19 items from 2013
Well it’s that time of year again, end of year/best of list time! If you’ve been reading this site – or Blogomatic3000 – for a while now you’ll know my tastes are generally a little different from the more mainstream sites and so my Top 10′s are too! And whilst there have been plenty of “worthy” titles to get cinephiles excited, I’ve been finding a wealth of movie gold in the direct to DVD market (my cinematic home).
The usual disclaimers apply to this Top 10 – this is a list of my favourite films of the year, the films that got me excited and the ones that remained with me after the credits rolled…
1) Odd Thomas
Official Synopsis: In a California desert town, a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces.
I Said: Led by Anton Yelchin, whose barnstorming »
- Phil Wheat
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on blinkbox, BBC iPlayer, Curzon on Demand.
streaming now, while it’s in cinemas
The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at blinkbox]
new to stream
The Cabin in the Woods: one of the greatest horror movies ever made, connecting the thematic underpinnings of the genre in a way that makes it impossible for anyone to make another by-the-numbers horror flick again [my review] [at blinkbox] How I Spent My Summer Vacation (aka Get the Gringo): Mel Gibson in full-on crazy mode versus a Mexican crime lord in a funny and surprising action thriller [at blinkbox] Populaire: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/2013/05/populaire-review-just-your-type.html [my review] [at blinkbox]
- MaryAnn Johanson
At this point it might be easier wondering who isn’t in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables 3″. After dumping Bruce Willis and adding Harrison Ford recently, Stallone’s action sequel has now officially added Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas to its roster. Stallone, of course, hinted at the possible addition of both men previously, but this is the first time we’ve gotten official confirmation from Lionsgate. As with the previous additions, there are no word on who Gibson or Banderas are playing. My guess is that Gibson is playing the villain, since the last time Stallone tweeted Gibson’s possible involvement, he said this: Mad Max vs Barney Ross…… — Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) July 16, 2013 If true, this would be Gibson’s second villainous role (as far as I know). He’s also playing the bad guy in Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete Kills”, but he previously played a sorta bad »
Rumors have abounded about casting for The Expendables 3. While we know that certain cast members are definitely returning, and others have definitely been added, the issue of the villain remains in debate. The latest villain rumors have said Mel Gibson loud and clear, but as yet there’s no official confirmation from the powers-that-be.
What we do have is Sylvester Stallone’s Twitter account. As the chief rumor-stoker for The Expendables 3, Stallone has been teasing the presence of both Gibson and Seagal for a thousand years now. Here’s what Stallone recently tweeted about Gibson’s part:
Sly, you’re really beginning to try my patience. Has Gibson signed on or not? I Want To Know!
Mel Gibson has not exactly been a fan favorite in recent years, what with the storm of crazy coming from his general direction. However, he has made a few forays back into the acting world, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Check out a badass new character poster featuring Charlie Sheen in the upcoming film “Machete Kills” by director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) ands starring Amber Heard (Paranoia, Syrup, The Rum Diary, The Playboy Club), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Fading Gigolo, The Smurfs), Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo, The Beaver, Paparazzi), Alexa Vega (The Devil’s Carnival, The Mine, 23 Blast), Charlie Sheen (Anger Management, A Glimps Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III), Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A.C.O.D., Escape From Planet Earth) and Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Synopsis: In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is recruited by [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
The gossip site quotes a source as suggesting that Gibson will join fellow newcomers Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich in The Expendables 3, which will also star series regulars Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Other rumoured new recruits include Wesley Snipes and Steven Seagal. Stallone tweeted in April that Gibson had turned down the chance to direct the next instalment in the saga; now it appears the former A-lister has agreed to a turn in front of the cameras instead.
Gibson has struggled to find currency in Hollywood following a period of negative publicity stretching back to 2006, when he reportedly made antisemitic comments to »
- Ben Child
As you may recall, franchise star Sylvester Stallone revealed in April that he wanted Mel Gibson to direct this action sequel, before landing Australian director Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) later that month. No details have been given regarding this villainous character yet.
Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes and Milla Jovovich are confirmed to star alongside Sylvester Stallone. Stallone also expressed interest last month in bringing on stars of The Raid: Redemption, although no specific names were mentioned.
Sylvester Stallone wrote the screenplay for The Expendables 3, with no story details revealed just yet. We reported last month that Lionsgate has set an August 15, 2014 release date, but it is not known when shooting will begin.
So, you should know the story of Mel Gibson by now, and if not, there's always Wikipedia for all the ins and outs, but basically he went from being one of the biggest actor/writer/director/producer on the planet to a pariah. A nasty divorce fueled by tabloid leaks, and not helped by his own behaviour found him exiled in Hollywood thanks to his sexist remarks and perceived anti-Semitism. He's tried to quietly re-establish his name in the uneven dramedy "The Beaver" and the straight-to-vod actioner "Get The Gringo," but audiences and critics resisted, and that's not to mention the near full cast revolt that happened when Todd Phillips cast the actor in "The Hangover Part II" (he was replaced by Nick Cassavetes). But could his career be back on track by embracing the fact that people generally aren't in love with him anymore? It may seem so. The »
- Kevin Jagernauth
As The Expendables 3 puts together its requisite cast of 80s and 90s action stars, it was probably only a matter of time before Mel Gibson joined the party. According to Showbiz411, sources are saying that Mel Gibson might play the villain in the third installment of the action franchise. Back in April, Sylvester Stallone tweeted/joked that Gibson should direct "Expendables Five", but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a place in the franchise for the rage-filled, anti-Semitic former movie star. He's already playing his first villain role in Robert Rodriguez' Machete Kills, and these supporting baddies may be the only parts Gibson can get for the foreseeable future. Could anyone buy him as a hero again, and would any studio take the risk to find out? Considering that his last movie, the surprisingly entertaining Get the Gringo, went straight to VOD/DVD, probably not (and even in that movie, »
- Matt Goldberg
The idea of the "Expendables" movies, in which a ragtag band of action stars both old and new (mostly old) are assembled for one grandiose ass-kicking extravaganza, is always more fun than actually watching an "Expendables" movie. That said, the sequel was a vast improvement on the original, and with a new rumor revealed today, the third film could be something to get legitimately jazzed about. ShowBiz 411 (via Movies.com) is reporting that Mel Gibson is being courted to play the villain in "The Expendables 3." Yes, please.
The third feature, which should reunite most of the stalwarts from the previous installments (series mastermind Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, etc.), has added some color to the new cast with recent announcements that newly freed Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage, Milla Jovovich, and Jackie Chan were set to co-star. Perhaps even more exciting is the news that Australian director Patrick Hughes, who »
- Drew Taylor
The studio sent us this killer new movie poster featuring Michelle Rodriguez in the upcoming film “Machete Kills” by director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, Machete) ands starring Amber Heard (Paranoia, Syrup, The Rum Diary, The Playboy Club), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family, Fading Gigolo, The Smurfs), Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo, The Beaver, Paparazzi), Alexa Vega (The Devil’s Carnival, The Mine, 23 Blast), Charlie Sheen (Anger Management, A Glimps Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III), Jessica Alba (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, A.C.O.D., Escape From Planet Earth) and Vanessa Hudgens (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island). Synopsis: In Machete Kills, Danny Trejo returns as ex-Federale agent Machete, who is [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
Sylvester Stallone has announced his joy at snagging Wesley Snipes for a part in The Expendables 3 on Twitter, stating that “Wesley Snipes joined the crew tonight and that makes me damn happy. Hope Snipes brings his A-Game.” He later deleted this Tweet, perhaps worried about the possibility of Wesley Snipes not bringing his A-Game and the accusations of being a disgusting liar that would inevitably follow.
A later tweet clarified his position – “Wesley Snipes is Back!!!! … …with Us!!!” Wesley Snipes has had his fair share of legal trouble recently, so he’ll no doubt be glad that someone like Sylvester Stallone has his back and is casting that back, along with the rest of his body, in such a high profile feature.
What started as little more than a wet dream for 80′s action fans has now become a bonafide franchise in its own right, fulfilling the ultimate destiny of the film. »
- Rob Batchelor
It seems the bad-ass action team known as The Expendables are gearing up for their third round of on-screen guns and explosions circle jerk with big names like Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage and Steven Segal being thrown around as possible new additions to the ever expanding super-cast. One name that hasn’t been mentioned lately by anyone in the know yet is the second film’s director Simon West.
Despite delivering a better movie than Sylvester Stallone did originally, it is now thought that West may not return when The Expendables 3 rolls into production before the end of the year. So if West is out, who’s going to be trying to keep all the ego’s in check behind the camera?
- Matt Aspin
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
Price: DVD $55.99, Blu-ray $65.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The downfall of meth making chemistry teacher Walter White continues in Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season.
In the AMC TV show, Bryan Cranston (Contagion) plays Walt, who, after being diagnosed with cancer, joins one of his former students (Aaron Paul, TV’s Big Love) to turn his chemistry skills into a more lucrative venture.
In season five, Walt’s transformation from well-meaning family man to drug kingpin is almost complete. He starts a new partnership with Paul’s Jesse Pinkman and Mike (Jonathan Banks, Reign Over Me). But Walt’s muderous schemes are threatened by a new development in the investigation led by Walt’s brother-in-law, DEA agent Hank (Dean Norris, Get the Gringo).
Both the Blu-ray and DVD contain these special features:
“Chicks N Guns” scene created for the Blu-ray and DVD release, with Jesse »
El Gringo, 2012.
Directed by Eduardo Rodriguez.
A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000, and a bloody past, finds himself under sudden attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.
Joel Silver has lent his name to some of the most memorable action blockbusters of the last thirty years, including Lethal Weapon and The Matrix. Normally, or at least back in the day, a Silver pic would mean a big budget and plenty of spectacle. In the last year, Silver put his name to a collection of lower budget action films, which despite very limited theatrical releases in the Us, were basically made as straight to DVD. These included Dragon Eyes with Jean Claude Van Damme and Stash House with Dolph Lundgren, as well as El Gringo with up and coming action man Scott Adkins.
- Flickering Myth
Los Angeles — Although it sometimes accompanies fine films such as "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo," the phrase "inspired by a true story" tacked onto the front of a movie too often warns you that you're about to see something "inspiring" in the most hackneyed, triumph-of-the-human-spirit sort of way.
What's surprising about "Snitch" is that, rather than taking the reductive path of offering innocuous emotional uplift or one-man-army action, it generates a feeling of real desperation and fear as it shows a man getting in way over his head when he takes on some very bad guys. In other words, this is a pretty good film starring an actor named Dwayne Johnson, not a commodity with The Rock as a hood ornament.
Summit's main commercial hopes still rest with the mainstream action crowd – which likely will be satisfied despite the film's refusal to dish out doses of bodily harm like clockwork – but for Johnson, »
No matter what you think about the Academy Awards (and there is whole wide spectrum of thought as to their relevance and accuracy) there is no question that The Oscars are the pinnacle of filmmaking honors. There isn’t any other organization, ceremony, or statue in the film industry that has quite the prestige. So, it should probably piss you off that The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science doesn’t offer an award for Stunt Coordinators. Yep, you read that right. They don’t even get awards in that weird little untelevised pre-show thing that they do before the awards telecast. It’s not a passive exclusion either. Each year for more than two decades, the Academy has actively rejected the creation of an award for Stunt Coordinators. So, since The Academy doesn’t do these masters of cinematic mayhem any justice, we’re going to pretend that they do. Like »
- Ed Travis
"Breaking Bad" star Dean Norris has taken a leading role in the upcoming Stephen King television adaptation, "Under the Dome," says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . The series, set to debut on June 24 at 10/9c on CBS, has been adapted for the small screen by Brian K. Vaughan ("Y: The Last Man," "Ex Machina," "Lost"). Neils Arden Oplev, the director of the original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , will helm the pilot. The story tells of a small town in Maine which is cut off from the rest of the world by an invisible dome. With air, food and patience dwindling, societal norms within this town begin to break down. Norris, who recently appeared on the big screen in Get the Gringo , will play James "Big Jim" »
19 items from 2013
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