Posted on Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 by Angie Han
One of the interesting things about Netflix’s massive original programming slate is that unlike a lot of traditional distributors, they don’t really have a type. They’ll release gritty superhero dramas and fluffy kiddie fare, sober documentaries and goofy standup specials, Adam Sandler comedies and arthouse oddities. They’ve got a little something for everyone, which makes perfect sense since “everyone” is their target customer.
So while we’re not super into, say, Sandy Wexler, we’re more than happy to tolerate its existence if it means we also get movies like War Machine. Directed by David Michôd (of Animal Kingdom fame), the pitch-black satire stars Brad Pitt as real-life U.S. general Stanley McChrystal. You may remember his dramatic fall from grace a few years ago after a Rolling Stone exposé. Tilda Swinton and Ben Kingsley also star. Check out the War Machine trailer below. Read More »
Animal Kingdom was one of the breakout debut films of 2010. Director David Michôd‘s intimate crime thriller not only created future opportunities for himself, but also his cast, which included Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, and more. It’s an excellent drama, one that’s now being adapted for television.
Below, watch the Animal Kingdom TV series trailer.
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Starz has a diverse fall lineup. The show most people are talking about right now is Ash vs. Evil Dead, and most fans of the series were quite pleased with the premiere this weekend. Another series airing soon on the network is Flesh and Bone, which has a pilot directed by one of the most promising directors working today. Before the premiere airs, the cable network has made the first episode available online for free.
Find out where to watch the Flesh and Bone premiere online for free after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Netflix’s movie distribution arm has just landed a major coup. The company has picked up the rights to War Machine, which is not another Marvel spinoff (sorry, Don Cheadle) but rather a satirical wartime comedy starring Brad Pitt. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) is directing. Read all about the Netflix War Machine movie after the jump. Read More »
Breaking Bad producer Moira Walley-Beckett (a three-time Emmy winner thanks to her work writing and producing several seasons of that show) has a new series focused on the wildly competitive structure of a prestigious ballet company, and the first trailer is out for the upcoming show on Starz. Animal Kingdom and The Rover director David Michod directed the pilot, which adds another layer of intrigue to the series. Check out the Flesh and Bone trailer below. Read More »
The Rover is set at a point just after society has crumbled, and those who remain are all keeping a tight hold on whatever shreds of their former lives still remain. One man abandons his brother (Robert Pattinson) while stealing a car from a dangerous man played by Guy Pearce. David Michod wrote and directed this follow-up to Animal Kingdom, and follows Pearce as he, with Pattinson in tow, attempts to regain his property. Watch the first full-length The Rover trailer below. Read More »
David Michod, who directed Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming The Rover (trailer here), is now set to direct Brad Pitt in a film about US operations in Afghanistan. The source material is Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Michod will also script The Operators. One focus of the book is General Stanley McChrystal, who was brought back to DC and soon resigned after a Hastings-authored article in Rolling Stone portrayed the general’s men bashing the Obama administration, it’s difficult to see Pitt in that role. We don’t know who Pitt will play at this point.
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These days post-apocalyptic films are nearly a dime a dozen. But none of those have the pedigree of The Rover, written and directed by David Michôd, the man behind 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom. His feature follow-up hits theaters this Summer, and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Set ten years after the world has all but ended, Pearce plays a man forced to hunt down one of his prized possessions after it’s forcefully taken from him.
Sounds ominous, yes? Well the first teaser trailer just hit and there aren’t many more answers here. Just some impressive visuals and Pearce and Pattinson as you’ve never seen them before. Check it out below. Read More »
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by David Chen
David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite film of 2010 so far (see my Sundance review here), so when I was given the opportunity to chat with Michôd a few months ago, I jumped at it. In our half-hour interview, we discussed how he first broke into the industry, the decline of bank robbers in Melbourne, Australia, the process of choosing a complete unknown to headline his film, his copious use of slow motion, and the beauty of Air Supply. I’ve released this interview on the /Filmcast feed. You can also watch the video of the interview and read a few highlights from it after the break.
Note: During this interview, we discuss some plot details that are revealed in the first 30 minutes of the film, and there’s a clearly demarcated section at the end where we talk about some of the film’s spoilers.
Animal Kingdom is already playing in New York and LA and opens on Friday in Boston and Chicago. It will expand wider to cities across the country in the weeks to come.
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