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Across the Mooniverse: is Mute a lost, 90s made Blade Runner sequel from another dimension or Button Moon The Movie on downers?

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

Duncan Jones’ fourth feature, the long gestating twinkle in his eye/ pseudo Moon sequel Mute, is finally set to make its Netflix debut on Friday 23rd February. This British/German sci-fi production, filmed in Berlin, has been a passion project of Jones’ for some time and one that has careered from pipedream to planned and temporarily postponed. But when potent concepts flower within the minds of passionate artists they have a tendency to materialise in some form or another; whatever the cost. In Mute’s case, due to the evolution of online streaming triggering an industry metamorphosis, the film will mostly bypass cinemas* and arrive in the homes of Netflix subscribers on Friday 23rd February. What is known of the narrative is not much beyond a log-line with morsels extracted from myriad sources to form a patchwork understanding of what the story might be.

Prior to the
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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1984

The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...

It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.

This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which
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Spend New Year's Eve with These Genre Films

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After diving into all the great Christmas-themed slashers and horror movies like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Santa's Slay, Christmas Evil, Saint Nick, and many others, it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s another great holiday to revel in just around the corner. There might not be as many films directly centered on ushering in the New Year, but there’s plenty to keep you entertained for a few days and nights.

I realize that not everyone smiles in glee like I do as teenagers get axed and knifed. Some folks just want some alternate choices in the face of all the countdowns and variety shows they’re bombarded with every year. The list I’ve put together includes not only slasher and horror flicks, but disaster, sci-fi, and action-oriented ones as well.

“New Year’s Evil” tells the tale of a Punk Rock and New Wave TV show host
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10 underappreciated space movies to see before Interstellar

Ahead of Interstellar's launch, here's a selection of 10 underappreciated sci-fi films about space travel...

Christopher Nolan's Interstellar wears many of its influences proudly. The director has openly said that his film is inspired by such acclaimed pieces of cinema as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Philip Kaufman's The Right Stuff, as well as the human warmth of Steven Spielberg's 80s output. Interstellar depicts a near future where life on Earth teeters on the brink of extinction. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former test pilot turned farmer, joins a last-ditch mission to enter a wormhole in space and find a new home for humanity; he realises that the only way to save his family is to leave it behind.

It's the latest film to tap into our fascination with the depths of space - a topic that has been explored many times since the earliest days of cinema.
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Interview – Director Peter Hyams on Enemies Closer & the Quirky Villainy of Jcvd

The name Peter Hyams may not be the mentioned in the same breath as contemporaries like Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and Barry Levinson, but this somewhat underappreciated filmmaker is far from a journeyman. During his five decade career he has effortlessly jumping between genres, churning out some entertaining and understated work, his most fruitful period being the 1980’s which saw the likes of Outland, The Presidio, Running Scared and 2010, a brave (and pretty enjoyable) attempt at crafting a sequel from Stanley Kubrick’s seminal work, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Enemies Closer, his first film since the 2009 Michael Douglas-headlining Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, sees him reunited with aging action hero Jean-Claude Van Damme (their two previous films together, Sudden Death and Timecop, are arguably the highlight of the former martial artist’s career). Enemies Closer is a fun, unpretentious B-movie which bears the unmistakable mark of a cinematic craftsman (Hyams,
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Are Guns in Space a Good Idea?

This past week, I was revisiting classic Sean Connery science fiction from the 1980s, and I happened upon Peter HyamsHigh Noon-inspired thriller Outland. In this film, Connery plays a Marshal on Io, a moon of Jupiter. After butting heads with the boss on the moon base, Connery finds himself the target of assassins sent to Io. Their weapons of choice: shotguns. Shotguns… in the future… in space. The climax of the movie played well for plenty of action and thrills, but it did make me ask the same question that Chick (Will Patton) asks of Colonel Willie Sharp (William Fichtner) in Armageddon: “What are you doing with a gun in space?” After considering what is possibly the most level-headed and logical question ever posed in a Michael Bay movie, I got to thinking: Is it really a good idea to have guns in space? The Answer: No. It
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Peter Hyams: The Hollywood Interview

Peter Hyams Takes Us Closer


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Peter Hyams has been making movies for over forty years. A native New Yorker, Hyams has the distinction of being one of the only directors who also serves as his own cinematographer on his films, a hyphenate that has caused him some controversy among cameramen (see below for more details). After making his mark with such classics as Capricorn One, Outland, The Star Chamber, 2010, and many others, Hyams hasn't slowed down, bringing us his twenty-first feature film. Enemies Closer is a white-knuckle thriller starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as the ruthless (and flamboyant) leader of a drug cartel on a search and destroy mission for his missing cache of product, which sits at the bottom of a lake on the U.S.-Canadian border. Tom Everett Scott plays the U.S. Park Ranger with a murky past who tries to stop him, along
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Review: Van Damme Goes Violently Vegan In Enemies Closer

Jean Claude Van Damme is gleefully deranged in Peter Hyams' no-frills Friday night beat-em up, in which a park ranger and vengeful ex-con form an uneasy alliance against a gang of marauding mercenaries on the Canadian border.The last decade has been a barren period for director Peter Hyams, who was responsible for the likes of Outland, 2010 and Schwarzenengger's End Of Days, as well as the superior Van Damme vehicles Time Cop and Sudden Death. Recent years have seen Hyams' son John take up the baton and score impressive hits in the Dtv action market, most notably helming Van Damme in the two most recent Universal Soldier sequels. Here John serves as editor for his father, while Van Damme delivers his best performance since Mabrouk El Mechri's...

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Film Review: ‘Enemies Closer’

Film Review: ‘Enemies Closer’
Jean-Claude Van Damme hams it up cheerfully in a rare villainous turn in “Enemies Closer,” an unremarkable but entirely serviceable action quickie that reunites the Muscles from Brussels with analog action specialist Peter Hyams, who directed Van Damme in two of his better big-studio starring vehicles: “Timecop” (1994) and “Sudden Death” (1995). Save for a considerably lower budget, “Enemies” might well have rolled off the same assembly line, making for a silly yet sturdily crafted time-filler, lacking the shrewd, self-aware qualities of Van Damme’s recent “Jcvd” and “Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning” (directed by Hyams’ son, John), but still well above most of the star’s latter-day direct-to-video efforts. Sure to generate less buzz than Van Damme’s recent Volvo commercial, the pic goes out via Lionsgate in limited theatrical and VOD release this Friday.

Sporting a Beethoven-esque mane of poofy, reddish-brown hair, speaking many of his lines in his native French,
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Trailer Trashin’: Jean-Claude Van Damme Plays Crazy in Enemies Closer

I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving, dear readers, and I hope a lot of you got out to see Frozen over the holiday weekend. December is finally here, and it’s time for us all to start preparing for our preferred winter holidays. In the meantime, this week’s slightly belated Trailer Trashin’ column takes a look at Enemies Closer, one of next January’s more low-profile releases.

Premise: Henry (Tom Everett Scott), a forest ranger and ex-Navy Seal, has his quiet life disrupted by the arrival of Clay (Orlando Jones), a former comrade with a vendetta against him. But before Clay can attempt to get revenge, the two men are caught by a ruthless drug cartel led by a man named Xander (Jean-Claude Van Damme). The cartel forces the two men to help retrieve a major shipment of heroin which went missing deep in a forest on the Us-Canadian border.
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Tonight's MovieMovie: TimeCop

"In my future, you're dead."

According to 1994's Timecop, time travel is possible by the year 2004, and only the officers of the Time Enforcement Commission (Tec) can stop abusers from using the technology. So, perhaps director Peter Hyams (Outland) and screenwriters Mark Verheiden and Mike Richardson (who wrote the Dark Horse comic that inspired the movie) were a bit off on their prognostication on when time travel would be invented, but that didn't stop Timecop from being Jean Claude Van Damme's highest-grossing movie. The movie was just the beginning of the association between Van Damme and Hyams, who would reunite for 1995's Sudden Death, while Van Damme has worked with Hyams' son, director John Hyams for 2009's Universal Soldier: Regeneration and Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which is currently available on VOD.

Timecop follows Van Damme as Tec agent Max Walker, who discovers a plot by a corrupt senator
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Blu-ray Review: Outland

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The late 1970s and early 1980s were a groundbreaking period for science fiction films. It got kicked off by Star Wars, which fueled the imaginations of many directors of the time. It also caused studios to trip over each other in their search for the next big space saga. Some of those films were fun like Battle Beyond the Stars. Others were serious works of art like Alien, The Black Hole, and Peter Hyams' Outland.

Thanks to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Outland is available on Blu-ray for the first time. This was director Hyams' first journey into deep space. He worked in the sci-fi field once before with Capricorn One, but this 1981 cult classic took him to another world… or moon would be more accurate. Some say this was Hyams' practice for the more complex 2010, which he helmed a couple of years later.

Veteran Federal Marshal William O'Niel (Sean Connery
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Returning to Space and the Western with Peter Hyams' Outland: A Movie Review (Blu-Ray)

*full disclosure: a Blu-Ray screener of this film was provided by Warner Bros. Director/writer: Peter Hyams. Cast: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen and Peter Boyle. Outland is a western set in a sci-fi locale. There is a new marshal in town on Io (Jupiter's moon). He is a man with convictions (Sean Connery). He is also a man kept busy by a group of drug dealers onboard a remote oil rig. The next 109 minutes are spent with O'Niel/O'Neil (Connery) as he tracks down these ne'er-do-wells. Outland is a partial homage to High Noon (1952) in story. This is basically one marshal against a world of corruption. No one is there to help him. This picture is also extraordinary for being the first to use intravision, a style of filmmaking involving interposing characters on miniature sets. The story, as stated, is very comparable to Fred Zinnemann's High Noon. A lonely sheriff,
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New on Blu-ray: Outland (1981)/The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)/Frequency (2000)

Outland (1981) If you needed a space marshal to come to the rescue, I suppose you could do a lot worst than a gruff, no-shit taking Sean Connery. The former James Bond actor plays Marshall William T. O’Niel, a lawman on a moon-based oil rig-type joint on one of Jupiter’s moons, where a series of killings are taking place. O’Niel’s investigation leads him to the facility’s boss Mark Sheppard (a pre-”Everybody Loves RaymondPeter Boyle), who doesn’t take the Marshal nosying about his business too kindly, and lets it be known, essentially setting up a “High Noon” in outer space situation. Writer/director Peter Hyams (“Timecop”) makes it pretty clear in the film’s commentary track that he was making a Western, one that had to be set in outer space since, according to him, Hollywood was no longer willing to back a big-budget Western.
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Blu-ray Review: Warner Bros. Releases Great Wave of Action, Sci-fi Flicks

Chicago – Warner Brothers likes to pull handfuls of titles out of their immensely deep catalog and they’ve come back with a unique, interesting wave of releases at low prices to spice up your Summer this year. The films have little in common (although several could be classified as sci-fi) and vary wildly in quality but all are likely to have a fan or two out there wondering why they haven’t been released on Blu-ray. Now they have.

Altered States

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Altered States

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Director Ken Russell passed away last year leaving critics and movie lovers to continue to debate his unique style and best pictures. Personally, I’ve always been a fan of his 1980 adaptation of the legendary Paddy Chayefsky novel “Altered States,” featuring one of William Hurt’s most fearless and interesting performances. It’s both classic Russell in its unique style and a
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Outland - Blu-ray Review

Outland is a title that has needed an upgrade for a long time, and the magic of Blu-ray has brought it about. Fans will be elated. It also features the magic of Peter Hyams, Sean Connery, and transplanting the Western genre onto one of Jupiter.s moons. William T. O.Neil (Sean Connery) is the new sheriff in town. However, town just happens to be a mining colony on Jupiter.s moon Io. He and his family are newly arrived. O.Neil goes to a meeting with station manager Mark Sheppard (Peter Boyle) who basically tells O.Neil to use a lax hand in enforcing the law. When O.Neil returns to his quarters he finds that his family has gone back to earth
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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: American Reunion, Margaret, Comic-Con Episode Four: A Fan’s Hope

It's pretty slim pickings this week with just one major release hitting stores: that would be the fourth installment in the American Pie series, American Reunion. The movie didn't do all that well in theatres back in April, but it does seem like something that could do well on DVD, particularly during the summer months. Another noteworthy release is Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, a drama starring Matt Damon and Anna Paquin that was notoriously held up by legal battles over the final cut and ended up getting the shaft with a very limited theatrical release. Also out on DVD and Blu-ray this week we have Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale, Being Flynn starring Paul Dano and Robert DeNiro, and Morgan Spurlock's geek-centric documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope (complete with collectible figures). New to Blu titles include Chariots of Fire, Senna and Outland starring Sean Connery.
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'Alien' visionary Jean Giraud ('Moebius') dead at 73

The younger geek won't remember the skulking atmosphere in which Sf was trying to breathe through most of the 1970s, and neither will they remember the extraordinary, often adult-oriented world of Heavy Metal, the English-language edition of the famed Sf dystopian comic-fest Metal Hurlant. Nor yet how many of those strange fantasies and amazing designs were created by the man known as 'Moebius' - Jean Giraud, who died of cancer today at the age of 73.

The man was a breath of fresh air in that struggling decade for science-fiction and futurism.

Director Ridley Scott, already an admirer of the French comic artist (who had by the mid-1970s amassed much-admired coffee-table books of illustrations, apart from his esteemed contributions to Heavy Metal and the comics world) was easily persuaded by Alien creator Dan O'Bannon to bring Moebius on-board as another artistic refugee, from Jodorowsky's Dune, to Alien. He came together
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Back in the early days of cable, movies were rerun endlessly so if you liked one, you could burn their frames onto your retinas and it became a part of yourself. As a result, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for 1974’s Busting. You sit there, scratching your head, and can’t recall the film and there’s no shame in that.

Written and directed by Peter Hyams (The Star Chamber, Outland), it is a buddy cop film before that became in vogue and is very much from the era. It has a nice grainy film stock, makes the cops and the thugs slovenly and a visual shambles. While most of Hyams’ peers set their gritty tales of big city corruption and the only honest cops’ efforts to bring down the kingpin of crime in New York City, Hyams set his in Los Angeles, although you’d be hard-pressed to tell.
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Five Essential... Hollywood Remakes (The Remake)

Simon Moore selects his Five Essential Hollywood Remakes...

Remakes are easy targets. Anyone who wants to make Tim Burton cry, for instance, need only whisper ‘Planet of the Apes’ in his pale, elfin ear. Even seeing Conan the Barbarian rehashed with an Easter Island statue in the title role gets film buffs nostalgic for Arnie’s bouncing biceps. Bear in mind though, if you go to see a film about a guy in a loincloth, you’re getting all the homoerotic mental images you deserve.

Ho there, pilgrim. Let’s be sensible here. Conan is only the tip of the iceberg. The absolute worst remakes are like the worst sequels; it’s the same old story, same old beats, usually even the same bloody sets if they can manage it. So it follows that the remakes that work... aren’t remakes at all. They start over. They look at the
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