Way back in 2000, it seemed like there was a world of possibility in video game movies. Sure there were some stinkers – Super Mario Bros. starring a British thespian and Double Dragon with Scott Wolf – but video gaming was a growing, profitable business with lots of fans who should have been theoretically eager to see their favourite games brought to life on the big screen. Well, we’re older and wiser now, but we can’t seem to stop ourselves from trying to make video game movies a thing, and next year we’ll try again with a new Tomb Raider starring the Academy Award winning actress from The Danish Girl. (more…)
An icon of video games for generations, Lara Croft‘s distinct character and architectural adventures show no sign of losing any popularity, having become of the world’s best selling game franchises after selling 58 million copies worldwide. In 2018, the Tomb Raider series is due to get its second movie adaptation, with Alicia Vikander taking over the role from Angelina Jolie’s 2001 incarnation. The new version is said to be based on the 2013 video game reboot of the franchise, with Walter Goggins as the movie’s villain, Daniel Wu as a companion for Lara Croft and Dominic West as her deceased father. (more…)
Traditionally, when one thinks of Lara Croft, the image and dimensions of a woman that couldn’t possibly exist in reality come to mind (despite the best efforts of Angelina Jolie in two different Tomb Raider movies in 2001 and 2003). That’s why when the Tomb Raider game was rebooted a couple of years ago, Lara was given a, shall we say, more realistic figure. She’s still strong, she’s still tough, she’s still capable, but you could believe now that Lara can exist in some kind of reality. To wit, we now have our first images of Alicia Vikander on set of the new Tomb Raider movie, and we defy you to not say, “Now that’s Lara Croft.” (more…)
It seems like the perfect combination: take the guy who directed Snatch, Sherlock Holmes (the Robert Downey Jr. versions), and RocknRolla, and let him make a spy movie that stars Superman and The Lone Ranger. Oh, and set it in the 1960s, where men were men and you had to rely on your wits and your talent instead of letting technology do your dirty work. Sounds pretty badass, right? Well, movie-goer, you’re in luck – because The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is an amazingly-cool movie that’s fun to watch and easy to enjoy.
He helped redefine the zombie genre with 28 Days Later, and he helped wash the bad taste of the Sylvester Stallone-starring Judge Dredd out of our mouths with 2012’s Dredd, and now Alex Garland wants us to re-think artificial intelligence. It’s a tough topic to break despite the efforts of two recent high-profile, and high-budget, misfires (Transcendence and Chappie), but according to the early reviews from this year’s South By Southwest, Garland stands a better than average chance of changing that with his new film Ex Machina. In the fascinating and haunting new trailer, we get a new look at what Garland has in store with the movie. Does it make you even more anxious to see it? Let’s find out. (more…)
Suave, witty, handsome agent? Check. Incredibly attractive woman in the mix? Check. No Nonsense Russian agent? Check. Animosity between the two agents that eventually, grudgingly, becomes respect and then friendship? Check. Guns and special gadgets? Check. Crazy 60’s fashion? Check. Yep it’s all there in Guy Richie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer, everything you need to enjoy a movie going experience while you work your way through that super-sized buttered popcorn tub. Why not take a look? (more…)