One of the most successful film series of all time finally makes its way to blu-ray in a rather unremarkable 9 disc set that doesn’t so much explode onto the HD format as fizzle and pop with a faint smell of fart.
Read the full review at The Pulpaholic.
John Moore, who directed 2008′s (frankly godawful) Max Payne is directing, so it’s hard to get too excited but hey – it’s Bruce Willis playing John McClane again, what could go wrong?
Details on the plot are pretty sparse but what is known is that it will be set in Russia and will involve McClane’s son, John McClane Jr. No details yet on who will be playing McClane Jr.
Speaking in an interview on ABC TV (skip to 04:40), the 42 year-old actor who won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as psychopathic assassin Chigurh in No Country For Old Men confirmed his involvement in the film saying “I’m very excited because my parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them, so to play that is going to be fun.”
Unsurprisingly, Bardem gave little away about his character, saying only “They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”
Bond 23 (which is rumoured to be titled Skyfall) will be the third Bond outing for Daniel Craig who’s involvement in the 49 year old film franchise has drawn critical acclaim and seen the highest box office takings in the series’ history.
American Beauty director Sam Mendes has signed on to direct the film which is due for release on October 26th 2012.
Personally I think this is great news – not only is Bardem a great actor (perhaps one of the best working today) but he’s also an actor with real physical presence, something the Bond franchise has really been missing in recent years.
Let’s be honest – it’s been a long time since Bond had an adversary that was his physical match. In nearly 50 years we’ve gone from Sean Connery battling Robert Shaw’s Red Grant on a train (in surely one of the most iconic fight scenes in cinema history) to Daniel Craig slapping around a Frenchman in a luxury hotel. With Daniel Craig, the producers took Bond back to basics, it’s time they did the same with the bad guys.
Let’s just hope the screenwriters can deliver the goods and develop a character that doesn’t waste Bardem’s talents!
Somewhere in space, this may all be happening right now
[via the awesome TIFR]
Legions of devoted fans The voices in my head demand more Star Trek content to counterbalance all the other neatly edited quality content that you’re used from this glossy internet sharade I call my website. So here’s some interesting Star Trek convention footage from 1973.
This great document of past times shows that even in the olden days you would have had no problem filling Arkham Asylum with new patients. “I’m ambassador X from eco-system 4″ But of course you are, sir, please put on this comfortable white straight jacket and do follow me. By the way, the lobster on your head gives your costume that extra authenticity.
Bonus: Isaac Asimov says something clever about Star Trek in this.
Cake: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starprise Entership. Wait, what? No it ain’t!
The voices in my head Bothan spies tell me that what a first looks like a brilliant cake wreck is in reality a cleverly orchestrated prank on a Star Trek nerd. Imagine his face, waiting all happy for his birthday cake and then this blasphemous piece of dough, jam and icing makes its way onto the table …
Nerd rage – it’s not pretty.