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25 underrated political thrillers

22 December 2016 11:51 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017

Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Kirk Douglas, Denzel Washington and more, as we explore underrated political thrillers...

Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.  

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Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into »

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Futuristic Western, Sci-Fi Tale Top Brit List of Stellar Scripts

22 November 2016 5:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Projects in development at Ken Loach’s Sixteen Films, Colin Firth’s Raindog Films and Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow are among entries on this year’s Brit List, a compendium of stellar screenplays by non-u.S. writers that have yet to go into production, nominated by leading U.K. film biz professionals.

Topping the list is Ruth Greenberg’s futuristic Western “The Competitors,” about “a runaway prostitute who falls in with a lone rider pursuing a stolen child through a brutal landscape,” and Felix Harrison’s sci-fi tale “The Far Edge of the World,” which centers on three scientists at a remote research base in Antarctica.

The Brit List was set up in 2007 to complement the Black List in the U.S. Scripts to make the Brit List in past years have included “The King’s Speech,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “We Need to Talk about Kevin” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. »

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Brit List topped by sci-fi, western

22 November 2016 2:01 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: List of best unproduced movie scripts topped by two projects from emerging writers; biopics of Priscilla Presley, Alexander McQueen also feature.

The 2016 Brit List – a line-up of the best yet-to-shoot movie screenplays as voted on by the UK industry – has been topped by a sci-fi and an apocalyptic western, both from emerging writers.

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The UK version of America’s Black List list is topped by joint-winners The Competitors, an apocalyptic western written by Ruth Greenburg, and sci-fi The Far Edge Of The World, written by Felix Harrison. Both projects received nine votes.

In second with seven votes was rom-com Bride Or Groom written by The Thick Of It and In The Loop actress Olivia Poulet and Lucy Brown.

Also making the list are Ecosse Films’ Lonesome Tonight, a biopic of Priscilla Presley written by Paul Viragh (The Face Of An Angel), Matthew Orton-scripted Eichmann and Chris Urch’s [link »

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Star Trek: Uncut, HD Marathon of Original Series Bound for BBC America

24 August 2016 9:58 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

To both commemorate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek (as well as drum up some excitement leading to the debut of its own Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), BBC America will air a marathon of uncut, digitally remastered HD episodes from the space saga’s original series.

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Film Review: ‘In the Shadow of the Hill’

27 July 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In first-time filmmaker Dan Jackson’s “In the Shadow of the Hill,” Brazil’s 2011 plan to rid the gargantuan Rio de Janeiro favela Rocinha of drug traffickers in advance of the 2014 World Cup and the upcoming Olympic games falters when one family’s very public protest of their disappeared patriarch goes global. Winner of the Documentary Australia Foundation Award at the Sydney Film Festival, the impressionistic yet resonant work is a natural for social justice-themed events and nonfiction sidebars.

At first, the elite yet now-notorious elite squad known as Bope is cautiously welcomed in the slum, having cleared out much of the criminal element without a shot being fired. It might have seemed a good idea on paper, but human nature being what it is the authorities end up policing the favela with an iron fist and remorseless demeanor (the cops’ notorious methods were dramatized in the popular 2007 feature “The »

- Eddie Cockrell

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