4 items from 2013
With Frost/Nixon, Moon, The Green Mile, Matchstick Men, Seven Psychopaths, Snow Angels, Heist, and (deep breath) Galaxy Quest, there’s a likely chance actor Sam Rockwell has appeared in one of your favorite films from recent memory. With that array of performances, Rockwell has built up a filmography most actors would rightfully be jealous over. He has a political drama, a Stephen King adaptation, a character study rooted in science-fiction, and a David Mamet crime yarn all under his belt, but now he can add another genre to his resume: a coming-of-age summer tale. With The Way, Way Back, Rockwell plays Owen, that cool uncle-esque character every kid would be so lucky to have. It’s a well-known archetype with plenty of templates for Rockwell to learn from. Whenever I interview Rob Corddry, he always says that you and Leslie Bibb are the masters at knowing which movies to watch to prepare for a role. For »
- Jack Giroux
Remember ten years ago when you would be in HMV looking at a DVD box set of something like The West Wing and then unfolding the twenty pound note in your pocket and wondering whether to part with all that cash for something you had never seen? You had just heard that someone somewhere liked it, but for that £30 you could get two films like Bad Boys 2 and Kill Bill volume 1!
These were difficult times my friends, and more often than not £30 would go down the drain and you would watch three episodes of whatever series it was and decide it wasn’t for you. Well thanks to modern technology and its mission to kill DVD, Blu-Ray and whatever other physical media dinosaur you prefer, this dilemma is a thing of the past.
Nowadays you can go onto Lovefilm, Netflix, BT Vision or whatever else and stream whole seasons of TV for almost nothing. »
- Chris Holt
Last year’s Prometheus split audiences and critics down the middle, with Ridley Scott’s much-vaunted return to sci-fi in general and the franchise that founded his reputation in particular not going down as well (or at least as consistently well) as he would have liked.
You cannot please all of the people all of the time, but a box office return of over $400m against a production budget of $130m isn’t too bad and some critics actually quite liked it. With Scott deep into post-production on the star-laden “The Counselor“, this is as good a time as any to look back at his best work.
As always, other opinions are available, so hit back in the comments section if you think there have been any glaring omissions…….
Some might regard this as a left-field choice, but bear with me. Undoubtedly a genre shift for Scott, but »
- Dave Roper
In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get their own themed evenings. The Take Two February schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern): Feb. 5 – Morgan Freeman Night Maiden Heist – 8:15 Pm & 12:00 Am - It was a stroke of genius. But now the perfect crime is turning into a perfect disaster in this all-star comedy caper that proves you're never too old to have some new fun. Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden star. Under Suspicion-10:00 Pm & 1:40 Am – The day after he finds the body of a dead girl on his daily job, a prominent lawyer is called into the police station »
- Beth Hanna
4 items from 2013
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