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Clash of the twitter threads. I recently started muting words on twitter on subjects I just had no interest in hearing about anymore and in some cases never did despite the rest of the world's inexplicably insatiable interest (my timeline is blessedly "Kardashian" free - you should try it! I'm missing nothing) and I've been so much happier.
Twitter is still a colossal time sucker in some ways but it keeps the pop culture conversation lively and my favorite thing about it is hearing smart people say amusing things that I didn't think to say - that I felt but never put into words (like the first tweet below). Anyway, here are a dozen or so tweets that amused or edified. Just because it's fun to share them.
Really enjoyed A Most Violent Year. First film I've seen in ages where guns are actually treated as guns i.e. Incredibly Dangerous. »
- NATHANIEL R
A crime thriller starring Tom Hardy and a scene-stealing puppy. What more could you want?
It's not without reason that The Drop has so quickly become known as “that movie with Tom Hardy and the puppy.” Based on screenwriter Dennis Lehane's own short story Animal Rescue, the blue collar crime drama aspect of the film is somewhat overshadowed by the metaphors and sweetness of the dog adoption sub-plot.
Overall though, it's still about Hardy as Bob Saginowski, a nice guy in a rough neighbourhood, who tends a friendly local bar owned by his elder cousin Marv (James Gandolfini). But after hours, Cousin Marv's Bar is a drop bar, one of a number of Brooklyn bars that serves as a place of safekeeping for the Chechen mob's ill-gotten funds.
When a pair of young chancers hold up Bob and Marv at closing time one night and only make off with the contents of the till, »
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry. As the investigation deepens, horrors and enemies from the past come to the surface.
The Drop opens with a voiceover from Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his musings on Brooklyn. He describes it as the place “where all the things happen that you’re not allowed to see” and this sets the tone for the entire film.
Adapted from his short story Animal Rescue, novelist Dennis Lehane wrote the screenplay for The Drop and left his beloved Boston behind. The film follows quiet Bob Saginowski played expertly by Tom Hardy and the events that follow a robbery at his Cousin Marv’s bar. This is no ordinary bar; it is what’s known as a Drop bar, »
- Helen Murdoch
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski finds himself at the center of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighborhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
There’s a scene in The Drop where James Gandolfini’s character, known in his neighbourhood as Cousin Marv, tells his friend and natural successor Bob (Tom Hardy) that he used to be someone who demanded respect. A man for whom people would sit up straight when he walked into a room and a man who had his own stool in the bar he once owned. Now sat in his small home in The Bronx wearing a faded sweatshirt he resents the way in which his neighbourhood had changed. »
- Gary Collinson
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski just tends bar, keeping himself to himself as gangsters use his bar as ‘The Drop’ to funnel cash between gangs in the course of a night. But when the bar is robbed, he gets caught between good guys, gangsters and a pitbull named Rocco.
The Drop, the screenwriting debut of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), might not reach the heights of either of those films, but it’s an entertaining, slow burning crime drama, with a great central performance by Tom Hardy.
Set in the bowels of Brooklyn, where there seems to be more bars than stools for folk to sit on, it’s a low key drama, where every character is hiding something shady about their past. But it’s Tom Hardy’s character, »
- Gary Collinson
The Drop, a gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, debuted in September to little fanfare, which was surprising given how riveting and well-acted the film actually was. Regardless, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is giving audiences another chance to discover The Drop by bringing it to Blu-Ray on January 20th next year.
In the crime drama, which was scripted by Shutter Island novelist Dennis Lehane, bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) are forced to choose between survival and loyalty when they find themselves caught in a robbery gone bad, and on the hook for a mob debt they can’t repay. Noomi Rapace and Matthias Schoenaerts co-star in the film, which was directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
The Blu-Ray will boast 1080p resolution and a DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1 track, in addition to a Digital HD copy. Included are special features such as: »
- Isaac Feldberg
Apart from being James Gandolfini's final film, The Drop is struck through with melancholy. There are other familiar notes, but it's not your conventional gangster flick and being penned by Dennis Lehane (the novelist behind Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island), that air of tragedy soaks through into the very bones of the story. It doesn't run quite as deep as those first two, but still it lingers.
Tom Hardy is ideal casting in what is, essentially, a character study of a loner with an uncommonly strong moral code, albeit warped by his environment. His cousin's drinking hole in Brooklyn is where Bob spends his days, tending bar and turning the other cheek as dirty money is moved in and out of the premises by the new wave of Chechen crime lords. »
Stars: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Caan, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia,Griffin Dunne | Written by Guillaume Canet, James Gray | Directed by Guillaume Canet
Two brothers, Chris (Owen), recently out of prison and Frank (Crudup), a respected policeman, are on either side of the law. As Chris tries to clean up his act and reconnect with his family he finds himself low on funds and rejected by society. Will he turn back to his old life and force Frank to act, splitting their family in two forever? Facing off in 1970′s Brooklyn, Blood Ties looks to see if blood trumps money when it comes to family and organised crime.
What I liked about Blood Ties was that the seventies was dripping from every corner of the film. The music, the clothes, the hair cuts and the attitudes of the characters. »
- Richard Axtell
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Under the heavy hand of his employer and cousin Marv (James Gandolfini), Bob finds himself at the centre of a robbery gone awry and entwined in an investigation that digs deep into the neighbourhood’s past where friends, families, and foes all work together to make a living – no matter the cost.
- Gary Collinson
Indie Sales has picked up international sales rights to Alice Winocour’s “Close Protection,” a French Riviera-set thriller toplining Matthias Schoenaerts (“Rust and Bone,” “The Drop”) and Diane Kruger.
Pic marks Winocour’s follow-up to “Augustine,” which unspooled in Cannes Critics Week in 2012 as well as Toronto.
Penned by Winocour and lensed by cinematographer George Lechaptois, “Close Protection” stars Schoenaerts as Vincent, a French Special Forces soldier just back from Afghanistan who is suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder. He gets hired to ensure security at the luxury villa of a Lebanese businessman, his wife (Diane Kruger) and son on the French Riviera.
“The quality of the script and the great talent of Alice Winocour, not to mention the incredible casting, are making me very confident on the international film’s potential,” said Nicolas Eschbach, founder and president of Indie Sales, which will start shopping the movie at Afm.
- Elsa Keslassy
Brit comedian Russell Brand and director Michael Winterbottom will join forces on “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a docu feature expose of the financial crisis which, with Ben Stassen’s “Robinson Crusoe,” a family-targeting riff on the classic, rep the new titles on Studiocanal’s AFM lineup.
Brand has never made a secret of his political leanings, and has been promoting his latest book “Revolution,” whose proceeds will go to creating non-profit social enterprises that “represent an alternative to some of the systems that we currently labor under,” will join Winterbottom. one of Britain’s most prolific and most European of quality directors, for what Studiocanal described Monday as a “polemical” documentary about the financial crisis exposing the gross contempo social inequalities.
Produced by Revolution Films, Winterbottom’s longterm partnership with Andrew Eaton, “New Clothes” will mix documentary – interviews, archival footage and comedy – with Brand taking the spectator from the »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
A low quality version of this trailer for Suite Francaise, a movie that was originally considered to be a possible Oscar contender at the beginning of the year, premiered last week, but now a high quality, HD version has arrived, previewing the World War II era feature starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Michelle Williams, Sam Riley and Matthias Schoenaerts among many, many others. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the film is set in France, 1940, the first days of occupation, and the beautiful Lucile Angellier (Williams) is trapped in a stifled existence with her controlling mother-in-law (Thomas) as they both await news of her husband: a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees start to pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' own homes. Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk (Schoenaerts), the handsome and refined German officer staying with them. »
- Brad Brevet
If you haven’t read Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Française, you should remedy that as soon as possible. As great-yet-not-quite-complete works of art go, it’s right up there with Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and any attempt to make a film about Don Quixote ever. Its big-screen interpretation comes with awards hopes and two leads, Michelle Williams and Rust And Bone’s Matthias Schoenaerts, with the chops to carry its great swells of emotion. Check out its new trailer below. brightcove.createExperiences(); Williams plays Lucille Angellier, a French villager whose husband has fallen into the hands of the Germany army. The arrival of a Wehrmacht officer called Bruno (Schoenaerts) as part of that occupying force, not to mention a small army of refugees fleeing Paris, throws everything that wasn’t already into flux into that state of disrepair for her. Worse still, she begins to feel things for Bruno that could cost her dear. »
The World War II drama is set in France in 1940.
A woman (Williams) awaiting news of her prisoner of war husband is forced to share her home with an unwelcome German officer (Schoenaerts).
Despite warnings to avoid him, she finds herself falling in love with the man, a romance that may end in tragedy.
Suite Française will arrive in the UK on January 23. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
World War II dramas are prime contenders for Oscar consideration. It’s an accepted fact. Yet, The Weinstein Company are steering one of their upcoming titles, Suite Francaise, toward a far less starry showcase. Its world premiere will take place at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this November – and depending on its reception, it may hit Us screens in the new year. Whatever happens, there’s still plenty of buzz surrounding the pic, which looks to contain another compelling performance from Michelle Williams.
Based on the best-selling novel by Irene Nemirovsky, the film is set during the German occupation of France and chronicles a romantic affair between an unlikely couple. Williams takes on the role of a French woman who falls for a Nazi officer (Matthias Schoenaerts) who commandeers charge of her town.
The latest trailer that’s arrived today focuses on the tension between the couple, as »
- Gem Seddon
Where’s The Weinstein Company’s “Suite Francaise,” a movie many assumed would be an Oscar player? Well, it will make its world premiere at the American Film Market, among 90 other premieres, in November. And Afm is for buyers and distributors, so it’s the opposite of the splashy premiere that you might expect from TWC. In fact, if you’re being cynical or conspiracy theory-like, you might think they're trying to unload the picture since they already own it. But that's nothing but speculation for now. Regardless, the picture stars Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts as two diametrically opposed people who embark on a forbidden affair. Set during World War II, during the early years of Germany’s occupation of France, Williams plays a French villager who falls for a Nazi soldier (Schoenaerts) stationed to look over her township. Co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, the film is »
- Edward Davis
Curiously absent from the fall film festival slate is the World War II drama Suite Française, but then again, The Weinstein Company seems to be putting all of their eggs in The Imitation Game basket. Thankfully we’ll be seeing the project, starring Michelle Williams, Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristin Scott Thomas and Sam Riley, sooner than expected, as it’ll be hitting U.K. theaters early […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Having played very well to the audience at the London Film Festival, The Drop is set to open in the UK on November 14th and we have a new clip from the film. The Drop is directed by Belgian filmmaker Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead) and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (author of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone), which stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) alongside the late James Gandolfini (The Sopranos) in his final screen role.
Check out the clip below and let Bob Saginowski (Hardy) explain how the the drop system works in Brooklyn.
The Drop is a new crime drama from Michaël R. Roskam, the Academy Award nominated director of Bullhead. Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) through a covert scheme of funnelling cash to local gangsters – “money drops” – in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. »
- Luke Owen
Alan Rickman’s newest directorial project A Little Chaos received the red carpet treatment at London Film Festival on Friday evening. Along with the director, the gala was well attended by the film’s producers, writer and actress Helen McCrory. The film is set in France during the reign of King Louis Xiv and tells the story of troubled landscape gardener Sabine De Barra (Kate Winslet) as she is enlisted to work on the grand new gardens of Versailles. Introduced to the flamboyant court of the king, she finds a new meaning to her life when she forms an acquaintance with fellow architect, Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). A Little Chaos will be seen by many as primarily a semi-historical piece of film. However, speaking on the red carpet, Rickman wryly explained his opinion of whether the film falls into the genre of period drama. "I don’t think of it [as that]," he stressed, »
Other anticipated selections include Hyde Park International’s 99 Homes directed by Ramin Bahrani starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon and WestEnd Films’ Michael Winterbottom drama The Face Of An Angel with Daniel Bruhl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.
Vmi Worldwide presents the drama Any Day from Rustam Branaman with Sean Bean, Kate Walsh and Eva Longoria and buyers will also get the chance to see Arclight’s action adventure The Last Knight starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman and directed by Kazuaki Kiriya.
More than 415 films will screen at the market, including 331 market premieres and 91 world premieres.
Afm is set »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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