Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
2016 looked like it could be a turning point for video game movies, but so far the results have been severely mixed. The Angry Birds Movie has made good money, but did little to change the minds of people who thought a film based on an iPhone game was a dumb idea. Ratchet & Clank was a flop all around. And Warcraft may have made big money in China, but it opened to poor reviews and dismal box office at home.
Fortunately, the genre will have one more chance to break the curse later this year with Assassin’s Creed. Directed by Justin Kurzel, the fantasy adventure stars Michael Fassbender as a modern-day man who gets roped into an ancient conflict between the Assassins and the Templars. He’s forced to relive the “genetic memories” of his ancestor Aguilar, who lived in 15th century Spain. A new Assassin’s Creed behind-the-scenes trailer shows off some of the cool, crazy stunts in store, along with some talking-head commentary from Fassbender and Kurzel. Watch it below. Read More »
As the third film in the most recent trilogy in the X-Men franchise, it’s pretty bold to have a joke in X-Men: Apocalypse that mentions the third film in a trilogy is usually the worst. The line is meant to take a shot at the almost universally hated X-Men: The Last Stand, and while X-Men: Apocalypse is nowhere near as bad as Brett Ratner’s film from 2006, it’s not without some shortcomings of its own.
X-Men: Apocalypse has a simple, hollow story, spinning a wheel that also treads water. However, it also does a great job of bringing the young versions of familiar X-Men into this modified timeline and delivers some thoroughly entertaining action. In short, X-Men: Apocalypse feels like an extended episode of X-Men: The Animated Series, for better and worse.
Read our full X-Men Apocalypse review after the jump. Read More »
On Alien Day last month, director Ridley Scott offered our first look at the production of Alien: Covenant by way of the mission patch with the name of the title ship we’ll be following. This is just the first of what is meant to be two sequels (even though Scott once said this was the first in a new trilogy) that lead us up to the events of Alien in 1979. Production is still underway, and a new photo has just been shared from the set that provides us with our first look at Katherine Waterston as the new female lead character, Daniels. Will she be as cool as Ellen Ripley?
Check out the Alien Covenant photo after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
20th Century Fox is taking a two-pronged approach with the X-Men: Apocalypse marketing today, with two very different promo videos. On one end of the spectrum, we have a warm and fuzzy viral video that looks like something out of the ’80s, with Lana Condor‘s Jubilee inviting special folks to enroll at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. On the other, we’ve got a super-serious, super-grim clip featuring a pissed-off Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the promise of death and destruction. Check out both after the jump. Read More »
We are going to see a lot of Michael Fassbender in 2016. Fassbender stars in this summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and we’ll see him later this year in Terrence Malick’s Weightless, Assassin’s Creed, and possibly Trespass Against Us (which is scored by The Chemical Brothers). Another promising title on his schedule is The Light Between Oceans. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance‘s (The Place Beyond the Pines) adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel stars Fassbender, recent Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), and Rachel Weisz (The Lobster).
Watch The Light Between Oceans trailer below.
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“We don’t want this to be a superhero film; we want it to be a film that embraces what it is to be human,” director Justin Kurzel said from the set of his adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. Now, for most video game adaptations or huge tentpole films in general, such a comment would sound too good to be true–but this is coming from the director Snowtown Murders and last year’s Macbeth. Video game adaptations often don’t attract filmmakers of Kurzel’s caliber (although there’s another rare exception this year). He went from making a visceral and visually intoxicating William Shakespeare adaptation, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, to bringing Ubisoft’s dense world to theaters.
Below, read our Assassin’s Creed set visit.
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The first trailer for Assassin’s Creed arrived late last night, so you know what that means – it’s time for a trailer breakdown, where we go through this whole batch of footage frame-by-frame and talk about what we find. I’m approaching this as a casual fan of the video game franchise. I’ve played a few and I’ve enjoyed them. I’m also approaching this as someone who thinks Michael Fassbender and Justin Kurzel making a video game adaptation is just plain fascinating. These are not the kind of people who half-ass their movies. There is no way this is just another lousy video game movie…right?
Anyway, let’s climb a tall tower and dive into this trailer…
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It’s about time somebody made a genuinely good movie based on a video game, so why not Michael Fassbender and director Justin Kurzel? And if there’s going to be a good movie based on a video game, why not the Assassin’s Creed series, which has had its fair share of fantastic entries? This whole movie feels like a series of why not‘s – it’s about time for somebody to break the video game movie mold.
The first Assassin’s Creed trailer has arrived, so we should probably watch it and carefully examine its mold-breaking capabilities. After all, few video game adaptations have featured a pedigree quite like this.
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Many are hoping Warcraft will break the video game movie curse when it hits theaters in June. However, while Warcraft looks like an epic, fantasy blockbuster, it just might be too niche of a genre film to appeal to a larger general audience who isn’t familiar with the game. That means some gamers and cinephiles are putting their eggs in the Assassin’s Creed basket.
Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is reteaming with star Michael Fassbender for the big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and the caliber of talent involved has many hoping this really will be the video game movie that actually works for gamers and movie lovers. Now some new Assassin’s Creed movie photos have just been unveiled, showing Michael Fassbender both in the past and present. Check them out below. Read More »
The key to navigating Hollywood these days is attach yourself to a superhero movie franchise of some kind to guarantee a hit movie every few years so you can run off and join darker, weirder, more eclectic projects without a care in the world. It also means everyone lining up to interview you about your scrappy little drama because they’re also hoping to squeeze you for details about the next superhero gig. It’s an imperfect system, but plenty of talented people are making it sing.
Take Michael Fassbender and Anthony Mackie, two actors who have seen their star power rise in the superhero movie bubble who have been using their off-time to take risks and join interesting projects. Today, we got this casting twofer: Fassbender is looking to star in an adaptation of the true crime novel Entering Hades and Mackie will play infamous lawyer Johnnie Cochran in an untitled new movie.
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