1917 featurette new

Ready for a deep-dive into 1917, the latest film from Sam Mendes? A new, unusually long featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the World War I epic, with Mendes talking about the origins of the movie, and cinematographer Roger Deakins delving into how he pulled off the film’s impressive “one-shot” set-up. Watch the 1917 featurette below.

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1917 review

Not since Mad Max: Fury Road has a film so fully embraced the “motion” part of motion pictures. Sam Mendes‘ jaw-dropping, nerve-jangling World War I epic 1917 is designed to look like one extremely long take from start to finish, resulting in a film that almost never sits still. The clock is ticking, and the narrative thrusts the characters forward as if a strong wind is at their backs.

One-take movies are nothing new, and 1917 ran a serious risk of being gimmicky. But Mendes, working with master cinematographer Roger Deakins, uses the single-take concept to fully enhance the narrative. Best of all, the film underscores its technical prowess with a raw, emotional story that finds beauty struggling to push through all the muck and mire. In 1917, war is hell, but it’s a hell you can find your way back from as long as you remember your humanity.

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cgi james dean

Finding Jack directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh believed they had struck gold. Unable to find the perfect actor for a role in their Vietnam War drama, they decided to use cutting edge technology to resurrect one of Hollywood’s greatest legends, James Dean. Using digital technology, the co-directors would cast a CGI James Dean in a major supporting role in their adaptation of the novel by Gareth Crocker. Then, the backlash started to roll in: It’s a dishonor to Dean’s legacy, cinematic sacrilege, critics cried. And Ernst and Golykh were somehow baffled.

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midway review

In 2001, Michael Bay unleashed Pearl Harbor, a big, dumb, corny, effects-driven war epic about the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed. Featuring a lifeless romantic subplot and an exhausting runtime, it’s not what anyone would consider to be a good movie. But watching Midway, the new catastrophe from disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich that covers similar material, one finds themselves pining for the nuance of Bayhem. For all his flaws, Michael Bay at least knows how to stage a scene with human characters interacting (sometimes). The same can’t be said for Emmerich.

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finding jack

Today in terrible ideas: James Dean will return from the grave to star in the new movie Finding Jack. Dean, who died in 1955, will be brought back to life via CGI in the Vietnam War action-drama. Directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh say they have the approval of Dean’s family to perform this digital necromancy, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. To paraphrase Dr. Ian Malcolm, the filmmakers were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

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Jojo Rabbit Cast Featurette

It’s a little too early in awards season to make any grand claims about frontrunners and whatnot, but word on the street is that Jojo Rabbit will very likely be a key player when the time comes, and a new featurette with director Taika Waititi introducing the film’s cast shows us why.

Based on Christine Leunens’s book Caging Skies, the film follows a young German boy named Jojo (newcomer Roman Griffin Davis) who finds himself questioning the Nazi principles being instilled in him at a young age when he encounters a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) being hidden in their attic by his mother (Scarlett Johansson). Oh, and did we mention that this is a comedy that makes Nazis look like complete fools and pushes forth a message of love and acceptance? Watch below! Read More »

devotion movie

Fresh off his Sundance thriller SweetheartJ.D. Dillard is switching gears to helm the Korean War epic Devotion. The biographical movie is set to star Glen Powell as an elite U.S. Navy fighter pilot who makes a heroic sacrifice during the Korean War.

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Masters of the Air TV Series

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks previously brought the stirring World War II drama of Band of Brothers and The Pacific to HBO. But with Spielberg tooting the horn for Apple TV+, it should come as no surprise that his latest war drama collaboration with Hanks is heading to the forthcoming streaming service instead of sticking with cable.

Masters of the Air is a new event limited series heading to Apple+ from Speilberg’s own Amblin Television and Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman‘s Playtone production banner. The series is based on Donald L. Miller’s book, which carries the full title of Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany. Find out more below. Read More »

1917 new york comic-con 2019

The reunion of the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes with the legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins was enough reason to be excited for the World War I drama 1917. A drama that takes place in one single day, 1917 follows two young British soldiers (Dean Charles Chapman and George MacKay) as they’re given an impossible mission of delivering a message deep into enemy territory to prevent a deadly massacre. But one more element would set this war drama apart from the rest: it is a two-hour movie that will be presented in one unbroken, continuous shot. Through a series of camera trickery and clever cuts, Mendes and Deakins are combining their talents to shoot one of the most ambitious war movies yet.

The duo — alongside producer Pippa Harris, co-writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and stars Dean Charles Chapman, George MacKay — seemed almost tranquil at the 1917 New York Comic-Con 2019 panel this Thursday. Here’s what we learned about the upcoming World War I drama.

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Matthew Vaughn is no stranger to taking a beloved property and crafting a fresh, energetic origin story out of it. But this time, with The King’s Man, he gets to do it to his own movies. Vaughn’s Kingsman films, loosely based off of Mark Millar’s comic books, followed a fictional secret service organization that presented a hyperviolent twist on the concept of the gentleman spy. With his upcoming action spy film, The King’s Man, Vaughn gets to explore the origins of that secret service organization while paying homage to classic cinema.

Vaughn took the stage at 20th Century Fox’s New York Comic-Con panel Thursday with the stars of his upcoming film The King’s ManRalph Fiennes, Harris Dickinson, and Djimon Hounsou. Here’s what we learned at The King’s Man New York Comic-Con 2019 panel.

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