August 13, 2013 |
Four days after "Elysium" hit theaters, the science fiction movie's backers announced Tuesday that they have greenlighted director Neill Blomkamp's next film, "Chappie. " Sony Pictures Entertainment and MRC will once again co-produce and co-finance the Blomkamp project, this one from a script the 33-year-old director wrote with his wife, "District 9" screenwriter Terri Tatchell. According to a press release issued by Sony and MRC, "Chappie" "tells the story of a robot imbued with artificial intelligence who is stolen by two local gangsters who want to use him for their own nefarious purposes.
February 13, 2014 |
Two 1980s remakes, "RoboCop" and "About Last Night," are poised to beat rival Valentine's Day fare at the box office, but neither is likely to knock down last week's massive chart-topper "The Lego Movie. " The irreverent toy-based comedy should best all the newcomers with about $45 million in revenue from Friday through Presidents Day Monday. It opened last weekend with a massive $69 million -- the biggest debut of the year so far. With "About Last Night," from Sony's Screen Gems label, comedian Kevin Hart will try to follow up on the success of his recent hit "Ride Along," which partnered him again with William Packer, the producer behind those two movies and Hart's "Think Like a Man. " PHOTOS: Biggest box office flops of 2013 "About Last Night" is expected to gross $25 million or more through Monday, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Hart demonstrated his pull with filmgoers in January when Universal Pictures' "Ride Along," which co-stars Ice Cube, earned a robust $41.5 million over in its first three days in release.
February 11, 2014 |
Fans of '80's movies such as “Footloose” and “Fright Night” would often prefer that their favorites remain untouched by the Hollywood remake machine. But stars of the new “RoboCop” say that a variety of elements make José Padilha's take on the classic action blockbuster a welcome addition. The film, which takes place in 2028, follows Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman), a Detroit police officer who after being critically injured in the line of duty is rebuilt as part man and part machine by an ominous tech company; he is then set loose on the streets of Detroit to fight crime.
July 16, 1990 |
Although we would like to believe that American filmmakers are totally free to make any kind of films they want, looking at this summer's lineup suggests something different. Where are the lyrical films, the love stories, the musicals? Where are the films that reflect the generosity and tolerance of America? As budgets rise so does an insidious form of de facto censorship, determining what is made and what is rejected.
July 1, 1990
The first "RoboCop," while violent and nasty in places, managed to retain that elusive "myth of the hero" element that turns a blockbuster action pic into an intriguing film-going experience. In the sequel, "RoboCop 2," whenever a thread of human involvement peeked through the carnage and gore, it was immediately squashed by some revulsive scene of completely unnecessary violence. The children seated in the theater around me were pointing out, with disgust, the chunks of flesh erupting from hundreds of people shot with Robo 2's machine gun. If these same children, who make up the bulk of repeat attendance, are so revolted, then why was the film released in this form at all?
July 23, 1990
It never fails to amaze me how righteously self-serving moviemakers and TV producers can get when they are criticized for making films that either pander to our basest morality or that perpetuate cultural stereotypes. Irvin Kershner and Henry G. Saperstein in the July 16 Counterpunch are the two latest examples. I'm glad to know that Kershner had only the noblest intentions in mind when he signed to direct "RoboCop 2." In fact, I greatly enjoyed his social analysis of his own movie.