If you’re hitting up IMAX theaters for Mission: Impossible – Fallout this weekend (and you absolutely should), you’re in for one giant surprise. A First Man sneak peek will play in IMAX before the film, featuring a never-before-seen trailer for the Neil Armstrong biopic from director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling.
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The story of Neil Armstrong (first dude on the moon; you might’ve heard of him) gets the biopic treatment in First Man. La La Land director Damien Chazelle re-teams with Ryan Gosling for the film, which also stars Claire Foy. Watch the First Man trailer below.
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It’s been nearly 40 years since we last landed on the moon. Our final mission to our orbiting satellite was on December 11, 1972 when Apollo 17 touched down on the surface. But before that, someone had to be the first man on the moon, and La La Land director Damien Chazelle will tell his story this fall.
First Man follows Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The film will tell the story of how he came to be the most famous man in the world in 1969 when he took those first historic steps. A batch of First Man movie photos give us our first look at Gosling as Armstrong, and you can check them out below. Read More »
Earlier this year, we found out that Paddington director Paul King had been hired to direct a new Willy Wonka movie at Warner Bros. that would give us a reimagining of the character originated on the big screen by Gene Wilder in 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Now the project is trying to find the right man to play the titular confectionery connoisseur, and the shortlist of actors has some enticing options. Read More »
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(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to what’s new on Blu-ray and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.)
Ready for the latest Blu-ray round-up? I sure hope so, because it’s here, right in front of your eyes. This week, one of the best and most over-looked films of 2017 comes to Blu-ray. And that’s not the only overlooked film hitting shelves! An unjustly ignored 1993 comedy from the director of Gremlins receives a special collector’s edition from Shout! Factory! In addition to that, there’s a star-studded Agatha Christie adaptation (no, not that one), and a John Ford classic from the Criterion Collection. Here are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this week.
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This just in from the This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things Department: Blade Runner 2049, the existential sci-fi tone poem sequel from Denis Villeneuve, was such a box office disappointment that it faces an $80 million loss for its producers. Chalk this up to a case of history repeating itself, as the original Blade Runner wasn’t a huge hit upon its initial release either, only to eventually earn a cult classic status.
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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: Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049.)
Any review of Blade Runner 2049 is by default a spoiler review. Warner Brothers and director Denis Villeneuve have gone to extreme lengths to keep the majority of details about their sci-fi sequel a secret, including limiting press screenings and issuing stern warnings to the press who did see the film to not reveal anything. This is both a commendable and unfortunate approach. While it’s true that movie marketing tends to give away too much for many films, and going into a film cold can make for a more rewarding experience, the tight-lipped approach to Blade Runner 2049 may have inadvertently doomed it at the box office. Audiences knew so little about the film from its less-than-engaging trailers that they simply didn’t bother to attend.
Which is a shame, because Blade Runner 2049 is one of the very best films of 2017, and one of the most staggering big studio releases you’re likely to come across. How on earth did Denis Villeneuve convince Warner Brothers to let him make a gigantic, foreboding tone poem and dress it up as a Blade Runner sequel? We may never know, and if the film continues to underperform, we may never get so lucky again.
So how about we dive into a Blade Runner 2049 spoiler review and talk about what makes this movie work so well?
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With Blade Runner 2049, which arrives in theaters 35 years after Ridley Scott‘s classic, Denis Villeneuve has pulled off no small feat. The filmmaker behind Arrival, Incendies, and Sicario has made a sequel that doesn’t stand an inch in the shadow of Scott’s masterpiece. He’s made this iconic depiction of the future feel as new and as awe-inspiring as the 1982 film.
Just like the original, every frame of Blade Runner 2049 is a visual marvel, which should come as no surprise considering the talent Villeneuve surrounded himself with on his largest film to date. The director reuinited with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins on the sequel, and together they’ve again crafted such dense, emotional and dazzling images and created a hypnotic atmosphere. When we spoke with Villeneuve, he told us about their work together, what original Blade Runner director Ridley Scott told him to keep in mind, and why Blade Runner 2049 is a more hopeful story than the original film.
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Some characters are lost in time, like tears in the rain. But that’s not so with this veteran Blade Runner Los Angeles police officer, who makes a brief return in Denis Villeneuve‘s sci-fi follow-up, Blade Runner 2049.
The final Blade Runner 2049 trailer not only promises more story and details of the upcoming movie set to be released in theaters later this week, but a peek at a cameo from a returning character. You may not recognize his face, but you’ll surely remember those paper origami figures he’s so fond of making.
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(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.)
In this edition, we have videos that are entirely dedicated to discussing the original 1982 sci-fi noir Blade Runner from director Ridley Scott, and this week’s forthcoming sequel Blade Runner 2049. Below, the sequel’s director Denis Villeneuve talks about seeing the original for the first time, and you can find out some interesting trivia about the movie that you might not have known about. Plus, go behind the scenes of Blade Runner 2049 with an extensive featurette looking at the making of the movie. Read More »