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‘Human Centipede 3’ Closes Out Trilogy With Over The Top Finale



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Six Goes For Gross

Six Goes For Gross

As any comedian knows, there’s a point in which disgusting becomes comical and, in reverse, comedy becomes so irresponsible that it becomes disgusting. In film this gets us quickly to Quentin Tarantino and others who understand that a misfired gun can really wreck havoc on the upholstery of your car and, not insignificantly, on the brains of the passenger in the back seat.

Shock for its own sake, if done with style, can be entertaining. Tarantino’s trick is that he is also a great story-teller. But what happens if an up and coming director picks up on the shock and forgets the delicate story-telling?

Enter director Tom Six, who says he is trying to put abhorrent on the map with his Human Centipede trilogy. The third film is a prison story that builds on same perversion unleashed in the first two, although the story line, reportedly, stands on its own.

The series began with the story of a German surgeon near the end of his career, who decides to use his skills – he specialized in separating co-joined twins – to join together three people by sewing the open mouth of one to the anus of another. This forms the human centipede, which has gained Six a reputation as a demented pervert in some circles. Not surprising, Six is reviled by various religious groups and his films are banned in some countries unless most of the scenes are deleted He even hired body guards so he could attend the premier of this third film, which he says provoked death threats.

Actors, needless to say, have refused to take part in his prankish gore and Six, predictably, runs in circles when he is asked what his trilogy really means.

Labeled a practitioner of “torture p*rn,” he calls his trilogy “dark comedies.” He would even like us to believe “these films have a lot of layers,” as he explained in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation. “They are horrible films, not horror films,” he says, perhaps groping for some rationalization that distracts us from his other explanation: “I have an urge to shock. It gives me pleasure,” he says.

Six explained that he was moved, with some perverse revenge instinct, to think of the worst punishment that a human being could be given after watching a news report about a pedophile. This brought him to his Dante-esque scenario reminiscent of the joke in which a tour of Hell brings a freshly dead individual to a room in which people are standing waist-deep in excrement. After thinking, “Well, this isn’t so bad for Hell,” someone says, “OK, breaks over. Now, everyone back to standing on your heads.”

In fact, box office receipts in recent years show a sure-fire slide into crazed revenge films that critics often praise. Liam Neesan was praised for a rampage of killing because his daughter had been kidnapped in the Taken trilogy, but by the time John Wick came out, all that was left was the killing spree. Although Wick’s revenge hinged on the fact that some hoods had killed his dog and dented his car, that was enough for audiences to cheer Keanu Reeves who spent the rest of the film killing about 40 people per minute.

Of course, the Human Centipede is not a killing spree; it’s Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein revisited by someone with a pre-pubescent sense of humor. And maybe that’s the connection. Shelley was accused of inventing a doctor who was trying to play God. Six’s doctor is trying to play the Devil: A needle, a thread and a childish mind.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman




Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office



It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back



With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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