Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Drinking Buddies Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are friends and co-workers at a beer brewery, and both are in relationships. She’s dating Chris (Ron Livingston), and he’s engaged to Jill (Anna Kendrick), but when the four get together for a weekend at Chris’ cabin some lines are crossed in the realm of love and fidelity. Ignore the marketing as it’s selling something (a romantic comedy) that this film is most definitely not. Director Joe Swanberg keeps the improv method used in his past “mumblecore” films, but it still manages to tell a cohesive and truly affecting story. A big reason for that is a cast of extremely talented actors with wicked good comedic timing in the lead roles. The four performers, along with a more assured Swanberg directing and editing, have crafted a story about heartbreak, temptation, and friendship. While they’re all fantastic, this is Wilde’s show, and she absolutely crushes it with a character that will leave you frustrated, aroused, entertained, and engaged in nearly equal measure. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, featurettes, commentary, trailer]

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Over the course of his career we’ve seen director Danny Boyle make a drug drama, a don’t-call-it-a-zombie-movie, a high-minded sci-fi adventure, a real-life survival tale, and even the opening ceremonies of an Olympic Games. The point is that he’s a versatile artist who never seems to do the same sort of thing twice, so it’s surprising to hear that he’s following up his mind-bending art heist movie, Trance, with another project that’s going to be heavily steeped in the heist genre. The news of Boyle’s new job comes from Variety, who report that, after seeing a documentary about jewel thieves called Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers earlier this year, the director decided that the material presented in the doc was ripe to be turned into a dramatic feature. So ripe, in fact, that he set out to make this hypothetical adaptation his next film, and it wasn’t long after he made these intentions clear that his regular distributor, Fox Searchlight, came on board and helped make the dream a reality. By all accounts, a Boyle-directed dramatic version of Smash & Grab is now go.

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