'Blade Runner' sequel update


‘Blade Runner’ sequel update from director Ridley Scott and Warner Bros.

In 1982, director Ridley Scott (Alien, Prometheus) applied his distinct visual style to an adaptation of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick

In 2019 Los Angeles, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) is a ‘Blade Runner’, assigned with tracking down and exterminating “replicants.” Deckard’s current assignment is to eliminate four “replicants” who are on the run from their off-Earth colony as laborers.

Through the course of his assignment, Deckard  finds himself caught up in a crisis that will not only have him question the morality of murdering Continue reading

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Costner's comeback

Kevin Costner’s comeback is official. With news breaking on May 28 that his film ‘Three Days to Kill’ has been picked up for distribution by Relativity and two major films to be released prior to that, Costner is experiencing a career resurgence that is enviable.

‘Three Days to Kill’ stars Costner as a CIA operative/hit man who, after being diagnosed with a terminal disease, decides to hang up his cloak and dagger and focus on reconnecting with his estranged wife and daughter. When “The Agency” approaches his character Ethan Runner to complete one more extremely dangerous mission, he accepts the offer since what is offered as payment is an experimental cure for his illness.

‘Three Days to Kill’ will be released on February 14, 2014.

Costner will appear first in ‘Man of Steel’ on June 14. If you haven’t already heard of ‘Man of Steel’, it’s the ‘Superman” reboot from director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) screenwriter David Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and producer Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Memento, The Prestige).

‘Man of Steel’ features Costner as Jonathan Kent, the human adoptive father of “Kal-El/Superman.”

Next up on Costner’s roster is the reboot of the Tom Clancy “Jack Ryan” franchise, based on characters from Clancy’s highly successful novels. In the film ‘Jack Ryan’ Costner plays William Harper, CIA mentor to Ryan (Chris Pine) as they attempt to thwart a Russian terrorist attack aimed at destroying the U.S. economy. Pine (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness) takes over the role of Jack Ryan which has been played previously by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.

Director Kenneth Branagh (Thor, Dead Again) helms the action espionage thriller due in theaters December 25, 2013.

Kevin Costner was one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars in the 1980’s and early 1990’s with his breakout role coming in director Lawrence Kasdan’s ‘Silverado’ opposite Kevin Kline and Danny Glover.

‘Bull Durham’ and ‘Field of Dreams’ solidified Costner’s box office ability, which led to his Oscar-winning directing debut ‘Dances with Wolves’ in 1990.

Although Costner has never completely faded from movie stardom, box office misfires and smaller roles in smaller films might have downgraded his once “A-List” status.

Costner has been quoted as saying, ” Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.” (Interview with David Giammarco, Cigar Aficionado Magazine, Nov/Dec 2000.)

Costner has seemingly exemplified those comments as his talent and commitment to the craft of acting have made him one of Hollywood’s most sought after character actors working today.


New on DVD and iTunes: May 28

What’s new on DVD and iTunes today?

DVD releases are slim today, with just one new release, ‘Dark Skies.’

Dark Skies Poster


Directed by Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion) and starring Keri Russell, ‘Dark Skies’ centers on the Barret family. When this young suburban family begins to encounter a disturbing presence that threatens their safety, they quickly realize that they must take extreme measures to protect themselves.

Dark Skies is also available on iTunes for immediate rental by clicking on the highlighted title above.


New to iTunes:


Identity Thief‘ with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy finds two of comedy’s rising stars on a cross country battle while Bateman attempts to reign in and bring to justice the woman who has stolen his identity.

The comedy was a surprise hit for director Seth Gordon and also stars Jon Favreau (Iron Man) and Amanda Peet.

Identity Thief (Unrated) is available now on iTunes by clicking the highlighted title above.




A Good Day to Die Hard‘ with Bruce Willis (obviously). Click here for my review. If you liked the original ‘Die Hard’, this latest installment should please fans of the “Blue Collar James Bond” film series.

A Good Day to Die Hard is available to rent on iTunes now by clicking on the highlighted title above.




Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters‘ stars Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace) in a hyper-violent take on the classic tale that finds our brother and sister heroes turning to professional witch slaying as a result of their childhood trauma.

The film also stars Famke Janssen and credits Will Ferrel as one of its producers.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is available to rent on iTunes now by clicking on the highlighted title above.

'Zuretzako': Moving indie of Basque origin

The independent short film ‘Zuretzako’ is a biographical account of one man’s emigration to Idaho from the Basque Country to create a better life for his family.

Filmmaker Javi Zubizarreta recalls the journeys of his own grandfather Joaquin, who came to the Boise area to herd sheep in an effort to financially support his wife and children back home.

After years of separation from his family, Joaquin is joined by Aitor, the son that he had left behind. As the two men attempt to connect again as father and son, personal histories and the hardships involved with herding in the rugged Idaho mountains bring about conflicts between father and son.

The film is the first Basque language film produced in America and is filmed entirely in Euskera, the Basque language. The cast is composed of the men who were most directly involved in the true story. Josu Zubizarreta plays a young Joaquin early in the film as well as portraying Aitor. Luis Zubizarreta portrays the adult Joaquin (who was his own father in real life.)

While the performances are uniformly very good, and director Javi Zubizarreta offers some beautiful scenery and an organic approach to story development, the film succeeds in ways that transcend the plot itself.

Zubizarreta has crafted a moving film about fathers and sons. About hopes and how they often contradict responsibilities. His film is as much about paying respect to the sacrifices our ancestors made as it is to being a quietly effective comment about being true to oneself.

‘Zuretzako’ (which translates into ‘For You’) also reminded me about why I watch movies. I watch films in the hopes that I will be transported to a place outside of my own world. I am grateful when a film like this “sneaks” up on me and compels me to consider how interpersonal relationships have challenges that defy geographical and temporal boundaries.

A movie that seems on the surface to be about Basque shepherds in Idaho allowed me to consider my own place in my family’s history. The film intrigued me to want to learn more about the Basque people who have such a deep-rooted sense of culture and community in the Boise area.

The film is currently available at www.zuretzakofilm.blogspot.com

Thank you to Henar Chico, who introduced me to this film. Henar is originally from Bilbao and is highly involved in the Basque Community in Boise.

Henar’s blog “A Basque in Boise”, which is a fun mix of both cultural information and human observations, can be found at www.blogseitb.us/basqueboise/




'Thor: The Dark World' news: official website is live

Thor: The Dark World offcial movie website is live


‘Thor’ movie news: on May 26, Marvel’s official website for ‘Thor: The Dark World’ went live. The site has links for various sections including: video clips, a synopsis of the new story, an image gallery, and downloads for wallpapers and icons.

The new film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Idris Elba, and Rene Russo reprising their roles from the first ‘Thor’ film from 2011. Continue reading