Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
The fall festivals have yielded a bounty of excellent films, and one of the most talked-about right now is Nocturnal Animals. The second feature from fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an unusual, engaging, and drop-dead gorgeous tale of love and revenge.
Nocturnal Animals is actually two narratives braided together. In one, Susan (Adams) receives a manuscript for a novel by her ex-husband Edward. The two have long been estranged following an unforgivable betrayal on her part, but the book has her reflecting upon their history together. The other is the story laid out in Edward’s book, following a father, Tony (Gyllenhaal), whose family is brutally assaulted on a deserted road one night.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
The first wave of reviews for Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals are mostly positive. The critics who aren’t particularly taken with Ford’s romantic crime thriller describe it as a hollow piece of work. Ford’s moving debut A Single Man received similar criticisms from its few detractors, so it sounds like we should expect a similar response to his latest film, although it looks and sounds like a completely different movie.
Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals teaser for the trailer.
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Posted on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 by Angie Han
Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival begins with a premise we’ve seen in a hundred summer blockbusters. One day, aliens arrive on Earth, in the form of twelve mysterious ships scattered around the globe. Their purpose is unclear, and humanity is naturally both intrigued and terrified. Where it goes next, though, is a welcome return to grown-up sci-fi, more Contact or Interstellar than Independence Day.
For starters, the aliens don’t open with an attack. And we Earthlings don’t, either. Instead, the U.S. military calls upon Louise (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, to try and make contact with the alien spaceship in Montana. From there, Villeneuve carefully unspools a story that’s equal parts heart and intellect, encompassing memory, language, loss, love, grief, and the passage of time.
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Fashion extraordinaire Tom Ford‘s second feature film is finally coming out. Ford made his directorial debut six years ago with A Single Man, a beautiful and often painful film about love and loss, and now he’s back with a very different type of movie. His latest, Nocturnal Animals, sounds like a real trip, almost like two films in one that, according to critics, calls to mind the works of Douglas Sirk, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sam Peckinpah. Those are some lofty comparisons. Based on the early reviews, though, Tom Ford earns them.
Below, check out some posters, photos, and early buzz for Nocturnal Animals.
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Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Arrival held its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival earlier today and the first wave of reviews for Denis Villeneuve‘s new science fiction drama have been nothing short of glowing. It seems that Villeneuve, who has previously directed terrific movies like Enemy, Prisoners, and Sicario, is adept at smart genre filmmaking as he is at intense human drama (which bodes well for that Blade Runner sequel he’s currently filming).
Our own Angie Han will catch this film at the Toronto International Film Festival next week and I intend to make it a priority at Fantastic Fest later this month, but in the meantime, here are some of the earliest reactions, which range from very positive to wildly effusive.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 by Angie Han
What with all the Blade Runner 2 news swirling around, it’s been easy to forget that Denis Villeneuve has another, very different sort of sci-fi film coming out in the meantime. But over the past few weeks, Paramount has made a concentrated effort to get Arrival on moviegoers’ radars, and after seeing some intriguing footage earlier this month, we won’t be forgetting about this one again.
The hard sci-fi drama unfolds in the modern world, which is forever changed when a group of mysterious aliens touch down in various locations around the globe. Amy Adams leads the cast as a linguist tasked with making contact with these extraterrestrials, and Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, and Michael Stuhlbarg also star. Those names alone are probably enough to sell this project to some moviegoers, but in case you need some more convincing — or in case you’re just curious to see more — a couple of new Arrival trailers have landed. Check ’em out below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ll get to see Denis Villeneuve‘s vision of a dystopian future next year in Blade Runner 2, but before we get there he’s serving up a more grounded sort of sci-fi story. Arrival stars Amy Adams as a linguist tasked with communicating with mysterious aliens who’ve landed on Earth. Not some more futuristic, high-tech version of Earth — our Earth, as we currently know it. We got our first peek at some photos earlier this week, and today we’ve got the first Arrival teaser trailer. Check it out below.
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Arrival was lurking under the radar until earlier this year, when the first footage from Denis Villeneuve‘s new science fiction drama played at CinemaCon in Las Vegas and left quite an impression. And then it continued to lurk under the radar as few updates emerged (other than a title change) and no trailers arrived as we got closer and closer to the film’s fall release date.
While we have to keep on waiting for a trailer, the first official images from the film have been released, offering us our first look at stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner.
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Although he’s been making movies for over a decade, the past few years have seen Denis Villeneuve explode in the best possible way. The one-two punch of Enemy and Prisoners in 2013 firmly established him as a director with serious staying power. 2015’s Sicario only cemented him as one the most exciting filmmakers suddenly being handed larger budgets and given the chance to work with major actors. It’s no surprise that he was officially handed the keys to that long-gestating Blade Runner sequel – he’s the real deal.
However, Villeneuve has another science fiction film coming our way before he takes us back to the rainy, neon world of Replicants. We’ve been hearing interesting things about his new alien drama Story of Your Life for a few months now and it looks like Paramount is getting ready to finally start introducing this ambitious-sounding project to the world: it has a new title and a release date.
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UPDATE: Deadline reports today that HBO has given Sharp Objects an eight-episode straight-to-series order, with Amy Adams still set for the lead. Jean-Marc Vallée will direct and Gillian Flynn and Marti Noxon are writing. Original story from February 21, 2016 follows.
Following in the footsteps of Daniel Craig heading to the small screen for an adaptation of Purity, an Oscar-nominated actress is heading to television for a series project. The Fighter and Man of Steel star Amy Adams has signed on to star in an adaptation of Sharp Objects, the novel of the same name from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Find out who’s directing the Sharp Objects TV series adaptation below. Read More »