12 items from 2010
Burlesque, according to early word, is a ‘guilty pleasure’. As is Flash Gordon. As is Rocky IV. As is, it seems, most of Simon’s DVD collection. So why should he feel ‘guilty’ about it, exactly?
Hopefully, he'll not mind me badly quoting him, but there's a segment in the last tour by stand-up comedian Dara O Briain where he makes a comment about the notion of guilty pleasures. His argument, and it's a sound one, is why should you feel guilty about liking something that entertains you? (Assuming it's legal, of course.) The example he cites is the band Take That, but you don't have to look far to see many examples in the movie world.
Earlier this week, then, I saw Burlesque. It was a film I had no intention of going to see, until I saw the avalanche of reviews from our American cousins. For many of »
The world needs another “Lake Placid” sequel like I need another cheesy stuffed-crusted Hot Pocket. In case you were wondering, I don’t. However, that hasn’t stopped those savvy Hollywood producers from unleashing yet another killer crocodile flick onto the lethargic masses. In order to prepare you for things to come, the marketing wizards behind “Lake Placid 3″ have bestowed upon you, the kind and tender reader, four tantalizing clips from the upcoming feature. If nothing else, you can gawk at Yancy Butler for a few minutes and wonder when, precisely, someone is going to get off their ass and produced “Hard Target 2″. I mean, come on. If the world can have two “Lake Placid” sequels, then I would like “Hard Target 2″. But, I digress. Enjoy the clips below. Much love and many Hot Pockets to the boys and girls at Dread Central for providing these questionable cinematic treats. »
- Todd Rigney
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by guest Eric Vepse, better known as the legendary "Quint" from Ain't It Cool News, to discuss the latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-Ray releases, new trailers for the Coen Brothers' True Grit and John Landis' Burke and Hare, indulge in Jeremy's unabashed love for John Woo's Hard Target (1993) and much more! The main topic of the night was Hatchet II vs. the MPAA. The guys talk about AMC pulling the film from theaters and the MPAA's reactions to Adam Green's gore-fest sequel and what this means for future unrated horror releases. The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Tuesday nights starting at 6:30Pm (Pst). You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just »
- Alex Billington
Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray today is Confucius. The film stars Chow Yun-Fat as philosopher Confucius and judging from the trailer (which you can watch embedded below) it looks to be a pretty epic affair.
Showbox and Cine Asia are releasing the film in the UK and they have very kindly given us two copies of the DVD to give away to our readers.
The synopsis for Confucius is as follows:
In 500 B.C., during China’s famed ‘Spring and Autumn Period’, Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi. Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour, a desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army. When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds, »
- Craig Skinner
Moviemaker John Woo has picked up his second major film honour of the summer - the director was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Friday.
Woo, famous for his blockbuster actions films, was honoured in his native Hong Kong for his contribution to the movie industry there in July. The Face/Off director received the Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his efforts to boost Chinese cinema.
Accepting his latest award on Friday, he revealed he's planning to make an even bigger impact on the international movie scene: "I would like to be a bridge between the good things of the West and the East, so we can further our mutual knowledge and build a strong friendship."
The Venice film festival on Friday honored Hong Kong director John Woo, one of the few Asian filmmakers to enjoy box office success in Hollywood as well as at home.The 64-year-old was awarded a lifetime achievement Golden Lion at the world's oldest film festival on the same day it showcased his latest film "Reign of Assassins," which he co-directed with Su Chao-Pin and also produced.Woo, best known for his choreographed action sequences, was active in Hong Kong during the 1970s and 1980s, and in 1989 he released "The Killer," which drew the attention of U.S. filmmakers and helped him make the jump to Hollywood.He moved there in 1993, and directed Jean-Claude Van Damme in "Hard Target" the same year.Three years later he made "Broken Arrow" starring John Travolta, and teamed up with the actor again in 1997 in "Face/Off, »
Director John Woo has some ambitious plans. Variety reports that he’s trying to line-up A-list talent for English-language remakes of Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai and of his own 1989 breakout film The Killer. For those who aren’t familiar with those films, Le Samourai centers on a hitman trying to cover his tracks while The Killer is about an assassin who is forced to join forces with a policeman after being betrayed by his employers. My apologies for those brief descriptions as they sell both films short and don’t explain as to why both are revered as classics. Maybe one day I’ll get a chance to do a retrospective on both movies and can go in to more depth about why you need to see them.
Hit the jump for more on what Woo has planned for the future.
Woo is currently at work on Flying Tigers, »
- Matt Goldberg
Looking over the awesome cast of The Expendables, conjures up such an amazing legacy of action movies from the past three decades that it could make your head spin. I thought I'd break it down by cast member and pick out their most essential action classic. Too bad Chuck Norris isn't here, or I could sing the praises of Code of Silence (1985), or Jean-Claude Van Damme and his John Woo film Hard Target (1993). We'll start with the fearless director/screenwriter star.
Stallone is still one of the most recognizable stars in the world. However, although he has a long filmography, there's very little good stuff to choose from. He has made more duds than just about any other major star in history. Rocky (1976) is a classic, but it's more of a drama than an action film. The Rambo films have aged badly, though First Blood (1982) still »
- Jeffrey M. Anderson
The highlight of the bank holiday weekend is a real treat, indeed. Sky will be airing its third venture to the platter-shaped world of the imagination and skilful word play of Sir Terry Prachett, with the eagerly anticipated adaptation of a Discworld favourite of many, Going Postal.
Starring Richard Coyle (Coupling, Strange, Franklyn, Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time) and Claire Foy (also starring in the BBC pilot of horror-drama Pulse), the first part airs Sunday 30th May at 6:00pm on Sky1, and Part 2 follows on Monday, May 31st at 6:00pm. Both parts will be shown again on Sky1 and Sky2, so check your local schedules for the best time to catch it. We'll have a review shortly after the first showing »
Richard Connell's story "The Most Dangerous Game" has inspired countless films from A Game of Death to Hard Target (Van Damme/Wilford Brimley vs. Lance Henriksen and "the Mummy"). The UK's Stealth Media Group sounds like they're using it as a launching board for Manor Hunt Ball . In this film, presently in early pre-production, a gang of local youths crash a high-class party at a country manor where they discover that the modern gentry are now hunting people instead of foxes. Running for their lives the gang must find a means of escape before they are picked off one by one. We're still doing a bit of digging to find out who's involved in this one. »
This week Warner Bros. announced it's moving ahead with a Gilligan's Island movie, and a number of people responding to the news (including our own Elisabeth) obviously mentioned Lost. And why not? It's impossible to imagine a story of castaways that ignores what's being done on the hit ABC series. Merely stranding a varied ensemble on an island is just too plain now. Even with a bumbling sailor in the mix. So here's my idea: combine Gilligan's Island with a remake of The Most Dangerous Game.
Based on Richard Connell's short story, The Most Dangerous Game is about a famed game hunter who ends up shipwrecked on an island inhabited by an evil aristocrat who finds his thrills in hunting human prey. Like Lost there is the intentional luring of castaways and the idea of playing a figurative form of outdoor chess. The story has been redone even more »
- Christopher Campbell
To continue my review of my epic journey to watch all my films from A-z, this is the Sixth part.
For those that don’t know I am watching all 750+ Dvd/Bluray films from A-z which has so far taken me 3 years to get to the I’s!
I thought I should retrospectively review each letter and give my top 5 films from each alpha block and maybe bring your attention to some films you may not have seen, films you’ve not seen in ages or films you should give another try. Click here to read parts A to E.
The F’s seemed to contain more horror films that most of the other alpha blocks containing Final Destination 1-3, Fright Night, Frighteners and especially the Friday 13th movies taking up 11 of my F collection. Also I have a few films new to my collection that I haven’t had »
- Gary Phillips
12 items from 2010
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