6 items from 2015
In 1997, Jude Law was cast as the epitome of male perfection, a tan, toned, bronzed Adonis with an astute mind to match his angular features, in "Gattaca." The science-fiction fable depicts a world of genetically-altered uber-humans and tainted normals (Ethan Hawke plays the normal guy). It thrust Law into the spotlight and onto the covers of myriad magazine. The "The Talented Mr. Ripley" solidified his sex symbol status, as well as his genuine acting chops, earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. For almost 20 years, Law has been considered one of the sexiest men alive, a moniker that (unfairly) outshines his acting prowess. His first attempt to shed his gorgeous visage came in 2002, when he played a ghastly photographer-cum-murderer in Sam Mendes' "The Road to Perdition." But two years later he was back to being a sex symbol as he took-up Michael Cane's mantle in the poorly-received remake of "Alfie. »
- Greg Cwik
It seems like every year, I see more and more Oscar-hungry campaigns for films and performances than the year before. This past year especially saw an excellent crop of actors and filmmakers contribute above-stellar work to the art of moviemaking. However, in the rush to place the ads, view the screeners and attend the parties during this most high-profile time in the film world, a large amount of first-class work has been forgotten. As a result, I have put together an alternative Oscar list featuring films and performances, which struck me as some of the best of the year and more than worthy of some well-earned recognition.
Best Picture: The Two Faces of January (2014)
How could the writer of Drive and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley Not conspire to create perhaps the most captivating thriller of the year? Featuring three complex characters and a multi-layered plot full of suspense and intrigue, »
- Frank Calvillo
Jude Law has turned into a very surprising actor. When he first hit the scene in films like A.I. and The Talented Mr. Ripley, it almost felt like Hollywood was forcing him to be an A-lister. Fast forward to now and Law has not headlined a major film in a while. Yeah, he has been a supporting player in several Steven Soderbergh films and the Sherlock Holmes franchise, but as a leading man he has found a comfortable home in smaller productions like Dom Hemingway and the upcoming Black Sea. »
- Alex Maidy
The art of creating a successful mystery seems to be lost on many of today’s filmmakers and their films. Instead of allowing a solid story to play out in front of you and keep you guessing, a lot of films falling into the mystery/thriller genre tend to utilize the same ol’ twists and turns we’ve all seen time and time again. When a film comes along and offers a story full of suspense and surprise, it’s a surprise and a very refreshing one at that. Luckily, Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini’s feature directorial debut, The Two Faces Of January, is just that type of film, one that keeps you guessing until the very end.
- Jerry Smith
"Gone Girl" star Ben Affleck and director David Fincher are set to re-team on "Strangers," a new take on the classic "Strangers On A Train" for Warner Bros. Pictures. "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn is in talks to write the script for the film which Affleck's Pearl Street banner will produce.
"The Talented Mr. Ripley" author Patricia Highsmith penned the book which was subsequently turned into one of Alfred Hitchcock's most iconic early films. The original film followed two strangers - a tennis pro seeking a divorce, and a mentally unstable socialite - who strike up a conversation. Each has someone they want to get out of the way, so the socialite proposes they 'swap murders' and thus the killings could not be traced back to them.
This new take shifts the premise from a train to a private plane. Affleck will play a movie star in the middle of awards season campaigning. »
- Garth Franklin
Looks like David Fincher enjoyed working with Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn on Gone Girl as the trio are contemplating working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train at Warner Bros. Now, at first glance, the prospect of anyone, even David Fincher, remaking a Hitchcock classic sounds like a bad idea. But, Hitchcock's film was based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley). Fincher and Affleck are looking to see if Gone Girl author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn »
- Alex Maidy
6 items from 2015
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