(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: The Death of Stalin
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix
The Pitch: Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Every day we’re forced to hear about the latest audaciously stupid thing being done by the government that is being run by Donald Trump and the gaggle of goofballs from the Republican party. So maybe it’ll be therapeutic to see how a pack of corrupt, dysfunctional, power-hungry assholes in another country do everything they can to double-cross each other and take over the Soviet Union for their own self-gain after the sudden death of their fearless leader. Read More »
Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago) is a musical based on the stage work from Stephen Sondheim, but you wouldn’t have known that from the film’s first trailer. This featurette, however, gives us not only interviews with the cast and crew, discussing the creation of the film, but also a lot more footage. And singing! In this you can hear the cast sing for the first time. There are snippets of ‘I Wish,’ featuring Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Emily Blunt, and Meryl Streep, and you’ll hear Streep knocking out ‘Stay With Me’ as well. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Valentine’s Day may have already come and gone, but between the re-release of Titanic and the opening of Terence Davies‘ The Deep Blue Sea, it looks like cinema’s most romantic days are still ahead of us. Rachel Weisz stars as Hester Collyer, whose marriage to an older judge (Simon Russell Beale) falls apart when she strikes up a passionate affair with a dashing ex-RAF pilot (Tom Hiddleston). Though I found the previously released trailer to be a bit maudlin for my taste, the new one is more restrained, and far more moving as a result. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by Angie Han
2011’s been pretty hit or miss with regard to dramatic romances. The year got off to a pretty strong start with Jane Eyre in the first quarter, but the more recent Water for Elephants and One Day both fell flat. I’m waiting to be swept off my feet by something beautiful and tragic, and I’ve got hopes that Terence Davies‘ The Deep Blue Sea will be just the film to do that.
Based on a 1952 play by Terence Rattigan, the story revoles around Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), wife of judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). When she strikes up a passionate affair with alcoholic former Royal Air Force pilot Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), she starts down a path that may lead to her ultimate destruction. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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If the couple recent attempts by Sam Mendes to pull actors into the twenty-third James Bond movie actually pay off, we could have one hell of a film. Or one hell of a cast, at least. We know that Daniel Craig will once again play Bond, and that Judi Dench will return as M. Javier Bardem has been offered an antagonist role, and he’s mulling that over, pending delivery of the script. Now Ralph Fiennes is reportedly in talks for another, different role. Read More »
Rachel Weisz has a few interesting projects coming up. She’s got a role in Terrence Malick’s new film, (not The Tree of Life, but the one he’s been shooting recently, possibly called The Burial) and is set for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360 and may be in Lynn Shelton’s new film with Emily Blunt.
Plus, she’s shooting the film The Deep Blue Sea right now, directed by Terence Davies and co-starring Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor. That’s a close-up of the first image from the film, above, and the full version is after the break. Read More »