Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our sixth entry is Antonia Bird’s underrated cannibal Western, Ravenous (1999)…
Ravenous is an extremely potent horror picture.
Yet to only view the film through the narrow prism of a single genre ignores what truly makes it special. Like Alex Cox before her, AntoniaBird has cobbled together a singular Western whose deepest roots reach back to its “spaghetti” precursors from Spain and Italy in the 1960s and 70s. It’s an amalgamation of particular influence; pulling from deep cut directors like Joaquin Romero Marchent while also tipping its Calvary cap toward Sergio Corbucci. So while the viscera may remain in the cave of the viewer’s mind much more vividly than the vistas, Bird has undoubtedly crafted an examination of manifest destiny that ranks with Major Dundee and Heaven’s Gate as a touchstone of widescreen Western filmmaking. (more…)
I think we’ve all assumed that Iron Man 3is based on the “Extremis” storyline from the Iron Man comics, but I think the below clip is the first time we’ve seen the bio-mechanical virus name-dropped in any clip from the upcoming superhero film.
Originally airing on the Rachel Ray Show, the clip, introduced by Pepper Potts herself Gwyneth Paltrow, features Pepper in conversation with new character Aldrich Killian (played by Guy Pearce) talking about, you guessed it, Extremis. The clip from the show is embedded below. Sorry about the quality, but I think the action is pretty easy to understand.
If the trailers, TV ads, posters, armor designs, toy details, and interviews for Iron Man 3 have told us anything… it’s A) IM3 is gonna rock! and B) Disney/Marvel sure know how to market a movie. I don’t think there’s a fan-boy on the planet that doesn’t know Iron Man 3′s launch date… it’s May 3rd. Marketing assault aside, this film is clearly aiming to include everything fans of the books have wanted to see, from Mandarin to every armor design. Speaking of the latter…
It’s become public knowledge (via Disney/Marvels over saturated marketing), that the Hall of Armor has expanded, exponentially. Tony Stark has been hard at work building dozens of armors. There are suits designed for construction, stealth, hulk busting, space travel… under water basket weaving. I may have made that last one up. Point is, there’s a lot of suits. 42 to be precise, and there isn’t one bad suit in the bunch.
To get a closer look at Tony’s armada, check out these gorgeous motion graphic “Armor Reveals” by designer Kaism Lim. There’s also some images from the video as to examine as well.
Damn cool, wouldn’t you say? You can read more about Kaism Lim’s work on this page.
Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Stephanie Szostak, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.
There’s a bit of new Iron Man 3 footage to be found in these two videos, one a featurette introducing new and returning characters the other a sneak peek courtesy of the MTV Movie Awards. I wouldn’t consider anything here too spoilery, but if you’d like to remain entirely unspoilt, don’t watch ’em.
Particularly this featurette which not only has a little new footage but goes in to more detail about certain characters’ motivations,
Hooray for Happy! And I love how everyone’s character, especially Rhodey and Pepper, are getting their roles fleshed out. Below the cut you’ll find the sneak peek from MTV, and I promise, it’s not as useless as their Catching Fire sneak peek.
I can’t wait until Iron Man 3 comes out, just so I don’t have to write about it anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I think IM3 is going to be one of the best super movies ever. I’m just tired of this media madhouse by Marvel. Practically every day there’s some new footage or comments made from cast and creatives. Saying there’s too much RDJ borderlines on madness, I know. There can never be enough RDJ! Regardless, fans and general public are beyond well informed at this point. It’s getting a little much.
My bitching aside, here’s the 5th TV spot for Iron Man 3. It features a few seconds more of Ben Kingsley as an al-quaeda style Mandarin. Gandhi what happened to you!?
Was… was that Titanium man butt raping Iron Man at the end of the clip?
Here’s the official synopsis for the sequel:
Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3″ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley.
As the release of the third film in the Iron Man franchise, aptly titled Iron Man 3, looms ever nearer, people are beginning to talk a bit more freely about the details of the movie. As if there haven’t already been enough spoilers, some folks just seem keen to add even more to the mix. This time around, it’s Kevin Feige and Guy Pearce. If you feel so inclined, check out what they have to say below (after the jump).
Warning! If for some reason you forgot to read the title of this piece, there are *spoilers* ahead.
The latest issue of Empire magazine is all Iron Man 3. We saw those awesome covers yesterday, but what’s inside is even better, and like all of Empire’s exclusives most of the juicy bits are already online. First off, Iron Man 3 is Robert Downey Jr.‘s last contractually obligated Iron Man movie. I’m sure Marvel will be rectifying that as soon as possible, the idea of recasting Tony Stark with anyone else is unimaginable! But still, facts are facts and as of now RDJ won’t be coming back unless he wants to. So, does he want to?
Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not to picky about that either.
Okay, not a yes, but not a solid no either. RDJ adds Iron Man 3 isn’t exactly the last we’ll see of him, saying, “Tony’s going to carry on. Avengers 2 already has a release date!” But what if that’s it for the love affair of RDJ and his not-all-that-alter ego, Tony Stark? What does he think of them recasting the role?
It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego…but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome…
I don’t think anyone’s tiring of RDJ’s Tony Stark. Honestly, in my mind I can barely separate the two, can you? But, I’d understand if he doesn’t want to play the role forever. I mean, I wouldn’t be happy, but I’d understand.
If you’re looking for more, hit the jump ’cause Empire also got to screen 15 minutes of Iron Man 3 and we’ve got what they had to say below!
Last week, we got our first official look at Don Cheadle upgraded from War Machine to Iron Patriot, which is now followed up in a timely fashion with this new character poster featuring Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian. Killian is one of three villains in Iron Man 3along with Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and James Badge Dale as Coldblood.
So without further ado, here’s Guy!
Damn. Even taking off your glasses in Iron Man 3 is going to be awesome.
The flag of Comic-Book-Movie-Market-Domination (CBMMD) that Marvel has planted over the last few years (Right through the heart of everything DC except Batman) has put then in a position where they can pretty much do as they please and nobody’s going to say a word. Unless that involves re-shoots, then moviegoer fan boys and girls tend to trot out a litany of complaints for Shane Black and the Iron Man 3 production. Thankfully, it’s usually all for the better.
Last night in Hollywood the studio filmed a small series of re-shoots for Iron Man 3 at the TLC Chinese Theater, with plans on
This is the point where you stop if you have any intention of complaining about spoilers, do not click the jump, do not collect $200.
According to comic book lore of Marvel, The Mandarin is: The arch-enemy of Tony Stark/Iron Man, endowed with a genius level intellect, and has the power of ten magical alien rings at his command. In next year’s Iron Man 3 the man behind that famous villainous character is played by Sir Ben Kingsley, but The Mandarin may only be a pawn in the larger game board of world domination.
-Warning: The following contains a massive spoiler ahead of the release of Iron Man 3, skip this next part if you don’t want to be spoiled.- (more…)