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Six years don’t seem like that long a stretch of a time, but it’s long enough to create a universe. I should clarify, I mean a cinematic universe. You see, that’s just what they’ve done at Marvel Studios. And what a wondrous place it is! And movie-goers are now able to visit there more than once a year. Hard to believe, but it was back in 2008 that the famed comic book company (lovingly named “The House of Ideas” by Stan Lee himself almost fifty years ago) decided that they should have a more active role in bringing their characters to the silver screen. Media pundits scoffed since several of their biggest properties, namely Spider-Man and the X-Men, were locked down in movie deals with Sony and Fox. But Marvel (with Paramount) initiated their big screen dreams with Iron Man, and they’ve not looked back. That »
- Jim Batts
If you’ve ever wanted to see The Punisher, RoboCop, Hellboy and Spawn together in a film then Skin Trade will probably be the closest you’ll ever get to seeing that epic cheese dream fantasy coming true. Alongside former Punisher, Dolph Lundgren, Peter Weller (RoboCop), Michael Jai White (Spawn) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) appear in action revenge flick, Skin Trade. For good measure, the man who laughs at Newton’s theory of gravity, Tony Jaa (the Punisher…of Elephant thieves) co-leads the picture with Lundgren. For even further good measure, fans of the recent Arrow series will recognise Celina Jade who also stars in this.
Lundgren plays a New York detective whose family gets killed by a Serbian mobster (Perlman) who runs a sex trafficking ring. Lundgren follows them to Bangkok and ends up reluctantly teaming up with local cop Jaa, who has his own personal reasons for wanting »
- Gary Collinson
This week we celebrate the career of filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, starting with his stylish erotic thriller The 4th Man, his last Dutch film which gained a cult following for its frank treatment of bisexuality, bizarre visuals, and twisted narrative. After we discuss Flesh + Blood, a medieval anti-romance starring Rutger Hauer and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Finally we end with a review of Robocop, the sleeper success that is now regarded as a modern genre classic.
Note: Check out our first Paul Verhoeven podcast special here.
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One of the most underrated creature feature’s (and a personal favorite) is George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. Sure, it’s basically an Alien and The Thing body-horror clone albeit with a deep sea locale, but the ensemble of character actors (Robocop himself Peter Weller, Ghostbuster‘s Ernie Hudson, and even They Live‘s Meg Foster as a steely corporate head!) and spectacular creature effects by Stan Winston make it stand on its’ own.
Scream Factory thinks so too, as they are now set to give the film it’s HD debut and release it during their so-called “Summer of Fear”! Here’s what they had to say:
Our “Summer of Fear” release slate is about to get drenched. We’re thrilled to report that we will be bringing the 1989 underwater monster flick Leviathan to Blu-ray for the first time this August! We know this will please many of you as »
- Justin Edwards
Gaudy and ridiculous, Paul Verhoeven's cult classic nonetheless has its merits – just don't watch it with your parents
My Guilty Pleasure: the rest of the series
"Next up … Showgirls." The mere recollection of the TV announcer's words still strikes fear into my bones. When you're a teenager, nothing is worse – not getting caught kissing behind the bike sheds by your teacher, not forgetting your Pe kit and having to play hockey in your knickers – than having to watch a highly vigorous 1min 30sec lapdance scene while sitting in the same room as your mum and dad. I was nine when the film originally came out, so it wasn't until a few years later – once it had royally flopped at the box office and been confined to a midnight movie slot – that Showgirls came into my life. But it has never really left it since.
- Harriet Gibsone
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
If you're at SXSW or in the Austin area, I strongly suggest heading over to the Mondo Gallery at 4115 Guadalupe St. That's because Martin Ansin and Kevin Tong are opening their show tonight and it focuses on sci-fi, fantasy, and horror with a bent towards emulating classic movie posters. From what I've seen, it's going to be a great show and I'm sure fans are going to love it. With the doors to the gallery about to open, Mondo has provided us with a great exclusive: Ansin's posters for director Paul Verhoeven's Robocop. As usual, Ansin has done a great job bringing the classic movie to life and Mondo is offering a regular and variant version of the poster. Hit the jump to check them out. For more on the Ansin/Tong show, here are the posters for Psycho, Flash Gordon, Alien, Prometheus and a variant of the poster for Hannibal. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Trevor Hogg chats with production visual effects supervisor Jamie Price and visual effects supervisor Nordin Rahhali about bringing a robotic enhanced law enforcement officer to the futuristic streets of Detroit once again...
“I saw the original in the theatre when it came out in 1987,” recalls Jamie Price (The A-Team) who was chosen by filmmaker José Padilha (Bus 174) to supervise the visual effects for RoboCop (2014). “I watched it and the sequels again before we made this movie to re-familiarize myself because sometimes your recollections don’t always match the reality of it. One of my first questions to José was, ‘What approach are you thinking for the movie?’ In a lot of ways the original is untouchable. He had the same feeling and was clear that we weren’t remaking RoboCop. We were making our version of it.” The subject matter would be the same though the tone shifted away from »
April 19th is getting better and better. First we get the premiere of Season 2 of the so-very-excellent Orphan Black on BBC America, and now comes news of another premiere that follows directly after: a new docu-series entitled The Real History of Science Fiction.
BBC America Premieres New Original Docu-Series The Real History of Science Fiction on April 19 As told by the genre’s greatest pioneers, the four-part docu-series explores recurring science fiction themes: Robots, Space, Invasion and Time
New York –, March 10, 2014 – BBC America delves into the real history of science fiction with filmmakers, writers, actors and graphic artists looking back on their experiences and on how their obsession and imagination has taken them into the unknown. The new original documentary series is a »
- Erin Willard
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39
In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...
Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.
With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »
Hey, Toronto! Has the recent remake of Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop left you with a hankering to witness some vintage robotic law enforcement on the big screen? Well, you're in luck! The Verhoeven original screens tonight at 9:30 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox as part of their ongoing Paul Verhoeven retrospective and we've got a pair of tickets to give away!In a destitute, crime-ridden near-future Detroit on the verge of being bought up wholesale by rapacious mega-corporation Ocp, dedicated cop Alex Murphy (Peter Weller) is brutally murdered in the line of duty by bespectacled psycho Boddiker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang of thugs. What's left of Murphy is promptly appropriated by Ocp scientists and used as the basis for their newest product: RoboCop, a cyborg law...
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Back in 2008, director Michel Gondry made the small-budget comedy Be Kind Rewind. In it, Mos Def and Jack Black have to team up to recreate a whole bunch of different movies by themselves after an accident causes all of the VHS tapes in the rental place where Mos Def works to get erased. They wind up remaking a large variety of movies, from Ghostbusters to Driving Ms. Daisy to Rush Hour 2, but perhaps the most memorable of the group was their take on Paul Verhoeven's RoboCop. Now we have a case of life imitating art, because various groups of filmmakers have come together to recreate their own micro-budget remake of RoboCop. Brought to our attention by Giant Freakin Robot, the crowd-sourced film was created by a mix of 50 amateur and professional filmmakers from Los Angeles and New York who agreed to split the 1987 action classic into parts to be remade. »
Jose Padilha.s RoboCop reboot was one of those movies that met a wall of negative publicity long before it even arrived in theaters. Though we never held a formal ceremony declaring it as such, Paul Verhoeven.s original RoboCop belongs to some untouchable "Hall of Fame" of cinematic classics, and the idea of trying to retell the story to a new generation was heresy, sacrilege And criminal. We just don.t do those sorts of things around Hollywood, sir! Then we saw the movie. And it wasn.t an abomination. Eric reviewed it, and said it "actually plays with some legitimately interesting, different ideas that come together to create an attention-worthy entry in the science-fiction genre." Audiences who might have been skeptical at first checked it out. Box Office Mojo reports that after this weekend, Padilha.s reboot has crossed the $51 million mark, domestically. Here.s a number, though, »
The Lego Movie was the only clear winner during a so-so February at the box office. Overall domestic grosses came in at around $700 million, which was a 13 percent improvement over last year. Still, it's way off from 2012's $818.2 million record, and is also noticeably lower than 2010 and 2009.Through the end of February, year-to-date box office is trending up 10 percent from 2013. If that pattern can continue, 2014 will be the first year in which the domestic box office breaks the $11 billion mark.The Lego Movie dominated the month of February, earning more than the next four titles combined. The surprise animated hit opened to $69 million, which is the second-highest February opening ever. In the weeks since, it hasn't dropped by more than 37 percent; through the end of February, Lego had already earned $192.7 million at the domestic box office.If it holds up well against Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Lego will wind up with at least $270 million total. »
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The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
Jessica Herndon, AP Film Writer
Los Angeles (AP) - Action-packed new releases couldn't stack up to 3D hit "The Lego Movie," which took the No. 1 slot in its third weekend at the box office.
Heading into full-fledged franchise territory with a sequel set to release in May 2017, "The Lego Movie" is the highest grossing film of 2014.
"It's been really tough for any of the newcomers to displace 'Lego,' " said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. "They had such a great release date that put them in this perfect position to dominate the marketplace for several weeks. For 'Lego' to earn $31 million in its third weekend, »
- The Associated Press
Only one review this week as we tackle Pompeii, but we discuss more news items than normal as a lot of superhero and franchise casting has taken place recently, plus we discuss our Oscar wishlist for those we'd like to see end up winning in some of the major categories. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option is a new way of leaving us a voicemail directly from your computer. »
- Brad Brevet
The future of law enforcement is here, or back, or however you want to say it. Look I’m just going to get this out of the way now: “RoboCop” 2014 or Robo2.0 is Not a straight retelling of the classic 80’s Paul Verhoeven flick. It’s just not, and it never tries to be. I am a child of the 80’s. I grew up with big hair, loud music, questionable fashion trends, and bigger than life action movie heroes. When the original “RoboCop” hit it was like a surge of lightning to the industry. Youngins like myself loved the over the top violence and tongue in cheek satire, while completely missing the subtext and biting social commentary about inequality, corporate greed, consumerism, and drug use. Okay, maybe not that last one. Verhoeven’s film was about America at that time. Okay let’s get the basics out the way for »
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in a futuristic society, where “it has become scientifically possible to implant fake memories into a person’s mind, while erasing their previous identity, thus creating a fictitious persona in such that the subject believes he or she is someone else.” The filmmakers took great liberty with the original story, but, luckily Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett (respected writers of some of the greatest science fiction films), whipped up one of the best produced Hollywood screenplays of the 1990′s.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Quaid, a 21st-century construction worker in 2084 who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. In seeking out the truth, he »
- Ricky da Conceição
Oh, RoboCop, it would have been so much easier if you were terrible. I couldn't help think that after leaving the theater last week, because no matter how skeptical I was of Jose Padilha's remake of Paul Verhoeven's brutal 1987 film (which, I admit, is one of my favorite movies), I had to admit that, well... it wasn't bad at all. In fact, the biggest problem I had with the film was that it just wasn't the RoboCop that I know. Given the general response from audiences – it's currently hovering around 50-percent approval on RottenTomatoes.com and 67-percent approval on MetaCritic – my own, uncertain feelings about the film seem to echo the general consensus, too. And after talking about it with a few fellow movie geeks and an enthusiastic...
- Rick Marshall
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