Two ‘Max Payne’ Movie Posters

21 08 2008



‘Max Payne’ Promotional Photos

11 07 2008

I recently posted the trailer for the Max Payne movie starring Marky Mark. This time, I’ve got some promotional photos courtesy of First Showing. As far as I can tell this neo-noir film has every action movie cliche’ in it’s marketing campaign alone. However, these photos, which ironically feature Mark Wahlberg firing two guns whilst jumping through the air in the rain (not once, but three times) or just standing around (also in the rain), look stunningly close to the game, so I guess as long as it’s true to the source material, I can’t really ask for much more. I predict Max Payne will be, at best, a fun action flick, but that’s about it.



‘Max Payne’ Movie Trailer

10 07 2008

The new trailer for the video game adaptation, Max Payne, starring Mark Wahlberg, is now online. The only thing I really know about the game is what I learned while watching a friend of mine play for a few hours, but visually, I’d say this film looks pretty awesome. It’s got a lot of the elements that made the game look so badass: tons of shadows, desaturated color, and, of course, a slow motion dive. The only thing I don’t get is the whole giant black bird things. I don’t remember those from the game, and apparently, neither does anyone else. I’m not really sure where they’re going with that.

The movie is currently set to be released on October 17, 2008.

Marky Mark Bulks Up For Aronofsky’s Boxer Bio Pic

1 07 2008

Mark WahlbergIf there’s one thing Darren Aronofsky is not, it’s conventional. Over the course of his career he has reinvented the art of filmmaking in such films as Requiem for a Dream, with its fast-paced edits, extreme close-ups and use of split-screen, and The Fountain with its gorgeous imagery and multiple storylines spanning thousands of years, each telling the story of someone searching for the key to eternal life. I’ve always found his work to be very visually dynamic and beautiful.

He is currently at work on two films: The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke (as Randy “The Ram” Robinson) and The Fighter, starring Mark Wahlberg (as “Irish” Mickey Ward) and Matt Damon (as his trainer and half-brother, Dicky). While Aronofsky has almost completed The Wrestler, The Fighter is scheduled to begin shooting in October. Marky Mark has spent the last two years training and bulking up in preparation for his role as the boxing champion.


“Wahlberg tells MTV that, “I’ve been training for two years now. I’m ready. I want to look like a champ, not a chump.” Wahlberg wants it to hold up to Raging Bull, but considering that is the undisputed champion of boxing movies, it’ll be quite hard to even achieve that level of excellence, nor even surpass. However, Wahlberg explains that he’s doing this movie for one man – Micky Ward himself. “I want to do him proud. The guy did everything I wish I could have done. He came from nothing, went on to win the world title with all the odds stacked against him. Did it with his mother and his brother… He’s still in the same town to this day. He’s got a regular job. He knows that I’m going to put it all on the line for him.””

After seeing him portray Philadelphia Eagle, Vince Papale, it doesn’t surprise me that Wahlberg is going to such great lengths for this film. What is interesting to note, however, is that Darren Aronofsky is directing this type of project. Bio pics have sort of become a regular thing in recent years, so I’m looking forward to seeing what Aronofsky does with this genre. Good or bad, it should at least be something we haven’t seen before. I’m willing to bet my car on that.

UPDATE: Apparently, Mark Wahlberg is in talks for a Departed 2 and 3. I know that The Departed was based on the Chinese trilogy, Infernal Affairs, but come on. I seriously think the film industry is run by idiots and money-hungry assholes. More on this when there’s more concrete information.