Since the earliest days of the medium, film history has been littered with villains that were more fun to play (and, as a result, more fun to watch) than their more likable (and, dare I say it, more boring) protagonists. Take Darth Vader in “Star Wars”; Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs”; Alonzo Harris in “Training Day”; Hans Gruber in “Die Hard”; Harry Lime in “The Third Man.”Continue Reading
Archives for August 2007
How do you get an audience today to line up for that most traditional — some would say stodgy and irrelevant — of genres, the Western? It helps to pile on the good humor and the star power (Silverado), or to reconfigure the conflict of cowboys and Indians into a misty-eyed New Age lovefest (Dances With Wolves). In the case of 3:10 to Yuma, a sturdy and enjoyable remake of the 1957 minor classic (the original was based on a short story by Elmore Leonard, and it has his affection for sleazy good-bad men), director James Mangold (Walk the Line) amps up the mayhem, going for his version of a Peckinpah frenzy. As the picture opens, an armored coach gets ambushed by a very wild bunch of outlaws, a scene that’s staged like the whiz-bang prelude to an urban action movie: the camera bouncing and jostling from a horseman’s-eye view, the bullets fired from everywhere, the Pinkerton agents who are guarding the coach’s payload leaping to unleash their fire with a primitive machine gun.Continue Reading
A spectacular explosion has shaken Chicago, but it was all planned as part of the special effects for the new Batman movie. Movie crews staged the blast at the old, long-abandoned headquarters for Brach’s Candy.
The site was dressed up as a hospital and actors were evacuated the area before the building blew up. Filming in Chicago has been going on for several months, as it doubles as Batman’s home town of Gotham City.
The Dark Knight, the sequel to Batman Begins, stars Christian Bale as Batman and Aussie actor Heath Ledger as super villain the Joker.
Source: Sky News
Between “L.A. Confidential,” “Batman Begins,” “Gladiator,” “The Prestige” and “A Beautiful Mind,” they’ve given us some of the best films of the past decade. From “The Insider” to “The Machinist,” they’ve embarked on chameleonesque transformations that boggle the mind.
Now, Christian Bale and Russell Crowe are finally going toe-to-toe for the topsy-turvy Western remake “3:10 to Yuma.” During an eye-opening, rib-tickling shoot-out with MTV, they defended Ernest P. Worrell, speculated on the need to fill photocopiers full of lead and revealed the co-star that’s been sharing Bale’s bed. (Interview Undercut)Continue Reading