Posted on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 by David Chen
Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 by David Chen
This week marks the start of the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival, a 3-week movie extravaganza featuring over 270 feature films. That is, by any measure, an ungodly number of movies, and the whole thing can be pretty damn overwhelming. This will be my third year attending the festival I’m really looking forward to seeing a bunch of films, but I’ve narrowed it down to the five that I’m most looking forward to. Find them after the jump.
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It looks like doppelgangers, weirdly, are going to be one of the micro-trends of 2014. Earlier this month we got The Pretty One, an indie dramedy about a young woman who assumes her dead twin sister’s identity, and next month we’re getting Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal trying to track down a man who looks just like him.
Further down on the calendar is The Double, Richard Ayoade‘s adaptation of the Fyodor Dostoevsky novella. Jesse Eisenberg stars as both milquetoast Simon, who is horrified to discover that his exact likeness / polar opposite, the brash, charismatic James, is taking over his life.
The first few trailers did a great job of getting across the nightmarish vibe of the tale, but the newest one offers a better sense of the plot, as well as a bigger dose of Ayoade’s humor and wit. Check it out after the jump.
Richard Ayoade made a significant directorial debut with Submarine, and he returns to the director’s chair for The Double. (Not to be confused with the 2011 thriller of the same name starring Richard Gere and Topher Grace.) The new film, based on a novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, stars Jesse Eisenberg as a guy who discovers he has an exact double, and that the other guy is better and more successful in pretty much every way. (Not to be confused with the upcoming Denis Villeneuve movie Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.)
The film has played well at festivals, and this trailer will give you a good idea why; it’s a great trailer that has menace and an excellent sense of atmosphere, and even some humor that fits really well with the premise. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Richard Ayoade has come a long way from the days when he was known primarily to Brit comedy nerds as ubergeek Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd. He wowed TIFF in 2010 with his feature directing debut Submarine, and returned to the festival earlier this year to earn still more buzz with his sophomore effort, The Double.
Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the surreal comedy follows meek, overlooked office worker Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg), whose life is complicated by the appearance of his doppelganger James Simon (also Eisenberg). Identical to Simon in every way, only far more confident, charismatic, and ruthless, James swoops in and starts taking everything Simon wants but can’t have: the esteem of his colleagues, the affections of his office crush (Mia Wasikowska), and so on.
The new trailer has just arrived, and you can see it after the jump.
Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Five years ago, Richard Ayoade was mostly familiar to American audiences, if he was familiar at all, as ubernerd Maurice Moss from The IT Crowd. Since his 2010 directorial debut Submarine, however, he’s also known as… well, okay, he’s still the guy from The IT Crowd, but now people might also know him as a promising young filmmaker with style and wit to spare.
This year, he’s back with his sophomore directorial effort, The Double. A loose adaptation of the novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky, this dark comedy follows a man (Jesse Eisenberg) who is driven to insanity by the sudden appearance of his doppelganger (also Eisenberg). Think of it as Black Swan with less ballet and more soul-crushing office work, perhaps. Or that episode of Buffy where Xander gets split in two.
Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Submarine actors Noah Taylor and Yasmin Paige also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
I enjoyed his debut feature Submarine enough that I would’ve been looking forward to Richard Ayoade‘s next effort no matter what it wound up being, but his sophomore project is already shaping up to be every bit as interesting as his first. Jesse Eisenberg was cast in the lead role last summer, and it’s now been announced that rising star Mia Wasikowska will be joining him as well. The film is baed on a classic novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, with a script by Ayoade and Avi Korine (Harmony’s brother). More details after the jump.
Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
If you have any interest at all in seeing The Double, in which Richard Gere plays a former CIA operative partnered with a young FBI agent (Topher Grace) to hunt down the head of a Russian ring of assassins, I’d say skip this trailer. Because in less than three minutes it might not show you the full movie — there has to be more to The Double than this — but it sure feels like it does. If you’re not that invested, or just morbidly curious as to how a trailer can be totally artless, then carry on past the jump. Read More »
Casting Bits: Nick Nolte in ‘Parker;’ Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The Double;’ Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried in ‘Now You See Me’
Posted on Friday, August 5th, 2011 by Russ Fischer
Here’s one of several casting breaks to come your way in the next few hours, and this one is pretty damned good. Why? Because after the break you’ll find info on the following:
- Nick Nolte takes a role in hard-boiled crime thriller Parker.
- Jesse Eisenberg plays dopplegangers in The Double.
- And Mark Ruffalo and Amanda Seyfried join the increasingly promising FBI vs magicians thriller Now You See Me. Read More »
Casting Notes: Sarah Silverman in Take This Waltz; Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes in The Kennedys; Richard Gere and Topher Grace in The Double
Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Sarah Polley is putting together a film she’ll direct as a follow-up to the sad and terrific Away From Her, and she’s just landed Sarah Silverman to appear alongside Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams. Take This Waltz is about “a young woman (Williams) whose struggles with infidelity leads her to the realization that she may be addicted to the honeymoon period of her relationships.”
Rogen’s character is married to Williams; Silverman plays Rogen’s sister. Based on what we’ve heard of the script, which Polley also wrote, this will probably be tipped slightly more to the dramatic side of the scale, though I know it has significant funny aspects. I’m always happy to see comediennes play drama, so I hope Silverman’s role isn’t purely intended as comic relief. [Variety]
After the break, the Kennedys come to life (again) and Richard Gere partners up with Topher Grace. Read More »