9 items from 2014
If you’ve read my Top 10 Movies of 2014 list, you’ll know I proclaimed the vast amount of really good movies released this year but for all the good movies, there has to be some bad… And the bad were Really bad this year. From unfunny comedies to weird vanity projects that were seemingly made just for friends and family of the film makers attached, to some truly awful horror movies it seems that 2014 will be marked by some truly terrible films – some of which made it to the big screen!
The criteria is the same as my “best of” list: it has to be a movie I’ve seen this year, one that was released this year, i.e. making its UK debut, or a new movie that I’ve seen at a film festival that might not necessarily have been distributed as of yet. Also, the cut off »
- Phil Wheat
In the mid-1980s, Belgian martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme arrived in America with dreams of stardom. Possessing a finely-honed physique, thanks to years of training in (among other things) karate, kickboxing and ballet, he was ambitious and brimming with self-belief.
The acting bug bit Van Damme while he was still in his teens: he played “a bad guy with all the knives” in the 1984 French gangster movie Rue Barbare and, determined to further his goal of becoming an actor, hopped on a plane to Los Angeles. His first few years in America were, however, tough. He slept in a rental car for two weeks, and made money money by teaching aerobics and martial arts, delivering pizzas, and working as a doorman at a restaurant belonging to Chuck Norris. »
Here’s a news flash: Howard Gordon took a break from working on his many shows and pilot prospects long enough to sign a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
The prolific showrunner-producer has inked a multi-year pact with the studio that has been his home since he began working on “The X-Files” in the early 1990s.
Gordon’s Teakwood Lane Prods. banner was handed a second season renewal on Thursday for the FX drama “Tyrant,” which Gordon exec produces with Gideon Raff, creator of the Israeli drama that begat Showtime’s “Homeland.”
Gordon is also shepherding TNT’s frosh drama “Legends” and is an exec producer on “Homeland.” Earlier this year the former “24” showrunner spearheaded the return of Jack Bauer to Fox with the limited-series revival “24: Live Another Day.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Emil Kovac (Travolta) is a former Scorpions soldier based in Serbia on the assignment of his career: find and capture Colonel Benjamin Ford (De Niro). Wanted for being a former Nato operative, Ford has now retired from war and lives a reclusive lifestyle in the Appalachian mountains. Determined to finish what his people started, Kovac poses as a friendly European tourist and tracks Ford to his secret hideaway. As Kovac gets all the evidence he needs, he pursues Ford in a brutal game of cat and mouse, intent on bringing him to justice.
First Blood, »
- Phil Wheat
The Universal Soldier films are a strange case of life imitating art. Much like how series protagonist Luc Deveraux is killed in action then resurrected into something post-human, Universal was a pretty standard 90s action film which crashed and burned when it came to sequels, but became something unique and beautiful when it was reanimated for the straight to DVD market.
It’s a hushed secret among genre fans, but Universal Solder 3 and 4 (or possibly 5 and 6, it’s complicated) are some of the most remarkable action sci-fi films of the 21st century so far. Yes, really. I actually watched the series backwards when I first saw them, after being blown away by Universal Solder Day Of Reckoning and deciding to work my way back, and Roland Emmerich’s perfectly acceptable 1992 blockbuster »
In case you were out of the loop this week, here's an easy way to get back in and catch up on everything you missed. The Movie News: Jurassic World cast Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan. Frozen is now a billion-dollar movie. Platinum Dunes has hired a director for its remake of The Birds. Idris Elba will lend his voice to a tiger in the new Jungle Book. The Geek Stuff: Rumor has it that the Wachowskis are planning a new Matrix trilogy. Did you know Hard Target was slapped with an Nc-17 six times before it got an R rating? Tony Hawk rides a Back to the Future hoverboard. A Jurassic Park trifecta: You can now hack into Dennis Nedry's computer. And listen to Jeff Goldblum's laugh turned into a song, And see what it looks like when you...
- Peter Hall
Jean-Claude Van Damme movies aren't exactly known for their subtlety. Even still, we're a little surprised at just how unnecessarily over the top filming was for a simple motorcycle ride in 1993's Hard Target. But once you learn a bit of the backstory behind the action classic, it all makes sense. Directed by John Woo, Hard Target starred the muscles from Brussels as a drifter who helps a pretty woman search for her missing father, only to discover he's been killed by a rich maniac (Lance Henriksen) who hunts homeless people for fun. Then things get weird. It's a cool, sweaty action movie with stunts as elaborate and groovy as Jcvd's mullet. It was Woo's first Hollywood movie after a handful of hits in Hong Kong, and as you can see in the below clip...
- Peter Hall
Movie producer James “Jim” Jacks, who worked with independent-minded filmmakers including the Coen brothers, Richard Linklater, Sam Raimi and Billy Bob Thornton, died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.
Though his most commercially successful venture was the “The Mummy” franchise, which he launched in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner, Jacks was known for championing American auteur filmmakers even while working in the studio system at Universal. Alphaville launched in 1992, and the shingle produced Linklater’s “Dazed and Confused,” “Tombstone,” John Woo’s “Hard Target” and Kevin Smith’s “Mallrats.”
After studying to be an engineer and getting an Mba, Jacks pursued screenwriting and worked as an entertainment analyst. »
- Dave McNary
So as Hugh brings the mullet back, we dig out more memorable follicular follies for Digital Spy's best mullets in movie history - from repeat offender Kurt Russell to David Bowie's cult coiffure below:
Could there possibly be a mullet more mullety than these two matching mullets as worn by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis in Natural Born Killers? The disturbed couple sport similar 'dos during their rampant killing spree in the trippy Oliver Stone drama. »
9 items from 2014
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