Michael Bay, once again, is his own worst critic.
In 2011, the action director used the word “crap” to describe the mystical storyline of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. (Read the full quote here.) At the time, he was confident the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, would be better. Fast forward to 2013 and, discussing the upcoming fourth Transformers installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Bay has once again criticized his previous work, this time saying the third film was “a bit too goofy.” Read More »
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The Coen Brothers‘ new film is Inside Llewyn Davis, and this one is particularly special. It’s a beautiful, bleak picture. One of the characteristics of the movie is a silky, strangely luminous color palette that relies on subdued silvery grey and faded browns. It’s nearly black and white.
That led me back to the brothers’ 2001 film, The Man Who Wasn’t There. Released in black and white, the film was shot in color — with a palette not dissimilar from that of Inside Llewyn Davis — and then graded to B&W in post-production.
A color version of the movie was also finished for contractual reasons, and released on DVD in markets such as France and South Korea. Though the movie wasn’t really intended to be seen in color (most of the making-of shots you’ll see are even B&W) it’s still an interesting way to see the film. Below, see a long color clip from that version, and watch an interview with the Coens talking about its creation. Read More »
We’re in the middle of a conversation about the best films of 2013, with several of those movies yet to go before wide audiences, and now it’s time to start thinking about what some of the best of 2014 might be.
The competition films for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, scheduled for January 16-26 2014, have just been announced. There’s a lot to digest here, and a lot of unknown quantities. That’s the beautiful part about Sundance — no one knew, at this time last year, that Short Term 12, for example, would be one of the most heralded movies of 2013.
The header shot above is of Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now) and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash, in which Teller plays a drummer. I’m particularly interested in Cold in July, the new film from We Are What We Are director Jim Mickle, and Mr. Leos Carax, the doc about the director of Holy Motors, The Lovers on the Bridge and Pola X. There’s John Slattery’s God’s Pocket, with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, Christina Hendricks, and John Turturro, and so many more that I can’t process just yet.
We’ll be adding photos to this list as they become available. The full rundown is below. Read More »
At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.
Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »
Only a few people have seen The Wolf of Wall Street, from Martin Scorsese — mostly guild members and Oscar pundits — but the word has been pretty enthusiastic. I’ve heard that the movie is funny and extraordinarily debauched; that NC-17 talk wasn’t idle chatter. (DiCaprio describes it as “a modern day Caligula.“) There’s a lot of talk about how good the cast is, and also some interesting notes about the music choices.
We’ll all get to see it soon, as the movie opens on Christmas Day, but for now you can either watch or bookmark this great roundtable talk with the creators. Scorsese takes part, with star/producer Leonardo DiCaprio, co-star Jonah Hill, and screenwriter Terence Winter. Read More »
Here’s the new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s breakout hit 300. This one has been a long time coming, but now, after everything, the film and the new trailer might have new significance, again thanks to Snyder. The director is looking at this movie’s co-star, Callan Mulvey, as a likely villain choice for Batman vs. Superman. Does the footage below give any clue to how he might be used? Of course not, but those who’ve waited a long time for the 300 follow-up will want to have a look. Read More »
A new, brief video for Paramount’s Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones asks a simple question: will you be first? But the real question is what the context for that inquiry might be. Since it’s unlikely that fans of the film, addressed by the video, are going to be infected with some sort of black magic or supernatural possession, there’s probably something else going on. Read More »
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