David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the passing of Prince, the visual brilliance of Lemonade, and the relatability of Catastrophe. Be sure to listen to the /Filmcast interview with Jeremy Saulnier and read Sonia Saraiya’s piece on Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt.
Posted on Friday, April 15th, 2016 by David Chen
I remember watching Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin on VOD awhile back and being dazzled by Saulnier’s visual style, his use of practical special effects, and his effortless and naturalistic dialogue. The movie would end up on my top 10 films of the year. Saulnier’s Green Room is somehow even more intense. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of the final days of a punk rock band tour, Green Room has an even larger cast of characters and more ambitious thrills than anything Saulnier has ever done.
Green Room is out in limited release today and I’d highly recommend you check it out. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with Saulnier while he was in Seattle. We talked about how much of his life he poured into Blue Ruin, how he came up with the concept of Green Room, and why performance is just as important for selling special effects. Hit the jump to listen to my interview with Saulnier, and to read transcribed excerpts.
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I first saw Green Room a few months ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s nasty, brutal thriller has wedged itself into my brain in a big way – it’s the kind of movie that’s so intense that it makes most hard-edged genre movies look downright friendly and agreeable. This is take-no-prisoners filmmaking at its finest.
So we’re pleased to debut a new clip from Green Room, which should give you a little taste of what to expect from the final film.
Interview: ‘Green Room’ Director Jeremy Saulnier on Patrick Stewart, Inept Heroes, and “Full-Frontal Gore”
Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If there’s a 2016 film more intense than Green Room, I’m not sure how I’m going to survive. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s thriller has a crazy hook – members of a punk band witness a murder and take refuge inside a concert venue’s green room as a gang of deadly neo-Nazis lay siege – and the execution lives up the promise of that premise. Green Room is vicious and unrelenting and masterfully crafted by a filmmaker who has grown with each of his films. Between Murder Party, Blue Ruin and now this, Saulnier has proven himself to be one of the most exciting young filmmakers working today. Green Room is a serious frontrunner for any Best of the Year list.
So of course I jumped at the chance to speak with Saulnier about his film. Our conversation begins with his experience in the punk rock scene, touches on how to create effective cinematic violence, and yes, we do talk about casting the great Patrick Stewart as a calculating skinhead leader.
Posted on Friday, April 8th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
There’s being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and then there’s finding yourself in the middle of a group of neo-Nazis who will stop at anything to cover up a murder. That’s exactly what happens in Jeremy Saulnier‘s latest thriller Green Room when a punk rock band sees something they weren’t supposed to after playing a shady stop on a little cross country tour.
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) are among the bandmates while Imogen Poots (Fright Night) is the concertgoer whose friend has met a grisly fate at the hands of another band member’s violent ways. They all end up stuck in this hell that is meticulously taken care of by Patrick Stewart and his loyal group of skinheads. A new Green Room red band trailer shows just how intense this movie truly is, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Many know Patrick Stewart as the fearless Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, or as Professor X, the noble mentor and leader of the X-Men. But this spring, we’ll see him in a role unlike any other he’s played before, and it’s pretty terrifying.
Green Room is the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier, and it delivers the intense, brutal and thrilling face-off between a punk band (including Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots) in the wrong place at the wrong time and a group of methodical, calculated neo-Nazis led by none other than Stewart. Watch a new Green Room trailer that teases this suspenseful match-up after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Jack Giroux
We love Green Room at the site. Both Jacob Hall and I saw Jeremy Saulnier‘s (Blue Ruin) third feature film at last year’s Fantastic Fest, and if it was released last year, it definitely would’ve made our top 10 lists. It’s a frenetic, brutal and uncompromising siege film. Green Room is also a ton of fun, in spite of the dark material.
Saulnier’s action-drama opens in theaters next month, and to continue to raise awareness, A24 has created a Green Room radio show.
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A24 is on a roll. A day after they release a new trailer for The Witch, an early frontrunner for one of the best films of 2016, they go ahead and reveal the first full trailer for Green Room, another early frontrunner for one of the year’s top films. After making the festival rounds for much of last year, the latest film from director Jeremy Saulnier is a few months away from a theatrical release and this is something you’re going to want to see as soon as possible – you’ll kick yourself when it becomes one of your favorite movies if you wait too long to see it.
You can watch the new Green Room trailer below.
After 10 glorious days, the 2016 Sundance Film Festival came to a close last night, with awards handed out Saturday night. And now that the festival is officially over and done with, we at /Film have tallied the movies we saw this year, to present to you a list of our favorites.
Three writers from /Film attended the festival this year: Peter Sciretta, Angie Han, and Ethan Anderton. Just three movies were viewed by all three members of the /Film team: Other People, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and Manchester by the Sea. Another 12 were seen by two members of the /Film staff, and 26 were seen by just one person. In all, the three of us caught 41 different movies. So how did the films we watched stack up? Run down the best of Sundance 2016 with us after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s rough out there at the multiplexes right now, unless all you want is to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the eighteenth time, but if you can hang tight for a few more months, some great films are just on the horizon. Like Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room. The thriller wowed on the festival circuit last year, and now it’s on its way to a spring release date on the U.S. Watch the first Green Room teaser trailer after the jump.