Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Writer-director Tom McCarthy has had one bizarre year. He wrote and directed one of the year’s finest films, Spotlight, and also The Cobbler — a movie so strange and tonally troubled you must watch it. McCarthy, to my surprise, also had a role in this summer’s Pixels. The man keeps busy. But Spotlight is the movie everyone keeps talking about, and for good reason. It’s an all around excellent film, with an efficient script, taught direction, and quietly riveting performances.
After the jump, watch Tom McCarthy break down a Spotlight scene.
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Just when you thought you were safe from the parody movies of Marlon Wayans, the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Black arrived last month. The comedy is a parody of the popular Fifty Shades of Grey, with Wayans taking the title role of Mr. Black, who begins a provocative sexual relationship with an innocent reporter (Kali Hawk).
Now a new Fifty Shades of Black red band trailer has arrived, and along with the goofiness of the spoof this time comes some real raunchy comedy and plenty of f-bombs, making this NSFW. While this doesn’t look like it’s a quality parody, I will say this one at least looks better than all of the previous Wayans parodies (with the exception of the first Scary Movie). Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
A great cast doesn’t guarantee a great movie (just look at Black Mass), but it certainly never hurts. And John Hillcoat‘s Triple 9 has got a fantastic one. The director of Lawless and The Road has brought together Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, and Gal Gadot for his new crime drama, about an impossible heist gone very, very badly awry. Watch the latest Triple 9 trailer after the jump. Read More »
X-Men: Apocalypse is Nicholas Hoult‘s most high-profile release in the near future, but he has a slew of other projects coming up as well. The Mad Max: Fury Road co-star is in Drake Doremus‘ (Like Crazy) sci-fi drama Equals, Owen Harris‘ (Black Mirror) Kill Your Friends, and a movie that few of us knew about, Collide. See the first Collide trailer after the jump.
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Director John Hillcoat has yet to make a major box-office hit. The director behind Lawless, The Road, and the incredible 2005 western, The Proposition, makes bleak and brutal movies about the violent side of humanity. If this Triple 9 red band trailer is any indication, though, he may have finally brought his sensibility to a commercial project. Watch the Triple 9 Red Band Trailer now after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
It looks like we’ll have one fewer present to open come Christmas Day. Open Road has pushed Oliver Stone‘s Snowden off its year-end release calendar and into 2016. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the controversial NSA whistleblower. More on the Snowden release date delay after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
After garnering all sorts of praise at Sundance, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope opened in theaters earlier this year to disappointing numbers. Apparently audiences just weren’t interested in a coming-of-age story set in inner-city Los Angeles, against a ’90s hip-hop soundtrack.
… Except, of course, they totally were, because Straight Outta Compton is currently killing it at the box office. So Open Road is making a second play for box office gold, putting Dope back in theaters this weekend. More on the Dope re-release after the jump. Read More »
Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe’s investigation into allegations of child molestation by Catholic priests, and just look at this cast assembled by director Tom McCarthy: you’ve got Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schrieber, Brian D’Arcy James, Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup playing people on both ends of the legal argument. The Spotlight trailer features them all, and it’s footage that is pretty difficult to resist in the end. Read More »
You can’t make a movie like Dope without a ton of passion. Every frame, every character, every decision comes from a love not just of cinema, but for pop culture as a whole. The film’s writer and director Rick Famuyiwa is a massive film fan and geek who cites Spielberg, Lucas, and calls Back to the Future his favorite movie of all time.
However, looking as Famuyiwa’s resume, odds are you didn’t know any of that. Before making Dope, he directed The Wood, Brown Sugar and Our Family Wedding. Three financially successful films, yes, but none of which are known for Dope‘s sense of youthful exuberance. It feels like, after that formidable foray into filmmaking, Famuyiwa is finally hitting his stride. Dope is a confident film, a fun film, and a great film to discuss.
Which is exactly what we did. We spoke with Famyuiwa on the occasion of Dope, which opens Friday June 19, and talked about the film’s complex tone. Its use of pop culture references, issues with music, how it changed from its Sundance premiere to now, as well as the meaning of “geek” in the film. We broke down two of the best sequences in the movie and found out whether or not the director has been approached to make any major studio blockbusters. Below, read our Rick Famuyiwa Dope interview. Read More »