James Franco pays the bills (and has a great time) in big movies, and in friend projects such as This Is the End and The Interview. On the side, he has become a prolific art house director. His latest directorial effort to hit theaters is a really something to behold. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God, this latest film from Franco is a tightly-crafted and very effective story of a wildly unstable man.
Child of God is pure, undiluted McCarthy. Anyone who has hoped to see the core of a novel like Blood Meridian translated to the screen should see this one. If nothing else, it makes clear why putting hardcore McCarthy concepts into a mainstream movie is particularly difficult. Child of God is grimy, ugly, and odd. The lead, Scott Haze (above), gives one of the most raw, rub-till-it-bleeds performances I’ve seen in a long time. His work is chilling. (Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack also co-star, and Franco appears in a brief role.) Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »
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In A Night in Old Mexico there’s a mini-Lonesome Dove reunion of sorts, as the film has Robert Duvall working with a script by Lonesome Dove scribe William T. Wittliff. This is a very different sort of project, however. Duvall plays an old rancher who has lost his land, and heads down to Mexico for one last drunken night out with his estranged grandson. But they give a ride to some bad men en route, and and up with the money those guys were carrying. It’s a lot of money, and people with guns want to get it back. Naturally, that gives Duvall a chance to show his tough old leathery side. Check out the A Night in Old Mexico trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
2013 was a big year for James Franco. Not only did he star in a whole bunch of things, from Spring Breakers to Oz the Great and Powerful to This Is the End to ABC’s The Mindy Project, he also hit the film festival circuit with three separate films that he’d directed. Two of them, Interior. Leather Bar. and As I Lay Dying, have already received limited theatrical releases, but the third, Child of God, is still on its way.
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the crime drama stars Scott Haze as an outcast who retreats from society, and becomes progressively more disturbed and degraded. The first teaser hit back in August, and now a full-length trailer has finally arrived. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and James Franco also star. Check it out after the jump.
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There are a lot of people who still consider James Franco primarily an actor, but thanks to the sheer volume of his output, Franco’s career as a film director is flowering. He’s got 22 credits to his name, and while many of his efforts are very under the radar efforts, Franco is commanding attention for his adaptation of works by authors such as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.
As I Lay Dying has done festival rounds, The Sound and the Fury is shooting now, and the McCarthy adaptation Child of God just played the New York Film Festival and at a “secret” screening at Fantastic Fest. I admire Franco’s dedication to just getting work done, and love that he’ll tackle difficult material like Child of God, which he managed to turn into an interesting, engaging movie without watering down any of the weird or alienating elements of the story. All of which is a long preamble to argue for taking Franco seriously as a filmmaker.
And so here’s a trailer for Sal, a film Franco completed in 2011. The film follows the last day of Sal Mineo, who was nominated for Oscars for his work in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus, but soon found his career faltering. Openly homosexual after coming out in the ’60s, Mineo’s career had started to take an upswing when he was murdered outside his apartment in 1976. Val Lauren plays Mineo, and you can get a taste of his work, and the film, in the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
With his Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God in post-production, multi-hyphenate James Franco is prepping another literary classic for his next feature. Two winters ago, he was trying to get the William Faulkner estate on board for a movie version of As I Lay Dying. It seems he was successful, as the film’s now begun casting for a fall start. As of this week, Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Jim Parrack (True Blood), and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) are all lined up to star alongside Franco himself. More details after the jump.
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Columbia Pictures have released a new one-minute tv spot/mini-trailer for Jonathan Liebesman‘s Battle: Los Angeles. Watch it now embedded after the jump. I’ve talked with a couple people who saw early screenings in New York City and Los Angeles, and the buzz is completely positive. I’m very excited to see this movie. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The Super Bowl television commercial for Battle: Los Angeles aired before the big game on Sunday night. If you missed it, you can watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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