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An Action-Packed and Compelling Bank Heist Flick

Thrilling police chases, explosive shootouts, compelling characters, and riveting storylines are all elements that culminate into one of the most exhilarating and high octane sub-genres and movies out there, the bank heist movie. There are few genres that give audiences that ‘rush’ more than the heist genre. From legendary movies like Heat, the Ocean’s quadrilogy, Den of Thieves, and more recently Michael Bay’s Ambulance, this phenomenal subgenre is certainly a packed one, and holds some of the best movies and experiences in cinematic history.

Adding to the large roster of bank heist movies, is veteran action director William Kaufman’s latest feature, The Channel. The Channel boasts everything that we love about the bank heist movie subgenre. Filled with visceral gun fights and shootouts and thrilling police chases, The Channel is a ton of fun. However, although marketed as a bank heist movie, isn’t really about the heist. The Channel instead focuses on the brotherly relationship between the two main characters, and their survival against the police and any criminal gang that may now be after them.

As a result, The Channel is not only great fun, but a deeply engaging character driven story that will have audiences on the edge of their seat. The Channel is then bolstered by powerful performances throughout, resulting in an action-packed, bank heist movie thriller, and is not to miss.

The Channel follows Jamie (Clayne Crawford) a desperate criminal and Mic (Max Martini) an out-of-control ex-marine as they attempt to evade the authorities after a bank heist goes awry. Through their journey of survival, the brothers are forced to reconnect in a compelling, heartfelt, and action-packed character driven story.

A Tale of Two Brothers

As previously mentioned, The Channel is a bank heist movie second. What makes The Channel stand out from others in the genre is that it’s a tale of survival, post-heist. Typically, we see a long buildup to the heist. Getting the team together and extensively planning the heist out, culminating in a final act where audiences believe the heist went horribly wrong, when in actual fact that was their plan all along, in usually a shocking plot twist.

The Channel, however, throws audiences deep into the heist, as we meet our main characters moments before they rob the bank. After the heist and an awesome shootout, the crew, most notably Jamie and Mic, have to risk it all in order to escape New Orleans.

The Channel delivers on the action in spades, but what will keep audiences hooked is the endearingly broken relationship between the two brothers. Mic is fully out-of-control. He thrives on violence, and if it’s not there in the moment, he will do anything to make whatever situation he is in as violent as possible. Jamie, Mic’s younger brother, is just doing anything he can to help his family and newborn baby. He doesn’t want to resolve everything in violence, but he seems to always be cleaning up Mic’s mess. This leads to many encapsulating arguments and moments of dialogue between the two, which sees both Max Martini and Clayne Crawford delivering stellar performances.

As fantastic and immersive as the action is, it’s the characters, the performances, and the brotherly relationship between the two leads that will keep audiences hooked for the entire ride.

Kaufman’s Sensational Action Direction
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For its brisk 90 minutes, The Channel isn’t short of action sequences. The film immediately throws audiences into an awesome, Hardcore Henry-esque opening which really sets the scene for the rest of the movie, in terms of its action. From there, the film is full of awesome gun fights, each feeling very distinct from one another.

Each shootout is very inspired by Michael Mann’s Heat, much like the rest of the movie. The lack of music and emphasis on the sounds of gunfire adds an authenticity to the shootouts, raising the tension and stakes. Whilst the initial heist shootout is enthralling enough, with the heist crew being pinned down by police and endlessly firing bullets towards the authorities, perhaps the most intense and powerful scene is when Mic stands off against the police force, all on his own, in order to save his brother.

Related: 30 Best Action Movies of All Time, Ranked

A Tension-Filled Journey of Survival
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Another aspect of The Channel that will help audiences fall head over heels for it is the movie’s tension. Of course audiences will feel a palpable amount of tension during the action; however, it’s moments like our main characters waiting at traffic lights for the light to change, all while an unbeknownst police officer faces them down, that will send audiences’ heart rates through the roof.

Likewise, during one of the films most pivotal moments, our main crew are forced to go through some horrific torture involving acid. We don’t see the results, but hearing the screams of a character who has acid poured all over their face is still horrifying and will undoubtedly make you squirm. Kaufman truly does a fantastic job at making many moments of The Channel ooze with tension.

Related: 12 Best Bank Heist Films Where the Thieves Escape With the Loot

“Someone’s Been Playing Grand Theft Auto”
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Let’s be honest, not many of us are pining for a live-action adaptation of the successful video game series, Grand Theft Auto. With an expansive open world, rich details, and a large roster of characters, there are way too many avenues to explore for fans of the video game to ever want or expect a Grand Theft Auto live-action movie. That said, The Channel is perhaps the best and most Grand Theft Auto movie we have ever seen.

The endless police chases, characters switching from vehicle to vehicle and stealing them from pedestrians, the heist, the compelling characters, and scenes of torture (which was incredibly brutal) make for a phenomenal movie that fans of the hit video game should adore, or at least it will make you want to jump back into the video game and wreak some havoc.

The Channel releases in select theaters and on demand July 14th.

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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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