Cutting movies in half is very hip these days. Twilight, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and now…John Woo? Yes, the director of Hard Boiled, The Killer and Face/Off made a two-parter in 2008 with Red Cliff, and he’s doing it again this year with The Crossing. An epic romance set against the tragedy of a capsized ferry in 1949, it stars Zhang Ziyi and was written by Melody Wang, who wrote Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Now, that might sound like it’s John Woo’s Titanic, but it’s much bigger than that. The Crossing is a romance, a disaster film, a war film and more all rolled into one. It truly looks epic.
In China, The Crossing Part 1 opens in December and The Crossing Part 2 opens May 2015. There’s no U.S. release date yet. But, based on this trailer, I hope it gets one soon. Read More »
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Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander star in Testament of Youth as friends, and potential lovers, who are separated by the insanity of the First World War. Based on the memoir by Vera Brittain, considered one of the primary accounts of the war from a woman’s perspective, the film follows the dawning independence of Brittain (Vikander), and the relationship she forges with her brother’s friend, played by Harington. In this Testament of Youth UK trailer we’re treated to some glowing pullquotes, but also to many visions of England and Europe during the years before and during the war. This is a much more effective look at the film than the last trailer we saw; have a look below. Read More »
Michael Bay is in talks to direct a Benghazi movie. The film in question is 13 Hours, based on the book 13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Paramount optioned that book prior to publication, and Chuck Hogan has scripted an adaptation. The deal isn’t set yet, but few things seem like such an appropriately Bizarro World choice as having Bay turn the Benghazi attacks — an awful situation regardless of politics — into an action movie. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by David Chen
David Ayer’s Fury is a solid film. If features great performances all around, the tank battles are legitimately thrilling, and there is some really unsettling imagery that lands the message of how war is hell. But the film, like many of Ayer’s other movies, glorifies the idea of being part of an unflinching brotherhood in the face of unspeakable odds. And that’s simply not the message I took away from watching it.
Hit the jump to see my full video review of Fury.
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Angelina Jolie takes her second turn as director with Unbroken, which adapts the book by Laura Hillenbrand to tell the story of Olympic competitor and WWII hero Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell). The film’s first trailer focused quite a bit on Zamperini’s upbringing, but this new Unbroken trailer focuses primarily on the war and its aftermath, during which Zamperini and two other Air Force crewmen survived the crash of their plane, only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy.
Transferred through a set of Japanese POW camps, Zamperini and Russel Allen Phillips were held captive from 1943 until the end of the war in 1945, during which time they experienced horrific treatment, some of which is seen briefly in this trailer. Read More »
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Here’s the first trailer for American Sniper, in which Bradley Cooper plays murdered Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. Clint Eastwood directs the film, which was adapted from Kyle’s autobiography. Bradley Cooper is also a producer on the film, and it is perhaps thanks to his dedication to the project that American Sniper looks like Eastwood’s best film in several years. Below, watch an intense American Sniper trailer. We see flashes of Kyle’s life, but the nail biting trailer is organized around one very specific wartime engagement that illustrates the moral dilemma inherent in the job Kyle did so well. Read More »
The next film from Clint Eastwood is American Sniper, based on the book of the same name by the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. Bradley Cooper plays Kyle and also acts as producer for the December 25 release. The film’s first trailer hits tomorrow, but in the meantime we have the American Sniper first look via two images of Cooper as Chris Kyle. Read More »
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. We don’t have a lot more info on the potential Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk film right now, but there is one interesting detail, which you can read about below.
Update: Lee is now officially set to direct the film, and we have a couple press release quotes below.
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Writer/director Andrew Niccol, and actor Ethan Hawke have done two films together, Gattaca and Lord of War, and they’re really Niccol’s two best films. Now the pair have done a new film, Good Kill, which is described as “a unique look at the current state of war through the eyes of a drone-pilot.” The film premiered at Venice to good reviews, and makes its North American bow at TIFF tonight. Before that happens, however, we’ve got a dramatic and simple new poster for the film. Read More »