Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land became a surprise awards contender when Focus Features decided relatively late in the game to give it an Oscar-qualifying limited run, but this first trailer suggests it’s more than worthy of the competition. Matt Damon stars as Steve, a likeable corporate salesman who arrives in a small rural town to pick up drilling rights. The locals, struggling to recover from the economic recession, initially appear more than eager to oblige — until a grassroots campaign against the purchase, led by Dustin (John Krsasinski) and local teacher Frank (Hal Holbrooks) starts picking up steam.
OK, I’ll admit that the synopsis sounds pretty dry when described that way. But between Van Sant’s steady direction and Damon and Krasinski’s engaging performances, Promised Land looks like a powerful, thought-provoking piece. Frances McDormand and Rosemarie DeWitt round out the excellent supporting cast. Check out the trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, September 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
There’s a lot going on in Paolo Sorrentino‘s This Must Be the Place: Sean Penn plays a washed-up former rock star named Cheyenne… who has serious issues with his dying father… who was on the hunt for a Nazi who once tortured him… so naturally Cheyenne takes it upon himself to pick up where his dad left off. Mixed reviews out of Cannes suggested that the odd combination doesn’t quite gel, but Penn’s usual dedication to the role could make the film worth watching just for his performance.
Another new trailer has dropped for the film, which shows off the stellar soundtrack by the Talking Heads and Iggy Pop. Watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, August 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
A few titles have lately dropped out of the ultra-competitive year-end release calendar, but now one more has jumped into the fray. Gus Van Sant‘s Promised Land is getting a limited NY / LA release in late December, in order to give it a shot at the next Oscar race. The film will then roll out to additional markets starting in January.
Promised Land has mostly flown under our radar the past several months, but now that it’s set a release date the talent involved should attract some attention. Matt Damon and John Krasinski wrote the script based on a story by Dave Eggers. The pair also star, along with Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scoot McNairy, and Titus Welliver. More details after the jump.
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So many movies are about a loss of innocence. A main character faces trials and tribulations, and their eyes are opened to the cruelty of the world before they overcome it. Moonrise Kingdom, the seventh movie by director Wes Anderson, is definitely not that sort of story. The film teaches a lesson through the positives in life. For Anderson, that’s something new. He’s rebelling against loss of innocence, and discovering it instead.
Anderson’s past films have all hinged on a cynical point of view: Max Fischer flipping the bird, Richie Tenenbaum attempting suicide, Steve Zissou hunting sharks. Even the fantastic Mr. Fox is, on the surface, a thief. Rarely is true innocence Anderson’s chief focus.
But with Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson uses his signature visual cues and oddball sense of humor to tell a story that completely lacks cynicism and is almost palpably sweet. It’s a step forward for the filmmaker. However, by entering this new territory, the balance between message and humor, so expertly handled in his previous films, shifts ever so slightly. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
Wes Anderson fans eagerly awaiting Moonrise Kingdom — his first directorial effort since 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, and his first live-action feature since 2007’s The Darjeeling Limited — can officially banish any worries that the hipster-prep auteur has lost his touch. Following the film’s world premiere at Cannes, the vast majority of reviews have been somewhere between “mostly positive” and “utterly glowing.” As with any movie, there are the occasional naysayers, but even the less enamored seem to agree that Anderson diehards will find the filmmaker doing exactly what he does best here.
Co-written by Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom follows the chaos that erupts in a sleepy New England island town in the 1960s when two adolescents (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) decide to run away together. The top-shelf adult supporting cast includes Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, and of course, Anderson staples Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Read the early reactions after the jump.
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I’m almost too excited to type the next sentence. A new Wes Anderson movie comes out next month. It’s called Moonrise Kingdom and it’s about a young boy scout who disappears with a local girl, turning the entire town on its head. Anderson’s cast is as impressive as ever, featuring Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman and more. The trailer is magic and several sites just debuted animated character posters complete with multiple new images and quotes from the film. Link to them all after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
There are about a million reasons to look foward to the arrival of warmer weather each year, but for cinephiles, one of the biggest is the summer movie season. This year’s crop looks like a nicely varied one, and two of the titles I’ve been most eager to see couldn’t be more different. Ridley Scott‘s Prometheus seems as serious and futuristic as Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom does whimsical and retro, but they both look pretty fantastic if you ask me. Check out new images from both films after the jump.
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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.
The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.
The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.
After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
While the Madagascar franchise has never drawn Pixar levels of respect (what does, really?), for kid-oriented entertainment you could do a lot worse that these films. The series has generally been cute, mildly amusing, and totally inoffensive — which may not sound like glowing praise, but that’s a lot more than I can say for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — and the newest entry, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted seems to be along the same lines.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith are on board once again as a quartet of Central Park Zoo animals just trying to get back to New York. Unfortunately, they wind up in Europe instead, where they’re chased by a ruthless animal control squad led by Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). In an effort to escape their clutches, they take up with a circus traveling across the continent, meeting new friends like Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) along the way. Watch the first full trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
I’m still not totally sure what to make of Paolo Sorrentino‘s This Must Be the Place, which has one of the more unusual premises I’ve heard in a while. Sean Penn stars as a retired rock star, still in eyeliner and lipstick, who takes up his recently deceased father’s quest to find and confront the man who tortured him at Auschwitz. The first photos we saw looked pretty strange, the last trailer was intriguing, and reviews from the film festival circuit so far have been mixed.
Now a new trailer has been released which covers much of the same ground as the previous one, but includes some new footage as well. I think Penn also sounds a tad more intelligible this time around, though perhaps I’m just getting used to his mumbling. Watch it after the jump.
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