the brothers bloom

Every now and then, a director comes along whose debut film is so inventive and skillful that it heralds the arrival of a bold new creative voice. For director Rian Johnson, that film was Brick, a Dashiell Hammett mystery set in a California high school. With his stylish filmmaking (on a shoestring budget, no less) and his unique, enthralling dialogue, Johnson evinced a formidable degree of promise. It’s been four years since Brick won a Sundance Special Jury Prize for Originality of Vision, and I’ve been extremely eager to see what Johnson would come up with for his follow-up. Does his new film, The Brothers Bloom, show that he’s more than just a one-hit wonder?
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The Brothers Bloom Video Clip: “The Mark”

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Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from Rian Johnson‘s The Brothers Bloom. If you’re already planning to see the film (which I hope is the case), I would recommend saving the experience for the big screen and not watching the video. The two minute-long clip, titled “The Mark”, shows the brothers, played by Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo, make their first attempt to trick an unsuspecting victim, played by Rachel Weisz. It gives you a good idea of the tone of comedy to expect. The clip is embedded after the jump.

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A Card Trick From The Brothers Bloom

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Summit Entertainment has released a new clip from Rian Johnson‘s The Brothers Bloom. The clip shows one of the many wonderful sequences in the film. Rachel Weisz explains to  Adrien Brody why she became a shut in, through the help of a magic trick. Any screenwriter knows that exposition is the hardest thing to write in an interesting way. In this sequence, Johnson makes exposition not only entertaining, but cinematic, shooting the whole card trick in one take with the actual actress. Watch the clip embedded after the jump or in High Definition on Apple.

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The Brothers Bloom

It’s been a long few years since Rian Johnson’s first film Brick but Johnson’s follow-up, The Brothers Bloom, is finally about to hit theaters, with a limited release in NY/LA on May 15 and expanding wider in the weeks following. My full review of The Brothers Bloom won’t be published until the 15th, but in the meantime, I can tell you that I’ve seen the film and was completely blown away. Rian Johnson has successfully crafted what I would call a con film with a heart, and continues to live up to his promise as one of the most exciting directors working today.
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The Brothers Bloom

Rian Johnson‘s (Brick) “big fun globetrotting con man movie” The Brothers Bloom doesn’t hit theaters until May 29th, but right now you can watch the first 7 minutes on Hulu. Things to look out for: One of the young Brothers Bloom is played by Where the Wild Things star Max Records, as Rian points out in the intro. You might recognize the voice in the voice over narration as Magician Ricky Jay, who also provided some narration for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. But this opening sequence introduces you to the quirky tone and characters of this story. It’s a great movie. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait to see it again myself. Check out the first seven minutes, embedded after the jump.
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The new poster for Rian Johnson‘s The Brothers Bloom is much like the new trailer — Summit has basically added a bunch of critic quotes. The big problem now is that the new poster doesn’t really tell you much about the tone, genre or story. The poster features a photo of a bunch of actors holding white and orange colored umbrellas, an image that doesn’t immediately convey “quirky conman comedy”. Not that I loved the older poster, but at least it featured shots of the main stars with packs of money, guns, and even a car explosion. Unable to explain what the movie is about visually, they have added an overwhelming wall of text quotes.

I really loved this film when I caught it in September, and have been dying to see it again. I really hope it finds an audience, but you never know with a poster like this. I would have much rather seen a Hollywood-ized version of Zach Johnson’s poster. Check out the new poster in larger resolution after the jump.

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Rian Johnson‘s cousin Zach Johnson created an alternative poster for The Brothers Bloom. Zach is responsible for a lot of the hand-drawn artwork included in the film. He created the alternative poster as a free side project, and Summit liked it so much they added it to the film’s official website. Check out the full poster and the artist’s thoughts after the jump.

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The Brothers Bloom Movie Trailer #2

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Summit Entertainment has released “Trailer #2″ for The Brothers Bloom, Rian Johnson‘s follow-up to the critically acclaimed indie high school noir film Brick. I use quotation marks around “Trailer #2″ because the movie trailer is not much different from the original trailer that was released in July before the film got pushed back. The revised trailer includes some new title cards, including “From the Writer/Director of Brick”. I somewhat remember that Summit was criticized on the blogs for not mentioning Johnson’s debut film, which has now become a cult film among film fanatics, in the original trailer release. The trailer also features the addition of some new critic pull quotes, including one from my sometimes hyperbolic friend Alex at FirstShowing.

You might be wondering why I’m posting this trailer if it shows the exact same footage from the first trailer. I’m not quite sure. First of all, its a slow news day. Second, it has been so long (almost 9 months) since that trailer premiered, and with the film beign released in theaters on May 15th (wide on the 29th), I thought it might be good for a refresher. But honestly, I really loved this film . I saw it during my 30-day film festival trip, traveling from Telluride to Toronto to Fantastic Fest. Brothers Bloom definitely ranks up there with some of the other great North American premieres I saw during the trip, such as The Wrestler and Slumdog Millionaire. Hopefully that will give you some indication of how much I enjoyed the movie. And it’s definitely one of the movies that grows on you more with time. I can’t wait to see it again. Watch the revised trailer after the jump.

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