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“Bane on a Plane!” Yes, it's true folks, the highly anticipated six-minute prologue to Christopher Nolan's even more highly anticipated Batman trilogy conclusion The Dark Knight Rises features the enigmatic masked villain causing mayhem during an aerial assault. Those hoping to see Samuel L. Jackson complain and scream, "I've had it with..." are just out of luck. This is definitely not That movie. Monday night, here in New York, Christopher Nolan made a return to the real Gotham where he just wrapped the picture a few weeks ago. The director hosted another screening of the prologue for selected members of the press at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square IMAX theater, where The Dark Knight held its North American premiere almost four summers ago. Just as he did for The Dark Knight prologue in the fall of '07, Nolan talked about his fascination with IMAX technology and how his primary »
The Dark Knight Rises Prologue, 6-Minute Opening Scene. The 6-Minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), its opening scene, like many have said, is exhilarating. There are some major spoilers after this so if you want to remain pure, stop reading now. *Spoiler* The opening scene is much like Renny Harlin‘s from Cliffhanger, mid-air breathlessness and a robbery of sorts. Like that film, what is stolen has much to do with the plot of the film (I believe). What is placed in the plane must have much to do with it as well. The music for the scene is very good, like the dialogue: “Have we started the fire?”, “The fire rises.” *Spoiler End*
Tom Hardy, »
The Invisible War Trailer. Kirby Dick‘s The Invisible War (2012) movie plot synopsis: “The Invisible War is a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of our country’s most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within our Us military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire with the number of assaults in the last decade alone in the hundreds of thousands.
Focusing on the powerfully emotional stories of several young women, the film reveals the systemic cover up of the crimes against them and follows their struggles to rebuild their lives and fight for justice. The Invisible War features hard-hitting interviews with high-ranking military officials and members of Congress that reveal the perfect storm conditions that exist for rape in the military, its history of cover-up, and what can be done to bring about much needed change. »
5 Days of War is Renny Harlin.s latest offering, a sobering, and fact-based story of western journalists covering the deadly Russian invasion of Georgia. The atrocities they saw and recorded were mind bending, reminiscent of the Nazi occupation of Poland. But the American news networks didn.t want their footage . Georgia was too remote, and there were too many other stories to cover. Harlin spent a good deal of time and energy in Georgia, gathering information and testimonials for Five Days of War, and he did it all on his own terms. Once a director of big budget action films, and subject to the demands of big studios, he has found his heart in intimate films »
- Anne Brodie
The action-packed thriller 5 Days of War has arrived on DVD and Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and M&C.s giving away a prize pack that includes a Blu-ray edition of the film along with DVD copies of 13, Law Abiding Citizen, Carjacked, and Kill the Irishman! The film is from acclaimed director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Cliffhanger) and based on the true events of a renegade American journalist, his cameraman and a local woman caught behind enemy lines during the devastating five day war between Russian and the Georgian Republic. 5 Days of War is an intensely human portrayal of courage under fire, combining heart-pounding action with real human drama. Inspired by the real events of »
- Patrick Luce
Another giveaway for you, this time for a film that looks pretty impressive, and stars one of my personal favorites, Richard Coyle.
5 Days of War is a thriller about a journalist caught behind enemy lines during the war between Russia and the Georgian Republic. Inspired by real events, it's an intense look at not only surviving in such a situation, but also a devastating war that was over so fast most people hardly had a chance to notice it.
I have two copies of the DVD available, and all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered. Winners will be randomly selected on December 10th. U.S. only.
Check out the info below, don't miss the trailer, and then enter for your chance to win.
- Marc Eastman
Lots of new DVDs and Blu-rays hitting stores this week just in time for the holiday shopping rush, and we will probably continue to get a steady stream of releases over the next few weeks as well. The Smurfs is the big family film that is likely to be one of the hottest sellers this Christmas, but we've also got a handful of comedies including 30 Minutes or Less starring Jesse Eisenberg and Danny McBride, Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, and Our Idiot Brother starring Paul Rudd. Some smaller releases sneaking into stores today include the instant cult classic Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, 4-part horror omnibus Chillerama, Renny Harlin's 5 Days of War, and a couple of sci-fi love stories: Mike Cahill's Another Earth and Miranda July's The Future. Last but certainly not least, we've got 30 Rock: Season 5, Smallville: The Complete Series and Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, »
Coming to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, November 29th, is director Renny Harlin's riveting drama 5 Days of War, which stars Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, and Emmanuelle Chriqui. We have an exclusive look at this action-packed international thriller, with an all-new interview from star Emmanuelle Chriqui. Check it out below.
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Inspired by the real events of the swift, but devastating, five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008, this action-packed international thriller centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle) caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a young Georgian schoolteacher from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family when she loses them in the chaos in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness, »
How do we deal with an avalanche? What shorts do we wear while mountain climbing? 90s action flick Cliffhanger has the answers to these questions and more...
Renny Harlin’s 1993 action masterpiece Cliffhanger is quite a remarkable film, and unexpectedly educational. Stallone plays Gabe Walker, a mountain rescue chap, whose relationship with his colleague and friend Hal Tucker (Michael Rooker) is strained when he fails to save their mutual friend Sarah (Michelle Joyner) from falling to her death.
The pair are later reunited when they team up to help some climbers trapped on the same mountain range. It soon transpires that all is not as it seems, and the pair are being used to help retrieve $100m for the dastardly Eric Qualen (John Lithgow) and his gang.
In "Five Days Of War," director Renny Harlin shows us a very different side of himself. Most view him as a poster child for the excess of nineties-era action films, as the architect behind "Die Hard 2," "The Long Kiss Goodnight" and "Cliffhanger." But few realized he would ever be interested in turning an eye towards the real life tragedy of the Russo-Georgia War, a five day conflict where the world sat by and watched as one much more powerful country inhabited the other, reigning bloodshed on the people of Georgia in an attempted regional takeover. »
Director Renny Harlin's action thriller "5 days Of War", will be released on DVD/Blu-ray November 29, 2011, from Anchor Bay Films, following the 2008 'Russo-Georgian' war, including the events leading up to the conflict :
"....in Iraq, the 'Georgian' contingent of coalition forces save the life of American reporter 'Thomas Anders' (Rupert Friend). After Anders loses one of his colleagues in Iraq, he returns to Los Angeles but soon goes back to Georgia on the advice of of his friends in Tbilisi, who suspect that a large conflict is brewing.
"Anders and his cameraman 'Sebastian Ganz' (Richard Coyle) delve deeper into Georgian life as the conflict escalates and they get caught in the crossfire when an air raid strikes a local wedding they stumble upon. With the help of a Georgian soldier who saved them in Iraq, their mission is now to get their report out of the country to raise awareness of violence they have witnessed. »
- Michael Stevens
In the era of Disney's multi-billion dollar "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, it's easy to forget that, for most of the 20th century, the idea of a film revolving around swashbucklers and sea dogs was pretty much box office poison. Sure, Errol Flynn might have brought them in in droves in the early years of the talkies in "Captain Blood," but since then, disaster followed disaster, with the likes of Roman Polanski's "Pirates" and Renny Harlin's "Cutthroat Island" entering the all-time hall of train wrecks. But then came Johnny Depp, Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, and the genre is suddenly… »
ID:a Trailer. Christian E. Christiansen‘s ID:a (2011) movie trailer stars Tuva Novotny, Carsten Bjørnlund, Jens Jørn Spottag, Joe Toedtling, and Simon van Lammeren. ID:a‘s plot synopsis: “Aliena wakes up in a river in France with no memory, a bag with 2 million Euro and a scar across her chest. She soon discovers that she is being stalked by mysterious men. Realizing that her accent is Danish she decides to go to Denmark and find out who she is. Aliena gradually learns that her past life was more complicated than she first thought. She is wrapped into a web of conflicting stories from her loved ones, trying to navigate her way to the truth. ID:a is a gripping and intense story with a human resonate, set in dark overgrown gardens, dollhouse-like interiors and streets with noir touch.”
Release Date: Nov. 29, 2011
Price: DVD $26.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay
Rupert Friend lives to see another day--for now--in 5 Days of War.
Based on true events, the action-filled movie 5 Days of War tells the story of a group of people caught behind enemy lines during 2008’s devastating five-day war between Russia and the Georgia Republic.
Directed by Renny Harlin (The Long Kiss Goodnight), the film centers around an American journalist (Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria) and his cameraman (Richard Coyle, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) as they are caught in the combat zone during the first Russian air strikes against Georgia. Rescuing Georgian schoolteacher Tatia (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Women in Trouble) from the attack, the two reporters agree to help reunite her with her family in exchange for serving as their interpreter. As the three attempt to escape to safety, they witness — and document — the devastation from the full-scale crossfire and cold-blooded murder of innocent civilians. »
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Of all the big long-running horror franchises, Nightmare On Elm Street is perhaps the most interesting. Created in 1984 by Wes Craven, the original film and its iconic razor gloved child murderer Freddy Krueger went on to become New Line Cinema‘s biggest cash cow – quickly turning into an unstoppably popular series of films that ran throughout the ‘80s and into the early ‘90s.
While fellow franchises like Halloween and Friday The 13th revelled in repetitive stalk and slash scenarios, the Elm Street films- while just as inconsistent in quality – made frequent attempts to keep things inventive and unique. Freddy himself also changed over the course of the seven films, transforming into an ‘80s icon, known more for his wicked sense of humour than the fact that he‘s a child killer.
Now fans can now enjoy the original seven films of the franchise, in high-definition for »
- Stephen Leigh
 Universal Pictures and screenwriter-turned-producer Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) has signed Dan Trachtenberg  to direct a sci-fi action heist film titled Crime of the Century. Not much is known about the project. Deadline  reports that the story "revolves around a high-octane heist with a science fiction twist." I'm very excited to hear more about the project. Some of you might recognize Trachtenberg from his appearances on the /Filmcast . More people know Dan from his popular internet television show the Totally Rad Show . Trachtenberg has been directing commercials for the last few years, slowly working towards his feature film directorial debut. In May, he directed a horror short film "More Than You Can Chew"  for Black Box TV, and in August he released a short film based on the video game Portal titled Portal: No Escape  which was seen be over 6.7 million people and became the #2 highest rated video of »
- Peter Sciretta
Above: Le film à venir (1997).
Notebook is unfurling a series of tributes to Raúl Ruiz entitled Blind Man's Bluff: along with some previously published articles, here in English for the first time, the bulk a compilation of new, shorter pieces from a few generous critics and Ruizians on favorite moments from a vast, subterranean filmography. For more from Raúl Ruiz: Blind Man's Bluff see the Table of Contents.
The Golden Boat (1990)
A man follows a trail of beat-up shoes left discarded along a New York sidewalk. They lead him to an older man, who sits crouched on the street, crying. “This, my son, is not my place,” the older man proclaims—and then stabs himself. So begins The Golden Boat—“a game between soap opera and reality,” as Ruiz called it—his first film in America, made in exile over a few long weekends during a teaching stint at Harvard. »
I had always been interested in checking out Renny Harlin’s early work, however I just had the most difficult time tracking stuff down (Elm St 4 aside). But as luck would have it, during my rummaging for films, I came across Prison (1988) and I picked it up immediately. The only thing I knew about the film, aside from its director, was that it was also an early film for one Viggo Mortensen.
The story is as you might imagine is set in a prison. This prison housed a prisoner Charles Forsyth, who was executed for a crime he did not commit. The prison gets reopened, with a new Warden Eaton Sharpe (Lane Smith), who was a former guard at the prison, and seems to suffer nightmares over the execution. Once reopened, the angry spirit of Charles is released, and bodies start showing up.
Prison (1988) was an entertaining flick, it had an interesting storyline, »
- Marcey Papandrea
For the horror buff, Fall is the best time of the year. The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and a feeling of death hangs on the air. Here at Sound on Sight we have some of the biggest horror fans you can find. We are continually showcasing the best of genre cinema, so we’ve decided to put our horror knowledge and passion to the test in a horror watching contest. Each week in October, Ricky D, James Merolla and Justine Smith will post a list of the horror films they have watched. By the end of the month, the person who has seen the most films wins. Prize Tbd.
Ricky D – 14 Viewings
Directed by William Friedkin
One of the few horror films that really gets under my skin. Essential viewing for any cinephile.
Directed by William Peter Blatty
John Singleton got off to a remarkable start with his directorial debut, Boyz N the Hood, one of the freshest movies about African-American ghetto life and social responsibility. I'll never forget seeing him sitting in the row behind me at its world premiere, an afternoon press screening at Cannes in 1991, where, flanked by Quincy Jones on his right and Spike Lee on his left, he rose shyly to his feet and took off his baseball cap to acknowledge the standing ovation. He's never made anything of comparable quality, and his latest, an espionage thriller, is an efficient, anonymous movie. Abduction takes a subject made familiar by Arthur Penn's Target, Renny Harlin's The Long Kiss Goodnight and Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids: the discovery by children that apparently conventional suburban parents are in fact deadly Us government agents who have been keeping a low profile.
The boy in »
- Philip French
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