Posted on Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Lenny Abrahamson wasn’t exactly a newcomer when he directed Room — it was his fifth feature — but the film definitely served as a breakout in a way that none of his other films had. It snagged him a Best Director nomination, establishing him as a filmmaker to watch, and since then we’ve been waiting anxiously to see what he’d do next. Today, we might have an answer. Abrahamson has signed on to direct The Grand Escape, a World War I drama about POWs attempting a mass breakout. Read More »
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This morning brought the always debatable Academy Award nominations for the year in film that was 2015. We’ve already run through the disappointing side of this year’s selections by pointing out those who were snubbed, but now we’d like to look on the lighter side and point out some of the surprises, especially Mad Max: Fury Road finding glory with no fewer than 10 nominations. So let’s check out the 2016 Oscars surprises after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Angie Han
You might think Lenny Abrahamson would want to follow up his kidnapping drama Room with something a little harrowing, but instead he’s heading for more dark material. The Irish director has just been set to direct a film about bisexual boxer Emile Griffith. Though a two-time world welterweight champion, Griffith is best known for beating his opponent Benny “The Kid” Paret to death in the ring in 1962 after the latter taunted him with a gay slur at weigh-in.
Get lots more details on the Lenny Abrahamson Emile Griffith movie after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
The first big hits are starting to emerge from this fall’s festivals, and one early favorite is Room. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson and based on the book by Emma Donoghue, the drama stars Brie Larson as a young woman who’s been kept captive in a single room for years. In there with her is her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay), who’s never seen the outside world. Watch the Room trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Emma Donoghue‘s Room was one of the most talked-about novels of 2011, and now it could be one of the most talked-about films of 2015. A24 has just released the chilling first trailer for the Room movie, starring Brie Larson as a young woman who’s been held captive for years along with her 5-year-old son Jack (Jacob Tremblay). Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) directed. Watch the first Room trailer after the jump. Read More »
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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 »
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 Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
If you’ve heard of What Richard Did, there’s a good chance it was in the context of a conversation about Transformers 4. A few months ago, Irish actor Jack Reynor was plucked from relative obscurity to become Michael Bay‘s new Shia LaBeouf, and What Richard Did was one of the few films on his resume. If Transformers 4 does well, this young star has the potential to become one of Hollywood’s hottest young stars overnight. But as he moves on to higher-profile roles, his sensitive turn in What Richard Did makes me hope he won’t leave indies behind completely.
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