5 items from 2014
Based on a Vanity Fair article, the story revolves around the events that took place during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. A security guard (played Jonah Hill) reports a knapsack bomb at the summer games and finds himself becoming a suspect in the investigation of the terrorist plot.
In other scribe news, TWC-Dimension have announced that Mark Bomback ("The Wolverine," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") has signed on to pen the film adaptation of Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway thriller "Veronica's Room".
The story follows two students enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. »
- Garth Franklin
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Since its broadcast on television in 2004, the Writers Guild of America Awards have been presented in a rather confusing fashion. And this year was no different. Due to the lack of co-ordination between the East and West Coast ceremonies, there were yet again a certain number of key winners, which were announced before the awards were actually presented. But nonetheless, this does not make the excitement for this year’s big winners any less.
In the three most important film categories, this year’s winners were Spike Jonze for Her, Billy Ray for Captain Phillips and Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell. On the small screen, the biggest winners of the night were 30 Rock and Breaking Bad, both in their final seasons, while Veep and House of Cards were also rewarded.
It was no shock that Jonze won in the category of Best Original Screenplay with his romantic drama Her »
- Tina Baraga
The California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist Stephen Glass’ request to practice law, arguing that his past history of erroneous reporting made him unfit to uphold the moral standards of the profession. The former New Republic reporter, whose web of deceptions was dramatized in the 2003 film “Shattered Glass,” has been trying to get admitted to the State Bar of California after being rejected by the New York State Bar. Glass’s attorneys maintain that he is a changed man, who did Pro bono legal work and reached out to the victims of his shoddy reporting. The court, however, questioned how genuine. »
- Brent Lang
A ridiculous performance can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending entirely on the context in which it is deployed. In a wildly over-the-top film, it can complement the wacky tone already established. In something a little more serious-minded, it can totally derail everything, ruining our suspension of disbelief and pulling us out of the narrative.
Though a ridiculous performance will often save a bad film from being outright awful (or at least lend it some perverse comic merit), it can also undo all of the good work that everyone else is aiming for.
These 10 films vary wildly in quality, from the genuinely quite good to the outright awful, but whatever progress they were at, their intentions were totally thrown off course by an actor who, either intentionally or by accident, decided to ham it up for the cheap seats, stealing the show either for better or for worse. »
- Jack Pooley
5 items from 2014
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