DISCONNECT Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 314 days ago

disconnect-hope-davis-jason-bateman-slice

The sad fact that contemporary technology has crippled human communication, intimacy, and privacy is nothing new.  While Henry Alex Rubin‘s film Disconnect doesn’t provide any revelatory insight on this subject, it is a realistic drama that strongly reflects one thing society doesn’t want to admit: no matter how tech savvy and sophisticated we think our gizmos make us, mankind will always be a race of hopeless suckers.  Predictable but never disengaging, Disconnect stars Jason Bateman, Andrea Riseborough, Max Thieriot, and Alexander Skarsgard.  More on Lionsgate’s Disconnect Blu-ray after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: WORLD WAR Z, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, ARROW: The Complete First Season, and More

by     Posted 350 days ago

world-war-z-arrow-blu-ray-slice

Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases:

Alexander Skarsgard Talks DISCONNECT, Getting into the Headspace of His Character, TRUE BLOOD, TARZAN, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 143 days ago

alexander-skarsgard-disconnect-slice

The dramatic thriller Disconnect shows how ordinary people struggle to find personal connection in today’s world where modern technology is so readily available, and it can both unite and divide us.  While the stories of strangers, neighbors and colleagues collide, the technology that we so often rely upon proves that it can result in unforeseen consequences for those around us.  From first-time narrative feature director Henry-Alex Rubin, the film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard and Max Thieriot.

At the film’s press day, Collider spoke with actor Alexander Skarsgard at both a press conference and a 1-on-1 interview, in which he talked about what attracted him to Disconnect, how he got into the headspace for the character, the scene he was most concerned about shooting, his own experience in the Navy in Sweden, and how often he disconnects from technology himself.  He also talked about the kinds of roles he looks for, how he feels about being on the hit HBO series True Blood for six seasons now, and whether he’s officially signed on for Tarzan (which was recently halted by Warner Bros.), as the title character.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

DISCONNECT Review

by     Posted 1 year, 143 days ago

disconnect-hope-davis-jason-bateman-slice

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

Modern technology has radically changed the way we interact socially. Go stand in a line, and I guarantee at least a few people will have whipped out their smartphones and are happily ignoring the world around them. We don’t call anymore; we text as if that were the same as a discussion. As author, psychologist, and MIT professor Sherry Turkle recently noted in a New York Times editorial this past April, “we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.” Henry Alex Rubin‘s Disconnect ignores this contemporary issue, and sacrifices worthwhile social commentary for mere cautionary tales. Disconnect has all the dramatic weight of a driver’s education video, but then pads its thin plots with three loosely-connected narratives, two of which feature character actions so ludicrous that the movie becomes almost completely disconnected from reality.

Jason Bateman Talks DISCONNECT, Cyber-Bullying, His Feelings about Technology, and More

by     Posted 1 year, 144 days ago

disconnect-hope-davis-jason-bateman-slice

The dramatic thriller Disconnect shows how ordinary people struggle to find personal connection in today’s world where modern technology is so readily available, and it can both unite and divide us.  While the stories of strangers, neighbors and colleagues collide, the technology that we so often rely upon proves that it can result in unforeseen consequences for those around us.  From first-time narrative feature director Henry-Alex Rubin, the film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard and Max Thieriot.

During a press conference to promote the film’s release, Bateman talked about his attraction to this very dramatic role as a father who can’t find the time to communicate with his family, how he got into the headspace for this character, which scene he was most worried about shooting, how he feels about technology at home, how he handles the issue of cyber-bullying with his own kids, and what he hopes audiences will take away from seeing this film.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Trailer and Poster for DISCONNECT Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, and Paula Patton

by     Posted 1 year, 185 days ago

disconnect-hope-davis-jason-bateman-slice

LD Entertainment has released the trailer and poster for the drama Disconnect.  The film follows three loosely connected stories: one relates to online bullying, another deals with identity theft, and the third is about a reporter trying to save a young man who does sex-cam shows.  I caught the film at TIFF, and thought it was a cheap PSA that wasted the opportunity to show the complexities of online connection in the 21st century.  If you’re still interested in the film, the trailer shows way too much, and takes you deep into the third act.

And if all of that doesn’t bother you, hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Paula Patton, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgard, and Max ThieriotDisconnect opens in limited release on April 12th.

Max Thieriot Talks HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET, PSYCHO Series BATES MOTEL, and DISCONNECT

by     Posted 1 year, 346 days ago

max thieriot house at the end of the street

House at the End of the Street, directed by Mark Tonderai, is a creepy psychological thriller about a teenager and her divorced mom, who move into a beautiful new house that just happens to be next door to where a grisly double murder took place. When Elissa (The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself drawn to mysterious boy-next-door Ryan (Max Thieriot), the sole survivor of the nightmare that took the lives of his family, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue) becomes increasingly concerned about how close they’re getting and where their relationship might lead.

At the film’s press day, actor Max Thieriot spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted him to the complex character, how only minor changes were made from the original script to the final product, that he’s personally more scared by stories that could be real than he is by monster movies, the advantage of receiving a 100-page film bible from his director, and what it was like to work with co-star Jennifer Lawrence. He also talked about what attracted him to the role of Norman Bates’ older brother, Dylan, in the upcoming 10-episode A&E drama series Bates Motel and just how twisted the story might get, why he wanted to be a part of the indie drama Disconnect (centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world), and how he’d love to do a Western. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

TIFF 2012: DISCONNECT Review

by     Posted 1 year, 354 days ago

disconnect-hope-davis-jason-bateman-slice

Modern technology has radically changed the way we interact socially.  Go stand in a line, and I guarantee at least a few people will have whipped out their smartphones and are happily ignoring the world around them.  We don’t call anymore; we text as if that were the same as a discussion.  As author, psychologist, and MIT professor Sherry Turkle recently noted in a New York Times editorial this past April, “we have sacrificed conversation for mere connection.”  Henry Alex Rubin‘s Disconnect ignores this contemporary issue, and sacrifices worthwhile social commentary for mere cautionary tales.  Disconnect has all the dramatic weight of a driver’s education video, but then pads its thin plots with three loosely-connected narratives, two of which feature character actions so ludicrous that the movie becomes almost completely disconnected from reality.

New Images from Paul Andrew Williams SONG FOR MARION, Peter Webber’s EMPEROR, Dante Ariola’s ARTHUR NEWMAN, and Henry Alex Rubin’s DISCONNECT

by     Posted 2 years, 18 days ago

song-marion-emperor-arthur-newman-disconnect-slice

Earlier today, TIFF announced that they were adding new films to their spectacular line-up.  Among the new additions are:

  • Song for Marion (directed by Paul Andrew Williams) Starring Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton, and Christopher Eccleston.
  • Emperor (directed by Peter Webber) Starring Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, and Eriko Hatsune.
  • Arthur Newman (directed by Dante Ariola) Starring Emily Blunt, Colin Firth, and Anne Heche.
  • Disconnect (directed by Henry Alex Rubin) Starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis, Frank Grillo, Paula Patton, Michael Nyqvist, Andrea Riseborough, Alexander Skarsgård, Max Theriot, Jonah Bobo, Colin Ford, and Haley Ramm.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

TIFF Announces New Additions to Line-Up; Includes THE MASTER, PASSION, and ON THE ROAD

by     Posted 2 years, 18 days ago

master-movie-image-philip-seymour-hoffman-slice

And here I was thinking that the line-up for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival couldn’t get any better.  Silly me.  TIFF has sent out a press release announcing new additions to their Galas and Special Presentations line-up, and there are some powerhouses in the bunch.  The new additions include Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, Brian De Palma‘s Passion, Spike Lee‘s Michael Jackson documentary Bad 25, Susanne Bier‘s Love Is All You Need, Walter Salles‘ adaptation of On the Road, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, and Nick CassavettesYellow.  Yeah, there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Hit the jump to check out a list of all the new additions.  The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 – 16th.

Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced; Includes Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER and Brian De Palma’s PASSION

by     Posted 2 years, 37 days ago

venice-film-festival-golden-lions-slice-01

The line-up for the 2012 Venice Film Festival has been announced and it’s a surprisingly lean year.  Usually, there’s a lot of overlap between the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice, but the only major crossovers are Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price, Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman.  Venice does have a few standout exclusives this year, most notably Brian De Palma‘s new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace.  Other notable exclusives include Abdallah Omeish‘s Witness: Libya (executive produced by Michael Mann) and Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs August 29 – September 8th.

Casting Call: Tamara Tunie Co-Stars Opposite Denzel Washington in FLIGHT; Hope Davis to DISCONNECT

by     Posted 2 years, 331 days ago

tamara-tunie-hope-davis-slice

Two bits of casting news for you tonight for two projects that have been adding a lot of talent lately. First up, Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: SVU) joins Denzel Washington in Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis. The drama stars Washington as a pilot with a history of drug and alcohol abuse who safely lands a damaged plane. As the investigation of the malfunction unfolds, an interview with the lead flight attendant (Tunie) leads to the unraveling of the heroic façade of Washington’s character. The drama also stars John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Bruce Greenwood and Melissa Leo. Filming begins this month in Atlanta.

The indie film Disconnect has added Hope Davis (Real Steel) as a mom with an identity crisis who is also coping with her son’s attempted suicide. Director Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball) recently added Jason Bateman, Paula Patton and Haley Ramm to the cast. Billed as “a drama centered on a group of people searching for human connections in today’s wired world,” Disconnect also stars Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Nyqvist.

Casting: Betsy Brandt and Wrestler Kevin Nash Join MAGIC MIKE; Michelle Rodriguez Returns for RESIDENT EVIL; Haley Ramm Will DISCONNECT

by     Posted 2 years, 345 days ago

kevin-nash-michelle-rodriguez-haley-ramm-slice

I don’t know when director Steven Soderbergh plans to stop casting Magic Mike, but the answer doesn’t appear to be “anytime soon.”  THR adds Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad) to the cast; more bizarrely, Deadline says professional wrestler Kevin Nash (aka “Big Sexy”) will appear in the movie based on a 19-year-old Channing Tatum’s experiences as a male stripper.  In the fictional version, Tatum plays a veteran dancer who teaches the new guy (Alex Pettyfer) everything he knows, including “the protocol of stage performance, the principles of money management, and rules for dating female fans.”  Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Cody Horn, Joe Mangianello, Riley Keough, Adam Rodriguez, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Olivia Munn, and Gabriel Iglesias also star.

Hit the jump for details on Michelle Rodriguez’s return to the Resident Evil franchise and Haley Ramm’s role in Disconnect.

Paula Patton Joins Indie Drama DISCONNECT

by     Posted 2 years, 346 days ago

paula-patton-slice-01

Actress Paula Patton landed a breakthrough role with her performance in Precious and now she’s hopped onto another indie drama with Henry Alex Rubin’s DisconnectDeadline reports that Patton will join Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist, Colin Ford, and Jason Bateman in the Andrew Stern-scripted drama.  The plot revolves around “disparate lives that intertwine as the digital technologies intended to bring people closer together push families further apart.”  I hope the movie is 90 minutes of a parent telling their child, “No cell phones at the dinner table.”

Hit the jump for more details on the film and why I’m dreading it despite the strong cast.  Patton will next be seen in theaters this December in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

Jason Bateman to Star in Indie Films THE LONGEST WEEK and DISCONNECT

by     Posted 2 years, 347 days ago

Jason Bateman slice

Rounding out a busy year of studio films (Paul, The Change-Up, Horrible Bosses), Jason Bateman will film two indies back to back this fall.  First up will be writer/director Peter Glanz’s The Longest Week, in which Bateman will star as a mooching Manhattanite living off of his wealthy parents in their high-class hotel. The Longest Week derives its title from the length of time it takes for his character to get kicked out of the hotel, be cut-off from his inheritance and fall in love. (Sounds similar to this year’s Arthur remake…) The film also stars Olivia Wilde (The Change-Up) and will be produced by Stone Douglass, Taylor Materne and Neda Armian through Far Hills Pictures.

Bateman’s second Indie of the fall will be the ensemble piece, Disconnect. The script, penned by Andrew Stern, centers around a group of characters who are at odds with all manner of modern communication and seek to make real human connections in our digital world. Directed by Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball), Disconnect also stars Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo, Michael Nyqvist and Colin Ford, who plays Bateman’s son. Mickey Liddell, William Horberg and Jennifer Hilton will produce. Hit the jump to see what’s next for Bateman after he wraps on the Indies.

Click Here