9 items from 2016
Junkfood Cinema keeps it very manly this week.
Cursing one’s birth is a self-indulgent, melodramatic action usually reserved for ancient Greek theater. I however find myself regularly cursing the cruel circumstances that lead to my being born in 1984 and thus only getting an infantile gumming of this amazing era instead of ravenously feasting on its offerings as I do now retrospectively.
I truly believe that being only two years old when Miami Vice premiered on television is one of my greatest shortcomings as a human being. Fortunately, I was born to a father obsessed with the seminal prime time action crime series. His enthusiasm caused me to, as a teen, flash-consume reruns as if I was trying to snort them through my eyeballs. I began to lament not being old enough in 1986 to shove up my silk blazer sleeves and cruise around the neon oasis of Miami in a car I can, to »
- Brian Salisbury
This clutch of horror cliches, applied to a possessed house in 1970s London, may make you jump while rolling your eyes
Huge jump scares, huge 1970s sideburns and huge posters of Starsky and Hutch feature in James Wan’s very moderate scary-movie version of a real-life news story from Britain about a reported supernatural phenomenon. In the summer of 1977, the terrified Hodgson family in Enfield, north London, came to believe their house was possessed. Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called in: the couple who had been associated with the legendary Amityville case in the Us.
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- Peter Bradshaw
Bromance burgeons in this Spooks-meets-Starsky and Hutch show; a documentary on musicians from the remoter regions of Romania; Bettany Hughes investigates the life and times of Marx. Plus: England v Wales
Combining the visual style of Spooks with the mutually maverick buddy-cop dynamic of Starsky and Hutch, Anthony Horowitz’s new series has some familiar antecedents. No matter, this second episode is hugely entertaining (albeit credulity-stretching) as we watch young investigators Stefan and Rash probing dark dealing within the pharmaceutical industry. With a bromance burgeoning between the leads, this looks like a series to stick with. Jonathan Wright
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- Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Hannah J Davies, Graeme Virtue and Paul Howlett
Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Russell fucking Crowe and Ryan fucking Gosling!!!!! What an absolutely inspired piece of casting. Whatever about a plot and story (I'll get to that), the pairing of Crowe and Gosling was absolute genius by Shane Black and his casting director. The plot here is basic. A mismatched pair of private eyes investigate the apparent suicide of a fading porn star in 1970s Los Angeles. So think all those classic 70s and 80s buddy cop TV shows. Think Starsky and Hutch on drugs with copious amounts of violence and tits! But to be honest, don't go for the plot. Go for Crowe and Gosling. Both actors look like they had incredible fun shooting The Nice Guys. The chemistry they have is phenomenal and will go unrivaled for quite some time. And this easy going vibe also seems to translate to the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Actor James Noble, best known for playing Gov. Eugene Gatling on the sitcom "Benson," died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 94.
Noble was born in 1922 in Dallas, and began his television career in soap operas, including "As the World Turns" and "One Life to Live." Noble was also a veteran of the stage, and starred in a 1949 Broadway production of "The Velvet Glove." He played John Hancock in the musical "1776," as well as its film adaptation.
On "Benson," he portrayed the scatterbrained Governor Eugene Gatling, who had a tendency to tell wacky stories to the chagrin of Robert Guillaume's Benson DuBois.
Noble was married to actress Carolyn Coates until her death in 2005. He is survived by a daughter, Jessica.
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- Kelly Woo
The Guard and Calvary were two of my favorite films to release in their respective years. Both reel with a jet black sense of humor and western style morality play where various shades of grey face off in cessation. They also happen to be gorgeous, shot by Larry Smith (Gaffer/Chief electrician on Barry Lyndon/The Shining turned Only God Forgives/Bronson D.P) and composed in sickening symmetry. In short, I was ecstastic to meet the man behind it all, and his down to earth, silly, demeanor, ended up putting me at ease. John Michael McDonagh, talks about his third and bleakest feature film: War On Everyone.
Did anything, such as something in the media, provoke the start of War On Everyone?
There was no sort of big initializing point really. I guess having done The Guard with one kind of obnoxious cop, [that] I wanted to double down on that a little bit. »
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Zootropolis review by Paul Heath. Disney load up their gun and fire their first animated film of the year. Strangely for the animation studio side of the massive Disney empire, excluding anything from Pixar, they are choosing to release two movies this year. Later we’ll get the Moana, the Hawaii-set adventure, but first, here’s Zootropolis, an original tale that is going by different names across the planet (it’s being referred to as Zootopia in the Us).
The story revolves around the character of Judy Hopps, an energetic bunny from the suburbs who is intent on moving to the bright lights of Zootropolis to become a police officer. There are many hurdles in her way, and the budding cop must overcome them all to become the first rabbit to join the police force. With the »
- Paul Heath
War On Everyone review: A film that you know you’re going to love from the opening frames.
War On Everyone review, Berlin 2016.
War On Everyone come to the screen courtesy of John Michael McDonaugh, the talented filmmaker behind the films Calvary and previously, the superb The Guard. This is the first film not to star Brendan Gleeson in the lead role. That honour this time falls to the feet of two talented, up and coming actors in Michael Pena, hot off of a movie-stealing turn in last summer’s Ant-Man, and Alexander Skarsgard.
War On Everyone focuses on the exploits of Pena and Skarsgard’s characters, Bob Bolero and Terry Monroe, two New Mexico cops who will do anything to get out of good old-fashioned police-work, and to top up their income by any means necessary – even if that means extortion, blackmail, or ripping off their own informants. This very, »
- Paul Heath
John Michael McDonagh has been two for two so far, helming the brilliant dark comedy "The Guard" and the more subversive and dramatic "Calvary". Now he's returning with his third feature, "War On Everyone," which heads back very much into the comedy arena but shakes up the setting and cast of players.
Essentially looking like a dark and twisted spin on "Starsky and Hutch," Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena star as Terry & Bob - New Mexico cop partners who have a tendency to blackmail others and love consuming what cives they can. When a British criminal challenges them though, the pair become entangled in a web of blackmail, abduction and drugs.
The first clip from the film has been released ahead of its world premiere at Berlinale today and its U.S. premiere next month at SXSW. Theo James, Tessa Thompson, Caleb Landry Jones, Paul Reiser, Stephanie Sigman, and David Wilmot »
- Garth Franklin
9 items from 2016
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