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    Rome Review: Walter Hill's Sylvester Stallone-Starrer 'Bullet To The Head' Is A Blast From The Past | The Playlist

    We assume he realized, wisely, that this is not a film where people care about consistent characterization or narrative coherence, and his job was pretty much to get the guys from killing A to killing B with as little fuss as possible. Because it is all about the killings, aside from a few nice scenes between Bobo and Kwan in the car, in which Stallone gets to be funny. It is all about the gloriously throwback violence, the astonishingly consequence-less shootings and murders and blowings up and stabbings and vehicular manslaughters. And Hill handles these like the pro he is; perhaps he's a dinosaur, but he's a dinosaur who can still kick a head in real good. When the action climax happens, after all the pyrotechnics before, between two muscly guys who throw down their guns in favor of a pair of convenient axes, and that climax still delivers, then you know you're watching the work of a special, if very specific, talent. A whole lot of this grade is probably sentiment, because, Lord it is extraordinarily silly on almost every level, but we remember the '80s, and it was genuinely fun to head back there for a while. Hill, "you had me at '**** you'. " [B-]
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    ‘The Baytown Outlaws’ Trailer: A Southern-Fried Freakshow | /Film

    If you’ve ever wanted a redneck Boondock Saints, or some vague approximation of an offshoot from Smokin’ Aces featuring the Tremor Brothers, then The Baytown Outlaws is probably your movie.
    Annnnnnnnd I'm in.

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    JACK REACHER Movie Reviews Praise Action, Direction and Casting, Mostly Positive for Tom Cruise | Collider

    This is a good sign. Despite the hubbub of Cruise's casting(fans of the books do not like it) and a PG rating I expect this to be good simply because McQuarrie's last movie was Way of the Gun, which is one of my alltime fave movies. Sooooooo rewatchable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    JACK REACHER Movie Reviews Praise Action, Direction and Casting, Mostly Positive for Tom Cruise | Collider

    This is a good sign. Despite the hubbub of Cruise's casting(fans of the books do not like it) and a PG rating I expect this to be good simply because McQuarrie's last movie was Way of the Gun, which is one of my alltime fave movies. Sooooooo rewatchable.
    I already wanted to see this because Werner Herzog is the bad guy. I had no idea McQuarrie directed it. Now I'm absolutely going to see it.

    Any idea why there was such a long period between his films? He does a lot of screenplay writing, doesn't he? Maybe he was just focusing on that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adgy-san View Post
    I already wanted to see this because Werner Herzog is the bad guy. I had no idea McQuarrie directed it. Now I'm absolutely going to see it.

    Any idea why there was such a long period between his films? He does a lot of screenplay writing, doesn't he? Maybe he was just focusing on that?
    Pretty sure that...and the fact that Way of the Gun was a cult hit, not a financial success, had a lot to do with it. Not sure if it's confirmed, but he is at least in talks to do the next MI flick.

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    WELCOME TO THE PUNCH Trailer Featuring James McAvoy and Mark Strong | Collider

    The first trailer for the British crime thriller Welcome to the Punch has landed online. Directed by Eran Creevy (Shifty), the film stars James McAvoy as a cop whose nemesis, played by Mark Strong, suddenly reappears after having eluded capture years earlier. The trailer plays like a mash-up between Heat and Snatch, with less comedy and 1000% more bullets and explosions. I’m not exactly sure how everything comes together plotwise, but I’m sufficiently intrigued by the talented ensemble and Creevy’s impressive visuals. This is a British thriller through and through, which is something we’ve seen far too little of lately. Fans of The Walking Dead will also be happy to spot one David Morrissey in the cast, who plays The Governor on the AMC series.

    Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Daniel Mays, Elyes Gabel, and Peter Mullan.
    Looks like a nice little Brit-flick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    JACK REACHER Movie Reviews Praise Action, Direction and Casting, Mostly Positive for Tom Cruise | Collider

    This is a good sign. Despite the hubbub of Cruise's casting(fans of the books do not like it) and a PG rating I expect this to be good simply because McQuarrie's last movie was Way of the Gun, which is one of my alltime fave movies. Sooooooo rewatchable.
    Way Of The Gun was fantastic and is in my DVD collection. Tom Cruise is only about three feet shorter than the character is supposed to be, but the movie does look like it will be good. The scene at the end where he blends into the crowd is awesome, even if it is right out of an Assassin's Creed game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseydevil View Post
    It's got The Governor in it!
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    Christopher McQuarrie Says He Was In "Director Jail For 12 Years"; Talks Casting Tom Cruise & Werner Herzog In 'Jack Reacher' | The Playlist

    According to McQuarrie, producer Don Granger brought him the book years ago and offered it to him to write and direct, but the writer/director assumed his cachet had evaporated and his name wouldn't help the project get off the ground. "I said, 'Yeah, I'd love to do it, but I'm not [the person] that's gonna help it get made,' " he explained. "I had been in director jail for about 12 years and was tired of asking for permission to make movies. So I issued the challenge to Don that if he could get the studio to offer me the movie to direct, then I would read the book thinking he's never do it and a week later he came back with the offer from the studio."

    Much to his surprise, his friend Tom Cruise, who had already tasked him with rewriting many of the projects he would eventually take on, was game right away. "We gave it to Tom Cruise in his capacity as a producer because I never expected that Tom would be in a movie directed by somebody who'd been in director jail for 12 years," he said. "And [Tom] read the script and called back and said, 'I don't know who you have in mind to play this guy, but I'd love to do it.' "
    Oh, and...

    And as for casting Werner Herzog as the villain? It's a genius move that endeared the films to cinephiles the world over, and McQuarrie gives all the credit to his casting director, Mindy Marin. "I gave her my list of criteria. The main ones being that I wanted somebody European and unknown to a wider audience," he explained. "I thought the villian would be a lot more intimidating if he was somebody unfamiliar. And the first name out of her mouth was Werner Herzog which I thought was an inspired idea but we would obviously never get him."

    A week later McQuarrie was on the phone with an excited Herzog, who was very keen to take on the role, but of course, this triggered second-guessing doubts. "I was suddenly worried that he was too unfamiliar and that he was gonna feel like a documentary character in a Tom Cruise movie," McQuarrie said. The director vacillated back and forth, but it was Tom Cruise who gave him the best advice possible. "It's Werner Herzog, man. I don't understand. Like just hire the guy."

    Herzog became a favorite on the set of the actors and the crew. "We had about 90 minutes put aside for us to rehearse some of the scenes towards the end of the movie and the trailer and the first three hours of that 90 minute meeting were Werner Herzog telling stories about his experience in an African prison," McQuarrie laughed. "That was kinda what the relationship was. He would never leave the set. He would just hang out with the crew, he would hang out with the other actors and he's still very much a student of film. And was also there constantly observing and constantly learning. And it was just a great."
    I really want to see this.
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