Richard Shepard‘s The Perfection is probably not a movie anyone would call predictable. It twists and turns, but more importantly, always reveals more underneath the star cellists of the movie, played with real intensity by Allison Williams and Logan Browning. They keep a movie grounded even as it quickly goes from gross to horrific to funny and to tragic, always keeping the audience on its toes.
Co-written by Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo, The Perfection pays homage to the cinematic worlds of Brian De Palma and Park Chan-wook. It’s not afraid to go to some dark places with its tongue remaining in its cheek, maintaining its sense of humor all the way until an unsettling end. While Shepard knows the Netflix thriller is not for everybody, based on the reviews, it’s proven to be a must-see for adventurous viewers.
It’s a movie with a lot of color and personality, much like Shepard’s last few movies: The Matador, The Hunting Party, and Dom Hemingway. Recently, Shepard told us about the making of his latest film, why movie stars like to take risks, and how Greg Kinnear saved The Matador.
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I’m just going to straight with you: you shouldn’t watch the trailer for The Perfection. But you should pencil May 24, 2019 into your calendar because that’s the day this movie drops on Netflix and you should set aside two hours to watch it. And you should know as little as possible. Because I’m going to be straight with you again: seeing this movie totally blind to what it was about at Fantastic Fest last year was a highlight of my moviegoing life. Seriously.
But hey, I can’t stop you from clicking on a movie trailer, so feel free to watch it below. I will say this much: whoever cut this thing deserves a medal of some kind because it offers a special slice of the total insanity that the movie delivers without actually spoiling any key plot points or even hinting at the biggest and wildest surprises that this perverse, hilarious, and brutal movie has in store.
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Wrinkled and pale, the face of a woman stares into the camera as she lay lifeless on her pillow, her young daughter calmly watching from a chair in the corner. This is the introductory shot of director Richard Shepard’s The Perfection. An immediate glimpse into the twisted and traumatic story that tackles notions of PTSD, Shepard delivers a bold feature that keeps audiences vividly engaged throughout. Read More »
Benedict Cumberbatch has made a career off of playing charming, troubled geniuses — though in Patrick Melrose he’s leaving off the “genius.”
Based off of Edward St. Aubyn’s award-winning series of novels, Patrick Melrose is a scathing examination of British decadent aristocracy, adapted into a five-part miniseries by Sky Atlantic and Showtime. And aside from the perfect casting of Cumberbatch (he should play every brooding misanthrope), Patrick Melrose boasts a surprisingly impressive cast of Hugo Weaving, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Allison Williams.
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HBO’s comedy series Girls is nearing an end to its sixth and final season. We’re not sure where the stories of Hannah (Lena Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) will end up, but we won’t have to wait for long. Though this is the final season of the show, Lena Dunham has said that she would love to bring these characters back for a movie, but not until enough time has passed for them to be in a completely different place in their lvies.
That brings us to one Girls project that’s even further down the road. In honor of the final season of Girls, the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live decided to round up the four stars of the HBO series to put together a pilot for an update of The Golden Girls, featuring Hannah, Marnie, Jessa and Shoshanna living together like Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty did in the original version of the series.
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Even though most of the buzz around theatrical releases right now is centered around Logan, let’s not forget that there’s a perfectly good horror film called Get Out that’s also begging to be seen.
Directed by Jordan Peele (one-half of the comedic duo known as Key & Peele), the film follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) a young interracial couple who are about to partake in a weekend getaway. The only problem is that this is the first time Chris is meeting Rose’s parents (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener), and there’s something that’s not quite right about their overly accommodating behavior. But Chris never could have prepared himself for what’s really going on.
We don’t want to spoil any of the surprising twists and turns that Get Out makes, but Jordan Peele recently discussed the existence of an alternate ending that would have taken a much more bleak, dark turn. Well discuss the Get Out alternate ending after the jump, but beware of major spoilers from here on out. Read More »
Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut, Get Out, is not a movie that’s easy to put in a box. There are laughs, thrills and scares alongside genuinely intimate and dramatic scenes. Peele can get a big laugh and a scare in the same moment, without the two ever clashing. Tonally, Get Out is eclectic while being solid as rock and a part of the credit goes to the cast.
A part of what makes Get Out effective as a thriller is that before things get progressively worse for Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) during one terrifying weekend, Peele and the cast makes you believe in these characters. They feel like a real couple, so when there’s danger, it feels real. Like Peele, the actors have little trouble navigating the different tones at play in Get Out.
Williams, who you can now see in the final season of Girls, recently spoke with us about her experience making the film, her character’s pretty nutty arc, and how a team on the same page can do their best work. Get Out is a tough movie to discuss without spoilers, which this interview does contain. There are warnings below, but you might be better off reading the interview once you’ve seen the film.
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In Get Out, Daniel Kaluuya doesn’t play the typical thriller/horror movie lead. The character makes some wise decisions as things go wrong. He feels real, his backstory feels real, his relationship feels real, and his emotions feel real. Kaluuya isn’t playing a cardboard character waiting to get the ax; he plays somebody the audience understands and roots for.
With his directorial debut, Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) has given Kaluuya a role with a genuine interior life. The actor is known for his time on the popular drama Skins, but he’s had some memorable performances over the past few years, including a supporting role in Sicario and an impassioned performance in Black Mirror.
I spoke with Kaluuya, who also has a part in Marvel’s Black Panther, about working with Peele, on-set improvisation, and the significance of the “sunken place” in Get Out.
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With his directorial debut, Get Out, Jordan Peele exhibits remarkable range as a writer and director. His film, which comes from Blumhouse Productions, works on multiple levels. Whether he’s nailing a laugh or a scare, shooting an intimate scene between a couple by a lake, or just delivering the unexpected, Peele hardly feels like a rookie in the director’s chair.
He started writing Get Out three years ago, but his journey towards getting behind the camera has been a long time coming. The co-creator of Key & Peele has been dreaming of helming a movie for many years. Now, he finally has done it with a thoughtful thriller that’s always slyly moving at full speed towards an unforgettable third act.
Below, check out our Jordan Peele interview.
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The midnight secret screening at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival was probably the worst kept secret in the festival’s history: It was the premiere of Jordan Peele‘s directorial debut Get Out, a Blumhouse-produced horror movie that takes on the monster of racism in modern times. Imagine Meet The Parents mixed with The Stepford Wives. It’s smart, visceral, thrilling and, of course, funny.
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