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LadyAugustine
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« Reply #120 on: December 07, 2008, 07:10:00 AM »

Wow great videos & articles everyone!  thanks for all the hard work posting them.

I found this on google alerts this morning.  It's not (or doesn't seem to be I could be wrong) a professional journalist but seems someone who's purely a comic book fan, and a huge fan of the punisher.  I loved his review.  I *ESPECIALLY* loved the part I bolded.  YAY!

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ComicBookMovie.com: Your source for comic book movie news, reviews, and previews!

Punisher War Zone
Exactly what it needed to be.
While I thought the previews showed promise, it did more. The movie itself was great. It doesn't try to be Iron Man or the Dark Knight, but it gives enough for any of us who are real comic book fans.

First of all, Ray Stevenson is the Punisher. He looks exactly like we picture the character to be. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the Thomas Jane version, mostly because of Jane, but, he is no Stevenson.
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The Punisher is violent, but that is what we expect. We do not expect to be shown mercy, and we are not. Yes, the violence is extreme, but it fits the profile.

From beginning to end, I was very pleased. In a year of great comic book films, the year was brought to a pleasant close
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« Reply #121 on: December 08, 2008, 12:48:03 PM »

Red Carpet video!

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index.php?category=0&id=62557

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« Reply #122 on: December 08, 2008, 07:57:41 PM »

'PUNISHER: WAR ZONE' Q&A WITH RAY STEVENSON
The New Punisher actor takes aim and fires back about the flick that hit theaters this weekend 
 
By Rachel Molino
Posted 12/8/2008
 
Sure, there were the explosions, fight scenes and shoot-outs, but what really knocked out actor Ray Stevenson was Garth Ennis.

"Marvel made everything available to me, which was great," says the man playing Frank Castle in Dec. 5's "Punisher: War Zone." "I took as much from the visualsófrom the work of Tim Bradstreet, the cover illustratoróas much as I did from the writing of Garth Ennis, who just knocked me out as a writer."
 
Four years after Tom Jane played the Marvel antihero, Lionsgate and director Lexi Alexander ("Green Street Hooligans") have rebooted the franchise in the fashion of this summer's "Incredible Hulk," injecting a fresh plot with a hard R-rating and stylized violence. We chatted with new Punisher Stevenson to get the scoop on filling Frank's combat boots, Alexander's superpowers and where the first film went wrong. (Florida!)

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WIZARD: I watched the trailer for "Punisher: War Zone," and it scared me. I think I saw you punch your fist through a guy's face, run a chair leg through a dude's eye and then explode a whole room of assassins.
STEVENSON: I think it's true to the MAX series. The way in which the violence is dealt with is definitely keeping within the comic book genre. We're not selling out to make something that is 100 percent realistic. It's from a comic book, and you get the sense that you are watching the pages come to life. The books themselves don't pull their punches and neither do we, but I don't think it's as abrasive as one might think because it's not done in a hyper-real state. But yeah it's scary. It's about violent men doing violent things to other violent men. But the "War Zone" is as much internal for Frank Castle as it is external, and we get to show that there's a price to pay for this.

It sounds like you went through some Punisher source material.
STEVENSON: All of it. [Marvel] builds a brand loyalty with their characters and the details beneath them, and [fans] would be the first to hold Marvel to task if they veered off, because the audience is dipping their hands in their pockets every month and deserves respect. They set the bar very high.

Having been exposed to this material, have you been inspired to pick up more comics, perhaps other things Ennis has written?
STEVENSON: Yeah, I certainly am more aware now, that if I see something, I will pick it up and have a look. Garth Ennis' writing was fascinating and a lot more in-depth than screenwriters often get into it. And I have worked on projects before where I've had directors, producers and even writers turn around and say, "Yeah, yeah, don't look too deep," because they haven't answered the questions, and any question you may bring up, they haven't got the answers to. They do it in these comic books, and it's very inspiring.

You're a tough guy actor. Who are some of the toughest guys in Hollywood to you?
STEVENSON: People I look back to would be Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Clint Eastwood. We haven't really seen "the tough guy" portrayed in a long time. The "tough" guys have been sort of bullets-bounce-off guys. I think what's happening now is the tough guys are allowed to be human. There are some things that Harrison Ford did, some choices he made which made him one of the tough guys. He didn't always get it right. He did get battered and bruised. Viewers watching him could think, "Given the right circumstances, I could see that kind of thing through."

Have you seen either the Dolph Lundgren or Tom Jane "Punisher" movies?
STEVENSON: I saw the Tom Jane, and it was an interesting film. I think the script didn't serve them very well. After I had read the whole MAX series, I was let down a bit by the script and the placement of the film, in Florida. In our movie, he doesn't drive around in a GTO. He's a nighttime predator, and he's almost clinical in his military precision, but he's definitely a predator at night on the streets of New York, and I think all that helps the direction of the piece, so I think the setting down there was wrong. Also, the script didn't serve them that well; you never really got inside Frank. You left being more informed about John Travolta's character than you were about Frank's character. They had an uphill task, but the film held together. It was fine but I can see why the fansóit wasn't really giving them what they deserved.

What did Lexi Alexander bring to the film that could have been missed by another director?
STEVENSON: Are you familiar with Lexi's history? She's an ex-world champion kickboxer. What she brings to the film is that mindsetówhen you really think about it, when you step into a ring with somebody else and you know that person is gonna hit you as hard as they can, and you're gonna try and hit that person as hard as you can, there's a mindset that goes on that there's no way out. This is it. This is combat. When you train and you're determined to progress a course of action, there's a mindset and a heart that goes into the fight, and that's what she brought: a realism, that she was able to expose the inner workings, the warrior spirit, as well as the outside action.

Have you ever had any weird interactions with fans?
STEVENSON: Yes. I've had one in particular. It happened at my very first Comic-Con, at San Diego. I'm on the Marvel stand, I'm sitting next to Tim Bradstreet, we're signing posters. There's a great line and I've got security, which is new to me but it's America and whatever. The security is standing off and people are coming through like, "Can you sign this to John?" and this one guy walks up with a plastic bag all excited and says, "Would you sign my gun?" and he pulls out a sawed-off shotgun! Thankfully it was a plastic one with an orange cap on the end, but that's the only way you'd know. So I go, "Yeah sure, f--k it, I'll sign whatever the hell you want!" So that was pretty intense. Not a flinch from security. I signed his gun and he went away happy.


http://www.wizarduniverse.com/120808stevensonpunisher.html

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« Reply #123 on: December 09, 2008, 03:14:25 PM »

Thanks to all who have worked tirelessly to bring all the PWZ publicity to RayVer's attention here!

I'm reading all the articles slowly but surely. With a great big smile on my face. Not bad considering I won't see the film for weeks yet *weeps*

One veery noticeable thing.... isn't Ray doing the most fantastic job to promote the film and his role?!  :clap:
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« Reply #124 on: December 09, 2008, 08:44:47 PM »

Yes, he is articulate and engaging and charming in his interviews.  :clap: :crush:

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« Reply #125 on: December 09, 2008, 09:58:27 PM »

This is more of an editorial, but it illustrates how much the fans enjoyed this movie.  Both the author and her readers (that commented) want to see Ray Stevenson back as The Punisher.

http://www.cinematical.com/2008/12/09/the-geek-beat-sometimes-id-like-to-get-my-hands-on-a-sequel
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« Reply #126 on: December 09, 2008, 10:01:58 PM »

Yes, he is articulate and engaging and charming in his interviews.  :clap: :crush:

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And, his personal appearances with his fans  :cheers: :loveys: :clap:   charming chap indeed!!
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« Reply #127 on: December 10, 2008, 03:19:31 PM »

another Ray interview, this time with a movie critic named "Chuck the movie guy".

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RXOdH9g4Z4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RXOdH9g4Z4</a>
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« Reply #128 on: December 11, 2008, 07:08:03 PM »

Another good review from someone who clearly understood the movie's agenda.

http://www.411mania.com/movies/film_reviews/92181

The Punisher: War Zone is a hard movie to sell. It is the story of a man who kills every bad guy he finds. However, Alexander found a way to create a movie that allows the character to operate in the way fans of the comic book expect him to act, while at the same time entertaining people who may have never heard of the character before stepping into the theater. This is not a masterpiece, but is a tremendously fun movie and one that I canít imagine you would leave without a giant smile on your face.
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« Reply #129 on: December 11, 2008, 10:37:10 PM »

http://thereeladdict.com/reel-review-punisher-war-zone/

For all the genuine artistic legitimacy brought to the comic book film genre with the dramatic THE DARK KNIGHT and the entertaining IRON MAN, thereís something refreshing about PUNISHER: WAR ZONE being a case of good old fashioned, silly, campy, comic book fun. Donít get me wrong, THE DARK KNIGHT and IRON MAN are definite milestones, and worthy of every credit they get. But with most comic books now taking a turn for the serious and accomplished, I canít help but welcome a silly, stupid, ridiculously over-the-top movie like PUNISHER that with its very existence asks the Jokerís same question and responds to it: why so serious?

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE isnít about heavy meditations over the nature of heroes, power and responsibility, vigilantes, crime, order, or whatever. Itís about a dude who can completely punch through a guyís face squaring off against a deranged, manic gangster who renames himself Jigsaw when his kisser becomes horribly mutilated.

The filmmakers seem to recognize the nature of their beast, and as such provide a gleefully campy comic book opus of excess that never looks away from what it is. We get The Punisher doing exactly what we expect him to do: punishing people in the most over-the-top, unrealistic, gooey and hyper-violent ways possible. We get ridiculous villains straight out of the pulps, who chew up the scenery (and sometimes others), and cackle with manic and wide-eyes insanity. Thereís horribly bad Italian gangster stereotypes (bad accents included), and drugged out couriers who parkour up the stairs instead of walking on them. Most fun of all, we get several gloriously improbably, but nevertheless fantastically entertaining kills compliments of Frank Castle.

Funnily enough, numerous critics have cited any of these (or all) things as to why the film sucks. It has me wondering if they just didnít get the joke, or if maybe the jokeí is just on me. Itís possible that the filmís ridiculousness is completely unintended. Occasionally the film does venture into attempts at drama that fail, though not as much as they should thanks to Ray Stevenson. The thing is, the film is so assured and dedicated to its excess, I have a hard time believing itís an accident. If it is, well, at least itís one with entertaining results and so it doesnít really matter. If you go into the right frame of mind, thereís no reason you shouldnít be able to have a good time.

Even if see with all this in mind, there will be some Ė especially long-time comic book fans Ė who will see PUNISHER: WAR ZONE as a step back for comic books films, a return to the stigmatized silly campiness associated with the films before IRON MAN and THE DARK KNIGHT finally removed all doubts that comic book heroes are not just kidís stuff.

Why so serious? To me, PUNISHER: WAR ZONE proves thereís still room for the escapist camp.
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« Reply #130 on: December 12, 2008, 12:00:02 AM »

http://thereeladdict.com/reel-review-punisher-war-zone/

For all the genuine artistic legitimacy brought to the comic book film genre with the dramatic THE DARK KNIGHT and the entertaining IRON MAN, thereís something refreshing about PUNISHER: WAR ZONE being a case of good old fashioned, silly, campy, comic book fun. Donít get me wrong, THE DARK KNIGHT and IRON MAN are definite milestones, and worthy of every credit they get. But with most comic books now taking a turn for the serious and accomplished, I canít help but welcome a silly, stupid, ridiculously over-the-top movie like PUNISHER that with its very existence asks the Jokerís same question and responds to it: why so serious?

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE isnít about heavy meditations over the nature of heroes, power and responsibility, vigilantes, crime, order, or whatever. Itís about a dude who can completely punch through a guyís face squaring off against a deranged, manic gangster who renames himself Jigsaw when his kisser becomes horribly mutilated.

The filmmakers seem to recognize the nature of their beast, and as such provide a gleefully campy comic book opus of excess that never looks away from what it is. We get The Punisher doing exactly what we expect him to do: punishing people in the most over-the-top, unrealistic, gooey and hyper-violent ways possible. We get ridiculous villains straight out of the pulps, who chew up the scenery (and sometimes others), and cackle with manic and wide-eyes insanity. Thereís horribly bad Italian gangster stereotypes (bad accents included), and drugged out couriers who parkour up the stairs instead of walking on them. Most fun of all, we get several gloriously improbably, but nevertheless fantastically entertaining kills compliments of Frank Castle.

Funnily enough, numerous critics have cited any of these (or all) things as to why the film sucks. It has me wondering if they just didnít get the joke, or if maybe the jokeí is just on me. Itís possible that the filmís ridiculousness is completely unintended. Occasionally the film does venture into attempts at drama that fail, though not as much as they should thanks to Ray Stevenson. The thing is, the film is so assured and dedicated to its excess, I have a hard time believing itís an accident. If it is, well, at least itís one with entertaining results and so it doesnít really matter. If you go into the right frame of mind, thereís no reason you shouldnít be able to have a good time.

Even if see with all this in mind, there will be some Ė especially long-time comic book fans Ė who will see PUNISHER: WAR ZONE as a step back for comic books films, a return to the stigmatized silly campiness associated with the films before IRON MAN and THE DARK KNIGHT finally removed all doubts that comic book heroes are not just kidís stuff.

Why so serious? To me, PUNISHER: WAR ZONE proves thereís still room for the escapist camp.

Hello Frank! Thanks for the articles mate! This one makes for GOOD reading!

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« Reply #131 on: December 14, 2008, 02:41:43 AM »

http://www.hollywood.com/photo_gallery/Flip_Book_Ray_Stevenson_FLIPBOOK/5332232


Here are some pics from the premiere.  Has pics of his girlfriend too!
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« Reply #132 on: December 14, 2008, 04:53:36 PM »

ooh Yeah. I saw them when you posted them on IMDb. Thanks again, iblauralee! :wave:


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« Reply #133 on: December 17, 2008, 11:49:02 PM »

Here's a mildly amusing blog entry that I stumbled upon.  It's from the myspace page of Patton Oswalt- an actor that usually comes across like an annoying fanboy more than anything else.  But instead of tearing P:WZ apart for not trying to make the source material seem "realistic", he has nothing but praise for the film's over-the-top approach.

http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=67077201&blogID=456847981

PUNISHER: WAR ZONE is THE BEST time I've had at the movies this year. I've seen better films. MUCH better films. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE DARK KNIGHT, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED I'm sure, someday, will influence my work and make me think twice before I let slide something hack-y and un-original.

But I didn't ever feel like standing up on my chair and cheering. None of them made me cackle like a railyard hobo who's found half a cigar and a can of beans. And none of them had a scene where Dominic West, in Frankenstein makeup, convinces black, Chinese and Irish gangs to put aside their differences and act as cannon-fodder in his hissy fit vengeance scheme against Frank Castle, aka The Punisher.


(Full review at above link.)
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« Reply #134 on: December 18, 2008, 03:26:39 PM »

Here's a mildly amusing blog entry that I stumbled upon.  It's from the myspace page of Patton Oswalt-
...oh yeah gotta trust anything that comes from a person named Patton :)
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