V for Vendetta

Nov. 23, 2009 | 11:47 p.m.

‘Ninja Assassin’s’ James McTeigue aims for a 21st century ‘film noir’ take on ninjas

  James McTeigue, the Aussie filmmaker behind the big screen adaptation of “V for Vendetta,” is back with “Ninja Assassin,” which hits theaters on Wednesday. Korean pop sensation Rain plays Raizo, who was kidnapped as a child by the Ozunu Clan and trained to be a deadly assassin. The film, produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers — whom McTeigue worked with for many years on “The Matrix” trilogy — was inspired by the ninja scenes featured in the Wachowskis’ 2008 film “Speed Racer.”  Hero Complex contributor Yvonne Villarreal spoke with the filmmaker. YV: How did the project come about? JM: I guess I got involved with it from standing around on too many movie sets, talking about what genre’s going to be good to shoot and revamp. But, seriously, I did some work on “Speed Racer” and I […]
Sept. 18, 2008 | 7:48 p.m.

Alan Moore on ‘Watchmen’ movie: ‘I will be spitting venom all over it’

For the record, Alan Moore has not softened his view on Hollywood nor its plan to bring his classic graphic novel “Watchmen” to the screen next March. “I find film in its modern form to be quite bullying,” Moore told me during an hour-long phone call from his home in England. “It spoon-feeds us, which has the effect of watering down our collective cultural imagination. It is as if we are freshly hatched birds looking up with our mouths open waiting for Hollywood to feed us more regurgitated worms. The ‘Watchmen’ film sounds like more regurgitated worms. I for one am sick of worms. Can’t we get something else? Perhaps some takeout? Even Chinese worms would be a nice change.” Moore is often described as a recluse but, really, I think it’s more precise to say he is simply too […]
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