6 items from 2015
Fact: Nobody does the buddy-cop comedy better than Shane Black. Argue it all you want, but the evidence is stacked against you. After all, we're talking about the guy who wrote Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Heck, he even managed to turn a big chunk of Iron Man 3 into a movie where Tony Stark does detective work with the help of a kid sidekick. Shane Black is simply the best. If that's not enough evidence for you, though, we submit the trailer for his new movie, The Nice Guys, which he directed and co-wrote with Anthony Bagarozzi. Set in the 1970s, it stars Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe as two private eyes investigating the death of a porn star. But since this is a Shane Black movie, a single death can never be...
- Peter Hall
I love Shane Black. The strange part is that I didn't realize how much I loved him until he started directing his own material. I read the spec scripts that put him on the map like "Lethal Weapon" and "The Long Kiss Goodnight," and I admired them on the page, but the films didn't seem to quite capture whatever it was that made them so much fun. Oddly, considering how humorless Tony Scott's movies typically were, "The Last Boy Scout" seemed to me to be the closest thing to the experience of reading a Shane Black script out of any of his films. Then he made "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and I realized no other director really understood the tone that Black was writing. Kkbb was nimble in a way none of his other films were, light and silly while also making sure the violence hurt, and it felt like a revelation. »
- Drew McWeeny
If you don’t live in an insane asylum, then you probably love Shane Black‘s directorial debut, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. The screenwriter behind Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and The Last Boy Scout made a clever, hilarious, and character-driven mystery with his first outing behind the camera. The film didn’t make a ton of money at the box-office, but there’s […]
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- Jack Giroux
The Long Spliff Goodnight: Nourizadeh’s Stoner Action Flick Mixes Kooky with Convention
Comprised of a tangle of similar narrative threads spliced together from a variety of genres and time periods, Nima Nourizadeh’s sophomore directorial effort American Ultra is generally more often entertaining than not, though considering the significant reputations of its leads and zany array of the supporting cast, it could have been better served with a bit more outlandishness than the conventional acts it delivers. As it stands, the success of this rural set conspiracy comedy depends mostly on the low-key charm this rather approximately defined scenario allows to transpire, but it ultimately isn’t goofy enough to allow for the cult notoriety something like this promises. As scripted by Max Landis (again returning to the landscape of youthful, self-reliant outsiders as in his 2012 Chronicle), there’s not a whole lot of surprise, but much like its drug of choice, »
- Nicholas Bell
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
It’s impossible to not like Joe Lynch. Quite easily one of the nicest guys around, you can definitely hear the passion for film in his voice, and the mere mention of a film that Lynch is a fan of sparks a lengthy conversation, which is always great to have. Having recently hit DVD/Bluray, Lynch’s newest film, the Salma Hayek-led action film Everly, is an intense and inventive spin on the modern day action film, and features not only good performances by Hayek and a lot of other great actors, but also Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (The Victim, The Divide).
We were able to have a chat with both Joe and Jen regarding Everly, what drew them to the project, and what’s coming next for them as well. Read on!
So the last time we spoke was right before the second season of Holliston arrived. You briefly mentioned »
- Jerry Smith
6 items from 2015
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