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At a nervily compact 74 minutes, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads” often feels as if it’s unfolding in real time — even as necessary narrative logistics dictate otherwise. Such is the considerable achievement of Uruguayan-Mexican helmer Rodrigo Pla’s agitated, on-the-move hostage thriller, in which the wife of an ailing man resorts to brutally desperate measures against the insurance company refusing to fund his treatment. Tempering the strong medicine of its social justice protestations with a streak of outlandish melodrama, this “Monster” may not have quite as many facets as its title implies, but Pla’s formally deft manipulation of perspective keeps the pic both urgent and even-handed. This year’s Venice Horizons opener will be popular with festival programmers, and may pack enough genre punch for modest international distribution.
For Pla, whose more contemplative previous feature “The Delay” was Uruguay’s 2012 Oscar submission, “A Monster With a Thousand Heads »
- Guy Lodge
With fresh chatter that he’ll be back in the saddle for a third Shanghai film to follow Noon and Knights, there’s more solid information about another new Jackie Chan project. He’s taking the lead role in a new action thriller called The Foreigner.According to Variety, Nick Cassavetes is in talks to direct the film, which David Marconi has adapted from Stephen Leather’s 1992 novel The Chinaman. The story finds a restaurant owner in London’s Chinatown who has to track down the terrorists who killed his daughter. It’s a typical blending of action and emotion for Chan, though could be something different for Cassavetes, whose directing CV includes films more like The Notebook, The Other Woman and My Sister’s Keeper. It does, however, hark back to one of his earlier films, John Q.Whoever ends up in the director’s chair should have the cameras rolling this October. »
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, »
To celebrate the release of ‘Collection’, we’re giving 5 lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the high octane, exciting thriller on DVD.
Collection (released as ‘Reach Me’ in the Us) follows the story of a diverse group of people, all making big changes on the advice of a reclusive and mysterious writer, Teddy Rayman (Tom Berenger – Inception, Training Day). The dark and enigmatic Teddy reaches out to various people and saves them from their often violent and troubled lives in this fast paced thriller.
Hollywood action film legends Stallone and Berenger are joined in this Kickstarter-funded project by Kevin Connolly (Entourage, John Q), Kelsey Grammer (Transformers: Age Of Extinction, X-Men: The Last Stand), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down), Terry Crews (The Expendables 2, Bridesmaids), Danny Trejo (Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn) and many more.
For your chance to win ‘Collection on DVD, »
- Sam Driver
Exclusive: Shawn Hatosy, who’s set to do a guest arc on Amazon’s February debut series Bosch, has signed with Mgmt Entertainment (née The Schiff Company) for management. The Faculty and Outside Providence thesp earned a Critics’ Choice nomination for his turn on the NBC/TNT police drama Southland and most recently co-starred as a deliciously complex dirty cop on CBS’ short-lived legal drama Reckless. Onstage he earned raves last summer for his turn in Neil Labute’s Reasons To Be Pretty at the Geffen Playhouse. Hatosy’s credits over two decades of screen acting include Nick Cassavetes’ John Q and Alpha Dog, Wayne Wang’s Anywhere But Here, In & Out, The Cooler, Public Enemies and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. He continues to be repped by Paradigm.
- Jen Yamato
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