crime” documentaries. You know the ones… like the “Nightline” interviews from a jail house with a guy who “allegedly” murdered his mistress. One of the greatest of all time was in fact 1992′s “The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer” – so great, HBO actually made a second one nine years later. So naturally, when I was given the opportunity to interview Ariel Vromen, Director and Co-Writer of “The Iceman“, I jumped at the chance. The film spans three decades in the life of the world’s most notorious contract killer, Richard Kuklinski and boasts a star-studded cast… as well as an impressive display of 70′s facial hair. Mr. Vromen took a few minutes with me to discuss his filmmaking influences, working with such amazing talent and what he’s got planned for the future. Read more
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Our “Back to 1942″ contest is now closed. CJD would like to thank all who entered, but unfortunately, there could only be two lucky winners… were you one of them?
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Pretty much any way you slice it, movies are marketed with a specific audience in mind. A movie starring Dwayne Johnson will likely be aimed at a younger male audience, while a Meryl Streep film may find a home with a more mature, female crowd. It makes sense that you’d want to get the attention of your key demographic to maximize ticket sales, but sometimes studios stretch the truth. They may have you believe a picture is an action packed shoot-em-up, when it’s in fact a cerebral thriller. While it can be an attempt to “throw some ketchup” on something bland, this isn’t always the case. Ever finish a decent movie that failed at the box-office and think ,”This would’ve done better if they’d sold it as a [whatever it really was]? Such is the case with “The Assassin’s Blade”, available now on Blu-Ray and DVD from Well Go USA. While the trailer-cutters get it wrong, Director Jingle Ma (“Hero”, “The House of Flying Daggers”) gets it right. Read more
I’m sitting here listening to The Ramones’ cover of “Baby, I Love You” by The Ronettes and I’ve got that 80′s movie feeling. Maybe you know it: kind of a butterflies in the stomach, hopelessly crushing on someone while wishing you were someone else as John Hughes chooses the perfect pop song for your life to fall apart to feeling. It’s this melancholy romanticism that will win me over every single time as long.. as it’s genuine. When I heard about Fox Searchlight’s “Ruby Sparks”, a film about a writer whose latest female character suddenly materializes as his girlfriend, I got goosebumps…. “Weird Science” and “Mannequin” goosebumps. But as much as I wanted this movie to be my perfect mashup of these two childhood favorites, it wasn’t. And really, that’s perfect in a way because those expectations for an impossible ideal are exactly what the movie warns us about. Read more
Our contest for “The Assassin’s Blade” has been sheathed and our winners are chosen! Were you one of the lucky ones?
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Enter to win “Back to 1942″, the new film from Well Go USA starring Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. Cinema Judgement Day will be giving away one Blu-Ray or one DVD, to two lucky readers just in time for the film’s May 14th release! All you have to do is send an email here with 1942 as the subject line and your name and BD/DVD preference in the body. Winners will be randomly chosen and notified via email at the contest’s close. The giveaway runs from Sunday, May 5 2013 through Sunday May, 12 2013 and is only open to US residents. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!!!
A franchise is only as good as its last installment. “G.I. Joe” nearly died at the gate with a lackluster premier and “Batman & Robin” actually killed off what had been a particularly healthy brand of films until Christopher Nolan swooped in to save the day. Thus far, Marvel has managed to be the Pixar of superhero franchises with each film bringing in big box office and converging into the mega-hit “Avengers”. So, that could be the reason why “Iron Man 3″ is so important: it’s the first post-”Avengers” film released by the studio and what very well may be the final installment of the popular series. Expectations are sure to be higher than any one film can deliver, but if anyone can beat the odds it’s Robert Downey Jr., right? Read more
Well Go USA is ringing in the Summer movie season with another giveaway! Cinema Judgement Day will be giving away two (2) copies of “The Assassin’s Blade” on Blu-Ray just in time for its May 7th release. This new film from the director of “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” is sure to get your blood pumping! All you have to do is send us an email with the subject line “Blade” and your name and address in the body. The contest runs from now until 1pm PDT on Sunday, May 5th. At that point two readers will be randomly chosen and announced on our website. Only one entry per person is allowed and the contest is only open to US residents.
Good luck to everyone who enters!
Anyone familiar with weight lifting scenes in movies has no doubt heard the mantra “No pain, no gain!” Some might argue this could be Michael Bay’s personal mission statement as he’s gained quite a bit for himself by inflicting pain on the intelligence of moviegoers everywhere for nearly two decades. Personally, I don’t mind his films with their hyper-active visuals and no-brainer storylines, as they’ve set the standard for what has become the modern American popcorn movie. This weekend, his latest Summer blockbuster, “Pain & Gain” opens… one week before the Summer movie season actually begins. Maybe Paramount wants to see men pumping iron before Iron Man pumps all the cash out of next week’s box office? Read more
Sometimes it seems like our world is spiraling out of control. Schools and theaters are getting shot up, public places are being bombed in the name of religion and teenagers are getting gang raped by their peers before pictures of the atrocity are passed around on facebook faster than a joint at a DMB concert. Yes, you could argue that ancient Rome was worse, but I didn’t live then/there nor would I want to. These are strange times we live in and modern technology connects all of us weirdos together, for better or worse, in ways the world has never seen before. This is what makes Indomina Releasing’s “Wasted on the Young” (available now on DVD) so interesting. All the perversions found in today’s headlines are explored in a film made three years ago and half a world away… and it really hits home. Read more