The Spike Jonze film Her is absolutely wonderful, a speculative love story that is a terrific piece of low-key science fiction, and one of the best films of 2013. it is also super-easy to parody, because it is very earnest, and also features a relatively compact visual language. With a color-coded set, some well-chosen wardrobe, and a mustache, a filmmaker can make just about anyone look like the Joaquin Phoenix character.
This past weekend, SNL dressed up Jonah Hill in appropriate garb and threw him into a new parody of Her. The concept here is simple, and pays off with a cameo appearance that goes back a few years into Hill’s past. Check it out below. Read More »
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FX has landed some major comedic star power for a bunch of new pilots. Billy Crystal has a show called The Comedian, Tracy Morgan has a show called Death Pact, Denis Leary has a show called Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and that’s not the half of it.
There are 12 new pilots in total and the two most exciting might be a new show created by and starring Zach Galifianakis, which will be co-produced and co-written by Louis C.K. It’s the first show in C.K.’s new deal. Then, Oscar-winning writer Charlie Kaufman‘s new show How and Why has cast John Hawkes and Michael Cera in key roles. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bible-based projects are hotter than ever. This year alone, we’ll see Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Jesus tale Son of God. But while most are taking the familiar form of an historical epic, WGN America is going a different way with their religiously inspired new miniseries.
Produced by The Weinstein Co., 10 Commandments will consist of ten episodes, each of which will focus on a different commandment. Different is the key word here. Each installment will be helmed by a different director, with Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera among those attached right now. (Yes, that Michael Cera.) Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Posted on Monday, December 16th, 2013 by David Chen
When Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World debuted in 2010, I’ll admit it: I didn’t quite know what to make of it. Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were clearly send-ups of their respective genres, but Pilgrim defied my expectations. Part videogame movie, part comic-book movie, and part coming-of-age story, Pilgrim, based on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s award-winning graphic novel series, was a bold, singular creation that unfortunately never truly found its audience during its theatrical release.
In the intervening years, my appreciation of the film has grown considerably. After the jump, you can see my newest video essay analyzing the film and pointing out some of its hidden gems. Feel free to share your thoughts on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World in the comments.
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Is Sebastian Silva‘s Crystal Fairy a drug film? A road trip film, or a comedy? Maybe a drama, or an experimental film? In fact, the movie is all of those things. Filmed on a shoestring budget while waiting to make another movie called Magic Magic, Crystal Fairy stars Michael Cera as Jamie, an American traveling in Chile hoping to trip on the psychedelic chemical in the San Pedro cactus. Along the way he picks up a crazy American girl named Crystal (Gaby Hoffman) and with three brothers in tow they all go on a very awkward journey of discovery. Basically, it’s a film that defies any real classification beyond “captivating.”
That nature is why I was so excited to talk at length with the writer/director and star of the film. We spoke to Cera and Silva about the film and talked about its eccentricities, its different tones, strong female representation, and the idea of Cera playing a total ass. (OK, we touched on Arrested Development, too.)
The film is now playing in select cities and on-demand. Read our interview below. Read More »
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Sebastián Silva‘s first film at Sundance this year was the road trip/drug trip experiment Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus, or simply Crystal Fairy. Michael Cera stars as a somewhat clueless and boorish American on extended holiday in Chile. All he really wants to do is find a San Pedro cactus that he can boil down so that he can trip balls thanks to the hallucinogenic properties of the plant. But there’s a snag — along the way he and his friends pick up Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffman), a free spirit who provokes some very unwelcome self-examination on Cera’s part.
The first trailer for the film is out, and it has a lot of the weird humor that keeps the movie spinning. This footage also makes the film seem a bit more conventional than it really is — and since this isn’t exactly a conventional trailer, that should tell you something about the film. But damn, Hoffman’s performance is really something in this movie, and it’s great to see Cera take his own screen persona pretty far out on a limb, too. Read More »
The weirdest double-feature at Sundance this year was the pair of films from Sebastián Silva and Michael Cera. While in a holding pattern waiting to shoot one film, Magic Magic (see a trailer for that movie here) they improvised a second film, Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus. IFC picked up Crystal Fairy during the fest, and while we don’t yet have a trailer, we can show you the first poster for the film now.
While Cera is the “star” of both films, in truth each movie really comes to life thanks to the performance of an actress antagonized by Cera. Here, that’s Gaby Hoffmann, whose vibrant performance may be the most bracingly fearless turn you’ll see this year. It’s quite a thing to see.
Cera, Hoffman, and Juan Andrés Silva, José Miguel Silva, and Agustín Silva play an unlikely group of kids in search of the hallucinogenic San Pedro cactus. As you’ll see in the poster image, they definitely find one, and it’s effect of ingesting the distilled essence of the cactus that pushes things into the realms of the weird and deeply confessional. Check out the poster below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since breaking out on Arrested Development a decade ago, Michael Cera has gotten a lot of flack for his tendency to stick to the George-Michael Bluth type — awkward, timid, but fundamentally sweet. But just as George-Michael has matured into a more confident, independent young man in the new fourth season of the series, Cera’s started to branch out into darker, stranger material.
Among his intriguing recent work is Sebastián Silva‘s psychological thriller Magic Magic, in which he plays one of several jerks that poor fragile Alicia (Juno Temple) has the misfortune of getting stuck with during a Chilean vacation. Emily Browning, Agustín Silva, and Catalina Sandino Moreno also star. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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All that’s missing is the voice of Ron Howard’s narrator, but otherwise everything you want from Arrested Development is here in the first trailer for the show’s fourth season. The primary cast (Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter) all make appearances, and there are some great jokes.
Actually, while the trailer stars slow, it builds a good head of steam fast, and there are a lot of great jokes. As soon as Buster hits the screen, it’s all systems go. Can it be May 26 now? (And also, seriously, where’s Ron Howard?) Read More »