Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 by David Chen
With all the controversy surrounding director Roman Polanski’s legal troubles, I was quite curious to see his most recent film, The Ghost Writer, which recently premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and opened in limited release in the U.S. last weekend. I found it quite entertaining, a solid thriller with decent performances by leads Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Williams. Those looking for a political thriller with an all-star cast, a dash of humor, and some outlandish plot twists will probably find it a satisfying ride.
I had a chance to speak with Mr. Brosnan recently. We discussed his role in the film, the politics of The Ghost Writer, and Roman Polanski’s directing style. Hit the jump to read our interview. The Ghost Writer is already playing in NY and LA, and will expand wider beginning this Friday.
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There will be critics who call The Ghost Writer “a refreshing throwback to the taut political-conspiracy thrillers of the ’70s” and “an enjoyable treat that offers smart flashes of Roman Polanski in his prime,” and this praise, genuinely expressed or not, is unfortunate. Watching the film, I was convinced that had a “blind” screening been arranged—wherein a cinema-savvy audience was not aware of the director’s identity—hardly anyone would claim this a work by a masterful filmmaker. My personal guess would have been, “Ron Howard evoking Alfred Hitchcock—but has Howard lost his wet-fingered knack for the polished blockbuster? Either way, is this receiving a wide theatrical release?”
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The indie comedy/thriller Salvation Boulevard got an interesting trio of actors today: Pierce Brosnan, Ed Harris and Jim Gaffigan have all joined the cast. What’s the story? The film “is set in the world of mega-churches in which a former Deadhead-turned-born again-Christian finds himself on the run from fundamentalist members of his mega-church who will do anything to protect their larger-than-life pastor.”
Having lived in a couple areas spotted by mega-churches I kinda love this. George Ratliff is directing from a script he co-wrote with Douglas Stone, based on Larry Beinhart‘s novel Salvation Boulevard. I didn’t much like Ratliff’s last film, Joshua, but this cast is great and the story sounds like a good time. [Variety]
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Within the next few years, you can safely expect to see just about every film genre reworked for teens — the last few that haven’t already been fed into the Teen Machine will be lined up right quick. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, necessarily. Skewing a film young doesn’t mean it will be crap as an absolute, by any means. But when is a teen movie not a teen movie? When the studio responsible buys a young lit property and then skews the character ages up into their 20s. When every other project lately is about skewing ages down, that’s a bit confusing.
The reason for all that preamble is that Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Heist Society, a young-lit novel that will be published next week. Described as The Thomas Crown Affair for teens, the book could spawn a heist film for audiences for those who think the Oceans movies were too slow-paced. Read More »
Boy-oh-boy is the trailer for Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer melodramatic. This is some seriously loud filmmaking. It’s embedded beyond the break, but I suspect you can already feel it rumbling from up here.
The film is an adaptation of Robert Harris‘ thriller novel about a British Prime Minister based quite closely upon Tony Blair, and the nastiness that surrounds him. Pierce Brosnan is the PM and Ewan McGregor is the scribe called in the help him finish his memoirs after his last ghost writer dies in mysterious circumstances. It’s definitely a rather political story but the film seems pitched at a suitable level for easier, guilty-pleasure style consumption. Best of both worlds?
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Ask and ye shall receive. Just a couple of hours ago I wrote about the US release date for Roman Polanski‘s new film The Ghost Writer, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. Given that Summit set February 19 as the date, I assumed that we’d see a trailer any day now. In fact, there’s one right now. Only trouble is, it’s in German. Check it out after the break. Read More »
While you’re in the multiplex waiting for The Twilight Saga: New Moon to begin, you will probably see this trailer for Summit Entertainment’s other movie starring Robert Pattinson, the romantic drama Remember Me.
Robert Pattinson plays Tyler, a rebellious young man in New York City who has a strained relationship with his father (Pierce Brosnan) ever since tragedy separated their family. Tyler didn’t think anyone could possibly understand what he was going through until the day he met Ally (Emilie de Ravin) through an unusual twist of fate. Love was the last thing on his mind, but as her spirit unexpectedly heals and inspires him, he begins to fall for her. Through their love, he begins to find happiness and meaning in his life. But soon, hidden secrets are revealed, and the circumstances that brought them together slowly threaten to tear them apart. Remember Me is an unforgettable story about the power of love, the strength of family, and the importance of living passionately and treasuring every day of one’s life. Remember Me also stars Academy Award® winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation), and Academy Award® nominee Lena Olin (Chocolat).
Dare I say this film actually looks half decent, and Pattinson seems to be on a mission to show he might actually be more than just a teen heartthrob. And I’ll watch any film that Chris Cooper is involved in. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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When Roman Polanski was arrested in Zurich on Sunday his nearly completed film The Ghost was potentially orphaned. Though fully shot and mostly edited, significant post-production work remains on the film, which adapts the Robert Harris novel in which a ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) and uncovers dangerous secrets in the process. Read More »