16 items from 2012
"Playing for Keeps" is not playing well for critics. And not just most critics. TheWrap's Alonso Duralde described Gerard Butler's new rom-com soccer movie as "dreadful" and even went as far as to call it an "extended penalty kick to the groin." Apparently many of his colleagues (at least 50 of them) agree because the movie has garnered a zero-percent rating on critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Ouch. That rating puts it in line with other not-so classic films, including "In the Army Now," "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" and "Highlander II: The Quickening." It »
- Greg Gilman
Fans of early 1990’s direct-to-video sequels and early 1980’s European Nazi zombie flicks have reason to celebrate this February as Night of the Demons 2, Jean Rollin’s Zombie Lake, and Jesus Franco’s Oasis of the Zombies make their debut on Blu-ray.
First up on February 19th, Olive Films is set to give the Blu-ray treatment to Night of the Demons 2, director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s well-regarded 1994 direct-to-video sequel starring Christi Harris, Amerlia Kinkade, Robert Jayne, Zoe Trilling, and a pre-Mrs. Ben Stiller Christine Taylor.
In this diabolical sequel to the popular shocker, the students from St. Rita's Academy throw a party at a haunted house, only to have it disrupted by Angela, the hostess from Hell, and her ghoulish pals. The kids try to find refuge at a teen dance, but things get even scarier there! Bobby Jacoby and Amelia Kinkade star in this special effects-filled terrorthon...
No disc specs as of yet. »
Chicago – There was a time when the idea of actual sequels to George Lucas’ original “Star Wars” trilogy seemed like the most fantastic (and unlikely) of all the fanboy fantasy fodder in the multiverse. How could chapters VII through IX work? How do you follow the “teddy bear picnic” ending of “Return of the Jedi”? Would the new sequels be based on Timothy Zahn’s beloved Thrawn Trilogy of “Star Wars” novels? Would some archaic contractual clause from the 1970s force Harrison Ford to make the most begrudging cameo in movie history? (Or at least since Sean Connery was forced to appear in “Highlander 2.”) The whole thing just seemed so damned improbable, but then…Disney buys Lucasfilm and “Star Wars: Episode VII” gets scheduled for a 2015 release. It’s a funny old world we live in.
So, how did this happen? The prequel trilogy. Regardless of how you feel about the prequels, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
As is always the case with our Tuesday edition of the RopeofSilicon podcast, today we'll take a look at the latest DVD and Blu-ray releases as well as discuss the early reactions to Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, talk a little Oscar predictions as a result and we'll do our damndest to get to the bottom of why Laremy refuses to watch horror films as it is certainly something you refuse to accept. Poor guy. Laremy reads a little from the E.T. screenplay, I read a few choice lines from "Fifty Shades of Grey" and we finally discuss the Fall Box-Office Draft a little closer as four movies that were drafted are finally in theaters. Beyond that we answer several of your questions, giveaway David Fincher's The Game on Blu-ray, play a little Over/Under, Buy or Sell and Watch This or Watch That and generally just take part in 86 minutes of merriment. »
- Brad Brevet
It's official Ryan Reynolds will play Connor MacLeod in the 'Highlander' reboot. The news comes from The Tracking Board who claim that negotiations are complete and that Reynolds has officially secured the gig. The remake is set to be helmed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later). The story of an immortal Scottish swordsman who faces off with other immortal warriors in order to obtain a coveted ability known as "The Prize." I always did like the original 'Highlander', mostly I think for it's casting, it's crazy crazy casting. A French man playing a Scot, a Scot playing an Egyptian and an American playing whatever the hell the Kurgan is. Lets hope they do a good job on this one and leave out everything to do with 'Highlander 2'. No release date has been set.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Darragh Keating)
Hollywood’s obsession with re-treading old ground has become so warped and widespread, that it’s almost inevitable that one day our favourite films from childhood will be forever tarnished. My generation was the first to watch the Star Wars Special Editions, and we sat through the prequels in cinemas the first time round, before all this old-fangled 3D malarkey came along. We’ve gotten used to being betrayed by George Lucas, so when the fourth Indiana Jones film came along, we got the same sick feeling in the pit of our stomachs – the feeling of “this is going to be terrible, but I’m not a proper fan unless I see it.”
So we did. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. I know that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull has become as fashionable to hate as The Phantom Menace or Highlander 2: The Quickening. »
- Daniel Mumby
Was it all just a bad dream? Nope. I’m afraid Highlander 2: The Quickening actually happened. You know a movie exists in a special stratosphere of bad when the filmmakers spend years releasing alternate versions designed to convince us its immortal badness wasn’t their fault.
I’ll never forget sitting in a theater on opening weekend and staring at the screen in disbelief at what I was seeing. I’ll never forget hearing the disgust in the voice of the man sitting behind me, unable to contain his one disdain the moments the words “Planet Zeist” appeared on the screen.
Cackling alien hitmen with porcupine hairdos, winged backpacks, and hover skates flying (on very visible wires) after Christopher Lambert.
An energy shield surrounding the Earth that cannot be shut off because somehow there isn’t enough energy on the planet to use the off switch – the hell?
Five? They did Five?!
That was pretty much my reaction too. Pretty good going for a feature-length music video; four sequels, two-and-a-half spin-offs and a remake on the way. The Highlander franchise has been a less of a roller-coaster, and more a minecart plummetting further and deeper into the darkness, away from the light of anything resembling a decent bloody movie.
And yet, when I saw Highlander: The Source, I freaking loved it. Though probably not for the reasons the filmmakers intended.
Let me say this first. The movie is Bad. Monumentally Bad. It’s not a good sequel, and it’s not a good film in its own right. It’s Bad in big ugly capital letters. It basically destroys the franchise and leaves it lying in ruins, and many, if not all, regard it as an abomination, an insult to cinema. And they’re right. And yet…
- Rob Burch
Rumours of his involvement have been circulating for a few weeks, but now it's official - Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Safe House) has joined the cast of Lionsgate's Highlander reboot and will star in the lead role as the immortal Connor MacLeod, a part originally portrayed by Christopher Lambert in director Russell Mulachy's 1986 cult classic.
The Highlander reboot has been penned by Matt Holloway & Art Marcum (Iron Man, Punisher: War Zone) with rewrites from Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga, Dexter) and was originally earmarked for director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five), who subsequently dropped out of the film last August due to other commitments.
Reynolds is the first name to be attached to the cast, while both Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, Thor) have previously been linked to succeed Clancy Brown as The Kurgan. There's no »
We reported last month that the actor was a front runner for the role of Connor McLeod, a sword-wielding Scotsman who is one of the last immortal warriors known as Highlanders. After nearly a month's worth of negotiations, the deal is finally sealed for the Green Lantern star to portray this iconic character. He is no stranger to swordplay either, having played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Christopher Lambert first portrayed Connor McLeod in the 1986 adventure Highlander, that spawned the sequels Highlander II: The Quickening, Highlander: The Final Dimension, Highlander: Endgame, Highlander: The Source, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance, »
You thought he could only do soulful, lovable old-timer? Well think again, because Morgan is about to go badass
Morgan Freeman has spent much of his career trying to convince us that there's more to him than the wise, soulful old-timey persona he sometimes peddles. And for the most part he's failed. No matter what roles he takes, he's still known as the wise, soulful old-timey prisoner from The Shawshank Redemption, the wise, soulful old-timey policeman from Seven, the wise, soulful old-timey God from Bruce Almighty and the wiser, more soulful, old-timier God from Evan Almighty. But enough is enough. Morgan Freeman is determined to make his next character as unsympathetic as possible. Yes, this will happen in a film called The Magic of Belle Isle – which is just about the soggiest, mimsiest, most awful-sounding film title in the history of cinema – but try to forget that. Morgan Freeman really »
- Stuart Heritage
While many video game fans know the very low success rate of games-to-movies, they remain excited about an adaptation of "Bioshock." The ambitious game and its sequel have been world-building to an epic extent, taking place in an underwater civilization in 1960. Gore Verbinski was set to produce with Juan Carlos Fresnadillo set to direct, but it appears the helmer may no longer be on the project.
"To be honest, by now, I’m completely out of that, and developing other stuff," Fresnadillo told us during press rounds for his latest film, "Intruders." "Right now it’s on hold. The studio and the videogame company, they have to reach some kind of agreement about the budget and the rating." It's been this way for a long time and it's not likely to change, with studios tightening their purse-straps, seeing how a massive videogame fanbase doesn't always equal massive box office dollars, »
- Gabe Toro
The origins of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" have never been terribly complex. Tiny reptiles splashed with a mutagenic ooze, living in the sewers, learning karate, eating pizza. Makes sense, right? Okay, it doesn't, but whatever -- fans have been going with it since the characters' first appearance twenty eight years ago. Now that Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes are producing a new live-action movie adaptation, they've decided that origin wasn't working for them, so they're taken a page from the "Highlander II" playbook: the Ninja Turtles will now be aliens.
Bay was at the Nickelodeon Upfront in New York recently, and he was predictably asked about the new 'Turtles' movie, to be directed by "Battle: Los Angeles" helmer Jonathan Liebesman. Describing the characters, Bay says, “These turtles are from an alien race, and they’re going to be tough, edgy, funny, and completely lovable.” Lovable, alright. Funny, sounds good. »
- Gabe Toro
TotalFilm magazine put together a list of the top 50 movies that fans love to hate the most. These aren't necessarily bad films, but with a movie like "Avatar," there's going to be a lot of hate, especially since its the highest-grossing and James Cameron is the director. Of course, the list does have a few stinkers, like Nicolas Cage's unintentionally funny "The Wicker Man" and M. Night Shymalan's "Lady in the Water." Both couldn't make their budgets back and both couldn't get a RottenTomatoes fresh rating over 25%. It's not surprising that "Twilight," "Titanic," "X-Men 3," "Transformers 2" and "Batman and Robin" are on the list, mostly because fans fill comments sections with hate every time one of these is mentioned. But the top two spots were saved for the work of George Lucas. Check out the full list below. 50. Daredevil (2003) 49. Superman Returns (2006) 48. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) 47. Terminator: Salvation (2010) 46. Exorcist II: The Heretic »
To ask the question of which is worse, Highlander II or Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, both rank equally for its contrived plot and its less than stellar sequel to the legend. If there are any redeeming qualities in Spirit of Vengeance, only two items come to mind.
The animation and the art used in Cage's narrated flashback sequence are far more interesting than the tale itself. It has a style reminiscent of the movie Heavy Metal and Ghost Rider travelling to Europe was well sequenced to get viewers up to speed in what happened since the last film. Some of the animated intro even brings recollections of Max Ernst's surrealistic works of art to screen. And the photo-realism in the later pieces of narration makes those few »
- email@example.com (Ed Sum)
They may not be household names like their A-list colleagues, but the actors on this list have appeared in some of our all-time favourite geek movies...
Some actors dabble in sci-fi; others dip their toe into fantasy; some may even make an appearance in the odd horror film - all before returning to the safety of the genres in which they feel more comfortable - perhaps a nice, award-chasing period drama, or a well-paid romantic comedy.
A-listers may see the geeky films that we on this site enjoy and celebrate as fun little side-projects, but there are actors out there who commit full-time to these types of movies. It is high time, therefore, that we credited these individuals with the recognition they deserve.
Besides the stipulation that, in order to be included, an actor had to still be alive and working today, there were no strict criteria that had to »
16 items from 2012