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The second Hercules movie we’ve reviewed here in the space of a week, Hercules Reborn is a product of mockbuster kings The Asylum and unlike The Legend of Hercules, which told the story of Hercules discovering who he is, this iteration of the mythical hero’s take takes place after he kills his wife and children in a fit of madness and is now living in exile, banished for the murders. However when the bride of Arius, an officer in the Greek army, is seized during a bloody coup by a ruthless Greek general, the soldier turns to the legendary Hercules for help. Initially Hercules refuses, but when he sees this as a chance for salvation, he agrees to help Arius. Together they must battle the general’s army, »
- Phil Wheat
Let us play the “Name Game”, shall we? Since we all are part of the experience here at the entertainment website known as Sound on Sight maybe we should pay homage to our online destination by celebrating it in an unconventional manner? Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.
However you may perceive this experimentation as being rather gimmicky and silly please realize that this movie column is also a means to recognize a few movie titles that are unfamiliar or perhaps a first-time discovery to some of you out there that never heard some of these cinematic selections. There may be a couple of well-known films in the bunch but collectively the features being mentioned in Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles are aptly presented based on the theme at hand. »
- Frank Ochieng
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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According to Variety, Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, Blue Jasmine) is in talks to join Mission: Impossible 5. His mission, if he chooses to accept it, is to play a high-ranking CIA officer to oversee Tom Cruise’s division, similar to the role played by Laurence Fishburne (Hannibal, The Matrix) in Mission: Impossible III.
All other details about the film have been kept under wraps, though we should likely hear more news soon as it begins production in August for a December 25, 2015 release date. Directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), the film stars Tom Cruise, Rebecca Furguson (The White Queen), Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), Simon Pegg (The World’s End) and Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction).
We’ll have more news about Mission: Impossible 5 as it develops.
- James Garcia
Looks like Alec Baldwin will be drawing on whatever CIA knowledge he picked up playing Jack Ryan in The Hunt For Red October back in 1990, as he’s now being recruited to play the head of the agency in Mission: Impossible 5.Christopher McQuarrie wants Baldwin for the role, although he hasn’t yet chosen to accept the assignment. Assuming he signs on the dotted line, he’ll join Tom Cruise and a cast that likely includes Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner and franchise good-luck charm Ving Rhames for the fifth outing of the venerable action series. This time it promises to do explosive things to London, among other locales. He's not the only person that Cruise and McQuarrie are targeting: Rebecca Ferguson, who you might have seen on TV's The White Queen, is set to play a femme fatale. Baldwin's also in talks for Will Smith’s latest, the still-untitled »
Over the last 18 years, the Mission: Impossible franchise has lined up an impressive list of actresses to play opposite Tom Cruise' Ethan Hunt. On that list are Emmanuelle Béart, Thande Newton, Michelle Monaghan, Keri Russell, Maggie Q, and Paula Patton - and now the latest female lead has been found for Mission: Impossible 5. Word has come down that Rebecca Ferguson, the lead of the BBC series The White Queen, has taken a key role in the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise. Set to be directed by Christopher McQuarrie and based on a script by Iron Man 3's Drew Pearce, Mission: Impossible 5 doesn't currently have an official plot synopsis, but is expected to bring back the stars from Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - including Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and the aforementioned Paula Patton (not to mention possibly Ving Rhames and Michelle Monaghan). Deadline »
If a deal is finalized, Alec Baldwin will play a high-ranking CIA officer who oversees the division lead by Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt. The role is reportedly similar to Laurence Fishburne's Theodore Brassel in 2006's Mission: Impossible III.
No formal offer has been issued to Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress is reportedly the top choice of both Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie. Jessica Chastain was offered the role back in April, but she ultimately passed because she could not commit enough time to the extensive shoot. Sources indicate that the studio wants the actress to start training in the near future, which would go all the way through to production, scheduled to wrap in January. »
For some of the oldsters out there they may recall the 1973 Gamble & Huff-produced R&B hit single “I’ll Always Love My Mama” by the musical group The Intruders. This musical anthem was certainly a lyrical tribute to caring mothers and how their sacrifices shaped our childhood and adulthood. This finger-snapping song definitely captured the spirit of motherly guidance.
Naturally film has had its share of depicting motherhood over the decades. In fact, mothers of all types are presented before our eyes in packages of being nurturing, notorious, nutty, naive and nonsensical. However, there is something so special about the mother-son relationship that rivals the father-daughter dynamic. We have our share of proud Mama’s boys out there roaming about in society.
In Mama’s Boy: The Top 10 Mother-Son Combos in Movies we will examine some of the big screen bonds that have been celebrated between the Mommy Dearests »
- Frank Ochieng
When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.
Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural »
- Frank Ochieng
As much credit as we give to the 80s for canonizing overkill in action films, we don’t give enough recognition to the 90s for producing some of the most out-and-out insane premises to action films that you can’t make today. In the center of it all was Nicolas Cage. Cage has made a career out of not being pinned down, and his turn from Oscar Winning actor for Leaving Las Vegas to following it up with a string of action films certainly displays that. In 1996-1997 Cage made 3 films in a row as Hollywood’s 2nd most bankable action star (Will Smith being the only one to top him both years) of the time that looking back, really define a lot of the characteristics that made the 90s action film distinct from other decades. It was a wonderful time to be Nicolas Cage. How did someone like him »
- Dylan Griffin
Paramount Pictures is currently prepping their highly-anticipated sequel Mission: Impossible 5, with Tom Cruise set to reprise his role as Imf agent Ethan Hunt. While no plot details have surfaced at this time, a new report reveals that the production has made a historic deal to film inside of Great Britain's Houses of Parliament.
Here's what an unidentified insider had to say.
"MI5 will feature numerous well-known locations in London but the Houses of Parliament is clearly the biggest coup. Tom Cruise will obviously feature heavily in the scenes. You can imagine the writers are excited about what stints they could pull off inside the Commons."
The franchise is well known for shooting in unique locations, such »
What do a pyrokinetic girl, a lonely ghost, and a group of cannibalistic children have in common? They’re all getting the Blu-ray treatment from Universal this September.
Firestarter Release Details (via Blu-ray.com):
“Firestarter chronicles the extraordinary life of Charlene “Charlie” McGee. Eight-year-old Drew Barrymore stars as the child who has the amazing ability to start fires with just a glance. Can her psychic power and the love of her father save her from the threatening government agency, “The Shop,” that wants her destroyed?
The Blu-ray edition of Firestarter is presented in 1080p with a DTS-hd Master Audio 2.0 Mono track. An UltraViolet Digital HD digital copy of the film is included, but there are no other special features. »
- Derek Anderson
Jeremy Renner is currently shooting Marvel's Phase Two sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that isn't the only franchise he is involved in, as Universal plans a sequel to 2012's The Bourne Legacy. The busy actor may be adding yet another franchise to his burgeoning slate, revealing in a new interview that he will return for Mission: Impossible 5, reprising his role as William Brandt from the 2011 blockbuster Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.
When asked about the possibility of starring in Season 2 of HBO's True Detective, the actor listed Mission: Impossible 5 as one of the projects he has coming up, which would hinder him from taking a starring TV role.
"It's kind of unlikely. In fact, I'm kind of strapped time-wise doing Avengers 2, and Mission: Impossible 5 is rearing its head, and then they want to do another Bourne movie. It's unlikely I can find the time right now. And that's all right. »
Pulp Fiction has become so canonized as a modern classic, it's easy to forget how transgressive it was on its release twenty years ago. But when Quentin Tarantino's film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1994, it thrilled and shocked the audience in equal measures.
'Pulp Fiction,' A to Z
No scene upended more expectations than the pawn shop sequence (Spoiler Alert — if you haven't ever seen the movie, this is the moment when you should stop reading and go do that. Really! It's streaming on Netflix! »
Twenty years ago today, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Weinstein unveiled the filmmaker’s sophomore movie — an ambitious anthology of crime stories, all interconnected and metatextualized — at a late Saturday night screening at the Cannes Film Festival. A little over three hours later, as the crowd staggered out of the Palais des Festivals, they knew they had an audience favorite on their hands. Soon, they would be able to add Palme d’Or winner, Best Picture Oscar nominee, the first indie film to break the $100 million mark, a gamechanger and a modern classic to the list. »
I've recently been revisiting a lot of my favorite action movies that I watched as a teenager in the '90s. They seriously just don't make action films like that anymore. Filmmakers were still using lots of real explosives and blood squibs in these movies. Most of the films these days create those things digitally. Action films in the '90s were a sweet spot between the '80s and the '00s where the way action movies were being made really started to change with the advancement of technology. On top of that, the stories that they told were fun and completely over-the-top.
So here's a top ten list of my favorite action films from the '90s. Obviously these movies are all insanely action-packed. This is an action movie list, after all, so I'll talk about some of the other reasons I enjoyed these films so much.
- Joey Paur
The dialogue, the soundtrack, the sheer directionless excitement Tarantino's thunderclap of a thriller is just as brilliant as it was two decades ago
Twenty years on, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction has been rereleased in cinemas, and it looks as mesmeric and mad as ever: callous, insolent, breathtaking. The icy wit, the connoisseur soundtrack, the violence (of which the N-bombs are a part), the extended dialogue riffing, the trance-like unreality, the inspired karmic balance of the heroin scene and the adrenalin scene, the narrative switchbacks that allow John Travolta to finish the film both alive and dead, the spectacle of him being made to dance badly, but also sort of brilliantly above all else, the sheer directionless excitement that only Tarantino can conjure. In 1994 it broke over my head like a thunderclap, and in 1990s Britain this touchstone of cool seemed to extend its dangerous influence everywhere: movies, fiction, journalism, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Given we’re in the information age, with movies being promoted to death online each and every minute of the day, it’s rare that a film comes along that hasn’t had some sort of “buzz” somewhere on the interwebs. However In Security is one such movie…
The film tells the story of best friends Kevin and Bruce, who are co-owners of a failing home security company in a town with no crime. As a last ditch effort to drum up some business, they start robbing the neighbors to instill fear and create a need for their services but bullets fly when they unwittingly rob the wrong guy – a suburban drug lord with a penchant for kitchen gadgets.
It’s fair »
- Phil Wheat
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions have hired Will Staples, best known for working on video games Need for Speed: Rivals and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, to write the script for Mission: Impossible 5.
Drew Pearce was originally attached to write the script, but that was before Christopher McQuarrie came on board to direct back in October. It isn't known if any elements of Drew Pearce's story will be used, or if Will Staples will start from scratch.
Tom Cruise is reprising his role as Imf agent Ethan Hunt, and Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol star Simon Pegg revealed that he is also returning. Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton and Ving Rhames have been rumored to come back as well, but their involvement has not been confirmed.
In Security, 2013
Directed by Adam and Evan Beamer.
Owners of a failing home security business resort to robbing their way through the neighbourhood in hopes of attracting clients. Their scheme backfires as they accidentally rob the house of a powerful druglord.
In Security is an odd film, one of two very different halves, due to a drastic shift in tone. What at first feels like a ridiculous goofball comedy, slowly turns into a crime film concerned with drugs and guns. You could call it a ‘dark comedy’, but it doesn’t play out that way, it seems somehow unaware of its own themes. The first half of the film is initially centred around buddy comedy, playing off best friends Kevin (Ethan Embry) and Bruce (Michael Gladis). Initially, we’re meant »
- Sam Thorne
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