Posted on Monday, June 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
While it wasn’t a universally lauded smash on the order of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Robot & Frank proved a minor hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival thanks to strong central performances and a fun premise. Frank Langella plays the titular Frank, an elderly crank whose grown children (Liv Tyler and James Marsden) become concerned over his growing inability to take care of himself.
In an attempt to deflect some familial responsibility, Frank’s son gets him a robot (voiced by Peter Sarsgaard) who’ll look after him. Following classic buddy-comedy form, Frank initially despises the thing before he eventually develops a rich friendship with it. The twist? Frank is a retired jewel thief who trains Robot to help him get plot a multi million-dollar heist. Susan Sarandon also stars, as a librarian with a soft spot for Frank. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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Ti West is really moving forward with his next film, the sci-fi tinged thriller The Side Effect. (Which we formerly referred to as The Side Effects, and which I still suspect will get a new title, as Steven Soderbergh is making a movie called Side Effects.) Just days ago we pointed out an interview where West said the film was nearly funded and that he had a lead actor in mind.
Now the deal is done for that actor: Liv Tyler, who will play a woman who deals with the psychological effect of months alone in space. Read More »
Sundance entry The Ledge, in which Terrence Howard plays a detective who is trying to talk Charlie Hunnam out of killing himself, has always seemed like one of those movies. A known but not terribly high-powered cast; a big setup; and a story that seems to uncomfortably weave a discussion about religion into the narrative. A movie about Issues, in other words, disguised none too cleverly as a thriller. (And it isn’t Man on a Ledge; that’s a different film with Sam Worthington.) Now that there is a trailer for the IFC release, it seems even more so. Check it out after the break, but be ready to see Patrick Wilson‘s righteous religious fury stir up some trouble. Read More »
Here is the trailer for James Gunn‘s weird and probably, as the quote suggests, very inappropriate super hero movie Super. Rainn Wilson looks like he is perfectly cast as a guy who creates a costumed alter-ego after his hot wife (Liv Tyler) dumps him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Ellen Page is the young girl who becomes his too-eager sidekick after helping instruct him on the basics of superheroes and we even get a peek at Nathan Fillion as The Holy Avenger. Check out the almost-uncomfortable trailer after the break. Read More »
James Gunn made his film Super, starring Rainn Wilson as an average guy who creates a costumed alter-ego after his wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), on a tiny budget and with a great deal of freedom. There’s something appropriate about the story of a weird, homegrown ‘superhero’ becoming a weird, homegrown movie. I find the film’s promise of uncomfortable humor and l0w-budget violence appealing, and think this poster captures some of the film’s spirit perfectly. See the full handmade-looking image after the break. Read More »
Upon first reading about The Ledge, it felt like one of those classic Sundance Film Festival movies that could breakout and be a hit. It has a well-known cast, an experienced writer/director and a story that’s easily digestible. The story is about how and why a man on the ledge of a building is ready to kill himself, the cast includes Charlie Hunnam, Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard and the writer/director is Matthew Chapman, who wrote Runaway Jury, Color of Night and Consenting Adults.
And while The Ledge is filled with interesting characters, solid performances and even some smart, thought-provoking dialogue, the story itself wanders around like leaf in the wind, at times totally unaware of the driving force of the movie: the Ledge of the title. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Last night it was reported that Elijah Wood was part of a group of actors shortlisted to return for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. This left a lot of people confused, as The Hobbit takes place before Wood’s character Frodo Baggins is even born. But now the official Lord of the Rigns fansite confirms that (as of now) Wood is set to reprise his role as Frodo in The Hobbit, and even explain how this will be possible.
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I was one of the many who really loved James Gunn‘s Slither, and have been highly looking forward to his follow-up. Super premiered on Friday night as part of the Midnight Madness line-up of the Toronto International Film Festival.
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