5 items from 2012
Chicago – Playwright Martin McDonagh really broke into the film world in a big way with his Oscar-nominated script for the stellar “In Bruges.” He defies the sophomore slump this week with the release of “Seven Psychopaths,” starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, and Woody Harrelson. McDonagh recently sat down with us to talk about the themes in his work, extreme violence, how much Harry Dean Stanton rules, how he cribbed from “Night of the Hunter” & “Mean Streets,” and much more.
Hollywoodchicago.Com: As I’m getting older I’ve noticed myself thinking about some of the themes at play in “Seven Psychopaths” like Heaven and Hell and personal responsibility. Are these themes that are intriguing more now and that’s why you’re playing with them or have they always interested you?
Martin McDonagh: They’ve always been there but I put them more front and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In the decade that has passed since Grand Theft Auto 3 burst into our living room with its 3D graphics, immersive terrain and fast cars, powerful guns and deadly explosives, it spawned the attempts by several video games to copy the formulae for what was soon to become known as the “sandbox” series.
Some developers, admirably, succeeded in taking elements of Rockstar’s GTA franchise and making more exciting and compelling games out of them by adding their own unique features. Others, however, simply tried to sell a GTA Rip Off, and these titles became known as “Grand Theft Auto Clones”.
Here, What Culture! examines five games similar in style to GTA, and breaks them down into the good and the just plain bad.
The Good 5. State of Emergency (2002)
Released a year after Grand Theft Auto 3, this ultra-violent game was developed by Vis Entertainment and released onto the Playstation 2, Xbox and PC. »
- Joseph Dempsey
Filming of Jeff Wadlow's Kick-Ass 2 (based on the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. series) is now well underway, and the recent reveal of the villainous 'Mother Russia' on set has understandably resulted in a lot of excitement among fans. Apparently, the scenes currently being shot in Toronto with Olga Kurkulina see her, "Rip off a cop car's door and use it to shield fire from one of the cops before flinging it at another cop." Many thanks to Hussain for sending us the following photos and footage. Be sure to get in touch with us by clicking Here if you have anything similar you would like to see published on Cbm! Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kick-Ass Chloë Grace Moretz as Hit-Girl Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Red Mist Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars Donald Faison as Doctor Gravity Lindy Booth as Night Bitch Andy Nyman as The Tumor Robert Emms »
Say what you like about Simon Cowell, you can't deny he has an appalling taste in movies. Nine years ago he had a hand in the dreadful From Justin to Kelly, a cheap, cynical and transparent money-making exercise in which the winner and runner-up of the first American Idol series sang songs and ran around on a beach, failing to conjure any chemistry together. It was horrible, but Cowell wasn't deterred.
Two years ago, he made StreetDance 3D: a cheap, cynical and transparent money-making exercise in which all the contestants from Britain's Got Talent who Cowell didn't know what to do with were flung together and apparently told to re-enact the plot of Step Up from memory. »
- Stuart Heritage
'Last week someone chopped up a pig's face and served it with ice cream'
Seven years in and the BBC still hasn't worked out what to do with The Great British Menu (Weekdays, 6.30pm, BBC2). Again and again it commissions a sackload of episodes, only to tuck them away on the fringes of visibility. It's the television equivalent of asking your son to draw you a picture and then pinning it to the back of the fridge because, secretly, you hate him.
It's unfair treatment. In roughly the same amount of time, MasterChef has transformed from a BBC2 runt into an Apprentice-sized megalith. For three months – the same time it takes you to travel a quarter of the way around the sun – you can't avoid Gregg Wallace slapping his belly, rolling his eyes and barking out a string of graphic sexual fantasies about trifle. The Great British Menu is easily just as gormless as MasterChef. »
- Stuart Heritage
5 items from 2012
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