When first-time director Ned Benson debuted his two-picture film experience, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, it made a lot of waves for being a unique and encompassing look at the well-worn relationship drama genre. The movie is actually two features – Him and Her – examining the complicated relationship between a man (James McAvoy) and a woman (Jessica Chastain) from each individual’s personal perspective. It is a super ambitious project to pull off, but The Weinstein Company – Eleanor Rigby’s distributor – has never seen a movie it didn’t want to cut, so before the film comes out the way Benson intended, we are first getting a more objective mash-up, known as Them.
153 – Body Heat (1981)
After one of the earliest examples of film noir, the next entry in Roger Ebert’s The Great Movies – Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat – is a great instance of neo-noir, the pseudo-genre that has grown out of those movies like The Big Sleep from the 40s and 50s.