In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, two hugely acclaimed and much-loved movies, that each had their challenges.
When writer/director Michael Mann first happened upon the story that would become Heat, he wasn’t in a position to turn it into a major feature film. But he clearly had some unfinished business with the material.
Alexander Payne had planned to make Sideways after his success with Election. But even get the source novel published had proven to be a challenge. The film adaptation? Well, that ended up with some waiting to do as well…
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- Trailer released for Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers
The Holdovers is the latest film from Alexander Payne, with Paul Giamatti in the lead role: here's the trailer.
Alexander Payne is known as a writer and director of films that tend to unfold more as character studies than plot driven narratives. From Citizen Ruth and Election to About Schmidt and Sideways, the latter netted Payne an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay alongside [...]
- Podcast: The Insider (1999) and Layer Cake (2004)
In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a hugely risky studio movie, and a bit of a breakthrough role for Daniel Craig.
The Insider, from Michael Mann, was telling a story about a piece of modern history just years old when the movie was made. As such, there was a huge risk of litigation, [...]
- Podcast: Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Menu (2022)
In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a pair of films that both hit problems with one of their lead roles...
2004's Spider-Man 2 is (rightly) regarded as one of the finest superhero films, and that's impressive in itself given the tight turnaround that Sony wanted on the film. However, just weeks before filming [...]
- Podcast: I, Robot (2004) and For Love Of The Game (1999)
In this episode of Film Stories with Simon Brew, a massive hit sci-fi movie that came from smaller origins, and a baseball film that, well, hit problems.
The story of I, Robot the movie - in theory based on the work of Isaac Asimov - started with an indie script that was set effectively in one [...]
- Michael Mann plays down talk of Heat 2
Michael Mann suggests that plans for a sequel to his 1995 crime classic have yet to come together, despite the ongoing rumours.
Michael Mann is out and about promoting his upcoming biopic, Ferrari as it begins its run of festival screenings. The film stars Adam Driver and is set to arrive in December. Obviously, the release [...]