1-20 of 36 items from 2013 « Prev | Next »
Here's our pick of his finest performances – what would you add to the list?
Whether you think of him as the modern day Robert De Niro or an overpraised Norman Lamont-lookalike (as people used to say), you can't deny that Leonardo DiCaprio has been in some excellent films in the course of his 20 year career – and was the obvious choice to take the title role in Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
We asked readers to nominate his greatest performances – and here's an attempt to narrow it down to five of the very best, with suggestions from @TomorrowsEnd, @esmehaycox, @bobbyblowdart, @BafflerMeal and @amyjkhan.
Sadly there's no room here for his film debut in Critters 3 – let us know what else you think should have made the list in the comment thread below. Warning: spoilers and adult content feature heavily in these clips.
Here's a notably »
- Adam Boult
Fox doesn’t do very much these days that I consider “must-see”, but they do have a trio of shows coming down the pipe that peeks my curiosity. One is the J.J. Abrams-produced “Almost Human”, which looks expensive as hell and will probably have to bring in gangbuster ratings or it’s one-and-done, similar to the network’s “Terra Nova” last year. Not sure about “Sleepy Hollow” (couldn’t they get anyone we know to star in this thing? besides John Cho, who is barely in this trailer, that is), and “Gang Related” sounds incredibly like a rip-off of “Infernal Affairs” (since remade as “The Departed”) from the guy who wrote the “Fast and Furious” films, which, honestly, isn’t really a plus. Almost Human This action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future centers around the unlikely partnership between a part-machine cop and a part-human robot. Executive-produced by »
An incredibly unique sword is put on display in our exclusive poster for Well Go USA's The Guillotines, the latest from legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs). Xiaoming Huang, Ching-Tien Juan, and Purba Rgyal star in this period drama centering on an elite crime-fighting unit who protect the Chinese emperor from those who wish him harm. Check out this one-sheet that you won't find anywhere else, before this action-thriller debuts on iTunes and VOD formats May 14, ahead of its theatrical premiere on June 14.
The Guillotines comes to theaters June 14th, 2013 and stars Xiaoming Huang, Ching-Tien Juan, Purba Rgyal, Tian Gao, Yi Wei Zhou, Boran Jing, Peng Guo, Yuchun Li. The film is directed by Wai-keung Lau. »
Next month will see the release of British author John le Carré's latest spy novel, A Delicate Truth, and already this book is set to join the ranks of le Carré's adapted works, like The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, The Constant Gardener, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Deadline reports The Ink Factory, the production company behind the recently-wrapped adaptation of le Carré's A Most Wanted Man, has acquired the rights to A Delicate Truth, and is close to finding a screenwriter to adapt it. William Monahan is reportedly close to signing on to the job. Considering he's best known for adapting the Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs into an Academy Award-winning screenplay for the Martin Scorsese-helmed crime-drama The Departed, Monahan seems an excellent pick for this particular project. A Delicate Truth begins in 2008, and follows a counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, that aims to capture »
I have never seen one of Johnnie To's films so I'm hoping to make his new film, Blind Detective (Man Tam) the first as it will play as part of the Midnight selection at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and today a trailer for the film is available. The film stars Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs, House of Flying Daggers) as a cop forced into early retirement due to retinal damage. But after witnessing a bank robbery along with a female inspector - who believes he has acute senses - they team up in hope to solve the case. The idea immediately makes me think of Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi, though that's a character that's hardly his alone, adapted into a cop drama. I also seem to remember a film from the '80s or '90s focused on a blind man that went around protecting people. I'm not sure it »
- Brad Brevet
Feature James Clayton 19 Apr 2013 - 06:08
What if time were running backwards, and the remake of The Evil Dead actually came first? We'll let James explain this one...
Evil Dead is, according to one of its advertising posters, "The most terrifying film you will ever experience". That may be true, but perhaps not because it has brutal psychological and physical horror in a cabin in the dark woods and various other types of harrowing trauma. What might make it the most terrifying film experience is the actual experience of watching a remake of The Evil Dead - not the content we're swallowing, but the concept itself.
The poster also features the words, "A new vision from the producers of the original classic" and there are a couple of key points in that sentence if you break it down. The credibility of the 'new vision' claim can be contested, but I »
South Korean crime film “New World”, a sort of cross between Hong Kong’s “Infernal Affairs” and Johnnie To’s “Election”, has apparently made quite an impact, with trades reporting that Sony Pictures have acquired remake rights to the film for an American redo. The studio, no doubt, is hoping to land another “The Departed”, the Martin Scorsese film that was a remake of “Infernal Affairs”. Directed by Park Hoon-jong (who wrote “I Saw the Devil”), the film features undercover cops, gangland wars, and if you’ve seen South Korean gang films, then you know unlike American films where it’s all guns and explosions, there’s a lot of fisticuffs involve here. Here the official plot: The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation with the perfect weapon: Ja-sung, the boss’s right hand man, »
The element of surprise packs a powerful punch in the world of cinema, especially when a lead character is killed off. So what are the five best unexpected on-screen deaths?
This week's Clip joint is by Tom Grater, a London-based film writer and founder of entertainment website Tom's Cinema. You can also follow him on Twitter @tomsmovies. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In a world where any successful trope of film is regurgitated to death, directors have an increasingly difficult job if they want to catch us off our guard and deliver a genuine surprise. An unexpected death, particularly of a central character, is a plot twist that film-makers often fall back on when they want to shake their audience up. Below are five of the best examples.
Obvious spoiler warning! If you're squeamish of blood »
- Guardian readers
It seems it has been forever and then some since we last saw a film from Michael Mann. Since directing 2009's Public Enemies, Mann produced his daughter's film, Texas Killing Fields, the now canceled HBO show "Luck" and the HBO documentary series "Witness". A Blu-ray edition of his 1999 thriller The Insider recently debuted, but new work from Mann has been hard to find. That will change soon enough. Details on his upcoming cyber-thriller starring Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) has recently emerged with The Hollywood Reporter saying it will revolve around a U.S.-China task force pursuing a hacker hailing from the Balkans and based in a Southeast Asian country. Rumor has it Mann has been scouting locations in Hong Kong and meeting with talent including the likes of Tang Wei (Lust, Caution), Shawn Yue Man-lok (Infernal Affairs) and Nick Cheung Ka-fai (Election). The film is being produced by Legendary »
- Brad Brevet
We're now at four years since Michael Mann's last film, the cops 'n gangsters tale "Public Enemies," but the director seems to be getting close to making his next movie. Back in February it was revealed he was teaming with Chris Hemsworth for an untitled thriller "set in the world of cyber threats and attacks." Not many other details were shared other than Mann was co-writing the script as well, with Morgan Davis Foehl, who is currently penning the videogame adaptation "Mass Effect." But a few more bits and pieces have been revealed. Reports out of Asian media have revealed that Mann is currently scouting locations in Hong Kong, and has been meeting with notable talent for roles including Tang Wei ("Lust, Caution"), Nick Cheung Ka-fai ("Election") and Shawn Yue Man-lok ("Infernal Affairs," "I Come With The Rain"). And while specifics are still being kept under wraps, we have »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Updated with more plot info!The Hollywood Reporter has picked up a story in local Hong Kong tabloid The Apple Daily, revealing that Michael Mann was in town last weekend to scout locations for his new as-yet-untitled cyber thriller. Chris Hemsworth has already signed on as the lead in the film, and apparently Chinese stars including Tang Wei and Nick Cheung could be joining him very soon.According to the report, both Tang (Lust, Caution) and Cheung (The Beast Stalker), as well as Shawn Yue (Infernal Affairs), were all seen visiting the hotel where Mann was staying last Sunday afternoon. The director was also spotted scouting areas of Jordan (a bustling urban area close to Mongkok in Kowloon) later the same day.While details of the film's plot...
[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]
Review by Sam Moffitt
I had held off a long time on getting a Blu-Ray player when Tom Stockman, my friend at We Are Movie Geeks, sent me a screener of The Four, in Blu-Ray format! So it was off to K-mart and then home to set up a new RCA Blu-Ray player, to take the place of my RCA dvd player, (also purchased at K-Mart by the way.) And quite honestly I cannot think of a better movie to christen my new player with than The Four, an amazing Hong Kong action movie that is also a political thriller, a police procedural, a historical epic, a romantic comedy, and a horror movie with a cast of well over a dozen major characters.
- Movie Geeks
New World is the new gangster epic from South Korea that follows an undercover cop’s struggle to do his job and stay alive while the criminal organization he’s a part of falls apart around him. My full review will be posted later, but I’ll say now that fans of Infernal Affairs and Goodfellas will definitely want to keep an eye out for this one. Keep reading for the full synopsis. The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called “New World,” with the perfect weapon. The boss’ right hand man, Ja-sung (Lee Jung-jae, The Thieves), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, closely watched by handler Police chief Kang (Choi Min-sik, Oldboy). With a baby on the way, and living in mortal fear of being exposed as a mole, Ja-sung is torn between his duty and honor as a »
- Rob Hunter
On the page, the set up for Park Hoon Jeong’s “New World” is almost a cliché, the story pivoting around a cop caught in deep cover in the midst of a crime syndicate, looking for a way to the end assignment, only for forces on both sides of the law to squeeze him to a breaking point. In Hollywood, both “Donnie Brasco” and “The Departed” popularized the concept in the recent years, with the latter a remake of “Infernal Affairs,” which itself spawned a trilogy. So the question for “New World” is: does it bring anything new to the equation? Nope. Does it do this formula well? Yep.An opening “Law & Order”-esque cautionary title card warns, “the events, characters and institutions portrayed in the film are entirely fictitious,” immediately establishing a ripped-from-headlines tone for picture, and just like the famed network procedural, by the end of the first »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eran Creevy’s debut feature, the micro-budget urban thriller Shifty, announced the director as one of British filmmaking’s most promising talents. Coming good on that promise, Creevy is back with Welcome to the Punch; a London-set action movie in the vein of Infernal Affairs, simultaneously evoking the style of Michael Mann, Tony Scott and John Woo.
We’re immediately thrown into a high stakes game of cops and robbers, as James McAvoy’s Detective Max Lewinsky pursues criminal mastermind Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) across our crisply shot capital. The pre-titl showdown between the pair sees Sternwood ultimately putting a bullet in the hot-headed Lewinsky’s knee and escaping with his retirement fund.
But a few years later, with Lewinsky still draining fluid from his shattered knee, Sternwood is forced to return to London from his Icelandic retreat when his son is involved with a heist gone wrong, and the »
- Joe Cunningham
Eran Creevy is the British director who made the very good urban drama Shifty in 2008, and this is his step up to a big commercial picture – a London crime thriller with plenty of hardware: handguns, machine-pistols, automatic rifles, the lot. James McAvoy is Max, a detective tortured by his demons. Some years before, he failed to nab top bad guy Jacob Sternwood (Mark Strong) and is still tortured by the pain of getting shot in the leg. Now he's got the chance to nail Sternwood, but is getting no real support from superior officers Bartnick (Daniel Mays) and Geiger (David Morrissey), and there's a conspiracy happening somewhere over his head. This is an ambitious picture that may have drawn some inspiration from the Hong Kong Infernal Affairs movies, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Following on the success of the BAFTA nominated Shifty, Eran Creevy returns with his much awaited second feature Welcome to the Punch, and ahead of the films theatrical release, we caught up with the rising star.
Creevy talks about his influences, how he managed to attract such a stellar cast of British performers – such as James McAvoy (interview going live tomorrow), Mark Strong (our interview with Mark up here) and Peter Mullan – as well as discussing the invaluable assistance provided to him from his executive producer Ridley Scott. The young filmmaker, who is bound to have a bright future ahead of him, also tells us about his third project Autobahn – though his casting remains a secret for now.
Apparently there was a lot of buzz around the screenplay, which is exceptional as it’s only your second film. How do you create buzz like that?
What it was, after we made my first film Shifty, »
- Stefan Pape
Having interviewed Mark Strong no less than two months ago for the Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty, the talented actor is back in London promoting his latest flick, in the crime thriller Welcome to the Punch, where he plays the lead villain Jacob Sternwood – and we were fortunate to speak him once again.
Upon walking into the room – replacing the departing Eran Creevy, Strong says “now you know why I did the film”, as the enthusiasm shown by the gifted young filmmaker is there for all to see. Strong then proceeds to discuss his delight at working with Creevy, the pros and cons of working from home in London, his upcoming project Before I Go to Sleep with Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, and why he always seems to be cast as the bad guy.
You can see all our coverage of Welcome to the Punch which is out this Friday 15th March here. »
- Stefan Pape
With Chinese period epics still continuing to fill cinemas, it’s no surprise that old school Shaw Brothers favourites are increasingly being brought back to screens, 1975 classic “The Flying Guillotine” now reappearing as “The Guillotines”. The film was produced by Peter Chan, who recently updated the Shaws’ “Blood Brothers” as “The Warlords”, this time allowing Andrew Lau of “Infernal Affairs” fame to take the director’s seat and with a big name pan-Chinese language cast headlined by Huang Xiaoming (“Ip Man 2”), rising Taiwanese star Ethan Ruan (“Monga”), Shawn Yue (“Motorway”), pop singer Chris Li (“Bodyguards and Assassins”), Jing Boran (“The Bullet Vanishes”) and Wen Zhang (“Love is Not Blind”). The guillotines of the title are a secret brotherhood of assassins controlled by Emperor Qian Long (Wen Zhang) during the Qing Dynasty, their name also referring to the fearsome decapitation weapon they wield. Charged with bringing down rebel leader and apparent »
- James Mudge
Welcome to the Punch is a British import that arrives in theaters on March 27. It marks the second directorial effort of an up-and-comer named Eran Creevy, yet very little is known about it at this point despite the fact that it has James McAvoy (Atonement, X-Men: First Class) in the lead. What part does he play? And what is the story about? A number of those questions are answered in this new featurette for the crime noir, shared by Empire: Empire drops a number of impressive directorial influences when it talks about Creevy.s approach to his follow-up to Shifty. They name drop Michael Mann and Andrew Lau, pointing at Heat or Infernal Affairs (which was remade as The Departed by Martin Scorsese). That.s obviously a high standard, and we can.t expect Punch to live up to such lofty expectations. But if it does . McAvoy goes a little »
1-20 of 36 items from 2013 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners