Clint Eastwood is 87-years-old and he keeps getting better and better as a director. His last film, 2016’s Sully, is among the best in his filmography, and he’s not slowing down. Eastwood is next tackling the true story of a terrorist attack on a Paris train. Eastwood cast the actual three heroes in the incident in his film, and it’ll be interesting to see if they either get overwhelmed by the filmmaking process or bring untold authenticity to recreating the incident. Full synopsis below.
From Clint Eastwood comes The 15:17 to Paris, which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride on a train in France. The 15:17 to Paris is directed by veteran actor/filmmaker Clint Eastwood, director of the films Gran Torino, Invictus, Hereafter, J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper, and Sully most recently. The screenplay is written by Dorothy Blyskal; based on the story by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone. Produced by Clint Eastwood, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, Jessica Meier, with executive producer Bruce Berman. Warner Bros will release The 15:17 to Paris in theaters everywhere starting on February 9th, 2018 early next year.
Sully was one of last year’s best films (and in a weaker year would have received a lot more awards attention). Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks teamed to bring one of the most astounding true life stories in recent memory to life by doing a very un-Hollywood thing: they didn’t glamorize it. If you watch the documentaries and compare it to the film, there’s only embellishment to make it believable. Sully was actually CALMER than Hanks, who only amped it up a slight notch. The crash scene is meticulously recreated. Eastwood knew he didn’t have to give the story any more glitz, because “The Miracle on the Hudson” was already a miracle. It didn’t need a pounding score or extra complications.
My favorite scene is where you really understand how extraordinary Sully’s quick decision-making and piloting skills are: during the NTSB hearing when he challenged results showing he could have done anything other than what he did. We all know the range of Hanks. He can literally do anything onscreen, but it takes a seasoned actor to mimic the restraint of the real hero and let that power carry the scene. As a bonus, if you missed Hanks reprising his role on Sully on Saturday Night Live , I’m including that as well because 1) it’s hilarious and 2) it shows the massive Hanksian range I just mentioned when compared to the film.
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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 23rd gives us ANOTHER remake, an animated release, and a film where Kate Winslet makes dresses (called The Dressmaker…..s’how I knew). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/23/2016) – The Magnificent Seven, Storks, The Dressmaker
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 16th brings two old franchises back with Blair Witch and Bridget Jones’ Baby, and Oliver Stone’s biopic of the polarizing Edward Snowden. Will any of them be able to knock Captain Sully off the top spot at the box office? Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/16/2016) – Blair Witch, Snowden, Bridget Jones’ Baby
There aren’t many feel-good stories in the world in which we live. It’s a sad fact of modern life that most of the news we hear is bad, and even events that can be considered triumphs by some have a downside for another group. In January 2009, America got an honest-to-God miracle, and an authentic hero. No qualifications, no asterisk, nothing but one of the most amazing stories in aviation history put the right man in the right cockpit to save 155 lives in a spectacularly-executed water landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River. Over seven years later, the event dubbed “The Miracle on the Hudson” is a feature film helmed by director Clint Eastwood with Tom Hanks portraying the man in the pilot’s seat for the incredible hair-raising flight: Captain Sully Sullenberger. Continue reading Movie Review: Sully (2016) *Relive the Miracle on the Hudson*