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Who doesn’t love a good revenge movie? From the likes of Charles Bronson in Death Wish to Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave, revenge movies have been a staple of “the movies” for years. But there’s never been a revenge movie quite like Revenge For Jolly!
Everyone knows‘man’s best friend is his dog. But in Harry’s case his dog Jolly is not just his best friend, he is his only source of joy in life. In debt to the wrong kind of people Harry is thinking of skipping town and taking his dog Jolly with him. As a last hurrah before leaving he visits his cousin Cecil for dinner, returning home in the morning to pack up his life »
- Phil Wheat
“One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them; just standin’ on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place, and a fall, and Boo Radley had come out.”
The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Il (just outside St. Louis) will be hosting two screenings of the beloved, Oscar-winning 1963 classic To Kill A Mockingbird on Thursday May 15th at 3pm and at 7pm. They’re calling the event Memories of Mockingbird: An Evening with “Scout”.
Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the film will be attendance to answer questions and sign autographs. Guests will hear Badham’s perspective on the impact of this important film and have an opportunity to meet and get a “Selfie with Scout.” Ms Badham was just ten years »
- Tom Stockman
Packaged as a non-stop action extravaganza, David Ayers’ (“End of Watch”) “Sabotage” is not the movie you expect. That’s not to say there aren’t big action pieces, the structure is bookended by the two most notable incidents, but the main narrative thrust is supposed to be a mystery, though we’re not talking about a particularly mysterious, or memorable, mystery. And not one overly concerned with finding answers, either. The end result is never really in question, but that doesn’t matter, that’s not the point. What “Sabotage” is, at the film’s heart, is an excuse to watch Arnold Schwarzenegger be a complete and total badass. Nasty, mean, and appallingly violent at times, this is a film not even necessarily for Arnold fans, but for fans of pulpy late 1970s/early 1980s revenge tales, the kind that star Charles Bronson. “Sabotage” is like a bloodier version »
- Brent McKnight
However one critic hailed the thriller as "riveting, unsettling, important, and poignant."
Main Street Films launched the film starring Battlestar Galactica.s Jamie Bamber as John Doe, a self-styled vigilante who is on trial for 33 murders, on 20 screens in California, Colorado and Arizona.
The screenplay by Stephen M. Coates follows a vigilante group called Speak for the Dead which supports Doe.s cause while he.s in prison, igniting a debate about justice versus vengeance. Lachy Hulme (Offspring, Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story, The Matrix Revolutions) plays a reporter who is trying to uncover the true story about Doe..
- Don Groves
Interview Duncan Bowles 13 Mar 2014 - 06:29
The last but one answer in this interview has a slight spoiler for Muppets Most Wanted.
If there’s one thing I discovered from our chat with Danny Trejo, it’s that he laughs a lot. For an actor who’s made a career out of playing bad asses whose actions speak louder than words, it was a strange thing to hear him so openly chuckling – when our call was connected I asked how he was doing and he replied “Great, we were just talking about Mel Brooks and Blazing Saddles – probably before your time, but it’s really funny!” and what followed was one of the most entertaining interviews I’ve ever done.
We were lucky enough to get a good amount of Mr Trejo’s time, »
Easily amongst the coolest and toughest actors in film, Danny Trejo is undoubtedly one of the most recognisable faces in the action genre today. With a variety of credits to his name including Desperado and Heat it comes as no surprise the veteran of the industry is still enjoying success today with the Machete franchise as well as other films. He even inspired us to look at ten of his compadres in the arena of cinematic badassery yesterday.
HeyUGuys: How does it feel to be a cult icon?
Well, you know they say I’ve gone from ex-con to icon. I’ve got to keep myself in check, I am just a worker. Everybody knows me from my job and it’s a blessing.
[Bullet] is a story about a »
- Thomas Alexander
★★★☆☆Action movies are typically a young man's genre but an older man's game. The real tough cookies have been thickened by years of experience, driven to solitude by guilt, and are embittered by the system they have operated in for too long. At the age of 61, Liam Neeson continues to rebrand himself as a sort of latter-day Charles Bronson with Non-Stop (2014), a deliriously silly doomed-airline thriller that's all the right kinds of ridiculous. The latest in the new wave of Neesploitation films, he teams up again with Juame Collet-Serra, director of 2011 thriller Unknown, for more quasi-Hitchcockian second-guessing and shadow chasing.
- CineVue UK
The Chinese action epic The Grandmaster was nominated this year for two Academy Awards – Best Costume and Best Cinematography. It didn’t win either but now you can own the DVD of The Grandmaster and see what all the fuss is about. The Grandmaster is the story of Ip Man, the Wing Chun martial-arts legend who trained Bruce Lee, and it was directed by the acclaimed Wong Kar-wai. Read Jim Batt’s review of the film Here and my review of the Blu-ray Here.
We Are Movie Geeks has, courtesy of Anchor Bay, three copies of the DVD to give away to lucky readers. All you have to do is leave a comment here and tell me your favorite movie with the either the word ‘grand’ or the word ‘master’ in the title (mine would be Master Of The World because it stars Vincent Price and Charles Bronson).
We’ll choose the winners next week. »
- Tom Stockman
“I will find you and I will kill you.” For Liam Neeson, 2009's Taken was a career rebirth that gave him a coherent persona after decades of hard work with no clear through line. The actor thought the trashy film would end up going straight to DVD, and initial response to its trailers and premise — respected thespian slums it like Charles Bronson — trended toward incredulous giggles. An unexpected hit, to the tune of $225 million worldwide, it was a catalyst for more of the same. Neeson’s dip into the “tough old man” genre has extended to six movies, little more than a fourth of the staggering 21 movies the actor’s been in since 2009. It’s a diverse body of appearances — witness his recent, admirably goofy appearance in The Lego Movie. But those action vehicles have come to define his career, and this weekend's Non-Stop is the logical culmination »
- Vadim Rizov
With Non-Stop, Liam Neeson continues his “Old-Grizzled Man Against the World” phase—a neo-Charles Bronson personality that isn’t afraid to kick ass and take names. Largely typecast for weighty biopics early on in his career with a slight Phantom Menace stopover dotted right in the middle, it is most obviously the out-of-nowhere 2008 megahit Taken that has largely defined the timbre of his recent output (save for a few outliers like the ridiculously good Lego Movie). Who could have thought Oskar Schindler could be such a badass?
All kidding aside, Neeson has managed to whittle his usually slender Irish visage and dulcet brogue into a brawny sexagenarian persona battered by body and mind alike through thrillers like The Grey or Unknown (also directed by Non-Stop helmer Jaume Collet-Serra) quite nicely. It’s a mixture of Neeson’s preternatural ability to both make you sympathize with him via his acting »
- Sean Hutchinson
Continuing his prodigious run of duosyllabic, Euro-financed action movies, Liam Neeson is back with a gun in his hand and a weary grimace on his long Irish mug in “Non-Stop,” a sometimes inspired, mostly serviceable doomed-airliner thriller that reunites its star with “Unknown” director Jaume Collet-Serra for another round of pseudo-Hitchcockian hijinks. Lacking anywhere near as clever as script this time, Neeson and Collet-Serra put this wronged-man programmer dutifully through its paces, with plenty of the gruff machismo and close-quarters grappling that have made the 61-year-old actor a late-career global action star. (Can an “Expendables” cameo be far in the future?) Turnstiles should click briskly for this Studiocanal/Joel Silver co-production, which opens overseas today, 48 hours ahead of its Stateside bow.
- Scott Foundas
Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.
Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.
Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »
- Ben Child
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
James Watkins had written »
From its double-digit body count to the Dirty Harry-like intensity with which its protagonist (Stellan Skarsgard) goes about avenging his son’s murder, “In Order of Disappearance” feels more like an American crime thriller than virtually anything Scandinavia has produced before. Slick, clever and powered by the conviction that sooner or later justice will be served, Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s darkly comedic picture — his fourth collaboration with Skarsgard — could certainly pass for a Hollywood studio release in all technical respects, and if only the dialogue were in English, “Disappearance” might be looking at some serious domestic box office. Pic should still do nicely for the right specialty label.
Nils Dickman (Skarsgard) doesn’t get worked up about much in life. An even-keeled Dane living in an iced-over Norwegian backwater, he dutifully spends his days clearing the roads with his giant yellow snowplow — which, incidentally, turns out to be »
- Peter Debruge
Hot off the news that The Transporter is set to be rebooted by Luc Besson, minus a Jason Statham, we’re hearing via The Hollywood Reporter that the Stath will return for a sequel to one of his other, slightly less seen films.c
The Mechanic, released in 2011, was actually a loose remake of a Charles Bronson movie, and only took just above $50 million in box-office receipts around the world from a $40 million budget. That has not stopped Nu Image shopping around a proposed sequel to the film over in Berlin this week.
Rumour is that Dennis Gansel (The Fourth State) is all set to direct the film with Statham returning as assassin Arthur Bishop.
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- Paul Heath
Jason Statham is more than a man – he’s a brand. The actor/athlete’s name is now synonymous with the B-movie action flicks that are peppered throughout each and every movie year – most prominently in series like The Transporter or Crank. In fact, Statham has so many single-word or “The” titles on his filmography that its little surprise that some of them are already being tapped for reboots, while others are being developed into multi-film franchise properties.
Specifically, Statham’s action movie breakout film The Transporter is (sort of) being rebooted into a whole new trilogy; meanwhile, the Statham-led 2011 remake of Charles Bronson’s The Mechanic is getting a sequel film. The catch? Statham will only be ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
It isn't known if the project has a screenwriter attached yet, but Nu Image is currently shopping the sequel to buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin. The original movie, a remake of the 1972 film of the same name which starred Charles Bronson, follows Arthur Bishop, an assassin who lives by a strict code of conduct, and has a penchant for making his killings look like accidental deaths. It isn't clear yet if The Mechanic co-star Ben Foster or any other cast members will reprise their roles for the sequel.
For a movie that just barely squeaked even when it was released theatrically 3 years ago, it’s surprising someone thought there was enough of an audience for Jason Statham’s “The Mechanic,” a remake of the Charles Bronson movie, to greenlight a sequel. Not only greenlight a sequel, but a director has since been attached in “The Fourth State’s” Dennis Gansel. Starring Statham and Ben Foster as a pair of hitmen, “The Mechanic” went on to earn $51 million worldwide from a $40 million dollar budget. While no one in their right mind would classify the movie as a box office hit when it was released in 2011, the film did go on to earn $16 million on DVD and Blu-ray according to The-Numbers.com. That, apparently, might have been the impetus for the producers to announce the sequel, with Statham signed on to reprise his role from the first movie. Statham previously played Arthur Bishop, »
It would seem that even Jason Statham has his limits. The action star doesn't always have the most discerning decision making process, and combined with a rather limited and defined range, it means his movies usually fit into a very specific box. But when it comes to the franchise that made his name, he's walking away from it slowly (as something surely explodes behind him). The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Luc Besson's EuropaCorp has given the green light to "Transporter 4," but Statham won't be back. Instead, the film will kick off a potential trilogy detailing Frank Martin's origin story. Good lord. So sorry Chris Vance fans, that probably means the star of the "Transporter" TV series won't be leaping to his own movie. But if you need more Statham in your life, not to worry, as he's reprising his role in a sequel to a movie you probably forgot about. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Based on a true story, "Dbc" stars Matthew McConaughey as Ron Woodroof, a good old boy diagnosed with HIV and given 30 days to live. He begins importing non-fda approved drugs into the Us to treat himself and begins selling them to other people living with HIV as part of a buyers club. Jared Leto plays his business partner and friend Rayon, a transgender woman who also has HIV.
Why We're In: Although "Dbc" has been criticized for some of its more liberal interpretation of the facts, strong performances have earned this movie six Oscar nominations.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Jules and Jim" (Criterion)
Why We're In: The movie »
- Jenni Miller
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