another round remake

It’s the fate of nearly every successful foreign-language film — to be remade in English by Hollywood. But the turnaround came remarkably fast for Another Round, the stellar comedy-drama from director Thomas Vinterberg that walked away with the Best International Film Oscar on Sunday night. And less than 24 hours later, Hollywood struck with the news that a remake was in the works with Leonardo DiCaprio potentially taking the role played by Mads Mikkelsen. Naturally, the internet didn’t respond well. But Vinterberg is holding out a little more hope for the Another Round remake than the rest of us.

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2021 Oscars Highlights

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, take a look at 2021 Oscars highlights from the 93rd Academy Awards that aired last night on ABC. See how the format was initially shaken up by Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins, and see some of the best speeches of the night from the winners. Plus, check out a viral moment featuring Glenn Close, and be puzzled by the unnecessarily speedy In Memoriam segment honoring the Hollywood greats that we lost over the past year. Read More »

Another Round trailer

If the ongoing pandemic or the events of the past few weeks have driven you to drink a bit more than you might have otherwise (and who could blame you?), you may be interested in Another Round. It’s a new film in which Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and his pals decide to see if they can live better by constantly keeping alcohol in their blood and drinking only “during work hours.”

But the guys are all high school teachers, so all this may not be the best idea – and deciding to push the boundaries of their own plan also seems like it may not be the best thing for their overall health and relationships. But it’s definitely the best thing for this movie, which looks entertaining as hell. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we decide to live with a pack of strangers, reflect on a famous rock photog, get our mom a date, obtain a super power, and try out to be the next Bond. Read More »

Far From the Madding Crowd trailer

Carey Mulligan leads the cast of this Thomas Hardy adaptation, directed by skilled Danish filmmaker Thomas VinterbergFar From the Madding Crowd, which tells the story of a newly wealthy and very independent woman (Mulligan) and the three suitors (Tom Sturridge, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Michael Sheen) who vie for her attention, this looks like a top-tier production with some great performances. Check out the latest Far From the Madding Crowd trailer below. Read More »

Madding Crowd trailer

The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors. The first Far From the Madding Crowd trailer eschews dialogue in favor of a montage backed with a gorgeous song; the strength of this footage might be enough to entice any lit obsessives, Mulligan fans, and period film devotees. Read More »

The Broken Circle Breakdown

It’ll be a while yet before we find out which English-language films are up for the Oscars, but the Best Foreign Language Film category has already been narrowed down to nine contenders.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Scientists has just revealed its shortlist of nine foreign films which will be competing for five slots when the nominations are announced on January 16. Among the semifinalists are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, the Mads Mikkelsen-starring The Hunt, and Belgium’s bluegrass romance The Broken Circle Breakdown (pictured above). Read the rest after the jump.

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Thomas Vinterberg is a name that more people should know, if only for his film Festen (The Celebration). That ’98 effort was the first film in the Dogme95 movement, and was at the leading edge of shooting serious theatrical efforts on video. Shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, who later became Danny Boyle’s regular cinematographer, the film is also arguably the birth of Boyle’s current style.

Vinterberg hasn’t exactly been quiet in the past decade (films such as Dear Wendy and Submarino have made waves on the festival circuit) and now he returns with The Hunt. The film played Cannes last year, where star Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Hannibal) won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a divorced father who becomes the target of accusations of abuse and molestation.

The US is among the last global markets to get the film in a theatrical release, but we will get to see the film later this summer. Check out a great trailer below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we catch up with the always on-point Gabriel Byrne, get blown away by Tim Roth as a dad we all would want, go on a snipe hunt for a chomo that doesn’t exist, get wowed by a real-life ex-con and his old lady, and be utterly underwhelmed by  Zyzzyx Road’s director, John Penney’s, latest.

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The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival.

But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust & Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program.

The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the list. There is some time for them to be added to the festival lineup in some measure, but (as expected) we’ll likely have to wait until this fall for The Master. As for the Malick movie… well, it’s Malick, so who knows?

You’ll find the lineup as it has been announced so far after the break. Read More »