19 items from 2013
• Is British film all kitsch 'n' sink? Director Mike Figgis argues that the UK movie industry holds back film-makers
• Black British film talent tops Golden Globe nominations
As someone who was born and grew up in Northern Ireland, I've always been aware of the pitfalls of labelling something "British". I've been surprised many times about how messy it gets in the world of film. Everyone remembers Colin Welland's battle cry when Chariots of Fire triumphed at the Oscars in 1981: "The British are coming!"
Unfortunately, for much of my working life in film, very much inspired by Mr Welland and his colleagues, labelling a film "British" has usually been the kiss of death, both in terms of reviews and box office. »
- Andrew Eaton
Sick of Christmas cheer? Then how about some Christmas Fear! Luke Owen kicks off a look back at the killer Santa franchise with a review of Silent Night, Deadly Night...
Released on November 9th 1984, Silent Night, Deadly Night was a movie that was surrounded by controversy. The TV spots depicted a man dressed as Santa carrying an axe and murdering people, causing enraged parents to picket the movie during its opening weekend and subsequently got the movie banned. Although they clearly had not seen the movie, many felt that it was wrong for Santa to be portrayed as a killer - not knowing the fact that it's actually a deranged and psychologically tortured man dressed as Santa doing the killing as opposed to Chris Cringle himself. It's a classic tale of morons being told they should be offended by something as opposed to being genuinely offended.
After being scared to »
Talk to Keanu Reeves and Tiger Hu Chen about their new film Man of Tai Chi? Whoa! Joking aside, it was a rare chance and one for which I was grateful. Reeves is a fascinating figure who has crafted a solid career for himself across a wide range of story types. My Own Private Idaho, The Devil's Advocate, Point Break, and The Matrix franchise couldn't be more different from one another. Yet Reeves has brought all those characters to life, and subverted the movie star paradigm he's often been saddled with by underplaying. Remember when everybody thought he'd be stuck making Bill and Ted sequels for the rest of his life? Man of Tai Chi gives him a chance to mug villainous and he has some genuinely...
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Anyone with a passing knowledge of Wall Street or The Devil's Advocate will see exactly where this online-gambling thriller is going
Nobody wins in Runner Runner, a low-aiming, by-the-numbers thriller about the high-stakes world of online gambling. Not Ben Affleck, who looks a long way from Argo in his role as swaggering Ivan Block, the "wizard of odds", who lives like a king down in shady Costa Rica. Not Gemma Arterton, sporting a nuclear tan as a cut-price femme fatale. Not even perky Justin Timberlake as Richie, the Princeton rookie who decides to take a flutter on a hazardous new career. Did we say hazardous? Surely not, what with all that easy money, foaming champagne and luxury yachts. Admittedly, Ivan has been known to bend the rules and grease some palms, But he's a good guy and a decent boss, who likes nothing better than strolling down the jetty on »
- Xan Brooks
Fans of The Following are still a little ways away from the season two premiere, so they'll have to latch on to any bit of information they can get until early 2014 (when new episodes begin).
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Warning: The following post will contain Man of Steel major spoilers Superman fandom has never been so divided as to the question of whether or not Superman should have killed Zod at the end of Man of Steel. Our two comic book experts look at both sides of the argument… The Devil's Advocate on Killing Zod by Chris Clow What are some of the many reasons so many die-hard Superman fans attach themselves to the character in the first place? His inherent value as a symbol of truth and justice? The images conjured by a legacy of amazing creative teams in comics over the last 75 years? How about that he just looks cool in a red cape? There are a multitude of reasons that people gravitate towards Krypton’s Last Son, and those fans know...
Along with watching Kids last week, I also watched Sidney Lumet's near-three-hour epic Prince of the City starring Treat Williams as a New York undercover cop who agrees to work with a special commission investigating police corruption just as long as his partners are not implicated. The film is based on the book and true story of NYPD Narcotics Detective Robert Leuci and while it has a meticulous way of unfolding over the course of its 167 minute running time, it comes to a very satisfying conclusion. However, instead of detailing the film (as I did with Kids yesterday), I was more taken by some of the long, wide-angled shots Lumet and his Dp Andrzej Bartkowiak (The Verdict, The Devil's Advocate) used for the film, the most impressive being the shot above as Williams ascends the courthouse steps, dwarfed by the massive columns running along the right hand side of the image. »
- Brad Brevet
Chapter 12: The Scariest Sex Orgy I've Ever Been To or It's Just Like A 4Chan Thread Brought To Life, Can I Go Home Now?Mike's moved up fast in the world. I'm standing in front of the Hotel Plage Brougham and this place looks like the type of super sleek South Beach pad where a drug lord from Miami Vice would live in the Penthouse of.I kind of feel like Keanu Reeves at the end of the Devil's Advocate. The street is eerily quiet. There's no one else around and I can practically hear a director off set on video village trying to explain the foreboding sense of dread around me to his Dp. I know that Mike Dugal is waiting for me somewhere in...
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Actor to release Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, recorded with Judas Priest's Richie Faulkner, on his 91st birthday
Sir Christopher Lee has completed his second rock record – and the good news is that it's "100% heavy metal".
The veteran actor, best known as Dracula in the Hammer horror films and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will release Charlemagne: The Omens of Death, on 27 May, his 91st birthday. The album, which was recorded with Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner, is the followup to 2010's Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross.
"The first Charlemagne album is metal, of course, but what I sang was more symphonic," Lee said. "Now on the second one, The Omens of Death, it is 100% heavy metal. I've done my bits and pieces, and they are heavy metal. I'm not screaming or anything like that, but it is definitely heavy metal."
Faulkner added: "Most »
- Dan Martin
Time to narrow down the "Survivor: Caramoan" castaways to the the Final Five, in preparation for the three-hour finale extravaganza on Sunday, May 12. Who do you think will make it? Let's find out!
Eddie knows he's a sitting duck and when Cochran asks him who's next if Eddie wins Immunity, Eddie says it'll be Cochran -- he's a huge threat. Interesting that Eddie would point that out to him. Seems like you'd want to make Cochran feel safe.
Meanwhile, Brenda, Erik and Dawn all talk about taking Cochran down too. Ruh roh, Cochran. Even though we are hardly in favor of bringing back oldies all the time, like the show does just about every season now, we are really rooting for Cochran.
And now we get Erik's bonkers pity-party. He's obsessed with food, he says it's like prison, he's so miserable. Oh, please. Suck it up, wuss. You're getting »
It's a rare thing for a "Love It or Leave It" to be positive when talking about Courtney Love, but she actually went and did the thing this time, guys. And while some might call her look -- this look, this ... bohemian New York City look -- frumpy, let's play the Devil's Advocate today and beg to differ. This is probably the most demure and put together Courtney's looked since ... well, probably since "The People vs. Larry Flynt," and that was, what, back in 1996? Almost twenty whole years ago? Let's just take it, Ok? And smile while we do so? Things could always be much, much worse, don't you know. --Sarah Taylor Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Poor Mega Man, he can't seem to catch a break, and despite generating some heat a few years back with the excellent retro love letter of "Mega Man 9" (and 10), Capcom has done nothing to appease diehard fans of the Blue Bomber. Cancellation after cancellation of future projects such as "Mega Man Legends 3" and "Mega Man Online" provided a bleak outlook and hopes were dashed when Keiji Inafune, the Irl Dr. Light, departed Capcom. In another twist, Polygon has uncovered one more shuttered project to reignite the flailing franchise.
Their in-depth article about Armature Studios' Mega Man X reboot codenamed "Maverick Hunter" is a virtual window into something that could have been. As a developer that spawned from Retro Studios, there are more than a few connections to the fantastic "Metroid Prime" - a game which proved that you could convert a traditional side-scrolling platformer into a first person shooter. Similarly, »
- Clint Mize
Modern recording gear means movie actors don't have to shout to be heard. So those moments when actors roar from the bottom of their lungs are to be treasured
This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Brogan Morris. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Things have come a long way since fledgling recording technology meant film performances had to be big and bold. Movie actors were forced to give theatrical displays for the benefit of clunky, insensitive equipment, but today even the most basic camera and sound kit can pick up the subtlest actorly inflection. Screen thesps are thus not required to operate at a high volume – making a performer such as Nicolas Cage something of a rarity, and loud acting – beyond the stage or opera house – a dying art.
Of course, certain cinematic moments may »
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There was a time when Charlize Theron was just another pretty face in Hollywood. Sure, she'd scored roles opposite hot leading men like Keanu Reeves in The Devil's Advocate, Johnny Depp in The Astronaut's Wife, and Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games, but none of these movies made audiences or critics take notice of Theron's skills as an actress. Then came 2003's Monster, a biopic about serial killer Aileen Wuornos in which Theron stripped away all the glamor and gorgeousness we associate with her, and in doing so redefined her career. She won the Oscar for the movie, and notably, it was one she formed off-camera as well as on, producing the pic under her Denver and Delilah banner. Since then Denver and Delilah Productions has created a handful of films, including the wickedly funny R-rated comedy Young Adult, wherein Theron awed critics with her grown up mean girl role. Next »
Director: Taylor Hackford; Screenwriter: John J McLaughlin; Starring: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr, Nick Nolte, Bobby Cannavale; Running time: 118 mins; Certificate: 15
Movie double-acts don't come much more mismatched than Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in Parker, a bone-crunching action-thriller based on Donald E Westlake's (under the pen name Richard Stark) long-running pulp character. The film is meat and drink for Statham, who fits the role of a laconic career criminal like a glove, but his high profile co-star is all lost at sea amid the bullets and blood of Taylor Hackford's film.
Statham's eponymous protagonist strides into this story (based on Westlake's novel Flashfire) disguised as a priest at a county fair. He's part of a five-man heist team - alongside Michael Chiklis, Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr and Michah Hauptman - who make away with substantial loot, but are plotting an even more ambitious robbery. »
I try to give Kim Kardashian a really, really fair chance, you guys. So fair, in fact, that I don't even watch "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," because I've been told that watching that show would only poison my mind against Kim, and the last thing you want when you're trying to be unbiased is to allow negative propaganda to be thrown at you like Mardi Gras beads from a drunken frat boy. This brand-new thing that she did, though, was completely inescapable, and it made me sad, too, because my Devil's Advocate Game with Kim came to an abrupt end right then. Doesn't it just suck when it's all Game Over just like that? In a new video clip for an upcoming airing of Two Obnoxious Brunette Ladies Do Obnoxious Stuff in Miami, Kim decided it would be totally appropriate to give to her sister, Kourtney Kardashian, relationship advice (Lol! »
- tooFab Staff
You can almost see what religion I am."
Chud famed poster artist Drew Struzan has been asked about »
- NATHANIEL R
Danish actress Connie Nielsen has appeared in many American movies, such as Ridley Scott's Gladiator, Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo and Taylor Hackford's The Devil's Advocate, but has yet to really have her big breakthrough Stateside. 2013, however, looks like it could prove the tipping point for her. Not only will she be co-starring in Lars von Trier's daring erotic drama Nymphomaniac opposite the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia Labeouf, Nielsen will also appear opposite Kevin Costner in McG's next big and flashy thriller. The former seems guaranteed to attract plenty of art house crowds, critical notice and controversy, while the latter seems destined to grab mainstream attention. According to a press release, Nielsen has just signed on to the film, which is officially untitled but was formerly known as Three Days to Kill. She joins Costner as well as a cast that »
It's that time of year where we celebrate the memorable games from the last year. The best, the best-looking, the one's that kept us on the edge of our seat, and the ones that nearly had us tossing the controller in frustration. Be sure to check out the other MTV Multiplayer Best of 2012 lists!
Editor's Note: This list is pretty much a plagiarization of Jason's fantastic "Five Wii U Games You Should Be Playing At Launch" post.
I mean really, Nintendo's quirky mix of tablet and console has only been out a short while, so I haven't got to play that many games yet. That being said, my experiences with the few I have had the pleasure to jump into have more or less sold me on a future for Nintendo. Also, take note that this is a truncated list compared to Charles' top 10 games of Xbox 360 and PS3. As »
- Clint Mize
19 items from 2013
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