There are huge swaths of Chi-Raq that don’t work at all, and they ultimately don’t matter a lick, because the picture charges ahead with such confidence and electricity. …Read More
And now it gets heavy. December is when the big guns come out, both at the multiplex and the art house, as awards season is in full swing and distributors …Read More
Spike Lee held a press conference/protest in Times Square Tuesday night, speaking out against gun violence following the New York premiere of his latest film, Chi-Raq.
Buried among this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases is a little something called Absolution, an action thriller that teams Vinnie Jones (remember him?) with Steven Seagal. It’s the third film in which the former Under Siege star plays contract killer John Alexander, and if you’re not familiar with the series, don’t worry — you probably aren’t aware of of most of Mr. Seagal’s recent filmography, which (with the exception of his jokey cameo in 2010’s Machete) has consisted of low-profile movies, usually shot in Europe or Asia, and released straight to home video.
Break out your blood-smeared undershirt and go crawl around in an air duct: this month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Die Hard, John McTiernan’s seminal action movie that made Bruce Willis a star, Alan Rickman a go-to villain, and the simple formula of a lone hero, a contained location, and a brilliant supervillian into one of Hollywood’s most durable. And though Fox paid its own dubious tribute to the franchise with its most recent sequel, the true testament to the film’s influence is the sheer volume of Die Hard imitators unleashed in the quarter-century since its release.