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According to my calculations, it’s been 146 months since the initial U.K. release of ‘28 Days Later,’ Danny Boyle and Alex Garland’s rightfully acclaimed zombie movie about the aftermath of a terrible virus unleashed in the middle of London. The film is credited with helping revitalize the zombie genre (and popularizing zombies who run like the dickens at their victims instead of the classic George Romero shufflers), and it inspired a 2007 sequel, ‘28 Weeks Later.’ There was talk of another sequel, a ‘28 Months Later,’ set a little over two years after the zombie outbreak, but so far, the project hasn’t gotten off the ground (and we’re now about 120 months past the titular date).
This is a fun clip. It’s from a recent appearance from actor, comedian, and author Patton Oswalt (whose new book, ‘Silver Screen Fiend,’ all about his obsession with movies, will probably be of great interest to ScreenCrush readers) at the WORD Bookstore in Jersey City, where he did a public conversation with actor Patrick Wilson. Oswalt is a hardcore comic-book nerd in addition to his passion for film, and Wilson starred in one of the most polarizing comic-book adaptations of all time, Zack Snyder’s slavishly faithful version of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ ‘Watchmen.’ When a fan asked a question about the movie, both Oswalt and Wilson shared their honest feelings about the project, which you can watch above.
On the list of uncinematic activities, computer hacking has to rank near the top, somewhere between small-business accounting and taking a nap. It’s tedious, static, and solitary work, and what little’s interesting about it is largely incomprehensible to those without advanced degrees in computer science. In a lesser filmmaker's hands, a hacker movie like ‘Blackhat’ would be terminally boring. But ‘Blackhat’ is in the hands of Michael Mann, and that means it’s also stylish, moody, and punctuated by intense action scenes.
Google “Gone Girl” and “Hitchcockian” and you get 37,400 results. (37,401, once this piece goes up.) Critics and viewers hailed David Fincher’s adaptation of author (and screenwriter) Gillian Flynn’s domestic drama as a superb modern version of an old-school thriller by the Master of Suspense. Whether that was Fincher and Flynn’s goal all along, or simply an interesting byproduct of their work, it’s interesting in light of today’s news that Fincher and Flynn are looking to reteam—along with their ‘Gone Girl’ star, Ben Affleck—on a remake of one of Hitchcock’s most beloved films, 1951’s ‘Strangers on a Train.’
The number one movie of last year was based on a comic book. The year before, two of the top five movies were based on comics. The year before that, both of the two top movies of the year were inspired by comics; both went on to make more than $1 billion worldwide and are now among the top 15 highest-grossing movies in history. Next year, no less than ten (10) movies based on comic books will open in theaters. Blessed are the geeks, for they have inherited the earth, at least as far as Hollywood is concerned.
This shouldn’t be a hard sell. Did you like ‘Bridesmaids’? Did you like ‘The Heat’? Do you enjoy the slapstick antics of Melissa McCarthy? Well good, then, ‘Spy’ is definitely the movie for you.
The films of horror director John Carpenter distinguished themselves from their competition in several ways, none more important than their iconic scores, most composed by Carpenter himself. The themes to ‘Halloween,’ ‘Escape From New York,’ and ‘The Fog
It’s been one heck of a journey for Richard Linklater and his movie ‘Boyhood.’ Shooting on the film began over a dozen years ago; each and every year since, he and his cast and crew would reunited to add a new chapter to the story of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and his family. Imagine the kind of dedication and commitment that sort of project takes. I had a hard time focusing for the 30 straight minutes it took to write this blog post.
In the last year alone, Bradley Cooper’s gone from movie star to Broadway actor with a stop along the way as a wise-cracking space raccoon. Clearly this is a man with some range, and a desire to push himself. Cooper hasn’t crossed over to directing yet, but according to Deadline, that’s the next career hurdle he hopes to clear. He reportedly wants to direct ‘Honeymoon With Harry,’ a project he’s been interested in starring in for several years. Its plot, per Deadline:
Liam Neeson’s career can be divided into two distinct eras: Before ‘Taken’ (BT) and After ‘Taken.’ When that Luc Besson thriller became a surprise smash in 2008—earning more than $225 million worldwide against a $25 million budget—it launched a whole ‘Taken’ franchise (the third film, ‘Taken 3: Taken It to the Streets,’ opens today) and turned Neeson into one of Hollywood’s most improbable action heroes at the age of 55.