VIOLET & DAISY Review

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[This is a slightly modified re-post of my review from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.  Violet & Daisy opens today in limited release.]

The concept of an adorable female assassin is nothing new. I’m pretty sure that at least half of all anime is based on this premise. The appeal is that you juxtapose wide-eyed innocence and blood-drenched experience. However, it’s an idea that’s been done to near-death (see: anime, +50%) and I was curious to see how Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) would handle adorable-assassins in his directorial debut, Violet & Daisy. Fletcher has delivered a script was tons of potential for a fun action-comedy that doesn’t blow the genre apart, but manages to do a solid job of staying playful and upbeat with the talented Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini selling the dramatic aspects of the story. Unfortunately, Fletcher is constantly hamstrung by his lack of experience, budgetary constraints, and Alexis Bledel‘s lackluster performance.

New Trailer for VIOLET & DAISY Starring Saiorse Ronan and Alexis Bledel

by     Posted 1 year, 232 days ago

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A new trailer for Academy Award-winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher’s (Precious) first directing venture Violet & Daisy has been released.  The film centers on two young female assassins, played by Saiorse Ronan (Atonement) and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), who set out for what they think will be a quick and easy hit, but turns into something much more complicated when their target throws a wrench in the works.  The marketing and posters for the film thus far have seemed to be going for that pulpy and modern pop take on young women in today’s society, like Spring Breakers, but the trailer gives off a tone that seems a bit muddled.  It has elements of quirky comedy and a more serious and dire consequences drama, but not a clear vision that can be derived just from the trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF 2011.  The film also stars James Gandolfini, Danny Trejo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and Cody HornViolet & Daisy will be released on June 7th.

New Posters for THE BLING RING, VIOLET & DAISY, and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

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We’ve got a few new posters for your viewing pleasure.  Briefly:

  • The Bling RingSofia Coppola‘s film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous.  I really like this poster, and I think they should make keep the PerezHilton.com watermark part of the official poster due to the shared obsession with celebrities.  The film opens on June 14th and stars Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien, and Leslie Mann.
  • Violet & Daisy – The directorial debut of Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher also has a great poster.  The film stars Alexis Bledel and Saorise Ronan as a pair of perky teenage assassins who have second thoughts about their latest job.  Click here for my review from TIFF 2011.  The film also stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Danny Trejo, and James Gandolfini.
  • Much Ado about Nothing – A bland poster, but there’s not much you can do with a film that cost nothing to make and the spark is in performances rather than individual images.  The one featured here is one of the few memorable shots.  Click here for my review from TIFF 2012.  The film opens on June 7th and stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, and other actors who have previously worked with director Joss Whedon.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

TIFF 2011: VIOLET & DAISY Review

by     Posted 3 years, 92 days ago

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The concept of an adorable female assassin is nothing new.  I’m pretty sure that at least half of all anime is based on this premise.  The appeal is that you juxtapose wide-eyed innocence and blood-drenched experience.  However, it’s an idea that’s been done to near-death (see: anime, +50%) and I was curious to see how Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) would handle adorable-assassins in his directorial debut Violet & Daisy.  Fletcher has delivered a script was tons of potential for a fun action-comedy that doesn’t blow the genre apart but manages to do a solid job of staying playful and upbeat with the talented Saoirse Ronan and James Gandolfini selling the dramatic aspects of the story.  Unfortunately, Fletcher is constantly hamstrung by his lack of experience, budgetary constraints, and Alexis Bledel’s lackluster performance.

TIFF 2011: First Images from DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, GOON, PAGE EIGHT, and VIOLET & DAISY

by     Posted 3 years, 124 days ago

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Damsels in Distress (starring Greta Gerwig and Adam Brody), Goon (starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, and Liev Schreiber), Page Eight (starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes), and Violet & Daisy (starring Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, and James Gandolfini) are all playing at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  We have images for these films.  We think you’d like to see them.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.

TIFF 2011: PAGE EIGHT, SLEEPING BEAUTY, VIOLET & DAISY, and More Added to Galas and Special Presentations Line-Up

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A task can’t get “more impossible”, but the prospect of seeing everything I want at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival just got more impossible.  We’ve already shown you the incredible line-ups for the Galas & Special Presentations, Real-to-Reel (Documentary), Midnight Madness, Vanguard, TIFF Kids, City to City, Canadian Features, and Canada First! programs. Now even more must-see movies have been thrown into the mix.  TIFF has announced that the spy thriller Page Eight (starring Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes) will be the closing night film in the Galas section.  Other films added to Galas and Special Presentations include Sleeping Beauty (starring Emily Browning), Winnie (starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard), Intruders (starring Clive Owen), Violet & Daisy (starring Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel), and more.

Hit the jump to check out the additions to the Galas and Special Presenations line-up.  The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 – 18th.  Click here for all of our TIFF 2011 coverage.

James Gandolfini to Co-Star in VIOLET & DAISY

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James Gandolfini will co-star in Geoffrey Fletcher’s indie drama Violet & Daisy.  Per Variety, the story “centers on a pair of teenage assassins (played by Saoirse Ronan and Carey Mulligan) who are lured into what is supposed to be just another quick and easy job, only to find complications as the man they’re supposed to kill is not what they expected.”  Fletcher, who won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Precious, will make his directorial debut on the picture.  Last month, we reported that Bruce Willis and Danny Trejo were in talks to co-star.

As we previously reported, Gandolfini is also attached to star in the HBO movie Cinema Verite and he’s also producing an adaptation of French Canadian sitcom Taxi 0-22 for the network.  He’ll next be seen in theater in the  indie drama Welcome to the Rileys.

Bruce Willis and Danny Trejo in Talks to Join Carey Mulligan and Saiorse Ronan for VIOLET & DAISY

by     Posted 4 years, 121 days ago

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With his first credited script, Precious, Geoffrey Fletcher nabbed an Oscar.  The meek screenwriter is poised to make a similar splash with his directorial debut, Violet & Daisy, considering Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Saiorse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) — two of the finest young actresses in town — are attached to star.  A new report indicates that Bruce Willis and Danny Trejo are likewise in talks to star in the film, in a seeming attempt to inject a bit of macho and (in Willis’ case) star power into the project.  More after the jump:

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