Throughout his career, Tom Cruise has developed strong relationships with some notable filmmakers. From Steven Speilberg, Christopher McQuarrie, Cameron Crowe, to Doug Liman, it’s clear when Cruise connects with a director, he’s going to seek future opportunities and more stories to tell with those people. Another director on that list is Ed Zwick, whom Cruise worked with on The Last Samurai and most recently, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Jack Reacher is maybe now another series where a director can come in and bring their personal touch to the character. Christopher McQuarrie’s Jack Reacher is lean, efficient and runs like clockwork. In McQuarrie’s film, Jack Reacher is already Jack Reacher. He knows who is he is. Reacher asks few questions, and McQuarrie asks even fewer questions about him. In Ed Zwick’s hands, that’s not the Reacher we watch. His portrayal of author Lee Child‘s character is more vulnerable and conflicted.
For a variety of reasons, the sequel is different from its predecessor. We discussed some of these differences with Zwick, in addition to adapting Child’s novel, director Syndey Pollack, Tom Cruise’s deep love for storytelling, and more.
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Desierto is Jonás Cuarón‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker. The co-writer of Gravity made his directorial debut in 2007 with Year of the Nail, a movie he wrote, produced, shot, co-edited, and did the art design for. He had slightly fewer jobs to do on his second feature, but that doesn’t mean it was less of a challenge to make, thanks to some brutally hot weather.
But harsh weather conditions hardly compares to what the characters in Desierto experience. Cuarón’s lean thriller, which is almost more of a horror movie at times, follows a group of men and women illegally crossing the US-Mexico border, hoping to find better lives in the States. Most of the people Moises (Gael García Bernal) is traveling with are killed at the start of the film by a lone gunman (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a deadly racist who ends up in a game of cat and mouse with Bernal’s character.
Cuarón recently made the time to discuss crafting his thriller with us. Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview, in which he discusses the film’s unnerving use of sound, a horrific death scene, movies that inspired the thriller, the Zorro film he’s directing, and the significance of Steven Spielberg‘s Duel.
Below, read our Jonás Cuarón interview.
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
With the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, director Gore Verbinski proved himself so adept at orchestrating globally popular blockbusters that it often looked like the world of big budget franchise filmmaking had swallowed him whole. While I’ve mostly enjoyed his excursions into the world of big budgets and movie stars (I even have a soft spot for The Lone Ranger!), I could never shake the gut feeling that 2002’s The Ring was his best movie and that his instincts as a filmmaker made him a perfect match for horror in general.
Lo and behold, here’s the trailer for A Cure For Wellness, which finds Verbinski returning to the genre that helped solidify his career. And it certainly has my attention.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Reconnecting with old friends can be a tricky proposition even under the best of circumstances, but the best frenemies at the heart of Always Shine aren’t in the best of circumstances. Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald lead Sophia Takal‘s psychological thriller as a pair of longtime pals who head up to Big Sur together in an effort to repair their bond. But the trip quickly turns toxic as the women are beset by jealousy and unhappiness, and begin to turn on each other.
Always Shine earned high praise at its Tribeca Film Festival world premiere, with Davis even scooped up a Best Actress award for her work. If you’ve ever watched Halt and Catch Fire or Masters of Sex and wished Davis and FitzGerald, respectively, had even more to do, this definitely looks like a movie worth checking out. Watch the Always Shine trailer below. Read More »
The second season of American Crime Story hasn’t even begun filming, but it has been revealed that FX has greenlit a third season of the hit docudrama anthology series. American Crime Story Season 3 will take on the Gianni Versace murder case. Hit the jump for more details.
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Since it’s October, you’re bound to catch Stanley Kubrick‘s psychological horror masterpiece The Shining at some point (hopefully not ruined by being cut for time and content on television). Of course, even though the movie is perfect for Halloween, it’s really the kind of twisted thriller that can be watched anytime. One of the film’s biggest fans is Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage, and he recently showed just how much love he has for the classic when heundertook quite the massive project for Tested.
Adam Savage has created an intricate model of the terrifying Overlook Hotel maze from the movie. It’s a beautiful, incredibly detailed piece of work that is impressive even when compared to everything else Adam Savage has done before.
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Some of the best actors and filmmakers are taking time away from the big screen to participate in this new golden age of television, and the latest evidence of this shift comes from a couple of feature film talents who previously brought us one of the best movies of 2014.
Wild director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon have adapted Liane Moriarty‘s novel Big Little Lies for a limited series on HBO. The series stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley as three mothers of children who all attend the same school. Their lives are thrown into upheaval when a series of events results in a murder. The first Big Little Lies trailer has just debuted, introducing us to the characters briefly while also hinting at the tragedy and intrigue about to disrupt their world. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
The Coen brothers haven’t gotten around to announcing their next directorial effort just yet. But they have just added another screenwriting project to their to-do list. Joel and Ethan Coen have been tapped to direct Dark Web, based on the true story of the online black market Silk Road and its founder, Ross William Ulbricht (a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts). Read More »
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Today brings The Accountant to theaters everywhere, and audiences can decide for themselves if Ben Affleck makes the grade as a genius with numbers, or if he should have just left that to his buddy Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting.
But before you go see the movie, if you’d like an introduction to the character of Christian Wolff played by Ben Affleck, a motion comic from DC Comics gives us a little story involving the work that he does for shady criminal organizations. First he crunches the numbers, but then he can also handle himself if things get out of hand.
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This weekend brings Gavin O’Connor‘s action thriller The Accountant to theaters, giving us a second round of Ben Affleck action following his debut as the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The trailer promised an engaging thriller following an assassin under the guise of an accountant who also happens to fall on the autism spectrum. So how did the movie turn out? The consensus seems to be that the movie’s concept and plot are rather ridiculous, but that doesn’t stop the movie from being enjoyable while also garnering comparisons to Batman.
Find out what the first batch of The Accountant reviews have to say after the jump. Read More »