11 items from 2012
Mourning the Mythic: Revenge has no Taste in Bin Laden Hunt Film
Director Kathryn Bigelow willfully reigns in her own mythologizing instincts in the harrowing ‘Zero Dark Thirty‘ to present an unmediated “real reality” of the terrible, terribly ordinary violence which men and women perpetrate in the 21st century. Depicting in exacting detail the CIA’s 10-year manhunt for Osama Bin Laden, including the final Seal Team mission targeting bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout, the majority of the film is a nervy detective story stressing the white-noise confusion of contemporary intel gathering and timeless lessons on the impossibility of knowing anything, really. But in an abrupt twist, Bigelow adds a final-act execution sequence—No American action movie has ever come as close to being a snuff film. Though Bigelow and screenwriter/producer Mark Boal disable the usual action-movie cathartic climax, they take no joy (or as in Michael Haneke’s adolescent ‘Amour, »
- Ryan Brown
"In my future, you're dead."
According to 1994's Timecop, time travel is possible by the year 2004, and only the officers of the Time Enforcement Commission (Tec) can stop abusers from using the technology. So, perhaps director Peter Hyams (Outland) and screenwriters Mark Verheiden and Mike Richardson (who wrote the Dark Horse comic that inspired the movie) were a bit off on their prognostication on when time travel would be invented, but that didn't stop Timecop from being Jean Claude Van Damme's highest-grossing movie. The movie was just the beginning of the association between Van Damme and Hyams, who would reunite for 1995's Sudden Death, while Van Damme has worked with Hyams' son, director John Hyams for 2009's Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which is currently available on VOD.
- Ryan Gowland
In Looper (opening Friday), Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a contract killer who rubs out people that the mob throws back in time ... until he himself is tossed back through the portal looking like Bruce Willis and he is unable to shoot himself because he was a huuuuuge Moonlighting fan. At least I think that's the plot.
The point is, time travel is a tricky topic for movies, and lots of times it gets botched. Here are some of the worst reasons we've ever seen for someone to get their Back to the Future on.
1. To Bang Your Own Great-Great-Grandmother (Kate & Leopold)
Wait, I banged Who? (Meg Ryan is confused.)
Ugh. This movie is wretched. I wish I could travel back in time and slap myself in the face for sitting through it on a flight to the west coast. (Added bonus: double miles!) But »
"Kathryn Bigelow Week" concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Karyn Kusama discussing urban cop drama and Jamie Lee Curtis-starrer "Blue Steel." Kathryn Bigelow followed Near Dark with a gritty urban thriller also co-written by Eric Red. Jamie Lee Curtis is a rookie NYC policewoman who takes on psycho serial killer Wall Street trader Ron Silver. "It's not the violence, per se, it's the drama, with good, fleshed-out characters and a good story, that interests me," she said at the time. "I'm interested in the art form. If I'm part of the action genre, then, well, I'm proud of that, and I love good action films. But I don't focus on my work in this way." »
- Trailers From Hell
From Anchor Bay Entertainment, the restored re-release of director Sidney J. Furie's 1981 horror thriller "The Entity", starring actress Barbara Hershey ("Black Swan", "Stunt Man"), is now available on DVD and Blu-ray :
"...based on a true story circa 1976, 'Carla Moran' is a hard-working, good-natured single mother, until the night she is assaulted in her bedroom by an unseen inter-dimensional 'entity'. Despite skeptical and doubting psychiatrists (Ron Silver), she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath and in front of her family.
"Could this be case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific ? Now with a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture, the depraved spectral fury that is 'The Entity'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the original 1981 trailer for "The Entity"...
- M. Stevens
Ok. So to me, The Entity was the scariest movie I’d ever seen. Just barely behind that is The Exorcist. The key difference is, I’ve only seen The Entity once and it was at the very impressionable age of around 12 years old. I’d seen The Exorcist around the same time, but never had the courage to revisit it until “The Version You’ve Never Seen” was released in theaters. That was my 2nd time seeing it and then when that DVD was released, I revisited once more. (Unlike Exorcist 3: Legion which is one of my favorite horror movies and which I’ve seen a dozen times, even though it has one of the greatest on-screen scares ever!)
The Entity was different though. Perhaps it was the fact that it was “based on a true story”. And perhaps it was the mere idea of a ghost following »
- Rob Galluzzo
Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Damme. These are the names that are commonly mentioned when discussing action heroes. Big, beefy, muscular men who throw out witty one-liners after snapping a bad guy’s neck. They starred in some of the best action movies of the 80s and 90s. “First Blood”, “Rocky”, “Commando”, “Predator”, “Time Cop”, “Bloodsport”, “Sudden Death” (a personal favorite because it was filmed in my hometown). But come the year 2000, these guys disappeared for a decade. So what happened?
Sylvester Stallone stopped being relevant in 1997, barely holding his own in “Cop Land” against the likes of Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta. His career went into a steady decline with the remake of the Michael Caine classic,”Get Carter”. It wasn’t until he decided to revisit two of the classic characters that made him a star, that his career has had a mild resurgence. But anyone who »
- Mike Ruchkin
What better way to spend your Fourth of July weekend than by watching one of the best supernatural thrillers of the Eighties and finally getting the chance to witness ghost rape in hi-def? You’ll get to do both this July when The Entity comes to Blu-ray.
Barbara Hershey and Ron Silver star in Sidney J. Furie’s 1982 “based on a true story” tale of a woman terrorized by the physically and sexually abusive poltergeist of her deceased ex-husband and her desperate struggle to contend with both her supernatural ordeal and those that believe she’s simply crazy.
Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists. The researchers soon discover that an evil spiritual force has been drawn »
It has been a year since Sidney Lumet passed away on April 9, 2011. Here is our retrospective on the legendary filmmaker to honor his memory. Originally published April 15, 2011.
Almost a week after the fact, we, like everyone that loves film, are still mourning the passing of the great American master Sidney Lumet, one of the true titans of cinema.
Lumet was never fancy. He never needed to be, as a master of blocking, economic camera movements and framing that empowered the emotion and or exact punctuation of a particular scene. First and foremost, as you’ve likely heard ad nauseum -- but hell, it’s true -- Lumet was a storyteller, and one that preferred his beloved New York to soundstages (though let's not romanticize it too much, he did his fair share of work on studio film sets too as most TV journeyman and early studio filmmakers did).
His directing career stretched well over 50 years, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
It's been more than a year since Fox debuted "The Chicago Code," which was the most recent show in an unfortunate but amusing tradition of shows promoted relentlessly with the same shouted line in every promo. Before Jennifer Beals was asked, incredulously, "You think you can change how things get done In Chicago?!?!," Ron Silver tried to warn his daughter in "Skin" that "His father is The District Attorney!," while the first "House" promos had House complaining to Cuddy, "You're risking A Patient's Life!" Many of these shows have been good, but it's just too easy to remember the one loud »
- Alan Sepinwall
Flickering Myth presents a detailed look at the work of the acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann...
Whether it is a Native Indian raised trapper caught in crossfire of the colonial wars between Britain and France or an investigative journalist undermined by corporate interests, Michael Mann has the remarkable ability to explore the nuances of human behavior within an epic environment. To commemorate the 69th birthday of the Chicago born filmmaker, Flickering Myth has assembled a career overview which contains various insider insights detailing the making of his ten feature films starting with Thief (1981) and concluding with Public Enemies (2009)...
Mann Handled: A Michael Mann Profile
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of director Michael Mann in a two-part article from 2009.
Written and Directed by Michael Mann.
A professional safecracker’s plan for going straight spirals out-of-control when »
11 items from 2012
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