Honest Trailers continues their stroll through blockbuster season by taking a look back at the kind of epic war movie that studios don’t really make anymore.
Braveheart tells the true story of William Wallace (Mel Gibson), a medieval Scottish patriot who is spurred into revolt against the English when the love of his life is slaughtered. You know the line, “They may take away our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” Well, even though this is a true story, history tells us there were no kilts, bagpipes, facepaint, wife, or princess that ever existed when these events unfolded. Oh, and that whole speech is made up too. Watch the Braveheart Honest Trailer for more! Read More »
Proving that there are indeed second, third, and even forth acts in Hollywood, Mel Gibson is being given the keys to a major motion picture yet again. The controversial actor and filmmaker is set to helm a remake of The Wild Bunch, and some heavy-hitting talent is already lining-up to work with him. Michael Fassbender, Jamie Foxx, and Peter Dinklage are all in talks to join the Wild Bunch remake cast, indicating that Warner Bros. wants to put together an impressive cast for this contemporary remake of the violent Sam Peckinpah Western.
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Quick: who’s the first actor who comes to mind when you think about Santa Claus, that good-natured, jolly old Christmas mascot who brings joy to millions of children around the world? For me, it will always be Edmund Gwenn, the guy who played Kris Kringle in the 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street. But for a whole new generation of kids, the answer just might end up being actor/director Mel Gibson, who has just been cast to play Santa in a new movie called Fatman. And in this movie, Santa’s being hunted down by a hitman. Read More »
Mel Gibson and Sean Penn have both had their fair share of headline-making controversies in Hollywood, and now the two are teaming up to don some epic beards and write the Oxford English Dictionary in a new period drama called The Professor and the Madman. However, the movie itself had a controversy of its own that resulted in a legal battle over whether it would actually see the light of day. Watch The Professor and the Madman trailer, and find out why you almost didn’t see it, below. Read More »
S. Craig Zahler has made a name for himself through chaotic nihilism. He specializes in what he has personally described as “hybrid movies” – films that blend several different genres into bloody, angry, sometimes funny stories that defy traditional classification. With Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99, Zahler has already developed a cult following. Fans who are willing to subscribe to his particular brand of madness. I can’t say I’m one of them.
Up until now, I’ve found Zahler’s work too unappealing to latch onto. Even when he’s going full schlock, as he did with his script for Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, he never quite sticks the landing in my mind. But with his latest brutalist opus, Dragged Across Concrete, the writer and director may have finally hit his stride. Here is a nasty, nihilistic nightmare deliberately designed to provoke. It does its job – and then some.
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With only three movies, writer/director S. Craig Zahler has established quite a voice for himself. The Brawl in Cell Block 99 director’s first three films are wholly uncompromising and polarize audiences in a time when so many filmmakers default to playing it safe. Few people are walking out of Zahler’s violent pictures shrugging their shoulders without a strong opinion, that’s for certain.
Zahler’s latest and most accomplished movie, Dragged Across Concrete, stars Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson in an epic crime movie that depicts extreme violence and racism without ever moralizing horrific words and actions that already speak for themselves. Zahler – a director with a strong distaste for message movies – lets the terrible actions do the talking. He’s not afraid to challenge an audience, for good or bad. When we recently spoke with the critically acclaimed director, we asked him about the varying reactions to his work and more.
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Some fast facts: Deadpool came close to unseating it, but after fifteen years, the all-time highest-grossing R-rated movie in the U.S. is still a subtitled film about the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life. Another comic book movie, Black Panther, has since surpassed it as #1, but for over a decade, The Passion of the Christ was also the highest-grossing February movie in the U.S.
The month of February used to be more of a dumping ground for low-profile movie releases, so when The Passion of the Christ hit theaters on February 25, 2004, it didn’t look poised to become a certified blockbuster. For Christians, it was a holy day—Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. For everyone else, it was just hump day, a random Wednesday when they might happen to see Xtians walking around with ash crosses on their foreheads.
To say that The Passion of the Christ was and is a contentious film would be an understatement. Entertainment Weekly once ranked it as the most controversial movie of all time, just ahead of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, a film that helped bring the word “ultra-violence” into the cinematic lexicon with its depiction of a disturbing home invasion set to the tune of “Singin’ in the Rain.” In a way, that juxtaposition is fitting, because while Jim Caviezel receives top billing as Jesus, ultra-violence is the real star of The Passion of the Christ. The film’s divisiveness goes beyond its horror-movie shock tactics, however, to what EW called “a culture-war firestorm unrivaled in Hollywood history.”
It’s the film that opened up the floodgates on the niche market of faith-based movies. The question is: outside the usual echo chambers, below all the noise, how does The Passion of the Christ hold up fifteen years later?
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Director S. Craig Zahler revels in telling nasty, brutal stories. He burst on the scene with the ultra-violent western Bone Tomahawk and followed that up with Brawl in Cell Block 99, a deeply unpleasant, unabashedly gory prison movie two years later. Now he’s back with Dragged Across Concrete, a movie whose title may telegraph what the audience could feel like after watching it.
Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play cops who get caught in a video of police brutality and subsequently plunge into the criminal underworld. Sound skuzzy enough for you? Read More »
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Mel Gibson and Sean Penn, two actors who have said and done some unfortunate things in their pasts, star in The Professor and the Madman, a film that’s sure to not be controversial in any way. The film tells the true story of the work that went into creating the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. That may not sound like the most cinematic of stories, but there’s a lot more to the tale than you might know. Watch the Professor and the Madman trailer below.
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Everyone gets a second chance in Hollywood. Mel Gibson has just landed a high-profile gig: he’ll be directing and co-writing a The Wild Bunch remake for Warner Bros. Pictures. The original 1969 Western was helmed by Sam Peckinpah. The story follows a group of aging outlaws looking to pull off one last big score. Read More »