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Upgrade review – cornucopia of genre thrills more than the sum of its parts

The Saw franchise showed Australian Leigh Whannell’s love of genre. His latest is a grab-bag that’s punchy and relevant

Australian Leigh Whannell, writer of Saw and The Mule and former bathtub-bound local film reviewer, fires all futuristic guns a-blazin’ with a pulpy, pacey, punchy science fiction romp about a quadriplegic who embarks on a violent AI-assisted revenge spree.

In Upgrade, Whannell’s second film as a director (following Insidious: Chapter 3), the protagonist is given a second chance at life (like Seconds) by putting a computer inside his body (like The Terminal Man) that talks to and befriends him (like Her) but is far from a pushover and blurs the line between human and machine (like Robocop).
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Judd Apatow on Stormy Daniels, Kim Jong-un and Trump: ‘We Have a Crazy Person Running the Country’

Judd Apatow on Stormy Daniels, Kim Jong-un and Trump: ‘We Have a Crazy Person Running the Country’
Judd Apatow has never shied away from how he feels about politics. The prolific producer says he reads the news every day and can’t help but infuse his standup comedy, as well as his social media presence, with his thoughts and feelings on what he is reading. But he also has more personal connection to some of the news headlines of late.

“I worked with Stormy [Daniels] three times,” he said during Variety‘s Tune In! TV Summit Wednesday.

Apatow called Daniels “very smart” and noted that he would call her to be a part of projects such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin
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Judd Apatow on Stormy Daniels, Kim Jong-un and Trump: ‘We Have a Crazy Person Running the Country’

Judd Apatow on Stormy Daniels, Kim Jong-un and Trump: ‘We Have a Crazy Person Running the Country’
Judd Apatow has never shied away from how he feels about politics. The prolific producer says he reads the news every day and can’t help but infuse his standup comedy, as well as his social media presence, with his thoughts and feelings on what he is reading. But he also has more personal connection to some of the news headlines of late.

“I worked with Stormy [Daniels] three times,” he said during Variety‘s Tune In! TV Summit Wednesday.

Apatow called Daniels “very smart” and noted that he would call her to be a part of projects such as “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up” when he needed “somebody else to do something uncomfortable.”

“She was very cool to be around and very professional, so it’s weird to see her in this situation,” he said.

While he has told the story before, most notably when appearing on Conan O
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Preview of RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3

Boom! Studios releases RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3 this coming Wednesday; take a look at a preview of the issue here…

When Alex Murphy, the original RoboCop, appears to side against Ocp, news reports appear that call into question if he’s a risk to the public…and if Ocp needs to take drastic measures.

RoboCop: Citizens Arrest #3 is out on June 13th, priced $3.99.

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Suspiria: The right way to remake?

Tom Jolliffe looks ahead to the Suspiria remake…

Remakes or reboots. The year is 2018 and we’ve firmly established that the movie making engine runs largely off these, as well as sequels and adaptations. If it’s been done once to a degree of success and cult appeal, then why not do it again?

It would be a mistake to say that remakes are inherently awful. To remake something requires a level of cult appeal in the first place, and thus the studio notion that there will be an audience again. The truth is most remakes or reboots are terrible. Sometimes they do get it right though. John Carpenters, The Thing is an all time classic. It was a remake. This was even in an era when many remakes were known for being pale imitators of the original source. Since the turn of the century though, the amount of reboots has gone through the roof.
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‘Hotel Artemis’ Movie Review: An Intriguing Premise Can Only Carry This Thriller So Far

Do you ever watch a film and think it has a lot on its mind but you’re never quite sure what it’s trying to say? Hotel Artemis starts off promisingly enough; its opening even had me thinking of RoboCop, one of the best examples ever of combining lowbrow thrills with highbrow themes. Artemis has a […]

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Cinemaholics #67: Upgrade Review

This week on Cinemaholics, we review Upgrade, a new sci-fi action horror flick from Leigh Whannell, one the minds behind the Saw and Insidious franchises.

It’s become a surprise hit from Blumhouse Productions, thanks largely to some stunning action scenes, provocative body horror, and some surprisingly fun sci-fi ideas, as we follow a techno-phobic mechanic whose body gets augmented, making him one part Neo from The Matrix and one part Robocop. This is definitely a B-movie you need to see to believe.

Later in the show, we do some mini reviews, starting with Adrift, a new romantic survival film starring Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin. We also talk about another romantic drama called Disobedience, a limited release indie starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Finally, we explore the troubling dramatic story about sexual abuse in The Tale, starring Laura Dern, which premiered at Sundance and is now streaming on HBO,
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Review: ‘Upgrade’ is Full of B-Movie Thrills and Kills

Borrowing heavily from Hardcore Henry, David Cronenberg, John Wick, and ’80s B-movies, Upgrade is the kind of picture where story takes a back seat to the thrills and kills. Directed by Saw series co-writer Leigh Whannell, the film delivers exactly what it sets out to, providing an ultra-violent and often fun camp thriller that stops just shy of potential cult classic status.

The set-up is simple enough: Grey (Logan Marshall-Green) is an old school auto mechanic rebuilding classic beauties in his garage while his wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo) drives a sleek automated pod that initially appears to have a better traffic safety record than those Teslas in autopilot mode. Like all things, they can be compromised, and after a date night the hacked car crashes in a shanty-town where, of course, Grey grew up. Asha is executed and he’s left for dead, forced to spent his life in a
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‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #1. ‘Scanners’ [Exclusive]

‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #1. ‘Scanners’ [Exclusive]
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell returns to the director’s chair with Bh Tilt’s Upgrade, a new sci-fi horror thriller that stars PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green as a man who is upgraded to become the ultimate killing machine. The film is promised to be ultra-violent and give heavy homage to classic sci-fi horror films from RoboCop to Hardware. To celebrate today’s release, Bloody Disgusting is excited to present Whannell’s “Top 5 80’s […]
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Film Review: ‘Upgrade’

Film Review: ‘Upgrade’
“Upgrade” is a compact sci-fi action B-movie that wants to be a hip little genre exercise but doesn’t have the chops (or maybe it’s just the imagination) to entirely pull it off. The film isn’t a dud — it “delivers the goods” in a certain reductive, baseline action-fanboy way. Yet “Upgrade” is the sort of movie that thinks it’s more ingenious than it is, starting with the premise, which is a semi-catchy, semi-stupido hoot in a way that the movie couldn’t have completely intended.

In a future landscape that looks a lot like today, except for the occasional advanced gizmo doodad, an analog junkie name Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) — how old school is he? So old school that he refurbishes ’70s Pontiacs and listens to Howlin’ Wolf on vinyl — is riding with his corporate bread-winner wife, Asha (Melanie Vallejo), in their driverless luxury vehicle that resembles a speeding metal honeycomb.
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Upgrade – Review

Something of an ‘80s throwback, Upgrade is a peculiar modernist Frankenstein tale. It’s generally more thrilling than chilling but a fun time-waster and is mostly recommended. Logan Marshall-Green stars as Grey Trace, a working-class mechanic in the near future who restores vintage muscle cars. He has no use for current trends in technology though his gorgeous wife Asha (Melanie Vallejo) is employed by a hi-tech corporation run by Eron (Harrison Gilbertson), a creepy Steve Jobs-type tech mogul. After a self-driving car malfunctions, the couple is ambushed by a gang of scary thugs who somehow shoot bullets out of their hands though they don’t appear to be carrying guns. The attack leaves Asha dead and Grey in a wheelchair, a quadriplegic thirsty for revenge. He agrees to sign on as a guinea pig for Eron’s experimental new computer chip called Stem, which is surgically attached to his
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‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #2. ‘RoboCop’ [Exclusive]

‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #2. ‘RoboCop’ [Exclusive]
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell returns to the director’s chair with Bh Tilt’s Upgrade, a new sci-fi horror thriller that stars PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green as a man who is upgraded to become the ultimate killing machine. The film is promised to be ultra-violent and give heavy homage to classic sci-fi horror films from RoboCop to Hardware. Ahead of this Friday’s June 1st release, Bloody Disgusting is excited to present Whannell’s “Top 5 […]
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‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #3. ‘The Thing’ [Exclusive]

‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #3. ‘The Thing’ [Exclusive]
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell returns to the director’s chair with Bh Tilt’s Upgrade, a new sci-fi horror thriller that stars PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green as a man who is upgraded to become the ultimate killing machine. The film is promised to be ultra-violent and give heavy homage to classic sci-fi horror films from RoboCop to Hardware. Ahead of this Friday’s June 1st release, Bloody Disgusting is excited to present Whannell’s “Top 5 […]
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‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #4. ‘Total Recall’ [Exclusive]

‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell’s Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths // #4. ‘Total Recall’ [Exclusive]
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell returns to the director’s chair with Bh Tilt’s Upgrade, a new sci-fi horror thriller that stars PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green as a man who is upgraded to become the ultimate killing machine. The film is promised to be ultra-violent and give heavy homage to classic sci-fi horror films from RoboCop to Hardware. Ahead of this Friday’s June 1st release, Bloody Disgusting is excited to present Whannell’s “Top 5 […]
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This Week, ‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell Counts Down His Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths! [Exclusive]

This Week, ‘Upgrade’ Director Leigh Whannell Counts Down His Top 5 80’s Sci-Fi Movie Deaths! [Exclusive]
Saw and Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell returns to the director’s chair with Bh Tilt’s Upgrade, a new sci-fi horror thriller that stars PrometheusLogan Marshall-Green as a man who is upgraded to become the ultimate killing machine. The film is promised to be ultra-violent and give heavy homage to classic sci-fi horror films from RoboCop to Hardware. Ahead […]
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Michael Sheen in Talks to Join Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’

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Michael Sheen in Talks to Join Vin Diesel’s ‘Bloodshot’
Michael Sheen is in talks to join Vin Diesel in Sony’s “Bloodshot,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Sheen would play Dr. Emil Harting, the genius responsible for the cutting-edge nanotechnology that exists inside the human body to not only repair it, but push it further than normal human limitations. Eiza Gonzalez (“Baby Driver”) is circling the love interest role in the film.

The studio will start principal photography in July. The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. This is the first time that Moritz and Diesel have worked together outside of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Also Read: Vin Diesel Closes Deal to Star in Sony's 'Bloodshot'

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.

Bloodshot” is about a
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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Joins Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’

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‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Joins Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’
Outlander” star Sam Heughan has joined the cast of Sony’s “Bloodshot” opposite Vin Diesel, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Heughan is playing Corporal Harlan “So Long” Shifflet.

The studio will start principal photography in July. The film will also reunite Diesel with “Fast and the Furious” mega-producer Neal Moritz, who is producing alongside Valiant’s Dinesh Shamdasani. This is the first time that Moritz and Diesel have worked together outside of the “Fast and Furious” franchise.

Also Read: Vin Diesel Closes Deal to Star in Sony's 'Bloodshot'

Dave Wilson, who is “Deadpool” director Tim Miller’s partner at Blur Studios, is attached to direct.

Bloodshot” is about a mortally wounded soldier resurrected with cutting-edge nanotechnology and tasked with rounding up super-powered outcasts known as “harbingers.” “Bloodshot” was created by Kevin Van Hook, Don Perlin and Bob Layton in 1992.

Bloodshot” over its comic book
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Lost action hero: blockbusters used to fight capitalism – now they embrace it

For the great action films – Commando, RoboCop, Total Recall – authority was something to be smashed. Now we favour sickeningly rich superheroes such as the Avengers and Batman

Action films in the 80s and 90s were a special breed. Meat vessels in the shape of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis brandished problem-solving M60 machine guns, wiping out scores of faceless goons and dropping devastating puns while doing so. Half of this would happen in slow-motion, illogical explosions would go off at random, and there would almost definitely be a car chase that cost two-thirds of the film’s entire budget. It was magical.

Those were simpler times, better times, when it was just a matter of good v evil, and it was always abundantly clear who the bad guy was because they’d have a maniacal laugh or take hostages or have a cat. But when patriotic heroes weren
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Contest: Win Of Unknown Origin on Blu-ray

He stayed home during his family's vacation to work, but businessman Bart Hughes (Peter Weller) might lose his mind instead in Of Unknown Origin, and with the 1983 horror movie coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 21st, we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers!

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‘Deadpool 2': Here Are All the Pop Culture References, From ‘Frozen’ to ‘Sharknado’ (Photos)

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DC Universe

Not only does Deadpool mention Superman, Green Lantern and Batman, but he asks Cable: “You’re so dark — are you sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Marvel Superheroes

Deadpool mentions Black Widow, Hawkeye, Thanos and Black Panther — in some form. Deadpool also tells a character, “The Sun is Getting Low,” a clear reference to The Hulk.

John Wick

In the opening credits, director David Leitch is described as “one of the guys who killed the dog in ‘John Wick.'” Leitch directed several scenes in the Keanu Reeves film.

In a state of utter sadness, Wade Wilson compares “Frozen” to Barbra Streisand’s 1983 film “Yentl.”

“Fox & Friends”

In the movie, Deadpool uses “Fox & Friends” as an insult.

RoboCop

Colossus does something that reminds the rest of the X-Force gang of the movie “RoboCop.”

“Harry Potter”

In the movie, the Merc with the Mouth makes a joke
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