The Big Short is so worth seeing. If you ever find out the real life character Christian Bale plays in this film you will marvel at his brilliant portrayal. You’ll think he’s great anyway, but in this case the more you know, the impressive it gets. By the way, the stripper used as an example of someone who was sold bad loans at falsely lowered interest rates is nothing compared to what those guys really did – selling the same loans to immigrant nannies, for instance. That’s left out of the movie but it is one of the most insidious things they did.
Universal has just released the trailer to The Huntsman Winter’s War and it’s impressive. Charlize Theron returns as the Evil Queen and Chris Hemsworth returns as Eric, the Huntsman. This time they’re joined by Jessica Chastain as the Ice Warrior and Emily Blunt as the Ice Queen.
In this new clip from Joy, Jennifer Lawrence is giving a monologue to Bradley Cooper. She talks about immigrants and America, interestingly enough. Also, if you want to hear more about David O. Selznick and Jennifer Jones, don’t forget to tune in to Karina Longworth’s latest podcast, You Must Remember This.
Tarantino is in the news a lot lately, first by walking with protesters against the police shootings of late, then by calling out the cops for shooting unarmed men. It’s an interesting development for Tarantino, who hasn’t been much of an activist politically, that I’ve noticed. Perhaps he was trying to fight for something that mattered in anticipation of the upcoming Hateful Eight, which will take some heat for its constant use of the ‘n’ word. Perhaps now there won’t be charges of racism. Hard to say how it will all shake down. Where Oscars are concerned, however, the movie just has to be good.
Anomalisa might end up being my favorite film of the year, although it’s crowded at the top for me, with Beasts of No Nation, The Martian, Steve Jobs, Spotlight gathered together up there. Still, there is nothing else out there like Anomalisa. It is such a pure piece of art. The less you hear about it the better but the trailer isn’t much of a spoiler.
One of the films we’ve been looking forward to is Ryan Coogler’s Creed. Check out the new Featurette (from Shadow and Act) which tells a bit about how the characters originated and why Coogler was so passionate about reviving Rocky.
Along with the new trailer.
The 3rd full-length trailer for The Force Awakens debuted earlier tonight on Monday Night Football and, for me, it’s the first trailer that feels fully realized in singular tone and style. Something about the sweeping Sturm und Drang really ties the room together, does it not?
The trailer for Hail, Caesar is here. The Coen Brothers comedy takes place in Old Hollywood and stars Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Jonah Hill.
The film centers around Clooney’s character, a bumbling star who is kidnapped by a group called The Future. Josh Brolin stars as the studio exec out to rescue him.
Hail, Caesar is released on February 5, but get your weekend off to the perfect start by watching the trailer for this highly-anticipated comedy.
Just when I was sitting here wishing we could see more movies like Sicario, John Hillcoat rolls up.
A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.
Starring Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, and yikes, stop!
Opens February 19, 2016, because sometimes everybody can see from 1000 miles away when a movie is something most Oscar voters can’t handle.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino, and starring Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton.
Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue.
A BIGGER SPLASH is a sensuous portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun.
In Cinemas February 12th 2016
With the Academy’s October 1 deadline just around the corner, here is where you can watch the trailers for the films that have been submitted by countries from around the world.
To qualify, all films must have had a release date between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 in their respective countries. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce which films are elegible in the middle of October, and the shortlist will be announced mid-December.
Canada is officially resting its Oscar hopes on Maxime Giroux’s film Félix et Meira:
Belgium: Le Tout Nouveau Testament
Norway: The Wave
Taiwan: The Assassin
Chile: The Club
Argentina: The Clan
Bulgaria: The Judgement
Italy: Non Essere Cattivo
Cambodia: The Last Reel
Czech Republic : Home Care
Finland: The Fencer
Hungary: Son of Saul
Germany: Labyrinth of Lies (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)
Austria: Goodnight Mommy
Colombia: Embrace of The Serpent
Bangladesh: Jalal’s Story
Sweden: A Pigeon Sat On A Bench Reflecting On Existence
Georgia : Moira
Brazil: The Second Mother
China : Wolf Totem
Japan : 100 Yen Love
Croatia: The High Sun
Portugal: Arabian Nights Volume 2: The Desolate One
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Our Everyday Life
Denmark: A War
Dominican Republic : Sand Dollars
Greece : Xenia
Iraq: Memories On Stone
Nepal: Talakjung vs Tulke
Guatemala : Ixcanul Volcano
Russia: Солнечный удар
Hong Kong: To The Fore
Paraguay: Cloudy Times
Philippines: Heneral Luna
Iran: Messenger of God
Israel: Baba Joon
Malyasia: Men Who Save the World
Slovenia: The Tree
Poland : 11 Minutes
Jordan : Theeb
Macedonia: Honey Night
Kyrgyzstan: Heavenly Nomadic
South Africa: The Two of Us
Lithuania: The Summer of Sangailė
Mexico: 600 Miles
South Korea: The Throne
Montenegro: You Carry Me
Venezuela : Dauna. Lo que lleva el río
Netherlands: The Paradise Suite
Palestine: The Wanted 18
Panama: Box 25
Switzerland: Iraqi Odyssey
Thailand: How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
Uruguay: Una Noche Sin Luna
Love Type D’s Sasha Collington is hoping to raise enough money to finish her film, Love Type D. The trailer certainly looks promising. Here’s hoping she gets enough money to finish and that we soon get to see this funny movie. As of yet, they are at around $8K. They need around $24K. To become a backer, head on over to Kickstarter.
Indeed, we’ll have to tamp down our growing excitement for this one. The filmmaking around it is so revolutionary simply because it is trying to do things the way they used to be done – with little reliance on visual crutches. Much of the movie and its plot remains a mystery, though this trailer reveals a bit more of the plot and what we can expect – holy shit, the bear. And it really does look like this might it for Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Inspired by true events, THE REVENANT is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In an expedition of the uncharted American wilderness, legendary explorer Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is brutally attacked by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team. In a quest to survive, Glass endures unimaginable grief as well as the betrayal of his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy). Guided by sheer will and the love of his family, Glass must navigate a vicious winter in a relentless pursuit to live and find redemption. THE REVENANT is directed and co-written by renowned filmmaker, Academy Award® winner Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman, Babel).”
There is buzz about Creed that’s being kept on the downlow. If it really is as good as some people are saying there’s a tiny chance it could crack the Oscar race. Tiny chance because they’re not big on sequels unless you’re talking Lord of the Rings or The Godfather. They don’t even like sequels in the animated race where it’s tough to pull in a win unless you’re an original stand alone film.
Creed is based on a story by Fruitvale Station’s Ryan Coogler, who also co-wrote and directs the film. Rocky returns to coach the son of Apollo Creed, Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan). Coogler will enter the race as one of the few, if only, black filmmakers who was shut out of the Oscar race two years ago.
Creed has been floating around lists here or there but no one has really seen it. So how can the buzz on it already be so good? I don’t know, it just is. Here’s the latest TV spot for Creed.
Rocky takes a lot of heat for beating out some of the best films ever made: Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men, Network and Bound for Glory. Yes, they are all good films. But the power of Rocky is undeniable. It was undeniable back in 1976 and it’s undeniable now. A couple of teens set out to watch all of the Oscar Best Picture winners and nominees going back to the beginning. When asked which films stuck with them they named Rocky as one of those.
Rocky is actually better than many of the films nominated today. The reason being it isn’t about a winner in the traditional sense. It’s about a loser who is really a winner anyway.
Rocky beating out the heavy hitters in the Oscar race was fueled by the narrative of the film. Small time beats the big time. This same dynamic played out when Argo beat Lincoln and Chariots of Fire beat Reds, etc. Everybody loves an underdog. Still, Rocky’s shimmer has been slightly dulled by the many sequels that came after it. Every drop of blood was squeezed from the original so that the original seems less powerful now when you factor them all in.
Still, it just takes the one movie to redeem the original and Creed could be that movie. Hey, stranger things have happened.
The Yahoo exclusive trailer at last. Shaping the trailer and narrative is proving somewhat difficult for Sony because the same journalists who side with Bush and CBS on the Mary Mapes/Dan Rather story are also covering entertainment news. It’s all one big murky pot of broth. They should not fear. They are on the side of the truth. One of the best films of the year.
- Audience Award – Best of Next!
- Winner, Revelations Prize, Deauville Film Festival
- Don Quixote Award, Locarno International Film Festival
Directed by Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE stars Christopher Abbott in a frenetic coming of age story about a young New Yorker struggling to take control of his reckless, self destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.
Opens November 13th.
Variety’s Kris Tapley tweeted the story this morning that The Big Short will premiere at AFI. The Paramount pic will enter the award fray with not a lot of buzz but enough big names to ensure people watch it. The trailer has a Moneyball/Argo kind of feel to it. Says Tapley:
The film, based on the book by Michael Lewis (“The Blind Side”), tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralized debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. It’s kind of like betting the “Don’t Pass” line, for the craps players out there. These guys, who were really just trying to stick it to the big banks (which themselves would of course be bailed out), hit the jackpot while the American dream was being flushed down the toilet for regular Joes in the real world.
Both Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling appear to be doing serious character actor work here, which should put them into the already way too crowded supporting actor race. Christian Bale will also have to squeeze into an already tightly filled room for Best Actor.
Wall Street will once again be the topic as we head into an election year.
It’s Fassbender day! Earlier today we were treated to the Fassy-tastic “Steve Jobs“, and now we have two new posters as well as a brand new trailer for Macbeth. Justin Kurzel directs this new adaptation of the Shakespeare play also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.
The latest trailer unleashes more battle scenes, Fassy’s Scottish accent, and we finally get a glimpse of the witches. What can we expect from this highly anticipated movie? Less double, double toil and trouble, more Game of Thrones meets Braveheart thanks to Adam Arkapaw’s cinematography.
Watch the trailer below and check out the brand new posters:
Steven Spielberg is one of those directors whose thumbprint is immediately recognizable. Always such beautiful work. Second trailer!