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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1986

26 August 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From thrillers to sci-fi to horror, here's our pick of 20 films from 1986 that surely deserve a bit more love...

A fascinating year for film, 1986. It was a time when a glossy, expensive movie about handsome men in planes could dominate the box-office, sure (that would be Top Gun). But it was also a year when Oliver Stone went off with just $6m and came back with Platoon, one of the biggest hits of the year both financially and in terms of accolades. It was also a period when the British movie industry was briefly back on its feet, resulting in a new golden age of great films - one or two of them are even on this list.

As ever, there were certain films that, despite their entertainment value or genuine brilliance in terms of movie making, somehow managed to slip through the net. So to redress the balance a little, »

- ryanlambie

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The Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Board Russian Mob Series ‘Mafiya’

5 August 2015 5:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Weinstein Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment have boarded high-profile epic Russian mob TV series “Mafiya,” being produced by London-based Archery Pictures and set to go into production early 2016.

The 10-part skein, written by William Nicholson (“Gladiator,” “Les Miserables”), is set in Moscow in the 1990s, “when criminal gangs and private armies clashed in one of wildest rides in history,” a statement said.

Protag Misha “goes from street trader to becoming one of the richest and most powerful individuals in the country, helping to bring down the once-mighty Soviet Union but paying a huge price along the way.”

The project was developed by Archery, founded last year by “Kick Ass” producer Kris Thykier and former Scott Free U.K. topper Liza Marshall, in association with the BBC and Monumental Pictures.

Archery Pictures is looking to build a slate of large-scale, international television productions working with writers and directors including »

- Nick Vivarelli

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'Endless Love' to 'Eyes Wide Shut' - All of Tom Cruise's films ranked

29 July 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love, »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Long Good Friday/Mona Lisa review – captivating visions of London’s underworld

26 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

(John Mackenzie, 1980/Neil Jordan, 1986; Arrow DVD/Blu-ray, 18)

Bob Hoskins became an actor by accident when he accompanied a friend to an audition at London’s leftwing Unity theatre in 1969, and achieved TV stardom as the doomed travelling salesman in Dennis Potter’s Pennies From Heaven. In 1980, he became an international star in Scottish director John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday, his first major screen role, as the East End gangster Harold Shand who dreams of transforming his minor criminal empire into a legitimate enterprise by rejuvenating London’s decaying docklands and playing host to the 1988 Olympics. Hoskins’s Shand was compared favourably with Edward G Robinson’s seminal Little Caesar of 1931.

Related: Bob Hoskins: a career in pictures

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- Philip French

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Scott Reviews John Mackenzie’s The Long Good Friday [Arrow Films Blu-ray Review]

20 July 2015 4:15 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Throughout the supplements on Arrow’s new (rather impressive) Blu-ray edition of this landmark gangster film, nearly everyone involved speaks of their collective desire to simply make the best film they possibly could, and in many ways, The Long Good Friday is just about the most natural result of that pursuit. Nothing goes unaccounted for, the characters are all richly drawn, the narrative drive is forceful without overwhelming a chance for reflection, and there’s just enough of a mystery to the whole thing to keep the audience hooked. The satisfaction that can come from such a well-rounded, expertly-delivered film can sometimes, however, be diminished by the sheer contentedness of the thing. Life is unwieldy, unpredictable, and sometimes incomprehensible, and films that ignore those qualities in the pursuit of “perfection” can feel closed-off.

Indeed, most of The Long Good Friday follows this tendency – Harold Shand’s (Bob Hoskins) is a »

- Scott Nye

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Brendan Coyle Joins Irish Drama ‘The Rising’

16 July 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey” star Brendan Coyle has come on board “The Rising” to play the role of politician Augustine Birrell in “The Rising,” the upcoming film about Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising.

Liam Neeson’s son Michael has been set to play the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, reprising the role his father made famous in 1996’s “Michael Collins.” Colin Morgan is playing the lead role of Sean McDermott — who masterminded the Easter Rising — and David O’Hara is playing revolutionary leader James Connolly.

The historical drama-thriller will be produced and directed by Kevin McCann from a screenplay by McCann and co-writer Colin Broderick. The story will form a prequel to the events covered in Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins” and Ken Loach’s 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”

The Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen are providing partial financing. Shane MacGowan of the Pogues will write »

- Dave McNary

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Christian Slater: The Hollywood Flasback Interview

15 July 2015 12:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Blu-ray Review: 'Mona Lisa'

14 July 2015 3:06 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Mona Lisa, released in 1986 and written/directed by Irish poet and novelist Neil Jordan, shines out as a rough diamond, a masterpiece of British cinema undeniably worthy of its classical title. In one of the most powerful roles of his career, the late great Bob Hoskins stars as George, a low-level criminal who returns from a long stretch in prison and starts trying to put his life together. He has a teenage daughter, who he tries to visit, as soon as he can, only for the scene to degenerate into a violent slanging match between George and his ex-wife. This opening holds in microcosm the complex conflicting elements of George's character.

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- CineVue UK

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‘Mona Lisa’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

10 July 2015 1:36 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Robbie Coltrane, Michael CaineClarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoë Nathenson, Sammi Davis, Rod Bedall, Joe Brown, Pauline Melville | Written by Neil Jordan, David Leland | Directed by Neil Jordan

The second of Arrow Video’s recent Bob Hoskins releases, Mona Lisa may be the better movie of the two. When you look at the quality of The Long Good Friday and how good the movie is, this should be taken as a hint about how good this release from Arrow Video is. Not heavy in special features, it is the movie that speaks for itself both in the quality of the restoration and how relevant the film still feels to this day.

When George (Bob Hoskins) is released from jail his mobster boss Mortwell (Michael Caine) gives him a job as a driver. Taking a call-girl Simone (Cathy Tyson) from one customer to the next, he »

- Paul Metcalf

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Blu-ray Review – Mona Lisa (1986)

6 July 2015 12:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mona Lisa, 1986.

Directed by Neil Jordan.

Starring Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane, Sammi Davis, Clarke Peters, Kate Hardie, Zoe Nathenson and Joe Brown.

Synopsis:

An ex-con just released from prison lands a job driving a call girl from job to job.

Arrow Films follow-up their excellent release of The Long Good Friday with Mona Lisa, the 1986 crime drama directed by Neil Jordan (The Company of Wolves) and starring the late, great Bob Hoskins. Hoskins plays George, a criminal released from prison and looking for a job. After going to see his ex-wife and daughter and being told where to go, George goes to see his former colleagues and is offered work driving high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson – The Serpent & The Rainbow) from job to job. Sounds easy but George’s rough, wide-boy charm and Simone’s more elegant manner initially causes the two to clash, until »

- Gary Collinson

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Warp Films' Alex Marshall named Archery Pictures COO

23 June 2015 5:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exec joins Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier’s growing company.

Archery Pictures, the TV and film outfit launched by Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier in October last year, has hired Alex Marshall as chief operating officer.

Marshall has been COO of Warp Films since 2008 and has eecutive produced many of their productions including Four Lions and TV spin-offs from This Is England.

Most recently he has been a producer on The Last Panthers, a six-part series for Sky Atlantic and Canal+, written by Jack Thorne

Marshall has more than 15 years experience in film and television, specialising in multi-party project finance.

In a joint statement, Thykier and Marshall said “Alex is arriving at a key moment for us as we develop projects with some of the UK’s best talent - including Bill Nicholson, Peter Kosminsky, Neil Jordan, Adrian Hodges and Howard Overman. Alex’s deal making experience will be vital in pushing these projects forward.”

Marshall said: “I »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Composer Elliot Goldenthal Is Experiencing a ‘Dream’ Spring

19 June 2015 5:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As far as working couples go, director Julie Taymor and composer Elliot Goldenthal might be the most daring, experimental and sophisticated in the showbiz firmament. Their film, theater and opera collaborations combine complex soundscapes with highly stylized visuals.

Their latest phantasmagoria, Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — a filmed record of Taymor’s staging of the play at the Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn that debuted at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival last September — is no different, despite the production’s spare trappings.

“It was really simple onstage,” explains Goldenthal, “just a few projections, and the audience surrounding the actors. It was mainly an actors’ piece.”

And yet the production — which is being presented event-style in approximately 85 theaters for one night only on Monday, June 22 — appears highly cinematic, bathed in stark, moonlight-blue lighting, and adorned with gorgeous costumes that bridge contemporary and period worlds with the spirit world of gods and fairies. »

- Steve Chagollan

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Archery Pictures Takes Aim With Neil Jordan On TV Series ‘Riviera’ With Paul McGuinness And John Banville

8 June 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive– Archery Pictures, the newbie production company set up less than a year ago by well-respected UK-based producers Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall, has come on-board to produce the Cote d’Azur-based TV crime drama Riviera with Neil Jordan (The Borgias) set to write, direct and showrun. The project is the brainchild of Paul McGuinness, rock group U2’s longtime former manager, with John Banville (Albert Nobbs) co-writing. A family crime drama set in the… »

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Archery Pictures Takes Aim With Neil Jordan On TV Series ‘Riviera’ With Paul McGuinness And John Banville

8 June 2015 8:18 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive– Archery Pictures, the newbie production company set up less than a year ago by well-respected UK-based producers Kris Thykier and Liza Marshall, has come on-board to produce the Cote d’Azur-based TV crime drama Riviera with Neil Jordan (The Borgias) set to write, direct and showrun. The project is the brainchild of Paul McGuinness, rock group U2’s longtime former manager, with John Banville (Albert Nobbs) co-writing. A family crime drama set in the… »

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Irish Academy to honour Jim Sheridan

8 May 2015 11:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lifetime award to the director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.

The Irish Film & Television Academy is to honour director-writer-producer Jim Sheridan with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th annual Ifta Awards on May 24.

Previous recipients include Maureen O’Hara, David Kelly, George Morrison, Morgan O’Sullivan, John Boorman, Gay Byrne, Neil Jordan, Fionnula Flanagan and President Michel D. Higgins.

Ifta CEO Áine Moriarty said Sheridan “is a master storyteller, bold and brilliant, whose skill and vision continues to inspire so many”. She also praised his “constant support and nurturing of Irish creative talent - part of his ongoing legacy”.

Sheridan carved out a successful career in the theatre before moving into film with My Left Foot, released in 1989 and scoring Oscar wins for actors Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker.

Other films in his 25-year career to date include The Field, In the Name of the Father (which reunited Sheridan »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Exclusive: Watch The Trailer For The 35th Anniversary Edition Of ‘The Long Good Friday’

29 April 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

One of my favourite films of all time has to be the fantastic 1980s London-set gangster film The Long Good Friday. The film, which starred the late Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren and Paul Freeman, still stands up today, 35 years on from its original, acclaimed release.

The epic gangster movie is getting a limited cinema re-release on the 19th June through Arrow Films, and below, we have an exclusive look at the theatrical trailer for the 35th Anniversary Edition, which has a high-quality 2k digital restoration.

Harold Shand (Bob Hoskins) is a businessman with great ambitions. Spotting the development potential of London’s derelict Docklands area years before the Thatcher government, he tries to broker a deal with his American counterpart (Eddie Constantine) that will make them both millions. But who is killing Harold’s other associates and blowing up his businesses – and why?

Universally regarded as one of the greatest British gangster films ever made, »

- Paul Heath

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Alan Rickman Charms Audience During BAFTA Life In Pictures Event

17 April 2015 6:21 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

August actor-director Alan Rickman effortlessly charmed audiences on a balmy London evening as he took a stroll down memory lane for the latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Recalling a career that has seen him work with some of the film industry’s most talented and eclectic directors, including Neil Jordan, Alfonso Cuaron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee and the late Anthony Minghella, Rickman mused on his late start in the film business. “To be perfectly honest, having a film… »

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Rickman, Cooke, Booth join 'The Limehouse Golem'

17 April 2015 5:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hanway Films secures deal with Lionsgate for UK rights; producer Stephen Woolley says the twist in the film trumps The Crying Game.

Alan Rickman, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth have signed on to star in gothic murder mystery The Limehouse Golem, from a screenplay by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service).

Goldman, whose screenplay work includes The Woman In Black and X-Men: First Class, adapted Peter Ackyroyd’s bestselling novel Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem.

HanWay Films have boarded worldwide sales rights to the film, which will be produced by Number 9 Films and directed by Juan Carlos Medina (Painless).

Lionsgate Films has newly acquired UK and Irish distribution rights to the film from Hanway.

The Limehouse Golem is set in 1880, in the dangerous Limehouse district of London where a series of grisly murders have shaken the community. The press claim they’re the work of The Golem - a legendary creature from dark times - and the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Girl is in Trouble | Review

1 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Trouble in Mind: Onah’s Homage to Neo Noir an Indie Echo of Device

In development for the past five years since it was initially announced, director Julius Onah’s directorial debut The Girl is in Trouble at last reaches a theatrical release. Impressive as a first feature, Onah’s homage to vintage New York noir looks to explore modern examples of urban fugue in the fluctuating metropolis. In several regards, this is a refreshing example of tried and true tropes, focusing on the perspective of a black character (an uncommon element in noir) and conveying Onah’s familiarity with his inspirations. However, like many of the titles it invokes, style can’t compensate entirely for substance, and third act inevitabilities find the film’s initial energy plummeting before the end credits.

August (Columbus Short) is a down-on-his-luck DJ, desperately in need of a job after a series of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Cringe: 13 movies with blatantly homophobic scenes

26 March 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »

- Louis Virtel

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