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2013 looks to be a pretty packed year for sci-fi, but one of the more innovative/exciting films of the genre from the past decade is certainly director Duncan Jones’ 2009 film Moon. Jones made excellent use of miniature effects to create the lunar landscape on a shockingly small budget ($5 million), and star Sam Rockwell turned in a powerhouse performance as he commands nearly the entirety of the film’s screentime alone/opposite himself. Moon recently aired on BBC2 and Jones, being the generous and Twitter-friendly person that he is, took it upon himself to offer a live commentary on Twitter while the film aired. The filmmaker offered some fascinating insights into the film, including how they finally convinced Kevin Spacey to voice Gerty and the fact that Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum) was poised to tackle the lead role should Rockwell back out at the last minute. Jones was »
- Adam Chitwood
From great documentaries to sweet indies to big studio movies, 2012 was one of the biggest years ever. It will be remembered for the reinvention of musicals with Tom Hooper.s Les Miserables, the meet-and-greet of horrifying engineers in Ridley Scott.s Prometheus and the toppling of an empire in Lauren Greenfield.s Queen Of Versailles.
There was no shortage from which to choose from at your local cinemas where superheroes reigned supreme at the box office, animated adventures were welcomed by young and old alike, and favorite characters from the various prequels and sequels were embraced like old friends.
As we head into the new year, some of the most anticipated films of 2013 are Zack Snyder.s Man Of Steel, J.J. Abrams. Star Trek Into Darkness, Shane Black.s Iron Man 3, Marc Forster.s World War Z, Dan Scanlon.s Monsters University, Gore Verbinski.s The Lone Ranger, Joseph Kosinski.s Oblivion, »
- Movie Geeks
Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »
- Brad Brevet
The director of Pineapple Express is back for more knockabout larks with Jonah Hill as a college reject who reluctantly agrees to babysit three gruesome kids as a favour to his mum. When his female friend makes him an offer he can't refuse, it's all aboard for a wild night involving stolen cars, New York bars and the craziest drug dealer in town (Sam Rockwell). Those old enough to watch will find it an education. »
After a short absence (for medical reasons and not court-ordered community service), we’re back just in time for your last minute holiday shopping needs. Unsurprisingly, The Dark Knight Rises and The Dark Knight Trilogy are still at the top of the Blu-Ray sales charts. If, for some mind-blowing reason that I can’t even begin to fathom, you’re undecided about adding the former to your Blu-Ray collection, you can check out our The Dark Knight Rises Blu-Ray review.
This week, the Total Recall remake gets a home release, Resident Evil: Retribution brings hordes of zombies home for the holidays, and relive the glory days of the 90s with the first live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.
Ready for this week’s top releases? Then cowabunga!
Release Date: December 18th, 2012
Director: Len Wiseman
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- C.P. Howells
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 29, 2013
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
A dog, a screenwriter and the criminal underworld get entangled in Seven Psychopaths, which scored high points with critics and moviegoers when it was in theaters.
The comedy movie stars Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses) as Marty, a struggling screenwriter in Los Angeles who just needs some focus and inspiration to finish his screenplay. His focus gets a little astray, however, when he inadvertantly gets entangled with the criminal underworld after his unamployed actor best friend (Sam Rockwell, Conviction) and his partner in crime (Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can) kidnap a gangster’s (Woody Harrelson, The Hunger Games) beloved Shih Tzu.
Critics praised Seven Psychopaths, »
Despite a splendid cast, a wild premise, and a relatively low budget, Seven Psychopaths didn.t make a large impression at the box office during its theatrical run, pulling in a little under $15 million. If you missed it in theaters, you.ll be able to catch the twisted comedy when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 29. Seven Psychopaths stars the chronically under-appreciated Sam Rockwell, as well as Christopher Walken and Colin Farrell, in a film about writing screenplays and kidnapping dogs from dangerous and psychopathic gangsters. The flick also benefits from having Woody Harrelson play said gangster, that, and the fact that a fluffy and cut dog also features prominently in the flick. The R-rated flick was produced by Martin McDonagh (who also directed), Peter Czernin, and Graham Broadbent, the latter who also produced In Bruges, thus explaining the Farrell connection. Surprisingly for a movie lacking in box office »
If you missed out on the ultra-violent hilarity that is Seven Psychopaths during its theatrical run, here's your chance to right that wrong! We've got the artwork and all the details you need to prepare you for the lunacy to come.
From the Press Release
Golden Globe® winner Colin Farrell (2009, Best Actor – Comedy, In Bruges) leads an all-star cast in the comedy Seven Psychopaths, available January 29th on Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and CBS Films. Directed by Academy Award®-winning writer/director Martin McDonagh (2009, Best Writing - Original Screenplay, In Bruges), the film follows a Hollywood screenwriter and his oddball friends, who all end up embroiled in an outrageous kidnapping scheme gone wrong. The acclaimed cast includes Sam Rockwell (Iron Man 2), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games), Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (1978, The Deer Hunter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role), Tom Waits (The Book of Eli »
- Uncle Creepy
By Joey Magidson
Like everyone else, I was shocked and saddened by the tragic school shooting this past Friday in Newtown, Connecticut. The thought of little kids and their teachers being targeted is just sickening. The event even moved President Obama to tears.
There are two things that deserve the blame, above all else, for this and any other massacre like it: the gunman and his guns. But, seeing as we focus on Hollywood on this site, I think that we should be honest and acknowledge that the entertainment industry probably isn’t helping matters.
For me, the shooting in the Connecticut elementary school brought back memories of the mass shooting in a movie theater — another place in which we always presumed we were safe — in Aurora, Colo. on the July night earlier this year on which The Dark Knight Rises opened.
It was only a few months ago, »
- Joey Magidson
Directed by Duncan Jones
One area of film that was really neglected during the 00’s (whatever you choose to name them) was one of the founding cornerstones of modern cinema, the unlimited avenue of storytelling possibility that is pure science fiction. Even mediocre attempts at overly mind bending space stories were few and far between, perhaps dictated by disastrous franchise flick Star Trek: Nemesis, colossal Eddie Murphy failure Pluto Nash and George Lucas’ uniformly soulless and awful Star Wars prequels. Indeed, it wasn’t until the final year of the decade that James Cameron returned to the far reaches of the cosmos with the unadventurous Avatar. The same year, a good old fashioned philosophical quagmire with flavors of classic Lem arrived to minimal fanfare but substantial critical acclaim. Duncan Jones’ directorial debut, Moon proved superior to the highest grossing movie of all »
- Scott Patterson
Seven Psychopaths, 2012.
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Gabourey Sidibe, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.
Men steal dogs, there are psychopaths, it gets a bit messy.
The trailers for Seven Psychopaths portray it as a completely different film - the green band trailer in particular sells a movie and characters that you will not be seeing. So be prepared for this, but know that you are in for a great time at the movies.
Seven Psychopaths is quite unique, and because of this it takes a time to really get going. Colin Farrell plays, Marty, a screenwriter living in Los Angeles who is having trouble with his latest project, which just so happens to be titled; Seven Psychopaths. The film follows a strange path as the start »
After establishing his reputation as a playwright, Martin McDonagh made a remarkably confident movie debut in 2004 directing the Oscar-winning, half-hour Six Shooter, set on a train in his native Ireland, where grieving widower Brendan Gleeson is confronted by a gun-toting psychopath. He followed it up in 2008 with his first feature, the dazzling, accomplished In Bruges, a conscious cross between Hemingway's The Killers and Beckett's Waiting for Godot in which Gleeson and Colin Farrell play Irish hitmen waiting for their psychopathic British boss to dictate their next assignment. Now McDonagh has moved to the States, where his hero, Colin Farrell, is Marty, an incipient alcoholic Irish playwright working on a Hollywood film, and the number of psychopaths involved has exponentially advanced to seven.
At the opening of the startling and funny Seven Psychopaths the camera pans across the hills above Los Angeles, taking in the iconic sign that has loomed over »
- Philip French
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Seven Psychopaths (15)
It's a cult movie formula to die for: Pulp Fiction meets the Coens meets Adaptation, with postmodern high-jinks, wacky crime thrills and lashings of irreverent comedy. The latter redeems a movie that's almost too manically clever for its own good. Reality barely enters into this story of a blocked screenwriter caught up in a dognapping escapade, but there's never a dull moment. Perhaps it could do with a few.
A made-for-each-other couple have trouble staying separate in this relaxed romcom, »
- Steve Rose
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2′s fortnight long stint at the top of the box office chart has come to an abrupt end. What big new smash hit has knocked the Vamps off top spot? I hear you cry. A little known spy flick known as Skyfall of course. Yes, after six weeks on release, Bond moves back up to the top of the pile in the very same week where it surpassed Avatar to become the highest grossing film at the UK Box Office of all time.
I don’t think anybody foresaw it being quite this succesful and hats really do need to go off to Sam Mendes and everyone involved for such an impressive feat. Skyfall has currently taken £94.28 million and you wouldn’t put it past it to be the first film to break the £100million barrier in UK cinemas. Breaking Dawn Part 2 meanwhile, despite a hefty »
- Rob Keeling
Through a barrage of fantastic performances, Sam Rockwell has established himself as one of the most reliable character actors working in the movies today. Over the last 15 years Rockwell has built a film resume that speaks volumes about his range as an actor, taking in comedy and drama and everything else in between. He is an actor who can not only hold his own with the best in Hollywood blockbusters, but also keep his feet firmly planted in the roots of independent film as well. He creates characters of seamless originality, with no two performances quite the same.
The great film critic Roger Ebert once compared his style to that of Christopher Walken, which is a high compliment to be compared to an Oscar winning legend. Hopefully one day soon Rockwell can join Walken’s company in legendary Oscar winner status, but until then and to celebrate the release of »
- Kyle Hytonen
The hotel room where I am waiting for Sam Rockwell feels fit for a torture session: it is bare save for two clapped-out chairs, a couple of lamps and a bathtub. But when Rockwell bowls in, he brings his own ambience. Interviewing him is like being the only audience member at a one-man acting masterclass. He's not averse to leaping to his feet to demonstrate how posture and movement affect characterisation. His conversation is focused but there's a twitchy energy about him. Within a few seconds of declaring that he has stopped impersonating his friend Christopher Walken ("I really didn't feel good about doing it once I got to know him"), he has a silent change of heart. »
- Ryan Gilbey
Seven Psychopaths, 2012.
Written and Directed by Martin McDonagh.
Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Olga Kurylenko, Željko Ivanek, Michael Pitt, Kevin Corrigan, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Stuhlbarg and Harry Dean Stanton.
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved dog.
Before we begin, I have to confess – I didn’t really “get” In Bruges when I saw it at the cinema. I liked it don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t love it. It wasn’t until I saw it on DVD a few years later that I finally understood what the fuss was about. I get the feeling Seven Psychopaths will have the same effect on a lot of people because it’s a film where you get more out of it the more you think about it. »
In the latest Empire Podcast, Seven Psychopaths' Sam Rockwell and Martin McDonagh talk about the latter's follow-up to In Bruges and the former's love of dancing on screen. Expect references to Matchstick Men, shih tzus and some information that Mickey Rourke may not want to hear any time soon...Elsewhere, Warp Films' 10th anniversary is celebrated and Sightseers writers and stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram stop by for a chat about odd jumpers, caravan etiquette and how to deal with not winning an award (think table flipping and you're just about there).On top of all that, the team try to work out exactly what it is about The Wolf from Pulp Fiction that makes him worthy of such a reputation, a whole heap of movies get reviewed and the reason behind Skyfall's immense success is finally discovered. Hint: it's all thanks to Empire's Skyfall spoiler specials. Possibly. »
Seven Psychopaths is one of those titles, like 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag, or 9 Dead Gay Guys, which is trying that bit too hard. And what is strange is that this disappointing movie is written and directed by Martin McDonagh, the brilliant and prize-garlanded author of stage and screen who made it look like he didn't need to try at all. After a string of superb stage plays, and his Oscar-winning short film Six Shooter in 2004, McDonagh wrote and directed In Bruges, a sparklingly scripted and utterly distinctive black comedy about a couple of hitmen forced to lay low in a European city they find oppressively boring. It was a treat from beginning to end, and so expectations could hardly be higher for his first Hollywood movie, which »
- Peter Bradshaw
Catch up with the last seven days in the world of film
The big story
Another week, another lavish star-studded premiere. After the The Hobbit politely scuffles off into the wings (dogged by stories that its new ultra-hi-res format makes you sick), Les Miserables pirouettes in to take its place.
London was the host city for the world prem, and offered the customary red-carpet shenanigans. Early reaction in the Twittervironment was fulsome; our critic Catherine Shoard stumbled out of the screening with somewhat less fervour.
Peter Jackson defends decision to split The Hobbit into three parts
Eddie Murphy tops list of Hollywood's most overpaid actors
Zero Dark Thirty triumphs at New York Film Critics Circle awards
On the blog
What are the best films of 2012?
Cineworld buys Picturehouse – should independent film-lovers be concerned? »
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