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It wasn’t long ago that I was complaining about shaky cam and quick-cut editing ruining otherwise perfectly good B-movies. Almost from the opening scene, 21 Bridges is a balm for haters of blurry pictures and jittery editing. It’s pleasant throwback to a more innocent time, when you could grab a straightforward genre title off the shelf at the video and store and be reasonably content with what you got.
The action in 21 Bridges, mostly submachine gun work, has an elegance to it and real thump, probably on account of no one’s jerking the camera around in a misguided attempt to create artsy production values. Simple camera moves, spatially lucid gunplay. Ah, remember that? It feels good, doesn’t it?
For at least the first half of 21 Bridges, directed by Brian Kirk a veteran of premium cable shows like Boardwalk Empire and Luck I thought I was watching a scruffy, working man’s Michael Mann, a kind of lunchpail take on Heat. Chadwick Boseman Black Panther/Jackie Robinson/Thurgood Marshall/James Brown plays Andre Davis, an NYPD officer whose origin story includes a cop father killed in the line of duty when he was a young boy and a subsequent career as a by-the-book hardass who we meet just as he’s explaining to internal affairs why he’s had to kill eight bad guys in nine years.
When two ex-military buddies played by Taylor Kitsch John Carter and Stephan James If Beale Street Could Talk start dropping bodies during a botched cocaine robbery, Captain McKenna, played by the incomparable JK Simmons, knows just who should take lead on the manhunt: Davis, the cold-eyed hardass who drops bodies when he’s not dropping panties. For the detail, McKenna sticks him with a partner from narcotics, Frankie Burns, played by Sienna Miller, the latest in a long line of British actors doing terribly over-the-top regional American accents. We gotta catch dese friggin bad guys ova heah in da greatest city inna worl. Did I mention I’m friggin walkin’ heah? She sounds like she took a wrong turn on her way to the set of Gotti. Oh well, I guess not every Brit can be as good at American accents as Dominic West, Damien Lewis, or Hugh Laurie.
In any case, the two partner up just in time for Boseman to deliver the film’s title line chug your drink, when he orders the closing of all “21 bridges” separating the island of Manhattan from the rest of the country “Escape from New York” was already taken. Up until this point, 21 Bridges is still essentially a procedural, a less introspective, vaguely bootlicky version of Heat. Adam Mervis and Michael Carnahan’s script pits Boseman’s gruff cop against Kitsch and James’ government-trained killers who’ve screwed up, and you can certainly detect a strain of uniform worship and tumescence for tactical ops common to many action movies.
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Want a first look at the final season of Lucifer? Did you hear details have emerged from a leaked pilot script for Superman & Lois? Is there a post-credits scene for Birds of Prey? Could the future of the DC Extended Universe be brighter than the MCU? What does Scott Derrickson think of Sam Raimi replacing him on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Entertainment Weekly has a first look at the return of Inbar Lavi as Eve in the fifth and final season of Lucifer.
A new survey found a group of Star Wars fans much more into Marvel Comics 77.8% than DC Comics 46.1%.
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Michael Strahan accidentally referred to Birds of Prey as being in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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During season 6 of Arrow, there was a point that Oliver didn’t want to be the Green Arrow but he still needed to go on missions. Costume Designer Maya Mani wanted some sort of disguise that feels tactical and cool. The goggle was initially conceptualized for Diggle before he was become full Spartan. I think in the end we ended up with something much simpler and less customized. @cw_arrow @stephenamell #greenarrow #oliverqueen #mayorqueen #tactical #season6 #concept #illustration #costume #design
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Here’s an unused design for a suit Oliver Queen could have worn when he didn’t want to be Arrow anymore.
Spider-Man helmer Sam Raimi expressed interest in directing a Marvel Studios movie as far back as 2015.
The Birds of Prey look like they belong in a museum in this banner that resembles a classic kind of painting.
The pilot script for Superman & Lois has leaked online, and it seems some other DC characters may appear.Continue Reading Superhero Bits
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Welcome to The Clock Tower, where we’ll break down the goings on of the The CW network’s Arrowverse. We’ll touch on things like themes, cultural impact, lead-ins to major events, ships, and more every week! Warning: this Clock Tower is filled with spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
So the world’s falling apart and you’ve turned to your superhero stories for comfort! Welcome! This week tackled a bunch of “fun” topics like murder, transphobia, and prematurely saying goodbye to longtime friends because contracts were about to expire and networks felt the need to write them off. Fun stuff! By and large, everyone did a solid job. The Flash is the only series that’s currently struggling a bit in the narrative department, but I think they ultimately have a point. Let’s dive in!The Farewell
One of my first pieces here at /Film was an article lamenting what Legends of Tomorrow would lose by saying goodbye to Ray Palmer and Nora Darhk. One is a constant beacon of hope and optimism, even in the darkest of times, the other a symbol insisting that your trauma doesn’t get to define you. The idea of losing them has been heart-wrenching since it was announced.
While the writers did their best to give a good reason for the departure and a solid farewell episode, it did little to make the farewell any easier. Obviously, the most difficult part of this story was always going to be seeing Ray say goodbye to Nate.
The SteelAtom friendship is, to this day, one of the best on-screen depictions of male friendship I’ve ever seen. There’s not an ounce of toxicity to it. It’s just bros being bros doing bro stuff all the while loving each other as fiercely as all men should be allowed to.
We all watched the same show, I’m not going to recap their goodbye. We all saw it, most of us ugly cried. It sucked. I will miss Ray and Nora forever.Dream on Dreamer
No I’m not sorry for getting Cascada stuck in your head. This week’s episode of Supergirl finally buckled down and gave us some Dreamer content. While it was worth the wait, let’s not go another half season without giving the gal something to do, yeah?
Nia decides to take things into her own hands after a transphobic creep starts targeting trans women to get to Dreamer. He doesn’t think that she’s the right kind of symbol for his “good” and “right” community. When you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes, and Mr. “Good” – no, his character name wasn’t even worth remembering – played a real, real stupid game.
We fittingly see Dreamer angrier than we’ve ever seen her in the past. There is a plague trying to wipe out her community, and she’s going to eradicate that plague no matter how hard Kara pleads with her to let a system that’s consistently failed her and her trans brothers and...
Sad news today as it is being reported that James Bond and Superman actor Vincent Marzello has passed away at the age of 68. The tragic announcement came from Marzello's wife, Lorelei King, who broke the news of the actor's passing on Tuesday morning.'The love of my life, my darling husband Vincent Marzello, died this morning. To those who knew him, I'm sorry to post this news rather than contact you personally, but I am overwhelmed. My heart is broken.'
Though she did not share any details surrounding the death of her husband, she let friends and supporters know that he had passed on via a post on social media. Despite an official cause of death not being given, it has been reported that Marzello was being treated for cancer in 2009. Following his successful treatment, he was diagnosed with early-onset dementia.
Vincent Marzello was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, back in 1951, and began his acting career in the mid-1970s, first appearing in the TV series The Brothers, a British television series, produced and shown on the BBC between 1972 and 1976. He then followed that up with a number of fairly minor roles on the small screen before he decided to make the leap to the big screen and motion pictures.
Marzello appeared twice in the James Bond franchise, the first time as an unnamed crewman in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me which starred Roger Moore as the iconic secret agent. His second appearance in the hugely popular Bond series was in the role of Culpepper in 1983's 'unofficial' Bond flick Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery.
Marzello then bounced back and forth between movies and television, alternating guest roles with bit parts in several high-profile releases including Richard Donner's comic book outing Superman starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel.
In addition to his work in the James Bond franchise, Marzello also appeared as Luke's Father in director Nicolas Roeg's dark fantasy comedy The Witches, the 1990 adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1983 novel of the same name. During the 90s, Marzello also appeared in movies such as A Kid in King Arthur's Court, The Fragile Heart and the ode to 1970's glam rock, Velvet Goldmine starring Ewan McGregor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
More recently, Marzello has lent his voice to several different animations and video game projects, with the most prominent being that of the U.S. version of beloved children's show Bob the Builder, in which he voiced the characters Robert and Farmer Pickles. Sadly, Marzello isn't the only name behind Bob the Builder to pass away in recent weeks. William Dufris, who voiced the titular construction worker in the series, died earlier this month at the age of 62. Dufris passed away on March 24 from complications of cancer which was announced by Pocket Universe Productions, the company he co-founded.
Marzello's last credited role was in the family fantasy series The Magical Music Box. He is...