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Looking back at the original Death Wish in 1974, Michael Winner‘s film starring a then-53-year-old Charles Bronson is a time capsule. The 70s saw ever escalating crime rates in America, and the population felt powerless before a rising tide of particularly urban violence where random shootings, muggings and other attacks were becoming a daily reality. Understandably, people thought that one man with gun and the guts to dispense rough justice might have been the answer, hence the popularity of Winner’s Death Wish, even though several cultural commentators felt that Winner’s film was feeding America negative reinforcement of easy justice at the end of a gun held in the right hands.  (more…)

After what can charitably be described as “a carreer lull” (and can uncharitably be described as “The Crappening”), M. Night Shyamalan is enjoying an impressive resurgence, with many seeing his recent work, particularly, this year’s Split, as a remarkable return to form. Fans are excited then that his next project, Glass, will combine the universes of two of his most beloved films: Unbreakable and Split. According to reports, the much-anticipated project could start shooting as early as next month. (more…)

Batman v Superman 1990s Trailer

Now before you start desperately trying to invent transdimensional travel to find which wonderful alternate timeline lucked out with a mid-90’s Batman v Superman staring John Cusack and Bruce Willis, it turns out the following trailer is actually the masterwork of YouTuber Frank Ireland (under the name ChiefBrodyRules.)

Ireland really did an amazing job of this, extra points too for casting Denzel Washington as Commissioner Gordon. Check it out!

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Contemporary Hollywood is indulging its fetish for remakes a lot right now. Disney has already begun its extensive series of live action remakes of classic movies. An almost unrecognizable version of Jumanji is well on its way to the big screen, with new incarnations of classics spanning everything from The Labyrinth to Scarface planned to follow in the future. And it’s not just remakes toying with the stories we love – sequels, prequels and extended universe movies are constantly adding to the lore and histories of contemporary culture’s most popular cinematic worlds. (more…)

It’s been 17 years since M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable quietly began building a cult following. The under the radar superhero movie is a classic look at the origins of both the hero and the villain with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson delivering stellar performances as David Dunn and Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. Shyamalan did it again with James McAvoy in Split which connects with Unbreakable… opps… spoiler warning. You can check out Shyamalan’s twitter announcement below. (more…)

‘Death Wish’ Getting Remade Courtesy of Eli Roth

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Because we live in a world where it’s cheaper and easier to remake an old movie rather than pay writers to come up with something new, there is another old classic in the (re)works. This time around, the recycling machine has spit out 1974’s Death Wish. The remake has already secured one of Hollywood’s biggest actors for the lead role and now it looks like they have their new directorEli Roth. (more…)

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No that wasn’t a typo in the headline. Apparently, after failing to convince anyone that a new series of Die Hard movies with Jai Courtney as John McClane Jr. was something we needed to see with A Good Day to Die Hard, it seems that Twentieth Century Fox is taking a new tack: a prequel. I’d like to say “because you demanded it,” but let’s face facts, nobody asked for this. Still, it seems now that Hollywood is going to take us all the way back to the waining days of the 1970s to show us how John McClane became John McClane. (more…)

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In every actor’s life, there is a moment when they are called to the stage, a venue where, many think, the true quality of acting is found and delivered. Of course, no one would ever conflate Bruce Willis with the upper-seats of acting royalty like, say, Sir Laurence Olivier, but it seems that even John McClane can’t escape the siren song of the Great White Way, and he will soon be taking to the Broadway stage hismelf. But role could possibly speak to Willis loud enough to make him go out on the proverbial ledge like this: Hamlet? Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman)? Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire)? How about Paul Sheldon. You now, the victimized author under the mercy of a crazed fan in Stephen King‘s Misery. (more…)

Shyamalan Still Wants to Make an ‘Unbreakable’ Sequel

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In 2000, the biggest comic book movie was Bryan Singer‘s first X-Men movie. Fifteen years later and that franchise is still going strong, so why not have another superhero film from that year get the sequel treatment? In a fascinating reversal, at the time it was director M. Night Shyamalan that was hot and comic book movies that were not, which might be part of the reason why Shyamalan’s follow-up to his smash hit The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, was not as successful as the “I see dead people” movie. So maybe now that comic book movies are in fashion, a sequel to Unbreakable, which was heavily inspired by comic books, would not be out of question. Shyamalan, who’s in a bit of a rut himself now, seems to agree. (more…)

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While G.I. Joe: Retaliation didn’t exactly blow up the box office, it did earn more than double its production costs. That would usually grease the skids for another sequel, but we haven’t heard much of anything since the movie hit theater screens in 2013. It looks like Paramount is finally ready to saddle up G.I. Joe 3 and has been looking for a director. The word about the Internet is that DJ Caruso (Eagle Eye, I am Number Four) is high on Paramount’s list to take the director’s hot seat. (more…)