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While it doesn't seem that we'll be seeing Rambo: Last Stand on the big screen anytime soon, fans of Sylvester Stallone's iconic action character will have something to look forward to next year with Rambo: The Video Game. We have the first trailer for this action-packed interactive adventure, which developer Teyon has been working on since 2011.
Players control John Rambo as he moves through actual scenes from First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III. In addition, publisher Reef Entertainment confirmed earlier this year that the game will feature actual voice tracks from the movies featuring Sylvester Stallone as Rambo and Richard Crenna as Colonel Trautman.
Rambo: The Video Game appears to be in the same vein as classic arcade shooter games such as Virtua Cop, where the player is confined to one location while taking on several enemies at the same time, who explode »
In First Blood, Richard Crenna plays Trautman, a harbinger figure whose function is to explain to the antagonists—and the audience—that John Rambo is "a man who's been trained to ignore pain, ignore weather, to live off the land, to eat things that would make a billy goat puke!" If Trautman wandered into director Mikael Håfström's Escape Plan, he would probably never shut up about how smart Sylvester Stallone's Breslin is. "He finished Gravity's Rainbow while defending his thesis! He's been trained to catalyze reagents that would make niobium oxidize!" Even without him, the script takes pains to elevate the smartness of all the film's muscley dudes. For one thing, they get to hang around the wonderful Amy Ryan, who raises the average intellig »
Catherine Deneuve: Style, beauty, and talent on TCM tonight A day to rejoice on Turner Classic Movies: Catherine Deneuve, one of the few true Living Film Legends, is TCM’s "Summer Under the Stars" star today, August 12, 2013. Catherine Deneuve is not only one of the most beautiful film actresses ever, she’s also one of the very best. In fact, the more mature her looks, the more fascinating she has become. Though, admittedly, Deneuve has always been great to look at, and she has been a mesmerizing screen presence since at least the early ’80s. ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’: One of the greatest movie musicals ever Right now, TCM is showing one of the greatest movie musicals ever made, Jacques Demy’s Palme d’Or winner The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), in which a very blonde, very young, very pretty, and very dubbed Catherine Deneuve (singing voice by Danielle Licari »
- Andre Soares
Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;
and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.
When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium, »
Un Flic: Jean-Pierre Melville’s ‘late noir classic’ (photo: Alain Delon in Un Flic) Jean-Pierre Melville’s last film, Un Flic / A Cop (1972), is a late noir classic that features all the central trappings of the genre along with — what was then — a modern sensibility about the nature of who, ostensibly, are supposed to be the good guys. Perhaps it goes without saying they’re not much different than the bad guys; even so, as is the case in many Melville films, good guys and bad guys are mirrors of each other, the same yet different. Add to that several daring high-stakes criminal enterprises and, of course, a femme fatale (played beautifully by the beautiful Catherine Deneuve), and you’ve got a film that, while not the masterpiece of Melville’s canon, would have been so for most other filmmakers. Despite its title, Un Flic is as much about a very cool criminal, »
- Tim Cogshell
There are films that are a director's last produced work. But there are also final films, ones which have nothing to do with a career, but rather are pictures that face a cinematic abyss or void, the "end of the line." They travel to an edge you can sense, the farthest edge of a precipice, and they peer past, or look back, or look down and see the void reflected in themselves.
Jean-Pierre Melville's last film, Un flic, is also a final film, a picture that envisions the ruins laying beyond cinema's construction of society, of masculinity, of modernity, of genre. Within these ruins the only activity left to the inhabitants is ritual—perfected rites which imitate and re-live the standards of others and of the past—and a belief in ritual which seems the only escape from the pervasive nihilism and emptiness of the ruined world.
In this »
- Daniel Kasman
6 items from 2013
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