Posted on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Is there anything more inherently cinematic than a good old fashioned “cat and mouse” story? One character wants to kill another. That other wants to stay alive at all costs. Put them in an interesting setting, ratchet up the emotional stakes, and watch humanity boil over for two hours or so.
Desierto, the feature directorial debut of Jonás Cuarón, son of Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón, looks familiar and fresh in all of the right ways. The mouse is a Mexican migrant played by Gael Garcia Bernal. The cat is a vigilante with a rifle and a willingness to pull the trigger played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Their maze is the arid desert of the American southwest.
Check out the new Desierto trailer after the jump.
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Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history.
The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but I wanted to highlight a few quotes from Pulp Fiction/Django Unchained filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and Requiem for a Dream/Noah director Darren Aronofsky talking about their relationships with streaming services like Netflix and the process of editing a film to be watched on an iPhone. Hit the jump to read the Quentin Tarantino Netflix comments and more.
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Jon Stewart of The Daily Show writes and directs Rosewater, which tells the story of Iranian-born Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested for espionage while covering the Iranian elections in 2009. He was held for 118 days, during which Bahari persistently interrogated by a man who had “proof” of Bahari’s bad intentions via the journalist’s Facebook page and, oddly, an appearance on The Daily Show. Gael García Bernal plays Bahari in the film, which just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is headed to Telluride and Toronto before a November opening. The first Rosewater trailer is below, along with excerpts from the first reviews out of Venice. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s release date announcement, Jon Stewart‘s directorial debut Rosewater has just revealed a few first-look pics. Gael Garcia Bernal leads the fact-based story as Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist who imprisoned and tortured for 118 days in Iran.
As the subject matter suggests, Stewart’s Rosewater is a serious drama — quite unlike the political comedy we’re used to getting from Stewart on his nightly show. Hit the jump to see the first Rosewater images.
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Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Jon Stewart is no stranger to the Oscars, having hosted the ceremony in 2006 and 2008. But next year could just turn out to be his first time going as a nominee.
Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater has just been set a prestigious fall opening by Open Road Films, following its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Get all the Rosewater release date details after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jonás Cuarón‘s last team-up with his father Alfonso Cuarón resulted in the smashingly successful Gravity. So it’s no surprise that his next film Forsaken, which also involves his dad, is being billed as a “de facto prequel to Gravity.” Even though, as far as we can tell, Forsaken doesn’t actually have anything to do with Gravity.
But that’s okay, because Forsaken sounds pretty interesting in its own right. Formerly titled Desierto, the chase thriller sends Gael García Bernal on a dangerous journey across the Mexican desert. Get more details after the jump.
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Later this year, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will take a break from the show to direct his first film, Rosewater. The movie is a fictionalized account of journalist Maziar Bahari’s experience in an Iranian prison, where he was held for almost three months on suspicion of spying.
Now Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast as Bahari, adding another layer of interest to a film that was already bound to receive some close scrutiny. Read More »
The film NO made waves at Cannes back in May, and the trailer has just arrived late in the year to become one of my fave trailers of the season. The film features Gael Garcia Bernal as an ad executive who comes up with a televised ad campaign to unseat Chilean leader General Augusto Pinochet in a vote that took place in 1988. Rather than crafting the typical political ads featuring images depicting an abuse of power, he chose to sell democracy as an attractive lifestyle.
The film was shot on video to emulate the look of the time, and the trailer sells a film that could sit alongside Argo as an effectively dramatized social and political snapshot. No has been a film I very much wanted to see all year, and I quite like this trailer from Sony Classics, which will release the film in the US next year. Read More »
If you’re looking for a film that offers a mystery, and a bracing dose of weird uncertainty, The Loneliest Planet may be just the thing.
The film follows an engaged couple, played by Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg, who are taking a trip backpacking in the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia. (That’s Georgia on the east side of Europe, not in the US, for those who aren’t totally up on their geography.) Traveling with them is a guide, and while on the trip something happens. What is that something? From watching the trailer we don’t know.
I’ll say this: while I’m sure there will be some who see this trailer as a too-obscure exercise in art, there will be others who really want to know what the hell is going on. Check it out below. Read More »