Screen Junkies » the a-team http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:59:28 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 7 Amazing Hollywood Cars We Would Trade Our Children For http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-amazing-hollywood-cars-we-would-trade-our-children-for/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-amazing-hollywood-cars-we-would-trade-our-children-for/#comments Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:03:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249267 Totally cherry rides. Totally.

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America’s pop-culture infatuation with movies is perhaps only rivaled by its obsession with cars as well. So it’s no surprise that movies account for the most iconic cars in the nation’s history, save for maybe Kennedy’s Lincoln and O.J.’s white Ford Bronco.

However, just because a car is iconic doesn’t mean that it’s desirable. Well, sometimes it does, but fame isn’t much of a virtue in and of itself. For that reason, you won’t see any Fast and the Furious cars on here. Because they’re not cool. They’re ridiculous. You WILL see the A-Team’s van on this list, which is a also a ridiculous car, but since it often contained Mr. T, the van is both ridiculous AND cool.

You see? You’ll see.

Cameron’s Dad’s Ferrari

In the discussion of the most iconic cars in Hollywood history. The 1962 Ferrari GT California is an amazing car, but the fact that it’s the “Ferris Bueller car” makes it even more attractive. Of course, the car gets destroyed at the end of the film, but breathe easy ¬– it was a replica. A real Ferrari GT (of which there are only 100 or so in the world) was used for the close-up shots, but three replicas were built for the driving and wreck scenes.

One of the replicas was featured in a Minneapolis Planet Hollywood, then made its way down south of the border to the one in Cancun. Not exactly a dignified end, even for a replica.

Stuntman Mike’s Deathproof Car

In the back half of the Grindhouse double feature, Deathproof, Kurt Russell stars as Stuntman Mike, a charming driver who ends up murdering girls by picking them up in his 1971 Chevy Nova. But aside from bearing a passing similarity to a production version of the car, Mike’s car couldn’t be much more different. Encased in safety devices and a roll cage, the car is meant to keep Mike safe while he kills just about everyone else. Of course, it turns out that the car isn’t completely Deathproof, but it’s reliable enough that I would put it head-to-head with a Volvo to ensure peace of mind for soccer moms.

Eleanor

It’s a little disheartening to include a car that was so clearly featured in Gone in 60 Seconds to occupy spots on lists like this one. However, this list isn’t to take into account the producers’ intentions, and the 1967 Shelby GT500 is bad ass enough that it makes the cut, intentions aside.

The car has gotten so popular that the estate of film creator Toby Halicki has had to put the kibosh on several shops around the world that were producing and selling “Eleanor” replicas without any licensing arrangements.

Can you blame them? That’s a pretty sweet ride.

The Off-Roading Shelby GT

Taking things in the other direction with a more subdued presentation of the GT500 The Thomas Crown Affair remake just offhandedly shows us just exactly how TC rolls with his Mustang sporting several off-roading modifications when he takes a jaunt to Martinique. It’s got off-roading tires, fender flares, a lighted roll bar, and doors that are welded shut. It’s an inspired car that takes some serious aftermarket work that makes the ride look classy as hell. Just like the businessman himself.

No wonder Rene Russo gave it up so easily.

Crockett’s Testarossa

It’s a dated dinosaur these days, but the connotations of what this Miami Vice ride meant in the 1980’s lends the ride enough credibility to make it still the object of envy. There’s perhaps no car that emits “flash” as much as this 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, which Ferrari graciously loaned to the show after they thought that the original car, a 1972 Ferrari Daytona (which was actually a replica). The replacement Testarossa still embodies a lot of what the 1980’s and Miami stand for. Namely, crass consumerism and a lot of decisions fueled by cocaine.

The A-Team’s Van

The fact that the producers of The A-Team were able to make a van look cool enough to get on this list is a testament to just how great this “car” was. It’s a modified GMC Vandura (!) It’s “tricked out” in almost hilarious fashion with red hubcaps, a red racing stripe, and a rear spoiler, because aerodynamics on a cargo van make all the difference.

One of the six original vans is on display in Keswick, England, which is so un-American that I want to have a second war for independence right now.

K.I.T.T.

Yup. We’ve entered the “cheesy 1980’s cars” section of the list, in case there was any doubt. K.I.T.T. stands for “Knight Industries Two Thousand” and was a modified 1982 Pontiac Trans Am, a car that looks really great when matched with a black leather jacket. For those who are younger than 25 or so, the car was featured on the ridiculous David Hasselhoff series Knight Rider.

More importantly than the design, was the personality of the car itself, which was voiced by William Daniels, who is perhaps best known as Boy Meets World’s Mr. Feeny. Sometimes driving (and living) can get lonely, and it’s nice to know that when things start piling up against you that there’s a chatty 1982 Pontiac Trans-Am to listen to your problems.

That’s what I dream about.

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Review: ‘The A-Team’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-a-team/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-a-team/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 The A-Team PG-13, 99m., 2010 Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Bloom, and Patrick Wilson Directed by Joe Carnahan Screenplay Joe Carnahan, Brian...

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The A-Team
PG-13, 99m., 2010
Cast: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Jessica Biel, Brian Bloom, and Patrick Wilson
Directed by Joe Carnahan
Screenplay Joe Carnahan, Brian Bloom, and Skip Woods based upon the 1980s TV show
 
The A-Team is a big, wild, and un-P.C. knuckle punch of a summer ride.
 
Based upon the campy 80s action TV series of the same name, a team of hot-doggin’-bruised forearm military men led by Hannibal Smith (Liam Neeson, at his stoic cigar chompin’ best). The men at his side are Templeton “Face” Peck (Bradley Cooper doing his smarmy and swaggered best), a sly Guido type, who is quick with his hands and mind, H.M.“Howlin’ Mad” Murdoch (Sharlto Copley of District 9 in a go for broke, zany performance), a brilliant but mad-capped pilot, and B.A. Baracus (UFC Fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson), a tightly wound pit bull with his signature “Pity” and “Fool” tattooed on his mammoth knuckles.
 
As the motley crew spans the globe, made apparent by title cards like “Somewhere in Mexico” to "Iraq War" to "West Banks of Germany," each man has his specialty and intro screen smashing sequence.
 
The assignment in the film is to retrieve special money engraving plates, which will lead the team to being double-crossed by a rouge black ops agent named Pike (Brian Bloom, also co-writer of the movie) and the CIA, lead by the fit and spray-tanned group of Patrick Wilson and Jessica Biel.
 
On a whole, the plot is just a macguffin for director Joe Carnahan and writer Bloom to relish in the dirt, blood, and sweat of these red-meat eating characters and the ongoing plot and battle sequences feel like an expensive afterthought.
 
One of the great surprises here is actor/co-writer Brian Bloom’s performance as Pike, at unknown screen actor who usually specializes in video game voiceovers. Here he shows real menacing talent with his steely blue eyes and deep-graded voice. A darkly comical scene involving him and a car full of dim witted CIA agents about the nature of killing a man with a silencer shows how he and director Carnahan like to focus on the little details of  action with character.
 
While there are plenty of big absurd action moments from exploding planes, cargo docks going up in flames, and a falling tank that defies the law of physics, the movie is also chock full of small surprises from a fireworks fight involving real fireworks to Murdoch’s cooking recipes involving gun powder and anti-freeze. At times it does get out of hand with a “How’s My Driving?” bummer stick on the free falling tank, yet what lies in the success of big obnoxious summer movies are those little attention to details.
 
With The A-Team, the mid-point in the summer of mercenary action team movies is here, from last month’s little seen The Losers to August’s grand opus The Expendables. It may not be an A kind of movie but with a B, The A-Team gets the job done, while well-peppered in gunpowder and sweat.
 
Grade: B

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The Lowercase a-Team http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lowercase-a-team/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lowercase-a-team/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Joe Carnahan's The A-Team comes out this Friday. We'll be posting our review later in the week, but there's one thing I can tell you right now about the film: there are absolutely no midgets in it. Not even one. Luckily, Break remade the famous intro and cast little people as Hannibal, Face, Murdock, and B.A. It's big on action, short on stature. Check out The Lowercase a-Team after the jump.

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Joe Carnahan’s The A-Team comes out this Friday. We’ll be posting our review later in the week, but there’s one thing I can tell you right now about the film: there are absolutely no midgets in it. Not even one. Luckily Break remade the famous intro and cast little people as Hannibal, Face, Murdock, and B.A. It’s big on action, short on stature.

Check out The Lowercase a-Team after the jump.

 


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We Heard Your Wish Last Night for a Midget Mr. T http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/we-heard-your-wish-last-night-for-a-midget-mr-t/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/we-heard-your-wish-last-night-for-a-midget-mr-t/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Or Little Person Mr. T, if you wanna get all P.C. about it.

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Or Little Person Mr. T, if you wanna get all P.C. about it.

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New ‘The A-Team’ Trailer Spits in Gravity’s Face http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-the-a-team-trailer-spits-in-gravitys-face/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-the-a-team-trailer-spits-in-gravitys-face/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 "Just sliding down a building with my feet. No big deal." Warning: If you thought the last trailer for The A-Team was ridiculous you better redefine your idea of the word. Otherwise this new trailer will boggle your sense of reason so completely that you may need to self inflict pain in order to keep a firm grasp on reality. Most of this is Rampage Jackson's doing. Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and the aforementioned gravity-defying Jackson all look like badasses in the action-packed trailer, but I think it's Patrick Wilson who really deserves a shoutout. Not only is he playing the villain, which we don't see much from him, but there's no indication that he's in danger of losing his testicles in this movie. After Hard Candy and Barry Munday, Wilson must have wanted to branch out and take on one of those "non-castration" type of roles. Check out The A Team trailer after the jump, if you're capable of suspending your sense of disbelief.

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"Just sliding down a building with my feet. No big deal."

Warning: If you thought the last trailer for The A-Team was ridiculous you better redefine your idea of the word. Otherwise this new trailer will boggle your sense of reason so completely that you may need to self inflict pain in order to keep a firm grasp on reality. Most of this is Rampage Jackson‘s doing.

Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, and the aforementioned gravity-defying Jackson all look like badasses in the action-packed trailer, but I think it’s Patrick Wilson who really deserves a shoutout. Not only is he playing the villain, which we don’t see much from him, but there’s no indication that he’s in danger of losing his testicles in this movie. After Hard Candy and Barry Munday, Wilson must have wanted to branch out and take on one of those "non-castration" type of roles.

Check out The A Team trailer after the jump, if you’re capable of suspending your sense of disbelief.


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There’s Still a Chance That Mr. T Will Appear in ‘The A-Team’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theres-still-a-chance-that-mr-t-will-appear-in-the-a-team/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/theres-still-a-chance-that-mr-t-will-appear-in-the-a-team/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Somebody on the Nobel Committee please rush an award to this picture.While discussing the unnecessary DVD release of Smoking Aces 2, Joe Carnahan hinted to UGO that Mr. T may indeed appear in his upcoming The A-Team. This is, of course, contrary to earlier reports.UGO: Why isn’t Mr. T. doing a cameo? Joe Carnahan: I don’t know that he’s not, brutha, I don’t know that he’s not! That book is not yet closed.  Benedict and Schultz are in it, the thing with T is that he’s very vocal that he didn’t want to play anyone other than B.A..This leaves us wondering what roles the cast of the television series will play in the film. Will Mr. T play B.A. Baracus's hyperactive, feather-earring wearing father? Or perhaps they'll go the Star Trek route and he'll play the future version of B.A. that Face meets in an ice cave after nearly being eaten by a bizarre, vagina-faced ice monster. Either one makes sense. (UGO)

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Somebody on the Nobel Committee please rush an award to this picture.

While discussing the unnecessary DVD release of Smoking Aces 2, Joe Carnahan hinted to UGO that Mr. T may indeed appear in his upcoming The A-Team. This is, of course, contrary to earlier reports.

UGO: Why isn’t Mr. T. doing a cameo?

Joe Carnahan: I don’t know that he’s not, brutha, I don’t know that he’s not! That book is not yet closed.  Benedict and Schultz are in it, the thing with T is that he’s very vocal that he didn’t want to play anyone other than B.A..

This leaves us wondering what roles the cast of the television series will play in the film. Will Mr. T play B.A. Baracus’s hyperactive, feather-earring wearing father? Or perhaps they’ll go the Star Trek route and he’ll play the future version of B.A. that Face meets in an ice cave after nearly being eaten by a bizarre, vagina-faced ice monster. Either one makes sense. (UGO)

 

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New ‘A-Team’ Photos Show Off Special F/X Innovations of 1989 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-a-team-photos-show-off-special-f/x-innovations-of-1989/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-a-team-photos-show-off-special-f/x-innovations-of-1989/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 There's a batch of new photos for The A-Team online. Here's a list of things peculiar/wrong with the picture above:1.) Rampage's eyeline.2.) Green-screen FAIL.3.) Videogame tanks.4.) This was filmed on the set of MacGruber.5.) Rampage's eyeline.This does not bode well for Rampage's acting skills. He can't even look at the same sh*t everyone else is looking at. The craft services guy must be carrying around a tray of mini quiches. (via Coming Soon)CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE PICS AFTER THE JUMP.

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There’s a batch of new photos for The A-Team online. Here’s a list of things peculiar/wrong with the picture above:

1.) Rampage’s eyeline.

2.) Green-screen FAIL.

3.) Videogame tanks.

4.) This was filmed on the set of MacGruber.

5.) Rampage’s eyeline.

This does not bode well for Rampage’s acting skills. He can’t even look at the same sh*t everyone else is looking at. The craft services guy must be carrying around a tray of mini quiches.

(via Coming Soon)

CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE PICS AFTER THE JUMP.

 

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‘A-Team’ Trailer Needs No Pity, Fool http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-team-trailer-needs-no-pity-fool/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/a-team-trailer-needs-no-pity-fool/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A low-res trailer for Smokin' Joe Carnahan's The A-Team has leaked online. All in all, it looks pretty fun and over the top. The action has been drastically updated since the 1980's series. For instance, a tank fights a jet... thousands of feet above the ground. Take that Live Free or Die Hard! It actually reminds me somewhat of the Charlie's Angels movies except it won't make you want to choke out Cameron Diaz. Which is no small feat. Everyone in the cast looks good too, including Rampage Jackson. Check it out after the jump before it gets yanked.

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A low-res trailer for Smokin’ Joe Carnahan‘s The A-Team has leaked online. All in all, it looks pretty fun and over the top. The action has been drastically updated since the 1980′s series. For instance, a tank fights a jet… thousands of feet above the ground. Take that Live Free or Die Hard!

It actually reminds me somewhat of the Charlie’s Angels movies except it won’t make you want to choke out Cameron Diaz. Which is no small feat.

Everyone in the cast looks good too, including Rampage Jackson. Check it out after the jump before it gets yanked.

 

A-Team Trailer – TheFilmStage.com from Clive Owen on Vimeo.

(via /Film

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No ‘The A-Team’ Cameo for Mr. T’s Mohawk http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-the-a-team-cameo-for-mr-ts-mohawk/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/no-the-a-team-cameo-for-mr-ts-mohawk/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I pity the fool who doesn't offer compensation in the form of Snickers! I realize this is going to shatter your world, but it doesn't look like Mr. T is going to make a cameo appearance in The A-Team picture film. Dwight Schultz, the original "Howling Mad" Murdoch, and Dirk Benedict, the original "Faceman" Peck, are still rumored to possibly grace the screen, but Mr. T has given director Joe Carnahan a mild middle finger.Apparently it's not about the money (or Snickers) either. He simply just doesn't see the point in making such a small appearance (as he won't be on set long enough to stockpile Snickers). Mr. T is content with his life right now and enjoying giving back to the community. Pardon me while a make the universal sign for "jerk me off" with my free hand. I guess he can't take a day off from barking nonsensical orders at the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity to pal around on The A-Team set. Don't worry though, the most you'll miss from his absence is a slight, amused smile and you thinking to yourself, "Hey, that's Mr. T on screen in The A-Team Movie. How amusing." (via LatinoReview)

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I pity the fool who doesn’t offer compensation in the form of Snickers!

I realize this is going to shatter your world, but it doesn’t look like Mr. T is going to make a cameo appearance in The A-Team picture film. Dwight Schultz, the original "Howling Mad" Murdoch, and Dirk Benedict, the original "Faceman" Peck, are still rumored to possibly grace the screen, but Mr. T has given director Joe Carnahan a mild middle finger.

Apparently it’s not about the money (or Snickers) either. He simply just doesn’t see the point in making such a small appearance (as he won’t be on set long enough to stockpile Snickers). Mr. T is content with his life right now and enjoying giving back to the community. Pardon me while a make the universal sign for "jerk me off" with my free hand. I guess he can’t take a day off from barking nonsensical orders at the volunteers of Habitat for Humanity to pal around on The A-Team set. Don’t worry though, the most you’ll miss from his absence is a slight, amused smile and you thinking to yourself, "Hey, that’s Mr. T on screen in The A-Team Movie. How amusing." (via LatinoReview)

 

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