8 items from 2014
Three actors have joined Terminator: Genesis, and one of them might play a big role in Alan Taylor's new film. THR is reporting Byung-hun Lee (both G.I. Joe flicks, I Saw The Devil), Michael Gladis (Mad Men, Knights Of Badassdom) and Sandrine Holt (House of Cards, Underworld: Awakening) will star in the upcoming movie. There aren't any details on Michael Gladis' role, however Deadline has learned Sandrine Holt will play Detective Cheung, who arrests Sarah Connor and »
- Jesse Giroux
Byung-hun Lee ("G.I. Joe," "I Saw the Devil"), Michael Gladis ("Mad Men") and Sandrine Holt ("House of Cards") have all joined the cast of the action franchise reboot "Terminator: Genesis" for Skydance and Paramount.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke, J.K. Simmons and Dayo Okeniyi in the Alan Taylor-directed film. The roles for the three new actors are being kept secret, but Lee's role is said to be a key one.
The film, the first of a proposed new trilogy, aims to be a continuation of the first two James Cameron films and will take into consideration the time passed.
Meanwhile, dropped in an article this past Friday on Deadline (so it's apparently Not an April Fool), comes the suggestion that producers are planning a back-to-back nine-month shoot of the second and third installments in this proposed trilogy. A lot though would depend upon Genesis' box-office returns. »
- Garth Franklin
Everyone has that one cinematic brawl that sticks with him or her. They buy special edition Blu-rays to watch the glorious scenes in high definition, wear shirts sporting their favorite competitor, and even engage in debates with other fans about which character they think would win if the duel occurred in real life. With The Raid 2 coming out soon, what better time to look back on best fight scenes that genre films have to offer? Read on to see which conflicts make the list, and keep an eye out for The Raid 2, which is set to release on March 28th, 2014. 20. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Rooftop Scene Although it may seem a little campy, Julius deserves a ton of credit for being one of the only people to stand up and fight Jason Voorhees, instead of just running away. Julius lands nearly all of his blows, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Director: Hwang In Ho.
Starring: Lee Min Ki, Kim Go Eun, Kim Roi Ha, Ahn Seo Hyeon, Kim Boo Seon.
Running Time: 113 minutes.
Synopsis: A mentally slow girl tries to take find the suspected murderer of her missing sister.
South Korea have given us more fantastic revenge thrillers than you can shake a bloody stick at. I Saw The Devil, Oldboy, Bedevilled, The Chaser, the list goes on and on. That being said, is there really anywhere new to go with the genre? Can it possibly be any more shocking and interesting than what we’ve already come up against? The answer is a surprising ‘yes’, as this latest effort proves in abundance.
If you’ve ever sat down and become angry at the ridiculous decisions made by characters in peril, then Monster has a new twist to offer, with its two main characters – caught in a game of cat »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
South Korea loves a good revenge tale and even when you would think such greats such as I Saw The Devil and Bedevilled have pushed the boundaries as far as they will go, another film rises to the challenge. In Hwang In Ho’s follow-up to the delightfully bizarre Spellbound, a serial killer meets his match when the mentally slow but quick to anger sister of one of his victims goes all out after revenge. As the trailer proclaims “Hide and seek, or die”, this looks to be a great twist on the cat and mouse genre with the tables turned against the murderer.
In Monster, Lee Min Ki plays the killer Tae Soo, while Kim Go Eun is Bok Soon, the girl who may very well be his match. It looks absurd, it looks violent, and it looks very enjoyable indeed. The film is released in South Korea on »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
With The Raid 2: Berandal making its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this week (to rave reviews, I might add), I thought it pertinent to look back at a slew of films which nailed the cathartic, bone-snapping brilliance of a standard fight scene. And I’m not just talking martial arts (though there are one or two of those herein); I’m talking cross-genre (and in some cases, cross medium) exploits of broken bones, busted teeth and spilled blood.
While the films listed aren’t the absolute be-all-end-all of fight sequences, to me these were standout moments of either sheer badassery or emotional heft. There are hundreds more to add, but the following nine flicks (in no particular order) are just a few which smacked me around in the best possible way.
Beware, spoilers obviously follow.
In the eternal words of Killer Instinct’s gravel-throated announcer… »
- Bryan Yentz
Revenge is often a dish best served cold, but while rifling through collections of revenge thrillers from different countries, you definitely get the feeling that different nations have added spices and flavors. Some like their revenge with a happy ending, others like it bleak and nasty, but no matter how you swing it, the overall concept of revenge is a theme that any person can understand. We’ve seen American revenge films, Korean versions, Japanese versions – but are you ready for the Israeli interpretation of revenge?
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, the lunatics behind Rabies, are being awarded some pretty serious acclaim for their second feature Big Bad Wolves, a revenge thriller with an Israeli twist. Is it safe? Does it play by the rules? Well, these two are responsible for creating the first Israeli horror film in Rabies, and for their second genre release, our filmmakers feel perfectly comfortable delivering double the genre insanity. »
- Matt Donato
South Korea produces a higher consistency of quality action-thrillers than any other country. Fact? Opinion? Either way it’s true to me. The last few years alone have seen a barrage of near-instant classics including The Man From Nowhere, The Chaser, The Yellow Sea, A Company Man, Confession of Murder, Secret Reunion, I Saw the Devil, and more. Their success comes from a combination of attitude and aesthetic with the other common element being some stellar fight/action choreography. The most recent film hoping to join the ranks of the ones above is The Suspect. Director Won Shin-yeon‘s latest comes six years after his solid 2007 thriller, Seven Days, but unlike that one this appears to have a somewhat political bent. The story follows a North Korean defector now living in the South who is forced on the run after he’s accused of a triple murder. All is not as it seems though, and »
- Rob Hunter
8 items from 2014
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