Towering at 6′ 3″ and boasting a thickset neck and torso, Dave Bautista is already an unlikely Hollywood star. The former professional wrestler and mixed martial arts fighter shot to stardom in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy as Drax, the gruff musclehead alien with a heart, and continues to shine in intriguing roles like that of the Replicant Sapper Morton in Blade Runner 2049.
But Bautista nearly didn’t get his memorable role in Denis Villeneuve‘s ambitious science fiction sequel. And it wasn’t because of a poor audition or his intimidating height. It was because — at 48 years old — everyone thought he was just too young.
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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
Ready for the latest Blu-ray round-up? I sure hope so, because it’s here, right in front of your eyes. This week, one of the best and most over-looked films of 2017 comes to Blu-ray. And that’s not the only overlooked film hitting shelves! An unjustly ignored 1993 comedy from the director of Gremlins receives a special collector’s edition from Shout! Factory! In addition to that, there’s a star-studded Agatha Christie adaptation (no, not that one), and a John Ford classic from the Criterion Collection. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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After the Golden Globes were handed out last weekend, it’s time for the more significant, meaningful awards to take the spotlight. Today we have the 2018 BAFTA nominations, the equivalent of the Academy Awards for our friends in the United Kingdom.
The Shape of Water led the pack by racking up 12 nominations, including being one of five nominees for Best Film. Joining Guillermo del Toro‘s masterpiece were also Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Darkest Hour, both landing nine nominations each. However, not all the awards favorites were shown love with Steven Spielberg’s The Post left out in the wind with zero nominations.
See the full list of 2018 BAFTA nominations below. Read More »
Ridley Scott may have taken a hands-off approach to Denis Villeneuve‘s ambitious critical darling Blade Runner 2049, but it appears that he wants to tackle another sequel to his seminal sci-fi classic Blade Runner.
The 80-year-old director keeps piling up potential projects, with news that he’s in talks with Disney to adapt the Merlin Saga and now his somewhat nonchalant statement that he’s considering a return to the Blade Runner franchise. Now it’s just a question of whether Warner Bros. would want to invest in another sequel to the sci-fi series after Blade Runner 2049 disappointed at the box office.
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Read any Christopher Nolan interview and he’ll probably go on at length about how big an influence Blade Runner plays on his films. Shades of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi classic can be found in everything from his superhero starter film Batman Begins to his ambitious and cerebral Interstellar.
Nolan’s love for the 1982 film (he’s watched it over 100 times!) fed into the rumor that he was up to direct the Blade Runner sequel when it was first announced in 2012. But those rumors soon fell by the wayside when director Denis Villeneuve stepped up to the plate, delivering 2017’s stunning and audacious Blade Runner 2049. Nolan released Dunkirk last year instead. But don’t go thinking about “what might have been.” Apparently, Nolan would never want to direct a Blade Runner movie if he could help it.
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Insert obligatory opening statement about how much 2017 stunk overall! Insert obligatory follow-up statement about how the movies of 2017 were a highlight in 365 days of raw sewage!
These are my top films of 2017. So let’s go ahead and insert another obligatory comment about how many great movies didn’t make the cut. Here are the honorable mentions that are all tied for #11: Baby Driver, The Disaster Artist, Good Time, Colossal, War for the Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ingrid Goes West, Logan, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Free Fire, and Thelma.
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Even though we’re now officially into 2018, awards season continues in Hollywood. The Golden Globes are coming up this weekend and now the various guilds and organizations that represent the talented people who work behind the scenes of your favorite movies are putting forth the nominations for their own awards.
Today, it’s the American Cinema Editors announcing the nominees for their 68th ACE Eddie Awards. Like the Golden Globes, the ACE Eddie Awards divide the motion picture categories up into “dramatic” and “comedy,” which means Get Out is again strangely regarded as a comedy. Other nominees across the movie board include Dunkirk, Baby Driver and The LEGO Batman Movie. Meanwhile, television nominees include Portlandia, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Better Call Saul, Game of Thrones and more.
Check out the full list of the 2018 ACE Eddie Award nominations below. Read More »
Rejoice: 2017 is dead. It’s time to think about the future! But first, let’s take a trip to the past and revisit the 10 Best Films of 2017, according to me, Chris Evangelista.
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Visual effects are getting better and better every day. While some didn’t quite buy the digital recreation of Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (not to mention have problems with the ethics of such a production element), it appears Blade Runner 2049 succeeded in a somewhat similar visual effects feat.
In Blade Runner 2049, we see the return of Sean Young as the exceptionally unique replicant named Rachel from the original Blade Runner. However, instead of merely bringing back Sean Young and de-aging her like Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy, director Denis Villeneuve opted to use a performance double and have the younger version of Sean Young recreated entirely with visual effects. See how they did it below, but beware of a bit of a spoiler regarding the nature of this character’s return in the movie. Read More »
We’re close to the end of 2017, and as we rush to catch up on some of the awards season contenders in order to finalize our lists of the Top 10 Movies of 2017 (coming next week), it’s time to take a look back at the year in cinema.
Before we ever see a trailer for a movie, we’ll often see a teaser poster that tries to set the stage for what’s to come on the big screen. A majority of official movie posters from studios are boring, familiar and don’t do much to get people excited. But every year, there are at least a couple dozen movie posters that deserve recognition. So without further adieu, here are the 20 Best Movie Posters of 2017. Read More »