This week on The Collision, we talk about escapism, the desire for more substantive and intellectually challenging blockbusters, Hollywood’s condescending attitude towards audiences, and much more. We also give our thoughts on Neill Blomkamp‘s sci-fi action film, Elysium. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
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Opening this weekend is director Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects. Written by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Informant!), the film is about “a successful New York couple (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum) whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist (Jude Law)—intended to treat anxiety—has unexpected side effects.” The film also stars Catherine Zeta-Jones.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Jude Law. During our wide ranging conversation we talked about old projects like Gattaca, eXistenZ, and A.I., how he got involved with Side Effects, what it was like to work with Soderbergh again, how he prepares for a role, and more. In addition, we also talked about future projects like Sherlock Holmes 3, the new Wes Anderson movie The Grand Budapest Hotel, Dom Hemingway, Queen of the Desert, his thoughts on the comic book genre and whether he’s interested in doing one, and a lot more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.
Writer-Director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) is in negotiations with new Regency to pick up his new script I’m Mortal. According to Heat Vision, the film, which Niccol will also direct, “is set in the not-too-distant future where the aging gene has been switched off. To avoid overpopulation, time has become the currency and the way people pay for luxuries and necessities. The rich can live forever, while the rest try to negotiate for their immortality. The protagonist is a poor young man who comes into a fortune of time, though too late to help his mother from dying. He ends up on the run from a corrupt police force known as “time keepers.” Because time is the commodity, parents in the film can end up looking as young as their children.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the premise as well a refresher on Niccol’s other projects.
We missed some stories this past week. We’re sorry. But we did not forget them. We never forget. We’re like elephants and people who hold grudges. With that in mind, here are some stories that are a little late but they’re still great. You can enjoy them all after the jump.