Seeing as it’s been some 13 years since Tim Robbins helmed a feature — it’d be interesting to know how many younger people even knew he had a brief career in the field — something special must be contained within City of Lies. According to THR, the actor will get his fourth feature down with Endgame’s adaptation of the Arthur Phillips-penned Cold War story, which has been scripted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America, Pain and Gain).
The short appeared on a 2007 episode of This American Life, leading host Ira Glass, along with Alissa Shipp, to find himself attached as a producer since 2009. (Philip Noyce was the last signed helmer, in case that means anything to you.) In it, a younger member of the CIA finds himself romantically entangled with a Czech agent — and things can only get knotty from there.
I’ve yet to read Phillips‘ little tome or, for that matter, listen to its depiction on This American Life, but it’s the kind of story I’m particularly pre-disposed to; having also liked Robbins‘ past directorial work, City of Lies has an early vote of confidence from this writer.
Does City of Lies have something good in its DNA?
When discussing the “merit” of titles joining The Criterion Collection, it seems like a no brainer to see Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor’s Safety Last! as the latest masterpiece to get a spine number. The Harold Lloyd-starring comedy remains an endlessly delightful romp, as inventive as well as relatable as it must have felt in [...]
Today marks the launch of our new recurring column, which dives into the cream of the crop when it comes to this week’s home releases, including Blu-ray and DVD, as well recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best films one can take home. Note that [...]
Note: The following piece contains spoilers for both Shadow of a Doubt and Stoker. Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt is already available on Blu-ray, as a component of the sizeable Hitchcock box-set that was released last October. This month, however, sees its individual, standalone release on the format, and the timing couldn’t be more [...]
After a recent New York screening of František Vláčil‘s Marketa Lazarová, my friend and fellow critic, Vadim Rizov, tweeted the following response: “Sheep God war men snow church blood swords ‘old crone’ justice grass wtf WTF UNCLE.” He certainly wasn’t alone in such a confused response. Lazarová — now out on Blu-ray via Criterion — is [...]
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