Wrath of Man

This movie looks positively badass. It’s a remake of the French action movie Le Convoyeur. It stars Jason Statham, which is a good sign. It was directed by Guy Ritchie, also a good sign. And Ritchie co-wrote it with two writers who worked with him on the excellent 2019 film The Gentlemen. I just have to see this movie.

The problem is, it’s out in theaters on May 7. That’s about five weeks away. And the theaters here in the Empire State are currently closed. I sincerely doubt that they’ll be open by May 7. I can only hope that it will be available to stream soon. Or maybe on disc. I still buy physical media when the spirit moves.

Here’s the trailer.

RIP, Brian Dennehy

I was surfing Twitter today when I read that actor Brian Dennehy has died.

Veteran actor Brian Dennehy, known for roles in “Rambo: First Blood,” “Tommy Boy” and “To Catch A Killer,” died Wednesday at age 81.

The burly actor started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller. He died of natural causes in New Haven, Conn., according to Kate Cafaro of ICM Partners, the actor’s representatives.

Known for his broad frame, booming voice and ability to play good guys and bad guys with equal aplomb, Dennehy won two Tony Awards, a Golden Globe and was nominated for six Emmys. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010.

Among his 40-odd films, he played a sheriff who jailed Rambo in “First Blood,” a serial killer in “To Catch a Killer,” and a corrupt sheriff gunned down by Kevin Kline in “Silverado.” He also had some benign roles: the bartender who consoles Dudley Moore in “10” and the levelheaded leader of aliens in “Cocoon” and its sequel.

Well that’s sad news. I’ve been a big fan of his since he played Sheriff Buford Pusser in a 1978 TV movie.

My favorite of Dennehy’s movies are the 1986 crime thriller F/X, which co-starred Bryan Brown, and the 1987 crime thriller Best Seller, with James Woods. I’m giving serious thought to re-watching both of those films this weekend.

Here’s the trailer for F/X.

And here’s the Best Seller trailer.

The Return of Guy Ritchie

OK, the title of this post is a bit misleading. Guy Ritchie never really went away. But it’s been over a decade since he last gave us a tour of the gritty-yet-quirky corners of the British underworld. Said tour consisted of 2008’s Rocknrolla, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Well, it appears that he’ll be returning to his old stomping grounds with The Gentlemen, which is due to be released later this month. The trailer looks promising.

I don’t get out to the movies often these days, but I just have to see this one on the big screen. It’s due to hit theaters in the US on January 24.

honest movie trailer – mission: impossible

With a new installment of the M:I franchise out in theaters, the folks at Screen Junkies decided we needed an honest movie trailer for the whole franchise.

Sadly, I probably won’t get to see the latest Mission:Impossible movie until it’s released on video or makes it to cable TV. I don’t get out much anymore. Story of my life these days.

rifftrax live – anaconda

RT-Anaconda

Thursday’s the night. The boys from Rifftrax will be giving Anaconda a good riffing. If you’re planning to go, you might want to grab your tickets now, before they’re all gone. I picked mine up last week. No sense taking any chances. Here’s the trailer, if you’re interested.

If you’re still not sure what this whole riffing thing’s about, here’s a smaple of the boys giving the treatment to “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

the world’s end

Mark you calendars, kids. August 23rd is the US premiere of The World’s End, third installment in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. What? You’ve never heard of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy? Here’s a hint, the first two films in the trilogy are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. If you haven’t seen those, I suggest you do so at your earliest convenience. You don’t actually have to watch the trilogy in any particular order (they all involve different characters and don’t follow the same storyline), but you should see them anyway. Just because. So get to Netflix, the local library, or nearest video store (are there actually any of those left?) and check them out.

As for The World’s End, it tells the story of a group of friends who get together for an epic pub crawl and wind up fighting off an alien invasion. Beer. Aliens. What could be better? Here’s the trailer.

skyfall

Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, opens today. I’m not an opening night kind of guy, so it’ll be a few days before I finally see it, but I’m really primed about this movie. I found Quantum of Solace to be a bit of a disappointment. It wasn’t a bad movie, but paled in comparison to the excellent Casino Royale. Judging by the trailer, Skyfall will mark a return to form for the Bond films.