GOD’S POCKET Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  God's Pocket opens today in limited release.]

Following around sad characters does not make a story poignant. It does not make it sorrowful or deep or compassionate.  In his feature directing debut, John Slattery has filled a tank with dirty water so his talented actors can swim around giving performances that don’t serve anything but the performance itself, and the ugly setting and plot is just the fodder for long pauses, pained grimaces, and distant glances.  Slattery swings around wildly from grimy pathos to violent dark comedy, and neither is rewarding.  Rather than showcasing its talented cast, Slattery wastes them in a wasteland.

Chris Pine in Talks for Disney’s THE FINEST HOURS; Michael B. Jordan to Lead MEN WHO KILL; Caleb Landry Jones Joins STONEWALL

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Chris Pine is in talks to lead Disney’s coast guard drama The Finest Hours, which now has a new director in Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl).
  • Michael B. Jordan is attached to lead the action thriller Men Who Kill, which is being developed as a star vehicle for the actor at 20th Century Fox.
  • X-Men: First Class actor Caleb Landry Jones is in talks to join director Roland Emmerich’s gay rights drama Stonewall.

Hit the jump for much more on the aforementioned casting.

Kate Winslet in Talks to Join John Hillcoat’s TRIPLE NINE; Hannah Ware to Star in AGENT 47; Dakota Fanning Stars in Gerardo Naranjo’s Untitled Film

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Here’s a look at the latest casting for the following films:

  • Kate Winslet is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  [Update: Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot and Michael Peña are also in talks to join.]
  • Hannah Ware (Shame) will star in the Hitman reboot, Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto.
  • Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) will star in Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut, along with Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

GOD’S POCKET Review

by     Posted 276 days ago

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Following around sad characters does not make a story poignant.  It does not make it sorrowful or deep or compassionate.  In his feature directing debut, John Slattery has filled a tank with dirty water so his talented actors can swim around giving performances that don’t serve anything but the performance itself, and the ugly setting and plot is just the fodder for long pauses, pained grimaces, and distant glances.  Slattery swings around wildly from grimy pathos to violent dark comedy, and neither is rewarding.  Rather than showcasing its talented cast, Slattery wastes them in a wasteland.

BYZANTIUM Review

by     Posted 1 year, 115 days ago

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Byzantium opens today in limited release.]

The possibilities of the vampire story have become increasingly limited. The story has been around for so long, and has been done so many ways, especially of late, that it’s difficult for a storyteller to come in and find a new spin within the predefined parameters of what we all agree is a “vampire”: a bloodsucking immortal. In his new film Byzantium, director Neil Jordan has seized upon the “immortal” part and how a vampire would always be, in a sense, frozen in the past and unable to move forward. Consequently, Byzantium has trouble gaining any momentum. As its protagonist moans about telling a story hundreds of times but never finding anyone to listen, the film struggles to find a rhythm and gets bogged down in some cringeworthy dialogue. But the most frustrating aspect of Byzantium is how it fails to pursue a thoughtful, gender-related idea that holds far more potential than another exploration of how vampires are accursed creatures sentenced to wander the earth alone forever and ever anon.

New Domestic Trailer and Poster for BYZANTIUM Starring Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton

by     Posted 1 year, 153 days ago

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A new domestic trailer and poster for director Neil Jordan’s vampire drama Byzantium have been released online.  The film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long.  We’ve already seen a couple of international trailers for the pic, but this one does a nice job of teasing the kind of moody, dramatic vampire story that Jordan has crafted, not unlike his previous film Interview with the Vampire.  We see a lot of Ronan’s character mulling over her immortality, and in a bit of a twist it appears that women are forbidden from being turned into vampires.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to see the new poster, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film from TIFF.  The film also stars Sam RileyCaleb Landry Jones, and Jonny Lee Miller.  Byzantium opens on June 28th.

New International Trailer for BYZANTIUM Starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan

by     Posted 1 year, 188 days ago

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A new international trailer for Interview with the Vampire director Neil Jordan’s upcoming vampire drama Byzantium has been released online.  The film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long.  This latest trailer certainly highlights the film’s impressively stylish visuals, while also showcasing the intensity of the story.  Matt caught the film at TIFF last year and expressed his disappointment with the finished product in his review, and I’m interested to see how Jordan sets this pic apart from Interview with the Vampire, which also explores the notion of cursed immortality.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam Riley, Caleb Landry Jones, and Jonny Lee MillerByzantium opens on June 28th.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Passes on GODZILLA Reboot; Shortlist for Lead Reportedly Includes Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, and Caleb Landry Jones

by     Posted 1 year, 287 days ago

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It’s apparently “Godzilla reboot news day.”  This morning we learned that Frank Darabont will be doing a final rewrite on the script for director Gareth Edwardsreboot of Godzilla, along with the news that two of the film’s producers are battling Legendary Pictures to stay onboard the project.  We actually know very little about the redo beyond the fact that Edwards is tackling Godzilla with a grounded, realistic tone (ie. what would it be like if this monster actually appeared in real life and started terrorizing cities?), but today word has surfaced concerning the film’s firm production start date, shooting locations, and which actors the studio and Edwards are looking at to take on the lead role.  Hit the jump for Godzilla details galore.

Clive Owen Toplines THE KING OF THE CASTLE; Patrick Wilson and Liv Tyler Star in Sci-Fi Dramedy SPACE STATION 76; Caleb Landry Jones Boards Indie Pic

by     Posted 1 year, 360 days ago

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Some casting news for you today.  Check out the info in brief below:

Hit the jump for more on each picture. 

Fantastic Fest 2012: ANTIVIRAL Review

by     Posted 2 years, 29 days ago

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When I’m in the checkout line at the supermarket, and I see all of the celebrity magazines, I’m confused.  People who would buy those magazines and tabloids don’t seem to realize that celebrities are strangers.  If Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have a baby, then I don’t see how that impacts anyone’s lives but their own.  But celebrities are viewed as a commodity, and Brandon Cronenberg‘s clever film Antiviral carries out this extension of human commodity into a perverse economy where there’s just enough shreds of truth to make us wonder if his world could really happen if the science was possible.  However, despite the fascinating ideas at the forefront, the story and characters almost feel perfunctory, and any attempts to make the movie feel like a thriller come off as heavy-handed.  Cronenberg has crafted a film that is sick, sad, smart, and serviceable.

TIFF 2012: BYZANTIUM Review

by     Posted 2 years, 40 days ago

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The possibilities of the vampire story have become increasingly limited.  The story has been around for so long, and has been done so many ways, especially of late, that it’s difficult for a storyteller to come in and find a new spin within the predefined parameters of what we all agree is a “vampire”: a bloodsucking immortal.  In his new film Byzantium, director Neil Jordan has seized upon the “immortal” part and how a vampire would always be, in a sense, frozen in the past and unable to move forward.  Consequently, Byzantium has trouble gaining any momentum.  As its protagonist moans about telling a story hundreds of times but never finding anyone to listen, the film struggles to find a rhythm and gets bogged down in some cringeworthy dialogue.  But the most frustrating aspect of Byzantium is how it fails to pursue a thoughtful, gender-related idea that holds far more potential than another exploration of how vampires are accursed creatures sentenced to wander the earth alone forever and ever anon.

First Clip from Neil Jordan’s Vampire Film BYZANTIUM Starring Saoirse Ronan

by     Posted 2 years, 43 days ago

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The first clip from the vampire drama Byzantium has landed online.  Directed by Neil Jordan (Interview with the Vampire), the film stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a mother/daughter vampire duo who arrive in a small British town where their secret doesn’t stay kept for long.  This clip is a scene between Ronan and X-Men: First Class star Caleb Landry Jones, and it’s not exactly Twilight.  We see Ronan’s character react in slow motion to Jones dropping a fair amount of his blood on the ground.  It’s a bit haunting, a bit strange, and slightly disturbing, but I’m wholly intrigued.

Hit the jump to take a look.  The film also stars Sam Riley and Jonny Lee MillerByzantium will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, which is currently underway.

Creepy and Disturbing Trailer, Clip, and Poster for Brandon Cronenberg’s ANTIVIRAL

by     Posted 2 years, 72 days ago

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An unnerving trailer for Brandon Cronenberg‘s Antiviral has gone online.  The film stars Caleb Landry Jones (X-Men: First Class) as a worker at a specialized clinic where patients pay to be infected with diseases harvested from celebrities as a way to feel closer to their idols.  Judging by the trailer, Brandon Cronenberg (son of David Cronenberg) seems to share his father’s understanding that being gory isn’t enough if you want to creep people out.  You have to find the right way to destroy the human body if you want to disturb the audience.  Antiviral looks like it’s going to disturb the hell out of its audience.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer along with the poster, a clip, and a viral promo (no pun intended).  Antiviral will play at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, and I plan to check it out provided I haven’t eaten beforehand.

5 Movie Clips and 16 Images from CONTRABAND

by     Posted 2 years, 287 days ago

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We’ve been provided with five clips and sixteen images from director Baltasar Kormákur’s crime thriller Contraband. The film is set in the world of international smuggling and stars Mark Wahlberg as a man trying to escape his days as a criminal. When his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) botches a deal, Wahlberg’s character must settle his brother-in-law’s debt in order to keep him safe from a drug boss (Giovanni Ribisi).  The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, and Diego Luna.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and images.  Contraband opens January 13th, 2012.

5 Clips from CONTRABAND Starring Mark Wahlberg

by     Posted 2 years, 306 days ago

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We’ve been provided with five clips from the crime thriller Contraband. The film is set in the world of international smuggling and stars Mark Wahlberg as a man trying to escape his days as a criminal. When his brother-in-law (Caleb Landry Jones) botches a deal, Wahlberg’s character must settle his brother-in-law’s debt in order to keep him safe from a drug boss (Giovanni Ribisi).

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  The film also stars Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, J.K. Simmons, and Diego LunaContraband opens January 13th, 2012.

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