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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Vin Diesel is notoriously open about his Hollywood goings on. Having recently used his Facebook page to announce his involvement with Marvel, he has once again used the social networking site to give us a big tease concerning his Kojak adaptation. On his Facebook page he answered a question posed by a fan:
Damien Telle Livia Lelong: -wrote- With what director would you like to work soon?
Kojak… New York…
Ang Lee, is known for making huge jumps in genre, with Life Of Pi, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm and Hulk on his resume. This could just be a “want” of Diesel’s, but the fact he gives a location to go with the film and director, suggests the two may have met/be meeting concerning the project. Kojak was a hugely popular TV show during the 1970s and received numerous TV movies along with star Telly Savalas. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Odd List Simon Brew 22 Nov 2013 - 06:34
Ben Affleck's enjoyed a career resurgence as well as internet ire of late. Here's a look at a few of his underappreciated films...
Ben Affleck doesn't need us. He's got a directorial career of three strong movies from three outings. He has a movie star spouse. He has two Oscars, one for both his downstairs and upstairs toilet, and he gets to tell his kids that he's Batman without having to lie. Furthermore, it's scary to think how good the boxset of his directorial work is going to be in 30 years' time.
But the resurgence of the Affleck, culminating in his Best Picture winning movie Argo, and his casting as Batman in Batman Vs Superman, overlooks the fact that his CV is hardly short of really good films, really good choices, and some really good performances. Whilst most of the press he's »
TV: Young Doctor's Notebook & Other Stories
Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe return for a second series of Sky Arts's darkly comic – and surprisingly grisly – adaptation of Bulgakov's revolutionary Russia-era short stories next week, but if you need your fix of amputations and opium abuse, episode one is available on Sky's On Demand service from Friday.
Sky On Demand
Music: Revolutions In Sound
On Thursday night Red Bull is turning the London Eye's pods from oases for restful gawping to a series of micro-clubs, with promoters old (Shoom, Haçienda) and new (Boiler Room, Motion) hosting sets from the likes of Julio Bashmore, Katy B, Richie Hawtin and Lily Allen. Even if your name is down in glittery gel-pen you might still not get in, but it's all being streamed on Red Bull's »
- Gwilym Mumford
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:
Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.
Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos, »
- Tamika Jones
It looks like we can stop debating about whether or not this movie is coming, and start anticipating. After some talk that it wouldn't be ready in time, "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is definitely coming by the end of the year. And with Paramount now sorting all of that out, they can start making sure they pack theaters this December. But something tells us they won't have any trouble. A new brand, pretty entertaining trailer has dropped, giving a whole new look at what Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are cooking up—and it looks like "Boiler Room" and "Wall Street" on cocaine. It's all based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wheeling, dealing and very crooked New York stockbroker who rose to the top fuelled by sex, drugs and alcohol, and fell just as hard. And by his side, in what looks another surprising turn from Jonah Hill, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes digital and DVD release information on The Seasoning House, a trailer for Loss of Life, first details on The Cage, the short film “Don’t Move,” and much more:
The Seasoning House Release Details: “Acclaimed prosthetic effects designer Paul Hyett (The Woman in Black, Unknown) makes his directorial debut with the harrowing horror revenge thriller The Seasoning House, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD December 10th from Well Go USA Entertainment. The chilling film stars Rosie Day (Sixteen), Sean Pertwee (Event Horizon), Kevin Howarth (Gallowwalkers, The Last Horror Movie) and Anna Walton (Hellboy II: The Golden Army). In The Seasoning House, young girls are prostituted to the military and an orphaned deaf mute (Day) is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing a little kindness when she can. »
- Tamika Jones
Whatever his shortcomings as a director, Brad Furman clearly has a knack for timely casting. 2011’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” was a watchable yet unremarkable courtroom drama elevated above its station by a lead turn from Matthew McConaughey just as his late-career resurgence was taking flight. Debut feature “The Take” boasted a key supporting part from recent Emmy winner Bobby Cannavale. And now with “Runner Runner,” Furman snags Justin Timberlake in an intermission between blockbuster album releases, and Ben Affleck between directing an Oscar-winning film and beginning his term at Wayne Manor. Yet despite his stacked deck of a cast, “Runner Runner” adds up to little more than a charmless, paint-by-numbers thriller unlikely to escape the forces of “Gravity” in its early October release.
Starring as a Princeton grad student of indeterminate age, Timberlake plays Richie Furst, a former Wall Street striver whose young career was derailed by the 2008 meltdown. Attempting »
- Andrew Barker
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This is the worst decision ever.
Ben Affleck?!? The anal-sex-loving statutory rapist from Mall Rats?!? The guy from Voyage of the Mimi?!? The guy that can’t star in good movies unless he directs them?!? The Man Who Ruined Daredevil?!? That Ben Affleck?!? He’s Batman?!? Because that is about the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.
What’s next?!? Lindsay Lohan as Vicky Vale?!? Couldn’t David Goyer, Zach Snyder and Warner Bros at least pretend they have some sort of respect for the decade of work Christopher Nolan put in to resurrect the character from George Clooney’s Batman and Robin? »
Just over a decade ago, Vin Diesel shot from near-obscurity to earning a $10 million payday in what seemed like record time, racing from an ensemble role in “Saving Private Ryan” to headlining “XXX” in nearly four years. But those who think of Diesel as an overnight action star don’t know the half of it.
“Vin is one of the most wildly misunderstood actor-producers out there,” says Universal co-chairman Donna Langley, whose connection with Diesel predates even 2001’s “The Fast and the Furious,” tracing back to “Boiler Room” at New Line.
While Diesel’s fans are familiar with his muscular physique and the trademark thunder-roll of his voice, what they don’t necessarily realize is just how much work Diesel puts into developing the movies they see as pure popcorn fun — or how hard he struggled to get to this point.
Before he became a star, Diesel broke through as an independent filmmaker, »
- Peter Debruge
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Leonardo DiCaprio dons sharp suit and nifty tie to step into the (no doubt alligator-skin) loafers of Jordan Belfort, the real-life brokerage maestro whose dramatic brushes with the law also inspired the 2000 film Boiler Room. If the trailer is anything to go by, Belfort functions as a Henry Hill-like guide to this dubious, high-octane world, as well as being seduced and ultimately undone by it. »
- Andrew Pulver
Scandal season 3 new prostitute arriving for David Rosen & more,new spoilers. As previously reported, Entertainment Weekly recently dished out their latest Boiler Room, spoiler chat session,and this one featured new,spoilery intel for the upcoming "Scandal" season 3,and it's a juicy one too. It turns out that they're bringing on a new hooker character to do a scene with character David Rosen. The new season is also going to serve up a ton of new twists,turns, and more. In their spoilery reveal, they stated, "Recent Emmy nominee Dan Bucatinsky was mum on the details of season 3 but promised “more of that sort of jaw-dropping, heart-pounding drama.” “There are twists and turns that you just can’t believe. Characters continue to behave in ways and do things that will surprise people, even when you thought you’ve seen it all,” he says. A hint lies in a tiny casting »
Vampire Diaries season 5 Katherine to be featured as a main character,new spoiler. Recently, Entertainment Weekly, dished out some new Vampire Diaries season 5 spoilery goodness during their latest Boiler Room spoiler chat session,and it turns out that we're going to see a lot more of doppelganger beauty, Katherine, as she'll, now, be a regular fixture on the show. Of course, this means extra work for main starlet, Nina Dobrev, but we're sure she's up for the task. I just hope she's getting a pay raise for this as she'll certainly deserve it. It's also reported that Katherine will quite a human nuisance/burden. You know, just like Elena used to be,but probably much worse. In their spoiler chat statement, here's what they had to say, "Katherine is actually going to be one of the main people this season, one of the main characters,” reports Ep Caroline Dries. “So »
No, Andrew Garfield has not quite made enough money from his Amazing Spider-Man gig to buy 99 houses, unless he has an as-yet undiscovered, obsessive need to collect Sylvanian Families dwellings. He has, however, signed on to star in indie drama 99 Homes.Writer/director Ramin Bahrani has worked up the concept and script, which follows a man losing his home to foreclosure in a none-more-topical tale.Out of cash and facing ruin, he winds up finding work with the very estate agent who took his house and is soon both evicting homeowners and helping his boss embezzle money from the government. Yet while his wonga worries dissipate, his moral troubles rise up and destroy his peace of mind. Shades of Boiler Room and even Wall Street here...There’s no word on when this one will start shooting, especially since Garfield has his Spider-duties (both filming and press) to think about »
Sometimes you don’t realize just how much you miss someone until he pops in for a quick hello; enter Martin Scorsese. It has been two years since Martin Scorsese has had a film in theaters. While Hugo was by no means a disappointment, proving that 3D can enhance a film when used properly and that a great director in the fourth decade of his career can hop genres with ease, I missed Scorsese stretching out in a film for grownups. It’s as if the man knows that we want more and has just been teasing us. Film news is chock full of Scorsese announcements with the long gestating Silence and Sinatra biopic just sitting on the sideline quietly mocking us. That is why any Scorsese fan, or honestly fan of film in general, has been patiently waiting for The Wolf of Wall Street.
So when the first trailer »
- Derek Deskins
Kanye West's "Yeezus" hasn't even had its official release yet (that's set for June 18), but one of the new album's tracks already accompanies the images of an upcoming movie: "Black Skinhead," meet Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in full posse mode, Scorsese's new film is based on Jordan Belfort's memoir about Wall Street excess gone Gatsby. (DiCaprio-as-Belfort throws a lobster at an FBI agent, played by Kyle Chandler.) In real life, Belfort founded the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont (the inspiration for "Boiler Room"), and later wound up serving 22 months in prison after being indicted on securities fraud and money laundering charges. In "The Wolf Of Wall Street," that likely happens too, but then there's also the scene where Matthew McConaughey tries to say fugazi right. So, the film is not necessarily a downer.
Then there's "Black Skinhead," with its driving, Marilyn Manson-y drums and Radiohead-y guitars. »
- The Huffington Post
Thumping Kanye West beats introduce Martin Scorsese's take on the Cosa Nostra of our time: the hard-partying, money-hoovering, morality-eschewing corporate trader. With a Goodfellas-ish voiceover, Leonardo DiCaprio sets the scene of for a quick spin through a lifestyle of comprehensive illegality – "we were making more money than we knew what to do with"; he plays the real-life figure of Jordan Belfort, on whose book the film is based. Girls, yachts, and flagrant disregard for the value of folding currency all feature heavily.
The trailer suggests a film that will be zip along like the cocaine freak we assume these Wall Street types to be; all the insanity is certainly a little hard on innocent crustacean bystanders. Belfort's shenanigans have inspired at »
- Andrew Pulver
Know what’s cooler than visiting a tropical island? Owning your own tropical island.
Justin Timberlake, 32, plays a poor Ivy League prodigy desperate enough to gamble for his tuition money on online poker, “one of the internet’s dirty little secrets.” When he goes bust, he suspects the game he thought he’d cracked just might be rigged. So he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur played by Ben Affleck (reminiscent of the high-rolling scammer he played in 2000′s Boiler Room.)
From there, it becomes a mystery of who’s bluffing whom. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Affleck plays a businessman running an offshore gambling operation who takes a young man, played by Timberlake, under his wing. When Timberlake’s character realizes his new mentor may be more on the wrong side of the law then he would like to be, he must figure a way to get out before its too late.
The film also stars Anthony Mackie and opens September 27. »
- Justin Kroll
If you thought the trailers for "Getaway" and "Paranoia" were throwbacks, take a look at the new "Runner Runner" trailer, a.k.a., what if we made a movie where Ben Affleck's "Boiler Room" character became an online gambling king who feeds people to crocodiles.
Directed by Brad Furman (who made the equally pulpy "Lincoln Lawyer"), "Runner Runner" imagines a world where Justin Timberlake is a college student who gambles away his tuition money and then heads to Puerto Rico in an effort to get it back. Things don't go as planned, not just because of Affleck (playing a man named Ivan Block; yes) and the aforementioned crocs: the FBI, here embodied by Anthony Mackie, want to bring these shady gambling enterprises down.
Anyway, "Runner Runner" puts Affleck back in a mode he hasn't had to use in quite a while: the irate heavy. It's a skill he used »
- The Huffington Post
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