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 »
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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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This weekend, the pairing of star Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve equaled the number one movie in the country, Prisoners. Next, the pair will team up again in a story with not one, but two Gyllenhaals. That film is called Enemy, and following a premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, a mysterious teaser clip has now come online.
Based on a novel by Jose Saramago, Gyllenhaal stars as a downtrodden college professor who comes to realize there’s a younger version of himself somewhere in the world. It also stars Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini and Sarah Gadon. Check out the teaser below. Read More »
Everyone on the set of Prisoners looked exhausted. Some of that was makeup, but some of the drain and fatigue was quite real. When I visited the production, it wasn’t working on a constructed set, but in a location. A real hospital, complete with physical dimensions that aren’t all that friendly to wide lenses and large groups of film crew, was the site of the shoot towards the end of the film’s schedule back in March.
The location wasn’t helping the mood, but it wasn’t just cramped quarters that was grinding down the cast and crew. Prisoners, scripted by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve, is not a cheery film. It follows two families whose children are abducted on Thanksgiving, and examines the different coping mechanisms employed by the two adult couples as they wait for any news. Ironically it was quite nice outside on the day of our visit, but Prisoners is the sort of movie that retreats from sunshine. When the weather got good, the crew shot indoors.
The couples are played by Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello, and Viola Davis and Terrence Howard. Garbed in realistic costume and styled like people rather than movie starts, several looked like they’d been put through the wringer. Slightly more energized was Jake Gyllenhaal, playing the detective who takes charge of the missing persons case. In conversation, each outlined their approach to the difficult material, and after the break you’ll find a lightly edited oral pre-history of Prisoners, assembled from their comments. Read More »
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