17 items from 2010
I'm a partial fan of Steven Soderbergh's Che (my theatrical review and Blu-ray review) and even more of a fan of Jean-François Richet's Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1. For anyone that's familiar with those films you should know Oliver Assayas's soon-to-be-released Carlos falls somewhere in the middle. However, how well IFC Films and Assayas were able to whittle down Carlos from the three-part, 5 hour and 30 minute film I reviewed at Cannes down to a two hour and 20 minute movie is yet to be seen.
Don't be discouraged by the run time though, the three-part version will still be out there. The Sundance Channel will premiere the three-part mini-series from October 11 to October 13 and on Friday, October 15, IFC Films will launch the Us theatrical run of the film in New York City, in both the three-part version (IFC Center) as well as a two-and-one-half hour »
- Brad Brevet
Get Low claimed the top spot among limited releases for the fourth weekend in a row, which is the year's longest streak. Runner-up Mao's Last Dancer added theaters and received a bump, while We Are Family opened below most recent Bollywood movies. Get Low dipped 27 percent to $1.2 million over the three-day weekend ($1.6 million including Monday) at 560 theaters. This brought its total to $5.8 million, and the movie now appears to be on pace to top The Last Station as distributor Sony Pictures Classics' highest-grossing 2010 release by next weekend. Mao's Last Dancer was up 13 percent to $338,179 at 95 theaters (four-day gross of $444,200). Through Monday, the drama has earned $1.78 million. We Are Family was the weekend's top debut, opening to $296,907 at 78 locations. This trailed other summer Bollywood offerings like Kites, Raajneeti, Raavan, I Hate Luv Storys and Peepli Live. Through Monday, We Are Family has made $366,354. The Girl Who Played with Fire continued its slow decline, »
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Exit popcorn-pic season, hello movies for grown-ups: Focus Features' George Clooney starrer "The American" topped the domestic box office with an estimated $16.4 million during the summer-ending Labor Day weekend.
The assassin-themed thriller rang up $19.5 million in its first six days, after unspooling midweek to get a jump on the four-day frame. Two other wide openers bore the same R rating as "American" but seemed more restricted in audience appeal.
Fox's crime actioner "Machete" topped daily rankings with $3.9 million in its first day of release on Friday, but the Robert Rodriguez-shepherded splatterfest quickly ceded its lead to the more broadly appealing Clooney pic and fetched $14 million in second place through Monday. Warners' romantic comedy "Going the Distance" -- starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long -- proved the weakest of the weekend debutantes, wooing $8.6 million in fifth place during its first four days.
Elsewhere, Sony's heist actioner "Takers" took in »
- By Carl DiOrio
Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 picks up not where its predecessor (Mesrine: Killer Instinct, which opened last week) left off, but rather where that film's first scene left off: with the imminent demise of its title subject. In the opening scene we return to the Paris intersection where Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) was murdered in his car, and find the press feeding unchecked on his perforated corpse. It's a mirroring that doesn't bode well for those hoping that director Jean-François Richet might make the second half of his saga from scratch. »
The American The American has drawn a split among critics and I bet there will be few that enjoyed it as much as I did, but that's why we like movies right? Where some people will get confused is if they go in looking for something like a Jason Bourne style thriller, this is not that kind of assassin movie and in all honesty such comparisons shouldn't even be made as they will only confuse an audience that goes to see this one.
However, I won't urge you to see this one, but if you are on the fence take what I've said into consideration, watch the trailer below and read my review and a couple of the comments there from people that already saw the movie. It should get you all sorted out.
This film is rated R for violence, sexual content and nudity. Click Here For The Gallery »
- Brad Brevet
Mesrine: Killer Instinct began by showing how police gunned down French criminal/celebrity Jacques Mesrine in his car in 1979; it then jumped back in time to show how his life of crime began. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, the second half of Jean-François Richet’s biopic, begins where Killer Instinct’s opening left off, as police tout their accomplishment to the press and a crowd of onlookers, and a circus-like atmosphere surrounds Mesrine’s bloodied corpse. It’s a grim scene that recalls post-lynching celebrations in the American South, but it also gives Public Enemy an edge that »
Photo: Warner Bros. How many great movies should we expect from each movie season each year? Looking back at this summer, and not including my trip to Cannes, I reviewed 45 films. Of those 45 films I gave four of them -- Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Inception, Toy Story 3 and Winter's Bone -- an A- or higher. Four months and four movies I'd consider really good. Should we expect anything more?
There were, of course, other movies I enjoyed such as having fun with Get Him to the Greek and Knight and Day. As well as other films such as Get Low, The Tillman Story, Howl, Despicable Me, The Kids are All Right and Dogtooth. It was a mixed bag and there were certainly some films that did very little to impress, but that's not important right now. What's important is »
- Brad Brevet
After expanding in to a nearly-wide 570 theaters, Get Low easily topped all limited releases for the third straight weekend. Mao's Last Dancer also added a handful of theaters and cruised in to second, while The Girl Who Played with Fire slowed a bit but maintained a solid pace. The top new release this weekend was documentary Nick Saban: Gamechanger, while French gangster movie Mesrine: Killer Instinct also had a fine debut. Get Low was up 130 percent to $1.64 million, making this the biggest weekend for a Sony Pictures Classics release since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus grossed $1.76 million back in January. It's per theater average of $2,878 didn't inspire much excitement, though, and it's unlikely that Get Low will see any further expansion of consequence. The Robert Duvall-Bill Murray comedy has earned $3.6 million through its fifth weekend. Mao's Last Dancer more than doubled its theater count to 75 and grossed »
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As if there needed to be physical proof that he's one of France's most versatile actors today, Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Irreversible, Eastern Promises) won a César for playing the titular role in director—and fellow César winner—Jean-François Richet's two-part underworld epic Mesrine:
Mesrine: Killer Instinct charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the '60s and '70s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on.
Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. »
Don't hate Vincent Cassel for having it all: If it wasn't enough that he's one of the biggest matinee idols in France, he's also married to Monica Bellucci. It's fitting then, that someone of his stature would play a criminal like Jacques Mesrine in the new filmic diptych Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 -- though the murderous Mesrine did a lot of bad things in 1970s France, he somehow became one of the country's most popular celebrities.
The charming and candid Cassel sat down with Movieline this month to discuss his interpretation of Mesrine, his own love of celebrity, and the pair of English-language films he has on the way: Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. »
Vincent Cassel cuts a menacing yet charismatic figure as the notorious Jacques Mesrine and proves once again he knows how to play a tough guy like no other. His bold choice of roles throughout his career and the fearless way in which he inhabits his characters made him the perfect choice. The award winning European actor’s latest performance in Jean-Francois Richet’s two-part thriller biopic, Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1, is one of his best. Shot on location in France, Spain, Algeria, Canada and the U.S., the films’ visual style and dark vibe take their inspiration from iconic 1970s action and gangster films. Adapted by Abdel Raouf Dafri from Mesrine’s autobiography, the exciting double bill splits the story into two parts to explore the man behind the icon and chart the outlaw odyssey of the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s »
- Sheila Roberts
Two years after premiering at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, the first of a two-part film, "Mesrine: Killer Instinct," is hitting U.S. theaters via Music Box Films. It's directed by Jean-François Richet and written by Abdel Raouf Dafri and Richet. The first part's script was based on the autobiographical book "L'instinct de mort," by French gangster Jacques Mesrine. The second part, "Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1," is being released a »
ComingSoon.net and CraveOnline.com have an exclusive clip from Mesrine: Killer Instinct , coming to theaters on August 27th. Its follow-up, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 , hits theaters on September 3rd. You can watch the clip here ! Mesrine: Killer Instinct charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France's notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on. Mesrine was helped along the way by »
This week’s Must Read is an excellent profile of one of Bad Lit’s favorite fimmakers Usama Alshaibi, written by Ed M. Koziarski for the Chicago Reader. The article really captures Alshaibi’s growth as a film artist and his unique background that eventually led him to make the still-in-production documentary American Arab. Plus, a radio interview with Alshaibi for Wjjg. Second Must Read is Electric Sheep’s long, engaging interview with Peter Whitehead, who returns to film with Terrorism Considered as One of the Fine Arts. Plus, the Sheep analyzes the new non-political U.S. war film genre. At long last, the great experimental media journal Incite! returns with its always insightful “back & forth” interview series. This time Penny Lane has tea and a very long and insightful chat with political animator Jacqueline Goss. Well, this is still relevant today and in the U.S.: Landscape Suicide »
- Mike Everleth
It's taken a couple of years, but it looks like North America is finally set to have Jean-Francois Richet's two part crime thriller Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One hit screens. We reported back in February that the films would be hitting these shores via a small distribution company called New American Vision in April, but it looks like somewhere along the way the films were picked up by Music Box and the first of the two, Killer Instinct, will be released in theaters on August 13th. Mesrine garnered a whopping ten nominations at the 2009 Cesar Awards (France's equivalent to the Oscars) and went on to win awards for Best Director, Best Actor (Vincent Cassel) and Best Sound. »
Here are the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2130.
Cedar Rapids Rated R For crude and sexual content, language and drug use. Release Date: Tba 2010 Journey To Promethea Rated PG-13 For some violence. Manson, My Name Is Evil Rated R For bloody violence, disturbing images, sexual content, nudity, some drug use and language. Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 Rated R For bloody brutal violence, a scene of sexuality, nudity and pervasive language. Release Date: September 10, 2010 Patrik, Age 1.5 Rated Unrated Note: The "R" Rating For Patrik, Age 1.5 (C.A.R.A. Certificate No. 45432, Bulletin No. 2071, 5/27/09) Has Been Surrendered. This Film Is Unrated As Of 7/13/10. Scooby-Doo! Curse Of The Lake Monster Rated PG For some mild scary action. Smash His Camera Rated PG-13 For brief language and nudity. Release Date: July 30, 2010 Stiffs Rated R For language, sexual content and some violence. Vampires Suck Rated PG-13 For crude sexual content, comic violence, language and teen partying. »
- Brad Brevet
Vincent Cassel talks to Pure Movies about playing a public enemy.
Vincent Cassel’s latest film is a two-part biopic of the notorious French gangster, Jacques Merine. Mesrine: Killer Instinct, the first part, is released on 7 August and the second part, Mesrine: Public Enemy No. 1 is released on 28 August. It is directed by Jean-Francios Richet. The La Haine star speaks to Pure Movies writer Dan Hollis about playing a public enemy.
Vincent Cassel: So what would you like to know?
Did your opinion of Jacques Mesrine change over the course of making these films?
Vc: Well first of all I’ve never been a fan of the character – as a criminal you never know why people are doing what they’re doing, so I’ve learnt a lot but still today I do not know quite what to think of him. »
- Dan Hollis
17 items from 2010
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