13 items from 2014
I Am Ali, 2014.
Directed by Clare Lewins.
The story of Ali’s life told through interviews with family and friends as well as audio tapes Ali made throughout his life with his children.
The most interesting aspect of I Am Ali is the amount of control Muhammad Ali had over the contents of the film. Ali is not interviewed by Lewins in the documentary that spans all but the last few decades of his life. The backbone of the documentary is audio recordings Ali made a point of recording and saving with his children and publicity video footage of Ali throughout his career. In that aspect Ali almost deserves a co-director credit for the film.
While the access to the audio recordings gives viewers an initial sense of being a fly on the wall of the private Ali, »
- Amy Richau
Since his return to acting, Arnold Schwarzenegger has split his time equally between starring in a handful of original action movies and planning sequels to some of his biggest hits. With Terminator Genisys the first sequel to officially be wrapped, awaiting its release next summer, the legendary muscle man may be turning his attention to another long-awaited follow-up, a sequel to The Running Man.
"It's an honor to be asked back after all these years, back to the franchise. This is really wild... They're doing a Twins sequel, to be called 'Triplets' I've read the first draft. There's rumblings of a new 'Running Man' movie, so it's a great honor to be asked back... [Getting in shape for these sequels] comes back to bodybuilding, »
Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, who co-wrote 2011′s breakout black comedy Horrible Bosses, are teaming up again to produce All Day and a Night, a prison-set action-comedy scribed by Paul Ruehl and the late Lester Lewis from an idea by Goldstein and Daley.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, All Day and a Night (which is prison slang for a life sentence without possibility of parole) will follow “a TV news crew that heads to prison to chronicle the life of two guards. But when a violent prison riot breaks out, the crew becomes stranded inside with the guards.” No cast has yet been set for the comedy, but Relativity Studios is attached to produce, finance and distribute.
Ruehl was a writer and co-producer for MTV’s raunchy high school comedy series The Hard Times of Rj Berger, while Lewis, who died in March of last year, worked as a »
- Isaac Feldberg
When Bette Davis coined the phrase “Old age is no place for sissies,” she may as well have been describing the plot of “The Expendables 3.” Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, the ensemble film features a cast of mature action vets who aren’t about to trade in their bullets for bifocals just yet. As the third entry in the popular franchise explodes into theaters on August 15, here’s a look at 12 films starring some of the toughest seniors in cinema.
Continuing his late-career reinvention as a post-middle aged action hero, Liam Neeson plays a federal air marshal who receives a series of threatening texts during a transatlantic flight. Trapping the 62-year old star in a confined location proved a wise decision as the modestly-budgeted thriller opened at No. 1 in the U.S. and earned over $200 million worldwide.
Arriving on September 26, this feature adaptation of the »
- Matthew Chernov
As we continue with the list, we still see a lot of World War II, but throw in some World War I and Persian Gulf War, too. While some of the films in this portion of the list spin the war film into something a little more ingenious, it doesn’t completely rule out the idea of a patriotic call to arms film. We also see a few more foreign language films on the list, as well as some Oscar winners for their work. Without further ado, let’s light this candle.
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30. Black Book (2006)
Directed by: Paul Verhoeven
Conflict: World War II
In 2008, the Dutch public named it the greatest Dutch film ever made. Who am I to argue? A surprisingly complete film from a director who has Showgirls and Hollow Man under his belt (and Starship Troopers and Robocop…I can’t be too hard »
- Joshua Gaul
I suppose I can blame this week’s Exploitation Alley on my best friend (and wife of Icons’ editor Jerry) for sending me a picture of a very shirtless, and very hot Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite. For some reason, ok…for many reasons I thought of the 1974 Blaxploitation classic Three The Hard Way. This film has everything our little Blaxploitation loving hearts desire. It stars Jim Kelly, Jim Brown, and Fred Williamson, has quite a few groovy tunes, explosions that appear out of nowhere, and an interesting sound effect that kind of just happens throughout the movie. It almost sounds like a really intense, yet very sad drop of water. Why? I have no idea. But weird drop of water sound effect aside, Three The Hard Way is one hell of a great film, cheese and all.
The film starts off pretty action packed, and thankfully remains that »
Timeless Media, which is affiliated with Shout! Factory, has released the classic 1960s TV series "I Spy" in a boxed set that contains all 82 episodes. Although Image Entertainment had released the series previously on DVD, this marks the first time the show is available in its entirety in one set. The show was one of many TV series that capitalized on the recent success of the James Bond films. Suddenly, TV and cinemas were playing spy-related fare virtually non-stop. NBC had some of the best elements of the spymania craze with "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", Get Smart" and "I Spy". The latter series premiered in 1965 and ran three seasons through 1968. It presented Robert Culp as Kelly Robinson, who uses his status as an international tennis pro as a cover for his activities as a CIA agent. He is assisted by his good friend Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby), who ostensibly is his trainer, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
After spending much of his career being likened to “High Noon” star Gary Cooper, Kevin Costner gets a countdown-clock movie to call his very own in “Draft Day.” Although director Ivan Reitman’s sports dramedy trades the streets of the Wild West for the equally rambunctious turf of pro football, and a duel in the center of town for one in the strategy room of the Cleveland Browns, the underlying situation is the same: A weary but fundamentally decent man must decide whether to stand his ideological ground or fall into line with the cowardly herd. It’s a role that fits the aging Costner to a tee in what’s easily the savviest sports movie since “Moneyball” — though you’d scarcely guess it from Summit’s Aarp-friendly marketing campaign and decision to hide the film from critics until the 11th hour. Opening in the mighty wake of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Scott Foundas
Cinema Epoch has just released another Amir Shervan title on DVD. Killing American Style (1990), in the campy tradition of the highly entertaining Samurai Cop (1989) and complete with funny dialog and obviously staged action scenes, also stars Robert Z’Dar, Harold Diamond, and Jim Brown(!).
The trailer can be seen here and the DVD can be ordered here from Amazon.com. The movie’s Facebook page can be seen Continue reading →
- Jonathan Stryker
Just a reminder...As you should know by now, I love Blaxploitation films. I was raised on Blaxploitation films and still find them an endless source of excitement and thrills. Just the image of the seeing a black man conquering all challenges and racist villains still thrills me to no end. Which is why I liked Django Unchained so much, because it was nothing more but a straight up Blaxploitation film writ large on a huge canvas. And the final bloody climax where Django wiped out all those Confederate red necks and slave overseers was just a more expansive and bloodier copy of the similar “wipe-out-every-motherf-----r-in-the-place” climax by Jim Brown in Slaughter’s Big Rip Off.But »
As you should know by now, I love Blaxploitation films. I was raised on Blaxploitation films and still find them an endless source of excitement and thrills. Just the image of the seeing a black man conquering all challenges and racist villains still thrills me to no end. Which is why I liked Django Unchained so much, because it was nothing more but a straight up Blaxploitation film writ large on a huge canvas. And the final bloody climax where Django wiped out all those Confederate red necks and slave overseers was just a more expansive and bloodier copy of the similar “wipe-out-every-motherf-----r-in-the-place” climax by Jim Brown in Slaughter’s Big Rip Off. But I’ve never »
Back in 1996, director Larry Cohen teamed up with Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Ron O’Neal, Paul Winfield, and the late Isabel Sanford for the action flick “Original Gangstas.” It was kind of “The Expendables” of its day, bringing together a slew of action veterans for one incredibly bad-ass experience. I love the flick, and I freely recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in the blaxploitation genre. Apparently Fred Williamson is extremely eager to write, direct, and star in a sequel entitled “Original Gangstas 2: Old School Gangstas.” The guy is hoping to generate $1.2 million to fund the project on Kickstarter, though it looks like the gang is off to a slow start as of this writing. That’s where you and your wallet come in, my friend. Assuming, of course, that you have plenty of money to spare. Unfortunately, I don’t have a dime. »
- Todd Rigney
There continues to be talk of the all-women version of The Expendables, so why not an all-black version? Actually, there already kinda was one way back in 1996. Blaxploitation stars Fred Williamson (Black Caesar; Hell Up in Harlem), Pam Grier (Foxy Brown; Coffy), Jim Brown (Slaughter; The Dirty Dozen), Ron O’Neal (Super Fly) and Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and director Larry Cohen (Black Caesar; Hell Up in Harlem) came together for a movie titled Original Gangstas. It was sort of what The Expendables is all about now — nostalgia for the action movies of the ’80s and early ’90s with a round up of legendary action heroes who are now middle-aged or older — but then, it was in tribute to the African-American-focused genre of the ’70s as well as an answer to the rise of the urban crime films that broke out through the early work of John Singleton, the Hughes Brothers and Mario Van Peebles, the »
- Christopher Campbell
13 items from 2014
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