(Welcome to Knives In, a series about the movies to watch before Rian Johnson’s Knives Out arrives in theaters.)
Put on your murder-solving hat, because /Film has given me jurisdiction to dive deep into one film a day in preparation for the release of Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, which hits theaters tomorrow. Each film relates to Johnson’s “whodunit” in its own unique way, and each picture should hopefully be viewed prior to patrons watching the new movie on the big screen.
Today, we’ll be discussing Rian’s Johnson’s 2005 debut Brick, and how the movie is a perfect companion piece to his modern day murder mystery.
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Believe it or not, Rian Johnson‘s debut feature Brick has never been released on Blu-ray in America (only in Canada, America’s hat). That’s about to change. Kino Lorber Studio Classics will be releasing Johnson’s high school noir film on Blu-ray in May, and it’s going to be loaded with extras. The 2005 film took hard boiled detective tropes (and dialogue) and dropped them into a modern-day high school setting, with incredible results. More on the Brick Blu-ray below.
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In 2005, Rian Johnson burst onto the indie film scene with Brick, a stylish film noir inspired by the writings of author Dashiell Hammett (The Maltese Falcon). 12 years and several films later, Johnson released Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the most divisive film in the franchise thus far.
Now a group of fans has created a short film that ties those two projects together – a fan film shot in the style of Brick (using many of its same exact locations) but directly addressing some of The Last Jedi controversies, like Kelly Marie Tran being driven off of Instagram and that idiotic Last Jedi remake that vocal fans promised to make. Check out Star Wars: Revenge of the Incels below. Read More »
Yesterday I posted part one of my two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. Today I return with the second installment, which takes a look at the best movies from the last 16 years of the festival as Park City became not only the mecca of American independent film but the launching pad for hundred million dollar award contenders.
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Sure, Mondo does posters for some of the biggest movies: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and others. But the Austin-based company is at their absolute best when they make posters for smaller movies. This week, they’re back on that kick. The incomparable Ken Taylor has tackled Spike Jonze‘s Where The Wild Things Are, and Matt Taylor (no relation) tackled Rian Johnson‘s Brick. Both go on sale Thursday. Check out the images below. Read More »
This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam continue their discussion about Tree of Life, find something redeemable about the Pirates sequels, and get excited about Darren Aronofsky’s next project. Special guest director Rian Johnson returns. Check out Rian’s films on Netflix and Amazon. His newest film, Looper, will be in theaters September 2012.
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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 40 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!
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/Film will be recapping and discussing each episode of the third season of Breaking Bad. A spoiler warning applies after the jump for the recaps and for the comments section. Meth heads welcome. For previous recaps, click here.
The calamitous, nail biter episodes that were “Sunset” and “One Minute” were followed by two quieter if unsettling installments. The first, “I See You,” focused on the mortality and health of several characters, and the latest, “Kafkaesque,” naturally dove into the resulting problem of money and insurance—the serpentine topics at the series’ core. The salad days of stashing illegal monies behind air vents and under the kitchen sink are long gone for our beloved meth-slinging duo. Their conversations and the scope of their operation have expanded into the tens of millions, if not more, and in this ep we see how differently they continue to (forever) handle greed, contentment, and “taxes, yo.”
Their cash problems lie not only in finding and purchasing physical space needed for money laundering, but mental space as well. It’s the latter here that unleashes a whopper of a lie. Taking the lie into context, an unrelated scene where Walter informs Gus that he wants to “Lay the cards on the table,” bites with considerable irony. After the jump, we welcome your comments in anticipation of Sunday’s episode, “Fly.” Don’t miss it, it’s the best and easily the most creatively daring of the season (and some fans will say ever), directed by no less a talent than Rian Johnson (Brick).
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Update: The LA Times mentions that another director who is a top candidate for the film is Adam Shankman (Bedtime Stories). So let that temper your excitement a bit, at least for now.
Guess this answers the question about what Sam Mendes is doing while EON Productions figures out the future of James Bond. While the director was hired as a ‘consultant’ on Bond 23 (supposedly a precursor to being the director of that film, but without MGM having to put out any money for him yet) the shelving of that movie leaves him free.
Now we hear he may direct a Wizard of Oz movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, with leading man Robert Downey, Jr. Talk about change-ups. What’s going on here? Read More »
I remember getting chills after watching the trailer for Rian Johnson’s Brick back in 2005, and watching this newly unearthed pre-Sundance trailer for the film is giving me similar vibes. Maybe it’s the brilliant use of Ennio Morricone’s “Paying off Scores”, or the way the trailer is cut to a conversation between Brendan and Brain — all I know is that a rewatch for Brick is in short order.
Also, be sure to check out the new Brick Tumblr, which is quickly becoming a great resource on various media about the film. If you’re a Netflix user and haven’t seen the film yet, you can stream it via Watch Instantly (where I believe its available in HD for the Xbox 360 and other devices). Check out the trailer after the break:
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