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As the last week of Movember draws near, the moustaches are reaching their zenith while spouses and significant others are nearing their breaking point. Over the next week Film Junk will be featuring a series of posts dedicated to this manly adornment and the actors who have made it their trademark. With the help of cult movie connoisseur Wintle and our good friend Doug Nagy, we will delve into a slew of cinematic staches, both obvious and obscure. Today I thought it was only appropriate to start with a film that some have called the ultimate moustache movie, George P. Cosmatos' Tombstone. It may not be the most critically acclaimed or historically accurate Western, but it does have perhaps the finest assortment of facial hair ever committed to celluloid. Also, unlike a lot of period pieces, Tombstone is unique in that almost all of the moustaches are real. Tombstone was written by Kevin Jarre, »
For First Blood Part II (Second Blood? ), Stallone's taciturn killing machine switches from hunted to hunter as he returns to the jungles of South East Asia to rescue American PoWs. It's a favour to his old buddy Colonel Trautman (Richard Crenna), but being a covert mission, Rambo must face an army of sadistic and heavily armed hostiles completely on his own. »
There has been a lot of talk online over the past few years about Sylvester Stallone making one more Rambo film. Personally, I loved Rambo IV (or John Rambo, if you’re a purist like me) and would love to see another, and final, outing. That being said, I’d like to see Stallone keep Rambo in the reality the character was born in.
What am I getting at? Have a look at this synopsis for the novel Hunter by James Byron Huggins:
Nathaniel Hunter could track anyone, or anything, on Earth. Now the military desperately needs him for a mission that his ultra sensitive instincts tell him he should refuse. A beast is loose somewhere north of the Arctic Circle. It has already decimated a secret research facility and annihilated a squad of elite military guards. And the raging creature is headed south toward civilization, ready to wreak bloody devastation. »
- Philip Sticco
If you've noticed an influx of Sylvester Stallone movies on cable these past couple weeks, it's no coincidence. With The Expendables 2 still going strong in theaters, cable networks have been digging into their Stallone vaults to capitalize on your desire to watch Stallone kick lots of ass. IFC, for example, aired a Rambo marathon over the weekend, allowing us to catch up with one of our favorite old-school action franchises. However, there were two scenes in Rambo: First Blood Part II that had us scratching our heads, wondering if these throwaway character moments are what helped inspire the number one movie at the box office over two decades later. In the second Rambo movie, war vet John Rambo is released from prison and sent on a covert mission back to Vietnam to...
- Erik Davis
With the release of Disney Pixar’s Brave in the UK and the year’s previous successes, The Hunger Games and The Avengers, we at Thn decided to look over the best cinematic archers, deciding which of them would be most welcome in our team, be it for hunting, secret missions, or potentially winning gold medals in Rio 2016.
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games, 2012)
In her very first moments on screen, Katniss demonstrates her archery abilities by shooting a bird from the air. She is even shown using leaves to determine which way the wind is blowing as she knows it will carry her scent. But she only does this after the deer has already sensed her presence. A truly great archer would have done this first. We are constantly told about her awesomeness as an archer and it is best demonstrated during her trial before the games begin. As those »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Chuck Norris is brilliant. Chuck Norris doesn’t do push ups, he just pushes the Earth down! His action man persona and his on-screen invincibility have become internet legend with thousands of different Chuck Norris “facts.” It’s something that started off as a joke but spiralled into pop culture to the point that people who’ve never seen a Chuck Norris film know who the guy is.
Watching back on many of his films and there’s just something about Norris that takes the excessive action of the 80s, the unstoppable badass, one many army thing above that of even Sly and Arnold. Norris has the stoic, quiet spoken and grimacing demeanour of Clint Eastwood. He’s got the muscular figure of his action brethren »
Reef Entertainment has revealed new details about the upcoming Rambo The Video Game , currently in production for consoles and PC. Rambo The Video Game will be a fixed-perspective, first-person shooter and action game allowing players to fill the combat boots of John Rambo on a violent journey through iconic action sequences from the original three legendary Rambo movies. First Blood , Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III will form the basis for the Rambo gameplay comprising shoot-outs, stealth killings, demolition, knife-play and more. Developed by Teyon, Rambo The Video Game will leverage contemporary gameplay elements such as destructible terrain, cover-based shooting and rag-doll physics to deliver the high-quality Rambo-action fans around the world expect. »
After the official announcement early last month, UK video game publisher Reef Entertainment have today released the first screen shots from the eagerly awaited Rambo: The Video Game – the first appearance of the character of consoles in Many years – along with more details on the game. Both of which are embedded below:
Rambo ® The Video Game will be a fixed-perspective, first-person shooter & action game allowing players to fill the combat boots of John Rambo on a violent journey through iconic action sequences from the original three legendary Rambo movies. First Blood ™, Rambo: First Blood Part II ™ & Rambo III ™ will form the basis for authentic Rambo gameplay comprising shoot-outs, stealth killings, demolition, knife-play and more.
Developed by Teyon; Rambo ® The Video Game will leverage contemporary gameplay elements such as destructible terrain, cover-based shooting and rag-doll physics to deliver the high-quality Rambo-action fans around the world expect.
Reef Entertainment Commercial Director Craig Lewis »
With Beyond the Black Rainbow, first time writer-director Panos Cosmatos (son of Rambo: First Blood Part II director George P. Cosmatos) crafts the sublimest spectacle this side of where the pyramid meets the eye -- the eye of providence, that is -- taking us on a fully-immersive LSD freak-out as cinematographer Norm Li’s head trip in every scene visually assaults us with one gorgeously framed shot after another. Everything from the lens flares and colored gels to the hypnotic layer cake of images creates a hyper-stylized majesty that oozes with oh so sweet eye candy. The visuals work in perfect tandem with the lucid stream-of-consciousness of the narrative and the pulsing-pulsing electronic soundscape by Jeremy Schmidt (of Black Mountain) creating a masterfully oblique film. »
- Don Simpson
In the last couple of years, a spate of films, from Joe Cornish's "Attack The Block" to J.J. Abrams' "Super 8," have named one film as a particular influence: Richard Donner's "The Goonies," the 1985 kids' adventure film that served as part of the 1980s golden age of Amblin, Steven Spielberg's production company. Following a group of working class kids from the 'Goon Docks' of Astoria, Oregon, on one last adventure before their homes are demolished, only to end up on a quest, and pursued by a vicious criminal family, the Fratellis, the film is a rollicking adventure that also had a particular feel for the friendships between kids.
Providing early introductions to people like Josh Brolin, Martha Plimpton, Corey Feldman and Sean Astin, the film's become an enduring family favorite, and as the kids who grew up on it have become directors themselves, its reputation has only grown. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
This is a story about control: Cosmatos’ Throwback a Challenging Piece of Psychedilia
Words cannot rightfully describe Beyond the Black Rainbow, the debut of filmmaker Panos Cosmatos (the son of George Cosmatos of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Tombstone fame), a film that’s obviously imbued and informed by several notable filmmakers yet never actually pays homage to any particular film. Rather, Cosmatos has created a nightmarish world that’s aggravating, hypnotic, and original. While he may not surpass David Lynch in the epitome of the art house mindfuck, he comes close with a film that’s more than a feeling—it’s a state of mind.
Crimson numerals inform us that it’s 1983 and infomercial footage of Mercurio Arboria (Scott Hylands) explains what his Arborian Institute has to offer, namely “a state of mind, a way of being,” with the methods he has developed to create a “happier you” with “serenity through technology. »
- Nicholas Bell
Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone), the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood »
- Zac Gille
Stanley Tucci, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games The Hunger Games has topped the Us/Canada box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, the Gary Ross-directed blockbuster scored $21.5 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The dystopic action-drama was down a relatively modest 35% compared to Easter weekend. Prior to The Hunger Games, the most recent movie to achieve the four-weekend-in-a-row feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar remained at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight (2008), Peter Jackson / Elijah Wood / Viggo Mortensen's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King »
- Zac Gille
Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games In all likelihood, The Hunger Games is going to top the North American box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Starring Winter's Bone / X-Men: First Class' Jennifer Lawrence, Gary Ross' film adaptation of Suzanne Collins bestselling novel is expected to score approximately $20 million at 3,916 theaters by Sunday evening after having taken in $6.45 million on Friday as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The most recent movie to achieve that feat was James Cameron / Sam Worthington's Avatar in early 2010. In fact, Avatar stayed at the top for seven consecutive weekends. The Hunger Games, however, won't get that far. Next weekend, it'll surely be unseated by Zac Efron / Taylor Schilling's The Lucky One. Among the nearly 30 movies that have managed to be no. 1 for four weekends in a row are Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight »
- Zac Gille
James Cameron is, in case it has escaped your attention, the most successful filmmaker in history. The Canadian director hadn't exactly been starved for box-office smashes early in his career, but his last two films, "Titanic" and "Avatar," have hauled in nearly $5 billion between them, and are currently the number one and number two hits of all time. He's also the man behind the "Terminator" franchise, helmed one of the best-liked of the "Alien" series, has become a deep-sea explorer, and, uh, gave the world flying piranhas.
This week sees "Titanic" back on screens in post-converted 3D form, and given that we're still at least two years away from seeing the filmmaker's next work ("Avatar 2" and "Avatar 3" are currently targeted for around 2014/2015), it seemed like a good opportunity to look back on his career and see how he went from a visual effects whiz on "Escape From New York »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Have you ever stayed up late to watch a movie you know nothing about, only to watch it worsen before your eyes? We highlight a weird TV phenomenon...
As our article about great post-pub movies demonstrates, we’re not averse to watching movies after the witching hour, especially if we may have already enjoyed a beer or two. And with the wealth of cable and digital channels available, there’s always a wealth of movies to choose from at around midnight, whichever night of the week it is - for some reason, the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone appear to be on constant rotation on certain channels.
Now and again, though, we’ll forgo our addiction to such classics as Red Heat or Rambo: First Blood Part II (films that, thanks to the rotation mentioned above, mean we’ve seen bits of them well over a dozen times »
John Milius’ films have long been about rugged men surviving against the odds, usually with a gun in their hands, and full of fabulous, terse dialogue. Remember Quint’s monologue about the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in Jaws? That was his, in part. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” from Apocalypse Now? Milius wrote that line in an early draft. “Do I feel lucky” from Dirty Harry? Milius’ uncredited words.
Milius followed up his directorial debut Conan The Barbarian with Red Dawn, probably the jewel in his career so far; it’s full of fabulously ripe dialogue, hundreds of guns and many more deaths. It’s simultaneously very funny and extraordinary bleak.
In an alternate version of the 1980s, a politically isolated United States stands alone against communism. Along »
Tom Jolliffe presents a selection of the action genre's greatest douchebags...
Cinema has created many wonderful characters over the years. We’ve had classic heroes, and the most heinous of villains. Heroes and villains are particularly paramount in the action genre. There’s also another type of character: The Douchebag. These would be the whiny, sniveling, low down, dirty weasels who at some point try to screw over the hero but normally come unstuck. Often they’re not the main villain because they’re too slimy and weasily, without enough determination to get done what a full-on evil-doer will.
Here is a list of classic action movie douchebags, in no particular order...
The Die Hard Douchebags
Democracy is a flawed concept. Here are 50 films that the IMDb voters would unfairly have you believe are worth no more than 5.9/10…
Six out of ten isn’t a very good score, really. It’s barely over half marks. 60 per cent. It’s alright, but it’s not great. You wouldn’t be proud of getting six out of ten on most kinds of tests, would you? So you might assume that any film that scores under six stars out of ten on the IMDb isn’t very good – possibly even terrible.
But that’s not always the case. Averages don’t tell the whole story; anything that’s potentially controversial or divisive will end up with a score that suggests most people weren’t that bothered about it, since high and low scores will be averaged – and IMDb users often exaggerate their scores anyway, giving a film one star »
Whoa... where the hell did this come from? Magnolia has released a trailer this week for a movie called Beyond the Black Rainbow, which I had not even heard of up until now, but let me tell you, it's bound to turn a few heads. Beyond the Black Rainbow is a Canadian science-fiction film that seems to have its feet planted firmly in David Cronenberg territory, although I am also reminded of the works of David Lynch and George Lucas' Thx 1138. Director Panos Cosmatos is the son of George P. Cosmatos (yes, the same guy who did such '80s classics as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Cobra, and Leviathan), but clearly seems to be doing his own thing here. The story, as far as I can tell, has something to do with a doctor who is experimenting with mind control technology, although the official synopsis simply describes »
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