THE ICEMAN Review. THE ICEMAN Stars Michael Shannon and Chris Evans | Collider
Another one that sounds kinda by-the-numbers. Too bad.
Nicolas Cage is Set to Star in AMICUS from Writer/Director Richard Kelly | Collider
Interesting. Kelly has been in a timeout since the Box(where is the 3rd act of that movie??? Where????) and bugnuts is always worth watching...Writer/director Richard Kelly, the mind behind such features as Donnie Darko, Southland Tales and The Box, has lined up the true-crime thriller, Amicus, for his next film; Nicolas Cage is set to star. Based on the bizarre case of Lawrence Horn, a former record producer and Motown Records executive who hired a Detroit-based hitman to murder his family in order to inherit their wealth, Amicus follows the 25 year span from the initial crime, through the trial and a resulting lawsuit from the victims’ families. Oddly enough, hired hitman James Perry used a “how to” manual to commit his crime and the families sued the book’s Colorado-based publisher, Paladin Press. On the side of the plaintiffs as a third-party expert (or amicus curiae) was Rodney Smolla (Cage), a First Amendment attorney and professor at William & Mary Law School.
THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY Image and Synopsis Featuring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst | Collider
Is it just me or does it seem cruel to pair Kristen 'face like a shoe' Dunst w/Viggo 'very pretty man' Mortensen?The Two Faces of January is a stylish international thriller starring some of the finest global acting talent working today; Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen (The Road, Eastern Promises, A History of Violence), Golden Globe nominee and Cannes Best Actress prize winner Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Marie Antoinette, Spider-Man 2 & 3) and Oscar Isaac (Drive, The Bourne Legacy and the Coens’ forthcoming Inside Llewyn Davis). The Two Faces of January is based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith adapted for the screen by Academy Award nominee Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Wings of the Dove) Faces is the Directorial debut for Amini Produced by Tom Sternberg (The Talented Mr. Ripley) Working Title’s Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy).
1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic CHESTER MACFARLAND (Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife COLETTE (Dunst), arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter RYDAL (Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner.
However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester’s affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. In the moment, Rydal agrees but as events take a more sinister turn he finds himself compromised and unable to pull himself free. His increasing infatuation with the vulnerable and responsive Colette gives rise to Chester’s jealousy and paranoia, leading to a tense and dangerous battle of wits between the two men. Their journey takes them from Greece to Turkey, and to a dramatic finale played out in the back alleys of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar.
Review: Ben Affleck's '70s-Flavored 'Argo' Is A Terrifically Suspenseful & Entertaining Thriller | The Playlist
Really looking forward to this.Running two hours long, "Argo" is top notch across the board, from its urgent and Middle Eastern-flavored score by Alexandre Desplat, to its sharp and observational cinematography by Rodrigo Prieto ("Brokeback Mountain," "Babel"). While its Oscar chances are unclear – Affleck's almost equally terrific "The Town" was largely ignored by the Academy in 2011 – "Argo" is impressive and now feels like the actor-turned-director's time to earn serious plaudits. Extraordinarily suspenseful, extremely well-told and effortless in its complex tonal balance, "Argo" is a captivating and thoughtful true-life drama that boasts a story so astonishing, it could only be told in the movies. [A-]
Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows Starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey Begins Filming in Madrid | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central
It seems like every other day we're writing about Elijah Wood starring in or producing some new project, and today we learned he has joined Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s first English-language picture, Open Windows. And filming has already begun in Madrid!
Open Windows, an innovative, high-tech suspense thriller unfolding on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet, is Vigalondo’s third feature after the 2008 time-traveling tale Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial, a hit on the fantasy film festival circuit over the past 12 months.
Per Screen Daily, Wild Bunch, which is co-producing the Spanish-French picture with Madrid-based Enrique López Lavigne and Belen Ateinza’s Apaches Entertainment and Antena 3 Film, is launching sales on the film at the currently running AFM. Elijah Wood’s production company Woodshed, Basque broadcaster ETB, and Canal Plus are associated partners.
“Open Windows develops in real time, delivering 90 minutes of suspense in a tense, fast-paced, high-tech thriller with action and terror, updating the key elements of 70s paranoid thrillers through today’s computer and online environment,” said Wild Bunch sales chief Vincent Maraval.
The plot revolves around a desperate search by Wood’s character for an actress, played by The Girlfriend Experience lead Sasha Grey, who has been abducted by vicious villain Chord, played by British actor Neil Maskell.
Not sure if this belongs here...I know if Doc Naysay sees this he is gonna go on some CRASH inspired rant.
Liam Neeson Confirmed to Star in RUN ALL NIGHT; May Reunite with Director Jaume Collet-Serra | Collider
That bit about Sleepless Night was the first thing I thought too. Will Warner Brothers sue themselves over this one????Back in November, we reported that Liam Neeson was in talks to star in the Warner Bros. thriller The All Nighter (a.k.a. Run All Night). According to Deadline, the title has reverted to Run All Night and Neeson is confirmed to star. Neeson will play an aging hitman who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night. He then finds himself on the run from the mob and authorities with his estranged son in tow. Although Run All Night comes from a spec script by Brad Ingelsby, it sounds slightly similar to the excellent 2011 French thriller Sleepless Night, which centers on a man who must spend a night avoiding the mob and cops as he tries to rescue his son (Warner Bros. owns the English-language remake rights for Sleepless Night).
David Fincher in Talks to Direct GONE GIRL Adaptation | Collider
Here’s the synopsis for Gone Girl:
Marriage can be a real killer.
One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. TheChicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.