9 items from 2013
It's almost impossible to think it now but at the turn of the millennium the hottest ticket in town was M Night Shyamalan. His chilling ghost story The Sixth Sense built around an "oh wow" third-act plot twist, scooped six Oscar nominations and delivered a massive $670 million box office payday. Success thrust Shyamalan to Christopher Nolan-like levels of adulation, but the years since have not been so kind. The wheels began to judder on the uneven The Village before a series of creative misfires with Lady in the Water, The Happening and the truly terrible Last Airbender derailed him completely. Even this month's After Earth (complete with Will Smith's A-list star power) is proving to be a less-than-prosperous outing for Hollywood's one-time golden boy.
We here at Digital Spy are more interested in celebrating Shyamalan's triumphs though, in particular his 2000 Sixth Sense follow-up Unbreakable - in our eyes his most accomplished movie. »
Hans Zimmer has been an impressive composer for some time now and while I'd like to say his work with Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator) put him on the map, his work with Christopher Nolan vaulted him into the stratosphere when he composed the scores for Batman Begins (alongside James Newton Howard), The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Now, no surprise, he'll be reteaming with Nolan for his upcoming sci-fi feature Interstellar. While you could easily say Nolan's Inception was a sci-fi film, it seems rather clear Interstellar's time travel, alternate dimensions and wormhole travel is far more in the realm of what we think of when we talk sci-fi and for that matter, it will be the first "truly" science fiction film Zimmer has scored. The news came in an interview with Collider where Zimmer, who composed the recent score for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan
Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Who’S It For? This dinky thing is for fans of Will Smith who will see anything that he stars in. And to quote Katherine Hahn in Anchorman, I mean, “A-ny-thing.”
Expectations: Even with a movie from M. Night Shyamalan, there is always a potential for a pleasant surprise. Would this movie, also from a Scientologist about the decay of Earth, be able to top the sampling screenplay of Tom Cruise’s Oblivion?
- Nick Allen
The movie begins more than one thousand years in the future long after people are forced to abandon the only home they had ever known. Upon leaving Earth in 10 arks, calendars were changed from Ad to Ae, reflecting the new life “After Earth.”
Humans relocated to Nova Prime where they faced an invasion from the Skrel and the genetically engineered weapon – The Ursa. These beasties can sense humans’ fear and use that to track and kill their prey.
Just as it seemed nothing could stop the Ursa, Ranger Cypher Raige (Will Smith) inadvertently uncovers their weakness: without fear, humans are invisible to the Ursa. In an unprecedented show of self-control and discipline, Raige eliminated his fear and defeated the Ursa. This act of restraint became known as “Ghosting,” and lifted Raige to new heights of fame. »
- Michelle McCue
I almost made the mistake of starting this review with all the worthless information we're fed at the beginning of the film. Truth is, while After Earth establishes a timeline one thousand years after humans abandoned Earth for a planet called Nova Prime, the details established during the film's opening minutes are relatively insignificant. Then again, so is the film. Stripping away all the unnecessary details, After Earth is about Cypher and Kitai Raige (Will Smith and his real life son Jaden Smith), a father and son who crash land on Earth one thousand years after humans abandoned it. Cypher has broken both of his legs and he will help his son navigate the now-savage planet as he must get to the tail section of their spaceship and signal back to Nova Prime so they can be rescued. Kitai must survive dangers such as baboons, toxic leeches, giant eagles and a blind, »
- Brad Brevet
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
After writing the story for After Earth, Will Smith – also a producer of the film – would turn over the writing reins to Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan would also direct the movie. Smith called Shyamalan on his birthday, and Shyamalan told Smith how great Jaden Smith was in The Karate Kid. Will Smith said, “Well, we do have a movie idea in the works…” and they took off from there. »
- Movie Geeks
Set to hit theaters on May 31st, After Earth begins more than one thousand years in the future – in fact, one thousand years after humanity was forced to abandon the only home they had ever known.
Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages their craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.
To celebrate the theatrical release of After Earth, Wamg is doing a giveaway!
Two (2) winners will receive an After Earth Prize Pack, including:
1 T-shirt »
- Movie Geeks
Darling Companion, 2012.
Directed by Lawrence Kasdan.
Mother and daughter, Beth and Grace, find a bedraggled dog on the side of the freeway. Taking it home and rescuing it, the dog helps Grace meet a man - but Beth's husband hates the dog and it just might cause even more friction within the family...
Darling Companion represents one of the biggest wastes of talent, either on or off screen, to ever get together and make a film.
There’s too many people involved here to write it off as a minor blip. The main offender is writer/director Lawrence Kasdan for writing a 100 minute script about the wealthy people looking for a dog one of them found abandoned next to the freeway. The lost dog becomes a crass metaphor for love and »
- Flickering Myth
Odd List Ivan Radford Jan 3, 2013
As 2012 recedes into history, Ivan counts down his pick of the year's finest movie soundtracks...
While Den of Geek writers were busy voting for the top film of the year, I’ve been rifling through my collection of albums from the last 12 months to work out which film soundtrack was the best. The conclusion? It’s been one heck of a year. (Please excuse the long list of Honourable Mentions at the end…)
These are the best movie soundtracks of 2012. Probably.
A quick rewatch of the trailer to Paul Thomas Anderson’s film reminds you of the power of Jonny Greenwood’s music. The Master is surpassed by its haunting score, which nails the psychological state of Joaquin Phoenix’s Able-Bodied Seamen, increasingly dominated by His Master’s Voice. It may not be as lyrical as Greenwood’s Norwegian Wood soundtrack, »
9 items from 2013
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