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Exclusive Interview: James Watkins for ‘The Take’

17 October 2016 3:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After the enormous success of the movie version of The Woman In Black, director James Watkins returns to our screens with The Take. Set in modern-day Paris, it follows a ruthless CIA agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba) and young pickpocket Michael Mason (Richard Madden) as they are brought together in pursuit of a terrorist group.

Question: Was attracted you to The Take? Was it the chance to do something opposite to The Woman In Black?

James Watkins: I didn’t do it just for that reason but it certainly was an attraction. I guess you come to projects for lots of reasons. One is, hopefully, story. I liked the Hitchcockian set-up of the story; the wrong man gets the bag that is the catalyst for all the events, in a North By Northwest sort of a way – that double-chase structure you have in a Hitchcock film, where they’re »

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Lee Marvin Died 29 Years Ago Today – Here Are His Ten Best Films

29 August 2016 7:32 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Lee Marvin rose through the ranks of movie stardom as a character actor, delivering mostly villainous supporting turns in many films before finally graduating to leading roles. Regardless of which side of the law he was on however, he projected a tough-as-nails intensity and a two-fisted integrity which elevated even the slightest material. Born February 19, 1924, in New York City, Marvin quit high school to enter the Marine Corps and while serving in the South Pacific was badly wounded in battle when a machine gun nest shot off part of his buttocks and severed his sciatic nerve. He spent a year in recovery before returning to the U.S. where he began working as a plumber. The acting bug bit after filling in for an ailing summer-stock actor and he studied the art at the New York-based American Theater Wing. Upon making his debut in summer stock, »

- Movie Geeks

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12 expensive and eccentric modern Hollywood movies

25 July 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016

They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...

The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.

Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.

The Exorcist II (1977)

Budget: $14 million

Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »

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Happy 86th Birthday Clint Eastwood! Here Are His Ten Best Films

31 May 2016 5:40 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.

We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here

Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:

Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man

By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars.  With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films.  A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »

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Exclusive interview with Bastille Day director James Watkins

21 April 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With the release of Bastille Day only a day away, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis was lucky enough to sit down with the film’s director James Watkins to discuss the action thriller.

Watkins, who made his name with dark thrillers such as The Woman in Black and Eden Lake, was always keen to do an action film such as this one, telling FM: “Lots of influences from 70’s movies: French Connection obviously in Idris’ character, that kind of maverick, no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners-cop. There’s Popeye Doyle, there’s Dirty Harry, Lee Marvin in Point Blank was a massive reference… And 48 Hours also in terms of their relationship. I wanted to action to play real but there were lighter moments. I told Idris to watch Midnight Run!”

The director also spoke about filming in Paris, the influence of the Bourne movies on the film, and also mentioned what he sees »

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James Watkins interview: Bastille Day, Idris Elba, Statham

21 April 2016 4:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Director James Watkins chats about Bastille Day, working with Idris Elba and the difficulties of shooting smaller-budget action...

James Watkins burst onto the filmmaking scene in 2008, with his Michael Fassbender-starring thriller Eden Lake. He followed this with more scariness in 2012, helming the big screen version of The Woman In Black with Daniel Radcliffe at its heart.

His latest movie is Bastille Day,a pacey action flick that casts Idris Elba as a CIA agent and Richard Madden as a morally murky pickpocket who winds up at the centre of a terrorist attack in Paris. The two are thrust together on a quest to stop the next strike, with plenty of barbed banter and thrilling chases cropping up as they attempt to do so.

Shortly after seeing the film, I shared 15 minutes with Mr Watkins in a posh London hotel room. He was a lovely chap, as »

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