Blade Runner 2

We frequently think of Ridley Scott as a master, a filmmaker with huge ambition and bigger talent who can bring any vision to the big screen. His resume certainly seems to confirm that. Space opera, war movies, period pieces, spy thrillers, Best Picture winners — he’s pretty much done them all. Still, out of the 22 films Scott has directed, including this week’s release Exodus: Gods and Kings, how many of them are actually good? What about great? It’s a pretty high percentage. Below, we rank the top 15 best Ridley Scott movies. Read More »

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MTV talked briefly with director Michael Bay about his upcoming threequel, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which he claims is “like Black Hawk Down.”

“We just have, I think, a better story,” he said. “It’s epic and it happens in a city, so it’s more accessible because you recognize stuff; it’s not in a desert. It’s kind of like ‘Black Hawk Down’ with our small group of heroes in a city.”

One of my many problems with the second film is that you had no perspective. The ending of Revenge of The Fallen with the constructicons joining together to form Devastator, you got no sense of scale. He looked just like every other Transformer on screen. A battle with a Decepicon that huge would have worked well in the middle of a city, with buildings being destroyed in the process. It looks like this is one of the many notes Bay has observed with this third and final film. Watch the short interview clip to hear more, embedded after the jump.
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“I hear those little kids screaming through my brain. All night long I can hear them. I can close my eyes, but I’m still going to hear them over and over and over.”

It’s a quote that could come from a war veteran or prisoner of war when asked to describe the horrors of their experience. An example of post traumatic stress syndrome, perhaps. War, however, has nothing to do with his particular quote. That quote is from a Florida inmate and he’s referring to the kids in Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express. Insert laugh track here.

James Poulin, an inmate at the Brevard County Detention Center in Florida, has filed a lawsuit complaining that he’s being tortured by the people running the jail because he’s forced to watch the same movies over and over again. The jail doesn’t have cable so they play a limited selection of DVDs, which include Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down and The Polar Express, repeatedly. Poulin is trying to get the jail, which had to drop regular TV when the digital switchover happened, to introduce more programming. It’s an interesting case. Do convicted criminals deserve to watch television? And can it actually be torture hearing the same movies all the time? Read More »

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