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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, »
Channel launching exclusively for BT’s TV subscribers on Friday with titles including Only God Forgives.
AMC has expanded its drama and film schedule ahead of its UK launch later this week.
The channel has now picked up a raft of feature films and Us drama series and from several international distributors.
Feature film deals have been signed ahead of launch with companies including Paramount Pictures, Miramax, Icon Film Distribution as well as Sony and Lionsgate. The agreements give AMC UK access to movies including Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling, Mel Gibson’s The Beaver and Julianne Moore’s Shelter.
TV programmes include two series of period drama Manhattan from Lionsgate, a drama based around nuclear weapon project The Manhattan Project.
It has also picked up Cleaners, Sony Pictures Television’ crime action series which launched on the broadcaster’s Ott subscription service Crackle.
Separately, the channel has struck library deals for complete »
Wgn America’s nuclear bomb development period drama Manhattan is poised to return for a second season later this year with some major new additions to the cast.
Created by Masters of Sex scribe Sam Shaw, the show’s second season now has its first trailer. Manhattan’s second season will see John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, and Alexia Fast joined by William Petersen and Neve Campbell.
The show is set in 1943 and is a dramatised version of the goings-on of The Manhattan Project, real-life experiment by the Us government where the country’s top scientists were quarantined in a desert facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and tasked with making feasible a nuclear bomb to use in the then-ongoing World War II.
The trailer itself steers clear of the science behind the bomb, focusing instead on the toll the project is taking on the individuals and their relationships, while »
- Deepayan Sengupta
The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared was first described to me as “a European Forrest Gump with lots of explosions,” and I was sold! After watching it, I’m pleased to report that this description is dead on. Adapted by director Felix Herngren from Jonas Jonasson’s bestselling book of the same name, The 100 Year Old Man is a loose-limbed, historically sprawling shaggy dog of a movie. Enjoyment is predicated on your acceptance of the ridiculous and, most importantly, of you being able to appreciate the sight of a terrified skinhead being squashed to death by an elephant’s butt.
We open with the titular 100-year-old Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson) mourning the death of his beloved cat at the hands of a fox. Clutching a stick of dynamite in his withered hand, he shuffles through the snow and plants it in the ground. Boom. No more fox. »
- David James
4 items from 2015
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