To coincide with the release of Warrior this week, on DVD and Blu Ray, I am going to look at the art of the fight scene and some of the core elements of making two men knocking the hell out of each other engaging and cinematic.
For as long as there have been movies, there have been movies about men beating each other up. Starting in the days of silent film with works like Alfred Hitchcock's The Ring to Charlie Chaplin himself throwing down in City Lights, the fist fight has endured through every revolution of cinema.
Be it simplistic, slapstick or brutally violent, people love to watch fight scenes. So let's look at some examples of fight scenes that get it right. To connect it to Warrior, the rule is that the fights need to be one-on-one and in a competitive context. No weapons, no mass brawls or battles.
This has been one of the least interesting awards seasons in memory. There is absolutely no suspense surrounding the Academy Awards, airing this Sunday night: the winners have been predetermined by a series of preliminary award sweeps in major categories. The allegation that the Academy members are subject to merely go with the flow has been given credence by the ceremony’s inevitable results, and the recent piece in the LA Times regarding the average Academy member’s age, gender, and race is simply the cherry on top of the massive shoulder shrug from the American people this Oscar season. Old white men love The Artist, and it is expected to win a majority of its category. Below are my predictions, category by category.
Walt Disney Pictures has released the first poster for Tim Burton's Frankenweenie on the film's official Facebook page this week.
Another new image has been released for Marvel’s long-awaited action adventure, The Avengers, by Walt Disney Pictures this week, this time featuring Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).
Here’s one I’m sure a lot of us have been looking forward to, with a new poster for the return of Men in Black 3, which is being released a whole decade later than its much-loved predecessor.
Sony Pictures Animation debuted a brand-new poster for their co-production with Aardman Animation, the upcoming family 3D adventure The Pirates! Band of Misfits, earlier this month and I’m looking more and more forward to some pirate fun with the film’s promotion ready for its release on 28th March.
Edgar Wright is about to enter the big leagues, as Walt Disney Studios tap the Scott Pilgrim cult-favourite to direct their big screen adaptation of The Night Stalker, with Johnny Depp as the lead.
It's rare, in this sequel happy day and age, for a movie studio to turn its nose up at the prospect of a good cash-in but Paramount Pictures (the same Paramount Pictures who make ever-increasing bank on Transformers sequels) have taken a stand against needless follow-ups by filing a lawsuit against the Mario Puzo estate to cease production of further literary sequels to The Godfather.
Netflix is still in its infancy in the UK and, in these early months, it feels a bit like digging through bargain bins searching for a rare classic. While there might be a lot of junk to dig through, there are some real gems to find.
Every week, Lost in the Multiplex will pick through the detritus in search of Netflix's buried treasures.
This week - Gasland.
The weekend's new releases fail to scare The Woman in Black away from the top spot.