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Top 10 Duncan Bowles 4 Dec 2013 - 06:45
Duncan salutes his personal choice of the 2013 action movies that deserved just a little more love...
This article contains spoilers for each of the films mentioned. Not necessarily big ones, but you might want to steer clear of The World's End entry if you've not seen that.
2013 has been a great year for action. We’ve had multiple comic book heroes fighting it out on the big screen, with Thor and Iron Man continuing Marvel’s run of great movies, the return of the R-rated antics of Kick-Ass and at long last an F-bomb loaded, bloody incarnation of The Wolverine (though it’s worth pointing out that the unrated edition in the UK only comes with the 3D version of the home release, a trend I hope doesn’t continue).
From a sci-fi angle, we’ve had robots fighting monsters in Pacific Rim and »
"Mutability is no longer about the physical body's sad corruption, nor about the freshness of the New Thing. Enter Tao, exit Reason. To live in this flux, Zen demands mu, "unasking the question"—for the question invariably asks to preserve the unpreservable, in language of the reified present. What shall we call our culture of coping in this tide of historical samsara? Let us call it: mutopia." —István Csicsery-Rónay
Gore Verbinski made his name making blockbusters produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, a producer often associated with all the "wrongs" of Hollywood. And Verbinski’s most successful movies are seriously non-serious—even outright bizarre—roundelays of cartoon antics. The second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, which he directed, were both bigger hits than his first installment and are jointly defined by their go-everywhere plotting, the characters' constant scheming, and one feat of derring-do set piece orchestration after another. They're also rather mordant, »
- Ryland Walker Knight
Interview Ryan Lambie 4 Nov 2013 - 07:00
The work of animator Hal Hickel and his team at Ilm is perfectly showcased in Guillermo del Toro's monsters-versus-robots fantasy Pacific Rim - a loving tribute to the kaiju movies of Japan, and also glimpse of what's possible with current computer effects.
A quick read of Hal Hickel's lengthy film and TV credits provides a snapshot of just how much the effects industry has changed over the past quarter of a century. Near the beginning of his career in the 80s, Hickel worked as a stop-motion animator, before bravely making the transition to computer animation with Pixar's Toy Story in 1995. Making the move to Ilm later in the decade, Hickel's been at the forefront of the CG effects boom, »
Don’t you just hate it when posters clearly lie to your face. That’s the case with Nothing Left To Fear, which gives us an unsettling image (putting it nicely) of a twisted and cracked face. Contorted faces are one of my weaknesses where horror is concerned, so I certainly don’t appreciate being lied to. The film is the feature length directorial debut of conceptual/storyboard artist Anthony Leonardi III, a man who has worked under the wing of Gore Verbinski on films such as Rango, The Lone Ranger and Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’S End. No surprise then that the face is reminiscent of the dead from Verbinski’s remake, The Ring.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The Slash-produced Nothing Left to Fear landed on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand outlets today. If you're unsure about whether or not you want to check it out, perhaps a creepy sheep-infested clip will persuade you. Check it out baaahh-low!
The cast includes Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption), Anne Heche (Psycho, Rampart), James Tupper (Mr Popper’s Penguins), Jennifer Stone (Wizards of Waverly Place), Ethan Peck (In Time), and Rebekah Brandes (Bellflower).
Nothing Left to Fear is the first feature from the horror shingle launched by iconic rocker Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Academy-Award winning producer Michael Williams and Rob Eric (Transsiberian, Session 9, The Fog of War). At the directing helm is Gore Verbinski protégé Anthony Leonardi III, who has worked alongside Verbinski on such films as Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Rango, and The Lone Ranger. Leonardi has also worked as a creature designer on many films, »
- John Squires
Borle plays a rubber duck who is accidentally tossed off a cargo ship and finds himself in search of the perfect home. Hilty and Cavanaugh play misfit tub toys he finds along the way.
“Lucky Duck” is slated for a summer 2014 premiere on Disney Junior with subsequent debuts around the world. Don Kim (“The Adventures of Chuck and Friends”) will direct from a script by Michael G. Stern (“Imagination Movers”), with Irene Weibel and Colin Bohm exec producing for Nelvana Limited (“Handy Manny”) in association with Disney Junior. Rick Garcia and William Malpede (“Rango”) are the composers.
“We hope that this new TV movie format will create an even stronger family viewing destination to further deliver on our brand promise of imaginative characters and storytelling with heart, »
- Jon Weisman
• Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan is in talks to star in The Interview alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco, which Rogen is co-writing and directing with Evan Goldberg. The comedy is about a talk show host and his producer who gets tied up in an assassination plot. Caplan worked with Franco and Rogen briefly on Freaks and Geeks. She played Sara, the disco-loving girlfriend of Jason Segel’s Nick. [Variety]
• Joely Richardson (Thanks for Sharing) will play Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife in the zombie thriller Maggie, about what happens when their daughter Maggie (portrayed by Abigail Breslin) gets infected. Henry Hobson, »
- Lindsey Bahr
News Simon Brew 24 Sep 2013 - 06:48
With Escape Plan, co-starring Sylvester Stallone, heading into cinemas in Novembers, and with Sabotage (nee Ten) and The Expendables 3 already lined up for 2014, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been a bit of a busy man.
Next year, he's expected to take a sizeable role in the new Terminator film, which is being directed by Alan Taylor for a 2015 release. But before that, there's another project he's sneaking in. The man himself has confirmed on his Twitter feed that shooting has now begun on Maggie, a film in which he co-stars with Abigail Breslin.
Directed by Henry Hobson (who's previously worked as a titles designer on the likes of The Lone Ranger, The Hangover Part II and the mighty Rango), the movie sees Breslin play a teen girl who becomes infected by a zombie. »
A group of self-obsessed but generally likable friends get together for a quiet little dinner party, and eventually the conversation touches upon a comet that's supposed to be soaring far overheard at the very moment -- and that's when you get the first clue that the odd indie sci-fi thriller Coherence is about to become something very familiar... or very weird. Fortunately this is not your standard tale of suburban home invasion, or at least not a home invasion story you've seen before. More than a little loquacious but certainly crafty and sly enough to warrant so much circuitous banter, Coherence would make for an amusing double feature with the recent indie sci-fi thriller known as Plus One. Both deal with doubles (or clones from alternate dimensions, if you like) and how a small group of insightful chatterboxes manage to discover the secrets behind all the unexpected copycatlike goings-on. To »
- Scott Weinberg
Odd List Simon Brew 20 Sep 2013 - 07:14
They don't make funny movies any more, right? Wrong. If you're looking for a laugh, then here are some you may have missed...
For this list, blame The Hangover Part III. It was whilst walking out of that film that I got into a chat with someone, who was bemoaning the lack of genuinely funny movie comedies. Certainly, big budget Hollywood comedies have no end of problems right now - with the occasional exception - but I couldn't help thinking of the many neglected gems that had gone through my DVD player over the past decade or so.
As such, I started to put this list together. It's inevitably subjective, as one person's comedy is another person's snore fest. But I've tried to dig out a mix of comedies from the past three decades that have either flown under the radar completely, or »
The View Conference in Italy is coming up and is the event for people interested in or working in the fields of Computer Graphics, Interactive Techniques, Digital Cinema, 2D/3D Animation, Gaming and VFX. This year's keynote speaker is none other than John Knoll, a master VFX artist who's head honcho over at Ilm. He'll be presenting information on this year's Pacific Rim. Come inside for all the details and full press release.
Here's something for those aspiring VFX and post-production artists out there. The View Conference (running from October 15th to the 18th) in Italy is all about this sort of work, and will be featuring a number of guests with information on this field of work. John Knoll, one of the most recognizable people at Ilm will be providing the keynote address as well. Here's all the info:
“We are deeply honored and incredibly excited to announce that John Knoll, »
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I write an article at Movies.com called Film Face-off, where I take two things, and they battle it out. The things could be actors, movies, characters, just about anything. Give it some love, comments, tweets, Facebook affection.
Film Face-off: ‘District 9′ vs. ‘Elysium’
Is “dirty science fiction” a genre? I guess if Mad Max is science fiction, then yes. DirectorNeill Blomkamp now has two feature films under his belt, and both would fit that category. Blomkamp makes sure we’re not just getting aliens, laser guns and spaceships, but also a not-very-subtle political/social slant. Just because something has a message doesn’t make it dirty. It’s the dirt, the blood, the dust and the evil humans out for their own particular greed. In this week’s Film Face-off let’s see how District 9 compares to Elysium, and if Blomkamp has suffered a sophomore slump.
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- Jeff Bayer
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th August 2013...
It's all change at the UK box office this past weekend, with five new arrivals breaking into the top ten. Leading the pack is Steve Coogan's first big screen outing as Alan Partridge, with the British comedy pulling in £2,175,850 (including £744,000 from Wednesday and Thursday previews) to narrowly take first place ahead of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, with the fantasy sequel banking £2,137,835 including previews of £861,000.
In third place is another sequel, with the comedy Grown Ups 2 pulling in £2,075,831 over the three-day weekend, which would have been more than enough to claim top spot were it not for the extra two days of previews boosting the takings of Alpha Papa and Sea of Monsters. Meanwhile Disney’s big budget flop The Lone Ranger continued its box office run, opening in fifth with »
- Flickering Myth
Just £100,000 separates the three films battling for the top spot in the weekend chart, with Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa edging out the competition to claim bragging rights. Literal bragging on this occasion, with distributor StudioCanal releasing the following statement from the North Norfolk Digital DJ: "Now is not a time for gloating or celebration, more a time for healing old wounds, a time to say: 'Let us join together in thanks that I am No 1 at the box office.' Hallelujah."
The comedy took £2.18m including £744,000 in Wednesday/Thursday previews, just ahead of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, with £2.14m including £861,000 in previews. However, it's the third-placed title – Grown Ups 2 – that won the battle over the Friday-to-Sunday weekend period, with £2.08m, including just £421,000 in previews.
- Charles Gant
Kym Whitley, star of Own docu-series Raising Whitley, has signed with Apa in all areas. Raising Whitley debuted with 1.2 million total viewers on April 20, making it the fifth biggest premiere in the history of the Own network. It’s currently in production on its second season, premiering in January of ’14. Whitley, who recently appeared in an episode of Baby Daddy on ABC Family, was a series regular role on NBC’s scrubbed comedy Animal Practice. Her credits include recurring roles on The Cleveland Show and 2 Broke Girls, as well as guest starring gigs on Hot In Cleveland and Grey’s Anatomy, among others. Her feature credits include We Bought a Zoo, Rango, and Along Came Polly. As a standup comedienne, Whitley also recently appeared in the Own comedy special Wanda Sykes Presents: Herlarious. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Johnny Depp is terrific as Tonto in an action-packed, if overlong, movie that focuses on the crime-fighting duo's early years
As soon as the western genre was established in the second decade of the last century, comedians headed to the frontier. From Chaplin and Keaton via the Marx Brothers to Abbott and Costello, the comic stars got their laughs by appearing far from home on the range among humourless tough guys riding tall in the saddle. As the B-western developed, its poker-faced, straight-shooting heroes had to be accompanied by comic sidekicks such as the ubiquitous George "Gabby" Hayes or Fuzzy Knight. At the same time there developed the comedy western, a relaxed, easy-going affair – James Stewart as the peaceful new sheriff refusing to carry a gun in Destry Rides Again, for instance, or shy cowpoke Gary Cooper being mistaken for a gunslinger in Along Came Jones.
In the 1960s, the »
- Philip French
Coogan's comic alter-ego goes big screen at last, but fear not: he's just as pathetically provincial and inadvertently offensive as he ever was – and just as consistently hilarious. A siege situation at Partridge's Norfolk radio station is the excuse to "open out" the scenario and explore the talk DJ's latent heroic side, but – as usual – the day is saved by Coogan's deft characterisation, some great writing and a love/hate fascination with Middle English mediocrity.
The Lone Ranger (12A)
Where Verbinski and Depp struck a great action-comedy balance with Pirates Of The Caribbean (and Rango), attempts »
- Steve Rose
Feature James Clayton 9 Aug 2013 - 06:07
Johnny Depp has a dead crow on his head. This is brilliant. Depp is Tonto, and in an act of remarkable inspiration, the actor has decided that a bird carcass is ideal headgear for the role. It's a macabre masterstroke.
Next to him, handsome Armie Hammer is looking pretty darn sharp in a 19th century suit, a white Stetson and a bandit mask, but really it's all about Depp and his unusual avian accessory. The eponymous star of The Lone Ranger looks good, but Tonto is the true fashion figurehead fronting this fresh Jerry Bruckheimer production. Once again, Depp is the dynamic force driving a movie through the magical power of costume and makeup.
It is true that Depp could wear nothing but a pair »
Masked vigilante The Lone Ranger gallops into solid blockbuster territory in a hi-yo silver screen caper from the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean. The Social Network's Armie Hammer grabs the reins as the likable lead and Johnny Depp manages to exorcise the ghost of Jack Sparrow for a surprisingly heartfelt turn as native sidekick Tonto. As he did with Rango, director Gore Verbinski has made an unashamedly proper Western, filled with enough action, excitement and humour to entertain during a running time that seems as long as the era of the Wild West itself. »
Director: Gore Verbinski; Screenwriter Justin Haythe, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio; Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Ruth Wilson, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner; Running time: 149 mins; Certificate: 12A
Hindsight, as it turns out, isn't necessarily 20/20. With exactly ten years now having passed since Pirates of the Caribbean was released, there are now an awful lot of people keen to tell you it was rubbish, despite the largely warm critical reception it received at the time. They're wrong, of course: the first Pirates was a joyous, off-kilter swashbuckler that earned every ounce of its unexpected hype, and Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow was at this stage a truly brilliant creation.
What killed the Pirates franchise, and by extension killed Jack Sparrow, was backstory. Where the first film was gloriously context-free, establishing its scrappy seafaring world with bold, unfussy strokes, the later films became bogged down in energy-sapping cod mythology. So when The Lone Ranger – which reunites Depp, »
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