by Rob Vaux Posted 2 years, 245 days ago
We may never understand why Paul Newman had to wait nearly three decades to receive his Oscar for playing “Fast Eddie” Felson in The Hustler. The Oscar went to Maximillian Schell that year – a strong performance that really should have been in the Supporting Actor category – and Schell didn’t create an icon the way Newman did. His belated Oscar for Scorsese’s not-quite-a-sequel The Color of Money felt almost like an apology, and with The Hustler now available in glorious Blu-ray, it only confirms just how terrific he was. Hit the jump for my full review.
Over the weekend, the late Paul Newman’s final production project, Lucky Them, made an investor out of Boston Red Sox owner John Henry. The indie flick, now being exec. produced by Newman’s widow Joanne Woodward, was written by Huck Botko (The Virginity Hit) and Emily Wachtel. According to Variety, Botko will helm the pic which tells the story of a “rock-music journalist assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.” Currently, Marisa Tomei, Thomas Haden Church, and Alec Baldwin are attached to the project in unspecified roles. Shooting on Lucky Them is expected to begin later this year.
Directed by Sam Mendes all the way back in 2003, Road to Perdition has kinda been forgotten in the years since its release, though there seems no clear reason why: Tom Hanks puts in a fine performance, Mendes’ direction is glorious, Paul Newman shows up in his last major role, and Jude Law submits a genuinely creepy turn as a hitman with a penchant for even creepier photography. If you’re a fan of the film, you’ve probably already got a copy on DVD, so is the recently-released Blu-ray worth that double dip? Find out after the jump:
You would think that the ending to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would make sequels fairly difficult unless they involved supernatural resurrection or the revelation that the banditos were impervious to the weapons of the Mexican army. But The Independent reports [via The AV Club] that a sequel called Blackthorn is underway and somehow Butch Cassidy (Paul Newman) managed to survive hundreds of bullets but the Sundance Kid (Robert Redford) was not as fortunate.
Now, Cassidy (who will be played by Sam Shepherd) is doing what all old criminals do: go in for one last heist. Of course, in the original, Butch and Sundance didn’t stage heists as much as they either blew stuff up or just robbed tellers at point blank. Oscar-winning writer Mateo Gil (The Sea Inside) will make his directorial debut from his own script. Gil describes Cassidy as, “that tired and lonely old man who, for an instant, recovers all his energy and dreams due to someone who seems to reincarnate the past, his old friends and ideals”.” You mean Up? Because that was an adventure movie that kind of already did that and did so by not glomming on to a classic movie.
Hit the jump for more on what Gil had to say (and not say) about Blackthorn.
Fox is one of the better companies when it comes to Blu-ray, but they generally don’t add much exclusive content to their Blu’s. So when they put out an older title, you can expect not much more than what’s already been released. Such is the case with Towering Inferno, and My Cousin Vinny. Where Dragonball Evolution is pretty cut and dried. These are what I’m about to review after the jump.