Editor’s Note: This review originally ran on November 12. We’re bumping it up now that American Sniper is in wide release.
Director Clint Eastwood has great aspirations for American Sniper. First and foremost, he hopes to make a movie paying tribute to the most deadly sniper in the history of the United States. That’s the late Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper. He also hopes to show Kyle not as only a heroic solider, but a complex man confident in his actions and concerned about of their results. The film paints a grim picture of post-traumatic stress disorder and what it does to our veterans, especially in regards to their families. Finally, there’s also a drive to keep things exciting, so there are many gun battles in the deserts of Iraq.
Yes, American Sniper is an incredibly ambitious film with many moving parts. All of those parts work in certain instances, but only on rare occasions do they all come together at once. The disconnection makes the film fall just short of those great aspirations.
American Sniper had its World Premiere on Veterans Day at AFI Fest presented by Audi and you can read the rest of our review below. Read More »
I was watching Gone Girl for the fourth time and admiring how David Fincher (and his cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth) majestically shot Ben Affleck‘s character Nick Dunne’s cat and I began to wonder about the cat’s true role in the story. The cat is featured too prominently to be just a background prop. What did the cat mean?
As I thought about this I began to realize that there had been a lot of big screen kitties this year. The New York Times notes in their review that “cats are the new dogs,” and judging from the list of animals in this article, they might be right. But as I started to think about it more, it wasn’t just cats but dogs and some actually amazing performances by other animals in this past year of film. So the list of best animal performances of 2014 grew and grew. After the jump you will find my examination of why 2014 was the year of animal movie performances and what it all means. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, January 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
At one point in 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, the counselors of Camp Firewood make an earnest promise to reunite at in exactly one decade. Well, it looks like they’ve missed the mark by a few years, but better late than never, right?
Netflix is officially moving forward with the Wet Hot American Summer TV series first teased last year. Shooting is already underway with much of the original cast, including a few names who are much bigger now than they were then. More on the Wet Hot American Summer Netflix show after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, January 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
Bradley Cooper is adding a new title to his resume: director. The Oscar-nominated actor is eyeing as his feature filmmaking debut Honeymoon With Harry, a dramedy in which he’ll also star with Robert De Niro. More about Cooper’s possible directing gig after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper has been racking up box office dollars and picking up awards nominations, and now it’s getting the IMAX treatment. The company has announced an American Sniper IMAX run to kick off later this month.
Bradley Cooper leads the drama as U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, called the most lethal sniper in American military history. Hit the jump for more details on the American Sniper IMAX release. Read More »
There’s a new American Sniper trailer, and if this second look at Clint Eastwood‘s film about decorated Navy sniper Chris Kyle isn’t as tense and perfect as the first trailer, it does show off a lot more of Bradley Cooper‘s portrayal of the man. Here we see Kyle — who in real life was murdered at a gun range while home in the States — as he wrestles with his role as a sniper, and the conflicts that creates with his life as a father and husband. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
At some point, it’s going to be easier to name the movies that haven’t been adapted for TV. The latest film to get swept up in the big-screen-to-small-screen trend is Limitless, the 2011 sci-fi thriller. Bradley Cooper is set to executive produce the show for CBS, along with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
More details on the Limitless TV series after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Between 2011 and 2013, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper made three films together. Two of those, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, both from director David O. Russell, have already come and gone. But the last, Susanne Bier‘s Serena, is only now preparing for a theatrical bow.
Based on the novel by Ron Rash, Serena stars Lawrence and Cooper as a married couple overseeing a timber empire in 1920s North Carolina. But when the wife makes some unpleasant discoveries, their relationship takes some dark turns. Watch the new Serena trailer after the jump.
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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 »