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Mondo loves to do posters for niche, interesting movies as well as some of the biggest movies of all time. Thursday’s releases fall in that second category. Popular and distinctive artists Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong now join the ranks of Tyler Stout, Martin Ansin, Olly Moss, Todd Slater, Tim Doyle and Jay Shaw with their own, unique representations of RoboCop for Mondo. Paul Verhoven’s 1987 classic has seen all kinds of different posters but these latest two, on sale Thursday, are definitely two of the coolest. Below, check out all the information on them. Read More »

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Robocop

UPDATE: The Robocop statue presentation has been cancelled, but the first pitch at Comerica Park will proceed as planned. Original story follows.

Detroiters are finally getting a real Robocop… statue. The 10-foot bronze monument to the pop-culture icon will be unveiled tomorrow, June 3, which not-so-coincidentally also marks the DVD/Blu-ray release date for the 2014 Robocop remake.

To celebrate this very special event, the organizers behind the statue have declared Tuesday to be “Robocop Day.” Find out what that entails after the jump.

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Hot Toys Robocop ED-209 Sixth Scale Figure

Sideshow Collectibles sent me a sample of Hot Toys’ Robocop ED-209 Sixth Scale Figures. Lets unbox this figure and take a look at whats inside the box. After the jump you will find photos of the Hot Toys Robocop ED-209 Sixth Scale Figure, alongside my thoughts on the product.

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Dave and Devindra try to figure out what the heck Shia LaBeouf is doing, wonder if The Raid 2 has too much action, and get disappointed by Escape PlanChris Klimek from Washington City Paper joins us for this episode. Be sure to check out Chris’s Die Hard’s Guide to Die Hard.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, like us on Facebook!
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‘RoboCop:’ What Did You Think?

Joel Kinnaman

It’s a holiday weekend, which means hopefully you’ll head out the movies. And while the smart choice would be to go see The Lego Movie again, there’s probably a good chance you’re curious about Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop. We don’t blame you. A reimagining of Paul Verhoven’s classic 1987 film, this new RoboCop has been a topic of much interest since we first heard about it. Even before there was a director, star, or spy images of the suit we wondered if a new RoboCop would be worthy of the name or just another example on the long list of Hollywood missteps.

Personally, I think it’s a little of both. You can read my review here. Below, tell us what you thought of Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. Read More »

José Padilha

When I sat down with director Jose Padilha at Comic Con to talk about his upcoming Robocop reboot, I expected to have a very superficial conversation about his first Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, he dished out a deep psychological dissection of the characters and story of his film.

I’ve now seen the film and got another chance to talk with Padilha about the finished project. We spoke about how he got the directing gig, and the source of the concept at the core of the film. We talk about his background before filmmaking, when he studied political economy at Oxford. He tells me the most interesting thing he learned about the advancement in robotics while developing the movie. We discuss the struggles of trying to make a smart blockbuster movie in the Hollywood system. Why his RoboCop is not R-Rated and dealing with the MPAA over graphic violence in the film. All of this and more can be read in my interview with Jose, after the jump.

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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 »

300 Rise of an Empire

Briefly: The RoboCop remake opens in two days, with showings starting Wednesday. (It has already opened in the UK.) Those who attend IMAX showings of the film will be treated to some marketing from Warner Bros., which is packaging an extended look at 300: Rise of an Empire with the biggest-screen outings of RoboCop. How you’ll feel about this naturally depends on the reaction you’ve already had to the many trailers for the 300 sequel; Warner Bros. is obviously banking on the idea that seeing some of 300 on the country’s biggest screens will be a good sales pitch.

Jose Padilha directed RoboCop, which stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. 300: Rise of an Empire is from director Noam Murro, with a cast that features Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Callan Mulvey, Hans Matheson, Lena Headey and Rodrigo Santoro.

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