Another of our most-anticipated Cannes premieres was shown to press early today, Cannes time, and reviews are hitting the web. Pedro Almodovar‘s The Skin I Live In represents his first collaboration with actor Antonio Banderas in twenty years, and also marks a break in subject matter for the director.
Based on Thierry Jonquet‘s novel Tarantula (aka Mygale), the story follows an ambitious plastic surgeon (Banderas) whose wife was burned in an accident, leading him to attempt to synthesize a new, superior form of human skin. The picture seems like a weird medical horror/thriller story, and indeed, at the film’s press conference, the director said, “It’s a thriller indeed because it fits in with my life at present. Throughout my career as a director, I’ve worked in different genres—comedy, drama and now I’m in a thriller period. Through thrillers, you can touch on other types of genre. I don’t think it’s completely necessary to stick to the rules of a type of genre like people naively did in the ‘50s.”
Reviews so far praise elements (Banderas’ performance) while clucking a bit over the fact that the film isn’t supremely focused. That seems to be par for the course at Cannes this year, where there has been little overwhelming critical consensus about any film other than Lynne Ramsay’s widely-praised We Need to Talk About Kevin. We’ve got three clips and a small review sampling for The Skin I Live In, after the break. Read More »
The working team of director Pedro Almodovar and actor Antonio Banderas was once potent, and while Mr. Almodovar has continued to make excellent films since their last pairing (Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! in 1990), Antonio Banderas has been slowly defanged over many years. So their reunion was reason enough to celebrate. The fact that their first film together in 20 years, The Skin I Live In, is a very messed-up sounding story about a surgeon and his… unusual… relationships with women make it even more tantalizing.
The film premieres very soon in Cannes and has a November release date planned via Sony Pictures Classics in the US. Now there is a wildly creepy teaser, which you can see after the break. This one is either going to significantly increase your interest in seeing the film, or help that interest dissipate altogether. Read More »
Steven Soderbergh has two big pictures coming down the pipe for 2011: Contagion, which he recently finished shooting, and Haywire, the thriller in which MMA fighter Gina Carano makes her big acting debut as a double-crossed black ops soldier who is out for revenge. We haven’t seen very much at all from Haywire, despite the fact that the film is finished and test-screening, but now there are some great concept posters floating around.
These aren’t likely to be final — more than likely when the movie actually hits theaters the one-sheet art will foreground much of the strong supporting cast. (Like Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Antonio Banderas.) So take a look at this art now — there are some excellent images here. Read More »
Pedro Almodovar‘s new film, The Skin I Live In, has been picked up by Sony Classics and will play in competition at Cannes next month. The movie is definitely one of my most anticipated of the year, in part because it seems to be an excursion into new territory for the director. An adaptation of Thierry Jonque‘s novel Tarantula, it is in part about the revenge a plastic surgeon (played by Antonio Banderas) seeks against the man who raped his daughter. But the surgeon is also sort of a psycho whose home life with his wife is, to say the very least,a bit deviant, and not quite to her taste. Intense stuff, it seems.
We’ve seen some fake posters for the film, a few early stills and a real poster. Now there are a few new legit stills, which you can check out below. Read More »
I don’t know what to make of the trailer for The Big Bang. The way this thing is cut, it looks like a weird blend of neo noir, Frank Miller and early Guy Ritchie. Is that good, or bad? I really don’t know. What I do know is that Sam Elliott and William Fichtner have supporting roles, and I’ll watch them in almost anything. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »
How did that adorable little cat from the Shrek movies get so damn suave and smooth with a sword? Audiences will find out in Puss in Boots, a 3D animated film featuring the voices of Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris. Directed by Chris Miller, who previously directed Shrek the Third, the film will be released on November 4 on regular, 3D and IMAX screens. Check out the brand new, Inception-rip-off teaser trailer, full poster and plot description below. Read More »
One of the most enticing films that may well play Cannes this year — and, yes, one of the more frightening ones, too — is Pedro Almodovar‘s reunion with Antonio Banderas, The Skin I Live In.
The film is based on a novel called Tarantula that is nominally about a plastic surgeon who takes revenge upon the man who raped his daughter. But the novel sounds a lot more uncomfortable than a simple revenge film, because the surgeon also happens to keep his wife confined in their house, in which he forces her monthly into degrading sexual encounters with other men. Messed-up stuff, and definitely not what we’ve come to expect from Pedro Almodovar.
We’ve seen one poster for the film already that used a classic scientific illustration style to present one view of the film. Now there are some more posters, which position it much more explicitly as some sort of horror thriller. Read More »
Anyone clamoring for another wild 3D romp from the mind of Robert Rodriguez is in luck. Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World is now shooting in Austin, Texas in anticipation of a August 19, 2011 release date. Rodriguez is not only directing from his own screenplay but will also serve as producer, director of photography, editor and visual effects supervisor. The film stars Jessica Alba as a retired secret agent, married to Joel McHale, who is called back into action when the the villainous Timekeeper (played by Jeremy Piven) threatens to take over the world. It’ll also feature the return of Antonio Banderas, Danny Trejo and the original Spy Kids Alexa Vega and Daryl Sabara, though they aren’t the stars. Read the full plot description and more after the jump. Read More »
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Briefly: In the US Antonio Banderas is thought of as an actor rather than a director. But he’s already made two features (Crazy in Alabama and Summer Rain) and is about to embark upon his third. Solo will be produced by and likely star Mr. Banderas as well, and it is a thriller with some sort of sci-fi element.
Variety says Solo will be “a psychological thriller with sci-fi touches turning on a Spanish colonel suffering post-conflict trauma.” Antonio Banderas will play the colonel, but we don’t have much more info other than that he says the film is ultimately about solitude. The script is by Erik Jendresen, who wrote a few episodes of Band of Brothers, but whose later feature credits (Otis and Crazy as Hell) aren’t all that appealing.
Solo will shoot next year, and despite being a Spanish production with Spanish actors, it will be shot in English. “Unfortunately, to reach large international markets, you have to shoot in English,” Mr. Banderas said.
It’s difficult to say whether Black Gold, which seeks to tell a tale of rival Arabic rulers during the Arab oil boom of the 1930s, will be any good. But the film, which will be directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (Seven Years in Tibet) has an interesting cast: Antonio Banderas toplines, with Mark Strong, Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Tahar Rahim (A Prophet) all lined up to appear. Read More »