Back in 2011, director Drake Doremus made a splash at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with his indie romance Like Crazy, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Dramatic category. Since then, his films Breathe In and Equals haven’t really reached the same level of praise. But with his latest work behind the camera that hit the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, Doremus makes a valiant, respectable effort in his creation of a new honest portrait of love in the age of Tinder.
Newness focuses on a couple twentysomethings (Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa) who meet through a Tinder-style app called Winx. Both had a couple failed hooks-ups, and they decide to have a late night rendezvous with no strings attached. But after spending some time together, and eventually having sex, they fall for each other. That’s the kind of story that has been used to take up a whole hour and a half story, but for Newness, it’s just the first 15 minutes. For the rest of the movie, Doremus digs a little deeper.
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Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
A lot of filmmakers have a certain theme they return to time and time again, and for director Drake Doremus it seems to be love in all of its messiness and complications. Like Crazy dealt with the long-distance relationship between an American and a Brit, and Breathe In with the love affair between a married man and a much younger woman. His latest film, Equals, pushes him into the sci-fi realm for the first time… but it’s still a love story at heart, chronicling a romance that unfolds under the most inhospitable of circumstances.
Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) live in one of those Apple Store dystopias that seem so popular at the cinema these days. All human emotion, including sexual desire, has been eradicated. But Silas and Nia begin to fall for each other when they catch a disease that sparks feeling in its victims, and strike up a dangerously forbidden romance. Watch the Equals trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Kristen Stewart knows a thing or two about forbidden love. She is, after all, still best known for starring in a series of films about a girl and her vampire boyfriend. And Nicholas Hoult‘s done the whole dystopia thing — he’s coming out of the toxic wasteland of Mad Max: Fury Road. Now the two of them are coming together for Equals, Drake Doremus‘ sci-fi love story about two lonely souls who find love in a hopeless place.
Said place is a sterile future where all emotion has been outlawed and eradicated. Or at least that’s what the powers that be are striving for. The truth is that there’s a weird disease going around referred to as “Switched On Syndrome,” which sparks feeling in its victims. Hoult and Stewart play two of the afflicted, who strike up a forbidden passion. Distributor A24 has just dropped the first Equals teaser trailer, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »
If you’re like me, when you think of romance, you think of the dystopian future depicted in George Orwell’s landmark novel 1984. The novel is just as frightening now as it was decades ago. It is even more appropriate as a piece of social and political observation now than it has ever been. But, y’know, romance!
When the new film from Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) was announced last year, all we knew was that it would be called Equals, that Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult would play a couple, and that the writer/director said ”Like Crazy was about the past and had a very nostalgic feel to it, and kind of about my past. [Breathe In, which arrives this year] is about confronting the idea of love in the present, and then what love means in the future is what I’m interested in exploring next.”
What we didn’t know then but do know now, thanks to Stewart, is that Equals is based in some part on 1984. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
Could the world’s most famous vampire lover find happiness with history’s most romantic zombie? Maybe, if Drake Doremus has anything to do with it. The Like Crazy director is reportedly eyeing Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult for Equals, a sci-fi love story by Nathan Parker (Moon). Hit the jump for more details about the new project.
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Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Guy Pearce was last seen in Iron Man 3, and Felicity Jones will soon appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But in Drake Doremus‘ Breathe In, they’ll both ditch the superpowered world for a quieter, messier, more grounded one.
In his follow-up to 2011’s festival hit Like Crazy, which also starred Jones, Doremus once again delves into the complicated desires that connect and separate people. Pearce plays music teacher Keith, whose family plays host to British exchange student Sophie (Jones). A talented piano player — not to mention a soulful, striking young woman — she draws Keith’s attention, and a forbidden bond begins to form. Amy Ryan and Mackenzie Davis also star, as Keith’s wife and daughter, respectively. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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Here’s a massive post-weekend catchup casting roundup, with a headlining turn from Jean-Claude van Damme. How can you resist the Muscles From Brussels? Answer: you can’t. Just give in to his suave, over-confident appeal. After the break you’ll find details about:
- JCVD taking part in a sci-fi film called UFO,
- Danny Glover joining the cast of a different sci-fi thriller, Mentryville,
- Sullivan Stapleton becoming the latest member of the Gangster Squad,
- Nico Tortorella from Scream 4 joining Guy Pearce and Amy Ryan in an indie,
- and What to Expect When You’re Expecting adds more.
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Writer/director Drake Doremus knows that the sound on Monday’s trailer premiere of his award-winning Sundance romance Like Crazy was bad and he takes full responsibility. You see, he was in New York working on his next movie starring Guy Pierce, Amy Ryan and Like Crazy co-star Felicity Jones and was forced to mix the sound over the phone and e-mail. But that’s been fixed now. So take another look at Like Crazy, a realistic, heartbreaking romance about long distance love between college students played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Felicity Jones (Cemetery Junction). The film premiered at Sundance, won multiple awards including the prestigious Grand Jury Prize, was immediately purchased and is finally scheduled for release on October 28.
Doremus, who previously directed Spooner and Douchebag, spoke to /Film on the phone from New York to talk about the trailer premiere, what it’s like having a hit film at Sundance then having that film disappear for almost a year. He discussed cuts he made in the meantime and his next movie, which he describes as the “darker cousin” of Like Crazy. Plus, he explains what you should get out of the trailer and talks about balloons and Sliver. Yeah, you’ll want to be reading this interview. Read More »
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Like Crazy, a beautiful, heartbreaking story of long distance love came out of Sundance like a bullet, with incredible buzz, a Grand Jury Prize, a distributor and more. But as is the case with an obvious awards contender like this, it laid dormant for a few months, waiting for the right time to reemerge and take Hollywood to task for so many soulless, summer blockbusters.
Paramount Vantage has now released the first trailer for Drake Doremus‘ film which stars Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones (who herself won a Best Acting award at Sundance) as college lovers who face the inevitably of graduation and a literal ocean apart. It’s scheduled for release on October 28 but check out the trailer and poster after the jump. Read More »
If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.
Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »