After Trespass and Justice, Nicolas Cage continues his love of generically named thrillers (which can preferably be shot near his home in New Orleans) with Stolen, and the trailer for the film has now arrived. In the film, Will Montgomery (Cage) is a master thief who after being double-crossed in a heist gone awry is sent to prison for eight years. Upon his release he’s ready to leave his criminal past behind and try to rebuild a relationship with his estranged daughter Allison. The FBI and his old cohorts believe that he hid the loot from the last heist 8 years ago, $10 Million in Bonds. To get his hands on it, his old partner Vincent (Josh Lucas) kidnaps Allison and demands the entire $ 10 Million as ransom. Keeping her in the soundproofed trunk of a Taxi Cab, he’s able to stay mobile amongst the throngs of taxis out during Mardi Gras day making it nearly impossible to find. Montgomery only has one day to get the $10 Million ransom but much to the disbelief of the FBI on his trail and Vincent, Will doesn’t actually have it. Instead, he must trust his instincts and his old partner in crime, the beautiful, sexy and smart Riley (Malin Ackerman), to do one more clever heist to get his daughter back alive before it’s too late. Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2) directs.
J. Edgar is a movie that’s perhaps better off on DVD and Blu-ray than it was in cinemas. The reason for that is that it’s a rather narratively complex beast and so takes at least a couple of viewing to properly unravel. Its problem is that the first viewing is likely to seem rather dull to many, so they’re less likely to want to revisit it.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays J. Edgar Hoover, who for nearly half a century oversaw the FBI from when it was a fledgling organisation, though the depression and era of the gangster, onto the red scare and beyond. The film sees Hoover as an old man dictating his memoirs, while in flashback we see his earlier days and how he quickly climbed to the top of the Bureau Of Investigation (as it was initially known) and used the likes of the Lindbergh Baby kidnapping to increase the power of the organisation. [Read more…]
Ever since Sweet Home Alabama we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for Josh Lucas, who manages to be rugged and manly while also seeming quite soft and sweet. Plus he’s got the sort of hairy chest that makes us weak at the knees.
For years now he’s seemed on the edge of the a-list, but has never quite made it, largely because the big budget films he’s starred in that could have propelled him there – such as Stealth and Poseidon – have been box office duds. However he’s appeared in the likes of Hulk, A Beautiful Mind, the brilliant but ignored Undertow, Like As We Know It, The Lincoln Lawyer and J. Edgar. He also recently took the lead in a TV show based on John Grisham’s The Firm, but sadly that was cancelled after only a few episodes.
On Monday (June 4th) he hits UK DVD in the Aussie flick Red Dog, and to celebrate (actually, just because we wanted to, we’ve gathered together some of the hottest pics of Josh to salivate over. So enjoy! [Read more…]