Archives for January 2013


Sylvester Stallone

Bullet to the head

The choir boy and the commander: an uneasy partnership
Directed by Walter Hill

I wish I could have been in on the creative meeting when the producers were discussing titles for this thing. Formerly called “Headshot," before someone presumably thought that title was too sissified, “Bullet to the Head” is about as apt a description for a film as I’ve seen in a while. But for all the empty violence, “B2TH” is still kind of fun and compared to last week's “Parker," its ... more >

Pakistan films

Ah, nuts! Pakistan won’t screen ZERO DARK THIRTY | OPINION

Film distributor takes up cause of censors

There won't be any showings of “Zero Dark Thirty” for Pakistan's audiences. That country’s government and the film industry has censored Kathryn Bigelow's latest film in order not create too much of a hoopla around the fact that the U.S. successfully took out the world’s most dangerous terrorist and leader of Al Qaeda on May 2, 2011. Despite the controversy over the perspective given by the ... more >

James Bond on Reddit

Reddit crowd-sources big screen heroes

Bond or Batman: who's the fairest of them all?

Scared or turned on? A Reddit reader put together a composite picture of all the actors having interpreted the M.I.6 agent in an attempt at revealing the real face of James Bond. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan are very recognizable, whereas Timothy Dalton and Roger Moore tend to get lost in the alpha-Brit melee. If nothing else, this fun project may help give some ideas to the producers of the ... more >

J.J. Abrams Disney Star Wars

J.J. Abrams tapped by Disney to shoot next “Star Wars” installment

The Star Wars wager is a costly one for the cartoon company

Betting on the fact that franchise fatigue is all in your head Disney is concretizing plans for "Star Wars," wagering that the Force is with them. After its acquisition of Lucasfilm last October for $ 4.05 billion, the group had announced the creation and addition of new episodes to the saga, an all-around miraculous money machine which has brought in $ 4.4 billion worldwide since its launching in ... more >


When cinema spells circus

French troupe suedes popular movies

Paris—From George Méliès to Jacques Demy’ “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” to “Pulp Fiction,” “The Matrix,” and “Mission Impossible” French circus troupe Cirque Alexis Gruss is not leaving anything to chance: they’ve got cinema covered. During a dazzling three-hour event called "Ellipse" which is playing in the French capital until March, the Gruss troupe, made up of a family of musicians, ... more >


John dies at the end

It's going to be one of those years
Rob Mayes and Chase Williamson
Directed by Don Coscarelli

“John Dies at the End” has the spirit, if not always the laughs, of Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” trilogy. Don Coscarelli, who has a nearly thirty plus-year career working on B-grade horror films like “The Beastmaster” and Bubba Ho-Tep," has adapted David Wong’s 2004 comic-graphic novel into one messy, freaky, and mind-boggling ride of a movie. Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes are Dave and John, two ... more >

Leonardo DiCaprio

DiCaprio to take a break from acting, champion cause of the environment

Actor makes declaration in German daily Bild

In an interview with German daily Bild Leonardo DiCaprio said he is planning on leaving show business, for a while at least (see interview here--in German). "I am a bit drained," he declared. "I’m now going to take a long, long break. I’ve done three films in two years and I’m just worn out," the "Shutter Island" actor said (read our review). Out promoting "Django Unchained," in which he plays ... more >