BIG GAME Review | TIFF 2014

by     Posted 100 days ago


A good thirty minutes into Jalmari Helander’s Big Game, a thought arises that never ceases to fade: “Shouldn’t I be having more fun considering the goofy premise?”  It’s a kid in the wilderness who’s forced to protect the President of the United States.  Then you cast Samuel L. Jackson—a man whose ubiquity and longevity in spite of some seriously questionable choice in projects is a testament to his enduring popularity—as the President. Unfortunately, while Helander and co-writer Petri Jokiranta have a promising set-up, they’re never certain if they should let the comedy come from playing it straight or if they should go broad and silly, so the film ends up falling into bland ambivalence.

BIG GAME Clip Features Samuel L. Jackson Hiding from the Enemy in a Freezer

by     Posted 108 days ago


Hold onto your butts; Samuel L. Jackson is back and he’s rolling down a hill in a freezer.  Really.  Jackson leads the Toronto International Film Festival Midnight Madness selection, Big Game, as the President of the United States.  When a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila) accepts the traditional challenge to head out into the wilderness for one day and one night to prove that he’s a man, he winds up stumbling across an escape pod – the Air Force One escape pod.  Now it’s up to Oskari to protect the President from the terrorists trying to kidnap him.

Check out what happens when Oskari insists, “Instead of looking tough, we have to be tough,” in the very first Big Game clip after the jump.  The film also stars Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Felicity Huffman.

TIFF Midnight Madness Images: First Looks at [REC] 4, CUB, BIG GAME, TOKYO TRIBE, and More

by     Posted 145 days ago


Earlier today, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled lineups for a few of its other programs, including the Midnight Madness category, which celebrates the “wild, wacky, and weird” in film.  This year’s lineup is rather eclectic, and we’ve got debut images from some of the movies to give audiences a taste of what to expect.  They include Big Game, in which a 13-year-old boy must save the president of the United States (played by Samuel L. Jackson), Cub, about a Cub Scout pack that encounters a feral boy in the wild, Electric Boogaloo, which recounts the story of Cannon Films, director Sino Sino’s Tokyo Tribe, and more.

Check out images from the Midnight Madness films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

TIFF Adds World Premieres of FACE OF AN ANGEL, TUSK, and Canadian Premiere of THE LOOK OF SILENCE with Midnight Madness and Documentary Lineups

by     Posted 145 days ago


Last week, the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial lineup of films that will be screening this September, which range from The Judge to Rosewater to This Is Where I Leave You.  That large, eclectic list was only the start, though, as today TIFF has announced the films that will be screening as part of the Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters programmes.  These new additions include the world premiere of Kevin Smith’s Tusk as well as Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox-inspired The Face of an Angel, the Samuel L. Jackson-fronted survival pic Big Game, and the concluding installment of the horror franchise [REC] 4: Apocalypse.  Additionally, Adam Wingard’s excellent The Guest and Joshua Oppenheimer’s Act of Killing sequel The Look of Silence will have their Canadian Premieres.

Read the full list of newly added films after the jump.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4th – 14th.

Samuel L. Jackson Is The President in First Image from BIG GAME; Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, and Ted Levin Added to Cast

by     Posted 1 year, 58 days ago


We got a look at Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury in the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier today, but now a first-look image from another Jackson films casts the actor in a different light.  Jackson plays the President of the United States in Big Game, which revolves around a 13-year-old boy named Oskari (Onni Tommila) who stumbles upon a crashed Air Force One in the wilderness and subsequently aims to get the President to safety.  Jalmari Helander directs the action adventure pic, and along with the first image, it has been announced that Felicity Huffman, Victor Garber, and Ted Levine have been added to a cast that also includes Jim Broadbent and Ray Stevenson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the image and to read the full press release.  Big Game is currently in production in Bavaria.

Jessica Brown Findlay Joins Fox’s FRANKENSTEIN, Olivia Thirlby Added to Kevin Hart’s Untitled Comedy, BIG GAME and STEP UP 5 Announce Their Casts

by     Posted 1 year, 101 days ago


Some more casting news for you today:

  • Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey) will join Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy in Paul McGuigan’s untitled Frankenstein project set up at 20th Century Fox.
  • Olivia Thirlby (Dredd) has joined Jeremy Garelick’s untitled comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.
  • Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas), Ray Stevenson (Thor) and more join Big Game, written and directed by Jalmari Helander and starring Samuel L. Jackson.
  • Step Up 5 has released its full cast, which includes returning stars Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner Join IMAGINE, Samuel L. Jackson to Play the President in BIG GAME, Trio Set for Charlie Kaufman’s ANOMALISA

by     Posted 1 year, 222 days ago

We’ve got a few casting stories to share today.  Briefly:

  • Michael Caine and Jennifer Garner have boarded the aging rock star film Imagine, joining Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Bobby Cannavale in the cast.
  • Samuel L. Jackson will play the President of the United States in the actioner Big Game.
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds), David Thewlis (Harry Potter), and Tom Noonan (Heat) will reprise their roles from the stage play version of Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa in the animated feature film adaptation, which Kaufman is co-directing.

Hit the jump for more on each of these projects.

Click Here