3 items from 2014
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
John Cusack may occasionally slum it in by-the-numbers films (2012, Serendipity, America’s Sweethearts – discuss), but when he is really applying himself he is amongst the most accomplished actors working today. Endearing, personable, yet edgy enough to convincingly portray characters as diverse as Craig Schwartz, Roy Dillon and Robert Hansen, Cusack’s best work has perhaps tended to feature in the lesser-known, unheralded films on his CV, which is where we come in. More to the point, that is where Grosse Pointe Blank comes in.
Released in cinemas in 1997, Grosse Pointe Blank has Cusack’s fingerprints all over it. He starred in it, »
- Dave Roper
What the hell has happened to John Cusack? Remember the glory days of Say Anything, Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity and Being John Malkovich? Now he is giving us nonsense like The Raven, The Paperboy and this, Drive Hard. Above is the first trailer for Drive Hard, a crime thriller fronted by Cusack and Thomas Jane, that somehow stayed completely off our radar until now. It's a buddy comedy that follows the wild ride of a mysterious thief (Cusack) who kidnaps a race car driver turned driver's ed instructor (Jane), so he can be a reluctant getaway driver. Along the way, this odd couple will cross paths and piss off cops and gangsters. Damien Garcey, Christopher Morris, and Zoe Walker co-star. The Playlist has unearthed a couple of stills from the film, which you can see below. The first one has Cusack double-fisting a pair of guns, and in a »
Only a year ago it was just a cancelled TV series. Then it was suddenly a hugely successful Kickstarter project, and now the finished Veronica Mars movie is almost upon us. Warner Bros. have released the first trailer for Kristen Bell's former-teen detective cinema upgrade.The film finds former teen detective Veronica headed back to Neptune, California, after ten years away. In the meantime she's become a corporate lawyer and shacked up with lurrve interest Piz (Chris Lowell). What's drawing her home, however, is the plight of former flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who's accused of killing his pop star girlfriend. The points of the old love triangle between Veronica, Piz and Logan are soon sharp again, and Veronica finds herself investigating her first mystery in a decade.For the unititiated, there are shades of Grosse Pointe Blank in the school reunion thread, and echoes of One For The Money in the detective's-old-flame-in-trouble hook. »
3 items from 2014
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