Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
In box office terms, 2014 wasn’t a huge year for film. But in creative terms, it’s hard to fault this year’s crop. It contained at least one once-in-a-lifetime masterpiece, not to mention one of the greatest horror movies in years, several big-budget franchise-builders that soared way past expectations, and some completely out-of-nowhere gems.
As the year winds to a close, I’ve taken a moment to look back at some highlights. As usual, this shouldn’t be considered an objective list of the year’s best film, but an entirely subjective list of favorites. Run down my top 10 films of 2014 with me after the jump.
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On last night’s Colbert Report, audiences got to see an unusual sight. To promote the movie Frank, Michael Fassbender took to the stage wearing Frank’s giant fake head, to perform the song ‘I Love You All.’ In fact, the whole band from the film is here: Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson on synth and keys, Carla Azar on drums, and Francois Civil on guitar complete the Soronprfbs lineup. (Yeah, that’s the band’s in-movie name.) Watch the performance below; it’s a unique way to enjoy Fassbender’s work.
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Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.
The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »
One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.
Still, it’s a weird concept to get your, um, head around to some extent, so how about a clip featuring Fassbender’s title character in conversation with the musician (Domhnall Gleeson, of About Time and soon of Star Wars Episode VII) who desperately wants to be his musical equal? That will get across the tone of the film pretty well. If you still have questions (and you will) there’s also a great ten-minute featurette that gives a lot of background without giving too much away. Read More »
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Frank is a really great and strange movie, and you should watch the trailer right now.
Actually, let me rephrase: Frank is a great movie about a strange guy, but the movie itself isn’t all that weird. Sure, it features Michael Fassbender as the title character, a poet/musician who wears a giant fake head. Like, always wears a giant fake head. But the entry point to the story is a wannabe songwriter played by Domhnall Gleeson, who guides us into Frank’s hyper-artistic world. Through him we see both the appeal and deep oddity of Frank’s life, and the movie deploys some unique comedy along the way. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Michael Fassbender has two movies out this weekend, sort of, and they couldn’t be more different. One is the awards season re-release of 12 Years a Slave, a grim drama in which Fassbender plays a cruel slave owner. The other is Frank, a comedy debuting at Sundance in which he plays a musician who constantly wears a giant fake head.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did), Frank follows a young musician named Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) who falls in with an eccentric band. The leader of the group is Fassbender’s Frank, who manages to exude magnetism and power even through that crazy-looking headpiece. The first clip has just hit the web, and you can see it after the jump.
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival starts today, and with the opening of theater doors, hundreds of brand new movies will be revealed to the world. Some we’ve already heard of and are excited for — The Raid 2 and Life Itself come to mind — but the majority of them are wholly unknown. They’re films most audiences don’t yet know anything about, with massive stars, from famous directors, or featuring exciting premises..
Below I’ve pulled the titles of 25 2014 Sundance Films you may not have heard of yet, but sound absolutely amazing for one reason for another. Read More »
Frank is a movie I’m pretty psyched for this year — the UK comedy casts Michael Fassbender in what seems to be a quirkily comedic role (you know, like his gig in Prometheus) alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson. The picture sets Gleeson as Jon “a young wannabe musician who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).”
The photo above is a bit of the first still from the film, and you can see the full shot below. Read More »
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Briefly: This is a pretty small story, but it could lead to something fun: Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson (son of Brendan, and Bill Weasley in the last two Harry Potter films) have been signed to star in a UK comedy called Frank.
The Film4 production is written by Jon Ronson (who wrote the book The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (who scripted the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, and co-scripted Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and will be directed by Lenny Abrahamson. That’s a pretty good talent lineup, and the idea of seeing Fassbender play in an a comedy is so appealing.
Oh, and the film might be kind of a musical, as Variety says “Gleeson will play an aspiring musician who finds himself in over his head when he joins an eccentric rock band led by Fassbender.”
We’ve often referred to The Black List, the annual countdown of favorite scripts compiled by canvassing the opinions of film industry folk, but never before, I believe, The Brit List. The principal with this one is exactly the same, it’s just limited to films out there on the British market. In 2007, the list was topped by The Men Who Stare At Goats, now revving up for release with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor in the leads. The new list is a surprising and most newsworthy affair, not least because of the way it sheds new light on a curious old Sacha Baron Cohen rumour.
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