Tag: musical

Review: Strange Magic, an underrated animated musical from Lucasfilm

Strange Magic was supposed to be George Lucas’ swansong, his final big budget motion picture —as a producer, mind you, not director— before his inevitable retirement from the movie business. Alas, that didn’t quite happen. Strange Magic was released in...

THE LURE: Red-band Trailer for Agnieszka Smoczynska's Superlative Musical

From Sundance to Sitges, The Lure was one of the purest delights on the festival circuit last year. The debut feature from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska is a thoroughly unorthodox adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, re-envisioned as a 1980s nightclub...

Watch The Trailer For Brazilian Indie Musical AMARE

Pitched as a Brazilian answer to Once with a bit of a scifi twist, MM Izidoro's Amare looks to be something compellingly unusual. Shot entirely on an iPhone on the most micro of micro-budgets Amare looks to shake off its...

Review: LA LA LAND, a Captivating Treasure

La La Land is a series of dichotomies, existing as both a delightful flight of fancy and a broad relationship drama. It’s a film oozing with both nostalgia and contemporary energy, feeling both classic and of the moment in the...

Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Movie Musical?

This week sees Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land opening wide across America. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the film won the audience award at the Toronto Film Festival this year, and many people hail it as a glorious...

EMO: THE MUSICAL Gets Exactly That With Brand New Trailer

Emo: The Musical will have its world premiere at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival next month. We covered the Pozible campaign campaign here, and are excited that the film got the funding it needed. A review of the angst ridden...

THE LURE Trailer Delivers Mermaids And Strippers In 1980s Warsaw

Well, now. If director Agnieszka Smoczyńska is to be believed it would appear that things in 1980s Warsaw were a fair bit more colorful and a whole lot stranger than we might have expected looking in from the outside.Smoczyńska's feature...

Crowdfund This! EMO: THE MUSICAL Needs Your Money To Wipe Away Its Tears

Emos are sad. Emos in a high school musical about a conflict between doom rockers and ultra perky Christians, however, are hilarious. That's the premise of Neil Triffett's Emo: The Musical, a proposed feature film expansion of his Berlin selected...

Watch The Slick Trailer For Malaysian Musical Thriller MIRIP

Coming soon in Malaysia is musical thriller Mirip, a film that clearly draws on the nation's Indian influences with its bright colors and slick production design. Details - at least in English - are quite scarce but the first trailer...

BANG BANG BABY: High School, Rock And Roll, And Mutants In The Trailer For Canadian Oddity

Evil Dead star Jane Levy takes the lead opposite Justin Chatwin in Jeffrey St Jules' award winning Canadian oddity Bang Bang Baby. How odd? Picture an early 1960's sock hop musical featuring a lonely high school girl, a rock and...

SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS: Take A Trip To The Hotel California In This Exclusive Clip

Kris Elgstrand's TIFF-selected musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows begins the Toronto leg of its public release tomorrow night at the Carlton Cinemas - with the director hosting an evening of alcohol fueled, audience participation songs they...

Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To The Premiere Screening Of Kris Elgstrand's SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS And Sing Along!

Hey, Toronto! Here's a little something fun for you! Kris Elgstrand's quirky, TIFF selected musical comedy Songs She Wrote About People She Knows begins its public release today in Vancouver before heading to Toronto's Carlton Cinemas on May 1st, where...

All Singing, All Dancing, BLACK DYNAMITE: WIZARD OF WATTS Trailer!

It had to happen: The animated Black Dynamite has gone and made a musical. It's like The Wiz, but blacker. And ruder. And more violent. Thus, better.Black Dynamite attempts to take a one day vacation from protecting The Community, and...

Review: INTO THE WOODS Ventures Into A Musically Dark Thicket

"Beware the tale you tell Children will listen"  Just what is Disney up to with Into the Woods? Widely cited as "nobody's favorite Sondheim", this Tim Burton-esque adaptation of the 1987 Broadway stage musical is sing-songy, yes, but it's also intensely...

Japan Film Festival 2014 Review: LADY MAIKO Is A Languidly Lyrical Linguistic Lark

A loose remake of the hit 1964 Broadway musical My Fair Lady, Lady Maiko (also a musical) takes the basic premise of genteel sensibility and applies it to the contemporary realm of traditional Kyoto geisha and maiko (those in...

AFRIFF 2014 Review: COZ OV MONI 2 Is A Ridiculously Good Time

Several days on from screening Ghanaian musical duo FOKN Bois' Coz Ov Moni 2: Fokn Revenge - a film they bill as "the world's second first pidgen musical" - I am left with one certainty and one question. The certainty?...

Toronto 2014 Review: THE LAST FIVE YEARS Is On-Screen Music Theater Done Right

It's common knowledge that a pure musical takes more than a bit of suspension of disbelief. From the first notes, you kind of have to go with the flow, taking in the abstraction as it comes. On stage, this level...

SONGS SHE WROTE ABOUT PEOPLE SHE KNOWS: Watch The Teaser For The Toronto Selected Musical Comedy

I have a habit of singing pointless, made up songs about random things happening around me. Ask The Boy about it if you want, it drives him crazy. Which is part of why I do it - and do it...

Cheerily Lo-Fi Ghanaian Crime Musical COZ OV MONI 2: FOKN REVENGE Trailer Charms

A rap musical from Ghana? A crime comedy told entirely in pidgin English? Ghanaian rap duo Fokn Bois broke new ground with their first offering - the original Coz Ov Moni was reportedly the first ever pidgin musical ever made...

Review: JERSEY BOYS, Oh, What a Mess...

I probably went into Jersey Boys with expectations that were too high. That's not to say I expected some grand musical masterpiece, delicately crafted and impeccably told. No, I just wanted a decent popcorn flick about a couple of wise guys...