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One final screening for Chicago next week! Capone has details on how to win passes to Richard Kelly's THE BOX!!!

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.
I first met Richard Kelly when he came through Chicago with his Director's Cut of DONNIE DARKO, after which he did an intimate Q&A at a theater in the city known as Facets Cinematheque, not a venue that does a lot of these kind of screenings, but one of the finest venues to see rarely screened work nonetheless. It's not a big screening room, and that made the evening all the more special. I didn't moderate that particular Q&A--no one did--I was just a civilian in the crowd loving the movie and his discussion. The second time I saw him was at Harry's wedding. He had just gotten the money he needed to polish off SOUTHLAND TALES and was just days away from shooting THE BOX. I know I was in the minority on this one, but I genuinely admired what Kelly pulled off with SOUTHLAND TALES, but I don't exactly pick a fight with people who didn't dig it. Still, I think Kelly's latest work has a great deal of potential at being his most commercially accessible and successful. It also looks fucking creepy. I have 60 seats to give to Chicago-area Ain't It Cool readers for THE BOX, starring Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, and Frank Langella. You know the set up already: a young couple struggling financially is given an opportunity to make $1 million, the only consequence being one they will likely never see. That's the starting off point. It gets a little more insane from that point forward. The Chicago premiere of THE BOX will take place on Thursday, November 5 at 7:30pm at a theater in downtown Chicago (the exact location will only be given to contest winners). Please keep in mind that this is not an exclusive AICN screening, and is oversold slightly to guarantee maximum capacity. Here's how to secure a pass good for you and one guest: Send me an email at with the subject line "BOX ME IN". In the body of the email, I need your Name, whether or not you're bringing a Guest (guests' names are not required), and the answer to the following question (read carefully): What do you think happens when and if the button is pushed? Limit your entries to 50 words or less (no matter how tempted you are to go over the limit). If you actually know what happens in the movie, then telling me that isn't very creative. So make something up. Winners will receive an email from over the weekend. Good luck, everyone! Hope to see you there.
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  • Oct. 30, 2009, 6:33 p.m. CST

    I saw the Twilight Zone version

    by NippleEffect

    although it didn't have the Frank Langella's face gimmick

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 6:34 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    Stole my first post, DAMN YOU! I had to turn my IP hiding software, as I am banned LOL. Maybe next time.........

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 6:37 p.m. CST

    The Box

    by Turd Furgeson

    Just sounds funny

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Twilight Zone version

    by Logan_1973

    As I recall was pretty good; although I haven't seen it in years. I honestly have to say I laughed out loud when I saw they were making that little ditty into a feature.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 7:02 p.m. CST

    This film reminds me of "The Forgotten."

    by Christopher3

    Anyone remember that one? Didn't think so.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 7:11 p.m. CST


    by NippleEffect

    I took may damn time about it too

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Cameron Diaz' Box!

    by DrMorbius

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 7:47 p.m. CST

    I'd like to see this, but...

    by Shermdawg

    ...after Southland Tales, I'm skeptical. That was...and I rarely use this usually hyperbolic fueled of the worst film experiences I've had.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Nov 5th

    by Answer42

    I think you meant Thursday, November 5th... not trying to be a D, just helping out...

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 8:45 p.m. CST

    i dont get it

    by ThePilgrim

    My hope is to make a film that is incredibly suspenseful and broadly commercial, while still retaining my artistic sensibility- Richard Kelly <P>Hahahaha what a douche. I seen this on TZ sevral times. What's the friggin point. Oh, you changed things up a bit this time, added a different ending, and fucked up the guys face. Good for you Mr artistic ego maniac!

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 9:51 p.m. CST

    A box! My son's a box!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    DAMN YOU...A BOX...!

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Pass as in I get to miss it

    by Rubiks Doob

    Sounds like a great deal, considering Richard Kelly's track record. What is with this recent crop of directors like Kelly and M. Night- one amazing movie and then crapola ever since.

  • Oct. 30, 2009, 11:22 p.m. CST

    This moobie is already "Boxed" in

    by Rocco Curioso

    Ka-ZING! Every movie opening on Nov. 6th--- this one, "The Fourth Kind", "A CGI Christmas Carol", "The Men Who Blow Goats"--- is going to be competing for that weekend. They will all be DSAA (dead slightly after arrival) courtesy of The Latest Roland Emmerich Schlockfest "2012".<P>Not that I'm knockin' "2012"; it looks like a humdinger (Thank God John Cusack was cast in the lead instead of Baron von OTT himself, Nic Cage). This one's gonna rack up some serious box office, in spite of "New Moon" opening a week later.<P>Which brings me to Sunny Point #2--- FELLAS: If your wife or girlfriend or bitch/ho' is a Twihard, plan something *other* than a movie for the Nov. 13th-15th weekend. Then hit the multiplex the following weekend, and break the news to her "Sorry, honey... 'New Moon' is sold out; let's go see '2012' instead!". Problem solved, at least for a week.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I hope I'm the first to nominate Richard Kelly

    by Teddy Artery

    to do a remake of either Phantasm or Demon Seed. Either one works.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 1:33 a.m. CST

    Diaz is pushing the little red button on her box

    by MacReady452

    that i would see. this i won't

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Cameron "Cowardly Lion" Diaz

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    Really guys really? Or the lion from that old Tom & Jerry episode works too.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Teddy Artery

    by Rocco Curioso

    You, sir have thought that well out. I'm not too explored re. Demon Seed... but a Richard Kelly version of "Phantasm" would take the horror genre to a whole different level.<P>Yeah, those pesky remakes that Hollywood seems so enamored of don't always seem like such a bad idea... WHEN you have a director who can take well-intentioned cause and turn it into bonzai effect.<P>I'd like to see this made into a solid RULE, but that, like many conceptual Hollywood germs that (bow the collective movie geek head in prayer) evolve into productive viruses... are few & far between.<P>Let us hope for the best.<P>Give Harry & the AICN Faithful some proper cred. They HAVE managed to tilt a few imbecilic ideas back on course to proper geek fruition.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 2:34 a.m. CST

    Cool premise. Bad title

    by lockesbrokenleg


  • Oct. 31, 2009, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Is this...

    by 1234567891011121

    a documentary about Pam Anderson?

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 5:59 a.m. CST


    by Knugen

    Sent in a scathing review (or as much of a review as I could muster having suffered the ordeal of seeing that mess) - not published of course. Saw it at Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden and it is a garbled mess. Some of the performances are OK but that is about it. Kelly's career should be over with this.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 6:18 a.m. CST

    released in australia last week

    by red_weed

    it was much more accessible than southland tales although it still has heaps of random richard kelly-isms seemingly thrown in for no reason other than to add to the atmosphere of "wtf is going on". the first 15 minutes is pretty much the entire twilight zone ep and then it just continues from there.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 7:19 a.m. CST

    Could this be?...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    James Marsden's chance for an Oscar??? Hmmmmmm?????

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Already been (and nearly gone already) in Australia

    by Paulseta

    -and it's fucking *awful*. <P> Amazingly enough, Kelly does manage to give good suspense for the first two thirds, but then Donnie Darko Director's Cut style lack of real talent overshadows any goodwill.<P> THE. GUY. CANNOT. DIRECT. A. FILM. WITHOUT. LOTS. OF. HELP.<P> Hell, I'm one of those "get the producers to leave the director alone" types ordinarily, but this guy...<P> It's not as bad as Southland (let's face it, it would be a task, wouldn't it...) but it's not good; sure as shit not commercial as he'd hoped; performances try but don't hit that note you need to get to pull this off. <P> Oh yeah - *spoiler alert* - it goes religious at the end, and is almost as insulting as the BSG finale. Kelly doesn't know how to fucking leave some unexplained - and yet he doesn't have the intellect or imagination to create something worth find out about in detail.<P> With his film, less is more, because basically when you get the "more" there's nothing there to fill it. It's like getting raped by a horse with half a dick.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Passes to Jodie Foster's Beaver??

    by AngrySnowMonkey

    This will be a gender specific-permit only for the ladies, me thinks.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Since Matheson apparently hated the Twilight Zone version

    by ebolamonkey

    I can't imagine what he thinks of this overbloated bastardization of his story. He used a pseudonym on TZ credits.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 11:58 a.m. CST

    no halloween talkbacks today?

    by billyhitchcock

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Bonfires burning bright Pumpkin faces...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    in the night I remember Halloween.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 4:03 p.m. CST

    The premise baely filled a 22 minute Twilight Zone ep

    by slone13

    Who in the fuck thought this should be dragged out to 90 minutes??!?!

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 6:44 p.m. CST

    So bad...

    by JimStansel

    Saw this recently. Was hooked for the first 20 minutes. Great premise (obviously from the original story) and AMAZING soundtrack that totally sets the mood. Then it gets fucking RIDICULOUS. Like to the point where all you can do is laugh at the movie and hope it ends soon. The acting is so bad and the direction the plot goes in is just completely stupid and continues to get worse and worse with bad fx and lots weird-for-the-sake-of-being-weird moments. Read the original story and get the soundtrack (which, as I said, fucking rules) and you'll be set.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Diaz: "If you think rape should be legal..."

    by Starship Captain

    Like a lot of people, I fell in love with Diaz in THE MASK. And I thought she was both and adorable in SOMETHING ABOUT MARY. I even thought she was good looking in the first CHARLIE'S ANGELS movie (though not so much the second). But aside from those 3 things, I can't think of anything Diaz has done that I care about. Worst of all, even from the commercials for this thing, you can see that age is definitely catching up to her and her later years are not going to be as kind as her earlier bubbly years.<p>Plus, she lost me with her ultra Lefty politics and trying to ram them down other people's throats, using her movie fame to get on her soap boxes. If I see her giving another interview talking about how we all need to get electric cars to save the Earth, I'm gonna hurl. She also made me laugh during the Bush-Kerry election when she was trying to get people to vote Democratic by claiming infamously on Oprah "If you think rape should be legal, then don't vote."<p>So it's two strikes against Diaz since she's starting to lose her looks AND she's apparently a political moron upstairs in the brains department.

  • Oct. 31, 2009, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Does the movie explain

    by NippleEffect

    What took a bite out of Frank Langella's face<br> Seriously, that's the only thing that holds any interest in this movie for me

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Diaz use to be hot...

    by cheyne_stoking_DMS

    She got real old. She was smokin' (no pun originally intended) in 'The Mask.'

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 5:56 p.m. CST


    by lockesbrokenleg

    So, you have horrible taste in women and in film?

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 6:14 p.m. CST

    new movie hype (In The White Room)

    by thefilmblog

    Check out this blog. Apparently it's for a new film. Trying to get some hype maybe?

  • Nov. 1, 2009, 8:28 p.m. CST

    it's like getting raped by a horse with half a dick

    by frank cotton


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