Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot Review

Good Will Hunting director Gus Van Sant hasn’t delivered a remarkable film since being at the helm of Milk a decade ago. When it comes to his latest directorial effort, an adaptation of cartoonist John Callahan‘s memoir Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, the movie is undoubtedly remarkable, but it’s due to the performances Van Sant pulls from his actors rather than the film as a whole.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is an acting showcase featuring one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix‘s career and a supporting turn for Jonah Hill that joins his acclaimed performances in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. Read More »

Generation Wealth review

“Societies accrue their greatest wealth at the moment they face death,” says one of the talking heads in the opening seconds of Generation Wealth, setting the tone for a documentary that takes a deep dive into the excesses of societies across the globe and surfaces with some disturbing results.

You may recognize Lauren Greenfield as the filmmaker behind the 2012 documentary The Queen of Versailles, which documented a mega-rich Florida family’s attempt to construct the largest house in the United States. But that’s only one instance of the hundreds of similar cases Greenfield has tackled in her 25-year career as a photographer, and the examination of exorbitance and its effects has been a thematic throughline of nearly all of her work. Generation Wealth essentially serves as a summation and dissection of her entire career as she delves back into the lives of rappers, pageant kids, porn stars, and high-powered finance executives to discover how the American Dream became so mutated. Read More »

Amazon is Reportedly Cutting Back on Indie Films

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The access battle between the proletarian streaming platforms and exclusive film festivals has raged on since Netflix was booed at Cannes last year, but Amazon Studios has always managed to walk the line. The company would offer the films it acquired on its streaming service, to be sure, but it would also invest in theatrical releases — allowing its fantastic independent films like The Big Sick or The Handmaiden to garner critical acclaim and awards buzz. In the case of The Big Sick, this strategy helped launch the film into being a bonafide box office hit.

In the process, Amazon Studios has become one of the most dependable new media studios in the indie film circuit. But that could soon change. Amazon Studios will reportedly scale back its funding of indie films, shifting its programming strategy to favor commercial hits. And for anyone who has been a fan of the remarkable arthouse films that Amazon has supported in the past few years (Manchester By the SeaThe Salesman, Chi-RaqThe Lost City of ZLove & FriendshipLast Flag Flying, and The Neon Demon), this is a huge bummer.

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the boys casting

Amazon’s The Boys has cast a bunch of superheroes. A bunch of filthy, no-good, vile superheroes who will have their faces kicked in by a team of antiheroes dedicated to policing the super-powered people who walk among us.

Like the Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson comic before it, this new series follows “the Boys,” a black-ops team dedicated to spying on, blackmailing, and even roughing up superheroes who stray out of line. And while we don’t know who will be the title characters quite yet, we do know who will be playing members of The Seven, this universe’s equivalent of the Justice League and the series’ primary antagonists.

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amazon cancellations

Three comedies have gotten the axe from Amazon Studios.

On the heels of the renewal of superhero comedy The Tick, the streaming service has cancelled three other shows, One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Ordered By Amazon Studios

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Attention, citizens: The Tick has officially been renewed for a second season.

The half-hour comic book comedy series starring Peter Serafinowicz as the oblivious titular blue-suited superhero who may or may not be a figment of mild-mannered accountant Arthur Everest’s (Griffin Newman) imagination has been greenlit for its season 2 by Amazon Studios.

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Britannia trailer

In their quest to find their own version of Game of Thrones, Amazon spent a ton of money to land the rights to a Lord of the Rings TV series. But before the Amazon Lord of the Rings gets here, the streaming platform has Britannia, a new costume drama full of swordplay, spectacle and dubious accents. The Britannia trailer is below.

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Don't Worry He Won't Get Far on Foot Trailer

This week kicks off the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and we’ll be catching glimpses of plenty of indie releases that will likely be hitting theaters throughout the year, not to mention some possible awards contenders for next year. In fact, director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) seems to have a contender premiering at the festival in the form of a new drama based on the life of cartoonist John Callahan.

Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot is based on John Callahan’s autobiography of the same name, and it sees Joaquin Phoenix playing the man whose life was changed by a near fatal car accident, confining him to a wheelchair, and leading him down a completely different path than he ever intended to take. Read More »

You Were Never Really Here trailer

After a six year break from features, director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) is back with You Were Never Really Here, a film that looks to be a cross between Taken and Taxi Driver. This violent drama debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and earned high praise from those who caught it, and it’s easy to see why: this movie looks like it rules. Check out a new UK trailer for the film below.
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Electric Dreams Interview

Philip K. Dick has been the inspiration for many movies and TV shows. Films like Blade Runner and Total Recall were based on his stories Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and We Can Remember It For You WholesaleThe Man in the High Castle has been updated for television on Amazon. Movies like Paycheck and Minority Report are based on Dick’s writing.

Another sci-fi veteran, Ronald D. Moore, is bringing more Philip K. Dick to television. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is an anthology series featuring a different Dick adaptation each episode. Moore created the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot and began his career on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He has continued to work in genre television – his recent work includes Helix and Outlander. This new series is very much in his wheelhouse.

Moore spoke with us about Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams ahead of the show’s January 12, 2018 premiere on Amazon.

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