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The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
With José Padilha's RoboCop bringing the part-man, part-machine, all cop back into the public eye and the casting news on Terminator: Genesis creating some Internet buzz, it seems high time that the Dark Horse cross-over comic get a re-release. And one is coming this July.
RoboCop vs. The Terminator was released in 1992 and was written by Frank Miller with Walt Simonson providing the artwork. The 4-issue run was highly praised by fans and critics and has been out of print for well over 20 years.
For the first time ever, Dark Horse is proud to collect Frank Miller and Walt Simonson's classic RoboCop vs. the Terminator comic books in graphic novel format! Comics' greatest creators pit the supreme machine killer against the ultimate cybernetic cop in one of the most celebrated crossovers ever! When fate reveals that the technology that built RoboCop will lead to the creation of Skynet, »
- Luke Owen
Paul Verhoeven’s “RoboCop,” from 1987, was a singular work of pop art, blending together an intriguing sci-fi concept, biting satire, considerable action violence, social commentary and more. It sparked various sequels and spin-off properties and now, more than 15 years later, a reboot from respected Brazilian-born director José Padilha (“Bus 174,” “Elite Squad”) that uses the same basic conceit as a framework to explore the place of drones and militarized robotics in modern society. Taking over for Peter Weller is Joel Kinnaman, who stars as Detroit police officer Alex Murphy – rescued from death after a car bomb explosion and refashioned into the emotionally compromised title character. At a recent Los Angeles [ Read More ]
It doesn’t feature iPhones, Twitter, or an internet, and yet Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop remains perhaps the most prescient sci-fi effort of the past 30 years -- a work from 1987 whose continuing relevance is matched by the fact that no one would dare make it today. Or, at least, remake it properly, since, minor virtues aside, José Padilha’s do-over completely misses the point of its predecessor, largely forgoing Verhoeven’s stinging social satire and proving clueless to the fact that it’s partaking in the very things the original sarcastically critiqued. See also: The Gent »
‘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
José Padilha's remake of the 80s action classic meets mixed results, while a budget romcom reaps solid spoils
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RoboCop in modest launch
The sentiment among many insiders is you can't beat the original, but MGM and Columbia Pictures gave it a go nonetheless with a rebooted RoboCop. Twenty-seven years after Paul Verhoeven's dazzling Hollywood debut left a dent in the zeitgeist, the gifted Brazilian director José Padilha has had a go, with mixed results. The new movie has earned fans and detractors and while it still has a pop at corporate greed, there is also a fresh focus on the perils of drone warfare. The number three launch on $21.5m (£12.8m) was not the best start in an admittedly crowded weekend and RoboCop 2.0 will need to fire its turbo boosters if the North American box office is to play a part in recouping the reported $100m budget. »
- Jeremy Kay
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. »
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Brian Salisbury of One of Us and Film School Rejects to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on films that deal with Man vs. Machine in honor of José Padilha's remake of RoboCop starring Joel Kinnaman, out in theaters now. The guys talk over some of their favorite entries in this sub-genre, go over how its occurrences have changed in films over the years, and even pontificate on the future of humankind in the hands of future robot overlords. Download #187 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP187.mp3" title="Of Machines and Men (Guest: Brian Salisbury)"]The Golden Briefcase #187[/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: Remembering Mr. Hoffman (Guest: Matt Patches) Our Guest: Brian Salisbury: @BriguySalisbury Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Where the Buffalo Roam (1980) Brian: »
- Tim Buel
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
I don’t know if you remember, but I was not the biggest advocate for the reboot of RoboCop. I did, however, promise that I would give it a shot, and I have to say that I am happy I did. I walked in determined to hate the movie and walked out pleasantly surprised.
Director José Padilha took on the daunting task of rebooting a cult classic, and I feel that he hit the mark. A lot of people seated around me were RoboCop superfans, and you could tell that they were expecting a word for word remake with updated graphics. If that is what you are looking for, that is not what you are going to get. For you superfans out there, Padilha did not make a movie that totally ignores the original. There is plenty that I would like to say about this, but I will let you »
- Billy Fisher
One of the many differences between the original 1987 RoboCop and the 2014 reboot by director José Padilha is how Detective Alex Murphy’s family (wife and son) has a significantly increased role in the main plot, not only as a motivator in the development of Murphy in his internal battle of man vs. machine, but in developing the film’s other characters as well.
Opposite Joel Kinnaman’s Alex Murphy, Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Seven Psychopaths) plays Clara Murphy in the new take on RoboCop, and Melissa Molina had the opportunity to speak with her about her role and castmates on behalf of Screen Rant.
I’m sure that when you were younger, you didn’t really imagine that in the future you would be making out with RoboCop.
Abbie Cornish: When I was younger, I never really imagined that I would ever be an actor.
Really? Was there »
- Screen Rant
“RoboCop,” about a murdered police officer in a dystopian near-future who is revived and robotically re-engineered by a corporation with its own malevolent designs on broader control and economic interests, remains a touchstone film of the 1980s. Written by Eric Neumeier and Michael Miner, and directed by Paul Verhoeven with a hearty ribbon of satirical social commentary, the movie is a pop-art genre hybrid — ultra-violent, but also surprisingly smart and thought-provoking. The new remake, starring Joel Kinnaman in the title role and Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman in key supporting roles, retains the Detroit setting but replaces the commercials of the original film, instead utilizing scenes with Samuel L. Jackson as [ Read More ]
‘Robocop’ 2014 review: ‘More interesting ideas than it can properly address’ You’ll have to excuse older moviegoers if they feel an almost weekly tinge of nostalgia with the latest announcement that their favorite film from the ’80s is being treated to a big-money remake. And yet, while you’d think 40-somethings would be thrilled that anyone in the film industry cares if they buy a movie ticket, any news of a Reagan-era remake is usually met with harrumphs of disapproval from Gen-Xers who hold these films so close to their hearts that a reboot is dismissed as downright sacrilegious. No one should deny or minimize a person’s formative movie house memories, but there’s really no argument to be made that, say, Footloose, a respectable creative achievement from 1984, is such a flawless gem that it cannot be successfully revamped and even improved. The fact that it was remade in »
- Mark Keizer
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
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)
“Check out this unearthed 1977 letter from Clint Eastwood to film critic Andrew Sarris, wherein Eastwood thanks Sarris for his Village Voice article on the “Dirty Harry” franchise, titled “Is Harry Too Dirty?” Eastwood gets to expound on the perceived messages in his films, complaining that ones with anti-capital punishment agendas like “Hang ‘Em High” got little media attention, while vigilante crime classic “Dirty Harry” and its sequels — which are about, in his words, “concern for the victim” — results in Pauline Kael calling fascism.”
‘Best director Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron did a Reddit Ama Thursday, promoting his film Gravity, which is still in theaters and hits Blu-ray February 25. As tends to be the case with these, topics were all over the map, »
It’s a 1980s showdown at the box office this icy Presidents Day weekend. Remakes of RoboCop, About Last Night, and Endless Love all open wide (even Winter’s Tale is based on a 1983 book!), but The Lego Movie will undoubtedly reign supreme in its second weekend in theaters.
Here’s how things might play out:
1. The Lego Movie — $50 million
After Lego’s stunning $69.1 million debut, the tiny interconnecting figurines are only going to benefit from growing word-of-mouth in its second weekend in theaters. It could bring in upwards of $50 million across the four-day weekend. As of Feb. 12, Warner Bros. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Like many of director Paul Verhoeven.s films, the original RoboCop is an incredibly violent film. Going gung-ho after a restricted rating, the movie constantly goes way over the top with its blood and gore, from the torture, dismemberment and .death. of Peter Weller.s Alex Murphy to the comeuppance for villainy that comes in the action-packed third act. In addition to creating a strange, entertainment value to the feature, the violence served to help the audience understand why a future Detroit would employ RoboCop to patrol the streets. By contrast, however, the new remake from Brazilian director José Padilha is rated PG-13, cutting down on the extremely graphic content that was so crucial to the first film. It was a controversial choice made by the filmmaker, but one that star Joel Kinnaman wholeheartedly defended when I had the chance to speak with him a couple weeks back at a »
Let's be honest: the chips are stacked against the new RoboCop. It's a remake of a beloved 80s classic, it's rated PG-13 which means the violence has been toned down and though it features a great team both in front and behind the camera, the buzz around the movie has been soft. What many, myself included, were wondering is whether the new RoboCop falls more in line with the excellent Dredd remake (review) or the terrible Total Recall (review). Truth is that José Padilha's movie falls somewhere between the two.
Padilha's RoboCop evenly split [Continued ...] »
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, »
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