Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy and Scott Waugh (left and right, respectively, above) co-directed last weekend’s Navy SEALs hit Act of Valor, and the success of the film is paying off for both men and their production company Bandito Brothers. Waugh is already set to make a racing movie called High Speed and now McCoy is signed to make a movie called God’s Gulch, about what happens after the collapse of our technological infrastructure. Read More »
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Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ‘em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.
Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.
Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show. Read More »
In a few months, Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to shoot Black Sands, the next film on his comeback trail. It will follow The Last Stand, an action film set near the Mexican border, which was directed by Kim Ji-woon (I Saw the Devil; The Good, the Bad, the Weird).
Black Sands should start shooting on April 1. Over the weekend a report leaked out saying that the title had changed to Black Sunday, and while that part isn’t correct — the film is still called Black Sands — it seems like another detail in the same report is accurate. Specifically, there is a supernatural aspect to the film, putting this one close to End of Days territory. Read More »
The two guys who directed the real Navy SEALs movie Act of Valor, Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy, have been validated by Relativity’s decision to buy and release that picture. The duo will next get to make Black Sands, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The movie sounds like a dark action thriller, and features a lone man (Schwarzenegger) facing down a weapons manufacturer and his private army. Read More »
When Osama Bin Laden was killed by a Navy SEAL squad earlier this year, many companies in Hollywood quickly decided to make films based upon the famed special ops force. Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were in a good spot, as they were already planning a film about Bin Laden and the SEALs.
But Relativity Media was in an even better position, as the company was able to pick up the already-shot film Act of Valor, which stars actual Navy SEALs in a fictional story. The trailer for that has been released, and you can check it out below. Read More »
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The Navy SEALs got a massive PR boost when the killing of Osama Bin Laden was announced. Not that the special forces team really needed a boost, given that the SEALs are one of the most highly-regarded military teams in the world. But the boost came regardless, and one of the aftereffects is that quite a few companies want to make movies or TV about the team and the operations it undertakes.
While Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal seemed to have the jump on everyone with their film that has been referred to as Kill Bin Laden (not the final title), it turns out that another SEALs film has already been shot, and Relativity just bought it for an early 2012 release. (Think: President’s Day.) The film is called Act of Valor (once called I Am That Man) and it stars actual Navy SEALs. Some images from set and more info are after the break. Read More »