You may have seen all the Oscar bait December releases, but here is a best of the year candidate that probably isn’t on your radar. Tim’s Vermeer is one of 2013’s best films – A funny, maddening & inspiring journey that may even change art history.
The film, crafted by Magician duo Penn & Teller, has nothing to do with magic or magicians at all (at least in the obvious sense). Remember, Penn Jillette also produced the hilarious 2005 documentary The Aristocrats. Although it should be noted that this film is Teller‘s feature directorial debut.
Tim’s Vermeer tells the story of one man’s obsession to accomplish the near impossible, and paint a Vermeer with almost no art skills what-so-ever. Along the way he may prove that one of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age could have used unforeseen technology advances to create some of the greatest regarded paintings of all time. And while the film is about one man’s journey, it is also an exploration of the intersection of art and technology — If Vermeer invented and used advanced technology to help create his art, was he “cheating”? Is the art somehow less incredible knowing the process? Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.
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Gareth Evans‘ highly anticipated Indonesian action sequel, The Raid 2, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January but general audiences won’t have to wait long after that to see it themselves. The 148-minute roller coaster ride of furious fists is now scheduled open March 28 in the United States. Read the press release below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Two of the brightest foreign stars of 2011 have joined forces for a new movie in 2013. The Past teams Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director behind the brilliant domestic drama A Separation, with Bérénice Bejo, best known in the U.S. as the sweet-faced ingenue from The Artist. Given that pedigree, it’s not surprising that there’s Oscar buzz surrounding the project already; Iran has submitted The Past as its foreign-language entry in this year’s Oscar race.
At the center of the drama is Marie (Bejo), a French woman who asks her estranged Iranian husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) for a divorce so that she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (A Prophet‘s Tahar Rahim). Once Ahmad arrives in Paris, however, secrets about the family come to light. See the new trailer from Sony Classics after the jump.
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Tom Hiddleston‘s growing legion of fans should really sink their teeth into Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale Only Lovers Left Alive. This one might not have the roaring energy of Thor or The Avengers, but it does pair Hiddleston with Tilda Swinton, with the two playing on and off again lovers who have hundreds of years of baggage between them.
The clips we’ve seen from the film were good, but this first trailer is so much better. It’s so careful and so arch, but I just love Hiddleston’s pitch-perfect take on the exaggerated uber-cool rocker, and Tilda Swinton’s scenes as a blood junkie are lovely. It’s almost like this was pre-conceived as Jarmusch’s strange tribute to Lou Reed. (Jarmusch explained the lead characters as “two exceptional outsiders who, given their unusual circumstances, have a vast overview of human and natural history, including stunning achievements and tragic and brutal failures.”) Sometimes, timing can be sadly perfect.
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The last few years have seen a great career upswing for Woody Allen, as his film Midnight in Paris helped re-ignite broad audience interest in his movies, and became his greatest commercial success. Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett, had a good run earlier this year, and now Allen is finishing his next film.
The new movie takes place in southern France and spans a couple of decades, roughly through the ’20s and ’30s. It stars Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone, and Jacki Weaver. Now the title has been revealed to be Magic in the Moonlight (cringe) and the first production stills have also been unveiled. That’s one, above, and there’s a good shot of Firth below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
We took our first peek at some footage from Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher yesterday, but it may be some time yet before we get to see the rest of it. Sony Pictures Classic has just delayed the fact-based drama to 2014, pulling it out of contention for the upcoming Oscar race. Hit the jump to find out why.
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Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
If Michael Scott had one defining characteristic on The Office, it was his bottomless need to be loved. Not content with just being the boss, he insisted that his employees treat him as a close confident, a best friend, or even a family member.
That same neediness appears in Carell’s next film, Foxcatcher, only it’s pushed to disturbing new heights. Directed by Bennett Miller, the drama depicts the shocking true tale of chemical heir John du Pont (Carell), who takes an Olympic wrestler (Channing Tatum) under his wing. “A coach is a father. A coach is a mentor. A coach has great power on the athlete’s life,” he intones ominously. Mark Ruffalo also stars, as Tatum’s brother. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Of all the films that got incredible buzz out of last week’s Telluride Film Festival (12 Years A Slave, Labor Day, Gravity, etc.) one stood out just because it sounded so very different. That film was Tim’s Vermeer, a documentary by noted magicians Penn and Teller. Penn produced and Teller directed the film, which follows inventor Tim Jenison on his attempt to duplicate the famous painting The Music Lesson by Johannes Vermeer. Jenison surmises that Vermeer may not have painted all his famous works by hand, instead using technology to aide in the creation. By attempting this, Jenison (as well as Penn and Teller) question the very nature of art itself.
Below, we’ve got a clip from the film that makes that above paragraph a bit more clear, as well as some early buzz from noted film critics. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
After Tom Hanks, Steve Carell may just have the nicest of nice-guy images in Hollywood. True, Michael Scott could be a jerk, but deep down he was a big ol’ softie who just wanted to be loved. In the movies, Carell’s tended to play sweethearts in warm comedies like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Even when he voices an out-and-out villain like Despicable Me‘s Gru, he turns out to have a cuddly side.
Which may be why he had to go undergo a dramatic physical transformation, including a whole new nose, to bring out his dark side in Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher. The fact-based drama stars Carell as John DuPont, a mentally unstable chemical heir who befriended two Olympic wrestler brothers (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum) and ultimately killed one of them. Hit the jump to see the first official image.
[Updated with higher-res image via The Film Stage.]
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