French maestro Olivier Assayas did not cement his status as a cinephile favorite over the last quarter-century through the mechanics of his film’s plots. Rather, he’s become a festival darling because of the singular sensation left lingering from watching his work. What happens in an Assayas film is never as important as how it happens – the technique, the intellection, the panache.
Assayas must have had his reasons for taking on a project like Wasp Network, a tale of espionage and counterterrorism. Whatever they were, however, do not come through clearly. The film offers few pleasures beyond the crossing of wires in its tale of tangled alliances in post-Cold War Cuba. Assayas becomes so subservient to the sheer volume of events and information he must bring to life that the film completely subsumes any sense of personal style or voice. The producers could have put any workman studio director’s name over the closing credits, and I would not have bat an eyelid.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
Were Narcos just another crime drama, it could go on indefinitely with the story of DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña chasing after drug kingpin Pablo Escobar . But it’s bound to historical events, and the fact is that Escobar couldn’t keep running forever. As of the end of season one, the clock is running out for Escobar. Season two picks up where season one left off, and promises to take us through to the end of Escobar’s story.
Which isn’t to say it’ll be smooth sailing for our heroes from here on out. Sure, we in 2016 know what becomes of Escobar (played here by Wagner Moura). But our heroes in the show, Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Peña (Pedro Pascal) are still in the middle of a very intense situation. As Murphy says, “Pablo is never more dangerous than when you almost have him.” Watch the latest Narcos season 2 trailer below. Read More »
Wagner Moura, Narcos‘ Pablo Escobar, was at the Netflix presentations for the Television Critics Association to discuss the second season. We got to speak with Moura in a roundtable about the show, which will portray the final year of Escobar’s life in season two. Moura described the differences between the first and second seasons.
“I think the first season is more epic,” Moura said. “I think Narcos has this balance of the epic and the dramatic. The first season is very epic in terms of we really explain to people how the drug trade works. We have the voiceover, the real footage. We still have the same thing. It’s the same style but the second one, given the fact that it covers only one year of Pablo’s life, it’s very focused on Pablo so it’s more dramatic than epic.” Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Since Netflix’s Narcos is based on historical events, all it takes is one quick Wikipedia search to figure out where the show is headed next. But getting there is the fun part, of course, and it looks like we can look forward to plenty of drama and intrigue in the next run of episodes. The streaming service has just released a fresh batch of Narcos season 2 first look images, and you can check ’em out below.
Returning for the next season are Wagner Moura as drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, Boyd Holbrook as DEA agent Steve Murphy, and Pedro Pascal as DEA agent Javier Peña. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 by Angie Han
Perennial Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry is back this year with Trash, an adventure set in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Though it features some well known, well regarded faces like Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara, and Wagner Moura, the real stars of the film are a trio of young unknowns.
Rickson Tevez, Gabriel Weinstein, and Luis Eduardo play three favela kids who spend their days picking through trash. One day they come across a wallet that happens to be of interest to some powerful and potentially dangerous people, sending them on an exciting adventure. Christian Duurvoort co-directed. Watch the Trash trailer after the jump. Read More »
Narcos is the Netflix series that tells the bloody story of Pablo Escobar, the Medellin cartel, and the law agents who sought to control the flow of cocaine and money in and out of Escobar’s organization. This new Narcos trailer features voiceover from Boyd Holbrook, who plays one of the feds on Escobar’s trail, explaining just how messed up the situation was. It also shows off Wagner Moura as Escobar, and Pedro Pascal as the partner of Holbrook’s agent.
There are big cues from gangster epics such as Goodfellas, and a couple staggering shots, like the image of a man escaping from a trench filled with bodies. Check out the Narcos trailer to see how Netflix is telling this story. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
After a blood-splattered, cocaine-dusted first teaser, Netflix’s Narcos has come back with its first full-on trailer. Wagner Moura plays legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, and Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal the DEA agents who attempt to take him down in the 1980s. Watch the Narcos trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, June 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Game of Thrones fans still missing the Red Viper will be happy to know he’ll be back on their TVs in just a couple months. Netflix has set an August debut date for Narcos, starring Pedro Pascal as a DEA agent chasing down legendary drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura). Boyd Holbrook also stars as another DEA agent.
Watch the first Netflix Narcos teaser, and see another Narcos still, after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Antoine Fuqua‘s Magnificent Seven is getting close to that lucky number. Wagner Moura (Elysium) has just been added to the cast, joining Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Haley Bennett, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Luke Grimes. That’s seven cast members, but not all of them are part of the capital-S Seven. More on the Magnificent Seven Wagner Moura casting after the jump. Read More »
Universal Pictures Brazil has released the first Trash trailer, a film by Stephen Daldry which is likely to hit theaters this fall during the Fall 2014 film festival season. Trash tells the story of “three boys in a third world country who scrape a living by picking through trash. One day they find a leather bag, the contents of which plunge them into a terrifying adventure, pitting their wits against corruption and authority to right a wrong.” Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura co-star. Watch the Brazilian Trash trailer now embedded after the jump.
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