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In the world of horror cinema, the best way to fight a monster–be it supernatural, human, or natural one–is with a character that possesses special knowledge and skills. These experts, recruited into battle by other characters or colliding with the conflict intentionally, are the savants of the horror world.
Examples of savant characters include David Warner’s bat expert Phillip Payne in Nightwing, Zelda Rubinstein’s spiritual medium Tangina in Poltergeist, Matthew McConaughey’s dragon slayer Denton Van Zan in Reign of Fire, Lin Shaye’s paranormal investigator Elise Rainier in Insidious, and Otto Jespersen’s monster killer Hans in Trollhunter.
This article, divided into three sections based on what type of monstrous force is being fought, focuses on the greatest savant characters the horror genre has to offer.
Vs. The Supernatural
- Terek Puckett
Feature Aliya Whiteley 16 Sep 2013 - 06:50
Let’s start at the end of this story.
Unforgiven (1992) is a film that builds on the groundwork of others, and takes the ideas of the past to a new level. In it, Clint Eastwood plays a once-vicious killer, William Munny, who chooses to return to the role of bounty-hunter in his old age. It's no wonder that the film is dedicated to the two directors who shaped the public image of Eastwood to such an extent that we can view Unforgiven as an extension of the mythology of his classic role- the anti-hero. One is Sergio Leone, who turned Eastwood into the Man With No Name. The other director is Don Siegel.
Siegel directed five films that starred Eastwood and was a great influence on him »
The Lone Ranger, 2013
Directed by Gore Verbinski.
The Lone Ranger has so many problems that a review such as this could never attempt to cover them all in depth. In the years to come someone will write a book on the production of this film, maybe paired with last year’s John Carter as the blueprints for a failed attempt to manufacture a monster hit.
The problem with this production lies in the lack of care and love for its source material and in turn the sole purpose became just another careless bloated, expensive summer film hoping for a frontloaded opening weekend and taking enough money to greenlight a sequel or two. At »
- Flickering Myth
Go Ahead, Make My Day! week concludes at Trailers from Hell with TV writer Alan Spencer introducing the third Dirty Harry film, "The Enforcer," starring Clint Eastwood.Although Clint Eastwood had intended to direct the third Dirty Harry movie himself, his replacement of Philip Kaufman during The Outlaw Josey Wales prevented him from taking the reins on The Enforcer, so his assistant director James Fargo was drafted to do the job. Tyne Daley’s tough female cop foreshadows her role in the hit Cagney and Lacey tv series. The music is by Jerry Fielding, making this the only Dirty Harry film without a score by Lalo Schifrin. By the way, the line “Go ahead, make my day” does not actually appear until the next film in the series, Sudden Impact. »
- Trailers From Hell
"Hey. Watch your language, lady."
There's going to be plenty of gritty action on Reelz with several Clint Eastwood movies playing throughout the week. Get ready for all the raspy dialogue with this awesome fan-made compilation of the 170 greatest lines that Clint Eastwood has delivered on film. Watch the clip and then find out more about what flicks are airing this week by checking out the Reelz movie schedule.
Link | Posted 8/6/2013 by reelz
- reelz staff
James Mangold has a long established career as one of Hollywood's finest directors and writers. He may not be a household name, but cinema fans know his work. Walk the Line, Identity, 3:10 to Yuma, and Girl, Interrupted, are all Mangold films.
Marvel and Fox decided to bring in a seasoned veteran to right the ship for The Wolverine. Many fans were not happy with the previous film. James Mangold brings a darker, more serious edge with The Wolverine. Based on the classic Chris Claremont and Frank Miller storyline of Logan in Japan, The Wolverine puts the character in a wounded state, mentally and physically. Hugh Jackman is at his best here, giving new emotional weight to a character he's played five times. I had the chance to interview James Mangold at The Wolverine press event in New York a few weeks ago. »
With Hugh Jackman's latest X-Men outing set to open in cinemas this week, we chat with production designer Francois Audouy about how he created the distinctive look of The Wolverine, filming on the streets of Tokyo and remote Japanese fishing villages, designing the spectacular sets and working with director James Mangold...
Darker than ever before, Logan/Wolverine has lost his connection to the world at the start of James Mangold’s compelling film, which is more film noir than classic comic book movie. A man unmoored, deeply troubled, angry and in crisis, Logan, played once again by Oscar nominated actor Hugh Jackman, has lost everyone he has ever loved and no longer has a purpose or reason to live. Summoned to Tokyo by Master Yashida, an influential Japanese businessman, he is immediately involved in the complex web of intrigue surrounding the powerful family.
“It’s a journey picture in »
- Flickering Myth
James Mangold's CV is nothing if not eclectic. The New York-born filmmaker has juggled weighty Oscar-winning dramas (Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line) with more commercial fare such as Identity and Knight and Day.
You worked with Hugh before on Kate & Leopold, so was he the driving force behind you doing The Wolverine?
"Well, he was definitely one of the reasons I did it. The friendship with him, my respect for him, my respect for him in the role, and also the fact that I saw an opportunity for myself, meaning I felt like he hadn't done it yet. »
James Mangold has been promoting his take on The Wolverine as something very different from the usual Cbm, comparing it to classic movies as diverse and interesting as The Outlaw Josey Wales and Black Narcissus. He's promised us a unique superhero experience, hinting at inner turmoil and conflict as opposed to the usual "big bad" formula -- and, for the most part, that's what he's delivered. The Wolverine does have some obvious connections to past (and future) X-Men movies but basically this is a standalone story. Based (at times very loosely) on Chris Claremont's "Japan Saga", we find Logan living in the Canadian mountains; a tortured, violent man still haunted by the death of his beloved Jean Grey. When a group of hunters leave an animal to die in pain he ventures back into civilization to take revenge, only to encounter Yukio (Rila Fukushima) who convinces him to travel »
Oh the necessary grittiness of today's movies with their picture perfect look, and post production sheen. So much like the films of the '70s. Whatc You disagreec Okay, I guess I agree with you. There was something to the filmmaking technique, the style, the tone, the pacing and the actual use of film that gave '70s film their down-in-the-dirt feel that today's films can't really emulate. So, when James Wan tells The Playlist he's going to approach Fast & Furious 7 as "a gritty, 1970s revenge thriller" I'm trying to figure out just what exactly that means. In my opinion, the Fast franchise doesn't lend itself to the storytelling technique of '70s actioners and in the ways that it could, today's filmmaking techniques and audience expectations don't allow for that kind of measured pacing and lack of explosions. I mean... French Connection, The Getaway, Dirty Harry, The Mechanic, Death Wish or, »
- Brad Brevet
On the eve of "The Wolverine" Comic-Con presentation this week in San Diego, James Mangold tells us what it was like to tackle the most popular X-Men superhero. After all, what was the acclaimed director of "Walk the Line, "3:10 to Yuma," "Girl Interrupted," and "Cop Land" doing messing around with an expensive franchise? Turns out that Mangold is a comic book geek from way back and approached "The Wolverine" as if it were "The Outlaw Josey Wales" or "The French Connection." Because, for him, whatever the genre, it's all about conveying inner conflict and creating intimacy with the viewer. And so he seized the chance to get inside the head of Hugh Jackman's Logan/Wolverine and explore his death wish. "After I read the script that Hugh gave me, I scribbled a note on the back: 'Everyone he loves will die.' He's immortal, he's cursed, he feels pain. »
- Bill Desowitz
Disney's latest blockbuster, "The Lone Ranger," treads on some circumspect ground when it comes to the treatment of Native Americans on film. The movie does much to address many of the rampantly stereotypical representations that the Western genre provided on-screen regarding Aboriginal culture, yet for some, this work is further evidence of how much further we have to go. While I felt that the film was quite interesting in the way it toyed with the saddlebags of the genre, others were far less generous.
One person who with strong feelings about the film is Jesse Wente, an integral part of Canada's film elite. Jesse serves as Head of Film Programmes at Toronto's Tiff Bell Lightbox and is (obviously) a big part of the Toronto Film Festival. He's been a longstanding critic on CBC, and has done numerous scholarly presentations on film subjects. He also happens to be of Ojibway descent, »
- Jason Gorber
Box-sets, much like anthologies, have somewhat of an unavoidable mixed-bag mentality about them. It’s difficult, near impossible even, to ensure that each film within is of equal merit and quality. Increase the number of films, and the odds of consistency decrease in equal proportion. Which brings us to WB’s latest (but doubtfully last) Clint Eastwood retrospective. Clint Eastwood: 20-Film Collection lives up to my theory above thanks in part to a heavy concentration on Eastwood’s most recent output (which few people would argue in favor of), but it does an otherwise fine job of looking across the years at the man’s output both as an actor and a director. WB has also released a 40-Film set onto DVD. The Movies Surveying the twenty films featured here brings an immediate realization. There is absolutely no rhyme or reason to these particular selections. The set doesn’t focus on Eastwood’s director efforts. It »
- Rob Hunter
Chicago – “Clint Eastwood: 20 Film Collection” is a great Father’s Day gift that’s nonetheless a bit difficult to describe. It’s not exactly a greatest hits collection of its legendary star since it’s missing some of his most iconic films and includes some of his most notable failures. At the same time, every Eastwood fan would be happy to have at least half of these films in their collection and there’s no better way to do it then this set. It also may allow for some reevaluation and reappreciation of some of Eastwood’s less-beloved movies. I wish that Warner Bros. had taken the opportunity to upgrade a few Eastwood films that still need HD restoration but there’s enough brilliance in this box that it’s tough to complain.
Which ones are the classics in this impressively-packaged set? There are undeniable, iconic ones like “Dirty Harry, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In celebration of their 90th Anniversary, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment released the Clint Eastwood 20 Film Collection on Blu-Ray this week. Included here are, as the title says, 20 of the legend’s films as well as two excellent documentaries: Eastwood Factor and Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story. Additionally, the set also comes with a nice little hardcover book that looks at the filmmaker’s illustrious career.
With five Academy Awards under his belt and over $2 billion at the domestic box office, the man is no doubt a legend and with this new Blu-Ray box set, there’s no better time than now to celebrate Clint Eastwood and the impact that he has had on the film world.
Though not the greatest selection, here are the 20 films that you’ll receive. Now, remember, this is a Warner Bros. release, meaning it was released to honour the actor/director’s relationship with the studio. »
- Matt Joseph
As Sick Boy in Trainspotting says: “one time, you’ve got it, and then you lose it, and it’s gone forever.” This particularly seems the case in regards to film directors as once they enter a rut, they seemingly can’t get out no matter what they try. Sometimes they go back to their roots, sometimes they go independent and sometimes they try something completely new, but very few directors have ever been able to resurrect their careers once they’ve had a few flops.
‘Losing it’ happens to the best of them as this list illustrates, but they’re not the only ones. Directors who are no longer with us such as Billy Wilder, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergei Eisenstein, Elia Kazan and Howard Hawks all had middling conclusions to their careers. Eisenstein in particular completely regressed into conformity and his career ended so sadly considering his early work is »
- Sam Moore
Clint Eastwood will have lost a few Brownie points for his bizarre and frankly ill-advised conversation with an empty chair at the Republican National Congress last autumn, but he is still much-adored Hollywood royalty – old and craggy, but still directing and acting to a phenomenally high standard and responsible as actor and/or director for some of the greatest and most iconic films ever to have come out of Hollywood.
Most often associated with Westerns and understandably so (the Dollars trilogy, High Plains Drifter, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Pale Rider, Unforgiven), Eastwood also has a sterling track record within the crime genre (Dirty Harry, Mystic River, In the Line of Fire, Play Misty for Me) and with straight dramas too (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, A Perfect World, Changeling). With Oscar statuettes and nominations coming out of his ears, he is clearly much loved by the Academy, but critics and »
- Dave Roper
The Flickering Myth team discuss the first trailer for The Wolverine....
On Monday, we got a teaser for the first trailer for The Wolverine. Then on Tuesday we got a slightly longer teaser for the trailer. Finally, after the trailer for a trailer which itself was a trailer for the trailer, we finally got the full trailer for James Mangold's The Wolverine. Not only that, but two versions of it!
Ozzy Armstrong: I've been waiting for this trailer for a long, long time. My favourite superhero in a movie that looks as though it could actually compete against the likes of Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 et al. The Oscar nommed Australian from Les Miserables playing a role »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Justice League and the DC Movie Universe, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, The Avengers 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 4, Ghost Rider, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Aka Jessica Jones, S.H.I.E.L.D., Arrow, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Young Justice, Superman: Unbound and more...
With Marvel dominating the majority of superhero movie headlines lately, DC fans had something to shout about this week as the internet exploded with a new rumour that Warner Bros. has tapped The Dark Knight Trilogy mastermind Christopher Nolan to spearhead its fledgling DC movie universe. According to a report from rumour-maestro El Mayimbe of Latino Review, Nolan is »
- Flickering Myth
News Glen Chapman 6 Mar 2013 - 07:05
James Mangold is a great director on top form, and the fact that he's at the helm for The Wolverine eased fears that the film will be a repeat of the underwhelming X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With the first trailer for The Wolverine set to arrive later this month, Mangold has offered one or two teases about the film on his Twitter account. And interestingly, he's listed the films that have influenced him while putting The Wolverine together.
Here are the ten films he cited:
An interesting mix, with Samurai movies and westerns clearly prevalent. Feel free to speculate just how the influences of all of those will weave into The Wolverine. »
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