12 items from 2015
Since returning to the big-screen full-time in 2012, things haven’t panned out the way Arnold Schwarzenegger probably hoped. Still, three bad years don’t eradicate decades of great work and many, many onscreen explosions. In fact, Arnie himself has compiled a supercut of every explosion he’s ever co-starred with.
The following video lasts for over a half hour, which tells you everything you need to know.
The explosions were counted using the following methodology:
“Explosions were counted frame by frame based on every instance of an actual explosion. This includes repeated explosions, as well as explosions within explosions. Explosions that continued through an edit were only counted once. An honest attempt was made to count every explosion based on these rules. »
- Daniel Kelly
In the '80s and '90s Arnold Schwarzenegger ruled the box office with a cigar-chomping grin. In 2015, he isn't even a match for Sam Worthington when it comes to selling tickets to a Terminator franchise entry. Something's gone wrong for Arnie - he's adopting the right technical stance, but struggling to lift the weight of expectation for modern movie audiences.
On paper, he's been doing everything right since exiting politics in 2011. He's picked the right roles, worked with the right people (even Sabotage, the worst reviewed movie among his initial comeback run, saw David Ayer push him to a great individual performance) while allowing clever marketing teams to capitalise on every one of his iconic elements.
The pattern started with his first full comeback movie. The Last Stand had a decent script and an interesting director. The poster featured our hero wielding a T-800 style chaingun, wearing the sort »
The most recent feature from South Korean director Kim Jee-woon (above right) was The Last Stand, but now the director of I Saw the Devil and The Good, the Bad, and the Weird is moving forward on a new movie, with backing from Warner Bros. Secret Agent is Kim’s next feature, and also the first South Korean […]
- Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. is jumping deeper into the Asian market, in South Korea, where the domestic box office booms. The major will finance and handle Korean distribution for Kim Jee-woon's "Secret Agent," a 1930s period drama centered on an organized South Korean uprising during the days of Japanese colonialism in the country. Kim is a cult filmmaker known internationally for uber-violent genre films from the gruesome "I Saw the Devil" (which is getting a Us remake from director Adam Wingard) to his first and only English-language effort, 2013's "The Last Stand" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Kim's affectionately weird spaghetti Western homgae "The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008) made good money at the South Korean box office, which last year became the sixth top market in the world, grossing over $1.5 billion. Read More: In the Works: David Fincher, Kim Jee-woon and David Yates Set to Direct Long-Awaited Graphic Novel Adaptations Looking at the numbers, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Busan — Warner Bros. is to finance and distribute its first ever Korean-language movie, “Secret Agent”.
The 1930s period drama is to be directed by top Korean director Kim Jee-woon and star acting icon Song Kang-ho, who previously shared the lead in Kim’s kinetic kimchi Western “The Good, The Bad, The Weird.” Song is also familiar to U.S. audiences from “Snowpiercer.”
Warner becomes the second Hollywood studio to greenlight a Korean-language movie, following Fox Korea’s “Intimate Enemies” and “Slow Video” and its involvement in “The Yellow Sea.”
South Korea has one of the most vibrant film industries in the world. Thanks to high rates of cinema-going it is the world’s sixth largest box office territory, with a cumulative gross last year of $1.52 billion, that puts it far ahead of much larger countries including Russia and Germany. In most years recently local films have accounted for most of the box office, »
- Sonia Kil and Patrick Frater
Song Kang-ho ("Snowpiercer") stars in the film alongside Gong Yoo ("The Suspect") with filming to begin in October in China and Korea. The film will deal with the history of Organization of Righteous Bravery, a part of the armed independence movement during Korea under Japanese rule.
Despite its small size, South Korea has become one of the most thriving box-office markets on the planet. Warner is a direct distributor in the country, and so will handle the Korean theatrical release.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Respective onscreen stories involving aliens that don't come in peace and a horrific house arrest can soon be enjoyed at home via Scream Factory's July 7th Blu-ray releases of Alien Outpost and Dark Summer, and we've been provided with three copies of each movie to give away.
"2021: An invading race of aliens known as the Heavies are narrowly defeated in the First Earth War. But thousands of them were left behind as a new war on terror rages. In the aftermath, a series of remote operating bases are created to defend the planet. Three Seven is the deadliest, positioned in the most hostile place on Earth.
A documentary film crew is sent to record daily life in Outpost 37, where the men, led by hardened commander Captain Spears (Rick Ravanello, Dark Haul), are under constant enemy fire. When a member of the crew disappears during a Heavy ambush, »
- Derek Anderson
Maggie pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against zombies, but not in the way you’d expect. The titular character (Abigail Breslin) is infected, but Wade (Schwarzenegger) isn’t driving into the city to put down the zombie threat, he’s bringing his daughter home before the disease reaches its inhumane conclusion. Protocols are implemented to keep the virus contained to the small midwestern town, but doctors set aside regulations to let Wade spend time with his daughter before she is sent away to the quarantine zone.
The stage of Maggie’s infection is still in its infancy, but any sign of worsening symptoms will get her sent straight to a quarantine area. Wade’s second-wife (Joely Richardson) has sent her children to stay with family outside of town, so it’s just the three of them in a makeshift farmhouse as they wait for inevitable to come. »
- Colin Biggs
Ever since he left office as the two term governor of California and returned to the acting world, I’ve been keeping a close eye on the film choices of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s slowly gone from being a wise cracking killing machine (sometimes literally) to someone more contemplative of the toll it all takes on a person. To be sure, the movies are almost all throwaway popcorn entertainment regardless, but there’s a definite shift that’s easy to notice (the very talented Matt Singer often writes about this in terms of Schwarzenegger, so I highly recommend reading something of his). This week, there’s another new side of Schwarzenegger on display in Maggie, a zombie drama in which he’s trying to avoid killing for one of the first times in his career. As a quick plot summation, the film follows a farmer who sees his daughter slowly turning into a zombie. »
- Joey Magidson
The past few years has seen a resurgence of action films revolving around a past-his-prime yet-still-bad-ass dude setting things right. This was probably first set in motion by Sylvester Stallone and his grizzled action star filled "The Expendables" films, and has been handily retrofitted to varying degrees of success for actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand," "Sabotage"), Liam Neeson ("Taken," "Unknown," "Run All Night," "Non-Stop") and Kevin Costner ("3 Days to Kill"). One of the more unlikely participants in this prune juice-fueled movement is Sean Penn via the "The Gunman." It shares a lot with those other films —a graying, righteous loner making the hard decisions no one else can or will, an improbably high body count, a soundtrack that bleeps along like the inner workings of a computer, a beautiful woman caught in the middle— but is also saddled by Penn's self-conscious »
- Drew Taylor
Joyous and exhilarating. A fresh and funny animated adventure that subverts genre clichés at every turn. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Superhero origin stories are ubiquitous in our comic-book-happy pop culture, but none of them has been as sheerly, simply delightful as Big Hero 6… maybe because it barely feels like an origin story at all. Oh, all the familiar elements are here, in this gorgeously animated Disney flick: a young genius tormented by grief; high-tech gadgets; a complex villain; funny sidekicks. But the movie is so utterly unself-conscious that even the moments of self-referential humor — the kind that are inevitable when one of the superteam is a big ol’ geek who has been actively trying to reinvent himself as a comic-book character — play like something we’ve never seen before. (You’d probably »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Olivier Megaton.
Running Time: 109 minutes
Synopsis: Bryan Mills (Neeson) is framed for the murder of his ex-wife (Janssen). He’s soon on the run from the law while also trying to find out who is responsible.
I have no idea why the Taken movies are popular in the slightest. I’ve always found them to be moronic action cliches that rely too heavily on coincidence but take themselves far too seriously. But since Taken 3 decides to abandon the Taken formula, perhaps I can give it another chance? Well, it may not be anything new; in fact it’s almost a remake of The Fugitive, but Taken 3 is the best of the bunch, and is surprisingly enjoyable due to its ability to have a bit of a laugh.
Without anybody being taken, the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
12 items from 2015
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