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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Posted on Friday, September 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
Between this weekend’s The Drop and next month’s John Wick, handsome action stars snuggling adorable puppies could just be the next big movie trend. And just for the record, I would be totally okay with that.
Keanu Reeves leads John Wick as the title character, whose greatest joys in life are his sweet ride and his even sweeter dog. One day, some mean idiots led by
Alfie Allen decide to take away his things. That turns out to be a huge mistake, because John Wick is actually a retired hitman who knows exactly how to go about getting his revenge. The first John Wick trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
You’d think the harrowing drama of his All Is Lost would make anyone think twice about venturing back into the sea, but director J.C. Chandor isn’t scared. He’s now in talks to direct Deepwater Horizon, about the real-life oil rig of the same name. Its explosion in 2010 caused the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Get all the details on the project after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
The Divergent sequel Insurgent is still several months away from theaters. But with the franchise slated to churn out a new installment each year there’s no time to be wasted in prepping the sequels. So Allegiant – Part 1, which follows Insurgent, has just tapped Noah Oppenheim to write the script.
Interestingly, Oppenheim is coming fresh off of a rival YA adaptation, Fox’s The Maze Runner. At least we know he has experience with the genre. Hit the jump for more updates on Allegiant.
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The NFL is a notoriously cautious company. For years, it has not allowed official logos to be used by Hollywood; the NFL did not feel that a negative representation of football benefited the brand in any way. It makes sense, and also casts an odd light on Ivan Reitman‘s Draft Day, the first film ever officially licensed by the NFL. Obviously, the film does not shine a negative light on the league, something other football films definitely have done. There’s no mention of drug use or concussions. The lack of controversy actually works to the film’s advantage, creating a very broad entry point to a subject that might initially seem limiting. Draft Day doesn’t need controversy or on-field action to create drama. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Harry Potter did it, Twilight did it, The Hunger Games is doing it, and now Divergent is, too. Lionsgate/Summit announced today they are splitting the final chapter of the Divergent series, Allegiant, into two films, to the surprise of absolutely no one. The decision brings the total number of installments in the series to four. New release dates and more about the Allegiant split the jump.
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We’ve got tickets to not one, not two, but 15 Draft Day screenings next week. And, unlike an NFL game, each one is absolutely free.
Fifteen cities who have NFL teams have been chosen by Summit for special advanced screenings of the sports drama, which stars Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary. Directed by Ivan Reitman from the Black List script by Rajiv Joseph and Scott Rothman, Draft Day tells the story of the Cleveland Browns general manage (Costner) who must decide his team’s fate based on the pick in the NFL Draft. The whole city is hanging on his decision and, over the course of one day, he’ll take that city on a real roller-coaster ride of emotion.
The first film ever officially endorsed by the NFL, Draft Day is goose bump inducing, high-energy entertainment. Sure, a love of sports – especially the NFL and the NFL draft – only helps, but even non-fans should enjoy this crazy crowd-pleaser. It’s a ton of fun.
Below, find out which cities have free Draft Day screenings next week and how to attend, courtesy of your pals at /Film. Read More »
Posted on Monday, March 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
After the jump, get the latest updates on all the sequels you’re looking forward to, along with some you’re probably not.
- Divergent is officially getting a sequel, Insurgent
- Find out when Terminator: Genesis starts shooting
- Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2 is opening next spring
- Veronica Mars director addresses sequel speculation
- Blair Witch co-director talks about a potential sequel
- Listen to an energetic tune from the Raid 2 soundtrack
- Sophia Myles shows up in a new Transformers 4 still
- Linkin Park is contributing to Transformers 4
- See a new BTS image from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Here’s a new pic of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road
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Posted on Friday, March 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Fair or not, it’s impossible not to measure Divergent against The Hunger Games. This is true for obvious reasons, in that they’re both dystopian YA adaptations featuring strong heroines, or that Divergent is actively and openly gunning to be the next Hunger Games. Unfortunately, it’s also true because Divergent, as directed by Neil Burger, never makes enough of a mark to rise above that easy comparison.
It’s not that Divergent is terrible. The movie serves up a couple of nice moments and some very appealing performances. But where the Hunger Games offered a rich, colorful universe, Divergent offers us a half-competed sketch. Where The Hunger Games felt bracingly different from its own predecessors, Twilight and Harry Potter, Divergent feels like well-meaning knock-off of all three.
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