Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction shows one of the great contemporary filmmakers at his most perceptive and loquacious. His latest film strays away from the mysticism of recent entrancing efforts like Clouds of Silas Maria and Personal Shopper, instead portraying an hour and 45 minutes of exhaustive (and occasionally exhausting) conversations about the state of the arts and society at large. I couldn’t take notes fast enough to capture all his brilliant observations on everything from the discussion on the decline of the critic as tastemaker to a sly bit of visual humor ridiculing the multiplicity of electronic devices in our lives.
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(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Rupert Sanders’ Ghost in the Shell.)
Ghost in the Shell sometimes feels more preoccupied with how characters are framed than what they’re doing and saying. They usually look and sound fantastic, but rarely do they register as real flesh and blood in director Rupert Sanders‘ adaptation of the classic manga and anime. Ghost in the Shell is a distancing movie never quite as humane as its themes.
Below, check out our Ghost in the Shell spoiler review.
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Ghost in the Shell may come up short on humanity, but the early reviews suggest director Rupert Sanders‘ live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii‘s 1995 manga adaptation is satisfying eye candy. Some reviews note that the film features another exceptional performance from Scarlett Johansson, although some of the movie’s critics write that the script holds her back a little. Sanders’ second feature may lack a heart and a sturdy third act, but by most accounts, it overcomes some of its problems with style.
Now, let’s take a look at the reviews themselves.
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At the very least, perhaps we can expect the upcoming Ghost in the Shell to be mostly pleasing to the eyes and ears. Director Rupert Sanders has exhibited a sharp eye in his commercial work and even his underwhelming directorial debut, Snow White and the Huntsman, looked great. Accompanying Sanders’ high-tech futuristic eye candy is a score from none other than Clint Mansell (Moon). Their work hand-in-hand could be quite an experience on the big screen. Whether the movie is as good as some of the talent involved, including the film’s star, Scarlett Johansson, we’ll know next week.
In the meantime, we can watch this new Ghost in the Shell clip, which showcases an action scene from the film.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Next week marks the fifth anniversary of the San José mine cave-in, which left 33 miners trapped 2,300 feet below ground near Copiapó, Chile. Once it become apparent they’d survived the initial shock, the government scrambled to rescue them as the whole world watched. After spending a record 69 days underground, all 33 men were eventually brought to safety.
Now the whole world will get the chance to watch the drama unfold all over again, albeit in a more accelerated fashion and with more movie stars. Directed by Patricia Riggan, The 33 dramatizes those real-life events — both the men’s struggle to survive underground and the efforts of their loved ones, government officials, and rescue workers aboveground. Watch The 33 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Five years ago, a cave-in at the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile left 33 miners trapped. The entire world tuned in to watch the tragedy unfold over the next 69 days, as the men awaited rescue 2,300 feet underground. Now, we’re about to get the chance to see it happen all over again in a much accelerated fashion, as the first The 33 trailer hits the web.
Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Juan Pablo Raba play miners Mario Sepúlveda, Luis Urzua, and Darío Segovia; Rodrigo Santoro is Chilean Minister of Mining Laurence Golborne; Gabriel Byrne is engineer Andre Sougarret, who leads the rescue mission; and Juliette Binoche is María Segovia, sister of Darío. Patricia Riggen directs. Take a look at the first The 33 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Almost a year after its 2014 premiere at Cannes, Clouds of Sils Maria will open in the US. Here’s a new trailer for the Olivier Assayas film, in which Juliette Binoche plays an older actress whose personal assistant (Kristen Stewart) convinces her to take a role she’s nervous about playing.
Specifically, the part has the older woman playing opposite a vibrant younger actress, with the additional complication being that the younger role is the one that made Binoche’s character famous in the first place. There are layers of reflection, as the roles in the film within a film begin to mirror the characters played by Binoche and Stewart, or vice versa. Check out the new Clouds of Sils Maria trailer below. Read More »
Clouds of Sils Maria looks like an airy puzzle, and a showcase for its excellent cast. The new film from Olivier Assayas (Carlos, Demonlover) casts Juliette Binoche as an actress forced to confront the progression of time and her career. She once found fame playing the ingenue in a play about a woman who drives her employer to suicide; now she’s asked to take the play’s tragic role, as an emerging new star (Chloe Grace Moretz) nabs the juicier part. Meanwhile, her assistant (Kristen Stewart) may be playing out a real-life version of the play in her relationship with Binoche’s character. Check out a new international Clouds of Sils Maria trailer below.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
As nice as it was to see Juliette Binoche in Godzilla last weekend, we were disappointed to see that she didn’t get nearly enough to do. Thankfully, she has a much meatier role in Olivier Assayas‘ Clouds of Sils Maria, which debuts at Cannes this week.
Binoche plays aging actress Maria Enders, who returns to the play that launched her career decades ago. But this time, instead of playing the sexy ingenue, she’s playing the suicidal older woman. Chloë Grace Moretz stars as the self-absorbed starlet who’s taken on the younger role, and Kristen Stewart is Binoche’s assistant. Watch the Clouds of Sils Maria trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
There’s no shortage of monsters and supervillains coming our way this summer, but Sentinels and Decepticons have nothing on the behemoth that is Godzilla. And based on the trailers we’ve seen so far, Godzilla the movie may tower over most of its peers in terms of quality, too. The ads have been nothing short of fantastic, and today’s Godzilla extended look video is no different. Watch it after the jump.
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