For the longest time I have been equating the work being done by HBO to the stuff that was being done during the last great epoch of American cinema–the seventies. In the seventies maverick filmmakers like Coppola, Schrader, Friedkin, Altman and Scorcese flourished with a kind of hard edged, reality-based storytelling that was still being served up to audiences in an interesting and entertaining way that made a number of their works classics and made their careers legendary.
New this week on DVD and Blu-ray, Ricky Gervais stars in the comedy The Invention Of Lying, Jim Sturgess plays a double-agent in the drama 50 Dead Men Walking, plus a look at Gamer, starring Gerard Butler, and Whiteout with Kate Beckinsale.
Opening this weekend, Jim Sturgess stars in the thriller Fifty Dead Men Walking, about an young Irish man working for both the IRA and the British police in the early 80s. Also debuting in theatres, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen star in Funny People, plus a quick look at the family comedy, Aliens in the Attic.
Late last year I had the opportunity to visit the set of CTV’s Toronto-based television drama, The Listener, and sat down for a few minutes to speak with director Kari Skogland.