AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Ain't Them Bodies Saints opens today in limited release.]

David Lowery‘s confident feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints lives between old life and a new beginning; between past crimes and future punishment; between the intimate and the distant. But for me, the emotions fall through the beautiful cinematography, lyrical music, and excellent performances. This is the X-factor of any viewer: an emotional connection we struggle to explain. Lowery has made a strong movie, and one that will put him on the radar of everyone who sees Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. But for reasons I have difficulty articulating, I couldn’t feel anything from his gorgeous film.

First Trailer for AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster

by     Posted 1 year, 96 days ago

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The first trailer for the Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has been released online.  The film centers on a young outlaw couple played by Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck who are apprehended by the law and must deal with the consequences of their actions,  Affleck’s character escapes prison years later and sets out to find his lover and daughter in 1970s Texas Hill Country.  Writer/director David Lowery’s debut feature drew positive reviews and comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick at Sundance, and after watching this trailer it’s not hard to see why.  Not only is his visual style eloquent and poetic, but the story almost feels like a spin on Malick’s Badlands.  The trailer promises a slew of fine performances and a nuanced, character-centric story, and I’m eager to catch the full film when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s positive review from Sundance.  The film also stars Ben Foster and Keith CarradineAin’t Them Bodies Saints opens on August 16th.

Sundance 2013: AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS Review

by     Posted 1 year, 215 days ago

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David Lowery‘s confident feature Ain’t Them Bodies Saints lives between old life and a new beginning; between past crimes and future punishment; between the intimate and the distant.  But for me, the emotions fall through the beautiful cinematography, lyrical music, and excellent performances.  This is the X-factor of any viewer: an emotional connection we struggle to explain.  Lowery has made a strong movie, and one that will put him on the radar of everyone who sees Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.  But for reasons I have difficulty articulating, I couldn’t feel anything from his gorgeous film.

Sundance 2013: First Images from AFTERNOON DELIGHT, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, C.O.D., and CONCUSSION

by     Posted 1 year, 271 days ago

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The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the promising lineups for a few of the festival’s categories, and we’ve now got the first images from some films that will be playing in competition as part of the U.S. Dramatic category.  Briefly:

  • Afternoon Delight – Written and directed by Jill Soloway, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, and Jane Lynch.
  • Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – Written and directed by David Lowery, starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, and Keith Carradine.
  • C.O.G. – Written and directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, starring Jonathan Groff, Denis O’Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell, Casey Wilson, and Troian Bellisario.
  • Concussion – Written and directed by Stacie Passon, starring Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Jonathan Tchaikovsky, Julie Fain Lawrence, Emily Kinney, and Laila Robins.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

TNT Western Series GATEWAY Casts Keir O’Donnell, Keith Carradine and More; ABC Developing U.S. Remake of U.K. Comedy SUBURBAN SHOOTOUT

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Cam Gigandet is already set to take a lead role as Jake Flynn, one of three brothers in the new TNT western drama Gateway (formerly known as Tin Star), but Deadline has word on four more actors joining the cast. Rounding out the group of Flynn brothers living in the titualar Colorado town in the 1880′s will be Keir O’Donnell (Wedding Crashers) playing Terence and David Denman (Roy from The Office) playing Daniel. Meanwhile Shannon Lucio (The Chicago Code) and Eric Lange (Lost) have also been cast as Terence’s wife and the town banker respectively. But my personal favorite bit of new casting comes in the form of Keith Carradine, who was last seen battling extra-terrestrials in the Old West in Cowboys & Aliens, playing the brothers’ surrogate father.

Details on an American remake of the British comedy series Suburban Shootout after the jump.

COWBOYS & ALIENS Review

by     Posted 3 years, 31 days ago

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Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens is the equivalent of putting chocolate and peanut butter together and getting a rice cake.  Westerns can be great, sci-fi can be wonderful, and yet the attempt to bring them together has resulted in a bland, flavorless movie.  The script is a mess, all of the storylines are uninteresting, the action is flat, there’s not much room for lead actors Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford to do much beyond growl and grimace, and the usually inspired cinematography of Matthew Libatique is a grand disappointment.  Despite all of these problems, the movie does nothing outright offensive other than waste two hours of your time.

Quentin Tarantino’s Next Film Is a Spaghetti Western Starring Christoph Waltz [Updated]

by     Posted 3 years, 181 days ago

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Quentin Tarantino has left the world wondering how he would follow his masterful Inglourious Basterds.  Would it be an adaptation of The Shadow?  A medieval movie starring Helen Mirren?  Tarantino said it wouldn’t be a prequel to Basterds or a sequel to Kill Bill.  So what’s the genre-bending director up to?  Italian actor Franco Nero (Django) may have spilled the beans to Movieplayer [via The Playlist].  Nero says:

“The film will be called The Angel, The Bad And The Wise and is a tribute to Sergio Leone. It’s a movie that contains humor, lots of action, but also a great plot.  We have already been signed by a dozen people who will be part of project. Among the filmmakers involved include Quentin Tarantino, Keith Carradine, Treat Williams, fifteen people in all Americans who want to do this movie and so we are trying to produce it outside of Italy.”

However, this may not be entirely true.  Hit the jump for more details on this mystery greatness and how Tarantino is reteaming with Christoph Waltz. [Update: New updates on this story after the jump.]

DEADWOOD: THE COMPLETE SERIES Blu-Ray Review

by     Posted 3 years, 209 days ago

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There’s a bitter pill to swallow in owning the Deadwood complete series on Blu-ray. One of the best shows ever to be on television, Deadwood ends unceremoniously. There is no sense of closure, there is no sense of a finished narrative – creator David Milch gets a twenty minute segment on the set to talk about the end of the show and expresses nothing but frustration about the show’s demise. He tries to intellectualize it, but struggles to come to grips with the euthanasia HBO performed. Alas, with an existing set and the cast of characters Deadwood had it was not a cheap show, and where The Wire was able to struggle against low ratings Deadwood fell because it never exceeded its modest but committed fanbase. But Deadwood is one of the best shows ever put to television, and I come here not to mourn its end, but celebrate its greatness. My review of Deadwood: The Complete Series on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Paul Dano and Clancy Brown Join COWBOYS & ALIENS

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Cowboys & Aliens has already rounded up an impressive cast led by Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, The Last Airbender star Noah Ringer, Sam Rockwell and Harrison Ford.  Now, Deadline reports that the respectable trio of Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), Keith Carradine (Dexter) and Clancy Brown (A Nightmare on Elm Street) will round out the playbill.  No details are given for Dano’s role, but Carradine will play the town sheriff, and Brown will also don a cowboy hat for the production.  Recall that Jon Favreau (Iron Man 2) is directing the sci-fi comic book adaptation from a script by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and screenwriting team Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek).  The talent pool is very deep here, ensures that Cowboys will be one to look out for as we approach its July 29, 2011 release date.  Check out the recently released official plot synopsis after the jump.

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