The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.
The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.
In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.
Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
In the past six years, James Wan and Patrick Wilson have made no fewer than four movies together. So it probably shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that when it came time for Wan to add to the cast of his latest project, he turned to his favorite star. Wilson is jumping into the pool with Wan for Aquaman, joining Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe. Learn more, including details on the character Wilson is playing, below. Read More »
The Conjuring was one of my favorite films of 2013 and remains a genuine contender for one of the best horror movies of the past decade. At the time, it felt like a summation of everything director James Wan had accomplished until that point: it was a clever crowdpleaser filled with scares, but it was also character-driven and classy, recalling an age where horror movies didn’t have to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
The Conjuring 2 ranked high on my most anticipated films of 2016 list and my faith was not displaced. Although not quite as good as the first film, this is one of the best horror sequels ever made, capturing what made the first movie so special and sprinting with it. With Wan taking another break from horror to make Aquaman, this is a perfect and fitting a tribute to the genre that made his career, a gift to people who like horror movies with a little bit of ambition. Let’s take a closer look at what makes The Conjuring 2 work so well…and what holds it back from being as good as the first one. SPOILERS ahead.
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In 2013, James Wan directed his most successful and critically acclaimed horror film, The Conjuring. Instead of rushing a sequel to a start date, all involved waited for Wan — a filmmaking machine who has had four features come out in the last three years — to come back for the sequel, which sees the return of paranormal investigators Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga). This time, the couple venture overseas for the Enfield Haunting.
At the press day for The Conjuring 2, Wan discussed with us his career, the pace of the film, working with kid actors, and more. We began our conversation with Wan discussing a striking long take in the sequel, in which Ed communicates with an evil spirit, Old Bill. It’s the kind of seamless long take you don’t know is a long take until it’s over. Below, read our James Wan interview.
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This summer James Wan is bringing plenty of horror to theaters. Lights Out with Teresa Palmer arrives in July to make sure you’re scared of the dark all over again. But before that, the filmmaker is behind the camera again for The Conjuring 2, the sequel to his successful horror flick about the real paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren.
This time the terror comes from across the pond with the events known as the “strange happenings in Enfield,” and a new featurette focuses on the victims of the real haunting that inspires the film. In addition, the real Lorraine Warren talks about their experience with this particular case. Watch The Conjuring 2 featurette after the jump. Read More »
After delivering a dose of horror for the summer back in 2013 with The Conjuring, director James Wan is back with the sequel, and if the new trailer is any indicator, this looks like one of the most intense hauntings that the genre has ever seen.
Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are back as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, and this time they’re going across the pond to check out what many have referred to as England’s Amityville, where a single mother and her children are being terrified over and over again by dark forces. It’s like The Exorcist on steroids.
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The Conjuring 2 mostly takes place in in Enfield, London, but that’s not where we travelled to visit the set of director James Wan‘s horror sequel. On this day in the schedule, the shoot was in Santa Clarita, CA — an unmistakable double for Enfield, London. Working not too far from the Warner Bros. lot, on a soundstage, the crew built the kind of basement you expect to see in a horror movie: dark, wet, and dangerous.
But, hopefully, like the first film, The Conjuring 2 isn’t the kind of movie we expect.
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Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
When The Conjuring originally opened in 2013, I couldn’t help but feel a little guilty placing it on my top ten of the year. After all, horror fans can be a desperate lot – we see something passable in an ocean of junk and latch on to it like it’s the second coming. As much as I loved James Wan‘s creepy, classy, and perfectly assembled haunted house movie, I was worried it wasn’t going to stand the test of time. I was worried that repeat viewings would reveal it to be something interesting but lackluster, a well-executed but empty experience.
Boy, was I wrong. Several years later, the first trailer for The Conjuring 2 is here and I have enough viewings of the first movie under my belt to know that this is the sequel to one of the best horror movies of the millennium. The second cinematic adventure of real-life paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren already has a place on my list of most anticipated movies of 2016.
Watch the Conjuring 2 trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, November 27th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Director James Wan has posted a new batch of photos from the set of his sequel to The Conjuring and now we can’t help but wish this movie was titled An American Exorcist Couple in London.
Dumb jokes aside, these images do give us a tiny taste of the upcoming sequel, which is actually called The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist and is set in England in the mid-1970s. Originally shared on Wan’s Twitter and Instagram pages, these photos show off the cast in period costume, Marylebone Station transported a few decades into the past, and even a tease of the film’s Christmastime setting.
You can check out the Conjuring 2 photos for yourself after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
No horror film in recent memory has demanded a sequel more than The Conjuring. James Wan‘s 2013 haunted house extravaganza remains one of the smartest, spookiest, and classiest mainstream genre films of the past few years, with husband-and-wife paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren being the most exciting horror protagonists to emerge in quite some time. So yeah, of course you’ll want to take a look at a new photo taken on the set of The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, especially since it features Patrick Wilson rocking some killer sideburns.
Check out the new The Conjuring 2 photo after the jump.
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