4 items from 2016
One of the many perks of living in Los Angeles is one's ability to run into actors, filmmakers and other random celebrities at any time. While I get to talk to actors and filmmakers regularly as part of my job, it's always pleasant when you run into someone in public, who is just genuinely nice and cool. In January, while waiting in a concessions line at a movie theater, I realized I was standing in front of Toby Kebbell. I eventually introduced myself, told him I was a fan, and we had a pleasant and brief conversation. Over the weekend, when we met again to chat about Ben-Hur, I was surprised he remembered our conversation from the "candy line," from more than eight months ago.
Tim here. Robin Wright turns 50 today, and it's my good fortune to wish her a very happy birthday on behalf of the Film Experience. She's entering the decade of her life that generally finds actresses facing the worst odds they ever get from the powers that be in Hollywood (there's that infamous stat that only two women have ever won a Best Actress Oscar in their 50s), but for my tastes, she's never been more interesting than in the past few years.
Indeed, it's been only in this decade that Wright has gotten some of her best-ever movie roles, on top a key performance in the Netflix hit House of Cards, and really gotten to show off as an actress. Some of her best film work, sadly, has been in underperforming movies that most people have never seen or heard of; what better excuse than a birthday to go out »
- Tim Brayton
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
After returning to his iconic character Han Solo in last month's blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harrison Ford has found his follow-up. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the icon has joined Natalie Dormer in the upcoming political thriller Official Secrets. They join a cast that also includes Anthony Hopkins, Paul Bettany and Martin Freeman.
The plot is adapted from the book The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War: Katharine Gun and the Secret Plot to Sanction the Iraq Invasion by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell. Natalie Dormer is portraying Katharine Gun, a young British spy who was arrested for leaking information to the press. The information claimed the U.S. engaged in illegal activities to pressure the United Nations Security Council into passing their resolution to go to war with Iraq.
Paul Bettany is playing Martin Bright, the London Observer reporter whom Gun leaked the information to. The »
4 items from 2016
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