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The problem with the new Revenge of the Green Dragons is that co-director Andrew Lau and executive producer Martin Scorsese are already joined at the hip over a previous story, which Lau made as Infernal Affairs before Scorsese re-made it as The Departed. Although Revenge of the Green Dragons is an entirely different type of story than those two films, it will inevitably be compared to them, as well as every other classic that the two men have made, and it suffers badly from the comparison.
Of all the films in Lau’s and Scorsese’s catalogs, this most closely resembles Goodfellas, right down to the omnipresent voiceover narration by the lead character. Sonny (Justin Chon of the Twilight series) immigrates to America as a small child, and »
- Mark Young
The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.
Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »
- Timothy Monforton
While Revenge Of The Green Dragons is supposed to be a historically relevant glimpse into the Queens gang scene circa 1980, it feels very much like a cartoonish riff off of Walter Hill’s The Warriors. The Scorsese-produced film comes with a certain pedigree since Wai-keung Lau (Infernal Affairs) represents half of the directorial duo, joined by Andrew Loo, yet the clunky narrative scripted by Loo and Michael Di Jiacomo fails to properly grasp the thematic gravity of illegal immigration. The Green Dragons are the baddest mamma jammas this side of Queens, yet their foolishly ambitious nature only paves a cinematic road towards random gang shootouts, weightless acting and a faulty focus on pulpy action over more emotionally jarring factors about immigrants chasing the American dream.
- Matt Donato
Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Nov. 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company
The action-packed, graphic novel-styled thriller Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is the decade-later sequel to 2005’s Sin City, both of which are directed Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez (The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl).
We don't know your opinion, but we definitely think Eva Green is A Dame to Kill For.
The film is filled with scandal, murder, betrayal and mystery revolving around the lives of those swept up in a crime-filled underworld. Weaving together two of Miller’s classic stories with new tales, Sin City’s most hard boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
As part of Vulture's Horror Week, we spoke to actors who each had memorable movie deaths. Two of the stars from Carrie, Ray Liotta, Rose McGowan, the Final Destination tanning-bed girls, and several others looked back on their gory demises. Betty Buckley Carrie Buckley plays Carrie's gym teacher, Miss Collins, who is killed during the film's climactic, blood-soaked prom-night massacre. We all gathered to watch each other’s death scenes, and we’d go out and party afterwards to celebrate that a character had been bumped off. But in the days before that, the whole prom construction took quite a while. This contraption they built for Ms. Collins’s death scene was a basketball backboard that was on a pendulum. There was a foot of balsam wood that would take the hit against the body. They planned it so that we shot four takes with the pendulum falling and then »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Dragon Seed: Lau & Loo’s Dissatisfying NYC Chinese Gang Saga
Martin Scorsese appears as executive producer on Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo’s Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is no surprise considering he famously remade Lau’s 2002 film Infernal Affairs as The Departed (2006). Featuring a gritty period portrait of gangland warfare in New Your City, it’s clearly the sort of material that Scorsese seems to be attracted to, and thematically, one could even say there are influences of titles like Mean Streets (1973) or Goodfellas (1990) in the mix, with slight homages here and there. But the similiarites are only skin deep. This saga, which is actually based on fact, feels too zany and forthright, any realistic human elements crushed beneath its predilection for exaggerated, dramatic performances and hyperviolence.
In 1983 Flushing, a young boy, Sonny, crosses into the Us without parents. Snakehead Mama (Eugenia Yuan), head of a Chinese »
- Nicholas Bell
Revenge Of The Green Dragons A24 Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: C Director: Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo Screenplay: Michael Di Jiacomo, Andrew Loo Cast: Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Ray Liotta, Jin Auyeung, Shuya Chang, Carl Li Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 9/8/14 Opens: October 24, 2014 If I remember the dates correctly, during the late 1970s, decades after the Communists took control of the Chinese mainland, power shifted outside of China, as the Communists destroyed the local gangs, some of whose members emigrated to New York. Wars raged in New York’s Chinatown in 1977 between Chinese gangs centering on Mott Street [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
“Are you a firestarter?” That’s the deceptively flippant question repeatedly leveled at Patrick Wilson’s in-over-his-head limo driver by batshit billionaire client Roger Kairos (Chris Pine), who lands the poor guy – named Kevin and nicknamed Stretch – in a whole world of trouble over one crazy night during this wildly entertaining action farce (simply titled Stretch).
Although it takes a long while to figure out an answer, audiences should already know going in that there’s at least one firestarter involved in this production – director Joe Carnahan. Throughout his career, the helmer has delivered more than his fair share of stylish flicks winkingly infused with genre tropes and over-the-top, testosterone-fueled action. Whatever project he’s working on, Carnahan goes at it with equal parts intensity and intelligence. Consequently, he’s delivered an outstanding range of films, some which deal in hopped-up machismo fantasies (The A-Team) and others which work more »
- Isaac Feldberg
.Kill the Messenger. arrives in theaters near you but is this film worthy of Jeremy Renner.s performance? Here.s what I can tell you. The movie is scary! Why? Because it happened in real life! Take a look at my review!
Official .Kill the Messenger. Synopsis
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner ("The Bourne Legacy") leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications. »
Read Jim Batts’ review Here.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with director Michael Cuesta, along with a small group of press, to talk about the film. Check it out below.
Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Bourne Legacy”) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb. Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation’s streets…and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, »
- Melissa Howland
Manny Camacho interviews action film star Gary Daniels…
Waking up at 4:30 Am is not something many of us like to do. Waking up to go to work at such an ungodly hour is usually far worse. However, waking up at this ungodly hour to go to work because I get to interview a martial art and action star I grew up watching…that is a treat!
Gary Daniels is a prolific actor and martial artist that has been in films on both sides of the pond for over 25 years. He got his start with a variety of talented people in the industry like Jackie Chan, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Lorenzo Lamas, Richard Norton, Malcolm McDowell, Costas Mandylor and a variety of others.
- Manny Camacho
As the worlds of video games and movies become more entwined, the more difficult it gets to tell them apart. Nowadays blockbusters in both fields cost roughly the same amount to make, sell as much as each other, and both star Kevin Spacey. The plots in video games begin to resemble films, as action sequences in films begin to resemble video games. For the most part the line between the two remains relatively strong in that, well, there’s yet to be a film where your decisions affect the outcome of the ending (Clue aside) – but the blur continues as more and more “proper” actors start lending their likenesses and voices to games.
Spacey’s appearance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is just the latest in a long line of those tempted by the decent pay packet and probably the smaller amount of work needed to just fart »
- Tom Baker
Acclaimed actress Shabana Azmi has joined the cast of Hollywood’s The Black Prince, a film telling the tragic yet fascinating true story of Maharaja Duleep Singh the last King of the Sikh Empire in Punjab. Son of the powerful ruler Ranjit Singh, he was born in 1838 and placed on the throne at the age of 5 after the death of his father. In 1849, when Punjab was annexed to British India, the young prince was removed from the throne and eventually sent off to England. His attempts to return to India and reclaim his kingdom were thwarted by the British. He ended up a pauper, dying alone in a Paris hotel in 1893.
One of the most highly respected actresses in India, Shabana Azmi has appeared »
- Stacey Yount
Jeremy Renner and director Michael Cuesta braved the red carpet on Thursday night for the premiere of their gritty new docudrama “Kill the Messenger,” based on the life of late San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb.
Webb’s stories exposed connections between South Central crack cartels, and CIA-funded paramilitaries in Nicaragua and solicited a shaming campaign from other papers (and, by some reports, government intimidation) before he took his own life in 2004.
“The thing is, Gary actually wasn’t a whistleblower,” said “Homeland” veteran Cuesta. “He was a journalist. He was just doing his f—ing job. Before the script came to my attention, I didn’t know the grind that he went through, the discreditation campaign, the price that he paid; so that really made me want to make this movie. There’s a sense of knowing that this thing he’s tapped into is way bigger, but he doesn’t stop. »
- Steve Macfarlane
To Live and Drive in La: Carnahan’s Trip into Hollyweird
In an unprecedented and surprisingly brusque move, Universal chose to dump Joe Carnahan’s latest film, Stretch into a sole VOD platform release, bypassing a theatrical run completely. While this signifies the studio’s lack of confidence in the title, it’s most likely a herald of things to come for filmmakers working within the system. The rule of thumb in the film industry used to be that you’re only as good as your last picture, but Carnahan received some of the best notices of his directorial career with 2012’s The Grey—it no longer seems to matter just how well your last picture performed. In defense of the eclectic director’s tastes, his latest is a bizarre romp through Tinseltown that never adheres to a particular mold, making it a rather tough sell but pleasantly offbeat feature, »
- Nicholas Bell
Opening this weekend is director Michael Cuesta's (Homeland, Dexter) dramatic thriller Kill the Messenger. Based on the true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. His investigation not only threatened to ruin his career, but also his life and the life of his family. The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Platt, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Patrick, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Paz Vega. For more on Kill the Messenger (which I thought was really well done), watch the trailer. Last week I sat down with Michael Cuesta for an extended video interview. He talked about balancing fact and fiction while bringing this story to the screen, his first cut, deleted scenes, working with Renner, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Kill the Messenger, out Friday, asks Jeremy Renner to portray Gary Webb, the San Jose Mercury News Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative journalist as he undergoes a controversial investigation into a CIA conspiracy in Nicaragua that led to America's cocaine epidemic. Also starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia, Tim Blake Nelson, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Paz Vega, Rosemarie DeWitt and Ray Liotta, the cautionary tale marks Michael Cuesta's first big-screen feature since his major television success with Homeland. The Focus Features title opens in 374 theaters in select markets. Watch more 'Kill the Messenger': Jeremy Renner Deconstructs Journalist Gary Webb's
- Ashley Lee
“Stop the presses” was a line of dialogue used in all manner of thrillers and mysteries throughout Hollywood’s Golden age as a reflection of the movies’ love affair with newspapers and crusading reporters. Now this romance has had its bumps, since for every The Front Page or His Girl Friday, there’s a Citizen Kane who created news events to sell copy. But overall, the seekers of truth, the reporters have been the heroes in cinema (is it any wonder that Superman’s human disguise is that of “mild, mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper”?). One of the best examples may be 1976′s All The President’S Men with Woodward and Bernstein as an investigative dynamic duo who would follow every lead, turn over every rock in order to publish the facts. The fourth estate isn’t what it used to be in today’s world what with »
- Jim Batts
An insane red-band trailer has been released for director Joe Carnahan's awesome-looking new movie Stretch. Patrick Wilson stars in the film and plays "a down-on-his-luck chauffeur looking to relieve his debt by driving around a mysterious billionaire who drags him to hell and back."
This dark and wacky comedic adventure will not be getting a theatrical release. It was just way too over-the-top and crazy for the studio, but the movie is currently available to watch on digital outlets and VOD. So if you want to watch it right now you can!
This latest trailer embraces the red-band label and includes violence, cussing, nudity, and other weird stuff. The wildly fast-paced film co-stars Norman Reedus, Jessica Alba, Chris Pine, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, Ray Liotta, Mindy Robinson, Randy Couture, and David Hasselhoff. »
- Joey Paur
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