20 items from 2013
Truth be told, up until very recently, not only had I not seen a single The Fast and the Furious movie, I wasn’t really in any great rush to do so either. I’d heard from various sources that the first outing was an over the top piece of guilty fun, but after that they all kind of tailed off. That all changed however when Fast Five came out in 2011 to extremely warm critical reviews.
Bringing some familiar faces from the rest of the series back into the fold and adding the man-mountain that is Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson was a clear statement of intent that this instalment was not doing anything by halves. Here was a movie that took being massively Ott to new heights and gleefully reveled in its ridiculous nature. Reviews suggested Diesel and Johnson came together like a beefed up version of De Niro and »
- Rob Keeling
Director: Rob Cohen
Running Time: 101 Mins
Extras: Deleted Scenes, Commentary with director Rob Cohen, “The Psychologist and the Butcher: Adapting and Filming Alex Cross”.
Tyler Perry’s name emblazoned across a movie poster or DVD cover is usually cause for concern. The so-called comedy actor, whose very presence in popular culture justifies the existence of the Razzie awards, has yet to star in a decent movie. With Alex Cross, the latest adaption of the popular book series by James Patterson, it’s another major misfire for Perry. But surprisingly, he’s the best thing in it.
It’s not to say that he deserves an Oscar. But Perry delivers a good performance as the titular detective, here investigating a serial killing spree perpetrated by Lost’s Matthew Fox. Unlike Fox, whose performance is as about as overly caricatured, »
- Matt Dennis
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 May 2013 - 06:57
With Fast & Furious 6 on the horizon, we revisit the entire series from beginning to end, and dig out our favourite moments...
It's strange to think that it's well over a decade since the Fast franchise began. But like a juggernaut rolling down a hill, this ageing series shows no sign of slowing down; in fact, this year's Fast & Furious 6 will be joined by yet another sequel, Fast Seven, due out in cinemas next year.
But given that the Fast movies now have such a long history, with various stars fading in and out of them as the past decade has rolled on, perhaps it's a good time to look back at how the series has evolved, and work out how its events will lead up to Fast & Furious 6...
The Fast And The Furious (2001)
The first Fast movie is something of a Frankenstein’s monster of a movie. »
Though we thought directing last year’s slightly shonky Alex Cross might have seen him condemned to director jail for a while, Rob Cohen is still lining up future jobs. He’s now attached to make Crash Bandits for Nu Image/Millennium. No, it’s not an off-brand rip-off film based on the Crash Bandicoot console game, it’s actually the story of two rival treasure hunters who specialise in salvaging old plane wrecks. When they get wind of the ultimate prize lurking in the Amazon, the race is on.It all sounds a little bit like Sahara to us, though Cohen does at least know his way around an action sequence. Crash Bandits has been sitting in development for a while now, originally penned by Michael Stokes and at one time considered as a John McTiernan vehicle with Hayden Christensen starring. Now Cohen will re-write the script and start looking for a new cast. »
Now I know that you're thinking this has something to do with the video game Crash Bandicoot. But I regret to inform you it doesn't.
Rob Cohen is set to direct a film called Crash Bandits, which "centers on the rivalry between two treasure hunters who specialize in salvaging old plane wrecks. When they get a beat on the ultimate prize, they find themselves in a race against each other in the Amazon jungle."
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- Lucas Lowman
Rob Cohen has signed on to direct Crash Bandits for Nu Image/Millennium. The project was previously in the works with John McTiernan attached to direct and Hayden Christensen set to star, but it never got off the ground.
The story centers on two rival treasure hunters who specialize in salvaging plane wreckage. When they both hear about the Holy Grail of plane wrecks in the Amazon, the set off on a race to see who can get there first.
Michael Stokes wrote the original script, although Rob Cohen will perform a rewrite, under the terms of his development deal. Johnny Martin, David Raines, Kevin King and Mark Canton are producing, with Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson executive producing.
It looks like Rob Cohen is still managing to wrangle in some projects, despite having had less than stellar turnouts for his recent ventures with Alex Cross and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Word now comes that Cohen will direct the action/adventure film Crash Bandits. The pic comes from a script by Michael Stokes and is being made by Nu Image/Millienium, and will tell the story of a rivalry between two competing treasure hunters. While the premise sounds somewhat interesting and Cohen does have a history of exploring similar projects that mix the hyper-real with a streak of action and adventure, I still remain skeptical as to whether or not this is going to actually be pulled off well. Hit the jump for more on the project. While Cohen did start out in his career stronger with the likes of The Fast and the Furious and XXX, »
- Bryce Fallon
Alex Cross helmer Rob Cohen has a new job! We’ve just learned that Cohen is set to direct another action adventure movie titled Crash Bandits for Nu Image/Millennium. In case this already sounds familiar to you, let us first remind you that once upon a time, the project had John McTiernan on board to direct and Hayden Christensen to star. At this moment we know that Cohen will direct the movie from a script (originally) written by Michael Stokes which will revolve around: …the rivalry between two treasure hunters who specialize in salvaging old plane wrecks. When they get a beat on the ultimate prize,...
- Jeanne Standal
Nu Image/Millennium Films' Crash Bandits adventure lands Cohen as helmer Rob Cohen will direct as well as rewrite the original Michael Stokes script which tells of the rivalry between two treasure hunters who are specialists in salvaging old plane wrecks. When they learn about the ultimate prize, they end up racing against each other in the Amazon jungle. Crash Bandits is being produces by Kevin King, Johnny Martin, David Raines and Mark Canton while Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are serving as executive producers. According to sources, this one almost saw production with Hayden Christensen attached to star and John McTiernan (The 13th Warrior) helming. »
Director Rob Cohen ( The Fast and the Furious ) has been attached to direct Nu Image and Millennium's action-adventure Crash Bandits , a project that was previously going to be directed by Die Hard and Predator helmer John McTiernan, who is currently serving a year in prison for lying to the FBI. The movie involves the rivalry between two treasure hunters who salvage old plane wrecks as they race across the Amazon jungle to claim the ultimate prize. Originally Hayden Christensen was attached to play one of the treasure seekers but with McTiernan no longer on board, the role may be recast. The script was originally written by Michael Stokes, but Cohen, who recently directed Tyler Perry in Summit Entertainment's Alex Cross , will do a rewrite with Johnny Martin, David Raines, »
Bruce Lee's life is to be recounted in a new biopic titled Birth of the Dragon.
Nixon's Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson will write the project for Qed International and Groundswell Productions.
The movie will merge the biopic and action genres and take place in the aftermath of Lee's famous showdown with Wong Jack Man in 1965.
Birth of the Dragon will see the duo join forces to take down Chinatown gangsters in San Francisco, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A release date for Birth of the Dragon is yet to be announced.
Watch a trailer for Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story below: »
News Simon Brew 21 Feb 2013 - 07:21
Bruce Lee's story is to be the subject of another film, as work begins on Birth Of A Dragon...
We always felt that Jason Scott Lee did a really good job of portraying Bruce Lee in the middling biopic of the star, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. That film came out - are you ready for this? - 20 years ago now. It was directed by Rob Cohen (who would go on to launch The Fast & The Furious franchise), and it's still worth digging out. It left plenty of room for another telling of Bruce Lee's story though, and that's just what's being planned.
The new film is going by the working title Birth Of The Dragon, and it'll pick up in the aftermath of Bruce Lee's battle with Wong Jack Man in 1965. The Hollywood Reporter says that Stephen Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson are penning the screenplay, »
2001′s The Fast and the Furious will be 12 years old this June. The film, which was directed by Rob Cohen, introduced the world to one of Vin Diesel’s signature roles in the form of Dominic “Dom” Toretto, a highly talented street racer and thief. Diesel faced off against Paul Walker’s street racing cop Brian O’Conner, who would briefly take over the franchise for John Singleton’s 2 Fast 2 Furious alongside Tyrese Gibson.
2006 brought with it The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, which changed the featured style and setting from the Us and street racing to Japan and drift racing and focused on an entirely new cast, including Lucas Black and Bow Wow. Tokyo Drift was helmed by Justin Lin, who has directed every entry in the series since.
2009′s Fast and Furious saw both Diesel and Walker return to the franchise, and had the two friendly enemies »
- Justin Harrison
This week on Blu-ray another Disney classic is released from the vault, an Oscar contender hits home video, and an in-depth look at the film vs. digital debate comes to HD. Briefly: Alex Cross [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] - $19.86 (50% off) Cabaret [Blu-ray] - $18.86 (33% off) Celeste and Jesse Forever [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Deadfall [Blu-ray] - $24.99 (17% off) Flight (Two-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $19.99 (50% off) Here Comes the Boom (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) House of Cards Trilogy: The Original UK Series Remastered [Blu-ray] - $44.86 (10% off) A Late Quartet [Blu-ray] - $20.86 (30% off) Peter Pan (Three-Disc Diamond Edition: Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App) - $27.99 (38% off) Side by Side [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) Star Is Born [Blu-ray] - $18.50 (34% off) Hit the jump for special features details. Alex Cross [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] This Tyler Perry-fronted adaptation of the beloved James Patterson character was a bona fide bomb at the box office. If you’re inclined to catch up with the film on Blu-ray, though, the extras »
- Adam Chitwood
Author James Patterson has been writing about his infamous detective, Alex Cross, for several years now. So far, there have been 17 books and three film adaptations. Now I’ve never read a single one of his popular novels, but I have seen the films. Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were interesting mysteries, and while they may not have been particularly great films, at the very least they had the great Morgan Freeman as the brooding, contemplative detective. Now we come to the third adaptation, simply titled Alex Cross, which no longer features Freeman. If it was Freeman who opted not to come back, it seems he knew exactly when to jump ship. However, if it was the filmmakers who decided to replace him, then they couldn’t have made a bigger mistake.
- Jeff Beck
Also new this week is Tyler Perry in "Alex Cross," the romantic comedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever" with Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones and the Blu-ray debut of "Cabaret" starring the inimitable Liza Minnelli.
Box Office: $93 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 78% Fresh
Storyline: Denzel Washington stars in this dramatic thriller directed by Robert Zemeckis in which seasoned airline pilot Whip Whitaker miraculously crash-lands a commercial airliner after a midair catastrophe and saves nearly everyone on board. He is hailed as a hero, but there is one problem: Whip was intoxicated at the time of the landing. The more Whip tries to cover up that fact, the more it exasperates his addictions and forces him to face his own personal demons. John Goodman, Don Cheadle and »
- Robert DeSalvo
Alex Cross is a picture-perfect example of what Not to do when you get the rights to a popular author's work.
If director Rob Cohen and his team could've picked just a single angle and run with it, this Tyler Perry vehicle-slash-adaptation of novelist James Patterson's "origin" story for the character of uber-detective Alex Cross (played in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider by Morgan Freeman) might have congealed into something.
As it is, there's a singular problem plaguing this movie that plagues so many others hitting the multiplex on a weekly basis - it wants to be too many things in the vague hopes of having "something for everyone."
One minute it's a cat-and-mouse detective story. The next minute, it's pseudo highbrow political intrigue. Three scenes later it's a high-octane actioner. It's good for the characters in your movie to have an identity crisis - when »
Welcome to another weekly preview of upcoming Blu-Ray releases! In this week’s edition, Flight makes a good case for taking the train to your next vacation destination, Here Comes the Boom hits store shelves with a – well with a boom I guess, and a beloved family classic finally gets a Blu-Ray release.
Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.
Director: Robert Zemeckis
An American drama film from Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. It was well received by critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor (for the film’s star Denzel Washington) and Best Original Screenplay.
Plot: An airline pilot saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunction reveals something troubling.
My Thoughts: I haven’t watched it yet, but I’m looking forward to it. »
- C.P. Howells
Alex Cross is not a good movie. There’s no singular reason as to why that is, but you can take your pick from the messy script to the casting of Tyler Perry in the title role as a police detective previously played by Morgan Freeman. Director Rob Cohen sat down to record a commentary for the Blu-ray/DVD which hits shelves next week, and he speaks highly of his film, his cast and crew while detailing the making of the film. He makes it very clear that he’d like the series to continue too, so tell everyone you know to buy a copy. Keep reading to see what I heard with this week’s Alex Cross Commentary Commentary… Alex Cross (2012) Commentator: Rob Cohen (director) 1. Cohen was asked to read the script by the production company, Qed, so he read it. The idea of casting Tyler Perry in the lead role was his alone. 2. The »
- Rob Hunter
Nothing is more exciting than a fight to the death and with the release of Death Race 3: Inferno, on Blu-ray and DVD from 4th February, this has never been truer. Winner of four death races, Carl Lucas (Luke Goss) finds himself just one victory away from earning freedom for himself and his pit crew, but organisers and prison wardens are changing the track and the rules.
To celebrate the release of Death Race 3: Inferno, we look at some other cinematic blood sports that have kept us on the edge of our seats until the very last moment.
6. Death Race 2000 (1975)
The Annual Transcontinental Road Race, is an American coast-to-coast, three-day race run on public roads, where points are scored not just for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians struck and killed. Frankenstein (David Carradine) is the most celebrated driver, but secretly plans to end the cruel »
- Simon Gallagher
20 items from 2013
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