THE KNICK Recap: “Start Calling Me Dad”

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The threads that The Knick has laid down for its first five episodes have started to intertwine in its sixth.  Algernon’s secret medical practice has an unexpected visitor, and Cornelia takes steps to apprehend Typhoid Mary.  Even Thackery’s desire to figure out where Christiansen went wrong in his treatment of previa patients turned a corner.  And though it wouldn’t be an episode of The Knick without a death, “Start Calling Me Dad” was, on the whole, one of the series’ lighter episodes.  Hit the jump, or away, moldy rogue, away!

THE KNICK Recap: “They Capture the Heat”

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After watching so many Fall pilots in which everything is spelled out and set up in sometimes excruciating “telling but not showing” detail, The Knick is a breath of fresh air from the other side of the spectrum.  But for The Knick, it’s also not about style over substance (like, say, Boardwalk Empire‘s latest premiere) or telling vignettes that don’t seem to propel the story forward in any way (like much of Masters of Sex this season).  Instead, it swims along, connecting everything back to the premise of early 20th century medicine in a number of different ways, while keeping them all interesting.  Hit the jump for why “it’s a crying shame all those pretty silver stitches are going to seal up that fat man.”

THE KNICK Review: Clive Owen Leads Steven Soderbergh’s Gruesome But Immersive Hospital History

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The new Cinemax series The Knick, from creators/executive producers Jack Amiel and Michael Belger and director/executive producer Steven Soderbergh, takes a very old idea and gives it a new spin.  The irony is, it does so by going to the past.  The show focuses on New York City’s Knickerbocker Hospital starting in 1900, a popular time period on television at the moment (Boardwalk EmpireCopperDownton Abbey), as well as a popular subject for a series (that being a medical procedural).  But the pairing of the two makes The Knick‘s story something unique, and its singular artistic vision, under the direction of Soderbergh, illuminates the world beautifully.  Hit the jump for more.

THE KNICK Posters Remind Us that Things Aren’t What They Used to Be

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Cinemax has released a slew of The Knick posters online.  Steven Soderbergh‘s 10-episode series takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  These character posters remind us that everything was basically terrible, and we should be grateful that we don’t live in the early 20th century because if the ailment didn’t kill us, the treatment probably would.

Hit the jump to check out The Knick posters.  The series also stars André Holland, Eve Hewson, Juliet Rylance, Jeremy Bobb, Michael Angarano, Chris Sullivan, Cara Seymour, Eric Johnson, David Fierro, Maya Kazan, Leon Addison Brown, and Matt Frewer.  The Knick premieres Friday, August 8th at 10pm/9c.

New Trailer for THE KNICK, Cinemax’s Upcoming TV Series Directed by Steven Soderbergh and Starring Clive Owen

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Cinemax has released a new The Knick trailer.  The 10-episode series takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  This is the longest trailer we’ve gotten so far, and it showecases not only the gory medical proceedings (we may have a challenger against Hannibal for Most Gruesome Show), but also civil unrest.  I’m eager to see how director Steven Soderbergh brings it all together.

Hit the jump to check out The Knick trailer.  The series premieres Friday, August 8th at 10pm/9c.

New Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s TV Series THE KNICK Starring Clive Owen

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Cinemax has released a new trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s upcoming drama series, The Knick.  The 10-episode series takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  In this teaser trailer, Owen’s character espouses how “we live in a time of endless possibility,” but it appears that “gloves” are outside the realm of possibility.

Hit the jump to check out The Knick trailer.  The show will debut sometime this summer.  Probably best not to eat before you watch it.

First Trailer for WORDS AND PICTURES Staring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche

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The first trailer for director Fred Schepisi’s romantic dramedy Words and Pictures is now available.  The film stars Clive Owen as Jack Marcus, an English teacher struggling to keep his students’ attention.  When an acclaimed artist (Juliette Binoche) starts teaching at the school, Jack declares a war between Words and Pictures, pitting his students against hers in a bid to show which medium can show greater meaning.  In addition to energizing the students’ creativity, the two teachers find new purpose in their professions and new possibilities in each other.

Words and Pictures opens May 23rd.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Clive Owen Talks BLOOD TIES, Collaborating with Guillaume Canet, His Process for Finding His Character, His Cinemax Series THE KNICK, and More

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Set in New York in 1974, Blood Ties tells the story of 50-year-old Chris (Clive Owen), who has just been released after several years in prison for murder, and his younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup), a cop with a bright future.  Even though Frank hopes that his brother has changed, Chris just can’t shake his past and a life of crime.  From director Guillaume Canet (who also wrote it with James Gray), the film also stars Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana and James Caan.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Clive Owen talked about how filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron helped bring this project to his attention, what made him want to sign on, collaborating with Guillaume Canet (who was an actor in the original French film this was adapted from), his process for finding this character, why he doesn’t believe in over-rehearsing, and how much he enjoyed working with both James Caan and Billy Crudup.  He also talked about his upcoming Cinemax drama series The Knick, about the professional and personal lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900, what drew him to the role, the tone of the show, and why he wanted to work with Steven Soderbergh, who is directing all 10 episodes.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

BLOOD TIES Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Blood Ties opens today in limited release.]

There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be. It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters. We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers. Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are. Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

Teaser Trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Cinemax Series THE KNICK Starring Clive Owen

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One of the reasons HBO’s anthology series True Detective is so good (and it is so good) is that all eight episodes were written and directed by the same two people (Nic Pizzolatto and Cary Fukunaga, respectively), bringing a degree of consistency to each episode that serves one overall vision with a definitive end point.  This same model is being utilized for Showtime’s upcoming drama series The Knick, which lured filmmaker Steven Soderbergh out of his self-imposed “retirement” to take the helm of all 10 episodes.  Cinemax has debuted an incredibly effective teaser trailer for the show, which takes place in New York in 1900 and stars Clive Owen as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital during an era in which antibiotics did not exist, medical procedures were extremely dangerous, and the mortality rates were insanely high.  This teaser is much more sinister than I was expecting, promising that The Knick will be quite darker than your typical TV medical drama.  Then again,”typical” is the last word I’d use to describe Soderbergh’s work, so we’re surely in for something wholly unique.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser.  The Knick will debut on Cinemax this summer.

New Trailer for BLOOD TIES Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, and Mila Kunis

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Roadside Attractions has released the first theatrical trailer for director Guillaume Canet’s crime drama Blood Ties.  The story takes place in New York in 1974, and centers on two brothers.  One has recently been released from prison (Clive Owen), and the other is a cop (Billy Crudup) who is trying to help his brother out only to discover that old habits die hard.  The trailer paints the film as a crime thriller, but I saw the pic at TIFF and it’s really more of a family drama with tense elements.  Regardless, the film never really comes together and kind of slogs its way through the tropes and clichés of a 1970s crime movie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Marion Cotillard, Noah Emmerich, and James CaanBlood Ties will be released in theaters and on iTunes March 21st.

Exclusive Image from TIFF World Premiere Film WORDS AND PICTURES Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche

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As director Fred Schepisi (Roxanne) is readying his new film Words and Pictures for its Toronto International Film Festival world premiere, we’re bringing you an exclusive image from the romantic comedy.  In a film that asks whether or not a picture really is worth a thousand words, Words and Pictures pits a has-been writer (Oscar-nominee Clive Owen) against a struggling artist (Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche).  Don’t let the image fool you; these two clash at the school where they teach, a conflict that leads to an unlikely romance and a school-wide contest to see whether words or pictures are more powerful.  Hit the jump to see the full image and to read more on the film.

TIFF 2013: BLOOD TIES Review

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There’s no prequel to Blood Ties, but perhaps there should be.  It could provide a reason to give a damn about the characters.  We could see the development of their conflict, the tension between brothers and the brothers’ tension with their lovers.  Instead, Guillaume Canet’s film hits the ground stumbling as the disjointed picture jumps between characters seemingly at random, and never spends enough time to make us care, or wastes time showing just how shallow these horrible people really are.  Coated in the veneer of a throwback crime drama, Blood Ties is an insult to its genre, its cast, and its audience.

First Images from WORDS AND PICTURES, A PROMISE, CHILD OF GOD, and THE WIND RISES

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced additions to their Galas and Special Presentations programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Words and Pictures (Directed by Fred Schepisi) Starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
  • A Promise (Directed by Patrice Leconte) Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman, and Richard Madden.
  • Child of God (Directed by James Franco) Starring James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, and Jim Parrack.
  • The Wind Rises (Directed by Hayao Miyazaki) Featuring the voices of Hideaki Anno, Miori Takimoto, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Masahiko Nishimura, Jun Kunimura, Shinobu Otake, and Mansai Nomura.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN Blu-ray Review

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HBO has become one of the great places for auteurs to make cheaper movies.  Of late we’ve seen Todd Haynes and Steven Soderbergh turn to the channel to get films made, and now Philip Kaufman has joined their ranks.  The man behind The Right Stuff and The Unbearable Lightness of Being directed Hemingway & Gellhorn, a biopic about Ernest Hemingway’s one-time wife and reporter Martha Gellhorn.  And for the film he got Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen to star as his drunken lovers.  Our review of the Blu-ray of Hemingway & Gellhorn follows after the jump.

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