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The name Peter Hyams may not be the mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Barry Levinson, but this somewhat underappreciated filmmaker is far from a journeyman. During his five decade career he has effortlessly jumping between genres, churning out some entertaining and understated work, his most fruitful period being the 1980’s which saw the likes of Outland, The Presidio, Running Scared and 2010, a brave (and pretty enjoyable) attempt at crafting a sequel from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Enemies Closer, his first film since the 2009 Michael Douglas-headlining Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, sees him reunited with aging action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (their two previous films together, Sudden Death and Timecop, are arguably the highlight of the former martial artist’s career). Enemies Closer is a fun, unpretentious B-movie which bears the unmistakable mark of a cinematic craftsman (Hyams, »
- Adam Lowes
Jean-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn even more gleefully deranged than his role in The Expendables 2, with Enemies Closer – out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.
After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: put aside their past and work together, or die alone at the hands of Xander and his ruthless gang who will stop »
- Phil Wheat
We’re three weeks away from the release of The Expendables 3, which is being promoted as “one last ride” for the aging action hero franchise. But does anyone really want to see Sylvester Stallone and his pals ride off into the sunset yet? Not if the Expendables franchise keeps providing action movie fans with heavy doses of old-school mayhem and keeps bringing many action movie heavyweights back to the big screen.
As great as it has been seeing action heroes like Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, and Jean-Claude Van Damme in cinemas again, there are still many awesome action movie actors who haven’t had the chance to flex their muscles at least one more time in an Expendables movie. Thankfully, despite what the trailer for The Expendables 3 tells us about a “last ride,” Randy Couture has said that Expendables 4 is already in the works.
It isn »
- Chris McKittrick
Jean-Claude Van Damme is reunited with legendary filmmaker Peter Hyams (Timecop; Sudden Death) for a rare villainous turn in Enemies Closer, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray here in the UK yesterday, and to celebrate we’ve got a Blu-ray to give away to one of our readers courtesy of Anchor Bay. Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter…
“After a major shipment of drugs goes missing on the Us-Canadian border, forest ranger and former Navy Seal Henry is plunged into survival mode when the drug cartel, led by the ruthless killer Xander (Van Damme), forces him to help retrieve the downed package. Trapped in the wilderness with no communication to the outside world, Henry finds himself face to face with Clay (Orlando Jones), a man with a personal vendetta against Henry who has returned for retribution. Now, the two mortal enemies must make a choice: »
- Gary Collinson
I remember when Aussie siblings the Spierig Brothers burst onto the scene with 2003′s sci-fi/zombie flick “Undead.” It was an interesting movie and got them noticed by Hollywood. They followed that up with 2009′s big-budget vampire flick “Daybreakers,” which starred Ethan Hawke, who has once again re-teamed with the bros for the sci-fi actioner “Predestination.” I guess you could say it’s kind of like Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1994 movie “Timecop,” but with less gratuitous leg splits. Check out the first trailer and a poster for the movie below. It looks…interesting. Kinda like a cross between “Jumper” and “Timecop” in terms of visuals. Predestination chronicles the life of a Temporal Agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to ensure the continuation of his law enforcement career for all eternity. Now, on his final assignment, the Agent must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. »
Enemies Closer, 2013.
Directed by Peter Hyams.
Deep within a forest on the Us-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.
Having been given the lead villain role in Expendables 2, and become an internet phenomenon thanks to that fantastic Volvo truck advert, Jean Claude Van Damme may have expected slightly more of a career resurgence in the last year or so. Much like the follow-On from his career best (and what could/should have been redefining) performance in Jcvd, when you expected perhaps one or two big name directors or producers to take a shot on Van Damme, it didn’t quite happen. In the end, on both occasions he merely reverted back to his place as one »
- Gary Collinson
Lennie James stars in this heist drama titled "Swelter," in which he plays a member of a team of thieves who call themselves "The Rat Pack," who pull off a huge Las Vegas robbery, but are caught and sent to jail - except the character he plays. 10 years later, after the rest of his original crew is released from prison, led by Jean-Claude Van Damme, they are hell-bent on finding the one member of who didn’t go to jail (Lennie James), and who may have the rest of the cash from the Las Vegas job they all did together. When they eventually do find him, they discover that he’s now the sheriff of a dying town, and seems to have no memory of ever doing the job in the first »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Ahead of its North American release next month, a new trailer has debuted for the upcoming action thriller Swelter, which sees Jean-Claude Van Damme leading a cast that includes Lennie James (Snatch), Catalina Sandino Moreno (The Bridge), Grant Bowler (Killer Elite) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2). Take a look after the official synopsis…
“In the vein of the brutal heist drama Reservoir Dogs, the modern crime thriller A History of Violence, and the classic western High Plains Drifter, Swelter is a violent story of greed and retribution.”
Swelter hits DVD, Blu-ray and VOD in the States on August 12th, with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
- Gary Collinson
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
To celebrate the upcoming home-entertainment release of Peter Hyams’ (Timecop, Sudden Death) latest collaboration with Jean-Claude Van Damme – the action thriller Enemies Closer, which is out here in the UK on July 21st – we’ve got an exclusive infographic where you can see how you stack up next to the Muscles from Brussels…
“Deep within a forest on the Us-Canadian border, two sworn enemies must work together to escape a ruthless drug cartel hell-bent on retrieving a drug shipment which went missing there.”
The post Exclusive Jean-Claude Van Damme Infographic: How Do You Compare to the Muscles from Brussels? appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
With a career spanning over 30 years, Hawaiian director Albert Pyun has worked in just about every genre, and forged a reputation as a modern era answer to Ed Wood. Pyun’s career has pretty much entirely taken place in B movies. Almost fifty films ranging from low budget, to virtually no budget. His passion for movie-making is immense and he still works to this day, even through ill-health.
Pyun broke through in the early 80’s with fantasy epic, The Sword and The Sorcerer, which alongside Conan The Barbarian, played it’s part in re-popularising the sword and sorcery genre throughout the 80’s. He followed that with a string of often strange, cult films (Radioactive Dreams being a stand out). Pyun was also at the helm of an unsuccessful Captain America film back »
- Gary Collinson
Independence Day was released in the Us 18 years ago today. Ryan looks at its ongoing impact on how summer movies are made and marketed...
In 1990, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin were Hollywood outsiders. Devlin was a young New York-born actor who'd appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as the 1985 comedy, Real Genius. Emmerich was a German filmmaker whose credits consisted of low-budget films such as The Noah's Ark Principle (1984), and Hollywood-Monster (1987). Emmerich's 1990 film, Moon 44, was about pilots defending mining colonies with space-faring helicopters, and featured a glum-looking Malcolm McDowell.
Dean Devlin was also among Moon 44's cast, and it was here that he forged a partnership with Emmerich: Devlin hated Moon 44's dialogue, so he went and wrote his own. Within two years, they'd made their first film together - Universal Soldier, written by Devlin, directed by Emmerich, and produced by Carolco. »
People who are boycotting Belgian beer in support of Team USA soccer are only screwing themselves out of an opportunity to Drink Good Beer ... so says Samuel Adams founder Jim Koch. Of course, with Team USA's big match against Belgium just hours away -- some Americans are 86'ing all things Belgium from their lives ... waffles, chocolate, Jean-Claude Van Damme, etc. But Koch tells TMZ Sports ... the beer shouldn't suffer. "We hear some people are boycotting »
- TMZ Staff
Sylvester Stallone and his band of geriatric action stars have united on the big screen twice now as The Expendables. The storylines may be generic, and the action may be over the top, but it’s the star power behind the films that really draws in audiences.
Stallone has brought such iconic action film stars as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme into the fold, and is expanding that cast even more in this year’s The Expendables 3. Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, and Wesley Snipes will be joining the fray this time around, in what is being marketed as the final film in the franchise.
Of course, if the film makes money there’s little chance the franchise will actually end. So, how do you go bigger once the likes of Rambo, »
- James Garcia
"True Detective" is now a Jean Claude Van Damme action movie from 1993 - at least according to the delirious cover of his bootleg DVD posted on Reddit, which includes an obviously fake quote from the "Chicago Sun Times" ("Amazing Perform. Full Frontal Action"), lots of explosions and - most baffling of all - the Eiffel Tower (or at least Vegas's McMansion version of the Eiffel Tower). Because...for why, exactly? Also, I'm convinced that bird at top left is the "Hunger Games" mockingjay immediately after being taken down by buckshot. And why yes, that Is Matthew McConaughey's head pasted onto Brad Pitt's body! I don't know why, you guys. I don't. But god love the enterprising individual who put this thing together. #blessed (via Jezebel) »
- Chris Eggertsen
Here are some of the hottest action heroines who could totally rule in the upcoming 'Predator' remake!
News broke today on The Hollywood Reporter that another beloved 80s classic is on the slate for a trendy millennial reboot. This time, it's the iconic action horror Predator, and it's reportedly set to be helmed by Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director/writer Shane Black, who also recently created Iron Man 3!
The original Predator starred an ensemble of classic macho '80s musclemen, led by Arnold Schwarzenegger and co-starring Rocky's Carl Weathers and the pro-wrestler-turned-Minnesota-Governor Jesse Ventura.
But does the sequel still need to adhere to the action-movie tradition of having an all-male cast with a token sexy girl they need to rescue? For a long time, studios saw this as the only way to attract legions of teenage bros to »
Maxine Peake feels like one of Britain’s best kept secrets – as the immensely talented performer still remains in lower-budget, independent productions, shining in everything she’s in, be it comedy or drama. There is always the danger that as she gets older the roles will start drying up – but she’s been given the chance to show off her credentials in the forthcoming feature Keeping Rosy – and Peake told HeyUGuys on the set of the harrowing thriller, that she believes characters of this ilk are actually more interesting.
“Women and men are far more interesting as they get older,” she said. “All that wisdom and experience is fascinating, and I don’t know why we don’t tap in to that more in Britain. We get trapped in what is quite an American thing, where it all has to be about youth and beauty, which is fine to look at, »
- Stefan Pape
Bruce Lee’s short film career left a lasting impression on action cinema. His major breakout hit, Enter The Dragon, set the bar for the martial arts tournament film. When the 80’s rolled around the sub-genre was further popularized with the breakout success of Jean Claude Van Damme with Bloodsport, and then later, Kickboxer. These films seemed to find a willing audience on the big screen, but even more so, on video. These films also appealed to producers too. Unlike perhaps the Rambo style film and all the pyrotechnics and disposable war vehicles required, a good martial arts film could be shot for peanuts.
Step forward legendary low budget producer/director Roger Corman. The formula seemed simple. Pluck a martial arts expert from somewhere and have him fight his way through disposable opponents until fighting the imposing villain of the piece. »
- Gary Collinson
There are some occasions when in-game cameos can be used to surprise, delight and excite gamers. When implemented in the right instance, a surprise appearance can be an extremely memorable part of the game. In recent years we saw World of Warcraft exploit this in their advertising campaigns with the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ozzy Osbourne, Verne Troyer and Shatner lending their image to Blizzard’s Mmorpg, creating a great deal of publicity as a result.
Blizzard may have used this tactic but a few years ago but game developers have been using cameo appearances for decades. However, on many occasions we see comically ridiculous cameos shoehorned into a game, presumably to try and garner some cheap exposure. The cameo could be motivated by an aging celebrity desperately trying to maintain their relevancy or a game’s developer trying to give a nod to another fictional franchise. »
- Sam Heard
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