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#BlockbusterBeat by Steven Warner Film

3 From Hell | Rob Zombie

September 23, 2019

It’s hard to believe that rocker turned horror auteur Rob Zombie would become one of the most divisive filmmakers of the 21st century. His debut feature, 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses, was fetishistic in its re-creation of ’70s-era exploitation flicks, right down his use of handheld cameras and 16mm film stock. Zombie’s detractors rightfully accused his stylistic excesses as derivative, but that was completely beside the point for a genre built entirely on grime and attitude. 2005 saw the release…

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#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Angel Has Fallen | Ric Roman Waugh

After thwarting the terrorist takeovers of both Washington, D.C. in Olympus Has Fallen and in London, in — naturally — London Has Fallen, legendary Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) returns. And if the title here is meant to make any sense whatsoever,…

August 22, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Daniel Gorman Film

Hellboy | Neil Marshall

Other than as blatant studio IP management, there is no real reason for this Hellboy to exist. Some executive realized, hey, we have a superhero comic book character just sitting there, going unused, waiting for franchise rebirth. The problem is that the first two…

April 19, 2019
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Sicario | Denis Villeneuve

After a raid gone bad, FBI Agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt, on a hell of a winning streak) is detailed by a “consultant” (Josh Brolin), probably CIA, to ride shotgun on what’s supposed to be a trip to Phoenix but turns out to be…

September 22, 2015
by Matt Lynch Film

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 | Francis Lawrence

After two Hunger Games films setting the stage for revolution in the future dystopia of PanEm, audiences are apparently finally ready for a third film setting up a feature-length climax evidently to be offered next year. In the fine tradition of modern studio-franchise moviemaking,…

November 20, 2014
by Steve Carlson Film

Kick-Ass | Matthew Vaughn

The problem with Kick-Ass is that it has too much Kick-Ass in it. That statement could be read a couple of ways, all true. There’s a terrific story and a terrific film in this material—there’s probably several terrific films, truth be told—but for Matthew Vaughn’s…

April 20, 2010
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