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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. »
- TFS Staff
John Hillcoat isn’t done with the crime genre yet. The director behind The Proposition, Lawless, and Triple 9 will direct Honor for Sale, a true story about corruption and drugs that takes place between 1969 to 1976. In the 1970s, a total of 500 pounds of narcotics were stolen from the NYPD’s Property Clerk Office, and Hillcoat is going to show […]
The post John Hillcoat Is Returning to the Crime Genre Again With ‘Honor for Sale’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
As Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist series prepares to kick off production, the cast announcements are coming in more frequently. Earlier today we had word that Arleo Dordar may have signed on in an undisclosed role (though that's still just a rumor for the time being) and now Marvel has officially announced that David Wenham (the last two Lord Of The Rings movies, 300, The Proposition) will be playing the villainous role of Harold Meachum. A ruthless corporate leader, Harold Meachum was partners with Danny Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths. What role he plays in Danny’s past and future will be revealed over the course of the series. “I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Scott Buck. “This will add up to a »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.News"Once upon a time, two people met.A woman, a man… Their memory has almost been erased.All that’s left is a picture… torn, faded, almost gone.Cinema is not eternal but it does sometimes escape oblivion. And it is possible to restore a picture.And what will there be then between these two characters who perhaps stepped out of an English or Italian comedy or an Éric Rohmer film?When you see a poster like this, your imagination fills in the blanks, just like it does at the movies."—Édouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the Directors’ Fortnight, about its 2016 posterSpeaking of Cannes, the festival has revealed its Opening Night Film, Woody Allen's Café Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and shot by the great Vittorio Storaro. »
Four of author Cormac McCarthy's novels have seen screen adaptations such as "No Country for Old Men" and "All the Pretty Horses," but arguably his most famous work "Blood Meridian" has yet to make it to film.
The book follows a teenagers experience with a group of scalp hunters who massacred Native Americans and others in the United States–Mexico borderlands for bounty, pleasure, and eventually out of compulsion. It was infamous for its sheer brutality and has since gone on to be recognised as one of the greatest works of modern American literature.
Various directors have expressed interest in doing an adaptation including Ridley Scott, Michael Haneke, Todd Field and James Franco. One other name that has put up there hand is, like Franco, a helmer who has tackled McCarthy onscreen before - in this case Aussie filmmaker John Hillcoat who adapted McCarthy's "The Road".
Hillcoat has familiarity with the subject matter, »
- Garth Franklin
Australian director John Hillcoat has made a name for himself with unforgiving characters committing brutal violence amid some pretty bleak environments. With The Proposition and Lawless, he brought period-set grit to the screen and made the future even less appealing in The Road. The latest from Hillcoat is Triple 9, and it's the director's first opus of violence set in modern day. This fact doesn't keep the violence from being as cold-blooded as the director can make it nor the characters from being their typical, Hillcoat shade of gray. Triple 9 is a relentless look at the lengths to which evil men and women will go, and, though it never fulfills the hope of transcending the action genre, it satisfies the hunger for adult-driven entertainment with an edge. Just don't get attached to anyone. Working from a screenplay by Matt Cook, Triple 9 centers on those doing good and bad in Atlanta, »
- Jeremy Kirk
John Hillcoat is going to make a great film someday. Each of his last three films (Lawless, The Road, The Proposition) have skirted this quality to various degrees, bringing together top-tier casts, evocatively oppressive atmospheres, and muddied, morally-compromised perspectives, but they’ve never quite coalesced into something spectacular. Triple 9 is Hillcoat’s latest trip into the gray, and despite a pedigree of able performers in front of the camera, it’s an exhaustively cynical, morally-empty crime film that has neither the pacing to work as a B-film or the loftier ideas in place to work as a serious investigation of corruption.
Triple 9 centers on a group of various law enforcement members – detectives, police officers, special operations, etc. – who have been backed into a pact with the sadistic Russian Jewish mafia to rob federal banks. They orchestrate these heists with an exacting set of rules and nonlethal force (sort »
- Michael Snydel
Australian director John Hillcoat’s got four features under his belt now, and I’m a massive fan of the previous three. All four of them share a few things, most prominently brutality and the darker side of humanity. What his latest film Triple 9 is noticeably different for is a modern setting; both The Proposition and Lawless are tales of the past and The Road is set in the bleak, bleak future. I wasn’t sure how his style would translate to a current story, but the short version is that it’s gritty, dark, and intense in ways his other films couldn’t capture. This is where Heat and Training Day meets The Town, and all of those films are better as a whole. Don’t count it out though.
The cast is…insane. So many great actors tossed into one story with an equal many characters is bound to be complex, »
- Mike Hassler
The Russians Are Coming: Hillcoat Juggles Strands in Sprawling Heist Thriller
About half way into John Hillcoat’s impressively staged heist thriller Triple 9, it becomes apparent the audience won’t be allowed to develop any sort of sympathy for any of its various characters, a pity considering the potentially rich subtext. Rather than lob gobs of exposition our way, Matt Cook’s screenplay attempts to streamline characterization into the full-tilt madness of criminal legacies and the corresponding demise gilding the future of the powerful and greedy. At times, this congeals into intoxicatingly energetic and disturbingly violent moments of survival play, but whenever the narrative returns to moments of static calm the film has a nagging sense of perfunctory ornamentation, it’s more important elements given short shrift in an effort to balance a variety of odds and ends.
Five masked men storm an Atlanta bank, successfully removing the contents »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s not too often John Hillcoat steps behind the camera to direct, but when he does, it’s worth standing up and taking notice. Over the past decade the Australian writer-director has helmed The Proposition, transformed Cormac McCarthy’s The Road into a cinematic gem, and directed a star-studded cast in Lawless.
Fast forward to 2016 and Hillcoat is serving up an exercise in nerve-shredding tension with Triple 9, the ensemble crime caper that’s barreling down on a theatrical release. To celebrate the occasion, We Got This Covered has one t-shirt and a signed poster to give away to one lucky reader. The poster itself has been signed by both the director and his enviable cast, including Casey Affleck, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr..
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- Michael Briers
“Triple 9” is the latest film from John Hillcoat, the Australian director perhaps best known for a string of films that approach familiar genres in new ways. “The Proposition” is an Australian western; “The Road” is a literary post-apocalyptic tale; and “Lawless” tackles the gangster genre. Like those films, “Triple 9” finds the director adding his own spin to a well known template— it's a cop movie with a modern noir twist. Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot comprise an ensemble for a film tellling the tale of a group of crooked cops who embark on a dangerous bank heist on behalf of Russian gangsters. Read More: Review: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet "Triple 9" debuts a partnership between Hillcoat and Atticus Ross, »
- Russ Fischer
Open Road Films aren’t messing around in their push to get moviegoers to cinemas this weekend for their star-studded crime flick, “Triple 9.” Yesterday, we got a new trailer for the film, and today comes another. Read More: Review: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins Jr., Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus, the John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road")-directed movie brings to life Matt Cook’s Black List-approved script about a corrupt group of cops whose bank-robbing ways takes an even more dangerous dimension. Here's the official synopsis: In Triple 9, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for »
- Kevin Jagernauth
John Hillcoat has built a career out of vivisecting archetypal models of masculinity. His films are all spiritual Westerns set just about anywhere other than the sun-scorched American frontier, sweat-stained epics of rough-and-tumble outlaws in dire straits. They radiate a very precise kind of low, rumbling intensity that’s occasionally punctuated – and accentuated – by ruthless explosions of ultra-violence so shockingly brutal as to induce whiplash.
With Triple 9, his sixth and potentially best film since The Proposition, there’s no longer any question that Hillcoat is a master at crafting these surly, male-dominated dramas. He’s a gifted director, clearly inspired by the work of Martin Scorsese (especially Goodfellas) and Michael Mann (especially Heat), but assured enough to mount multiple sequences that take big cinematic risks and work like gangbusters because of them.
And yet, too many of his films are also marred by narrative confusion and sagging midsections – Hillcoat »
- Isaac Feldberg
Movies rarely come packed with the kind of star power that's bursting at the seams of "Triple 9." Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins Jr., Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Teresa Palmer, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus all star in the latest flick from John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road"), which is hoping to close out February with a bang. Read More: Review: John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet A new trailer and five clips have dropped for the film, providing more than you might want to see from the Matt Cook-penned movie about crooked cops attempting a daring bank heist at the request of Russian mobsters, a job that will leave at least one cop dead. Meanwhile, courtesy of Thompson On Hollywood, you can check out the film's score by Atticus Ross ("The Social »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Thanks to Roadshow Films, we have 20 double passes to give away for each of the special preview screenings of Triple 9, which will be held in Sydney and Melbourne, ahead of its national release date of March 3. Triple 9 is an action-packed thriller directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road, The Proposition) and stars an incredible cast including Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejifor, Aaron Paul and Kate Winslet. In Triple 9, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a...
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How did a genre-smashing director make a heist thriller so generic, with characters too unlikable to be engaging but not twisted enough to be intriguing? I’m “biast” (pro): love John Hillcoat’s films, love Ejiofor and Winslet
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
A new film from Australian director John Hillcoat should be reason to celebrate. In 2012 he gave us Lawless, a novelistic Prohibition-era tale of corrupt cops and honest criminals. His 2006 outback-set The Proposition was as much horror flick as brutal revisionist Western. In between, in 2009, he went ultra-postapocalyptic in the harrowing The Road. This is a filmmaker who smashes stereotypes in well-explored genres makes us see familiar stories from new angles. He makes B movies feel like prestige dramas.
So what the heck happened with Triple 9? How did Hillcoat manage to make an urban heist thriller feel so, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s not a great time for movies for grown-ups. If you like talking animals, or superheroes, or dinosaurs, or Disney reboots, or Vin Diesel, Hollywood is catering to you pretty well — but the studios are increasingly reluctant to greenlight anything that doesn’t have four-quadrant, franchise appeal, with more adult fare increasingly moving over to television, unless they have Leonardo DiCaprio or have a good chance at an Oscar. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 For those of us who like a little more variety in our moviegoing, it’s a bleak time. But then, every so often, something like “Triple 9” comes along: a healthily budgeted wide release with a cop-drama/heist-movie set-up and plenty of gritty violence, from a well-respected director (Aussie helmer John Hillcoat of “The Proposition,” “The Road” and “Lawless”), and with a cast full of awards-laden big names from film and TV. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
If he hadn’t already made a Prohibition-era Western called “Lawless,” director John Hillcoat might as well have saved that title for “Triple 9,” a modern-day heist thriller of unusually grim, coiled intensity: About as far removed as possible from the suave leisure-suit larcenists of an “Ocean’s Eleven” caper, the desperate crooks trying to pull off one last job here are a bunch of corrupt cops and ex-soldiers in Atlanta, navigating a shadowy urban labyrinth with no chance of escape or redemption in sight. Well suited to Hillcoat’s gifts for low-boil suspense and brutal eruptions of violence in close, male-dominated quarters, the film has grit and atmosphere to burn but also a certain narrative sketchiness, as though unable to reconcile its sharp sociological portraiture with the pleasures of a more robustly plotted crime yarn. While a diverse, high-wattage cast including Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kate Winslet should draw some takers, »
- Justin Chang
After wrapping up the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with our favorite films and more, we’ll return to festival coverage with Berlinale kicking off shortly. A certain highly-anticipated opener there one can thankfully see this month, but there’s also a number of stellar festival favorites finally making their way to screens in February. We should also note that Peter Greenaway‘s Eisenstein in Guanajuato was included last month, but they’ve moved the release date to February 5th, so make sure to see that out.
Matinees to See: Fort Buchanan (2/5), Where to Invade Next (2/12), Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2/12) Race (2/19), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2/26), and Eddie the Eagle (2/26)
Synopsis: Set in Dublin, Glassland tells the story of a young taxi driver (Reynor) who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother (Collette) from addiction.
- Jordan Raup
I know everyone is really excited for Deadpool, but the February release I'm most excited to see is definitely Triple 9. The intense-looking crime thriller comes from The Proposition and The Road director John Hillcoat, and has an absolutely amazing cast that includes Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot and Clifton Collins... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
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