4 items from 2015
In retrospect, the popularity of "Braveheart" seems like a foregone conclusion.
The movie, which opened 20 years ago this week (on May 24, 1995), won five Oscars, two of them for star Mel Gibson (in his roles as producer and director). The Best Picture winner thrilled audiences as well as critics with its exciting battle scenes, stirring speeches, and sweeping historical narrative of 13th-century Scottish independence fighter William Wallace. At its center is a charismatic performance by the "Lethal Weapon" star, then at the height of his popularity as a box office draw and action hero. It grossed $210 million worldwide. Two decades later, it's still the most famous movie ever made about Scotland.
Still, even though the movie has been a staple for 20 years, there may be plenty you don't know about it, from its generous liberties with history to the R-rated pranks the director pulled on his leading lady.
- Gary Susman
I love Martial Arts films, or better yet, Asian action cinema in general; Kung Fu, Ninjas, Samurai, Thai Boxing, Gun Fu, and my latest love: Silat. As escapist fun goes, nothing makes me happier than a good chop socky, hell, even a bad chop socky is not without its charm. A laughable plot, weird and esoteric fighting styles, and of course, terrible dubbing can be just as much fun as watching Shaolin Monks practice ancient techniques, that, if you were quick enough, and maybe had a knack, you could even learn a real move or two. “Old School” kung fu flicks always spoke to me because of the sense of respect and honor portrayed in the character of the hero, but more importantly, the idea that an individual could develop his body and mind and achieve feats of greatness.
Saturday afternoons in Philly only offered college sports, which I wasn’t into as a kid, »
- Robert Jefferson
A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
Paramount has been searching for a director to take the reins on their upcoming action sequel G.I. Joe 3 since last June, when it was revealed that the previously-attached Jon M. Chu has parted ways with the project to take on Jem and the Holograms. Today, Deadline reports that D.J. Caruso is in early talks to take over as the director. While a deal has yet to be solidified, it's "all looking quite promising," according to the site.
We reported in November that Martin Campbell (Green Lantern, Casino Royale) was being eyed to take the helm, but a deal never materialized. Jonathan Lemkin (The Devil's Advocate, Lethal Weapon 4, Shooter) signed on to write the script back in July, which will center on the Roadblock character played by Dwayne Johnson in 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation. Paramount revealed in June that G.I. Joe 3 will be released in 2016, although it isn't »
4 items from 2015
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