Getaway

discs streets of fire

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Streets of Fire (UK) Welcome to another time, another place, and a world where rock ‘n’ roll meets the American Western alongside an infusion of rockabilly gangsters and neon living. Pop icon Ellen Aim (Diane Lane) has been kidnapped by the leader of the Bombers, Raven Shaddock (Willem Dafoe). Her only hope is an ex-boyfriend turned mercenary, Tom Cody (Michael Paré). While wrapped in peculiar details, this oddball action/drama/musical is actually a pretty straightforward tale plot-wise, and it’s those details that make it stand apart. Well, the details, the cast, and the songs. The lead trio is joined by Rick Moranis, Bill Paxton, Amy Madigan, and other recognizable faces, and the songs are catchy as all hell. The UK’s Second Sight is releasing this Walter Hill cult classic to Blu-ray for the first time, and while I can’t personally vouch for the disc’s picture and sound, the label has a strong track record and the inclusion of a new, 80-minute documentary on the film is an incredibly intriguing extra. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Documentary, press kit, music videos] *This is a region-B release and requires an all-region player to be played in the US.*

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There’s a brief scene during the final throes of Getaway that is both thrilling to watch and impressive on a technical level. It’s a single-take POV, running roughly ninety seconds or so, of a car chasing another vehicle through early morning traffic. Neither dialogue nor film score distracts from the visual ride as the only sounds are the revving engine, the shifting gears, and an occasional squealing of brakes. The two cars weave at high speeds around morning commuters, narrowly avoiding collisions as they race through intersections, and for a minute and a half your eyes are glued to the screen enjoying a heart-racing few moments of beautiful simplicity. It’s not unusual for a film to save its highlight for the finale, but what makes this instance memorable is that it’s quite literally the only worthwhile scene in the entire movie. The improbably named Brent Magna (Ethan Hawke) is driving a heavily modified and recently stolen Ford Shelby Super Snake in a bit of a hurry. He’s not exactly sure where he’s headed, but he most assuredly knows why. His wife has been Taken kidnapped from their apartment in Sofia, Bulgaria, and now Magna has to follow the instructions of a voice on the car’s dashboard phone if he wants to get her back in one piece. The gravelly-voiced lady napper, a man whose mouth we see in close-up as he handles business from a night club, directs Magna in eluding police and damaging public property with no apparent goal […]

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getaway

The first trailer for director Courtney Solomon’s (Dungeons and Dragons) new action thriller, Getaway, was thoroughly ridiculousness. And not ridiculous in an over-the-top, gleefully insane way, but ridiculous in a baffling, who-thought-this-was-a-good-idea way. It presented us with a rock stupid plot wherein Jon Voight kidnaps Ethan Hawke’s wife and forces him to keep driving fast in some sort of senseless Speed recreation if he ever wants to get her back, it made us sit through a bunch of contentless exposition delivered in one of Voight’s silly accents, and, perhaps most ludicrously, it cast cherub-faced teen idol Selena Gomez as some sort of gun-toting street thug who goes around carjacking grown men. The second trailer for the film is pretty ridiculous too. Let’s get that out of the way up front. But it also takes some crucial steps in toning down many of the most head-scratching aspects of the first ad, and it even makes Getaway look like it could possibly be a big dumb action movie worth watching. Okay, it still features Voight doing one of his silly accents, but everything else is much better. Take a look.

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Ethan Hawke has probably been having one of the best few weeks of his career. His latest collaboration with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy, Before Midnight, has opened to rave reviews, he’s got a thriller called The Purge set to hit theaters while riding the momentum of the inexplicable buzz that’s been generated by its ad campaign, and now a trailer has debuted for his new movie, where he gets to live out his lifelong dream of working alongside Selena Gomez. Okay, Gomez hasn’t been acting for all that long, so maybe lifelong dream is overstating it, but she’s pretty popular with the young folk, so maybe Hawke’s kids are at least pretty excited to see their dad working alongside their idol? And if you’re a fan of movies where cars get driven really fast for no reason, things explode, and Jon Voight speaks with a silly accent, then maybe you’ll be excited for Getaway too. There’s only one way to find out, and that’s to watch the trailer.

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Bradley Cooper and American Sniper

What is Casting Couch? It’s a daily movie news column that that wants to make you a star, baby. Filmmaker Cameron Crowe hasn’t said much about his next project. We don’t yet have a title or a plot synopsis for it. But what we do know is that it’s said to be similar in tone to things like Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, and it’s got Emma Stone playing a lead role (and it might just be a rewrite of his Deep Tiki script from years ago). So basically, expect something that lines up with Crowe’s best work and stars one of your favorite actresses. Sounds great. The new news regarding the project is that Crowe is reportedly close to finding his male lead. Deadline Hollywood says that he has his eye on Bradley Cooper, and he’s close to making a deal happen. Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in a Cameron Crowe movie? Yeah, that should be enough to get the attention of every person of every gender and sexuality ever. Remember how we reported that Christopher Nolan’s regular DP, Wally Pfister, is going to be directing his first movie, it’s going to be called Transcendence, and it’s going to star Johnny Depp? Well, all of that stuff is still true, but the L.A. Times has dug up even more information. Turns out the film is actually going to have three leads, and Pfister is very game to get Christian Bale to sign on as number two of the three. Anyone out there want to see Johnny Depp […]

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