What’s Out This Week? – July 19, 2013

What’s Out This Week? – July 19, 2013

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Film Review: Looper

Film Review: Looper

‘Looper’ had a pretty good challenge when it came time to promote. How do you promote a movie when you need to avoid giving anything away. This problem gives me a similar challenge, how can I talk about a movie that is difficult to discuss without ruining it? Very carefully.

Rian Johnson’s third theatrical effort (my second review of this week that is a filmmakers third feature film) follows his well established pedigree. ‘Brick,’ was a well constructed modern noir tale, and ‘Brothers Bloom,’ an excellently built “twisty-turny” con tale. With ‘Looper,’ Johnson enters the sci-fi arena, and the result, is great entertainment.

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Netflix Streaming Pick of the Week: The Siege

Netflix Streaming Pick of the Week: The Siege

An eerily relevant film, when ‘The Siege,’ came out in 1998, we never would have thought how different the world would be just a few years later. The film tells the story of Denzel Washington, an FBI Agent tasked with hunting down a terrorist cell operating in New York. ‘The Siege,’ poses the question, how would the United States react if the daily bombings so prevalent in the Middle East were to take place in a metropolis like New York? Martial law is imposed in Queens, and suspects are moved into internment camps. While I may have some reservations about the end of the film, the thriller, which stars the always great Denzel Washington is thrilling and fascinating at the same time.

‘The Siege,’ is available now on Netflix Instant Streaming.

Bruce Willis to Make Directorial Debut

According to the Lousisana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, the film icon will be making his debut has a hyphenate in “Three Stories about Joan.” The film, a psychological thriller will begin shooting in Shreveport October 2nd into early October.

The film will star Willis, Owen Wilson, and Kieran Culkin. No word on plot details other then its genre, Willis’ last attempt at directing something was back in 1991, but the project never got off the ground. Let’s hope this venture goes better then Planet Hollywood. I love Willis, so I’m glad to see him trying something new.

Willis to Star in ‘Kane & Lynch’

Willis to Star in ‘Kane & Lynch’

bruce-kane.jpgVariety is reporting that Bruce Willis is in negotiations to star in video game adaptation “Kane and Lynch,” from Eidos Entertainment’s “Kane and Lynch: Dead Men.”

Directing the film is Simon Crane, a second unit director and stunt coordinator with films like Hancock, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Troy, and X-Men: The Last Stand under his belt.

The game is about a mercenary named Adam “Kane” Marcus (Willis) who makes an alliance with a schizophrenic killer named James Lynch. The two are sent on a mission to retrieve a microchip.

Though, I never played the game, I know there was a huge controversy behind it, as its reviews were rather poor, and allegedly Eidos tried to buy off various periodicals to bump up the rating score. This doesn’t bode well for my feelings on the game, though, the story as I saw in the game trailers looked like it had some potential.