Finally in 2013 we are getting a few classics that truly deserve the 3D and big screen re-release treatment, Top Gun and Jurassic Park are both high on my most anticipated list. A few years back I had the chance to see Top Gun on the big screen for the first time since 1986. It is a movie that commands the silver screen and deserves to be shown on the large IMAX format. Catch this for six days only starting Feb 8th-13th 2013, before its Blu-ray 3D release the following Tuesday. If you have any sort of love for Top Gun, do yourself a favor and seek it in the Cinema, it won’t disappoint. In the meantime check-out this beautifully constructed trailer that was set for release last year as evident by the 2012 icon, oddly this incarnation is increasingly rare to find and has been replaced with a generic trailer that is more a commercial for the Blu-ray. Enjoy and get your asses to theaters!
Mama is based on Andres Muschietti’s career-making short, also called Mama, a three minute film that appears to be one single take. Shorts becoming features is nothing new, and something Hollywood has been doing quite a bit of as of late. Here is the short with an intro from Guillermo Del Toro. See Mama in theaters starting January 18, 2013.
Before Hollywood finally gave The Lord of the Rings the go ahead (aside from an animated version), the Soviets were ahead of the curve. In 1985 they created a version of The Hobbit behind the iron curtain. How is this possible? Well at the time, Soviet Russia didn’t care about American copyrights. The costumes are about the most awesome thing I’ve seen in awhile, not to mention the overacting and the sets. Ok, so this is the best worst movie before Troll 2. I think Peter Jackson could take some notes here, not only did they make only one movie instead of three, but it comes in at a scant (by today’s epic standard) hour and ten minutes. Right now there’s no subtitles (a work in progress is available here), but here’s a list of scenes so you can move through it and get a feel for how the major moments play out. Smaug is incredibly giggle inducing.
With the recent theatrical and DVD release of Silent Night, here’s an interesting look at the controversy over the original’s release.
In 1984 Silent Night, Deadly Night caused a stir amongst parents as the Santa killer wielding an axe adverts for the film aired on television. The ads were so controversial that they were pulled. Gene Siskel gave a horrible review for the horror flick, with Ebert cheering from the sidelines. Check out the At the Movies Silent Night, Deadly Night segment below as Siskel names off those responsible as if that will somehow shame them. Then, the next video is about the re-release of the original in 1985, one year later. During this Entertainment Tonight report producer Ira Richard Barmak watches the At the Movies segment and responds to Siskel and Ebert’s views. Check ’em out below.
I can’t wait for the Arnold one-liners and just to get back to some basic action flicks makes me feel like going to the theaters more often. Seeing that name and knowing it’s not just a cameo feels right. Wish the guy never got into politics, imagine what movies we could have gotten. Also he wouldn’t have let himself go so much. Regardless I’m a Schwarzenegger fan (if you couldn’t tell) and definitely catching this one in theaters on January 18, 2013.
It looks like Adkins is playing one of these sleeper agents, and must travel to find Deveraux in order to discover why they did this to him. If you remember a while back we posted some odd pictures of JCVD from the set (also check out these pics), and now we know why he looked like part of the Insane Clown Posse. Deveraux is running a cult, and dressed the part.
The action looks great, this reminds me of straight to video 90’s fare, and Adkins has a great fan base for these types of flicks so his inclusion was smart. The fights also look cool, Adkins matches up against Dolph and Van Damme at what looks like separate points in the film. Lundgren gets an “and” in his title, so I imagine he’s only making a small appearance here, which is unfortunate but I’m sure he steals a scene or two as always.
Curiously the film is the first in the series to be shot and released in 3D. Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning will be available on Video On Demand October 25, 2012 and then in a limited theatrical run on November 30, 2012.
I’m not going to discuss this too much, as I think the videos below speak for themselves. I’m very intrigued by director Joe Carnahan’s ideas for the Daredevil reboot, and I understand Fox wanted to reboot Fantastic Four first, as it’s more of a family comic book movie. But after seeing this pitch I really want to watch this version of Daredevil. The 70’s crime scene is great, I like the grittiness and the energy of the cuts and music. I’m not so sure Disney would want to make this version though, which is worrisome as Fox is letting the rights expire and move back to Disney/Marvel. This just doesn’t fit in with the rest of the Marvel brand as it stands now. Isn’t just like Hollywood to find something that works and then beat it to death. Family friendly super-hero movies are great, but look at what the last Batman movie is taking away from the box office. Hollywood, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, it’s gonna back-fire on you.
Check out the pitch videos below, they’re essentially a bunch of flicks, including the Ben Affleck Daredevil, with some voice over you’ll recognize (stollen from another flick) intercut with some Daredevil comic panels. The strange thing is, it gets the point across so easily of what Carnahan’s vision is. There’s an NC-17 one first, then a cut down PG-13 version below.
There’s room for any movie as long as it’s a good one (or bad one). It’s one of the reason’s I’m also a fan of Tarantino, even though I don’t think the majority of his films are very good. Kevin Smith also comes to mind on this.
The magic is that they are all fans themselves. First and foremost, they enjoy the art of storytelling not just in doing, but in consuming. If you haven’t seen the trailer to Sleepwalk With Me check it out below Whedon’s video.
Sleepwalk With Me is in select theaters August 24, 2012.