From 'Get Out' to 'Lights Out', tonight's the night for a spook party.
It's Friday the 13th and that means it's the perfect night (after Halloween) to indulge in a horror fest of epic proportions. The film genre has made quite some progress in the last five years, so it's time to put your classic Jason Voorhees movies away and explore what the current horror universe has to offer.
1. Get Out (2017) - By far one of the greatest psychological horrors ever released. It's a flawless balance of serious racial themes and a parodical look at 'positive' discrimination as an African-American played by Daniel Kaluuya gets caught up in a cult of white body-snatchers. Well deserving of Jordan Peele's Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.
He'll accept the praise even if it's not for him.
Apparently it's super easy to get Oscar winning filmmaker Jordan Peele and basketball hero Jordan Poole mixed up, because the former was receiving congratulatory messages all day following the latter's NCAA Tournament win. Far from correcting people though, Peele decided to accept the kind words about his top form.
Jordan Peele at the Vanity Fair Oscars party
The 'Get Out' director must have been more than a little confused when people started given him virtual pats on the back via social media for landing the winning jumpshot for the Michigan Wolverines against Houston over the weekend, but he responded hilariously.
The Get Out writer is the first black person to win an Original Screenplay Academy Award
Director Jordan Peele made history at the 2018 Oscars - becoming the first black person to win a statue for Best Original Screenplay for his directional debut, Get Out. Now the 39-year-old has said he hopes his win with inspire the next generation of African-Americans to greatness in the film industry.
Jordan Peele wants to be an inspiration for other black filmakers
The director confessed to reporters backstage that he almost didn’t become a writer/director because there were so few role models to inspire him.
Continue reading: Oscar Winning Director Jordan Peele Hopes His Story Will Inspire Others
The actor-turned-director saw huge success with his horror release 'Get Out' in 2017.
Jordan Peele is no stranger to success, having taken in over $255 million in the worldwide box office for his fantastic 2017 horror flick, 'Get Out'. Focusing not just on the thrilling world in which the characters were a part of, the director managed to deliver a commentary on the way people of colour have been treated by white people throughout history, and still to this day. It was a brilliant piece, and the perfect debut for Peele, who's now working on a second movie that's slated to be a "social thriller".
Jordan Peele will be directing a "social thriller" this year, with a release set for March 2019
Universal announced that a film would be distributed at some point in March 2019, and that Peele was involved in writing and directing. No information has been given as to a plot for the movie, or even who will be joining the cast, but it's now been confirmed that the film will go into production this year, with filming likely starting around the middle of 2018.
Continue reading: Jordan Peele To Begin Filming New Social Thriller Movie This Year
The 'Get Out' filmmaker prefers being behind the camera.
'Get Out' was without a doubt one of the most talked about films of 2017. The horror flick, directed and written by Jordan Peele, told the story of a young African-American man who would go to meet his white girlfriend's parents for the first time, and whilst things started out very pleasantly, it didn't take long for the tides to turn and for the movie to kick off the character's worst nightmare.
Jordan Peele will now stick to directing
Setting itself aside from other horror movies, 'Get Out' managed to deliver some fantastic social commentary on racial divides and attitudes held towards minorities even in the present day. It was these aspects of the film that were largely responsible for it becoming such a huge box office success, with a total gross of $254 million worldwide against a small $4.5 million budget.
Continue reading: Jordan Peele Is "Out" Of Acting; Will Focus On Directing
Here are our favourite films of last year.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres. Needless to say, it was difficult wittling down the number to just ten, but we reckon the following definitely captivated our imaginations the most.
Daniel Kaluuya in 'Get Out'
1. Get Out - Comic actor Jordan Peele made his writing-directing debut with this hugely enjoyable horror film, which keeps the audience laughing while knowingly grappling with race and class themes.
Continue reading: 10 Best Films Of 2017
The 2018 Golden Globes have 'Get Out' in the comedy-musical category.
Get Out director Jordan Peele has waded into a controversy that’s been ignited after the Golden Globes panel faced confusion over which precise category to place the film under – ending up choosing the comedy category, rather strangely.
The critically lauded film was holed as a horror film – pretty uncontroversially, really – right from its debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival back in January. Furthermore, it got great reviews for its insights on race relations in America, telling the story of a young black man (played by Daniel Kaluuya) who meets the middle-class family of his white girlfriend (played by Allison Williams) when horror ensues.
However, the 2018 Golden Globes nominations that were rolled out this morning placed Get Out in the comedy-musical category, which left many onlookers rather bewildered, none more so than the director himself.
There's so much manic energy in this animated action comedy that it can't help but entertain pretty much everyone in the audience, from kids who like fart jokes to adults who will enjoy the surprisingly sweet exploration of childhood friendship. Indeed, the central thrust of the film is resonant with meaning, which nicely grounds the outrageously colourful silliness.
The buddies at the centre are George and Harold (voiced by Kevin Hart and Thomas Middleditch), pranksters who keep the other students at their school doubled up in laughter. But of course this also makes them the primary nemeses of Principal Krupp (Ed Helms) and the class tattletale Melvin (Jordan Peele). In desperation, Krupp declares that he is moving George and Harold into separate classes. And in a moment of panic, the boys somehow manage to hypnotise Krupp into believing that he's Captain Underpants, the nutty superhero from the comics they draw in their treehouse. But as they're enjoying their power over the principal, a more threatening villain appears in the form of their humour-hating new science teacher, Professor P (Nick Kroll).
While the movie is a little too manic for its own good, there's plenty to enjoy here. Not only does the story work on a variety of levels, but it's animated in a range of visual styles, from the somewhat plasticky main story to more intriguing traditional animation, flip-books, pen and ink, comic strips and even sock puppets. Every scene is packed with unexpected twists and visual invention. Nothing about this movie sits still for long, bouncing through its wacky story without pausing for breath. And the knowing style of humour makes even the most vulgar humour disarmingly hilarious.
Continue reading: Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Review
There has never been a team quite like fourth-grade schoolkids George Beard and Harold Hutchins. When they are not wreaking havoc at their school with a variety of impressive pranks, they are writing and illustrating their very own comic book series based on their character Captain Underpants. Their fun is threatened, however, by their mean principal Mr. Krupp who wants to split up the 9-year-old besties for good to prevent any more mischievous antics. Determined not to be separated, they decide to hypnotize the teacher into being convinced that he is the real Captain Underpants. As hilarious as that may sound, the kids have a hard time looking after him as he gets into all sorts of trouble trying to save people. Then when a crazy scientist known as Professor Poopypants threatens to take over the world, the three of them must band together to defeat him.
Kaluuya is the star of 'Get Out', the debut film from first-time director Jordan Peele.
Low-budget satirical horror film Get Out is turning into one of the early front-runners for the best movie of 2017, receiving ecstatic reviews and tearing up the box offices.
In a new interview, one of its cast members, Bradley Whitford, has attributed this to the vision of first-time director Jordan Peele and its talented young lead star, 27 year old British actor Daniel Kaluuya.
Get Out has been doing great business in the States since its release at the end of February, grossing over $84 million worldwide so far against its modest budget of just $4.5 million, with reports of many people going to the cinema to see it a second, or even third, time.
Continue reading: Bradley Whitford Praises Jordan Peele And Daniel Kaluuya
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