The horror anthology film V/H/S teams up a good handful of film talents: Radio Silence, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett(You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), with each of the group contributing a creepy low-fi horror story to the collection.
We’ve seen one red-band trailer for the film, which showed off a good bit of violence, but now there is a more tame green-band trailer. It’s still edges towards the intense side of the trailer tone spectrum, but it probably won’t get you fired if you sneak a look at work. Read More »
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A cornerstone story aspect of the thriller, codified on film by Alfred Hitchcock, is fear of persecution. Hitch was famously afraid of police, and a constant element in his films was the horror of being pursued and/or persecuted for an infraction real or imagined. The Law — the “capital-L” version — can seem like an unfathomable force that guides our behavior, and the persuasive power of that force can make one feel incredibly vulnerable.
The power of that particular perception of Law is at the heart of Compliance, too. The indie became notorious at Sundance this past January for expanding on real-life stories in which an anonymous caller impersonated police officers and talked business managers into strip-searching and violating employees. The instigating factor would be a reported infraction of the law, with the caller reasoning that the fastest way to deal with the situation was for the manager to do some of the work of the cops before officers were able to arrive. Inevitably, the caller would push the situation deep into scary territory, and those on the other end of the line would comply.
The real-life stories are chilling, in part because it is horrifying to consider that anyone would follow the instructions of someone who purports to be a law officer without attempting to verify the caller’s identity. Compliance seems to exploit that horrifying behavior quite well, and now you can get a glimpse of just how weird things get in a new trailer for the movie. Read More »
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 »
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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