Only a few people have seen The Wolf of Wall Street, from Martin Scorsese — mostly guild members and Oscar pundits — but the word has been pretty enthusiastic. I’ve heard that the movie is funny and extraordinarily debauched; that NC-17 talk wasn’t idle chatter. (DiCaprio describes it as “a modern day Caligula.“) There’s a lot of talk about how good the cast is, and also some interesting notes about the music choices.
We’ll all get to see it soon, as the movie opens on Christmas Day, but for now you can either watch or bookmark this great roundtable talk with the creators. Scorsese takes part, with star/producer Leonardo DiCaprio, co-star Jonah Hill, and screenwriter Terence Winter. Read More »
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Here’s the new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s breakout hit 300. This one has been a long time coming, but now, after everything, the film and the new trailer might have new significance, again thanks to Snyder. The director is looking at this movie’s co-star, Callan Mulvey, as a likely villain choice for Batman vs. Superman. Does the footage below give any clue to how he might be used? Of course not, but those who’ve waited a long time for the 300 follow-up will want to have a look. Read More »
A new, brief video for Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones asks a simple question: will you be first? But the real question is what the context for that inquiry might be. Since it’s unlikely that fans of the film, addressed by the video, are going to be infected with some sort of black magic or supernatural possession, there’s probably something else going on. Read More »
Rumors have swirled for months about whether or not Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck will be joined by another hero in the sequel to Man of Steel. Now we have the answer: Gal Gadot (the Fast and the Furious series) will be Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder‘s upcoming Batman Vs. Superman. Read More »
The new film from Spike Jonze is Her, which delves into the strangeness of modern relationships through an unusual device: Joaquin Phoenix plays a man who falls in love with a piece of software, appealingly voiced by Scarlett Johansson.
Set in a slightly sci-fi near-future Los Angeles, the story features Phoenix interacting with Johansson in voice only, through an earpiece that allows him to stay in constant contact with the operating system of his dreams. This is no glib gag laughing at the idea of a man/machine romance, however, but an earnest inquiry into what makes relationships tick.
There’s a new trailer out today, which you can see below. Read More »
In her onscreen appearances this year, Elizabeth Olsen is sleeping with all the wrong people. Look no further than Oldboy for concrete proof, but if you want more, there’s the period drama In Secret, based on Émile Zola’s novel Thérèse Raquin.
Olsen plays Thérèse, trapped in an arranged marriage to her dunderheaded and frail cousin (Tom Felton), and who finds herself burning a candle — maybe a bonfire, really — for the dashing and worldy artist friend (Oscar Isaac) who enters her family orbit. The appeal here is, in part, based on the cast; Olsen is reliably great in most roles (she’s even good in Oldboy, though he work is not rewarded), and Oscar Isaac seems perfectly cast in the role of the potential paramour.
And there’s the tone, commanded by director Charlie Stratton (episodes of Everwood and Revenge), which builds mysteries and plot twists on a foundation of Victorian repression, with Olsen’s luminous face guiding us through the shadows. Check out a trailer below.
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There’s a new take on Beauty and the Beast, starring Lea Seydoux, of Blue is the Warmest Color, and Vincent Cassel, and you can get a look below. The film is from Christoph Gans, and visually looks a bit like the recent fantasy offerings from Burton and Raimi, but filtered through the gauze of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s style. There’s a lot of Disney in here (wait for the ballroom dance) and a little bit of Jean Cocteau, too.
Gans got some attention with a so-so mid-’90s adaptation of the manga Crying Freeman before winning over genre audiences with The Brotherhood of the Wolf in 2001. He’s been pretty quiet since (he had Silent Hill in 2006) and this marks his return. See a trailer below, which lacks subtitles, but has more than enough visual story cues for everyone to follow along. Read More »
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Dredd, created by Pete Travis and Alex Garland and starring Karl Urban as the grim and violent title character, wasn’t much of a hit when it was in theaters in 2012. But it has found significant life on disc, as audiences discover that the straight-shooting story of extreme law enforcement in a terrible future stands as a solid action movie.
And now the sequel is coming to the States, but not in the form many people might want. Dredd: Underbelly is a comic book continuation of the film’s story, and it will be published in the US next month by 2000AD. Read More »