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Remember 2002′s “Minority Report”? As I recall, it was a hit. Not a massive hit or anything (unless my memory is foggy, and that’s entirely possible), but a decent hit. But this was back in 2002. Back then, Cruise could do no wrong. Not so much these days, where his movies are 50-50 at the box office. Directed by Steven Spielberg, that movie starred Cruise as the head of a law enforcement unit called PreCrime, which used psychics to predict crimes, and arrested people before they actually committed those crimes. The movie was based on a Philip K. Dick story, and had links to “Total Recall,” also based on a Philip K. Dick story. (Dick, by the way, is also responsible for “Blade Runner.” So yeah, he’s pretty big when it comes to sci-fi.) TheWrap reports that Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) has been tapped by Spielberg via his Amblin Entertainment »
The history of the PG-13 rating is well-known by the majority of movie fans. In 1984, Gremlins and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were both released with traditional PG ratings. Both became hits, but both became targets for criticism from parents who were surprised to see rather explicit scenes in both films (hearts being pulled out of chests, small creatures blowing up in microwaves, etc).
Parents and conservative folk alike demanded a new movie rating to keep up with the times. In response, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) concocted the PG-13, which “strongly cautioned” parents if they were considering allowing youngsters under the age of 13 to see a film bearing the new rating.
So, you would think that with this new rating that nudity on-screen would be reserved for Nc-17 and R-rated films right? Well, not exactly. Back in the early days of the rating, »
- Jesse Gumbarge
Barely a week goes by at Den Of Geek Towers where we aren’t reporting on another new film adaptation coming to the small screen. It has also become customary to link to this article on Fargo in such circumstances, to remind us all how well such projects can work.
They’ve got MTV’s Scream, HBO’s Westworld, NBC’s The Devil’s Advocate and the next series of Fargo to compete with in the race to find the next big cinema-to-telly ratings hit.
From "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Sneak Peek actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, revered by genre fans for his work in "Terminator", "Conan", "Predator" and "Total Recall", in a compilation of 160 film clips, showcasing the actor's greatest movie quotes' from "I'll Be Back", to "See You At The Party Richter !":
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Arnold Schwarzenegger...
- Michael Stevens
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
Wake up. Eat breakfast. Go to work. Come home. Eat dinner. Watch TV. Go to bed.
If this describes a typical day in your life, then you probably enjoy escaping the boredom of reality by diving into books, games and movies. One minute you’re making beans on toast and the next you’re fighting overwhelming odds to save the galaxy from destruction… but only in your head of course.
Whatever your occupation may be, we can guarantee that the jobs you see in the movies are better. Even careers that are boring in real life take on a shiny, desirable glow on the silver screen. It seems that every romantic comedy features at least one handsome successful architect who has women falling all over him and it’s hard watch a quirky ‘indie’ film without bumping into an independent woman who runs her own business/bakery/brothel. »
- David Opie
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
It's taken a few months, but moviegoers finally found another summer movie they adore. "Boyhood" has a very passionate fan base, but that awards-worthy player still isn't in enough theaters to come close to qualifying for nationwide release. No, America and some parts of the world have gone nuts for James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy," and with not a moment to spare. Frankly, this summer movie season has mostly been a box office dud from a studio perspective. That's somewhat perplexing considering the quality of films in May and June were surprisingly strong. "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Neighbors," "22 Jump Street," "Maleficent," "The Fault in Our Stars," "Edge of Tomorrow" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2" guaranteed there was at least one good movie opening almost every weekend over the first six weeks of the summer. The box office results were mixed, however. "Days" was the biggest »
- Gregory Ellwood
Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...
Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.
This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »
You could do something similar to what editor Robert Grigsby Wilson has done here taking a look at Lana and Andy Wachowski's The Matrix and pointing out all the moments in the film influenced by, or paying homage to, other films, but it is nonetheless fascinating to take such a trip through film and in this case several martial arts features, anime and even a speech from Philip K. Dick. I've included the list of films just below the video, give it a look and enjoy. 0:27 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:38 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:44 - Fist of Legend (1994) 0:48 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons) (1993) 0:53 - Drunken Master (1978) 1:02 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:09 - The Killer (1989) 1:19 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:21 - Iron Monkey (1993) 1:31 - Once Upon A Time In China (1991) 1:36 - Fist of Legend (1994) 1:41 - Tai-Chi Master (Twin Dragons »
- Brad Brevet
Arnold Schwarzenegger fans have plenty to celebrate today with the Blu-ray and DVD release of his new action-thriller Sabotage. The action icon stars as Breacher Wharton, who leads a corrupt team of DEA agents on a raid where they steal $10 million in drug cartel money. The plot thickens when these team members start getting picked off, one by one in director David Ayer's intense thriller.
In honor of the Sabotage Blu-ray, and Arnold Schwarzenegger's upcoming 67th birthday in just a few short days, we have a contest lined up where fans can take home a three-pack of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies on Blu-ray, Sabotage, Conan the Barbarian and Total Recall. These prizes will be gone before you know it, so take a look at how you can win below.
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- Peter Sciretta
The Vampire Diaries has really cleaned house over the course of the last season and cut down to a core group of characters. With season six premiering this fall, the show will introduce several new characters as it attempts to do what executive producer Julie Plec calls an “organic reset.”
The CW has just announced that included in this new start will be Julie C. Chang (Days of Our Lives, Total Recall), who will play the quintessential girl next door, Ivy. Ivy is pegged as sweet and innocent on the surface, but with a wild side just waiting to come out. Her character will debut in the season premiere, and it’ll be interesting to see if she gets along with the other female characters who aren’t exactly known for playing well with others.
- Lindsay Sperling
Giant monsters or demons causing you nothing but headaches? We feel ya! So why not call in an extremely hot chick with a big ass gun to set things straight? It only makes sense, right? Read on for your first look at Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising.
From the Press Release
Level 33 Entertainment delivers an action-packed sci-fi adventure this summer with the release of Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising on DVD and all On Demand platforms including iTunes and Amazon Instant beginning on August 12, 2014.
Starring Brigitte Kingsley (Frequency), Landy Cannon (American Psycho, Catwoman), Michael Ironside (X-Men:First Class, Total Recall, Top Gun), Julia Schneider (American Pie Presents Delta House), and Angel Williams (aka Angelina Love of Tna Wrestling fame), Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising will be available at an Srp of $14.99 to buy and $4.99 to rent in HD.
- Steve Barton
Two films into the Expendables franchise, fans eagerly await the arrival of the third instalment. Thus far we have come to expect certain things. Firstly of course, lots of stuff gets blown up. That’s a given considering the cast which is a group of 80’s and 90’s action Gods. Then there’s the referential humour, that in the second film in particular was almost non-stop. Did the first two films entertain? For many yes. Did they fully deliver on the promise? Not really. The balance has never quite been right. The scripts always felt a bit jumpy and in many cases some key cast members felt wasted (namely Mr Van Damme in number 2).
Now, expectation and the end result can often be two very different beasts. Many felt upon the first announcement of the original Expendables film that this »
- Gary Collinson
The combined entity will be the world’s largest provider of visual effects, animation and 3D conversion services. It will have the Double Negative name, and be led by DNeg managing director Alex Hope and CEO Matthew Holben. “We’ve made it clear from our side: You guys run visual effects, we’ll run 3D conversion and animation,” Prime Focus founder and CEO Namit Malhotra told Variety.
Prime Focus will hold 80% to 85% of shares following merger, Malhotra said in a TV interview today. Hope and Holben will run be members of the new company’s board, with Malhotra as board chairman.
Said Malhotra, “We have ceded control to them. They’ve embarked on a strategy to take Double Negative global. »
- David S. Cohen
For almost 40 years, director David Cronenberg has remained firmly outside the Hollywood studios system, and instead forged ahead with his own line in shocking, bizarre and philosophically troubling films. Cronenberg's had his hits - not least The Fly and A History Of Violence - but his successes have always been made away from the glare of executives and test screenings.
But in a Q&A with the equally wayward filmmaker John Waters at the Provincetown Film Festival, Cronenberg revealed that he recently had the opportunity to make a decidedly mainstream film: the remake of Total Recall.
Flashback and Future Wars creator Paul Cuisset is set to return with a new adventure game called Subject 13...
We're not ashamed to admit that we're old enough to remember spending hours on French game designer Paul Cuisset's work from the 80s and 90s. Future Wars was a point-and-click adventure which took an ordinary window cleaner on a sci-fi adventure through time and space. Flashback was a side-scrolling action game with the slick presentation and atmosphere of a Hollywood blockbuster like Total Recall.
Cuisset's other games also included Cruise For A Corpse, Fade To Black and Moto Racer. His most recent game as director, however, was the critically-derided survival horror game, Amy, from 2012.
Nevertheless, we're excited to learn about Subject 13, which sounds like a return to the sort of games Cuisset was making in the 90s; it's an adventure game, for one thing, and like Flashback, its science fiction »
In case you missed it, check out the trailer.
It’s 1985 in an alternate reality and Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Jonathan Scarfe, Perception) begins to experience strange visions transmitted from an extra-terrestrial source he calls Valis. He and his wife (Katheryn Winnick – Vikings) move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music executive with a secret mission to overthrow the oppressive government led by Us President Fremont (Scott Wilson – The Walking Dead).
- Michelle McCue
It’s no secret that I’m old. I’m so old, in fact, that I saw all the Star Wars movies, the entire summer of ‘82 and ’84, plus the original Clash of the Titans, RoboCop, and Total Recall in the theaters when they were released. No HBO needed for me to see a lot of these classics for the first time. The original Clash of the Titans is of particular note because, aside from some terrible Italian Steve Reeves movies and Jason and the Argonauts, it was the go-to film for the Enlgish teachers of my era to show us when studying Greek Mythology. Trust me, it made for a nice diversion from reading Edith Hamilton’s famous book about the subject. When I studied Greek Mythology in high school, our teacher showed us Clash of the Titans, which led to the inevitable questions of how this all fit together. How »
- Kevin Carr
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