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When Guy Ritchie Ruled the UK

Tom Jolliffe takes a look back at Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at 20 years old, and Snatch, which recently turned 18…

This year marks 20 years since the release of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Likewise, we’ve just passed the 18 year mark since the release of Snatch. Lock, Stock was the film to watch for Brits 20 years ago. Around the country, particularly in the South, everyone was in a quoting frenzy, whether you caught it at the cinemas or on video release.

Two years after his debut, Guy Ritchie cemented himself as Britain’s hot property film-maker. He’d essentially made two films which were the same. Snatch just also happened to be backed by the star power of Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. What kind of legacy have those films left, and have they aged well?

Lock, Stock, and then Snatch as a double whammy led to something you might call Lock,
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Why Jet Li Turned Down a Role in ‘The Matrix’

Why Jet Li Turned Down a Role in ‘The Matrix’
The Matrix seemed like a franchise tailor-made for Jet Li. The Wachowskis‘ mind-bending sci-fi series that began in 1999 featured brooding heroes in black coats with insane martial arts skills — all elements that Li had down pat. And the Chinese action star was actually offered a part as Seraph in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, only […]

The post Why Jet Li Turned Down a Role in ‘The Matrix’ appeared first on /Film.
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Review: Greta Van Fleet and the Struts Revel in the Reliable Power of Classic Rock

Greta Van Fleet, Anthem of the Peaceful Army ***

The Struts, Young and Dangerous ***1/2

Like the mid-70s bloat that whelped punk, and the post-grunge end-of-the-century vacuum that delivered TV On The Radio, The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs, The White Stripes and The Strokes, a new rawk day seems to be a-dawnin’ in this manicured pop moment. You hear it in a surge of potent woman-led indie acts, in mainstream country artists channeling heartland rock, in Americana bands re-purposing Southern rock. With Greta Van Fleet and The Struts — somewhat startlingly — you hear it in undiluted,
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October Horrors 2018 Day 18 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992.

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Starring Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Cary Elwes, Billy Campbell, Sadie Frost, and Tom Waits.

Synopsis:

In the 15th century, Prince Vlad renounces God and calls upon the powers of darkness to grant him eternal life until he is rejoined with his late beloved princess. Centuries later, the prince reawakens as the mysterious Count Dracula, an aged bloodsucking vampire who decides to make his way to London to be reunited with the reincarnated love of his life.

After taking a look at the iconic 1931 Universal adaption starring Bela Lugosi and the more colourful Hammer version starring Christopher Lee, it falls to one man to try and top them all as the definitive big screen version of Count Dracula. Thankfully, that man happens to be one of the greatest actors alive, the great Gary Oldman, and
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20 Crazy Details Behind The Making Of The Matrix

Do you question the nature of your reality? Do you ever feel like the life your living isn't really your own? Do you really feel free enough to find your own purpose? These, of course, are just a few of the central questions asked in The Matrix and its two sequels.

This 1999 operatic action and science fiction film has gone down as one of the greatest films of its genre, and of all time. This singular film revolutionized Hollywood in more way than one. Not only did it make Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Lawrence Fishburne household names, but it set a standard for blockbusters everywhere. It reminded studios that smart, sophisticated, original-concept action pictures could be made and they could make a ludicrous amount of money. The movie was also one of the first blockbusters to feature a female-led opening action sequence. It also led to an incredible number
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Awesome Collection of Hero Complex Gallery Poster Art For The Goonies, Stand By Me, Predator and More

Hero Complex Gallery was in full force at Nycc this year and they had a ton of awesome movie poster art for sale. Now that the convention is over, they’ve put the prints online for sale! I already ordered the print for Stand By Me by artist Barrett Chapman. That’s a beautiful print. Some of the other posters from various artist include The Lost Boys, The Goonies, Predator, Unbreakable, Labyrinth, The Karate Kid, It, Seven, Superman, The Matrix, Akira, and more.

The posters were created by artists such as Casey Callender, Yvan Quinet, Vance Kelly, Glen Brogan, Pete Lloyd, Kevin M Wilson, New Flesh, Rich Davies, Benedict Woodhead, Mark W. Richards, Luke Preece, Dan Mumford, Rhys Cooper, and more.

I’ve include several poster below, but you can check all of them out here, where you can also order them. Look over the art and let us know what your favorites are.
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This Week in Music: Charli Xcx feat. Troye Sivan, Halsey, Lil Baby and Gunna

Listen to this week’s YouTube Music Playlist here.

Halsey, “Without Me”

Sounds like: A textbook diss for a toxic ex

Perfect for: Establishing your romantic boundaries and your self-worth

Last year, with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey gave us a script-flipping take on Romeo & Juliet — and she’s still all about tortured romance on her first solo single since then. “Put you right back on your feet/Just so you could take advantage of me,” she sings on this cool club-pop kiss-off to a toxic ex. In a statement, she said simply,
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‘Beacon 23’ TV Series Adaptation From Zak Penn Nears Green Light At Spectrum

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Beacon 23, Hugh Howey’s bestselling sci-fi novel, is heading to the small screen. I hear the project, from writer Zak Penn, is getting a series order for a run on Charter Communications’ Spectrum cable systems. The series will be produced by independent studio Platform One Media and Spectrum Originals.

Set in the 23rd Century, a series of beacons help passing ships avoid disaster. The TV adaptation focuses on a man who thinks he will find peace manning one of these remote “lighthouses in space”, but he quickly discovers that he can’t outrun his past.

Beacon 23 would mark the second high-profile series order for Spectrum, joining the Bad Boys offshoot L.A.’s Finest starring Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba. This is part of Charter Communications’s strategy to introduce high-end original content on its Spectrum cable systems. The company’s original efforts are
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Charli Xcx, Troye Sivan Become Steve Jobs, Eminem in New ‘1999’ Video

Charli Xcx, Troye Sivan Become Steve Jobs, Eminem in New ‘1999’ Video
Charli Xcx and Troye Sivan relive the Nineties in their reference-packed video for collaboration “1999.” Xcx recently joined Sivan at his sold out Radio City Music Hall show in NYC to perform the song together for the first time.

The video opens with Xcx in 2018, getting into a Lyft and texting with a friend. As she’s in the car, she’s fully transported to the year 1999, embodying various pop culture moments of that year. She’s seen dressed as the Spice Girls, TLC’s Left Eye and Steve Jobs while Sivan appears as Justin Timberlake,
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Never Ending Sequels – It’s All About The Money

The very best movies are the ones that end leaving us wanting more. They give us characters we fall in love with, worlds we enjoy spending time in, and stories we never really want to end. Those are the tales that capture our hearts and our imaginations, and they’re big hits for the studios that make them. Unfortunately, because they’re big hits, the temptation to drag the story on far past the point where there’s nothing left to say kicks in.

It’s easy to understand that temptation. Everybody reading this probably wishes they had a magic money tree they could keep kicking and getting a payoff from. Writing, directing and performing in a successful film franchise is the equivalent of hitting online slots sites like RoseSlots.com and winning the jackpot from every game. But just like gambling, there’s a lot to be said for
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‘Destination Wedding’ Review

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Dj Dallenbach, Ted Dubost, Greg Lucey, D. Rosh Wright, Donna Lynn Jones, Curt Dubost, Michael Mogull | Written and Directed by Victor Levin

Destination Wedding reunites Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, as the socially awkward Frank and Lindsay. When they meet on their way to a destination wedding, they soon discover they have a lot in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and most especially each other. As the weekend’s events continually force them together – and their cheerlessness immediately isolates them from the other guests – Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen. When debate gives way to desire, they must decide which is stronger: their hearts or their common sense.

90′s sweethearts and icons of cinematic pop culture Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder team up for the first time since Francis Ford Coppola
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‘Better Call Saul’ Season Finale Review: Antiheroes Embrace Their Destinies in TV’s Finest Moral Fable

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season Finale Review: Antiheroes Embrace Their Destinies in TV’s Finest Moral Fable
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Better Call Saul” Season 4 Episode 10, “Winner.”]

Case Summary

While things seemed bleak for Jimmy McGill’s law career at the end of last week’s episode, “Winner” focuses on his last-ditch efforts to save his license — this time, leaning heavily into the role of still-grieving brother. While things between him and Kim remain cool, she is by his side, coaching him through his graveside mourning and the reception to honor the Charles McGill Reading Room that costs Jimmy $23,000, but puts on a great show for the local law community.

The show continues into the board hearing, where he comes prepared with the letter Chuck left to him in his will — but instead of reading the letter to the board, he uses it to pivot into an epic speech about how “I’ll never be as moral or smart or respected or as good as Chuck, but I can try.” Kim
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Doctor Who Season 11 Premiere Recap: Nevertheless, She Regenerated

A new era of Doctor Who officially began with “The Women Who Fell to Earth,” written by new showrunner Chris Chibnall, and here’s hoping it wasn’t just women viewers who got proud, teary-eyed chills when Jodie Whittaker’s regenerated Time Lord finally remembered her name. “Bit of adrenaline, dash of outrage, and a hint of panic knitted my brain back together. I know exactly who I am,” she told Tim Shaw, a stenza warrior whose people use Earth as a proving/hunting ground for ascending leaders. “I’m the Doctor, sorting out fair play throughout the universe. Now please,
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Warner Bros Shares Extended Video And New Image From ‘Aquaman’

Fans who are excited for Warner Bros. upcoming “Aquaman” got their best look at the upcoming film when the new extended trailer was revealed a New York Comic Con. The new trailer shows off a full five minutes of Jason Momoa in all of his underwater glory!

The trailer gives us a great overview of what to expect from the film which will hit theaters on December 21, 2018.

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Official synopsis:

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to
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The 'Law & Order: Svu' Cast Shares Funny Show Secrets To Celebrate The Series Turning 20! (Exclusive)

In 1999, when Mariska Hargitay's agents first sent her the script for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "I remember them saying, 'I don't think you're going to like it. It's very dark,'" the actress recently revealed at Tribeca TV Festival's Law & Order: Svu 20th Anniversary Celebration. But the role of sex crimes detective Olivia Benson, "went straight to my heart and soul," said Mariska, who has won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of the tough-but-sensitive cop. "To tell these stories has been nothing but a privilege and a gift." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) As it begins its 20th season on NBC, the show remains as compelling — and relevant — as ever. "You couldn't make up what's in the news today,” series creator Dick Wolf said. "And it’s a terrific group of actors." Now a producer on the show, Mariska shared, "I feel so
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Get An Extended Look At Aquaman Starring Jason Momoa And Amber Heard

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Warner Bros. Pictures has released an extended look at the upcoming film Aquaman.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of Atlantis; Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” films) as Nereus,
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Aquaman Extended Trailer Delivers 5 Minutes of Intense DC Action

Aquaman Extended Trailer Delivers 5 Minutes of Intense DC Action
The extended trailer for James Wan's Aquaman has been released and it's our best look yet into the standalone Arthur Curry film that DC fans have been waiting for. Original planning from the studio had the movie hitting theaters this past summer, and then pushed back to this fall, but it will now come out at the end of December. Aquaman has been teased in the past, most notably from the San Diego Comic-Con first trailer, but that footage is nothing compared to what the studio has gifted us today in honor of New York Comic-Con.

Director James Wan has brought an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime-one that will not only force
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Hits: Looking Back at the 2000s Wuxia Boom

Craig Lines Oct 7, 2018

In the 2000s, a run of martial arts hits that started with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon changed cinema for good.

Wuxia, in one form or another, has been around for nearly two millennia. The word itself – coined in the early 20th century – simplistically translates to “Martial Heroes” and Wuxia stories tell epic adventures, full of martial arts, romantic tragedy, high fantasy and eastern philosophy. Through books, poems and comics, Wuxia perpetuated through the centuries so it’s unsurprising that it made the leap into film as soon as it had an opportunity. Some of the earliest examples of Chinese cinema are Wuxia films and, to give you an idea of how epic I mean when I say epic, the (sadly now-lost) Burning of the Red Lotus Temple (1928) clocked in at roughly 27 hours long…

As a cinematic force, Wuxia exploded in the 1960s, thanks largely to a trio
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Today in Movie Culture: 'Captain Marvel' Trailer Redone in Lego, The Problem With Cameos and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Remade Trailer of the Day: Huxley Berg Studios did their awesome thing and remade the Captain Marvel trailer in Lego:   Actor in the Spotlight: For Fandor, Jacob T. Swinney looks at the career of Oscar-winning actress and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson:   Hollywood Problem of the Day: Have the movies gone overboard with cameos lately? This video argues in the affirmative:   Movie Franchise Explanation of the Day: This video essay from Just Write shows the ultimate understanding of the meaning of The Matrix sequels:   Vintage Image of the Day: Groucho Marx, who was born on this day in 1890, enthusiastically reads his script on the set of A...
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TV Review – Maniac

Liam Hoofe reviews Netflix’s Maniac

2018 has been a bit of a hit and miss year for Netflix originals, but the streaming services has really upped its game in recent weeks with the return of some of their most popular shows including BoJack Horseman and American Vandal. Their most anticipated release this month, though, comes from True Detective director Cary Fukunaga whose new show, Maniac, dropped on the service this past Friday.

Set in a not-too-distant future New York, Maniac exists in a world where living costs take up 87% of your income, people can prolong their lives in pods in their back garden, and proxy friend and husband services dominate the advertising world. It’s a living, breathing New York City, but far from the one that we know and love today.

The opening episode introduces us to the show’s two main characters – Owen and Annie. The former, played by Jonah Hill,
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