12 items from 2016
Kirsten Howard Jul 5, 2016
We dig through the ten recent straight-to-dvd films of Mr Nicolas Cage. Can we find a gem in there?
My mum, having just gone through an acrimonious divorce, was trying to drum up the optimism to find love again, and apparently that involved watching a lot of rom-coms where an idealised – or at least intrinsically whimsical – version of love prevailed over boring old steadfast responsibility.
She would watch Dirty Dancing three or four times in a day, rewinding the ending relentlessly and bawling her eyes out. A VHS of Baby Boom was worn down until the tape resembled a type of grey, flimsy nylon. I hesitate to imagine what she was projecting with repeated viewings of Overboard, »
While it was probably difficult for Dwayne Johnson to accept the lead role in 2017’s Jumanji reboot, considering how the very idea of following in the footsteps of the late great Robin Williams, who starred in the original 1995 film, is a daunting undertaking, it may be even tougher for audiences to get on board for a remake of the beloved family classic. However, in a heartfelt Instagram post published yesterday, Johnson, who’s also producing the film through his Seven Bucks Production banner alongside Matt Tolmach, William Teitler, Ted Field and Mike Weber, reassured fans that the new Jumanji will “honor” Williams and his character Alan Parrish.
A portion of the caption attached to a picture of Johnson holding a copy of the 1981 Chris Van Allsburg-written book on which the film is based reads as follows: “An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. »
- Justin Cook
Some bad guys just want to collect antiques, or sand down a nice coffee table. Presenting our pick of 9 affable action movie villains...
Villains come in all shapes and sizes, from the hulking and formidable, like Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, to the more lithe and cunning, like the maniacal Scorpio in Dirty Harry. The most memorable villains almost always have one thing in common, though: whether they're blessed with brains, brawn or both, they're intimidating and powerful in some way. They're a worthy foil for the hero (or heroine) of the piece.
So what happens when a villain comes across as, well, just plain nice? Sure, they may have the henchmen, the money, the gadgets and the guns. But some villains seem just too easy-going and friendly to be properly intimidating. This isn't to say the performances are bad; in some cases, they're scene-stealingly brilliant. »
Heist films are a perennial favourite amongst movie goers and the best of them are a heady concoction of suspense, ingenuity and maverick characters. A good heist film needs at least one intensely determined protagonist prepared to break every mold in his quest to pull off a brilliant job. From the original plan, to the inevitable errors and challenges along the way, through to the jubilant get-away scenes, an outstanding heist movie will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This feeling can be experienced throughout Ben Affleck’s The Town (2010), a movie set in Charlestown, Boston. This gritty, hard-hitting story sees a gang of old friends mastermind a daring bank robbery, which goes awry. One of the gang, Doug, must forge a relationship with the bank’s manager, Claire, in order to ascertain how much she knows and how much she’s told the police. Following the 2010 release of The Town, »
- The Hollywood News
(This is the first in an occasional series in which I remember some of the best double features I’ve been lucky enough to see projected in a theater.)
The New Beverly Cinema, the oldest surviving revival theater in Los Angeles, has this week dished up a time-capsule glimpse into America’s popular obsession with Cb, or citizen’s band, radio and the largely mythological outlaw trucker culture through which it crackled. If you’re of a certain age (mine), and you ever cruised around town or down the highway jabbering to friends and strangers on an open channel frequency (I did—my handle was The Godfather!), given the opportunity I don’t see how you could possibly resist the chance to see the ultimate trucker-cb action-comedy pairing, Hal Needham’s Smokey and the Bandit and Sam Peckinpah’s Convoy. (I couldn’t!) As of this writing, the morning of »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The Italian Job (1969)
The Oscars are taking place this weekend, and for once, a high-octane action film is listed amongst the movies going for Best Picture. Mad Max: Fury Road features some of the best car chase sequences ever committed to film, but which movie features the best car chase scene of all time? Well, the folks at JCT600 have conducted an independent survey, and asked 1,000 people to vote on which film features the best car chase ever.
Commenting on the result, Ian Davies (Mini Brand Director at JCT600) said: “It was with the release of The Italian Job that this iconic brand went from strength to strength. The film helped make the Mini part of British culture and the icon that it is today. The impressive car chase »
- The Hollywood News
March 2016 is a sad month for some Netflix subscribers.
Say goodbye to '90s films "American Pie" (1999), "Hackers" (1995), Mel Gibson's "Hamlet" (1990), "Indecent Proposal" (1993) and "Jumanji" (1995) in March. Also disappearing: Will Smith movies "Hitch" (2005) and "Men in Black II" (2002), as well as oodles of TEDTalks that are all expiring next month.
Here's the complete list of what's leaving Netflix streaming in March.
Leaving March 1, 2016
"American Pie" (1999)
"American Wedding" (2003)
"Atlantis: The Lost Empire" (2001)
"The Babysitters" (2007)
"The Chosen One" (2010)
"Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986)
"Gone in 60 Seconds" (2000)
"Hannie Caulder" (1971)
"Hart's War" (2002)
"Indecent Proposal" (1993)
"Johnny Dangerously" (1984)
"Masters of the Universe" (1987)
"Men in Black II" (2002)
"The Monster Squad" (1987)
"Not Another Teen Movie" (2001)
"The United States of Leland" (2003)
Leaving March 2, 2016
"Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" (2013)
Leaving March 3, 2016
"Night Catches Us" (2010)
Leaving March 4, 2016
- Sharon Knolle
It's time to bulk up your Netflix queue, people, because the streaming giant is putting quite a few movies and TV shows on the chopping block throughout March. From hilarious titles like American Pie to tearjerkers like Hardball, check out which of your favorites are disappearing soon, and then see everything that's definitely here to stay, plus the new movies and shows coming in March! Expiring March 1 Switchmas Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman American Pie American Wedding Atlantis: The Lost Empire Down and Out in Beverly Hills Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights Gone in 60 Seconds Hackers Hamlet Hannie Caulder Hardball Hart's War Hitch Indecent Proposal Johnny Dangerously Jumanji Masters of the Universe Men in Black II Not Another Teen Movie Paycheck The Babysitters The Chosen One The Monster Squad The United States of Leland Wings Expiring March 2 Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Expiring March 3 Night Catches Us »
- Quinn Keaney
Green-Light International is fully financing and launching worldwide sales at the Berlin Film Festival with the aim of beginning production this year. Gli, which launched at the American Film Market, is headed by Christian de Gallegos, Jeff Elliott and Chad Moore.
“Johnny Two-Guns” is written by Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”), Allan Ungar and and Chad Law. Oriah Entertainment will co-produce the movie, which centers around war veteran and sharpshooter Johnny “Two-Guns” Trale after he returns home from Afghanistan to find that his wife and daughter have vanished without a trace — forcing him to take a job as an enforcer for a corrupt music mogul in an effort to fund his search efforts to find his family.
- Dave McNary
ABC newest superhero series, 'Marvel's Most Wanted,' just cast an incredible actor to play expert marksman and boxer, Dominic Fortune. 'Marvel's Most Wanted' recently got a pilot order at ABC. If it goes to series, it will feature the espionage adventures of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). Deadline broke the news today that actor Delroy Lindo will be joining the series as Dominic Fortune. Lindo is a formidable actor who is known for his roles in "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "Malcolm X", and most recently "Blood and Oil" and "Believe". Lindo's character — Dominic Fortune — has had a long history in Marvel comics. He's currently over 100 years old but looks much younger due to a de-aging super soldier serum. In the comics, he spent time working with Nick Fury and The Avengers in early 1960s. »
- Lauren Gallaway
If you are anything like me you couldn’t wait to get behind the wheel of a car. I remember being lucky enough to get my first car before I was even old enough to learn to drive (thanks to my parents). Most of that excitement was based on growing up watching classic driving movies and wanting to experience the thrill of the open road.
Of course, the reality of driving is very different and staying safe and knowing the laws of the road were very important for mine and my friends’ enjoyment. This is the important groundwork needed to make the dream comes true.
If anything the dream of the driving movies spurs you on to do all that important work. So, where should you look for inspiration that will stick with you? Here are some of my greatest driving films of all time:
1) Fast and Furious – This hugely »
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In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes, led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove »
- Movie Geeks
12 items from 2016
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