Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2011 by Angie Han
A few days ago, we posted a red-band trailer for David Gordon Green‘s The Sitter, and several of you complained about the very NSFW audio that opens the trailer. I’m not sure why so many of you are watching movie trailers with the volume turned all the way up in your offices and classrooms — do your bosses really not care if you watch trailers all day as long as they’re SFW? If so, lucky you — but rest assured that you can crank this new green-band version up at top volume without risking the wrath of your superiors and colleagues.
Starring Jonah Hill, the “Adventures in Babysitting meets Superbad” comedy follows a lazy young man who gets roped into babysitting for a family friend. Naturally, one thing leads to another, and our feckless hero and his young charges find themselves on a wild ride that includes psychotic drug dealers (Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove), a sexy and willing young woman (Ari Graynor), at least one crazy car chase, and some punches in the face. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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We don’t often cover short films for over a year in advance, but Ruairi Robinson made the great short The Silent City and was attached to the live-action Akira remake, so when concept video cropped up for a new film of his in late 2009, we noticed. That film turns out to be the short Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a kid whose family has some problems. He gets the latest robot family helper, Blinky, for Chrismas, but that doesn’t solve all his issues. In fact, it doesn’t solve any of them. The full short is after the break. Read More »
A year ago we posted a concept video for a project called Bad Robot. The footage had an odd robot, sort of R2D2 by way of Pixar, dancing around for a few seconds. The director was Ruairi Robinson, who made the good short film The Silent City, embedded in the concept video link above, and was once attached to the live-action Akira.
Bad Robot hasn’t been heard from in a year. But there’s been a film called Blinky on Mr. Robinson’s IMDB page for some time. Turns out the two are one and the same. (No surprise on the name change, given that ‘bad robot’ is fully in use by JJ Abrams.) Now there’s a teaser trailer for Blinky, starring Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) as a boy whose robot best friend might not turn out to be 100% safe. This might turn out to be a fun film – check out the footage after the break. Read More »
Earlier this year Jonah Hill agreed to star in The Sitter, a comedy in which Hill will play a college dropout who gets into more than he bargained for (like drug deals and car chases) when he agrees to babaysit the children of a family friend.
Now J.B. Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Max Records (Where the Wild Things Are) and new child actor Kevin Hernandez have all signed on. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2009 by David Chen
Note: The following will contain minor spoilers for the movie Where The Wild Things Are and will assume that you know the plot of the book it’s based on.
Let’s get this out of the way: Where The Wild Things Are is not a film for everyone. While Warner Bros. might hope to position this as a kids’ film, it lacks many of the trappings you might expect from the genre; Max doesn’t go on some grand quest with the Wild Things and, just like the book, not that much changes in the real world by the time you reach the end of the story. Even the aesthetic of the world, laden with its warm yet monochromatic look, doesn’t lend itself to conventional notions of whimsy. But what the film lacks in convention, it makes up for faithfully capturing many elements of the childhood experience, complete with its resplendent wonder as well as its crushing disappointments.
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More images that bottle a sense of “child-like wonder” and “child-like terror” have washed up on the ‘nets courtesy of the New York Times. They nicely compliment a post yesterday on Sonny Gerasimowicz, the unlikely art director on Where the Wild Things Are. Grab a child-like blanket and prepare to curl up in the fetal position inside your man-like cubicle after the jump…
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As the young Max Records steps out onto the stage of Hall H he looks out at a couple thousand people but is more self-possessed than a lot of the adult actors we’ve seen stroll out into the Comic Con spotlight. There’s a brief ‘wow’ but he never looks shaken. Records, who we saw briefly in The Brothers Bloom and stars as Max in Where the Wild Things Are, has a quote from Maurice Sendak written on his hand. “You know I really love this movie and I hope people like it, because if not they can all go straight to hell.” Beyond that Max didn’t talk much; instead he introduced three long clips from Wild Things that suggest the movie is tender, adventurous and, yeah, dark and maybe even a bit dangerous. Read More »
Rian Johnson‘s (Brick) “big fun globetrotting con man movie” The Brothers Bloom doesn’t hit theaters until May 29th, but right now you can watch the first 7 minutes on Hulu. Things to look out for: One of the young Brothers Bloom is played by Where the Wild Things star Max Records, as Rian points out in the intro. You might recognize the voice in the voice over narration as Magician Ricky Jay, who also provided some narration for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. But this opening sequence introduces you to the quirky tone and characters of this story. It’s a great movie. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to see it again myself. Check out the first seven minutes, embedded after the jump.
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Entertainment Weekly also has a couple new photos from Spike Jonze‘s big screen adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where The Wild Things Are.
Max Records plays Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, who creates his own world — a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler. The cast also includes Catherine Keener, Max Records, Mark Ruffalo, Lauren Ambrose, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara, and Forest Whitaker.
Where The Wild Things Are hits theaters on October 16th 2009.