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There’s a lot going on in “American Made,” a hectic, hyperactive true-life tall tale that jumbles Colombian drug-smuggling, CIA arms-trading, Midwestern fortune-making and a whole lot of very fancy flying. Yet the most salient image in the whole coked-up kaleidoscope is a simple one: Tom Cruise’s sunglasses. There may be significant stretches in Doug Liman’s film where the star, as Twa pilot turned all-sides-of-the-law hustler Barry Seal, isn’t wearing wire-rimmed aviator shades, yet somehow it feels as if they’re always there. An accessory that Cruise made wholly his own in “Top Gun,” they connote as much rakish bravado and slightly impenetrable machismo now as they did then — 1986, coincidentally the year that the action in “American Made,” which spans eight fast years of Carter-to-Reagan-era governmental skulduggery, comes to a startling head.
A sweat-slicked, exhausting but glibly entertaining escapade on its own terms, “American Made” is more interesting as a showcase for »
- Guy Lodge
In their feature films, directors Josh and Ben Safdie have always walked a fine line between fact and fiction. Not quite documentaries and not quite traditional narratives, their work takes on an air of alarming spontaneity, threatening to jump off the screen at you. Between Daddy Longlegs and Heaven Knows What, the Safdies captured a gorgeously grainy snapshot of their home city of New York, both painfully truthful and deeply impacting.
Their latest, Good Time, returns to New York City, this time bringing a pulp edge to their naturalistic aesthetic. After a botched bank robbery lands his brother Nick (Ben Safdie) in jail, Constantine (Robert Pattinson) is forced out of Queens into the city to bring his brother home, at any cost.
Our review describes Good Time as “in parts a heist movie (iconic masks included) and a chase movie, but not an homage in any sense — more an evolution, »
- Tony Hinds
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There are few filmmakers out there that can boast a filmography that stacks up to Martin Scorsese’s. Argued to be the best director of the Hollywood New Wave generation – not a small feat, considering he’s up against heavyweights like Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and Oliver Stone, Scorsese started his career in 1967 with his debut Who’s That Knocking On My Door, and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon at his 74 years of age.
With big news coming out regarding his long gestating return to gangster epics The Irishman, we thought we’d take a look at some of the highlights of Scorsese’s wide spanning and eclectic career.
- David Agnew
There are no shortage of boxing movies and the familiar story of the rise to fame, only to lose it all through alcohol, drugs and women has been done before. The difference however with The Bleeder is Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber), the boxer on who’s life the film is based, best know for inspiring Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky (1976).
Chuck seemed to live up to his nickname as ‘The Bleeder’ and like Rocky, lead the fight more with granite chin than style and athleticism, as he continued to soak up the punches and move relentlessly forward. Wepner was never really taken seriously as a boxer and continued to work as a liquor salesman, but when he got a chance to fight for the heavyweight title, he made it count. He may not have won the fight, but the fact he managed to last 15 rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali »
- Philip Rogers
Too Hollywood for art houses and too art house for Hollywood, iconoclastic French filmmaker Luc Besson has always had to blaze his own trail. Unwilling — or unable — to compromise from the very start (his debut feature was a dialogue-free post-apocalyptic drama about a waterless future where it occasionally rains fish), Besson continues to offset his pigheadedness with his passion. He eventually got so sick of looking for support that he launched his own production company, EuropaCorp, which has become one of the most profitable in all of Europe by churning out the kind of carnivalesque shlock that made its founder so famous in the first place. Besson may not have directed the likes of “Taken,” “Lock-Out,” and “Colombiana,” but his fingerprints are all over them.
- David Ehrlich
Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” may have been his 28-year-old passion project, but it was mostly ignored by audiences, grossing only $7 million in the U.S. opposite a $40 million budget. Something tells us the same fate won’t meet the director’s next project, which carries an even bigger budget and bigger stars.
Read More: Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is The Future of Cinema (And That’s Ok)
“The Irishman” is gearing up for production this summer, and it brings Scorsese back to the genre he helped define in the modern era and reunites him with some of the actors he helped make iconic. Anticipation is sky high (and warranted, given everything we know about the movie). Here are the 9 most essential bits of information you need to know:
1. The Movie is Martin Scorsese’s First Gangster Movie in Over A Decade
Scorsese has built his career on iconic gangster movies, »
- Zack Sharf
Need a quick recap on the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights: Big News Quentin Tarantino has a surprising new project: Quentin Tarantino's next movie will be about the Manson Family murders, and word has it he's looking at Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Samuel L. Jackson and Margot Robbie to star, the last as slain actress Sharon Tate. Read more here. Great News Joe Pesci joins Martin Scorsese's The Irishman: Martin Scorsese's next gangster movie, The Irishman, is turning out to be a Raging Bull-Goodfellas-Casino reunion as Joe Pesci has joined the cast, which already includes Robert De Niro. Meanwhile, Harvey Keitel, who starred with De Niro in Mean Streets and Taxi Driver, is in talks, as are Al...
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- Christopher Campbell
It was just a few days ago we learned that next month Martin Scorsese would begin directing Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, and the recently-added Ray Romano in his long-gestating crime epic The Irishman. With that Netflix production set to continue to the end of the year, it was reasonable to imagine much of 2018 would find Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker in the editing room. However, it looks like we may get another new Scorsese film sooner than expected.
Speaking to Variety, Scorsese’s long-time production designer Dante Ferretti says that the goal is to begin shooting their adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI this spring. Based on the book from David Grann, the author behind The Lost City of Z, Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Good Shepherd) has penned the script that follows »
- Jordan Raup
The filmmaker is set to begin production on his gangster movie return “The Irishman” next month, which will reunite him with “Goodfellas” duo Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. But Scorsese isn’t stopping there, as he’s got two different Leonardo DiCaprio vehicles in development for after. Scorsese and DiCaprio haven’t worked with each other since “The Wolf of Wall Street” four years ago.
The first project is an adaptation of Erik Larson’s book “The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America.” DiCaprio purchased the film rights to the book in 2010 and Scorsese has gone on record praising the script.
“Right now, there is a script being worked on, »
- Zack Sharf
David Crow Jul 13, 2017
Martin Scorsese may be going to streaming with The Irishman, but he’s bringing almost his whole old school acting troupe with him. News came late Wednesday that after initially declining to appear in the film (apparently several times), frequent Scorsese stalwart Joe Pesci has joined the gangster movie.
Deadline reports that Joe Pesci is in the process of finalising a deal to appear the Jimmy Hoffa-based film, which already has Robert De Niro and Al Pacino signed and onboard. De Niro, who was Scorsese’s go-to leading man before the director’s recent partnership with Leonardo DiCaprio, is set to play the eponymous 'Irishman', a mob hitman by the name of Frank Sheeran. Pesci has also been a longtime co-star of De Niro’s in Scorsese movies, »
Back in May, rumors were swirling that Joe Pesci was attached for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” but it was unclear if the semi-retired actor would actually reunite with his “Goodfellas” co-star, Robert De Niro, for the $100-million gangster movie. Now, it seems that Pesci is officially on board to star as mafioso Russell Bufalino, Deadline reports.
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Netflix acquired “The Irishman” earlier this year, and shooting is scheduled to start next month. The movie marks the ninth collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro, who plays Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob hitman who supposedly was involved in the death of Jimmy Hoffa.
Steve Zaillian (“Moneyball”) adapted “The Irishman” from Charles Brandt‘s 2003 book, “I Heard You Paint Houses,” about Sheeran’s career as a hitman. In certain scenes, De Niro will be made to look around 30 years old by VFX company Industrial Light & Magic. »
- Graham Winfrey
For most actors, if Martin Scorsese comes calling, you don’t ask any questions, and clear your calendar. However, Joe Pesci is not like everybody else. Even though he’s made three pictures with the director and his best friend Robert De Niro — “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino” — Pesci has been very resistant to get back in front of the camera.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The House review
Warner Bros. Pictures take a big $40 million gamble with another big concept comedy with Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler as two parents who must find a get-rich-quick scheme to finance their daughter’s incoming college bills.
Scott Johansen is a regular guy with a good house in the suburbs, loyal wife Kate (Amy Schumer), great daughter Alex (Ryan Simpkins), and just enough income to keep them all afloat. However, with Alex about take the big leap into university life, they are very much relying on their town’s scholarship scheme to fund her continuing education. At a local council meeting in this very small town, it becomes quickly apparent that the townsfolk have »
- Paul Heath
The master filmmaker and a deadly sin.
- H. Perry Horton
Mentorship is not a new hat for Judd Apatow -- after all, he's the guy who helped guide a then-unknown Lena Dunham and Girls to success. Lately though, he's only increased his efforts, with Pete Holmes on Crashing, Paul Rust on Love and now Kumail Nanjiani's first feature film, The Big Sick.
"I think it's among the best movies we've ever been a part of," Apatow says of The Big Sick, out June 23. "It's »
Ray Liotta says kissing another man for his role as bisexual cop on “Shades of Blue” was “very new for me” — but he learned some valuable lessons. “I did learn a bunch of things. One is, when you know you’re gonna kiss your girlfriend, make sure you shave, because stubble hurts,” he said. The “Goodfellas” icon added: “Cigarette breath, forget about.” Also Read: 'Shades of Blue' Ray Liotta Gay Kiss Steams Up Social Media: 'Mouth Just Dropped!' “Shades of Blue” recently wrapped its second season. In the future, Liotta hopes his character will get to have a heart-to-heart with his son, »
- Tim Molloy
- Jazz Tangcay
There is just 424 kilometres between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, so its no surprise that the so-called ‘Sin City’ has attracted many TV shows to the bright lights of the city over the years. We all know that the popular TV series CSI – Crime Scene Investigation is famously set in Vegas, but what about other shows that have chosen to head to the vast array of hotels and casinos over the years.
Well, let’s kick things off with a little known show actually called Las Vegas. The series, which ran for five seasons between 2003 and 2008, starred Josh Dumamel, who would later go on to headline the Transformers franchise, and screen legend James Caan (The Godfather). Las Vegas revolved around life in a fiction casino called the Montecito Resort & Casino on the famous Vegas strip. These days you can head to an online casino gratis, but this was a time »
- The Hollywood News
Wow, Ralph freaking Macchio… I’ve got to admit, it’s been some time since I saw Daniel Larusso in a movie. So of course I was gonna sit down and watch this flick! But what I did not expect was to find a whole cast of actors that maybe never set the world on fire but I have a certain affinity for.
A Cat Named Leonard is one of those bottle movies that takes place over one day, spending time with various different characters that you just know (because Movies) will all somehow connect to each other at some point or other, you know like Crash, Kids, Clerks, or any other movie of its nature these are just the ones come to mind.
We start the flick by meeting Dominic »
- Kevin Haldon
“Tests Of Faith”
Martin Scorsese has made several films that are challenging for an audience. Even some of his most acclaimed pictures, such as Raging Bull, are difficult to watch and “enjoy.” Scorsese tackles hard truths about the human condition, and many times they’re unpleasant and disturbing. Sometimes the dramas he explores are not what one would call a “good time at the movies.”
That doesn’t mean they’re bad. On the contrary, great art often requires an audience to meet it halfway, to capitulate and embrace the pain that is at the heart of what the artist has intended to convey.
Silence is one of those films. A decades-long passion project for the director, based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō, it is about the “silence” of God that is the biggest obstacle faced by people of faith. The subject matter would have been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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