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Director: Peter Landesman
Running Time: 94 Minutes
With all the hype surrounding the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who last year, you could be forgiven for forgetting that it was actually the 50th year since one of the most notorious assassinations in history…the murder of JFK.
Parkland: The JFK Assassination Story was produced in tribute of the infamous event that resulted in the death of one of America’s greatest leaders. The film has some impressive talent attached to it including a producing credit from none other than Tom Hanks, and a whole cast full of star-studded household names. Parkland isn’t the greatest film in the world but it certainly is ambitious and tells an intriguingly original version of history we had not previously seen, which is definitely refreshing for a story »
- Ben Read
As the contemporary director most obsessed with the idea of obsession, Aronofsky would be a great fit for an episode or whole season of True Detective. Often, in the more intelligent entries in the genre, detective series focus not just on plot but on how the horrific events that take place within the plot affect the characters we’re following. The first season of True Detective was pretty much a vehicle for looking at the Rust-Marty relationship. Aronofsky’s resume is full of character studies, such as The Wrestler and Black Swan. But it’s that obsession – the kind that kept Rust on the Dora Lange case long after he walked away from being a detective – that Aronofsky would be able to bring out. On top of that, Aronofsky’s visual storytelling suits Pizzolatto’s content – at least what we’ve seen of it. It’s easy to »
Two of my favourite Full Moon flicks, Dollman and Demonic Toys, have been given the Blu-ray treatment by the folks at 88 Films. Already owning the pair on DVD we take a look at these new releases to see how they compare and if the new Blus are worthy of an upgrade…
Former funnyman, turned TV stalwart, turned action star, Tim Thomerson had already made a name for himself in the Empire Pictures/Full Moon franchise Trancers before spoofing the very same character and his take no crap persona in Dollman for one of my favourite directors, Albert Pyun.
Brick Bardo (Thomerson) is a traveller from outer space who is forced to land on Earth. Though regular sized on his home planet, he is doll-sized here on Earth, »
- Phil Wheat
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Last week, producer Joel Silver made some surprising comments about the 2009 adaptation Watchmen, stating that director Zack Snyder was too much of a "slave" to the original graphic novel by Alan Moore, while revealing that he preferred Terry Gilliam's original take on the project.
"It's funny, because the biggest knock against the movie is that we finally changed the ending, right? Right, and if you read the Gilliam ending, it's completely insane."
In the original graphic novel, an alien squid attack is the event that brings all the warring nations of Earth together, but in the movie adaptation, Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) was perceived as this world-altering threat. In Terry Gilliam's ending, Ozymandias (Matthew Goode) convinced Dr. Manhattan to go back in time and prevent his own creation, which caused several different changes to the story. »
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
While doing press for his upcoming action-thriller Non-Stop, producer Joel Silver revealed new details about an earlier version of Watchmen that was worked on by director Terry Gilliam and writer Sam Hamm, which was much different than Zack Snyder's version. If you haven't seen Watchmen or read the original graphic novel, there will be spoilers throughout the rest of this story.
While the producer felt that Zack Snyder approached the legendary graphic novel by Alan Moore in the right way, he revealed that the director was too slavish to the source material, and Terry Gilliam's take was a much better movie.
"It was a Much much better movie [...] I mean, Zack came at it the right way but was too much of a slave to the material. I was trying to get it Back from the studio at that point, because I ended up with both V for Vendetta »
Earlier this month Jose Padilha's RoboCop remake arrived in cinemas, and thanks to James Kleinmann we've got an exclusive video interview with star Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), which you can check out below...
In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) is a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before. »
- Gary Collinson
‘RoboCop’ 2014 movie: Full-fledged flop at domestic box office (photo: Joel Kinnaman in ‘RoboCop’ 2014) Directed by José Padilha, and starring Joel Kinnaman and Abbie Cornish, Sony Pictures’ $100 million-budgeted RoboCop 2014 remake opened with disappointing numbers on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Things improved a bit over the weekend, but there’s no denying that RoboCop 2014 will become a major domestic box office bomb. (See also: José Padilha hates ‘RoboCop’ 2014 filmmaking process.) According to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo, Padilha’s remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 "classic" (as mentioned elsewhere on this site, just about anything made before 2003 is considered a classic these days) landed in third place this extended Presidents Day Weekend, February 14-17, trailing both Warner Bros.’ overwhelmingly well-received The Lego Movie and Sony Pictures / ScreenGems’ low-budget romantic comedy About Last Night. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street), and featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, »
- Zac Gille
Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Lego Movie" continued to build on its box office resume with a second weekend at the top of the charts with an estimated $48.8 million. That brings the animated film from Phil Lord and Chris Miller to over $129 million. Pic starring Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, among others, averaged $12,930 from 3,775 theaters. Remake "About Last Night" under director Steve Pink, starring Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy, had a solid start with around $27 million earned. The comedy also with Christopher McDonald, Regina Hall, Adam Rodriguez, Bryan Callen and Joy Bryant, opened in 2,253 theaters and holds a very good $11,984 per-theater average. Sony's "Robocop" ended off this weekend with a decent $21.5 million debut, which is nothing to complain about considering the field. Joel Kinnaman, Abby Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Jay Baruchel, Jackie Earle Haley and Jennifer Ehle star in the José Padilha sci-fia actioner. »
New RoboCop 2014 movie delivered great hardcore action,drama & more. Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action/sci-fi/remake flick, "RoboCop," into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out, and thought it was pretty entertaining, serving up lots of action, coupled with intense drama, and more. The movie stars: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. In the new flick, the year is set in 2028, and revolves around good cop, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) and this OmniCorp company that's desperately trying to get approval for their army of robot protectors be put on American soil so they can maximize their revenue and profits. However, they keep getting turned down, because the American public doesn't feel good about an emotionless robot trying to protect them. In response to this, OmniCorp CEO ,Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton »
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We've got the future under control. We do? Now in theaters everywhere is the remake of yet another 1980's classic, RoboCop. This new take on RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman as Detroit's Alex Murphy, directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha (Elite Squad). The impressive cast includes: Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams and Samuel L. Jackson. So is it any good? Does it desecrate the original? Is it one big pointless remake, or not? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on the RoboCop remake. To fuel the fire, I have not yet seen the new RoboCop myself, as Sony chose not to screen it for me (I assume this post is why). Until I can see it and update this with my own thoughts, here is an excerpt from Jeremy's 7.5/10 review of the movie: "It is, »
- Alex Billington
Opening this week in theaters and IMAX is director Jose Padilha’s new take on RoboCop. For those unfamiliar with the film, it takes place in the near future where a company called OmniCorp has pushed drone technology to new levels, and they now want to mix the technology with a human operator. When police officer Alex Murphy (Kinnaman) is gravely injured, OmniCorp takes the opportunity to use him as their prototype cyborg police officer. The experiment on Murphy is meant to be the first of many RoboCops the company hopes to put in every U.S. city. The film also stars Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Samuel L. Jackson. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Cornish. She talked about how the film has a strong social and political point of view, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Directed by José Padilha.
Police officer Alex Murphy suffers horrific injuries in an explosion and is rebuilt and part-robot, part-man in a bid to combat growing levels of crime in Detroit. But RoboCop is haunted by his own past and the corruption of the system that has created him.
I need to get something off my chest. If you approach this film expecting it to basically do everything the 1987 version did, then I don't know what to say to you. Surely the point of a remake is to try something new with the same basic idea? Take Batman for example; he has endured because there are so many variations on his story. So why can't RoboCop enjoy the same process of reinvention?
Fortunately, José Padilha's English language debut generally makes wise choices, »
- Chris Cooper
Film: "RoboCop"; Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson; Director: Jose Padilha; Rating: **
A character-centric film of a half-man, half-machine enforcer of law, "RoboCop" delves in the transformation of a human being into an emotionless Robotic Killing Machine. The film portrays Robocop Alex Murphy's (Joel Kinnaman) attempt in cleaning up the city and then tuning his computerized memory on those who tried to. »
- Shiva Prakash
Chicago – You get the sense that a writer for the new “RoboCop” felt very proud of himself when he coined the cheeky word “robophobic” as a play on a current cultural hot button. The Samuel L. Jackson moment of self-fulfilled glory reminded me of the rest of the plot that was missing.
Following their 1987 screenplay, writers Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner live a fourth time since their trilogy ended in 1993. The reimagined Alex Murphy – a nearly dead man who’s left with no choice but to bind his remaining organic flesh to Gary Oldman’s newly invented exoskeletal machine – got a head start on the weekend by opening on Wednesday in competition to two other 1980s remakes: “About Last Night” and “Endless Love”.
Read Adam Fendelman’s full review of “RoboCop”.
2014’s “RoboCop,” which unsurprisingly has already opened to a disappointing Wednesday box office, is the second time Sony »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The new RoboCop isn’t terrible, which shouldn’t be an accomplishment. But we live in a world that produced 2012′s Total Recall, not simply a bad movie, but one of the most misbegotten works of popular entertainment in history, “popular” and “entertainment” both used loosely. The Recall remake replaced everything that made the 1990 Recall entertaining with tropes purchased third-hand from a garage sale at Christopher Nolan’s house.
By comparison, there are things to enjoy about neo-RoboCop. The supporting cast is stacked with ringers. Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel all have a blast with ripe parts, »
- Darren Franich
Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement is finally here, as Sony releases the long anticipated RoboCop reboot in theaters this week. Joel Kinnaman stars as a resurrected street cop who is saved by advances in technology. Turned into a cyborg by OmniCorp, he is let loose on the mean streets of Detroit to clean up crime. But soon, he is questioning his prime directives, and on a mission to solve his own attempted murder. It's a controversial move to return to such a classic, but director José Padilha (Elite Squad franchise) has turned in a movie that is completely his own, and removed from the sequels that have come before it. We go in-depth into the making of the movie, as Todd Gilchrist meets with the cast for a series of exclusive interviews. Watch as he goes one-on-one with Alex Murphy himself, Joel Kinnaman, his wife, »
Any movie that tries a lot harder than it needs to is all right in my book. And that’s exactly the case with RoboCop, an impressive reboot of the Paul Verhoeven classic that, much to my delight, fires on all cylinders, blending furious action, strong acting and an inventive script to create a film that uses familiar parts to build something sleek, smart and entirely capable of going toe-to-toe with Verhoeven’s original.
I’m well aware that fans of the original RoboCop will balk at that praise, call it unsubstantiated and probably even berate me for entirely missing the point, but hear me out. What Verhoeven’s film did fantastically was address the political hot topics and concerns of its time (declining industry, privatization, etc.) by playing them out in a futuristic, but believable, setting. And while José Padilha’s PG-13 remake arrives without the original’s enticing ultraviolence, »
- Isaac Feldberg
From director José Padilha, this re-imagining of RoboCop is set in 2028, with OmniCorp as the world’s leader in robot technology. When loving husband, father and honest cop Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman) nearly dies, OmniCorp sees an opportunity to build a part-man, part-robot police officer that will not only stop crime and corruption in Detroit, but reap billions for their company. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jennifer Ehle, Jay Baruchel, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Samuel L. Jackson. At the film’s press day, filmmaker José Padilha spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to re-envision RoboCop, the ideas in the original that are still relevant today, how much the final product changed from the original script, how much freedom he had to make the movie he wanted to make, the deleted scenes that will be included on the Blu-ray/DVD, »
- Christina Radish
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