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Slow-motion scenes are staples of the action-movie genre. In the right hands, they become signature set pieces and film iconography. In the wrong hands, you get giggles and lots of eye rolling. As 300: Rise of an Empire battles its way into theaters this Friday, the over-cranked action of Zack Snyder's original 300 returns to get genre fans fist-pumping in the audience. To celebrate the film's release, here are 10 of our favorite slo-mo action scenes. After you enjoy this one from Rise of an Empire, that is: 1. The Matrix: Lobby Shootout Neo's first trip through the Matrix is his best. While his bullet-time dodge of an agent's firepower is iconic, the film's most fun use of the then-pioneering effect when Neo and Trinity...
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The trailers and credit list for 3 Days to Kill might lead you to believe it’s just another Taken-riffing tale of an American on the warpath in Europe, just with an actual American this time. You’d be right. It’s a tired action vehicle for an equally exhausted-looking star, one that’s still big enough to save the film from VOD obscurity. But under the manufactured surface is a different beast entirely, a film that piles on so many wrongs, that the sum total turns out to be a warped kind of right.
The Schrödinger’s cat of action movies, 3 Days to Kill exists in two different states at the same time: in one, it’s a potboiler mush of bland spy action that works the same Shootout/Car Chase/Fistfight three-step you’ve seen performed dozens of times before. In the other though, 3 Days to Kill is »
- Sam Woolf
The Austin Film Society's Godard Vs. Truffaut series continues on this weekend with a 35mm print of Godard's A Woman Is A Woman tonight and Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa. There's also an austin premiere on tap Sunday afternoon for The Big Shootout with director Mike Looney, Edith Royal and members of the 1969 Ut football team in attendance. The Q&A will be moderated by Klbj's Ed Clements.
On Monday night, you can head back over to the Marchesa for "An Austinite's Guide To The 2014 SXSW Film Festival." It will feature a Q&A with festival programmers Janet Pierson, Jarod Neece and Claudette Godfrey as well as a happy hour and a filmmakers' chat about how to make the most of the fest. On Wednesday, Richard Linklater will be hanging out with a 35mm print of Sam Fuller's White Dog and Essential Cinema is bringing you a newly restored »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Sundance is overcrowding Main Street already early Friday, and it didn’t take long for the deal-making to begin. Of the two hot Thursday titles, Dinosaur 13 found a home with Lionsgate and CNN Films, and the other title Whiplash is in play with Lionsgate/Roadside and A24 the outlets I’ve heard in the mix though the sale might take a little time because others like Radius-twc are catching up to it. The pic played great in the room, I’m told. Related: Sundance: Sony Nabs International Rights To ‘Whiplash’ Elsewhere, hockey players are massing again for the seventh annual Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shootout fundraiser which takes place Sunday from 2:30-4:30 at the Park City Ice Arena. It’s a mashup of former pro players, celebs and executives. While I risk Tom Bernard passing me on Main Street and hip-checking me into Banksy’s defaced wall painting, my »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
4 items from 2014
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