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Preview of Marvel’s Generations: The Americas #1

Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers team up this coming Wednesday for Marvel’s Generations: The Americas #1, and we’ve got a preview of the issue for you here; take a look…

Written by Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) with art by Paul Renaud (Captain America: Sam Wilson), the final chapter of Marvel’s Generations series finds Sam Wilson in a familiar situation: fighting alongside Steve Rogers. This Captain America, however, is a little different than the one who has grown to give the world hope.

Featuring appearances by nine other Generations characters including Kamala Khan, Miles Morales, Captain Marvel, and Thor, it’s a story that sets the stage for the future of the Marvel Universe, and one you’ll only find at the Vanishing Point – and at your local comic shop. Don’t miss the epic ending when Generations: Sam Wilson Captain America & Steve Rogers Captain America hits comic shops this September!
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Review: "Ronin" (1998) Starring Robert De Niro; Arrow Video Blu-ray Release

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By Todd Garbarini

I’m a sucker for car chases. Not the perfunctory, last-minute “Hey, this movie needs a car chase!” variety, but the kind that comes as a result of a particular plot point wherein someone or some group has to get away from some other group. While most new car chases such as The Fast and the Furious sort are usually accomplished through CGI, I find that this sleight-of-hand fakery virtually abolishes all tension. The best ones that I have seen all did it for real through innovative and unprecedented filming techniques and excellent editing: Grand Prix (1966), Vanishing Point (1967), Bullitt (1968), The Seven-Ups (1973), The Blues Brothers (1980), The Road Warrior (1981), The Terminator (1984), F/X (1986), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and The Town (2010) all have action sequences that put the full wonder of film editing on display.

There are two major car chases in the late John Frankenheimer’s Ronin, which opened on Friday,
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Captain Americas Unite In First Look At Generations One-Shot

Now that we have the epic battle that was Steve Rogers versus Steve Rogers which took place in Secret Empire #10 behind us, we can look forward to something a little more uplifting. As it turns out, it’ll come in the form of a Generations one-shot that’ll unite Captain Americas Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson. Yes, after a year or so of all that Hydra jazz, the American Dream is finally alive and well.

By now, you’re probably aware of what the Generations concept is, but just in case you’re not, we’ll give you the gist of it. Basically, fan favorites past and present have been brought together via the Vanishing Point, thereby allowing team-ups of heroes who’ve adopted various mantles to take place. Aside from the one being discussed today, other noteworthy one-shots in this line include Thors Jane Foster and Odinson, Wolverines Logan
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First look preview of Marvel’s Generations: The Americas

Marvel’s Generations is set to reach its epic conclusion next month as Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson team up for Generations: The Americas #1, and we have a first look preview of the issue for you here…

“Generations: Sam Wilson Captain America & Steve Rogers Captain America is the capstone to Nick Spencer’s epic run on both incarnations of the star-spangled hero, his final statement on what it means to be Captain America, as Sam Wilson finds himself in a war not his own alongside a very young man who’s been given the opportunity to fight and to inspire—but who could use a little bit of inspiration himself,” said Svp and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

Written by Nick Spencer (Secret Empire) with art by Paul Renaud (Captain America: Sam Wilson), the final chapter of Marvel’s Generations series finds Sam Wilson in a familiar situation: fighting alongside Steve Rogers.
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Blu-ray Review – Ronin (1998)

Ronin, 1998.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, and Skipp Sudduth.


A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.

In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being
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Bad Girls Of "Batman" And Legendary Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum To Appear At Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Con

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release:

The Los Angeles Comic Book And Science Fiction Convention presents Classic Movie Poster Artist Robert Tanenbaum, Jean Hale (In Like Flint), Sharyn Wynters (The Female Bunch), and Donna Loren (Bikini Beach) at the August 20, 2017 Show.

Robert Tanenbaum is a Movie Poster Artist with an over 50 year career illustrating every film genre such as Science Fiction, Horror, Comedy, War, Drama and Martial Arts. Robert has illustrated such Classic Movie Posters as A Christmas Story, Battle For The Planet Of The Apes, Cujo, Five Fingers Of Death, Black Christmas, Super Fly, The Color Of Money, My Bodyguard, Dirty Mary Crazy Larry, The Iron Cross, The Eagle Has Landed, Ransom, Cleopatra Jones And The Casino Of Gold, Hot Potato, Mel Brooks High Anxiety and Silent Night, Evil Night. Robert’s art is featured on the first announcement that Jaws was being made into a Movie.
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Opening Wednesday At A Theater Or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema Of The American ‘70S

“All the films in this book share an air of disreputability… I have tried to avoid using the word art about the movies in this book, not just because I didn’t want to inflate my claims for them, but because the word is used far too often to shut down discussion rather than open it up. If something has been acclaimed as art, it’s not just beyond criticism but often seen as above the mere mortals for whom its presumably been made. It’s a sealed artifact that offers no way in. It is as much a lie to claim we can be moved only by what has been given the imprimatur of art as it would be to deny that there are, in these scruffy movies, the very things we expect from art: avenues into human emotion and psychology, or into the character and texture of the time the films were made,
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Edgar Wright and the ‘Baby Driver’ Cast Play Movie Trivia with Unsurprising Results — Watch

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Edgar Wright and the ‘Baby Driver’ Cast Play Movie Trivia with Unsurprising Results — Watch
If you’ve seen his list of favorite movies or ever heard him talk about film in general, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Edgar Wright is pretty good at movie trivia. The cast of “Baby Driver” would agree: “Edgar will win this,” laughs Jon Hamm as he, Ansel Elgort and Eiza González sit down for a few rounds of questions with their writer/director.

Read More: Edgar Wright’s reddit Ama: 7 Highlights from the ‘Baby Driver’ Director’s Chat with Fans

Before they start playing, Elgort reveals that he asked Wright for some recommendations because he’d seen relatively few movies before shooting “Baby Driver” — and got a list of the filmmaker’s 1,000 favorite movies in response. Naturally, he then asked him to narrow it down to 20.

In part because it’s “Jeopardy!” style, Hamm actually gets the first question right: “Baby Boom” is the 1987 movie
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Wild, Dangerous, Imperfect, Wounded Grandeur: 18 Double Features About America

The United States is “my country, right or wrong,” of course, and I consider myself a patriotic person, but I’ve never felt that patriotism meant blind fealty to the idea of America’s rightful dominance over global politics or culture, and certainly not to its alleged preferred status on God’s short list of favored nations, or that allegiance to said country was a license to justify or rationalize every instance of misguided, foolish, narrow-minded domestic or foreign policy.

In 2012, when this piece was first posted, it seemed like a good moment to throw the country’s history and contradictions into some sort of quick relief, and the most expedient way of doing that for me was to look at the way the United States (and the philosophies at its core) were reflected in the movies, and not just the ones which approached the country head-on as a subject.
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The Greatest Car Chases of All-Time

For decades, the car chase has existed as a timeless equalizer, settling scores with stomach-churning speed and velocity. The best of these chases employ vintage muscle-cars with practical effects and stunt work to achieve these amazing shots in camera. If CGI is used in the scene, it’s only to sweeten the practical effects and stunts.

The landscape is an equally essential ingredient, providing opportunities and obstacles for the drivers to embrace and overcome. The car chase grounds the action in an identifiable reality, menacing us with the ever-present possibility of death at high-speed. It also taps into something deep within everyone who’s ever gotten behind the wheel of a car: driving fast is as addictive as it is life-threatening.

The newest film from director Edgar Wright, Baby Driver, mixes the filmmakers love for the classic car chase genre with a killer soundtrack. To explain, the plot follows Baby,
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Marvel Legacy #1 Will Unite “The First Avengers”

“An Asgardian titan. A Wakandan warrior bred to be a king. The very first Sorcerer Supreme.”

When you read a teaser as cryptic and powerful as that, you know you’re in for something special. But when you also consider that the story its hyping up will be written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Esad Ribic, with a double gatefold cover provided by the legendary Joe Quesada, then you truly know the House of Ideas isn’t messing around. Such is the case with Marvel Legacy #1, a monumental one-shot slated to hit shelves this fall that intends on showing us how it’s “all connected.”

I say that because the publisher intends on taking us back to 1,000,000 BC, when “when iconic torch-bearers such as Odin, Iron Fist, Star Brand, Ghost Rider, Phoenix, Agamotto, and Black Panther come together for the startling origin of the Marvel Universe.” From the sound of that,
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It Looks Like The Vanishing Point Will Play A Crucial Role In Generations

If you’ve been keeping up with the recent happenings at Marvel, then you’re well aware of Generations, an upcoming endeavor consisting of ten one-shots uniting heroes who have adopted various mantles, both past and present. In other words, expect to see team-ups featuring the likes of Wolverines Laura Kinney and Logan, and even Thors Odinson and Jane Foster.

What’s more is that we recently discovered this seemingly standalone tale will, in fact, have some sort of intertwining with Secret Empire, the House of Ideas’ currently in progress major crossover event. Sure, we probably won’t know all of the specifics until the actual periodicals ship, but it remains clear that something called “the Vanishing Point” is the reasoning for these otherwise anachronistic team-ups.

One thing’s for certain: this isn’t the Vanishing Point we’ve come to know from DC Comics, but it does sound similar
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Marvel Comics looks to the future with Generations

Marvel Comics has unveiled the covers for its upcoming 10-issue series Generations, which brings together iconic and present day heroes such as Miles Morales and Peter Parker, Amadeus Cho and Bruce Banner, Iron Man and Ironheart, and Laura Kinney and Logan. Check them out here…

Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America

Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America variant

Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel

Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel variant

Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart

Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart variant

Generations: The Marvels starring Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel

Generations: The Marvels starring Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel variant

Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man

Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man
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Secret Empire #10 Teases “The Vanishing Point”

Having recently learned that the sixth issue will experience a minor delay, we turn our attention toward some breaking news concerning Marvel’s currently unfolding event series, Secret Empire, specifically the tenth issue that was confirmed as being added not long ago.

You see, Marvel PR just sent out a newly unveiled cover for Secret Empire #10 that, quite obviously, bears a striking resemblance to that of Alex Ross’ promo artwork for Generations, a series of one-shots to be released in the near future that feature various versions of heroes teaming up for reasons unknown, with Thor Odinson and Jane Foster serving as examples, much like Wolverines Laura Kinney and Logan.

Putting two and two together, we can’t help but think these two books that previously seemed to be unrelated will lead into this fall’s Marvel Legacy one-shot that’s said to return many titles starring the House of
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How Today’s ‘Nonsensical’ Blockbuster Filmmaking Can Learn a Lesson From American Movies of the ’70s

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How Today’s ‘Nonsensical’ Blockbuster Filmmaking Can Learn a Lesson From American Movies of the ’70s
Film critic Charles Taylor’s first collection of essays, “Opening Wednesday at a Theater or Drive-in Near You: The Shadow Cinema of the American ’70s,” explores the rich history of ’70s-era American filmmaking through a unique lens, opting to highlight some of the period’s underseen and often underappreciated gems. As one of the most fruitful times in American filmmaking, Taylor understands why certain features — including offerings from such respected filmmakers as Jonathan Demme, Walter Hill, and Irvin Kershner — didn’t quite make it big at a crowded box office, but he’s also eager to give them their due.

Told with an eye towards the current state of cinema — a blockbuster-driven machine that Taylor calls “nonsensical” and contributing to “the destruction of the idea of content” — the book is a loving look at some forgotten gems and the power of moviemaking that can often be ignored. In our excerpt from the book,
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‘Baby Driver’: 10 Classic Car Chase Movies That Inspired Edgar Wright

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‘Baby Driver’: 10 Classic Car Chase Movies That Inspired Edgar Wright
Edgar Wright is going to deliver one of the best movies of the summer when “Baby Driver” opens in theaters June 28, but before he does he’s looking back at the classic car chase movies that inspired his latest high-energy genre ride. The British Film Institute is launching a new screening series this month entitled “Edgar Wright presents Car Car Land,” which will find the director presenting the 10 movies that led him to create “Baby Driver.”

Read More: ‘Baby Driver’ Review: Edgar Wright’s Brilliant Car Chase Musical Casts Ansel Elgort As an Outlaw Fred Astaire

“These movies are a literal crash course in the best car action from the 60s, 70s and 80s,” wrote Wright in an official introduction to the series. “I can’t make any claims to being a great driver and I’m not even sure you could call me a gearhead (I would struggle to change a flat). However,
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Stalker,’ Goldie Hawn, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jiang Wen & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Andrei Tarkovsky’s seminal Stalker has been restored and is now screening.

Film Forum

The Melville series continues, while a print of the Harold Lloyd-led Grandma’s Boy plays with live piano accompaniment on Sunday morning.

Quad Cinema

Larry Cohen films are given their due in a retrospective., while
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Guardians of the Galaxy and Its Exploitation Influences

Ben Robins on Guardians of the Galaxy and its exploitation influences…

Exploitation is a bit of a nasty word no matter the context, and in the movie world, it usually means something cheap and in many cases, derivative. It’s never properly been defined, and doing so here without page after page of background would prove tough, but the term, in a nutshell, is usually used to describe low-brow ‘B-movies’ that rip-off or ‘exploit’ mainstream heavy-hitters. After Steven Spielberg’s Jaws there was Michael Anderson’s Orca, and Joe Dante’s Piranha. After The Italian Job there was everything from Death Race 2000 to Vanishing Point (that was in itself, lovingly rejigged for Tarantino’s 2007 exploitation send-up Death Proof). They make just enough from the cult crowd but very rarely breach the dominant markets. Unless, of course, the film’s name is something stupid enough to go viral, like Sharknado.
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The 50 Greatest Car Chases in Film: Part 2

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The Fast and Furious movies aren't the only ones with great car chases. Join us as we take a look at the 50 best car chase scenes in film. This week, we're counting down from #25 to #1!

Like peanut butter and jelly, car chases and movies are two things that just go together perfectly. A chase is inherently interesting to watch - someone is trying their best to get away by any means possible, while the other party is trying to stop them from doing so. The danger involved, the threat of violence, and even the thrill of the hunt are all part of why we often can’t look away. A car chase is the next level of chase. They are fast - an embodiment of man and machine together. They are also dangerous - the stakes are incredibly high, and not just for the people involved in the chase.

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