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WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
With his adaptation of the classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, co-writer/director Spike Jonze took the $100 million budget he was given by the studio to make an accessible family film, and used it to make a heartrending arthouse film for adults. And we could not be better off for it. Never before has a film so honestly and fascinatingly depicted what it’s like to be a kid: the excitement, the loneliness, the confusion, the joy, the anger—even the rapid mood swings that lead from one to the other. There is no traditional three-act arc; the story takes place entirely through the eyes of Max, who invents the world of the Wild Things as a means of coping with his emotional pain, and later uses it to help gain a better understanding of life and himself. Jonze approaches all of the themes with great subtlety and intimacy, even when the larger than life Wild Things are punching holes through trees and launching each other into the air. The cinematography, special effects, sound work, and score are all astounding, and perfectly complement the tone and ideas of the film to create a fully unified vision—all while still firmly retaining the spirit of the book. That a film this unique and wonderful exists is surprising; that it’s been so casually neglected by audiences, critics and the Oscars is straight-up tragic.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – 4 Webisodes. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as an all-new short entitled “Higglety Pigglety Pop!” featuring the voices of Meryl Streep and Forest Whitaker, a HBO First Look featurette, a digital copy, and the standard definition DVD.
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Jared Hess‘ new film Gentlemen Broncos was the opening night film at Fantastic Fest 2009 in Austin Texas. I attended the premiere at the downtown Paramount theatre. I was hoping to leave two hours later quoting lines and laughing with friends, like I did five years earlier with Hess’ debut film Napoleon Dynamite. I really wanted to love this film, but ended up only mildly liking it. Sure, my expectations were high, but the film was very uneven with a only a few minor moments of brilliance. I recorded a video blog with Scott from WeAreMovieGeeks and Alex from FirstShowing talking about the film. Watch the video review/discussion after the jump.
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Fox Searchlight has provided /Film with an exclusive first look at Edgar Oliver, who plays the bad guy(s), Duncan/Lord Daysius, in Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess‘ Gentlemen Broncos. He’s quite a character in real life, as you can see. Watch the clip embedded after the jump.
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I’ve been looking forward to seeing footage from Gentleman Broncos by Jared Hess, and a trailer is now online at Apple. The film follows a high school kid (Sky High‘s Michael Angarano) who goes to a fantasy / sci-fi writer’s camp, where the most famous sci-fi author in the world (Flight of the Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement) steals his book idea. We see each author’s version of the book acted out, with Sam Rockwell in the lead each time. Read More »
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Fox Searchlight has revealed two new posters today: On FirstShowing is the poster for Jarred Hess‘ Gentlemen Broncos and on People.com is the poster for Mira Nair‘s Amelia Earhart biopic Amelia starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. The trailer for Broncos will be online tomorrow. Click on through to the previously linked sites to see the images in high resolution.
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Jared Hess broke onto the scene with a small indie comedy at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Napoleon Dynamite quickly took over the world, becoming one of the biggest cult blockbusters of all time. Jess followed the film up with Nacho Libre, which sounded like a sure thing – Jack Black as a masked Mexican wrestler. I know the film is popular amongst kids, but it registered as a huge disappointment to most of the high school and college crowd.
Hess’ new film, Gentlemen Broncos, tells the story of a high school outcast who’s an aspiring fantasy author, who attends a fantasy convention and discovers that his supposed masterpiece “Yeast Lords” was ripped off by legendary novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has in recent years turned desperate for ideas. The film stars Michael Angarano, Sam Rockwell, Jennifer Coolidge and Jemaine Clement (Eagle vs. Shark, Flight of the Concords) as Ronald Chevalier.
Fox Searchlight launched a viral site for the author at RonaldChevalier.com (a while back – we like many others, did not notice) . You can find videos and blog posts from Chevalier, including a new video blog (embedded below) that was posted on October 21st. So if you want to take a look at the character of Hess’ new film, head on over to Ronald’s website.
The actor with the best perma-squint in showbiz, Choke‘s Sam Rockwell, has just signed on, alongside Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement and youngster Michael Angarano, to star in director Jared Hess‘s comedy Gentlemen Broncos. Angarano will play a teen attending a writer’s convention (what fun those are) where he discovers that his idea has been stolen by a “legendary fantasy novelist” played by Clement. Rockwell should have a field day as he plays the title character (what an odd name) in both the kid’s and novelist’s stories.
Hess, who previously directed Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, wrote the script with his wife, Jerusha Hess, and I like the log line, sounds write up his alley. Oh yeah, to the guy who bemoans when I don’t mention this, that would make Hess, ahem, a writer-director. The film is set for release in 2009.
Not sure why, but I’m in the mood to see a comedy about a fantasy novelist, and Clement, whose face is quite devilish and elastic, is a bit of inspired casting. Movies that literally play with literary structure are always interesting, whether it’s terrible (The Number 23) or mildly amusing (John Candy’s Delirious). Anyone got another flick that fits this category? Discuss below.
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Jared Hess broke onto the scene with a small indie comedy at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Napoleon Dynamite quickly took over the world, becoming one of the biggest cult blockbusters of all time. Jess followed the film up with Nacho Libre, which sounded like a sure thing – Jack Black as a masked Mexican wrestler. I know the film is popular around kids, but it registered as a huge disappointment to most of the high school and college crowd.
Well Hess is returning to Fox Searchlight, where it all began, to direct a script he again co-wrote with his wife and writing partner Jerusha Hess titled Gentlemen Broncos. The idea sounds like a true return to form, or at least promises a return to form. Broncos follows a high school outcast who’s an aspiring fantasy author, who attends a fantasy convention and discovers that his supposed masterpiece “Yeast Lords” was ripped off by legendary novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has in recent years turned desperate for ideas.
No word yet on casting, but the idea sounds very promising to me. Filming is scheduled to take place next March in Hess’ home state of Utah.