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Brighton born film-maker Ross Boyask has been flying the flag for UK action films over the past decade. He’s directed a host of short films, including Pure Vengeance which starred Scott Adkins (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Undisputed 2 and 3) and was featured on Jonathan Ross’ show Stop! Kung Fu!. He’s also helmed a couple of cult martial arts movies, Left For Dead and Ten Dead Men, which have both sold worldwide.
Currently being sold for distribution is his latest film, Warrioress, a martial arts fantasy in the vein of Xena: Warrior Princess. It’s a fantastic, low budget, kick ass martial arts flick, well worth checking out when it gets released. Ross was kind enough to take time out to answer a few questions for Flickering Myth...
- Flickering Myth
Last week we asked Film Junk readers to pick Walter Hill's best movie of all time, and as you might expect, the voting was somewhat sparse. I figured there were at least a handful of his movies that most people had seen, but it appears that may not be the case. Coming out on top after laying a serious beatdown on the competition was his seminal '70s gang flick The Warriors with 42% of the votes. His buddy cop entry 48 Hrs. placed second with 24% of the votes followed by The Driver. Streets of Fire, Brewster's Millions and Southern Comfort all essentially tied for the next three spots. After that, there were just a few votes spread around the remaining options, including the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Red Heat which was all the way down at #10. Trespass did not receive a single vote. Do you agree with these results? 1. The Warriors -- 42% 2. 48 Hrs. »
As narrative, Bullet to the Head is amateurish. Villains awkwardly explain their plans for the benefit of the audience. Characterization is non-existent. Scenes are bridged by lame iMovie-style filter effects. Poorly Photoshopped stills are used to illustrate "backstory." The movie clunks along with no sense of dramatic tension or scope.
And yet in terms of how it handles light, movement, texture, and space, it's clearly the work of a master. Directing his first feature since Undisputed (2002), Walter Hill invests the film with all the hallmarks of his abstracted macho style: blunt comic-strip compositions; telephoto lenses that turn foreground objects into translucent smears on the frame; figures lit chiaroscuro against backdrops of neon; reflections rippling on water. Bullet in the Head may have a shaky sense of structure and plot, but it has a firm grip on action movie form.
Sylvester Stallone—looking more than a little like a gorilla taught »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
There is no writer who’s left as indelible a mark on screenwriting than the great Walter Hill. The Driver, The Getaway, Streets of Fire -- all master-classes in the lean, efficient minimalist style that has become de rigueur for industry screenwriting. This alone would make a career -- but Hill also doubles as a great filmmaker, his range extending from the cult (The Warriors) to the blockbuster (48 Hours). The man quite simply is one of the best and his absence from the big screen (2002’s Undisputed: his last credit) is a damn shame. Today, Hill returns to the cineplex with the Sylvester Stallone hit-man-avenging-his-dead-partner-after-a-deal-gone-bad actioner Bullet To The Head (a film he most unfortunately didn’t write as well). Regardless -- it’s great to see Walter Hill back on the marquee. In the following interview with Hill, he discusses directing another’s script, his mark on screenwriting, »
- Tommy Cook
This week "Bullet to the Head" hits the big screen and marks the long awaited return of a singular voice in American film, Walter Hill. His first film since 2002's marginal prison boxing movie "Undisputed," Hill is probably best known for his role in Ridley Scott's "Alien." Hill produced and co-wrote (with frequent collaborator David Giler) the original script, adding in the Ash reveal and developing the characters more fully. (Together with Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis, Giler and Hill would co-create the highly influential "Tales from the Crypt" TV series; Hill would direct three of the series' most memorable episodes, including the pilot.) As a writer/director, Hill has had a long and varied career. On the eve of the release of "Bullet to the Head," we thought we would run down his five best films. In recent years, Hill's surly disposition has gotten the better of him, »
- Drew Taylor
You don’t get any more old school than Sylvester Stallone playing a hitman in an action movie directed by Walter Hill, who hasn’t directed a movie since 2006′s TV movie “Broken Trail”, and before that, an episode of the awesome Western “Deadwood”. His last feature film was 2002′s “Undisputed” with Wesley Snipes, and as I recall, that movie went direct to video. Hill’s latest is “Bullet to the Head”, and it looks to be old school fun from the man who gave us “Last Man Standing” and “Red Heat”, among many, many other crowd-pleasing hits from the ’80s and ’90s. Here’s a fresh clip from Hill’s “Bullet to the Head”, featuring a bathroom ambush by Conan on Rocky. Not cool, Conan, not cool at all. After watching their respective partners die, a cop and a hitman form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy. »
I'm a big proponent of meaningful movie titles. That's not to say that there has to be some deep-seated, thoughtful meaning behind a title, but it has to mean something, unlike a movie such as Rush Hour, whose title comes from an arbitrary line uttered in the first act. When I hear about a movie like Bullet to the Head, I know immediately what to expect: fight scenes, gunplay, general badass-ness, and the like. Bullet to the Head is not a movie guys will take their girlfriends to. Teenage girls will not wait in line for days on end to see Bullet to the Head on February 1. Bullet to the Head is a motherf*&%ing Action movie, and a throwback action movie at that.
Back in August 2011, I was invited to New Orleans »
Bullet to the Head is the latest film to star ass-kicking pensioner Sylvester Stallone. He plays Jimmy Bobo (really), a hitman with morals – don’t they all – who gets himself in a right old tiswas after his partner is killed by Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian’s Jason Momoa after a routine job. Tech-savvy (ie, smartphone-owning cop) Taylor Kwon looks into the murder Bobo committed and decides to team up with the crim in order to find out who’s really behind all the killing and intrigue and why. Kwon is played by Sung Kang who has starred in a number of Fast and Furious films and was cast as Thomas Jane was not ‘ethnic’ enough. Former NFL cheerleader Sarah Shahi plays tattoo-artist »
- Jack Kirby
Filmmaker Walter Hill returns to the silver screen with Bullet to the Head, his first directorial effort since 2002's Undisputed. Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang star as a hitman and a cop, who form an unusual alliance to take down a common enemy. Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster and the second TV spot from this action-thriller, which proves that revenge never gets old.
Bullet To The Head - TV Spot 2
Bullet to the Head comes to theaters February 1st, 2013 and stars Jason Momoa, Sylvester Stallone, Christian Slater, Sarah Shahi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sung Kang, Jon Seda, Holt McCallany. The film is directed by Walter Hill. »
9 items from 2013
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