Nimrod Antal

Metallica Through the Never

There is no need to explain who Metallica is. They’ve been around long enough to transition from being the thundering rock musicians whose tracks your parents made you turn down to being parents themselves, and no doubt shouting at their kids to turn their music up. What Metallica hasn’t really done in quite some time is surprise us. The S&M album was a beautiful experiment, but Metallica had become the one thing a groundbreaking metal band with designs on immortality-like longevity could ill-afford to be: ubiquitous. Conventional wisdom would suggest that it would take more than a concert video to rejuvenate this group and return them boldly to the limelight. And conventional wisdom would be entirely correct, but thankfully Metallica Through the Never is indeed more than a concert video. Directed by Nimród Antal, Metallica Through The Never intertwines concert footage with a scripted genre narrative. The catalog of Metallica hits performed during the concert provides the appropriate underscore for the fictional portion of the film. In the narrative, a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) is sent across town during the Metallica show to retrieve a necessary item from a stranded truck. The particulars of the item in question, and the reason for the truck’s disablement, are safely filed away under MacGuffin. What is exceedingly more important than the details is the devil. In this case, a death-mongering hellrider harvesting victims among a rioting, increasingly more murderous horde; the apocalypse coming on so fast as to have seemingly been […]

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Through the Never

In Metallica Through the Never, the band is seen shredding through classics in front of thousands of people packed into a stadium, but there’s more to Nimrod Antal‘s movie than meets the ear. Interspersed in the trailer are scenes of a young roadie named Trip (Dane DeHaan) on a desperate errand for the band. His trusty van speeds him through some aggressive territory where a riot or a rebellion is in full swing. It’s an interesting return for Antal after Predators, but the intensity and experimental format could work well for him. It reminds me a bit of Mudvayne’s Live Dosage 50 where director Phil Tuckett combined footage of the band playing Peoria with verite-style scenes of them discussing and carting a mysterious suitcase around. Although, as you can see from this trailer, the scale is much, much bigger here:

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Editor’s Note: As with many of our Ten and Five articles, this article does contain spoilers. Consider yourself warned. For some, Predators may be the sequel to a beloved film catalyst that they’ve been waiting for. This may be because of how beloved the original is or how absolutely atrocious the franchise became almost instantaneously, but for whatever reason, fans seem stoked to see their favorite mandible-flexing killing machines on screen again. The film is a fun one. Unfortunately it’s marred by some of the same sort of crappy issues that plagued most mindless action films of the 1980s. Call it homage, but we had presumably moved on, grown up, and learned how to make an action movie without forcing the audience to turn their brains off. In FSR’s continued commitment to numbering everything, here’s the 5 things I enjoyed about Predators and the 10 things I didn’t.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr found himself awake on a distant planet being hunted by macho Rastafarian aliens. Then he realized he was still dreaming. Sucked back into reality, he dove into the 3D experience of Despicable Me and reached for a dunce cap for Predators.

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Predators

One of the most vivid memories I have of the original Predator film is the no-fluff approach to storytelling. The audience, like the film’s team of mercenaries, is dropped right into the action with little exposition and plenty of machismo. It’s fitting then that Predators, a sequel that disregards everything that has happened since 1987, would do the same — in a more literal sense. When we meet Royce, played by Adrian Brody, he is falling. When he lands, the action begins and the audience is instantaneously transported back to a familiar place. A place deep in the jungle, where a team of killers is hunted by something otherworldly. A place that feels exactly as it should, as it has in the past.

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Trying to keep up with the massive amount of chatter around Predators is becoming quite a chore. And while the Austin-produced, Robert Rodriguez created, Nimrod Antal directed production is high on my list of things to do next week, I just don’t have time to write 35 articles about it today. Not when there are burgers to be grilled and fireworks to be exploded this weekend. So I’m bringing you everything I’ve got (at the moment) in one big, juicy Predators update.

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Predators

A new trailer has hit online and while it features some of the same dialogue beats and punches from the previous domestic one it also adds in a whole lot of bloodletting, gore, and action. There’s even a f*ck between Laurence Fishburne and Topher Grace…

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Predators

One look at these new posters from international markets for Robert Rodriguez and Nimrod Antal’s Predators, and you might be reminded that all of the cool marketing happens outside the United States.

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Predators

20th Century Fox continues to slowly roll out more footage from their big summer actioner Predators, from producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal. This time, we’ve got a behind the scenes featurette focused on Adrien Brody’s character, Royce.

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We are all going to die someday. At the hands of predators. Get to know your eventual killers right now with the new teaser trailer.

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SXSW Film 2010

I won’t start off with a lie and say that Predators was one of my most anticipated films of the year, but I will say that after seeing the sneak peek…Predators is now. Chatting with director Nimród Antal was a great way to understand where the film came from and where it is going. I have a feeling that this one will sneak up on everyone and just blow us all away.

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Predators

Last night, SXSW attendees were treated to a first look at the upcoming Robert Rodriguez produced movie Predators. No knowing exactly what to expect regarding footage length, quality or level of completion, we shuffled into the Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz with high hopes for at least a bit of blood. Rodriguez and director Nimrod Antal were on hand to present a variety show of sorts that was light on footage, but heavy on cool. Luckily, these guys have stage presence.

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Predators

Thanks to the official Predators website I can scratch that last one off the list. A sneak preview has gone live on the site showing a pretty good mix of actual scenes and behind-the-scenes footage. Odds are it’s not the same footage being screened at SXSW, but it’s still more than enough to raise my interest in the movie.

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The hits just keep coming from the folks over at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. This morning they’ve shared with us news that they’ve added two events to the 2010 fest that are sure to jump right to the top of everyone’s high-priority list. What could this be? How about two highly anticipated genre films?

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Fat Guys at the Movies

In spite of the fact almost nothing was screened for them this week, Kevin and Neil meet in the Magical Studio in the Sky to not talk about movies. Instead, they discuss Kevin being a near body double for Taylor Lautner, Neil’s homoerotic fantasies about Neil Patrick Harris and how to tweet in Klingon. tIv cha’!

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The new Jason Voorhees takes off his mask and stands alongside other badass (and Adrien Brody) to fight Predators.

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Both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety are unleashing a serious amount of news about the upcoming Robert Rodriguez-produced Predators film, which is set to start shooting here in Austin and in Hawaii in the very near future.

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Apple has debuted the second full-length trailer for Armored, the upcoming action film from director Nimrod Antal. It’s okay…

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Robert Rodriguez has finally found a director for his Predators reboot. And while it’s not a very recognizable name, it is quite memorable.

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