11 items from 2013
Aaron Eckhart is set to star in the psychological thriller “Fade Out,” which marks the directorial debut of “Arbitrage” producer Robert Salerno, it was announced Tuesday by producers Anthony Bregman and Naomi Despres. Salerno will direct from an original screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cristofer (“The Bonfire of the Vanities”). Eckhart will play a screenwriter who decides to recover from a nervous breakdown by spending his days in a tropical beachfront villa being cared for by his glamorous wife. He starts writing a new script about a jealous husband who murders his unfaithful wife, but his intense paranoia and hallucinations cause fiction. »
- Jeff Sneider
With all due respect to Johnny Depp and Errol Flynn, piracy is a lot more complicated than Hollywood makes it look. How refreshing, therefore, that Paul Greengrass and company go out of their way to provide valuable context while also avoiding reductive racism in “Captain Phillips,” their white-knuckle retelling of the Maersk Alabama hijacking.
Frankly, after seeing the first preview for “Captain Phillips” this summer, I worried that the film might do just the opposite, though I should have trusted in Greengrass, who opened “United 93” with the controversial decision to show the Muslim terrorists going about their prayers — a choice that asks us to see the culprits as people.
“Captain Phillips” makes a similarly courageous choice by balancing the story between the Americans and the pirates, whom Greengrass introduces like desperate day laborers outside a Home Depot. These untrained volunteers are hardly the ruthless mercenaries one might expect; nor »
- Peter Debruge
Tom Hanks’ ‘Captain Phillips’ weekend box office: One of Hanks’ biggest domestic openings in the past decade Starring two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks in the title role — though you wouldn’t know it by looking at the film’s poster — Paul Greengrass’ inspired-by-real-life-events Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $8.5 million from 3,020 venues on Friday, October 11, 2013, including $600,000 from Thursday night showings, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Captain Phillips chronicles the adventures of the titular captain of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009. (Photo: Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.) Budgeted at $55 million — not including marketing and distribution expenses — Captain Phillips should collect anywhere between $23-25 million by Sunday evening. A major Saturday surge and a strong Sunday hold could lead to even higher results, but for now that’s mere speculation. Either way, Captain Phillips has absolutely no chance of topping this weekend’s domestic box office chart, »
- Zac Gille
Odd List Simon Brew Ryan Lambie 26 Sep 2013 - 07:09
The year 1991 is the focus for our latest underappreciated films list, which includes dramas, thrillers, and a smattering of horror...
Ah, 1991. The year Robert Patrick ran after cars in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, and Kevin Costner grew a spectacular mullet for Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves. But outside the top ten blockbuster list, there lies an entire world of other, less celebrated films to discover.
Some of the movies on this list have been included because they were overlooked in theatres, while others have been added because they were unfairly dismissed by critics. One or two others were modest successes, but (whisper it) we decided to include them anyway because we really, really like them.
So here, for your delectation, is our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1991.
Yes, Spielberg predicted an 'implosion' of megabudget movies. But he and many others had done so, wrongly, before
It was supposed to be the summer of the movie apocalypse. No, not movies about the apocalypse, with Tom Cruise or Will Smith dragging themselves through the toxic rubble to represent humanity's only hope of a shower and a clean shave. I mean an apocalypse brought on by too many blockbusters, massed and choking the bloodstream of Hollywood itself, bringing on rigor mortis.
"There's going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen mega-budget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that's going to change the paradigm," said Steven Spielberg himself, at a televised symposium in June. George Lucas sat next to him, nodding.
- Tom Shone
Depending on your own age, you'll be horrified in varying degrees by the revelation that 2014 marks Kirsten Dunst's 25th year in showbusiness. The actress—still only 31—made her debut in Woody Allen's segment of "New York Stories," before going on to notable early roles in "The Bonfire Of The Vanities," "Little Women" and most famously, "Interview With The Vampire." Her career's had its ups and downs over time, but with a Cannes Best Actress trophy for "Melancholia" a couple of years back, she's never been more respected. And in her biggest subsequent gig, she's just signed up with another Croisette-approved auteur. Deadline report that Dunst has nabbed the female lead in "Midnight Special," the sci-fi tinged new picture from "Take Shelter" and "Mud" helmer Jeff Nichols, joining Joel Edgerton and the director's regular collaborator Michael Shannon. The logline's been kept mostly under wraps to date, but the story »
- Oliver Lyttelton
News Simon Brew 8 Aug 2013 - 09:07
When the news broke yesterday that Bruce Willis wouldn't be returning for The Expendables 3, and that Harrison Ford was replacing him, there was an unexplained Tweet on Sylvester Stallone's feed. Turns out, that Tweet looks like being at the heart of the reason Bruce Willis won't be back for the new film.
Stallone wrote: "Greedy And Lazy ...... A Sure Formula For Career Failure"
It's now been revealed that he was talking about Bruce Willis. This was confirmed by a spokesman for Stallone, although no further details were offered. It seems they won't be sending each other Christmas cards. There's been no comment from Bruce Willis.
Willis has something of a reputation for his actions on film sets. It's worth digging out a copy of the excellent book The Devil's Candy, »
(Brian De Palma, 1980, Arrow, 18)
Of the generation of confident, bearded, cine-literate film-school graduates dubbed the Movie Brats who set out to take over Hollywood in the 1970s (Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese, Milius, Lucas et al), none was more technically accomplished or referential than Brian De Palma. His work has been prolific and uneven, with mainstream successes like The Untouchables (1987) and Mission: Impossible (1996), and mainstream failures, most notably The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990). His best films were made between his version of Stephen King's Carrie (1976) and the Vietnam-set Casualties of War (1989). His most daring films are two brilliant thrillers – Dressed to Kill (1980) and Blow Out (1981).
The Blow Out DVD appeared earlier this year. Dressed to Kill, his masterly homage to Psycho (with major references to Vertigo and North By Northwest), is out this week accompanied by revealing interviews with De Palma, his producer and stars. This ingenious erotic thriller full of unexpected »
- Philip French
So... did you hear about the time that author Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero, American Psycho) and director Paul Schrader (Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Cat People, screenwriter of Taxi Driver) decided to collaborate on a crowdfunded movie and cast Lindsay Lohan and a porn star named James Deen in the lead roles? If not, your reaction to the film in question, The Canyons, may vary greatly from mine. Credit my biased expectations to the engrossing, tightly-written New York Times Magazine article which actually makes good on it's sensationalist headline, "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie."Like many films plagued with production problems -- Just try watching Brian De Palma's The Bonfire of the Vanities after reading the...
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★★★☆☆ Since the fall of Lehman Brothers back in 2008, the financial services industry has not fared well. Recognising the absence of dramatic dividends to be found in number crunching, Hollywood has tended to artificially ascribe exaggerated narratives of heroism and villainy to the depictions, resulting in pantomime characters too heightened for any real world resonance. The opening scenes of Nicholas Jarecki's Arbitrage (2012) promise a sobering, insightful look at post-crash Wall Street. But an early plot development disappointingly brings the film firmly within the generic conventions of a mid-range crime procedural.
Arbitrage stars Golden Globe winner Richard Gere as billionaire asset manager Robert Miller, a man loaded with debt and desperate to sell his toxic company to a cautious buyer who keeps delaying the sale. Miller has it all, it would seem; the perfect family, the money and, of course, the attractive younger mistress (a French artist, no less). But the »
- CineVue UK
Feature Simon Brew 20 Mar 2013 - 06:28
"It has very intellectual hip humor in it; it has very sophomoric broad slapstick comedy; it has elements of a road picture; it has more romance than any film that I have ever done; it has action; it has big stunts; it has a very dark sensibility... It's a film that needs to be experienced more than explained..." - Bruce Willis on Hudson Hawk.
One of the complaints levelled by director Peter Farrelly at the reception ot 2013's Movie 43, was that it wasn't the film its critics were expecting. And, to paraphrase Farrelly, when they got something different, they slaughtered it.
11 items from 2013
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