4 items from 2014
A horde of giant, horny preying mantises are about to be unleashed on the world as Sony Pictures acquires the rights to Andrew Smith's young adult novel Grasshopper Jungle.
The book was published last month and is set in the small town of Ealing, Iowa. It centers on friends Austin and Robby, who accidentally set an army of insects on an unsuspecting populace. Here is the book's official synopsis:
In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it. You know what I mean.
Funny, intense, complex, and brave, Grasshopper Jungle brilliantly weaves together everything from testicle-dissolving genetically modified corn to the struggles of recession-era, small-town »
Feature Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 06:13
We take a close look at 2001's Swordfish, and pinpoint the crucial lessons that wannabe computer programmers can take from it.
What follows gets quite geeky at times. We should point out that this is very much a tongue in cheek look at the film, rather than a desire to see filmmakers correct programming errors!
The first few minutes of Swordfish, once Travolta has hit us with this revelation, proceed to dissect the all-time classic Dog Day Afternoon, whilst Travolta chomps on a cigar and looks pleased with the arrangement of his facial hair. There's not much of it, but it's still a point of pride to the man.
As for the film itself? »
Pulsating action thriller starring Hugh Jackman as a computer hacker who's forced into helping patriotic psycho John Travolta steal billions in government cash to fund his doolally anti-terror plot. Aided by the techno-wizards behind The Matrix and Face/Off, Gone in Sixty Seconds director Dominic Sena serves up a bone-rattling bonanza of stunts, chases and sweaty-palmed suspense, while throwing in Halle Berry as a topless femme fatale and kicking it all off with an awesome 360-degree explosion. But take care - it moves so fast you could choke on your popcorn. »
Nicolas Cage is an acting veteran who has appeared in more than 70 films, winning a Best Actor Academy Award for his searing portrayal of a writer drinking himself to death in Leaving Las Vegas. He’s also famous for turning in wildly over-the-top, hammed to the hilt performances without breaking a sweat. His hardcore fans praise his best films (Adaptation, Red Rock West, Bringing Out The Dead) even as they adore his arguably terrible ones (Gone in Sixty Seconds, Drive Angry, The Wicker Man) just because he’s Nic Cage.
Still, with the exception of 2013′s successful animated feature The Croods – in which he voiced the patriarch of a family of cave-dwellers – his last real hit would be 2010′s Kick-Ass, and his last critically celebrated turn might date back to 2006′s World Trade Center. For the last few years Cage’s output has mainly consisted of a series ...
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- Anthony Vieira
4 items from 2014
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