Resident Evil

Prometheus Weyland TED Talk

In film, we tend to focus on the underdogs and their struggles, but what about the big guys up at the top who make it so good to be bad? The largest, most evil corporations in film don’t give a damn about the little guys; they don’t really care about anything at all except money power, and staying successful no matter what it takes — or how many feet they need to trample. It’s time to celebrate that by featuring the best of the worst. Here are the most evil corporations in movies.

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IntroWorstPlacesToWork

Forget Weyland-Yutani or Initech; statistically speaking they are fine places to work. Hell, you think Cyberdyne didn’t have a stellar employee benefits package, or at least decent break rooms? Sure – everyone dies, but day-to-day it’s not that terrible. In the movie world, there are far worse jobs out there. These are places that – from one day to the next – level out as the worst possible places to be employed.

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Resident Evil: Damnation

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering! Wait, did you think there was just one Resident Evil film coming out this year? How wrong you were, little raccoon! Later this month, we’ll be hit with another Resident Evil film, but this one is an all-CG feature that doesn’t require the talents of either Milla Jovovich or Paul W.S. Anderson. Strange, right? Next week sees the release of Makota Kamiya‘s Resident Evil: Damnation, another totally CG outing from the director of 2008′s Resident Evil: Degeneration that returns to the (bloody) adventures of United States Special Agent Leon S. Kennedy, now tasked with sneaking into a foreign country to see just what is up with their use of Bio Organic Weapons (B.O.W.s) during a war. Guess what, their B.O.W.s are not being used for fun. To get you pumped for this all-new Resident Evil animated battle royale, we’re giving away two (2) prize packs from Resident Evil: Damnation to two (that is 2) lucky winners. Each prize pack includes: a watch, stickers, a t-shirt, a theatrically-sized poster, and a Resident Evil: Damnation figurine. Additionally, one prize pack will come with a Resident Evil: Damnation DVD and one will come with a Resident Evil: Damnation Blu-ray (the choice is up to us!). To win one (1) prize pack from Makoto Kamiya’s Resident Evil: Damnation, all you have to do is jump down into the comments section and let us know what your favorite film from the Resident Evil franchise is and why. Please […]

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The Resident Evil film series has always been a directly self-aware and reflexive property, an aspect that became all the more obvious with the fourth installment, which featured the most knowingly gratuitous 3D spectacle since the format’s digital resurgence began. Part five, the newly released Resident Evil: Retribution, is similarly in your face, both with its use of screen-popping 3D and with Paul W.S. Anderson’s typical straightforward exposition and an action style that’s so clear it’s cocky. Yet there also appears to be a subtext we tend not to expect from these movies, one involving a little girl who metaphorically represents the film itself. This child, Becky (played by 11-year-old Aryana Engineer), is found by series protagonist Alice (Milla Jovovich) in a suburbia simulation within an undersea Umbrella Corp. complex used for trial exercises in mass T-virus infection. Mistaken for the girl’s mother (who was a blonder clone of Alice), the heroine feels a need to protect and save the kid, even if this holds her and the rest of the mission back. And even if it would also seem the girl is barely a legitimate human being. On a superficial level, Becky simply seems to be Anderson’s latest homage to the Alien movies, specifically to the Newt character in Aliens. But unlike Newt, Becky has no significance to any movie centered on themes of motherhood. And why is she deaf? That’s a question I don’t think can be answered solely by the fact that the actress herself is partially […]

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Junkfood Cinema - Large

Welcome back to Junkfood Cinema; we caught a bad case of Mr. T-Virus after watching D.C. Cab. You’ve shambled your way into the Internet’s most desolate landscape. We have survived the apocalypse of taste and logic and what remains are ravenous hordes of slack-jawed goons hellbent on consuming as much garbage as inhumanly possible. These monsters tear apart the tasty flesh of bad movies, devouring the flaws with growls of snark. But then, out of nowhere and completely scoffing at the laws of physics, the flaxen haired heroine of irrepressible adoration somersaults through the air and puts a bullet in the heads of all those undead jabs. Once the horde has been beaten back, we will celebrate with a themed snack food that will do to our stomachs what Alice does to the infected. You may have noticed references in that previous paragraph to the Resident Evil franchise. Well, we laid them on pretty thick so don’t go patting yourself on the back too hard there, A.O. Scott. This week, we’re getting the sixteenth…or eighth…or possibly just fifth Resident Evil movie. So in honor of the release of Resident Evil: Redundancy, we thought we’d shine a blinding spotlight on the franchise’s misunderstood, admittedly dastardly, Umbrella Corporation. Surely, they can’t be as bad as they are, right? True, they are in fact THE resident evil of Resident Evil, but what did they really do beyond create a virus that destroyed the world and then continued to make worse and worse monsters […]

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Resident Evil

The Resident Evil series of movies has no special place in my heart and it’s slightly confusing how many there are compared to how many games there are, which characters are which in each installment, and why some characters have developed mental powers. That being said, they’re all pretty watchable in a bad/good battle way. On Friday at San Diego Comic-Con director Paul W.S. Anderson was joined by Milla Jovovich, Mika Nakashima, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, and Michelle Rodriguez, the latter two who are both returning from the dead for the franchise. What can we expect from what might be – but probably won’t be – the last installment?

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What to Expect at Comic-Con 2012

Check out a preview of what the Rejects will be up to this year at the San Diego Comic-Con, beginning with SDCC virgin Brian Salisbury… Having never been to Comic-Con, in fact having never before set foot in the state of California, I can’t help but feel a tinge of trepidation as I pack for San Diego. Chief among these concerns was whether I’d even get an adequate feel of the Con on my first outing as I darted from roundtable to roundtable, from press screening to blogger party. Would I leave my first Comic Con with no legitimate understanding of what keeps people coming back year after year? It was then I decided that, as a noob, it was best to experience the convention as a fan and not an industry professional. I needed to separate these two factions of my personality, to make a clean break from the behind-the-scenes journalism aspect and the intrepid geeks who walk the floor without the benefit of credentials. That’s when the idea of wearing a mask came into the picture, to disguise myself and resist the temptation of professional perks. I will walk the floors, stand in lines for panels in the various halls, and talk geek shop with the other attendees; providing journal entries for each day. This seems doubly fitting given the amount of cosplay that I’ve heard takes place at Comic Con. I will blend in even under fantastical vestments. So what character would I choose? What hero, outlaw, […]

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Hey, we’re as surprised as you, but apparently the Resident Evil franchise is still alive and well, and we’ve got an all-new trailer for the series’ eighty-ninth (approximately) entry. For whatever reason, the franchise is still hung up on expanding on Alice (Milla Jovovich) and her past, with the evil Umbrella Corporation continuing to wage mental warfare on our leather be-clothed heroine while the world burns. Here’s a tip – the Umbrella Corporation has totally destroyed Earth and turned most of its population into zombies, Alice doesn’t need to be pissed at them for playing Matrix-y mind games with her, because we’re all pissed off enough with them as is. But at least Resident Evil: Retribution also looks to have more explosions, more guns, and a big-ass monster thing, so that’s cool, too. Also, it’s in 3D, because of course. Check out the latest trailer for Resident Evil: Retribution after the break, and just imagine all that stuff flying at your face.

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The inevitable has finally happened – I’ve confused Resident Evil with Underworld and somehow completely forgotten that there is yet another Resident Evil film on the way. My confusion might just be a mask for basic ennui, but it’s unclear at this point. In any case, look, there’s another Resident Evil film. According to its first teaser trailer, it appears to borrow (pretty loosely) from equal parts The Thing, its own mythology, Dawn of the Dead, and Independence Day, with a dash of The Fast and the Furious hat-tipping (you’ll know it when you see it). I can’t make heads or tails of it, and that’s likely due to two things: one, I haven’t watched an R.E. film all the way through since the first one, and two, this teaser trailer is essentially a Sony ad. No, not like, “oh, there’s a lot of product placement in this trailer!” more like “oh, there’s about 30 seconds of a film trailer in the middle of this Sony ad.” It’s a weird enough move already, and one that will likely be mocked for quite a bit, but what’s even weirder is that, if the trailer is taken literally, it means that the rest of the world in Resident Evil is having a super-fun, technology-connected good time while America smolders into monster-laced ash. So, you know, fun. Check out the first trailer (sort of?) for Resident Evil: Retribution after the break.

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Resident Evil: Afterlife was awful. On no uncertain terms, it was slow (literally), boring, and had some of the worst action that an action film has put on the screen since Terminator Salvation. Which, of course, means that there will be another one. Not only did the film promise one in its closing moments, the box office take was strong, and Milla Jovovich is promising one. She’s also claiming that the production is talking to fans to get input – so now that you have their ear, what would you want? [Vulture]

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Sorry to have denied you all for so long. I know that secretly the only project you cared about at Comic-Con was Resident Evil: Afterlife, the 3D fourth installment of the strangely popular and oddly addicting video game adaptation series. Paul W.S. Anderson is back in the director’s chair for this go-round after having abandoned ship post the first film – which in my opinion, is the worst of three. Potentially a bad sign. I’d love to take this write-up seriously, but having seen the trailer I can’t really do so, seeing as how I’m not sure the movie took itself seriously. At all. Sure, there is something to be said for campy fun, but if you’re going to talk about how your camera costs $100,000 and came from the set of Avatar, you might want to hit “Record-Normal” rather than “Record-Ultra Slow Motion.” You may also want to consider turning off the sprinklers.

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Hollywood hasn’t quite been able to grasp the video game adaptation, which is a shame. Because, much like the power glove, most video game films are so bad.

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For a second, you had to think about which Paul Anderson is the good one. Feel free to read this news and wonder what a PTA Buck Rogers would look like drinking your milkshake.

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It doesn’t matter if you call it a cartoon – if there are zombies and headshots, The Coroner is there. Check the pulse of the first all computer animated Resident Evil movie and see if its a live one or DOA.

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