Stories surrounding the RoboCop reboot have been circling for some time, with Darren Aronofsky at one point attached. However, now it appears to finally be moving forward, with Brazilian Elite Squad director Jose Padilha – promising a return to Detroit, and the same biting social commentary as the fantastic Verhoeven original. In an interview with his native Globo 1 TV channel the director confirmed his attachment – while also musing on the possible casting to replace Peter Weller as the law enforcement cyborg.
The beautifully shot teaser for Jackie Chan’s new historical action/drama epic, 1911, is now online.
Co-directed by Chan and Li Zhang and starring Chan, Bingbing Li and Winston Chao, this is a dramatic account based on the founding of the Republic of China and the conquering of the Qing Dynasty by the Nationalists, led by Huang Xing (Chan).
Our good friends at Studio Canal have given us three copies of the film that introduced the world to Hannibal Lector (or should I say Lektor...) - Michael Mann's Manhunter.
It's an absolutely superb film - I totally agree with Charlie that it's superior to Silence of the Lambs, and Brian Cox does creepy in a way that is much more malevolent than Anthony Hopkins' more stagey serial-killing psycho. You can read Mr Brigden's glowing review here.
A real sign that someone has a deeper love for film than is possibly healthy is when someone has a film, or indeed several films, that define them as a person and act as markers of major events throughout life. There are a few examples of films like this for me, each of which evokes different memories, times and places, or emotional states that I can relate to the most.
Horror and comedy are two genres that are very difficult to bring together, every once in a blue moon you will get an American Werewolf in London or Shaun of the Dead but more often you are stuck with movies like Lesbian Vampire Killers.
Farce is one of the hardest sub-genres of comedy to pull off, making sure the situation continues to build in absurdity and that every complication works is something so few modern farce comedies can manage. So it is with great surprise and delight that Tucker & Dale vs Evil not only manages to be both an effective, smart, very funny horror-comedy but also a damn fine piece of farce.
It's been twenty-five years since Michael Mann's stylish thriller Manhunter leapt on to the screen to the sounds of Iron Butterfly, introducing us to a certain Hannibal Lecktor in the process. It's now back on a new blu-ray from Studiocanal, but just how kind has that quarter of a decade been to the film?
Many reviews are all about the pre-release buzz, they must function as either an advertisement or a warning and so they have to trade in the vague. You have likely read many pre-release reviews for Drive but this comes post-release and will tie in closely to the Drive-In feature that has ran on the site over the preceding three weeks. There will be some small spoilers, but nothing explicit for those who still need convincing - this review is more focused on analysing the film in depth and hopefully opening up discussion about what it achieves and where it stands in its genre.
This Friday saw the release of the critically acclaimed crime thriller Drive, over the last three weeks we have looked at the films that inspired Nicolas Winding Refn. Now we look at the filmography of the man himself, leading up to a review of the film that started it all.
I recently remarked to a friend on Twitter that one of the sure-fire ways to tell if a movie sucks or not is to see if John Rhys-Davies receives top billing (other easy ways to tell: any mention of Danny Dyer, the credit "Dino De Laurentiis Presents" or "Screenplay by Akiva Goldsman").
She professed surprise at this, mentioning Mr. Rhys-Davies famous roles in The Lord of the Rings and Raiders of the Lost Ark, to which I explained that his acting itself is not in question - in fact, he is generally a wonderful actor who adds to any film he is in - but it's just an unfortunate side-effect that, if he's the most famous star in the film, it doesn't have much of a chance of being good.