If we were betting men we’d probably slap down all the doubloons we own on HBO’s up and coming series Luck being a sure fire ratings hit.
Of course nobody has seen Luck yet so the jury is still out, but taking into account that it’s directed and produced by Michael Mann, (Heat, Miami Vice), created By David Milch, (Deadwood), and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Michael Gambon and Richard Kind it’s safe to say there’s very little that could go wrong with this series.
Hoffman stars as Chester ‘Ace’ Bernstein, who comes out of prison, after serving as a long time tough guy to various gambling rackets, to enact a possible heist with his former muscle Gus Economou (Farina). Nick Nolte plays a disillusioned racing trainer desperately searching for a second chance.
A quick word of warning before you watch this trailer for the film Warrior, which stars Joel Edgerton, (Smokin’ Aces, Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith) and Tom Hardy, (Bronson, Inception), it spoils the entire film. It’s so criminally bad it butchers every secret twist and turn of the plot right up to exposing the film’s concluding set piece. You’ve been warned.
On a side note Warrior looks like every other sporting film ever made, ticking all the boxes other sports movies have ticked before it; training montage, inspirational comeback, family conflicts, one last shot at glory, blah, blah, blah. But we’ll watch it for only one reason. This guy is in it…
Yep it’s pretty much official January 2011 sucks the big one. First Pete Postlethwaite, then Gerry Rafferty followed by boxer Gary Mason and now film director Peter Yates. Ok, Yates may have been aged 82 but by today’s standards that’s still quite young…at least that’s what we’re maintaining.
Yates was of course responsible for one of the greatest detective movies/car chases in cinematic history with Bullitt, a film which pretty much introduced the world to Steve ‘the cooler king‘ McQueen. He also directed the underrated sci-fi fantasy Krull, the Nick Nolte thriller The Deep, which was a big box office success on account of it’s opening shot featuring actress Jacqueline Bisset underwater in a white see-through t-shirt, and the gritty cult 70s crime noir flick The Friends Of Eddie Coyle, which starred Robert Mitchum, which if you haven’t seen, (probably because it’s currently unavailable in the UK), you should make a point of seeking out. In honour of Peter Yates here’s that infamous car chase in it’s entirity along with trailers for his aforementioned other films.