a million little pieces trailer

Drug addiction recovery is always difficult to watch, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson‘s road to recovery as a young drug addict in A Million Little Pieces is straight up violent. It’s rare that you’ll find a red band trailer for a film based on a memoir of a recovered drug addict, but A Million Little Pieces warrants one when it shows the violent and bloody journey that Taylor-Johnson’s drug addict James goes through. Watch the red band A Million Little Pieces trailer below.

Read More »

A Million Little Pieces trailer

In 2006, director Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go, One Hour Photo) was in pre-production on a film adaptation of James Frey’s memoir A Million Little Pieces when he heard the bad news: the book, which had been promoted as part of Oprah’s Book Club and became a huge best-seller, wasn’t really a memoir at all. Frey had fabricated several aspects of the book, he went on Oprah’s show to apologize, and Romanek’s film adaptation was scrapped.

But now, inexplicably, the book has gotten a film adaptation anyway, this time with Sam Taylor-Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey) behind the camera directing her husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) in the lead role. Check out the trailer below.
Read More »

Never Let Me Go

After the Telluride Film Festival premiere of his latest film, I had the opportunity to sit down and interview director Mark Romanek for a long-form interview. It was a collaboration between Alex from FirstShowing and myself, which explains how we were able to get so much time with the filmmaker.

Mark Romanek is one of the best music video directors to come out of the 1990’s. His videos have included Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, “Scream” – Michael Jackson’s grammy award winning collaboration with sister Janet Jackson (at $7 million, one of the most expensive music video ever made), Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Til It’s Gone”, Johnny Cash’s gut-wrenching cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”, En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind”, Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, Beck’s “Devil’s Haircut”, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”. His 2002 feature film One Hour Photo is probably best known for Robin Williams’ dramatic turn. While the film is beloved by cinephiles, it pretty much went under the radar of mainstream audiences. It did however gain Romanek a lot of the respect in the movie industry. His follow-up, a big screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro‘s novel Never Let Me Go, premiered at the 37th Telluride Film Festival. The book was named one of TIME’s 100 Best Novels (from 1923 to the Present), featured on many top ten books of 2005 lists, and a finalist in the National Book Critic Circle Award.

After the jump is part one of the chat, where we talk about the director’s influences, how he became a music video director, his long journey back to feature filmmaking, and what it took to create his latest movie, Never Let Me Go.

Read More »