Into The Woods premieres December 25.
THE WORLD’S END
In Theatres August 23
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• Pint Glass
Prizing valued at $30 each
Prizing provided by Focus Features
ABOUT THE FILM
A signature brew of camaraderie, knockabout humor, excessive quaffing, questionable life choices, hand-to-hand combat, and explosive surprises, The World’s End reteams director Edgar Wright with actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following their hits Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
The tale of The World’s End begins on June 22nd, 1990. In their suburban U.K. town of Newton Haven, five boys in the prime of their teenage youth celebrate the end of school by attempting an epic pub crawl together. Despite their enthusiasm and the downing of a slew of pints of beer, they fall short of seeing their quest through, to the last pub on their list, The World’s End.
Twenty-odd years later, “the five musketeers” have each left their hometown and are now husbands, fathers, men with careers – with the flashing-red-light exception of their voluble onetime ringleader, Gary King (Simon Pegg), who is now a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens. The irrepressible Gary, keenly aware of his estrangement from his onetime closest friend Andy (Nick Frost), becomes hellbent on trying “The Golden Mile” drinking marathon again. He convinces Andy, Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) to stage an encore, and one Friday afternoon they are all reunited. Gary is in his element: the mandate is one night, five guys, twelve pubs – imbibing at least one pint apiece at each establishment. Arriving in Newton Haven, they re-encounter Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), for whom Gary and Steven each still carry a torch.
As the gang attempts along the way to reconcile their past and present, an increasingly insane and dangerous series of encounters with old haunts and acquaintances makes them realize that the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries…
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Rush by Eve Silver
Seventeen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.
There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.
The dark world that Miki and the other teens are pulled to feels a bit like a game, where they’re each given weapons, points for killing aliens, rules, and a life meter. But if you die in the “game,” you die for good. We learn, slowly, along with Miki about the rules and what’s going on in this alternate world.
This scifi thriller feels a bit like The Last Starfighter for a new generation of gamers. Dark, exciting, and action-packed – Rush is an adrenaline ride from start to finish. Scifi and gaming fans of all ages will enjoy this surprising novel of mystery, suspense, aliens, and romance. I look forward to the next in this alien invasion series.
The History of Future Folk
A musical/SciFi/comedy/romance – this recent independent film has it all. Starring Nils d’Aulaire and Jay Klaitz, the duo are aliens who form bluegrass music – with a cult following. The songs are clever and funny. And the story is compelling and charming.
Fans of Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog will enjoy this comical romp. My favorite scene is a montage of a humorous tango with the suddenly suave Jay Klaitz while our hero Nils d’Aulaire fights a fearsome alien bounty hunter. And the scenes when the aliens hear music for the first time are priceless. The History of Future Folk is a sweet and lighthearted film that I highly recommend.
The History of Future Folk is available now on iTunes.
THE HISTORY OF FUTURE FOLK tells the hilarious (and possibly exaggerated) origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been charming NYC audiences with their live act for the better part of a decade. When a comet threatens to destroy their planet, the citizens of Hondo enlist their most decorated soldier, General Trius (Nils d’Aulaire), to search for a new home planet- and wipe out the current inhabitants with a flesh-eating virus. After landing somewhere near Brooklyn, General Trius wanders into a megastore to unleash the terror… when he’s suddenly enchanted by a strange and mystical human invention known as “music.” They don’t have music on Hondo, and since it’s the best thing he’s ever heard, General Trius immediately abandons his mission to eradicate the human race, assumes the name Bill, starts a family, and launches a one-alien bluegrass act in a tiny bar owned by Larry (Dee Snider).
Years later, his peaceful life is disrupted when the Hondonians send a bumbling assassin named Kevin (Jay Klaitz) to get the mission back on track. Although subduing Kevin is no challenge for the great General Trius, the Hondonians have no intention of calling off their plan to eliminate mankind, so Bill and Kevin must join forces to save Hondo, prevent an intergalactic takeover of Earth, and hopefully get some bigger gigs for the universe’s first Hondonian bluegrass duo: Future Folk!
DIRECTED BY: J. Anderson Mitchell and Jeremy Kipp Walker
STARRING: Nils D’Aulaire, Jay Klaitz, Julie Ann Emery, April Hernandez, and Dee Snider
OFFICIAL WEBSITE/SOCIAL MEDIA: www.futurefolk.com / @future_folk / facebook.com/futurefolkmusic
For those in the area, the Future Folk band has an upcoming gig, opening for The Difibulators at the Brooklyn Bowl on 8/28: