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20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
“American Sniper” has overtaken “Saving Private Ryan” as the top domestic grossing war movie of all time. The Clint Eastwood drama starring Bradley Cooper has so far earned $217.1 million at the U.S. box office, surpassing Spielberg’s film, which earned $216.5 million in 1998.
The Eastwood drama added 180 theaters in its third week of release, with “Sniper” now playing in 3,885 theaters. It overtook “Saving Private Ryan” on Thursday, and is on track to earn another $35 million to finish No. 1 at the box office for the third week in a row.
Also Read: ‘American Sniper’ Blowout Boosts Hopes for Record 2015 Box Office
“American Sniper, »
- Linda Ge
James Cameron’s first two instalments in the Terminator franchise were landmark achievements, that have gone down as two of the greatest masterpieces in cinema history. Terminator 3: Rise Of The MacHines diluted that reputation slightly with a poorly written script, that undermined much of the hard work from the first two entries. Finally, Terminator: Salvation was an absolute mess, which garnered more attention from the fact that it’s main star had a minor lapse in temperament. This is also forgetting the fact that the film was shot without the inclusion of Arnold Schwarzenegger, before adding a strange CGI replacement in post-production.
Suffice to say, the upcoming Terminator Genesys has quite a lot riding on it. Although, bringing back The Terminator is certainly a good start in regards to winning back the audiences trust in the franchise. Check out the new poster and spot below:
For long-time Terminator fanatic like myself, »
- Ben Read
Hollywood’s hopes for a record 2015 box office have received a shot in the arm from the electrifying run of “American Sniper,” which has driven one of the biggest January hauls in history.
Going into the weekend, overall domestic box office grosses for January were at nearly $900 million, of which Warner Bros.’ Iraq War saga had contributed $213 million, a little less than a quarter of that. Only January of 2010, when James Cameron’s “Avatar” was dominating with 30 percent of $924 million, has been bigger.
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- Todd Cunningham
If you take a look at the Best Picture lineup, there’s one really interesting comparison to be made among the nominees, specifically with two of them. Those two are American Sniper and Whiplash. What’s the comparison to be made? Well, they exist on opposite sides of the box office spectrum. That got me thinking about the highest grossing nominees for Best Picture to date, as well as the lowest grossing ones, and where these two current nominees stand in those crops. As such, indulge me while I go over the biggest blockbusters ever to be up for the prize as well as the smallest indies ever to play David to those Goliath competitors. As a general rule, Best Picture winners tend to be profitable films. With only a few exceptions, they’re never the biggest movies of that year, or all time, obviously…but they’re still ones »
- Joey Magidson
It seems crazy to me that in the nearly 25 years since the release of Terminator 2, the franchise is still playing in the liquid terminator goo. I mean, it only took James Cameron 7 years to advance the effects forward by a leap... by I digress. We're getting a new terminator movie and that alone should make me happy right?
Well, it doesn't. Especially when Terminator Genisys has a stupid name and looks like your average blockbuster action movie. We've already tried to establish where it fits in the Skynet timeline and decided that it breaks all sorts of canon but we're a relatively optimistic bunch and we hope it'll be good but I can't say I'm holding my breath.
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Taking to his own Facebook page, the Austrian Oak offered fans a fresh look at Paramount Pictures’ bold retelling, which will rewrite the Terminator canon in more ways than one. Rather than having Schwarzenegger as the sole enemy in the vein of James Cameron’s seminal 1984 classic, Genisys will have Kyle Resse (Jai Courtney) stumble into a wholly different timeline, one that has witnessed Emilia Clarke’s Sarah Connor raised under the protection of the T-800 since the age of 9.
From that point on, it’s up to the pair to evade the older T-800 model and the chameleon-like T-1000 to take down Skynet once and for all. It’s a premise that is equal parts intriguing and baffling, »
- Michael Briers
By this point, we.ve all seen Titanic. Some of you might regret watching James Cameron.s nautical epic. Others might regard Titanic as a perfect romantic-disaster flick that is only despised because of its success. Either way, the fact that the cast and crew of Titanic.s food was laced with Pcp during filming will probably make even the most fervent of naysayers contemplate re-watching the film. Some of you may already be aware of this tale. Back in 1996, over a year before Titanic landed in cinemas and instantly became a pop culture phenomenon, E! Online reported that the film crew.s lobster chowder was spiked with the drug. However, at the time, it was assumed that neither James Cameron nor any of Titanic.s major stars, which included Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and the one and only Billy Zane, were victims. However Bill Paxton has now come out »
Terminator: Genisys has released its latest trailer ahead of its Super Bowl airing this Sunday.
The action-sequel sees Arnold Schwarzenegger return to his iconic role as the T-800, with the character creating a new timeline with John Connor's mother Sarah in order to stop Judgement Day.
Hot Tub Time Machine 2: Super Bowl trailer mocks Deflategate
Terminator: Genisys will be released on July 1 in the Us, and July 3 in the UK. »
It’s interesting that the titular figure (Keanu Reeves) in John Wick, a visceral and vivid actioner of uncommon simplicity, is presented as the fresh face of a brand-new action franchise when he’s actually a throwback to the unstoppable juggernaut in James Cameron’s The Terminator. That’s not a knock so much as a raised eyebrow aimed at the kinds of characters that directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch and writer Derek Kolstad think modern-day audiences want to watch. And after sitting through the slick and stylish feast of action trash they’ve whipped up, it’s easy to nod your head and acknowledge that they’re onto something.
After all, even though Wick – an ex-assassin who goes back to work when the pig-headed son (Alfie Allen) of New York’s uppermost Russian mob boss (Michael Nyqvist) steals his prized Mustang and brutishly kills the puppy that Wick »
- Isaac Feldberg
After the first trailer debuted to a decidedly mixed reaction over the Christmas period, some more details on this summer’s Terminator: Genisys have emerged this week – namely on the anticipated fight sequence at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles between Arnold Schwarzenegger’s older Terminator incarnation and his 1984 version, which will be part CGI-assisted and part footage from James Cameron’s original film.
The sequence was teased in the trailer, but now website The Terminator Fans have reported that Skydance Productions, the company behind the new retool/reboot/reimagining, has recently ordered some more CG elements to be added to the scene in order to make the fight “more brutal” with both Terminator machines set to suffer some very heavy damage in the aftermath. But rather than schedule some reshoots, the producers will use CG-effects on both versions of Arnold’s T-101.
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- Scott J. Davis
We have less than a month until the Neil Patrick Harris opens the 87th Academy Awards with a big musical number by the songwriters of Frozen’s “Let It Go.”
That’s more than enough time to obsess over the odds – Will Michael Keaton win Best Actor for Birdman, or willThe Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne triumph? Who knows – There could be a dark horse in this race, and one of the other nominees could jump ahead of the frontrunners.
That’s not even going into the Best Picture race between the Academy’s eight nominated films. Yes, Birdman andBoyhood have won most of the smaller critics and guild awards, but Selma has an incredibly devout following. Maybe director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo’s snubs will convince the Academy that the Mlk biopic deserves better?
- Sasha James
Warner Bros. Pictures
Now that it’s graduated from just sharing cat pictures, the internet lives off movie facts. It’s just a shame so many of them are completely made up.
Did you know the run-time of Titanic is the same as the time it took for the ship itself to sink? That little factoid’s recently done the rounds, despite being categorically false – the ship went down in two hours, forty minutes, while James Cameron’s Oscar sweeping blockbuster goes on for another half an hour. A quick fact check would have revealed that, but instead people run around shouting it just so they can make jokes about how long the movie is.
Despite the entirety of human history (pretty much) at anybody’s finger-tips, people seem to take facts at face value, letting rumour reign supreme and trivia become a tangle of speculation.
In the early days of the internet, »
- Alex Leadbeater
Check out this awesome Terminator artwork from artist Grzegorz Domaradkzki (aka Gabz). It's very much in the Mondo-type of style that's become popular for film prints over the past few years, but this is some especially high quality work that deserves a huge audience. I love all of the little details that you can see in the background. It really nails the sense of dread that permeates James Cameron's film, and captures the idea that Arnold's Terminator won't stop...ever...until you're dead.
Limited edition screen print inspired by James Cameron's movie "The Terminator”. Made for Grey Matter Art and Studio Canal. 5 colours Regular, Variant and Foil Variant will be available in 24 x 36" size. Work made digitally in Adobe Photoshop. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. »
- Ben Pearson
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.
- Brian Welk
Strange Magic isn’t very magical, but it sure is strange. So many of today’s kids’ films, both good and bad, wear their inspirations on their sleeves. You can reenact the pitch meetings as you watch the movie, imagining what precise formula of previous hits mashed together gave rise to it. (Last year’s The Lego Movie brilliantly mocked such derivativeness, even as it shamelessly indulged in it.) But it’s rare to find a film that bounces around so weirdly, so uncomfortably between influences and subgenres as Strange Magic does. Then again, it was co-written and executive-produced by George Lucas, a man who both dreams big and borrows big. And here, he borrows relentlessly from modern pop (the film is filled with new versions of hit songs), Shakespeare, Disney, Pixar, James Cameron, and himself. You can sense his constantly grasping mind behind the movie — in the way it »
- Bilge Ebiri
You might not know who Gary Rydstrom is, but you've certainly heard him before. This is a man whose pioneering sound work has won him seven (!) Academy Awards and brought to life groundbreaking technological advancements like the first film presented in DTS sound ("Jurassic Park") and re-crafting sound mixes in 5.1 surround (after his breakthrough work on "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," he and James Cameron created a new multi-channel mix for the original "Terminator"). He's also directed a pair of Pixar short films ("Lifted" and "Hawaiian Vacation") and overseen the English language dubs of four Studio Ghibli movies ("Tales from Earthsea," "From Up on Poppy Hill," "Arrietty," and last year's Oscar-nominated masterpiece "The Wind Rises"). In short: he's kind of the coolest dude around.
And this weekend he adds another accomplishment to his already unfathomably long list, when his debut feature film "Strange Magic" debuts in theaters nationwide. This bizarre, George Lucas-produced animated fairy tale, »
- Drew Taylor
Director: Alex Garland
Running Times: 108 minutes
Synopis: Caleb (Gleeson), a computer coder, wins a work lottery. The prize? A week with company head, and recluse, Nathan (Isaac) who wants him to test his latest invention, an embodied artificial intelligence known as Ava (Vikander).
2015 film has started off strong, The Theroy Of Everything, and Birdman have had audiences captivated since their New Year’s Day release, and now in week four comes another spark of brilliance from EX_MACHINA. Finally amongst all the remakes and reboots, sequels and prequels, comes a truly original story. Written by Alex Garland, the scribe responsible for 28 Days Later, Sunshine. The Beach and Dredd, EX_MACHINA is a beautifully thought-out tense philosophical thriller that will keep the grey-matter engaged for the duration. The title is clearly inspired by the latin phrase ‘Deus Ex Machina’ which translates roughly to »
- Kat Smith
Watching the Soviet hockey team play was a thing of beauty. The footage used in Gabe Polsky’s new documentary, “Red Army,” is proof enough that they were poets on skates, with a style of play so fluid, gorgeously creative, and tough to defend it was no wonder they scared opponents. There was something almost inhuman and fantastical about that team. In movie terms, the former Soviet Union’s many decades of international hockey dominance was so great it would be like combining the box office success of Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and George Lucas with the creative talent and critical adoration of (fittingly) Russian master Andrei Tarkovsky. For this writer, listening to my Uncle describe playing against them was akin to a grand fairy tale. “When we played the Soviets [before the 1980 Olympics began] and lost 10-3 it wasn't that close. We were in awe of them and were spectators that night,” Rob »
- Erik McClanahan
Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
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