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Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the Us in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit teen-comedy The Duff, time-travelling with Project Almanac and Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here
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- Scott J. Davis
It may be true that Quentin Tarantino is in love with his own dialogue. Make that shamelessly, deliriously, high-school-stalker in love. But hey, if you were the twisted junk-culture poet who created characters as iconic as Mr. Pink, Vincent Vega, Jackie Brown, and Colonel Hans Landa, then you’d feel pretty good about yourself too. There’s a reason we here at The Playlist are constantly re-visiting the films in Tarantino’s filmography: he’s one of the best writers of pure movie dialogue working today, and his seemingly effortless ability to create memorable and original screen characters is hard to beat. We find ourselves caring deeply about the chatty low-lifes, death merchants, and wacko movie mavens who populate Mr. Tarantino’s blood-speckled cinematic landscape, and the reason for this is simple: in many ways, they’re just like us. They may tote big guns and speak in impeccably eloquent movie-nerd slang, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig, Barry Cahill, Lee de Broux, Ruben Moreno, Lisa Farringer, Carol Locatell, Linda Haynes, John Perak | Written and Directed by Jack Hill
If there is one thing about Quentin Tarantino we can be sure of, it’s that he loves movies. For film fans who don’t know too much about the “Blaxploitation” genre they may not have picked up the importance of Jackie Brown, or the fact that the movie was built around one actress, Pam Grier… To look at the reason for this, all you have to do is look no further than Arrow Video’s latest release Coffy.
Seen as one of the best films of the genre, Coffy (Pam Grier) is a nurse pushed to finding vengeance against the pimps, junkies and drug dealers who led to the hospitalisation of her sister. Playing out »
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Jack Hill.
A nurse takes matters into her own hands after her sister is given some bad junk by local drug dealers.
Having released Jack Hill’s 1974 blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown on Blu-ray a couple of years back, it’s taken Arrow Films a while to get to Hill’s previous – and arguably better – Pam Grier-starring thriller Coffy. Has it been worth the wait? You betcha jive ass!
Coffy (Grier) is a nurse by day but during her off hours she takes local hoodlums to task in a variety of ways as she seeks revenge for her younger sister being hospitalised after taking a stash of bad drugs, as well as her other siblings having fallen by the wayside due to keeping bad company. The opening 10 minutes »
- Gary Collinson
While we're all excited about the forthcoming new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving shortly, let's not forget that there's a new Quentin Tarantino film coming later this year as well. The Hateful Eight is another western from the director of Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction, and now the teaser trailer that was attached to Sin City: A Dame to Kill For last year has officially surfaced online. Again, there's no film footage on display, but just a bunch of stylish title cards running through the title characters in the film. It'll have to do for now as we wait for any kind of first look from Tarantino's anticipated project. Here's the teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight (via The Film Stage): The Hateful Eight is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Inglourious Basterds, »
- Ethan Anderton
In the beginning, and to the very end, Justified was about two guys who once dug coal together.
The FX drama on Tuesday night wrapped its six-season run with, of course, much gunplay, a couple more deaths, a few happy (or happy-ish) endings, a significant time jump and a wee surprise.
RelatedFX Sets Dates for Married and Tyrant Returns, Denis Leary’s Sex&Drugs
In summary: Desperate to get his dollars back, Markham took Ava hostage, until Boyd came in guns a-blazing, felling the venerable player. That set the stage for a Boyd/Raylan face-off, but the former knew better than to draw a (lent! »
Edging towards some sort of record for the most eclectic cast ever assembled, director Ang Lee has just added two more names to his roster for Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker have signed up to join Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart and newcomer Joe Alwyn.There's no indication of who either will be playing yet, but it's the first time Diesel has turned out for anything other than an action role (Groot nothwithstanding) since Find Me Guilty in 2006. On that occasion he was working for Sidney Lumet, so clearly he's amenable to taking a risk for the right director.Tucker, meanwhile, has been quiet since Silver Linings Playbook in 2012, partly thanks to a lifestyle change since his Jackie Brown / Rush Hour heyday. But it's an interesting footnote that he was previously part of another unusually varied cast in Luc Besson's The Fifth Element. »
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
Written and directed by John Paizs
A married couple attempt to rob a house while making a door-to-door sales call: one pitches the customer, the other fakes a trip to the washroom and searches for valuables. When their cover is blown, the husband bludgeons the man to death with a glass candy dish, and sticks a broom in the woman’s wheelchair spokes before ramming Milk-Bones down her throat. What villains! And all in the name of becoming the top sales team in the nation—that is until they’re gunned down by police at the National Sales Awards ceremony: a pitch-perfect ending to their violent crime wave.
The above is one of many zany and creative ideas Steven Penny (played by writer, director, producer, John Paizs) has for a color crime film he wants to make. The only problem is that he has no middle. »
- Griffin Bell
Rishi Kaneria has put together this excellent 44-second video that simply takes profile shots from Quentin Tarantino's movies, sticks 'em in a circle and sets the beat to the tune of "Snare Liftoff" from Whiplash. Kaneria notes that "certain shots have been scaled, rotated or mirrored from their original format to create the effect seen in this video", but I don't think any of us will have any problem with that. I can't say the video has any measure of educational value as much as it's a fun little watch as it covers much of Tarantino's oeuvre including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Give it a watch below and if you're playing it on your speakers at work, there's a little eff-bomb at the end you may not want coming from your cubicle. via 35mm »
- Brad Brevet
The clock is ticking yet again, folks. As we get towards the end of the month, that means that Netflix.s rights to certain films are about to expire, and that means it.s time for a serious crunch session. But which are the titles that you should be watching before they head off the streaming service? That.s what we.re here to tell you! The first of April will see a surprising number of awesome films unfortunately leaving Netflix, but we.ve selected the top 10 of the group that you should make a point of seeing in the next 14 days. Read on to see our choices! Get Shorty When it comes to a legacy of adaptations, few authors exist on the level of Elmore Leonard. From Out of Sight to Jackie Brown, to the long running series Justified, the guy.s work has inspired a ton of great »
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
Read my interview with Sanchez here.
Known for creative fearlessness and a meticulous approach to their craft, actors Michael Keaton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Jackie Brown) and Edward Norton (25Th Hour, American History X, Fight Club) will appear at AFI Fest for a very special discussion covering their unconventional careers. Keaton and Norton co-star in Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s current release, Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance).
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. »
- Michelle McCue
Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast!
In honor of Black History Month, hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson continue their journey through Blaxploitation as they look at the influence it’s had on modern filmmakers like Mario Van Peebles, John Singleton, Quentin Tarantino and others. Movies discussed include Baadasssss!, Posse, Hoodlum, Panther, Boyz N The Hood, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained and Bones.
Don’t forget to check out TheScreamCast.com for the show notes and for more news and reviews of Scream Factory releases and make sure to follow them on Twitter too!
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- Phil Wheat
“All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
Quentin Tarantino took Jean-Luc Godard’s quote to heart, populating his blood-splattered films with some of the most iconic female characters in the last twenty-five years. There’s almost always a female lead or, at the very least, a villain.
Case in point: Kill Bill. Nearly all the leads – with the exception of the aforementioned Bill – are ladies, and they’re all very, very, very deadly. Luckily, Kill Bill: Vols. 1 & 2 play select Cineplex theatres on Tuesday, February 3, and Wednesday, February 4, as part of this year’s Great Digital Film Festival.
Who is Tarantino’s greatest female character?
Amanda Plummer’s Honey Bunny is a »
- Sasha James
Quentin Tarantino shouldn’t be able to make films this quickly. On paper, he’s one of the more productive modern auteur directors, having knocked out countless screenplays and done a load of script doctoring at the start of his career, kick starting his own directorial debut in superior crime drama Reservior Dogs. And he’s barely paused for breath since.
Considering how densely packed his films are, how complex, how stylistically daring, it’s impressive he manages to make any of these films, let alone in such rapid succession. That he also manages to shift gears so dramatically – going from the fairly straight thrillers of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown to grindhouse/samurai revenge epic Kill Bill, war movie Inglourious Basterds and Western Django Unchained – is double so.
Speaking of which, a scant two years after Django he’s back with another Western, The Hateful Eight, which started shooting this weekend. »
- Tom Baker
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »
- Kristopher Tapley
Happy Tuesday the 13th! This week’s home entertainment releases are an eclectic bunch but we’ve got a lot of fun titles to look forward to including two sci-fi classics- At the Earth’s Core and Supernova- as well several recent indie titles including Honeymoon and Jessabelle.
At the Earth’s Core (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray)
They’re in it Deep now! Murderous monsters, scantily clad prehistoric playmates and telepathic pterodactyls inhabit the center of our world in this colorful fantasy-adventure about a manned “drill-craft” boring its way to the center of the Earth! Starring sci-fi superstars Doug McClure (The Land That Time Forgot), Peter Cushing (Nothing But the Night) and Caroline Munro (Maniac), this subterranean chiller is the most endearingly whimsical entertainment on – or under – the planet’s surface! There’s more than lava at the Earth’s core. There’s also Pellucidar: an underground empire »
- Heather Wixson
★★☆☆☆ Based on Elmore Leonard novel The Switch (presumably the rather prosaic retitling was to stop confusion with star Jennifer Aniston's 2010 comedy of that name) Life of Crime (2013) actually received a limited cinema release, although upon viewing, you'd be forgiven into thinking you had just witnessed a straight-to-video feature. Despite a fine and very able cast, this a plodding and mostly characterless affair. The DVD cover art makes reference to the film being a prequel to Jackie Brown (1997), although this is a spurious claim (the respective sources share a couple of characters) and comparisons between the two only underscore the superiority of Tarantino's adaptation.
- CineVue UK
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