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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 7, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The second installment in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scored even better than the original at the box office and with critics.
Based on the second book in the novels by Suzanne Collins, the science-fiction movie continues the story of reluctant heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, X-Men: First Class), who’s now on a victory tour after winning the Hunger Games in the first film. This time, she has to go through the deadly games again, with even higher stakes as rebellion is sparked in the outer lying districts of the dangerous Capitol.
Josh Hutcherson (Red Dawn), Woody Harrelson (Seven Psychopaths), Liam Hemsworth (The Expendables 2), Donald Sutherland (The Eagle Has Landed), Lenny Kravitz (Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Stanley Tucci (Jack the Giant Slayer) and Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) all return in their roles, and additions »
Hell hath no fury like an android scorned in Vice, a low-budgeted sci-fi thriller from Lone Survivor producer Emmet/Furla/Oasis Films. In the film’s quasi-utopian future, people are encouraged to carry out their most vicious and sadistic desires within the confines of luxurious resorts, where they are supplied with as many humanlike androids to brutalize in however many ways they see fit.
Yesterday, it was announced that action icon Bruce Willis will star in the film alongside Ambyr Childers, an actress known for prominent roles in Paul Thomas Anderson’s acclaimed drama The Master, Showtime’s Ray Donovan and the spine-tingling horror flick We Are What We Are. Willis is set to portray Julian, the sadistic owner of the Vice resort, while Childers will play an android who becomes self-aware and, horrified at the travesties being committed inside the resort, escapes and returns with a plot to bring »
- Isaac Feldberg
The story is set in a futuristic city where humans can live out their fantasies with androids at a resort known as Vice. The plot thickens when one robot (Ambyr Childers) becomes self-aware, threatening to destroy this lurid organization. Bruce Willis is playing Julian, who owns the Vice resort.
Andre Fabrizio and Jeremy Passmore (San Andreas: 3D, Red Dawn) wrote the screenplay, with George Furla, Randall Emmett and Adam Goldworm producing. The project does not have a director attached at this time, with casting still under way for supporting roles. Production is scheduled to begin on March 15 in Alabama.
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
The Epix documentary “Milius” poses an interesting question: Why didn’t John Milius – writer extraordinaire, and director of some renown – become a household name like film-school contemporary George Lucas and other famous pals, including Steven Spielberg? The answer, however, proves more wishy-washy, or at least indecisive, than a Milius character would appreciate, with the director asserting he was blacklisted for his reactionary politics, while others cite his prickly and eccentric behavior, such as bringing a pistol to a notes meeting. Either way, Milius is a fascinating character, but beyond highlighting his filmography, the film leaves its central enigma unresolved.
A mass of contradictions prone to larger-than-life flourishes, Milius loved surfing and guns and consciously zigged where the counterculture movement zagged, embracing militarism and a macho mentality that produced a memorable body of work. As a writer, that ranged from “Dirty Harry” (uncredited) to “Apocalypse Now,” from Quint’s speech about »
- Brian Lowry
5 items from 2014
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