4 items from 2014
Directed by Rudolph Maté
In a terrifically dramatic opening, D.O.A. begins with a series of smooth tracking from behind one man as he walks the corridors of police headquarters whilst the credits appear in the forefront. When the man’s face is revealed, the viewer learns that it is actor Edmond O’Brien, here playing one Frank Bigelow, modest accountant and public notary. Once seated with the police captain he reveals that he has been murdered! Is Frank Bigelow a ghost? No, but he is a dead man walking as the viewer quickly learns when the picture flashes back to the start of Bigelow’s tale when he chose to go on vacation in San Francisco alone, much to the initial consternation of his infatuated girlfriend Paula (Pamela Britton). It is at a bar one night in San Francisco that »
- Edgar Chaput
Well, The Fault in Our Stars absolutely dominated, bringing in an estimated $48.2 million in its opening weekend to go along with solid reviews and an "A" CinemaScore. One thing to note, however, is more than half the film's gross came on Friday, which included Thursday night screenings in 650 theaters where tickets cost $25 each. Whyc The screening included a simulcast Q&A with stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff, author John Green, director Joshua Boone and producer Wyck Godfrey. Budgeted at only $12 million this thing is already highly profitable, but it's hard to entirely determine how well it will do overall considering the skewed Thursday night numbers, though I wouldn't be surprised to see it finish somewhere around $120 million, which I don't think anyone will have a problem with. I am, however, unsure how they're going to make a sequel out of it, but I'm sure Fox execs have »
- Brad Brevet
Every era is recognised as much for its failures as its successes, from the ones which deliver on their promises perfectly, to the likes of Ride to Hell: Retribution. The sad thing about video games is that the vast majority of such let-downs are the disappointing kind. Even when it’s so dire the developers might as well be mocking your very existence, you can realise how they might have succeeded. Put in enough hours or look far enough into the behind the scenes work, and you can just about see the great game developers were trying to bring to life, even in the absolute worst of games. The shovelware tie-in for Batman Begins might have been dreck of the worst kind but you could at least see the beginnings of ideas which would make it into Arkham Asylum.
You’re likely already thinking of a few in your head. »
- Callum Shephard
[This is a review of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1, episode 11. There will be Spoilers (like the one above).]
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is back from hiatus and takes the Coulson (Clark Gregg) mystery head-on… kind of (not really). But hey – at least Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) are now thoroughly entertaining and pleasant to watch onscreen.
In “The Magical Place,” written by the newly paired Paul Zbyszewski (Day Break) & Brent Fletcher (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Coulson, still separated from his S.H.I.E.L.D. group, is exposed to poking and prodding by Project Centipede’s Po (Cullen Douglas) and Raina (Ruth Negga) under the direction of the mysterious Clairvoyant to ...
- Anthony Ocasio
4 items from 2014
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