16 items from 2015
Since his debut in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, actor Jason Statham has emerged in the past few years as one of the leading action heroes currently working, with his popularity being proven by the fact that the Transporter series, which he headlined for the first three films, has gone on to a tv show adaptation and will be rebooted in theatres next weekend with The Transporter Refueled. That’s not the only action franchise Statham has headlined, however, as he has also been the leading man in the Crank films and been a part of the Expendables franchise and, more recently, the Fast and Furious franchise.
Action heroes often have to throw lots of punches onscreen, and Statham has been no exception in this regard. Now the youtube channel Burger Fiction has put together a compilation of the numerous punches Statham has thrown onscreen »
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you are of a certain vintage like me, Saturday morning cartoons in the 70’s were something special. I would make myself a bowl of cereal and stare transfixed as cartoon apes, dogs, and rabbits would drive across my screen in ridiculously shaped hot rods and blue and green Mystery Machines. Roger Corman, always on the lookout for the next profitable venture, transposed Saturday mornings to theatres and drive-ins alike with his dystopic demolition extravaganza, Death Race 2000 (1975) . He just never told anyone it wasn’t meant for kids.
Released in April by New World Pictures, made for $300,000 and bringing home $5,000,000, Death Race 2000 was another success for Corman and company. The mid-70’s was a time of vehicular fantasy on the big screen, especially on the B movie circuit. Everything from Race with the Devil (1975) to Smokey and the Bandit (1977) and beyond emphasized fast cars and explosive chases, with »
- Scott Drebit
The Tanners are back on the small screen but there's a twist! Before Netflix's 2016 Full House revival, Lifetime has unveiled the first look at its upcoming The Unauthorized Full House Story. The cable network has also announced the cast for upcoming behind-the-scenes movie that follows last year's Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story. Read More Lifetime Making Unauthorized 'Full House' Tell-All Movie Garrett Brawith (Rolling) will play Bob Saget. Justin Mader (Death Race) will portray Dave Coulier. Days of Our Lives' Justin Gaston has been cast as John Stamos. Stephanie Bennett (Big Eyes) will fill the
- Kate Stanhope
Lifetime announced the cast and premiere date of “The Unauthorized ‘Full House’ Story” on Thursday, as well as released the first official photos from the upcoming TV movie. The film will tell a behind-the-scenes account of the ABC show that ran from 1987 to 1995. The movie will premiere Aug. 22 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on Lifetime. Scroll down for the full cast list. • Bob Saget: Garrett Brawith (“Rolling”) • Dave Coulier: Justin Mader (“Death Race”) • John Stamos: Justin Gaston (“Days of Our Lives”) • Lori Loughlin: Stephanie Bennett (“Big Eyes”) Also read: Lori Loughlin Joins Netflix's 'Fuller House »
- Joe Otterson
The "Full House" nostalgia wave has reached its peak.
On the heels of news that Netflix is making a "Full House" spinoff, with original cast members reprising their roles, comes the first photo of the cast of Lifetime's behind-the-scenes movie about the ABC sitcom.
"The Unauthorized 'Full House' Story" follows in the footsteps of the cable network's similar "Unauthorized 'Saved By the Bell' Movie." It traces the rising fame of the cast as they go from relative unknowns to major stars on one of TV's most popular and beloved comedies.The cast list is: Garrett Brawith ("Rolling") as Bob Saget Justin Gaston ("Days of Our Lives") as John Stamos Justin Mader ("Death Race") as Dave Coulier Stephanie Bennett ("Big Eyes") as Lori Loughlin Shelby Armstrong and Brittney Wilson as young and older Candace Cameron Dakota Guggy and Jordyn Olson as Jodie Sweetin Aislyn Watson and Jaime Schneider as »
- Kelly Woo
Stars: RZA, Dustin Nguyen, Eugenia Yuan, Carl Ng, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Schnitrnunt Busarakamwong, Grace Huang, Pim Bubear, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Andrew Lin, Kowit Wattanakul, Charlie Ruedpokanon, Nophand Boonyai, Simon Yin | Written by John Jarrell, RZA | Directed by Roel Reine
I was a huge fan of the first film in what now looks to be a burgeoning new martial arts film franchise. The Man With the Iron Fists was everything I love about martial arts movie and was obviously a labour of love for its star and Wu_Tang Clan member RZA. Sadly, despite the out-pouring of love from wuxia fans and internet geeks like myself, the film did not perform as well as I’m sure the studio would’ve liked. But that doesn’t stop the franchise from continuing as a direct-to-market series – and so we have The Man With the Iron Fists 2.
This time round Thaddeus (RZA) washes ashore »
- Phil Wheat
Every movie can’t be dynamite. Often enough, they suck. Speed Racer is one of those films that many people agree to be not so great. Although this is the popular consensus, it’s a film that some of us can’t help but enjoy.
Many of us know a good movie when we see one. We appreciate what it brings to the table, and for whatever reason it just speaks to us. On the other hand, we can pick out bad movies too. We know when a movie is not living up to its potential. We know when the actors or director are phoning it in. It’s those bad movies that make us appreciate the good ones so much more.
Unfortunately the quality of a film isn’t always black and white. Sometimes a film may be absolutely rubbish, yet we enjoyed the time we spent watching it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Read More: Gravitas Ventures Nabs Daredevil Documentary "Being Evel" Gravitas Ventures has acquired the rights to horror film "Anarchy Parlor," which premiered at the 2014 Screamfest Horror Film Festival. "Anarchy Parlor," written and directed by Kenny Gage ("Raze") and Devon Downs, is about a mysterious nomad known only as the "Artist." He practices a traditional dark art form, and sells a whole lot more than tattoos to tourists who happen upon his Lithuanian Tattoo Parlor. Shot on location in Vilnius, Lithuania, the film stars the heavily-tattooed Robert Lasardo ("Death Race," "Nip/Tuck," "Human Centipede 3") as "The Artist" and Sara Fabel (a well-known Finnish tattoo artist and model) as his sexy apprentice. "Anarchy Parlor" should be right up the alley of any die-hard fans of horror, tattoos or black comedy. Commenting on the company's »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
I’m not proud of this, but it took me 4 days to watch Laurence Anyways, and I should clarify that I didn’t watch the film in varying stretches over these 4 days, I watched it in one sitting. It’s just that that sitting wasn’t until the 4th day after I was originally supposed to watch it. Thursday night I had planned to watch the film by Xavier Dolan, which would be my first film of his, I hadn’t seen anything by him previously. I knew I wouldn’t have time to watch a near 3 hour film Friday or Saturday due to my work schedule, so it was either Thursday night or wait until Sunday night. It’s play instantly on Netflix, so I go to my account to watch it, and it’s at the top of my list, right there in front of my eyes. I »
- Dylan Griffin
First there were three, then there were ten, and, as shown in the film's first teaser trailer, soon there will be 500 unwilling participants making up a human centipede on the big screen. From IFC Midnight, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) hits theaters and VOD on May 22nd, but via the film's newly revealed footage, you can get a tease of what's to come in the final chapter of Tom Six's unrelenting body horror trilogy.
The respective villains of the first two films, Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey return in different roles this time around, though they'll still be the ones overseeing a human centipede's creation:
"Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the Us of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But foremost he »
- Derek Anderson
First there were three, then there were ten, and now filmmaker Tom Six is looking to make a human centipede comprising 500 unwilling participants in his upcoming third extreme take on body horror: The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence). Filmed in 2013 and teased last year in a prison-set photo, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) will be unleashed in May.
Entertainment Weekly reveals that The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) will come out in theaters and on VOD on May 22nd. The respective villains of the first two films, Dieter Laser and Laurence R. Harvey return in different roles this time around, though they'll still be the ones overseeing a human centipede's creation:
"Bully prison warden Bill Boss (Dieter Laser), leading a big state prison in the Us of A, has a lot of problems; his prison statistically has the highest amount of prison riots, medical costs and staff turnover in the country. But »
- Derek Anderson
There are some excellent videogame-influenced movies out there. They're just not based on videogames...
No, no, this isn’t a list of the worst movies ever made. It’s a choice selection of films from the last 20 years that have been based on videogames. And as you can see, it makes for grim reading. But why is that?
But before we get into that, some brief history.
“Videogames can never be art.”
Despite the huge success of the gaming industry, which is now the most profitable form of entertainment, videogames are still seen an inferior art form. The late, great Roger Ebert famously kicked a beehive in 2010 when he proclaimed that “Videogames can never be art.”, Long story short, »
With cameras about to start cranking, the indie revenge thriller Message From The King is adding to its cast. End Of Watch’s Natalie Martinez is aboard to join the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Luke Evans and Teresa Palmer. Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz is calling the shots from Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher’s script. The plot follows a man named Jacob King (Boseman), who touches down in Los Angeles from South Africa in search of his younger sister. He has only a few hundred dollars to his name and a plane ticket that means he must return home a week, but is devastated to learn that his sister has died. Burning with the need for vengeance, he tracks down the people responsible across the next six days.Martinez, who has also been seen in the likes of Broken City and Death Race, is on to play Trish, a »
It was indeed a funny weekend with the Weirdass Pajama Festival headlining major locations in Mumbai and Pune. The festival initiated by the ace comedian and actor, Vir Das, returned with the second edition over the weekend, and managed to tickle the funny bone of each and every person who attended the various shows.
The much-loved festival held its Pajama shows at St. Andrews Auditorium, Bandra and Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Ncpa, while the smaller shows called Boxers were organized at various pubs across the city. All the shows were packed house full with the audiencesrolling in their seats with laughter. With a line-up of over 100 Indian and International comedians, across multiple prime locations, the Weirdass Pajama Comedy Festival provided the perfect weekend for all those in Mumbai and Pune.
The major shows of the festival were Vir Das’ ‘Unbelievablish’ which debuted at the popular festival, ‘Femme Funny’ India’s first ever female only comedy show, »
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Ranking any franchise is a personal and difficult process, but the Alien series represents its own challenges. Were you more affected by the intimate shocks of the 1979 original, or the more action-led 1986 sequel? Were you impressed by Alien 3's commitment to its bleak tone, or irked by its soupy darkness?
You're sure to have your own opinions as to how the Alien movies should be ranked, though we'd wager that, like us, you'd place the Alien Vs Predator spin-offs quite far down the list. But then there's Ridley Scott's prequel, Prometheus, a film some might rank far above Jean-Pierre Jeunet's quirky Alien Resurrection, and perhaps even David Fincher's Alien 3.
Accepting, then, that the ranking below is very much down to personal taste, »
by Grace Fontaine
The following opinion/argument/rationalization/waste of your time is strictly my own. In no way am I speaking for any other person than myself.
Paul W.S Anderson these days could be considered Public Enemy #1 in the genre world. He has ticked off many fans with his adaptations of pre-established franchises such as 'Resident Evil' and 'Alien Vs. Predator' (though the sequel by the Brothers Strausse was infinitely more horrendous). He is a director who seems to value style over substance and doesn't appear to listen to the people who he tries to make these movies for. On top of that, as a writer, let's just say that the fanfiction I write could run circles around his, though obviously he gets paid and I don't. Additionally, he's married Action Amazon Milla Jovovich and has a darling little girl who he helping to protect from the paparazzi. »
16 items from 2015
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