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12 items from 2017


Martin Scorsese and Ben Wheatley on 'Free Fire,' Gunfights and Crime Flicks

24 April 2017 9:04 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Stop us if you've heard this one before: A group of criminals meet up for a gun deal. It goes bad – very bad. And the rest of the story, you ask? "Doesn't matter!" Martin Scorsese exclaims, laughing. "You don't need it. We're beyond that now." The burly, bearded man sitting next to him – British director Ben Wheatley – wholeheartedly agrees. "There's only, like, 12 characters in this movie anyway," he adds. "There are no twists, because it's either going to be that one or that one or that one. So what's the point? »

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12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘Free Fire’

21 April 2017 11:26 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We recommend titles that influenced Ben Wheatley and more.

With his sixth feature, Ben Wheatley finally has a wide release in America. Free Fire might be his most accessible movie yet, consisting a single location and pretty much just one long action sequence. It’s basically a 90-minute third act without the first two acts getting in the way. Also it features Oscar winner Brie Larson, and who doesn’t like watching her act?

If you like what you see, then you’ll want to discover Wheatley’s other work, starting with the small crime film Down Terrace, which kicked off his career. I also recommend the following dozen movies, some of which are direct influences on Wheatley, others being similar kinds of films, and then just whatever else I had determined worthy.

The Truce Hurts (1948)

Ben Wheatley loves Tom and Jerry cartoons and has cited them as an influence on his latest movie. I »

- Christopher Campbell

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The Son season 1 episode 1 review: First Son Of Texas

18 April 2017 12:20 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Duncan Bowles Apr 19, 2017

Viewers tuning in to AMC's Pierce Brosnan vehicle The Son for blood and action may be left wanting. Here's our episode 1 review...

Warning: contains spoilers.

Loss builds resolve. At least that seems to be the main message in AMC’s latest drama The Son, in its debut episode. Opening in 1849 with a focus on a young Eli McCullough, the central protagonist who will grow into the fine form of a bearded Pierce Brosnan, we see him taking up mantle of ‘man of the house’, hunting and showing a large amount of self-assurance. However, it’s not long before his youthful belligerence, and a need to defend his home from invading Comanche, has resulted in his mother and sister being raped and killed, with his surviving brother soon being run through by a spear, leaving him as the sole surviving son.

Eli’s back story is told throughout »

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TCM Film Festival: Day Two

9 April 2017 2:55 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Come on and check Collin's second (and final) day at the TCM Film Festival!

My second day at the TCM Film Festival started off with a healthy dose of frustration. Apparently, Saturday morning in Hollywood wasn’t only home to the TCM Film Festival, but also to the Hollywood Half Marathon. I drove my normal route from the Valley and when I noticed  Hollywood Boulevard was closed, I assumed it was for filming or some red carpet set-up so I drove east on Franklin hoping to make my way to Sunset and double-back to the parking garage within a block or two. Boy, what a bad move. I spend half an hour driving east, past Los Feliz waiting for the roads to open, and ended up driving all the way back to where I was before, going one block west—where, what do you know, folks? Hollywood was open for business. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Collin Llewellyn)

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Ride the High Country

4 April 2017 11:18 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

 

Before he became the flag bearer for cinema violence, Sam Peckinpah made his reputation with this unique western, a marvelous rumination on ethics, morality and personal responsibility. MGM all but threw it away in the summer of 1962 but it immediately became a critical favorite.

Ride the High Country

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1962 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date April 4, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Mariette Hartley, Ron Starr, Edgar Buchanan, R.G. Armstrong, Jenie Jackson, James Drury, L.Q. Jones, John Anderson, John Davis Chandler, Warren Oates.

Cinematography Lucien Ballard

Art Direction Leroy Coleman, George W. Davis

Film Editor Frank Santillo

Original Music George Bassman

Written by N.B. Stone Jr.

Produced by Richard E. Lyons

Directed by Sam Peckinpah

 

MGM’s western Ride the High Country put Sam Peckinpah on the map with critics and the foreign cinema literati — although it didn’t do big box office when new, »

- Glenn Erickson

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8 of the Best Movie Shootouts Ever

27 March 2017 11:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ben Robins with eight of the best movie shootouts ever…

With Ben Wheatley’s Boston-set shootout comedy Free Fire finally hitting UK screens this week, it seems only appropriate to remind ourselves of all the best and bloodiest gunfights to date, which there’ve been many of. In fact, narrowing it down to just the eight listed here was an almighty task in itself. You could very happily write an entire book just on movie shootouts alone.

*Spoilers may follow*

The Matrix (1998) – The Lobby Shootout

Quite easily one of the most influential action scenes of the last twenty years, the Wachowskis very much set the pace for almost every shootout since with this ridiculously explosive second act monster. From the opening kung-fu to the now iconic industrial score, it’s a beautifully barmy bit of Hollywood filmmaking, full of crazy backflips, running up walls and needlessly spraying huge amounts of bullets. »

- Ben Robins

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The Valley of Gwangi

7 March 2017 12:10 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Gwangi! Ready your rifles and lariats because this is one of the best. Harryhausen’s happiest dinos- à go-go epic comes thundering back in HD heralded by Jerome Moross’s impressive music score. Unless you count The Animal World, all of the stop-motion magician’s feature films are now available in quality Blu-rays.

The Valley of Gwangi

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 95 min. / Street Date March 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, Freda Jackson, Gustavo Rojo.

Cinematography: Erwin Hillier

Visual Effects by Ray Harryhausen

Art Direction: Gil Parrondo

Film Editor: Henry Richardson

Original Music: Jerome Moross

Written by William E. Bast

Produced by Charles H. Schneer

Directed by Jim O’Connolly

 

“Ladies and Gentlemen, what you are about to see has never been seen before, I Repeat, has never been seen before by human eyes!”

In just the last month three »

- Glenn Erickson

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Films that led to other films being cancelled

9 February 2017 2:40 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback.  In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own, »

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Inferno 3-D

4 February 2017 12:26 PM, PST | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Inferno

3-D Region B (+A ) Blu-ray

Panamint Cinema (UK)

1953 / Color / 1:33 flat / 83 min. / Street Date August 10, 2014 / Available from Amazon UK  / £19.99

Starring: Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Henry Hull, Carl Betz, Larry Keating, Robert Burton.

Cinematography: Lucien Ballard

Editor: Robert L. Simpson

Original Music: Paul Sawtell

Written by: Francis M. Cockrell, from his story The Waterhole :

Produced by: William Bloom

Directed by Roy (Ward) Baker

 

(Note, 1.18.17: Twilight Time will be releasing a domestic disc of

this title on May 16, licensed for U.S. distribution.)

A fine 20th Fox entry for the 3-D craze of 1953, the adventure thriller Inferno is often labeled a film noir in the desert. Despite the presence of a scheming, murderous wife, the noir quotient here is minimal — it’s just a straight survival tale with a homicidal twist. An odd UK-only release licensed by a small independent company, the Blu-ray 3-D is well encoded »

- Glenn Erickson

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Blu-ray Review – Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974)

23 January 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, 1974.

Directed by Sam Peckinpah.

Starring Warren Oates, Isela Vega, Robert Webber, Gig Young, Helmut Dantine, Emilio Fernández, and Kris Kristofferson.

Synopsis:

A bartender and his girlfriend go on a road trip through Mexico to collect the bounty on the head of a dead man accused of fathering the grandchild of a town authoritarian.

According to the director this was the only film he ever made that turned out the way he wanted it to with no interference from outside influences, and anybody accustomed to the works of Sam Peckinpah will immediately recognise it as one of the filmmaker’s most distinctive movies, albeit one that marked the end of his golden period before his demons really took hold and his output started to suffer.

When the daughter of powerful Mexican El Jefe (translated as ‘The Boss’) confesses that the father of her unborn child is one Alfredo Garcia, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Giveaway – Win Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia on Blu-ray

11 January 2017 11:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

To celebrate the release of Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – out 23rd January on Blu-ray – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Sam Peckinpah’s most personal movie, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is often regarded as his last great masterpiece, concluding the period in which he also made The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a beautiful and heartbreaking film with astonishing performances from its two leads, Warren Oates and Isela Vega. Their love story plays out against Peckinpah’s trademark violence as they embark on a manhunt in order to make their fortune. Their commitment to their roles never wavers and they bring their characters to life extraordinarily, giving us a glimpse of the underbelly of humanity.

This gripping film is released with a brand new 4K restoration created exclusively for this limited edition Blu-ray, »

- Gary Collinson

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Competition: Win ‘Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia’ on Blu-ray

11 January 2017 9:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – out 23rd January on Blu-ray – we are giving away a copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

Sam Peckinpah’s most personal movie, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is often regarded as his last great masterpiece, concluding the period in which he also made The Wild Bunch and Straw Dogs.

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a beautiful and heartbreaking film with astonishing performances from its two leads, Warren Oates and Isela Vega. Their love story plays out against Peckinpah’s trademark violence as they embark on a manhunt in order to make their fortune. Their commitment to their roles never wavers and they bring their characters to life extraordinarily, giving us a glimpse of the underbelly of humanity.

This gripping film is released with a brand new 4K restoration created exclusively for this limited edition Blu-ray, »

- Phil Wheat

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