Screen Junkies » underworld 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 Reasons ‘Underworld’ Is Better Than ‘Twilight’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-reasons-underworld-is-better-than-twilight/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-reasons-underworld-is-better-than-twilight/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 16:47:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248532 Advantage: 'Underworld'

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Underworld: Awakening hit video stores yesterday, and in honor of the occassion, we felt that the saga deserves to be pitted head-to-head against that unholy OTHER vampire series to see how the two stack up against each other. As fans of this site could probably presume, it’s Underworld in a walk. Nice try, R-Pats.

Beckinsale Over Stewart In A Landslide

Kate Beckinsale, besides being sexier than Stewart by a country mile, also knows that “acting” isn’t synonymous with “twitching.”

I don’t really know how to better frame this argument. Oh, wait. A single visual comparison should do the trick.

I wanted to give Stewart a fighting chance, so I found a rare pic of her smiling. Still not even close.

It Started As A Revenge Story, Not A Love Story

At least, I think Twilight was a love story. Those kids didn’t really seem to love much of anything but themselves and their beautiful bodies. The Underworld saga began with Selene (Beckinsale) hunting down the Lycans that supposedly killed her family.

If you’re settling in for a supernatural thriller, would you rather the plot runs more to Kill Bill or Pretty Woman? If your answer is Pretty Woman, you might just want to keep it to yourself. Further, I like my heroes in black body suits and carrying spears, not with bedhead and deep-vee t-shirts.

Beckinsale Trashed Twilight, And That’s Pretty Cool

She said that her daughter Lily’s obsession with the Twilight books almost “ruined Christmas.” I know how you feel, Kate. Every Christmas I’ve had since Twilight was first published has been ruined by sexy vampires. It’s terrible.

Further fanning the flames of this pseudo-rivalry, Beckinsale once claimed that her character Selene would destroy Edward Cullen in a fight. I think even Robert Pattinson would have to agree with that.

Simply A Better Title

Underworld is soooo much better than Twilight. Underworld makes me think about seedy creatures that wouldn’t only try to kill me, but possibly steal my watch and pawn it for drugs. If I’m in Underworld, I’m in for an adventure, unpleasant as it may be.

Twilight conjures up images of old people eating dinner at 5:30 in the fall. Because Twilight makes me think of early evening (pretty much the most unremarkable part of the whole day) and people who are so old that they’re almost dead (again, not terribly exciting).

Then we’ve got the sequels. Both franchises keep their titles, but offer colons (hehe) and a subtitle. Underworld offers Rise of the Lycans, Evolution, and Awakenings.

Twilight gives us New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn. Lame. Sounds like a weather report.

Underworld, After Four Films, Remains Lautner-Free

Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure Taylor Lautner is a nice guy. Actually, no, I’m not sure about that. He could be a jerk. But I’ll assume he’s nice. I’m also comfortable assuming that his mother was a human and his father was a chipmunk.

And no amount of sit-ups can ever change that.

The Lautner situation is a indicative of a bigger rift between the two films. Twilight seems to feature shirtless boys, whereas Underworld has largely spotlighted sexy women, albeit not many topless ones. To each their own, but it’s my list, so I’m giving the go-ahead to the film that features the sexy women killing beasts, rather than the mopey teenage boys pouting.

A controversial stance, no doubt.

Underworld Hasn’t Spawned An Annoying Subculture

If you’re going to counter with “fanboys can be pretty annoying,” then allow me to counter your counter with “the fanboy culture was around long before Underworld dug its talons into it.

Whereas Twilight, with its accessible love stories, and broadly drawn characters, managed to captivate the masses with stories of lame high-school Vampire love. Vampires and werewolves aren’t cool because they fall in love. They’re cool because they get in fights and bite people in the neck and kill them.

Underworld will be viewed as more of a story than a phenomenon, which is what history tends to favor. No people camping out in lines (not many, anyway), and certainly none of this:

Seriously. Kate Beckinsale

If you’re complaining about her inclusion twice, just be grateful that I didn’t include her in all seven entries. Wait. Why would anyone be grateful I didn’t do that?

Weirdo.

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Top 9 Kick-Ass Women Onscreen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/top-kick-ass-women-onscreen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/top-kick-ass-women-onscreen/#comments Mon, 16 Jan 2012 19:41:59 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242617 Do NOT let any of these women win in air hockey.

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They’re often referred to as the fairer sex, but there’s nothing “fair” about the way these women could all kick my ass without even breathing hard (it would be easier than writing an introduction to an article like this without using cliches, I know that for sure). So if you’re in the mood for some kick-ass women, get ready to drag your eyeballs over some text and images about the best! In honor of the release of Underworld Awakening on January 20th, here are 9 kick-ass women onscreen.

Ellen Ripley

Sigourney Weaver’s protagonist across 4 movies in the Alien series is perhaps the definitive kick-ass onscreen woman. She’s an inspiration to all of us, seeing as she was the sole survivor after her ship was infiltrated by a killer alien. In fact, not only was she a survivor, but she actually blew the son of a bitch out of the airlock. AND she did it at least partially in her underwear, which is really just an added bonus. Don’t hurt me, please.

Sarah Connor

Even more so than Ripley, the heroine of the first two Terminator movies has quite an evolution from unassuming girl to horrifying warrior/possible crazy person. In The Terminator, Sarah is a suburban waitress who becomes the target of a cyborg from the future sent to murder her before she gives birth to the savior of humankind. In Terminator 2, she’s confined to a mental asylum and will crack your face open with a broken broom handle just as soon as not. And that’s before she gets out and starts using guns and explosives and stuff.

Xena, Warrior Princess

I don’t really remember much about Xena. She had throwing discs, and she hung out with Hercules, and she got into lots of fights, and she had a girlfriend? Sounds like a kick-ass woman to me. I bet she’d like me if she got to know me (although maybe she thinks the same thing about me, like I said it’s been a while since I watched the show).

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The 5 Best ‘Underworld’ Fight Scenes http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-5-best-underworld-fight-scenes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-5-best-underworld-fight-scenes/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:45:47 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239835 Werewolves and Vampires do not play well.

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The Underworld movies (or “the Underworld trilogy of films”) are famous for their depictions of werewolf-on-vampire violence, and vice versa. With the entire series getting updated with a newly released “Essential Collection Blu-ray™ Trilogy Set (complete with three never-before-seen Underworld anime shorts), it might be a good time to explore the best examples of that violence in the series. So tighten your black leather fightin’ suits, gang, it’s werewolf-and-vampire-killin’ time!

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Selene vs. Michael vs. Viktor , Underworld

The only thing tougher to deal with than a vampire and/or a werewolf is a vampire-werewolf hybrid, as you can see in the character of Michael, who was unfortunately transformed into one. You might not know it to see him fight Elder Vampire Viktor, though, who uses his experience in the field of supernatural ass-kicking to make quick work of him. Thankfully Kate Beckinsale‘s Selene and a big old sword were also present, giving Viktor only a few moments before part of his head gets sliced off the, uh, rest of his head. Ouch.

Michael vs William/Selene vs. Markus, Underworld Evolution

Lots of action movies utilize the technique of two simultaneous fights on two different fronts, and the sequel to Underworld is no different. Vampire twins Markus and William are up against our friends Selene and Michael – with one crucial difference: Selene has recently ingested some wild super vampire blood of her own, which gives her powers she never had before. For example, she pulls a spike out of her chest and drives it through Markus’ head. Michael takes a less elegant approach, opting to tear his guy’s head off. Whatever works.

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Kate Beckinsale Reprises Hot Vampire Role In ‘Underworld 4′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-beckinsale-reprises-hot-vampire-role-in-underworld-4/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kate-beckinsale-reprises-hot-vampire-role-in-underworld-4/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Pew pew! Pew pew pew!! After Whiteout turned out to be a washout, Kate Beckinsale is ready to return to the Underworld franchise. The actress has officially signed on to reprise her role of Selene, the hot karate vampire she played in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. She did not return for the third film in the series, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, otherwise known as Cliff-Sex: The Movie. The search for a director is underway, as Len Wiseman will only return in a producer capacity. There's also no word yet on what outlandish sex location will be featured this time around. (Coming Soon)

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Pew pew! Pew pew pew!!

After Whiteout turned out to be a washout, Kate Beckinsale is ready to return to the Underworld franchise. The actress has officially signed on to reprise her role of Selene, the hot karate vampire she played in Underworld and Underworld: Evolution. She did not return for the third film in the series, Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans, otherwise known as Cliff-Sex: The Movie.

The search for a director is underway, as Len Wiseman will only return in a producer capacity. There’s also no word yet on what outlandish sex location will be featured this time around. (Coming Soon)

 

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Nathan Fillion Makes Joss Whedon Proud in Scene from ‘Castle’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nathan-fillion-makes-joss-whedon-proud-in-scene-from-castle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/nathan-fillion-makes-joss-whedon-proud-in-scene-from-castle/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn't a cult hit!  Well Castle isn't so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership.  Personally, I'm a big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing.  In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure.  And all in under two minutes!  I'm sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse's eminent death.

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Nathan Fillion finally has a hit that isn’t a cult hit!  Well Castle isn’t so much a hit as it is a procederial with a steady viewership.  Personally, I’m big fan of the show, and as always, Fillion flaunts his wit and impeccable timing.  In the clip he makes his former boss proud by donning the Captain Mal duster from Firefly while referencing Buffy, and a little Underworld thrown in there for good measure.  And all in under two minutes!  I’m sure Whedon is beaming in between frowns due to Dollhouse’s eminent death.

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