James Gunn

James Gunn

James Gunn Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS

Preparation Is The Secret To James Gunn's Success


James Gunn

All filmmakers have different ways of shooting a movie, and none are wrong. Some like to keep things basic and let the story flesh itself out on set, while others plan everything down to the last intake of breath. The latter happens to be 'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn.

James Gunn at 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' screeningJames Gunn at 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' screening

James Gunn has opened up about the secrets to the success of 'Guardians of the Galaxy', ahead of the release of the eagerly anticipated sequel. It seems the main thing that he believes is important when writing a script and shooting a film is as much preparation as possible.

Continue reading: Preparation Is The Secret To James Gunn's Success

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

Extraordinary

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, which jolted the Marvel franchise to life with its fresh comedy and freewheeling adventure. This sequel is still a lot of fun, but it's also far more controlled, a conventional, plot-based step of the Marvel universe. And all of the characters are angry about everything and everyone. Thankfully, there's also an emotionality that sneaks into the final act.

Now working as a team, the bickering Guardians just manage to complete their latest mission when Rocket (Bradley Cooper) makes an enemy of a tenacious high priestess (Elizabeth Debicki). Her fleet chases them into an encounter with Ego (Kurt Russell), a god-like being who claims to be the father of Guardian leader Peter (Chris Pratt). So Peter takes Gamora and Drax (Zoe Saldana and Dave Bautista) to check out Ego's planet, while Rocket and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) fend off both the priestess and Peter's old mentor Yondu (Michael Rooker), who arrives with a large posse. And then there's Gamora's perpetually furious sister Nebula (Karen Gillan), who's on the rampage, determined to get revenge against everyone who has slighted her.

There's an underlying rage that drives everyone's actions, and the constant screaming matches become exhausting as the film progresses. The worst offender is Rocket, who expresses his perpetual aggravation in a stream of tetchy tirades. Thankfully, the dialogue is sharply written, with wicked insults to keep the audience smirking along. And there's also a nice sense that all of this fury is masking a deeper affection these misfits have for each other, which boils over in some remarkably strong dramatic scenes. Pratt and Russell are both terrific, seizing every chance to play with the comedic and dramatic notes. There are nice moments for Rooker, Saldana and Gillan, plus some witty cameos. And while Baby Groot is almost painfully adorable, it's Bautista's hilariously open-hearted Drax who steals the show.

Continue reading: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Review

'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Doesn't Live Up To The Original According To Critics


James Gunn

James Gunn and the all-star cast of the original 'Guardians of the Galaxy' movie return this coming weekend with the sequel to the box office hit. With Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel on board, along with other big names, the film certainly has an incredible amount of pulling power.

Baby Groot and Rocket in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'Baby Groot and Rocket in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

The film will mark the big screen introduction for Ego, the Living Planet, whom fans will immediately see in a 1980 meeting with Meredith Quill - Peter's mother. Showing her an alien seedling he planted in the woods of Missouri, a whole new adventure is kickstarted with Star-Lord's parentage clearly a huge part of everything that's to follow.

Continue reading: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' Doesn't Live Up To The Original According To Critics

Anna Faris seen with her husband and the Pratt family at Chris Pratt's Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Ceremony. Chris Pratt is the latest celebrity to be honoured on the famous strip and he unveiled his Star in front of his friends and family - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 21st April 2017

Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Mitch O'farrell, Jack Pratt and Leron Gubler
Anna Faris, Jack Pratt and Chris Pratt
Chris Pratt, Anna Faris and Jack Pratt
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Mitch O'farrell, Jack Pratt and Leron Gubler

The Belko Experiment Review

Weak

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in films from Battle Royale to The Hunger Games. What's different here is the utter pointlessness of the exercise. There's no social commentary here whatsoever, nor is there any satirical edge or character-based intrigue. Instead, this is little more than a sadistic exercise in violence and death, more along the lines of the Saw series. And if it didn't have such a terrific cast, it would be unwatchable.

It's set in a suburb of Bogota, Colombia, where the Belko nonprofit agency helps Latin American companies connect with North American employees. One morning, just after the staff arrives for work, there's an announcement: two people must be killed in the next two minutes. And then 30 people must be dead in the next two hours. It doesn't take long until the entire office block collapses into anarchy. The boss Barry (Tony Goldwyn) immediately seizes control of a stash of guns in the security office, while IT guy Mike (John Gallagher Jr.) keeps a level head as he tries to protect his girlfriend Leandra (Adria Arjona). And as chatterbox Wendell (John G. McGinley) goes on a rampage, Dany (Melonie Diaz) manages to keep out of everyone's way on her very first day in the job.

It's hard to believe that this is written and produced by James Gunn, the man behind the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. The script is so simplistic and witless that it can't help but make thinking audience members furious. Convenient elements are added to boost the premise, such as impenetrable shutters closing off the building or tracker chips implanted in the employees that have explosive charges in them that can be triggered with the flick of a switch. In other words, it's clear from the start that it's unlikely anyone will survive. And even if they do, there's no real reason for any of this to be happening.

Continue reading: The Belko Experiment Review

'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' To Feature Gay Superhero?


James Gunn

It is thrilling to see more and more big movie franchises making the effort to represent the LGBTQ community, and it seems that James Gunn could be the latest to do so with the upcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy' film according to recent comment he made.

James Gunn at 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' world premiereJames Gunn at 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' world premiere

The director, who recently confirmed that he would be at the helm for 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3', confessed that he 'would love to able to' feature a gay superhero of some kind in the Marvel franchise and went on to suggest that he possibly already has for the forthcoming 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' movie.

Continue reading: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' To Feature Gay Superhero?

James Gunn and Michael Rooker at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.' held at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 19th April 2017

James Gunn and Michael Rooker
James Gunn and Michael Rooker
James Gunn and Michael Rooker

Chris Pratt, James Gunn, Jennifer Holland and Anna Faris at the world premiere of Marvel Studios' 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.' held at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 19th April 2017

Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, James Gunn and Jennifer Holland
Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, James Gunn and Jennifer Holland
Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, James Gunn and Jennifer Holland
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris
Chris Pratt and Anna Faris

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 - Extended Trailer & Clips


The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned for another interplanetary adventure, having decided to stick together after forming an unbreakable bond on their last journey. Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord), Drax the Destroyer, Rocket, Gamora and Groot (well... Baby Groot) are back but this time they are not alone. They are joined by Gamora's cynical and formerly evil sister Nebula, initially as a prisoner but then as a fully-fledged member of the team. Ravagers leader Yondu Udonta also join them, though not without trying to kill them first, and a new face in the form of Mantis is also among the new arrivals. Mantis happens to be the adoptive daughter of Ego - a mysterious being who Peter meets on his latest quest, and discovers that he is in fact his father. The team come against plenty of adversaries on their new adventures, but nothing compares to this confusing and unexpected meeting.

Continue: Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 - Extended Trailer & Clips

James Gunn seen at the premiere of Disney And Marvel Studios' new movie 'Doctor Strange' held at the El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 21st October 2016

James Gunn
James Gunn

James Gunn at the premiere of Disney and Marvel Studios' new movie Doctor Strange held at El Capitan Theatre, Disney, Hollywood, California, United States - Thursday 20th October 2016

James Gunn and Guest
James Gunn and Guest
James Gunn and Guest
James Gunn and Guest
James Gunn and Guest
James Gunn

James Gunn Responds To Critics Of Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Casting


Zendaya Coleman James Gunn Tom Holland

Guardians of The Galaxy director James Gunn has hit out at critics of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot who have complained about the casting of Zendaya as Peter Parker’s love interest Mary Jane Watson. Last week The Wrap reported that the former Disney star had been cast as Mary Jane in Spider-Man: Homecoming, causing backlash from those who believed the character should be played by a white actress.

ZendayaZendaya is said to be playing Spider-Man’s girlfriend Mary Jane

In a lengthly Facebook post Gunn wrote that he understands when comic book fans get upset when something they consider intrinsic to a character changes when it's adapted for film.

Continue reading: James Gunn Responds To Critics Of Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Casting

'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Stands Up For Superhero Movies Amidst Award Show Disses


James Gunn

Throughout this year's awards season, it seems to be apparent that some individuals in the film industry are growing tired of superhero movies and the genre's dominance over the box office in recent years.

James Gunn
James Gunn defends superhero movies after the genre gets dissed during award season

The attack of superhero flick's begin during the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday (Feb 21st) when 'Nightcrawler' director Dan Gilroy received Best First Feature, while taking to the stage he slammed the "tsunami of superhero movies" that audiences are flooded with today.

Continue reading: 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Director James Gunn Stands Up For Superhero Movies Amidst Award Show Disses

Contactmusic.com's 10 Best Films Of 2014


Richard Linklater Wes Anderson James Gunn Eddie Redmayne Jake Gyllenhaal Benedict Cumberbatch Ben Whishaw

There was unexpected variety and diversity in cinemas this year, including some genre films that broke through the barriers...

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

10) Nightcrawler - Jake Gyllenhaal goes very dark in this creepy black comedy about a man who has very few limits in what he'll do to become famous. It's so timely that it almost hurts to watch it.Watch the trailer for Nightcrawler here.

Continue reading: Contactmusic.com's 10 Best Films Of 2014

Director James Gunn Explains 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Position In Marvel Universe


James Gunn

This past summer saw the release of the hugely successful Marvel flick 'Guardians of the Galaxy,’ which grossed over $772 million worldwide, and although the plot isn’t connected to any of ‘The Avengers’ superheroes, many fans have wondered whether the two will ever collaborate.

James Gunn
Director James Gunn explained where he sees the 'Guardians' characters in the Marvel universe

Director James Gunn recently spoke about a possible affiliation between ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘The Avengers’ while being interview on a podcast session with Jeff Goldsmith, and explained where the ‘Guardians’ lie in the Marvel universe.

Continue reading: Director James Gunn Explains 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Position In Marvel Universe

James Gunn

James Gunn Quick Links

News Pictures Video Film Quotes RSS
Advertisement

James Gunn

Date of birth

5th October, 1970

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.82




Instagram



Advertisement
Advertisement

James Gunn Movies

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Movie Review

It was never going to be easy to match the impact of 2014's Guardians of...

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The Belko Experiment Movie Review

The kill-or-die scenario that this movie hinges on isn't something new; it's been used in...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 - Clips and Extended  Trailer

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 - Clips and Extended Trailer

The Guardians of the Galaxy have returned for another interplanetary adventure, having decided to stick...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Super Bowl Trailer

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 Super Bowl Trailer

It's been two months since the Guardians of the Galaxy defeated the evil Ronan, and...

Advertisement
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer

The Guardians return two months after their epic battle against Ronan with their criminal records...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Teaser Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 - Teaser Trailer

Five of our favourite unlikely heroes re-assemble in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. The...

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

Guardians of the Galaxy Movie Review

By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel's best-yet movie,...

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer

The cast of forthcoming Marvel movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'; Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Chris...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill runs into some trouble when he discovers an unusual looking orb that happens...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill is a fearless Earthling pilot who rather proudly proclaims himself to be an...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill is a tenacious pilot who was taken away from his home planet Earth...

Advertisement
Movie 43 Trailer

Movie 43 Trailer

If you were hoping for a romantic comedy with a harmless storyline, romance and inoffensive...

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.