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For many, Summer is a time to “get away from it all”. That’s been a theme for lots of movie characters over the years. Robert Redford in All Is Lost and James Franco in 127 Hours escaped the rat race to explore the world solo, but both getaways lead to disaster (we just saw that last weekend with Blake Lively in The Shallows). Of course, solitude is often not a choice, but the result of fate. It perhaps started with Robinson Crusoe (made into several films), the idea of one or two people (or the seven TV folks on a “three-hour tour”) stranded on a desolate island. Swept Away was an Italian flick and an American remake, but the recent epic adventure that most movie fans would recall might be 2000’s Cast Away, This new film explores similar themes, but while Tom Hanks had a volleyball named Wilson as company, »
- Jim Batts
We just don't get enough romantic plane crash epics anymore. Or even actual romantic fireworks.
But here's a future screen coupling too hot to ignore: Kate Winslet will be joing Idris Elba in the disaster romance novel adaptation The Mountain Between Us. With their collective charisma, that's a tough pair to imagine not stirring some real screen passion. Is it too late to just retitle it They Have Lots of Sex Scenes on A Beach?
Mountain stars the two a strangers whose plane goes down in the mountains and they must battle broken bones and frigid cold as chances for rescue grow slim. So not as sexy as one would hope. The drama sounds less like a Swept Away trifle than it does The Revenant with kisses replacing the stabs. Hany Abu-Assad (twice Oscar nominated in Foreign Language for directing Omar and Paradise Now) is helming a script from Chris Weitz »
- Chris Feil
Tony Black on remakes, and how and why they success and fail…
Harking back to the days of big stars headlining even bigger films, The Magnificent Seven trailer exploded online this week showcasing the always A-list Denzel Washington alongside, among others, Hollywood’s newest megastar Chris Pratt, in a remake of the legendary 1960’s Yul Brynner headlining Western. It’s just one of a flood of remakes we’ve seen over the last decade, a tide that shows no sign of slowing down with dozens more either about to land, or in production and pre-production. Edward Gardiner here on Flickering Myth recently argued how it’s fine to enjoy remakes of the classic movies we enjoyed as children or younger adults, and while many never recapture the glory of the original they do at least bring great pictures back into the public consciousness. Antoine Fuqua’s take on the Seven »
- Tony Black
3 items from 2016
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