12 items from 2015
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
On the heels of the theatrical and VOD debut of Vice last Friday, Bruce Willis is re-teaming with the producers of that sci-fi thriller for another movie called Extraction. This one will similarly shoot in Alabama and similarly sounds like another cheap genre flick suited for a direct-to-video release coupled by good box office overseas. According to Deadline, Willis will play a CIA agent who is kidnapped and has to be rescued by his son, who is also a CIA agent, when the government passes on mounting a mission themselves. Is it just a role-reversed remake of A Good Day to Die Hard? Should they just cast Jai Courtney as the younger spy and some foreign markets can actually retitle it A Good Day to Die Hard 2 on their DVD covers? Extraction will be directed by Steven C. Miller, helmer of the 2012 Silent Night, Deadly Night remake, and is written by someone named Umair Aleem, who »
- Christopher Campbell
Nicolas Cage has, unfortunately, become a joke in recent years. For every great performance he gives (Joe) there are a dozen more that are painfully bad (Left Behind, for example). It has also become apparent that former Die Hard superstar Bruce Willis is nearing that same level of bad. In the past decade, while Willis has starred in big studio fare like A Good Day To Die Hard, Red 2, and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, he has had a half dozen films go direct to Redbox/On Demand. Willis' latest, »
- Alex Maidy
Remember when Bruce Willis used to make interesting, original movies, like Pulp Fiction, Twelve Monkeys and The Fifth Element? An air of excitement would surround each announcement detailing which project the actor would get involved with next. It’s been some time since that excitement has been felt, however, because Willis has essentially been making the same movie, repeatedly, for years. The next product from that assembly line will be Extraction, directed by Steven C. Miller (Silent Night).
The plot focuses on a father and son duo of – wait for it – CIA agents, with Willis as the seasoned elder operative who is traumatized by the – you guessed it – murder of his wife. His less-experienced CIA operative son is working with him on the manufacture of a super-weapon known as the Condor, but is thrust into the driving seat when his father, Willis, is kidnapped by terrorists. As he realizes that »
- Sarah Myles
Following the Red and Expendables movies, Bruce Willis seems as comfortable these days as a CIA operative as he used to be as a cop. Continuing that spy-based trend (although likely with tongue less firmly in cheek) he's just signed up for Extraction, which Steven C. Miller (Silent Night) will direct.Willis's character is retired from the Secret Service at the point we meet him, and on despondent form since the murder of his wife. His son is also an operative working on a secret weapon called (ahem) The Condor, and when Papa Bruce is kidnapped by terrorists, Junior mounts his own off-the-books rescue operation. Conspiracies are uncovered.Before you get too excited that this might be an old-school Willis actioner to atone for A Good Day To Die Hard, we'd suggest that set-up is sounding very much like recent Willis output, meaning he'll only be around for part of the shoot. »
Chicago – “Blackhat” is a hacker’s auctioneer of high-tech and low-tech genre jolts, but its construction provides a thrill of its own - that of witnessing the next era of the action movie. With “Blackhat,” director Michael Mann introduces the new standards for the everlasting genre as it continues to reflect modern anxieties, giving leading roles to two entities that Hollywood has previously treated as supporting acts, hackers and the nation of China. Incredibly on-the-moment, “Blackhat” recognizes that computer whizzes are becoming the physical heroes our connected world needs, and China is the partner that Hollywood will increasingly rely on for business, especially in selling films that look like “Blackhat.”
Mann’s film is the story of a co-investigation between the United States and China. A Hong Kong nuclear power plant and Chicago’s Mercantile Trade Exchange have been attacked, nonetheless by a no-name, no-motive menace who has hacked into their systems. »
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A quick preamble. Over the course of the coming weeks and months, we're going to be exploring many of our favourite movie franchises, and ranking the films in order. Mainly because it gives us a further chance to talk about many of our favourite films.
Inevitably, the ordering in these cases isn't always going to come as a surprise - we go into this with the first and last place in most of these lists immediately obvious - but it's interesting to see how the movies stand in the context of each other. Police Academy week in particular should be a hoot.
When it comes to ranking the Die Hard films then, the battle is really between Die Hards 2 and 3 for second place. But »
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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Still struggling to break free from the confines of the festival circuit, up and coming Russian director Vasiliy Sigarev (pictured above) has premiered his first two films to critical acclaim. His 2009 debut Wolfy played at Karlovy Vary and his excellent 2012 sophomore film, Living premiered at Rotterdam. Also a noted writer, Sigarev’s first two films are pronounced slices of miserablism, which may explain the lack of international distribution, which is unfortunate. His latest, Interesting Ethology, is apparently a comedy. Plot details are limited, but apparently a cut was shown to attract distributors at the Russian Pavilion back at Cannes 2014. Several cast members have notable credits, such as Yuriy Kutsenko, who appeared in two Timur Bekmambetov films, while Yuliya Snigir was featured in A Good Day to Die Hard (2013).
Production co.: White Mirror Film Company
- Nicholas Bell
Paramount have unveiled a new official still from the forthcoming 'Terminator: Genisys' featuring none other than the T-800. Of course we're all very familiar with the look of the original T-800 and this newly revised design doesn't look all that different but with the plot of the latest installment taking the alternate timeline route it's no surprise there would be a few subtle changes here and there. There's just 6 months to go before Arnie returns to reprise argubly his most iconic role to date and here's hoping this is just the first of many new stills from the production. Joining the big man is sexy Brit Emilia Clarke ('Game of Thrones'), Jai Courtney ('A Good Day to Die Hard'), Jason Clarke ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'), Byung-hun Lee, Matt Smith ('Doctor Who'), Aaron V. Williamson, Dayo Okeniyi and J.K. Simmons. »
Alien vs. Predator was disappointing, but what happens if you insert NYPD cop John McClane into the centuries-old battle between the two alien races? A YouTube user with the handle ChiefBrodyRules set out to answer that question by creating a fan-made trailer for a film he calls Die Hard: Alien vs. Predator.
Who would you put your money on in that situation? If we're talking about young Bruce Willis here (as this video seems to imply, since it didn't include any footage from Live Free or Die Hard or the abysmal A Good Day to Die Hard), I have to admit I like his odds. If Danny Glover took down a Predator in Predator 2, then I have to believe McClane would be able to hold his own against them. But then again, those Aliens are pretty nasty... It's a tough call, but I'd love to hear your thoughts »
- Ben Pearson
Expect to see ‘Spider-Man’ on the Oscars death roll call.
It’s been a strange 2014, one full of computer hacks (revealing what both celebrities and Sony look like underneath their clothes) and annoyingly-titled franchise reboots (looking at you, Genisys).
As a New Year’s treat, here are the Worst 5 stories as reported on the Movie Newsgasm from 2014. Enjoy…or, more appropiately, watch through your fingers whilst angirly shouting Stop Ruining Spider-man.
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- Oli Davis
12 items from 2015
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