June 19, 2007, 7:10 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
June 19, 2007, 7:13 a.m. CST
June 19, 2007, 7:14 a.m. CST
of Shoot Em Up. You have a dream job, Mori.
June 19, 2007, 7:21 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
He couldnt have said a better thing! <p>Cool interview, Mori. Sounds like a great guy, and Clive Owen sounds as cool as I thought he would be. <p>And finally, ACTION PORN. Now theres an addiction I would be happy with! :)
June 19, 2007, 8:05 a.m. CST
by Nate Champion
Like this nobody is gonna have a say when they yank the film away from him and edit their own version. And how can the dude be a Leone fan and he hasn't even seen A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE!?!?!?!?!?! Come on!!!
June 19, 2007, 8:29 a.m. CST
When's your interview with Elliott and Rossio coming? I was quite looking forward to that.
June 19, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST
Can't wait for this one.
June 19, 2007, 8:56 a.m. CST
What happened to beloved Moriarity?
June 19, 2007, 9:14 a.m. CST
June 19, 2007, 9:42 a.m. CST
With all the bitching on this site and the complaining talkbackers I think its easy to lose focus about what this site is really about. Drew you nailed it! Its great to read an interview about two guys just really loving the craft and geeking out, it gives hope to us readers that if they can do it . . . .
June 19, 2007, 9:43 a.m. CST
OMG This is turning into my most anticipated movie of the summer. I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!
June 19, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST
I have been looking forward to this since I saw the animation and read the script over at Latino Review. This movie is gonna kick ass.
June 19, 2007, 10:14 a.m. CST
Great interview with Davis. Truly enjoyable read. During the focus group for Shoot 'Em Up, I got irritated with the moderator and asked her if I could just address the filmmakers in lieu of answering her idiotic questions, to which she shot back a firm, "No!". So I ignored her and started to engage Davis about the Bond in-joke with the Walther PPK. Even then he could have opted to ignore my comments but he was receptive and very pleased someone got it. Met him outside of the theater, after the screening, late last year, and we spoke about the choice of music utilized in the film. He was really into our suggestions and what we loved/hated about the film. Incredibly mellow and extremely grounded. The way he talked about Tarantino and his charisma, his character kinda captures the way he was with us that night in Pasadena. I hope this film hits in a big way and hope his next film is as much fun.
June 19, 2007, 10:15 a.m. CST
Can't wait to see it. :^)
June 19, 2007, 10:56 a.m. CST
do you know waht i mean? Shoot'em up looks like that video game, at least with Clive handling the guns.
June 19, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST
Outside of Die Hard, gotta be Last Boy Scout. Tony Scott + Shane Black + Bruce Willis = Noir Action Comedy Bonanza.
June 19, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST
by THE KNIGHT
Keep up the good work!
June 19, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST
Read Article again!. they were saying how movies always have wet streets....
June 19, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST
I'm aching to see Shoot Em Up. This will be the best action film in decades. Between this and Rambo I can only dream of how awesome a new Tom Jane Punisher flick could be. Getting Clive Owen to be a homeless gun totting bad ass,Paul Giamatti as sick as fuck heavy bad guy and Monica Bellucci as a lactating prostitue named Dairy Queen.........well played sir, well played indeed.
June 19, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST
Action-porn too! Well seeing as horror-porn has long ago ran it's course I am glad. I hope this film is this years Crank X 100.
June 19, 2007, 12:27 p.m. CST
Drinking at work again.
June 19, 2007, 12:55 p.m. CST
Just to clarify, he said there are NO perpetually wet streets in the film. They decided to do the opposite of that.
June 19, 2007, 12:59 p.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
With all the watered down PG-13 shite that makes killing people not look too messy. I can't wait for this and John Rambo.
June 19, 2007, 3:05 p.m. CST
by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies
not based on the trailer though which I don't think is particularly great but I'm still hopeful this is gonna be one kickass flick.
June 19, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... I understand that you want to continue to be a douche about HOSTEL 2, but (A) I didn't write any of the HOSTEL 2 articles that evidently wedged sand up your crack and (B) one article is hardly cause for you to start hate-bombing the talkbacks. How about you calm down, check out the movie for yourself, and stop acting like a petulant child?
June 19, 2007, 4:22 p.m. CST
by Quin the Eskimo
forgetting Sara Marshall
June 19, 2007, 4:51 p.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
...Yeah, people know they both fucking sucked. Especially people unfortunate enough to have paid good money to see them. Likewise Girl Fever and Monster Men both royally sucked ass as well, so right now this guys track record is anything but good, regardless of how nice a guy he might be. That said, I'm still interested in Shoot 'Em Up, so this will be make or break time for this particular writer/director as far as I'm concerned. Hopefully this will be the one where he finally finds his feet as a film maker, the one that turns it all around. Hopefully it'll be a fun flick, and hopefully it won't turn out to be just a bunch of empty hype. We shall see I guess.
June 19, 2007, 5:03 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
instead of people just doubling over in pain after getting shot .
June 19, 2007, 5:09 p.m. CST
by Neo Zeed
The regular one looks too normal looking.
June 19, 2007, 5:16 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... I wasn't talking about HOSTEL 2. You're the only one still hung up on that. I was saying see SHOOT 'EM UP (or don't, since it doesn't matter to me either way) and then decide if you need to troll the talkback to make snide comments about it.
June 19, 2007, 5:18 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
Fair enough. I agree that Michael's resume up until now contains nothing that hints at SHOOT 'EM UP. My point about the earlier films is simply that, good or bad, he's been working. He's been in the trenches making movies, which is more than many people get the opportunity to do. Now, finally, he's making something that it sounds like he's poured his heart and soul into. I hope it works for him, and the stuff I've seen is encouraging. But at least you're basing your opinion of his other work off having actually seen it. I don't think anyone can ask anything else.
June 19, 2007, 5:44 p.m. CST
by Sledge Hammer
He sounds like a nice guy, I hope this turns out to be a turning point for him, and most of all I just hope it turns out to be a cool film. After all, as a lover of (all types of) film, I'd always much rather see a film turn out well than not, just as I'd much rather have a good time than have something to bitch about. Like I said, guess we'll see when the time comes, but here's hoping.
June 19, 2007, 6:22 p.m. CST
Loved the trailer - everyone draws the Hard Boiled parallel, but I also got a really Johnny To or Tsui Hark feel from it (especially some of the action scenes from Time and Tide). I didn't realize that Michael davis was the same guy who directed 8 Days a Week until I looked him up on imdb after seeing the trailer - I seem to remember liking that movie when I saw it on cable years ago, but I can barely remember anything about it. Anyway, I'm psyched. By the way, for Hard Boiled fans, it's being shown on the big screen at the Asian Film Festival at the IFC Center in NYC this weekend. I'm so there.
June 19, 2007, 9:12 p.m. CST
Is it too much to ask that the director has a clear vision for what the finished product is going to be? Smokin' Aces marketed itself as a fast-paced, over-the-top, black comedy shoot 'em up, (much like this flick) and had some actors generally considered "cool" (as well as Ben Affleck). Yet tonally, it was a wreck. With a premise so simple, how do you screw that up? I hope Shoot 'Em Up's director realizes that the movie is what it is, and that drastic tonal shifts are only going to deflate the experience.
June 19, 2007, 9:20 p.m. CST
You are Snoop Dogg, not Calvin Broadus. You are Sting, not . . . uh, whatever the hell his real name is. You're Prince! Ice Cube! Seal! Cher! Like Magneto asks in X2, "What's your REAL name, John?"
June 19, 2007, 9:25 p.m. CST
Actually, I'm a fan of these movies. I'm proud to say I own both discs. They have their flaws and everything, but you can tell they have heart. They're not your typical teen comedy DTV flicks. For those, check out any of the shitty National Lampoon discs that have been poppin up lately. As for Monster Man, it's a little uneven in some parts, but I think it holds up pretty well considering the budget was pretty damn low. Some of the horror scenes at the end of the film are actually pretty impressive. I'm pretty excited to see what Michael Davis will do now that he has some studio support and an actual budget.
June 20, 2007, 12:22 a.m. CST
It's like a conversation, not like a guy finding a half hour of shit to yammer about. I feel like you can learn a lot this way, with a more natural approach.
June 20, 2007, 1:36 a.m. CST
after that hostel shit, any time yall are invited to any shoot or to meet ANYONE it always = a positve review. so sorry dude, you guys are kinda worthless now in that regard. still fun to post in tbs tho!
June 20, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... and feel free to link to my HOSTEL 2 review. Go ahead. I'll wait. And in fact, link to my SHOOT 'EM UP review. Oh, wait... I haven't written one yet.
June 20, 2007, 2:04 a.m. CST
by The Dum Guy
While I commend your' valor, I must object to your decision. I for one, must be able to support Action-Porn in the most gallant way I see, and that’s by buying a ticket.<br><br>I too, am a by-product of the Transformers (actually that's an early fixture, I still remember Ninja Turtles kick'en shell),alas.<br><br>I'm not exactly sorry I support a Don Murphy movie, after all he was connected to Apt Pupil, Natural Born Killers (don't say you don't like this movie) and Bully... From Hell was alright.
June 20, 2007, 2:09 a.m. CST
And now that I have, I am confident that SHOOT ‘EM UP is going to rock when it hits in September. Normally, I’d describe the sequences I saw, but with a film like this one, I don’t think describing the action is going to do the trick. I’ll just say that if “torture porn” is a genre right now, then SHOOT ‘EM UP is “action porn” on a scale that I haven’t seen since HARD BOILED. This is kinetic action for a good 80% of its running time instead of just a few set pieces and a lot of padding. I can’t remember the last time we saw an action film that played this rough all the way through. The film absolutely looks like it lives up to its title, and one of the things that makes it really stand out is the cast. Clive Owen. Monica Bellucci. Paul Giamatti. Considering how often pure action films are treated like second-class genre movies, that is not the sort of cast you expect to see, and they’re all on the same wavelength here. Owen’s tweaking the way people see him, and he’s playing a canny riff on the James Bond that might have been. Of course, he’s also a homeless guy, so don’t expect tuxedoes and sports cars. Giamatti has never been slimier than he is here, alternating organized attempts on the life of a newborn baby with phone calls to his wife. There’s one scene Michael showed me where Giamatti gets disturbingly intimate with the corpse of the pregnant woman whose baby Owen spends the movie protecting, and it made me laugh and cringe at the same time. Then there’s Bellucci, who continues to get more beautiful as time passes. She brings a sort of faded dignity to the role of the Dairy Queen, a hooker who specializes in lactation fantasies. Owen brings the baby to her so it can nurse, and she ends up entangled in the chase as well. It sounds outrageous, and it is, but there’s a real human heart to the film as well, and seeing the actors bring these characters to life, I’m really impressed at how Michael has managed to walk a fine line and create something that doesn’t feel like any other action film in recent memory.
June 20, 2007, 2:12 a.m. CST
but its a glowing recommendation for the film. by all means, do what u gotta do. but most of us here ARE kinda sick of how the writers seem to always give positive feedback whenever they meet with or talk with a writer. i mean i know u dont want it to be awkward with them later, but damn. the damage was done by the hostel shilling. sorry if you have to feel it too, but thats kinda the way it is.
June 20, 2007, 3:32 a.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... those are my impressions of what I've seen so far. And I've been burned before, by the way, and said so. I've visited editing rooms, liked what I've seen, and disliked the final product. And when that's happened, I've said so. <P>Judge me by my actions. Me. Not the actions of anyone else on this site. Judge me by what I've written. And if you still feel that way, fine. But don't throw HOSTEL 2 in my face, because I didn't put that coverage up. All I ask of any reader is that you distinguish one writer from another, just as I distinguish one filmmaker from another. It's lazy and inaccurate to do otherwise.
June 20, 2007, 7:05 a.m. CST
by Talkbacker with no name
Just quit it with all this Hostel 2 and Don Murphy bullshit! Shoot 'em Up sounds like 'our' kind of movie! Fucking hell, what does it take to get you fuckers excited?! (maybe someone funny can answer that one...no not you CQuest or frg10. I said someone funny) . <p>I don't really like Don Murphy (from what I have seen and read by him) but I refuse to boycott a potentialy great movie because the producer acts like an arsehole sometimes. If we all did that we would never go and see any movies! It's like their job, man. <p>On the Hostel 2 issue - If you don't want to read anything about the movie then don't click the fucking link! How hard can it be? Read something else that interests you here. There is lots to choice from, you fucking idiots! <p>Mori, I enjoyed the interview and am looking forward to this one!
June 20, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST
Just hit the Shoot em' up website. Hopefully soon there will be some kick ass Posters etc. on the site. to go along with this kick ass movie. Moriarty great interview, hopefully you follow up more with this movie before summers end.
June 20, 2007, 9:40 a.m. CST
Fuck - why would a website specializing in covering GENRE films cover a GENRE film?! And one that I thought was actually decent, but that's neither here nor there. Also - I loved the fuck out of Crank - so hopefully Shoot Em Up will be Crank, only with less guilty-pleasure and video-game-worshipping and more babies being delivered during shootouts/whatever's going on with the skydiving and the helicopter in that preview.
June 20, 2007, 10:06 a.m. CST
Hostel 2 is teh suck. Editing room articles either rock or are teh suck and Shoot 'Em Up is either another Smoking Aces/Crank fiasco or the best action movie in years. Glad we got that all cleared up.
June 20, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST
cmon man thats just semantics. You said you liked a movie, then offered up a cast REVIEW,touched on what a few of the characters do and that u enjoyed it. so now its an IMPRESSION?? what in the hell. Its a damn review man. A small one, but a review the same. n endorsement of the film. Just ADMIT THAT MUCH. There isnt anything wrong with it in itself, but its just about what the site has come to be lately. Its a bit hard to seperate writer from writer's place of employment, ya know? Instead of complaining about us treating u on your own merits you should talk to your coworkers about being a bit less greasy in their blatant promotion of crappy work, as its not worth it. It affects the site as a whole. Anyway tho, Ive said what I need to say on the subject,anything else would just be going over the same thing again. but i DO appreciate you responding. i see that and respect that.
June 20, 2007, 12:18 p.m. CST
Just watched the awesome trailer. Any movie that advertises itself to the tune of Motley Crue's Kickstart My Heart is alright with me.
June 20, 2007, 1 p.m. CST
as that was the word on the street... nice interview.
June 20, 2007, 3:08 p.m. CST
I enjoyed the article, I felt like I was almost part of the conversation...or some wierdo eavesdropping. I'll be checking it out when it's released. -Chewing Gum and Ass kicking. -gOODfORyOU
June 20, 2007, 4:19 p.m. CST
by drew mcweeny
... or you can't read. I never said that everyone who disliked GRINDHOUSE hates women. At all. I said the people who were repeatedly reducing every woman in the film to "gashes" or "cunts" or "bitches" obviously had issues. If you were upset, chances are you're one of the people I was referring to, and I absolutely think that the language you use reveals a lot about your worldview. I haven't backtracked on that one little bit.
June 20, 2007, 4:21 p.m. CST
Fucking hell! I haope its better than 'Platfrom Game' Or 'Beat Em Up' YOU TURNED DOWN BOND FOR FOR A MOVIE CALLED SHOOT EM UP!!!!!!! Good luck dude.
June 21, 2007, 2:54 p.m. CST
With Die Hard Being PG i was super depressed especially with the Talkback area, This is going to be so awesome. Moriarty keep up the reports.. i anxiously await this movie.
June 22, 2007, 8:14 a.m. CST
by Sly Fox
I'm realy looking forward to 'Shoot Em Up', since seeing 'Eight Days a Week' tucked away on Channel 5 (uk) many years ago I've been a big fan of his work. 8DAW is one of the films that made me want to make films. My next project has a character called Erica in it as a reference to the film.