Every once in a while, Adam Sandler decides to stop making paid vacations disguised as movies and turn in a genuinely good performance. The best example is his work in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love, which proved Sandler could turn his short-tempered man-child routine into something genuinely compelling. Now Sandler is at it again with Noah Baumbach‘s The Meyerowitz Stories. Baumbach has surrounded Sandler with quite a cast, and you get a better glimpse of them all, as well as Sandler’s performance, in the new The Meyerowitz Stories trailer.
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Netflix is already full of Adam Sandler movies. The only problem is that most of them are downright terrible, with the only exceptions being Big Daddy and Punch-Drunk Love, the latter of which showing us what the comedian can do when he really puts the effort into giving a great performance. Thankfully, it looks like Netflix is about to get another one of those movies.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, and Adam Sander received some of the best reviews ever, with some critics even saying that the film marked the finest performance of his career. It helps that the movie also features Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson, and you can get a preview of the movie by watching The Meyerowitz Stories trailer below. Read More »
Adam Sandler has become an easy punching bag as he continues to make awful to mediocre comedies to fuel not just his career, but also the careers of his less talented comedian friends. But every now and then, Sandler reminds us that he can be a really good actor when taking roles in films like Punch-Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, Spanglish and to some extent, Funny People. It sounds like one of those movies just debuted at Cannes, and some are even saying it’s a career-best performance.
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) is a new film from writer/director Noah Baumbach (Greenberg, The Squid and the Whale, Frances Ha) that just debuted at the Cannes Film Festival as one of two titles playing in competition coming from Netflix. Adam Sandler stars in the film along with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, Candice Bergen and Emma Thompson, and the actor known for being a complete goofball is getting positively rave reviews.
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Noah Baumbach is on a roll. Over the last five years, he’s treated us with Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Mistress America, and the greatly revealing De Palma doc, which he co-directed with Jake Paltrow. That’s one delightful, albeit sometimes hilariously awkward and cringe-inducing, movie after the other.
His next film, The Meyerowitz Stories, stars Ben Stiller and Adam Sandler and it will officially arrive on Netflix this year.
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You’ve got to hand it to Noah Baumbach – it takes a lot a guile to assemble a cast of movie stars for a small indie drama and then start filming without telling anyone, which is the case for his new movie, a seemingly untitled project that is undergoing production in New York City right now. This is par for the course for Baumbach, who has spent the past few years working quickly and quietly, seemingly only pausing to attend the film festivals where his work screens.
Also par for the course for Baumbach is the eclectic cast, which includes Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman, and Emma Thompson.
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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig seem to have a great working relationship, in addition to their off-screen partnership, and their latest film together, Mistress America, features Gerwig as an unlikely mentor to a hesitant college freshman (Lola Kirke) who is also about to be her stepsister.
“Unlikely,” because despite a seemingly boundless enthusiasm for just about everything, Gerwig’s character almost seems as if she can’t quite get her own life lined up, much less provide direction for anyone else. But there may be more going on with the character than a first impression suggests, in Baumbach’s snappy comedy.
The new Mistress America trailer lights up with Gerwig’s natural charm and Baumbach’s calm directorial hand; check it out below. Read More »
Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig are quietly becoming quite the force of nature. It started with Greenburg, they made magic with Francis Ha and now their latest collaboration, Mistress America, might be the best yet. Gerwig stars as the soon-to-be-step sister of a loney college freshman (Lola Kirke) just looking for a friend. The two hang out, hit it off, but they’re such incredibly different people you never quite know where the film will take you.
After its Sundance premiere, I said this about the movie: “Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.”
Now you can see what I mean. The first Mistress America trailer is out. Watch it below. 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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Noah Baumbach’s movies have never been easy to describe. Each one blends so many different tones, sensibilities and genres that simply describing his movies as one thing doesn’t work. Calling The Squid and the Whale a family drama doesn’t seem right. Frances Ha isn’t just a coming of age story and Greenberg isn’t just a movie about self-discovery.
That lack of easy categorization is probably the only thing Baumbach’s latest film, Mistress America, shares with the director’s other films. Well, that and his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig. Mistress America is by far Baumbach’s funniest film, anchored by a completely new sort of performance from Gerwig, and blessed with a script so smart and sharp, many of the film’s jokes don’t land for a few seconds because A) you’ve never heard anyone say anything like that and B) it’s just so damn intelligent.
Mistress America had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and you can read the rest of our Mistress America review below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
If Noah Baumbach‘s last film, Frances Ha, was a pitch-perfect examination of young adulthood, his next one, While We’re Young, looks like an equally astute look at middle adulthood. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as a 40something married couple who befriend a 20something hipster couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). Watch the first While We’re Young trailer after the jump.
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