If Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop wasn’t called “RoboCop,” it would be much easier to embrace. While this remake evokes and/or borrows many designs and big ideas from Paul Verhoven’s 1987 original, the meat of the story is almost totally unique, giving it the feel of a completely different movie. Obviously, that was the point, but by simultaneously differentiating itself while also staying beholden to the original, the film is burdened with the weight of expectations and analysis of the original film.
That burden aside, Padilha has made a pretty solid movie. It has a lot to say and it delves into facets of the Alex Murphy character we’d never seen before. The story is global; the influence of media and government plays a huge role. There’s some really intense action, which takes a back seat to myriad points of social commentary and morality. Those points give the film a seemingly unique voice, but it doesn’t work as a cohesive piece. Padilha has brought together a strong cast with beautiful music and camerawork to make a movie much better than one would expect, but nowhere near what you’d hoped. Read More »
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Posted on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Fox’s Gotham has finally found its Jim Gordon. Ben McKenzie, known for his work in Southland and The O.C., is set to play the future police commissioner in the DC-based prequel. Funnily enough, this won’t be McKenzie’s first visit to Gotham City — he voiced Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman in Warner Home Video’s Batman: Year One, an adaptation of Frank Miller’s comic. Hit the jump for new plot details and more.
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The Lego Movie is now in theaters and, once you’ve seen it, you’ll probably be buzzing both about how “awesome” it is, and talking about all its surprises.
In part two of our interview with the film’s writers and directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, we talked about many of those surprises and more. We talked about issues around putting so many different franchises in one single movie. We talked about a few of the more surprising and exciting cameos, and we talked about the film’s ending and how it was developed. Here’s part one, the non-spoiler stuff; click below for part two. Read More »
Here’s an interesting story. We have a pretty good idea that Ultron, the prime villain of Avengers: Age of Ultron, is birthed in some way through Tony Stark’s experimentation with armor and, likely, his AI-powered suits. But there could be another new AI character in the Avengers sequel: the outlandish-looking Vision. The character is a long-standing member of the Marvel Universe and a frequent Avenger, as well as the romantic partner of the Scarlet Witch, played in the film sequel by Elizabeth Olsen.
There’s been a lot of speculation about the possibility of Vision showing up, and now a new report says Paul Bettany is now set to play him in the film.
Update: The report is confirmed by Variety.
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It began with a simple tweet. “Need For Speed will now be released in 3D.” Like that, the talk began to spread across the Internet. The Aaron Paul video game adaptation was set for release in a few mere weeks and now someone made the decision to convert the film to 3D?
Instantly the frightening associations began to films such as Clash of the Titans and The Last Airbender, which were also given last minute 3D conversions to suck a few extra dollars out of the audience. They’re post-conversion horror stories with awful visuals. But everything we’d heard about Need For Speed suggested it didn’t need such a thing. We’d heard it was, by all accounts, a fun action movie. So why the decision to convert to 3D so late in the game?
We got director Scott Waugh on the phone. As expected, the decision wasn’t as last minute it it seems. In fact, the decision to covert to 3D was made in September and the only reason we’re hearing about it now, he says, is they didn’t want to milk the 3D gimmick. Waugh wants the film to be seen as a throwback to action films of old, not a CG video game. Read his quotes below. Read More »
The Lego Movie is the third film Phil Lord and Chris Miller have directed. In each, they’ve blown low expectations out of the water. How could a movie about falling food be funny? Why would anyone remake 21 Jump Street? And how the heck do you make an interesting movie about Lego? The answer: make an adventure that’s exciting and funny, but also deeply rooted in the essence of what we all love about toys themselves.
To create The Lego Movie, Lord and Miller co-wrote a compelling screenplay and also gave the film an incredibly intricate and realistic look. It’s a blend of CG with stop motion using actual Legos; every single structure in the film was literally built piece by piece, be it in the computer or in Denmark at Lego headquarters. That gives the film an incredibly authentic feel.
Speaking to the directors, I interrogated them about that process, asking if there were limitations to the Lego construct and about pressure from toy manufacturers. This is part one of our interview. It’s spoiler-free, so feel free to read ahead. Check back Friday for part two where we talk about some of the film’s biggest, most interesting spoilers. Read More »
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of finest actors of our generation, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning. He was 46 years old. The New York Post has a corroborating report.
Hoffman won an Oscar in 2006 for his role in Capote, and has appeared in, and very often elevated, a long list of films. Among them are Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Almost Famous, Twister and even last year’s number-one film at the box office, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He was currently gearing up to direct his second film, Ezekiel Moss. Read More »
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You didn’t see this coming: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder‘s sequel to Man of Steel, currently referred to as Batman vs. Superman. Jeremy Irons is also joining the film, to play Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred.
The press release is below. Read More »