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REVOLUTIONARY ROAD
While nothing Sam Mendes has made since his directorial debut has lived up to the greatness of American Beauty, his recent return to examining the perils of suburban life still provides an interesting examination of what it’s like to feel stuck in a lifestyle you cannot stand, even if it is more concerned with hammering home its bleak message than presenting it in what you’d call an “entertaining” way. The movie certainly has its flaws: it’s overwritten at times, the ending is unnecessarily melodramatic, and the “crazy son” character (despite being brilliantly played by Michael Shannon) acts as nothing more than a lazy device to spell out the film’s message. What saves the film, however, is Mendes’ top notch direction and the emotionally effective lead performances by Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. They all do such an admirable job, you’re liable to forget that the film has any faults at all.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe, a “Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road” featurette, and deleted scenes.

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Revolutionary Road Movie Trailer

/Film reader Rama’s Screen sends over word that the trailer for Sam MendesRevolutionary Road, the new film which reunites Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. And this time we have it without the annoying Entertainment Tonight voiceover. I’m still weary because of some of the simplistic dialogue, but I have yet to be let down by Mendes yet. Plus, the film will probably be wroth watching for Roger Deakins cinematography alone. And besides, it seems like it has all the criteria for award season contention. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below.

Based on the novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the story of a young couple trying to find fulfillment in an age of conformity. Trapped in a world of encoded convention, they dream without faith, as lies and self-deceptions build to explosive consequences.

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Revolutionary Road hits theaters on December 26th 2008.

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Revolutionary Road Trailer Previewed

Entertainment Tonight has a sneak preview of the teaser trailer for Revolutionary Road, Sam Mendes‘ new film which reunites Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. There is nothing more I hate than Mary Hart talking over the interesting parts of a movie trailer, but alas it is all we have. My first encounter with this footage was in hearing only the audio over the shoulder of a colleague as he watched it. I found the dialogue to be laughably on the nose, Paul Haggis style. But it becomes easy to dismiss when complimented with Roger Deakins’ cinematography. As always, tell me what you think in the comments below.

Based on the novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road tells the story of a young couple trying to find fulfillment in an age of conformity. Trapped in a world of encoded convention, they dream without faith, as lies and self-deceptions build to explosive consequences.

Revolutionary Road hits theaters on December 26th 2008.

Paramount/Dreamworks 2008/2009 Reshuffled Schedule

Paramount Pictures

Earlier we told you how Paramount/Dreamworks had pushed JJ Abrams’ Star Trek back to May 2009 as part of a major studio schedule reshuffle. Lets take a look at some of the other films in this huge reshuffle:

  • Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island starring Leonardo DiCaprio will now hit theaters on October 2nd 2009. No release date had previously been announced
  • David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt will move from November 26th to December 19th 2008.
  • The Ben Stiller comedy Tropic Thunder has been moved from July 11th to August 15th
  • Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, will now be distributed by Paramount Vantage.
  • A new yet-to-be-titled Wayne Bros comedy has been given a February 6th 2009 release date. The movie follows a rich, white girl from the suburbs who finds herself on a series of misadventures when she moves to the mean streets of the inner-city. Sounds hilarious! </sarcasm>
  • The Renée Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39 originally scheduled for release on August 22nd 2008 will now be released on April 10th 2009. The film centers on an idealistic social worker who saves an abused 10-year-old girl from her parents only to discover that the girl is not as innocent as she thinks.
  • Eddie Murphy’s Nowhereland, which was originally set to hit theaters on September 26th 2008 will now be released on June 12th 2009. Murphy plays a financial executive who can’t stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter’s imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.

Sam Mendes Making Dave Eggers Comedy

If you’ve never had the pleasure of spending five or so minutes looking for an “unstuffy, blue skies” photo of Sam Mendes, try staring at a piece of gray construction paper until your eyes glaze over. At least this new, upcoming project sounds like a nice change of pace (color?) for the director of American Beauty, who hasn’t been on auto-pilot since snagging Best Director in ’99, but sometimes it feels that way. Mendes has signed on to helm an untitled comedy based on the script, “This Must Be the Place,” by Vendela Vida and her husband, McSweeney’s maestro Dave Eggers. And yes, the script fits, like a circle into a circle-shaped hole, into that oh-so ’07 category of “unready for preggo, me laugh one day” movies.

Who’s bringing the funny to the flesh? Well, Maya Rudolph (PTA’s better half, SNL ethnic-role staple) and The Office‘s John Krasinki (so weird in Smiley Face), are attached like Velcro laces to star as a just-married couple searching for a proper place to pop out and raise a cute bebe. Filming is scheduled for March and it’s parked at Focus Features.

Mendes’s next film in theaters will be December’s ’50s set Revolutionary Road, starring Leonard DiCaprio and Mendes’s wife, Kate Winslet, as a couple torn up by cheating and other drama igniting from that crazy, little sparkler called love.

Revolutionary Road: A Titanic Marketing Gimmick?

Titanic

Last month we reported that Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet would reunite in Revolutionary Road. But what first seemed like a coincidence (Winslet’s husband Sam Mendes is directing which explains her casting) now seems to be a big marketing gimmick as Titanic co-star Kathy Bates is also set to board the project.

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Titanic Stars to Re-team for Revolutionary Road

Titanic

Titanic stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have signed on to star in Revolutionary Road for Dreamworks. Winslet’s husband and American Beauty director Sam Mendes will direct the film. This will be the first time he has directed either star.

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