A gorgeously shot family drama that takes place in the sun-dappled European countryside that stars Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, and Brendan Gleeson? How could we say no? Frankie, directed by Little Men‘s Ira Sachs is film about a family coming to terms with grief and a matriarch that, fittingly, no one can say no to, which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Watch the Frankie trailer below.
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Everybody needs a friend. And who wouldn’t want to be friends with Isabelle Huppert? It’s a set-up too good to ignore, and director Neil Jordan milks it for all that it’s worth in his gonzo thriller Greta. What could’ve very easily been a serious, scary movie is, Jordan’s hands, a weird, goofy freakshow, in which Huppert hams it up as the loneliest, craziest woman in New York. She’s looking for a friend. And a surrogate daughter. And, quite possibly, a victim. She’s out of her freakin’ mind, and part of the fun of this movie is watching Huppert ham it up to the extreme. Late in the film, Jordan goes so far as to have Huppert dance around a dead body while humming to herself. Yes, it’s that ridiculous. But that’s not a bad thing.
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Acts of good Samaritanism usually result in tears, hugs, and maybe a viral video. But in Chloë Grace Moretz‘s she’s rewarded with sinister friend played by the elegant Isabelle Huppert who slowly becomes a sinister stalker. In the Greta trailer, Oscar-winning director Neil Jordan directs a psychological thriller about a toxic friendship that dissolves into a life-threatening relationship.
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Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner brings together an incredible cast to tell eight separate stories about a group of individuals who all think they’re descendants of the Russian royal family. It’s an intriguing premise, and could make for one of the year’s best shows. Watch the new The Romanoffs trailer below.
Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is back with The Romanoffs, an ambitious, star-studded anthology series coming to Amazon. The show focuses on eight separate stories about people who think they’re descended from the Russian royal family. That sounds both weird and interesting, and the cast assembled here is out of this world. Watch The Romanoffs trailer below.
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Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
We’ve come to expect the best from Isabelle Huppert, but even by her own lofty standards she’s having one hell of a year. She has not one but two movies out later this fall, both of which have been collecting great reviews on the festival circuit. One is Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, the trailer for which we saw last month. The other is Mia Hansen-Løve‘s Things to Come, and we’ve got the trailer for you to enjoy right here.
The story concerns Nathalie, a philosophy teacher in late middle age who seems to have a perfectly nice life. Or so she thinks, until her husband of 25 years announces he’s leaving her for another woman. As her life falls apart, she begins to realize she feels truly free for the first time. Watch the Things to Come trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Paul Verhoeven has a unique talent for getting a rise out of audiences. RoboCop is a goofy action movie…that is also about the inner rot eating away at American culture. Starship Troopers is a wild science fiction action movie…that is also a vicious parody of fascism and military propaganda. Basic Instinct is a sexy psychological thriller…that leaves you feeling disgusted with yourself on just about every level. And Showgirls is…well, it’s Showgirls.
Excluding 2012’s crowdsourced experiment Tricked, Elle is Verhoeven’s first feature film since 2006’s exceptional World War II drama Black Book and it certainly looks like he’s up to his old tricks. Here’s a thriller that looks standard on the outside, but promises all kinds of provocative nastiness on the inside. The trailer and the talent involved is more than enough to grab my interest, but I’ll be honest: I’m dreading this movie as much as I’m looking forward to seeing it.
Watch the Elle trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it came as a big surprise — not just because Lex is typically portrayed as older (and balder), but also because a massively budgeted superhero flick seems so far outside of Eisenberg’s usual wheelhouse. You can rest assured, however, that Eisenberg isn’t ditching the quieter, artsier indies he built his early career on. Just a couple weeks after Batman v Superman hits theaters comes Louder Than Bombs, an intimate portrayal of grief and love by Norwegian filmmaker Joachim Trier.
Eisenberg plays Jonah, the adult son of a war photographer (played by Isabelle Huppert) who died two years earlier in a car crash. On the eve of a career retrospective honoring his mother’s work, Jonah returns home to his father (Gabriel Byrne) and teenage brother (Devin Druid). The three men continue to grapple with their loss and their fraught relationships with one another, while also dealing with the true circumstances surrounding her death. Watch the Louder Than Bombs trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Jacob Hall
A year and a half ago, director Michael Haneke was one actor away from rolling cameras on his long-gestating project, Flashmob. And then the whole thing fell apart and the master behind films like Funny Games, The Piano Teacher, Cache, and the Oscar-winning Amour found himself without a new film. But you can’t keep Germany’s master of cinematic misery down for too long, as he finally has another film in the pipeline and he’s reuniting with a few familiar performers.
The next Michael Haneke film is Happy End and it will star Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant, both of whom are veterans of his previous films. Plot details are scarce at the moment, but we’ll go ahead and make this bold prediction: Huppert and Trintignant will endure severe physical and emotional torment in shot with such icy precision that your mind will reel.
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It’s unusual to see David Cronenberg‘s name in the roster of a film as an actor rather than a writer or director, but this isn’t the first time. Cronenberg is one of three primary actors in a new project called Body Art — a title that is almost right on the nose, given Cronenberg’s classic “body horror” proclivities — from I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino.
And Cronenberg won’t be alone, as he has two grand compatriots in the cast: the venerable Isabelle Huppert, and Denis Lavant. The latter is the star of last year’s best film, Holy Motors, and his presence here is enough to rocket this one high up on my to-watch list. And if that weren’t enough, the basis of the story is extremely intriguing — find that below. Read More »