What would you do if you discovered that there was another person in the world who looked exactly like you? How quickly would your world be torn from its moorings? What would you do? Would you ignore that person? Or would you obsessively track him/her down? Either way, you’d probably feel like something was gravely wrong with this universe.
Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which features Jake Gyllenhaal playing two versions of himself, provokes this hypothetical unease, drawing it out expertly until it’s almost unbearable. The film is out in theaters this weekend. After the jump, check out my video review of it.
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Posted on Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
When we first reported on Southpaw back in 2010, it was a DreamWorks movie with Eminem attached to star. Since then, it’s suffered several setbacks and a lot has changed. But now it’s finally getting back on track, as a Weinstein Co. project starring Jake Gyllenhaal. A major piece of the puzzle fell into place this week as Antoine Fuqua closed his deal to direct. Get all the details after the jump.
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As Angie said this morning, the mini-trend this year seems to be films featuring doubles or dopplegangers. She mentioned that while covering the trailer for Richard Ayoade’s The Double, which offers a blackly comic look at a man who finds a much more successful version of himself.
Enemy, from director Denis Villeneuve, is something a little more weird. The film is the second pairing of the director and his Prisoners star Jake Gyllenhaal, and it’s a cold, unnerving nightmare in which a mild, stagnating teacher comes face to face with his own double. Both men look the same, and sound exactly the same, but each has a slightly unique nature. The film is a low-key and beautifully shot hallucination that could be interpreted in a few different ways. I loved it, and would encourage anyone intrigued by the premise and tone to check it out.
Below, you can watch a making-of featurette that shows the old-school techniques used to allow Gyllenhaal to play both lead roles. There’s nothing important given away here; certainly the most striking and odd moments of the film remain hidden away. Read More »
Briefly: Philip Seymour Hoffman is about to make his second feature as a director, and he has lined up Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams to star. The film is Ezekiel Moss, a supernatural thriller and a “Depression-era ghost story.” The film has been coming together slowly, after first being announced in fall 2012. When we reported on it then, Producer Cathy Schulman of Mandalay Pictures called the Keith Bunin script, which had been on the 2011 Black List, a “captivating and gothic exploration of faith and the supernatural.”
The script centers on “a young, imaginative boy living in a small town who befriends a mysterious drifter who may have the ability to communicate with the dead.” Gyllenhaal will play the drifter, while Adams will play the boy’s mother, a widow. Even with the cast starting to come together, there’s no word on when the film will shoot. [The Wrap]
Yesterday we showed you the great poster for Enemy, the second film from the director/actor pair of Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhall. (They also made Prisoners together.) Now we’ve got the film’s trailer, and it’s a terrific piece of work. Gyllenhaal plays a teacher who finds a man who seems to be his exact double. But tracking him down doesn’t lead to quite the sort of interaction the teacher expects.
The film looks like a small thriller, and a very moody one. Visually, it is oppressive, and feels completely different from Prisoners. This looks like a chance for Gyllenhaal to take some of his Zodiac impulses and push them into new territory. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
Last year director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal finished two films together. One of them, Prisoners, hit in the fall and was notable for the incredible cinematography of Roger Deakins. The other played TIFF and will be released in a limited theatrical run on March 15. That one is Enemy, and it is said to be the better of the two movies.
Gyllenhall plays a paranoid teacher who begins to think he has found his own doppelgänger, and his efforts to learn more about the person take him to dark places. The film is based on the novel of the same name by José Saramago, and features actors such as Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon in supporting roles.
A new poster for the film has been released, and it’s a great classic design that relies on a simple graphic illustration rather than a photo-collage mishmash of big heads and sparks. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As American Hustle prepares to take theaters by disco glitter storm, another of David O. Russell‘s projects may have taken a small step forward toward release. Nailed, a project Russell abandoned three years ago after financing fell apart, has just received a rating from the MPAA. That doesn’t mean a theatrical opening is imminent, but it does suggest that someone, somewhere, is thinking of finally releasing it. Hit the jump for the latest update on this troubled title.
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Posted on Friday, November 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
There aren’t many situations in which Jake Gyllenhaal would seem like an appropriate replacement for Eminem, but Antoine Fuqua‘s Southpaw could turn out to be one of them. Gyllenhaal has entered talks to take the lead in the boxing drama, which had Eminem attached a few years back. Hit the jump for more on the movie’s plot and history.
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