“I know a lot of people hate the endings of my movies.”
A lot of people may be an overstatement, based on how much audiences and critics have praised his movies in the past, but director Jeff Nichols is well aware that one or two of his endings have left some viewers frustrated. They’ve sparked plenty of debate, and those conversations haven’t always been enjoyable for Nichols, who dissects his work with a real critical eye. He’s arguably his biggest critic.
Funnily enough, it’s perhaps most beloved and successful movie, Mud, that has the ending he’s rewritten in his mind. He’s still happy with the final image of two legends sharing the screen together, Mud and the late Sam Shepard, but when he recently spoke with us about his Lucero short film, he told of us a different ending he’s imagined for Mud. Nichols also told us about working with Michael Shannon, his thoughts on the ending of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and a ’60s biker movie he wants to direct one day.
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So much has happened in the news recently that it seems almost impossible that the Los Angeles Film Festival happened less than four months ago. But as the entertainment industry continues its push through the traditional festival season, we wanted to shine a little light on a smaller film from the LAFF that’s getting a release this month and is worthy of your attention.
The movie is Never Here, a psychological drama from Vertical Entertainment that’s stuck with me ever since I saw it back in June. It marks the narrative directorial debut of filmmaker Camille Thoman and stars Mireille Enos (The Killing, World War Z) and the late Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff, Black Hawk Down). Below, you’ll find the exclusive first look at the Never Here poster – which happens to feature a quote from our festival review.
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Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Throughout the 1990s, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the romcom golden couple. They kicked off the decade with Joe Versus the Volcano, reunited for the all-time classic Sleepless in Seattle, and finished up with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. Now, nearly 20 years later, they’re teaming up again for a very different kind of movie.
Ithaca is Ryan’s directorial debut, and it’s a far cry from the fizzy love stories that were once her bread and butter. The drama stars Alex Neustaedter (USA’s Colony) as a young bicycle messenger coming of age during World War II. Jack Quaid plays his older brother, who’s off fighting the war, and Hanks and Ryan play their parents. Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard also star. John Mellencamp provided original music. Watch the first Ithaca trailer below. Read More »
How much worse can things get for the Rayburn family? Based on the footage for the next season of Bloodline, apparently much, much worse, which is saying a lot, considering what these characters experienced in season 1. What the Rayburn family did last year isn’t going to go away quietly. In season 2, they’re going to have to face the decisions they’ve made.
Below, watch the Bloodline season 2 trailer (spoilers for season 1 follow).
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With his fourth feature film to date, Midnight Special
, writer-director Jeff Nichols often asks audiences to connect the dots. The filmmaker behind Mud and Take Shelter isn’t exactly making filmgoers work during his sci-fi drama, which stars Michael Shannon, but simply asking them to lean in, watch, and listen. The exposition is sparse, as is typically the case with Nichols’ dramas, and according to the director, he wanted to experiment with Midnight Special in that regard.
Below, read our Jeff Nichols interview (mild spoilers follow).
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Director Jeff Nichols has delivered two rich, fantastic indies with Mud and Take Shelter, but now we’ll get to see how he fares with a studio sci-fi flick, Midnight Special.
The film follows young St. Vincent star Jaeden Lieberher, a young boy who has mysterious supernatural gifts, forcing him and his father (Michael Shannon, because of course) to go on the run from agents who just don’t understand his powers. We just got our first look at the movie this past weekend, and now the first Midnight Special trailer has arrived. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
As Coach Taylor on Friday Night Lights, Kyle Chandler projected a reassuring warmth and wisdom. No matter how badly his players screwed up, he was always there to dole out sage advice or set them right with his stern yet understanding gaze.
In his new role in Netflix’s Bloodline, however, it seems Chandler’s the one in need of some guidance. He plays one of four adult children of a wealthy Florida Keys family, whose lives take a dark turn after the arrival of black-sheep eldest brother Danny (played by Ben Mendelsohn, because of course).
Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz play the other siblings, and Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard are their parents. Watch the Bloodline trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Michael C. Hall‘s days as a serial killer may be behind him, but his days as a more ordinary, accidental kind of killer are not. In the first Cold in July trailer, the former Dexter star shoots down a burglar in self-defense. This act sets off a whole series of events, starting with the dead guy’s father’s quest for revenge.
Jim Mickle (We Are What We Are) directed and Sam Shepard and Don Johnson also star. Watch the Cold in July trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
Woody Harrelson‘s last feature role was as a time-traveling turkey in the animated family flick Free Birds, but don’t let that trick you into thinking he’s lost his edge. The new TV spot for Scott Cooper‘s Out of the Furnace has arrived, and he’s full-on terrifying in it.
The gritty drama stars Christian Bale as Russell, a steel mill worker whose Iraq vet brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) falls into the criminal underworld and eventually disappears. When the police fail to find Rodney, Russell sets out to discover the truth for himself. Check out the new video after the jump.
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Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper returns this winter with Out of the Furnace, a crime thriller that features an all star cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoë Saldana and Sam Shepard.
The first trailer made the film look great, and this new one outlines the story a bit better, so if you watch this you’ll start to know how brothers played by Bale and Affleck run afoul of a local criminal played by Harrelson, and how that sets up a conflict that will probably mess everyone up in the end. Read More »