DISCONNECT Blu-ray Review

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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.

Comic Con: BATES MOTEL Panel Recap; Cast and Producers Talk Relationships, Re-Imagining a Classic, and Tease Season 2

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Fresh off her recently-announced Emmy nomination, Vera Farmiga and the rest of her Bates Motel cast members, including: Nestor Carbonell, Olivia Cooke, Freddie Highmore, and Max Thieriot, joined by producers Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin, took the Comic-Con stage to discuss the upcoming season of A&E’s new hit series. During the discussion, they delved into the show’s relationships and provided some teases for what to expect in Season 2. Hit the jump for highlights from the panel.

DISCONNECT Review

by     Posted 1 year, 188 days ago

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[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.

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

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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.

First Full Trailer for PSYCHO Prequel Series BATES MOTEL

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The first full trailer for the upcoming A&E series Bates Motel has been released.  The show comes from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night LightsKerry Ehrin and serves as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho, with Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother.  We previously saw a couple of moody teasers that were more than a little reminiscent of Twin Peaks, but this full trailer really ups the ante on the creepiness.  The second half of the trailer actually plays more like a featurette, with the cast and crew discussing the series.  Farmiga notes that they’re not remaking Psycho, they’re “using it as an inspiration.”  My interest is sufficiently piqued.

Hit the jump to watch the 2-minute trailer.  The series also stars Nestor CarbonellMax ThieriotOlivia Cooke, and Mike Vogel.  Bates Motel premieres on A&E in March 2013.

New Images from A&E’s PSYCHO Prequel Series BATES MOTEL Featuring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga

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We recently got our first look at A&E’s highly anticipated Psycho prequel series Bates Motel by way of a couple of images of stars Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga as Norman and Norma Bates, and now a large batch of new images from the series has landed online.  The drama from Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse and Friday Night Lights alum Kerry Ehrin centers on the relationship between a young Norman Bates and his mother, and the show looks to feature an appropriately colorful cast of characters.  There’s a bit of a Twin Peaks feel from these images, so hopefully Cuse and Ehrin have crafted a creepy and fun take on the burgeoning serial killer.  A&E ordered Bates Motel straight to series instead of waiting to see a pilot first, so the show is poised to debut in Spring 2013.

Hit the jump to check out the images which feature Max Thieriot as Norman’s older brother Dylan, Olivia Cooke as classmate and fellow outcast Emma Decody, Mike Vogel as Deputy Zach Shelby, and Lost alum Nestor Carbonell as town Sheriff, Alex Romero.

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

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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 2 years, 34 days ago

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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.

Sneak Peek at Director Nick Cassavetes’ YELLOW Starring Heather Wahlquist and Sienna Miller

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It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from director Nick Cassavetes (his last effort was 2009′s My Sister’s Keeper) but now we have a first look at his new film, Yellow.  Written by Cassavetes and star Heather Wahlquist (Alpha Dog), Yellow centers on Mary Holmes (Wahlquist), a substitute teacher and mother of four with a drug addiction and a complicated past to say the least.  This new video for Yellow features Wahlquist’s protagonist and a few trippy transition scenes that only twenty tabs of Vicodin can provide. Also starring Max Thieriot, Sienna Miller, Ray Liotta and David Morse, Yellow will be screening at this weekend’s 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Hit the jump to check out the video and synopsis.

Watch Jennifer Lawrence in this Featurette and Clip from HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

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As we’re getting into the horror movie season with The Apparition, The Possession and The Tall Man now in theaters, Jennifer Lawrence will be bringing her star power to the screen in House at the End of the Street We’ve got a new featurette and clip to share with you that explains a bit of the backstory and explores the relationship between the film’s protagonists.

From director Mark Tonderai and also starring Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot, House at the End of the Street opens September 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the new featurette and clip.

Six New Images from HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Max Thieriot

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Before she takes on the Tributes at the Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence can be seen in the horror thriller House at the End of the Street this fall.  We have new images of Lawrence (in that same old white tank top) and the rest of the cast for you to check out after the jump.

From director Mark Tonderai (Hush), House at the End of the Street centers on a mother (Elisabeth Shue) and her daughter (Lawrence) who move into a new home next door to a good old fashioned murder house.  When the daughter befriends the surviving boy-next-door (Max Thieriot), she finds there is more of his story left to be told.  House at the End of the Street opens September 21st.  Hit the jump to see the new images.

New Trailer for HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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A new trailer for the horror thriller House at the End of the Street has been released.  Jennifer Lawrence stars as Elissa, a teenager who moves to a small, rural town with her mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue).  Against her mother’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan (Max Thieriot), the last surviving family member of a brutal murder years earlier.  I was intrigued by the film’s second trailer that delved a bit deeper into the plot, but this latest clip nearly spoils the entire movie.  If you’d like to go into House at the End of the Street with, you know, suspense, I’d suggest skipping this latest clip.  Moreover, the studio will be reaping the benefits of Lawrence’s starpower, as she’s billed in the trailer as “The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence.”

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  House at the End of the Street opens on September 21st.

10 New Images from HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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In order to fill your quota of Jennifer Lawrence screen-time before The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, comes out in November of next year, we’ve got some new images of Lawrence in the horror thriller, House at the End of the Street.  Lawrence stars as Elissa, a teenager who moves to a small, rural town with her mother, Sarah (Elisabeth Shue).  Against her mother’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan (Max Thieriot), the last surviving family member of a brutal murder years earlier.  What’s more important to know is that Lawrence continues to  look mighty fine in that tank top.  House at the End of the Street opens September 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

First Trailer for HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET Starring Jennifer Lawrence

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When your lead actress’ new movie scores $155 million on opening weekend, it’s probably best to capitalize on promoting her next feature.  Jennifer Lawrence is the woman of the hour after The Hunger Games, and Relativity is capitalizing on that hour by releasing the first trailer for her new movie House at the End of the Street.  Lawrence plays a young woman who moves with her mother to a new house that’s next door to the home where a grizzly murder took place years before.  The trailer plays the major beats of the movie in reverse order, which makes the plot intriguing, but also confusing.  After watching it, I don’t know if the entire movie is in reverse order (a la Memento) or just the trailer.  I’m fairly certain it’s only the trailer, but audiences may be left wondering if they’re seeing Memento but with horror and a sweaty, scared Jennifer Lawrence.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Elisabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, and Gil BellowsHouse at the End of the Street opens September 21st.

New Images and a Fan Poster Featuring Jennifer Lawrence from HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET

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Fans of The Hunger Games, and particularly of star Jennifer Lawrence, will want to hit the jump to check out new images of the actress from her new horror/thriller, House at the End of the Street. Yesterday, we brought you the first image of Lawrence from the new movie and now we have two new images plus a pretty decent fan poster. Anything Lawrence-related is hot right now with The Hunger Games dominating the box-office, but anyone who’s seen Winter’s Bone knows that Lawrence has a long, long career ahead of her.

House at the End of the Street, directed by Mark Tonderai (Hush), stars Lawrence and Elisabeth Shue (Hollow Man) as a daughter and mother who have taken up residence next to a murder house in a new town. Lawrence befriends the murdered family’s only remaining survivor, played by Max Thieriot (Jumper), and discovers disturbing secrets within the confines of the house itself. House at the End of the Street opens September 21st. Hit the jump to check out the new images and poster.

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