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The Hitman's Bodyguard

Few trailers have had people talking as much this year as the trailer for The Hitman’s Bodyguard – let’s face it if you’re an action junkie then this is going to be one of the best films of the year. The film sees Ryan Reynolds team up with action star Samuel L. Jackson.

Directed by Australian director Patrick Hughes, who showed enough with his debut film Red Hill to find himself in charge of The Expendables 3, The Hitman’s Bodyguard sees the legend himself Samuel L. Jackson play a character that needs to be protected by Reynolds, an actor who has shown in recent years that he is no slouch when it comes to action either – think Deadpool and Safe House for some of his best action work.

“I play a guy called Michael Bryce who suffers from extraordinary hubris,” says Reynolds with a huge grin on his face. “He is an executive protection agent, he is a self-proclaimed Triple A rated executive protection agent. Early on in the movie he loses a client and that sends him down a kind of shame spiral – his life then sort of unravels and this superficial existence that he had is all kind of lost. When we find him at the beginning of the film he is still actually believing that he is a much lower-rent protection agent, but he is still the best in the business he’s just taken a little bit of a fall from grace. He is then asked by a former flame of his, somebody that he used to be really in love with or perhaps still is, named Amelia from Interpol for help, she needs his services immediately. She’s not really asking him for his services she is telling him. So he complies, shows up and finds that his charge is a hitman who he has had a number of encounters with in the past so in a nut-shell my job is to protect a man who has spent the better part of a decade trying to kill me. These guys couldn’t be more polarised when we meet them but as we move through the film they both seem to get a begrudged love and respect for each other, and it is a love story. To me that is the story of the film – it is a love story wrapped in this whole crazy, zany action set-piece.”

Reynolds says when he first read the script he knew exactly who he wanted to have starring alongside him in the film. “Early on when I read the script the first thing I said to my agents was can we get Sam Jackson because I’d done an animated film with him years ago called Turbo and they paired us together for the junkets and we had great chemistry and I remember making a mental book note at the moment and thinking ‘oh if I ever find a kind of two-hander movie this would be a good guy to do it with and it proves in my opinion that we were right. We have a good thing going – and I think that is nice.”

Early critics screening of The Hitman’s Bodyguard has seen critics talking about the fact that this isn’t just your average action film and that is something that Reynolds agrees completely with “There is a certain heightened tone to this film and I think the audience are going to be excited to see that we embrace that tone in a wonderful way,” he explains. “You can have these amazing action sequences but they aren’t really ladened down with these depressing emotional spirals they are all kind of uplifting and fun, and you know every set-piece is very unique, it has its own beginning, middle and end and I think audiences are going to find it is one of those movies that just zips past so much that when you get to the end you’re like ‘what… I want thirty minutes more. I want to see these guys together more.’ At the end though we take them on a real adventure.”

Teaming up with Reynolds and Jackson in the film is Salma Hayek who moves away from some of the comedies that she has been doing recently – Sausage Party, Grown-Ups etc – and one again returns to the action genre. Here she plays Sonia – the wife of Samuel L. Jackson’s hit-man character, Darius.

“Sonia is a fantastic character,” says Hayek when she is asked to explain her character. “She is a married woman but her marriage is a little bit unusual because she is married to a hitman and she is not an outlaw but she is really, really tough. If anybody can handle by husband who is insane and very, very dangerous it is definitely Sonia. Everything that happens happens because Darius is in love with me, and he is so in love with me that everything he does is to prove his love for her. So it is really a love story and they have this amazing, wonderful, passionate, crazy relationship and even in the few moments where you get to see it it’s insane and romantic and full of fire in every way. You definitely get a glimpse of the fact that this woman is his match.”

For Hayek she says one of the highlights of working on The Hitman’s Bodyguard was certainly getting to work with Samuel L. Jackson. “I love Sam,” she says laughing. “I had been a fan for many, many years. He’s a legend and I was so excited that I got a chance to work with him and it ended up being so easy and it’s been fabulous to be his wife – his crazy, crazy wife – and she is very unpredictable and in a way very volatile, but he is still very solid, he is still a very stable character but with her you never know what she is going to say – you never know what is going to come out of her mouth. I think that is what makes her special. One very special trait of my character is that she has the dirtiest mouth of any character that I have ever played, and I have played characters with dirty mouths before. I say so many dirty things, bad words and I repeat them one after another and I have to say I love her. She is cuckoo but I love her.”

 

The Hitman’s Bodyguard is screening now.

DAVID GRIFFITHS

 

Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths has worked as a journalist for over twenty years now -covering topics including film, television, music, travel and sport (with a main focus on AFL Football).

That time has seen him host the popular X-Wired television program for seven seasons as well as write for various magazines such as Buzz Magazine, Heavy Mag, Stage Whispers, The Banner and Eternity. Dave is currently the Head Film Writer for Heavy Mag and also writes reviews for Thailand’s The Phuket News newspaper.

He has even branched out into writing online for Subculture Entertainment, Media Search and The Book The Film The T-Shirt. He also worked as the online editor for Entertainment 360 for three years.

Dave’s radio work has seen him work on various radio stations including Talking Lifestyle, 3RPP, Triple R and Light FM. He is currently the co-host of Melbourne’s 94.1FM’s breakfast show ‘The Motley Crew’ and he can sometimes be heard on J-Air’s ‘First On Film’. David is also the co-host of two popular podcasts – ‘The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Film Show,’ and ‘The Popcorn Conspiracy’

As far as Film Reviewing goes David is an elected committee member of AFCA (Australian Film Critics Association and a member of IPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics)/FIPRESCI (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique).

He has also served as a jury member for a number of international film festivals and is considered an expert on cult cinema, horror movies and Australian films.

Dave is also a keen screenwriter and is currently working on a new comic book series.

 

Currently David Griffiths has 42 Film Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

 

Currently David Griffiths has 51 Film Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

Currently David Griffiths has 10 Music Reviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

Currently David Griffiths has 43 Music Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

 

Currently David Griffiths has 11 Theatre/Comedy Interviews on Subculture Entertainment

 

 

Currently David Griffiths features on 5 episodes of The Popcorn Conspiracy

 

Wes Craven

We take a look at who were the most popular stars online this week.

  1. Wes Craven
  2. Jaclyn Swedberg
  3. Tom Hardy
  4. Alexandra Daddario
  5. Alicia Vikander
  6. Rami Malek
  7. Wagner Moura
  8. Alycia Debnam-Carey
  9. Rebecca Ferguson
  10. Frank Dillane
  11. Chloe grace Moretz
  12. Margot Robbie
  13. Rachel McAdams
  14. Salma Hayek
  15. Hayden Panettiere
  16. Scott Eastwood
  17. Boyd Holbrook
  18. Alexa PenaVega
  19. Emily Ratajkowski
  20. Johnny Depp
  21. Kim Dickens
  22. Peggy Lipton
  23. Emilia Clarke
  24. Jake Gyllenhaal
  25. Shailene Woodley

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show

You know what it is like you pick up a DVD and think “hey so-and-so is in it, looks like it may be good”. Then you watch it and think “man why did they slum themselves in that awful piece of trash?” In The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Ep # 57 Greg, Adam Dave and Nick took a look at good actors in bad films, here’s the lists they came up with.

 

ADAM ROSS’ LIST

Sean Connery

  • Matt Damon (Euro Trip)
  • Jeremy Irons (Dungeons & Dragons)
  • Emma Thompson (Beautiful Creatures)
  • Jared Harris (The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman & Robin)
  • George Clooney (Batman & Robin)
  • Entire Cast (The Counselor)
  • Robert De Niro (Rocky & Bullwinkle)
  • Liam Neeson (Battleship)
  • Ralph Fiennes (Maid In Manhatten)
  • Samuel L Jackson (Snakes On A Plane)
  • Michael Caine (Jaws: The Revenge)
  • Sean Connery (The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
  • Mickey Rourke (every second movie)
  • Nicolas Cage (every second movie)

DAVID GRIFFITHS’S LIST

Michael Shannon

  • Rose Byrne (Insidious)
  • Michael Shannon (My Son My Son What Have You Done)
  • Toni Collette (Mental)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Runner Runner)
  • Bryan Cranston (Total Recall)
  • Tom Hardy (This Means War)
  • Tom Hanks (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)
  • Ben Affleck (Daredevil)

GREG KING’S LIST

Joseph Gordon Levitt

  • Hugh Jackman (Movie 43)
  • Kate Winslet (Movie 43)
  • Liev Schreiber (Movie 43)
  • Naomi Watts (Movie 43)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Jodie Foster (Catchfire)
  • Helen Mirren (Shadow Boxer)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Shadow Boxer)
  • Stephen Dorff (Shadow Boxer)

 

NICK GARDENER’S LIST

Robert De Niro

  • Laurence Olivier (Inchon)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar)
  • Warren Beatty (Ishtar)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Sphere)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (Sphere)
  • Bridget Fonda (Lake Placid)
  • Brendan Gleeson (Lake Placid)
  • Russell Crowe (Les Miserables)
  • Michael Caine (On Deadly Ground)
  • Forest Whitaker (Battlefield Earth)
  • Kenneth Branagh (Wild Wild West)
  • Anthony Hopkins (Hannibal)
  • Willem Dafoe (Speed 2)
  • The Cast (Mamma Mia)
  • The Cast (Earthquake)
  • Al Pacino (Jack & Jill)
  • Steve Buscemi (Grown Ups)
  • Salma Hayek (Grown Ups)
  • Marlon Brando (The Island Of Dr Merrou)
  • George Clooney (Batman + Robin)
  • Uma Thurman (Batman + Robin)
  • Robert De Niro (Meet The Fockers, Little Fockers)
  • Sigourney Weaver (Abduction)

Grown Ups 2

Summary: The all-star comedy cast from Grown Ups returns (with some exciting new additions) for more summertime laughs.

Year: 2013

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th September, 2013

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Dennis Dugan

Screenwriter: Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Cast: Steve Austin (Tommy Cavanaugh), Maria Bello (Sally Lamonsoff), Cameron Boyce (Keithie Feder), Steve Buscemi (Wiley), Ellen Cleghorne (Mary Fluzoo), Marilyn Cortez (herself), Peter Dante (Officer Dante), Dennis Dugan (Dr. Larry), Kaleo Elam (Ronnie Mackenzie), Georgia Engel (Mrs. Lamonsoff), Frank Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Morgan Gingerich (Bean Lamonsoff), Jake Goldberg (Greg Feder),  Kevin Grady (Muzby), Paulina Gretzky (Daisy), Salma Hayek (Roxanne Chase-Feder),Erin Heatherton (Ginger),  Oliver Hudson (Kyle), Kevin James (Eric Lamonsoff), Nadji Jeter (Andre Mckenzie), Ebony Jo-Ann (Mama Ronzoni), Michael Kay (Coach Romey), Taylor Lautner (Frat By Andy), Alexander Ludwig (Braden), China Anne McClain (Charlotte Mckenzie), Kamil McFaddin (Bumpty), Tim Meadows (Malcolm), Aly Michalka (Savannah), Richie Minervini (Principal Tarrdio), Shaquille O’Neal (Officer Fluzoo), Cheri Oteri (Penny), Alex Poncio (Duffy), Colin Quinn (Dickie Bailey), Chris Rock (Kurt McZenzie), Maya Rudolph (Deanne McKenzie), Halston Sage (Nancy Arbuckle), Alexys Nycole Sanchez (Becky Feder), Adam Sandler (Lenny Feder), Jackie Sandler (Jackie Tardo), Sadie Sandler (Sadie Tardo), Sunny Sandler (Sunny Tardo), Ada-Nicole Sanger (Donna Lamonsoff), Patrick Schwarznegger (Frat Boy Cooper), David Spade (Marcus Higgins), Nick Swardson (Nick), Milo Ventimiglio (Frat Boy Milo)

Runtime: 98 mins

Classification:PG

OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS OF ‘GROWN UPS 2’:

David Griffiths: Stars(2)

Please check Dave’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Helium Entertainment Channel

Greg King: Stars(2.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

Nick Gardener: Stars(1.5)

Please check Greg’s review of ‘Grown Ups 2’ that is available on The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51

Average Subculture Rating (out of 5): Stars(2)

IMDB Rating:  Grown Ups 2 (2013) on IMDb

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Grown Ups 2′: Please check The Good The Bad The Ugly Ep 51 for a more in depth review of ‘Grown Ups 2’.

Trailer:

Grown Ups 2

Sony Pictures today released the new International Trailer for their eagerly anticipated comedy ‘Grown Ups 2’. Directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello, Nick Swardson and Taylor Lautner ‘Grown Ups 2’ will be released in Australia on the 19th September.

 

Here Comes The Boom

Summary: In the hilarious new comedy Here Comes The Boom, former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a 42-year-old apathetic biology teacher in a failing high school. When cutbacks threaten to cancel the music program and lay off its teacher (Henry Winkler,) Scott begins to raise money by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Everyone thinks Scott is crazy – most of all the school nurse, Bella (Salma Hayek) – but in his quest, Scott gains something he never expected as he becomes a sensation that rallies the entire school

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 6th December, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Frank Coraci

Screenwriter: Kevin James, Alllan Loeb, Rock Reuben

Cast: Mookie Barker (Assistant Principal Elkins), Bruce Buffer (himself), Charice (Malia), Germaine De Leon (Martinez), Herb Dean (himself), Mark DellaGrotte (himself), Marie DellaGrotte (herself), Shelly Desai (Miguel), Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran (himself), Jackie Flynn (Joe Duffy), Thomas C. Gallagher (Peter Voss), Greg Germann (Principal Betcher), Mike Goldberg (himself), Salma Hayek (Bella Flores), Kevin James (Scott Voss), Reggie Lee (Mr. De La Cruz), Jason Miller (‘Lucky’ Patrick Murphy), Melissa Peterman (Lauren Voss), Earnestine Phillips (Muba), Rick Pistone (Cutman/Kristoff), Steven Ritchie (Brian), Joe Rogan (himself), Bas Rutten (Niko), Wanderlei Silva (himself), Philippe Stella (Koen), Blaine Stevens (Mary Shannon Voss), J. Michael Trautmann (Derrick), Nikki Tyler-Flynn (Molie Streb), Gary Valentine (Eric Voss), Nils Veenstra (Nard), Henry Winkler (Marty Streb)

Runtime: 105 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘Here Comes The Boom’ Review: 

To read Dave’s review of ‘Here Comes The Boom’ please check http://www.helium.com/items/2399768-here-comes-the-boom-film-review.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘Here Comes TheBoom′: Check Episode #11 of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for a more in-depth review of ‘Argo’

Rating: 3/5

IMDB Rating:Here Comes the Boom (2012) on IMDb