Posted on Monday, September 20th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, Russ Fischer, and Adam Quigley discuss the merits of the newest movie from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan, praise the surprisingly good Easy A, debate just exactly how brilliantly Animal Kingdom was, and spend some time in The Town.
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Posted on Friday, September 17th, 2010 by David Chen
Ben Affleck’s The Town opens today and brings with it some high expectations. Affleck’s first film, Gone Baby Gone, was widely regarded as an exceptionally strong directorial debut. For his sophomore effort, he returns to Boston with a bigger budget and an even more impressive roster of stars (not to mention a great trailer). Does The Town live up to its promise? Hit the jump for some of my impressions, and as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. Spoilers are allowed.
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It is the opening day at the Toronto International Film Festival and this morning we screened, back to back, two movies directed by Affleck brothers: Ben Affleck‘s The Town and Casey Affleck‘s I’m Still Here. Hit the jump to read my mini review for The Town or watch some video reactions I recorded after the screening with Steve from Collider.
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The first reviews for The Town, the Ben Affleck-directed big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves, have hit the internet. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, and it looks like he may have stepped up his game with his The Town. So how is Affleck’s second feature? Find out what the first reviews are saying, after the jump.
I’ll be screening the film at the Toronto International Film Festival tomorrow and hope to have a review online by sometime in the afternoon. So please check back for my take.
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Warner Bros has released the first trailer for the Ben Affleck-directed big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves which is titled The Town. Affleck stars as a career thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank he robbed. I know that might not sound like an interesting concept for a movie, but the trailer presents it as a gripping dramatic thriller.
The film co-stars Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone, and it looks like he may have stepped up his game with his The Town. And you can’t forget that he also won an academy award for co-writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. Affleck worked on the screenplay with Peter Craig and Chuck Hogan.
The trailer will be attached to prints of Christopher Nolan’s Inception, which hits theaters on Friday. But you don’t have to wait until then to see it. Watch it now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Warner Bros has released the publicity materials for their 2010 film slate preview, which as you might expect, contains a bunch of new production photos for the upcoming films: The Book of Eli, A Couple of Cops, The Town, Flipped, and Going the Distance. It should be noted that Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Cops/A Couple of Dicks is officially listed right now as UNTITLED COP MOVIE, so it looks like WB has yet to decide on a final title. Lets hope they don’t settle on A Couple of Cops, as it’s too simple with out the double entendre. Check out all the photos after the jump, click on the images to enlarge. Two clicks for super high res images.
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After Gone Baby Gone, which I quite liked, I’m excited for Ben Affleck‘s upcoming follow-up The Town, which starts shooting in Charlestown, MA next month. I’m more excited now that Variety reports Jon Hamm has joined the cast, as has Frost/Nixon‘s Rebecca Hall. The film is an adaptation of Chuck Hogan‘s novel Prince of Thieves. (And yeah, that’s the same Chuck Hogan that co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro.) Affleck stars in the film, and Hamm plays an FBI agent who is his adversary in more ways than one, which I’ll explain after the jump. Read More »
Warner Bros has hired Ben Affleck to rewrite, direct and star in a big screen adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel The Prince of Thieves. The film adaptation will be released under the title The Town. The project was originally set up with Unfaithful director Adrian Lyne. Affleck will do a rewrite on the latest screenplay draft which was co-authored by Peter Craig and Chuck Hogan. Affleck will play a career thief who falls in love with the manager of a bank he robbed.
The film is set in Charlestown, MA, which might further explain Affleck’s interest/involvement. I, like many others, was extremely impressed by Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. And you can’t forget that he also won an academy award for co-writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting.
The official description of the book follows: The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man’s heart — and that man is the Prince of Thieves…
Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood’s insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can’t get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable — as are the risks of a relationship.
Meanwhile, Doug’s crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals — and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire.
Under pressure from Frawley’s ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston’s venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It’s a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity — yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all…
Chuck Hogan’s brash tale of four men — thieves, rivals, friends — being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.