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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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2010 In Review: Phil’s Films of the Year

31 December 2010 4:19 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Well this is it. The end of 2010, and a last chance to look back on just what films made the year for me. There’s bound to be some surprises for some of you out there – although if you’ve been reading Blogomatic3000 for the past year you’ll no doubt have a good idea where this list is headed!

This list is compiled of all the cinematic releases of 2010, not the DVD or Blu-ray releases, you can check that list out here.

10) Machete

The type of film that has been long-missed in my house: a loud, gory, Ott, macho arse-kicking extravaganza that ticks all the good action movie boxes and isn’t afraid to be politically incorrect, sleazy, sexist and even racist! Compared to the glut of PG-13 rated PC action movies that we’ve seen on the big screen in recent years, this film is a breath of fresh air. »

- Phil

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The 2010 Year-End Movie Awards

27 December 2010 10:57 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

We dare you to disagree: when all was said and done, 2010 was a great year for movies.

Christopher Nolan managed to somehow create a summer blockbuster in “Inception” that actually required thinking. Animation dominated the Cineplex with perhaps the greatest lineup of cartoons a single year has ever seen — “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Despicable Me’ and “Toy Story 3″ just for starters. And “The Social Network” managed to combine our two national obsessions — movies and the internet – in a way that, frankly, only we here at Nextmovie had ever previously accomplished.

Just kiddin’.

There were a lot of tough choices, but we managed to crown the year’s best movies, scenes and stars in our first annual year-end movie awards.

Best. Movie. Ever.

Ftw: “The Social Network

It didn’t sound like a recipe for Hollywood perfection: the kid from “Zombieland” in a movie about Facebook? Really? But beyond »

- Scott Harris

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Seems like Steven Soderbergh was serious about retiring from filmmaking

22 December 2010 3:23 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Once in a while, an actor or director says they're considering a willing exit from making movies, whether due to frustration, ennui or just other artistic distractions and desires. But while it's often temporary or a distorted comment (such as from the still-active Anthony Hopkins, Jet Li or Viggo Mortensen), Steven Soderbergh seems pretty serious about leaving it behind. While making Soderbergh's virus thriller Contagion, star Matt Damon had this to say to the La Times of his friend and »

- Dave Davis

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Christian Bale Enters Priesthood For Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Massacre Epic

22 December 2010 5:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When he isn’t prepping the batsuit for Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises or getting frighteningly skinny for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter, Christian Bale stars in Chinese epics. THR is reporting the English star will play an American priest in Zhang Yimou‘s $90.2 million film about the Nanjing Massacre.

Titled Nanjing Heroes, the film will recreate the events in which “Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation’s capital in 1937.” Bale will be in somewhat familiar territory, as he is joined by his Hollywood special effects team that worked on The Dark Knight, as well as Saving Private Ryan.

There is also another main character needing to be cast, John Rabe, “a German businessman who helped save hundreds of Chinese refugees.” Bale’s priest character is also named John and he “helps a great number of Chinese escape certain death. »

- Jordan Raup

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Christian Bale Set to Star in Zhang Yimou's 'Nanjing Heroes'

21 December 2010 11:58 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Hollywood Reporter brings word of some interesting casting as Christian Bale seems to have found himself a film to work on before donning the Batsuit one last time in The Dark Knight Rises. Bale has been cast in Zhang Yimou's next film to be titled Nanjing Heroes the director announced today.

Nanjing Heroes will be based on the short story by Chinese author Yan Geling, "13 Prostitutes of Jinling," centering on the Nanjing Massacre, when Japanese troops killed thousands of Chinese citizens in what was then the nation's capital in 1937. Bale will play John, a priest who helps a great number of Chinese escape certain death.

Yimou is probably best known stateside for Hero, which starred Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Donnie Yen, Chen Dao Ming, Maggie Cheung and Byung-hun Lee, but Nanjing Heroes will be the director's biggest budget feature yet. The Hollywood Reporter says the »

- Brad Brevet

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Look Out George A. Romero, Here Comes ‘Ninja Zombies’

20 December 2010 2:23 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

As if we couldn’t get enough of zombies over the last decade, a new person, Noah Cooper, has come into the mix creating yet another group of zombies in the form of ninjas, which then entitles your film Ninja Zombies. So writer, editor, and director Noah Cooper has created Ninja Zombies that will star a bunch of kick a$$ dudes, namely Michael Lee, Mike Castro, Sang Kim, Erika Tsang, Chris Kulmann, Edward Miller, Arun Storrs, Bernie Quan, Kevin Shen, and Henry Kim. Why not just add Jackie Chan and Jet Li into the mix while you’re at it haha!! The official Ninja Zombies website can be viewed here. Ninja Zombies is about Dameon, a young landlord with no real job or responsibilities, who begins having nightmares–flashes from the life of a samurai and a sword that could raise the dead. When undead ninjas start attacking his tenants, »

- MEL

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Video Interview with Dolph Lundgren for The Expendables

18 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Dolph Lundren is currently on his press tour to promote his latest movie to hit DVD and Blu-ray this week, The Expendables. The movie was written and directed by Sylvester Stallone and had a cast which also saw Sylvester Stallone as the lead alongside, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Steve Austin, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Charisma Carpenter.

Our friends from Upbeat caught up with the legendary action hero, Dolph Lundren to chat about the movie.

The Expendables is currently available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray.

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- David Sztypuljak

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Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris Wanted for The Expendables Sequel

17 December 2010 9:02 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

80s action legend Chuck Norris is on a “wish list” for the sequel to The Expendables according to one of the film’s stars.

The 2010 summer blockbuster starred Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren and took over $103 million at the box office worldwide. Inevitably, a sequel is already in the works.

Dolph told Upbeat Productions:

Chuck Norris is on my wish list. He’d be great as a General or something like that.

I’m not privy to who didn’t sign for the first one and for what reason and all of that because Stallone was the one who hired people but Jean Claude (Van Damme), who I have worked with before and is a nice guy, was asked and (Steven) Seagal didn’t want to do it but maybe he’ll be in the sequel.

The action star’s »

- Guest

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The James Clayton Column: Bad movie memories and horrible history erased for eternal sunshine

16 December 2010 8:40 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Inspired by a troubling scene in The Warrior’s Way, James lists the film moments he’d happily erase from memory…

Human beings can't alter the past unless they're screenwriters or film directors. If you're not one of them or an incarnation of Doctor Who, then you're going to struggle to change history without an expansive Stalinesque Cult of Personality and propaganda setup in place and some high-calibre airbrushing tools.

Otherwise, you're going to have to make it into the moviemaking business so you can get all Mel Gibson on history and, with blue-faced cheek, abusively reinterpret it in your own interest.

Thus empowered, time no longer holds you prisoner and you can flash your backside in its face, defiantly cry "freedom!" and play with it as you will. Hollywood especially loves doing this and has done repeatedly until the remaining impression is that America broke the enigma code and »

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The directors who went from animation to live action

14 December 2010 8:34 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look at 11 directors who made the jump from animated to live action features, and how their attempts fared…

You hear quite a few live action directors, Guillermo del Toro, for starters, talking about a desire to make animated films. To control every aspect of the frame, and what goes in it.

Yet, the journey the other way around is increasingly common. It's hard not to see the appeal, too. For directing an animated film is a two year job at the very least, and three years more likely. Live action is generally a quicker way to get a film on the screen.

Also, given how CG dependent many movies are becoming, there's a general assumption that an animation director will have a better handle on computer effects.

However, great films from animation directors aren't that common. Here are eleven directors who took the chance, and how they got on. »

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Blu-ray Review: The Expendables

14 December 2010 3:21 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Expendables

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Itié, Terry Crews, Mickey Rourke, Charisma Carpenter, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis | Written and Directed by Sylvester Stallone

A group of mercenaries, led by the ageing Sylvester Stallone (who still looks like he could kick the arse of men a third his age), head to a generic South American island to overthrow the generic evil communist dictator on the behest of a mean-sounding CIA front man played by Bruce Willis. But when the mission goes awry it leads to all sorts of action set-pieces, the likes of which we haven’t seen the 80s/90s action movie heyday.

With the most basic of plots, The Expendables is a non-stop action-fest, with set piece after set piece hitting the screen with such a pace that you don’t have time to stop »

- Phil

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The Expendables – DVD Review

14 December 2010 7:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Sylvester Stallone and his misfit band of mercs, having rescued a group of hostages from some Somalian pirates in ruthlessly efficient fashion, take on a new job set up by Bruce Willis’ shady CIA broker. Their mission? To take down a puppet military dictator on a fictitious Latin American island, who is being controlled/manipulated by Eric Roberts in order to make a killing from the island’s cocaine harvest.

*****

The Expendables arrived off the back of some serious anticipation. Sly, Arnie, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Steve Austin, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews , Gary Daniels – the list just seemed to go on and the idea of seeing all of these past and present action heavyweights slugging it out and blowing stuff up sounded like a dream come true. What we have though, is neither a disaster nor a masterpiece, simply a good old-fashioned action flick »

- Dave Roper

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Dolph Lundgren interview: The Expendables, Expendables 2, Dark Angel and 80s power ballads

13 December 2010 9:28 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As The Expendables appears on DVD and Blu-ray, Duncan got to meet with the legendary Dolph Lundgren to discuss his back catalogue of classic action movies...

For those of us growing up in the 80s, Dolph Lundgren needs no introduction. However, since the interview took place, I've talked to several people, mostly in their late teens/early twenties, who haven't heard of him and I've become increasingly aware of the generation gap. It was a subject which came up in the interview itself, so in the interest of inclusion, following the interview portion, there's a very quick rundown of the films that encouraged such loyal geek fandom starting some twenty-five years ago.

At the interview, the man himself was incredibly polite, friendly and laughed at every available opportunity, also apologising at the beginning and end of our time for not being able to stand up to shake hands. (He was wired in to microphones. »

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What to buy this week: DVD & Blu-Ray releases for Monday 13th December

13 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Christmas is almost upon us, so what DVD and Blu-rays are out to buy in time for the festive season? Let’s just say this – it’s definitely an action-packed week!

The Expendables

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the leader, the sage and the strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former Sas and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons. »

- Phil

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[DVD Review] The Expendables

13 December 2010 1:30 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

You’re not interested in this film because you’re a connoisseur of fine acting. You don’t want to see it because you’re interested in quirky humor that takes jabs at popular culture. You’re going to watch The Expendables because you trust that when you put the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture and Steve Austin in a balls-to-the-wall action film that lots of things are going to explode, people will have their heads bashed in, and a quantity of firearms greater than that used in all of two World Wars will be thrown on the screen in a fiery mash-up of testosterone bliss. The Expendables gives action fans a taste of what they want, but it never really delivers on the promise that all those names gathered in one place suggests. In the end, we’re left with »

- Lex Walker

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Review: The Expendables

12 December 2010 9:12 AM, PST | Pure Movies | See recent Pure Movies news »

This is the Pure Movies review of The Expendables, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. The review is by Pure Movies editor Dan Higgins. This is a Stallone film. The action is sometimes great but sometimes it drags and becomes tiring. The film itself never really develops but still manages to run too long. There are some great cameos; one jaw-dropping scene with Arnie, Stallone and Bruce Willis altogether but it was scenes like this that defined the film. The great thing about Rocky, Rambo, Die Hard, Speed, Terminator, Predators (etc) is that they were serious (to a point) action films. Sure, they are cheesy but, at the same time, thoroughly enjoyable. The Expendables, however, never really elevates itself away from anything other than ‘We have a load of really famous action stars, how cool is this? »

- Dan Higgins

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Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010) Movie Review No. 2

12 December 2010 8:46 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

One of the great things about being a Donnie Yen fan is the fact that he makes so many films, punching and kicking his way through several productions a year. “Legend of The Fist – The Return of Chen Zhen” is his latest, with him taking on the role of the Chinese folk hero, famously portrayed back in 1972 by Bruce Lee in “Fist of Fury”, and in 1994 by Jet li in Gordon Chan’s remake “Fist of Legend”. Having already starred in a TV version himself back in 1995, this time around Yen aims for something different, as he and writer producer Chan and director Andrew Lau (“Infernal Affairs”) take up Chen Zhen’s continuing story as a secret agent fighting the Japanese in the 1920s. The film is an all star blockbuster affair, with lavish production values and an impressive supporting cast headed by Shu Qi, Anthony Wong and Huang Bo. »

- James Mudge

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

10 December 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Trip

After casting them in his arch adaptation of Tristram Shandy, A Cock And Bull Story, director Michael Winterbottom came up with another, even more oddball plan to reunite Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. Lines between reality and fiction are blurred beyond recognition as the pair embark on a tour of the north of England's finest restaurants. Rather than concentrating on critiquing the food, the pair have some revealing chats about themselves and their careers, hidden among relentless impressions and funny characters. They compete constantly, each offering high-quality takes on Anthony Hopkins, Michael Caine, Alan Bennett and various James Bonds. It's infuriating, and often plain irritating, but full of flashes of brilliance and hilarity as they distil a character into a single phrase ("She was only 15 years old") or mix and match – as when they have Woody Allen delivering Les Dawson gags. They present their own "characters" as a »

- Phelim O'Neill

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