Because I’ve grown tired of never following through on my New Year’s resolutions to get in shape, this year I’m trying something more attainable: to keep a list of all the movies I watch in 2014. Many thanks to my colleague, Mr. Goldberg, for throwing out a Letterboxd recommendation in this collage of films he watched in 2013. I joined the site shortly after reading his rec and think it’s a great way not only to keep a viewing diary (and actually stick with a resolution for once) but also to create/share your own lists and communicate with fellow movie lovers. If you want to keep up with my 2014 watch diary, check out my Top 10 of 2013, and/or my most anticipated for 2014 then hit me up on Letterboxd by clicking here.
Shameless self-promotion aside, the first Top 5 of 2014 features a recap of Matt, Adam, and Dave’s Top 10 of 2013 lists, a new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, video interviews for Inside Llewyn Davis with Oscar Isaac and more, the great first trailer for writer/director Gareth Evans‘ The Raid 2: Berandal, and a new installment of Cinemath that breaks down the 2013 box office. Continue reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Playing in theaters now is director Courtney Solomon’s Getaway, an action thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. The picture centers on former racer Brent Magna (Hawke) who is forced to drive a chaotic road course behind the wheel of a suped-up Ford Shelby Super Snake when a mysterious figure kidnaps his wife. Along for the ride is “The Kid” (Gomez) who attempts to help Magna in the hopes that they’ll both survive the ride.
During a recent press day, Gomez, Hawke and Solomon participated in a group interview for the film in which they talked about surviving the stunt work, filming during the long cold nights in Bulgaria, bonding throughout the rehearsal process and acting opposite the veteran performer who provides the role of the mysterious Voice. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
Racing games don’t really need stories. One of my favorite games, Burnout 3, has absolutely no story whatsoever. You race, you smash things up, and it’s fun. You feel in control of the action. Courtney Solomon‘s Getaway takes the controller out of your hands to watch a crushingly dull excuse for a movie where you watch hollow characters spout wooden dialogue so you can see the same chase scenes over and over again with the quickly tiresome novelty of strapping a bunch of low-resolution cameras inside and outside the car. The stupidity of the characters and the plot occasionally becomes so bad its good, but the repetitive, joyless set pieces simply make us want to open the door, tuck and roll, and get the hell out.
Opening in theaters this weekend is Courtney Solomon’s Getaway, a non-stop thrillride starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and the Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake. Hawke stars as former racer Brent Magna who is forced to wreak havoc across the streets of Bulgaria by a faceless villain who has kidnapped Magna’s wife. Gomez is along for the ride as “The Kid” and attempts to help Magna survive this deadly race against the clock.
During a recent press day, Solomon sat down to talk with us about his latest film, speaking extensively about the practical stunt work involved in Getaway, why those stunts are more visceral than CG creations, and the bravado and worth ethic of the Bulgarian stunt team. He also commented on punching up stunt sequences that were too bland on paper and came alive while on location, including the film’s climactic final run (and a somewhat illegal jaunt down Bulgarian streets). Fans of Dungeons & Dragons will also be interested to see where progress is at on the new film, of which Solomon is a producer. Hit the jump for the interview.
Ethan Hawke continues to prove that no genre is without its merits and no story too daunting as he takes on roles as wildly different as the thrillers of Sinister and The Purge to the dramatic romance of Before Midnight. Starting this Friday, Hawke will take his place behind the wheel of a Ford Shelby Super Snake in an attempt to rescue his character’s wife in Courtney Solomon’s high-speed thriller, Getaway.
During a recent press day for the film, we were able to talk to Hawke in a one-on-one interview that ranged from his training and experience driving the suped-up hot rod in Getaway, his reaction on the reception of Before Midnight, and his reflection on his career so far. Hawke also talked a bit about his upcoming roles, including completing his work with director Richard Linklater on their untitled 12-year project, starring in Michael Almereyda’s Cymbeline, Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination and even a possible reunion with writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca). Hit the jump for the full interview.
Opening on August 30th is director Courtney Solomon’s thriller Getaway. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper, played by Jon Voight. We’ve been provided with some Getaway-related swag to give away to a few lucky readers, including a traveling cooler, a trunk organizer, t-shirts, baseball caps, iPhone cases, and more.
Hit the jump to find out how you can win. Getaway opens in theaters on Labor Day, August 30th.
Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director Courtney Solomon‘s (Dungeons & Dragons) upcoming thriller Getaway. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper, played by Jon Voight. This trailer delves a bit deeper into the film’s plot than the first trailer, though there’s still plenty of “car chase porn” to go around.
Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and click here for nearly 30 high-resolution images from the film. Getaway also stars Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne and opens in theaters on August 30th.
Warner Bros. has released a gallery of new high-resolution images from director Courtney Solomon‘s (Dungeons & Dragons) upcoming thriller Getaway. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper. These new images highlight plenty of car chase action and give us a good look at Jon Voight’s villainous character.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne. Getaway opens on August 30th.
One surprise to come out of this year’s Comic-Con was the opportunity to sit down with director Courtney Solomon (An American Haunting) to discuss his upcoming thriller, Getaway. The picture stars Ethan Hawke as burnt-out ex-racecar driver Brent Magna who commandeers a suped-up Shelby Cobra Mustang under the orders of a faceless villain who threatens to kill Magna’s kidnapped wife. In this interview, Solomon talked about the use of practical and dangerous stunts like the car movies of old, seeing the Mustang as the third character in the film, and upping the intensity to new levels. Solomon also commented on the insane amount of cuts (6,100) and sound design elements (over 22,000) for the film, in addition to his hopes to release a B-version.
Getaway, also starring Selena Gomez, opens August 30th. Hit the jump to see what Solomon had to say.
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Courtney Solomon‘s (Dungeons & Dragons) thriller Getaway. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a former race car driver who commandeers a Shelby Cobra Mustang and is saddled with a young hacker (Selena Gomez) in a race against time to save his wife from a mysterious kidnapper. Jon Voight puts on a pretty terrible accent as the film’s villain, and the seemingly chemistry-less team up of Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez is, well, unfortunate. The saving grace of the film looks to be its car chase sequences, which actually appear to be well staged and interesting, but the question remains whether we’ll actually care about the characters enough to be invested in said sequences.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Rebecca Budig and Bruce Payne. Getaway opens on August 30th.
New posters have been released for World War Z, Girl Most Likely, and Getaway. The international poster for World War Z gives us a look at Mireille Enos (who plays the wife of Brad Pitt‘s character) and their two daughters not really showing a lot of panic as the stampeding zombie horde closes in behind them. If anything, it looks like one of the daughters has a tummy-ache. Moving on to the international poster for Girl Most Likely (formerly Imogene), it’s about as lazy as posters get, which is fine since the film follows suit with its forced quirky humor. Finally, there’s the teaser poster for Getaway, which tells you nothing about the movie other than it stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez getting away in a car. I would be more interested if the garage door slightly opened to reveal a rascal scooter.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. World War Z opens in 3D on June 21st. Girl Most Likely opens on July 19th. Getaway opens August 30th.
Warner Bros. has released a batch of new high-resolution images from some upcoming summer films. Briefly:
- The Hangover Part III – A new image from Todd Phillips’ trilogy-closer teases a familiar scene as Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, and Ed Helms ride an elevator. The film opens on May 24th.
- The Great Gatsby – A couple of new images from director Baz Luhrmann’s colorful adaptation highlight Leonardo DiCaprio’s titular character flanked by his new friends. The film also stars Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Joel Edgerton and opens in 3D on May 10th.
- The Conjuring – Director James Wan’s new horror film debuted a ridiculously creepy teaser trailer earlier last month, and these new images feature Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s psychic investigator characters. The film also stars Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston and opens on July 19th.
- Getaway – A new image from this car-set thriller gives us a canted look at Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez’s lead characters. The film opens on August 30th.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
From writer/director Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers shows another, even seedier side of the seasonal American ritual known as spring break, which draws hordes of college students to the Florida coast and elsewhere, each year. When best friends Brit (Ashley Benson), Faith (Selena Gomez), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) decide to go on their own spring break adventure, their lack of funds leads them down a path straight to local rapper/drug pusher/arms dealer Alien (James Franco), who lures them away from the party of a lifetime into the criminal underbelly that they may never escape from.
At the film’s press day, actress Selena Gomez spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why this script intrigued her and made her want to sign on, what she learned from the experience that she wishes she could go back and tell herself on the first day of filming, how nervous she was about Harmony Korine’s more improvisational style, how much they rehearsed and talked about scenes ahead of time versus being in the moment, what it was like to work with so many non-actors in the film, seeing the film for the first time at the Venice Film Festival, and how this experience has influenced where she’d like to go next, with her career. She also talked about whether she’d like to do a big comic book movie, who she plays in Behaving Badly, working with Ethan Hawke on Getaway, and why she wants to share a mutual respect with her fans. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Warner Bros. has released a number of new high-resolution images from some of their upcoming 2013 titles. Briefly:
- Bullet to the Head – Written and directed by action veteran Walter Hill, the film stars Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, and Jason Momoa. The film opens on February 1, 2013.
- 42 – Directed by Brian Helgeland, the Jackie Robinson biopic stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, and Jon Bernthal. The film opens on April 12, 2013.
- The Great Gatsby – Directed by Baz Luhrmann, this 3D adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. The film opens May 10, 2013.
- We’re the Millers – Directed by Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball), this pot comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, and Emma Roberts. The film opens on August 9, 2013.
- Getaway – Directed by Courtney Solomon and Yaron Levy, this thriller set within the confines of a car stars Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, and Jon Voight. The film opens on August 30, 2013.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.
Check out a slew of new release dates below:
- Zero Dark Thirty, from director Kathryn Bigelow and starring Chris Pratt, Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton, will now open in L.A. and New York on December 19th, with a wide release on January 11th, 2013.
- Ride Along, the cop-centered action comedy starring Ice Cube, Kevin Hart and John Leguizamo, will open January 17th, 2014.
- The Guilt Trip, directed by Anne Fletcher and starring Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogan as mother and son, now avoids Christmas crowds by opening almost a week earlier on December 19th, 2012.
- Stand Up Guys, from director Fisher Stevens and starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin, has been pushed back to February 1st, 2013.
- Getaway, starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez and Jon Voight, now opens August 30th, 2013.
- Closed Circuit, the John Crowley thriller starring Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana and Jim Broadbent, now opens August 28th, 2013.
Hit the jump for more on each of these pictures.