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Hollywood doesn’t make movies like Paul Verhoeven used to anymore. As bombastic, exploitative and hyper-violent as they can sometimes be, his films are goofy, sensationalized and fearless in a pointedly satirical way. Just compare their remakes to their originals: 2012’s “Total Recall” doesn’t hold a candle to Verhoeven’s original 1990 sci-fi oddity, and the same can said for 1986’s “Robocop” and its forgettable 2014 remake.
- Will Ashton
The question we should be asking isn't where has director Paul Verhoeven been for the past decade. The question is where has this Verhoeven been all our lives? The director whose career skyrocketed with Total Recall and Basic Instinct hasn't released a film since 2006's Black Book, the Dutch filmmaker's return to his homeland. We hoped whatever Verhoeven had in store for us next would be a return to the trashy good form with which the filmmaker had become known, and Elle, his latest, doesn't disappoint. It isn't what was expected, either, instead he gives us an eye-opening and wholly unique look at one woman's attempt to connect with any man in her life: her son, her ex-husband, her mass-murderer father, or even her rapist. Legendary French actress Isabelle Huppert stars as that woman, Michelle Leblanc, who we see being assaulted in the film's surprising, opening moments. What's more surprising »
- Jeremy Kirk
Will Paul Verhoeven, director of “Total Recall” and “Basic Instinct,” be making a Hollywood comeback? A French selection committee has chosen Isabelle Huppert-starrer “Elle,” directed by Verhoeven, as France’s candidate in the foreign-language category of next year’s Academy Awards.
The French-language debut of Verhoeven, “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company who is ruthless in business and in love. Brutally raped, she determines to track down the man who did it, as her life threatens to spiral out of control.
“Elle” won out over three other French films on a shortlist comprising Francois Ozon’s black-and-white drama “Frantz,” which won German lead Paula Beer a best young performer award at Venice; Anne Fontaine’s 1945 Poland-set “The Innocents,” which screened at Sundance; and Daniele Thompson’s “Cezanne and I,” the tale of the onetime friendship between painter Paul Cezanne and author Emile Zola. »
- John Hopewell
“Re-Animator” is a 1985 comedy sci-fi film based on the H.P. Lovecraft story “Herbert West, Re-Animator” and directed by Stuart Gordon. For those unfamiliar with the plot, the movie centered around a medical student (Jeffrey Combs) who brings his headless professor back from the dead with a special serum. Rumors of a sequel have been circulating the web and now, thanks to Bloody Disgusting, a new “Re-Animator” film has been confirmed.
“Our adaptation is a modern rendition of Herbert West – ‘Reanimator’ by H.P. Lovecraft,” Levin told Bloody Disgusting. “Moreover, we’re making sure that the spirit and the story elements are more loyal to the original written material of H.P. Lovecraft. It’s much darker, more thought provoking, and definitely more grounded in science than the first adaptation. »
- Liz Calvario
After a 10-year absence, Paul Verhoeven has returned to feature filmmaking with “Elle.” The controversial filmmaker’s latest has been widely acclaimed since premiering at Cannes earlier this year, and in the leadup to its imminent theatrical release he’s had the chance to talk about such earlier works as “RoboCop” and “Total Recall.” Both films have recently been remade, and Verhoeven has a theory as to why these new takes were unsuccessful: “They take these somewhat absurd stories and make them much too serious.”
“I think that is a mistake,” he continues in an interview with Collider. “Both those movies needed the distance of satire or comedy to situate it for audiences. Playing it straight without any humour is a problem and not an improvement.” Verhoeven’s films have long been »
- Michael Nordine
Woe betide the Hollywood studio that revisits a classic film without the blessing of its original creative team. Because things can get ugly ...
Dante’s Inferno makes little mention of those who profit from the work of others, but cult indie director Abel Ferrara once predicted a special place in the pit of suffering for anyone who dared to remake his classic films. Upon learning that Werner Herzog, the famed German champion of bonkers romanticism, was making a new version of Bad Lieutenant, his scuzzy 1992 tale of a lost soul on the streets of New York, Ferrara seethed: “I wish these people die in hell. I hope they’re all in the same streetcar and it blows up.”
At least Herzog’s version, which he cheekily claimed to have made without any knowledge of Ferrara’s existence, turned out to be rather good – at least if you’re fond of »
- Ben Child
We’re in a time where Hollywood creatives believe that every blockbuster needs a strong dose of seriousness, a firm measure of grim attitude that is often mistaken as a way of bringing stakes into a movie. This often comes at the expense of humor or even levity, turning these movies that cost hundreds of million of dollars into one-dimensional, one-note slogs. And for director Paul Verhoeven, who has seen two of his successful, satiric, funny and entertaining movies — “RoboCop” and “Total Recall” — given contemporary remakes, he believes that single-minded approach is the wrong-footed move that doomed those pictures.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although not thought of as one of the worst remakes ever made, there wasn’t a whole lot of fanfare for 2014’s RoboCop, which starred Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton and Gary Oldman. And now the director of the 1987 original, Paul Verhoeven, has spoken out about where he felt it went wrong.
“Somehow they seem to think that the lightness of say Total Recall and RoboCop is a hindrance,” he told Collider. “So they take these somewhat absurd stories and make them much too serious. I think that is a mistake. Especially in RoboCop when he awakens they gave him the same brain. He’s a horribly injured and amputated victim, which is horrifying and tragic from the very beginning. So we didn’t do that in RoboCop. His brain is gone and he has only flashes of memory and needs to go to a computer to find out who he even is. »
- Luke Owen
Simon Brew Sep 14, 2016
Many of us at Den Of Geek remain really rather fond of the remake/reboot of RoboCop, that was clearly neutered to an extent by its 12A rating, but also had some strong ideas of its own.
That said, one of the many who had sizeable problems with the new film was the director of the original, Paul Verhoeven. In a new interview with Collider, he’s been nattering about the film, and where he felt it went wrong. He also had a word or two for the relatively recent remake of another of his films too, Total Recall.
Next year marks the 30th Anniversary of the original sci-fi action classic Robocop, but don't expect the fans to make the 2014 reboot a part of the celebration. The dastardly remake, starring Joel Kinnaman as Alex Murphy/Robocop, failed to impress audiences and critics alike, and filmmaker Paul Verhoeven, who directed the original movie, seems to know why. The filmmaker revealed in a recent interview that the reboot made one fatal flaw that may have turned the movie around, if corrected.
Paul Verhoeven hasn't made a studio project since 2000's Hollow Man, but both his Robocop and Total Recall movies have already been rebooted, with a Starship Troopers remake currently in development. His next film, the dark comedy Elle, recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, ahead of its theatrical release on November 11. During an interview with Collider, the filmmaker was asked if he ever watched the Robocop reboot or the Total Recall reboot. »
Paul Verhoeven’s latest film “Elle,” his first in ten years, divided critics after its world premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival due to its provocative subject matter. The film follows Michèle LeBlanc (Isabelle Huppert), head of a successful video game company, who is raped in her home by an unknown assailant and soon stalks and becomes obsessed with her attacker.
IndieWire’s own Eric Kohn describes it as a “lighthearted comedy about rape” and says that “Verhoeven has crafted a defiant tale about the ultimate antidote for fear lying in the ability to turn it into something else.” The film has been making the festival rounds before its U.S. release date in November. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Based on Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel, “Oh…,” the film also »
- Vikram Murthi
Paul Verhoeven, the great director of such classics as Robocop and Total Recall (and some duds, like Hollow Man and Showgirls), has a new film coming out called Elle that might be one of most fucked up to date (and knowing Verhoeven, that's saying a lot). Here's a new trailer and poster: Damn! This looks intense! Though that really shouldn't be surprising, considering it's... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
“Body of Work” presents Madonna’s more-impressive-than-you-think filmography, including the 25th-anniversary restoration of Truth or Dare. This weekend offers A League of Their Own, Desperately Seeking Susan, Shadows and Fog, and Dick Tracy.
Fantastic Mr. Fox screens on Saturday.
Double-billings continue with Hitchcock-Polanski, Reed-Welles, and Kelly- / Donen-Minelli.
A restoration of Howards End has begun its run. »
- Nick Newman
Is the new remake of “Ben-Hur” a disaster? Let’s call it a big mistake, and it’s one that illustrates the key principal of bad movie remakes: To really earn a place on the scroll of shame, a remake almost has to risk tarnishing the reputation of a movie we love. (Bad remakes of mixed-bag films, like “The Hitcher” or “Total Recall,” don’t matter as much.) With that in mind, here’s a list of the 10 worst movie remakes.
- Owen Gleiberman
Another horror icon joins the cast of Witchula, and it’s Kane Hodder (Hatchet, Old 37, Friday the 13th series)! Hodder will play a pivotal role in the film and will also take the position as Stunt Coordinator. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a look at the teaser for the devilish Born Again and production details on Valentine DayZ.
Kane Hodder Joins the Cast of Witchula: Press Release: “Hollywood, Calif. – Aug. 8, 2016 – PRLog — ‘Witchula’, which many are already referring to as the “real Expendables of horror,” has announced the addition of Kane Hodder to a cast that already features horror icons Bill Oberst Jr. and Eileen Dietz, as well as indie favorite Marilyn Ghigliotti. Hodder is best known for his iconic roles of Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th franchise and as Victor Crowley in all three ‘Hatchet’ films. Hodder will not only act in the film in »
- Tamika Jones
Listen, I’ve got an inspired idea for a summer movie: an actress-led remake of “Ghostbusters.” Okay, I know, they tried that earlier this summer, and really, it was a great idea. But let’s be honest: It didn’t entirely work out. The negative fanboy buzz hurt it, and whatever you thought of the finished product, it wasn’t as funny as the original. It could have been better. So what I’m saying is, let’s do it better. By the summer of 2018, the “Ghostbusters” remake will be an ancient memory. That will make it the perfect timing for the relaunched version, which can be rowdier and raunchier and wilder, maybe skewering a little younger and hipper, with a touch of that “Suicide Squad” edge. I see Amy Schumer in the Bill Murray role, and we could team her up with Nicole Byer and — why not? — Margot Robbie. »
- Owen Gleiberman
In the effort to stay au courant we'll alternate between Netflix and Amazon Prime for streaming news each week. And we'll freeze frame select titles at random places just for fun and see what image comes up. You know how we do!
Last Chance Amazon Prime
Felton: I look... is distinguished a word?
Lange: It's a word.
In Secret (2014, expires August 18th)
What is this? Oscar Isaac, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange? Big name casts for movies that don't seem to actually exist that you suddenly realize do, in fact, exist, are kind of unnerving. Like how do movies that never really get released find financing to get made in the first place? Apparently Oscar Isaac plays an artist in this one (they're looking at a portrait he painted of Felton) so that's kind of smudgy hot regardless. Isaac with paint stains I mean.
Men weren't up to the task! »
- NATHANIEL R
It’s the tail end of the twenty-first century and Earth has nearly overstayed its welcome with dwindling resources and over-population. Scientists believe they can release the CO2 pockets underneath Mars’ surface and move the Red Planet from -50 degrees Celsius into a human-friendly temperature and atmosphere. So mankind sends rockets of moss and cockroaches to commence the process, a half-century passing before a team of colonists can finally journey forth. Everything should be ready for this hand-selected group under Ko Honda’s (Shun Oguri) supervision: go to Mars, kill the cockroaches, and return home with stories of our salvation via a new frontier. It sounds so simple and yet no one is prepared for what they’ll find because no one but Honda and the Japanese government know the truth.
- Jared Mobarak
It’s been less than a year since production began on Danny Draven’s Patient Seven, and now a trailer and an official poster have been revealed for the anthology horror film.
Take a peek at the trailer and poster located at the bottom of this story. An exact release date has yet to be announced for Patient Seven, but we will inform our readers on further updates.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (August 3rd, 2016) – In October of 2015, genre distributor Terror Films announced that principal photography had begun on an Untitled Horror Anthology, now titled Patient Seven. The structure of the anthology includes a wrap-around, written by Barry Jay Stitch (The Chosen) and directed by horror veteran Danny Draven (Ghost Month, Reel Evil), which intertwines 7 award winning, short films by filmmakers from around the globe. The filmmakers include: Nicholas Peterson, Paul Davis, Ómar Örn Hauksson, Dean Hewison, Erlingur Ottar Thoroddsen, »
- Tamika Jones
This week sees yet another big-budget superhero caper hit cinemas in the shape of DC’s Suicide Squad and analysts are predicting it’ll be one of the season’s biggest hits. But can you guess the biggest global money-maker of these summers?
Angels & Demons
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Benjamin Lee
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