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Cartel Land is the latest in a long line of intriguing documentaries released through the Dogwoof label in the UK. Matthew Heineman’s film is not only a truly magnificent visual feast in terms of the phenomenal cinematography on display, but perhaps one of the hardest-hitting and impactful documentaries of the year.
The film focusses in on Jose Mireles, a doctor in the Mexican state of Michoacán, who leads an uprising against the infamous, and indeed brutal Mexican drug cartel known as the Knights Templar. These evil bastards terrorise communities, kill children and entire families, even if they have no influence on their business. Across the border in Arizona’s Altar Valley (ka Cocaine Alley), Tim ‘Nailer’ Foley heads up the Arizona Border Recon, a team of paramilitaries »
- Paul Heath
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
Director Mike Hodges’ Get Carter is the quintessential hard-boiled British crime film. Remarkably influential, it paved the way for like-minded fare such as The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa. Michael Caine plays Jack Carter, a ruthless London mobster who travels back to his Newcastle hometown to investigate the death of his brother… and woe betide anyone who stands in the way of this cooly efficient killer. The film underperformed at the box office due to poor promotion but is now recognized as one of the finest thrillers of the decade. MGM was fond of blaxploitation remakes, and George Armitage’s 1972 Hit Man borrows a lot from Get Carter, but it wasn’t until 2000 that an actual remake starred Sylvester Stallone, to dismal effect.
- TFH Team
Stars who made their names beating up bad guys three decades ago may be in their fifties and sixties now, but they're still big box office draws, at least to overseas audiences (where Hollywood makes most of its money anyway) and to older North American viewers (increasingly, a dependable group of moviegoers with disposable income).
So it's no wonder that recent releases are action thrillers starring hardcore heroes who look like your dad. Call them "dadcore" heroes. It's not just '80s stalwarts like Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis, either, but also thespians like Liam Neeson and Danny Glover, guys who can actually act.
Either way, their years give them a sense of experience and worldliness that makes up for their lessened speed and agility. Here's a countdown of the top 10 among these senior silver-screen tough guys.
- Gary Susman
There’s a moment in Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation — Tom Cruise career-saver, franchise Mvp and the summer's best non-Imperator Furiosa action blockbuster — where the CIA director refers to the film's relentless hero as "the living manifestation of destiny." As a government official talking about an unpredictable agent, the line is patently (if knowingly) ridiculous. As Alec Baldwin talking about Tom Cruise, the dialogue sounds right on the money. That phrase could be dropped into the first sentence of his biography and nobody would think twice.
When the superstar first stepped »
Eyebrows were raised last week when Bruce Willis unexpectedly dropped out of Woody Allen’s current project. But if you were wondering whether Sylvester Stallone or one of the other Expendables would take his place, dismiss such ideas from your noggin. Steve Carell is the man stepping into the part. As is traditional with Allen, we don’t know much of anything as to what the film will actually be about, or what Carell will be doing in it, but we do know he’ll be sharing the screen with the likes of Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider, and that they’re doing their thing in Los Angeles right now, before heading to New York.Carell isn’t exactly a newcomer to Allen’s work – he was part of the ensemble for »
Having worked with Sylvester Stallone previously (twice - in Antz and, very briefly, Bananas), it was fun to note that Woody Allen had cast Sly's co-Expendable Bruce Willis in his as-yet untitled next project. Sadly, however, it wasn't to be, as Willis has reputedly dropped out due to other commitments.Those commitments are to the not-inconsiderable demands of the Broadway stage, where Willis will be taking the James Caan role in the adaptation of Stephen King's Misery. Deadline beat us to the joke about him being "hobbled" by the project. Respect is due.He departs a typically eclectic Allen cast that still includes Corey Stoll, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Ken Stott, Anna Camp, Jeannie Berlin, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick and Paul Schneider.Willis had already been spotted on set with Eisenberg, so this is an eleventh-hour departure. But the Allen camp is confident that the »
Marvel Graphic Novel #8: Super Boxers (1983)
Plot and Pencils by Ron Wilson
Script by John Byrne
Inks by Armando Gil
Published by Marvel Comics
Among some comic reviewers, there’s an understanding that you don’t talk about the cover of the comic that you’re writing about. It’s tied into that old saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” and it would be a bit like critiquing a movie based on the movie poster in the theater lobby. One is completely separate from the other.
The official title of the publication is Marvel® Graphic Novel No. 8: Super Boxers. Marvel’s then still young graphic novel line had already produced a number »
- Scott Cederlund
Some films are bad. In fact some films are so bad, even the actors promoting them can't deny just how bad they are, as these cinematic turncoats prove...
1. George Clooney: "I think we might have killed the franchise."
Film: Batman & Robin (1997)
Box office: $238.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 11%
"My phone rang, and the head of Warner Bros said, 'Come into my office, you are going to play Batman in a Batman film' and I said, 'Yeah!' I called my friends and they screamed and I screamed and we couldn't believe it!
"I just thought the last one had been successful so I thought I was just going to be in a big successful franchise movie. I think we might have killed the franchise."
2. Arnold Schwarzenegger: "It's the worst film I have ever made."
Film: Red Sonja (1985)
Box office: $6.9 million
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 15%
"It's the worst film I have ever made. »
After the jump: Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ethan Embry want a Can’t Hardly Wait reunion Jason Bateman admits Horrible Bosses 2 was a paycheck gig Jonathan Ames is still working on that Bored to Death movie See more pics of Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in Creed Zachary Quinto on returning to Star Trek without J.J. Abrams […]
- Angie Han
Actress and former model Joyce Ingalls has died. She was 65. The Hollywood star passed away Aug. 5 at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif., her husband's rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Ingalls may best be known for her role in the 1978 film Paradise Alley where she played a prostitute who tried to console Sylvester Stallone's character. She also appeared in successful films including The Man Who Would Not Die, Deadly Force and Lethal Weapon 4. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, the wife of Emmy-nominated producer Darrell Fetty got a big break back in 1966 when she won a Cover Girl contest. She later became a highly sought after model for the Eileen Ford »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Warner Bros. has released three new images from director Ryan Coogler’s upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed , which show Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa training Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Creed, son of the legendary Apollo Creed…
See Also: Watch the trailer for Creed
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, »
- Gary Collinson
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Across six films and three decades, Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa became a household name; the underdogs of all underdogs, his saga from up-and-coming boxer to world champion was one of the most iconic character arcs of the 70s and early 80s. But for Ryan Coogler’s Creed, Stallone is taking one step back from the limelight – even handing over script duties to Coogler and Aaron Covington – in order to coach the new kid on the block, Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson.
What makes this dynamic between trainer and trainee so intriguing, though, is the fact that Jordan’s up-and-comer is the son of former world heavyweight champ, Apollo Creed. Played by Carl Weathers across the original films, Rocky’s enemy-turned-ally was ultimately killed at the cannon-like hand of Dolph Lundgren’s Russian boxer, Drogo. It was a revenge arc that made up the majority of Rocky IV, »
- Michael Briers
MGM has released a new photo from Ryan Coogler's "Creed," the upcoming "Rocky" spin-off film which launched a trailer to great fanfare a few weeks ago. Michael B. Jordan stars as the son of Apollo Creed in the film and seeks the help of his dad's former rival Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to train him. "Creed" opens November 25th. [Source: Collider]
Martin Zandvliet ("Land of Mine") has been set to direct the fact-based drama "Kursk" at EuropaCorp. Robert Rodat ("Saving Private Ryan") is penning the script based on Robert Moore's book "A Time To Die".
The true story follows the multi-national rescue attempt of the sunken K-141 Kursk - a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine that experienced a series of sudden explosions. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Spinoffs to beloved hit movies often times feel like a quick cash grab from a studio that cares more about profiting off of one film.s popularity than necessarily making another good movie. However, that doesn.t appear to the case the with upcoming Rocky offshoot, Creed, and there.s a brutally emotional story from director Ryan Coogler that convinced Sylvester Stallone to lace up the gloves one more time. Talking to EW, Coogler, who first burst onto the scene in 2013 with Fruitvale Station revealed that the idea for Creed is something he.s has been kicking around since high school, and begin life as a way for him to connect with his father. He said: My dad was a real big Rocky fan. He was getting older and got sick and I was trying to process it. I tried to get through it with this idea for his hero. »
Ford will direct from his own script and also produce with Robert Salerno.
Basinger will play a wealthy Texas socialite and the mother of Adams’ character. The first part of Wright’s 1993 novel follows Adams’ character, who receives a book manuscript from the husband she left 20 years earlier. The second half revolves around a man (Gyllenhaal) whose family vacation turns violent.
Basinger starred in Paul Haggis’ 2013 drama “Third Person” and in “Grudge Match” alongside Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. She’s been filming mystery thriller “The Nice Guys” with Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
Basinger is repped by Apa and Radius. »
- Dave McNary
Summer's almost over. The stores are crowded with parents hunting for that perfect 'back to school' sale that won't break their pocket book. And the cinemas are slowly starting to shift from big action blockbusters and comedies to more serious awards fare. Warner Bros. is no different. The studio has unveiled their upcoming Fall and Holiday Movie preview. And while it has some exciting releases sure to rival anything we've seen over the course of these past four months, you can bet that there are some Oscar contenders in the mix as well.
The fall holiday season is going to be a big one for Warner Bros. They have 8 movies ready to launch from September all the way to Christmas day. These exciting and anticipated releases coming our way over the next 4 months include Black Mass, The Intern, Pan, Our Brand Is Crisis, The 33, Creed, In the Heart of the Sea and Point Break. »
Bad actors: sometimes you just have to wonder what they’re doing in movies in the first place. How they got there, how they continue to be employed and how Hollywood sees fit to carry on funding their lifestyles when there are undoubtedly far better performers out there that haven’t even made it yet.
But maybe Hollywood keeps the bad actors around for a reason – perhaps it’s the hope that, some day, they’ll manage to surprise audiences with a knockout turn, even if it’s just for that one time. Look at mumbling bruiser Sylvester Stallone, who gives the all-time greats a run for their money in Copland; or Sharon Stone, blowing all her other performances out of the water in Casino.
Stone received an Oscar nomination for her Casino role, the Academy at last electing to endorse the actress after a lifetime of below-par performances, perhaps »
- Brogan Morris
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