MACHETE KILLS Blu-ray Review

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I wrote four separate intros to this review, each of them detailing the highs of Robert Rodriguez’s career. But if you’re reading Collider, you already know. The $7,000 Spanish language action flick funded with money earned while working as a medical test subject that turned an ambitious young outsider with no connections into a commercial juggernaut so successful and prolific that he launched five franchises – all in different genres – built his own backlot, and now is about to launch his very own television station, The El Ray Network. And while the Horatio Alger story of Troublemaker Studios and Rodriguez’s D.i.Y. enthusiasm still inspires, the films have long since gone limp. If you already know Rodriguez’s story, you probably already know everything that Machete Kills has to offer. And just like most of the z-grade schlock it aspires to, it’s more fun in concept than it is in practice.

Hit the jump for the full Blu-ray review.

30 Things We Learned from the BREAKING BAD Writer’s Room at the Writers Guild Foundation

by     Posted 139 days ago

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Breaking Bad may be over, but the well deserved victory lap (which will wind ‘round the sure-to-be-bestselling series box set en route to a slew of Emmy Awards next year) continues unabated.  Last night, Collider was on the scene in Beverly Hills at the Writer’s Guild Foundation to see the show’s seven member writing staff reunite to share stories and life advice.

The lively panel, moderated by former The Walking Dead Showrunner Glen Mazzara and featuring Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchinson, George Mastras, Moira Walley-Beckett, Thomas Schnauz, and of course Vince Gilligan was full of insight and laughs as the crew reminisced about abandoned home invasion subplots, alternate character deaths, the structure of the writer’s room, alternate endings for the series, Gilligan shooting himself in the thigh with a dart, and much, much more.  Hit the jump for a recap and the top thirty things you should know.

NO HALF MEASURES: CREATING THE FINAL SEASON OF BREAKING BAD Documentary Review

by     Posted 147 days ago

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As one or two of you may have heard, after years of narrowly avoiding cancelation, Breaking Bad managed to become a mainstream hit and finish up its story on creator Vince Gilligan’s own terms. Now that the final curtain has fallen on Walter White, the only thing left is the DVD/Blu-Ray release. And what a box set it is.

Monday night, Collider was invited to The Pacific Grove Theater in Los Angeles for one of the very last Breaking Bad promotional events ever: a screening of the new, two hour documentary No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad. Hit the jump for the review of the doc.

Morgan Freeman Talks OBLIVION, Wanting to Work With Tom Cruise, Does he Ever Get Tired of Playing the Leader of the Free World, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 1 day ago

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Joeseph Kosinski‘s new Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman starrer Oblivion is the rarest of all things, a big budget scifi film aimed squarely at adults. While the trailers might seem like they give away the whole movie, I assure you they only scratch the surface. Things get really weird and far more ambitious than the I Am Legend-style one sheet implies.

Last week Collider sat down with Freeman to discuss his small but pivotal role.  During the interview, Freeman talked about the difficulty of always being a world leader in films, getting a demotion in Olympus has Fallen, what he looks for in a role, the importance of yawning, how to get a more mellifluous voice and much.

Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko Talk OBLIVION, Practical Sets, Filming in Iceland, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 3 days ago

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Joeseph Kosinski‘s new Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman starrer Oblivion is the rarest of all things, a big budget scifi film aimed squarely at adults.  While the trailers might seem like they give away the whole movie, I assure you they only scratch the surface. Things get really weird and far more ambitious than the I Am Legend-style one sheet implies.

Last week, Collide sat down with Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough to discuss their surprising and twist-filled roles.  During the interview they talked about shooting in Iceland, wanting to switch parts, the massive and elaborate sets and much more.

Joseph Kosinski Talks OBLIVION, Using the New Sony F-65 Camera That Shoots in 8K, IMAX, Filming in Iceland, and Future Projects

by     Posted 1 year, 4 days ago

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Joeseph Kosinski’s new Tom Cruise starrer Oblivion, opening tomorrow, is the rarest of all things, a big budget scifi film aimed squarely at adults. While the trailers might seem like they give away the whole movie, I assure you they only scratch the surface. Things get really weird and far more ambitious than the I Am Legend-style one sheet implies.

Last week, Collider sat down with writer/director Kosinski to talk about his film. During the interview, Krosinski discussed the challenges of making an original idea into a major film, designing the film for IMAX, shooting in 8k resolution on the new Sony CineAlta F65 camera and more.

Justin Chon and Miles Teller Talk 21 AND OVER, Getting Naked on Film, Childhood Traumas, Binge Drinking, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 52 days ago

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Opening this weekend is 21 and Over, a new alcohol-drenched frat house comedy that marks the directing debut of The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. In the film, three high school buddies reunite to celebrate the youngest’s 21st birthday. And then things go horribly, horribly wrong. Alcohol poisoning, angry sorority sisters with twisted hazing rituals, stampeding buffalo and pratfalls from five stories ensue.

Last week, Collider sat down with Miles Teller (Footloose) and Justin Chon (Twilight) to discuss their wild roles in the comedy. During our interview, Teller and Chon discussed getting naked on film, Chon’s deep childhood traumas, Teller urinating on his friends, how I look like a skinny Bradley Cooper and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright Talk 21 AND OVER, Favorite Drinking Games, Creating a Collider Theme Song, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 53 days ago

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Opening this weekend is 21 and Over, a new alcohol-drenched frat house comedy that marks the directing debut of The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. In the film, three high school buddies reunite to celebrate the youngest’s 21st birthday. And then things go horribly, horribly wrong. Alcohol poisoning, angry sorority sisters with twisted hazing rituals, stampeding buffalo and pratfalls from five stories ensue.

Last week, Collider sat down with Skylar Astin and Sarah Wright to discuss their raunchy film. During the interview, we discussed their favorite drinking games, how this film stacks up to other college comedies, why Gwen Stefani plays a big role in the ideal 21st birthday and much more. They even propose a Collider.com theme song.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director John Hyams Talks UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING, Plus the Top 11 Things to Know About Hyams and His Film

by     Posted 1 year, 136 days ago

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Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the sixth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mind-bending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others.

Recently, I got on the phone with Hyams to talk about the Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren and Scott Adkins vehicle, which can be seen on On-Demand, iTunes and in select 3D theaters. During our extensive interview we discussed the visceral violence, early script drafts of Regeneration, his literary and film theory influences, the NC-17 cut of the film, the use of limited perspective, crazy IMDb message board theories, a potential Manchurian Candidate themed sequel, getting dropped by an agency, how A Sound of Thunder turned him into a neo-luddite and much, much, much more. Hit the jump for the full interview and the top 11 things to know about Hyams and his film. 

Dolph Lundgren Talks UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING

by     Posted 1 year, 142 days ago

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Okay. So, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Universal Solider: Day of Reckoning? Why the hell should I care about the fifth entry in a series I haven’t thought about in twenty years, if ever?’ The answer is simple; the movie is damn good and incredibly ambitious. John Hyams’ second foray into the franchise after Universal Solider: Regeneration – possibly the best direct-to-video film of all time – is a mindbending and incredibly violent epic that owes more to Apocalypse Now and Mulholland Drive than it does to the works of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. It is a film that demands to be seen by any serious fan of edgy action, especially those who haven’t seen any of the others.

Recently, I sat down with Dolph Lundgren to discuss his work on the film, which also stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins. During the interview we chatted about the horrors of being a Uni-Sol, The Punisher (1989), what his character was trying to tell Van Damme at the end of Regeneration, getting his doctorate in mechanical engineering and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Collider Goes to the Set of SQUAD 85, Justin Lin’s Web Series About Time-Traveling Cops from the 1980s

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When I got to the set of Squad 85, the new Justin Lin produced web series, a half-naked man was hanging out the side of a van screaming as it raced between sound stages at high speeds. About 20 feet back, another car – also with a man hanging out the window – filmed the whole thing. I had no idea what was happening, but it was pretty damn funny.

And this is pretty much the ethos of the six-part series, premiering November 13th on YOMYOMF’s youtube channel as one of the first co-productions between Google/YouTube and the Hollywood elite.  Hit the Jump for the full set visit and video interviews.

Rick Yune, Cung Le and Byron Mann Talk THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS

by     Posted 1 year, 168 days ago

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After years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member Rza’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. Some of the coolest elements of the film come from Rick Yune’s knife-wielding Zen-Yi and the villainous duo of Byron Mann and Cung Le, playing the power hungry Silver Lion and Bronze Lion.

Last weekend Collider sat down with Yune, Le and Mann back stage at the House of Blues Sunset to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about character histories, sibling rivalries and get a few hints at how three-and-a-half weeks of shooting turned into a two-minute montage.  Hit the jump to watch.

David Bautista Talks THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, RIDDICK, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 169 days ago

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After years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member Rza’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. Perhaps the film’s strangest element is Dave Bautista, the WWE wrestler turned mainstream actor who plays the heavy, Brass Body, a man with impenetrable metal skin.

Last weekend Collider sat down with Bautista back stage at the House of Blues Sunset to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about Hollywood fame, where Brass Body got his powers, a bit about the new Riddick film and more.  Hit the jump to watch..

RZA and Eli Roth Talk THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS and What Happened to the Extended Cut of the Film

by     Posted 1 year, 173 days ago

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After years and years of work, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA’s writing and directorial debut, The Man with the Iron Fists is finally hitting screens on November 2nd. The film, co-written by Eli Roth and presented by Quentin Tarantino is a cross-cultural mashup of 70s Kung Fu, 90s gangsta rap and 00s comic book logic. While it might seem odd for a famed rapper to spend almost a decade working on a movie set entirely in feudal China, just one listen to any Wu record will clearly show that Rza has been building to this moment for almost two decades.  For more on the film, here are three clips.

Last weekend I sat down with RZA and Eli Roth back stage at the House of Blues in Hollywood to discuss the film. During the interview we talked about autobiographical influence, the director’s cut, how the story would work without the Kung Fu, a mysterious flying character and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

20 Things to Know about WRECK-IT RALPH and Our Thoughts on John Kahrs’ Innovative New Short, PAPERMAN

by     Posted 1 year, 258 days ago

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Earlier this week Collider was invited to visit Disney’s animation studios to check out almost half-an-hour of footage from its upcoming video game riff, Wreck-It Ralph and chat with the film’s director  Chris Moore and several of the animators.  During the visit, we saw how the film moved from concept to screen and got a peek inside the technical challenges involved in bringing the Ralph’s five wildly different worlds to pixelated life. Hit the jump to find out about Paperman, the innovative new short that will be paired with Ralph, and the top 25 things to know about the feature.

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