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Guy Ritchie is turning his back on directing gangster films - he's reportedly working on a movie musical.
But he's set for a departure from the tried-and-tested genre and is working with movie hardman Jason Statham on a singing movie, according to Britain's The Sun newspaper.
A source tells the publication, "Guy and Jason are collaborating closely on this top secret musical project. They're well into development and realise they’re probably going to get a lot of stick.
"But Guy's of the opinion that people have been having a pop at him throughout his career, so he couldn't care less. He wants to do something audacious and a musical is just that." »
Crank: High Voltage comes out this weekend, which sends Jason Statham back into a frenzied pinball movie world that has his sweaty bald head running at top speed to keep himself alive ... again. So if you want to keep your levels pegged at 11 this weekend, you might want to consider one of these other movies that have pure Russian racehorse levels of adrenaline pumping through their veins. When we say adrenaline fueled, we don't just mean hyperkinetic, no-attention-span-editing and lots of boring action sequences. That might even qualify Hannah Montana: The Movie for this list.
No, we mean you're on the edge of your seat, neck and shoulders tense, and eyeballs propped open like Malco McDowell in A Clockwork Orange. Cinematical urges you to try this at your own risk, and does not recommend any artery-clogging snacks in the midst of your movie madness. You'll need those suckers wide open »
- Kevin Kelly
In the opening scenes of the classic British crime thriller The Long Good Friday, London underworld gangster Harold Shand (played to perfection by Bob Hoskins) says to his partner Victoria (played by a lovely 34 year-old Helen Mirren) on their Thames yacht, "It's Good Friday, have a Bloody Mary."
You just know you're off to a good start with a cast like that...speaking dialogue like that.
In this cornerstone of the British gangster genre — a precursor to later films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Layer Cake — Harold is about to close a lucrative new deal with the New York mob when bombs start showing up and/or detonating in inconvenient places...at inconvenient times. He's trying to close a real estate deal that will finally enable him to become a legitimate businessman and to develop a stretch of London's docklands in time for the 1988 Olympics, in the »
You may indubitably infer from this story that Robert Downey Jr has developed a particular fondness for the character of Sherlock Holmes, whom he plays in director Guy Ritchie's upcoming film of the same name. During an interview with La Times columnist Steve Lopez, where Downey was discussing his forthcoming film The Soloist (April 24), the actor indicated that he's committed to the character—making long term plans for a sequel to the film about the famous, fictional British detective.
"I feel like there’s going to be a Sherlock Holmes 2," Downey, clearly pleased with his experiences during production told the Times. Previously, on the set, Downey had demonstrated to MTV that he was enjoying the shoot.
Interestingly, the actor revealed that he didn't wish to delve too far into Holmes' opium addiction, instead wanting the film to have a more family friendly tone to it. Given the actor's own bouts with addiction, »
The other day, we Screen Rant writers were chatting online and the subject of cult movies came up. Immediately I began thinking of all the cult movies I’ve seen and loved (or loathed) - so I thought it would be great to list some of our favorite cult movies individually, and as a group.
As we were compiling our lists, we debated what, exactly, constitutes a “cult movie.” We talked about different criteria… for instance movies that fail at the box office (or do only modestly well), but then do terrific on home video. Or maybe they tank overall, but have a small, passionate (and underground?) fan base. Then there are movies that gain some popularity, but are really, really weird. Sr boss Vic Holtreman even posed the question on Twitter, and got some great answers.
To settle any debates about whether any of our picks were actual cult movies or not, »
- Heath McKnight
To many the name Charles Bronson brings up visions of The Great Escape or Death Wish. However if you happen to live in the United Kingdom then the name is synonymous with real life violence as Charles Bronson is the name of “most violent prisoner in Britain.”
Now a film titled Bronson has been made charting the life of the former boxer and career criminal - and surprisingly it looks quite good (in a darkly comedic way).
The Nicolas Winding Refn directed film stars Tom Hardy as Bronson, a criminal so thirsty for celebrity that he changed his name from Michael Peterson to Charles Bronson to gain attention and a greater tough guy reputation.
See the trailer below:
The film charts Bronson’s (Peterson’s) life from meek child to crazed thug via numerous crimes and arrests (starting in 1974) to his life incarceration. »
- Niall Browne
This is a pretty incredible montage of 100 quotes from 100 different movies that each contains a number from 1-100, counting backwards. There's really nothing else to say about it, but I do wonder how he even compiled these seemingly random lines. Full list of the movies below the vid.
98. Dead Poet's Society
96. The Lost Weekend
95. Ocean's 11
94. Star Wars
93. Midnight Run
92. It Came From Outer Space
91. The Right Stuff
90. The Fugitive
89. The French Connection
88. Back to the Future
86. Quiz Show
85. Silence of the Lambs
83. The Magnificent Seven
81. Galaxy Quest
80. Harold and Maude
79. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
77. The Apartment
76. The Great Escape
75. The Hustler
74. Ed Wood
73. The Jerk
70. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn
68. The Breakfast Club
67. The King and »
- Arya Ponto
What is a “RocknRolla”? Before watching the film it didn’t occur to me the question was a matter of who or what. But in fact, the nature of a RocknRolla, the true nature, finds itself to be the goal of the film’s protagonists.
Guy Ritchie has got a thing for portraying bottom feeders reaching up and taking a bigger piece of the pie. Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels all had a band of guys pursuing a wild scheme to make it big – RocknRolla is no different, and yet it is. While the older two films had their share of characters in the upper rungs of society, half of RocknRolla’s main characters fit that bill. Why shouldn’t it? It’s a gritty crime comedy about real estate. Yes, real estate. I swear, in the hands of anyone else this would’ve been the most boring movie I can imagine. »
- Lex Walker
Chicago – Another week, another edition of HollywoodChicago.com’s legendary Round-Up. Any TV fans out there? Lovers of sci-fi action movies? Afficionados of Rachel McAdams? If you still like Guy Ritchie, raise your hand. Now, all of you, step up to the Round-Up.
“Cheers: The Final Season”
Photo credit: Paramount When people talk about shows going out at the top of their game, they inevitably turn to “Cheers” as a prime example of a series that knew when to turn off the lights and close the bar. Raise a glass to the final season with this amazing 28-episode set. In this season, Sam (Ted Danson) rebuilds the bar after Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) sets it on fire, Norm (George Wendt) gets audited, Cliff (John Ratzenberg) gets promoted, and Lilith leaves Frasier »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Out February 2 in Region 2: • RocknRolla [buy at Amazon U.K.]. From my green light review: Guy Ritchie would surprise us if he surprised us. RocknRolla, his latest mockney crime caper, is exactly what you expect it to be, if you saw his Snatch or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Hell, it’s exactly what you want it to be, if you loved those films for their exuberant cartoon aggression and winking, wicked wit. After all, no one complains when one Bugs Bunny cartoon is pretty much the same as the one before. No one minds when the Road Runner shows up the Coyote once again. You’d be disappointed, in fact, if you didn’t get what you paid for. (also available in Region 1, from Amazon U.S.) • Igor [buy at Amazon U.K.]. From my green light review: Has there ever been so amiably demented a flick as this one, about an igor -- that is, a »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"RocknRolla" is an achievement in that it's not horrible like Guy Ritchie's previous two films, "Swept Away" and "Revolver". It's a failure in that it's exactly like "Snatch." and "Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels" but those films were made ten years ago. Directors, or at least directors with some sort of signature style, need to evolve. By repeating their same old tricks, they make their previous successes into flukes and show us that they're not as talented as we once imagined. I won't go into the plot because it's far too convoluted and Ritchie wouldn't have it any other way (although I really hope he does for "Sherlock Holmes"). The film goes like a checklist through elements of a Ritchie film: Large cast of characters connected through tangential acquaintances? Check. British accents so thick you could drizzle them on »
RockNRolla is more of the same from Guy Ritchie which is either good or bad depending on how you take it. Although nowhere near as good as Snatch or Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels the film is definitely not flawed. As a fan of Guy Ritchie and his films I felt the film was entertaining and at times bordering on genius and at other times it fell sadly a bit flat. When a Russian mobster orchestrates a crooked land deal, millions of dollars are up for grabs, and all of London’s criminal underworld wants in on the action. Everyone from a dangerous crime lord to a sexy accountant, a »
I’ve commented before that of the major players in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels I had always expected it would be Nick Moran and not Jason Statham who made the big breakout internationally. Moran had the looks, the charisma and is - in my opinion - a vastly superior actor. But while Statham and - to a lesser degree - Jason Flemyng have both gone on to have thriving careers in front of the camera, Moran has been largely absent from the screen. And it turns out that this is because he has entirely different aspirations. Moran, you see, is a successful playwright and theater director and after having success with one of his theater plays he has now adapted it for the big screen with Telstar.
Set against a backdrop of early 60’s London, Telstar is the story of the world’s first independent record producer, »
- Todd Brown
13 items from 2009
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