Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.
In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »
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While lots of the early November movie buzz has been about Interstellar, definitely start looking forward to Big Hero 6. It’s an action-packed delight. A wonderful blend of superhero origin story and buddy movie with a big giant heart.
In the film, Hiro and his brother’s robot Baymax, form a superhero team to try and stop a rising super-villain. And while most of the marketing and hype has been about the admittedly awesome Baymax, the other four characters are really fantastic too. In particular, TJ Miller as Fred, a stoner comic book geek with a Bruce Wayne-sized secret, is one film fans are sure to latch onto.
During one scene in particular, the whole team visits Fred’s room and it’s geek nirvana. Shelves and shelves of toys, books, collectibles and more. And when I asked directors Don Hall and Chris Williams about it, they confirmed this is one scene fans are really going to want to keep an eye on because it’s filled with Disney and Marvel references.
Below, read our conversation about Fred’s Easter Egg filled room and why you need to stay through the credits starting on November 7. Read More »
Warner Bros.’ news of the full DC Comics movie slate was big for many reasons. It showed a commitment to a brand fans know and love. It showed the scope of the company’s plan. And buried under all those names and dates, it showed a commitment to diversity. Among the films, Warner Bros. announced the first female solo superhero film as well as the first African-American superhero film since the superhero craze really kicked into gear. Those films, of course, are Wonder Woman and Cyborg.
If that’s not enough, it turns out Warner Bros. is looking for a female director to helm Wonder Woman, which will star Gal Gadot. Below, read more about that as well as five awesome choices for the Wonder Woman director chair. Read More »
Want to read about some hidden details in Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer? How did James Spader describe his villainous Marvel character? Who is the woman standing next to Thor? How did Hollywood cover Riggan Thomson leaving the role of Birdman? Could we see a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer before the end of the year? Did the director of Nightcrawler talk about his work on Superman Lives? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Earlier this year, news broke that The Incredibles and Ratatouille were getting 3D post-conversions. The two Brad Bird-directed Oscar-winners are already on Blu-ray, but the rumor was that these conversions could be for upgraded 3D Blu-ray discs. Soon after that rumor landed, a 3D version of Ratatouille hit shelves overseas. Nothing happened with The Incredibles, however. Now, a new rumor says that, unlike Ratatouille, The Incredibles 3D conversion could be going to the big screen. Read More »
In just a few weeks, one of the best films festivals in Los Angeles hits the silver screen. It’s the AFI Fest Presented by Audi. Taking place from November 6-13 in Hollywood, CA, the festival not only features some of the fall’s most highly anticipated films. Tickets are completely free. For real.
This year, some of the big titles screening are Paul Thomas Anderson‘s Inherent Vice, Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, Mark Wahlberg in The Gambler, and Tommy Lee Jones‘ The Homesman. In addition to those, AFI has a ton of other films that need to be on your radar. Below, find out how to get tickets and sample just a small amount of the awesome films on the schedule at AFI Fest 2014. Read More »
Beer and parties are two of the things in this edition of Star Wars Bits. Yes, for real. There’s also Episode VII speculation and all of the following:
- Star Trek star Brent Spiner has joined Star Wars Rebels.
- Read a rumor of how performance capture is being used in Star Wars Episode VII.
- Footage from the cancelled Star Wars Battlefront 3 game is out.
- Watch Rebels Recon, the official Star Wars Rebels recap show.
- See photos from the London birthday celebration of Carrie Fisher.
- Daisy Ridley gets a new agent.
- Lucasfilm considers legal action against a beer company over their latest brew.
- Will Star Wars Episode VII steal a gag from Episode IV? And are there set photos of it?
- A possible scene with Han Solo and Chewbacca is described.
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Chapter 3 in the Insidious saga hits theaters next year and your first trailer is here. Written and directed by Leigh Whannell, Insidious Chapter 3 is a prequel to the other two films, showing how ghost hunter Elise (Lin Shaye) learns about The Further, via the plight of a young father (Dermot Mulroney) and his daughter (Stefanie Scott). It’s scheduled for release May 29, 2015. Watch the first Insidious 3 trailer below. Read More »