You’ve probably noticed the introduction of red, underscored links within reviews and Core Stories I’ve written over the last few months, directing you to other reviews within The Apple Box and cross-referencing my content.
The trouble is, “The Apple Box” has existed in many forms. Back in 2012, when it launched in its original form, it lived at http://the-apple-box.blogspot.ca, before I began using the domain http://www.appleboxreviews.ca. Cost-cutting measures in 2015 led to a temporary migration to https://appleboxreviews.wordpress.com, until settling lastly into its present home at http://www.appleboxreviews.com.
Unfortunately, as articles have shifted from site to site, many URLs no longer worked — and hundreds of my earlier reviews were either trapped at different web sites or lost in the online ether. But no longer.
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While Lionsgate has defensively reacted to news of them shuffling the Divergent series finale to TV, the studio was secretly waiting to drop another shock on their fans.
San Diego Comic-Con attendees were invited to a screening last night of Lionsgate’s Sept. 16 horror film, The Woods. The audience soon discovered, though, that The Woods has been the secret, working title for Blair Witch, a sequel to The Blair Witch Project and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.
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Anton Yelchin, star of Charlie Bartlett, Alpha Dog, and the rebooted Star Trek trilogy, passed away Sunday morning in what police believe was a freak accident. Continue reading
When film buffs talk about completed films that the public will never see, like Leonardo DiCaprio’s Don Plum or the recent John Malkovich movie 100 Years, the one that’s always name-dropped as the Holy Grail of lost movies is the infamous The Day the Clown Cried.
In 1972, slapstick comedy star Jerry Lewis signed on to direct and star in The Day the Clown Cried, a drama about a circus performer accidentally sent to Auschwitz who is forced by the Nazis to use his entertaining skills to lure Jewish children into the camp’s gas chambers.
Many problems afflicted the production and once the film was completed, Lewis was so taken aback by the poor taste and quality of the film, he swore it would never see the light of day. Nearly 50 years later, it finally has. Continue reading
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While in recent years, movies have been more likely to be turned into stage musicals than the other way around, any Broadway hit that becomes a show-tune smash tends to be adapted into a film sooner or later. Continue reading
Artwork: Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures’ upcoming adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved How the Grinch Stole Christmas! will be skipping at least one more holiday season. Continue reading
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Dwayne Johnson is adding another action franchise to his already-full plate.
Pulp magazine hero Doc Savage will be making his first journey to cinemas since 1975’s poorly received Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze, in a reboot co-written and directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, The Nice Guys). Continue reading
Photo: Art Gallery of Hamilton
The AGH BMO World Film Festival, held each September in Hamilton, Ontario, celebrated its sixth year this past weekend. Beginning with last Friday’s screening of The Trip to Italy, 2014’s line-up of 30 movies continues until October 5, with a pair of closing screenings of 20,000 Days on Earth.
Taking the reins from Annette Paiement, WFF director in years past, Ryan Ferguson faced a daunting task in putting together this year’s festival, as the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s new Manager of Film Programme. Ferguson took some time to speak to The Apple Box about this year’s challenges, what to expect from this year’s batch of films, and his personal favourites to watch out for.
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With the visually distinctive writer-director’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in the midst of opening wide into theatres, you may have noticed some familiar faces in the movie’s ubiquitous ads. If you’ve seen any Wes Anderson movie, then you’ll already recognize some of the cast, as Anderson has a habit of recasting the same actors in different films he makes.