15 items from 2016
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »
- The Film Stage
It’s Sunday so it must be time for another installment of VOD Vault, taking a look at some of this weeks on-demand releases that have hit various VOD platforms. This time round we’re looking at a film only available via YouTube (to buy or view via the sites subscription service YouTube Red), the sci-fi comedy Lazer Team; and action-drama Mercury Plains, starring Scott Eastwood (Fury, Dawn Patrol) and Nick Chinlund (Training Day, Con Air).
Stars: Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Colton Dunn, Alexandria DeBerry, Alan Ritchson, Steve Shearer, Kirk C. Johnson, Benjamin Scott, Johnny Walter, Chris Demarais, Jeremy St. James | Directed by Matt Hullum
Part Pixels, part Laserblast, Lazer Team comes from Rooster Teeth, the uber-successful YouTube channel behind long-running web series such as Red vs. Blue and Rwby; and tells the story of four idiots who accidentally shoot down an alien spacecraft with fireworks »
- Phil Wheat
As the X-Men star takes on a slightly less combative role in feelgood comedy Eddie the Eagle, we share his top career highlights
Well-known for his role as superhero Wolverine, Hugh Jackman became a real-life action hero this week when he pulled his son from a rip-tide on Bondi beach. It is the same week in which he branches out into the world of feelgood British comedy, with a mentor role in Eddie the Eagle.
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- Melissa Lawford
The 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary was one for the underdogs, and inspirational sports movies, with the Jamaican national Bobsled and underdog ski jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, finishing last in all his events but winning over the audience with his charm and enthusiasm, both stepping up to the plate. The first subject, of course, inspired Cool Runnings, and now Dexter Fletcher (Wild Bill, Sunshine on Leith) is bringing Eddie the Eagle to the big screen, with Taron Egerton donning the glasses of ‘heroic failure’ Edwards in a story that delivers a charming, joyous and delightful tale of determination and belief in one self. Eddie the Eagle is a rare beast in this day and age, an old school style sports movie that is more concerned with putting a smile on your face than delivering the facts. Much of what is presented onscreen is the product of John Macaulay’s script, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Mayhem maestro Eli Roth is getting out of the waters surrounding the long-in-development giant shark movie Meg, with new reports suggesting that Jon Turteltaub might replace him as director on the project.
An adaptation of Steve Alten’s best-selling book “Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror,” Meg has been tossed around Hollywood since it was housed at Disney in 1997. Thanks to the disappointing box office of the similarly-themed Deep Blue Sea, the adaptation got shelved for nearly two decades. Cue that fan-favorite megaladon in Jurassic World and the modest box office success of the Chris Pratt-starring dino movie, and Warner Bros. (the new home of Meg) is eager to get the ball rolling again.
The new screenplay has made a few changes to Alten’s source material, but largely keeps the deep sea terror intact.
Here’s a quick synopsis:
“The book revolves around two men who band »
- Mitchel Broussard
In Eddie the Eagle, Taron Egerton plays Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, the first athlete to represent Great Britain in ski jumping at the Olympic games. And while that sounds like the set-up for the story of an underdog overcoming the odds, Edwards’ actual story is actually one of dismal failure…albeit of the heroic variety. To celebrate this film’s release, let’s take a moment to look back on the sports movies that feature odd sports or portray the familiar in unique and bizarre ways. Because in the sports world, not everyone is a winner. In fact, there are far more losers. Cool Runnings (1993) The father of the modern “Wait, this actually happened?” sports movie, Cool Runnings tells the story of Jamaican...
- Jacob S. Hall
With live action family films essentially dying out as a genre – unless you count Marvel movies or straight-to-dvd Sandlot sequels – it is sort of refreshing when a movie comes out that is so clearly earmarked for pretty much everyone. And, barring one head-scratchingly out of place sex talk, Dexter Fletcher’s Eddie the Eagle is a terrific family film.
Growing up with bad knees, resilient dreamer Eddie Edwards (Taron Egerton) is determined to become an Olympian. Trying and failing throughout his adolescence at just about every summer games sport, he finally has the epiphany that he will compete in the winter games. When he fails to qualify for the 1988 British Olympic ski team, Eddie is crushed.
However, with his mother’s encouragement and his father’s disapproval, he gets on a bus headed for Germany with the expectation of becoming Britain’s first and only ski jumper in six decades. »
- Rocco Tenaglia
Everybody loves an underdog story, and the Olympics are full of them. Between the summer and winter games, we have innumerable tales of people who defied the odds in order to become legends for their given sports. Eddie the Eagle represents the latest in a long line of iconic Olympic stories, but as it turns out: that story shared the spotlight with another inspiring tale involving a certain Jamaican bobsled team. According to Yahoo! Movies, or anyone who knows their Olympic history, Eddie the Eagle actually takes place at the same Olympic games depicted in the 1993 classic sports film Cool Runnings. Taking place at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, Eddie the Eagle centers upon British ski jumper (and total underdog) Michael Edwards (Taron Edgerton) as fights tooth and nail to become a member of the Olympic ski team. Cool Runnings takes place at the same games, only it focused »
The most well known underdog story from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada is likely that of the Jamaican bobsled team, a story immortalized in the film Cool Runnings. But it wasn.t the only one. In another event, ski jumping, a tenacious if awkward Brit named Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, made headlines, and his story hits theaters this weekend in the form of Eddie the Eagle. Hugh Jackman is one of the stars, and the Australian actor has one important thing he hopes audiences take away from the film. Eddie the Eagle has been described as an uplifting, inspiring true-life sports story, despite the fact that Eddie Edwards, played by Kingsman: The Secret Service.s Taron Egerton, actually came in last. But talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Hugh Jackman said that.s kind of the point, that not every triumphant sports movie has to feature actual triumph. He explained: »
The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary attracted more absurd hopefuls than coffee shops in Los Angeles. The collection of oddballs meant that the Jamaican bobsledders of Cool Runnings weren’t the least plausible competitors to be led by a disgraced American pro that year: there was also a stubborn, tubby amateur skier named Eddie Edwards.
Eddie the Eagle’s charming true story, facts futzed to create a more Disneyfied tale (no living in a mental institution due to poverty, etc) and dismissed by Edwards himself as about 10% accurate, tracks the unlikely Edwards (a wonderfully engaging Taron Egerton) from amateur to England’s record-holding Olympian.
Like Napoleon Dynamite on skis, Edwards’ awkwardness lost an Olympic bid in his chosen event (downhill speed skiing), while the the snobbish British selection committee’s classism stamped out any dreams of re-qualification. A thoroughly British sports movie, the strata between the posh and lower class takes »
- TFS Staff
During the ad breaks as the Panthers played the Broncos, a clutch of new film trailers were unveiled for this summer’s blockbusters. Stand by for explosions
Eddie the Eagle is likely the smallest film to get a Super Bowl spot this year. It’s therefore fitting that the trailer for the feel-good sports comedy starring Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton of Kingsman: The Secret Service, takes an admirably low-key and heartfelt approach by featuring a trip of famous NFL athletes (Kurt Warner, Russell Wilson and Drew Brees) praising the film’s depiction of athletic life, instead of showcasing Jackman in action. Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle centers on Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Egerton), a British ski-jumper who made an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics; Jackman plays Eddie’s coach. Think of it as this year’s equivalent to Cool Runnings, with less fish-out-of-water laughs, »
- Nigel M Smith
Stars: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Tim McInnerny, Rune Temte, Edvin Endre, Jo Hartley, Daniel Westwood, Tony Paul West, Ania Sowinski, Daniel Ings, Anastasia Harrold | Written by Sean Macaulay, Simon Kelton | Directed by Dexter Fletcher
A comedy-drama based on the true story of the plucky underdog defying expectations at the 1988 Winter Olympics under the tutelage of a cranky yet caring American coach who’s turned their back on the sport that made them a star? Yep, Cool Runnings is a classic, no doubt about it ,and it can now finally have an Calgary ’88 double bill with Eddie the Eagle, which tells the story of an even more unlikely athletic hero.
I didn’t know a lot about Eddie the Eagle, other than that he was a ski jumper. As I understand it, this biopic runs a little fast and loose with the facts and the end result is about »
- Jack Kirby
Eddie the Eagle, 2016.
Directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Charting the Olympic career of famous UK ski-jumper Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards…
Inspiration is a funny thing. Idols who achieve feats we can’t comprehend are on a different planet. Inspirations are easier to understand. We’re inspired by the tough goal they’ve set for themselves and realistically appreciate their tenacity in hitting the target. We think we could do it ourselves. Eddie the Eagle has a huge heart and celebrates the enthusiastic passion of a wannabe Olympian, Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards. First and foremost, Eddie the Eagle is a comedy, laughing with, and at, Michael Edwards, the UK’s entry for ski-jumping. But there is a conflict. Is Eddie achieving a feat we can’t comprehend or is he simply managing to do something nobody else cares to do? »
- Simon Columb
Blessed with pride, power and an ability to affably take a lot of crap off of everybody, British ski jumper Michael “Eddie” Edwards was one of several improbable figures to emerge as folk heroes after losing badly at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. The others, of course, were the four men on the Jamaican bobsled team, and if director Dexter Fletcher’s loose adaptation of Edwards’ story often seems content to mimic “Cool Runnings” beat for beat, at least it picks a bar it can safely clear. Never quite nailing the off-kilter vibe it sporadically seems to seek, but functioning reasonably well as a quirkily inspirational shaggy-dog biopic, “Eddie the Eagle” has no real chance of medaling at the box office. But its cute flourishes and gamely broad performances from Taron Egerton (as Edwards) and Hugh Jackman (as his fictional coach) could make it a sentimental success for family audiences.
Recognizable by his thick glasses, »
- Andrew Barker
Just when I thought the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics couldn’t get any better than Jamaican bobsledders, Eddie The Eagle comes along and spreads the legend of Britain’s ski-jumping wunderkind, Michael “Eddie” Edwards. “But Matt, how can movies about the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics get any better than Cool Runnings?” I hear you ask. Great question, person way too into bobsledding – but I promise it does.
Dexter Fletcher (you know, Pinky from Doom?) patriotically waves his British flag while bringing the story of Eddie Edwards to life, capturing the reckless determination that made a young boy’s dreams come true. This wide-eyed young jumper taught a nation what it meant to be alive, and redefined how we view success – lessons learned through bumps, bruises, and healthy mouthfuls of snow.
- Matt Donato
15 items from 2016
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