19 items from 2013
Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
Feature Matt Edwards 3 Dec 2013 - 06:46
At Den of Geek, we have spoken once or twice about our appreciation for action cinema powerhouse that is Jason Statham. Simply put, we’re fans of his work.
When the opportunity to spend a little bit of time on the phone with Jason came up, we were obviously thrilled. I reasoned that the best way to start the conversation would be tell him everything I loved about Crank, but after completing my list of bullet points it became apparent that this approach would leave no time to ask him any questions. I abandoned the Crank list, assuming that you’d all sooner read what the man himself has to say. Besides, he’d surely just assume I loved Crank.
Feature Matt Edwards 4 Nov 2013 - 15:55
Matt tells us why new Nickelodeon comedy Sanjay and Craig, just starting in the UK, is worth your time...
Sanjay and Craig is the latest cartoon from Nickelodeon. If I’m being honest, I’m not really in the market for a new cartoon. I’ve been digging into the excellent Adventure Time and I have the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, too. Then there’s South Park. On top of this, I have non-animated TV shows to keep up with. Then there’s films to watch, comics to read and games to play. Plus a job, a family life and other trivialities like that. But certainly, my cartoons dance card is looking pretty full. On finding out the cast and influences of Sanjay and Craig, though, I decided I should at least take a look. And now I have a problem, because it »
Review Matt Edwards 29 Oct 2013 - 06:19
This new Blu-ray set gathers together the three live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies in one collection. Matt takes a look...
I was invited along to Legoland as part of their bank holiday Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles weekend back in August by Nickelodeon (the show is expected to return to Nick in November). Initially confused by the ridiculous number of short people (many of whom were dressed as Ninja Turtles) surrounding me, I soon became aware that the place was being overrun by a swarm of sherbert-huffing hyperactive children.
Obviously, I was livid. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is for my generation. I tried to explain to them that they were ruining my childhood, but they were so busy enjoying theirs that they hardly paid me any notice, no matter how furiously I screamed. The Legoland staff was similarly disinterested in my distress, but they were practically children themselves. »
Interview Matt Edwards 23 Oct 2013 - 06:18
“Should I walk in and immediately kick him in the groin?” I asked Den of Geek editor Simon Brew, not really listening to his answer.
“No Matt” I think he responded “There are lots of other, more professional, better interviewers I could have asked to do this. I’ve offered this to you because I know you’re a fan but I will need you to just do the interview properly.”
“Maybe I should set myself on fire and see how many questions I can ask.”
Under usual circumstances, I wouldn’t conduct an interview while engulfed in flames. But this one was with Jackass co-creator, and the director of the Jackass TV shows and movies, Jeff Tremaine, and so I thought that »
Review Matt Edwards 21 Oct 2013 - 05:56
"Will the outrageous old man character really be able to carry an entire film?" Surely everyone thought this when Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was announced. But when the first trailer, which I found genuinely funny, was released, I immediately decided I was on board. I went into this film with fingers crossed, hoping they’d be able to capture the spirit of Jackass in this new film.
Now I get to write a plot synopsis, which immediately marks this as the easiest Jackass film to review. Elderly Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) is ready to embrace the bachelor life after the death of his wife. Before he even gets a chance to indulge himself, though, his drug-addict daughter tasks him with transporting her eight-year-old son, »
Review Matt Edwards 7 Oct 2013 - 06:37
You probably already have an idea of whether you’re going to enjoy a Machete film. The first film served to expand on the trailer created for Grindhouse, the 2008 collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Wildly over the top, knowingly silly and spectacularly violent, Machete managed to pack some surprises into a film that was created after its own highlight reel.
So, after the trailer and the first film, we’re already familiar with the cinematic language of Machete. We know how it looks, we know the tone, we know the character and we know to expect the unexpected. The question we have for Machete Kills, then, is how do you give an audience the unexpected when they’re already expecting it? »
Feature Matt Edwards 30 Aug 2013 - 06:50
Is Michael Bay's black crime comedy a comment on the American Dream? Matt takes a detailed look at a morally murky film...
Note: this article contains Pain & Gain spoilers.
"This is the American Dream," whispers a voice in the song playing over the end credits, as neon text informs us that this is "A Film by Michael Bay".
It’s not unreasonable, I don’t think, to take this as a less than subtle prompt as to the theme of Pain & Gain. It would hardly be appropriate for the theme to be subtle, though. We’re talking about a film that tells the true story of chemically imbalanced, murderous body builders and their warped, modern and ultra-violent take on the American Dream.
The American Dream is the ideal that everyone in the USA is created equal, and that if they work hard they will achieve upward mobility. »
Top 10 Matt Edwards 23 Aug 2013 - 07:06
Bodybuilders try to pull off the perfect crime in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. Matt provides 10 manly reasons why you should see it...
“What a bunch of beefcakes!”
It’s rare that you’ll hear 80 men in a cinema exclaim this at the exact same time. But then, Pain & Gain, the new film from action director Michael Bay, is a rare movie. It’s around 130 minutes of testosterone-flooded mania. You could axe fight a lumberjack over an uncooked steak and it still wouldn’t be as manly as Pain & Gain. You could arm wrestle Chuck Norris while farting and it wouldn’t come close to being as tough as Pain & Gain. You could beat Wolf on every stage of Gladiators while clad entirely in lycra and you’d still be a distance off of the masculinity of Pain & Gain.
We won’t know for »
News Matt Edwards 19 Jul 2013 - 12:39
Following a scary legal letter, we've removed the pictures, but kept the words...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for release next year. The presence of internet fury magnet Michael Bay has caused something of a stir, as have the rumours of a new alien origin for the Turtles (since debunked). Still, we remain cautiously optimistic over this film.
Responsible for a chunk of that optimism is the presence of William Fichtner, who we think is terrific. He’s been cast as the villain of the piece, The Shredder (renamed Eric Sachs, as an Americanised take on the character's Japanese name, Oroku Saki). In a recent interview with Screen Rant, Fichtner mentioned that his character “goes through a few stages in his existence...”, which caused us to question whether this take on Shredder might be less human tham we’ve previously been accustomed to. »
Feature Matt Edwards 27 Jun 2013 - 06:14
Think Footloose is a chick flick? Think again. Matt explains why it's aimed squarely at dudes
There’s a common misconception that Footloose is a 'chick flick'. It isn’t. How could it be? I like it, and I’m the manliest goddamn man there is. I open jars that my wife can’t. I lift up heavy things, like shopping bags filled with jars. I have a beard. I stub my toe and call my coffee table a dickhead. I eat steak and drink beer. I know how to do a roundhouse kick. I can do four different kinds of push up. I am a manly man. I like Footloose.
The propaganda campaign that has been running to dissuade men from watching Footloose needs to be discredited. That’s what this list is. All you musclebound testosterone bags out there have been missing »
Feature Matt Edwards 5 Jun 2013 - 06:28
“What’s your favourite Lake Placid film?”
You’d be surprised at how many conversations don’t start this way. It’s not for a lack of trying on my part, but it’s a question that seems to bring an awkward air to interactions and induce a strange, saddening silence. I think the problem is that when people think of the Lake Placid films, they think of one complete narrative, rather than four separate films. When asked to consider them as individual entities, they become confused and don’t know how to respond.
Or it could be that most people have only heard of the first one. It’s difficult to know.
The recently released fourth »
Feature Matt Edwards 31 May 2013 - 05:51
Joe Hallenbeck wakes to a group of kids trying to steal his watch. He frightens them away, threatening them with his gun. He pulls himself up and assesses the situation. He’s hung over, he’s in his car and there’s a dead squirrel on him. Shit.
As far as character introductions go, Joe Hallenbeck’s in The Last Boy Scout is masterful. It’s a brief scene which is light on dialogue, yet it tells us so much about the character, and even hints at the kind of film we’re about to see. Shortly afterward, we get a similarly effective scene to mark the entrance of Jimmy Dix, a former American football prodigy turned coke-snorting washout. The screenplay for »
News Matt Edwards 30 Apr 2013 - 05:53
Movie director and renowned internet darling (ahem) Michael Bay has been doing the press rounds for his new movie, Pain and Gain. You can read Den Of Geek’s take on that film here. While charming the pants off of the press like the roguish cad that he is, Bay took the opportunity to comment on the hubbub surrounding the upcoming Ninja Turtles movie reboot that he’s producing.
Last year, the internet slumped to the floor, red faced from screaming and overcome with emotion, as Bay suggested in an 11 second comment that the Ninja Turtles would be aliens in the upcoming film.
Of course, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have, traditionally, been mutants. It’s in the name. Such a significant change to their backstory seemed »
Feature Matt Edwards 25 Apr 2013 - 06:57
With his latest film out now, Matt looks back at Rob Zombie's directing career to date, leading up to the nightmarish Lords Of Salem...
I love Rob Zombie. Here at Den Of Geek, we prefer to match the film to the writer most likely to enjoy it. You know, we actually like enjoying films. I’m Den Of Geek’s go to guy for all things Rob Zombie, and not just because I look weird and have a cool beard. What I’m getting at here is that if you’re looking to have a moan about the divisive director, this isn’t the article you’re after. Try Google, you’ll definitely find it. But we’re celebrating Rob Zombie over here, and we’re simply having too much fun to have time for anyone trying to bring us down.
Feature Matt Edwards 9 Apr 2013 - 07:07
The recent straight-to-video output of Wesley Snipes comes under Matt's spotlight, as he delves into four obscure action thrillers...
It was thought to be around 400 years ago that nature asked the question. We only learned the answer in 1962 – it was Wesley Snipes. Ever since, scientists have been working around the clock, trying to identify just what the question was. Not so we can ask it again, nor avoid asking it – just so we can be aware that if we do ask it, Wesley Snipes is the consequence.
Not for the first time, Den of Geek has to step in for science, as it’s going horribly wrong. To spend your time working out what caused Wesley Snipes is fine, but not at the expense of keeping an eye on what he’s been up to. Simply locking him up in a prison cell and »
Feature Matt Edwards 27 Mar 2013 - 07:10
The conviction of newly released straight-to-video action movie fight-fest Maximum Conviction was never in doubt. The film is set in a prison, after all. But its maximumness? That’s raised a few questions. I’m in the question answering business, so I sat down to watch the film to see just how maximum it was. The answer is that it was surprisingly maximum. In fact, it was so maximum that I felt compelled to list the 10 most maximum things about it. Why 10? Because it’s the maximum the editors would allow me.
Top 10 Matt Edwards 12 Mar 2013 - 06:56
The recent announcement that Megan Fox will be playing April O’Neil in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film caused the internet to do that thing it does whenever Michael Bay’s name is mentioned. While I love bellowing, I’m not really going to get into that today, as it seems like the thing people are most angry is about is Michael Bay’s face and I don’t really have a problem with it. I think his face is all right.
What I will mention, though, is my surprise that they didn’t cast someone made entirely out of Lego bricks.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lego has just come out, and goodness me, it’s great. »
Feature Matt Edwards 22 Feb 2013 - 07:03
For cheap entertainment, look no further than your local discount shop. Here are the three gems Matt managed to dig up...
Conjecture over how we will watch films in the future is always riveting. We’re all lucky, then, to live in a time when you’re unlikely to go as long as seven minutes without being accosted by a self-proclaimed expert who’d like to vomit their opinions on the subject into your ears.
I have no interest in going fully digital until Poundland stops selling DVDs. For those unfamiliar with Poundland, it’s a chain of large shops in the UK that sell a wide variety of items for a pound. Some of the stuff is great, some terrible and some utterly baffling. There aren’t many places you can go to buy a toilet brush, an army action figure, a box of After Eight mints, »
19 items from 2013
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