Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we join a cult, marvel at the spectacle that was the XFL, consume Belgium’s gritty waffle of an Oscar contender, get excited by the OTHER Peter Berg project, and get inspired by the lord of the Upright Citizens Brigade and many comedians across this land. Read More »
Making a film so soon about the Boston Maraton bombing understandably makes people skeptical, but Patriots Day is a respectful movie. A film this emotional and unsettling suggests anyone involved in director Peter Berg‘s latest had only the sincerest of intentions. The trailers haven’t come close to capturing the intensity and heartache and beauty of Berg’s latest, but this new preview comes the closest.
Below, watch the new Patriots Day trailer.
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Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Perhaps still reeling from the sheer ridiculousness of Battleship, Peter Berg has devoted much of his past few years to recreating one all-too-real event after another. First there was Lone Survivor, and then there was Deepwater Horizon. Now, as the end of 2016 approaches, there’s Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its immediate aftermath.
Berg’s past two films earned critical praise for their grittiness, their intensity, and their attention to detail. Will Patriots Day be cut from the same cloth? The drama made its premiere last night and the first reactions are in. Get the Patriots Day early buzz below. Read More »
Peter Berg already directed one movie this year depicted the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry with Deepwater Horizon. Now he has one more true story coming to theaters just in time for awards season chronicling one of the most devastating terrorist attacks on American soil in the past decade.
Patriots Day tells the story of the Boston Marathon bombing that took place on April 15, 2013, killing 3 civilians and injuring an estimated 264 others. The film focuses on the day of the attack and the manhunt that followed. See how it unfolds in a new Patriots Day trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
If you liked Deepwater Horizon last weekend, perhaps you’ll want to catch Peter Berg‘s other new movie based on a real-life tragedy and starring Mark Wahlberg as a down-to-earth hero when it opens later this year.
Patriots Day centers on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed several people and injured hundreds more. Walhberg plays police sergeant Tommy Saunders, who’s present at the scene and in the days that follow, gets involved in the manhunt for the perpetrators. J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and Michelle Monaghan also star. Watch the Patriots Day trailer below. Read More »
For David Fincher’s drama, The Social Network, Nine Inch Nails front man Trent Reznor and composer Atticus Ross teamed up to deliver their first collaboration on a feature film score. Since then, they’ve reteamed with the filmmaker for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl, always delivering spectacular award worthy scores. But their next feature film collaboration will see them working with a different director this time.
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who last collaborated on Fisher Stevens’ climate change documentary Before the Flood) will be providing the score for Patriots Day, the Boston Marathon bombing drama directed by Deepwater Horizon and Lone Survivor helmer, which will again reteam the filmmaker with star Mark Wahlberg. Read More »
Very little is showy about Peter Berg‘s movies. He’s typically a filmmaker who manages to stay invisible, often successfully trying his hand at different genres. His strengths — his eye for performances and grasp on tension, in particular — are never overt in his movies. He’s a director that can build and build pressure over an extended period and create a great sense of geography with some quick cutting, but again, his skills never draw your attention away from the story.
As the director’s latest film, Deepwater Horizon, hits theaters, I wanted to take a look back at his career so far. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the opportunity to see Deepwater Horizon before putting together this list, but the reviews are enough to convince me to see it as soon as possible. Below, check out our Peter Berg ranking.
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Fans of The Rundown have had their hearts played with more than once over the past few years. Ever since it was first talked about, a sequel to Peter Berg‘s excellent popcorn movie has almost sounded too good to be true. There’s never been any concrete news to make us think we’ll see Beck (Johnson) go on another adventure. That’s still the case, but at least Peter Berg remains interested in directing a sequel, especially if it co-stars Jonah Hill.
Below, read what Berg said about The Rundown sequel.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Independence Day has come and gone, but CBS Films knows patriotism is a year-round ideal. The studio has released the first teaser poster for Patriots Day, Peter Berg‘s upcoming drama about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg stars as Boston police sergeant Tommy Saunders, who sets out on a race to find the bombers before they can attack again. John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons, and Michelle Monaghan also star.
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Lately, we’ve seen some trailers that begin with advertisements for the trailer. I don’t understand this trend, but it seems to keep happening. Hell or High Water is the latest trailer to begin with an ad, including shots we see later on in the footage. Why you’d have to sell a trailer to someone who’s already decided to watch it is beyond me, but enough about that. Let’s instead focus on Hell or High Water, the upcoming film from Starred Up and Perfect Sense director David Mackenzie. Mackenzie’s thriller stars Ben Foster, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, and more.
Watch the Hell or High Water trailer below.
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