12 items from 2015
A film that didn’t get nearly enough attention, The Drop, is now available on Blu-Ray and DVD, and you can get your copy right here.
Available on Blu-ray & DVD on January 20th!
A phenomenal cast, including Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini, lead this gritty thriller about Bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) and his hardened employer Uncle Marv (Gandolfini) who must 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.
- Marc Eastman
In between stints as Batman, writing and directing Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night and other projects he’s now attached to, Ben Affleck will star for Gavin O’Connor in The Accountant. The director has begun building a cast around his leading man, and both Jeffrey Tambor and John Lithgow have now made deals.The Accountant finds Affleck as a seemingly mild-mannered bean counter with Asperger’s who just so happens to moonlight as an assassin. J.K. Simmons is set in an unspecified role, while Jon Bernthal will be a mercenary and Anna Kendrick an accounting whizz who falls in with Affleck.Tambor, who has just won a Golden Globe for his work on Amazon series Transparent, is set as a veteran Mafia accountant who acts as Affleck’s mentor – potentially in more than just matters of money management. And while The Hollywood Reporter trumpets Tambor's casting, Deadline reports »
Ben Affleck has a busy few years ahead of him; apart from playing Batman in several upcoming DC Comics films, he has his own film, an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night scheduled for 2016 as David Fincher and Gillian Flynn’s remake of Strangers on a Train.
According to the site, Affleck will fit both Live by Night and Strangers on a Train into his schedule before donning the Dark Knight’s cape and cowl once more. Live by Night will shoot sometime later this year in time for a Spring 2016 release, with Strangers on a Train going into production soon after in order for Affleck to join the rest of the Justice League in the summer or »
- James Garcia
It seems Ben Affleck and director David Fincher hit it off during the making of Gone Girl, as the two are expected to team up for a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, the first remake of the great man's work since 1998's Psycho. According to Deadline, Gone Girl author and screen writer Gillian Flynn is also on board for the remake, which will possibly just be called Strangers. In the original, tennis pro Guy Haines meets the charming, yet psychotic, Bruno on a train, which sets in motion a plan to pull off the perfect crime, with both strangers tasked with murdering the other's respective thorn in their side. This modernised version would take on slightly meta aspect, with Affleck as an actor in the middle of an Oscar campaign who accepts a ride on a wealthy stranger's private jet after his own plane breaks down. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The films of Alfred Hitchcock still provide rich pickings for modern filmmakers, in spite of the fact that the last full-on remake was Gus Van Sant's ill-advised take on Psycho. Thus, Michael Douglas vehicle A Perfect Murder went back to the Dial M For Murder source material, whilst the Shia Labeouf-headlined Disturbia was inspired by the wonderful Rear Window.
Next up then? It might just be Strangers On A Train. Warner Bros is trying to get a remake of the 1951 original together, and it's recruiting the team behind Gone Girl to do it. Thus, the studio wants novelist and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher to take the job on.
The new version will be modernised (taking place in the middle of an Oscar campaign, »
Deadline is reporting on a new collaboration between Gillian Flynn and her Gone Girl big screen cohorts, David Fincher and Ben Affleck. Apparently, the trio are deep in talks to craft a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal mystery, Strangers On A Train. Simply titled Strangers, this updated take on the Hitchcockian classic is set up at Warner Bros., with Affleck producing under his Pearl St. banner.
Classed as a contemporary take on the original – itself an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel – Strangers will be set in the present day and revolve around Affleck’s character. In the 1951 film, two strangers meet on a train and enter into a ‘social contract'; they will each murder a person on behalf of the other so neither of them will get caught. A twist on that premise will see Affleck tackle a slightly different role than the one first played by Farley Granger. »
- Gem Seddon
“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn will pen the script that follows a movie star in the middle of an Oscar campaign whose private plane breaks down and is given a ride to L.A. on another plane by a wealthy stranger. In the original, the plot revolved around two strangers meeting on a train and discussing the idea of exchanging murders — an idea one of the strangers decides to carry out.
Jon Berg will oversee. »
- Justin Kroll
Exclusive: Ben Affleck and David Fincher will reteam on a Warner Bros remake of the classic Hitchcock thriller Strangers On A Train. Gillian Flynn, who adapted her novel Gone Girl for Fincher and Affleck, is in talks to write the script. The film will be produced by Affleck under Pearl Street, the Warner Bros-based banner he runs with Matt Damon. WB’s Jon Berg is overseeing. They are calling it Strangers.
Although the Hitchcock remake — a Warner Bros library title and an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel — will be its basis, this film will be contemporary and redefined for the times. This one might be best titled Strangers On A Plane, as Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Well now, it appears we may have a match made in heaven as it's being reported Ben Affleck and David Fincher are set to re-team on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train with Gone Girl screenwriter Gillian Flynn in talks to write the screenplay. The film, which will apparently be called Strangers, won't necessarily be an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, as was Hitchcock's, the novel will serve as its basis, but the film will be made comtemporary and redefined for the times. As Deadline reports: Affleck will play a variation of the role played by Farley Granger of a tennis pro who is bored with his marriage and wants to get divorced, but instead gets entwined with a wealthy socialite psycho who proposes the notion of exchanging murders. The twist here is a compelling one. Affleck will play a movie star-in the middle of »
- Brad Brevet
Justice League: Part One is set to be released in 2017, and so as you might expect, it won't start shooting for quite some time. A rough time frame has been semi-confirmed by Deadline, who point out that Ben Affleck is clearing space in his schedule to direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live by Night in Spring 2016, with his and David Fincher's remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train being squeezed in before the DC Comics movie. That means that Justice League will likely start shooting late summer/early fall, but whether or not it will be shot back to back with Justice League: Part Two (which hits in 2019) remains to be seen. Either way, the next year or more will be dominated by Batman v Supeerman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad as it will obviously be quite some time »
Clint Eastwood‘s latest film, American Sniper, opens wide this week on its way to some possible (and probable) Oscar nominations, and while I haven’t seen it yet I hope it’s a return to quality filmmaking. It’s been some time since he’s directed a truly engrossing and entertaining film, and one of his last was 2003’s Mystic River. The film, adapted from Dennis Lehane’s bestselling novel, is a Boston-set crime story involving three men who were once childhood friends. It’s a tale of loss, revenge and secret pains, and a major part of its dramatic effect is due to the three leads. Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Tim Robbins deliver stand-out performances, and it’s the latter two who recorded a commentary track for the film. Eastwood doesn’t appear all that interested in the idea of commentaries judging by his numerous home video releases. Keep »
- Rob Hunter
A new year of films may beckon, but there are lots of movies from 2014 you may have missed. Here's a list of 2014's most underappreciated...
There was no shortage of magnificent films in 2014 of every kind, from the expensive and explosive to the low-key and experimental. But it's a sad fact of life that not all movies do as well as they should, either because of poor distribution or simply because they'd been released at the same time as something much bigger and more star-laden.
While the list below is by no means an exhaustive one - there are plenty of great films from 2014 that we're still getting around to seeing - it's our attempt to highlight a few fine pieces of work that didn't get quite as much love as they deserved.
So without further ado - and in no particular order - we'll start with a stunning »
12 items from 2015
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