Paul Gross (Due South, Slings and Arrows) is nothing if not totally passionate about his current project, the epic movie Passchendaele, a First World War romance inspired by stories his maternal grandfather, Private Mike Dunne, told him when he was a boy. Those stories – harrowing tales of life in the trenches, of comradeship and loss – remained with him, becoming the basis for this ambitious project. Continue reading “Passchendaele” – the Canadian story of the Third Battle of Ypres
Here’s a little music to brighten your day, it’s a music video from the recently released Into the Wild, which
has been getting some amazing notices. This is from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder’s “Hard Sun.”
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Into The Wild Music Video from Eddie Vedder
I recently saw some footage of the upcoming film Beowulf at Comic-Con a few months ago and while I was initially skeptical, the footage is stunning, with it’s all star cast that includes Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Robin Wright Penn, Brendan Gleeson, Crispin Glover, Alison Lohman and Angelina Jolie this epic fantasy film looks like it could save this crummy year for films. Now comes word that there will be a weekly comic book released throughout the month of October. Check out the amazing cover! Continue reading Beowulf Film Gets The Graphic Novel treatment this month. Check out the amazing cover!
Ah, Feast of Love, what is there to say about this overlong, pretentious rumination on the many forms of Love? Morgan Freeman gives one of his textbook quiet performances as a retired professor, Harry Stevenson, who sits around and observes life through the eyes of others in a small Oregon town. Continue reading Feast of Love isn’t for everyone. Michelle Alexandria’s Review
I’ve been a fan of the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson since his debut in the WWE, he’s one of the few (ok, only wrestlers) to truly crossover and have a decent film career. I’m not counting Hulk Hogan (Mr. Mom, anyone?). After trying his hand as an action hero, he does what all big wannabe action stars do, they go the kiddy route. Arnold started this trend, then Vin Diesel did the tough guy who has to take care of kids and now it’s Johnson’s turn to try and mine this material in The Game Plan. An unoriginal, stale, stereotypical family Disney film. With that said, I actually liked this film, but then I’m a sucker for this type of lightweight fair. Continue reading The Gameplan Kind of Works. Michelle Alexandria’s Review!
Okay, kiddies… We’ve got all manner of strangeness for you, today. First up is Quentin Tarantino’s fusion of cars & babes flicks with slasher movies, Death Proof – in it’s extended [by which we mean full] version. Then there’s the new repackaging of the first two Resident Evil movies in what they’re calling the Resurrection Edition. Hey! Zombie dogs! Next we’ve got the original 3:10 To Yuma – a much different version than the recent, excellent film – but just as twisted. Finally, Jim Henson’s first full length feature with only puppets, the amazing The Dark Crystal – in this spiffy 25th Anniversary Edition!
I’m a gamer and have covered the game industry for as long as I covered the film industry and just like the film industry I have a tendency to go my own way and be contrarian. When the Resident Evil series first launched and everyone raved about the game, I was the lone voice that intensely disliked it. And up until Resident Evil 4 (a near perfect game), I’ve never liked the Resident Evil Series. But it’s interesting that while I never particularly cared for the games, I really dug the films – which admittedly most people hate, primarily because it’s different enough from the games, but still pays homage to them. For instance I marked out to the ending of the first Resident Evil because it was an exact replica of the game trailer for RE2. And hey I just like Milla Jovovich (Alice) so sue me. Continue reading Resident Evil: Extinction Is Not Bad. Michelle Alexandria’s Review!
Courtesy of our friends at Warner Brothers, you can attend the Washington, DC Advanced screening of one of the most anticipated films of the Fall – Jodie Foster’s revenge flick, The Brave One. This film looks like a remake of the old Charles Bronson Death Wish films which I used to love. The DC Screening will be held next Monday, September 10th at our super secret posh screening location. To win, ready the synopsis below (which I stole, um borrowed, yeah that’s it, from Yahoo Movies) and follow the painfully simple contest rules.
Christian Bale has been loathe to talk about the upcoming Dark Knight film, primarily due to contract clauses. At a recent press day for Rescue Dawn, they told us Bale didn't want to talk about Dark Knight or his weight loss. I quipped, "then, what's the point of the interview?" But as always if you phrase the questions just so, you can get some tidbits. Christian confirmed that he hasn't started shooting Dark Knight Yet and that he'll be starting in the next few weeks. He's looking forward to working with Heath Ledger and going back. He said he didn't have to do as much rigorous fight training this time around because he went through it last time and the producers know he has the mad skills. He also admitted that having a franchise character in his pocket allows him more freedom to do other projects and that Rescue Dawn probably got the financing quicker due to his involvement with the Batman franchise. The studio asked us to hold our coverage until closer to July. But I'll be dropping some tantalizing tidbits from the day over the next few days.
Emma Caulfield (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Beverly Hills 90210), Barbara Niven (Murder In My House, Cold Case) and John Reardon (The L Word, Tru Calling) are currently lensing the Insight Films/Ignite