Danny McBride gives his most frightening performance to date in Arizona. Director Jonathan Watson, who’s worked with McBride since season 2 of Eastbound and Down, uses McBride’s charisma and comedic powers to make a blonde-haired, golf-playing baddie all the more menacing. There’s something unsettling about McBride’s comedic sensibilities in a villain like Sonny, who never loses his scary sense of humor throughout the Rosemarie DeWitt-led Arizona.
McBride read Luke Del Tredici‘s (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) script years ago and thought it was “a wild ride,” so he sent the script to Watson, helping to launching the well-seasoned first assistant director’s feature directorial debut. The first-time filmmaker shows a great grasp of tone with his thriller by nicely balancing the horror and laughs.
McBride recently spoke with us about playing his most villainous and insecure character yet, his work with costumer designer Sarah Trost, his time with Sir Ridley Scott, and the importance and power of sometimes pushing boundaries in comedy.
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Danny McBride breaks bad with Arizona, a new dark comedy that finds the actor murdering his way through the dry desert heat. McBride plays a disgruntled home owner who kidnaps a real estate agent, played by Rosemarie DeWitt. Things go from bad to worse very quickly, while McBride quips his way through the bloodshed. Watch the Arizona trailer below.
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Jonathan Watson, the longtime assistant director on films as varied as Bad Boys and The Truman Show, makes his directorial debut with Arizona, a thriller set in the midst of the late 2000s economic housing crisis that stars Rosemarie DeWitt as a single mom realtor on the run from a deranged homeowner played by Danny McBride. While DeWitt is the ostensible lead, Arizona is more of a showcase for McBride’s particular set of comedic skills, and as the hunt intensifies, it takes us on a tour through a section of America that was left decimated by the hubris of Wall Street. Read More »
Black Mirror, Charlie Brooker’s dark, twisted, technology-driven Twilight Zone riff, is about return to Netflix for yet another season of woe and punishment. There’s a cold cosmic justice at work in Black Mirror; a sense that any transgression, no matter how mundane, will be met with the bleakest of punishments. It can often make for an unpleasant experience. Yet Black Mirror explored exciting new possibilities last season, with the acclaimed San Junipero – an episode that revealed that hopefulness was also a possibility in the Black Mirror universe. Best of all, it was an episode that wasn’t obsessed with conveying a twisted moral – it simply used the Black Mirror premise to tell a story about two characters and the results were stunning.
Black Mirror season 4, sadly, does not have an episode that resonates as much as San Junipero did last season. The show once again continues down a dark, unrelenting path – which is to be expected, since that was the built-in methodology long before San Junipero came along. But how does Black Mirror season 4 stack up as a whole? The good news is that the latest season of Black Mirror goes off into new, unexpected directions and has fun playing around with style and form. The six episodes that occupy the latest season all vary in plot, tone, and message, which is a welcome change compared to previous seasons, which had a tendency to blur together.
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“We are in competition with the news,” Charlie Brooker, writer/creator/executive producer of the Netflix series Black Mirror, addressed the uncomfortable truth about the drama’s darkest themes Saturday night at New York Comic Con in front of a standing room-only audience.
I always thought it was funny when folks would remark on how far the dystopia would go on the show. To which I would always respond, “This is not unlike the world we live in.” So, I was happy to hear that Brooker agreed that some of the show’s most disturbing plot lines come from reality itself.
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
The third season of Black Mirror hits Netflix on Friday, which means we can all look forward to a weekend of gradually feeling more and more queasy about the very technology we’re using to watch the show. And because Netflix knows Black Mirror fans will eventually come out of that miserable binge with a taste for still more disturbing tales about the intersection of technology and human nature, they’re already getting to work on season 4.
Jodie Foster has been set to direct an episode of Black Mirror season 4, which will star Rosemarie DeWitt. And while we wait for that intriguing installment to come together, Netflix has released a new featurette to whet your appetite for season 3. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
After finding success with low-key, naturalistic indies like Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, Joe Swanberg is back with what appears to be his biggest film yet. But because he’s Joe Swanberg, it’s still a pretty low-key, naturalistic indie. Digging for Fire stars Jake Johnson and Rosemarie DeWitt as an L.A. couple still getting used to parenthood.
While housesitting for a friend one weekend, the husband digs up a bone and a gun, sending him on a quest for answers. Meanwhile, the wife sets off on her own adventure involving a handsome stranger played by Orlando Bloom. Watch the Digging for Fire trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Did the world really need a Poltergeist remake? Probably not, but since we’re getting one anyway, we’re just relieved this new version doesn’t look half bad.
Directed by Gil Kenan and produced by Sam Raimi, the new Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as the parents of a little girl who is taken by supernatural forces. Jared Harris plays the ghost hunter they turn to for help. Watch the new Poltergeist trailer after the jump. Read More »
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“They’re heeeeeeere.” Those pesky ghosts who speak to a little girl through a TV are back in the first trailer for Gil Kenan‘s Poltergeist. Based on the classic 1982 horror film by Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg, this time the Monster House director has teamed up with producer Sam Raimi to scare a whole new generation in 3D.
Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt are the unsuspecting parents of a family newly settled in the haunted house that takes their kid. They ask for help from a famous ghost hunter, played by Jared Harris in this version. The film hits theaters July 24. You can watch the first, frightening Poltergeist trailer here.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
Any time a classic gets remade, fans of the original tense up in fear that the new version will somehow “ruin” the original. Well, the jury’s still out on Gil Kenan and Sam Raimi‘s re-do of Poltergeist, but the first images, at least, look plenty creepy. Get your Poltergeist first look after the jump, plus details on the trailer release. Read More »