Amy Adams in NOCTURNAL ANIMALS teaser trailer

The fall festivals have yielded a bounty of excellent films, and one of the most talked-about right now is Nocturnal Animals. The second feature from fashion designer turned filmmaker Tom Ford stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal in an unusual, engaging, and drop-dead gorgeous tale of love and revenge.

Nocturnal Animals is actually two narratives braided together. In one, Susan (Adams) receives a manuscript for a novel by her ex-husband Edward. The two have long been estranged following an unforgivable betrayal on her part, but the book has her reflecting upon their history together. The other is the story laid out in Edward’s book, following a father, Tony (Gyllenhaal), whose family is brutally assaulted on a deserted road one night.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS teaser

The first wave of reviews for Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals are mostly positive. The critics who aren’t particularly taken with Ford’s romantic crime thriller describe it as a hollow piece of work. Ford’s moving debut A Single Man received similar criticisms from its few detractors, so it sounds like we should expect a similar response to his latest film, although it looks and sounds like a completely different movie.

Below, watch the Nocturnal Animals teaser for the trailer.

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NOCTURNAL ANIMALS review

There’s a lot to admire about Nocturnal Animals, the second feature from Tom Ford. The narrative is actually two narratives, beautifully braided together by Ford and brought to life by Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s pretentious pulp, in a good way — engaging to watch and pretty to behold. But Nocturnal Animals seems to be aiming for profundity, and there it falls short. It’s trying to say something, but what isn’t exactly clear.  Read More »

Nocturnal Animals posters

Fashion extraordinaire Tom Ford‘s second feature film is finally coming out. Ford made his directorial debut six years ago with A Single Man, a beautiful and often painful film about love and loss, and now he’s back with a very different type of movie. His latest, Nocturnal Animals, sounds like a real trip, almost like two films in one that, according to critics, calls to mind the works of Douglas SirkAlfred Hitchcock, and Sam Peckinpah. Those are some lofty comparisons. Based on the early reviews, though, Tom Ford earns them.

Below, check out some posters, photos, and early buzz for Nocturnal Animals.

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Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals

After becoming a 1960s Russian spy in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. earlier this year, Armie Hammer joining Nocturnal Animals, a dramatic tale of a story within a story that is the next film from A Single Man director Tom Ford.

Focus Features is behind the production based on Austin Wright’s novel Tony and Susan, and Hammer has a key role in the that focuses on a woman (Amy Adams) who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. And then things take an interesting turn. Read More »

New Tom Ford Film

Tom Ford made his directorial debut with the film A Single Man, and now, six years later, he is pulling together a cast for his follow-up. The new film is Nocturnal Animals, based on the book Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. The novel follows a woman who reads her ex-husband’s new novel, and finds the thriller plot of the manuscript becoming intertwined with the plot of the primary story. Now Ford has two great leads for the movie as Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to sign on. Read More »

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Whether it’s his classic tuxedo or a tiny blue bathing suit, clothes are just as much of James Bond’s character as his gadgets or drink of choice. For Skyfall, the latest Bond film directed by Sam Mendes, costume designer Jany Temime worked with both star Daniel Craig and fashion designer Tom Ford on making sure that iconic look remained, but was simultaneously modern and functional.

The latest video blog for the film, which opens November 9 in the US, talks primarily about that. However, if you don’t really care about costumes, designers and tight-fitting suits, the dozen or so new scenes and locations teased in the video should be enough to spark your interest. Check out the video below. Read More »

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When Harvey Weinstein picked up the $2 million rights to A Single Man, he’s said to have personally guaranteed director (and former Gucci creative director) Tom Ford an Oscar for Best Director or Best Picture. And though a statuette for either category seems unlikely given ’09’s ‘stiff competition, especially in light of the Coen Bros.’ fantastic A Serious Man, a nom(s) remains quite possible. Critical response and hip international buzz is equally strong. Today, the official trailer has surfaced, and oddly enough, its classy use of repetitive-as-to-be-thrilling music and imagery sans plot is similar to the ballsy trailer for the Coens’ opus. And not unlike the recent poster (below) for A Single Man, its trailer playfully or curiously omits the lead character’s sexual preference.

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First Trailer and Festival Buzz For A Single Man

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When I heard that Tom Ford was making a movie with Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, I was intrigued at the notion of him switching media, yet not all that interested in seeing the film. Ford is the designer who spent ten years (’94 to ’04) as creative director of Gucci and brought the fallen and nearly bankrupt brand back to prominence. (I figure a lot of our readers aren’t big fashion followers, but Ford’s influence can’t really be overstated.) Ford’s influence extended to the company’s advertising photography, and so the idea of him making a film wasn’t outlandish.

Now, having seen the lyrical and beautiful trailer, I can’t wait to see Ford’s directorial debut, A Single Man. Read More »