5 items from 2016
It’s been six years since Casey Affleck attempted to fool the world with I’m Still Here – the infamous mockumentary in which Joaquin Phoenix retired from acting to become a rap artist. Since then, he has developed a number of potential new projects to helm, but Light Of My Life is seemingly the first to reach the point of becoming a real movie.
Being so early in the process, there are few details to be found on the project. What is known is that Affleck will be directing from his own script, and will also star as a father trapped in the woods with his young daughter in a ‘post-pandemic’ kind of situation. This makes Light Of My Life more of a survival movie, but with an interesting pedigree.
While, in terms of dramatic performances, Affleck certainly does seem to favour narratives of the more bleak persuasion (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford »
- Sarah Myles
At 41, Casey Affleck still has the air of a young man, but he’s hardly a newcomer. Once primarily known as the younger brother of movie star Ben, the Massachusetts native has paved his own path. With prominent roles in idiosyncratic American indies ranging from Gus Van Sant’s “Gerry” to “Lonesome Jim,” Affleck carved out a niche with his fragile, unassuming screen presence and the flashes of intensity that occasionally broke through. Those attributes have served him well in roles as diverse as his unsettling psychopathic turn in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Killer Inside Me” to Andrew Dominik’s poetic western “The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford,” which landed Affleck his first Oscar nomination.
Now he’s back on the awards circuit with “Manchester By the Sea, »
- Eric Kohn
Jim Thompson’s sinewy, brutal, and beloved novel comes to life as a five-part graphic noir! Adapted by writer Devin Faraci (The Fade-In) and illustrated with gut-punchingly vivid art by Vic Malhotra (Murder Book).
In The Killer Inside Me, Thompson went where few have dared, giving us a pitch-black glimpse into the mind of the American serial killer years before Charles Manson, John Wayne Gacy, and Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho, in the novel that will forever be known as the master performance of one of the greatest crime novelists of all time.
Lou Ford is the deputy sheriff of a small town in Texas. The worst thing most people can say against him is that he’s a little slow and a little boring. »
- Amie Cranswick
Locarno — He may have played one of the most beloved fictitious Commanders-in-Chief in recent cinematic history, but back in the real world, Bill Pullman is hoping to let Hillary Clinton get on with the job.
“In this day and age, I do support Hillary Clinton very strongly,” he stated during a Q&A session at Switzerland’s lakeside Locarno Film Festival, where the 62-year-old “Independence Day” star was honored with the Moët & Chandon Excellence Award in recognition of his 30-year film career.
In explaining his support, he referred to this summer’s blockbuster sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence”: “The message of the [film] is that we can put aside our petty differences and come together as one to overcome serious challenges. And when you think of the challenges we face now — climate change and other issues of extremism — there’s no more important time to have a capable leader. And it »
- Guy Lodge
Director Michael Winterbottom and producer Andrew Eaton’s production company, Revolution Films, has bought the film rights to Andrew Croker’s comedy-thriller novel about tabloid journalism, “Three in a Bed,” the company confirmed to Variety Tuesday.
The novel, which is subtitled “The shady world of the tabloids, sex, spies and entrapment,” is set shortly after the real-life 2014 phone-hacking trial of senior staff from Rupert Murdoch’s now shuttered News of the World newspaper, and centers on a tabloid news editor.
“It’s set against the background of real events, particularly the unsavory threesome that involved our politicians, the police and the press,” Croker told the Guardian newspaper.
“It really is the first novel to explore the media world after the Leveson inquiry (into press malpractice). Journalists are so used to seeing their profession being portrayed negatively in TV, films and books. I have so many friends working in journalism and »
- Leo Barraclough
5 items from 2016
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