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Verhoeven in NYC photo
Verhoeven in NYC

NYC: Complete Paul Verhoeven retrospective at Film Society of Lincoln Center (November 9-23)

Paul Verhoeven in attendance Nov 15-16
Oct 24
// Hubert Vigilla
Even though I wasn't a fan of Paul Verhoeven's latest film, Elle, I'm glad that the Dutch provocateur has returned to filmmaking. Showgirls may have thrown his career off for a while, but Verhoeven has longevity thanks to mov...

5 Other Cinematic Robots That Should Be In WWE 2K16

Jul 29 // Hubert Vigilla
RoboCop [embed]219700:42512:0[/embed] RoboCop vs. The Terminator. That's the WrestleMania main event that everyone's been waiting to see. Plus, RoboCop has some experience with wrestling. In the video clip above, watch as RoboCop makes World Championship Wrestling history and kills kayfabe more than any of Kevin Sullivan's hokey booking ideas. Signature Spot: I'll Buy That for a Dollar (Lariat Clothesline) Finishing Move: Murphy's Law (Top Rope Frog Splash that causes the ring to collapse)   Johnny Five (Short Circuit) After speed-reading Mick Foley's Have a Nice Day, Daniel Bryan's Yes!, and Bret Hart's Hitman, Johnny Five is convinced he has what it takes to win the WWE Heavyweight Championship. On his road to WrestleMania, he's managed by Fred Ritter from Short Circuit 2, who's trying to make a quick buck with merchandise--you know the name, now own the texting gloves. Signature Spot: Input/Output (Running Splash into the corner followed by a Running Bulldog) Finishing Move: Disassemble = Dead (shoots opponent with laser)   IG-88 (The Empire Strikes Back) IG-88 was really hoping to collect the bounty on Han Solo to pay off his student loan. ("Stupid Boba Fett!" "Friggin' Columbia MFA!"). Instead, he's decided his best route to a debt-free life is main eventing WrestleMania and winning the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Signature Spot: The Droid Revolution (Pele Kick) Finishing Move: IG 3:16 + Resistance Is Futile (Alabama Slam chained into a Sharpshooter)   Paulie's Robot Girlfriend (Rocky IV) After years in storage, Paule's Robot Girlfriend is back and better than ever, and she's looking to become the new WWE Divas Champion. Her entire life has been a training montage, and she's ready for the main event. Also, Paulie is her manager. Signature Spot: Fisto (basically a Superman Punch) Finishing Move: Happy Birthday, Paulie (Top Rope Moonsault while holding a birthday cake)   Mechagodzilla After Mechagodzilla destroyed all monsters, he has one more beast in his sights: Brock Lesnar. He's been miniaturized for the squared circle and intends to turn Suplex City into a smoldering mound of rubble. Signature Spot: Hyper Kiryu (Roundhouse Tail Strike followed by Enziguri when opponent is on the ring apron); German Suplex Finishing Move: The Shining Lizard (basically a Shining Wizard)   Bonus Tag Teams - Evil Bill & Ted and The Good Robot Us's (Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey) As Wyld Stallyns brings world peace through some most excellent music, their robot doubles decide to make their mark on history through most excellent in-ring action. Signature Spot: The Wyld Ryde (Double Powerbomb to the outside through a time-traveling phone booth and the circuits of time) Finishing Move: The Bogus Journey (Flapjack into Cutter tandem combination, basically the Dudley Boyz's 3D)
Robots in WWE 2K16 photo
Arnold Could Use a Robot Friend (or Foe)
Yesterday we had a list of five other Arnold Schwarzenegger characters who should be in WWE 2K16. (I apologize for leaving out Kindergarten Cop's Detective John Kimble.) With all that Arnie in one place, the game would basica...

Movie Monday for February 17, 2014

Feb 17 // Michael Jordan
Stories Expendabelles gets a plot description and director First Look at Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Legends What is the worst date movie? 10 Movie Valentines for 2014 Here are some Age of Ultron Vision costume details Transporter series getting rebooted with a new trilogy   Reviews Review: A Field in England Review: Robocop   Trailers First trailer for Drive Hard confirms driving... hard Check out this trailer for Oscar nominated short Feral First trailer for The Purge: Anarchy shows potential New trailer for 'Under the Skin' is still hot and strange New trailer for Brick Mansions featuring Paul Walker New trailer: Transcendence First full trailer for Planes: Fire and Rescue Trailer: Zombeavers
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A bit late, but you were hung over anyway
Welcome to an extremely late version of Movie Monday, but it was Presidents day so I knew you would have a super hangover. Be sure to check the links below.

Review: Robocop

Feb 12 // Matthew Razak
[embed]217289:41236:0[/embed] RoboCopDirector: José PadilhaRated: PG-13Release Date: February 12, 2014  Let's be clear about this. RoboCop is not as good as Dredd and it definitely has its flaws. However, it is good enough to be enjoyable and it hints at even greater things that a sequel could deliver. Butts needs to get into seats for this film because it will show that creative action, with a bit of social commentary and actual thought can play with modern audiences. While it may not be the satirical send up that the original was the new RoboCop plays its own game and it plays it well.  The story hasn't varied much. A good cop, Alex Murphy (Joel Kinniman), gets nearly killed sometime in the near future when robotics have advanced a bit. Attempting to infiltrate the American market with its police officer robots, Omnicorp, led by chairman Raymond Sellars (Michael Keaton), decides to turn Murphy into a cyborg robot cop in order to have a marketable product for the American people. They get robotic engineer Dr. Dennett Norton (Gary Oldman) to piece him together and we find out what happens when man meets machine meets giant corporation hell bent on profit. Obviously the basic plot hasn't changed much, but the times have, and this new RoboCop knows that. It also wisely knows that it could never top the classic so it doesn't try. It veers its satirical side towards modern day issues including drones and, through wonderful Samuel L. Jackson interludes, the world of 24/7 news media, especially Fox News. While the satire is never quite as over-the-top as the original (really, what could be?) it plays itself well, weaving the premise of RoboCop into modern day concerns. While that's all well and good this new Robocop isn't actually looking to be a satire. A far heavier focus is put on the character of Alex Murphy/RoboCop, and this drives the true thrust of the film. Instead of having Murphy's humanization take a back seat to blood and satire it steers the film. You get a better feel for RoboCop, especially since his family is more involved this time around. It makes for a kickass character that you want to see not just because he looks awesome, but because he is someone. Sometimes the film plays a little too heavy with the theme, bringing its action pace down a bit too much, but overall it was a wise decision that makes the new movie stand on its own. Then again, you're probably just going to the movie to see a badass cyborg shoot people. You'll get plenty of that, and don't worry about the rating. While there aren't blood packets exploding everywhere RoboCop is plenty violent, and since the violence is no longer being used for satire the audacity of it isn't as important. What is important is that José Padilha is a very good action director (check out Elite Squad if you get a chance), and pulls together some great set pieces. It's clear that this is his first big Hollywood outing as some of the sequences don't hold together as well as they should, but there's a cleverness and ingenuity to them that shows good things for the future. RoboCops biggest problem is probably the fact that it doesn't walk its serious/satirical line as well as it could. Sometimes the satire feels a bit abrupt up against the more in depth look at RoboCop's human side. There's a missing balance that just demands to be worked out in a sequel. For fans of the character you won't be disappointed (plenty of nods to the original crop up too), but for new comers it might be a bit jarring. Despite these tonal issues, RoboCop is a blast to see and a fantastic return to a new form for a character that always deserved more love.
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Worth way more than a dollar
I have a great fear, dear reader. A great fear that the new RoboCop film will become the next Dredd. I fear that it's a great action movie that's coming out in the doldrums of the movie season without a big enough market...

RoboCop Trailer 3 photo
RoboCop Trailer 3

International trailer for RoboCop answers a big question

At least it's not a suit.
Nov 21
// Nick Valdez
While the other two trailers for RoboCop didn't exactly light the world on fire with their generic overtones, this international trailer for the film at least answers a big question I've had with the upcoming reboot. Is Murp...

New RoboCop trailer expands on story

Nov 07
// Matthew Razak
The original trailer for the reboot of RoboCop left us scratching our heads a bit. It looked promising, but it also left us with a lot of questions. This newer one answers plenty of them, and actually succeeds at gettin...

Flixistentialism 27 - Dre Claus(e)

Been a long time ... shouldn't have left you
Sep 26
// Andres Bolivar
On this long awaited episode of Flixistentialism ... the guys catch up and try to do this whole "podcasting" thing another go, discuss all the movie related stuff missed during the hiatus, Liz explodes the universe (and boobies), Geoff defends his chair and we discover the Dre Claus(e). Also, Dre goes on a rant about how much he hates Gwenyth Paltrow (which is alot).

RoboCop to release on IMAX screens

Sep 19
// Matthew Razak
IMAX is totally the new 3D. Instead of hearing about every film landing in 3D we're now seeing more and more action movies hop onto the branded IMAX experience. Next up is the new RoboCop, which has just been announced to be ...
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First RoboCop poster looks Dredd-ful

But shiny.
Sep 13
// Nick Valdez
Remember when the first trailer for the RoboCop remake came out and I thought it looked like Dredd? Well the first official poster for the film isn't really helping matters much. It's the "all black" look of the new RoboCop t...

Identity and Humanity: Robocop remake trailer analysis

Sep 06 // Maxwell Roahrig
Let's get this straight, RoboCop (1987) and RoboCop (2014) are two completely different movies. One is a surprisingly complex social satire of 80's corporate culture, an analysis of the Western genre, and a near-retelling of the Jesus' crucifixion. The other seems to be a character study in what it means to be a human, and battling human identity against technological "improvements." This remake isn't trying to be the original, which is a great first step. To me, the main problem with remakes is that the new always tries to emulate the old in an almost condescending way. Look at the shameless attempt to remake The Fog to see what I mean. With RoboCop, director José Padilha respects and nods to the source material, but is crafting his own interpretation of the character. It's the same thing that happens in so many superhero comics. You can't really compare Dick Grayson's Robin to Damian Wayne's interpretation of the sidekick. Let's talk for a moment about the action pieces shown in the trailer. This is going to be a modern action movie, through and through. MTV edits? You betcha. Gobs of CGI? Look at that drone flying through the air in the beginning of the trailer. A Robocop that can run? Huh. Yeah, I guess that's happening now. But these modernisms of action filmmaking further separate the source material from this new interpretation and help this remake craft an identity of its own. The most interesting aspect of this new movie, to me, are the personal ramifications of Murphy becoming Robocop. In the original, Morton and OCP completely stripped Murphy of his identity, and thus his humanity. See the scene where Morton tells the doctors to "Lose the arm." It took Murphy's strength to overcome corporate and electronic dominance over who he was to find his humanity. By the end of the film, Alex Murphy is Robocop in name only. This new Murphy, however, still has a lot of his body salvaged after his near-death incident (including his shooting hand). The powers that be at OmniCorp allowed him the illusion of free will, with Murphy still being controlled by his programming. And that, to me, is the ultimate betrayal. Murphy has the illusion of humanity and free will, and he's entirely conscious of it. That sounds like the ultimate Hell to me. The only thing that I'm not looking forward to with the remake is the inevitable internet backlash. And it's already started, too. Just a quick look down my Twitter timeline and I can find so many people ready to take a proverbial dump on this movie without giving it a chance. People just don't seem to understand that the source material is always there. Folks see a remake as a betrayal of the characters, themes, and ideas they're used to. Yet I know some of these people really enjoy superhero comics and the continual retelling/remaking of entire worlds, characters, and plots. If that sounds like hypocrisy, it's because it is. And to the people shouting nay at the notion of a PG-13 RoboCop? Robocop isn't just about the old ultra-violence. It's a staple of the original, sure, but that level of violence may not be acceptable in this new interpretation. Before you start wondering if I'm as naive as I seem, I'm well aware that the PG-13 rating is a studio dictation. But for the benefit of the doubt, let's hope the crew crafted a great movie within that limitation. RoboCop (1987) is my favorite movie, and I'm just glad to see something new that presents entirely new ideas of what Robocop can be. Bring it on, Mr. Padilha.
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Let's be glad it's not the same
The day has finally come: the first trailer for the Robocop remake has debuted. Predictably, I dropped the bean burrito that was in my grubby mitts and watched the trailer two or three times. As Flixist's Senior Rob...

Robocop photo
RoboCop gets a new coat of paint.
Ever since the first set photos of the new RoboCop's armor leaked onto the Internet, Flixist has been in a state of somewhat worry. Max thought the armor looked okay, but most of us were a little taken aback by the sleeker l...


RoboCop being shot for a PG-13 rating

Dead or alive... actually just alive. Dead is too bloody.
Jul 22
// Matthew Razak
Ever since the Robocop reboot script leaked things have been pretty dour for our half-human law enforcer. It's just hard to get people excited for sucking. However, word from SDCC was that it didn't look entirely terribl...
More like SEXY-cop photo
More like SEXY-cop

Crime is happening in new Robocop set photos

Now it only sort of looks like that suit from Crysis.
May 14
// Nick Valdez
I normally don't like talking about set photos since things normally look a lot better in post production, but for these Robocop reboot images I'll make an exception (it's probably because that Max guy isn't a thing anym...

Check out the 10ft Robocop statue going up in Detroit

May 14
// Liz Rugg
Just when you think the world couldn't get any more awesome, we finally have pictures of the glorious statue of Robocop that's going to be placed in the city of Detroit. Detroit is were the original movie takes place and thus...
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Funko Toys

Funko's Pop! Movies line features Robocop, Predator

Aww, I'd buy this cute Robocop for a dollar.
Apr 19
// Nick Valdez
If you're someone who occasionally buys toys to place near your work space like me, then you've probably heard of Funko's line of vinyl figures. They've done everything from Disney characters, Marvel and DC characters, TV sho...

Michael Keaton feels the Need for Speed

Feb 06
// Logan Otremba
So besides Michael Keaton being in the RoboCop reboot, Keaton has signed on to do DreamWork’s Need for Speed adaptation.  It will be an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game series of the same name. Also sta...

Robocop sizzle reel contains new details

Welcome to Spoilersville. Population: You
Nov 19
// Maxwell Roahrig
This past week has seen some exciting news for the highly anticipated (by me) remake of Robocop. Not only was a new version of the Robocop armor leaked, but a sizzle reel was somehow obtained and distributed on YouTube. Natur...

Robocop may have new armor

Maybe you'll all stop whining now
Nov 15
// Maxwell Roahrig
There exists a scene in a draft of the upcoming Robocop remake (449 days and counting!), where Omni Corp. is focus testing new designs for their Robocop. The criminals all laugh and carry on, saying "He looks like an 80's toy...

RoboCop remake release date pushed to 2014

Bad news?
Oct 16
// Thor Latham
I'll admit I've been giving José Padilha's RoboCop remake a pretty hard time, especially in the costume department, but I never wished ill on the director or his film. In fact, from the get-go it seems like p...

New Robocop on-set photos show off armor, Michael Keaton

Oct 08
// Thor Latham
Yeah, so what if I picked the most boring pic for the header just because Michael Keaton is in it? What are you going to do about it? Nothing, that's what, because it's f**king Micheal Keaton.  I guess it sums up my atti...

New Robocop teaser banner released, fears not quelled

Sep 17
// Thor Latham
After our recent look at what appears to be the new Robocop design, I'm going to need more than just a silly little banner to be won over by Jose Padilha and his remake. I want to give the benefit of the doubt here, so I...

Production has finally started on 2013's Robocop reboot, and it was only a matter of time before set photos hit the web. And sure enough, we're blessed with pictures of Robocop's new armor. The verdict? Well, I'm kind of liki...


Michael Keaton replaces Hugh Laurie in Robocop

Aug 30
// Maxwell Roahrig
In what's hopefully the last piece of the casting puzzle for Robocop, Michael Keaton will be replacing Hugh Laurie as the CEO of OmniCorp, the villainous corporation that builds the titular robotic man-cop. No word on what le...

Robocop remake having pre-production/casting issues

Aug 28
// Maxwell Roahrig
To say that the Robocop remake/reboot has had a troubled time getting here would be an understatement. Plans have been in motion to remake the greatest film of all time for a while now, with Darren Aronofsky slated to direct ...

Robocop remake script leaks, sucks

Aug 13
// Maxwell Roahrig
Drew McWeeny over at HitFlix apparently got his hands on an early draft of the Robocop script. sucks. Judging from Drew's tweets about the matter, it looks like the draft is filled with nothing but winks and nudges t...

Michael K Williams in talks for Robocop remake

Aug 07
// Andres Bolivar
I spent way too much time deciding whether or not to start this post with an obligatory "Omar comin', yo". In the end I decided against it because I thought you, the faithful reader, would appreciate me not taking the easy ro...

While the viral marketing for 2013's Robocop remake has started up in full, the question on everyone's mind is "What will Robocop look like?" Well, we may have just received our first look. Thanks to our friends over at Geeks...


Rejoice! Robocop remake has a plot synopsis

Jul 13
// Maxwell Roahrig
It feels good to be a Robocop fan this week. Not only did the viral start up, giving us the first look at OmniCorp's line of military robots, but the lords at MGM have blessed us with a plot synopsis. And boy does it sound fa...

Robocop viral starts up; I freak out a little

Jul 09
// Maxwell Roahrig
See that up in the header? That's the new ED-209 from José Padilha's upcoming Robocop remake. I likey. We're given this image from the new OCP themselves: OmniCorp. You can see their full line of products, including th...

Hugh Laurie in talks for Robocop; I squee with delight

Jun 13
// Maxwell Roahrig
Joel Kinnaman. Gary Oldman. Samuel L. Jackson. And now, Hugh Laurie. That's right, Dr. House himself is in talks to play the evil-jerkface CEO of OmniCorp (I really hope that's just a typo) in Jose Padilha's upcoming remake o...

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