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Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017
As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...
Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.
When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way. »
Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017
Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.
Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into »
Odd Mom Out has a new leader. Deadline reports Lara Spotts has been named the new showrunner for season three of the Bravo series.The comedy stars series creator Jill Kargman as a wife and mother trying to stay true to herself in the middle of New York City's status-obsessed Upper East Side. The cast also includes Andy Buckley, Kk Glick, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Kleier, and Abby Elliott.Read More… »
In the early '70s Walter Matthau excelled in three powerful cops 'n' robbers movies; the second sees him as a tough, laconic San Francisco detective charged with an impossible task -- running down a machine gun mass murderer, with no clues and no living witnesses. The Laughing Policeman Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1973 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 112 min. / Street Date October 18, 2016 / available through Kl Studio Classics / 29.95 Starring Walter Matthau, Bruce Dern, Louis Gossett Jr., Albert Paulsen, Anthony Zerbe, Val Avery, Cathy Lee Crosby, Mario Gallo, Joanna Cassidy, Shirley Ballard, William Hansen, Paul Koslo, Louis Guss, Clifton James, Gregory Sierra, Warren Finnerty, Matt Clark, Joseph Bernard, Leigh French, Anthony Costello. Cinematography David M. Walsh Film Editor Bob Wyman Original Music Charles Fox Written by Thomas Rickman from the novel by Maj Sjowall, Per Wahloo Produced and Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Bravo has given a third season renewal to scripted comedy “Odd Mom Out.”
The series stars Jill Kargman as a woman navigating the elitist attitudes of super-wealthy families living in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Production on the next 10 episodes is set to begin in the spring.
“Led by Jill Kargman, the incredible cast and crew of ‘Odd Mom Out’ delivered comedy gold in season two that culminated in an epic cliffhanger leaving our viewers desperate for more,” said Lara Spotts, senior VP of development for Bravo. “Another season of this hilarious and sophisticated gem further demonstrates Bravo’s commitment to unique and high-quality scripted programming.”
Season two of “Odd Mom Out” earlier this year averaged about 1.1 million viewers. It’s part of Bravo’s push into scripted programming that began two years ago with the launch of Lisa Edelstein starrer “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.” Andy Buckley, Kk Glick, Sean Kleier and Joanna Cassidy co-star with Kargman »
- Cynthia Littleton
The excellent retrospective of Joe Dante's subversive, eccentric cinema in New York at Bam this month includes all the expected classics, which can hardly be termed "forgotten"—"fondly remembered" would be more like it—but also some intriguing and more obscure pieces: The Film Orgy, a five-hour found footage riot; several items programmed by Dante, such as Anthony Mann's The Black Book (a.k.a. Reign of Terror) and Arthur Penn's existential art film Mickey One; and also some of Dante's TV work, much of which is far less well-known than it ought to be...Dante's episodes of cable show Masters of Horror are uniquely dark, savage affairs with strong political agendas—Homecoming (2005) was the first bit of American filmed drama to deal openly with the war in Iraq. The "serious comedy" of this all-out, take-no-prisoners assault on the Bush administration is anticipated by the »
The second season of Bravo's other scripted series, Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce, drew low ratings and was renewed for three seasons. Could Odd Mom Out be that lucky? Will it be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned.
On Odd Mom Out, a new York wife, mom, and fashionista (Jill Kargman) tries to stay true to herself and resist all the delicious temptations that her frenemies and husband's family believe are important. The rest of the cast includes Abby Elliott, Andy Buckley, Joanna Cassidy, Kk Glick, and Sean Kleier.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated as the weeks progress:Read More… »
Season two of Odd Mom Out just premiered last night. Now, Bravo's announced they've released the next two episodes online early.
The comedy stars Jill Kargman as a fictionalized version of herself, a writer at odds with the society of New York's Upper East Side. The cast also includes Andy Buckley, Kk Glick, Joanna Cassidy, Sean Kleier, and Abby Elliott.
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Ahead of their linear debut, two episodes of Bravo’s “Odd Mom Out” will be available online, on the network’s app and on VOD.
Following the season-two premiere of the scripted comedy Monday night at 10 p.m., episodes two and three will be available to view on BravoTV.com, the Bravo Now App and VOD, before the television debut of both episodes. Making the episodes available early will allow the new season to be sampled, in hopes of creating a larger viewership for the series.
Hailing from Jill Kargman, “Odd Mom Out” stars Kargman as a satirical version of herself trying to co-exist with the demanding hierarchy of New York’s exclusive Upper East Side ecosystem. Abby Elliot, Andy Buckley, Kk Glick, Sean Kleier and Joanna Cassidy also star.
In the new season, Jill decides it’s time to return to her job at the fashion magazine where she soon butts heads with her former boss »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Directed by Kevin Greutert.
Everleigh Maddox survives a horrific car accident, and a year later, while pregnant, begins to suffer terrifying visions suggesting the event may still be haunting her…
You wouldn’t know that producer Jason Blum had been up for an Oscar last year by watching dross like Visions, the latest ‘chiller’ from his Blumhouse Productions stable, because this is a million miles from the style and verve of Whiplash. Isla Fisher–one of those actresses you cast when you can’t get half a dozen others–gainly attempts to craft some kind of character and arc out of Kevin Greutert’s enormously bland picture as (the weirdly named) Everleigh, a pregnant young woman who suffers a horrific car crash and a year later plans to open a vineyard in a super posh, »
- Tony Black
Bravo is taking a page out of Jerry Seinfeld’s book and releasing a new web series, “Sitting in Diners Eating Donuts,” (an obvious riff on Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”), to promote the second season of its first scripted comedy, “Odd Mom Out.”
The web shorts feature “Odd Mom Out” executive producer and star Jill Kargman sitting down with fellow funny New Yorkers, discussing topics relevant to that week’s episode. Jessica Seinfeld, wife of Jerry, shares tidbits about her family life and childhood. Claudia Oshry, a plucky young blogger known as “Girl With No Job,” matches her brand of “modern ortho” Jewish humor with Kargman’s Upper East Sider outsider schtick.
“Odd Mom Out” is a half-hour comedy series based on Kargman’s book, “Momzillas,” about one mom’s failure to fit in with the upper echelon of the Upper East Side. Kargman’s character isn’t quite rich enough or together enough to impress the Stepford moms she encounters at pre-school interviews: “Between Lexington and Fifth, I’m a charity case.”
Serving as her foil is her sister-in-law and the show’s shining star, Abby Elliott. Elliott ranks among the many promising comedians whose tenure at “Saturday Night Live” was too short-lived for many fans, but with “Odd Mom Out” she has returned with a flourish. Other standouts include Andy Buckley (“The Office”) as Kargman’s husband, and Joanna Cassidy (“Six Feet Under“) as her mother-in-law.
The first two webisodes debut exclusively on IndieWire. The second season of “Odd Mom Out” premieres June 20 at 10Pm on Bravo.
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- Judith Dry
"The woman doused you in fruit punch, what else can she do?" Bravo has released a new clip and details from season two of Odd Mom Out.
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HBO is marking the 15th anniversary of the Six Feet Under TV show premiere, with a marathon of the entire run of the hit drama series on HBO2. All 63 episodes will air back-to-back starting tonight, Thursday, June 2 at 11:00pm Et/Pt. The marathon concludes Sunday, June 5 at 12:20pm, with the Six Feet Under TV series finale, "Everyone's Waiting."
A darkly comedic, surreal, family drama series from Alan Ball, Six Feet Under premiered June 3, 2001 and ran for 63 episodes, over the course of five seasons. The critically acclaimed Six Feet Under TV series finale aired August 21, 2005. The Six Feet Under cast includes: Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths. Justina Machado, Jeremy Sisto, Lili Taylor, Joanna Cassidy, Richard Jenkins, and Rainn Wilson recurred.
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that Blumhouse Productions’ terrifying horror Visions is set to arrive on DVD and Digital HD here in the UK this June. The film, whcih is directed by Kevin Greutert, stars Isla Fisher, Anson Mount, Eva Longoria, Jim Parsons, Joanna Cassidy and Gillian Jacobs. Check out the synopsis and trailer below…
Leaving her hectic city lifestyle behind, young mother-to-be Eveleigh (Isla Fisher, Now You See Me), joins her husband David (Anson Mount, Safe), at their beautiful new vineyard home only to be plagued by terrifying noises and visions of a sinister hooded figure. No one else hears or sees these hallucinations, not even David, who grows increasingly worried about his wife’s well-being. Desperate to prove her sanity, Eveleigh hunts down locals who reveal the haunted history of the vineyard in which she now resides. But when the pieces come together, the answer is far different »
- Gary Collinson
Heavily inspired by the ’80s-’90s works from Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Robert Altman and Quentin Tarantino, it’s one of those imitation films that always runs the risk of jeopardizing its own potential by basking in the shadows of its predecessors. And it is, indeed, perhaps just a little too reminiscent of those films — from Jackie Brown to Boogie Nights to Goodfellas — to really stand out on its own, or to become more than an elusive, moody wannabe at times.
But shot and projected entirely in 35mm film, and in a series of five single-shot acts, it’s nevertheless a beauty to behold. Impressive, if quite showy, in its presentation and bleeding with pulp, suave and sophistication, it’s a copycat for sure, but a damn good one — a crisp neo-noir »
- Will Ashton
Is satire obsolete? Our appalling present political reality has surpassed some of the wildest jokes in director Joe Dante's 'exaggerated, outrageous' 1997 cable movie. An immigration squabble snowballs until a renegade state governor closes his border and threatens to secede from the Union. It's a 'political idiocy' version of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World ... and nineteen years later, we're stuck living it. The Second Civil War DVD (2005) HBO Video 1997 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 96 min. / Street Date August 30, 2005 / 14.98 Starring Beau Bridges, Joanna Cassidy, Phil Hartman, James Earl Jones, James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, Elizabeth Peña, Denis Leary, Ron Perlman, Kevin Dunn, Brian Keith, Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, William Schallert, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Jerry Hardin, Roger Corman, Rance Howard, Robert Picardo, Alexandra Wilson, Belinda Belaski, Jennifer Carlson, Sean Lawlor. Cinematography Mac Ahlberg Film Editor Marshall Harvey Original Music Hummie Mann Written by Martyn Burke Produced by Guy Riedel Directed by Joe Dante »
- Glenn Erickson
“Too Late” is structured around a striking gimmick: Its Los Angeles-set neo-noir tale is told in five non-chronologically ordered segments, each consisting of one continuous shot running a single Techniscope-format 35mm reel (approximately 22 minutes) in length. The sense that one is watching an elaborate formal stunt is underlined by the studiedly flamboyant dialogue and artificial situations in writer-director Dennis Hauck’s first feature, a supremely self-conscious genre exercise in which character and emotional depth don’t seem to be on the very meta menu. Rolling out theatrically in 35mm-only exhibition (which expands after single-screen March 18 and April 1 openings in Los Angeles and New York, respectively) the pic will get variable critical support. Such stylistic bravado will surely accrue some cultish admiration there and in home-format release.
- Dennis Harvey
A Change.org petition drive was launched Thursday for Richardson to replace Howard. Richardson received 46% of the vote last August in a spirited electoral challenge to Howard, who died on Wednesday.
But Richardson told Variety that she was not comfortable with taking that course.
“While I really do appreciate the sentiments of the members asking me to run as the next President of SAG-aftra my feeling is that when the members elected Ken Howard they also endorsed his party and their philosophy,” she said.
“Therefore it seems right to me that Gabrielle Carteris, who is our Executive Vice President and current acting President should assume the rest of Ken’s term as President at our upcoming Board meeting. Gabrielle shares Ken’s beliefs and worked closely with him. »
- Dave McNary
A movie about a missing woman... and a lost man. This looks quite good. Vanishing Angle has debuted an official trailer for Dennis Hauck's indie drama Too Late, starring John Hawkes as a private investigator searching for a missing woman. This crime noir follows him around various seedy parts of Los Angeles, encountering many interesting people. The full cast includes Crystal Reed, Dash Mihok, Rider Strong, Vail Bloom, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Dichen Lachman, Sally Jaye, Natalie Zea, and Joanna Cassidy. The film will be released exclusively on 35mm in theaters across North America in Spring 2016, according to the website. If you're curious, definitely check out the trailer below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Dennis Hauck's Too Late, found via The Film Stage: Private investigator Mel Sampson (Academy Award nominee John Hawkes) is tasked with tracking down the whereabouts of a missing woman from his own past. »
- Alex Billington
The debut feature film from Dennis Hauck, "Too Late," brings with it an interesting concept: The filmmaker shot the movie on 35mm in a series of single Steadicam takes that last right up until the reel runs out. It adds an interesting element to the throwback-'90s crime flick that will arrive in limited release this spring at a theater near you in 35mm. Read More: Laff Review: Crime Drama 'Too Late' Starring John Hawkes, Robert Forster, Crystal Reed, And Natalie Zea Starring John Hawkes, Vail Bloom, Joanna Cassidy, Jeff Fahey, Robert Forster, Brett Jacobsen, Dichen Lachman, Dash Mihok, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Crystal Reed, Rider Strong, and Natalie Zea, the non-linear story, with shades of "Pulp Fiction," follows a private detective tasked with finding a missing woman. Here's the synopsis: From desolate, overgrown Radio Hill to the ritzy penthouse of The Beverly Hilton, Too Late offers remarkable views »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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