Screen Junkies » Red http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Red 2′ Is Apparently Going To Exist, Has A Director http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/red-2-is-apparently-going-to-exist-has-a-director/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/red-2-is-apparently-going-to-exist-has-a-director/#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:59:00 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245627 'Red 2: Even Redderer'

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Remember the 2010 movie Red? It had Bruce Willis and some of America’s hottest young names like Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, and John Malkovich getting into all kinds of action-comedy antics with an espionage theme. Richard Dreyfuss was in there too, as a Dick Cheney-like bad guy. You remember, right? Anyway, it was a surprise hit, and so they’re doing a sequel, named Red 2, presumably to avoid confusion with Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy.

As seeming proof of this project’s inevitability, Dean Parisot has been attached as director. He’s best known for the cult comedy Galaxy Quest, but he’s done a few other movies in addition to some stellar recent work in TV. His flair for action-comedy would seemingly make him a good fit for Red 2, which is as action-comedyish as you’re likely to get without Chris Tucker shouting at you. There’s no word yet on who of the cast of Red will be back for the sequel, but hopefully they’ll all be able to make it if they don’t die of old age first, yuk yuk yuk. (The Playlist)

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Dust Off The Old People And Guns! ‘Red’ Sequel Being Penned http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dust-off-the-old-people-and-guns-red-sequel-being-penned/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dust-off-the-old-people-and-guns-red-sequel-being-penned/#comments Tue, 18 Jan 2011 00:05:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=17433 Summit Entertainment has tasked non-old-people brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber to draft a sequel to 'Red.'

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Summit Entertainment has taske brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber to draft a sequel to the “Hey look!  These people are too old to be doing this!”-hit Red. They are probably a good choice, too, seeing as how they wrote the original. Of course, in an ensemble cast like this, producing a script is the easy part, whereas getting all the big names to return may prove more of a challenge. Or not. Maybe the whole cast was pulling an Ocean’s Eleven and goofing off and getting high in Europe the whole time and can’t wait to do it again.

The Hoebers most recently have put together a script for Battleship, which sounds like a Herculean task, so let’s not underestimate their ability to craft a story out of a razor-thin premise. Adding to their cache is the fact that Red got a nod from the Golden Globes for Best Comedy or Musical, which may not mean much to laymen, but those Hollywood types LOVE their awards.

The film hasn’t been greenlit, but it’s probable that with the same writing team, Summit will find a way to make this work. Even if it’s just old-people jokes for 105 minutes. Betty White made old people so hot again. (Collider)

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Review: ‘Red’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-red/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-red/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I loves me some badass, bald Bruce. He’s my hero and Red had all the makings of the kind of crazy action movie I like. In some ways it kind of delivered but I’m still disappointed by it. The comedy works and making that the context for the action totally works, but it’s more "Moonlighting" than Die Hard. Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) goes about his daily routines, flirting with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) by phone as she handles his pension check. When ski masked guys come to his house, he takes them all out, goes after Sarah and gets the old gang back together. He was a CIA operative with Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). Now agent Cooper (Karl Urban) is on their tail. More after the jump...

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I loves me some badass, bald Bruce. He’s my hero and Red had all the makings of the kind of crazy action movie I like. In some ways it kind of delivered but I’m still disappointed by it. The comedy works and making that the context for the action totally works, but it’s more "Moonlighting" than Die Hard.

Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) goes about his daily routines, flirting with Sarah (Mary-Louise Parker) by phone as she handles his pension check. When ski masked guys come to his house, he takes them all out, goes after Sarah and gets the old gang back together. He was a CIA operative with Joe Matheson (Morgan Freeman), Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) and Victoria (Helen Mirren). Now agent Cooper (Karl Urban) is on their tail.

More after the jump…

All the shenanigans are played as comedy, in fact as romantic comedy between Frank and Sarah. That’s fine. I always say action is an inherently comedic genre anyway. The stunts and payoffs are punch lines. It still has to cohere like an action movie though. Red feels like just a collection of stunts with no flow.

Action sequences are just poorly shot. It feels like they took a few comic panels from the book, but you don’t see the effects of a given action. It’s hard to see how Frank takes out the intruders, but he looks cool doing it. Those trailer moments like getting out of the spinning car or shooting rockets at bad guys are cool, but they only play as stunts that somebody filmed, not actions the characters performed in the scene. You barely see Mirren with the machinegun at all.

Romantic comedies could take a cue from Red though. How many stupid movies have we seen where a woman hates the difficult guy until she learns he’s really not all bad? Well, Sarah has every right to feel that way, dragged on the run by a sketchy guy she’s only spoken to by phone, so she doesn’t even know that he’s the good guy. It works largely because Parker is so adorable.

The team is great together and they’ve got an all star cast of supporting actors to play opposite too. Every scene feels like a bunch of old pros reminiscing, whether they’re colleagues or villains. There’s some nifty caper as they orchestrate their mission, everyone gets some badass moments and they have outrageous sets for the characters to play in.

That’s a lot to be happy about in Red but it failed me on the most important aspect. I could just accept that it’s an all star comedy with great characters, but that would be wrong. The action scenes left me cold and that’s no good in an action movie.
 

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Interview: ‘Red’ Actor John Malkovich http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-red-actor-john-malkovich/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-red-actor-john-malkovich/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Somehow in 10 years of journalism, I’d always just missed John Malkovich until now. I’d grown up watching In the Line of Fire and Con Air, but since going pro,...

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Somehow in 10 years of journalism, I’d always just missed John Malkovich until now. I’d grown up watching In the Line of Fire and Con Air, but since going pro, never got to talk to him about Being John Malkovich, Color Me Kubrick or Burn After Reading. For my first ever interview with the screen legend, I would receive a phone call with that familiar, mellow/menacing cadence on the other line.

In Red, Malkovich joins a team of A-listers in an action comedy. He plays Marvin, a retired CIA agent who’s still paranoid from being force-fed LSD over the years. He lives in a bunker and springs booby traps in the forest when Bruce Willis and Mary-Louise Parker come to visit him.

The phenomenon of John Malkovich is bigger than any single movie or entire filmography though. You say Malkovich and everyone know what you mean. Everyone, maybe, except for Malkovich. He was probably just being coy, or perhaps making me work for it, but that’s exactly what I’d expect from Malkovich anyway.

SJ: Why do you think people love to see you as crazy, eccentric characters?

JM: I don’t know. You’d have to ask people.

SJ: Did it begin with In the Line of Fire?

JM: Maybe. Could’ve, yeah.

SJ: It seems to make people happy when you come on screen with wild hair and stubble and costumes.

JM: They like it even more if I have a hatchet in my underwear. I think it’s because if they see me with a hatchet or a gun, they think there’s a pretty good chance I’ll use it. Maybe it’s that, I don’t know.
 
SJ: When you started doing In the Line of Fire and Con Air, was the action genre ever a tough sell for you?

JM: No. I never so much mind about the genre. What I mind is that it’s good and it’s sharp. Or that it’s unique in its genre or it says something and is well executed in its genre. I always like action just as much as the next person.

SJ: Why do you think we’re seeing movies about older characters kicking ass, like The Expendables, Red, Gran Torino? Why is now the time people are embracing this topic?

JM: That’s a very good question. I don’t know. To answer that honestly I’d have to have seen them all and I haven’t. I haven’t even seen Red but maybe a lot of the moviegoers now have grandparents that they don’t necessarily want to think of as expendable. Could be something as simple as that or it could be that, I haven’t seen those films, so it could be that they’re good stories well told. It’s funny, I think for movie actors, if it’s a movie actor you like, like say I always loved Clint Eastwood, I don’t like him any less than I did when he was 30 or 40. If it’s an actor you like, you enjoy that familiarity with them and their work and with the characters they’ve played. Of course if it’s an actor you don’t like, it makes you hate them even more but that’s a good question. I’d have to reflect on it. Sorry I don’t have a sound bite answer to it.

SJ: I think you’re one of those actors that people consistently like. Has the persona of John Malkovic taken on a life of its own?

JM: I don’t know. I think the world’s changed so much since I started that probably like most people that are known, a certain body of people have a perception of you. In my experience, what I’ve been led to believe about people is rarely what I find about them in my experience. But if you’re someone who has been in the public eye for a certain degree of time or only in the public eye very recently and for a very brief time, perceptions have formed about you immediately. It’s very difficult to change that perception even if you cared to and I don’t care to. But the second you’re out there, there are going to be perceptions about you.

SJ: Does having a movie about Being John Malkovich affect that?

JM: I would imagine but there are people who know you from this film, think you’re that way and people who know you from that film think you’re that way. I’m not really like any of them. But it’s okay because maybe I do the same.

SJ: How was your experience on Transformers 3?

JM: It was great. I loved it. Same producers [as Red]. I got along very well with Michael Bay and enjoyed working with him. Most all of my stuff was with Shia and John Turturro. John I’ve known since the old days of theater and I’ve always found him to be a terrific actor who I’ve worked with once before. Shia is someone I’ve always thought was a really, really fine young actor with a lot of energy and presence. He’s quick and intelligent and very well prepared and very quick to respond to anything.

SJ: Do you have a big part? How long did you work?

JM: Just five days. Five long days. Five or six days. So it’s a part.

SJ: I’ve been on Bay’s sets so I know what you’re talking about, how he packs it all into a day.

JM: Yeah, they were busy days but actually really fun.

SJ: What was your favorit weapon in Red?

JM: It’s called a Swedish K. But those little 9mm machine pistols are not without their particular charm. Swedish K is a very, very elegant sort of response, a kind of perfect form function gun that was made in Sweden which our CIA used a lot in Southeast Asia during the war in Vietnam and Cambodia. They had a nasty habit of turning up in places where we weren’t supposed to be so the Swedish stopped selling them to the American military. Then I think it was Smith and Wesson made a kind of their version of it, but I think no one judged it to be as successful as the real thing.

SJ: Would you be up for more missions with the Red team?

JM: Yeah, sure, I’d be delighted to. It was really, really fun. Assuming we all concurred on a script and all that stuff, and I would imagine most of the people in this would be very game for that because it was great fun to do. 
 

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Interview: ‘Red’ Star Mary-Louise Parker http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-red-star-mary-louise-parker/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/interview-red-star-mary-louise-parker/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Sometimes when someone is a really big star on a TV show, you have to wait for them to do a movie so you can talk to them. Nancy Botwin...

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Sometimes when someone is a really big star on a TV show, you have to wait for them to do a movie so you can talk to them. Nancy Botwin in Showtime’s “Weeds” is Mary-Louise Parker’s tour de force role. Her suburban pot dealing mom has become a gangster moll on the lam. This year alone has her taking out a Latino mom and kidnapping a baby.

In the movies, action is Bruce Willis’s job. Red casts him as Retired but Extremely Dangerous CIA agent Frank Moses. Off duty, Frank spends most of his time tearing up pension checks and calling Sarah (Parker) to ask for a new one. When someone calls a hit on Frank, he rushes to Sarah to protect her, and drags her along as people ram them with cars and shoot rockets at them. Sarah’s just trying to make sense of this phone flirtation invading her real life.

While she was in New York doing press with her costars, Parker called me on the phone. As I listened to the voice I recognize for it’s relaxed, whimsical cadence, I couldn’t help picturing all the sultry advertising for “Weeds,” from the spider web and the snake to the scantily clad Bogart-esque Casablanca photo. Google ‘em, but not until after you read this, otherwise you won’t be able to focus on Red.

Screen Junkies: Were you basically making a romantic comedy with Bruce Willis?

Mary-Louise Parker: I think I was. I saw it as a kind of screwball comedy, I guess is what they call it, like the Preston Sturges or Irene Dunne type of movies. I know Bruce saw it like that as well. It was just sort of about the banter between two people and one upping each other subtly, verbally. So it has that kind of anachronistic relationship. It’s not incredibly modern or gritty or dirty. It’s just positive and funny and light.

SJ: Does that fit your sense of humor?

MLP: No. I enjoy it though, I really do. Just like I like those kind of movies. But no, I’d say everything about me is considerably darker than that character but that’s why it was fun to play someone like that. She has a real optimism, sweetness. I liked playing that. I liked finding it.

SJ: Was your goal to just be totally and completely adorable?

MLP: Thank you. I’m just always trying to make it human and trying to interpret it in some way. Usually I’m trying to turn something around or turn it inside out and see what’s underneath. I know that probably sounds incredibly vague but I never set out to be likeable or funny or anything like that. I’m just trying to tell the story in the best way that I can and serve the writer because it’s really about the writer.

Q: Was that a choice not to be influenced by the comic?

MLP: No, I didn’t even know there was one until halfway through the movie. But I don’t know if I would have read it. I might have. Different projects or characters, I feel like I have to pull out a different box of tools to play them. I just want to see where it takes me and where the other actors are coming from and how I can make it work.

SJ: How did it feel to be carried over Bruce Willis’s shoulder in an action scene?

MLP: Well, it’s so funny because he feels so masculine and all that. Then he talks about his daughters and his whole face kind of changes. It just kind of rearranges and it’s so sweet. It’s something where you can really see the inside of someone and the side that you wouldn’t necessarily know because there’s such a transformation in him when he talks about his girls.

SJ: How about sitting in those spinning cars or being close to explosions?

MLP: Well, the explosions I’ve never really been around anything like that. That was pretty overwhelming and awesome. The spinning car thing, it’s like Disneyland or something. It’s very weird. It’s very weird that you’re getting paid to be in a car while it’s spinning. It feels very strange, something about that. But it was fun and I didn’t throw up so there’s that.

SJ: Does the remainder of this season on Weeds focus more on characters than the gangster plot?

MLP: I think so. There were a couple of episodes towards the middle that were just hard for me to get behind because they just felt so outlandish to me. Then there were some aspects of those episodes that ended up being really good and I was wrong. I like it when it really lives more in the land of the characters and how they deal with each other, and when I get to work with Justin [Kirk]. That’s when it’s really, really fun for me.

SJ: What does adding a baby to the mix do for you?

MLP: I like that aspect of it because I think she’s a somewhat absent parent and I think it makes it interesting and it makes it interesting for the other characters because they’re left to sort of pick up some of the parenting. So it’s good for the story. And personally I love it because I love babies and I love getting to hold them and work with them. I feel like this season there were moments when you can see that there is something inside of her that would’ve been a great mother.

SJ: Is the ultimate journey to make Nancy Botwin a full on gangster?

MLP: I don’t know. As long as she can do it in high heels, then maybe that’s all right. I think she always has to be somebody who seems like they might topple over at any moment or it’s just not going to be fun.
 

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Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren are Seeing ‘Red’ (Clip) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bruce-willis-and-helen-mirren-are-seeing-red-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bruce-willis-and-helen-mirren-are-seeing-red-clip/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 As any self-respecting stalker of Helen Mirren can tell you, Hollywood's sexiest old lady has teamed up with Bruce Willis for the upcoming action-thriller type movie, Red. But what they might not know unless they have a Google Alert set up for "hot geriatric ass" is that an excerpt from the film was just released. Luckily, I do, and I'm more than willing to keep you posted on such matters. In the clip, Mirren and Willis discuss life after retirement. Of course, the pair are retired spies, which makes it a much more interesting conversation than it would be if they had been insurance salesmen, postal employees, etc. Keep in mind I'm stealing this synopsis from Collider since I can't get the damn video to load on my connection. Up yours, Iola, Kansas public library. Watch Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren talk some sh*t out after the jump...

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As any self-respecting stalker of Helen Mirren can tell you, Hollywood’s sexiest old lady has teamed up with Bruce Willis for the upcoming action-thriller type movie, Red. But what they might not know unless they have a Google Alert set up for "hot geriatric ass" is that an excerpt from the film was just released. Luckily, I do, and I’m more than willing to keep you posted on such matters.

In the clip, Mirren and Willis discuss life after retirement. Of course, the pair are retired spies, which makes it a much more interesting conversation than it would be if they had been insurance salesmen, postal employees, etc.

Keep in mind I’m stealing this synopsis from Collider since I can’t get the damn video to load on my connection. Up yours, Iola, Kansas public library.

Watch Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren talk some sh*t out after the jump…

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Morgan Freeman Touches Richard Dreyfuss In Second ‘RED’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/morgan-freeman-touches-richard-dreyfuss-in-second-red-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/morgan-freeman-touches-richard-dreyfuss-in-second-red-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The Machete red band trailer is awesome, but not one that you can share with your grandmother. Unless your grandmother is awesome. Thankfully, we have the new trailer for RED to appease Nans. This second trailer gives us a much better idea of what's going on, and the film seems legitimately fun. C'mon. It's got Helen Mirren and bazookas. You'll never see that again until we successfully engineer that Stephen Frears-Michael Bay hybrid moster. And the funding drives for that have been an abject failure so far. Watch a batsh*t Malkovich after the jump...

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The Machete red band trailer is awesome, but not one that you can share with your grandmother. Unless your grandmother is awesome. Thankfully, we have the new trailer for RED to appease Nans.

This second trailer gives us a much better idea of what’s going on, and the film seems legitimately fun. C’mon. It’s got Helen Mirren and bazookas. You’ll never see that again until we successfully engineer that Stephen Frears-Michael Bay hybrid moster. And the funding drives for that have been an abject failure so far.

Watch a batsh*t Malkovich after the jump…

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Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren Take The Odd Contract In ‘Red’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bruce-willis-and-helen-mirren-take-the-odd-contract-in-red-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/bruce-willis-and-helen-mirren-take-the-odd-contract-in-red-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Robert Schwentke's film adaptation of the Warren Ellis graphic novel Red looks like The Losers recast for a CBS audience. It stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich (going full-Nugent), and Mary-Louise Parker as former CIA assassins forced into retirement. But old habits die hard and the boredom of retired life sets in, causing them to venture out on their own to murder-for-hire. And then when their old bosses try to have them killed, they reunite to take the fight to the CIA's front door. Why is the CIA always trying to kill its former employees? That hardly happens with any other profession. Better off safe than sorry though. That's why I've been systematically eliminating the customers from my boyhood paper route. That, and because of their ethnicities. HELEN MIRREN POPS A CAP AFTER THE JUMP...

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Robert Schwentke’s film adaptation of the Warren Ellis graphic novel Red looks like The Losers recast for a CBS audience. It stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich (going full-Nugent), and Mary-Louise Parker as former CIA assassins forced into retirement. But old habits die hard and the boredom of retired life sets in, causing them to venture out on their own to murder-for-hire. And then when their old bosses try to have them killed, they reunite to take the fight to the CIA’s front door.

Why is the CIA always trying to kill its former employees? That hardly happens with any other profession. Better off safe than sorry though. That’s why I’ve been systematically eliminating the customers from my boyhood paper route. That, and because of their ethnicities.

HELEN MIRREN POPS A CAP AFTER THE JUMP…


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