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De Palma: The master of excess and suspense
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De Palma: The master of excess and suspense

There is no doubt that one of the great directors of the modern age is Brian de Palma, a director who has a long list of classics, near classics and interesting gems to his name. Scarface, The Untouchables, Carlito's Way, Obsession, Dressed to Kill, Casualties of War, Mission Impossible, Raising Cain or Carrie. Even his duds – Bonfire of the Vanities, Mission to Mars or Snake Eyes – have moments of great interest to cinephiles and reveal a director with a real understanding, not only of the technical aspects of filmmaking, but of the filmic possibilities of the camera.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) - A Retrospective Review
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Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) - A Retrospective Review

"Revenge is a dish best served cold." - Ancient Klingon Proverb — The quote that opens Quentin Tarantino's fourth feature film, Kill Bill Vol. 1 is taken from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), which the director cites as one of his favourite films. Opening a two-part, martial arts filled, revenge tale with a quote from a beloved science fiction film is the first small indicator that Tarantino is about to make a heady diversion away from the indie style crime films that had formed his 3 film oeuvre at this point in his career. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown were cut from similar cloth, had similar themes and shared similar influences in terms of the works of directors whom Tarantino was inspired by. As I've discussed in the retrospective articles relating to each of those films, they're steeped in film lore and the influence of countless filmmakers can be felt throughout. That said he very much carved his own niche and imbued those films with his own clearly defined style. In his sophomore film, Pulp Fiction he flirted with hyper-stylised characters, yet still managed to retain an air of realism. Whilst the Tarantinoverse in which these films are set has clear boundaries that can't be broken and sets some well needed confines in which his characters can exist, with Kill Bill Vol.1 Tarantino makes a concerted effort to break those boundaries apart and burst the bubble of verisimilitude and in turn dial the stylised craziness all the way up to 11. After the incredibly measured and slower paced Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol.1 truly is Quentin Tarantino unleashed. The shackles of low budget independent filmmaking have been left to rust as he confidently strides into bold, fresh territory. Whilst gritty pulp crime novels would provide much of the influential material for his previous films, Kill Bill would be influenced by myriad sources that the director held dear, many of them far more trashy and low brow than the inspiration for the likes of Reservoir Dogs. Hong Kong action cinema, Japanese Anime, both traditional American and Spaghetti Westerns, Grind house, Film Noir, the many different styles of martial arts films of the '70s and more would blend together in Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, sometimes seamlessly but occasionally with purposefully jarring transitions between the styles.

"Transformers: The Last Knight" Review
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"Transformers: The Last Knight" Review

I never thought it was possible for the fifth “Transformers” movie to actually be the worst of the franchise - especially considering 2009’s 2nd installment “Revenge of the Fallen” was such a disaster. Director Michael Bay began this series 10 years ago with a fun, cool coming-of-age story of a teen and his relationships with cars that “transformed” into giant, talking robots. But “T-5” proves that the on-screen exploitation of the ‘80s toy action figures has gone on far enough.

Free Fire
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Free Fire

Free Fire assembles the tetchiest brand of characters cinema screens have seen in a while. Most of them seem to have gotten out of bed with ill intent, or at the very least, the desire to just vex someone. The problem for them is this film centers on an arms deal in a warehouse so, needless to say, sparks start flying around in a gunpowder pit.

'Wonder Woman' nearing $600 million, Jenkins penning sequel, and Gal underpaid?

'Wonder Woman' nearing $600 million, Jenkins penning sequel, and Gal underpaid?

Forbes is reporting Wonder Woman will cross $600 million worldwide by today or early tomorrow (6/22), this just after 19 days at the box office. — Domestically, Wonder Woman has grossed over $285 million and a little over $300 million internationally. To put it in perspective, Wonder Woman is WB's top grossing movie of 2017 by over $100 million (Lego Batman $175 million and Kong Skull Island $168 million) and currently sits as the third highest domestic gross only behind Buena Vista's Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Compared to DCEU films, Wonder Woman will surpass Man of Steel's $291 million domestic gross, and has a realistic shot of eclipsing Suicide Squad's $325 million and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice $330 million by mid July.

Damon Lindelof to adapt 'Watchmen' television series for HBO

Damon Lindelof to adapt 'Watchmen' television series for HBO

The Leftovers and LOST co-creater is in talks with HBO to adapt Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons 1986 graphic novel 'Watchmen' — This comes as welcome news if you are a fan of either DC's graphic novel or Damon Lindelof's work on HBO's critically acclaimed The Leftovers (or LOST). Of course, now that The Leftovers has wrapped, it only makes sense to see HBO and Damon Lindelof reunite for another series run.

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller part ways from the untitled 'Han Solo' film

Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller part ways from the untitled 'Han Solo' film

Directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller have parted ways from the untitled Han Solo spinoff. — In a statement from StarWars.com, Lord and Miller shared “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew.”

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting

Three-time Oscar winner, Daniel Day-Lewis has announced his retirement from acting. — “Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” his publicist Leslee Dart said in a statement to Variety, who first reported the news. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

'Mission: Impossible 6' - Four reasons to check out Christopher McQuarrie's Instagram...

'Mission: Impossible 6' - Four reasons to check out Christopher McQuarrie's Instagram...

1. Vanessa Kirby 2. Angela Bassett 3. Rebecca Ferguson 4. Michelle Monaghan By now it's no secret. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation Writer-Director, Christopher McQuarrie is currently filming the sixth installment of "Mission: Impossible" and he's taken to Instagram to provide a sneak peak featuring the ladies of M:I 6, including series newcomers Vanessa Kirby and Angela Bassett along with Rebecca Ferguson reprising her role as Agent Ilsa Faust, and Michelle Monaghan returning as Julia Meade-Hunt.

"The Book of Henry" Review
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"The Book of Henry" Review

"The Book of Henry" is, without a doubt, the strangest movie of the year. It's based on an original screenplay and not a book, because this story, in print, never would've gotten a publisher. This is a film that mixes genres: drama, family dynamics, light comedy, suspense, action (and a few I can't mention). Last year's "The Accountant" included all of those, and did a brilliant job melding them together into a coherent, effective movie.

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