Often times at Sundance you see the same stories played out with different characters. This year alone, for example, there are two movies about an estranged New York man returning home when his mother comes down with a debilitating ailment. Familiar indie stories don’t always work on the festival circuit, but sometimes when the right cast comes together, a decent amount of magic happens. Such is the case with The Fundamentals of Caring, a road trip comedy with heart based on Jonathan Evison‘s bestselling novel of nearly the same name and starring British sensation Craig Roberts (Submarine) and the always reliable Paul Rudd. Keep reading the Fundamentals of Caring review after the jump. Read More »
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The next directorial effort from James Franco will be an adaption of the John Steinbeck novel In Dubious Battle, and he has assembled a big-name cast: Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. The film will shoot in March, and we have a few more details on Franco’s In Dubious Battle film adaptation below. Read More »
The first Rudderless trailer and poster are here. Directed by William H. Macy, making his feature debut, the film stars Billy Crudup as Sam, a father who loses his son. Racked with depression, Sam eventually finds solace in his son’s original music. He performs the songs at an open mic, and eventually becomes popular because of the music. This creates quite the moral dilemma, as Sam is reaping the rewards of son’s genius without giving credit. From there, the film takes a dark twist that changes everything entirely.
Rudderless premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year and I wrote a review which you can read here. It’s an uneven, but very interesting film with great music and performances by Crudup and co-stars Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne and Felicity Huffman. It’ll hit theaters and VOD on October 17 and now you can see it for yourself. The Rudderless trailer and poster are below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Ethan Hawke has spent much of the past couple of years looking terrified, at least when he’s not busy wooing beautiful French women. He’s had roles in two Jason Blum-produced horror pics, Sinister and The Purge, and now he’s got himself a lead role in the late-summer thriller Getaway.
Directed by Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting, Dungeons & Dragons), the vehicle-centric actioner stars Hawke as a retired race car driver named Brent Magna (yes, really) whose wife has been kidnapped by a mysterious villain. Brent is forced to complete a number of highly illegal errands that involve driving really fast in a stolen sports car, while taking its owner (Selena Gomez) along for the ride.
It’s all profoundly silly, right down to the villain’s cartoonishly evil European accent, but if you’re in the mood for some cinematic junk food it could do the trick. Watch the latest trailer after the jump.
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Confession: for a long time I didn’t like Ethan Hawke. I can’t even remember why; the reason was irrational, I’m sure. Probably something along the lines of “I don’t like his face,” the sort of snap judgement made when you’re young, which sticks just because it’s there. I’ve long since revised my stance, mostly because it was stupid.
For anyone else who still harbors a lack of good feelings towards Hawke, check out the AMA he did at Reddit yesterday, which is one of the better actor/fan exchanges I’ve seen. Or see Before Midnight, which is great. The Purge also opens this week, and while it is less great, the fault (as with Sinister) isn’t with Hawke.
There’s actually a minor explosion of genre movies featuring Hawke. In addition to those two horror pictures there’s Getaway, which co-stars Selena Gomez, and also a car. This isn’t The Getaway, which would be the story by Jim Thompson that has already been adapted twice, and influenced From Dusk Till Dawn. This is a different straight-up race movie, pared down to the bare essentials. The trailer is below, and it builds to a nice pitch. Read More »
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Oddly enough, everything you need to know about Spring Breakers is represented by its two credited music composers: Cliff Martinez and Skrillex. Martinez is a veteran, a regular Steven Soderbergh collaborator who recently did the score to Drive. He’s known for pulsing, tense, dramatic scores. Skrillex is the world’s best known dubstep DJ, known for grimy, catchy party anthems infused with a certain soul and savagery. Those two sounds, traditional and modern, are Spring Breakers in a nutshell. It’s a wild, entertaining and vibrant movie with an underbelly of tension and purpose.
At times Spring Breakers pops with energy and excitement. It then dives into much more intense drama. The tones, like those of the score, sometimes clash. But often the oddfellows mesh beautifully, making us question why this film is the way it is: a fever dream of drugs, sex and violence. The answer brings to light some tough questions about society’s core beliefs. Read More »
Four young women rob a store in an attempt to enjoy the best spring break ever. Then they team up with a despicable drug dealer, and things get really weird. Those are the broad strokes of Harmony Korine‘s highly anticipated Spring Breakers, which opens limited March 15 and wide March 22. The film is a colorful, high-octane, ode to excess starring an Oscar nominee (James Franco), two former Disney starlets (Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens) and two more talented young actresses (Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine).
Just watching the trailer for Spring Breakers offers tons of visual stimulation, and the company behind the film is taking that to the next level. They’re holding a make your own Spring Breakers poster campaign. To kick it off, we’re proud to exclusively debut an awesome poster designed by artist Doaly. Check it out below along with more details on the contest. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
The four bikini-clad, gun-toting hotties at the center of Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers have drawn quite a bit of attention, by virtue of the fact that they’re, well, four bikini-clad, gun-toting hotties. (And two of them former Disney gals, no less.) But based on festival reviews, it may be James Franco as Alien you really want to keep an eye on.
Franco’s performance is so strong, distributor A24 reportedly even considered giving the film an Oscar-qualifying December release to allow Franco a shot at the big prize. Nothing actually came of that plan, as far as I know, but it’s just another indication that Franco and the movie around him will be worth checking out when it finally comes to theaters. The new red-band trailer puts the spotlight on Alien, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even before its debut at Venice last fall, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers was attracting attention for its unexpected cast and wild premise. Former Disney gals Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez star with Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson as longtime pals desperate to get out of their boring college town. They hatch a plan to rob a convenience store, and then use the cash to head to Florida and party all day in skimpy neon bikinis. But the police eventually get the jump on them, and the girls are arrested.
Enter James Franco‘s Alien, flashing a totally ridiculous grill and even more absurd-looking cornrows. The drug kingpin/rapper bails the girls out of jail and convinces them to join his crew, promising all the debauchery and adventure they could ever ask for. Watch the trailers after the jump.
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