Eric Bana‘s performance in The Dry is one of those reminders that less is more. Sometimes more is more, yes, but in the case of the hit Australian crime mystery, silence speaks loudly. Bana stars as Aaron, a man investigating a murder-suicide involving his old friend back home, where he is not welcomed with open arms. Similar to the cast of colorful supporting characters in director Robert Connolly‘s depiction of rural Australia, as an audience, you’re suspicious of Aaron because Bana gives everyone so little.

It’s a mystery Bana sells in the patient but a propulsive thriller, based on Jane Harper‘s novel. Harper’s hit book hooked the actor, who’s returned to Australian cinema with a bang. “It was a book that I loved and that our director Rob Connolly loved,” he told us, “and we tried to honor the book and try to elevate it as much as we could from a cinematic perspective and felt like it had the potential to really pack a punch.”

As usual in The Dry, Bana doesn’t use bells and whistles as a performer. When we think of his most well-regarded roles, he never goes for the wild transformations always bound to generate headlines. Instead, Bana’s work is more natural and, to the actor, more relatable as a result. During our interview with Bana, he told us why he’s drawn to subtle characters, as well as his fondness for his breakout film, Chopper.

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Army of the Dead Make-Up Effects

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see how the make-up, effects, and stunt crew Zack Snyder‘s Army of the Dead brought the superpowered zombies to life. Plus, watch as some of the cast members of Saturday Night Live pitch ideas for The Queen’s Gambit sequels to series star Anya Taylor-Joy. And finally, listen as Eric Bana looks back on his career, from Hulk to Hanna and much more. Read More »

This Week in Trailers

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: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we try to solve a mystery, talk with some aging Nazi accomplices, discuss what it means to be a man, and get literary.
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Back to the Outback Movie

Netflix is heading down under for their latest animated family movie. Back to the Outback has been slated for release in the fall of 2021, and the streaming service has announced the impressive cast of Australians (and more) who will be lending their voices to the movie about a ragtag group of Australia’s deadliest creatures who plot a daring escape from their zoo to the Outback. Read More »

Evolution of Hulk

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, listen as VFX artists take a look at the evolution of the different big screen versions of The Incredible Hulk, from Eric Bana in Hulk in 2003 to Mark Ruffalo in Avengers: Endgame. Plus, watch a virtual Q&A session that Borat had with fans over the weekend, and get some laughs from the Hubie Halloween bloopers reel. Read More »

Eric Bana motorcycle

There was a time in the 2000s when Hollywood seemed hellbent on making Eric Bana the next big thing. But the Australian actor has shrugged off those expectations and settled into the next phase of his career, most recently playing the title character on the TV series Dirty John. Now he’s found his next project, and it’s one he’s obviously passionate about: he’ll write, co-direct, and star in a film based on Mike “The Bike” Hailwood, a British grand prix motorcycle racer who was once considered to be the best of all time. Read More »

dirty john trailer

The popular podcast comes to life with Bravo’s Dirty John. Based on a true story, the series follows Debra Newell (Connie Britton), who falls into a whirlwind romance with John Meehan (Eric Bana), a man she met online. But is John really who he says he is? Or is he hiding darker secrets? Watch the Dirty John trailer below.

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dirty john trailer

The true-crime podcast zeitgeist has become so powerful that it’s starting to bleed over into TV. Dirty John is part of the wave of podcast adaptations coming to the small and big screen, and will be adapting the story of the gripping Wondery and LA Times podcast into a Bravo eight-episode miniseries. Eric Bana stars as the titular Dirty John, a mysterious man who holds a few too many secrets from his girlfriend, played by Connie Britton.

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Eric Bana Dirty John

Where has Eric Bana been lately? He had a small role in last year’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and starred in a Netflix movie opposite Ricky Gervais, but things have been sort of quiet for him since the days when he was headlining big budget action films.

But there’s good news for all the Banatics out there (that’s what diehard Eric Bana fans call themselves, right?): the Aussie actor has been cast in the title role in Dirty John, a TV adaptation of the popular podcast. Learn more about the Eric Bana Dirty John casting below. Read More »

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Jude law

Initially scheduled to come out almost ten months ago, Guy Ritchie‘s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword finally opens in theaters this Friday. Unfortunately, it’s going up against Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 without the most promising buzz. Early reviews haven’t been kind to the film, and box-office analysts don’t see it going beyond $25 million this weekend. It is the new movie from Guy Ritchie, though, whose name, reviews be damned, is enough to get some of us to the theater.

Below, watch the King Arthur: Legend of the Sword featurette on Vortigern (Jude Law).

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