11 items from 2016
Sony’s show stealing trailer for their upcoming God of War 4 featured not only the warrior Kratos, but also his young son on a hunt through an impressively realized world. There was something undoubtedly touching in the way our hero interacted with his son, but given the previous game’s storyline, the absence of his wife was noticeably.
Now, Sony Santa Monica Creative Developer Cory Barlog has revealed that her story will play a significant role in the plot to the already popular game. When asked if players would learn about the missing mother and wife, the dev had this to say:
We will. That’s a big part of the story. But we don’t know yet. That is, I think, his past. It’s something that formed who he is and where we are, but this is a new chapter for him. He’s advanced. To me, the »
- Anthony Snellings
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Happy Birthday to one of We Are Movie Geeks favorite stars. Clint Eastwood was born on this day in 1930, making him 86 years old. The actor and two-time Oscar winning director hasn’t let his age slow him down a bit. Sully, his new movie as a director, opens in September.
We posted a list in 2011 of his ten best directorial efforts Here
Clint Eastwood has appeared in 68 films in his six (!) decades as an actor, and here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are his ten best:
Honorable Mention: Honkytonk Man
By the 1980s, Clint Eastwood was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. With his own production company, directorial skills, and economic clout, Eastwood was able to make smaller, more personal films. A perfect example is the underrated Honkytonk Man, which also happens to be one of Eastwood’s finest performances. »
- Movie Geeks
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
By Lee Pfeiffer
The dividing line between a film being an homage and a rip-off is sorely tested with "Forsaken", a 2015 Canadian Western by director Jon Cassar, who is best known for his acclaimed, award-winning work in television. This is a rare venture into feature film making for him and the result left me with decidedly mixed emotions. The film marks another collaboration between Cassar and actor Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in Cassar's wildly successful TV series "24". That the two men are comfortable with each other's style is immediately apparent from the first frames of the film. We want to extend kudos to them for bravely venturing where few in the movie industry dare to tread any longer: the realm of the Western, a genre that has been routinely neglected for decades. Despite the success of Westerns such as "Unforgiven", "Dances With Wolves" and "Open Range", studio chiefs can't seem »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
When Hugh Jackman polled social media asking for what fans want to see in the third and final Wolverine solo film, one of the most recurrent requests was an adaptation of Mark Millar and Steve McNiven’s iconic 2009 comic book storyline Old Man Logan. This arc, set in a far-flung future where super villains reign supreme, undeniably has huge cinematic potential.
The world – in Old Man Logan – has been reduced to a lawless wasteland, leaving Wolverine as one of the last good guys standing in a barren world devoid of pretty much everything. Haunted by actions from his past, Logan is hesitant to step up and put things right. As a result, he takes on a reluctant and grumpling persona that feels like the superhero equivalent of Clint Eastwood’s character from Unforgiven.
A dark future story like this could be the perfect ending to Hugh Jackman’s »
- Rob Leane
A natural born gunslinger’s futile attempt at redemption, only to be pulled back into violence due to inevitable circumstances, is such a common trope in westerns that it would be easier to count the number of genre examples that don’t exploit it. One of the best films centered around this theme is “Unforgiven,” yet it would be unfair to compare any new similar feature to Clint Eastwood’s genre-bending masterpiece, since only a handful of movies are as good, especially when it comes to pitch perfect screenplays. Read More: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Lost Boys' “Forsaken” follows the “gunslinger with a violent past looking for a peaceful future” template so closely that even the protagonist’s name, John Henry (Kiefer Sutherland), is exactly the name you’d expect that character to have in a western like this. Even though it doesn’t offer »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
★★★★☆ Since the 1970s it seems that every western is a revisionist western. Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar winner Unforgiven is perhaps the apotheosis, but a certain Quentin Tarantino has now dipped his toe twice in the creek and the profane muddy genius of HBO's Deadwood has also gone a long way to maintaining the validity of genre to contemporary audiences. S. Craig Zahler's debut movie Bone Tomahawk is a horse of an altogether different stripe though. It doesn't so much revise the western as bifurcates it with a genre mash of dark, gruesome and bloody originality. We are on a frontier with civilization just about asserting itself in the small town of Bright Hope. The massacres have already happened, crime is rife, life is hard, but the law has arrived in the form of Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell).
- CineVue UK
Warner Bros. Pictures
For a lot of actors, becoming a director is a long held ambition. The reason that this transition from in-front-of-the-camera talent to behind-the-scenes wrangler became the basis of the Entourage movie is because it’s become something of a Hollywood cliché.
Sometimes, this career switch can have brilliant results. But, seemingly more often, it goes really badly. Clint Eastwood is a prime example of both camps: Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River and Gran Torino are awesome, but they sit right next to J. Edgar, Jersey Boys and Changeling in his filmography.
Not all actors are lucky enough to get this many chances to prove themselves in the director’s chair. Some have their one big shot, totally blow it, and retreat quietly back to acting roles. Here are the worst of the worst, then, from great actors who tried their hand as directors…
10. Beyond The Sea »
- Rob Leane
“Why do they call you ‘Dirty’ Harry?”
It’s a question that courses throughout the 1971 thriller that gave birth to the Clint Eastwood character of the same name. The answer is different every time: He hates minorities, he always gets stuck with the dirty jobs, he’s a part-time pervert, he’s always getting the [wrong] end of the stick… And so it goes.
But what was it about Dirty Harry that endured to spawn four sequels and give Eastwood’s already-surprising career a big-time second act?
First there’s Eastwood himself. A bit-part actor through the ‘50s, Eastwood found his stride in westerns throughout the ‘60s, first with the TV series "Rawhide" and then the Sergio Leone Man with No Name films. »
- Shane McNeil
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Batman, Justice League, Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Man of Steel, Sgt. Rock, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Vixen, Constantine, Supergirl, Gotham, Batman: Bad Blood, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Deadpool, X-Force, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Legion, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man, Agent Carter, Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Daredevil, Avengers: Infinity War, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Heroes Reborn and more…
It’s taken Warner Bros. a while to get its DC Extended Universe fully up and running, but the studio is now moving full steam ahead on its shared superhero universe, and this week we got a major peek behind the »
- Gary Collinson
Last month, Quentin Tarantino revealed that back in the early 90s he came close to directing a Luke Cage film, but it seems that the Marvel property isn’t the only comic book project that Tarantino has mulled over in the past, with the filmmaker telling IndieWire that he also considered helming a movie based upon DC’s Sgt. Rock.
“There is a script – I’m not going to do it – that I always really liked a lot by David Webb Peoples, who wrote the Unforgiven and Blade Runner.,” states Tarantino. “He wrote a movie version of Sgt. Rock that I always thought was really terrific. I don’t think I’m ever going to end up doing it but I really did like that script and it’s one of the few times I’ve considered doing another script.”
- Gary Collinson
11 items from 2016
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