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RogerEbert.com Cannes video essay the films of 1960
Reverse Shot 20 shots to be henceforth retired from film vocabulary
2. It starts off in a long shot and a guy's all far away and walking toward the camera and you're all “Uh-oh am I going to have to watch him walk the whole way?” and you do and it takes three minutes or more. “Ooh, look at me, I'm sculpting with time!” Fuck you.
Reuters Cannes may ditch austerity for glitzy Gatsby opening. Stay tuned
In Contention Will Smith eyeing remake of The Wild Bunch. Although he's not fond of "bunches" since he turned down Django because the part wasn't big enough. At least Will Smith understands that Christoph Waltz wasn't a "Supporting Actor"
Film Doctor 11 questions about The Great Gatsby
Guardian Rip Aubrey Woods, the »
- NATHANIEL R
A New York-based crime drama starring a bunch of people I've never heard of, the movie tells the story of two brothers caught in the middle of a drug-money-gone-missing plot. The flick has the energy of early-Scorsese, particularly reminiscent of my personal favorite - Mean Streets. Unfortunately, the dialogue is spotty and the acting leaves a lot to be desired. I guess it's fair to say this is Scorsese meets Besson. Some very Leon-esque moments (including a villain who seems to be doing his best Gary Oldman, chewing scenery like a champ).
- Robert Ottone
As a film history buff, I occasionally like to look at an individual year’s cinematic output in its totality and compare the year’s offerings to other years, creating in my mind a sort of “hall of fame” of years in cinema. As do many cineastes, I tend to rate years in the 1970’s (as well as the late 1960’s) the highest in terms of quality of output. Far enough away from the dissolution of the studio system to allow for creative expression, but before the era of where corporations standardized and commoditized the feature film, it was the time in Hollywood when the artists steered the ship. Beyond this Utopian-age of filmmaking though, one year that frequently comes to mind as particularly praiseworthy is 1994.
- Christopher Lominac
Having now apparently wrapped up his 'serious' phase in which he pretended to be interested in things other than girls with guns, Luc Besson is getting back to his roots. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that having now wrapped Malavita Besson's next project will be action-thriller Lucy, which he both wrote and will direct. Scarlett Johansson has signed on for the lead role in which she will play a drug mule essentially turned into a superhero when the drug she is transporting leeches into her bloodstream giving her the power to absorb information instantly, block pain, move objects with her mind and, golly, this sounds kind of stupid. Anybody else pine for the days when Besson made movies like Leon, which had kick ass action...
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Plenty of audiences have already seen Scarlett Johansson kick ass as Black Widow in The Avengers and Iron Man 2, and she'll have a key role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier next year. Now THR says she'll be getting into action with The Fifth Element and The Professional director Luc Besson for his latest action thriller Lucy. The actress is in final talks to lead the film about a woman who is forced to become a drug mule. But rather than just carrying the drug, it enters her system and turns her into a lethal vixen who can absorb knowledge with ease, move things with her mind and doesn't feel any pain at all. More below! Sounds like the perfect return to form for Besson who crafted some great action thrillers back in the 90s, but has stayed fairly low key behind the camera, mostly producing and writing over the last decade. »
- Ethan Anderton
In "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," Scarlett Johansson has exhibited (and will exhibit) her ability to kick, punch, and head-butt with the best of them. And now she's going to get to use those skills again, after just having signed on to Luc Besson's forthcoming thriller "Lucy," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The ludicrously amazing (or is it amazingly ludicrous?) plot of "Lucy" involves Johansson's character having to become a drug mule for some nefarious types. But instead of transporting the drug, it goes into her system and basically turns her into Bradley Cooper from "Limitless" –- according to the report she can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts." Presumably she uses these new abilities to get back at the guys who forced her into the drug mule business. »
- Drew Taylor
Natalie Portman. Mila Jovovich. Anne Parillaud. All female actresses that were suitably moulded into action heroines courtesy of Luc Besson. And now, the French director has found a new female protagonist in the shape of Scarlett Johansson for his latest project Lucy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the American actress is in final negotiations for the role of the titular character.
Fresh from her action-orientated role in last summer’s The Avengers, Johansson may have discovered a new-fangled career path within this particular genre. Written by Besson himself, the script centres on Lucy who, after becoming a drugs mule against her will, experiences abnormal reactions that transform her into a powerful superhuman. Martial Art skills, telekinesis, and a peculiar resistance to pain all make Lucy a formidable force. Hell, if that wasn’t enough, she can even absorb knowledge instantaneously, too.
While the plot certainly sounds interesting, it’s difficult »
- Michael Briers
Luc Besson, who directed "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional," as well as produced "Taken" and "Transporter," has written a script for "Lucy" action thriller with plans of directing. Now comes word that Scarlett Johansson is in final negotiations to star in the film, which centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, giving her superpowers. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts. "Lucy" is another film for Besson that focuses on strong female characters, like "La Femme Nikita," "Joan of Arc" and "Colombiana." It's also a continuation of action films for Johansson, who starred in "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and is now shooting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." »
Scarlett Johansson. That’s a good start, right? Yes, the exquisite Scarlett is joining forces with Luc Besson, the man behind Taken, The Transporter, The Fifth Element and, of course, the excellent Leon. If you haven’t seen the latter, it’s once of those you should and see how much has been stolen from it since 2004.
Anyway, she’s confirmed for the lead role in his upcoming action-thriller Lucy. In this film, she’s somewhat of a drug mule but when one day it gets into her system, it gives her superpowers that include telekinesis, martial arts brilliance and a rather handy extra bonus – immunity to pain. In essence: an awesome machine of power.
- Dan Bullock
The Hollywood Reporter says that Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation, The Avengers) is in final negotiations to star in the action-thriller Lucy, directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, Léon: The Professional).
Lucy, written by Besson, is about a woman who is forced to be a drug mule. However, the drugs get into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. The Hollywood Reporter writes that with the drugs, she can, “…absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.”
Johansson is currently filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Alex Corey
• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Luc Besson, the filmmaker behind La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element, has chosen Scarlett Johansson as his next muse in Lucy. Besson wrote the script and will direct the action thriller for Universal.
Lucy “centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.”
Clearly, Scarlett wasn’t happy being a superhero without powers as Black Widow. »
- Andy Greene
Scarlett Johansson is going to kick some major ass in Luc Besson's latest action thriller film project called Lucy. Besson, who wrote and directed films such as The Professional, Taken, The Fifth Element, and The Transporter, will direct the movie from a script he wrote.
The story "centers on a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts."
It definitely sounds like a movie Besson would make! This seems like a crazy role for Johansson to take on. Yeah, we've all seen her ballistically beat the hell out of people as Black Widow, but Besson is going to take that action-packed craziness to a whole new level with her in Lucy. Besson knows how to entertain his audience. »
- Joey Paur
From Anne Parillaud in La Femme Nikita to Natalie Portman in Leon to Milla Jovovich in The Fifth Element, director Luc Besson has made a career out of heading his action films with strong female characters, and today it appears that he may have found his next kick-ass heroine. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Scarlett Johansson, who was seen beating down alien scum in last year's The Avengers, is now in final negotiations to star in Lucy, the Besson's latest directorial effort based on a script he wrote himself. Should she sign on, Johannson would play a woman who is forced into being a drug mule, but finds strange side effects occur when the contraband accidentally gets into her system. Not only does she become what the trade describes as "an ass-kicking machine," she also gains telekinetic abilities, can absorb knowledge instantly and has the ability to completely block »
Scarlett Johansson is set to lead Luc Besson's Lucy , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Besson will both write and direct the sci-fi action tale, which follows a young woman who gains super powers after being forced to work as a drug mule. Johansson, who last year appeared in both Marvel's The Avengers and Hitchcock , will next appear in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon . She's currently in production on her third outting as Natasha "Black Widow" Romanov in Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier . Besson, best known for films like Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element , will release his latest, Malavita , on September 20. Universal Pictures will distribute the project in the Us (and much of the world) »
Roger Ebert wasn't afraid to take an unpopular stand. The legendary film critic, who died Thursday after his cancer returned, described "A Clockwork Orange" as "a paranoid right-wing fantasy" and knocked the "sophomoric satire and cheap shots" of "Blue Velvet."
Even when ripping apart beloved classics, Ebert was thoughtful and evenhanded with his criticism, often pointing out problematic aspects other critics missed. Of "Leon: The Professional," the critically acclaimed French thriller starring a young Natalie Portman, he wrote:
But always at the back of my mind was the troubled thought that there was something wrong about placing a 12-year-old character in the middle of this action. In a more serious movie, or even in a human comedy like Cassavetes' 'Gloria,' the child might not have been out of place. But in what is essentially an exercise - a slick urban thriller - it seems to exploit the youth of »
- Katy Hall
Overacting is a typically pejorative term to describe an actor’s performance that is loud and overblown, entirely at odds with the other performers in the scene. This creates one of two effects – the actor is ridiculed for failing to have a grasp on the tone of the scene and what is demanded of them, or it creates comic gold and actually manages to enhance what we’re watching.
Pulpier films tend to get away with this better than most; often there are delights to be found in talented actors taking it easy and just having fun with a role, while it’s “worthier” films that tend to be mocked for an actor’s misappropriated performance. At its best, it can elevate a film’s entertainment factor, and at its worst, it can make it impossible to take a film seriously.
Here are 10 awesome examples of overacting…
- Shaun Munro
They see everything and say nothing, inhabiting a half-way world full of contradictions. But what are the five best films about live-in domestics?
This week's Clip joint is by Claire Adas, an independent film-maker and freelance writer based in Lambertville, NJ. Claire writes about film, food and life at her blog Out of the Ordinary. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
They might live in your home, but they're not part of the family. They know more about you than any of your acquaintances, but you wouldn't call them friends. They care for your most treasured possessions, or they care for your greatest treasure of all – your children – but they're not accorded the admiration of a person who owns fine things, or the respect of a parent. Such is the strange existence of live-in domestics, men and »
- Guardian readers
They might have enjoyed dressing up as superheroes, but vigilante group Fathers4Justice never had a movie-production arm, as far as anyone knows. Look around the multiplex, though, and it's easy to see why: Hollywood is doing a good job already. Action cinema seems to be obsessed with dads charging to the rescue of daughters in distress. If there's a custody battle being waged across popular culture, the men are fighting back – by, er, fighting.
Take this week's Stolen, in which Nicolas Cage goes through bank heists, car chases, shoot-outs and other spectacular action-movie stuff, all because some creep has kidnapped his teenage daughter, played by Sami Gayle. If that title reminds you of Luc Besson's Taken, it's probably intentional, since that »
- Steve Rose
"I take no pleasure in taking a life if it's from a person who doesn't care about it."
Though we may never get to see Gary Oldman play Commissioner Gordon again now that Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has ended — that is, unless the recent rumor that Warner Bros. is planning to use the Justice League movie as "a vehicle for Christian Bale to reprise his role as Batman" is true, in which case a cameo by Gotham’s top cop wouldn’t be out of the question — we will get to see him play a former police commissioner in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Add his stint as Sirius Black in the Harry Potter movies and his recently completed work as Norton in MGM's Robocop remake and that makes four major tentpole franchises for Oldman.
Long before »
- BrentJS Sprecher
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