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"We’re going to need a blackhat hacker named Hathaway"—this alliterative summoning stutters us into modern mythology, Michael Mann's 2015 film Blackhat, playing in BAMcinématek's retrospective of the director, "Heat & Vice," in an unseen, mysterious new "re-edit." To accompany the tale, we need to put aside the silliness that's always a hazard in any risky artwork in favor of the potency of this staccato invocation. It conjures a chained power, soon releasing it from its bounds to first assist humans like a muse and then to join their world, taking over their struggle.Blackhat’s hero Hathaway is a physical embodiment of the insidiously versatile power of cybercrime. Mann projects him into the world as a robust threat—to those at home and also to villains—a sexy, border traipsing, multidisciplinary force. In Miami Vice, the director’s last exploration of globalization through transnational crime, the vice cops could »
- Daniel Kasman
Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.
“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.
Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »
- Kristopher Tapley
It would appear that Johnny Depp enjoyed brushing back up against the world of organized crime in last year's Black Mass. His work in the film, where he played Whitey Bulger, earned him rave reviews and award nominations- things that Depp hasn't received in the years since he took his career on a more commercial path. Variety is reporting that Depp is in very early talks for Paramount's high-profile thriller Triple Frontier.
How high-profile is the picture? Well, it's being directed by J.C. Chandor, who handled the 2014 critical darling A Most Violent Year, and actors like Tom Hanks and Will Smith have also been approached.
Here's how Variety describes the film, which is an ensemble crime thriller:
"The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
3 items from 2016
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