Indie Snapshot: <i>Lola Versus</i>, <i>Safety Not Guaranteed</i> and <I>Dark Horse</i>

Their movies may disappoint, but spending time in the presence of indie film beauties Greta Gerwig and Aubrey Plaza isn't too much of a hardship.

Safe: It Ain’t Kid Stuff

by Ethan Alter April 27, 2012 5:59 am
<i>Safe</i>: It Ain’t Kid Stuff

There comes a point in the life cycle of every muscle-bound male action hero when he feels compelled to make a movie where he plays protector to one or more young kids. Harrison Ford did it in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Chuck Norris did it in Missing in Action III, Arnold Schwarzenegger did it in Terminator 2 (and, to a lesser extent, in Kindergarten Cop) and Jean-Claude Van Damme did it in Nowhere to Run. Heck, even Jason Statham did it once before in The Transporter 2 and that went over so well, now he's back for a second round.

How Jason Statham Plays it Safe

by Ethan Alter April 23, 2012 1:52 pm
How Jason Statham Plays it <i>Safe</I>

Like a number of action heroes before him -- Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Claude Van Damme to name a few -- Jason Statham gives (fake) fatherhood a try in his latest vehicle Safe, where he plays protector to a young girl (played by Catherine Chan) who is being pursued by the Triads, the Russian Mafia and the New York City fuzz. But don't worry, Statham fans: being in the company of a minor doesn't keep him from doing what he does best -- delivering epic beatdowns to bad guys dumb enough to stand in his way. On a recent publicity tour through New York (where Safe takes place, although Philadelphia subbed in for much of the shoot), Statham spoke to the press about the way he preps for his labor-intensive action movies, whether he's the modern-day Clint Eastwood and why he and Sylvester Stallone had tons of fun making The Expendables 2.

Safe House: The Bourne Rip-Off

by Ethan Alter February 10, 2012 6:10 am
<i>Safe House</I>: The <i>Bourne</i> Rip-Off

The fourth installment in the Bourne series -- which will omit Matt Damon's Jason Bourne in favor of a new super-spy played by Jeremy Renner -- isn't due in theaters until August, but the franchise gets its first unofficial spin-off in the form of the new thriller Safe House, which stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds as CIA spooks. No, neither of them is suffering from amnesia or out to avenge the death of Franka Potente, but the film's depiction of the CIA as a hotbed of corruption and treachery as well as the handheld shaky cam aesthetic that director Daniel Espinsoa employs throughout, particularly in the action sequences, is very much in keeping with the Bourne legacy.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

by Ethan Alter October 30, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No October surprise here... The Campaign is a big disappointment.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

by Ethan Alter September 4, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

"C'mon guys! Please guest star on How I Met Your Mother this season? I'm so sick of that show."

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

by Ethan Alter June 5, 2012 6:00 am
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tell us John... is there life on mars?

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