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The hit man has been a recognisable figure in our dramatic literature since at least the time Richard III and Macbeth hired anonymous murderers to do their dirty work, though the actual term didn't become widely used outside the American underworld until the 1960s. There are now so many around that they take in apprentices, especially when they start ageing. In serious Hollywood thriller The Mechanic (1972), hitman Charles Bronson offers informal indentures to Jan-Michael Vincent, as does Jean Rochefort to Guillaume Depardieu in the French comedy Wild Target (1993). A tradition of sorts is now developing. In Stephen Frears's The Hit (1984), dead-keen pupil Tim Roth is taken on as assistant to jaded hitman John Hurt, Thirty years later, in The Liability, Roth has become Roy, a middle-aged hitman who engages a teenager to help him carry out his final killing.
The Liability is a black comedy, »
- Philip French
Besides the fact that I doubt we'll see a more deft, thrilling genre film this year, I'm very pleased that Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin addresses a number of issues that revenge films have been overlooking for decades. For example, after you've been irrevocably wronged and made it your mission to set that right, what if you can't afford a gun? Guns are expensive. If you get a gun, which one do you get and how long do you need to spend learning to shoot it? Okay, screw the gun, let's go with a knife... but if you kill one person with a knife, won't there likely be others who want to kill you back? I'd like to go on about the ways that Charles Bronson...
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I’m not sure we’ll get every story of heroism, bravery, and ingenuity that made World War II so endlessly fascinating, but by now we seem to have gotten the best of them. The war had a scope involving millions of people on a global scale never seen before so the stories of the atrocities and acts of mercy continue to be uncovered and justly celebrated. And yet, one of the most enduring tales was not about a battle. Instead, the true story of the massive escape from Germany’s Stalag Luft III demonstrates a never-say-die attitude that demoralized the enemy. Thinking themselves clever, the Nazis collected their most troublesome prisoners and placed them in one facility, thinking they would be able to keep a better eye on them. They were all officers and treated a such, with the expectation that they would not cause trouble.
What the Germans »
- Robert Greenberger
Bullets Don't Argue! week continues at Trailers from Hell with filmmaker Darren Bousman introducing Michael Winner's international smash hit "Death Wish," which made Charles Bronson a superstar for the rest of his career.Winner's provocative saga of a grieving father's vigilante vengeance became a Nixon-era touchstone that engendered four increasingly exploitative sequels over the next two decades. Hard to imagine what originally slated director Sidney Lumet would have made of this with Jack Lemmon in the lead. »
- Trailers From Hell
Chicago – Mother’s Day is gone (hope you were nice to mom) and so the studios begin the push for Blu-ray titles perfect for Father’s Day gifts. The coming weeks will see reissues of Clint Eastwood classics, “The Mad Max Trilogy,” and much more, but it started last week with Fox/MGM’s reissue of the super-alpha-male “The Great Escape,” timed to its 50th anniversary. It’s been half-a-century since this mas macho classic became a box office smash and Oscar nominee. It’s held up pretty well even if the Blu-ray release isn’t a great one. Dad will likely just love the movie anyway.
“The Great Escape” features a stellar story but it’s really about the massive star power of its cast — James Garner, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Charles Bronson…sorry, Expendables, this may be the most macho cast of all time. They were almost »
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The Great Escape is finally available for the first time ever on Blu-ray, giving fans of this World War II action-adventure a chance to experience the film in high definition. Steve McQueen leads an all-star cast in director John Sturges' 1963 classic, centering on a group of American soldiers determined to break out of a German prison camp. In honor of this film's 50th anniversary, we have a contest where fans can win a copy of this Blu-ray. Find out how you can win below.
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The Great Escape Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This The Great Escape Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates The Great Escape‘s release on Blu-ray on May 7, 2013. John Sturges‘ The Great Escape stars Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, Charles Bronson, Donald Pleasence, James Coburn, David McCallum, Gordon Jackson, John Leyton, Nigel Stock, [...]
Continue reading: Contest: The Great Escape (1963) Blu-ray: McQueen Absconds with POWs »
- Rollo Tomasi
Price: Blu-ray $29.95 each
Studio: Twilight Time
The action-drama Hard Times, Hill’s first directorial effort, stars Charles Bronson (The Great Escape) as a drifter who travels to Louisiana during The Depression and and begins competing in illegal bare-knuckled boxing matches. After his first bout, he hooks up with one of the fight’s fast-talking organizers (James Coburn, Duck You Sucker) to set him up with more matches, with mixed and often painful results…
Hill’s second film, the action-filled crime drama The Driver, stars Ryan O’Neal (Barry Lyndon) as a professional guy-behind-the-wheel who steals cars to drive as getaway vehicles for big-time robberies in Los Angeles. Hot »
Super-8 Movie Madness at the Way Out Club will be held on Tuesday May 7th from 8pm to Midnight. These are Super-8 Sound films condensed from features and will be projected on a large screen. Admission is only Three Dollars !!!!
There’s no theme this month but we are showing four films in the jumbo, 2-reel, 35-minute format. They are: The Empire Strikes Back, Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, Charles Bronson and Steve McQueen in The Magnificent Seven, and Michael Caine in The Island.
The other films we’re showing (average length: 12 minutes) are: Bob Hope and Jane Russell in Paleface, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Hammer Horror Twins Of Evil, the Marx Brothers in Night At The Opera, Tarantula, Tura Satana in Astro Zombies, the skeleton battle from Jason And The Argonauts, and the Little Rascals short Hooky Spooky.
The Way Out Club is »
- Tom Stockman
MGM's World War II classic adventure The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn is speeding onto Blu-ray for the first time on May 7 in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Thanks to the fine folks at MGM Home Entertainment, we have two copies of The Great Escape on Blu-ray that will be awarded to a pair of lucky readers in this contest.
All you have to do for a chance to win The Great Escape on Blu-ray is fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.
Based on a true story set in 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 1 May 2013 - 09:34
Blood, guts and controversy abound, as we delve back to look at the evolving gore and mayhem in a dozen 80s videogames...
Ah, the 80s. The decade of video nasties, The A-Team, Boy George and Ronald Reagan. A time of conspicuous consumption and voluminous hair, the 80s was also the decade where videogames rapidly evolved, from the blocky 8-bit computers and consoles at its beginning, to the more powerful 16-bit systems at its end.
The 80s was also a period where the depiction of videogame gore would be realised with ever greater detail - much to the consternation of media watchdogs, who commonly regarded games as bleepy toys for children. The mainstream furore which would greet Mortal Kombat was still just over the horizon, but from the start of the start of the decade to its end, mischievous (and sometimes cynical, it has »
One of the main questions we were all left with at the end of The Avengers was, of course, what comes next? The answer, we believed, would have something to do with Thanos. That brilliant post-credits appearance just couldn’t have been more tantalising. So naturally, the anticipation is riding on high for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2, which will be closing out Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015.
Best not to read on if you don’t want to know much about Phase Two or beyond.
Speaking at a recent red carpet premiere for Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, Whedon spoke a little about Thanos, and his comments would suggest that The Avengers 2 isn’t going to feature the be-all end-all mighty showdown between The Avengers and the Titan. It sounds like that could still be some ways down the line.
The video below, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Even though we won't see The Avengers 2 until 2015, it's always nice to hear director Joss Whedon talk about it and tease some things we should look forward to seeing. In Whedon's most recent interview with Desde Hollywood, he discusses Thanos' role in the movie, and how he's saving him for the big finale...
Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful, he is not someone you can just trot out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for the big finale. He is definitely a part of what I've got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful, but they're not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment.
The site that did the interview goes »
- Joey Paur
Here's what the filmmaker had to say about possibly saving the villain for the finale, The Avengers 3.
"Well, Thanos is more powerful. He is so powerful he is not someone you can just try out and punch him. Like he did in the comics, you want him to be threading through the universe and to save the big finale for 'the big finally'. He is definitely a part of what I have got going on. The thing about the Avengers is that they are very powerful but not very stable. So, there will definitely be some people that will shake them up in the next installment."
When asked about Robert Downey Jr.'s future playing Tony Stark, after recent »
By Eddie Wright
In the April 23rd issue of GQ Robert Down Jr. expressed some doubt about his continuing on as Iron Man following "Iron Man 3" and the sequel to "Marvel's The Avengers" (and like 500 more cameos). He said, "How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun?"
Gwyneth Paltrow then claimed that she doesn't think there will be an "Iron Man 4" at all, saying "I think we’re done with Iron Man." I'm sure what she meant was there won't be an "Iron Man 4" starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow, but there will certainly be an "Iron Man 4."
While speaking with Desde Hollywood, Joss Whedon shared his thoughts on the potential exit of Marvel Cinematic Universe centerpiece Downey Jr. He said:
I am not the guy who has to worry about him being replaced. He is Iron Man at this point. »
- MTV News Team
This year, The Great Escape celebrates its golden anniversary. To honor the 50th anniversary of that film’s release, we’ve compiled 50 interesting facts about the film, actors, the true story, the novel and more, and we’re giving two lucky North American readers the chance to win the anniversary blu-ray of the film.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment are proud to announce that The Great Escape will arrive on Blu-ray for the first time on May 7, 2013. Based on a true story, The Great Escape is “a motion picture that entertains, captivates, thrills and stirs” (Variety). In 1943, the Germans opened a maximum-security prison-of-war camp, designed to hold even the craftiest escape artists. By doing so, they unwittingly assembled the finest escape team in military history – brilliantly portrayed by Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, and James Coburn – who worked on what became the largest prison breakout ever attempted. »
- Simon Gallagher
Overlooked and Underrated Week continues at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Sean Penn's directorial debut "The Indian Runner," starring Viggo Mortensen.Actor Sean Penn wrote and directed this unheralded '60s era Nebraska-set drama inspired by Bruce Springsteen's song "Highway Patrolman." The last film of actress Sandy Dennis, who plays the wife of Charles Bronson in one of his last substantial dramatic roles. Look for Benicio Del Toro in his third film appearance. »
- Trailers From Hell
Hey gang, Mark here. Jack’s on holiday this week so I’ll be covering for him this and next week and then adding my own two cents to his ten dollars. I’ll try not to mess up the furniture arrangement.
Saga #12, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples, Image
Saga is always exceptional, and this week is no exception. With this issue they finish up the second story arc and their first year (happy anniversary, guys!) with a look at the series’ most disturbed antagonist, Prince Robot IV, as he arrives on a distant planet to investigate a lead from earlier on. This is largely a two-hander as His Highness probes intergalactic novelist D. Oswald Heist’s literary pacifism and the possibility that everybody’s favourite crossbreeders Alana and Marko might want to pay him a visit.
The book’s mix of heartbreaking flashback, rising tension and dry, writerly self-deprecation »
- Mark Allen
Actress Sara Montiel, one of the great stars of Spanish film, died Monday in her home in Madrid, Spanish newswire Efe reports. She was 85.
The cause of death was not yet clear from Spanish news reports, though Montiel likely died from natural causes, according to ABC.
Born in 1928 in the town of Campo de Criptana with the name María Antonia Abad Fernández, Montiel was among the first Spaniards to cross into Hollywood, where she shared the screen with legends like Gary Cooper, Charles Bronson and Burt Lancaster before returning to conquer the world of Spanish cinema.
“In Mexico and the United States I had to get up at 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning,” the actress said in an interview with Spanish daily El País, recalling the days before she returned to the country of her birth. “Never again!”
Montiel is perhaps best known in Spain for her role in »
- The Huffington Post
Blu-ray Release Date: May 7, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: MGM/20th Century Fox
Classic action film The Great Escape was remastered for this Blu-ray release, its high-definition debut in honor of the movie’s 50th anniversary.
The 1963 adventure film, based on the book by Paul Brickhill, tells the story of a group of allied POWs in a World War II camp who plan the escape of several hundred of their fellow prisoners.
The acclaimed cast includes Steve McQueen (Le Mans), James Garner (The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park), Charles Bronson (Once Upon a Time in the West), Donald Pleasence (Escape From New York) and James Coburn (The Man From Elysian Fields).
Inspired by a true story, The Great Escape was nominated for an Oscar for its editing and is one of the American Film Institute’s 100 Most Thrilling American Films.
The Blu-ray contains these special features:
audio commentary by director John Sturges »
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