the brutalist

It’s film festival season, which means we’re getting a surge in casting news for arthouse dramas that feature a few buzzy stars and are helmed by a rising auteur. And that’s what we’re getting with The Brutalist, a “sweeping immigrant drama” from Vox Lux director Brady Corbet which has landed quite a star-studded cast of stars who look good in 1940s fashion, including Joel EdgertonMarion Cotillard, and Mark Rylance.

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Natalie Portman plays an unstable singer in Vox Lux, a new drama from Childhood of a Leader director Brady Corbet. The film tells two distinct stories: one focused on Portman’s character as a teen pop star on the rise (as played by Raffey Cassidy), and one after she’s already become a success, and is now on the downslope of her career. Watch the latest Vox Lux trailer below.

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vox lux review

Brady Corbet teams with Natalie Portman for Vox Lux, a strange saga split into two, showing the youth and adult life of a troubled pop star. Hard to decipher and loaded with omens and symbols, Vox Lux doesn’t quite work, but it makes one hell of an impression.

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Vox Lux Trailer

Vox Lux, the latest from Childhood of a Leader director Brady Corbet and Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, focuses on a woman’s rise to pop superstardom over the course of 18 years. A new teaser trailer provides our first official look at Portman in action, albeit briefly. Watch the Vox Lux trailer below.

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‘The Sleepwalker’ Sundance Trailer


Brady Corbet is following up his Sundance 2012 entry Simon Killer with The Sleepwalker, which he co-wrote with director Mona Fastvold, and in which he stars. It’s a story of two sisters and the severe test that is put upon their lifelong relationship. Check out a trailer below in advance of the film’s Sundance premiere. Read More »


Oliver Stone, Antoine Fuqua, Joe Carnahan, and Brad Furman have all tried to bring Pablo Escobar to the big screen in recent years, to little avail. But now first-time director Andrea Di Stefano could succeed where his colleagues have not. Sort of.

Di Stefano’s debut feature Paradise Lost is not exactly an Escobar biopic, though it features the figure prominently and was reportedly inspired by true events. Described as a romantic thriller, it centers around a young couple (Josh Hutcherson and Claudia Traisac). The notorious drug kingpin, played by Benicio Del Toro, figures into the story as the girl’s uncle. Check out the first image and set video of him in costume after the jump.

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The producing team behind Martha Marcy May Marlene also put together Simon Killer, a film that follows a young man (Brady Corbet) as he skips off to Europe following a breakup, and gets involved with a prostitute. As the title of the film suggests, things don’t go very well. Germain liked the film very much at Sundance last year, and Simon Killer has been one of the films for which we’ve waited patiently for a theatrical release.

IFC Midnight has the film, and has released its first trailer today. Not long ago we saw a UK ad for the movie that pitched it very close to Martha Marcy May Marlene territory — a slow burn, with a tense buildup.

This trailer is much more energetic, driven by a pulsing electronic soundtrack and featuring a strobing, intense visual aesthetic. It’s a great piece of editing. Read More »

‘Simon Killer’ Trailer

Sometimes it takes a long time for distributors to settle on a release plan for films they buy at Sundance. A couple of big 2012 titles are just now being teased to the public, for example. Take The Shining documentary Room 237, which just got a US trailer today in anticipation of a late March release.

Now here’s the trailer for Simon Killer. The indie thriller, directed by Antonio Campos (Afterschool) and starring Brady Corbet, whose appearance in the film was widely praised, has been dormant since IFC bought it last year. But now a UK trailer has surfaced, and it gives a pretty good taste of the uneasy story.

Simon Killer comes from the producers of Martha Marcy May Marlene, and has been likened to that film in the way that uncertainty and a clinical eye are used to create tension. The title alone should tell you that Corbet’s character is ultimately not the best guy around, but this trailer does a fine job of laying out some of what leads to the film’s climax. Read More »

Having already cast Shailene Woodley to play Mary-Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Marc Webb is getting ready to bring in another familiar character. Harry Osborn, Peter Parker’s close friend and eventual nemesis, will reportedly appear in the next installment. While the casting’s far from set, a few interesting contenders have already emerged: Brady Corbet (Melancholia), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures). More details after the jump.

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Watching Antonio Campos‘s Simon Killer at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, I couldn’t help think of AMC ‘s TV show Breaking Bad. Both that show and this film embrace their titles and feature the systematic devolution of a human from generally likable to downright nasty. Simon Killer just does it through an indie film lens: subtly, psychologically and with a younger character. That character, Simon, masterfully played by Melancholia star Brady Corbet, is a troubled young college graduate trying to find himself in Paris. From there, he slowly becomes a despicable human being you can’t take your eyes off of.

I can’t say Simon Killer is always pleasant to watch, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to make you feel the way this character feels, and in that it aim it succeeds. Read More »