Comics on Film: Did the Punisher Appear in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:00:00 GMT
When it comes to his own movies, Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, can't seem to catch much of a break. In 1989, Dolph Lundgren became the first actor to embody the ruthless vigilante, and that was largely seen as a mediocre missed opportunity at best. In 2004, the character enjoyed his biggest success to date, but the Thomas Jane-starring action vehicle still lumbered in a lukewarm reception that not even a villainous John Travolta could shake him out of.
Then, six years ago, Punisher fans were given what they had said they had always wanted, with a no-holds-barred action gorefest that saw Castle rocket parkour free-runners out of the sky, literally punch a dude's face off, and decapitate an old crime boss. But again, the beloved comic book antihero was...
The YA Countdown: Everything You Need to Know About 'The Maze Runner'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT
Welcome to the YA Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s biweekly guide to young-adult book-to-film adaptations.
If you’ve been keeping up with the young-adult book-to-film adaptations, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve got a lot of world building going on, and The Maze Runner is no different. Director Wes Ball and the screenwriters do manage to squeeze a lot of information into the film’s 113-minute running time, but if you’d like a head start, here are all the basics via James Dashner’s book:
Where It All Starts
The Maze Runner kicks off in a metal box. The boy inside manages to figure out that it’s an elevator and that his name is Thomas, but that’s it. He can picture snow on trees and eating a hamburger, but...
The Last Horror Blog: Get Ready for 'Halloween': The Complete Collection by Watching Michael Myers' Greatest Kills
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:00:00 GMT
Fall is finally upon us, and that means Halloween is right around the corner. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, where we celebrate the heinous misdeeds of the patron saint of Samhain, one Michael Myers. The folks over at Scream Factory will make this year’s celebration extra special by releasing Halloween: The Complete Collection, a massive box set featuring every single Halloween movie ever made – from Carpenter’s classic original film through to Rob Zombie’s divisive remakes. We’re super stoked about the package, not only because we’ll finally have all the movies (including the previously unavailable producer’s cut of Halloween 6) in one box, but because the set is jam-packed with extras, including some commissioned just for...
Watch: Here's How You Get the Job Writing 'Sharknado'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 05:00:00 GMT
Before screenwriter Thunder Levin wrote about Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling killer sharks during a freak hurricane in Los Angeles in Sharknado, he was scribbling Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood (starring C. Thomas Howell, natch) and penning other low-budget indies. The writer talks about his career trajectory in this video we spotted on Filmmaker IQ.
As he explains, Levin is known for his mockbusters, but he continues to take on “incrementally bigger and better” projects. It’s really no different than the path we’ve seen other directors and writers take—although we disagree that science fiction and horror cinema are “ghetto” genres that don’t deserve to be taken seriously. But yes, big names like Peter Jackson (Bad...