It was only a matter of time when we would hear Josh Trank’s name float around Hollywood again after that nightmare of events with Fant4stic. Trank eventually departed directing for a Star Wars film after the fiasco that was the rumored behavior on set for the film and later his tweets that threw shade at the studio for changing his film.
It looks like Trank is going to attempt to put that behind him and get back to making films again and this time he will have the great Tom Hardy to help him get back on track. The project with be titled Fonzo which is a nickname for the infamous crime kingpin of the prohibition era America only this time it will not be a cradle to the grave story. Instead, the film will focus on the last days of Al Capone and the events that would occur before his death of syphilis at the age 48.
Hardy is one of the most transformative actors we have in film and he has never had an issue gaining or losing weight for roles as well as taking on the craziest types of characters which will serve well the film since Capone’s syphilitic dementia made him go mad(der) than he already was, eventually killing him.
Hardy is one busy man in Hollywood having been in five films just in 2015 and will return to being in plenty more in 2017 and beyond. We will see Hardy on the television series for BBC titled Taboo and we can see him next in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk alongside Cillian Murphy who he’s worked with in other Nolan films.
Talkies are officially a staple in the art of filmmaking and they’re narratives have switched from the fantasy and horror to the noir and classic black and white dramas. The 40’s explores romance, politics, mystery, and globe trotting adventure. Very much like the world around it, the films of the 40’s were still figuring things out during a time of war and violence and death. The theater still stood as the one place to escape even if only for a few hours a week.
The genres are away from the violent and terrifying as we saw plenty of in the 1930’s (HERE) with the focus directing itself towards more dialogue driven filmmaking. Soon we will see a boom of films lead by filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, and Orsen Welles.
1. Casablanca (1942)
Quote: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
When I first started writing screenplays, I gathered a list of classic stories, and films worth going back too. On everyone’s list, for good reason was Casablanca, considered one of the greatest films ever written and made in film’s century long history. Thanks to it’s memorable lines, clever dialogue, and characters, the film was able to transcend time with it’s narrative.
2. Citizen Kane (1941)
Quote: “There’s only one person in the world that will decide what I do. And that’s me.”
Considered the greatest film in cinematic history, Orsen Welles burst onto the scene with his directorial debut while starring as the iconic Charles Foster Kane. His debut as actor, writer, director proved to be a landmark in filmmaking. The editing techniques as well as usage of light and shadow were unlike many had seen before which still allows it to look as aesthetically pleasing as it did back in 1941.
3. The Great Dictator (1940)
Quote: “Sometimes I think we think too much and feel too little.”
Charlie Chaplin’s most notable talkie after transitioning from being a silent movie star was doosie. We can thank Chaplin for inspiring Hitler’s looks, but in no way were they the same. The satirical look on the villainous German leader came full steam ahead when Chaplin played a Jewish soldier recovering from the Great War while also playing the dictator that spews anti semitic words to the people. This film may have provided one of the most unforgettable speeches possibly in history as it opposed the hatred and violence that war(s) bring us.
4. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Quote: “Remember, no man is a failure if he has friends.”
One of Christmas’ most memorable and heartwarming films that will bring the spirit of Christmas into your heart at any time of the year. You don’t have to be Christians to enjoy this film either. At the core of the film, it’s a timeless tale about the value of friendship, family, and perspective. It’s a film that reminds us that we as people have value, no matter who we are, and that’s a powerful message that will always ring true.
5. The Third Man (1949)
Quote: ” In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, and they had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
Orsen Welles returns as an actor and screenwriter for this next classic on our list. A story that follows a writer in postwar Vienna, Austria who finds an old friend only to find him dead. A swirling mystery-thriller ensues with dialogue worthy of it’s own Hall of Fame. The title “third man” is seen at the time Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) finds his friend. It’s a thrilling story with one of the best character intros in film history.
6. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Quote: “Remember, mine’s bigger than yours.”
Humphrey Bogart sets the standard for 30’s and 40’s acting with his iconic voice, face, and acting style. All this coupled with a classic noir style sets the precedent for noirs down the line. A classic crime story with a seductive woman with a secret and a detective willing to take on the case becomes one of the most quotable crime dramas of it’s time as well as in the genre.
7. The Treasure of Sierra Madre (1948)
Adventure films and impeccable dialogue, that was film in the late forties. The desire to discover and realize was all too apparent in the 40’s. This translated into their films with the time’s biggest stars in starring roles. Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, and Tim Holt round out a cast of the era’s biggest stars while giving a twist on the treasure hunter and the avarice that ensues.
8. Rebecca (1940)
Quote: “Do you think the dead come back and watch the living?”
Alfred Hitchcock directs one of his earliest classics and proves why he’s the master of suspense. Imagine marrying a widower who does nothing, but force you be exactly like his dead wife… I’ll wait… It’s weird AF isn’t it? The answer is yes, but it makes for a really compelling film with exceptional acting, unique camera work, and a story that is still weird to this day.
9. Bicycle Thieves (1948)
Quote: “Why should I kill myself worrying when I will end up just as dead?”
This Italian classic about a man and his family desperate to make money in a post-war Rome becomes all the more sorrowing as I watch it each year. A man’s wife sells their bed linens to get the man’s bike (Lamberto Maggiorani) in order for him to work a valuable job hanging posters across the town. A harrowing story begins once the bike is stolen and the father and son tale begins in dramatic, but beautiful fashion.
10. Pinocchio (1940)
Quote: “When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you..”
One of the original Disney animated films with a song we can’t help, but sing had its genesis in 1940, a year where it’s Disney animated partner just missed out, and that is Fantasia. The reason I had to put Pinocchio on here over Fantasia was for the lasting impact of the film as a whole. When I mention Fantasia to people, they scrunch up their faces like they just smelled a fart while Pinocchio can at least get words and hums out of them. That speaks for itself.
When Warner Bros. signed Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Swingers) to direct Justice League Dark, we were excited and pleasantly surprised. He left Fox’s Gambit film which seems to had been doomed from the start and jumped to Warner Bros. DC Extended Universe and we may have a clue which direction it’s going.
Justice League Dark was similar to Gambit in a sense due to it’s constant struggles to get off the ground. It went through about as many directors and writers as well as fluctuating budgets galore. The story involves some of DC’s more obscure and supernatural characters in what is becomes more of a fantasy film than a superhero film.
His comments to IGN reassure the different direction of his DC film;
Yeah, I mean first of all, I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me. It’s why doing Invisible was like right up my alley — because how can you be conventional when there aren’t even conventions that exist? And so you know when Warner Bros. wants to sort of turn the comic book genre on its head, they call me.
His work on Edge of Tomorrow went vastly unnoticed until the film came out on home video where we got to witness one of the best sci-fi films of the last few years. The narrative was unique and against the grain as Liman claims he prefers to do while still being cohesive storytelling. Liman’s talents have led him to get into the sci-fi genre even further with news of his next project Unearthed.
The YA novel is described as “Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones in space” which can’t help, but make fans salivate just a little bit. There are two books in the series detailing two humans who tomb raid on a newly discovered planet in hopes of saving the human race. With that description, Liman may just be the new hot ticket for sci-fi adventures.
We know very little about the follow up film from The Grand Budapest Hotel director Wes Anderson, but we do know that it involves stop-motion animation revolving around a dog. It’s been a solid two years since Anderson’s last film and his style never ceases to amaze us.
His first stop-motion film, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, may just be the most underrated stop-motion film of the last decade so it’s nice he is returning to such a rare film medium. Thanks to Collider’s Steve “Frosty” Weintraub (hey Steve), we at least know that Jeff Goldblum and Bill Murray, two Wes Anderson staples, will be joined by a cast that will also include Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, and Bob Balaban.
What we know is that the story will revolve around the lives of dogs, which we can already determine will be a better film than The Secret Life of Pets, and that the film has likely started production unless Anderson was talking about another animated film he’s working on which is highly unlikely.
Don’t expect the film to come out anytime soon (*holds back tears*) with stop-motion being such a careful form of film to make.
Well that didn’t take long did it? The brief fiasco that has been the departure of director Tim Miller was followed by classic fan panic and theoretical thinking for who the heck would direct the sequel to the Rated-R superhero comedy. Like most of you, the names started flying around and a punch of people thought a petition for Tarantino was going to work, it didn’t.
The first John Wick was without a doubt one of the most surprising and exciting action films in recent years and the sequel looks it won’t be missing a step either. Director David Leitch has emerged as the man likely to take the job from Miller and it couldn’t be a better fit.
Leitch gained fame for being one of the stunt coordinators for The Matrix Trilogy among other films and took his talents to directing with his debut that was John Wick. The low-budget action film was stylistic, incredibly fun, and humbly contained, all things the production of Deadpool needs to stick with.
One of the rumors of Miller’s departure was that he wanted to make the film bigger and more stylized in a sense of making it as large as other hero films. The producer and star of the film (Ryan Reynolds) disagreed. The fit with Leitch and Reynolds may prove to work better than any of us figured if the deal gets finalized.
If there was ever a movie that fans actually wanted a sequel for, it would be The Incredibles. One of the most beloved animated features out of the Pixar brain trust as well as animation in general, it’s a film that we’ve wanted to continue growing since it came out over a decade ago.
A film we’ve been given two near flawless sequels to is Toy Story, the first ever Pixar film as well as the first all CGI animated feature film. Toy Story 2 & 3 helped continue a narrative that ends in one of the most gutwrenchingly beautiful finales you could ask for with some of our favorite characters, and fans aren’t clamoring for that to re-open. Thankfully Pixar heard us and realized it’s all about supply and demand.
The two films have swapped release dates which means The Incredibles 2 will be in theaters in 2018 while Toy Story 4 will come out the next year.
There’s still no information on the story at hand for either films beyond what John Lasseter claimed to be his inspiration for Toy Story 4, but I have no doubts both films will be (no pun intended) incredible.
Video game fans can go to RagTagRiot for all things video game related and their take on the always failing adaptations, but it looks like Uncharted is eager to get made. Reports are that Sony has tapped director Shawn Levy to direct the film based on the widely popular PlayStation game. Levy has directed many family friendly comedies such as The Pink Panther, Night at the Museum, and Cheaper by the Dozen. When I look at his resume further, I’m not sure I see the fit at all for swashbuckling story that is Uncharted, nonetheless, I discuss.
The film originally had director/writer Joe Carnahan tapped to take on directing duties, but he has since left the production to focus on the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence sequel of Bad Boys titled Bad Boys For Life. It’s a shame Carnahan left this film, but I’d say we’re excited for the director of The Grey to take over for Michael Bay.
Levy on the other hand, Levy has been successful producing films and television with his most notable success coming from directing a few episodes of Netflix’s breakout show Stranger Things which Levy also produced. His eye for adventure was shown briefly in a few of his films that definitely present a warm and fun sensibility, but I think fans will tell you that Nathan Drake and Uncharted is very much a modern(ish) version of Indiana Jones with a story to match.
We can only hope Levy can bring the fun and narrative that Uncharted deserves on the big screen because as every gamer has told me, they don’t even want this to be made, and they have every reason to feel that way.