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Above: there is no news this week more monumental than that of the return of Twin Peaks. In 2016, we'll have nine new episodes, all directed by David Lynch. The 72nd issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and amidst a plethora of content, features an amazing dossier on "one of the true legends of Australian screen culture," John Flaus. Also included is a piece by Tony McKibbin on a new Alain Robbe-Grillet box set—and in Mubi Us, we're currently hosting a retrospective on the Robbe-Grillet featuring Trans-Europ-Express, L'immortelle, Eden and After, and Successive Slidings of Pleasure. Writing for Reverse Shot, Adam Nayman offers his two cents on Mia Hansen-Love's Eden:
The IMDb stands as a sort of method of cultural shorthandedness. When somebody asks whether or not a movie is any good or not, it’s perfectly acceptable to say: “Well, it has an 8.1 on the Internet Movie Database,” and nothing else really needs to be said. The reason people seem to value this system as an indicator or quality, then, stems from the fact that the scores assigned to movies on the IMDb are the results of user votes: not critics or movie buffs, necessarily, but regular folk who love motion pictures and like to log on and grade what they’ve seen.
The IMDb Top 250, then, provides an incredibly value resource for those who like movies and are looking for what to see next. If you’re in doubt, scan the list of 250 films, pick one at random, and chances are you’ll find yourself gazing upon an absolute classic. »
- Sam Hill
With Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer hitting theaters this weekend (read Brad's review) and his Jake Gyllenhaal boxing drama Southpaw in post-production, it was only a matter of time before Fuqua chose his next project, and it appears he is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington for a remake of The Magnificent Seven. John Sturges' 1960 western is itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, so it seems we will have a remake of a remake on our hands here. Concerning The Magnificent Seven, the film follows a band of gunfighters hired to protect a small peasant village. It was nominated for one Oscar, a Best Score nod for Elmer Bernstein (Sweet Smell of Success). As for Fuqua's plan of attack, he couldn't give away any details to MovieWeb, but he did offer this up: My biggest influence is Seven Samurai, that's what I really love. The Magnificent Seven »
- Jordan Benesh
"The Equalizer" and "Olympus Has Fallen" director Antoine Fuqua, out doing press rounds for the former, has confirmed to Movieweb that his upcoming remake of classic western "The Magnificent Seven" will be his next project.
John Sturges helmed the original 1960 film, which itself was based on the Akira Kurosawa 1954 cinematic classic "Seven Samurai". Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Robert Vaughn, Brad Dexter and Horst Buchholz starred in 'Magnificent' as a group of American gunmen hired to protect a small Mexican village from a group of savage bandits.
The remake will star Denzel Washington as one of the seven, and they're currently seeking actors to play the other six. In regards to the film he says:
"Yeah, that's (The Magnificent Seven) where all of my attention is going. When I get back to L.A., I'll meet the casting team and start to get into it with the producers and everybody next week. »
- Garth Franklin
Earlier this week, I had the chance to speak with The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, and towards the end of our chat, the talk naturally drifted towards other projects he's working on. We reported in May that the filmmaker was attached to direct Narco Sub, which the late Tony Scott was once set to direct, that centers on illegal submersible ships used by cartels to smuggle narcotics. Just a few days later, we also reported that Antoine Fuqua is re-teaming with The Equalizer star Denzel Washington on The Magnificent Seven remake.
"No, Narco Sub, it doesn't look like I'm going to do it."
Antoine Fuqua is a filmmaker I have always admired and respected, not only for his skill behind the camera, but for the diversity of projects he undertakes. After cutting his teeth by directing a number of iconic music videos in the 1990s, including Coolio's "Gangster's Paradise," Prince's "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World," and Toni Braxton's "Another Sad Love Song," Antoine Fuqua transitioned into features with The Replacement Killers and Bait before his breakout hit Training Day, where he directed Denzel Washington to a Best Actor Oscar.
From there, he took on a number of vastly different films such as the war drama Tears of the Sun, the medieval epic King Arthur, the grounded action-packed adaptation Shooter (which I still think is vastly underrated), the urban crime drama Brooklyn's Finest and last year's big-budget action-thriller Olympus Has Fallen.
A kimchi Western with a heavy helping of spaghetti and tasty trimmings of humor, “Kundo: Age of the Rampant” delivers a thoroughly entertaining if overlong gallop through the trusty old story of honorable bandits stealing from nasty rich people and distributing the proceeds to downtrodden peasants. , “Kundo” has run rampant at the South Korean box office, and should continue to do well abroad with its high-impact action sequences and funky Tarantino-esque packaging.
Setting the all-time record for opening-day biz (but eclipsed a week later by seafaring actioner “The Admiral: Roaring Currents,” now the highest-grossing South Korean film ever made), “Kundo” is a rollicking good ride that’s marred just slightly by its tendency to linger a little too long on minor story threads here and there. But in the more critical departments of supplying well-defined heroes worth rooting for, hissable villains and an infectious spirit of fun and adventure, the film scores high marks. »
- Richard Kuipers
San Sebastian – At Spain’s 62nd San Sebastian to accept a career-achievement Donostia Award and present, alongside Antoine Fuqua, Sony Pictures’ fest opener, “The Equalizer,” Denzel Washington denied any idea of playing President Barack Obama.
“Barack Obama is a story that hasn’t finished yet. It’s not something I’m thinking about, and he’s busy. said Washinton, dressed casually in a dark grey jacket and looking very young for his 59 years.
But Washington did set something of a roadmap of future plans. He will not topline “Shovel Ready,” a Warner Bros. adaptation of a debut novel by journalist Adam Sterbergh., he said Friday at a San Sebastian press conference.
It’s too early to call, he argued when asked by Variety, if he would star in “The Equalizer” sequel. »
- John Hopewell
It's like Star Wars, but refracted through a strange lens. Here's Han Solo, but he's green, like the Toxic Avenger, and has gills. Here's Luke Skywalker, but he's a powerful general with a white beard and a flinty look in his eye.
All this can be found in what is now commonly called The Rough Draft of The Star Wars, originally written by George Lucas back in 1974. A kind of mid-point between the somewhat vague ideas Lucas first had for his space fantasy movie earlier in the decade, and the fourth draft - which was used as the shooting script for the 1977 film - The Star Wars is a jarring document from the franchise's early history.
The question 3 months ago was whether Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington would board MGM's long-in-development remake of "The Magnificent Seven" (the 1960 American western directed by John Sturges, which was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai"). The news this month is that the pair are no longer on the fence, as Fuqua himself confirmed that the pair would tackle the remake next - a revelation he made after the Tiff premiere of their latest collab, also a remake (of a TV series), "The Equalizer." As recently as 2012, Tom Cruise was attached to star in the remake, although, at the time, there was no director »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Earlier in the year news broke that a remake of legendary western The Magnificent Seven was in the works with Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) taking the hot seat and Tom Cruise, Matt Damon and Morgan Freeman just a few names being linked with a role. Since then not much else has been revealed about the planned remake. However while promoting his latest flick The Equalizer at Tiff, Fuqua announced that one actor has already signed on, Denzel Washington.
This will mark the third time time Fuqua has directed Washington since they first worked together 13 years ago on Training Day. Fuqua praised Washington on his professionalism and why he enjoys working with him:
“Denzel’s all about the work…He’s all about the acting. He’s an actor. He’ll tell you himself, ‘I’m not a movie star, celebrity, something else, I’m an actor’…He steps on »
- Gavin Logan
Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA, Gouchy Boy, Catalina Denis, Ayisha Issa, Carlo Rota, Andreas Apergis, Richard Zeman, Robert Maillet, Bruce Ramsay | Written by Luc Besson, Bibi Naceri | Directed by Camille Delamarre
Hollywood remaking a foreign film is far from a new phenomenon, and adaption in this manner has yielded some truly great films. We have seen such successes like Seven Samurai transformed into The Magnificent Seven, and Infernal Affairs altered into The Departed.
On the other hand, there are movies like Brick Mansions. This remake of the Luc Besson / Pierre Morel French parkour action fest District B13 has much in common with the original including plot structure, action sequences, and even shares one of the co-leads. What it lacks is energy, craftsmanship, and originality. Fans of the original have little reason to examine this new take, and those coming in fresh will also find it difficult enjoy this tired dud of an action movie. »
- Dan Clark
Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.
Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s »
- Brian Welk
Principal photography will start in Tokyo on September 19, with other locations including Los Angeles and San Francisco.
“I’m particularly excited about filming Kanzo Uni, who choreographed many of Mifune fight scenes,” Okazaki enthused. “His claim to fame is that he was killed by Mifune more times than anyone, around one hundred and fifty times, four times in one movie. »
- Nick Vivarelli
For those of us Demolition Man fans, the best part of The Expendables 3 comes early, as Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes trade brief sneers of recognition when the former, with some help from Jason Statham and Dolph Lundgren, breaks the latter from a high-tech prison train in the film's opening scene. The pleasures of this series have always been incidental — occasional in-jokes, random bits of extended banter, a surreally nasty kill or two. But as movies, the first two films barely held together. Just jamming a bunch action clichés together doesn’t really amount to much if you don’t do anything interesting with them. But those first two movies look like Seven Samurai next to The Expendables 3, a sad, bad, parade of uninspired cameos and listless violence.Almost everything in The Expendables 3 seems to revolve around the dispersal of recognizable faces. After an attempt to undo »
- Bilge Ebiri
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If you’re not into those things, well, you're rookie status is showing.
This Week: No one wants to tell anyone anything, then I get psyched about the New EU.
We all knew they’d inevitably be slow weeks when it came to the newest Star Wars movie news and we’re at the end of one now.
When They Don’t Kill You With Space Insects...
Frank, a Michael Fassbender movie where he wears a fake oversized head and lives with a experimental rock band features Domhnall Gleeson. It’s coming out on August 15th, so people are getting to talk to Domhnall Gleeson, a guy that I think looks the most like Mark Hamill, about his part in Star Wars Episode VII.
Not that he can say anything. On secrecy, »
So the new Terminator movie has an official title. And it’s… interesting. Hey, listen: Book, cover, don’t judge, I get it. Maybe this time next year we’ll all be rocking Genisys T-shirts. Maybe we’ll just start spelling “genesis” as “genisys,” sort of like how you can spell it “judgment” or “judgement.” Inglourious Basterds is great, and that has two misspellings!
Still, let’s pretend for argument’s sake that Terminator: Genisys looks like the title of the fanfic spin-off you wrote back in second grade where Terminator meets Scarface and they both fight Darth Vader to save Princess Toadstool. »
- Darren Franich
Ironclad: Battle For Blood is a sequel to Ironclad which was released in 2011. I have not seen the first film but based on what is on view in Battle for Blood it would be worth seeking out. Ironclad: Battle for Blood is a different type of historical war movie. There are no fancy sword moves, no spell casting wizards or dragons running amok. What we have here is a serious version of the type of thing Monty Python used to do, especially in their movie about the Holy Grail, showing what life in the middle ages was really like. Dirty, dangerous, ignorant, short and brutish.
Opening titles tell us that in the 12th Century England had laid waste to Scotland and then withdrawn. Scottish clans raided estates and castles all over the northern part of England in retaliation.
- Sam Moffitt
Brett Ratner, the man behind Rush Hour and X-men: The Last Stand, was in London this week to present the first footage from his latest blockbuster Hercules. Still editing the footage as we speak, Ratner introduced the 15-minute clip in 2D, but 3D and IMAX versions will also be released.
From what we saw during our preview, Hercules looks set to be an action-packed, battle-filled adventure with plenty of screen time dedicated to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being suitably large and in charge. Three of Hercules’ twelve trials were shown in the footage (all of which are previewed in the trailer) with impressive demonic fights – if the 3D transformation is of a high quality, said action sequences could make for a tantalising prospect. We saw Hercules’ sheer power on display and a small glimpse of the warriors who fight alongside him, particularly Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal), who proves to John Hurt »
- Victoria Bull
I'm not sure what the deal is this week, but there are pretty much no new releases to discuss seriously in terms of purchasing. Thankfully, that opens the door for you to use all that money you've saved up for the Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion sale. I posted an article yesterday with a bunch of recommendations, which you can check out here, but here were the top eleven suggestions: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Persona Breathless 8 1/2 Seven Samurai Yojimbo and Sanjuro The Battle of Algiers The Seventh Seal Sweet Smell of Success The Wages of Fear The Night of the Hunter The fact you can now get the Zatoichi collection of 25 films for only $112 when it's regularly $224 is a steal. I own this set and have been watching Zatoichi movies since Christmas and have gone through 23 of them so far and still have the special features to watch. So check out those titles, »
- Brad Brevet
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