5 items from 2013
Untaken Legacy: Stolzl’s English Debut a Clunky, Derivate Actioneer
Originally titled The Expatriate, German director Philip Stolzl’s English language debut gets the dumbed down title of Erased, which unfortunately only makes it an easy target for jokes concerning what the film does with your time. While the film manages to avoid being completely asinine, nicely packaged and more smartly written than your general fare in the Taken vein, Stolzl’s film can never quite manage to feel like an original concept, instead feeling like a European tinged, anemic subset of the Jason Bourne franchise.
Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) is an expatriate American living in Belgium, trying to start his life over working for a multinational corporation specializing in high-tech security. Only recently, his 15 year old daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) has left the Us to come live with him, and the two don’t seem to know each other very well, »
- Nicholas Bell
"No, no, no – there's absolutely no problem. It's just one of those things, mate. I'd be very inclined to do exactly the same thing, and I know the subsequent fuckin' dread and all the other shit, so please, not at all."
Ben Mendelsohn had me at hello. An unexpectedly chilled-out hello, considering I'd phoned him an hour-and-a-half later than planned, slightly panicky, profusely sorry. Due to bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived email-reading, I'd got the time wrong, I'd got the day wrong, and would have been none the wiser had his publicist not contacted me to ask how the interview had gone. It's 8.30am in La and, luckily for me, not only is Mendelsohn at home in West Hollywood doing not a lot, he's »
- Alex Godfrey
Feature James Clayton 15 Mar 2013 - 06:38
With Welcome To The Punch's striking title in mind, James offers some more interesting film names for recent hits...
Welcome To The Punch. Boom. That is a brilliant film title. It hits you and it hits you hard. It’s an inviting knuckle sandwich to your conscious awareness and its five syllables sucker punch you and say, “Yeah, now you know me. You are watching this film, sunshine.”
Imprinted indelibly on my memory right from the first mention, how could I not follow it up and discover what mysteries lie behind the bombastic moniker? It immediately impresses me with its shocking violence and promises brutal action, intense energy and all the other sadomasochistic kicks I crave in my cinema trips. Welcome To The Punch speaks directly to my psyche and is sold to my subconscious in only four words.
Getting beyond the gut-busting first impression, »
Whenever Nicolas Cage.s name is attached to a project, the film critic side of me sighs and shakes his head in discouragement - but the less snooty movie-watching part of me is jumping over the moon with joy. Regardless of the quality of the films he.s appeared in over the last decade or so, Cage.s performances have rarely failed to entertain on both ironic and non-ironic levels. It doesn.t look like his latest project will disappoint my unrefined side. Cage is set to play a reformed criminal in Tokarev, a new film set to be directed by Spanish filmmaker Paco Cabezas. Cage.s last few roles have been in the mostly forgettable Stolen, Trespass and the Ghost Rider sequel, but he.ll soon be playing a cop opposite a serial killing John Cusack in The Frozen Ground, leading the rapture-minded Left Behind reboot; and playing another »
Although he’s worked with directors such as Terrence Malick and Baz Luhrmann, talented Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn‘s major breakout came with 2010′s crime drama Animal Kingdom. Since then, however, he’s been searching for a worthy follow-up in the spotlight. After the duds Trespass and Killer Elite, he was briefly featuring in Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises this summer and sadly, this fall’s Andrew Dominik drama Killing Them Softly went [...] »
- Jack Cunliffe
5 items from 2013
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