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Matt Murdock’s Man Without Fear launched Marvel’s Netflix adventure earlier this year with the release of the critically acclaimed series, but things could have been different had Drew Goddard’s original plans come to fruition.
“I went into Marvel and talked to them about making [Daredevil] as a movie a couple of years ago, long after the Affleck movie,” Goddard tells IGN. “But what we all sort of realised is that, this movie doesn’t want to cost $200 million. The thing about Matt Murdock is, he’s not saving the world. He’s just keeping his corner clean. So it would feel wrong to have spaceships crashing in the middle of the city. But because of that, Marvel on the movie side is not in the business of making $25 million movies. They’re going big, as they should. It felt that we’d have more freedom to make it »
- Gary Collinson
BAFTA breakthrough Brit Ray Panthaki is fast emerging as one of the British Independent film industry’s most exciting hybrids. One just has to look at the list of British films he’s been involved with not just as an actor but producer, beginning with the trend-setting Kidulthood. Here, Panthaki’s new film Convenience defines him not only to be a leading man but a filmmaker who’s curating excellent, ground-breaking films with sensible budgets, proving that the future of the British Film industry is very much alive. Alongside Panthaki, Convenience stars Vicky McClure better known as Lol from This is England and Adeel Akhtar from Four Lions who will also appear as the character of Smee in the mainstream film, Pan.
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- Paul Heath
I’m a massive fan of heist films. There’s just something so entertaining and gripping as sitting down and watching films like Heat, Reservoir Dogs, or in this case, Dog Day Afternoon. Easily one of my favorite subgenres of film, films like the ones mentioned above were all able to not only tell a very tightly wound tale, but offered their viewers characters that leaped off of the screen Every Single Time you revisited them. Sidney Lumet’s 1975 classic Dog Day Afternoon gave its viewers a wild ride of a film, and one that offered its audience something entirely different, from its ability to sympathize with its antagonists all the way to its true story of a man robbing a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change. It’s a completely unique and lasting film, and not only does Warner Bros.’ new 40th Anniversary Bluray give fans »
- Jerry Smith
Whenever we need some fashion inspiration, the movies are often the first place we look, and whether we are talking about the iconic get-ups from the likes of Audrey Hepburn or Steve McQueen back in the day, up to a Leonardo DiCaprio rocking some classic suits and shades in Wolf of Wall Street last year, it’s clear that no actor is fit for the silver screen unless they have some epic shades to top off their look.
Johnny Depp in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Arnie in the Terminator Franchise, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, pretty much the entire cast of Reservoir Dogs… these movies just wouldn’t be the same without the characters kicking ass and looking super cool while doing it.
Many of the best eyewear styles found in the movies have gone on to spark fashion trends that endure to this day, so »
- Dan Powell
Apparently, it's true! A Reddit user has shared an allegedly legitimate cast list once attached to a memo sent to mega-producer Harvey Weinstein.
— Digital Spy Film (@digitalspyfilm) September 14, 2015
While it's well known that Tarantino wrote Vega for his Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen and that Weinstein pushed for Daniel Day-Lewis, it looks like Alec Baldwin, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton and Denzel Washington were also in the mix before Travolta's casting.
Thanks to Reddit, we’ve got a look at Quentin Tarantino’s original dream cast for his 1994 classic Pulp Fiction, with the director’s wish list arriving online and giving us a glimpse at what might have been – including Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen as Vincent Vega, Laurence Fishburne as Jules, Virginia Madsen as Mia Wallace, Matt Dillon as Butch and Gary Oldman as just about everyone else…
- Gary Collinson
Matt Damon put Robinson Crusoe to shame as an astronaut stranded on Mars and Sandra Bullock tried to spin doctor an unpopular Bolivian president into re-election during the second day of the Toronto International Film Festival.
The big winner from the galas and premieres that unfolded on Friday was Damon’s “The Martian.” The 20th Century Fox release impressed audiences and critics with its gripping and often very funny survival story that will likely factor into this year’s awards season race, not to mention score at the box office. “It’s okay to laugh,” director Ridley Scott assured the audience before the lights went down during the premiere at the Roy Thomson Hall.
On stage prior to the screening, Scott was flanked by an eclectic company of actors, ranging from dramatic stars like Jessica Chastain to performers known for lighter material such as Donald Glover and Kristen Wiig. On paper, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
To salute the release of American Ultra, we hunt down the subtle ways to spot an undercover agent on the big screen...
American Ultra - out in UK cinemas tomorrow - sees Jesse Eisenberg play a strung-out, stoner slacker, who as it happens is also a deep cover agent trained to be a lethal killing machine by the Us government. And when he’s marked for extermination, he stops getting high, and starts kicking ass and taking names.
From character pieces about the nature of identity to ludicrous third act reveals, the idea of someone going deep undercover has been a go-to trope in films for a very long time. But what if you are worried that someone around you could secretly be a deep cover agent? If so, here are some tips from the movies to spot if someone isn’t quite on the level.
They dress sharp
Director: Eric Hannezo
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Synopsis: After a bungled heist, a group of theives take a woman, a man, and his daughter hostage.
In 1974 Mario Bava’s film Rabid Dogs was derailed after the production company behind it went bankrupt. It wasn’t released for over 20 years, and even then was unfinished and had to have new scenes shot by Lambeto Bava, Mario’s son. It’s still a very celebrated film, but now we have a French remake to that Italian lost & found classic, which is every bit as nasty and pessimistic as its predecessor.
Starting with a bungled heist, we’re immediately hit with a Heat inspired shoot-out of high intensity and nail biting uncertainty. It’s »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jules Dassin (1911 - 2008) began his filmmaking career in the early 1940s and is known for his hits Brute Force (1947), The Naked City (1948), and Thieves' Highway (1949). His career later took a hit when he was blacklisted for Communist activities during the McCarthy Era. Dassin's move to France helped revive his career and was the setting for the hit film Rififi that set his career in motion once again. After the film's successful French release, Dassin was awarded the directing prize at Cannes which allowed Rififi to be released in the U.S. where it enjoyed a successful art house run. Rififi is renowned for being one of the early 'heist' films and served as an inspiration for later films in the genre. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Quentin Tarantino is undoubtedly one of the (if not the) most influential American film directors of the last quarter-century. His gritty, ultraviolent, fast-paced, and impeccably hip writing style and visual eye have made a mark on both underground and mainstream film like no other. Following the one-two punch of 1992's Reservoir Dogs and 1994's Pulp Fiction, Hollywood was (and arguably still is) flooded with style-aping films that could be referred to as Tarantino-esque. Indie filmmakers of all stripes have surely benefited from the increased exposure that his quick ascension gave to subterranean cinema.The weird thing about Tarantino's influence, though, is that it is derived from his own pop-cultural cherry-picking: Every film he's directed or written has been loaded with countless homages, lifts, and references to books, movies, TV shows, and music that coalesce into a pop-cultural galaxy of their own. When these references and influences are considered as a whole, »
- Larry Fitzmaurice
It.s hard to believe there was a time that Samuel L. Jackson was not a movie screen mainstay, or that there was a time when Quentin Tarantino didn.t just give the guy whatever role he wanted. It.s true though. Jackson once read for a part in Reservoir Dogs though he did not get the part. Why not? It was that motherfucker Tarantino.s fault. Speaking with Vulture, Jackson (who uses the expletive lovingly in reference to his dear friend Quentin Tarantino) opens up about the audition that did not go well at all. After making a splash with Spike Lee.s Jungle Fever, Jackson went in to read for a part in a new film for an unknown screenwriter. He thought he would be reading with Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel. Instead, he did his reading with a couple of guys who didn.t know the lines »
It's hard to believe Samuel L. Jackson having to audition for anything these days, but if you were to travel back a couple decades you'd catch the man who would be Nick Fury reading like the best of them at a cattle call. Twice in those days of Jackson's early climb to fame, he'd run across Quentin Tarantino and audition for him. While Samuel L. Jackson missed out on that first part (in a "little" movie called Reservoir Dogs), he nailed his second audition which was for a part in Pulp Fiction. And we all have Laurence Fishburne to thank for it, as a mix up in the casting department fueled Jackson's rage-filled reading. While Vulture interviewed Samuel L. Jackson in connection with his work in Quentin Tarantino's latest film The Hateful Eight, the subject of the auditions he had for Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction was discussed. While »
Read More: Tarantino Opens Up About 'Hateful Eight,' Disses Cate Blanchett and 'True Detective' In the pantheon of contemporary American filmmakers who do what they want, no personality looms larger than Quentin Tarantino, as the filmmaker himself gladly reminds anyone who asks. Like his movies, Tarantino speaks in lengthy paragraphs filled with vivid observations about the state of popular culture and his role within it. But his assessments of the industry tend to reflect the insular world of filmmaking that he has inhabited from the start. In a meaty interview this week with Vulture's Lane Brown, the master stylist takes a break from his upcoming minimalist western "The Hateful Eight" to share his thoughts on a wide variety of topics, from his capacity to produce compelling work more than two decades after his initial success with "Reservoir Dogs" and "Pulp Fiction" to his adoration of Barack Obama. Though typically self-assured, »
- Eric Kohn
Samuel L. Jackson remembers the exact moment he met Quentin Tarantino, because, well, it’s hard to forget the motherfucker who screwed up your audition for Reservoir Dogs. That was 24 years ago, and Jackson still calls Tarantino a motherfucker, though now “it’s the endearing motherfucker, not the curse motherfucker,” he says, as in their common greeting, “What the fuck, motherfucker!”Jackson tells the tale of their first encounter with the kind of affectionate shit-talking born of deep friendship; they’ve just finished their sixth movie together (The Hateful Eight, out December 25). It was 1991, the year Jackson, a theater veteran just getting into movies, won Best Supporting Actor at Cannes for Jungle Fever. He’d shown up to casting for this unknown screenwriter’s first feature having memorized a scene he thought he’d be playing with Tim Roth and Harvey Keitel. Instead, he got stuck reading with two bozos he’d never seen before, »
- Jada Yuan
Love him or hate him, you've got to admit that Quentin Tarantino gives good interview. Taking a break from post-production work on The Hateful Eight, the director sat down with New York Magazine and spilled on a variety of topics including superhero films, his taste in television, and how The Hateful Eight is like a Western Reservoir Dogs. Quentin Tarantino on superhero films:... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
We’re five months from the release of The Hateful Eight. How close to finishing are you? We’ve got a little bit more than an hour finished right now. I just got back from seeing an hour of the movie cut together. Are you happy with it? I’m not committing suicide yet. It is what it is. We’re rushing and trying to get to the end. Then you go through it and try to make it even better. But first, you just get to the end. Every movie I’ve ever done, there has always been some date we were trying to meet, whether it was with Reservoir Dogs, trying to meet the Sundance date, or Pulp Fiction, meeting the Cannes date. But we always pull it off. And this way you don’t have that situation where you finish the movie and then the people who »
- Lane Brown
A while back, when we released the 400th episode of the Sound On Sight podcast, a few close friends and longtime listeners requested we compile a list of our favorite shows we recorded over the years. Now that the podcast has officially come to an end, I decided to finally set aside some time in my schedule and give them what they want. Initially, I set out to pick ten, but after 500 recordings and 8 long years, it was simply too hard to choose so few, so I opted for 20 instead. In selecting these episodes, I tried to show the wide range of genres we covered over the years, including Spaghetti Westerns, Italian Horror, Southern Gothic, underground cult, family friendly, foreign language and even Hollywood classics. We’ve been blessed with several guest hosts and interviews with many filmmakers including genre legends George A. Romero and John Landis, to name a few. »
Raised in seclusion from the real world – but not from the world of movies – the six Angulo brothers make engaging fodder for this fascinating study
Director Crystal Moselle first met the long-haired Angulo brothers in Reservoir Dogs drag (shades and suits) as they enjoyed a rare outing on the streets of New York. Raised in seclusion by their dominating Peruvian father, Oscar, the boys had been home-schooled and sheltered from the world – one year, they didn’t leave their Lower East Side apartment at all. Instead, they learned about life through watching and restaging popular movies (The Dark Knight proves a transformative text), honing the performance skills which make them such camera-ready subjects for this revelatory yet admirably unsensationalist documentary.
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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Twelve-year-old twins lead a film crew through their lives, in a project directed and written by their real-life dad. There are some insights but the execution is excruciatingly amateurish
In Leicester, 12-year-old twin girls (Scarlet and Hero Hall) pressgang a passing film crew into making a movie about their lives. Although they are supposedly directing the show and can insert an edit by snapping their fingers, they still face typical adolescent problems such as bullying, embarrassing parents (the girls’ father is played by their real-life father Kenton Hall, who takes the writing and directing credits here), and unrequited love for cute boys who don’t notice them. How do you give a film like this a fair star rating? Some of the banter and the fourth-wall-breaking gags are reasonably funny, such as when the kids get “slow-motion sickness” after a Reservoir Dogs-style street saunter with their pals. But the execution is excruciatingly amateurish, »
- Leslie Felperin
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