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Theatrical Trailer: the official theatrical piece, usually cut from the first (very long) cut of the picture or sometimes (if there is no first cut yet) from dailies (all the shot footage, including all the different takes and angles), maximum length of a trailer is two and a half minutes.
Teaser Trailer: A first, short theatrical preview piece (usually not longer than a minute and a half), cut from a few selected takes and scenes while the picture is still being shot.
For those of you who think it’s okay to show up to a film after the coming attractions – move along. No self-respecting movie geek would dare miss the previews. And don’t get us started on the individuals who arrive during the trailer you’ve been dying to see only to move through your line of sight during the all-important money shot.
In most cases, trailers are »
- Movie Geeks
Coming after yesterdays tie for number five, we’ve got a solitary release at number four in our countdown:
The Cabin In The Woods gave the saturated horror genre a welcome boost on its April release. Filmed in 2009, Drew Goddard and co-writer Joss Whedon’s bonkers tale wowed audiences with its audacity and originality, shoving the found footage, hidden camera and stalk-and-slash genre’s into the shade.
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin in the woods, where they get more than they bargained for. Together, they must discover the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Reviewer and News Co-ordinator Luke couldn’t hide his enthusiasm:
An incredibly fun slice of cinematic excellence. It perfectly subverts many genre conventions and in a way changes the way in which you »
- Sam Carey
On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza broke into a primary school and fatally shot 26 people in the small village of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty of them were children, aged 6 or 7. On that day, no matter where I went or what I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about the tragedy of that event, the inhumanity of it. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one.
Ann Coulter, the incendiary pundit and bellicose mouthpiece for America’s most radical right wing, said this on her Twitter account, just hours after the tragedy in Connecticut: “Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws”.
Amongst many things, what she said got me thinking about gun violence in Canada. Earlier this year in Toronto, where I live, a gunman shot and killed two men at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, injuring five innocent bystander in the process. In »
- Justin Li
I don't go see every movie. I do my best to see as many as I can, but there are some I just don't feel I need to see in order to do my job. Those I tend to skip are films I'm quite certain I will not enjoy because what need is there, really, for me to head into a movie in a foul mood, with little enthusiasm to review a movie? Especially if said movie is the reason my mood is so foul. That said, sometimes the job takes you places you would prefer not to go and sometimes those movies you don't expect to be very good are movies you need to go see. Such films found their way onto this list. Some of the other entries are simply films I wanted to be good, films that piqued my curiosity or just thought would be fun. They weren't. »
- Brad Brevet
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
In 1995, Christopher McQuarrie gave us a little film called The Usual Suspects which ultimately became his first (and only, to date) Oscar win. Flash-forward to 2012, and the man is now also sitting in the director’s chair with a tensed-up, lightning fast Tom Cruise mechanically taking down the villainous duo of Werner Herzog and Jai Courtney in Jack Reacher.
It’s a tough call with Cruise. He’s an actor who, 99% of the time, is the best thing on screen in his films, even if the picture itself is less than gratuitously good. He’s been both the heavy lead and the small-part scene-stealer (2008’s Tropic Thunder), so it’s really stopped becoming a question of if Cruise is going to be “good” in a film. He’s very much become a presence that embodies a character without fully committing to it; that mix of Robert Downey Jr. »
- Cameron Carpenter
Good studio-financed action films are extremely hard to come by these days. Good PG-13 action films are even harder. But somehow known action director Luc Besson managed to make a new-found action star out of Liam Neeson in the highly original and effective Taken. The film went on to bring in an impressive amount of dough at the box office, despite being shelved and shuffled around in the Us. It finally saw a release and eventually hit home video with its proper unrated extended cut, which most of the rest of the world got to see in theaters.
A sequel at this point was guaranteed, it was all just a matter of when and who will be backing it. Besson handed off the directorial rights to frequent collaborator Olivier Megaton and called back for Neeson, »
- Jeremy Lebens
Top 10 Mark Harrison Dec 19, 2012
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in this year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
With the awards season gearing up for the big, corpulent, back-slapping ceremonies throughout January and February, we're hurtling towards the end of another cinematic year with the usual sense of anticipation and predictability.
With Daniel Day Lewis' version of President Lincoln touted for acting plaudits, and every other Best Supporting Actress candidate preparing their best loser faces for when Les Miserables' Anne Hathaway scoops every gong going, there's little regard for the great performances in lesser-seen films, or genre cinema. And so, as I did in the previous two years, I've formulated a list of the performances that nobody is talking about in relation to the awards season.
I've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise, »
• Mireille Enos (AMC’s The Killing) and Scott Speedman (Underworld) have signed on for the psychological thriller Queen of the Night. Enos would play the mother of a child kidnapped eight years earlier, whose discovery of eerie artifacts from her daughter’s life leads her and her husband (Ryan Reynolds) to deduce their child may still be alive. Speedman would play the cop assigned to the case. Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) will direct from the script he penned with first time feature writer David Fraser. [Deadline]
- Adam B. Vary
Next year will be quite a busy one for Amber Heard. Though she last starred in the not-so-well received The Rum Diary and the canceled NBC series "The Playboy Club," that's not stopping her from getting work. Next year Heard will be seen in the grindhouse inspired sequel Machete Kills (see her in a first look photo right here) and also the financial thriller Paranoia with Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth. Now Variety reports the actress will get back into action thrillers for Three Days to Kill, the Luc Besson written and produced film that features Kevin Costner in a role that could prove to be his career's Taken. The story follows a dying assassin (Costner) who, while taking on one last mission, hopes to reunite with his estranged daughter (played by Hailee Steinfeld) before it's too late. Heard is playing a woman who offers the assassin an »
- Ethan Anderton
Presumably spurred on by the world’s love for all things Batman – and the fact that it contains a word rather similar to that of “Taken” - Olivier Megaton has signed on to direct Taking Gotham, an action thriller written by Blue Bloods producer Thomas Kelly and a rumored budget of $60 million. Just think about how many grenades you could buy with that amount of cash, Olivier – not to mention innocent bystanders to take the brunt of the damage!
Yes, Megaton – who recently had Liam Neeson raging around Istanbul and advising his daughter on how to casually use explosives with no concern for the safety of the locals – will helm a movie set to follow a “secret unit of the NYPD that was created in response to a string of brutal robberies in New York City. After a deadly sting operation, the elite unit is disavowed by the NYPD, forcing »
- T.J. Barnard
1.) Amber Heard has joined Kevin Costner and Haliee Steinfeld in the McG-directed actioner Three Days to Kill. Scripted by Luc Besson (Taken, The Professional) and Adi Hasak, the film centers on a drying Secret Service agent (Costner) who decides to retire in order to reconnect with his daughter (Steinfeld). He takes an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for doing one last assignment, although the drug turns out to have some hallucinatory side effects. Heard will play the woman who makes him this offer. Variety 2.) The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has been called in by Paramount to do a re-write on the Mark Wahlberg vehicle American Desperado. The true crime story tells of Jon Roberts getting rich off smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Wahlberg has been developing the project since 2008, while Peter Berg was attached to direct at one point. Berg and Wahlberg just wrapped Lone Survivor, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Any project starring the great Kevin Costner gets me excited and he’s looking at an action-man reinvention of Liam Neeson-like proportions with action-thriller Three Days To Kill. The project has been co-written by Taken creator Luc Besson, however, the less said about the choice of director the better (it’s the silly monikered McG by the way).
The film will see The Untouchables and JFK star as Secret Service Agent Ethan Runner, who decides to retire and spend more time with his estranged family after learning he doesn’t have long to live. He is soon offered the chance to take an experimental drug that will prolong, and even save his life – providing he takes on one last mission. This decision becomes a struggle as he tries to keep the promise he made to his loved ones and the job he must complete, with the new drug’s hallucinatory side-effects. »
- Craig Hunter
The success of Taken and its sequel Taken 2 is something I will never truly understand. Sure Liam Neeson is a badass, but there’s much better action to be enjoyed out there. Director of Taken 2, Olivier Megaton, is moving on, but with a name like Megaton you get the feeling he pretty much has to stick within the action genre. He is going to direct the $60 million Taking Gotham, a film that has nothing to do with Batman. The film is instead based on a true story about:
A secret unit of the NYPD that was created in response to a string of brutal robberies in New York City. After a deadly sting operation, the elite unit is disavowed by the NYPD, forcing them to go deep underground in order to clear their names.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After months of trying to settle on a name, Sony has chosen "Drive" and "Bronson" helmer Nicolas Winding Refn to direct Denzel Washington in the upcoming big screen take on the '80s TV show "The Equalizer." Washington will takeover the role played by British star Edward Woodward on the CBS series, which ran from 1985 to 1989. It depicts a former fed who devotes his considerable skills to helping those in need when the system fails them. Earlier reports noted that Refn was in the running with several other young directors, including Pierre Morel ("Taken"), Gavin O’Connor ("Warrior") and Gareth Evans »
- HitFix Staff
Congratulations, Sony. You now have my attention for this adaptation of the 80s TV series The Equalizer. The project sounded like it might have a chance to be cool with Denzel Washington taking the lead role just over a year ago. But now Variety reports Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn currently has an offer to direct the film, and negotiations for a deal should begin soon. Richard Wenk (The Expendables 2) is behind the script, and apparently a lot of directors, including Gavin O' Connor (Warrior) and Pierre Morel (Taken) were after the job. But Washington gave his seal of approval for Refn to direct. For those who aren't familiar with the series, The Equalizer followed Robert McCall, an agent with a mysterious past who once worked for a top-secret agency where he did some pretty horrible things. The gritty and violent series follows his exploits as he »
- Ethan Anderton
Liam Neeson doesn.t always seem like the most intrinsic of action stars, but when he steps into the shoes of CIA operative Bryan Mills, he always brings his A-game. Taken 2, the follow-up to Mill.s first revenge thriller, Taken, had a nice run in theaters, and will now be hitting homes just after the holidays. Taken 2 will fight its way on to Blu-ray and DVD on January 15. As a sequel, Taken 2 begins its story soon after the events occurring in Taken. Mills couldn.t reach his daughter without incurring some sort of damage, but the men he was forced to deal with were not of the forgiving variety, and the relatives of those who took on the CIA operative begin to hunt the men down in the action-packed sequel. Taken 2 hasn.t been as well liked critically as its predecessor was, but it has brought »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Liam Neeson (The Grey) returns as a retired CIA agent who stops at nothing and uses his “particular set of skills” to right the wrongs that have been perpetrated on his family in the action-thriller film Taken 2, a sequel to the 2008 box office smash Taken.
When the father of one of the villains former operative Bryan Mills (Neeson) killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife (Famke Janssen, X-Men) hostage in Istanbul, Mills must enlist the help of Kim (Maggie Grace, Faster) to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one.
He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the return of former CIA operative Bryan Mills and his "particular set of skills" when Taken 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15. The sequel to the 2009 box office smash Taken, this action-packed follow-up has brought in $135 million theatrically in the U.S. alone.
Oscar and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When the father of one of the villains Bryan killed swears revenge, and takes him and his wife hostage in Istanbul, Bryan must enlist the help of Kim to escape. Bryan then employs his unique tactics to get his family to safety and systematically take out the kidnappers, one by one. »
1.) While recent news confirmed the Safety Not Guaranteed creative team of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to be working on a remake of Flight of the Navigator for Disney, Connolly has also been working on a project for Pixar for almost a year. While we know nothing of a plot or even a title, we do know the director is Teddy Newton, who directed Day and Night, the short that played before Toy Story 3. Pixar projects take longer to see the light of day than most movies, so we probably won't see this mystery project for another 5 years. Still, it's reassuring to know that despite that whole Brave fiasco, the Pixar higher-ups have told Connolly "not to dumb it down or treat animation like it's for kids." Variety 2.) Nick Hornby, the writer of books like High Fidelity and About a Boy, as well as the screenplay for An Education, »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that Taken 2 will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on January 15. Here is the full press release: He hunted them, he found them, he killed them; now they have come back to settle the score. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents the return of former CIA operative Bryan Mills and his .particular set of skills. when Taken 2 arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD January 15. The sequel to the 2008 box office smash Taken, this action-packed follow-up has brought in $135 million theatrically in the U.S. alone. Oscar- and BAFTA-nominated actor, Liam Neeson (Clash of the Titans, Taken, Batman Begins) returns as Mills, the retired CIA agent who stopped at nothing to save his daughter Kim from kidnappers. When »
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