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Good is the man who inspires the words “persuasively ambivalent” in a New York Times obituary. Actor James Garner died last night in his California home of natural causes. Long before I’d discover as a suburban teenager Elmore Leonard or Altman’s The Long Goodbye there was Jim Rockford, the Malibu p.i. with his trailer home on the beach, troublemaking ex-con pal, on-again, off-again lawyer girlfriend. It seemed like a way to live. From the Times: “Maverick” had been in part a send-up of the conventional western drama, and “The Rockford Files” similarly made fun of the standard television detective, the […] »
- Scott Macaulay
Let us play the “Name Game”, shall we? Since we all are part of the experience here at the entertainment website known as Sound on Sight maybe we should pay homage to our online destination by celebrating it in an unconventional manner? Specifically, we can recognize Sound on Sight by acknowledging movie names that contain the words “sound” and “sight” in their titles.
However you may perceive this experimentation as being rather gimmicky and silly please realize that this movie column is also a means to recognize a few movie titles that are unfamiliar or perhaps a first-time discovery to some of you out there that never heard some of these cinematic selections. There may be a couple of well-known films in the bunch but collectively the features being mentioned in Sound on Sight: Top 10 Random “Sound” and “Sight” Movie Titles are aptly presented based on the theme at hand. »
- Frank Ochieng
I remember the so-called prequel being announced back in 2010; at the time there wasn't much info on it - definitely not what actors would appear in it. We would later learn that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit "The Surrogate") had signed on to star in the film, and are joined by Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will Forte. Dan Schechter directed the film from his own script adaption. Titled "Life of Crime," based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch" (the original 1997 film, "Jackie Brown," which starred Pam »
- Tambay A. Obenson
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
The stakes are always high in a con caper where the final revelation can either pay off handsomely, or leave everyone feeling cheated. In this case, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried.
Russell provides the one heartfelt performance as Crunch Calhoun, the wheelman in a heist (badly) organised with half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), a too-slick grifter who lands Crunch in a Polish prison to save his own skin when the scam goes pear-shaped. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol cuts to chase straight away, showing off a flair for action while speedily looping around the gaps in logic. Occasionally he'll freeze the »
There were a lot of great scenes in Justified’s fifth season: Art being badass in the diner, the United Nations of A–holes, and Dickie Bennett’s map monologue come to mind. But it’s Danny Crowe (Aj Buckley) finally testing the 21-Foot Rule on Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) that made Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 50 best TV scenes of the year, which can be found in the issue now on stands.
At last we were going to see if a knife-wielding nutjob really would win a duel with a gunslinger if he charged him from a distance of 21 feet or less. »
- Mandi Bierly
The first poster has arrived for the Elmore Leonard adaptation Life of Crime, which serves as a prequel to Quentin Tarantino's crime classic Jackie Brown. The film follows the early adventures of Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara, roles originated by Samuel L. Jackson and Robert De Niro. Yasiin Bey (the artist formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes assume the characters this time around. They kidnap a woman (Jennifer Aniston) only to find out no one wants to pay their ransom. Take a look at the poster, then read on for more details from director Daniel Schechter.
"She wanted to do everything. She wanted to do the stunts and the difficult scenes over and over again until we got it right. I was »
No, these two films have nothing to do with one another outside of the fact I'm really not all that interested in seeing either of them, though if I had to choose I'd be stepping into Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime (Roadside; 8/29) well before Eli Roth's cannibal feature The Green Inferno. I've included the new posters and the synopsis for each film below. Based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch," Life Of Crime is a dark caper comedy starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. The wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and John Hawkes), who intend to extort him with inside information about his crooked business and off-shore accounts. But the husband decides he'd actually rather not pay the ransom to get back his wife, »
- Brad Brevet
Working with Jennifer Aniston sounds like it was a dream for Life of Crime's director Daniel Schechter. "She wanted to do everything," he told People on Tuesday of the actress, 45. "She wanted to do the stunts and the difficult scenes over and over again until we got it right. I was pleased that she pretty much did anything I asked her to do. If I had the balls or brains to ask her to do something, she was really game to deliver for the movie." The film, both in theaters and On Demand on Aug. 29, is based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, »
- Dahvi Shira
Life of Crime Trailer. Daniel Schechter‘s Life of Crime (2013) movie trailer stars Jennifer Aniston, Mark Boone Junior, Kevin Cannon, Mos Def, and Isla Fisher. Life of Crime‘s plot synopsis: based on Elmore Leonard‘s novel The Switch, “Margaret “Mickey” Dawson is a loving, if not naive, housewife whose husband, Frank [...]
Continue reading: Life Of Crime (2013) Movie Trailer: Aniston’s Husband Doesn’t Want Her »
- Rollo Tomasi
Digital Spy presents a timeline of Marvel's long-in-development project below...
"We wrote this treatment revolving around the Scott Lang character, who was a burglar, so he could have gone slightly in the Elmore Leonard route, and they came back saying, 'Oh, we wanted to do something that was like a family thing'," Wright explained. "I don't think it ever got sent to Marvel."
Nothing comes of the meeting and Wright goes on to direct Shaun of the Dead.
The film, based on the 1978 Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, tells the story of Frank (Tim Robbins) who has been cheating on his wife Mickey (Jennifer Aniston). On the day Frank files for divorce his unsuspecting wife is kidnapped by a bunch of amateur thugs. With calls from the kidnappers demanding a large ransom Frank isn’t in such a rush to depart from his fortune to save his wife. Isla Fisher’s character explains it best, talking to the kidnappers about Frank. “You tell him he’s never gonna see his wife again? He doesn’t want to see his wife again. You just saved him a hundred grand a year in alimony.”
- Ciham Messouki
Elmore Leonard is widely known for writing great crime stories that have paved the way for some solid cinema (Out Of Sight, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown). If you fear it's been too long since you've gotten your Leonard fix, you can put those fears to bed. Life Of Crime, the latest film based on a novel of his (The Switch), will be out before you experience withdrawals. Check out some illegal activity here: The cast is really enough to get me through the theater door and it »
- Sean Wist
Over the course of his career, novelist Elmore Leonard has seen many of his works adapted to the big screen, resulting on movies such as 3:10 To Yuma, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown. While the writer’s passing in 2013 saddened many, they were glad to hear that feature film adaptations of his works continue to be made. The latest among these, titled Life of Crime, comes from Daniel Schechter, who takes on directing duties as well as adapting the screenplay from the Leonard story The Switch. The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Yasiin Bey, John Hawkes, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, and Isla Fisher, and the film’s first trailer has now been released. The trailer can be seen below. Sound on Sight was also able to see the film at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and our review can be read here.
(Source: First Showing)
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Few horrors can compare with the Friends curse. “I’ll be there for you,” we all sang in time to our TVs just a few short years ago, happy and contented and all sporting the exact same Jennifer Aniston haircut. But we’re not there for the Friends now. No one is. Not in a world where headlines like, “Fat, grey and struggling for work- would you be Friends with them now?” exist. It’s a tough life, not only for the Friends cast, but for the brave officers of the NYPD who stand guard around that Central Park fountain, fending off repeated attempts from a Matt LeBlanc or a Lisa Kudrow to break in and splash around like the glory days. When the fountain’s on, no one can see the tears. Technically, none of the Friends cast have ever done that, as far as you or I might know. But »
- Adam Bellotto
Film adaptations of the works of Elmore Leonard are not all successful. Often set in the 1970s, many of them are laced with funky period-piece tropes that are just a little too overt and cornball-ish. One of the more recent adaptations, “Freaky Deaky," was positively terrible (you can read about that in our feature: The Films of Elmore Leonard Ranked From Worst To Best. So buyer beware, another adaptation is on the way and yes, it’s full of afros, wah pedals, disco strings and other garish period-piece elements. Directed and written by Daniel Schechter, and based on the Elmore Leonard book "The Switch," the latest film “Life Of Crime” stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins. And yes, it’s a dark comedy of crime gone awry. Here’s the official synopsis: Based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch, »
- Edward Davis
Based on the 1978 Elmore Leonard novel “The Switch,” the crime comedy also stars John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (a.k.a Mos Def), who play Mickey’s kidnappers, and Tim Robbins as her unfaithful husband. The cast also includes Isla Fisher, who plays Robbins’ character’s mistress, and Will Forte.
“You tell him he’s never going to see his wife again. He doesn’t want to see his wife again,” Fisher’s character says in the trailer. “You just saved him a hundred grand a year in alimony.”
“Life of Crime” premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Fest and hits theaters Aug. 29.
Watch the trailer below:
- Andrea Seikaly
In Life of Crime, the upcoming crime caper from Supporting Characters director Daniel Schechter, Tim Robbins plays Frank Dawson: a wealthy, adulterous man who plans to divorce his wife, but is pre-empted when a pair of criminals kidnap her and tell him that unless he pays a ransom, he’ll never see her again.
For those film buffs out there who think this plot sounds a little familiar, Life of Crime is not a remake of 1986 black comedy Ruthless People. The novel upon which it is based, Elmore Leonard’s “The Switch”, actually predates Ruthless People by a few years. Leonard himself sadly passed away last year, less than a month before Life of Crime premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was met with a handful of positive reviews from critics.
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Jennifer Aniston's caught in a tough situation! The former "Friends" actress stars in the new dark comedy, "Life of Crime," as a middle-aged wife who is kidnapped and held for ransom as criminals (Mark Boone Junior, John Hawkes and Mos Def) try to extort her husband for ransom. But, there's one catch -- Jen's hubby, played by Tim Robbins, pretty much doesn't care if he ever sees his wife again and doesn't want to pay her ransom. Plus, he's already moved on to another woman (Isla Fisher). Check out the trailer for "Life of Crime" above! The movie -- which is based from Elmore Leonard's book "The Switch" -- first debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and made headlines for it's very dark and disturbing rape scene with Junior and Aniston.The Emmy-winning actress has been taking on more risque roles, though -- from playing a sexy »
- tooFab Staff
If you’re familiar with Elmore Leonard, the new trailer for Life of Crime will probably pull you in, even if the story doesn’t seem like his usual fare.
It’s hard to find the common thread that runs through 3:10 to Yuma, Joe Kidd, Get Shorty, Jackie Brown, and TV’s Justified (unless it just people generally being bad ass), but these and other titles that have come from Elmore Leonard’s works (if he didn’t pen the screenplay) are the kinds of stories that grab people with their characters. The latest, based on “The Switch,” is a strange twist on caper films that centers around a plot to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife to collect ransom. The catch is that he doesn’t especially want her back. With the mark not exactly looking to play ball, things get weird, and there’s no telling where we’ll end up. »
- Marc Eastman
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