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Neill Blomkamp’s new movie has a title – and it’s a lot like that Russian drama from last year and the cod documentary from the year before. So why doesn’t Hollywood give a damn about recycling titles?
When Andrey Zvyagintsev’s bleak Russian epic Leviathan premiered at last year’s Cannes film festival to great acclaim, observant – and pedantic – cineastes remarked on its familiar title. Back in 2012, a documentary also called Leviathan garnered strong reviews if little attention, thanks to its slow-paced look at the state of the fishing industry.
Meanwhile, any self-respecting B-movie completist has been smugly rifling through their VHS collection to show off a copy of 1989 underwater horror Leviathan, which starred Peter Weller and Ernie Hudson and some ridiculous monster thing. Yet all of this has just been eclipsed by news that another damn film is being made with the same damn name.
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- Benjamin Lee
Longmire is an absolute anomaly in the world of television, which could have something to do with the fact that it was pulled from A&E, despite consistently high ratings for the network. It’s also the reason that it was something of a no-brainer that it would be picked up by someone else, and season four will air on Netflix later in the year.
Where the first two seasons pulled us slowly into the depths of Sheriff Walt Longmire’s life on the sprawling plains of Wyoming, the third season is like the hammer blow that follows the slow, methodical wind-up.
The second season ended by bringing a lot of forces to the fore in a move of plot construction that brilliantly weaves angles and conspiracies into a show that actually makes it difficult to look away. The third season spins this all together, but uses a mode of »
- Marc Eastman
Magnet Releasing just unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Skin Trade" action thriller, starring Dolph Lundgren, Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Ron Perlman and Peter Weller. Check it out below and watch the movie on VOD and iTunes on April 23rd, and in theaters on May 8th. Plot: New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic's son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed! With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (White) is sent in to bring Nick home. »
Are you ready for this summer's answer to The Expendables? Star of that movie, Dolph Lundgren, is joined by heavy hitters Tony Jaa, Michael Jai White, Peter Weller and the original bad ass Ron Perlman for the gritty action-packed thriller Skin Trade! Magnet Releasing has the first trailer, which teeters on the edge of heart-attack inducing.
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic's son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed!
With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. »
New Jersey detective, Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok where he teams up with Thai detective, Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman) and destroy his human trafficking network. Nick had inadvertently killed Dragovic’s son in a sting operation on the New Jersey docks, and Dragovic responded by attempting to kill Nick and his family. Nick miraculously survived the brutal attack, but his wife and daughter were killed. With nothing but vengeance to live for, Nick and Tony traverse their way through the Bangkok underworld in search of the elusive Dragovic. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent in to bring Nick home. But as the crossfire ensues, Nick has to determine who his true allies are. »
- Gary Collinson
Sheesh. Want to excite me about a mediocre thriller about cops doing cop things in Bangkok? Throw Tony Jaa and Dolph Lungren together. Skin Trade might not have the high octane action sequences of The Raid but man, does it ever look like fun.
Lungren plays a police officer who goes to Bangkok and teams up with a local cop, played by Jaa, to take down the leader of a human smuggling operation. That leader? None other than Ron Perlman. If that’s not enough awesome, the movie also includes Peter Weller and Michael Jai White.
Also worth noting: Lungren has co-writing credit.
The awesomeness of Skin Trade will be available on VOD April 23 before it’s theatrical release on May 8.
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Tony Jaa is back and mixing it with some great fighters in the upcoming movie Skin Trade. The movie also features Dolph Lundgren and Michael Jai White, a casting which should should get people to there local cinemas and watch Tony Jaa in his first international movie.
After his family is killed by gangster Viktor Dragovic (Ron Perlman), New Jersey detective Nick Cassidy (Dolph Lundgren) heads to Bangkok for vengeance. Whilst in Bangkok, Cassidy teams up with Thai detective Tony Vitayakui (Tony Jaa) to hunt down Dragovic and destroy his human trafficking network. Meanwhile, FBI Agent Eddie Reed (Michael Jai White) is sent to bring Cassidy home. But as the crossfire ensues, Cassidy has to determine who his true allies are.
The trailer is action packed, so prepare to watch some trade »
Director Niell Blomkamp’s new sci-fi epic Chappie opened this weekend. The film tells the story of a robot who is given artificial intelligence by his inventor, but he must learn the ways of the world just like a child. However, his innocent mind is being molded by gangsters and violent criminals.
Photos: 'Pacific Rim' and 7 Giant Robot/Monster Mashes
It’s still to be seen if Chappie will go down as a classic in the robot sci-fi genre, but if it whetted your appetite for artificial intelligence movies and android action scenes, here are nine of the best robotic heroes and nine of the craziest robotic villains in cinematic history.
9. Gigolo Joe from A.I.: Artificial Intelligence (2001)
Played by: Jude Law
This is one of Law’s greatest roles. Gigolo Joe is a mechanical male prostitute on the run from authorities after being framed for murder. Joe is a highlight »
The wonderfully underrated Longmire completed its third season last year and was then canceled by A&E for reasons beyond understanding. After some protracted negotiations amidst a fury of wronged fans taking to social media to save the series, Netflix announced they have picked up the series for a fourth season to air later this year.
Burbank, CA (February 23, 2015) – The stunning skies of Wyoming, and the mysteries beneath them, have never been more enthralling than in the unfolding episodes of Longmire, the popular A&E-turned-Netflix television series. Those cinematic visuals and intense situations have also never looked better than in the full 1080p HD presentation of Warner Archive Collection’s Blu-ray™ release of Longmire, Season 3, available now via your favorite online retailers.
- ComicMix Staff
A morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. I am a sad geek today. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve been a fan of Neill Blomkamp’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If a mashup of 80s robot flicks Short Circuit and RoboCop sounds like a bad joke, well: almost. Chappie is often risible, but it’s more sad than anything else. Not the good kind of sad: this is not a poignant or touching film, though it clearly hopes to be. No, Chappie makes me sad because the promise that South African filmmaker Neill Blomkamp displayed with his brilliant District 9 and which hung over his flawed but still daring followup Elysium is nowhere to be found here. Chappie is a morally muddled mess that is convoluted in plot and appallingly simplistic in its themes. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Magnet Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to "Skin Trade," directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham and written by Dolph Lundgren and Steven Elder. The film also stars Lundgren as Nick Cassidy, a detective investigating a human trafficking network run by a Serbian Gangster, played by Ron Perlman. When his family is murdered, Nick must follow the trail to Southeast Asia and join forces with a formidable Thai detective (Tony Jaa), to get revenge and destroy the syndicate. The film also stars Michael Jai White ("The Dark Knight"), Celina Jade ("Arrow") and Peter Weller ("Star Trek Into Darkness"). This is the first pairing of Lundgren and Jaa, two of the most iconic actors in action cinema. "Skin Trade" will make its premiere on demand everywhere on April 23, with a May 8 theatrical release to follow. Read More: 'Expendables 3' Leaked Online. What Does It Mean for Indie Filmmakers? »
- Jena Keahon
Well, sometimes some confusion can be a good thing. When I was first aware of this film’s title, I thought that this may be a remake/reboot of the 1989 Peter Weller starring monster thriller with a massive CGI beastie akin to those from Pacific Rim or last Summer’s retooled Godzilla. Seems I was mistaken. Leviathan doesn’t concern itself with a colossal rampaging demon risen from the depths, but rather it’s a complex drama set in a dreary, Russian fishing village (yes, it has subtitles). The title doesn’t refer to a scaly giant that the film’s heroes must face. They instead must square off against an even more formidable adversary, for this leviathan is comprised not of claws and fangs, but corruption and the cruelties of fate itself.
The story begins as the sun rises over that Russian village, as Nikolay (Aleksey Serebryakov) heads away »
- Jim Batts
If I had to make a list of the most consistently satisfying Justified episodes, "Noblesse Oblige" would be on it. It's got everything fans want from the series, except for a certain quotient of fisticuffs or gunplay, but we don't really miss that because the threat of violence is so intense that by the end, you feel just as exhausted. Written by Taylor Elmore and Benjamin Cavell and directed by Peter Weller (who also had a heavy behind-the-scenes presence in Sons of Anarchy, which he occasionally acted in), this chapter gives nearly every major recurring character one or more moments to shine, and it ratchets the tension up and down from moment to moment so precisely that you can almost see a sadist's hand turning the dial.The episode starts with one of the very best Ava-Boyd scenes: the two of them drunk, flirtatiously lying atop Boyd's bar. "What I »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Justified, Season 6, Episode 3: “Noblesse Oblige”
Directed by Peter Weller
Airs Tuesdays at 10pm Et on FX
The notion of Boyd Crowder: Ultimate Hillbilly Crook has been a pervasive one on Justified for quite some time now, arguably to the series’ detriment. That near-deification might help to sell us on the stakes of the eventual Boyd v. Raylan cataclysm, but it doesn’t make Boyd a particularly interesting person to spend time with, at least on paper. (Being portrayed by Walton Goggins, one of the very best actors in the medium, helps a lot in this regard.) If “Noblesse Oblige” accomplishes nothing else, it at least briefly gets us back in contact with Boyd Crowder, the flesh-and-blood ne’er-do-well who occasionally just likes to get well beyond shitfaced with the woman he loves.
That hilarious opening scene also winds up doing a favor for Joelle Carter, »
- Simon Howell
Last night, CBS served up the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 14 of season 5, and features new looks at some highly intense and dramatic stuff as the Five-o crew loses track of a very elusive criminal that's on the attack, and more! The episode is titled, "Powehiwehi." In the new, 14th episode official plotline: While Five-o hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Plotline number 2: While Five-0 hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Also, Kono will confess to Adam that she's conflicted about their future together because of his ties to his formerly corrupt family business. Michael Imperioli guest stars as a street-wise barbershop owner. The episode's story is by Travis Donnelly. »
Recently, CBS released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Hawaii Five-o" episode 14 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Powehiwehi," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense action go down when Kono is forced to fight for her life after learning the true identity of the villain, and more! In the new, 14th episode press release: While Five-o hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono is going to have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Press release number 2: While Five-0 hunts for a notorious criminal who has never been seen, Kono will have to fight for her life when she discovers the villain's identity. Also, Kono is going to confess to Adam that she's conflicted about their future together because of his ties to his formerly corrupt family business. Michael Imperioli guest stars as a street-wise barbershop owner. »
- Andre Braddox
We’re back with another horror round-up, this time focusing on release details for the home media offerings of David Cronenberg’s Rabid and Nils Timm’s Echoes, as well as information on NBC’s pilot order for the paranormal comedy, Strange Calls.
Press Release – “Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the release of David Cronenberg’s much lauded horror classic Rabid (1977) which will be available on dual format Blu-ray & DVD both as an amaray and Steelbook from 16th February 2015. This new edition will mark the Blu-ray world premiere for Rabid, which served as the follow up picture to Cronenberg’s debut 1975 feature Shivers, continuing to explore the themes of viral diseases, yet upping the ante, the scale, the gore levels and the threat by unleashing »
- Derek Anderson
When the Kingdom of Altantis prepares to retaliate for an attack on their people by the Us Military, it is up to the Justice League to stop this rising threat while Arthur Curry finds out about his real origins.
Okay, I have been a long-time fan of DC’s animated universe (having started out as a kid watching Batman:Tas through to Justice League Unlimited and then to the movies like Superman:Doomsday, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Justice League: Flashpoint) and it wasn’t until the New 52 began that I started to read the comics, which unfortunately gave me background knowledge of what happens in this particular story and so diluted my overall view of this film.
So Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a »
18 items from 2015
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