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5 Paul W.S. Anderson Action Scenes Everyone Can Appreciate

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • February 21, 2014 1:01 PM
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Paul W.S. Anderson, Action features
For critics, Paul W.S. Anderson is the ideal punching bag—a terrible director with a penchant for churning out clichéd action flicks. If you take a look at his Rotten Tomatoes page—where the highest-rated project is the straight-to-video sequel “Death Race 3”—you will get an idea of the response the filmmaker’s work tends to receive.

Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:43 AM
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Pompeii
With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie, a turgid gladiator drama, with acting so wooden, we'd wager that the script co-credited to "Downton Abbey" scribe Julian Fellowes (who we can only imagine saw his draft thoroughly rewritten by the other three writers on this into something more pedestrian) is good for kindling. Lots of things burn in "Pompeii," but nothing resembling drama, tension, excitement or entertainment.

Watch: 'Pompeii' Burns In New Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's Latest Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:55 PM
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If you like dudes and ladies in olden times yelling, facing peril, and speaking gravely, then 2014 will be your year. Two "Hercules" movies are on the way, along with "300: Rise Of An Empire" and, in case you forgot, auteur Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii."

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Blows....Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 8:35 PM
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Guys, it's the trailer for the new film by Paul Anderson! . . . No, not that one. Instead, it's the auteur behind a couple "Resident Evil" movies, "The Three Musketeers" and "Death Race," and he's back once again. And this time, he's getting volcanic. Literally.

Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Back For 'Resident Evil 6'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 14, 2013 11:33 AM
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Well, it was hinted at a few weeks back, but it’s official now: Paul W.S. Anderson will be directing “Resident Evil 6.” In fact, when it comes to the next "Resident Evil" movie, everything appears to be business as usual. Anderson will be back, his wife Milla Jovovich will be back, it will be released in the month of September (September 12th, 2014, to be exact), just like every other "Resident Evil" movie except the first one

Podcast: The Playlist Talks Highlights From TIFF, Telluride And NYFF; Plus Armond White: Genuine Contrarian Or Provocateur?

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 3, 2012 6:14 PM
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We've decided to double down this week on podcasts to make up for lost chats. Our slate for this week’s show is as follows: a round-up of festival reports from Toronto, Telluride and the beginning of New York Film Festival. Later in the episode, we discuss contrarian film critic Armond White regarding two pieces he recently wrote: one, called "The Battle of The Andersons," in which he claims Paul W.S Anderson is a better filmmaker than Paul Thomas Anderson. And the other, "The Whip and the Fedora," in which he posits "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls" is better than "Raiders of the Lost Ark."

Review: 'Resident Evil: Retribution' Is Apocalyptic Malevolence At Its Most Tedious & Banal

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 15, 2012 1:20 PM
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About once every eighteen months we’re cursed with another entry in the bafflingly endless, endlessly baffling “Resident Evil” franchise. Based on a series of popular horror survival games by Japanese company Capcom, the first film was originally supposed to be directed by zombie movie titan George Romero, who had directed a series of atmospheric commercials for the games in Japan. Instead, he was swapped out for Paul W.S. Anderson, who can charitably be described as a talentless hack, and had previously directed an adaptation of videogame “Mortal Kombat.” As such, gritty horror was replaced by a kind of cheaply lacquered Hollywood sheen.

'Resident Evil' Director Paul W. S. Anderson May Wrangle Video Game Adaptation 'Monster Hunter'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 13, 2012 10:57 AM
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Who’s your favorite Paul Anderson? Well, chances are that it’s probably not the one we’re about to discuss here, but surely by now you’re Paul Thomas Anderson-ed out, aren’t you? Let’s give Paul William Scott Anderson his time to shine. The fifth (and presumed penultimate) installment in the “Resident Evil” franchise hits theaters tomorrow, and it’s the third that Anderson has helmed. If he does end his involvement with the series after the sixth entry, then he may just be on the lookout for another franchise that will keep paying the bills.

Michelle Rodriguez Was Apparently In A 'Resident Evil' Movie, Returning For 'Retribution'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 1:19 AM
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We're not sure that there's a single franchise out there that's cheaper and more joyless than "Resident Evil." The video-game adaptation is now a decade, and four entries, old, and has continued to add literally nothing to the zombie genre, the action movie genre and the cinematic artform in general. But with the last film, "Resident Evil: Apocalypse," proving by far the biggest entry in the series, taking nearly $300 million worldwide, there's no end in sight, and original helmer Paul W.S. Anderson, who also directed the fourth entry, is returning to the series for "Resident Evil: Retribution," on which shooting is imminent, ahead of a release a year from now.

Duh: Milla Jovovich & Paul W.S. Anderson Returning For 'Resident Evil: Retribution'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 3:34 AM
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Sienna Guillory Won't Be BackWe may not understand the love the "Resident Evil" franchise has, but money doesn't lie. Now four films strong, each entry in the series has made more than the last (not unlike the "Final Destination" franchise) with last year's 3D effort "Resident Evil: Afterlife" taking in nearly $300 million worldwide, pretty much doubling the $147 million haul of "Resident Evil: Extinction." That's the kind of numbers that makes studio executives tingle. Anyway, it wasn't much of a surprise that a sequel was greenlit and stamped with a 2012 release date last fall, and this bit of news is even less of a stunner.

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