PROXiMITY is a gritty action thriller directed by Ryan Connolly and akin to The Most Dangerous Game story. The concept is fairly simple, humans hunting humans in a battle to the death. With many of the films I have reviewed as of late, high production value and tons of special effects are items I tend to comment on in terms of successes. PROXiMITY is brave in it’s approach to go in the exact opposite direction.
Dropped in a field with an ankle bracelet attached, four victims are left to outrun and outlast their hunter foes. With quick cuts, shaky chase scenes, and grungy fight scenes; the presentation comes across very raw. The sound is great, the tempo really amps up as the action does. The overall presentation really does justice to this short film created in just a few short days.
Also included after the jump is a ‘Making of’ video with commentary from director Ryan Connolly. It is a really fascinating look into the events leading to the creation of PROXiMITY. The film itself clocks in at approximately 10 minutes, check it out below!
Disney now has distribution over Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones and soon you! I kid, but seriously holy crap.
When Disney purchased Lucasfilm, people questioned how Indiana Jones would come out of the deal since Paramount released the first four movies. Disney has now announced that it has reached an arrangement with Paramount regarding the franchise. In a new deal, Disney has acquired distribution and marketing rights to all future Indiana Jones films. Paramount will still be responsible for the distribution of the previous four Indiana Jones films and will enjoy financial participation on any future Indiana Jones films that are released.
Disney now owns the Indiana Jones series and can produce future films at its leisure, so look out folks, we saw how fast they moved on Star Wars. I for one welcome our Disney overlords, as they actually move to get projects done instead of just talking about them. Harrison Ford is ready to go, and I trust we can get one more run with him as an adventurer. The 71-year-old recently said that he would do Indiana Jones 5 “in a New York Minute”.
Jerry Bruckheimer’s moved from Disney to Paramount deciding to part ways after the box office bomb that is The Lone Ranger. Bruckheimer has finalized a three-year first-look deal with the studio set to begin next April, this is the studio where he got his start as the producer of Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, and Days of Thunder.
Deadline reports that Bruckheimer’s first film back at Paramount will be Beverly Hills Cop 4; Brett Ratner will direct and Eddie Murphy is set to reprise his role as Axel Foley. Well, he won’t be in a fat suit, so that’s a good thing right?
Well son of a diddly, I just plum forgot about last week’s Poster Friday. No excuses, I was too busy looking at all the great Blu-ray/DVD deals online and not buying anything. I’m…not sure why I do that, it’s just a giant tease. Although I am proud of myself for not buying anything. Good boy Kevin.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled Poster Friday!
Wonder Woman has been cast, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious) will take on the role in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman. Among the many rumors about the flick, it has been said that Wonder Woman would be introduced in the film along with Ben Affleck’s Batman and a few other comics characters.
It’s still not clear if we will just be introduced to the character (Diana Prince perhaps) or if we will see an all out Wonder Woman in action. It leaves me thinking Justice League and a Wonder Woman franchises are coming for us.
Zack Snyder had this to say about the casting:
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
Gadot is a beautiful Israeli-born actress best known for her role as Gisele in the last three Fast & Furious films. This will be her first starring role in a feature film, so good for her. It only took the Internet a few hours to take issue with this casting; some people think her breasts are too small for the role. Serenity now.
In a fantastically candid roundtable with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, and Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street players open up about airplane orgies, how Hill won the role, Steven Spielberg on set and why DiCaprio was drawn to the real-life story.
Martin Scorsese is returning to black comedy with this month’s The Wolf of Wall Street opening on Christmas Day. The film is based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.
THR has been doing a number of roundtable interviews for this year’s awards contenders; this one is by far my favorite so far. Watch it after the jump below.
FYI: Scorsese confirms that we won’t be seeing a longer director’s cut on home video.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Noam Murro’s (his IMDb lacks evidence for me to give hope.) action sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. The story takes place before, during, and after the events of 300, centering on the naval battles between Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) and Artemisia (Eva Green) and the control over Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro). If you understand that, you will likely enjoy the flick.
We get lots of slow-motion and taglines being shouted across the screen, but give it up to them for trying. The movie does look great, if there was an award for use of green screens, this movie takes it.
300: Rise of an Empire also stars Lena Headey and opens in 3D on March 7, 2014, watch the trailer below:
The Veronica Mars movie will aim to please the fan-base that brought it back from the dead on March 14, 2014. EW broke the news of the release date for the film written and directed by creator Rob Thomas.
Here’s the plot via the reliable wiki page: Veronica Mars, former high school sleuth, has moved to New York City with her boyfriend Stosh “Piz” Piznarski an indefinite amount of time after the events of Season 3. She wishes to distance herself as far from her hometown Neptune as possible, but is forced to return to her old hometown when her old boyfriend Logan Echolls is once again accused of murder.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out next week, is it just me or is there very little hype for this entry? Maybe they just know people will go ape for dragons. At any rate, Peter Jackson has unveiled one last production blog to take fans behind the scenes of the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy (there will be one more blog before the end of the year).
The video gives a peek into the filming of the scenes featuring Smaug, voice by Benedict Cumberbatch and much more.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.
The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Hit the jump to take a look at the production blog:
The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is here! Peter Parker continues to adjust to his crime fighting life as Spider-Man and relationship with Gwen Stacy while dealing with new enemies, the return of his old friend Harry Osborn, and discovering more about his past.
Blink and you might miss Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus’ arms and Vulture wings. What is happening here!? Will it be another cluster of poor story telling around too many baddies?
Directed by Mark Webb, the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man will have Andrew Garfield reprising the role of Peter Parker, who’s keeping busy fighting crime as Spider-Man while juggling his personal commitments, including spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone) — against the wishes of her late father, we might point out — and anticipating his high school graduation. Jamie Foxx will play the role of Electro in the film, while up-and-comer Dane DeHaan fills James Franco’s shoes as the new Harry Osborn. Also among the cast are Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti and Sally Field.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled to be released in 2D and 3D on May 2, 2014.
FYI: On June 17, 2013, Sony announced two more sequels to follow The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with the third film getting the release date of June 10, 2016, and the fourth film on May 4, 2018
Check out the trailer below: