Mulder and Scully are flirting up a storm on twitter right now, it’s amazing.
Depends on the material, really. If the role calls for this kind of acting, it can work. For example, one of my favorite actors is Keanu Reeves. I’m not under the delusion that he’s a brilliant actor, but I happen to really enjoy many of his movies. Let’s say he isn’t known for his display of a wide range of emotions. Yet his sort of perpetually dazed expression works really well for a role like Neo in The Matrix trilogy. There’s something almost alien and otherworldly about the blankness of his expression that adds something interesting to the character. It worked for him a little bit on The Devil’s Advocate and Constantine, too. On the other hand, the same glassy-eyed expression does him no favors in films like Sweet November, The Lake House and Dracula, where the roles called for something slightly more dramatic. Since the audience is rarely privy to what direction an actor has received for a particular role, we often tend to blame bad acting more so than bad direction. One or the other is responsible, but more often than not it’s a combination of both.
" It is difficult to bear what has happened here. You walked out of the Fade and our soldiers found you; the only one to escape a blast that killed thousands and you have no idea how you survived? At this moment you are the only threat I see. ” - Cassandra
YESSSSSSSS. ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH, I SAY!
THE RAID 2: BERANDAL (2014)
If you ever need to deliver a crazy beat down to a horde of attackers, Iko Uwais is the man for the job.
The 31-year-old Indonesian actor, whose team efforts with director Gareth Evans in 2009’s Merantau and 2011’s cult hit The Raid: Redemption, earned him some buzz in the action movie landscape, is no stranger to a knock-down drag-out brawl. He reprises his role from Redemption in The Raid 2: Berandal, where his character Rama emerges from one life-or-death scenario to another, seemingly in a span of mere hours. Uwais, who performs his own stunts, never ceases to amaze, enduring volley after volley of attacks from multiple opponents, something that he surely is used to by now. But Berandal is not just another run-of-the-mill action flick. Its story is grand, with characters that seem to have emerged right out of a Shakespearean play.
Berandal picks up right where Redemption leaves off, with Rama as one of two survivors of a bloody massacre in a dilapidated crime syndicate’s base. He is about to throw in the towel, deciding that a life of battling organized crime may not be for him, when a personal blow thrusts him back into the fray. This time, Rama has to go deep undercover to get to the root of Jakarta’s criminal underworld. And nothing is as close to the belly of the beast as befriending the son of the most feared crime lord in Indonesia. What ensues is a story that is clearly more elaborate and much more painstakingly crafted than its humble predecessor, but whose recurring themes of family and legacy forge an unmistakable bond between the two films.
The Raid 2: Berandal is unsurprisingly quite the action-packed affair, with sequences that are so mind-blowingly relentless that viewers can almost feel the heat from all the excitement emanating from the screen. Uwais bounces from one brawl to the next, doling out the signature grappling moves that make the martial arts of pencak silat so unique. Director Gareth Evans clearly takes advantage of a bigger budget, experimenting with more creative ways to film these fast-paced, hard-hitting sequences and squeezing the most drama out of numerous exposition shots. This is certainly one of the things that separates the sequel from the original; Evans takes his time telling the story of Berandal. Where Redemption throws the audience (and Rama) into the thick of the action from the moment the camera rolls, Berandal patiently unfolds, giving the film a very different look and feel. Colors bleed into the screen and shots are more stylized in this ambitious sequel. The result is an adrenaline-fueled opera set on a bigger stage and with more dramatic flair. Berandal feels like a classier, grown-up Redemption, and is a well-executed sequel overall.
(possible spoilers after the cut)
Captain America’s shield is famous for absorbing tremendous amounts of kinetic energy, from an artillery shell to a punch from the Hulk – keeping Cap not only safe, but on his feet. What’s going on here?
Mica Levi • Under the Skin
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IN YOUR EYES
Written and produced by Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes is “a timeless boy-meets-girl story, wrapped in a supernatural world.” Starring Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and Nikki Reed, the film is directed by Brin Hill and is currently available to rent on Vimeo (x).
Everything is awesome about this LEGO Beauty and the Beast.
Andy Serkis thinks we’re all filthy hobbitses tsk tsk