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Bullet to the Head is the latest film to star ass-kicking pensioner Sylvester Stallone. He plays Jimmy Bobo (really), a hitman with morals – don’t they all – who gets himself in a right old tiswas after his partner is killed by Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian’s Jason Momoa after a routine job. Tech-savvy (ie, smartphone-owning cop) Taylor Kwon looks into the murder Bobo committed and decides to team up with the crim in order to find out who’s really behind all the killing and intrigue and why. Kwon is played by Sung Kang who has starred in a number of Fast and Furious films and was cast as Thomas Jane was not ‘ethnic’ enough. Former NFL cheerleader Sarah Shahi plays tattoo-artist totty and Bobo’s »
- Jack Kirby
Feature Simon Brew 3 May 2013 - 07:03
It's a risky business, filmmaking. Simon looks back at some bold, expensive 1990s movies where the gambles didn't quite pay off...
This summer's blockbuster season has got off to a startling start, with Iron Man 3 being widely praised for its willingness to rip up the rule book a little, as it continues the story of Tony Stark.
In fact, there's a subset of modern blockbusters - Nolan films, some X-Men features for instance - that are garnering increasing praise for taking bold choices with the material. That they're wagering a lot of movie studio money on projects and stories that once upon a time would have struggled to get through the system.
However, we'd argue that the 1990s was rich with such gambles too, it's just most of them never really made quite the levels of cash we're seeing now. So, here's a »
We're getting to know The Film Experience community one-by-one. Today we're talking to Morgan Borthwick from New Zealand. We've never been but it's on our brains due to Jane Campion's stunning miniseries "Top of the Lake". Here's Morgan.
Hi, Morgan. Do you love Jane Campion? (Please note: There is only one correct answer to this question)
Morgan: Of course! She understands film is as much art as it is storytelling and I could rhapsodise all day about her many gifts. As a director, I love what she does with her actresses, particularly Barbara Hershey who is beyond superlatives in Portrait of a Lady, Abby Cornish in Bright Star and Elizabeth Moss in Top of the Lake, making me forget Peggy of Mad Men ever existed. She should have two best director nominations by now at least, but that's a gripe for another time about the academy and their "we've nominated you once, »
- NATHANIEL R
Many great filmmakers have a type of film to which they might generally stick and are wonderful at making pictures in those particular genres. Martin Scorsese has gangster/crime films, Billy Wilder did comedies, as does Woody Allen and then we have Stanley Kubrick, one of the most eclectic filmmakers of all time who has done crime, comedy, drama, war, sex, sci-fi, epic, historic and heist, to name a few. Kubrick is one of, if not the most fastidious filmmaker in history, with his cast and crew often attesting to his attention to the tiniest detail, often to their own annoyance but to his astounding success. He was a control freak and this would typically be a bad thing but in my own opinion, he never made a bad film.
Kubrick started out with short films and the occasional documentary, which have not appeared on this list for I have »
- Quinn Steers
Stars: Miles Teller, Justin Chon, Sarah Wright, Skylar Astin, Jonathan Keltz, François Chau, Russell Hodgkinson, Daniel Booko, Dustin Ybarra, Samantha Futerman | Written and Directed by Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
I write this review in a haze of disorientation, not, I hasten to add, due to a lingering intoxication effect from seeing this film, but due to riding high on adrenaline after a close brush with disaster. You’ll forgive me, I hope, if the next seven hundred words or so appear incomprehensible, meandering or just plain silly. This introduction is by no means excluded. The disaster in question? I had found myself without proper boarding passes for a flight I’m due to be on in the next sixteen hours and thought myself without access to a printer. Thank all that claims to be holy for the mercifully continued existence of the humble internet café. Specifically, thank you to Yusuf Internet Café, »
- Jack Kirby
Even before Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" opened in North America on Thursday night, the 50-year-old must have been grinning his famous grin. Before the movie had sold a single ticket here, it was a surefire hit. In his native land, Cruise takes a lot of ribbing, whether for his headline-generating personal life (especially since 2005, the year of the couch-jump) or for the seeming shrinkage of his star-power (again, especially since 2005). The estimated $38.2 million "Oblivion" earned this weekend marked his biggest domestic opening since "Mission: Impossible III" seven years ago. Some will call it a comeback, others will call it a fluke or last hurrah from a middle-aged action hero desperately trying to hold on to his relevance in an industry that relentlessly moves on to the next big (young) thing. But the truth is, Cruise has been a remarkably consistent box office winner, even since he started raising eyebrows eight »
- Gary Susman
Tom Cruise has quite the impressive list of leading ladies! The 51-year-old actor has starred with Hollywood's biggest actresses, like ex-wife Nicole Kidman in Eyes Wide Shut, Demi Moore in A Few Good Men and Renée Zellweger in the '90s classic Jerry Maguire. His latest gorgeous gal? Oblivion costar Olga Kurylenko, who has been all over the globe with Cruise recently promoting their sci-fi flick. To prepare for Oblivion, which hits theaters Friday, let's take a look back at his most memorable female movie counterparts. »
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
Directed by Joseph Kosinski
Oblivion is a science-fiction Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together with the parts of older, better, films within the genre. If you have seen the seminal sci-fi movies, the ones everyone calls to mind when considering the best the unknown and supernatural have to offer, then you will be familiar with the angles of Oblivion, its many nooks and crannies. This Tom Cruise vehicle boasts striking visuals and a weirdly claustrophobic plot structure, but the familiarity it engenders only winds up doing it harm.
In a typically committed performance, Cruise plays Jack Harper (not to be confused with the title character of his last movie, Jack Reacher), one of the last surviving humans on planet Earth in the year 2077. Aliens attacked Earth and destroyed the Moon sixty years ago; as Jack emphasizes, though humanity won the war, they lost the planet, »
- Josh Spiegel
“The Lords of Salem” is probably goth rocker-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie’s best film, though it does often prove that the cinephile writer/director is a gifted tyro. At the same time, as his most formally mannered and tonally tempered film, Zombie’s latest also proves his versatility. Set in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts, the film follows the seduction of a disc jockey (Sheri Moon Zombie, Rob’s wife), whose family was cursed by a coven of centuries-old witches. Zombie follows his lead protagonist from a marked distance, and makes a point of showing that the fate his characters suffer is a product of their inability to recognize their place within a whirlpool of generic history. It’s a heady thesis, and one Zombie establishes in a number of ways, from his controlled Carpenter/Polanski-esque tracking shots to the evocation of both Kubrick and Lynch, particularly “Eraserhead” and “Eyes Wide Shut,” in »
- Simon Abrams
Tom Cruise does a lost more in his movies than just flash his million-dollar smile and have nervous breakdowns in locker rooms with Cuba Gooding Jr., you know. Over the course of his nearly 40 years in movies, Cruise has taken on a wide variety of formidable enemies, whether they be made of flesh and blood or something else. Like any true movie hero, the man just can't get away from conflict.
In honor of the release of "Oblivion," which has Cruise taking on yet another new opponent, we've created an infographic that illustrates just how much fightin' Tom has done over the years — and who (or what) has been on the receiving end of his furious wrath.
Click on the image for the super-large version, and refer to the handy dandy key below it if you're stumped on any of the imagery.
Clockwise from top:
Helicopters: "Mission: Impossible" (1, 2 and 3, 1996- »
- NextMovie Staff
After his contentious first features (House of a 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects), two Halloween remakes and a feature animation, Rob Zombie returns to the horror genre, once again casting his wife as the lead.
"As I write these very words Margaret Morgan gathers with her coven," scribbles Jonathan Hawthorne in 1696. In the flash of his quill, we meet a group of far-from-hot naked women chanting together: "All hail unholy father - make your presence known this night..." Their nudity is more likely to put you off your food than turn you on as unnerving music accompanies before we're transported to the present. An unclothed dread-locked Sheri Moon Zombie instantly draws parallels to the coven, awakening in a darkened room in a similarly grimy state.
Expect lots of cackling, strange whispers and flashes of ram's horns, as well as a useful distinction between destiny and fate (destiny apparently lets you premeditate »
The Shining has been considered one of the top horror movies for decades now, but there seems to be an increased interest in both the book and the film. Stephen King has written a sequel to The Shining that will be released later this year, Warner Bros. is working on a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s film, and a documentary was recently released that looked at possible hidden meanings in the movie.
Can you tell me about your first experience watching The Shining? Why has the movie stuck with you so many years later?
- Jonathan James
Feature James Clayton 12 Apr 2013 - 06:17
Sci-fi thriller Oblivion has arrived in cinemas, and that means that audiences have a fresh sci-fi blockbuster to enjoy. Sometimes snubbed, misunderstood and casually dismissed to sulk in its own tech-interfaced ghetto, the genre has got a bit of a (micro)chip on its shoulder. It's therefore always nice to see original science fiction stories making waves on the movie scene and reaching wider cinema audiences.
Of course, the crucial draw of Oblivion for many isn't its vision of a future Earth ravaged by alien warfare, overseen by survivors who inhabit floating towns and »
It was 45 years ago this weekend that Stanley Kubrick gave us 2001: A Space Odyssey, a vision of the future that still beckons, even if the title is out of date. Something similar can be said about the extraordinary artist who made the masterpiece. History tells us that Kubrick died in 1999 at the age of 70, but our current pop culture tells us that his singular genius remains relevant and challenging to those who make movies, those who consume movies, and those who write about movies for a living. We see homages to The Shining in NBC’s new horror drama »
- Jeff Jensen
Since Stanley Kubrick’s “loose” adaptation of Stephen King’s novel debuted in 1980, many people have been unable to get it out of their heads. When the film came out, it wasn’t appreciated or lauded as it is today. Many deemed it a disappointment, a shell of Kubrick’s other master works, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange or Dr. Strangelove. Obviously, viewpoints shift, as The Shining is, to many, the scariest movie ever made. I know it’s up there for me.
But Rodney Ascher’s mesmerizing documentary, Room 237, puts the spotlight on five different people who have vastly different ideas about what Stanley Kubrick’s most divisive film was really about. It wasn’t just a horror movie; there were hidden meanings littered all over the place. Stanley Kubrick’s brilliance has only gained in stature as time has passed, and everyone, from »
- Andy Greene
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
Director: Rodney Ascher
No other movie divides opinion quite like The Shining. Hailed alternately as a work of genius and a confused mess, people either love it or hate it. Haters include the author of the source material, Stephen King, who called it "a film by a man who thinks too much and feels too little." It left critics scratching their heads — Roger Ebert confessed himself disturbed by the "elusive open-endedness," while Pauline Kael declared "Kubrick mystifies us deliberately." Yet for every moviegoer who rejects The Shining as cold and impenetrable, there's one who embraces it as a masterpiece. There are even some people who believe its ambiguity holds the key to the great mysteries of modern civilization.
Room 237 takes us on a fascinating dive through the minds of this last group, the individuals who have scanned »
- Karina Wilson
Warning: Somewhat Nsfw.
Once upon a time (read: the '80s), movie fans could count on the fact that at some point, someone in the movie would randomly drop trou or rip off their shirt for no apparent reason whatsoever. And frankly, it was great. After all, why worry about things like plot or character development when you can have some good old-fashioned gratuitous nudity instead?
Nowadays, of course, such moments are rare, usually happening only for comic relief or in grade-z, video on demand dreck. Thanks to Internet porn, there's kind of no reason for movies to bother, right?
Once in a while, though, there's still a shining light — or shining headlights, if you will — such as Rosario Dawson's turn in the new Danny Boyle thriller "Trance," which already has people buzzing and whipping out their iPhones to grab a quick screenshot. So with that in mind, we »
- Scott Harris
Rodney Ascher's Room 237 presents "evidence" according to a variety of conspiracy theorists saying Stanley Kubrick's The Shining was actually a commentary on the Holocaust. No wait, the genocide of the American Indian. Hold up again, it's Kubrick commenting on his involvement in the faking of the moon landing... among other things. To that point, before walking in to see Room 237, if you had told me the faking of the moon landing would actually begin to sound somewhat plausible by the end of the film I would have told you you were crazy. But between everything presented here in this fun, often ridiculous, documentary the labyrinth that is The Shining is certainly proven not to be a straight line. Instead of showing the faces of those presenting their theories, Ascher uses footage from past films to tell each of the stories, but none more than Kubrick's films »
- Brad Brevet
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