Hello, /Film readers. It is I, Chris Evangelista. You may (or may not!) be familiar with my writing here, as I’ve been contributing to /Film since April. But now I’m part of the staff, and I’m very excited about that. I’m also very excited to tell you my 15 favorite movies. Some of these movies are downright masterpieces, others are like comforting junk food. I try not to limit myself in terms of “quality.” If a movie gets a reaction out of me, I consider it a success.
I see a lot of movies. Too many, in fact. And what I’m always looking for is that spark. That feeling that I’m seeing something unique; something special; something to make me sit up and take notice.
This was a bit harder than I thought it would be, simply because there are so many movies I could include on this list, but these are the ones that I think are the most important. For now, at least. This list could easily change in a week.
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This weekend brings the release of Kathryn Bigelow‘s latest film inspired by real life events with the intense drama Detroit. The film takes a timely look at racial tension by shining a light on a police stand-off that happened at the Algiers Motel in the wake of the historic Detroit riots. This comes after Bigelow so intensely captured the danger of being part of a bomb-disposal unit in The Hurt Locker and dramatizing the hunt for Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.
But there was a time when Kathryn Bigelow was just about action and bromance. The movie Point Break is one of the classic action flicks to come out of the 1980s (I say that because even though it came out in 1991, it’s an 80s movie through and through), mostly because you can’t forget a movie that’s about bank robbing surfers led by Patrick Swayze while Keanu Reeves plays a star college athlete turned FBI agent whose been hired to infiltrate the criminal ring. The folks at Honest Trailers have some fun taking jabs at this flick, and it’s pretty sick, brah. Read More »
The work of the late Patrick Swayze has already resulted in a couple of reboots and remakes with Red Dawn in 2012 and Point Break coming this Christmas. And now one more is on the way, but the role originated by the late actor will undergo a major change.
MGM is working on a remake of the 1980s action flick Road House, but rather than getting a young actor from today’s line-up of desired hunks, the studio has picked UFC fighter turned actress Ronda Rousey to take the lead role. Read More »
Point Break was released in theaters on July 12th 1991, twenty years ago today. The action film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the future Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker who was at the time married to James Cameron. Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah, an FBI agent who goes undercover to catch a gang of bank robbing surfers (led by Patrick Swayze). Here are five quick facts that you probably didn’t know about the movie:
- The word “fuck” is spoken 105 times.
- The movie was almost titled “Johnny Utah” after Keanu’s character name.
- Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By The Bell, Showgirls) had a small role in the movie as “Macrame Girl”, but her scene was cut out.
- Johnny Depp, Matthew Broderick and Charlie Sheen were among the other actors who supposedly auditioned for the role of Johnny Utah.
- Johnny tells Bodhi to meet him at “Patrick’s Roadhouse”, an inside joke to the movie Swayze made a couple years prior – Road House.
Leave your memories of the film after the jump. We’ve also embedded a making of documentary.
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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley, get blown away by the trailer for Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, reflect on the creative bankruptcy of the first Hancock, and share a few remembrances of the great Patrick Swayze.
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Sad news to report tonight: Actor Patrick Swayze, famous for countless roles, has passed away at age 57. In March 2008 it was revealed that Swayze was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and today we’ve learned that he passed away peacefully while surrounded by family. Swayze was famous for his romantic roles (Dirty Dancing and Ghost, among others), but I’m more of a fan of his work in Red Dawn, Road House, and Point Break (though you could probably argue about the romantic aspect of that latter role).
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When Morgan Freeman got into a car accident, the blogosphere was declaring The Dark Knight a cursed film. When Issac Hayes died immediately after Bernie Mac, some observed that Samuel L Jackson might be next due to the trio’s connection through the upcoming movie Soul Men. I don’t think anyone actually believes in these things, do they?
Now Defamer is declaring The Curse of Billy Bob Thornton. The latest death watch conspiracy theory involves the many co-stars of Thornton who have have suffered death, injury or sickness. John Ritter, Bernie Mac, J.T. Walsh, and Heath Ledger all died prematurely. Morgan Freeman and Shia LaBeouf both suffered car accidents, and Patrick Swayze got diagnosed with cancer. And there is also Jim Varney, best known for his character Ernest, whose final film before he died was Thorton’s Daddy and Them.
And while we’re at it, something tells me Kevin Bacon could be connected to any of these people within three degrees…
“This sequel is, like, so Hollywood.”
Surreal. It’s beginning to feel like I’m the windshield and Hollywood’s remakes and sequels are the insects. Jan de Bont (yes, Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control) will direct a sequel to 1991’s Keanu Reeves/Patrick Swayze/Gary Busey starrer Point Break entitled Point Break: Indo. Yes, it’s a theatrical sequel from RGM and Essential Entertainment. IESB reports that Reeves and Swayze have most likely been asked to return. Bodhi lives! This wise-ass guy from my middle school cafeteria days owes me $5. IESB also has the official plot synopsis…
When Billy Dalton, military special ops and star surfer, is disqualified from the pro-surfing tour, he takes off for the coast of Bali looking for the perfect wave. While there he’s recruited by a private security force who are trying to find a gang known as The Bush Administration, surfing outlaws and modern day pirates who work like “The Ex-Presidents,” a bank robbing crew from Malibu twenty years ago.
The Bush Administration? Really? That rots my brain. Of note, however, is that the original screenwriter, W. Peter Illiff (Patriot Games, Varsity Blues and \m/) also penned this installment, so the bitchin’ dialogue should remain intact. The production company is also boasting that de Bont’s film looks to have the “most extreme action stunts ever caught on camera.” Hmm, cameo by MEG? Kidding.
As you may recall, a Point Break sequel has been kicked around for many months. I’m rather skeptical that Swayze will be back due to his health, and back in March Reeves spat on all sequels, so…maybe Lori Petty can return a la Sandra Bullock? But here’s hoping for a gnarly reunion, I know Busey is (even though his character already RIP’d). Too bad director Kathryn Bigelow has bigger fish to fry, like Iraq. Her original (she also helmed Near Dark and Strange Days) is still one of the most re-watchable popcorn movies of the ’90s; the action film equivalent to really, really good chewing gum, a nice contact buzz and the smell of Mr. Zoggs’s Sex Wax in the morning.
UPDATE: Stream the first Point Break in its entirety at HULU. via AzizIsBored
Discuss: What is Jan de Bont thinking? What are you thinking? What’s Gary Busey thinking?
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Back in May, we told you that Patriot Games scribe Peter Iliff has signed on to write and direct a sequel to Point Break. Apparently RGM Entertainment has announced at the American Film Market this week that Point Break 2 will begin production in mid-2008 in Southeast Asia. Iliff, who wrote the first movie, is making his directorial debut with this $20-$30 million sequel.
Point Break 2 will follow an ex-professional surfer who enlists in the US Navy and is recruited to track down a criminal gang based in Southeast Asia. Apparently Patrick Swayze’s character Bodhi might not have died in that giant wave at the end of the first film. Is he behind this new criminal gang? Keanu Reeves is likely not involved in the sequel.
In addition to writing the original 1987 film, Iliff also scripted Prayer of the Rollerboys (a great guilty pleasure in its own right), Patriot Games, Varsity Blues and Under Suspicion. Point Break was also a big focal point of Edgar Wright’s recent Hot Fuzz. I wonder if that film had anything to do with the thought bubble which gave birth to this sequel. I’m guessing so.
I can imagine that someone went around Hollywood pitching this movie as “Home Alone meets Blank Check, but in a mall.” And it’s just that. Christmas in Wonderland is about three kids who just moved to to Edmonton with their Dad. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall they find counterfeit cash. They inadvertently help catch the crooks, and later make a discovery about Santa. The film stars Patrick Swayze, Carmen Electra, and Chris Kattan. James Orr isn’t a good director by any stretch of the imagination, but Mr. Destiny is one of my all time guilty pleasures (again, I agree – isn’t a good movie).
Does anyone know if the mall in the trailer actually exists? Is it in Edmonton? Because it sure looks like a lot of fun (the mall, not the movie). I’m surprised to see Yari Film Group are the ones releasing this film, as they are usually responsible for smarter niche films. Check out the trailer after the jump thanks to moviefone.
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