Screen Junkies » Simon West http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:35:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 The Director Of ‘Con Air’ Wants To Discuss A ‘Con Air’ Sequel In Space http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-director-of-con-air-wants-to-discuss-a-con-air-sequel-in-space/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-director-of-con-air-wants-to-discuss-a-con-air-sequel-in-space/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:13:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263652 And we will let him...

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We should take director Simon West‘s offhand comment about a Con Air sequel in space with a grain of salt, but we should ALSO take it extremely seriously because we just want it so damn bad. West said that he’d be up for revisiting the story if “it was completely turned on its head. Con Air In Space, for example. A studio version where they’re all robots or the convicts are reanimated as super-convicts, or where the good guys are bad guys and the bad guys are good guys.”

Well, the first one was pretty ridiculous, so I don’t know if we need to consciously make it more ridiculous. I mean, just casting Nic Cage in ANYTHING these days is de facto over-the-top behavior.

However, let’s not rule out a return to a plane (or spaceship) full of fugitives. After all, as the A.V. Club points out, Simon West was the guy who directed the Rick Astley video for “Never Gonna Give You Up,” so his ridiculousness knows no bounds.

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The Old Gang’s Back Together In ‘The Expendables 2′ Teaser http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-old-gangs-back-together-in-the-expendables-2-teaser/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-old-gangs-back-together-in-the-expendables-2-teaser/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:00:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=239839 It's surprisingly bereft of action.

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It’s a good week for short glimpses of Bruce Willis. Just days after he shot up monitors in the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer, here he is again in a preview of The Expendables 2. Not much is given away in the sense of plot except for Willis approaching Sly Stallone‘s Barney to assign him a shady mission. Then we watch a Marine tattoo transform into another tattoo, before seeing quick shots of various action stars holding big guns. No crazy stunts or dangling from airplanes in this commercial. But, it does end on a cool shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger firing a shotty. It’s good to see him with a weapon in his hands again. While Governor he had to abstain, totally unlike the governors in Arnold Schwarzenegger movies.

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Nicolas Cage, Taylor Lautner, And Some Outdated Stars On ‘Expendables 2′ Wishlist http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-taylor-lautner-and-some-outdated-stars-on-expendables-2-wishlist/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nicolas-cage-taylor-lautner-and-some-outdated-stars-on-expendables-2-wishlist/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 18:17:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226045 Is it a compliment to make this list?

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Sylvester Stallone and director Simon West are putting together their casting wishlist for The Expendables 2, and you don’t need to be an over-the-hill action star to get in on the fun anymore. Though it helps.

In addition to the previously announced John Travolta, Chuck Norris, and Donnie Yen, Sly would also like to find a way to shoehorn Nicolas Cage, Taylor Lautner, Christian Slater, and Highlander himself, Christopher Lambert, into this thing. That list makes sense. Cage, Slater, and Lambert all seem like they would be game. The only X factor is Lautner. Can he hold his own starring opposite these legends or is he going to want autographs? We are talking about a Face/Off AND Broken Arrow reunion after all. (Moviehole)

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Action Director West To Direct Action In ‘Expendables 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/action-director-simon-west-to-direct-action-in-the-expendables-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/action-director-simon-west-to-direct-action-in-the-expendables-2/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:12:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216381 Joining Simon West, the whole cast is coming back. Though another Schwarzenegger cameo is a bit up in the air right now.

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The Expendables 2 has found a director as solemn and understated as the story itself in Simon West. The decision to go with the Con Air director is the result of an exhaustive search that for a while saw star Sylvester Stallone as the frontrunner until he recused himself.

Expendables 2 has been in motion for quite some time, with a polished draft produced by Ken Kaufman and David Agosto, so it’s no surprise that a helmer was quick to be named so that they can get to blowin’ shit up before some of the stars become too fragile.

All principals, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jason Statham, and of course, Sly, are expected to return. The director announcement provides certainty to the production timeline, but nothing can get started until Simon West wraps up Medallion, with noted crazy person Nicolas Cage. (Deadline)

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Regardless Of His Role, Danny Huston Will Get Yelled At By Nic Cage In ‘Medallion’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/regardless-of-his-role-danny-huston-will-get-yelled-at-by-nic-cage-in-medallion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/regardless-of-his-role-danny-huston-will-get-yelled-at-by-nic-cage-in-medallion/#comments Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:26:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201248 This is a preview of what Danny Huston will look like as the cab driver, if that's his role.

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In his quest to find his daughter, locked in the trunk of a taxi, Nicolas Cage will have yet another ally in Danny Huston. Or enemy. We don’t know because the studio hasn’t told us in what capacity Huston is joining the film, only that he’s joining. The only conclusions I’m willing to draw is that Huston will probably not play Cage’s daughter, nor will he play Cage’s ex-girlfriend, if only because that role has been filled by Malin Akerman. Going in blind, I would a guess that he’s going to be the cab driver or a bad guy. Just a guess.

Medallion has garnered buzz on two fronts: It reunites Nicolas Cage and director Simon West for the first time since the much-loved Con Air, and it was written by screenwriter David Guggenheim, whose anticipated Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, is currently filming.

While the plot of Medallion is more than little reminiscent of Taken, it goes without saying that even if you were to put Liam Neeson and Nicolas Cage in projects with the exact same script, you would end up with two very different movies. One good one, and one Nicolas Cage-one, which could still be good, just louder. (Playlist)

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Review: The Mechanic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-mechanic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-mechanic/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 16:45:29 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22397 The characters take it all seriously, but the story just goes wildly over the top for the sake of creating awesome set pieces.

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The Mechanic has the right tone for an action movie. The characters take it all seriously, but the story just goes wildly over the top for the sake of creating awesome set pieces. It’s not a joke, but it has a sense of humor about what we expect to see in genre movies.

The mechanic is Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham). He specializes in clean kills that look like accidents, everything from drowning to autoerotic asphyxiation. He checks in for assignments by responding to encrypted ads on Kansas Klassifieds (I guess Craig doesn’t get royalties for his list this time.) Only one day the target is his old pal Harry (Donald Sutherland). He even check with his boss Dean (Tony Goldwyn) who explains how corrupt Harry has gotten, and since it’s Tony Goldwyn, you kind of want Arthur to be a little more suspicious.

Anyway, Harry’s son Steven (Ben Foster) wants to learn Arthur’s skills so he can get revenge for his father (oh, if only he knew the whole ironic story.) It becomes a gay The Professional which is fantastic. You’ve all heard the rumors that The Transporter is gay. How progressive to do the mentor/protégé hitman story with men. Maybe in the sequel they’ll kiss. Yeah, Arthur has a lady he has sweaty sex with, but we’re taking baby steps for the equality movement. One of the targets is a gay pedophile, so Steven has to seduce him. That might be more homophobic than supportive but at least gay characters are kicking ass.

For an overdone generic setup like the professional killer, The Mechanic really shows some skills we haven’t seen before. A swimming pool hit? Awesome. Harry’s attempted escape in a wheelchair is really suspenseful. The strangulation is not original but it’s efficient and the payoff is that the most mundane cover story can be the best.

The action doesn’t really pick up until Steven starts messing up, because when Arthur’s on his game nothing ever goes wrong. But with Steven, fight break out and bullets get fired. This movie tears through every rod, pole, window or seat on a bus, every pipe or scaffolding in the walls, every appliance in a house. Arthur throws dudes off buildings (and you see the splat) or in front of cars. You know the cliché where someone breaks a bottle in a fight? Steven uses a whole six pack! They almost maim innocent victims but aren’t quite awesome enough to go that far. I guess I’ll have to wait for Crank III for that.

Haters may pick apart the logic of it all, but I think The Mechanic celebrates the lunacy of the action fantasy. When Dean threatens to put out so many expensive contracts on Arthur that his own reflection will want to shoot him in the face, I think Goldwyn knows he’s just trying to be the most evil suit out of the 1000s of evil suits in this kind of movie. That’s wonderful bravado. There are more “realistic” action movies (as if Jason Bourne isn’t fantasy but that’s the pretense anyway) and they’re great. This is one of the other kind and I’m so glad it exists.

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The World Depends On You For A ‘Con Air’ Sequel, Nic Cage http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-world-depends-on-you-for-a-con-air-sequel-nic-cage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-world-depends-on-you-for-a-con-air-sequel-nic-cage/#comments Tue, 25 Jan 2011 21:21:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22212 How can anyone dislike 'Con Air'? The explosions...huge. The concept... ridiculous. The hairpieces... outlandish. The dialogue... terrible. In other words, it was really, really awesome.

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I really didn’t want to like Con Air when it was released back in 1997 but how can anyone dislike Con Air? The explosions were huge, the concept was ridiculous, the hairpieces outlandish, and the dialogue was terrible. In other words, it was really, really awesome. Morbid curiosity alone would get me to the theater for a sequel.

And that’s exactly what Simon West wants. While making the rounds for his latest The Mechanic (which isn’t half-bad by the way), he let it slip that he’d like to helm a sequel.

Con Air 2 I’d like to do. It’d be great. It’s a matter of getting everybody together. There’s so many people involved and it’s about getting everybody to agree. But I’m going to bring it up to Nic. I’m going to put a bug in his ear about it. If the two of us want to do it, we’ll go after the others.”

I’m not sure who the others are considering all the bad guys either get shot, impaled, run over by a plane, have their arms chopped off, set on fire, blown up, electrocuted, or have their heads pounded to goo by a pile-driver. John Malkovich‘s character could have had a brother though. Whatever. Just get this thing made. (Crave Online)

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Nic Cage To Hunt Down Cab, Go Apesh*t On It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nic-cage-to-hunt-down-cab-go-apesht-on-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/nic-cage-to-hunt-down-cab-go-apesht-on-it/#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 01:14:44 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12464 Nicolas Cage, Mr. Loses His Sh*t himself, is about to bring more chaos to the crowded streets of Manhattan. The eccentric actor has joined the action thriller Medallion which is to be directed by Simon West.

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Nicolas Cage, Mr. Loses His Sh*t himself, is about to bring more chaos to the crowded streets of Manhattan. The eccentric actor has joined the action thriller Medallion which is to be directed by Simon West. The story “follows a father, a former master thief, who has only a few hours to find his daughter when she is kidnapped and locked in the trunk of a New York medallion taxi cab.” Close your windows, urban dwellers, and bridge and tunnel folks stay home. The sound of Cage’s distress is about to reverberate through a city that needs more crazy people yelling like it needs more hot garbage stench in the air. (THR)

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McG And Simon West Share A Cab For ‘Medallion’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mcg-and-simon-west-share-a-cab-for-medallion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mcg-and-simon-west-share-a-cab-for-medallion/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Though it pains me to have to use Taxi Dog to break this news, there was no other way. Resoundingly mediocre film directors McG and Simon West are teaming up for Medallion. It's rumored that Nicolas Cage or Clive Owen will star as a man who has a short amount of time to track down his kidnapped daughter, who happens to be locked in the trunk of an unidentified NYC taxi cab. Locked in a trunk? That sounds more like a job for Marvin Berry. I guess he's holding out for something that really cooks. McG will produce while Simon West enjoys a later call time than the rest of the crew. This unholy union can only mean one thing. The prophecy is correct. I will fall asleep on the couch while watching this on Netflix Instant. And so it shall be. (LA Times)

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Though it pains me to have to use Taxi Dog to break this news, there was no other way. Resoundingly mediocre film directors McG and Simon West are teaming up for Medallion. It’s rumored that Nicolas Cage or Clive Owen will star as a man who has a short amount of time to track down his kidnapped daughter, who happens to be locked in the trunk of an unidentified NYC taxi cab.

Locked in a trunk? That sounds more like a job for Marvin Berry. I guess he’s holding out for something that really cooks. McG will produce while Simon West enjoys a later call time than the rest of the crew. This unholy union can only mean one thing. The prophecy is correct. I will fall asleep on the couch while watching this on Netflix Instant. And so it shall be. (LA Times)

 

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