Arguably one of this season’s most enjoyable guilty pleasures and airing tonight on The CW, ARROW is inspired by the popular DC comic book character THE GREEN ARROW and tells the story of a billionaire playboy rescued from a remote island in the Pacific five years after being thought killed in a violent shipwreck. Returning to his home in Starling City, he secretly creates the persona of Arrow, a vigilante, to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society. Fielding questions at a recent Television Critics Association press conference, ARROW producer MARC GUGGENHEIM reacted to questions regarding the dark vigilantism of a main character that’s ostensibly a hero. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Arriving in theaters later this week, KILLING THEM SOFTLY is a thoughtful and extremely well written crime drama that manages to blend robbery, revenge and the financial crises of 2008. Directed by ANDREW DOMINIK from his own adaptation of a novel by GEORGE V. HIGGINS, the spectacular cast includes BRAD PITT, RAY LIOTTA, RICHARD JENKINS, SCOOT McNAIRY, BEN MENDELSOHN and JAMES GANDOLFINI.
During a press conference to promote the film, BRAD PITT responded to a reporter’s question asking if it was tough being a responsible father in real life and playing a tough, cold-blooded killer in the film. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
With the arrival of late November, Academy screeners flood the domiciles of critics from all corners of the earth, as online, print, radio, and even TV journalists get a shot to catch up on all the movies they missed this year. Although I’ve seen my fair share of screeners within the past couple of weeks, few have reached the creative heights of The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, PG-13, 103 minutes).
Unfortunately, this coming of age drama, which features Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, made just $16 million domestically, and hopefully the feature will receive a huge reception when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on February 12th. Stephen Chbosky directed the feature, which is based on his own novel, and his intimate touch with the material is evident with his stellar work with the ensemble. Lerman stars as Charlie, a socially inept high school freshman whose life takes a turn for the better after befriending two spirited seniors (Ezra Miller and Watson). The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev stars as Charlie’s older sister and Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) are his concerned parents.
Special features on the Blu-ray and DVD include: audio commentary from Chbosky, a separate commentary track with Chbosky and his cast, a featurette titled “Best Summer Ever,” deleted scenes with optional commentary from Chbosky, and dailies.
If you dig high school dramas which contain an evocative rendering of its realities, then The Perks of Being a Wallflower fits the bill. The video below is one of the picture’s many memorable sequences, so if you haven’t seen the film, check out the clip:
Continuing to take the box office by storm, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 marks the end of the line for the franchise that spawned five feature films and gave cinematic life to author STEPHENIE MEYER’S series of young adult novels chronicling the lives and loves of an angsty high school girl romantically torn between a hunky vampire and a sensitive werewolf. As Bella Swan, the tortured heroine of the series, actress KRISTEN STEWART proved to be a fan favorite because she actually seemed to understand where the character was coming from. During the press conference to promote the film, STEWART admitted a kinship to Bella and confessed that, when shooting was over, there was only one souvenir she took with her.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PT. 2 is in theaters now
Currently available via VOD and opening in limited release theatrically later this week, UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING is the fourth in the series of films inspired by the popular video game of the same name and centering on a team of re-animated soldiers programmed for vengeance.man and what the film lacks in story it more than makes up for in video game-style action. Co-written and directed by JOHN HYAMS, the cast includes DOLPH LUNDGREN, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, SCOTT ADKINS, KRISTOPHER VAN VARENBERG and MARIAH BONNER. Twenty years after appearing in the first UNIVERSAL SOLDIER film and just three years after the previous installment, DOLPH LUNDGREN appears to have had no trouble falling back into “action” mode and returning to a familiar character. During our recent interview, LUNDGREN talked about knowing it was his job to bring some levity to the role . (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)