Outcast - You know you want to fucking watch this. Don't even front like you don't.
Nicolas Cage. Hayden Christensen.
Templar Knights. Fake Accents.
I am imagining that their characters are coarse, rough and get everywhere. That "wigging out" is a phrase that has a double-meaning in this case. Or that the proceedings are highly enjoyable...from a certain point of view (the inebriated kind).
Cage needs the money. Christensen needs any kind of work whatsoever. It's like The Expendables of desperation getting medieval on our asses, with gratuitous Chinese references in a grab at international box-office dollars that's such a longshot, it's like either man finding a good script to be attached to again.
I guess what I mean is that I wanna see this. Even if you somehow convince me that you don't.More >>
Attention metal heads, punkers, New Wavers, hardcore enthusiasts, nihilists, unhappy mutants, and tattooed love boys everywhere! The most important movies of all time are finally - FINALLY - coming to home video.
The Beyond - If you count yourself as a horror fan of any stripe, then you're likely already familiar with Lucio Fulci's 1981 horror classic The Beyond. The film, about a hotel that is resting on the mouth of Hell, is colorful, oddly paced, and wonderfully gory. It is perhaps the prime example Italian Euroschlock, definitely a proud genre for genre fanatics. The film will be released in a special three-disc set from Grindhouse releasing, which includes a soundtrack CD (those Italian horror films had some pretty groovy soundtracks). Also, the cover glows in the dark. The Beyond straddles a wonderful line between chintzy trash and cinema classic. I encourage you to check it out.
Halo: Nightfall - Essentially a piece of decently budgeted and officially sanctioned fan fiction, Halo: Nightfall is both frustrating and fulfilling. Frustrating, because it establishes a larger universe of possibilities in a whole universe dominated by a human-Covenant war, only to zero on on one tiny, semi-doomed mission to a mostly uninhabited planet; satisfying, in that it doesn't need to betray its source material to please a wider audience.
During an uneasy truce, a Covenant soldier detonates a bio-weapon formed from a compound that was created when Master Chief destroyed the first Halo ring. A team of Spartans is sent to the nearest planet to set of a nuke and ensure no more of said compound remains, but the barren planet features swarms of deadly flying worms who attack any form of technology they detect. With one spaceship left that will only carry two of the team to safety, tensions fray and personal concerns threaten to derail the mission.
The main thing to take away from this? Mike Colter is an awesome badass as team leader Jameson Locke, and he'll be a fine Luke Cage on Marvel's Netflix series.More >>
It's an odd choice - in Dolph Lundgren's native land, I guess they didn't think Frank Langella was enough of a threat for the homegrown hero, so the Blu-ray distributors just grabbed some Skeletor fan art off the web. Now, legally, artist Dave Rapoza is right in acknowledging he doesn't own the character (he may not be right in thinking Cannon is responsible - it's probably a local PR snafu), but technically they should at least pay him work-for-hire rates as they would anyone else they might get in-house to create a Skeletor for the poster. Naturally, they're counting on him not coming to Sweden and making it a court issue there.
They also probably know that given Rapoza's actual, for-hire work on League of Legends and X-Men: Days of Future Past, they couldn't afford him. However, if Sony sees this and decides to sign him on for the new movie, it'll probably be all good.
Most baffling of all in this equation? Why anyone would not sell the shit out of Frank Langella in that movie, when everyone agrees he's the best thing in it.
There will be blood. A whole lot of it, apparently.
Also Scott Glenn being super Scott Glennish, Vincent D'Onofrio all scary as the Kingpin...and more bruises and blood. His costume may not be red, but his body sure is. It's like Netflix is doing its absolute best to make us forget Disney owns Marvel...but they throw in a joke at the end just so we kinda remember. I feel bad for parents who have to tell their kids this is a Marvel show they can't watch yet.
As of yet it still doesn't hint at the better costume we've heard is coming, but it does make the torn sweatshirt one look not quite so bad in motion.More >>
R100 - One hates to second-guess Drafthouse Films, particularly when they release movies like this that no other American distributor would touch, and they send yours truly to a sex dungeon as part of their publicity outreach. But it nonetheless seems to me that they should have picked a release date following Fifty Shades of Grey, so they could tout their movie's actual BDSM cred. Although for fairness' sake, let it be said that the dominatrixes onscreen here violate safe consent laws just as much as Christian Grey does, and their "victim" is just as turned on by it. They also have super powers, like the ability to generate infinite amounts of spit and the power to swallow humans alive, thanks to the fact that the entire story is a movie within another movie about a hundred year-old film director who made what we see as his own personal fetish.
It's an insane movie, from the director of the equally nutty kaiju parody Big Man Japan, and it cries out for supplemental material, but all you really get is a 12-page booklet and some trailers. For obvious reasons, this should fare better in the privacy of peoples' homes than it did in theaters.More >>
The Flintstones/WWE crossover movie Stone Age Smackdown is about what you'd expect from both sides - a formulaic, extended sitcom episode with enough funny in-jokes to make it worth a viewing.
It's also a good Exhibit A in how long animation takes versus how quickly WWE storylines change - C.M. Punk is the primary villain, and a single scene with Daniel Bryan - in which he and John Cena do a variation on the old "duck season/wabbit season" gag by yelling "Yes!" and "No!" - was pretty clearly added late in the game once it became apparent Bryan would be a top guy by the time the Blu-ray came out.More >>
Yes, producer Adi Shankar is calling attention to himself again, but this time it's with an educational video about the economics of sequels. Those who work in the movie business will already know most of this, but if you don't follow it that closely, he explains things pretty concisely and in a fun way.
The bottom line is that you're not getting a Dredd sequel unless a major celebrity wants it to happen. The narrative as to why that is was interesting to me, though. I hope it is to you too, once you get past the fact that a guy who draws Xs on his hands and paints his face is telling you how to do business.
Now, 2000AD fans: who could Dwayne Johnson play? Maybe a crossover movie where he's Rogue Trooper?More >>