Five Movie Commentaries to Listen to in January

boogie-nights

While Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land wears its fondness for old school Hollywood productions proudly on its sleeve, his portrayal of present-day Los Angeles is hardly unflattering. It’s a movie so appealing to the eye it’s almost impossible to see nothing except beauty in La La Land, but it captures a genuinely lovely part of the city: it’s a place a lot of driven and passionate people move to every day.

After seeing the film a second time, it made me want to revisit a few movies set in Los Angeles, including Boogie NightsThe GraduateKiss Kiss Bang Bang, and a few others, which all feature some commentary tracks worth listening to.

Below, check out this January’s movie commentary recommendations.

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The Wall trailer

If you need some good news today, then here’s some for you: two Doug Liman films are coming out next year. Over a year ago the Swingers and Edge of Tomorrow director reunited with Tom Cruise for the delayed American Made, but he also has a thriller starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals) and John Cena (Trainwreck) coming out soon. That movie, The Wall, is set in one location and about two soldiers pinned down by a sniper.

Below, watch The Wall trailer.

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Tom Holland Chaos Walking

Actor Tom Holland might live in a world populated entirely by men for director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). The Spider-Man: Homecoming star is currently in talks to act alongside Daisy Ridley in the post-apocalyptic YA movie Chaos Walking, based on part one of author Patrick Ness‘ trilogy. Lionsgate is eyeing a 2017 production start date for the film.

Below, learn more about the Tom Holland Chaos Walking casting news.

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Captive Trailer

When it comes to cinema, seeing people taken hostage is just something audiences have become accustomed to seeing. The bad guy needs a little insurance, the thieves need someone they can hold for ransom, a seriously disturbed individual has sinister plans for a victim trapped in a well. However, the consequences are all the more dire when people are kidnapped in the real world.

Captive is a new documentary series from The Bourne Identity director and producer Doug Liman, giving audiences an intimate look at the true stories of victims, negotiators, and kidnappers who have been involved in hostage situations. Watch the Captive trailer below. Read More »

Doug Liman YA movie

You know what’s nice? Despite the fact Edge of Tomorrow underperformed at the box-office, it doesn’t seem to have slowed down director Doug Liman at all. Not too long ago Liman wrapped American Made starring Tom Cruise,  but over the past year or so, he’s been attaching himself to a variety of projects, including the high-profile Justice League Dark. Another film possibly of interest for Liman is Unearthed, based on a young-adult sci-fi novel coming out in 2017.

Below, learn more about the Unearthed movie adaptation.

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edge of tomorrow 2

UPDATE: In a separate interview, Doug Liman elaborated that Edge of Tomorrow 2 will function as a sequel and a prequel to the first film. The article has been updated to reflect this.

Edge of Tomorrow is one of the most fun and inventive science fiction films of the past decade, a clever and exciting and genuinely hilarious time travel action movie that makes all-time-great use of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. I will never forgive you (yes, you) for not seeing it in theaters. But I will forgive you for seeing the sequel that is miraculously in the works, even though the original wasn’t quite the box office juggernaut it deserved to be.

While we still don’t know much about what to expect from the sequel (writers were hired back in April), director Doug Liman is already promising a movie that will revolutionize how people make sequels.

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Jumper sequel

YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Red ($9.99 a month), has news shows on the way from Dwayne Johnson (Ballers), Dan Harmon (Rick & Morty), and Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). Johnson is bringing the time travel show Lifeline to Youtube Red; Harmon is collaborating with Dan Avidan and Arin Hanson of Game Grumps on a new comedy series; and Liman is stepping back into the world of Jumper by adapting the third book in Steven Gould‘s sci-fi series, Impulse. All three shows are expected to debut next year.

Below, learn more about the Jumper TV series, Lifeline, and Harmon’s show.

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Justice League Dark Doug Liman

Justice League Dark is finally happening. Doug Liman has been set to direct Warner Bros.’ DC adaptation. Scott Rudin will produce, and Michael Gilio will write the screenplay. If you’ve got a bit of déjà vu that may be because Liman was recently linked to another superhero project, 20th Century Fox’s Gambit. As you’ve probably guessed, he’s not making that one anymore.

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Daisy Ridley photo

Now that The Hunger Games franchise is most likely finished — and with the Divergent series limping towards its conclusion — Lionsgate is seeking a new YA franchise. With the help of director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, they may get their wish. Ridley has signed on to star in Chaos Walking, an adaptation of part one in author Patrick Ness‘ trilogy.

Below, learn more about the Chaos Walking adaptation.

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Chaos Walking Movie

After picking up the rights to the Chaos Walking series of young adult books back in 2011, there has been very little development on getting Patrick Ness‘ bestselling story to the big screen. Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufman was hired to script the project in 2012 and director Robert Zemeckis was circling the film in 2013. But since then, we haven’t heard anything. But that changes today.

Edge of Tomorrow and Mr. and Mrs. Smith director Doug Liman is currently in talks to direct Chaos Walking, which is still set up at Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment. Find out more about the Chaos Walking movie after the jump. Read More »