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Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
Part 2 of 10: A good car chase works for completely different reasons than its bipedal counterpart. Where a foot chase is more intimate, desperate, and rough, car chases are cool, exciting, almost romantic. Here the journey overwhelms destination: tough guys (and girls) driving sleek machines at impossible speeds. And unlike foot chases, there are no real limitations on where they can go or what they can do—sometimes cars can even fly.
10. Death Proof (2007) – Girl power vs. horse power
The obvious reference points of Death Proof are such movies as Vanishing Point, »
- Shane Ramirez
Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, P.H. Moriarty, Kevin McNally, Alan Ford, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan, Patti Love, Pierce Brosnan | Written by Barrie Keeffe | Directed by John Mackenzie
The gangster movie is a beast very like the gangs it is based on. Depending on the country of origin the crime organisations tend to have certain looks and style and a certain tradition that they cling to as their laws of how to do business. The modern gangster movies are definitely an example of this, but they also share one thing in common, they lend a lot from The Long Good Friday which gets the Arrow Video treatment with its new release on Blu-ray.
Harold (Bob Hoskins) is a British gangster with an eye to capitalism and being a successful business man. Seeing London as his empire he is taken aback at the incredulous »
- Paul Metcalf
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
You might’ve used the expression “The Real McCoy” and not actually known where it came from. Colloquially it refers to something being authentic, or the real deal. In fact, if someone were to name their movie after it, you might presume it was just a romantic comedy.
Well, now super-mega-star Chris Pratt is set to star in a movie about where that expression originated. The Real McCoy is a bootlegging drama about the life of Bill McCoy, a famous rum-runner during Prohibition who, as an American sea captain, shipped and sold illegal liquor across the coast until his capture in 1923. According to urban legend, McCoy touted that his liquor was never “cut”, or watered down, thus the expression “The Real McCoy”. But McCoy is also credited with having essentially created the six pack in order to better carry and ship bottles of rum and whiskey.
Pratt is to play »
- Brian Welk
Ferrari, which Mann has been attached to since 2011, is due to begin shooting next year.
Mann is developing the biopic with Los Angeles-based production company Cecchi Gori Media.
Ferrari redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing. Mann has reportedly merged two scripts, one by Troy Kennedy Martin ("The Italian Job") and another by David Rayfield ("Out of Africa").
Niels Juul ("Silence") will executive produce the film which has no links with the recently announced rival biopic project which will star Robert De Niro. In fact this new one was originally going to happen in 2004 with Sydney Pollack directing and Al Pacino starring, but has taken a very long time to get off the ground.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Mann is about to go head to head with his Heat star Robert De Niro. The director and the actor are working on separate biopics about Enzo Ferrari, the champion Italian racer who founded the luxury sports car company named after him. According to Variety, Mann’s version has been in the works for a while with the Rome-based Cecchi Gori Media (De Niro’s A Bronx Tale) and now he’s in final talks to direct the movie. It’s unclear if this will be his follow-up to Blackhat, but shooting wouldn’t begin until next year. Not that I expect he’d slip something else in before that. Currently titled Ferrari, according to IMDb, the script for this one is a Mann-ordered mash-up of efforts penned separately by Troy Kennedy-Martin (The Italian Job) and the late David Rayfiel (The Firm), both individually adapted from the 1991 biography “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the »
- Christopher Campbell
It was not a fun experience watching Michael Mann's Blackhat. Not only was it a terrible film, but it was a terrible film from one of my favorite filmmakers, a filmmaker that seems to be moving closer to the lackluster output of Ridley Scott and farther away from the man that made the likes of Collateral, The Insider and Heat. So, just as my interest in Scott's The Martian isn't too high, I can't say I'm all that intrigued when it comes to Mann's next project, which Variety reports is the long-gestating "Ferrari" biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari. We first reported on this project back in May 2011 when word was 20th Century Fox would distribute Go Like Hell, a film based on A.J. Baime's "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" with a script by Jason Keller »
- Brad Brevet
Esteemed filmmaker Michael Mann is finalizing talks with Cecchi Gori Media to helm the long-in-development Enzo Ferrari biopic, focusing on the life of the Italian racing driver and entrepreneur. First picked up by Variety, it’s understood that both parties want to get the cameras rolling on the Grand Prix drama in 2016.
According to the report, Mann has merged two early scripts for the Ferrari-centric production, with the vast majority of research centering around Brock Yates’ Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races, which hit bookshelves back in ’91. The Heat director is working alongside Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and David Rayfield (Out of Africa), on the screenplay, and to gain an indication of the events that the final product will likely encompass, you can check out the detailed description of Yates’ novel below.
As for the Enzo Ferrari biopic itself, the project has flirted with »
- Michael Briers
We’re sort of wishing the great Murray Walker would be available to commentate on this news story. Because just when Robert De Niro and the producers behind Ferrari were thinking they might have the track to themselves when it comes to biopics of car racing legend Enzo Ferrari, Here Comes Michael Mann, What A Surprise Contender, Breaking Away From The Pack To Turn This Into A Real Chase… Sorry, got carried away in true Murray style.But it’s true: Mann is now attached to guide a competing, as-yet-untitled biopic about Ferrari, who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and was partly responsible for kick-starting Formula 1 racing. Mann has taken two existing scripts, one by The Italian Job’s Troy Kennedy Martin and another from Out Of Africa’s David Rayfield and put them through a Seth Brundle-style merging process to come out with one script. Everything is based »
Michael Mann, likely hoping to bounce back from Blackhat- the critical and financial flop he released earlier this year-, is preparing his next project. The revered director, responsible for films like Heat, The Insider, and Ali is now preparing to bring Enzo Ferrari's life story to the big screen. The Italian automotive mogul is responsible for the iconic brand of cars that bare his name: Ferrari.
Mann, as he's been known to do, has been doing exhaustive research on the man, and has combined two separate scripts that were based off of the book "Enzo Ferrari: The Man, The Cars, and The Races" by Brock Yates into one. Those two, now merged scripts were written by Troy Kennedy Martin (The Italian Job) and David Rayfiel (The Firm).
The Rayfiel script was going to be used by Sydney Pollack when this film was first conceived back in 2004, with »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Michael Mann devotees will likely remember that quite a few years ago, the filmmaker was lining up a movie based on the book"Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans" by A.J. Baime, about the Le Mans battle between Ford and Ferrari in 1966. The project never got off the ground, but it seems Mann hasn't lost his need for speed because he has another car movie he's getting behind the wheel on. Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Mann Variety reports that Mann will direct a biopic on Enzo Ferrari. The movie will be based on Brock Yates’ book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races.” This project has been brewing for a while, with Sydney Pollack once attached to direct with Al Pacino in the lead, over a decade ago. This version will have a script put »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rome – Michael Mann and L.A.-based Cecchi Gori Media are in final development stages on their long-gestating “Ferrari” biopic, about Italian automotive mogul Enzo Ferrari, which Mann is set to direct.
Mann and Cgm chief exec Niels Juul are eying a 2016 shooting date for the extensively researched pic, based on Brock Yates’ 1991 book “Enzo Ferrari: The Man, the Cars, the Races,” about the man who redefined the high-powered Italian sports car and almost single-handedly created Formula One racing.
“We are talking to financiers and have some early commitments,” said Juul.
- Nick Vivarelli
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
This one is going to a huge hit.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
- Melissa Thompson
Director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) is channeling a new kind of cinematic verve for his upcoming feature Straight Outta Compton. A biopic of revolutionary rap outfit Nwa, it chronicles the early years of the musical pioneers and how their unique brand of hip-hop changed the face of music forever.
Named after the band’s highly-influential 1988 debut LP, the movie purports to tell the story of their meteoric rise to fame. The group’s formation and subsequent material sparked a cultural war due to their songs shedding light on the harsh reality of life in Los Angeles’ notorious suburb of Compton.
With full approval of the band’s founding members, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube slap their mark on this new trailer via a bespoke introduction. Their onscreen counterparts, played by Corey Hawkins and O’Shea Jackson Jr., can be seen in this fresh preview alongside Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, »
- Gem Seddon
Straight Outta Compton opens on August 14 in the Us and the UK.
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In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
- Luke Owen
Universal has premiered a new trailer for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which will be arriving in theaters on August 14, along with five character posters highlighting the lead members of the gangsta rap group -- O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Eazy-e, Aldis Hodge as Mc Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella. I'm incredibly curious to see how this plays out, especially with Cube and Dre producing, though Tomica Woods (played by Carra Patterson in the movie) is also producing, which might help add a bit of reality to the picture. Check out the new trailer and character posters below. sb id="1506549" height="360" width="640" In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, »
- Brad Brevet
Newcomer O'Shea Jackson Jr. plays his real-life dad Ice Cube, alongside Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Dr. Dre and Eazy-e. Paul Giamatti plays their then-manager Jerry Heller, who co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-e in 1986. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producers on the pic, which is directed by F. Gary Gray ("Law Abiding Citizen," "The Italian Job," "Set It Off," "Friday"). The supporting cast includes Alexandra Shipp, Orlando Brown, and R. Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight.
Ice Cube described their story as "an American story of not only rags to riches, but David vs. Goliath. To me, when you talk about N.W.A, you talk about non-violent protests against things that we were trying to comprehend, so we »
- Jenni Miller
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