19 items from 2013
Last week's Nsa leaks scandal had a scary side-story: a poll found that many Americans were not that worried about the degree of access the agency apparently now has to their digital lives. Perhaps it is because "precrime", a sci-fi concept of some vintage, is now real.
Hollywood has been softening us up for this for years now, accustoming us to the notion that our spending habits, our location, our every movement and conversation, are visible to others whose motives we cannot know.
The Nsa (unofficial motto: "Nobody Say Anything") and Hollywood (unofficial motto: "Nobody Knows Anything") have been feeling each other up at arm's length for decades, but after 9/11 era the romance became official, and surveillance-based entertainment, from 24 to Alias, from Spooks to Big Brother to Person of Interest, »
- John Patterson
How did we get so complacent about agency eavesdropping? Movies have got us used to the sight of the human being as pixellated quarry, tracked by powerful technology
Last week's Nsa leaks scandal had one scary side-story: a poll determining that a slim but clear majority of Americans weren't worried in the least about the 360-degree, all-platform access that the eavesdropping agency apparently now has to their phone, internet and wireless communications. Orwell's telescreen is part of our accepted digital furniture now, it seems, and Big Brother is regarded as a gentle protector rather than an iron-fisted tormentor even as sales of Nineteen Eighty-Four skyrocket on Amazon. And "precrime", a sci-fi concept of considerable vintage, is now a real thing, apparently. Another good reason that the representative fictional American citizen of our broken times is the zombie.
For a country overly prone to citing its foundational documents and the rights »
- John Patterson
Dead Man Down, 2013.
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev.
In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution.
Dead Man Down is a perfectly serviceable B-movie with enough character and story developments and twists to keep its audience satisfied even though it never threatens to be anything above its station.
The screenplay starts nicely as the action begins three months into a plan set out by Victor (Colin Farrell), a gang member working for and hatching a plot against his boss (Terrence Howard) for the death of his wife and daughter. Victor has been sending sections of a photograph of him and his dead family to his boss as a ‘calling card’, patiently reeling him in and the thugs which carried out the murder. The »
- Flickering Myth
But how did John Oliver do?
"This is weird. It sounds weird even to me, and this is my regular voice," Oliver opens, also cracking that he looks forward to explaining to guest Seth Rogen "who the f*** I am." Heh.
He also reads a "note" that Stewart wrote to him that includes the line "no big news stories ever break during the summer" -- then cuts to the footage of Wolf Blitzer talking about Prism and the massive Nsa collection of private data.
This leads into a new segment, which the opening for includes clips from "Homeland" and "Enemy of the State," called "Good News! You're not Paranoid," which was a pretty hilarious look at this Nsa spying scandal that »
If you thought a little thing like the tragic suicide of original "Top Gun" director Tony Scott, who plummeted to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles last summer, would slow down development on a sequel to the high-flying adventure, well, you're sorely mistaken.
At the Produced By Conference over the weekend, which sounds like Comic Con for people who love reading the credits during "Law & Order: Svu," super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer confirmed that work is still being done on the sequel, which seems like it's past its expiration date by at least 20 years. Cue Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" or, if you're feeling frisky, that other choice Loggins cut, "Playing with the Boys."
"For 30 years we've been trying to make a sequel and we're not going to stop. We still want to do it with Tom [Cruise] and Paramount are still interested in making it," Bruckheimer told the crowd at the Produced By Conference (seriously, »
- Drew Taylor
"I don't know what my calling is, but I want to be here for a bigger reason. I strive to be like the greatest people who have ever lived." –Will Smith
Greetings from the apocalypse! It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock n' roll, but if you're Will Smith's kid it ain't that long. The thoroughly Thetan-free father-son gods among us will be exemplars of human perfection on screen this weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to give them your money. There's plenty to see, do, touch, taste, smell, snort and vomit with the fully stocked weekend of entertainment I have lined up for ya, kiddos.
Friday, May 31
Pow! In Theaters
M. Night Shyamalan hasn't exactly been an audience's best friend for the last, oh, decade or so, which is why the studio wasn't generous in name-dropping him as director of "After Earth." Indeed, »
- Max Evry
Feature Np Horton 30 May 2013 - 06:28
Oh Enemy Of The State. Released at the tail end of the 90s, it already seemed an out-of-date high-concept action film so beloved of that decade, and time hasn't been kind to it.
Laugh at the high tech equipment used by the National Security Agency (videotapes) and their undercover spy methods at capturing Will Smith (driving muscle cars the wrong way down a traffic-filled tunnel). Cringe at the subtle and not-so-subtle racial slurs spread throughout the script (numerous references to Smith’s lawyer character being an ‘eggplant’, and a bunch of other racial insults), and finally, enjoy the utter crap out of the sheer ludicrous spectacle of it all. Yep that’s right, I said enjoy. Because while it might not »
The Age of Ultron is over! In yet another weird twist, the Event basically ended at issue 6 and, with issue 7, an entirely different story has begun despite still calling itself Age of Ultron. That’s what it feels like anyway with this issue. There were a lot of complaints from readers that this Event seemed completely pointless because none of the major characters killed so far are going to remain dead – complaints that it turns out are totally justified with issue 7 which basically shrugs “yeah, those last 6 issues? Didn’t mean anything because they didn’t happen.” Oh, terrific!
They didn’t happen because Wolverine and Sue Richards travelled back in time to kill Hank Pym, the creator of Ultron, which Logan did successfully. Travelling back to the future, there is of course no more Ultron as his creator was assassinated before he could build him, so the Age of Ultron never happened. »
- Noel Thorne
There’s something inherently lonely and tortured about being a director. Yes, you’re the tyrant of the set and dictator of the vision, but you’re also the man (or woman) behind the curtain, the puppet master who never appears on stage….unless you’re Clint Eastwood or Quentin Tarantino. Or Alfred Hitchcock….or Roman Polanski…Anyway, the point is that you may be the genius behind a film, and celebrated as such, but you’re no superstar. There’s a reason why they are often referred to as voyeurs.
But the upside is that, once you’re an established money-maker, you can afford to be creative in your guises. That is, to put your dream on screen. Most directors have at some stage championed their baby, a cherished passion project which is their love letter to their craft. However, it’s quite galling how this endeavor often falls on deaf ears. »
- Scott Patterson
24 Hours in A&E had a strong start on Channel 4 on Wednesday night, overnight data has revealed.
The medical documentary series returned for its third run to 2.63 million viewers (11.3%) at 9pm. A further 668,000 tuned in on Channel 4+1.
The Mimic's first series came to an end with a high 656k (3.5%) at 10pm, with 227k watching on +1.
BBC One's MasterChef brought in 4.73m (21.4%) at 8pm, while Victoria Wood's new series Nice Cup of Tea amused 3.29m (14.1%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, Coast dropped from last week's opener to 2.13m (9.6%) at 8pm. Frank Gardner's documentary Return to Saudi Arabia was seen by 855k (3.7%) at 9pm.
ITV's Food Glorious Food fell further from last week to 2.17m (9.8%) at 8pm.
Scott & Bailey continued to perform well, attracting the best non-soap ratings of the »
Warning: You could be framed for something you didn't do at any given moment. Maybe even by your own government, whether intentionally or due to a misunderstanding. Will you know what to do if this happens? If not, Hollywood might be able to help, as “wrong man” scenarios have been around about as long as movies have existed, and a lot of them have involved conspiracies within government agencies. In “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” an enemy of the Joes', Zartan, has secretly taken over the White House disguised as the President of the United States. As Potus, he labels the Joes traitors and unleashes a military strike that wipes out almost the entire team. The survivors must then go up against Cobra while being at the top of America's Most Wanted list. Fortunately, Joes are trained for survival, and in this case knowing is even more than half the battle. So, »
- Christopher Campbell
Ollie England on How the Internet has radically changed Sci-Fi movies...
Before the widespread availability of the Internet, there was a whole genre of movies known as Cyberpunk (Hackers / Jonny Mnemonic / Lawnmower Man amongst others) in which the future was a nightmarish blend of surveillance corporations and personal restrictions created through intrusive technology. The heroes of these narratives were the brave hackers and radicals who used the early versions of the Internet in order to rise against the system and try and restore dignity to ordinary people (or some such similar goal). There was also film such as The Net and Enemy of the State in which citizens were perversely stalked by the government using satellite systems to track their every move. Even comedy films such as You’ve Got Mail, a blatant advert for AOL (and Starbucks), got in on the action. There seemed to be a period from »
- Flickering Myth
Last night I was trying to come up with some ideas on something I could do in conjunction with the release of Olympus Has Fallen and one idea was to come up with a list of the best political action thrillers. The problem is that word "action" really limits the number of films... at least when it came to the titles my fiancee could come up with last night. The word "action", in this case, almost seems to remove all meaning from the word "political". Sure, Olympus Has Fallen is based on a terrorist takeover at the White House, but just how political will it really be? White House Down and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are working with similar themes as trailers have already shown us, are they too political films? Certainly there is a nugget of politics in there, it's something that gives the narrative added weight over simply being about guns, »
- Brad Brevet
Bill Oberst Jr., a long time horror actor (and longtime FM fan!), who’s insanely busy (seriously check his IMDb) and with a varied resume that includes The Devil Within, Nude Nuns With Big Guns and Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, has joined Danny Trejo, Sid Haig and Jake Busy to the Aef Talent Agency. One thing you can expect: a lot more horror work. Read on for the press release.
Los Angeles, CA – Actor Bill Oberst Jr. has been signed by Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier Talent Agency for theatrical and commercial representation. Oberst (Take This Lollipop, Abraham Lincoln Vs.Zombies) joins Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn,) Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 2) and Jake Busey (Starship Troopers, Identity, Enemy Of The State) on the roster of Aef partner Gloria Hinojosa.
- Andy Greene
By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
This just in from the Bill Oberst Jr. camp. Oberst (Take This Lollipop, Abraham Lincoln Vs. Zombies, Children Of Sorrow), one of our favorite genre actors has officially signed with Amsel, Eisenstadt & Frazier for theatrical and commercial representation.
By signing with the agency, Oberst joins a list of talented actors including a couple of my personal favorites Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Rob Zombie's Halloween).
This is exciting news for horror fans as it will undoubtedly open up many more acting opportunities for Oberst and will hopefully land him some much deserved higher profile gigs.
Check out the full details below from today's official announcement.
From the Press Release:
Top Gun director who killed himself earlier this year remembered during the 85th Academy Awards ceremony
Oscars 2013 coverage continues on our liveblog
Tony Scott received a fitting Hollywood send-off at the 85th Academy Awards as the ceremony paid tribute to a man they had adopted as one of their own. The kid from North Shields grew up to become one of the industry's most bankable directors, rustling up box office spectaculars like Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State and Top Gun.
Scott took his own life in August 2012 at the age of 68, jumping from the Vincent Thomas bridge in Los Angeles. His death stunned colleagues and fans alike. Tonight, at the Oscars, they came together to say goodbye.
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- Xan Brooks
A little over a month ago, we posted that in celebration of it’s 25th anniversary there will be a Die Hard Marathon showing all four movies starting around Noon on February 13th followed by the premier of A Good Day To Die Hard at 10Pm getting out just before Midnight. That’s almost 12 action-packed hours of Die Hard awesomeness! As you can guess, there was no way I could refuse to take this opportunity to see one of the greatest action-movie series of all time for the first time on the big screen, or make that Mega-Screen since I decided to see this at Wehrenberg’s Chesterfield Galaxy 14 Cine, which in my opinion is one of the best movie theatres here in the St. Louis area. For $25 you got all five movies plus a collectable lanyard that entitles you to a 25% discount at concessions throughout the whole day and with their wide-selection, »
- Ken Parker
Looking back at my Netflix history, the first time I saw Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation was almost four years ago exactly. For those that have seen my Paused features, this was actually the first film that gave me the idea to do such a feature. In fact, four years ago I took the above screen capture and today was the first time I've used it. Hackman in the shadows and the blue light in the background. I think it's a beautiful shot. While Coppola's first two Godfather films are rightly considering his masterpieces, there is a lot to be said for The Conversation and Gene Hackman's complicated performance. Hackman stars here as Harry Caul, a surveillance expert whom we first meet as he and his team are capturing the audio of a conversation between a young couple as they walk circles around Union Square. The conversation, to our ears, »
- Brad Brevet
"When I got this job they’d started shooting a couple of weeks," Mark Millar told SciFi now in a recent interview when asked about his involvement with James Mangold's The Wolverine. "The screenplay to The Wolverine is really, really terrific – I’m really, really delighted with it. Obviously the casting’s all be really good, the director’s brilliant." However, when he was quizzed about whether the character works best on the big screen as part of a team or by himself, the comic book writer looked back on his time at Marvel in order to explain how he think Wolverine's solo adventures can mix with those he goes on as part of the X-Men. "You know, I wrote the Wolverine comic twice – I did the Old Man Logan story and Wolverine: Enemy Of The State – and I don’t think it detracts having individual Wolverine adventures from the X-Men. »
19 items from 2013
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