Director Jeremy Saulnier has delivered chills, thrills and blood spills at the Sundance Film Festival before. His film, Blue Ruin, featured the relatively unknown actor Macon Blair setting out to track down the people who killed his parents and deliver his vengeance upon them. It appears some of Jeremy Saulnier’s filmmaking style has rubbed off on his leading man as Blair has returned to Sundance, this time as the writer and director of own twisted tale of revenge.
I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (which honestly needs a new title) stars the endlessly charming Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air, Win Win) as Ruth, a woman who is fed up with people being assholes. It’s that simple. One day, she comes home to find that her house has been broken into, with the thieves having stolen her laptop, a set of silver she inherited from her grandmother, and some prescription medication for depression and anxiety. When it becomes clear that the police are basically doing nothing to help her, she decides to take matters into her own hands.
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
If you’ve seen the films of Jeremy Saulnier, you know Macon Blair. While he’s been in plenty of other movies, Murder Party, Blue Ruin, and Green Room have placed Blair front-and-center, giving him meaty roles and asking him to pull off tricky characters. As a result, he has become one of my favorite actors and I am always delighted when I see him appear on screen.
So it’s a little weird to say that I’m looking forward to the new Macon Blair movie while knowing that he’s not playing a lead character. That’s because I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore is Blair’s directorial debut and the new trailer has arrived. And wouldn’t you know it – it looks really good.
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There’s being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and then there’s finding yourself in the middle of a group of neo-Nazis who will stop at anything to cover up a murder. That’s exactly what happens in Jeremy Saulnier‘s latest thriller Green Room when a punk rock band sees something they weren’t supposed to after playing a shady stop on a little cross country tour.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) are among the bandmates while Imogen Poots (Fright Night) is the concertgoer whose friend has met a grisly fate at the hands of another band member’s violent ways. They all end up stuck in this hell that is meticulously taken care of by Patrick Stewart and his loyal group of skinheads. A new Green Room red band trailer shows just how intense this movie truly is, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. Read More »
The new film from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier is called Green Room, and knowledge of the premise and cast was enough to place the film as number two on my “most anticipated of 2015” list, right behind Mad Max: Fury Road. The story features a punk band trapped in a backwater venue after playing an ill-advised gig, and essentially under siege from a racist gang. Patrick Stewart leads the cast as the leader of the bad guys, and Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Joe Cole, Callum Turner, Mark Webber, and Macon Blair all have parts too.
Green Room premiered at Cannes over the weekend to great acclaim, and along with the first review comments we’ve got an excellent clip from the film. Read More »
Jeremy Saulnier is putting together the follow-up to his excellent thriller Blue Ruin, and he’s got a cast that makes the film an instant lock to see. Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots all star in Green Room, which Saulnier wrote and will direct. But it’s the most recent addition that will probably get your attention. Patrick Stewart has joined the cast to play the leader of a bunch of “white power skinheads.” Read More »
The indie thriller Blue Ruin is one of your best bets for spring moviegoing. This is a lean, compact, and really effective revenge tale about a guy who takes extreme measures in an ill-considered effort to protect and avenge his family. It’s a dark, violent movie with flashes of macabre, gruesome humor, and a nicely-pitched lead performance from Macon Blair. Jeremy Saulnier‘s revenge tale just doesn’t mess around, and should captivate anyone who wants to spend an hour and a half in some pretty dark (yet still entertaining) places. Check out a great new trailer below.
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There are some great small thrillers coming your way soon. The excellent Cheap Thrills is on VOD now, for example, and will be in theaters later this month. Following that is Blue Ruin, a movie that did the festival circuit last year and has earned a reputation as a lean and very compact thriller.
I really enjoyed Blue Ruin; it doesn’t mess around, and doesn’t indulge in anything for the sake of impressing the audience. It sets up the story of a young man (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to deliver a violent blast of vengeance against the man who hurt his family. But writer/director Jeremy Saulnier isn’t interested in making a typical bloody revenge thriller; there’s a much more grounded and effective tone to Blue Ruin.
Check out a new Blue Ruin trailer below; this ad from the UK is as compact as the movie it represents. Read More »