Wall-E (Three-Disc Special Edition) (2008)
dir. Andrew Stanton
Amazing, amazing, amazing movie. Considering Pixar's track record I expected nothing less, but I think this is their best movie yet. It's still a tough decision considering how great both The Incredibles and Ratatouille are, but WALL-E tops them. I had one incredibly tiny problem with the ending, but it's just nitpicking. It's such a great ending, it still gets me choked up just thinking about it. Also, I haven't seen most of the special features yet, but I DID see the short BURN-E, which follows the little welding robot that gets shut out of the spaceship while fixing a light. It's pretty incredible. I would watch the adventures of every single robot on that ship if they were available.
Pixar genius reigns in this funny romantic comedy, which stars a robot who says absolutely nothing for a full 25 minutes yet somehow completely transfixes and endears himself to the audience within the first few minutes of the film. As the last robot left on earth, Wall-E (voiced by Ben Burtt) is one small robot--with a big, big heart--who holds the future of earth and mankind squarely in the palm of his metal hand. He's outlasted all the "Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class" robots that were assigned some 700 years ago to clean up the environmental mess that man made of earth while man vacationed aboard the luxury spaceship Axiom. Wall-E has dutifully gone about his job compacting trash, the extreme solitude broken only by his pet cockroach, but he's developed some oddly human habits and ideas. When the Axiom sends its regularly scheduled robotic EVE probe (Elissa Knight) to earth, Wall-E is instantly smitten and proceeds to try to impress EVE with his collection of human memorabilia. EVE's directive compels her to bring Wall-E's newly collected plant sprout to the captain of the Axiom and Wall-E follows in hot pursuit. Suddenly, the human world is turned upside down and the Captain (Jeff Garlin) joins forces with Wall-E and a cast of other misfit robots to lead the now lethargic people back home to earth. Wall-E is a great family film with the most impressive aspect being the depth of emotion conveyed by a simple robot--a machine typically considered devoid of emotion, but made so absolutely touching by the magic of Pixar animation. Also well-worth admiring are the sweeping views from space, the creative yet disturbing vision of what strange luxuries a future space vacation might offer, and the innovative use of trash in a future cityscape. Underneath the slapstick comedy and touching love story is a poignant message about the folly of human greed and its potential effects on earth and the entire human race. Wall-E is preceded in theaters by the comical short Presto in which a magician's rabbit, unfed one too many times takes his revenge against the egotistical magician. (Ages 3 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
* A digital copy of the film you can transfer to an iPod, iPhone or similar device.
* An audio commentary with director Andrew Stanton.
* The Pixar short "Presto" that opened for WALL-E in theaters
* A second Pixar short, "BURN-E." This is a short about the welder robot who was seen banging his fists against the door of the Axiom spaceship. It was produced at the same time as the movie for inclusion here.
* BnL Shorts. Some amusing peeks into the workings of the Buy n Large Corporation.
* Deleted scenes (with introductions), including "Garbage Airlock" (WALL-E rescues EVE from being ejected from the ship, then revives her) and "Dumped" (when WALL-E gives the plant to EVE, she realizes she must take it to the bridge so it can be analyzed).
* "Animation Sound Design: Building Worlds From The Sound Up." Complete with historic footage, this featurette compares Ben Burtt's work on WALL-E to the sound design in early Disney films.
* "WALL-E's Tour of the Universe." The press release says "Join WALL-E on his own private tour of the Universe through the World-Wide Telescope, narrated by Auto-Pilot."
* An interactive game, "WALL-E's Treasures and Trinkets."
* The "Lots of Bots" storybook, the video re-creation of a cute actual storybook.
Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director's Cut) (2008)
dir. Ben Stiller
One of the best comedies of the year, although it felt a little long. Great performances all over the place, especially Robert Downey Jr.
It's not really a knock to say that nothing in Tropic Thunder is funnier than its first five minutes, so sly that--especially for people watching in theaters--you don't realize right away they are the opening minutes of the movie. This outrageous comedy begins with a series of fake previews, each introducing one of the main characters in the film-proper (not that there's anything proper about this film) and each bearing the familiar logo of a different motion picture studio: Universal, DreamWorks SKG, et al. Such playing fast and loose with corporate talismans verges on sacrilege, but it's an index of how much le tout Tinseltown endorses the movie as a demented valentine to itself. The premise is that the cast of a would-be "Son of Rambo" movie shooting in some Southeast Asian jungle get into a real shooting war with drug-smuggling montagnards. Don't ask--though the movie does have an answer--why such highly paid, usually ultra-pampered personnel as superhero Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Mozart of fart comedy Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black), hip-hop artist Alpa Chino (Brandon T. Jackson), and five-time Oscar-winner Kirk Lazarus from Aus-try-leeah (Robert Downey Jr.) should be running through the jungle unattended and very vulnerable. It matters only that the real-life cast has a high time kidding their own profession and flexing their comedic muscles. Bonus points go to Stiller for co-writing the script (with Justin Theroux) and directing, and to Downey, brilliant as a white actor surgically turned black actor for his role and utterly committed to staying in character no matter what ("I don't drop character till I done the DVD commentary").
Be warned: The movie, too, is committed--to being an equal-opportunity offender. Its political incorrectness extends not only to Lazarus's black-like-me posturing but also Speedman's recent, Sean Penn–style Oscar bid playing a cognitively challenged farmboy--or, in Lazarus's deathless phrase, "going the full retard." Others in the cast include Steve Coogan as a director out of his depth, Nick Nolte as the Viet-vet novelist whose book inspired the film-within-the-film, Matthew McConaughey as Speedman's sun-blissed agent back home, and Tom Cruise--bald, fat-suited, and profane--as an epically repulsive studio head. Two hours running time is a mite excessive, but otherwise, what's not to like? --Richard T. Jameson
Encounters at the End of the World (2008)
dir. Werner Herzog
Really great documentary. I think I'm still partial to Grizzly Man and Little Dieter Needs to Fly (one of my favorite docs ever), but it's almost unfair to compare them all considering how vastly different they are. If you like colorful characters and remote locations, pick this up ASAP.
Just about anywhere Werner Herzog goes becomes an interesting place, in part because the director shapes it with his distinctively sardonic eye. In Encounters at the End of the World, the 'Zog heads off to Antarctica, finding there a population of unusual people, hallucinatory underwater life, and penguins. He doesn't appear on camera, but the unmistakably Teutonic Herzog voice is very much with us all the time, a baleful tour guide for this blank destination. In the human outposts of Antarctica, Herzog finds the kind of people you might expect would gravitate to the edge of existence--the curious, the oddball, the wanderers who've run out of other places to explore. He finds some deadpan hilarity, especially in filming a communication drill involving people practicing blizzard conditions (they wear buckets over their heads while roped together). The underwater photography (a realm previously explored in Herzog's The Wild Blue Yonder) is by Henry Kaiser, and it meshes perfectly with the director's interest in alien eye-scapes. And when Herzog finally does find penguins, his imagination goes to the idea that some penguins go insane, scurrying off into their own suicidal directions. This isn't as arresting a film as Grizzly Man, but it is an entertaining travelogue spiked with quirky observations. --Robert Horton
Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008)
dir. Alex Gibney
I haven't had a chance to see this yet, but I can't imagine it's not entertaining. You'd have to be an idiot to end up make a boring documentary about Hunter S. Thompson.
After Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and Taxi to the Dark Side, Hunter S. Thompson seems like an odd subject for Alex Gibney to take on. Unlike the Enron executives or Baghram guards, the gonzo journalist didn't bilk old ladies out of their savings or torture Iraqi citizens. Nonetheless, the director's follow-up to the Oscar-winning Taxi shares an interest in the uses and abuses of power. Gibney recounts the major biographical details, from birth to suicide, but his film really comes alive when he gets to the late-1960s. Though Thompson remains best known for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gonzo concentrates on his coverage of the 1968 and '72 presidential elections. The author was particularly excited about George McGovern, and chose advocacy over non-partisan reporting. McGovern, Pat Buchanan, Ralph Steadman, Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, and others testify to Thompson's enthusiasm for the South Dakota senator--and hatred for Nixon. Gibney argues that the fire started to die after Hunter witnessed the brutal treatment of protesters at Chicago’s Democratic Convention. Disillusionment led to an erosion of his talent and an escalation of his self-destructive tendencies. As Johnny Depp, who played him in Fear and Loathing, reads passages from his work, the doctor's friends and family provide a glimpse of the insecure man behind the brash image. Gibney's evenhanded depiction may disappoint true believers hoping for a glorified puff piece, but Thompson's ability to speak truth to power with wit and passion comes through loud and clear. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
Up the Yangtze (2008)
dir. Yung Chang
I just started watching this, but the subtitles aren't working so I'll have to get back to it. The first 10 minutes are pretty good, if that helps.
In China, it is simply known as "The River." But the Yangtze--and all of the life that surrounds it--is undergoing a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather's youth to trace the surreal life of a "farewell cruise" that traverses the gargantuan waterway.
With Altmanesque narrative agility, a humanist gaze and wry wit, Chang's Upstairs Downstairs approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner. Below deck: A bewildered young girl trains as a dishwasher--sent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: A phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. The teenaged employees who serve and entertain them--now tagged with new Westernized names like "Cindy" and "Jerry" by upper management--warily grasp at the prospect of a more prosperous future.
Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.
- New anamorphic master, created from Hi-Def elements and enhanced for widescreen TVs
- Twelve deleted scenes
- Time-lapse flooding footage of the Yangtze River
- 2006 Research Demo Reel
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Optional Traditional Mandarin subtitles
- Stereo and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks
Fanfan La Tulipe (1952)
This cover freaks me out a little bit.
Legendary French star Gerard Philipe swashbuckled his way into film history as the peasant soldier Fanfan in Christian-Jaque's devil-may-care romantic action-comedy. In eighteenth-century France, Fanfan joins King Louis XV's army to avoid a forced marriage to a local lass. And thus begins an adventure that sees Fanfan getting himself out of close scrapes and into tight squeezes with Gina Lollobrigida's impostor fortune teller, Adeline, on his way to fighting in the Seven Years' War. Filled to the brim with dazzling stunts and randy innuendo, Fanfan la Tulipe, which won the best director prize at Cannes and was a smash hit upon its initial release, remains one of France's all-time most beloved films.
New, restored digital transfer
New video program about actor Gerard Philipe
A clip from the colorized version of the film
Optional English-dubbed soundtrack
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Kenneth Turan and an excerpt from Georges Sadoul's monograph on Philipe
Mister Lonely (2008)
dir. Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine is horrible, but I have to admit I am mildly interested in this.
After the success of indies GUMMO and JULIEN DONKEY-BOY in the late 1990s, writer-director Harmony Korine's follow-up is this dramedy. Diego Luna (Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN) stars as a Michael Jackson impersonator who follows a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) to a Scottish commune filled with celebrity lookalikes. Cinema legends Werner Herzog and Anita Pallenberg costar.
dir. Pierre Salvadori
Priceless provides a sweet and sour look at the world of the super-rich. Jean (The Valet's Gad Elmaleh) works at a luxury hotel on the French Riviera. His opposite number, Irène (Amélie's Audrey Tautou), lives off wealthy men, like elderly benefactor Jacques (Vernon Dobtcheff). While staying at Jean's Biarritz hotel, Irène meets the bartender, mistakes him for a guest, and plies her considerable charms. Flattered, Jean neglects to tell her the truth, and they spend a drunken evening together. The next day, she's gone. The only trace of her presence: a discarded paper umbrella. A year passes, and Irène returns with Jacques, who dumps her when he find out about the cheating, so she bilks Jean out of everything he owns before disappearing again. Wealthy widow Madeleine (Marie-Christine Adam) offers to takes care of Jean's debts--for a price. And just like that, he's sunk to Irène's level. The next time she sees him, she quips, "Now we're equals." So, instead of teaching her the value of legitimate work, Irène teaches Jean how to play Madeleine like a violin. Following in the footsteps of Pierre Salvadori's Après Vous, which centered around a suicidal sommelier, Priceless is unexpectedly melancholy for a comedy. Like the couple in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Jean and Irène are essentially two lost souls. Irène may be an icier creature than Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly, but Salvadori finds a satisfying way to tie a pretty bow on this somewhat prickly package and, naturally, the scenery is ravishing. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
David Lynch: The Lime Green Set (2008)
dir. David Lynch
I have no idea why it's called "The Lime Green Set" and didn't really bother to find out, but it looks like a hell of a set. It's pretty expensive, though. Check the description for details.
Writer, director and artist David Lynch has personally selected these works, including many pieces new to DVD, and a Mystery disc of content taken from Lynch's own personal archives and available only in this box set. BOX SET INCLUDES: ERASERHEAD - REMASTERED VERSION, ERASERHEAD SOUNDTRACK, THE SHORT FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH, THE ELEPHANT MAN, THE ELEPHANT MAN EXTRAS - DVD DEBUT, WILD AT HEART, INDUSTRIAL SYMPHONY No. 1 - DVD DEBUT, BLUE VELVET - NEW LYNCH APPROVED 5.1 SOUND MIX, DUMBLAND, MYSTERY DISC - DVD DEBUT, INCLUDES 32 DELETED OR EXTENDED SCENES FROM WILD AT HEART, 40 PAGE COLLECTORS PICTURE BOOK.
The Zombie Diaries (2006)
dir. Kevin Gates, Michael Bartlett
ZZZzzzzzzz borrrrrrrrrrringggggggg. Watched this yesterday and was just mad at how slow it was (at 80 minutes, that should not happen) and how terrible the acting was. It's a home video style accidental fake documentary if that makes any sense (not a mockumentary, huge difference) about a virus spreading around London and everyone turning into Zombies....it's basically an extremely low budget Cloverfield with zombies.
"Better than Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later" (beyondhollywood.com), The Zombie Diaries has been hailed as "the most realistic zombie film ever made" (twitchfilm.net). Set in England during a world-wide viral infection, this documentary-style frightfest records the rise of the undead from the videocams of several survivor groups. As each struggles against the flesh-eating hordes, an even more horrifying fate lurks among them. "Dark, uncompromising and frighteningly real" (eatmybrains.com), The Zombie Diaries is smart horror at its bloody best.
Executive Koala (2005)
dir. Minoru Kawasaki
The cover & title might look extremely weird, but they're incredibly accurate. This movie is about a 6-foot-tall koala bear that works in a pickle factory and works with other giant animals. If you've seen Kawasaki's extremely bizarre Calamari Wrestler, then you might have an idea of what you're in for.
AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE U.S., MINORU KAWASAKI S FOLLOW-UP TO CALAMARI WRESTLER, A CULT CLASSIC PSY-KOALA HORROR / COMEDY! Tamura is an average Japanese salaryman working in the offices of a pickle distribution company. He is well liked in the office, hard-working, polite, wears a suit and tie, and also happens to be a six-foot tall koala bear. But when his girlfriend Yoko turns up dead one day and Tamura is the chief suspect, he is forced to enlist the help of his boss (a white rabbit) and a friendly convenience store attendant (a frog) in order to prove his innocence. A psychological thriller wrapped up in the packaging of a nonsense comedy with giant animals EXECUTIVE KOALA is like nothing America has ever produced...which is why it was made in Japan!
The Rug Cop (2006)
dir. Minoru Kawasaki
Thank you, Synapse. Thank you.
A spot-on, hilarious spoof of 1970s Japanese TV cop shows, THE RUG COP follows chrome-domed officer Genda as he transfers to a new precinct just as a group of radical terrorists hijack a shipment of uranium and deliver a ransom demand of five billion yen. Genda and his crack team of detectives must solve the case using their peculiar abilities: champion eater Detective Fatty, abnormally endowed Detective Big Dick, speedy weightlifter Detective Shorty, and ladies man Mr. Handsome. But most dangerous of all is the Rug Cop, whose projectile toupee proves lethal to wrongdoers! Kawasaki s unique comic genius and his love of vintage cop shows combine to produce a silly masterpiece that will have viewers truly believing in Rug Power!
Anamorphic (1.85:1) Widescreen Transfer -
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo -
Newly-Translated, Removable English Subtitles -
Making Of Featurette -
Japanese Press Conference Footage -
Introductions from Cast and Director -
The World Sinks Except Japan (2006)
dir. Minoru Kawasaki
Let's hope Minoru Kawasaki keeps making movies forever.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT SATIRE SINKS TO A NEW DEPTH IN THE OUTRAGEOUS SPOOF THAT TELLS THE SHOCKING STORY OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORLD SINKS...EXCEPT JAPAN! It is 2011, and due to global warming and the shifting of tectonic plates, most of the Earth s land mass has sunk beneath the surface of the ocean. Only Japan remains, and refugees from all nations try to incorporate themselves into Japanese society: famous American actors do TV costume samurai dramas, white women serve as French maids for middle-class families, the former leaders of China and South Korea act as lapdogs for the Prime Minster, and foreigners who don t sufficiently blend in are arrested! Yet geologists have begun to detect signs of another looming global catastrophe, one that threatens to destroy the last piece of earth remaining.
Anamorphic (1.85:1) Widescreen Transfer -
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo -
Newly-Translated, Removable English Subtitles -
Audio Commentary with Director Minoru Kawasaki and Actor Takenori Murano -
Making Of Featurette -
Introductions from Cast and Director -
Cannibal! The Musical: 13th Anniversary Edition (1996)
dir. Trey Parker
I laughed at the idea of a 13th anniversary edition. Leave it to Trey & Matt. It looks like the only new stuff here are the interviews, which I'd really like to see. This movie isn't particularly good...there are some great tunes (one which they adapted into the jingle for their production company) and some funny jokes, but it's kind of a pain in the ass to watch. The drunk commentary is one of the best commentaries of all time and is probably worth the purchase.
Before there was South Park, there was Trey Parker's macabre musical comedy masterpiece Cannibal the Musical! Based on the legend of Colorado Cannibal Alferd Packer, Cannibal the Musical tells Packer's version of what really happened when he and a group of gold diggers embarked on their fateful trip into the Rocky Mountains. Gruesomely gory, savagely satirical and painfully funny, Cannibal the Musical, which also stars South Park s co-creator Matt Stone, stands as a predecessor to what would come next for Parker and Stone, and features several in-jokes that would become part of the South Park legacy! Cannibal the Musical has become a worldwide cult sensation to rival The Rocky Horror Picture Show, inspiring stage revivals and sing-along screenings all over the world!
over an hour of new, in depth interviews with Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Jason McHugh
two full-length commentary tracks including the infamous 'Inebriated' commentary track
never-before-seen deleted scenes
The Who At Kilburn (1977)
The Who have long been hailed as a great live rock act, and the proof is right here in THE WHO AT KILBURN. Recorded in 1977, the show is one of the last performances to include drummer Keith Moon, and captures the band at the very top of their barn-burning, guitar-smashing game. The remarkable set, shot in 35mm as a part of Jeff Stein's film THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, features more than 130 minutes of hits such as "Can't Explain," "Baba O'Reilly," and "Won't Get Fooled Again." In addition to the Kilburn concert, this release contains a legendary 1969 gig at the London Coliseum where the Who--for the first time ever--played TOMMY in its entirety.
Additional Audio Material
Extended Scenes - Archival Performances
Featurette - THE WHO AT THE COLISEUM 1969 "A Quick One" & "Tommy"
The Warrior (1981)
dir. Sisworo Gautama Putra
OK Mondo Macabro, lets see if we can keep up this pace.
Indonesia is a country in turmoil. The people are poor and oppressed by the Dutch Government. However one hope remains in the form of rebel leader Djaka Semboeng. His rebels and his famous fighting ability inspires the people to hang on. Van Shramm, the Dutch representative in Java offers a reward for the death of Semboeng and employs a mighty warrior, the invincible Kobar, to go after him. One short fight later Kobar is dead and Van Shramm turns to a magician for him. The magician resurrects the deadly of enemy of Semboeng, Kieten, to take revenge. Kieten faces Semboeng and defeats him - Semboeng is imprisoned and blinded by the cruel Van Shramm. However Van Shramm's daughter has fallen for Semboeng and frees him. Semboeng again faces Kieten and is overcome by his magic - finally being turned into a pig before escaping the prison! A kindly magician returns Semboeng to his human form and teaches him new skills that he will need as he prepares to face Kieten for the final time.
Manhattan, Kansas (2005)
dir. Tara Wray
Tara Wray travels to rural Kansas to reconnect with her mother, Evie, for the first time since Evie s psychotic breakdown five years earlier. She finds a parent still chasing her demons, both real and imagined, struggling to make a career for herself as an abstract artist and searching for the Geodetic Center of the United States, the finding of which, Evie says, will bring about world peace. Tara helps in her mother s search and sets into motion a surprising chain of events that may rescue Evie from catastrophic fate and help Tara reconcile with her mother on different terms.
Wu: The Story of the Wu-Tang Clan (2008)
dir. Gerald K. Barclay
Laughed at "Raekwon the Chef reveals the Wu-Tang recipe". I'm very interested in seeing what exactly that consists of.
The Wu-Tang Clan arose in 1993 to change hip-hop forever, with complex rhymes, dissonant soundscapes, and a personal mythology inspired by martial-arts flicks. The nine-person rap crew from Staten Island was an A-Team of verbal warfare--with GZA, Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and others contributing a unique flavor to the mix. And while some rappers become embarrassing by their second album, Wu-Tang continued to produce shockingly original music for a period unrivaled by other artists. Narrated by Gerald "Gee-Bee" Barclay, this documentary examines the history of the Wu, their rise and fall, and what the future may hold for one of the greatest teams in hip-hop.
Featurettes - 1. "Raekwon the Chef" reveals the Wu-Tang recipe
2. RZA "cuts" through the Hip Hop World
3. Behind The Wu with Director Gee-Bee
4. Icelene's Loss: Her Relationship with ODB
Music Videos - Wu-Tang is Born: Protect Ya Neck
The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror (2007)
dir. Jaymes Thompson
a modern ASSterpiece!! wokka wokka wokka *shoots self in head*
Helen (Mari Marks) and Luella (Georgia Jean) are just another typical God-fearing mother and daughter who happen to bake Mincemeat muffins and run a charming if not a bit faded Bed and Breakfast Inn. Or are they? On the eve of the biggest gay party weekend of the year, and having not made advance reservations, five couples find themselves having to make accommodations far from the city. There's Dom and Alex, the performers (Vinny Markus & Michael Soldier) and Deborah and Gabby, the sophisticated, entrepreneurial lipsticks (Shannon Lee & Denise Heller). There's also Mike and Eric, the upscale guppie power couple (Derek Long & Robert Borzych) and their annoying fag-hag friend, Lizette (Lisa Block-Wieser). Also checking in are Starr and Brenda, the struggling folk singer and tough-talking tomboy (Hilary Schwartz & Allie Rivenbark) and lastly Rodney and Todd, the sugar daddy and personal trainer (Jim Polivka & James Tolins). What should have been the biggest gay party weekend of the year quickly turns into every gay and lesbian's worst nightmare! In the middle of the desert, off the main highway, lies The Sahara Salvation Inn. A small slice of paradise here in the desert. As the guests check in, they slowly come to realize (and some too late!) that The Sahara Salvation is not all it appears to be... Hidden agendas become realized and dark secrets revealed. What evil lurks up in the darkness of the attic? Be careful not to disturb Manfred - perhaps THE most horrifying creature ever created for film! Who will escape and who will survive...