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With his gruff voice and bald pate, Michael Ironside has been a stalwart character actor over many decades. With roles ranging from blockbusters to indies, he's managed to instill his brand of gravitas into many a project. From Cronenberg's Scanners to Top Gun and Total Recall, he inhabits his characters in ways that remain iconic, while his work in The Perfect Storm or The Machinist showed off his remarkable range. His latest project is Turbo Kid, a fun, Mad Max-on-bmx romp. His role as Zeus is certainly over-the-top, yet Ironside manages to take something overtly silly and imbue it with a sense of purpose. His involvement in the film elevates every scene he's in, and while there's plenty of pomp and circumstance, there's an implausible...
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Set to premiere at FrightFest tomorrow night (keep an eye out for our review), the ultra-violent VHS love letter Turbo Kid is, ironically, heading to Blu-Ray and DVD on October 5th.
The BMX Bandits meet Mad Max in this hugely entertaining and ultra-violent love letter to the VHS era. Set in a vision of the future, Turbo Kid will be instantly recognisable to anyone who spent a wasted youth in the video store – it’s a retro-adventure for the ages!
It’s packed with nods to 1980s pop culture (even down to Atari-style credits and its synth-tastic score) and riffs on the kids’ adventure movies such The Monster Squad and The Goonies.
And for the hardcore fans, there’s another staple of the VHS – bucketloads of gore and violence. With its crazy decapitations, disembowelments, and dismembered limbs, Turbo Kid follows in the footsteps of other hyper pastiche movies such as »
- Luke Owen
Robots have been a staple on the big screen for many decades, showing up as far back as Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic Metropolis and as recently as Alex Garland’s 2015 film Ex Machina. With numerous depictions of robots have come numerous ideas of what they look like, what they’re capable of, whether they’re good or evil, and other such concerns.
Now vimeo user Mennomail has made a mashup of the various robotic representations on the big screen over the years. The video is set to both Fractals by Monea Music and Ich Will by Rammstein, and highlights both the similarities and differences in how robots have been depicted by various filmmakers. Mennomail also released a list of films from which scenes appear, which is as follows:
Films used (in alphabetical order)
1. Automata (2014)
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
3. Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
4. Alien (1979)
5. Aliens (1986)
6. Bicentennial Man (1999)
7. Big Hero 6 (2014)
8. Blade Runner »
- Deepayan Sengupta
From Bourne to Total Recall, the amnesiac spy trope has been used over and over to put the protagonist and viewer in the same boat. But is that getting old?
Everybody wants to be a secret agent. That’s the draw behind American Ultra, in which small-town stoner loser Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) discovers that he’s a sleeper agent with amazing assassin powers of destruction. The trailer is a series of comic set pieces in which Mike, much to his own surprise, kills people with a spoon, frying pan and other sundries. “These sleeper agents live among us. They could be your friend. Your family. Or the person you least expect.” Awesome, dude.
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- Noah Berlatsky
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Three years ago Ed Skrein broke through on the big screen with roles in Brit flicks Piggy and Ill Manors. Now, after a brief stop over on Game of Thrones, he's poised to become Hollywood next big action star thanks to The Transporter Refuelled, a fresh take on the franchise previously led by Jason Statham.
How did Transporter Refuelled get pitched to you - is this a reboot or sequel to the previous films?
"From the beginning, everyone's always spoken about it in terms of when they would change personnel on Bond, that it would keep the same variables and the same things that the franchise is known for. But the change of personnel would change quite a lot of things, »
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn.t known for his period dramas, his romantic comedies or his historical documentaries. The A-list action star carved his niche in Hollywood blowing shit up, and he just dropped a fantastic montage of all the best explosions from his decades-spanning career. You can check it out below: Overkill: The Schwarzenegger Explosion Supercut was posted to Arnold.s YouTube page, and it documents his history of on-set disasters. Over the course of the montage, we see memorable moments from movies like Predator, True Lies, Commando, The Running Man, the Terminator films (of course), and Total Recall. The synthesizer music used for the montage is spectacular, and so very "Arnold." But I also love how the people behind the movie go into great detail for each movie or franchise. For example, the first explosion occurs in Terminator at the 1-minute and 13-second mark. Why wait?! And there are 32 total »
In the aftermath of this weeks disastrous Fantastic Four release, David Opie argues that reboots are still essential to modern day filmmaking…
Remake. Reimagining. Reboot. The Three dreaded R’s of Hollywood.
Every day, it seems that studios announce plans to launch yet another a new franchise reboot and every day, the internet responds with a collective groan louder than the sound of Fantastic Four crashing and burning at the box office.
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“How dare they mess with a classic!?”
“Is there no originality left in Hollywood!”
In the harshest backhanded compliment ever given, critics are describing the new Fantastic Four movie as the best so far, yet the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, seemingly confirming the fears that fans held about the project ever since it was first announced. Fantastic Four isn’t the only reboot suffering from a backlash though. »
- David Opie
Imagine you’re Detroit cop Alex Murphy. You’re an ordinary man in every respect: a loving husband and father with a home and a mortgage. But then you wake up one day and you aren’t Alex Murphy anymore. The hands you look down on are no longer your hands. Your memories have been replaced by directives.
The cinemagoers who made Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop a hit in 1987 probably weren’t expecting a film about the nature of human existence, and some may not have consciously noted its philosophical undercurrent at all. But it’s this existentialist edge that, when coupled with its searing violence and black humour, makes for such an irresistible sci-fi movie. »
Our latest letters page, where we chat about Ted 2's trailer, the lack of Yonderland, and getting a job here.
Our monthly letters page returns! This is our outmoded, outdated and yet thoroughly regular bit of the site where you write to us, and we reply. Who needs comments, right? Ahem.
Find details of how to contribute below. And in the meantime here's the new round-up of your correspondence...
Your site is often the only place on the internet for both [redacated] geeky news, reviews and an [redacted] community. So imagine my surprise when, on Tuesday morning, I failed to find a review on Sky 1's great Yonderland. Just wondering, do you guys watch the show and, if you do, what do you think of it?
Don't take this the wrong way, I still [more nice comments about website redacted, as we're still shy]!
Louisa writes: We're big fans of Horrible Histories and the Yonderland gang »
Before I begin this week’s Teen Wolf recap, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the beloved character we lost during Monday’s hectic episode.
Roscoe the Jeep, you will remain forever in the well-ventilated parking garage of our hearts.
Moving on… I think I’m going to start referring to Scott as “Coach” from now on, because his life is just one difficult call after another. This week, it was: Do I use Hayden as bait to trap a Dread Doctor, »
It’s official: MTV is scaring up a second season of Scream.
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The announcement was made Wednesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills.
“[W]e are thrilled by how our viewers have responded to the reinvention of Scream,” reads a statement from MTV Evp Mina Lefevre. “We look forward to another season filled with suspense, horror and more twists and turns.”
Scream debuted last month to 1.03 million total viewers (in Live+Same Day ratings), and in recent weeks has been hovering around the 800K range.
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2K today announced the debut of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee and global action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in WWE 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE franchise. Best known for his acting, bodybuilding and political endeavors, Schwarzenegger, a longtime WWE fan and WWE Hall of Famer, will expand his relationship with WWE through WWE 2K16 with two playable characters, the T-800s from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films. 2K also released a trailer for the upcoming game, that features Arnold Schwarzenegger re-enacting the infamous bar scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Here's what the actor had to say in a statement.
"I've achieved many things in my life, but I've always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits. I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I'll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest »
Emmy winner and big-screen comedian Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly, Spy) and her actor/director husband Ben Falcone (New Girl, Bridesmaids) will executive-produce a TV Land comedy pilot about — and written by — their friends from the Groundlings comedy troupe.
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Tentatively titled Friends With Melissa, the single-camera comedy will be penned and inspired by the lives of Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf and Rachel Ramras, who watched as peers from The Groundlings (McCarthy and Falcone included) went on to star in film comedies and win Oscars, while they »
Regular readers of the site will know that earlier this year we ran a series looking at the classic films of Keanu Reeves. This was to co-inside with the release of the fantastic John Wick; now we turn our attention to another big name from the nineties, Tom Cruise. Each week from now until the release of the highly anticipated fifth Mission Impossible film, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at the films that we feel are his classics. This week’s pick is Minority Report.
Minority Report takes place in 2054 where all crime is predicted and controlled by the PreCrime task force. Trouble brews when one of their best agents, Anderton, finds his name on this list and gets hunted down before he can commit the pre-destined murder.
- Kat Smith
Seeing The Reflecting Skin for the first time, the 1990 film by Philip Ridley, starring Viggo Mortensen and Lindsay Duncan, one can't help but wonder how the hell the thing ever got made. I'd previously never even heard of the flick, surely a testament to my lack of knowledge about late century UK/Canadian co-productions. The film would have come out when I was in High School, but it's hard to see that in the year of Home Alone, Dances With Wolves and Total Recall this being the work I'd seek out. Yet with that context the films it most closely echoes are those from only a few years earlier - the sundrenched fields of Days of Heaven providing a more rural backdrop for the...
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"Total Recall" is one of those movies that is beloved by a pretty wide swath of fandom, but it's never been a favorite of mine. Part of the problem is that while I love "Robocop," I don't think every single piece of material works with that tone. Paul Verhoeven loves to subvert the material he works with, and while "Robocop" was clearly written with tongue in cheek, the early drafts of "Recall" were all played pretty straight. There was a scene in one of those drafts that I loved dearly, right as Quaid is forced to confront an alley full of men. He's got no idea what to do, and then his body snaps in and he kills everyone, bare-handed, only to end up shaken and freaked out by what he just did. I loved the idea of Richard Dreyfuss playing that scene because we'd be just as surprised by »
- Drew McWeeny
The Flash thrives on its villains. Almost every week there's a new metahuman turning up to cause chaos for Barry Allen and the S.T.A.R. Labs team. With another superhero joining the show, then, it makes sense that we'd need some more bad guys, too. This week, two new baddies have joined The Flash's rogues' gallery.
First up, Michael Ironside of Top Gun, Starship Troopers and Total Recall has joined the show. He'll play Lewis Snart, career criminal and abusive father to Captain Cold and Golden Glider. THR got the scoop, and they described him as a "a cold-blooded, ruthless career criminal" who, "returns to Central City [from prison] with a plan that will endanger both of his children."
Also signing up is former WWE star Adam Copeland. »
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
Recently released from prison, he returns to Central City with a plan that will endanger both of his children. He first appears in the new season's third episode "Family of Rogues" which airs October 20th.
Meanwhile The CW has released a new trailer for the upcoming "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" which blends comic elements with pre-existing footage and back stories from "Arrow" and "The Flash".
Source: The Live Feed »
- Garth Franklin
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