Sela found his way to cinematography over the next two decades, but not because of that brief, chance encounter. His love for storytelling was — and is — the driving force. “I was always fascinated by the experience of seeing films in the theater,” says Sela. “I loved the escape from reality into some kind of alternate reality. I’ve never really had another job besides working on movies.
Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron stars as elite MI6’s most lethal assassin and the crown jewel of her Majesty’s secret intelligence service,
Set in 1989 Berlin, international tensions are high, as British Intelligence fights for The List, a list of every active agent in the Soviet Union. Having been sent by MI6 to retrieve The List and assassinate a mysterious loose-lipped double-agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) fights her way through Berlin, uncovering secrets and corruption, she can trust no-one.
Sounds familiar right? Atomic Blonde has an underlying plot structure which screams nothing new to a viewer, the Berlin Wall, international espionage, secrets & fight scenes. However, as the film’s opening credits show, this is not that story. Leitch’s graphic and brutal spy flick brings audiences the female John Wick,
Leave it to Leitch, who served alongside Chad Stahelski as a stunt coordinator and second unit director on movies such as “The Matrix Revolutions” and “Jurassic World,” to attempt something so audacious for his directorial debut. From the get-go, Leitch was inspired by two things: “Children of Men” and a mandate
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IndieWire recently talked with Sam Hargrave, the “Atomic Blonde” second-unit director and stunt coordinator, who both choreographed and shot (camera operator) the scene to find out how they pulled off this remarkable piece of filmmaking.
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Director David Leitch was a legendary stunt coordinator/second-unit director in his own right – with “Bourne,
Set in Berlin just prior to the collapse of the wall, Theron’s Lorraine Broughton is assigned to track down a much sought-after list of all the double agents deployed by MI6 throughout the Cold War. What worked for Mission: Impossible and
Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with an explosive new clip for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen laying the smackdown on James McAvoy, who doesn’t stand a chance against the lethal blonde headed badass. We’re not sure what exactly it is that he wants from her,
Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with an explosive, and final trailer for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen kicking ass in all kinds of brutal ways. And we use the term ‘kicking ass’ quite lightly.
Lifted from the pages of graphic novel The Coldest City
Earlier in the month, Ryan Reynolds was seen shooting at X-Mansion, though he seemed to be on a lone mission there, as Xavier and his gifted students weren't home. A handful of new photos from Deadpool 2 have now arrived online, clearly showing Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson hanging around at a kid's birthday party. We can only assume he wasn't invited. He is wearing an Expo 86 shirt from the World's Fair, as well as some sweat pants and his signature Deadpool mask.
Universal has been busy promoting the release off the back of extremely positive reviews coming out of SXSW, and their campaign continues apace today with a brand new promo for David Leitch’s spy thriller, in which Theron’s best-in-class MI6 agent can be seen beating up goons in all kinds of brutal ways. And we use the term ‘beating up’ quite lightly.
Lifted from the pages of graphic novel The Coldest City
Penned by Kurt Johnstad (300) and lensed by Jonathan Sela (John Wick), Atomic Blonde looks to showcase Theron’s ferocious energy displayed in Mad Max: Fury Road with the now-signature stylings of John Wick. Following acclaim at its SXSW premiere, see the trailer below, along with a poster and synopsis, for the film that also stars John Goodman, Toby Jones, Sofa Boutella, Bill Skarsgård, and Eddie Marsan.
The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service,
The setting for Atomic Blonde is 1989. The Berlin Wall is on the verge of being taken down, and tensions are running high on both the west and eastern sides of Germany, as a list of spies has fallen into the wrong hands,
Warner Bros. really wants to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. According to THR, the idea to reboot The Matrix is now being tossed around. I know what you are thinking; how could they possibly do this! Apparently, there has been some talk with screenwriter Zak Penn about writing a treatment, so this could still very much fall apart. There are even rumors that Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the lead. What was once a groundbreaking Sci-Fi film that defied expectations, will now be mined for new entries and destroyed.
What was it about The Matrix that made it so fresh? Specifically you could point towards the stunning special-effects that were imitated for years afterwards. Inspired from Hong Kong martial arts features, The Matrix used a technique known as Wire Fu in order to capture its most thrilling action sequences
This is not only the essence of “Atomic Blonde,” but a phenomenal show-stopping moment that makes the whole gambit worthwhile. The first solo effort by “John Wick” co-director David Leitch, “Atomic Blonde” exists in
It’s a good thing, too, because the rest of the film can’t help but feel
Stunt-man turned director Chad Stahelski has certainly had a good start to his burgeoning career as an action auteur. John Wick began what is now in the process of becoming a hugely successful franchise. Two films in, with a booming and expansive box office appeal. Next up for him is, all being well (as this project has long gestated and had directors come and go, year on year) is a remake of Highlander.
Now I should state two things now. Firstly, I love Highlander. The first film is an underrated piece of brilliance. From the visuals, to the music to the sheer style of it, Highlander is one of a kind. It then spawned four more films (none of which were good) and a TV show, as well as comics, anime and more.
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