Unstoppable

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

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This Week in Blu-ray

Consider this: in a week where the best options include a BBC Christmas special and the story of a runaway train that ain’t never comin’ back, I’ve chosen to spotlight as my pick of the week a Blu-ray release that I haven’t even held in my own hands yet. It’s a rather sad week, indeed. So sad that I felt the need to delay my column by two days with the hope that a copy of Network would magically arrive at my doorstep. It didn’t, but I’m still making the recommendation. Why? Because I’m mad as hell and it’s time to review this week’s selection of Blu-ray releases! That’s why. Network We have ourselves a first — a blind pick for the best release of the week. I did not receive a copy of Network to review, but you can be damned certain that I will be picking one up at some point this week. Especially after reading the review from High Def Digest, who praised the transfer and the supplements. I’m mad as hell that I don’t already have this in my collection, and I’m refusing to take it any longer. Please join me in getting up out of your chairs… oh, you get the idea. With a quality transfer, this one is a sure winner.

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Drinking Games

When there’s a runaway train loaded up with a half dozen cars of molten phenol, which makes it a missile the size of the Chrysler Building, there’s only one person to call. Scratch that. There’s two people to call: Malcolm X and Captain Kirk. Only they can save the city of Stanton, Pennsylvania from being decimated by anything the size of the Chrysler Building. Grab your engineer’s hat, pull the air horn and knock back a few beers (after all, a train’s on rails, so it’s not really driving). Enjoy a drinking game that is really unstoppable. (Yeah, we went there.)

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This Week in DVD

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday, and by that I mean I hope you all went about your business as if it was just another Monday. I know my girlfriend certainly did. The holiday has never held much appeal for me, regardless of my relationship status at the time, aside from the fact that it’s a perfect excuse to settle in for a double feature of Closer and Notting Hill. Granted, I do that a couple times per year anyway, but there’s something special about watching these two films right after another on Valentine’s Day… and it works to completely different effect depending on which order you watch them in too. Will Julia Roberts find happiness or will she be emotionally devastated? You hold the power in your hands. But let’s move on to this week’s DVD releases. Surprisingly there are no romantic comedies hitting shelves today, although my pick of the week probably comes closest. Summer Wars A teenage geek is asked by a very cute classmate to accompany her home and pretend that he’s her boyfriend. The visit gets off to a bumpy ride as he meets her wise grandmother and the rest of her extended family, but things take an even worse turn when a cyber attack in Japan’s biggest online world (think Second Life, only popular) causes havoc in the real one and he’s accused of causing it. Anime isn’t something that normally appeals to me for various reasons, but if there are […]

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At the end of the 90s, famous Oscar show writer and Celebrity Fit Club contestant Bruce Vilanch claimed that, “Generally with the Oscars…there isn’t much you can do until the nominations are announced. Then you know what kind of year you’re dealing with – what’s been overlooked, what the issues are.” He was talking about preparing to write the show, but it applies to everyone from the directors, producers and stars on down to the fans. It’s fun to guess around the water cooler (your office still has a water cooler?), but until now, it’s all been speculation. Thankfully, almost all that speculation has been spot on, so we can all continue our conversations about whether Black Swan will beat The Social Network for Best Picture. Whether Natalie Portman has any true competition for Best Actress. Whether, most importantly of all, Colleen Atwood will beat Mary Zophres for Best Costume Design. Here they are. The 2011 Academy Award nominees:

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In many ways, the end of the year is just like every other part of the year: we want to make lists. So we come up with lots of list ideas. One idea this year, like almost every year, is a list of the best action films. But this year, 2010, is special. This article is special. Why? Because this Year in Review article is going to kick off a brand new column that you’ll be able to rock and roll with every Wednesday in 2011: Bullet Points. Like The Coroner’s Report, Bullet Points will focus on a particular genre. I’m not talking down to you when I say that it’s action films,  though you probably guessed that pretty quickly. To kick off this column right and make 2010 just explode all over itself, we’re counting down our ten favorite action films.

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The Reject Report

Audiences got derezzed, went into the grid, and disc warred all the way to end of line this weekend. And, if you followed all of that, you were probably among the masses. While TRON Legacy jumped to the top of the pile, its weekend take wasn’t up to expectations, and the future of the franchise could very well be called into question. It just depends on the legs the film has, Olive Wilde’s legs notwithstanding.

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The Reject Report

The weather has turned cold, the end of the year is soon approaching, and the last bastion of Holiday films are coming our way. This week, we have a number of dollar-earner pictures hitting as well as a couple of heavy awards contendors expanding into wide release. The light cycles are sure to have an edge over a couple of talking bears, especially since one of those bears sounds a bit like Ray Stantz. The other bear isn’t exactly bringing sexy back, but he might be cute enough to pull in some decent money.

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The Reject Report

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows and cowboys and Samurai and ballet dancers and princesses with bad perm jobs and Vincent Cassel. If you thought Thanksgiving brought the buffet of eclectic tastes, wait until you get a load of these leftovers. Even with only one film opening wide this weekend, there’s a lot to talk about with the familiar and a few highly anticipated limited releases, so let’s get this microwaved plate of deliciousness on the table, shall we?

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The Reject Report

Whether they wanted wizards, princesses, or super heroes, families were out in force this Thanksgiving weekend. The top three films at the box office, despite one having a PG-13 rating, were all aimed at entertainment the entire family could enjoy, and after the leftovers were eaten and the Christmas tree was put up, that’s precisely what the majority of the film-going audience went for.

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The Reject Report

The missile the size of the Chrysler Building did all it could, but, in the end, it was a chrome-domed reject from the Blue Man Group that won out the weekend for a second time in a row. Despite Unstoppable‘s early weekend victory coming in first place on Friday, it didn’t hold a candle to what Megamind was able to pull in on Saturday and Sunday. In the end, the race wasn’t a shut-out, but Megamind, with less than a 35% drop from last weekend, came out in the #1 spot.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is like a runaway train filled with toxic chemicals. He could derail and explode at any moment. And it’s a good thing Tony Scott isn’t making a movie of his life because there aren’t enough whip pans and helicopter shots to capture his awesomeness. While he raps Scott’s knuckles with a railroad tie, he also gets giddy over the beautiful Rachel McAdams and gives some props to the Brothers Strause for the effects in Skyline. And then he explodes, and all the toxic chemicals threaten to wipe out a small town in Pennsylvania.

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The general consensus on Ridley Scott’s little brother Tony seems to be that he’s the lesser talent. All style, no substance, never met a tripod he didn’t throw to the ground and hump… he’s the rugged and rowdy to Ridley’s respectable and refined. The truth is though that both brothers are hit or miss in general, and when they go head to head the numbers actually favor Tony. In the six times prior that the two have released films in the same year, Tony leads 3:2 (1996 is a draw as the films were White Squall and The Fan, both of which left the audience as the real losers). Which brings us to 2010… one of them released a bloated, confused, and miscast film that removed the magic from a well known legend. The other directed Unstoppable. A cargo train in Pennsylvania is on the move… without a single person on-board. Human error sets the half mile-long train in motion, and soon it’s powering its way through everything in its path. Bad goes to worse when the train’s cargo is revealed to include dangerously combustible chemicals! And the emergency safety systems are inoperable! And a train-load of adorable children are on the tracks ahead! Also ahead are Frank (Denzel Washington) and Will (Chris Pine), two rail employees who’ve just met and already don’t like each other. Frank is an old-timer being forced to retire and Will is the young upstart groomed to replace him. Their train is heading straight towards […]

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Denzel Washington loves trains almost as much as he loves Tony Scott. So much so that the duo may be making a second train-based action thriller together…

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