HOMEFRONT Blu-ray Review

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In recent years, there have been quite a few attempts at bringing the magic of 80s and 90s action movies back to the big screen, most notably by the big names who owe their success to the era.  So it’s surprising to find that Gary Fleder’s crime thriller Homefront might be the best effort out of the lot.  Perhaps it’s due in part to the strength of Chuck Logan’s novel, which was adapted by Sylvester Stallone and moved from the frozen falls of Minnesota to the bayou of Louisiana.  And while frontman Jason Statham turns in one of the best performances of his career, the entire film is buoyed by an excellent supporting cast that turns in surprisingly reserved performances, including James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and newcomer Izabela Vidovic.  Sadly, the Blu-ray is rather bare when it comes to extras, but the feature itself is worth another look.

Hit the jump for my Homefront Blu-ray review/

Clancy Brown Talks HOMEFRONT, Joining the Film, Collaborating with Director Gary Fleder, and Playing a Straight-Up Guy, Plus WARCRAFT and SLEEPY HOLLOW

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From director Gary Fleder and written by Sylvester Stallone, the action thriller Homefront (now available on Blu-ray/DVD) tells the story of widowed ex-DEA agent Phil Broker (Jason Statham), who retires to a quiet Southern town with this 10-year-old daughter, only to find it filled with drugs and violence.  When psychotic local drug lord Gator Bodine (James Franco) ends up fixated on Broker, the man who was looking to live a quiet, idyllic life must do whatever it takes to protect his family.

During this recently exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clancy Brown (who plays local town sheriff Keith Rodrigue in the film) talked about how he came to be a part of Homefront, why the script appealed to him, what makes director Gary Fleder a good collaborator, that he enjoyed playing a straight-up guy, and how a good script will usually get him to take on a role.  He also talked about why the video game turned movie Warcraft appealed to him, wanting to work with director Duncan Jones, and how he ended up being a part of the hit Fox TV series Sleepy Hollow.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

New to Blu-ray: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, OUT OF THE FURNACE, THE BOOK THIEF, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest, underrated film from the Coen brothers, an unforgivingly dark Christian Bale drama, a Criterion release of director David Gordon Green’s feature debut, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Set New Thanksgiving Records

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It was feast or famine at this year’s Thanksgiving box office, as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen eclipsed all other offerings.  Both films did better business than forecast and each surpassed long-standing records for the holiday frame.  Homefront and Black Nativity saw the flipside of Thanksgiving’s bounty, but overall grosses were still high enough to make this the biggest Thanksgiving box office of all time.

 Title Weekend Holiday Total
1.  Catching Fire $74,500,000 $110.1 $296.5
2.  Frozen $66,713,000 $93 $93
3.  Thor: The Dark World $11,108,000 $15.49 $186.7
4.  The Best Man Holiday $8,491,000 $11.12 $63.4
5.  Homefront $6,970,000 $9.7 $9.7
6.  Delivery Man $6,931,000 $9.6 $19.4
7.  The Book Thief $4,850,000 $6.4 $7.8
8.  Black Nativity $3,880,000 $5 $5
9.  Philomena $3,789,000 $4.6 $4.7
10.  Last Vegas $2,785,000 $3.8 $33.1

TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

Friday Box Office: CATCHING FIRE and FROZEN Track New Holiday Records

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It looks like this year’s Thanksgiving box office will be a record breaker on multiple fronts.  Both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen are now on pace to top $90 million by Sunday, besting a five-day holiday high set by the first Harry Potter film in 2001.  Catching Fire burned brightest on Black Friday: bringing in an estimated $31.2 million, or a decline of just 56% from its opening day.  The sequel has earned more than $253 million domestically and is currently tracking ahead of Iron Man 3  after eight days in theatres.

Black Friday was also profitable for Frozen.  Disney’s animated feature took in an estimated $26.8 million yesterday and is now expected to earn $67 million for the three-day weekend, or about what Tangled took in over five days during the 2010 Thanksgiving frame.  The outlook is not as promising for the week’s other new releases.  Homefront placed sixth on Friday with just $2.6 million and is not expected to exceed $10 million in its first five days.  Even so, the week’s top two films appear strong enough to drive overall grosses past $291 million and a new domestic record for the long Thanksgiving holiday.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Catching Fire $31,250,000 $253.2
2.  Frozen $26,860,000 $53.5
3.  Thor: The Dark World $4,451,000 $180
4.  The Best Man Holiday $3,400,000 $58.3
5.  Delivery Man $2,726,000 $15.2
6.  Homefront $2,632,000 $5.45

Kate Bosworth Talks HOMEFRONT, How She Prepares for a Role, What She Collects, and Michael Polish’s REMEMORY

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Bosworth.  She talked about how she was cast, the way she prepares for a role and if she did anything extra for this one, what she collects, and Michael Polish’s Rememory.  Hit the jump to watch.

James Franco Talks HOMEFRONT, Whether it’s More Fun Playing the Hero or Villain & Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s THE INTERVIEW

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Franco.  He talked about whether he has more fun playing the hero or the villain, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s next film The Interview, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive TV Spot for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham and James Franco

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Just in time for Thanksgiving festivities, we have a new exclusive TV spot from Gary Fleder’s Homefront to get you in the holiday spirit.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and based on the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter.  Unfortunately, he runs afoul of the local drug dealer, played by James Franco, and tensions quickly escalate.

Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive spot.

Jason Statham and Izabela Vidovic Talk HOMEFRONT, the Action Scenes, the Script by Sylvester Stallone, THE EXPENDABLES 3, FAST & FURIOUS 7, and More

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Statham and Vidovic.   They talked about doing the action scenes, rehearsals, playing a father and daughter, just how many Statham movies Izabela had seen before filming Homefront, and more.  In addition, Statham talked about the script by Stallone, how the film attracted great actors to the supporting roles, and The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7.  Hit the jump to watch.

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Director Gary Fleder Talk HOMEFRONT, Stunts, Action, Kittens and More

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Opening November 27th, Homefront follows the classic Western paradigm of an ex-lawman who goes to live a quiet life in a small town only to discover he can’t escape his troubled past.  Jason Statham plays former DEA agent Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater until meth kingpin Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts them in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action.  Directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone based on the book by Chuck Logan, the action thriller also stars Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

At the film’s recent press day, Statham, Franco, Ryder, Bosworth, Vidovic and Fleder talked about bringing depth and humanity to the characters, finding the right emotional tone, Bosworth’s physical transformation, Statham’s unusual role as a father protecting his daughter, handling the dangerous stunts and action sequences, how production designer Greg Berry and D.P. Theo Van de Sande created the film’s authentic look, shooting on location in rural southern Louisiana, and composer Mark Isham’s indigenous score that acknowledges the region.  Franco also revealed what he’s learned from teaching, how he balances it with his busy filmmaking career, and his decision to adopt the film’s kittens.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

New Red-Band Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo

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If you have doubts that James Franco can play an unhinged, meth-cooking, backwoods gangster named Gator, then this new red-band trailer for Homefront might just change your mind.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord and his band of thugs.  I hope Statham saves some energy to kick his realtor’s ass because this town is the worst ever.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.

First Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham and James Franco, Written by Sylvester Stallone

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The first trailer for Jason Statham-starrer Homefront is now available and it clearly plays to the action man’s strengths, namely kicking ass, taking names and not saying all that much beyond the occasional one-liner.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves his family to a quiet town that just happens to be Meth-Central, USA.  When his daughter runs afoul of a tweaker family’s kid, the meth’d-out mother (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn) seeks retribution from the local drug lord, Gator (James Franco) and his gang.  While I don’t buy Franco as the threatening sort, I’d happily watch Statham punch through Gator’s army of thugs any day.

Be sure to check out the first images from Homefront here.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo, Homefront opens November 27th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

New Posters for THOR: THE DARK WORLD, SNOWPIERCER, THE BOOK THIEF, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ENDER’S GAME and HOMEFRONT

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Check out a selection of new posters from the following films:

  • Thor: The Dark WorldAlan Taylor’s Marvel follow-up starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Jamie Alexander, Stellan Skarsgård, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Christopher Eccleston opens November 8th.
  • SnowpiercerBong Joon-ho’s futuristic thriller starring Chris Evans, Tilda SwintonJohn HurtJamie BellAlison PillEd HarrisEwen Bremner,Octavia SpencerKang-ho Song, and Ko Asung does not yet have a U.S. release date.
  • The Book ThiefBrian Percival’s book adaptation starring Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey RushEmily Watson, and Ben Schnetzer, opens November 15th.
  • 12 Years a SlaveSteve McQueen’s biographical drama starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael FassbenderBenedict CumberbatchPaul GiamattiQuvenzhane WallisSarah PaulsonPaul DanoScoot McNairyGarrett DillahuntAlfre WoodardDwight Henry, Michael K. Williams, and Brad Pitt opens October 18th.
  • Ender’s GameGavin Hood’s sci-fi novel adaptation starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin, and Harrison Ford, opens November 1st.
  • Homefront - From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.

Hit the jump to view the posters and synopses.

New Images from Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s DON JON, Peter Landesman’s JFK Assassination Drama PARKLAND, and HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham

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A plethora of pretty pictures for you to peruse presently, from the following films:

  • Don Jon – Writer-director-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt dramatic comedy also starring Julianne MooreTony DanzaGlenne Headly, Jeremy LukeRob Brown, and Brie Larson, opens September 27th.
  • Parkland – Director Peter Landesman’s JFK assassination drama starring Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob ThorntonJacki WeaverJames Badge Dale, Mark Duplass, Marcia Gay Harden, Jackie Earle HaleyRon LivingstonColin HanksTom WellingJeremy Strong, and David Harbour, opens October 4th.
  • Homefront – From writer Sylvester Stallone, adapted from the Chuck Logan novel, director Gary Fleder’s action thriller stars Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Clancy Brown, Frank Grillo and Rachelle Lefevre, and opens November 27th.

Hit the jump to see the images.

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