Even before a pullquote hits comparing Julie Delpy‘s film 2 Days in New York to vintage Woody Allen, this new trailer for the film will have led you to the inescapable conclusion that Delpy is really working to channel Allen’s old tendencies. This one follows Delpy’s previous film 2 Days in Paris, which did have it’s own Allen-esque feel as it also inverted some of the spirit of Delpy’s films with Richard Linklater (Before Sunset and Before Sunrise.) But the New York setting for this one pushes that Allen tone forward even more. And with Chris Rock playing a version of what would have been the Woody role in years past, that’s actually something kinda fun.
The film peers into the relationship between characters played by Rock and Delpy, and what happens when her weirdo French family comes to visit them in NYC. There doesn’t seem to be anything surprising or particularly provocative about the shenanigans that ensue, but the film does look like a genial good time. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
At a time when the economic recession is making it difficult for many families to even put food on the table, it’s a challenge to muster up much sympathy for a billionaire couple who find they can no longer afford their 90,000 foot square home — complete with two tennis courts, thirty bathrooms, ten kitchens, an ice-skating rink, and a full-sized baseball field.
But in The Queen of Versailles, documentarian Lauren Greenfield does just that. The Sundance hit follows the decline of Westgate Resorts CEO David Siegel and his ex-beauty queen wife Jackie as the American Dream suddenly turns sour on them. True, their idea of roughing it still looks like most people’s idea of living in luxury. But Greenfield’s doc seems to find a perfect balance between gawking at the obscene decadence and genuinely feeling for their troubles. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, June 8th, 2012 by Angie Han
After receiving worldwide acclaim for City of God and The Constant Gardener, director Fernando Meirelles took a stumble with his most recent film, Blindness. Now he’s angling to get back on top with 360, an erotic drama inspired by the Arthur Schnitzler‘s play Reigen. (Another of Schnitzler’s works once served as the source material for Stanely Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut.)
All the pieces for a fantastic movie are here: The star-studded cast includes Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law, and Ben Foster, and the screenplay comes from The Queen scribe Peter Morgan. But it’s what Meirelles does with those parts that matters, and the first trailer is inconclusive on that front. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 by Angie Han
Orlando Bloom‘s most memorable roles tend to be dashing fantasy hero types, a la Lord of the Rings‘ Legolas or Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Will Turner, but Lance Daly‘s indie thriller The Good Doctor will see him heading toward the dark side, and in realistic, contemporary garb, no less.
Bloom plays Martin Blake, a bright, ambitious young doctor whose just can’t seem to get over a deep-seated sense of insecurity. When a flirty teenage patient (Riley Keough) gives him the ego boost he so desperately wants, he purposely keeps her ill so that she can’t leave his side. Taraji P. Henson, J.K. Simmons, Michael Peña, Rob Morrow, and Troy Garity also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Before Ashton Kutcher gets a chance to do his Steve Jobs impression for Hollywood, audiences will get to see the actual Jobs up on the big screen thanks to Magnolia Pictures. The company has picked up the U.S. rights to Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview, with plans to give it a limited theatrical release May 11 before rolling it out onto DVD and VOD later this summer. If that sounds vaguely familiar, perhaps it’s because the video has already hit theaters once before — Landmark Theaters dropped it in select locations for two days last fall.
Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview isn’t really a feature film in the traditional sense, but rather an unedited 70-minute interview with the late Apple co-founder. Filmmaker Robert X. Cringely sat down with Jobs in 1995 for a TV miniseries titled Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, but only a small portion wound up being used for that project and the rest was assumed to be lost until just last year. Hit the jump for more details on the film, plus a brand-new teaser.
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The Magic of Belle Isle is a dramedy about a “wheelchair-bound author moves to a rural town, where he befriends a single mother and her three kids, who help reignite his passion for writing.” But more importantly, its the new film from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Rob Reiner, the director of This is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, The American President, The Story of Us, and The Bucket List. With a list of credits like that, you would think a new film from such a talent would be big news, but Reiner has been playing it pretty low key for a few years now. Many people missed his 2010 film Flipped, which was a touching coming of age film of yesteryear. Reiner doesn’t seem to care about making contemporary movies anymore, and instead is aiming to make the types of films that we all grew up with.
Belle Isle stars Morgan Freeman, Virginia Madsen, Madeline Carroll, Kenan Thompson and Fred Willard. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
After making her directorial debut in 2006 with Away From Her, about an elderly couple battling dementia, Sarah Polley‘s returning once again to the topic of marital strife. In her sophomore effort Take This Waltz, the characters in question are much younger and dealing with a whole different set of problems, but based on the trailer and clips we’ve seen so far, it seems that Polley’s assured, graceful touch remains a common thread.
Indie-drama queen Michelle Williams stars as Margot, who finds her happy marriage to Lou (Seth Rogen) thrown into question when she develops an irresistible attraction to a handsome neighbor (Luke Kirby). Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not often you’ll see Piranha 3DD and Anna Karenina mentioned in the same breath, but every film needs a release date, no matter how trashy or elegant. After the jump, check out new release dates for those two movies, plus Henry Cavill‘s The Cold Light of Day, Robert Pattinson‘s Bel Ami, and the comedy Lola Versus.
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