Whenever the topic of “Best Jean Claude Van Damme Movie” is on the table, someone always brings up Timecop. Deservedly so. The 1994 film, directed by Peter Hyams, told the story of a time travelling police force and one officer (JCVD himself) who tries to bring down a politician abusing the time-hopping technology. It’s a solid flick, based on a Dark Horse Comics publication, and led to a TV show and a direct-to-DVD sequel.
So what’s the next step for a generally well-regarded sci-fi action film with a fairly unique plot that’s already proved successful over multiple mediums? Reboot it, of course. That’s exactly what Universal Pictures is doing with Timecop. Read More »
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Though there have been multiple trailers released for Franck Khalfoun‘s remake of Maniac, and we’ve even seen the first few minutes of the movie, this marks the first time the official US release gets some love.
On June 21 IFC Midnight will release the film, which stars Elijah Wood as a deranged killer whose point of view makes up most of the movie. They’ve now released a trailer and brand new poster. Check them out below. Read More »
The riff and machine-gun snare roll combo that opens Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ is a primal thing. My response to it is the same every time — an adrenaline rush, a bodily thrill, and a genuine feeling of happiness. Now it has an additional effect: making me so ready to watch the 3D IMAX film Metallica: Through the Never. This first trailer for the film from Predators director Nimrod Antal tells us next to nothing about the movie, but it opens with a bit of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ before going into ‘Puppets,’ and the effect of the latter song still takes hold.
We’ve seen that one photo of star Dane DeHaan staring down a whole bunch of armed dudes that look like they’re in the opening stages of a Warriors recreation. The trailer shows us more of those guys, but doesn’t give any clue as to what they’re doing. Insert song title puns here (‘Seek and Destroy,’ ‘Damage, Inc.,’ ‘Battery’) but is that one of the four horsemen that shows up at the end? Seems like it. What the hell is going on there? No idea.
Then there’s the really well-shot live footage of Metallica. The stage set looks great, and the sound is huge. If you were ever a fan of the band, even if you’ve fallen away in the last decade or two, this will probably pull you back in. And if you never walked away in the first place, this is going to push your buttons hard. Read More »
Is it possible that Wolverine and Spider-Man could appear on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? How did Michael B. Jordan react when asked about Fantastic Four, on camera? Did a Cleveland reporter get a huge scoop about The Avengers 2 on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Want to see a video of a stunt from that set? Is Conan O’Brien excited about Man of Steel? Which day has been officially dubbed Man of Steel day? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Today you may be seeing rumors that Sony is going to sell off rights to Spider-Man. It’s all based on six degrees of uninformed speculation, which is to say: don’t believe it for a second. The point of the real conversation going on is that the Sony Entertainment division — music and movies, in other words — is the profitable arm of the company, and has been propping up Sony as a whole while the electronics divisions lose money.
That being the case, why would the company even think of selling the character that is among its most reliable earners? Answer: it would not. You might want to see Marvel Studios produce an Avengers 2 that features Spider-Man, but it ain’t happening. Not without a very unlikely partnership with Sony, at least. Details below. Read More »
Almost every year at Cannes, there’s a film that gets attention for pure WTF-ness. This year it could have been Ari Folman’s The Congress, but by the time everything is said and done it may actually be Borgman. The Dutch film has some of the same tone seen in other notable Cannes entries such as Dogtooth, Sightseers, Holy Motors, and several films from Michael Haneke — it’s a modern film that takes place in a recognizable, seemingly “normal” world. And yet there’s something very off in the air.
Alex van Warmerdam directs Jan Bijovet as a homeless man who makes a simple request of a bourgeois family, leading the husband (Jeroen Perceval) to reject him even as his wife (Hadewych Minis) is more supportive. The man works his way into the family’s life, and then things get weird.
Here’s a trailer for the film that shows some (but by no means all) of the quiet beginning, and quickly escalates into stuff that, let’s just say, you probably wouldn’t want happening in your own house. Read More »
Over the last few years, the world has fallen in love with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the actor. This October, you’ll fall in love with him as a director too. His first film, Don Jon, hits theaters October 18. It features the actor as a young ladies man from Jersey, with one major problem in life: he’s totally addicted to Internet porn. The vice dominates all aspects of his life, whether he’s dating Scarlett Johnasson, meeting Julianne Moore or hanging with father Tony Danza. Gordon-Levitt, as a director and actor, handles that awkward topic with grace, crafting a hilarious and poignant film. You can read our thoughts about it right here.
Now, you can finally get a glimpse at Don Jon yourself as the first trailer has been released. Check it out below. Read More »
I’m really trying not to get too hopeful about Guillermo del Toro‘s Pacific Rim. In a visual sense, footage we’ve seen from the movie looks leaps and bounds beyond what we usually get from CG-heavy films. The lighting, color, and detail are all staggering. It’s gorgeous stuff. I have no idea if it will work as a piece of storytelling, but I’m eager to give it a chance.
While we wait for that opening (on July 12) here’s some more eye-candy to devour. The “drift space” featurette explains the piloting system for the film’s giant robots. In doing so, it also gets across some of the “human interest” angle that the movie will feature, as the dual-pilot system requires what is essentially a fusion of two individuals. The pilots don’t just share a vehicle; they share memories, secrets, and emotions. How will this play into the action in the film? Your guess is as good as mine at this point, but the info below will give you some ideas.
There’s also a TV spot that has some bits of new footage. Read More »
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