David Michod, who directed Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming The Rover (trailer here), is now set to direct Brad Pitt in a film about US operations in Afghanistan. The source material is Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Michod will also script The Operators. One focus of the book is General Stanley McChrystal, who was brought back to DC and soon resigned after a Hastings-authored article in Rolling Stone portrayed the general’s men bashing the Obama administration, it’s difficult to see Pitt in that role. We don’t know who Pitt will play at this point.
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These days post-apocalyptic films are nearly a dime a dozen. But none of those have the pedigree of The Rover, written and directed by David Michôd, the man behind 2010 crime drama Animal Kingdom. His feature follow-up hits theaters this Summer, and stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. Set ten years after the world has all but ended, Pearce plays a man forced to hunt down one of his prized possessions after it’s forcefully taken from him.
Sounds ominous, yes? Well the first teaser trailer just hit and there aren’t many more answers here. Just some impressive visuals and Pearce and Pattinson as you’ve never seen them before. Check it out below. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Posted on Thursday, August 19th, 2010 by David Chen
David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom is my favorite film of 2010 so far (see my Sundance review here), so when I was given the opportunity to chat with Michôd a few months ago, I jumped at it. In our half-hour interview, we discussed how he first broke into the industry, the decline of bank robbers in Melbourne, Australia, the process of choosing a complete unknown to headline his film, his copious use of slow motion, and the beauty of Air Supply. I’ve released this interview on the /Filmcast feed. You can also watch the video of the interview and read a few highlights from it after the break.
Note: During this interview, we discuss some plot details that are revealed in the first 30 minutes of the film, and there’s a clearly demarcated section at the end where we talk about some of the film’s spoilers.
Animal Kingdom is already playing in New York and LA and opens on Friday in Boston and Chicago. It will expand wider to cities across the country in the weeks to come.
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David Michôd‘s Australian crime film Animal Kingdom debuted a couple months back during Sundance, where it drew a full slate of rave reviews. (Including one from our own David Chen.) At the time we presented a teaser trailer for the film, where the footage was cut to ‘All Out of Love’ by Air Supply. (You’ll never hear the band the same way again after seeing the film, says David.)
Now there is a full Australian trailer for the Sony Pictures Classics release (US trailer is forthcoming) which opens in early summer, on June 3rd. (UPDATE: That’s actually the Australian release date. SPC hasn’t set a US date yet.) Read More »
Last year, we featured a beautiful zombie short film titled I Love Sarah Jane. If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out right now. It was screened at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, and many regional film festivals around the world. And aside from being awesome, it is notable for featuring Mia Wasikowska, who has gone on to become Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but is finally making his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman. Susser has been developing Hesher for the last four years, as well as a feature film adaptation of Sarah Jane (which I hope someday gets made). The film, co-written with David Michod, tells the story of a 13 year old boy named T.J..
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