17 items from 2013
While Brad Pitt has spoken in the past about his retirement from acting (maybe as early as 2014), you wouldn’t guess it from his recent workload. This year alone, the A-lister is headlining the much-debated zombie blockbuster adaptation World War Z, playing an important supporting role in director Ridley Scott and writer Cormac McCarthy’s The Counselor, and making an appearance in Shame director Steve McQueen’s true-story drama 12 Years a Slave, which opens just in time for an Oscar qualifying run during 2013.
If that’s not enough, Pitt has now lined up his next starring role in Fury, a Ww II-set thriller written and directed by David Ayer – the screenwriter on Training Day and Fast and the Furious, as well as the filmmaker responsible for Street Kings and End of Watch.
- Sandy Schaefer
The Kings Of Summer aka Toy’s House is set to hit limited theaters this May! You already know that, or what? Ok, ok, today we’re here to share a brand new poster for Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ unique coming-of-age comedy which sends a quite simple message: why live when you can rule? Check it out & let us know what you think about the movie! First of all, let us remind you that Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the whole thing from a script written by Chris Galletta, which revolves around three teenage friends who decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off...
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- Jeanne Standal
Apparently World War Z just isn’t enough world war for Brad Pitt. He’s just been announced as taking on the lead in David Ayer’s World War II film Fury. Fury will follow a tank-crew made of five Americans during the final days of the war in Europe. Ayer, best known for writing Training Day and one of the greatest films of 2003, S.W.A.T., has had a pretty steady directing career so far, with films such as Harsh Times, Street Kings, and End Of Watch taking up space on his CV. 2014 will see the release of Ayer’s next film Ten, which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Fury will be the first time that Ayer steps out of the cop/crime genre as a director. In fact, Ayer has stayed with the genre ever since 2001′s The Fast And The Furious, despite starting his career a year earlier with U-571. Let »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall Past Lives, has a new job! We’ve just learned that Weerasethakul is seeking financing and production partners for his next project titled Cemetery of Kings, which means we’ll soon have another powerful story that will (this time) take us to the “dream-land”. An official entry at the Asia Film Financing Forum at Filmart, Cemetery of Kings story is set in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand, where 27 soldiers come down with a strange sleeping sickness. According to THR, Apichatpong is...
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Here’s the first teaser trailer for the Sundance hit Toy’s House that has been retitled The Kings of Summer, a classic coming of age film that everyone can enjoy. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a script written by Chris Galletta, the indie comedy stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias as three unhappy teens who flee to the wilderness, where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny. CBS Films has moved up the release from June 14th to May 31st, 2013 of the film which also stars Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Mary Lynn Rajskub and...
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- Nick Martin
Having grown up as a teen on the troubled streets of South Central Los Angeles, writer and director David Ayer is fast becoming the best chronicler of the crime, social injustice and random violence that forever plagues the city of angels. Since writing the screenplays for Training Day and Dark Blue, Ayer has turned to directing with the underrated Harsh Times, Street Kings and now End of Watch.
End of Watch follows two L.A. patrol cops Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Pena) as they cruise around the streets and apprehend various criminal low lives. Taylor and Zavala stumble on to something much bigger though and find themselves marked for death by a Mexican drug cartel. Along the way we learn of their hopes, dreams and the loves in their life and how close the two of them are.
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- Chris Holt
★★★☆☆ A cursory glance at David Ayer's filmography will reveal his propensity for cop dramas, with previous work including such titles as 2001's Training Day (for which he wrote the screenplay) and 2008's Street Kings. The American director was back on the beat again last year for his latest flick, End of Watch (2012), a gritty action-thriller set in Los Angeles which owes much to two exceptional central performances. Our protagonists this time around are Officers Brian Taylor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Michael Peña), partners and best buds who are duty-bound protect and serve the citizens of the 'City of Angels'.
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- CineVue UK
End of Watch, 2012.
Directed by David Ayer.
A pair of Los Angeles cops uncover the workings of a human-trafficking operation and attract the untoward attention of a Mexican Cartel.
The police get a hard time in the movies. Either corrupt scoundrels or militant psychopaths, cinema is mostly bereft of good, honest men fulfilling their duty to protect and serve. In particular, writer and director David Ayer's oeuvre frequently blurs that thin blue line between cop and criminal on the mean streets of La - Training Day (2001), Dark Blue (2003) and Street Kings (2008) chiefly centred upon dysfunctional antiheroes and their questionable morality.
- Flickering Myth
Directed by American filmmaker David Ayer (Training Day, Street Kings) and starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Source Code) and Michael Peña (Gangster Squad), End of Watch (2012) is a gritty and visceral cop thriller that puts the viewer at the centre of the action. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Ayer's found footage cop drama, set on the mean streets of Los Angeles, on Monday 18 March, we've kindly been provided with Three Blu-ray copies of the film to give away to our fanbase, courtesy of StudioCanal UK. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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- CineVue UK
Like an endless onslaught of zombies, wave after wave of found footage films just keep coming. The latest is writer-director David Ayer’s End of Watch, a film about a pair of Lapd cops and their adventures in policing one of the most notoriously crime-ridden cities in the Us. Ayer’s previous work includes credits on The Fast and Furious, Training Day and Street Kings, which is indicative of his experience in slick crime flicks.
The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as Brian and Mike. Brian has kitted out his and Mike’s uniforms with small cameras for a film class he is taking and we witness their day-to-day activities through this medium. The cops tackle calls that are sometimes mundane, sometimes dangerous and occasionally deeply disturbing. »
- Jack Kirby
Jim Carrey is going for a strong year at the cinema, between his potential scene-stealing roles as Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick-Ass 2 (which arrives in August), and a Criss Angel-esque illusionist in this month’s comedy offering The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi star as Burt Wonderstone and his longtime partner Anton Marvelton: two Las Vegas performers, whose magician act has become as stale and tacky as their fake tans, blonde locks and velvet costumes. Both of these aging illusionists must find a way to spruce up their style, once a hip street magician (Carrey) arrives on the scene and begins soaking up all the attention with a series of increasingly-deranged stunts.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone supporting cast includes familiar faces like James Gandolfini (Zero Dark Thirty), Olivia Wilde (Cowboys & Aliens), Jay Mohr (Street Kings) and Oscar-winner Alan Arkin (Click to continue reading ‘Incredible »
- Sandy Schaefer
David Ayer is already known for getting down into the gritty and dirty reality of worlds with the likes of End Of Watch, Street Kings and Training Day, now he’s set to take on his own spec script Fury. The script itself has faced a bidding war within the film world and finally its sold for a fine $1 million to Qed International, with (we believe) the rights to also direct it himself.
Fury will be set in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses, this film would focus on the five man crew of an American tank called Fury as it battles a desperate and dying German army. Ayer has said this piece of work is very specific, and I expect it to be very different from the classic heroic WWII American film, as the director usually gets in a little deeper than most. In fact, he had this to say: »
- Dan Bullock
Writer/director David Ayer has more than a passing familiarity with the heroes and villains of law enforcement. He's been behind the pen of Training Day, S.W.A.T., Dark Blue and Harsh Times, while stepping behind the camera for the latter film, as well as Street Kings. His latest effort, End of Watch, has him pulling double duty, but giving up some camera control to his principal leads Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña. In bringing some aspects of "found footage" into an action movie following two street cops on their daily grind, Ayer has managed to find another layer of realism that makes his films so enjoyable. Hit the jump for our breakdown of End of Watch on Blu-ray, including the highlight of Ayer's directorial commentary that makes the film easily worth a repeat viewing. End of Watch follows Officers Brian Taylor (Gyllenhaal) and Mike Zavala (Peña) from the Lapd locker »
- Dave Trumbore
Dang, this sounds cool. Over the years I've been growing to like David Ayer more and more. I hated his first film, Harsh Times, and Street Kings was okay, but I really enjoyed End of Watch last year (enough to even put it in my Top 20). I'm curious to see his new action movie Ten with Arnold (we teased a first look last year) but besides that, his next project after that sounds right down my alley. Deadline is reporting that Qed has picked up a WWII tank combat spec script written by Ayer called Fury, and apparently the project has Ayer attached to direct as well. Everything about this sounds badass, I'm already looking forward to it. Fury, written by former Us Navy submariner and Lapd officer turned writer/filmmaker David Ayer, is set in 1945 during the final days of the war as the Nazi regime is collapsing. It »
- Alex Billington
Last year was a career changing one for writer/director David Ayer. While the filmmaker became a talent to watch thanks to the success Training Day in 2001, his career hit a bit of a speed bump when he moved over to directing, failing to find either critical praise or an audience for cop dramas like Harsh Times and Street Kings. But then came his latest film, End of Watch. Not only did the movie end up being Ayer's biggest hit among critics, it was a financial win as well, able to pull in a solid $41 million during its domestic run on a meager $7 million budget. The film revived Ayer's name and made him an exciting filmmaker to follow again, and while he's already in post-production on his next film - Ten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - he's still setting up projects for the future. According to Deadline, Qed International has paid »
Training Day writer David Ayer returns behind the lens to direct the gritty cop drama End of Watch, shot mostly via handheld cameras, allowing the film’s realism to excel even more between the two fantastic leads, played with pride and honor by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena. Although some of End of Watch suffers from typical Ayer gang stereotypes, a good portion of the film works as an exemplary piece of police cinema.
Brian (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Mike (Michael Pena) are brothers of the badge. They’re two La cops that define the true blue mentality, often letting their own cowboy heroics get them into trouble. They don’t care though, as long as the law is enforced and as long as they’re the top dogs doing it. It’s about the law and what’s fair and to them what they do every single day makes the »
- Jeremy Lebens
"Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot!"
It's exciting to watch TV shows and movies where the police officers doggedly pursue every lead and put together a by-the-book, airtight case to bring the bad guys to justice. But, it's often far more thrilling to watch the exploits of cops who toss the book out the window and go rogue in pursuit of justice. Tom Cruise is currently taking matters into his own hands as the title character in Jack Reacher and it looks like Steven Seagal — whose career was launched playing rogue cops — will be doing things his own way in the new season of True Justice. What we want to know is which movie has the best rogue cop. Turn on your police scanner, grab a donut and help us choose the movie cops who make going rogue look good.
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- BrentJS Sprecher
17 items from 2013
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