I was a big fan of Jean-Marc Vallée‘s last film Wild, which featured Reese Witherspoon playing the real-life author Cheryl Strayed and taking on a physically impossible task as a means of working out issues in her personal life. When I heard Vallée would be directing a similar film with Jake Gyllenhaal, I was excited at what new aspects of the human spirit the movie might illuminate.
Demolition (out today in theaters) has many of the same virtues of Wild, only with a male protagonist. Both films are shot beautifully and have some of the best editing I’ve seen, using cuts in footage not just to convey the passage of time, but also to establish mood, and to explain a character’s mindset. On a technical, they are exceptionally executed.
Unfortunately, I found Demolition ultimately amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Hit the jump for my brief video review.
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It’s been a few years since we’ve seen a film from director Gus Van Sant. His last feature, Promised Land, was a charming and thoughtful drama, but it didn’t quite strike a chord with audiences. Van Sant’s next film, The Sea of Trees, promises to be even more divisive.
While Roadside Attractions has yet to set a release date for the film, the drama will soon debut in several territories overseas. Below, watch a new international trailer for The Sea of Trees.
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Gus Van Sant‘s Sea of Trees premiered almost a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival. The drama, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe, wasn’t particularly well received. Booing from critics was reported, but you can’t really take booing, especially at the Cannes Film Festival, seriously. Plus, what kind of an adult really feels the need to boo after a movie?
Roadside Attractions picked up Sea of Trees for U.S. distribution, but a release date has yet to be set. The film is opening in Japan soon, though, so a foreign Sea of Trees trailer has just been made available.
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Posted on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Angie Han
How do you mourn the death of a spouse you never really loved, who represented a life that you never really wanted? If you’re like Davis, the character played by Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vallée‘s Demolition, you start by writing a series of long, rambly, bizarrely confessional letters to the company behind the vending machine that failed to spit out the peanut M&Ms you paid for.
And because Demolition is an indie dramedy, those letters eventually lead Davis to a sympathetic customer service rep, Karen (Naomi Watts), who, along with her rambunctious son Chris (Judah Lewis), may be just what Davis needs to destroy his life so he can rebuild it again. Demolition is making its way into theaters this spring after debuting at TIFF last year, and you can watch the new trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The new season of Twin Peaks is supposedly filming right now, but you wouldn’t know it. There is a dearth of solid information out there about Showtime‘s upcoming resurrection of David Lynch and Mark Frost‘s iconic series and the network has steadfastly refused to comment on the various cast members, old and new, who have reportedly joined the production. Laura Dern, Robert Knepper, Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried, and Jennifer Jason Leigh have all reportedly been added to the cast, alongside original series stars Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Miguel Ferrer and Sherilyn Fenn, but only MacLachlan has been officially and publicly confirmed to be involved.
And now we have a new name to ponder as Lynch and Frost toil away in secret: Naomi Watts, a newcomer to the world of Twin Peaks but a veteran of Lynch’s special blend of weirdness.
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With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 arriving next week, Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment are prepared to show off the next chapter in the other major young adult sci-fi franchise featuring a female lead. The Divergent Series: Allegiant doesn’t arrive until March 2016, but a full trailer has arrived showing off just what’s at stake, and what Tris (Shailene Woodley) must do in order to ensure that she and the people of Chicago will survive whatever experiment is being done on the city. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Twin Peaks just keeps getting more crowded. Jennifer Jason Leigh will appear in Showtime’s David Lynch revival, along with returning stars Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee, and new stars Balthazar Getty, Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, and Robert Knepper. In addition, there’s word Lynch wants to bring on Mulholland Drive star Naomi Watts. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Fresh off of playing a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a guy fighting to get his life back after losing his wife in Demolition. The new film by Jean-Marc Vallée takes that premise in a very different direction, however. For one thing, Demolition‘s Davis begins his path to redemption by writing a complaint letter to a vending machine company.
His complaint is received by customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts), who is intrigued rather than weirded out by his intensely personal notes. With the help of Karen and her cute precocious kid (Judah Lewis), Davis starts the process of tearing down his life so he can build it up again. Chris Cooper plays Gyllenhaal’s father-in-law. Watch the Demolition trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 10th, 2015 by Angie Han
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for About Ray (formerly Three Generations). Elle Fanning stars as Ray, New York City teenager embarking on the process of transitioning from female to male.
Naomi Watts plays Ray’s mother Maggie, who accepts his decision but nevertheless worries about her child, and Susan Sarandon plays Ray’s grandmother Dolly, who just doesn’t seem to get it (“Why can’t she just be a lesbian?” she asks). Tate Donovan also stars as Ray’s absentee father, who’s reluctant to sign off on Ray’s medical forms. Watch the About Ray trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
What happens when you hit your 40s and realize you still feel “like a child imitating an adult”? Well, if you’re Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in While We’re Young, you befriend a pair of 25-year-olds (Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) and embark on wild adventures like ayahuasca ceremonies and hip-hop dance classes.
Then, not surprisingly, you discover that fulfillment doesn’t lie that way. And also that your arthritis will prevent you from keeping up with your cool young friends. Watch the trailer for Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young after the jump.
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