12 Strong, the true story of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit who was sent to Afghanistan in the days after 9/11, hits Blu-ray May 1 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Chris Hemsworth, seen last year in Thor: Ragnarok, is Captain Mitch Nelson, the leader of the outfit that spearheaded this dangerous mission. Michael Shannon and Michael Peña co-star in the feature. The project is based on Doug Stanton’s book Horse Soldiers.
Along with learning more about the inner workings of this military mission, one of the sequences I’m interested in checking out is the cavalry style charge that’s featured in the flick. Click on the media bar to hear Hemsworth talk about the visual aesthetic behind 12 Strong:
Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “12 Strong: The Making of an Impossible Mission” and “Monumental Effort: Building America’s Response Moment.”
Michael Peña and Dax Shepard seem like the perfect pairing for a cop buddy comedy, and the comedic team headlined the Warner Bros. comedy CHIPS earlier this year. Based on the popular 1977 TV series of the same name, CHIPS hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 27.
Shepard, who also penned and directed the film, is Jon Baker, an undercover Federal agent who belileves a multi-million dollar heist may have been coordinated by actual police officers. Pretending to be part of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Baker lays down the law with Frank “Ponch” Poncharello (Peña). “Ponch,” a former motorbiker is attempting to put his marriage back together, and his off the cuff antics initially throws Baker off his game.
Special features on the Blu-ray disc include several featurettes (“This Is Not Your Dad’s CHIPS,” “Practical Pursuit,” and “Ducati: The Perfect Bike”), commentary from Dax Shepard, and deleted scenes. The DVD version comes with the “This Is Not Your Dad’s CHIPS” featurette.
Click on the media bar below to hear Dax Shepard shaping his version of CHIPS and making it a “new thing.”
It’s all Dan Aykroyd’s fault. Back in the ’80s, he rewrote the ’60s cop show Dragnet for the big screen — but as a comedy. Then came Charlie’s Angels. After that, The A-Team and 21 Jump Street. And now, here come Ponch and Jon, playing it for laughs as CHiPs hits movie screens for the first time. Writer/director Dax Shepard has reimagined the ’70s TV staple as a raunchier, riskier big-screen comedy, and he also stars in the movie, alongside Michael Peña. For Shepard, it was a labor of love, because he was a huge fan of the original show, and he wanted to give it the completely new spin, like Christopher Nolan did with the Batman franchise. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dax Shepard)
On this week’sCinemAddicts, we review the Oscar nominated documentary I am Not Your Negro. Directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, the project centers on the writings of essayist and social commentator James Baldwin. Most of the feature is culled from Remember This House, Baldwin’s unfinished book about his friendship with Civil Rights leaders Malcolm X,Medgar Evers, and Martin Luther King Jr.
Also covered on this week’s show is director/writer John Michael McDonagh’s (Calvary) entirely watchable but disappointing War On Everyone. The Albuquerque, New Mexico set tale centers on corrupt cops (Alexander Skarsgård and Michael Peña) who end up in a criminal enterprise that may be completely over their heads. Theo James and Caleb Landry Jones co-star as their adversaries. Though the film has a few funny moments and is far from boring, this slapdash movie simply didn’t hit its target.
I also briefly reviewed Wheeler, a documentary style drama about an earnest singer-songwriter (effectively played by Stephen Dorff) who journeys to Nashville for the first time.
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The preliminary weekend box office estimates show End of Watch and House at the End of the Street taking in $13 million, and Monday’s figures should determine the clear cut winner in this race. End of Watch, with an estimated production budget of just $7 million, performed above expectations, and House at the End of the Street, headlined by Jennifer Lawrence, was shot for just $10 million. Both films edged out the Clint Eastwood/Amy Adams baseball drama Trouble with the Curve, which took in $12.7 million and captured third place. Finding Nemo 3Dcontinues to draw a solid audience, as the picture finished fourth with a $9.5 million haul. Unfortunately, the debut of Dredd 3D was abysmal, as the action film, which is a reboot of the Sylvester Stallone feature Judge Dredd, took sixth place with $6.3 million. Resident Evil: Retribution beat out Dredd 3D in its second weekend of release, coming in fifth with $6.7 million.
Rounding out the top ten, in descending order, are The Master ($5 million, #7), The Possession ($2.63 million, #8), Lawless ($2.32 million, #9), and ParaNorman ($2.29, #10).
End of Watch actor Michael Pena talks about the importance of extras on a movie set. (Click on the media bar below to hear Pena)