18 items from 2016
Earlier this week, I published my rave review of HBO's new miniseries The Night Of, and I'm going to put it into the weekly review rotation for its run, starting with thoughts on the first episode, coming up just as soon as I can name two Yankees headed for the Hall of Fame... "Am I really here?" -Naz Because "The Beach" has been available for a few weeks through HBO's On Demand and streaming services, I've gotten to see the early reactions to it, which tend to break down along three paths: 1)That was unbearable to watch because I felt so bad for Naz as his night out went so horribly awry; 2)That was unbearable to watch because Naz acted like such a complete idiot at every turn; 3)Even though I felt bad for Naz, and/or couldn't believe how stupid he kept being, I was riveted by the whole thing. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Drawing favorable comparisons to the Night Watch series, Emilis Velyvis’ monster-filled flick Guardians of the Night (Nochnye Strazhi) is headed to Russia on August 25th. Though we don’t yet have a Stateside date, the brand spankin’ new Russian release trailer… Continue Reading →
The post Russian Guardians of the Night Trailer Is a Real Monster Mash appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
Recent years have brought us numerous remakes no one ever asked for, but Hollywood have really out done itself with Timur Bekmembetov’s (Night Watch, Wanted) Ben-Hur, already brought to the screen in fantastic fashion twice in 1925 and 1959 (the version we all know with Charlton Heston). The first trailer for this remake really showed what a director with an eye for crazy visuals like Bekmembetov could bring to the tale, and now a second trailer lifts the lid on the story, and good god it is awful. First off, it stuffs way too much into just under three minutes, with the super serious tone leading to some unintentional laughs on more than one occasion. Secondly, couldn’t they have picked a different song? I have no idea what they are aiming for with it, but they didn’t hit their mark. Instead, it makes the whole affair look behind cheesy. Check it out below, if you feel you need to. Released: 19th August (U.S.)/ 26th August (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
There aint nothing undead that can't be made undeader. That appears to be the guiding principal behind Emilis Velyvis' Guardians Of The Night, a bit of Underworld meets Night Watch action-horror out of Russia. The story is familiar enough - a courier stumbles across the reality of supernatural creatures hidden in plain sight in Moscow and is recruited by the organization tasked with keeping them under control - so it's really all about execution. And Velyvis - who, as an interesting side note, actually had a bit part as an actor in Brad Anderson's Transsiberian - seems pretty solid on that front. We ran a first teaser for this one back in April and it has now been followed by a full trailer, with English...
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Game Of Thrones season 6 is truly living up to the show's reputation for bloody murder. Major spoilers ahead..
This review contains spoilers.
The motto of this show has been the same since the very beginning. When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. Sometimes, just when it seems like winning is right around the corner, it turns out to be a nasty case of death instead. Westeros is a land where good, honorable people die terrible deaths, and also a land where despicable people die terrible deaths as well. Generally, everyone dies a terrible death. Valar morghulis.
Once upon a time, during the War of Five Kings, Balon Greyjoy (Patrick Malahyde) was considered an actual king. Sure, he only ruled the Iron Islands, and through them the northern seas, but still, that's a kingdom, albeit a nautically-based one. Now, the three Baratheon combatants are dead, »
Now, I'm not going to pretend to be an expert in Russian copyright law but if I were one of the producers of upcoming action fantasy Guardians Of The Night (Nochnye Strazhi) I might consider having my lawyer on speed dial. The story of a young courier who stumbles upon a hidden underworld of supernatural creatures and is recruited into the agency responsible for keeping the peace between the supernatural and human worlds, the similarities between this and Timur Bekmambetov's Night Watch are many and obvious. Not least of which is that the Russian title is actually close enough to Bekmambetov's film (and the source novel by Sergei Lukyanenko) that the literal translations to English are exactly the same. Regardless: Vampires in Russia! Take a...
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You're dangling off a van driving at an ungodly speed down a three-lane Moscow highway; suddenly, you hear a raucous, jarring thump. With all the violent jostling, it’s impossible to tell if it was a bump in the road or a tire crushing a stuntman's head. You look everywhere for clues; it's only once the Russian daredevil, previously lying prostrate in the middle of hectic traffic, flashes the thumbs up and yells, "Did you get?! Did you get?!" that you realize no one has died. Not yet, at least. »
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In the action thriller Hardcore Henry, a man wakes up in a high-tech lab and is told by a woman in a lab coat he has been brought back to life as a human-robot hybrid. He can’t remember anything but she tells him his name is Henry and she is his wife, slipping a wedding ring on his finger. But as she is preparing to restore his ability to speak, the lab is attacked. Shortly, Henry is running for his life in Moscow and hoping to rescue his wife from the attackers who have taken her.
The twist with this high-octane thriller is that it is shot in first-person point-of-view, where the audience sees through Henry’s eyes as he battles to stay alive using his considerable skills. Since he cannot speak, the viewer is completely immersed in his role, which is shot like a »
- Cate Marquis
For years, video games have stolen characters, imagery and set pieces from cinema (I’m looking’ at you Dead Space!); with this week’s Hardcore Henry, the film industry is striking back. Director Ilya Nashuller and producer Timur Bekmambetov (auteur of the awesome Night Watch series) team up to create the first action flick shot entirely with a subjective camera. So, does it work? And will gamers, used to controlling said camera, approve?
The film starts off with a bang when Henry (played by…us?) is woken up by his scientist lover Estelle (Haley Bennett) to realize he has no memory. It’s quickly deduced that he’ll have to regain his identity (which includes his voice; Henry is virtually speechless for much of the movie) and take down a warlord who plans to bio-engineer soldiers. If you’re even a casual gamer, all of this will feel oddly familiar. »
- Earthworm Jim
Ever since Game of Thrones' Jon Snow was repeatedly stabbed by members of the Night Watch in the Season 5 finale in a bloody coup as they screamed "for the Watch!," fans have speculated how the show favorite could possibly be revived. Would he lead the army of White Walkers? Would he be resurrected by Melisandre's powers?
Whatever the conspiracy theory, nearly everyone was in agreement that the role played by Kit Harrington, one of the few remaining favorites of the series quick to kill off characters, would be missed. »
Opening this Friday, April 8 is one of the more innovative action films you’re likely to see anytime soon when Hardcore Henry opens nationwide.
It’s the directorial debut by Ilya Naishuller, a Russian punk rocker-turned-filmmaker who caught the eye of Russia’s most successful filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) with the music video for his band Biting Elbows, and the two of them set out to create something similar for the big screen. (You can watch Ilya’s original video here, but Warning: it’s not really safe for work or for young kids.)
The Hardcore Henry of the title is a man who died but was brought back to life by his wife (Haley Bennett), who is then promptly kidnapped by a powerful warlord named Akan (Danila Kozlovsky) who sends his army of mercenaries to stop Henry from getting her back. Then there’s the mysterious Jimmy (Sharlto Copley »
- Edward Douglas
It’s been a few years since we last heard about Dusk Watch. For a variety of reasons, we still haven’t seen the third installment in the Russian series, despite previous installments Night Watch and Day Watch being considerable box office hits overseas. Director Timur Bekmambetov is a rather busy man these days, but he hasn’t forgotten about Dusk Watch, and he says it will […]
The post Director Timur Bekmambetov Says ‘Dusk Watch’ Will Happen at Some Point appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
'Ben-Hur' 2016 with Jack Huston: Chariot race to the death. 'Ben-Hur' 2016 trailer: 'Gladiator' meets 'Fast Seven' meets 'Star Wars' meets… Paramount Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer have released the trailer for their 2016 Ben-Hur remake (or reboot or readaptation) – a.k.a. Fast and Furious A.D., as one wag called it in an online comment. Instead of grandiose spectacle featuring at its core a “human” story with Christian overtones, this chariot-and-sandals epic is being sold as Gladiator meets Fast Seven meets Spartacus: Blood and Sand meets Star Wars – with Morgan Freeman's Sheik Ilderim as the Roman Empire's dreadlocked version of Alec Guinness' Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi. Say what you will, the trailer-makers sure know their target audience. And that's not the same crowd that would go check out what's usually referred to in the U.S. media as “faith” (i.e., Christian) movies. One assumes that particular audience segment will be getting »
- Andre Soares
Language comes up a lot when talking to Timur Bekmambetov, director of Wanted and Night Watch and producer of Unfriended and 9. But we're not talking about the language barrier between his Russian tongue and English. It's the barrier between what he sees in his head and what the language of cinema will allow him to do. That cinematic language barrier has never been more apparent than with Bekmambetov's newest film as a producer, Hardcore Henry. This already notorious action movie shatters the traditional language of cinema. While the first person perspective is certainly not new to movies, what separates Hardcore Henry from others is writer-director Ilya Naishuller made it entirely from a first person perspective. The cameramen were basically extreme sports...
- Peter Hall
Charlton Heston’s iconic, 11 time Oscar winner Ben-Hur is getting the remake treatment with Night Watch and Wanted's Timur Bekmembetov at the helm, and things promise to be a bit different this time round. First up, it won’t come close to the original epic’s three and a half hour runtime, and will skew a little closer to the movie’s source material, Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Also add in Bekmembetov’s crazy visual style, and we’re in for something very different. Our first look at the project comes courtesy of USA Today, a pair of pictures giving our first glimpse of the new Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), as well as Morgan Freeman as his trainer Ilderim. Not much can be gleamed from these pictures, but this remake will have a tough job ahead of getting out of the shadow of it’s big brother. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
This summer, Wanted and Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov will bring his vision of the classic Ben Hur tale to the screen. Starring Jack Huston in the lead role, the film will be an adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ”, and will actually be the third time the story has been brought to the screen. The most famous adaptation is the 1959 epic that starred Charlton Heston, a film that is deemed a classic, and the winner of handfuls of Oscars. Ahead of its August release, we have a first look at Huston in the film, and notably the famous chariot race.
Take a look.
Huston spoke a little of his role. “There’s something really beautiful about it, »
- Paul Heath
Lots of great new additions to stream on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon this month, from ’80s teen fantasies to serial killers to zombies to Scooby-Doo. I’ve taken the liberty of picking the fun, the fantastical, and the fearsome ones so you don’t have to. You’ll look forward to being snowed in!
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1
Tin Man: Search for the Emerald
The Returned: Season Two
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (Netflix original)
Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
Night Watch (2004)
Fire City: End of Days
- Harker Jones
February can be kind of a pill -- it's dark, it's cold, you have to deal with or avoid Valentine's Day -- but at least it gives you a good excuse to stay home and binge-watch. Amazon just listed its February offerings for Prime Video streaming and Amazon Video purchase. For example, fans of "The Americans" can steam Season 3 (yay!), and you can check out Amazon Studios' first-major film, "Chi-Raq," from director Spike Lee.
It was recently announced that Prime Members can now add Showtime, Starz, and more video subscriptions to their Prime memberships for $8.99 per month. In February, members can use that feature to see the new seasons of "Billions," "Shameless," and "Black Sails," among others.
Here's the February 2016 lineup:
New in February – Available for Streaming on Prime
Girls Season 2
Newsroom Season 3
The Americans Season 3
The New Yorker Presents
- Gina Carbone
18 items from 2016
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