Iron Man 3 finally hits U.S. movie theaters at midnight. Until then you’ll have to make do with this short featurette on the various Iron Man armors you can expect to see in the franchise’s latest installment.
Written and directed by first-time feature director Brandon Cronenberg, Antiviral is an unusual look at mankind’s obsession with both celebrity and germs in a not-too-distant future where the combination of both becomes the world’s most highly sought after commodities.
Based on a somewhat unbelievable true series of events, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne “It’s Okay to Call Me The Rock Again” Johnson, and Anthony Mackie star as a trio of bodybuilders who decide to kidnap and rob a local businessman (Tony Shalhoub). Played to the hilt, the insane over-the-top Pain & Gain embraces the ridiculousness of the situation to deliver some truly funny sequences. Sadly, it delivers almost as many groan worthy moments and some disturbing violence that doesn’t always mesh well with the zany tone of the movie. The true story the film is based on is so unbelievable director Michael Bay even stops the film at times to remind the audience that (some form of) these events really occurred.
Directed by Kasper Barfoed, The Numbers Station looks and feels every bit the low-budget thriller that it is. Set almost entirely in an underground bunker, the thriller somehow finds a way to make the setting feel empty and endless rather than claustrophobic. Mixed with what appears to be an extremely low budget and a circumspect screenplay that can’t find a way to make the idea of numbers stations exciting in 2013, The Numbers Station is the kind of straight-to-DVD B-movie that fizzles more than it entertains.
Longtime ‘buddha/dpb pal (and our favorite birthday boy) Nick Mundy from Team Tiger Awesome was tapped by ScreenJunkies to do the job he was born for: Interview The Rock* in Miami as part of the Pain & Gain press junket. AND IT IS HILARIOUS.
Considering this would be like asking me to towel off Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Hugh Jackman after a swim lesson, I have to say lifelong super-fan Nick held up well. I’ve seen folks scooped out of the interview chair for less.
*I’ll call him ‘Dwayne Johnson’ when he stops being THE FUCKING ROCK.
Head over to RazorFine Review this morning to take a gander at this year’s crop of summer movies which brings us the end of the world (at least three times), post-apocalyptic futures, zombies, giant robots, sequels, monsters, super-heroes, aliens, Greek mythology, men of steel and iron, action, Minions, animated racing snails and planes, old spies back in the game, a hearty Hi-Yo Silver, and new takes on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and William Shakespeare. Here’s a look at the big movies of the summer (with a handful of smaller films that just may be worth a look, too).