The 1920s weren’t as buttoned-up as modern day audiences would believe: skirts were shortening, bohemians were thriving, and literary icons were embarking on lesbian affairs. The latter is the subject of Vita & Virginia, the upcoming historical drama starring Gemma Arterton and Elizabeth Debicki as writers Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, respectively, who fall in love against the backdrop of high society 1920s England. Watch the Vita and Virginia trailer below.
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While audiences might know Gemma Arterton best from being a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace, or from being the female supporting player in forgettable franchise starters like Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia, the British actress has so much more to give on screen, and her latest dramatic entry looks to remind everyone of that.
The Escape follows Gemma Arterton as a wife and mother who is pushed to the edge by the mundane, thankless life she’s accepted for years. Her husband (Dominic Cooper) is caught up with work, her kids don’t seem to ever make her life any easier, and she’s just not happy anymore. That’s when she takes it upon herself to venture off to Paris and sort her life out. Read More »
Hollywood loves making movies about making movies, and even though Lone Scherfig‘s World War II romantic dramedy Their Finest actually hails from across the pond, it’s still looking for that sweet spot of nostalgia for classic filmmaking crossed with the hardships of war.
After playing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and the Sundance Film Festival just last month, Their Finest follows the making of a movie about the heroic events of a couple sisters at Dunkirk who save hundreds of soldiers. Sadly, it’s not anywhere near as compelling as we hope Christopher Nolan’s movie about Dunkirk will be, but Their Finest is coming to US theaters this spring, delivering lighthearted laughs, sappy romance, and stilted war drama. Watch the new Their Finest trailer after the jump to get a taste of the film. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
The trailer for Their Finest is selling a movie that looks to scratch a number of very specific itches. It looks like a war movie about life in England during the London Blitz, when air raids by German planes were a daily fact of life. It looks like a movie about institutionalized sexism, as Gemma Arterton‘s character struggles to make her name in a male-dominated industry. And since that industry is film and she’s working as a screenwriter, it also looks like a movie about the power of cinema and how a great movie can harness the hearts and minds of nations. Can that blend work? I certainly hope so, because there’s a lot to like in this preview.
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We’ve seen plenty of dramas featuring an ensemble of characters with interconnected stories like Crash, Traffic, Babel, Magnolia and more. Now we’re getting another out of the United Kingdom called 100 Streets. The film just recently opened across the pond, but it’s been picked up for a release in the United States early next year, and the official trailer has just arrived.
Idris Elba stars in the film as a former rugby star who has lost his way in life, cheating on his wife (Gemma Arterton), drinking heavily, and generally making a mess of everything he’s been given. And while the trailer focuses intently on all of his mistakes, there’s apparently much more to the story than meets the eye.
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Over the past decade, it feels like the zombie subgenre of horror films has been played out. The popularity of The Walking Dead on television reinvigorated zombie movies, but most haven’t done anything original with the concept. There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but 28 Days Later was probably the last great zombie movie.
However, it looks like the United Kingdom might have another great zombie thriller waiting to be unleashed. The Girl With All the Gifts trailer has just arrived online, showing off the film adaptation of M.R. Carey‘s novel of the same name. The film follows a contingent of soldiers and scientists researching a group of children who are infected with a zombie pathogen, but somehow still control their thoughts and emotions, despite still have a desire to eat human flesh. Among the group, one girl named Melanie seems to be the key to finding a cure. Read More »
Byzantium may be the year’s ultimate horror movie, because it is about a girl who is sixteen years old forever, and I can’t think of many things more horrible than spending eternity in that transitional phase.
Saoirse Ronan plays a woman who appears to be young, but in fact is a vampire, and has been since she was sixteen… which was a couple hundred years ago. Her mother, played by Gemma Arterton, is also a vampire, and they must periodically flee to a new safe haven. The film finds them settling into a dilapidated coastal town, but secrets are revealed, and trouble brews.
Neil Jordan directs from a script by Moira Buffini, and Byzantium looks like it is cut straight from the cloth Jordan used for films such as Interview With the Vampire and The Company of Wolves. Jordan’s visuals, captured by Hunger and Shame cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, are lovely, and this first US trailer presents them well. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Nearly two decades after Interview With the Vampire, director Neil Jordan is heading back into bloodsucker territory with Byzantium. Based on the young adult play A Vampire Story by Moira Buffini, the film follows two 200-year-old “sisters” who arrive in a small coastal town.
The outgoing older one, Clara (Gemma Arterton) takes up with a sweet man named Noel (Daniel Mays) and turns his family’s old guesthouse into a brothel, while the younger, more introspective Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) meets and falls for the sickly Frank (Caleb Landry Jones). But whatever peace they find is threatened when their secrets and misdeeds catch up with them. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.
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Posted on Monday, March 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
Hollywood is bound to run out of good fairy tales to adapt sooner or later, but of course even that doesn’t have to spell the end of the fairy tale reimagining trend. As long as sequels are still a thing, each one of these adaptations can be stretched out into a franchise. And that’s precisely what’s happening with one that opened earlier this year.
Despite a talented cast and an outrageous premise, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters failed to make much of an impression in the U.S. when it hit theaters two months ago. But it’s had much better success overseas, and as of today has earned a worldwide total of $205 million, or four times its $50 million budget. So you can probably guess where this is headed next. Paramount has just announced that it is pushing ahead with a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters sequel. Hit the jump for more info.
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If you’re attracted to the idea of a fable-like vampire tale but don’t want to forego big splashes of blood and big, baroque emotional arcs, then Neil Jordan‘s Byzantium might be one to see. The film features Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as mother and daughter, with the twist being that they share vampiric blood. They’re trying to maintain the undead version of a living in a small town, but when Ronan’s character sparks to a young man played by Caleb Landry Jones, things get out of control.
Jonny Lee Miller, Sam Riley, and Tom Hollander also show up in the story that marks Jordan’s return to vampires following his 1994 effort Interview With the Vampire. (There are also distinct shades of his 1984 fairy tale A Company of Wolves here, as well.)
Reviews of this one out of TIFF last year were mixed, but this new international trailer does a good job of setting up the film as something fun and a bit set off from the now-typical film depiction of vampires. Read More »