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Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
"Uncharted" may be a massively popular video game franchise, but getting the movie made has proven to be all kinds of difficult. At one time, it was mooted for David O. Russell who eventually left the project and was replaced by Neil Burger, who also wound up exiting. Things have been kind of dormant for the past couple of years, but no more. Seth Gordon ("The King Of Kong," "Identity Thief") has now been tapped to direct the flick, with a script from David Guggenheim ("Safe House," "Stolen"). It's a pretty big step up for Gordon who, until now, has mostly been known for studio and TV comedies and not the kind of grand blockbuster adventures fans of the game will be expecting. But he did direct a documentary about video games, so maybe that counts? At any rate, this still isn't close to happening as a lead has yet to be found and, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After warm independent comedy Prince Avalanche, it seems director David Gordon Green's next project is sporting a more serious demeanour, with gritty drama / thriller Joe, and we've got the first trailer below which you can watch after the official synopsis....
"In the dirty unruly world of small-town Texas, ex-convict Joe Ransom has tried to put his dark past behind him and to live a simple life. He works for a lumber company by day, drinks by night. But when 15-year-old Gary – a kid trying to support his family – comes to town, desperate for work, Joe has found a way to atone for his sins – to finally be someone’s hero. As Joe tries to protect Gary, the pair will take the twisting road to redemption in the hope for a better life in this tough, hard-hitting but incredibly moving story."
Top 10 Mark Harrison 6 Jan 2014 - 06:29
As ever, some spectacular performances were overlooked in last year's rush of movie releases. Here's Mark's pick of the most underrated...
Here on Den Of Geek, It's become something of a tradition that when the end of the year rolls around, and the big awards bodies almost determinedly overlook genre cinema, and that we compile a list of the underrated and underappreciated performances by actors in the last cinematic year.
We've tried to pick out turns that either went unnoticed in most reviews, or simply should have gotten more praise. It's less about the great performances that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are sure to overlook, than it is about giving praise where it's due.
It's unusual that this is either the most wide-open race in a while, or there aren't nearly enough people talking about who will definitely win »
4 items from 2014
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