There were cars before women had the right to vote.
Carey Mulligan looks to leap to the top of the pack for Best Actress based on this trailer. The very very talented Ms. Mulligan finally looks to have a role that challenge her and exhibit her full range of ability. She makes us care, even if we didn’t care before. It’s important for women to know in 2015 what other women suffered for their privilege to vote.
The cover of the Stevie Nicks song Landslide is lovely.
The new red band trailer for American Ultra gives us a sneak peak at the new action-comedy from Nima Nourizadeh (Project X). American Ultra stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Connie Britton.
American Ultra centers on Mike Howell (Eisenberg) a store clerk about to propose to his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart), when the government try to wipe him out and his past comes back to haunt him. Mike has to defend himself and protect himself from government agents and rescue Phoebe.
I’m sure this will be great, or I hope so. What I also wish is that for once it didn’t have to be about sex and men for teenage girls. You know, believe it or not they have other things on their minds. Big things. Small things. Lots of things. But hey, it’s great to have any film about a girl at all I suppose.
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly persuades Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.
Black Mass stars Oscar® nominee Johnny Depp (“Public Enemies”, “Donnie Brasco”, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) as Whitey Bulger and Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby,” “Zero Dark Thirty”) as FBI Agent John Connolly. Filming began in Boston under the direction of Scott Cooper (“Out of the Furnace,” “Crazy Heart”).
The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch (“Twelve Years a Slave”) as Whitey’s brother, Billy Bulger, who is a Massachusetts State Senator; Jesse Plemons (AMC’s “Breaking Bad”) as Whitey’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks; Dakota Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey”) as Lindsey Cyr, Whitey’s former girlfriend and mother of his only child; Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as John Connolly’s wife, Marianne; and Adam Scott (ABC’s “Parks and Recreation”) as FBI Agent Robert Fitzpatrick. Rounding out the main cast are David Harbour (“End of Watch”), Jeremy Strong (“Zero Dark Thirty”), Brad Carter (HBO’s “True Detective”), W. Earl Brown (“Draft Day”) and Corey Stoll (“The Bourne Legacy”).
Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson, John Lesher, Patrick McCormick and Scott Cooper are producing the film, with Peter Mallouk, Lauren Selig, Brett Granstaff and Gary Granstaff serving as executive producers. The screenplay is adapted from the book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill.
The trailer for Asif Kapadia’s documentary, Amy has arrived. Sasha wrote a review last week after seeing the 90-minute documentary in Cannes. This time you get to re-visit the trailer based on the life of Amy Winehouse. Using interviews and archive footage as Kapadia gives us an insight into the life of the talented singer.
Amy received rave reviews, audiences will get the chance to see the highly anticipated documentary when it opens in the U.S in July. Check out the trailer below:
According to Apichatpong’s Kick the Machine website, Cemetery of Splendour (รักที่ขอนแก่น, Rak Ti Khon Kaen) is about a lonesome middle-aged housewife who tends to a soldier with a mysterious sleeping sickness. She falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms and romance – all the usual ingredients of an Apichatpong joint. Featuring Apichatpong’s longtime leading lady Jenjira Widner, it was filmed last year in the director’s boyhood hometown of Khon Kaen, in the Northeast of Thailand.
For Apichatpong, this year will mark his return to Un Certain Regard, an enigmatic category that tends to be more adventurous and avant-garde than the main Palme d’Or race, which can also be pretty far out. He competed in Un Certain Regard on his first trip to Cannes in 2002 with Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize. It was the first Thai film to win an award at Cannes.
Apichatpong returned to Cannes in 2004, entering the main competition with Tropical Malady, which won the Jury Prize from the panel headed by Quentin Tarantino.
His big triumph at Cannes came in 2010, with the top-prize Palme d’Or win for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, awarded by the jury led by Tim Burton.
Apichatpong also served on the Palme d’Or jury in 2008, and his mid-length effort Mekong Hotel had a special screening at Cannes in 2012.
Such a track record had fans and pundits assuming Apichatpong’s latest project would be among the official selection that was announced by festival chiefs last week. But it wasn’t.
Miguel Gomes’ devotees will delight in how “Arabian Nights” takes structural elements from “Our Beloved Month of August” as well as “Tabu” and stretches them even further: Using Scheherazade as the thread to bring together so many tales was a splendid move, allowing for all sorts of nonfiction and fiction stories to be woven together in a tapestry of frustration, melancholy and burlesque. Choosing Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s regular d.p. Sayombhu Mukdeeprom to lense the opus further cements Gomes’ reputation among his auteurist followers (though visual similarities are few).
It appears Gomes himself, at least at the start, wasn’t sure how everything could fall into place. Intercutting the laid-off shipyard workers with discussions of a plague of wasps devastating the country’s beehives, he admits (perhaps disingenuously) that he doesn’t know how they connect, but he knows they must. Auds even marginally aware of Portugal’s economic plight can deduce that the wasps are like the European financial bodies, destroying indigenous industry.
From there he introduces Scheherazade (Crista Alfaiate), the classic storyteller who keeps one step ahead of her husband the sultan’s murderous impulses by telling a different tale each night, making him so eager to hear more that he allows her to live another day…
It isn’t all on the studios, of course. It’s on the bloggers, the critics and the audiences – if we’re laying blame. Scarlett Johansson is so much more talented than every single actor she’s playing “the girl” for in the Avenger films it’s just embarrassing by this point. SNL mocked the whole notion of how getting a Black Widow movie is apparently impossible … unless …
We got our first glimpse of Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass. Today we get our first look at the trailer. The Oscar nominated actor is almost unrecognizable with combed back blonde hair and blue eyes in his portrayal of Bulger.
The film is to be released on September 18 and stars, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon. Based on the true story of the gangster, Bulger was found guilty in 2014 on 31 counts, that included 11 murders. He was sentenced to two life terms.
“At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (newcomer Riley Osborne). It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince begins. And it’s where The Little Girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that ultimately, it’s human connections that matter most, and that it is only with heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Yesterday’s ‘Summer Preview’ discussion reminded me that we forgot to post the trailer for Southpaw a couple of weeks ago when it first dropped. In truth, I never even looked at this until late last tonight, because the only boxing movies I normally like are the ones where the guys getting punched in the face are chronic screw-ups who aren’t capable of much more than getting punched in the face. Happy to see a large part of Southpaw is just that, very realistically. Even happier to see that director Antoine Fuqua is reaching for much more than that and seems likely to achieve it, very realistically. So I’ll hold off on saying Southpaw is this year’s “Gyllenhaallar Baby” (but I’ll go on record saying it just this once before somebody else thinks to say it.)
From director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and writers Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC) comes SOUTHPAW – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.
It’s the first full official trailer and so here’s the full official synopsis:
Academy Award nominee Ian McKellen takes on the iconic role of Detective Sherlock Holmes, one of the British literature’s most reveered characters in the forthcoming film MR HOLMES.
In 1947, the world famous sleuth has retired to a remote Sussex farmhouse, living in relative anonymity with only his housekeeper Mrs Munro and her young son Roger for company. Cantankerous, demanding and frustrated with the mis-representation of him in Watson’s best-selling novels, he diverts his attention to an unsolved case. As the mystery deepens, Sherlock tries desperately to recall the events of 30 years ago that ultimately led to his retirement.
Starring Academy Award nominee Laura Linney (The Savages), Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter) and newcomer Milo Parker, MR HOLMES is adapted from Mitch Cullin’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind and is directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters).
Matteo Garrone’s Reality won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2012. He’s back in competition next month with The Tale of Tales “loosely based on stories from a 17th-century fairytale collection compiled by Giambattista Basile.” Eat your heart out, Sleeping Beauty.
Last week we posted the teaser trailer for Sundance audience favorite Dope and those of us jonsing for more didn’t have to wait long. I can’t yet fully articulate why this looks so fresh and fun to me (maybe it’s just that simple: all the fun freshness), but I know the more I see the more I like. Dope drops into theaters June 19th.