13 items from 2012
Arnold Schwarzenegger's first full movie since becoming governor of California looked like generic action tripe in the initial teaser trailer. It made me question why Korean wunderkind Kim Ji-woon would make such an ordinary movie his Hollywood debut. This full length trailer answers that question. While the story may still be pretty generic, the action looks absolutely stunning. I don't think I have been this intrigued since John Woo came to the States with Hard Target. Schwarzenegger »
- Alex Maidy
Firstly i would like to thank everyone that put questions forward for my first Q&A session on Asian Movie Pulse, myself and everyone on the site would like to thank you for your continued support and hope we can all continue to grow together and make this one of the best sites on the net.
If you put questions forward and they didn’t make it this time, do not worry as we will keep them for the next Q&A session in the near future. So here we go, i hope you enjoy everyones questions and the answers i put forward.
Q1:Do you think the martial arts movie industry has declined over the years, Will we ever have a new consistent jackie chan and jet li movie star? – By:Nile Dragon
A) Hi Nile, it is a bit of a strange one as we know in the 70′s till the late 80′s, »
Directed by: Simon West
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Release Date: August 17, 2012
Plot: A group of humanitarian mercenaries (led by Stallone) must stop an evil man (Van Damme) from getting his hands on five tons of plutonium.
Who’S It For? An appreciation for these action stars is necessary. There’s no way this movie would be fun if you don’t have some type of fondness towards movies like Commando, Rocky, Lone Wolf McQuade, The Transporter, The Terminator, Hard Target, and many others.
Families have their reunions for two reasons. They gather from far and wide to pay their respects to someone who has passed, or, said families want to celebrate the happiness of being a family.
2010′s The Expendables, as directed »
- Nick Allen
The action film star reveals how Stallone, marriage to a good woman and dogs pulled him back from the drug-fuelled brink
Where is Jean-Claude Van Damme? We were supposed to meet in London, until he cancelled his trip at the last minute. Then I was to visit him on a film set in Budapest, but that fell through when he wrapped his scenes early, and so he invited me instead to his parents' home in Belgium, only to go missing in action for 24 hours in the middle of negotiations. None of this is too surprising; after all, this is the self-sabotaging prima donna action star who rose in the 80s and ignominiously nose-dived in the 90s, having burned all his bridges in Hollywood.
And then, as I'm beginning to give up hope, he calls. "I just finished two movies back-to-back," he says apologetically. "When you finish a film, if you believed in your character, »
- Alex Godfrey
The Muscles from Brussels left his native Belgium for the Us with nothing but hopes, dreams and the ability to do the splits. He became an action icon with his breakout film, Bloodsport. Van Damme’s career blossomed in the late 80s and early 90s before dwindling under the weight of addiction, erratic behaviour and poor career choices.
As Jean-Claude has matured, so too have his performances. He’s improved as an actor and offers something different to many of his fellow action heroes. With the plum role of main villain in The Expendables 2, Jean-Claude has the opportunity to not only steal the movie, but remind audiences of his high kicking exploits.
Tighten your buns, get your black silk underwear, and slaver plenty of gel »
Long considered one of the most talented actors in cinema, it’s very strange that his outstanding acting as the younger brother of Ed Harris’ local crime boss in this underrated film doesn’t get talked about nearly enough when discussing Oldman’s body of work. This is a must-see performance for all Oldman fans. For the record, State Of Grace is a far better Irish mob film than The Departed (Martin Scorsese, 2006, USA), primarily because it contains much better acting across the board. Oldman was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011, UK/France).
Other notable Gary Oldman performances: Prick Up Your Ears (Stephen Frears, 1987, USA), Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992, USA), True Romance (Tony Scott, 1993, USA), Leon: The Professional (Luc Besson, 1994, France), Air Force One (Wolfgang Petersen, 1997, USA), The Contender (Rod Lurie, »
- Terek Puckett
Upcoming project is a remake of ’60s Yakuza flick.
I was never more interested in movies and filmmaking than I was in the early ’90s, when I was coming out of high school. As far as movies go, it was an interesting era, in that the major studios were lavishing unheard-of sums of money upon productions that were clearly destined to wind up being utter shit, while off in the periphery, what would become annoyingly known as the “independent film movement” was just starting to catch its footing.
Among the guys at the forefront of this movement were Robert Rodriguez, who had submitted himself to medical testing to raise the money for his first micro-budget movie, El Mariachi, and Quentin Tarantino, who on the heels of Reservoir Dogs, was being pursued by every big-name actor in town for the privilege of providing him their services at union scale.
It was »
- Josh Converse
The good, the bad, the guilty pleasures … whatever you've seen recently, we'd like to hear about it
What films have you seen recently? Whatever you've been watching, we'd like you to tell us about it.
You can either leave a comment in the thread below, or tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #gdnreview. We'll pick the best and show them off here once a week.
Here's what some @guardianfilm followers had to say about recent films they'd seen:
I've seen @Avengers for the second time, absolutely superb! Tom Hiddleston steals the screen throughout.
The Raid - Action cinema spectacular. Nothing to it beyond pulsating violence and good choreography, genre fans won't mind
Have just seen Life During Wartime. Epic & much overlooked black comedy
The Rum Diary: good addition to the 'Johnny Depp Hunter S Thompson' mini-genre, though still like watching someone else get high
- Adam Boult
We are running with two reviews of The Hunger Games to give readers two perspectives on this new adaptation. Michael Haffner has read the novel by Suzanne Collins while Andy Triefenbach has not. Read Andy’s review here to see if it is different from Michael’s.
I’m going to start out with a bold statement first just to get it out of the way. Not only is The Hunger Games film better than the book, but it actually expands on Suzanne Collins’ universe which ultimately elevates the film to more than just a teenage love-story. This statement may upset some die-hard fans of the book and its subsequent sequels. However, it is true. Director and writer Gary Ross has teamed up with the series creator and screenwriter Billy Ray to streamline the long-winded 370 page young adult novel into a lean, brutal, emotional, story that is equally relatable for fans and newcomers alike. »
- Michael Haffner
John Hyams, who previously helmed Van Damme’s Universal Soldier: Regeneration, teams up with the actor once again for Dragon Eyes and whilst Van Damme was the focus of their first collaboration, this time round the star of the show is Cung Le, the Sanshou practitioner and former Mma champion who we last saw as Marshall Law in the Tekken movie released here in the UK last year. The film tells the story of Hong (Le), a former convict who, upon leaving prison, takes up residence in St. Jude Square, a neighbourhood living in fear as duelling drug gangs and corrupt police terrorize the streets. However Hong decides to take a stand and fight back using his martial arts skills and calling on the teachings of »
Ray Richmond is a Deadline contributor This is a very good time to be Howard Gordon. At the same time he published his second novel in as many years — the acclaimed Hard Target, released in January — he’s the toast of television … again. Less than two years after serving as an executive producer on 24, he’s co-creator and exec producer of the first-year Showtime drama Homeland. The series just took home two Golden Globes — for top drama and lead drama series actress Claire Danes — as well as a pair of WGA Awards and the AFI honor for TV Program of the Year. All of that, plus Gordon is helping to ramp up the coming 24 feature and has another series premiering tonight at 10 on NBC: the midseason drama Awake starring Jason Isaacs. Gordon took time out from his insane schedule to speak with Deadline Hollywood about the insta-classic that is Homeland, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
They may not be household names like their A-list colleagues, but the actors on this list have appeared in some of our all-time favourite geek movies...
Some actors dabble in sci-fi; others dip their toe into fantasy; some may even make an appearance in the odd horror film - all before returning to the safety of the genres in which they feel more comfortable - perhaps a nice, award-chasing period drama, or a well-paid romantic comedy.
A-listers may see the geeky films that we on this site enjoy and celebrate as fun little side-projects, but there are actors out there who commit full-time to these types of movies. It is high time, therefore, that we credited these individuals with the recognition they deserve.
Besides the stipulation that, in order to be included, an actor had to still be alive and working today, there were no strict criteria that had to »
This sort of thing can rapidly turn into a vanity project, so I will have to watch my step a little. Laudable as it is to try to bring to people’s attention some splendid films which they may not have seen, it can swiftly deteriorate into, “oh gosh, you haven’t seen Cube: Zero, what kind of film fan do you call yourself?”.
So the criterion here is not obscurity, nor necessarily five-star classic status, rather this is an effort at a simple introduction to a handful of rarely seen and perhaps under-appreciated films that you might want to catch when and where you can. I’ve tried to mix up the genres a little and so hopefully everyone can find something they will like.
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John Woo has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed »
- Dave Roper
13 items from 2012
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