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Austin maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez is set to launch his small-screen reboot of his cult-favorite film From Dusk Till Dawn, but his TV ambitions don’t stop there. With his new Latino-themed/English-speaking cable network El Rey, the Spy Kids and Desperado writer-director-producer-editor is trying to carve a whole new path for cool TV shows that sheds the usual big network note-giving development process. We interviewed Rodriguez at his Austin-based Troublemaker Studios about his new network and Dusk (which will premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend). Below Rodriguez reveals how the genre-mashup Dusk got made, teases »
- James Hibberd
Gareth Evans' follow-up to his highly successful 2011 film "The Raid" is one of the more sophisticated, complex and brutal action films ever made. Set mere hours after the conclusion of the first film, "The Raid 2: Berandal" immediately sets a different tone than the first film, with a long shot from a crane showing a green field, and a grave cut into the ground as cars slowly approach it.
From this quiet beginning comes a flurry of plot -- characters, names, faces are thrown at the audience -- and then a flurry of action. From a balletic fight in a confined car to a shocking and frankly inimitable battle in a muddy prison yard, Evans, along with his choreography team that includes the film's stars (led by Iko Uwais), have really outdone themselves.
Moviefone Canada sat down with Evans after the rapturous screening during the 2014 Sundance film Festival to »
- Jason Gorber
In the 1970s and 80s, Walter Hill established his reputation as one the most distinctive action-movie directors Hollywood has produced, an exponent of lyrical violence in the class of Sam Peckinpah, for whom he scripted The Getaway. His first six movies – Hard Times, The Driver, The Warriors, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, 48 Hrs – all terse, lean, unsentimental, were commercial and critical successes and are now classics. His seventh, Streets of Fire, lost money and went down badly with Us critics, possibly because many of them thought it resembled The Warriors too closely and because there were no stars apart from former child actress Diane Lane. It's now something of a cult classic that anticipated the current fashion for films based on graphic novels.
The film, Hill has said, is "by design, comic strip in orientation, mock-epic in structure, movie-heroic in acting style, operatic in visual style, »
- Philip French
3 items from 2014
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