22 july featurette

Paul Greengrass‘ emotionally harrowing 22 July hit Netflix this week, and while it might be a hard film to watch, it might be an important one as well. The movie chronicles Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack, when 77 people were killed when a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb before carrying out a mass shooting. In the 22 July featurette below, Greengrass and the cast and crew discuss the importance of telling this very charged story.

Read More »

22 July Theatrical Release

Filmmaker Paul Greengrass gets most of his credit for visual innovations behind the camera. It’s his work on the Bourne series that film scholar Jonathan Rosenbaum chose as an exemplar of a dominant style in contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, “intensified continuity,” an aesthetic that prioritizes visceral shocks over all story, logic or character matters. But that style’s association with his name masks Greengrass’ pattern of tackling sensitive political issues, a thematic connection that endures whether or not he wrote the script. All his post-9/11 work engages deeply with the world left in its wake – the very root of the War on Terror in United 93, the lingering effects of post colonialism in Captain Phillips – and the institutions calling the shots – the surveillance state in the Bourne series, the military-industrial complex in Green Zone.

22 July, the latest Greengrass project, moves away from an American-centered focus to examine a recent incident of far-right extremism in Norway. But if anyone believes the change of setting exculpates them from listening and heeding the warning, think again. Greengrass offers a thoughtful, terrifying portrait of how white nationalist hatred seeks to subvert the values of liberalism to validate its own existence.

Read More »

22 July Theatrical Release

Not too long ago, we found out Netflix was planning to release some of their movies directed by prestige filmmakers into theaters for a limited time alongside their debut in the streaming library. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma was one of the titles, but it sounds like Paul Greengrass‘ thriller 22 July will be the one getting a wider release on the big screen.

Read More »

22 July trailer

Netflix continues to amass an incredible roster of filmmakers for their original projects. The latest: Paul Greengrass, director of the Bourne films and Captain Phillips, heads to the streaming service with 22 July. The movie focuses on the true story of Norway’s deadliest terror attack, carried out by a far-right extremist. Based on the 22 July trailer below, this is going to be yet another intense film from Greengrass.

Read More »

netflix theatrical

A day after it was reported that Netflix was considering theatrical releases for its highly anticipated prestige pictures, it has been confirmed that the streaming giant will give limited theatrical runs to Alfonso Cuaron‘s Roma, Joel and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Paul Greengrass‘ 22 July.

However, these awards-season runs aren’t a sign of changing ways for Netflix — this day-and-date release for awards-friendly films is a strategy that the streaming service has practiced since 2015’s Beasts of No Nation.

Read More »

‘Torso’ Movie Lines Up Director Paul Greengrass

Eliot Ness movie

Paramount is hoping director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Brian Helgeland – a terrific combo – can launch an Eliot Ness trilogy. The studio wants the Jason Bourne director and L.A. Confidential screenwriter to make another film about Ness, the man who led the Untouchables and helped bring down Al Capone. Greengrass’ film, titled Torso, is based on Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko‘s graphic novel of the same name and follows Ness as he searches for the Torso killer. Here’s everything we know.

Read More »

jason bourne spoiler review

Jason Bourne is a heartbreaking movie. In a summer filled with sequels that have let audiences down, in a year where so many franchise films have failed to justify their existences beyond the margins of an accountant’s logs, Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon were supposed to return to this series and remind everyone of how it’s done.

Jason Bourne is fine. It’s no disaster. It’s no debacle. Individual scenes and performances work. However, in its best moments, all it serves to do is remind you of just how good the original three movies were and how this one can’t quite capture that same energy. Instead, it falls back on familiarity and cliche, which is the most tragic thing you can say about a series that reinvented the espionage thriller well over a decade ago.

Read More »

‘Jason Bourne’ – What Did You Think?

Jason Bourne

2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum brought Jason Bourne’s saga to a tidy conclusion, but left the door open for a potential return just in case. Nine years later, Universal has finally convinced Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to fling that door open and reveal exactly what our favorite amnesiac spy has been up to. The answer? Brooding, boxing, and still not knowing a whole lot about his past.

The film is clearly intended a course correction after 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, which tried to replace Jason Bourne with a new hero played by Jeremy Renner. Jason Bourne was going to restore the franchise to its former glory, by reuniting two of the men that had mad the original trilogy so beloved. At the same time, the changing times would thrust Bourne into “an austerity-riddled Europe and in a post-Snowden world,” as Damon put it. So, did the reunion of Greengrass and Damon do the trick? Is Jason Bourne a thrilling first chapter, or a limp, belated epilogue? Join us after the jump to let us know what you thought, but be warned that MAJOR SPOILERS lie ahead and in the comments.  Read More »

Jason Bourne

I’m a die-hard Bourne film fan. I’ve watched Matt Damon’s Bourne films more than 15 times collectively. I’ve listened to John Powell‘s scores for each more than 100 times. I was disappointed when the Damon / Paul Greengrass combo didn’t return for Legacy, but I always held out hope that if they did ever come back, it would be because they had a compelling adventure in store for us.

This weekend, nine years after the release of The Bourne Ultimatum, Jason Bourne hits theaters and it is, by far, the weakest of Damon’s Bourne films. Not only does it bring nothing new to the table for the franchise, but the film just feels like a shambling corpse of its former self. Continue after the jump to read my Jason Bourne review.
Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

jason bourne reviews

Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return to the Bourne franchise with Jason Bourne, but is it as good as the previous trilogy of films based on Robert Ludlum‘s novels? Hit the jump to read some selected spoiler-free excerpts from the first reviews and find out if Jason Bourne is worth seeing this week in theaters.

Read More »