It’s difficult to articulate without going into near unprofessional superlatives, just how punchable the odious and insufferable “American Ultra” is. It's a deeply unsophisticated movie about a dummy stoner, his dutifully suffering girlfriend, and the government agencies that are trying to kill them. An attempt to cross the supernova young lovers passion of “True Romance,” and the visceral, turn-on-a-dime instinctual violence of the ‘Bourne’ series, while this stoner action comedy channels both Quentin Tarantino and Paul Greengrass, it misses the mark by a mile, delivering a phony version of both styles. While it may sound like an entertaining crossbred of genres, it’s really just a hollow hybrid experiment gone horribly wrong. Written with smug, vulgar zeal by Max Landis (“Chronicle”) and directed with A.D.D.-fueled, amphetamine-driven enthusiasm by Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”), tonally, “American Ultra” provides no insight or substance anywhere, happy to just pour »
- Rodrigo Perez
There are moments in “American Ultra” where you can see the smart, outrageous, hyper-violent farce that would attract the likes of not only stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart but also distinguished supporting players, including Connie Britton, Topher Grace, Tony Hale, Walton Goggins and John Leguizamo. What these talented folks must not have seen coming, however, is how director Nima Nourizadeh (“Project X”) and screenwriter Max Landis (“Chronicle”) lose their way, allowing the film’s sensibility to degenerate from outrageous to cartoony, and piling up plot contrivances and corpses in stacks so high that they obscure whatever charms the film once. »
- Alonso Duralde
Coming from director Paul McGuigan (Push, Sherlock) and screenwriter Max Landis (Chronicle, the upcoming American Ultra), Victor Frankenstein puts a spin on Mary Shelley’s classic horror tale, focusing on the friendship between the titular monster creating scientist (James McAvoy) and his faithful assistant Igor (Daniel Radcliffe), and the toll Victor’s obsession with creating life takes on it. There’s a decidedly modern edge to this new adaption, and I find it quite refreshing that the movie seems to be more about Victor and Igor than the monster. This is a story we have seen time and again, so offering a new spin on familiar elements is incredibly welcome. As is the central pairing, who seem to be having an absolute blast here. Especially with McAvoy relishing every moment as the ultimate mad scientist. Released: 25th November (U.S.)/5th December (Irl/U.K.) »
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A surprisingly playful first trailer for Paul McGuigan’s Victor Frankenstein just dropped, and it’s a bit of a doozy. Based loosely on Mary Shelley’s classic novel and written by Max Landis (Chronicle) the film features James McAvoy as the titular Doc, with Daniel Radcliffe filling the boots of his assistant Igor. Check it out below.
That was fun, wasn’t it?
The film looks much lighter and cheesier than I was expecting, but in a totally intentional way. Compared to the po-faced but moronic I, Frankenstein (sorry to bring that up guys), Victor Frankenstein seems totally aware of the concept’s underlying silliness. The trailer indicates Landis may have jettisoned the more horrific elements of Shelley’s novel and replaced them with a bouncy dynamic between the likeable McAvoy and Radcliffe. Already the chemistry seems to be in place, conjuring up favourable comparisons to »
- Daniel Kelly
Sporting the chrome dome look for Bryan Singer’s ongoing X-Men: Apocalypse, James McAvoy today introduced the first official trailer for Victor Frankenstein along with co-star and supernatural partner-in-crime, Daniel Radcliffe.
Adopting a novel twist on Mary Shelley’s classic tale of life and death – and the blurry line between them both – Fox’s new spin on an old legend is to be directed by Paul McGuigan with a script from Chronicle‘s Max Landis. Setting aside a significant chunk of the established lore, Victor Frankenstein will primarily focus on the relationship between McAvoy and Radcliffe’s co-leads as they strive to resuscitate dead animals and creatures and bring them back from the brink. For the flick, McAvoy will play the titular, slightly unhinged visionary, while Radcliffe is on board to portray a revised version of the protégé Igor Strausman, who has been straightened out by our protagonist in every sense of the word. »
- Michael Briers
Are you ready to meet your makers? Mary Shelley's iconic novel is getting a very twisted update, and we have the first sneak peek at this latest rendition of the legend. 20th Century Fox just released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming film, Victor Frankenstein! Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in this dynamic and thrilling version of the iconic horror tale.
Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (James McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Daniel Radcliffe) share a noble vision. They want to aid humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences.  Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation.
In a dynamic and thrilling twist on a legendary tale, Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences.
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We've seen a number of Frankenstein tales over the years, but we've never really seen one told from Igor's perspective. That's what Victor Frankenstein -- in theaters November 25 -- looks to deliver, along with some pretty gnarly gothic horror vibes. Written by Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), this latest version of the classic Frankenstein tale feels a bit like a ghoulish Sherlock Holmes in terms of the chaotic relationship between stars James McAvoy...
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This isn't your grandad's Frankenstein, this is Victor Frankenstein, with James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe making a monster come to life to the sound of The Doors in the new trailer for the rebooted horror classic.
McAvoy takes a break from playing the younger Professor X in the ongoing X-Men series, joining forces with fellow franchise veteran Radcliffe to play Victor and Igor respectively.
As you'll have seen from the trailer above, this is a glossy, slick take on Mary Shelley's immortal tale, though of course they can't resist a good "It's Alive!". Fingers crossed for a decent "Yes, master..." from the former Boy Who Lived once the film hits cinemas later this year.
Plus, there's more gigantic lever pulling than you've seen in the past decade. That's how science happens, kids.
James McAvoy is poised to make the jump from comic book features to classic stories in his upcoming film, joined by Daniel Radcliffe, as the two take on the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Igor respectively in a new telling of the classic Mary Shelley novel.
The first trailers for the film, titled Victor Frankenstein, have now been released, one American and one British. The film is directed by Wicker Park and Push helmer Paul McGuigan, with a screenplay from Chronicle writer Max Landis. McAvoy and Radcliffe are joined onscreen by a supporting cast that includes Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Louise Brealey, and Jessica Brown Findlay.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Radical scientist Victor Frankenstein (McAvoy) and his equally brilliant protégé Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) share a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor’s experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
One of the best directed pieces of television we've seen? That'd be the very first episode of Sherlock, where Paul McGuigan - of Lucky Number Slevin, Wicker Park and Gangster No 1 fame - did an absolutely stand out job. McGuigan would go on to direct four Sherlock instalments in all across series one and two, but would pass on series three, as he went back to the world of feature films (as well as working on a couple of other TV shows).
Victor Frankenstein, then.
The movie arrives in UK cinemas on December 4th, and has been scripted by Chronicle's Max Landis. It tells the classic story from Igor's perspective, with Igor played here by Daniel Radcliffe. Elsewhere in the cast, you'll find James McAvoy (as Victor Von Frankenstein), Andrew Scott, Mark Gatiss, Freddie Fox, Daniel Mays and Jessica Brown Findlay. »
We’ve seen numerous iterations of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” but aside from comedies, there’s never really been an essential Frankenstein movie. And certainly many have tried in recent years. Guillermo del Toro has been trying to get a Frankenstein movie made for years; the studio behind “I, Frankenstein” laughably tried to make a modern action version of the story and failed miserably. But try, try again and all that. The latest film stars James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe and it’s called “Victor Frankenstein.” Directed by Paul McGuigan (“Wicker Park”), and written by Max Landis (“Chronicle”), the new adaptation may be a more frankensteined version, pulling from several sources on top of the Shelly 1818 novel, including other movies, to create a new pastiche. The new film is told through the eyes of Igor (Radcliffe), Dr. Frankenstein’s (McAvoy) assistant, and a human guinea pig who has to suffer through various experiments. »
- Edward Davis
How high is too high? Find out in Nima Nourizadeh's American Ultra – a fast-paced action comedy from the warped mind of Max Landis, writer of Chronicle - where a small town stoner comes face to gun with his own unlikely past as a covert government sleeper agent. In the film, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) - an ill-fated burnout - and his live-in girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), are about to have... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
There was So Much Comic Con 2015 discussion in the August edition of the Flickering Myth Movie Show, the debate has actually spilled out into its own 17 minute long video (the in-episode segment was less than half that amount). In the special extended cut (think Apocalypse Now: Redux), the esteemed panel discuss…
-the Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes footage.
-why Marvel weren’t in attendance, and should they have been?
-the new Deadpool trailer.
-the epidemic of ‘leaked footage’.
-and who won Comic Con 2015 overall?
This is an excerpt from the August edition of The Flickering Myth Movie Show, which you can watch in full here:
- Oli Davis
Well, if there was still any doubt after last weekend’s miserable box office debut, it’s now official: 20th Century Fox’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four has tanked hard, with the Josh Trank-directed film limping to a worldwide gross of $102 million by close of play on its second weekend.
In the States, the film dropped to fourth place behind Straight Outta Compton, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., earning a paltry $8 million over the Friday to Sunday period. Fantastic Four has so far pulled in $41.9 million domestically, with a further $60.1 million from the international markets.
Fantastic Four sees Josh Trank (Chronicle) directing a cast that includes Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station »
- Gary Collinson
As Saint Jerome noted so wisely, "Early impressions are hard to eradicate from the mind. When once wool has been dyed purple, who can restore it to its previous whiteness?"
Accordingly, anyone who's been bombarded with the TV ads for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four shouldn't be chastised for sprinting away from any multiplex screening of this latest Marvel concoction. Those trailers showcase a film lacking in verbal and visual wit, actors seemingly bereft of sparkle, and disfigured creatures that wouldn't appear out of place in a Toho production of the 1950s (e.g. Half Human in 1958; Rodan in 1957). While none of those early impressions are that wide off the mark, the first 45 minutes or so of this effort, nonetheless, are promising.
Before we go down that path, let's just note for those familiar with Trank's debut feature, the pretty terrific Chronicle (2012), Fantastic Four will seem like a bloated, less imaginative revamp in comparison. »
- Brandon Judell
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Blade, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, The Punisher, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Gotham, Powerless, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes – Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom!, The Lego Batman Movie, Heroes Reborn, Guardians and more…
After a shambolic opening weekend which saw its director taking to social media to voice his displeasure, the film earning the lowest ever CinemaScore for a studio superhero movie, and bombing at the box office with a worldwide haul of just $60.3 million, the Fantastic Fallout from Fantastic Four continued this week as details emerged suggesting that Josh Trank was almost fired before – and during – production on the superhero reboot, »
- Gary Collinson
It.s .The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. versus .Straight Outta Compton. at the box-office this weekend. .U.N.C.L.E. is based on the popular 1960s TV series. This one stars Henry Cavill as an American spy and Armie Hammer as his Russian counterpart. It.s directed by Guy Ritchie. .Straight Outta Compton. is the big-screen docu-drama of the rise and fall of N.W.A. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!
Official .The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Synopsis
Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. »
The bad press for Fantastic Four rolls in as many more stories about the film’s troubled production come to light. Not only have we found out that Josh Trank was nearly fired just before filming was about to begin, but there was the reveal that the final act of the movie was re-shot by various writers and directors including Matthew Vaughn, Simon Kinberg and Drew Goddard. And not it seems as though a lot of Jeremy Slate’s script (who was given final screen credit with Trank and Kinberg) left in the movie.
Taking to Twitter, the writer revealed that, “not a ton (sic) of my stuff left in the movie”, but he was still honoured to have been part of the process. Check out the tweets below:
There’s not a ton of my stuff left in the movie (mostly the 1st act), but I’ll always be »
- Luke Owen
The first of the bunch, Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, is already in production, with Gareth Edwards at the helm. Chronicle director Josh Trank was set to helm another of the spinoffs, reportedly the Boba Fett one, but he’s since exited the project due to the fiasco on Fantastic Four. No new director has been found just yet, and now we’re hearing from EW that the film will not make its 2017 release date and instead, will open in 2020.
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Apparently, the delay comes down to the fact that the story is going to require a lot of “innovative technology.” Or at least, that’s what producer Kathleen Kennedy says:
“It’s still one of »
- James Garcia
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