What better way for Robert Redford to go out from the movie business than with a ’70s fedora on his head, his guns blazing? After a long and storied career as one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood, Redford is retiring. And his last movie, The Old Man and the Gun, feels like a fitting swan song.
Redford stars as the true-life elderly career criminal and prison escape artist Forrest Tucker, who conducts a string of bank robberies well into his 70s. As he continues his stint as a gentleman robber, he meets and falls in love with Jewel (Sissy Spacek) and is hunted by Casey Affleck‘s Detective John Hunt.
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Almost a year ago, Casey Affleck won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama Manchester By The Sea. But years before that, he was sued for sexual harassment by two female crew members of I’m Still Here, the Joaquin Phoenix-starring fake documentary he made back in 2010.
At the Oscars, the tradition is that previous year’s Best Actor award winner presents that year’s Best Actress winner with her trophy. That means Affleck would have been involved in a pivotal moment of the female winner’s life…which, considering his past, is not exactly a great situation. So, breaking a long-standing tradition, Affleck has stepped down from his presenter position at the upcoming Academy Awards. Read more about the Casey Affleck Oscar controversy below.
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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
It’s time for another physical media round-up! Look, I get it – you’re trying to declutter, you don’t want a bunch of Blu-ray discs all over your place. “Why buy a physical copy when I can just stream everything?” you might ask. Maybe I’m crazy, but I still think there’s something sacred about physical media. To be able to have the film you want when you want it, no hassle – unless you consider getting up and popping a disc into a player to be a hassle, in which case you’re just being lazy. It’s worth remembering that not every movie is available to stream. And even things that currently are streaming always stand the risk of expiring. That’ll never happen with your physical media.
This week on Blu-ray, there’s a sequel to the longest running horror franchise, a sequel to the lamest running Disney franchise, an existential haunted house movie and the directorial debut of Freddy Krueger. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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This past weekend, A Ghost Story joined the specialty box office line-up by hitting theaters in New York in Los Angeles before the Sundance selected drama from Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Pete’s Dragon director David Lowery expands in the coming weeks. Having caught the film at Sundance, I can say you haven’t seen a movie quite like this before. However, the title might be a little misleading for those expecting a ghost story that’s more horror than thoughtful drama. Furthermore, the ending may leave many perplexed as the scope of the narrative expands and becomes something bigger than you’d expect.
Thankfully, director David Lowery was asked about the ending to A Ghost Story, and he was happy to provide a little more explanation for those who might be confused when the credits start to roll. If you haven’t see A Ghost Story yet, don’t read any further because there are spoilers abound, and you really should wait for clarification until after you’ve seen it for yourself, even if that doesn’t happen until it’s available on home video. Read More »
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Director J.C. Chandor’s drug thriller Triple Frontier just won’t stay down. The movie has been in the works since 2009, and was originally envisioned as Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker. The promising project has suffered a string of bad luck in the years since, culminating with Paramount and stars Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy dropping out last month, just weeks away from the planned start of production.
But now it looks like Netflix might swoop in to keep this movie alive, and they could be bringing Ben and Casey Affleck along for the ride.
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After director David Lowery was finished with Pete’s Dragon last year, he took the time to secretly shoot a film in Dallas, Texas throughout July and August. Production was completed in September, and the film had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, receiving plenty of acclaim. Now you can get a taste of what critics were raving about.
Fresh off their Best Picture win for Moonlight, A24 has unveiled the first trailer for their haunting indie drama A Ghost Story. This is truly one of the most unique films I’ve ever seen at a film festival, but it’s one that requires patience, an open mind, and plenty of afterthought. It’s difficult for a trailer to encapsulate the spirit of this mesmerizing movie, but hopefully it will be enough to help convince audiences to give it a chance.
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If I told you there was a movie at Sundance where Casey Affleck appears for most of the film covered in a white sheet with black eyes like some kind of cheap Halloween ghost, you’d probably think it was some sort of quirky comedy. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
It should come as no surprise that A Ghost Story is about a ghost. Casey Affleck plays a man, only identified as “C” in the film’s credits who dies in a head-on collision outside of the house where he lives with his wife “M” (Rooney Mara) in a small town. After his wife sees his body one last time in the hospital and leaves, the camera lingers, and after a couple of minutes of ambient sound, the sheet covering “C” raises as if he’s alive. And what follows is not horror, thriller or comedy, but a drama from director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Pete’s Dragon) the likes of which you haven’t seen before.
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Though plenty of people make jokes at the expense of Kevin Smith nowadays, more often than not the filmmaker is first to poke fun at himself, especially with regards to the kinds of movies he makes. One of his favorite targets from his own career is Jersey Girl, a film released in the spring of 2004 that didn’t get very good reviews and only earned $36 million at the box office on a budget of $35 million.
However, before Kevin Smith was able to poke fun at his own film, he was nervous about how it would be received. One person who got an early look at the movie, over a year before it would be released, was Smith’s longtime friend Casey Affleck. He saw the film in January of 2003 and decided to e-mail a review to Kevin Smith. It’s pretty funny, and it might be harsher than anything Smith has said about his own movie.
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With all the awards buzz surrounding Casey Affleck for his performance in Manchester by the Sea, it should come as no surprise that he ended up hosting Saturday Night Live. But what is surprising is that he hosted the Christmas episode, one that is usually reserved for SNL veterans or huge stars, bringing about an episode full of great sketches and plenty of cameos. Affleck acknowledged this fact in his monologue, but he didn’t do anything to make us feel better about missing out on what could have been one of those great holiday shows.
Sadly, last night’s episode of SNL was a pretty bland, disappointing end to 2016 for the show, and while Casey Affleck wasn’t the worst host, he certainly didn’t help matters any. We recap the best and worst episodes from the Casey Affleck hosted Saturday Night Live after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
We’re only a few short weeks away from the Sundance Film Festival. This year Peter, Angie, and Ethan are on the ground covering the fest, meaning they’ll get to see new movies from filmmakers such as David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon), Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child), Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up, Phillip), Marti Noxon (UnREAL), and Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land). The Festival has announced the 66 films playing in competition in addition to titles out of competition as part of the NEXT lineup. Expect more titles showing at the festival to be announced shortly. The film fest kicks off in Park City, Utah on January 19th.
Below, check out the Sundance 2017 line-up.
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