Trailer: Hail, Caesar!

The Coen Brothers’ latest film looks to be capitalizing on what they do so effortlessly: Wacky and convoluted kidnapping comedy. Set in the 1950s, in Hollywood movie studio, Capitol Pictures, where a super expensive sword and sandals picture is underway. Their main contracted star, Baird Whitlock, played by George Clooney, is flubbing his lines and wasting a lot of pricey resources (and apparently, there also a sailor musical with Channing Tatum called “Merrily, We Dance” shooting next door.) The would-be blockbuster is in trouble, and that is before Whitlock is kidnapped by a mysterious group known as “The Future.” Even if there is nothing more to that name than simply a set up for a phone-message gag, shown here in the trailer, that’d be fine, because it’s that good.

Taking place a fair bit on Studio backlots with all the hustle and bustle and politics, it will come as no surprise that the cast, is ridiculously stacked. Scarlett Johansson is back in a Coen Brother’s film (after only the tiniest of roles in The Man Who Wasn’t There), as is Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading) and Fred Melamed (who was a scene stealer in A Serious Man.) Frances McDormand is a given, but here they’ve made her the editor, in the picture. New faces for the directors include Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill and Josh Brolin, the latter playing the studio boss. But if you keep going down the cast, you’ll see Clancy Brown, Christopher Lambert, Robert Picardo, Fisher Stevens, John Carpenter regular Peter Jason has a small role, and then there is Dolph Lundgren. (Hopefully he gets in a bar fight with Tatum.) With Roger Deakins behind the camera and Carter Burwell doing the music, well now, you’ve got yourselves a picture, don’t you. Cut and Print.

Friday One Sheets: So Many Expendables

The ever expanding roster of soldiers of fortune in Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables franchise gets a handsome black and white photo shoot, and a trailer just in case you are not photo gallery’d to death. If there is ever a case of character-posters getting out of hand, I present it below, tucked under the seat. But I will give it this, the black and white, minimalist style here with the lighting equipment visible in the frame does impart the overkill-basics ethos of the series.

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Blu-Ray Review: Pentathlon

Director: Bruce Malmuth
Screenplay: William Stadiem, Gary T. McDonald , Gary DeVore
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, David Soul, Renée Coleman, Roger E. Mosley
Producer: Martin E. Caan
Country: USA
Running Time: 96 min
Year: 1994
BBFC Certificate: 18


Anchor Bay kill two birds with one stone with the release of the Dolph Lundgren vehicle Pentathlon. Alongside Hijacked (which I reviewed recently) and a Chuck Norris double bill of A Force of One and The Octagon (reviews coming soon), Pentathlon is being released on Blu-Ray and DVD to tie in with the forthcoming release of The Expendables 2. Then on top of this, the film, which is set in the world of athletics, is clearly relevant to the Olympic Games 2012 which are launched today in London.

East German pentathlete Eric Brogar (Lundgren) is trained by a tyrannical coach, Heinrich Mueller (David Soul), who will stop at nothing to make sure that the East Germans prove their superiority over the rest of the world. After winning Olympic Gold in Seoul, Eric finally decides to break free from the evil clutches of Mueller and escapes to the West to be with American athlete Julia Davis (Renée Coleman). Unfortunately he gets shot along the way as Mueller won’t let his prize get away that easily.

We skip forward a couple of years and Eric is down and out. His relationship with Julia has gone sour, he’s become an alcoholic, his injury has ruined his career and the fall of the Berlin Wall makes him regret his hasty decision to leave the country. Luckily, after taking a job flipping burgers, his employer John Creese (Roger E. Mosley) discovers Eric’s talents and convinces him to get his life back on track, literally as well as figuratively by training him up for the forthcoming Olympic Games in Atlanta. Mueller, meanwhile, has been driven underground with the newly reformed Germany putting fascists like him out of action and now he works with a group of neo-Nazis intent on putting a stop to this unity and freedom. This mission brings him to L.A. where he wants to put an explosive stop to a German speaker at a peace rally. Of course, while he is there he discovers Eric’s bid to enter the Games for team USA and adds personal revenge to his list of evil deeds during his Stateside visit.

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Cinecast Episode 202 – Obviously You’re Not a Golfer

 

It is a cornucopia, a smörgåsbord, a veritable potpourri of cinema, as the Cinecast regulars get together with nothing on the agenda other than to talk about what they have watched, in the cinema, on the DVD and streamed from the internet or (in an exciting technology development, from the Computer Hard Drive.) Andrew continues to dig into the Foreign Language Nominees with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Biutiful. Kurt comes at Oscar a different way with the new documentary on the man with the midas touch when it comes to little gold men, Harvey Weinstein. And Gamble talks best animated film of 2011 with a preview of the flat out awesome Gore Verbinski/Nickelodeon/Industrial-Light-And-Magic Johnny Depp western, Rango. From there, we go from the occult, to Penelope Cruz DTV failures, to two vastly different takes time travel from the 1980s to Chinese shopping malls. Then it is onto Romans wandering about Scotland, Aussie crime dynasties and suburban teenage prostitution rings! It is all a part of your complete breakfast.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!


 
 

 

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Full show notes are under the seats…
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Review: Dolph Lundgren is the Killing Machine (a.k.a. Icarus)

Director: Dolph Lundgren
Screenplay: Raul Inglis
Producer: Kirk Shaw
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Stefanie von Pfetten, Samantha Ferris, David Lewis, Lindsay Maxwell, Bo Svenson
Year: 2010
Country: USA/Canada
BBFC Certification: 18
Duration: 88 min

I was pretty stoked for this after Kurt posted the trailer for this straight to DVD/Blu Ray effort from director and star Dolph Lundgren. Unfortunately it’s not the sort of film that can live up to much hype and its lack of theatrical release is no crime against cinema. That’s not to say there isn’t anything to gain from Dolph Lundgren is the Killing Machine (yes that’s its full title), so please read on.

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Dolph Lundgren is going for a high body count in THE KILLING MACHINE

Oh Dolph! How we love you so! You were an inhuman corporate-fighter working for a communist country in Rocky IV and a Universal Soldier and an alien killer in I Come In Peace (“Then Go in Pieces!”) It is great to see not only have you aged well, looking like a badass hybrid of Lee Marvin and Micheal Ironside, but that you are appearing to turn out entertaining work even when you go straight to DVD. I am certainly down for a straight-up, totally unpretentious and hyper-violent revenge flick with you both in front and behind the camera! Please do what Ben Affleck did for himself (and us) with Gone Baby Gone!

Via Twitch, The trailer for DTV The Killing Machine (aka Icarus) is tucked under the seat.

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Behind the Scenes of Universal Soldier 3 (WHAT?!)

Universal Soldier 3How on earth did I miss this? JCVD and Dolph Lundgren rippin’ shit up. Together. Again. And I missed the announcement?

Now we get a behind the scenes look at the movie which has been shooting in Bulgaria since February and though I’m not impressed by the footage itself, I am really excited to take my dad to the movies. He’s not a guy that gets out much but I’m sure when he sees the names Van Damme and Lundgren together on the same billboard, his eyes will light up and he’ll jump at the idea.

I’m not holding my breath for Universal Soldiers: The Next Generation to be a great film but if it manages to capture some of the fun of the originals, it’ll be time well wasted. Here’s looking forward to a trailer. In the meantime, be sure to head over to QE for additional pictures and the behind the scenes video.