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Directed by: Roel Reine
Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Due Out: December 29, 2009
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Plot: When a marine’s (Dibiase) wife is taken hostage by some Thai terrorists who received a very good education in the English language, he enlists himself to kick some ass.
Who’S It For?: Fans of Dibiase’s work in the WWE, or action junkies with cliches and corny acting already factored into their general expectations.
Praise be to George Strait, I never thought I’d say this in my life: Why isn’t John Cena in this flick? He was in the first Marine and provided some commendable B-level action. Perhaps it was the amount of exploding buildings he dived away from, but it could be some charisma, which Ted Dibiase doesn’t have. Even »
- Nick Allen
FirstShowing.net has pointed us towards a very, very cool film blog: The Art of the Title Sequence. Title sequences, can indeed be works of art. Look at the Hitchcockian-inspired "Catch Me If You Can," the 13-minute continuous shot from "Snake Eyes" (with only 8 well hidden cuts in the entire sequence) and the stylized 2D animation in Pixar's "The Incredibles" for just a few examples of excellent work in title sequences and opening credits.
FirstShowing highlights Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" for special attention -- and while that sequence (and its accompanied John Williams score) is indeed brilliant, I think my favorite title sequence of the last ten years or so belongs to David Fincher's "Fight Club."
Click on the image or go here to watch the opening in its full glory.
However, if we're talking about truly amazing opening sequences that pass the test of time, look »
- Christina Warren
So you’ve unwrapped all of your Christmas presents, received three copies of District 9 from multiple uncommunicative family members, and the year of 2009 is about to be wrapped up. The debate is over: 2009 has been a great year for film. So what do you do now?
Why, start thinking about what’s around the corner, of course!
While there’s less in the way of interesting sci-fi, as 2009 will surely be remembered for, 2010 has plenty of interesting new films in store, as well as some remakes, reboots and sequels. Here’s a list of the 15 most anticipated films of 2010, in order of release, followed by a minefield of movies you might consider avoiding.
The Wolfman (February 12)
- John Cooper
Short version: If you want to finish 2009 with a fun, entertaining movie – go see Sherlock Holmes.
Screen Rant reviews Sherlock Holmes
I had high hopes going in to Sherlock Holmes, and I’m happy to report that director Guy Ritchie, composer Hans Zimmer, Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law came together to exceed my expectations. Now do keep in mind that I am not comparing this to the classic character as portrayed in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories – not being a fan of the genre, I read a Sherlock Holmes story once, a Long time ago and have no memory of it.
Downey Jr, of course, plays Sherlock Holmes with Jude Law along as Dr. Watson. Rachel McAdams appears on the scene later on in the film as an ex-love interest of Holmes. As the film opens, it is apparant that Holmes and Watson work in concert with the local police, »
- Vic Holtreman
Why, you’d almost think that Tyler Durden hadn’t gone off on those rants of his ten years ago. How did the anti-pointless-bullshit cautionary tale of Fight Club become the actual freakin’ blueprint for the past decade instead of the, you know, how-not-to-live anti-plan? If there is a thrill of recognition to Up in the Air -- and a horror of recognition, too -- it may be because this funny and smart and bitter and gently shocking film so perfectly encapulates the self-delusion we’ve subjected ourselves to through the 2000s, and the quiet desperation we’ve lived with while living with that self-delusion. Not all of us as individuals, of course, but all of us in the aggregate, as a culture: we’ve collectively created a society that inserts artificial distance between people (jobs that keep us occupied 24/7, for instance), and we’ve called it Good (gotta make a living, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz has sparked internet rumours after posting pictures of his bloodied and bruised face online. The musician looked as if he had been beaten up in the snapshots, which he shared on his blog. Pete, 30, penned a multiple-choice quiz for fans to guess what happened to him. He wrote: 'My face was badly bludgeoned because....' Included in the list of reasons were: Latenight game of 'face jousting' gone horribly right; I was wasted. You should see the other guy; Forgot to thaw turkey before deep-frying; Realised my sex appeal was getting in the way of my art, like Brad Pitt and Matt Damon; Watched 'Fight Club' in like, super hi-def »
- Gavin Wilson
The ReelzChannel 100 began when we asked Leonard Maltin for his favorite Hidden Gems of the decade. His list led the web team into a general discussion about the best movies of the decade and — after no small amount of debate, arguing, and (we're not proud to say) some petty name-calling — we decided we'd better bring it to an end with a company-wide vote. Then it was just a matter of tallying up the votes and hoping for the best. Lucky for us, ReelzChannel is filled with a staff ranging from movie lovers to movie fanatics. What turned out isn't what you'll find on a critic's best of list — instead it's what movie fans really enjoyed.
In day two of the ReelzChannel 100, we highlight the 10 best DVDs and Blu-rays from the past decade.
Link | Posted 12/22/2009 by reelz
- reelz reelz
We’ve come to the end of 2009, so we thought we’d weigh in with a look back at the first 10 years of the 21st century in the movie world and discuss the various different “events” which shaped the decade. Obviously we can’t cover absolutely everything, but sticking true to our core movie genres on the site, we’re just going to concentrate on the comic-book, sci-fi, action (and so forth) types of movies and take a look at what films had the maximum impact over this decade.
It’s amazing to think that it’s been 10 years since movies like The Matrix, American Beauty and Fight Club (to name but a few) came out in 1999 (check out our 1999 decade highlight, if you haven’t already). A Lot of movies – somewhere in the vicinity of 5,000-6,000 – have been released since then. We’ve had the good, the bad and »
- Ross Miller
2009 is almost over and so many magazines and websites have already offered up their best of the year And decade that I'm afraid y'all will get sick of the retrospectives before The Film Experience has chimed on. Remember: the tortoise wins! 2005's top ten list (in its original form) follows. New comments in red.
Public Favorites (Box Office): Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, War of the Worlds, King Kong, Wedding Crashers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman Begins, Madagascar and Mr & Mrs Smith
- NATHANIEL R
DVD Playhouse—December 2009
Public Enemies (Universal) Johnny Depp portrays legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger in co- writer/director Michael Mann’s take on America’s first “Public Enemy Number One.” Like many big studio releases today, Public Enemies has it all: A-list talent before and behind the camera, but lacks a heart or soul that allows its audience to connect with it. Film plays out like a “true crime” TV show with re-enactments of famous events cast with top actors and shot by the best technicians in the business, with little, if any, character or story development to hold it together in between. A real disappointment from one of our finest filmmakers and finest actors. The lone standout: the great character actor Stephen Lang as a hard-eyed lawman who’s seen a lot, but manages to retain a tiny piece of his heart. For a better take on the same subject, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
It's a glorious week for Brad Pitt and the Inglorious Basterds, with several major awards nominations and the film's debut on DVD. Now, Pitt's fellow cast members are sounding off on what their leading man was really like off-screen. The consensus: Brad's anything but "basterdly." Director Quentin Tarantino says Pitt is all dude. "The thing that really just comes to my mind when you say something like that is - he is a guy," Tarantino told People at the launch party for the Basterds DVD at Los Angeles's New Beverly Theater. "He's a cool guy. You can have cool and »
- Scott Huver
The "Chuck" countdown clock is now inside 30 days, and the show's creators are opening up -- at least a little -- about what we can expect from the new season.
Co-creators Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak and star Zachary Levi spoke to reporters on a conference call Friday and laid out a little bit of what viewers can expect from the new season, which premieres Jan. 10. Chuck Bartowski (Levi) downloaded a new Intersect into his head at the end of last season, one that gives him access to physical skills as well as government secrets, and the new season will follow his path to becoming, as Fedak and Schwartz put it, "a real spy."
Here are a half-dozen things you can expect from the new season.
The new Intersect won't always work. Fedak: "You have to keep in mind that it was designed for a super-cold, emotionless spy like Bryce »
'My most embarrassing moment? It had to do with karaoke and Eye Of The Tiger'
Jared Leto was born in Louisiana in 1971. He went to New York's School of Visual Arts, and in 1994 was cast opposite Claire Danes in the television series My So-Called Life. His movies include Fight Club, Requiem For A Dream and Alexander, and he put on 67lbs (more than 30kg) to play John Lennon's assassin, Mark Chapman, in Chapter 27. Next February, he will tour the UK with his band, 30 Seconds To Mars.
What is your earliest memory?
Fireworks and a wolf.
When were you happiest?
I'm hoping that hasn't happened yet.
Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Stephen Hawking – a great example of triumph in the face of adversity.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
The need to sleep.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? »
Note: This Will Be Posted At The Top Of Our Headlines Throughout The Weekend! Happy Shopping! With the holiday shopping season officially upon us, I figured it might be a good idea to start making some recommendations for the lucky horror-loving folks on your lists!
Blu-ray players once again are going to be pretty hot items this year, but what of the movies available for them? If you already own the DVD of your favorite flick, is there a need to replace it with a Blu-ray? I'm here to answer all of your questions in the second annual ...
Before we get into my picks, let's take a second to explain how I rated them. They're broken down into three categories:
Can't Miss -- Must Haves: These are the cream of the crop! The purchases that are guaranteed to bring a smile to someone's face. Items no one with the tech should be without. »
- Uncle Creepy
A Gothic Weekend of Hallucinations
Last night, I was circling a local used video store for some long forgotten haunts when I happened upon Gothic . I remembered seeing this cover on the store shelves when I was young and my mom not letting me rent it because the cover art featured what looked like a naked midget squatting over a half-naked chick. She was determined it was some lurid, disturbing sex fest. So, now well into my 20’s, I grabbed it a truly teen-angsty way and headed home to enjoy my forbidden fruit. My mom’s assessment of the film was not that far off.
I knew little about this film aside from the fact that it was supposed to be a “version” of how Mary Shelley came to write the epic horror story Frankenstein. For those of you who feel asleep in high school English class, Mary Shelley, her husband /poet Percy Shelley, »
- email@example.com (Rebekah McKendry)
What would you do if the world was watching your every move? Kalika Moquin knows what to do: Party!
So you’ve been outed as one of Tiger Woods‘ rumored mistresses — do you go into hiding or go out with friends?
It seemed like Kalika Moquin was keeping a low profile. She hasn’t spoken out about her alleged love affair with the golf pro, and apparently took a different tack from Tiger’s other rumored gal pals Rachel Uchitel, Jaimee Grubbs and Mindy Lawton by avoiding the media.
The Bank nightclub marketing manager is finally coming out of her hiding spot and starting to enjoy life again. She was spotted on Dec. 9 sitting at a table during the Fight Club 3 charity boxing tournament inside Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a source tells HollywoodLife.com.
If she’s been under any stress (as we’re sure she must »
- Eunice Oh
David Fincher's true crime masterpiece about a serial killer that terrorized Northern California throughout the late 60's and early 70's may very well be one of the best police procedural dramas of all time. Film Junk's Best of the Decade #14: Zodiac. Starring an incredible ensemble cast of Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chloe Sevigny, Fincher puts forth a film of immaculate detail and an endless investigation that became an obsession of many of San Francisco's media and law enforcement members. At a running time of almost three hours, Zodiac follows the steps of the reporters and beat cops through the investigative process. They try to figure out the randomness of the murders and why the killer sent confessions and cryptic clues to the newspapers. As the killer collects more victims, James Vanderbilt's screenplay becomes that much more riveting. Fincher films some death »
Gallery 1988 have made a few more Crazy4Cult prints available for purchase. In addition to Dan May’s Edward Scissorhands-Inspired Art Print “Portrait of a Gentle Man” that we posted about last week, the Los Angeles based gallery have made a few more prints available. Details and photos after the jump. N.C. Winters' Fight Club-inspired "I Am Jack's Broken Heart" 12 x 16 inch giclee print on fine art paper is now available for $70, limited edition of only 35. Dave McDowell's John Hughes-inspired "Molly's" 14 x 11 inch giclee print on fine art paper, available for $60, limited edition of 50. Scott Campbell's "The Exciting News" (inspired by Kevin Smith's SModcast #42) on 10 x 8 inch giclee print on fine art paper, available for $40, limited edition of 30. To order any of these prints, please contact Gallery 1988: (323) 937-7088 / firstname.lastname@example.org / 7020 Melrose Ave., La, CA 90038. Gallery 1988 is also offering »
- Peter Sciretta
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" co-creator Kevin Eastman, publisher of 'illustrated adult fantasy' art magazine "Heavy Metal", recently said that director/producer James "Avatar" Cameron will co-executive produce Eastman's developing "Heavy Metal" animated film adaptation, with Cameron interested in directing one episode.
Other creatives interested in developing single animated episodes are directors David "Fight Club" Fincher and Zack "Watchmen" Snyder.
"Heavy Metal" magazine originated in the mid-1970's, when publisher Leonard Mogel of "National Lampoon" fame was in Paris to start a French edition of Nl and discovered the sex/violence French science-fantasy magazine "Métal Hurlant".
Mogel licensed a Us version, retitled it "Heavy Metal" and debuted his glossy mag in 1977, displaying English translations of graphic stories previously published in "Métal Hurlant" by Enki Bilal, Jean Giraud (aka 'Moebius'), Phillippe Druillet, Milo Manara, Richard Corben and Philippe Caza. »
- Michael Stevens
Though critics were split on Fight Club upon its initial release, it has become a deserved classic of the 1990s as far as its die-hard following of fans is concerned. A subversive tale packed with dark comedy, David Fincher’s adaption of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel presented a vision just as unique as its source text, with great performances by Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter. Fight Club comes to the Blu-ray format for the first time in celebration of the film’s 10th anniversary, and Fincher is up to his gags again. Upon popping the disc into a Blu-ray player, fans may think there was a mix-up at the plant. Drew Barrymore takes the screen and it appears to be the menu for Never Been Kissed. Luckily, the disc seemingly starts to skip and the faux menu makes way for a furniture advertisement and the true Fight Club menu. »
- Bill Jones
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