15 items from 2010
Against all odds and without much warning, George Tillman Jr.’s Faster comes to life with more than just gun shot shells and head wounds, but also style and even a bit of substance. And while the film does star Dwayne Johnson as Driver, a just-released ex-con out to avenge his brother’s murder 10 years earlier, the charismatic Samoan has about one line for every year his character was in prison. Tillman’s smart to rely on what Johnson’s good at – being present. The man could back down a brick wall.
Made up of scars and brooding stares, Driver says only what needs to be said. All of his victims do the explaining. And at the beginning of his rampage, he doesn’t do much listening. But as Faster gets slower, the architecture of each life he’s about to end over the last 10 years comes into focus, forcing »
- Dan Mecca
Faster has a hell of an opening. Dwayne Johnson -- imposing, singularly determined and looking like The Rock for the first time in quite a while -- is released from prison. On foot, he trucks over to an auto scrap yard containing a shrouded Chevelle. As the car is revealed, the song 'Goodbye My Friend ' by the De Angelis Brothers kicks in. The man, the car and this theme from a '74 Italian police thriller called Street Law make as good a statement of purpose as any. The suggestion is that Faster will be a movie that plays like The Rock looks: muscular, mean and single-minded. If only that were true. While the Rock cuts an impressive figure as a violent anti-hero, the movie around him is as misconceived as they come. There aren't enough auto wreck metaphors to get across how thoroughly Faster demolishes a simple revenge movie premise. »
- Russ Fischer
There are two things to note about this recent release of Grindhouse. The first is that when the film premiered in the spring of 2007, much was hoped for this three hour double feature from Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s half Planet Terror had a stripper (Rose MacGowan) and her off-again boyfriend (Freddy Rodriguez) battling a zombie plague brought on by a scientist (Naveen Andrews) and a crazy solider (Bruce Willis). Death Proof is the second half and has Kurt Russell playing a killer whose weapon of choice is a stunt car, and whose prey are young women (including Rosario Dawson, Zoe Bell, Tracy Thoms, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Vanessa Ferlito, Sydney Poitier, Jordan Ladd and Rose McGowan). But Tarantino’s and Rodriguez’s fan-base and the world at large either didn’t get or didn’t care about the movie, and so it flopped at the box office. It »
- Andre Dellamorte
Pixie-esque Carey Mulligan is best known for her roles in dramas like “An Education” and the upcoming “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”. She was in 2009’s crime thriller “Public Enemies”, and apparently she liked the taste, because she is in negotiations to join the cast of Nicholas Winding Refn’s (“Bronson”) action thriller “Drive”, according to the Risky Business Blog. Brian Cranston from “Breaking Bad” and Ryan Gosling are already set to star in the adaptation of the James Sallis novel. The story centers around a nameless Hollywood stuntman (Gosling) who moonlights as a freelance getaway driver during robberies. When a bank heist goes wrong, he ends up on the run with a contract on his head and an ex-con’s girlfriend (Mulligan) in his car. From the summary I can’t help but think of movies like “Vanishing Point” and “Two-Lane Blacktop”. Shooting is set to begin around Los Angeles in September. »
- Brent McKnight
Who can blame the Comic-Con masses for not showing up first thing Friday morning for a movie called Drive Angry 3D? The cavernous Hall H was suspiciously easy to get into today, even with fan fave Nicolas Cage slated to appear -- but those in attendance were treated to a bloody good trailer (Cage channeling '70s grind house road rage!) for what looks to be Cage's next truly balls-out, slightly-maybe insane cult character.
If Summit was disappointed at all about the half-capacity turnout, at least they can take comfort in the fact that, now, the fans on hand who Did catch the 2011 action pic panel will remember it come February. What was so memorable about the Drive Angry 3D panel? Hit the quick list below for highlights.
- Jen Yamato
As you've perhaps read elsewhere, to go to Comic-Con is to be in a perpetual state of disappointment.
The long lines are no exaggeration and regardless of where you are, you will likely be in the wrong place. On Friday afternoon, a panel for "The Goon" brought out David Fincher and Paul Giamatti, who are working on an animated film version of the character, in one of the convention center's smallest rooms -- it was one of the rare panels not to have a line. Later that evening, "Jackass 3D" footage played to wild applause at an offsite event on Friday night and if you weren't invited, you likely were none the wiser. While I sadly was not in the know for either, I left an all-day stay in Hall H more satisfied than bitter.
Much of that had to do with the fact that contrary to some opinion, there »
- Stephen Saito
Nicolas Cage returned to Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday to promote Summit Entertainment’s Drive Angry 3D, directed by Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D). It also stars Amber Heard and William Fichtner and will be released February 11, 2011. Cage plays Milton, a mysterious demon type hell bent on getting revenge on the men who kidnapped his daughter.
Hit the jump to hear about the footage and info from the panel.
The panel kicked off with a 2 minutes sizzle reel which, it was pointed out on multiple occasions, was shot in 3D, not post converted. Drive Angry looks very much like the exploitation films those like Robert Rodriguez are currently making — with all the old school muscle cars, blood splatters, explosions and guns that one would expect. The 3D goes from gimmicky, point-out-of-the-screen stuff, to more subtle depth stuff, but overall it certainly works for the tone of »
- Germain Lussier
Thank you to all of our readers who have taken the time to write to us regarding their enthusiasm for Cinema Retro Movie Classics' tribute issue to Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood's Dollar movie trilogy. Director Richard C. Sarafian (Vanishing Point, Man in the Wildnerness) knew Leone and relates that the great director once told him he had been inspired in part by episodes of Western TV series that Sarafian had directed early in his career. Sarafian said of the tribute issue, "It's brilliant. I devoured every single page." We then heard from David V. Picker, who was head of production at United Artists and is the man who put together the deal to release the trilogy in America. Picker said, "This issue is an astonishing tribute...the photos are literally jaw-dropping. It's a major achievement on every level."
If you already read Cinema Retro, then why not part »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Writing duo Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis have taken the reins on DC's Booster Gold series. The pair will pen the monthly title while regular contributor Dan Jurgens completes work on Time Masters: Vanishing Point for the publisher. In an interview with Cbr, the scribes explained that fans can expect a mature and relatable version of the character. "We're not turning him into the guy he was in Justice League International. This is a Booster who has matured," Giffen said. "This is a Booster who is now a very confident superhero who is using his head more often than not, and if we throw him into a humorous situation, (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Industry veteran Dan Jurgens will write and draw the six-issue miniseries Time Masters: Vanishing Point for DC Comics. According to the publisher, the book will tie in with Grant Morrison's forthcoming Return Of Bruce Wayne, following a team of major DC heroes as they search through time for Batman. Featuring Superman, Green Lantern, Booster Gold and Rip Hunter, the book will also lead into the next major event in the DC Universe. "It's been a while since Dan Jurgens and I worked on his introduction of Vanishing Point into the DC Universe - but what's a 'while' to a coupla (sic) experienced time travellers like us?" project editor Mike Carlin told DC's The Source blog. (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
By the 60s, Aip had been doing well with their 'beach party' genre. And Italian 'sword and sandal' films like the Hercules series were still going strong in Europe, as well as the more artistic French and Italian movements. But, due to a cultural shift and relaxing of censorship laws, the 'xploitation' film became the predominant no-budget movie of choice across America.
Often they were shown in 'grind house' theatres. These were old burlesque theatres which used to host bump 'n' grind dancing in the 30s and 40s, hence the name.
But by the 60s, in order to survive, they would show porn, »
One look at his IMDb page will show you that producer Mike De Luca is a busy guy. Some of the movies he is involved with include the Nicolas Cage films Ghost Rider 2 and Drive Angry, as well as the Alex Proyer-directed Dracula Year Zero. Recently, Steve Weintraub from Collider had the chance to talk to De Luca about all three of these upcoming features. We covered Steve’s conversation with De Luca about Ghost Rider 2 last week, and today he posted the segment where De Luca opened up about the latter two films.
In the interview, De Luca promises that Drive Angry will be “hyper-pulpy” and definitely a “Hard R.” He also goes into great detail on the unique plot of Dracula Year Zero. I have excerpted some of the best quotes, but I highly recommend checking out the full interview at Collider.
On the “pulpiness” of »
- Rob Frappier
Mike De Luca is a busy, busy man of late. Today he was on hand to chat about two of his most appealing projects, the Nic Cage car chase flick, Drive Angry, and Alex Proyas’ Dracula – Year Zero, both of which are shaping up quite nicely.
Collider nabbed the interview with the multi-tasking producer. Drive Angry is director Patrick Lussier’s follow-up to last year’s My Bloody Valentine remake and will come roaring out of all three dimensions. ”It’s hyper pulpy,” De Luca said of the revenge flick, featuring “car parts and body parts flying at you in 3D...If you’re a fan of from the 70’s Two Lane Blacktop or Vanishing Point and you’re a fan of Dusk Till Dawn or Sin City, this kind of glorious pulp movie-making, it aspires to be in that canon, so that’s my torch way of describing why »
- Masked Slasher
In their multi-part interview with Mike De Luca, whose career in the horror genre reaches back to titles like Freddy's Dead and In the Mouth of Madness , Collider got the latest on Drive Angry , the 3-D grindhouse flick starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Patrick Lussier. But first, we recommend reading the lengthy synopsis for the film we posted here . De Luca describes the pictures as, "hyper pulpy," which is clear from the plot crunch. "It's kind of like hyper-pulp, just kind of blood drenched, heavy, heavy car chase action that if you're a fan of early Shane Black scripts. If you.re a fan of from the '70s Two Lane Blacktop or Vanishing Point and you're a fan of Dust Till Dawn or Sin City, this kind of like glorious exhiltation of pulp movie-making. It »
If you’ve been reading Collider the past few days, you’ve seen what I’m calling “7 Days with Producer Mike De Luca”. The reason for the name is, I was able to speak with De Luca for an extended amount of time and rather than post everything at once, I’ve broken our conversation up into smaller parts. I’ve already posted what he said about the Metal Gear Solid movie and Ghost Rider 2, and now it’s time for his updates on Drive Angry and Dracula Year Zero.
If you haven’t heard of Drive Angry, it’s going to star Nicolas Cage and it’ll center on a man who is chasing the people who killed his daughter and kidnapped her baby. It’s going to be a hard R and in 3D. Also, it’s directed by Patrick Lussier, who recently did the very fun My Bloody Valentine 3D. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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