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25 underrated political thrillers

Rebecca Clough Jan 13, 2017

Samuel L Jackson, Colin Farrell, Kirk Douglas, Denzel Washington and more, as we explore underrated political thrillers...

Ask someone for their favourite political thrillers and you’re likely to get a list of Oscar-winning classics, from JFK to The Day Of The Jackal, Blow Out to Argo. But what about those electrifying tales that have slipped under the radar, been largely forgotten or just didn’t get the love they deserved? Here are 25 political thrillers which are underappreciated but brilliant.

See related Star Wars: Episode IX lands Jurassic World director 25. The Amateur (1981)

Generally, the first hostage to get shot in a heist movie is considered insignificant; luckily this time the young woman killed by terrorists has a devoted boyfriend who vows to avenge her death. Charles Heller (John Savage) already works for the CIA, so he’s able to use secret information to blackmail his bosses into
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Review: On 'The Americans,' will 'The Day After' make Elizabeth do something awful?

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Review: On 'The Americans,' will 'The Day After' make Elizabeth do something awful?
A review of tonight's The Americans coming up just as soon as I promise you it'll be better if you blink... "This is why we're here." -Elizabeth At 10, I was too young to watch The Day After when ABC aired it in the fall of 1983, but I knew all about it. The marketing for it was inescapable, making it into the kind of event that the Jennings and Beeman families would watch together (and that even the agents of the rezidentura would want to check out). I didn't even need to see the thing to have nightmares about it, and about the larger peril of global thermonuclear annihilation that hung over us every damn day back then. More than once as a kid, I had to ask one of my parents to reassure me at bedtime that the world wouldn't blow up while I was asleep, and we know from
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21 Top DJs Share Their Secrets for the Perfect New Year's Eve Party Playlist

21 Top DJs Share Their Secrets for the Perfect New Year's Eve Party Playlist
While some people's idea of the perfect New Year's Eve is to stay in and watch the ball drop in Times Square on TV with Ryan Seacrest (or Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin), all cuddled up with a loved one and a bottle of Cabernet, many others will dance 'till the sun comes up.

DJs are the new rock stars -- and they're the tastemakers of the year's biggest party night. So what constitutes the perfect New Year's Eve playlist? ETonline reached out to the world's biggest DJs -- many of whom regularly play to crowds of tens of thousands -- to get their go-to tracks and tips for curating the soundtrack for the perfect New Year's party.

Pics: Which Celebrities Can Drop a Beat? Check out 9 Star DJs!

1. The Chainsmokers: This DJ duo had a huge 2014 - cracking DJ Mag's prestigious Top 100 list for the first time at No. 97 riding support
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Eli Wallach, 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' Star, Dead at 98

Eli Wallach, 'The Good, the Bad & the Ugly' Star, Dead at 98
He played cotton-gin owners, military officers, monsignors, rabbis, truck drivers, Shakespearean heroes — even a Batman villain. But Eli Wallach, who passed away at age 98 due to causes unknown, is best known to a generation of moviegoers as the ultimate bandolero-wearing bandito, thanks to two iconic roles: Calvera, the leader of the frontier thugs who terrorize a Mexican village in The Magnificent Seven (1960); and Tuco, the "ugly" of Sergio Leone's epic Spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). When you think of a stubbled outlaw villain, the kind
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JFK and the Movies: 50 Years of Mythmaking

Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.

Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned
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John F Kennedy assassination: 50 years of conspiracy in fiction and film

The assassination of JFK and the conspiracy theories that followed have proved irresistible to writers and artists, from Oliver Stone to Stephen King

Mark Lawson on the 10 best books inspired by JFK

The grassy knoll. The book depository. Any further description of the location is superfluous. We know where we are, and when. Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963: the scene of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. History assumes mythic proportions when its very familiarity requires no further explanation or scene-setting; when it provides instead a well-signposted point of departure for artistic creativity. The matter of Dallas has been as resonant in the fiction and film of the past half century as the story of the Trojan war was in the literature of classical antiquity. Only Hitler and the Nazis rival its influence on the modern imagination.

Yet the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination will not be marked by consensus.
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DevilDriver: 'Winter Kills' – CD Review

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DevilDriver: 'Winter Kills' – CD Review
When we last checked in on Santa Barbara-based metal giants DevilDriver, they were in the depths of a haunted forest set for the gothic, werewolf-filled music video “Dead to Rights” (check out our set visit footage here), a track from their highly successful album Beast. That record ranked among the band's strongest and most punishing efforts, and seemed a tough act to follow... but nevertheless, the moment of truth has arrived this week with their sixth full-length studio release Winter Kills – the band's first after departing long-time label Roadrunner and signing with Napalm Records. Thankfully, this unit seldom disappoints, and with this release they've somehow managed to crank the creative knob even higher. Despite the label transition and Chris Towning replacing Jonathan Miller on bass, Winter Kills isn't a seismic shift in tone from its predecessor, but as far as I'm concerned, this is one of those “if it ain't broke” kinda bands,
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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: July 30th, 2013

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Alice Cooper, Korn, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada, DevilDriver, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Andrew W.K., Cattle Decapitation and more.

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Korn will release The Paradigm Shift - their eleventh album and first with original guitarist Brian "Head" Welch in a decade - on October 1st on Prospect Park.

Scar the Martyr's self-titled debut album will be released on October 1st via Roadrunner Records. The band features Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison.

Killswitch Engage drummer Justin Foley recently broke his collarbone in a bicycle accident. Jordan Mancino of As I Lay Dying will be filling in on the band's international tour dates, while Foley is expected to recover in time for their North American tour.

The Devil Wears Prada will release 8:18 on September 17th via Roadrunner Records.
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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: July 16th, 2013

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Philip H. Anselmo, Pearl Jam, A Life Once Lost, Asking Alexandria, Five Finger Death Punch, Devildriver, Morbid Angel and more.

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A Life Once Lost have broken up.

Nuclear Blast Records has signed Carnifex. The band will enter the studio this month to begin recording their label debut, due out in early-2014.

Music

Listen to a new Avenged Sevenfold song titled "Hail to the King" here. it's the title track from their new album, which is due out August 27th on Warner Bros. Records.

Stream Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals' debut album, Walk Through Exits Only, here. It's out this week on Housecore Records.

Listen to a new Pearl Jam song titled "Mind Your Manners" here. It's the first single from their tenth album,
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What are the movies that audiences loved but the critics hated?

Analysis of 10,000 movies reveals the films with the highest disparity between critic and audience reviews

There are some movies you'll just go and see no matter what the critics say. Maybe it's a big dumb comedy and you feel like a laugh, or there's that one actor who you'll watch no matter what. Conversely, there are some critics who can have a big influence on what you'll see, no matter what your friends say – you know their work, and trust their recommendations.

So, what are the movies that people loved, but critics hated? And what about those movies that got rave reviews but just didn't click with audiences?

To try and answer these questions I've analysed 10,000 movies from 1970 to 2013 in the Rotten Tomatoes database, and determined the difference in audience score and critic score by subtracting the former from the latter. This gives us an index of audience-critic agreement, which
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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: July 2nd, 2013

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Avenged Sevenfold, Devildriver, Korn, Pixies, Andrew W.K., Dying Fetus, Hatebreed, Asking Alexandria and more.

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Avenged Sevenfold will release Hail to the King on August 27th via Warner Bros. Records.

Korn are rumored to be releasing their new album on September 24th. We'll keep you updated on confirmation.

Members of 99 different metal bands - including Cannibal Corpse, Dying Fetus, Suffocation and more - are teaming up for a rendition of "99 Bottles of Beer." Should be interesting, if nothing else.

Music

Listen to a new Devildriver song titled "Ruthless" here. Winter Kills comes out August 27th via Napalm Records.

Listen to a new iwrestledabearonce song titled "Firebees" here. It's the new single from their upcoming Late For Nothing, out August 6th on Century Media Records.
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Radio 66.6 - Weekly Music News: June 3rd, 2013

We're back with another installment of Radio 66.6! This week features the latest news, music, videos and tour dates from the likes of Slayer, Devildriver, Nine Inch Nails, August Burns Red, Behemoth, Motionless in White, P.O.D., The Black Dahlia Murder, Ghost and more.

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As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has been released on bond from the San Diego County Jail for attempting to hire a hitman to murder his wife.

Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor says that the band has completed a new album and will release it this year on Colombia Records.

Slayer have been rejoined by former drummer Paul Bostaph.

Devildriver will release their tenth album, Winter Kills, on August 27th via Napalm Records.

Behemoth have announced The Satanist as the title of their forthcoming album, which is due out this full on Metal Blade Records.

Former Eighteen Visions and
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Lead Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated

This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.

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Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.

In Neeson’s case, his lack of a nomination was a case of neglect similar to the Albert Brooks snub in the Best Supporting Actor category for the film year 2011 for Drive(Nicolas Winding Refn, USA).

Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention.
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Full 2012 Black List of Best Unproduced Scripts

Every year, film executive Franklin Leonard releases his list, called The Black List, of most-liked unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. This year's list was compiled from the suggestions of 290 film executives, each of whom picked up to ten of their favorite scripts. Since the list started in 2004, many screenplays ended up being turned into films. In 2005, two of the top three scripts were "Lars and the Real Girl" which was nominated for Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and "Juno" which actually won the Oscar. See the 2012 Black List below, broken up by how many votes each screenplay received. Some of the projects are already in the works. 65 - Draft Day (Rajiv Joseph, Scott Rothman) On the day of the NFL Draft, Bills General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to save football in Buffalo when he trades for the number one pick. He must quickly decide what he's willing to sacrifice in
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Draft Day, A Country of Strangers & Rodham Top the 2012 Black List

There is either a couple of football fans or Jerry Maguire/Moneyball with this year’s most liked unproduced screenplay. Close to 300 hundred film executives provided with the Black List creators a top ten of their favorite screenplays of the year and the consensus first overall pick (with 65 votes) comes from the recently featured in Variety (10 Screenwriters to Watch 2012) tandem of Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman and their drama which has nothing to do with enlisting in the armed forces. Draft Day – about the day in the life of a fictitious Buffalo Bills Gm appears to currently be in turnaround — which only means I expect to see this greenlight perhaps a little later than sooner – worth noting: top spot almost guarantees that the film will indeed go into production (2006, 2010 and 2011 are the exceptions.) Among the more alluring logline subjects we find on the list, I’d be keen on reading the
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This week's new film events

Mosaïques, London

This festival of world culture offers a different perspective to British equivalents, leaning as it does towards France's ties with Africa, the Middle East and south-east Asia. A case in point is French-Tunisian guest of honour Abdellatif "Couscous" Kechiche, whose Black Venus finds rich material in the life of 19th century "Hottentot Venus" Saartjie Baartman. There's also Berlin film festival winner A Separation, and from south China, The Rice Paddy, set among the tribal Dong people. Among documentaries are Ethiopian sounds in Abyssinie Swing and Mexican circus thrills in Circo.

Various venues, Thu to 9 Jun, institut-francais.org.uk/mosaiques

On Dangerous Ground: The Cinema Of Bernard Herrmann, Bristol

There's music for film, there are films that use music, and then there's the work of Bernard Herrmann, which seems to come from another place entirely. His work with Hitchcock is best known – the stabbing strings of Psycho, the
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Robert F. Boyle Homage: Jeff Bridges, John Huston in Winter Kills

Legendary production designer Robert F. Boyle, who died last Aug. 2 at the age of 100, will be honored by the Art Directors Guild (Adg) Film Society and the American Cinematheque with a memorial screening of William Richert's Winter Kills (1979) on Sunday October 10, at 5:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Winter Kills features Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone, and Toshiro Mifune. Earlier that day, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will conduct "an invitational tribute" to Boyle in the lobby of its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Based on Richard Condon's novel, Winter Kills revolves around the encounter between the son of an assassinated U.S. president and a dying man who claims to be the killer. Sets were built at the MGM Studios, in addition to location shooting in Manhattan, various sections of Los Angeles County, and the
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R.I.P. Robert F. Boyle

R.I.P. Robert F. Boyle
Four-time Academy Award nominee for Art Direction and iconic production designer Robert F. Boyle died yesterday of natural causes after a 2-day stay in Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 100. His work on North by Northwest, Gaily, Gaily, The Shootist, and Fiddler on the Roof and 86 other motion pictures earned him an Honorary Oscar in 2008. In 1997 Boyle was voted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Art Directors Guild. In 2001 he was further honored with the Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award by the Hollywood Film Festival. Recently he was given a tribute by the American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild with a screening at the Egyptian Theatre of two of his designed films, including The Wolf Man (1941). In 1973 he was nominated for an Emmy for The Red Pony. Among his other major motion picture credits as a production designer are The Birds, Winter Kills, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas,
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Iconic Production Designer Robert F. Boyle Dies at 100

Hollywoodnews.com: Iconic Production Designer Robert F. Boyle, a four-time Academy Award nominee for Art Direction for his work on “North by Northwest,” “Gaily, Gaily,” “The Shootist” and “Fiddler on the Roof ” and recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2008 for his work on these and more than 86 other motion pictures, died yesterday of natural causes after a two-day stay at Cedars Sinai Hospital. He was 100.

In 1997 Boyle was voted a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Art Directors Guild. In 2001 he was further honored with the Hollywood Production Designer of the Year Award by the Hollywood Film Festival. Recently he was given a tribute by the American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild with a screening at the Egyptian Theatre of two of his designed films, “The Wolf Man” (1941) and “Gaily, Gaily” (1969). In 1973 he was nominated for an Emmy for “The Red Pony.”

Among his other major motion picture credits as
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Iconic Art Director Robert F. Boyle Dies: Alfred Hitchcock, Norman Jewison Collaborator

Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, North by Northwest Iconic Production Designer Robert F. Boyle, who collaborated with Alfred Hitchcock and Norman Jewison, and the recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2008, died Sunday, Aug. 1, of natural causes following a two-day stay at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 100. The Hitchcock films on which Boyle worked are: as associate art director, Saboteur (1942) and Shadow of a Doubt (1943); as production designer, The Birds (1963), Marnie (1964), and most notably North by Northwest (1959), which features Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint facing nasty spies atop Mount Rushmore. Boyle’s other major motion picture credits as a production designer include numerous Universal releases of varying degrees of budgetary size (Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation, East of Sumatra, The Private War of Major Benson), plus Winter Kills, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Portnoy’s Complaint, and Private Benjamin. Also, In Cold [...]
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