The first trailer for the drama Tracks has gone online. John Curran‘s film is based on the true story of Robyn Davidson (played by Mia Wasikowska), who in 1975 decided to walk from Alice Springs in Central Australia all the way to the Indian Ocean, a distance of approximately 1,700 miles. I caught the film at Toronto and found it to be a disappointing slog, but other critics I spoke to were enthusiastic about the picture. If I hadn’t seen the movie, this trailer would lead me to believe Tracks is exciting and emotional. This trailer does not have her training camels for two years.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who periodically checked in with Davidson because the publication was sponsoring her trip. The Weinstein Company has distribution rights for Tracks, but there’s currently no release date.
Release dates for a few promising upcoming films have been announced. Briefly:
- Disney’s sure-to-be CGI-filled sequel Alice in Wonderland 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.
- Disney has also set a release date for director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which joins the box office apocalypse of 2015 on October 9, 2015.
- The closest release date comes to us by way of director Ron Howard’s real-life drama Heart of the Sea, which has been dated by Warner Bros. for release on March 13, 2015.
Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned properties.
The nominations for the 16th annual Moet British Independent Film Awards were announced today, and David Mackenzie‘s Starred Up led the pack with eight including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Jack O’Connell), and two Best Supporting Actor nominations (Ben Mendelsohn and Rupert Friend). I haven’t seen many of the other contenders, but I caught Starred Up at TIFF, and it absolutely deserves any acclaim it receives, especially for O’Connell.
Other notable nominees included possible Oscar contenders Blue Jasmine (Best International Film) and Judi Dench for Philomena (Best Actress). It’s a good collection of nominations, but if I had to note some absences, I would point out that The Double deserved some more love (Mia Wasikowska was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, so the film was eligible). Also, I don’t know if Dom Hemingway was eligible, but if so, ignoring Jude Law for Best Actor is criminal. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced on December 8th.
Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015. Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“. That’s a working title. The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.
According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th. The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.” Those kinds of discoveries are never fun. It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!” The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title. We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]
Tracks begins a quote from Robyn Davidson (played in the film adaptation by Mia Wasikowska) saying that most nomads feel at home everywhere, but she was a nomad because she felt at home nowhere. There’s a romanticism and nobility in solitude, but director John Curran can’t capture it in his adaptation of Davidson’s memoir about her lonely trek across Australia. Her extraordinary journey is mostly uneventful, and events are what define journeys. Otherwise it’s just distance. The movie desperately tries to look at her travel from every physical angle, but from an emotional standpoint, we’re left to wonder why a total loner would bother sharing her story with us in the first place.
Director Richard Ayoade delivered a visually distinct, memorable, and funny film with 2010’s Submarine. With his follow-up, The Double, he has made his imagery even more distinct and eye-catching by building a new world from scratch; showcasing Erik Wilson’s gorgeous cinematography; and creating a remarkable and unusual blending of absurd comedy with psychological thriller. Furthermore, star Jesse Eisenberg takes his two familiar character types, and fits them both into the unique setting Ayoade has conjured. The result is a movie that can be overly forthright with its themes, but is still utterly captivating.
The first trailer for writer/director Richard Ayoade’s new film The Double has been released online. Based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg as a government clerk whose life is destroyed after what he believes to be an exact copy of himself begins working in his office and attempts to ruin his life. The pic looks to be significantly different from Ayoade’s last feature, Submarine, and this trailer would not be out of place in a 1970s cinema. It’s a stylish and odd first look at the film, but it’s incredibly effective. The film is slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, so look for first impressions to hit soon.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Rade Serbedzija, James Fox, and Yasmin Paige.
The words “Jarmusch” and “vampires” were never supposed to be in the same sentence. Yet, somehow, here we are living in a world where the proto-hipster behind Down by Law and Coffee and Cigarettes has made a movie about bloodsuckers. Predictably, the movie is not a teen soap opera with fangs or a carnival of entrail-spewing carnage. Instead, it’s more of a listless, haunting, and darkly humorous experience that plays right into the director’s strengths and slips in a few genre thrills along the way for flavor. It just might even be the director’s finest film in years. Hit the jump to find out why.
After Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) departed Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house story Crimson Peak last month, Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) is now in talks to replace her. Stone cited scheduling issues for her departure from the film, which also stars Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch and Charlie Hunnam. If Wasikowska’s own schedule works out, she would play “a young author named Edith Cushing who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be,” according to The Wrap. Hunnam will play another lead while Cumberbatch and Chastain star as aristocratic siblings. Crimson Peak is expected to begin production early next year.
Every once in a while I use this space to tout a recently released Blu-ray/DVD that I missed in theaters but, via the magic of home video, was finally able to check out from the comfort of my couch (click here to see me gush about The Perks of Being a Wallflower). Today I’ll do the same by encouraging you to check out co-writer/director Scott Derrickson‘s horror pic Sinister. There’s nothing spectacular going on here, it’s just an effective movie with several scenes that I found genuinely frightening/disturbing. Moreover, it’s probably the last widely-released horror entry since Insidious that left me turning some of the lights on in the house shortly after it ended.
With my “Super Cool Blu-ray Pick of the Week” out of the way, this week’s Top 5 includes interviews from the set of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, some drama-inducing first set images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a set visit recap and interviews for Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker, Jack the Giant Slayer interviews, and the first trailer and poster for director James Wan‘s The Conjuring. As you may expect, a brief recap and link to each of these can be found completely free of charge after the jump.
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Stoker opens today in limited release. Click here to find out when the film will be playing near you.]
In Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker, the hunt is more rewarding than the kill. Park has beautifully crafted an unnerving, slow-burn mystery-thriller that delves into a bloodline destined to shed blood. In his English-language debut, Park takes his immaculate yet eerie style, and uses it to enhance a relatively simple tale of a disturbed girl who begins a bizarre and disturbing relationship with her recently-discovered uncle. Through Park’s lens and the tremendous performances of stars Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, Stoker may not cut deep, but it slashes hard.
Park Chan-Wook’s (Old Boy) American debut Stoker, an odd little film if ever there was one, has the Asian auteur taking on Hitchcock. Ostensibly a remake/reimagining/updating of Hitch’s own Shadow of a Doubt, Stoker centers on a young pubescent girl, whose father has recently died under ‘mysterious’ circumstances. Enter an equally ‘mysterious’ long lost uncle (Mathew Goode), a series of murders, a distant never-present mother (Nicole Kidman) – and Park has all the ingredients he needs to make a pretty damn efficient thriller/melodrama. Ol’ Hitch would be proud.
Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is the standout here. As India, the fatherless young woman who comes to suspect her ‘Uncle Charlie’ is a murderer, Wasikowska deftly uses her delicate features as a counterbalance to her character’s darker and more perverse proclivities — for the film is less a mystery about who Uncle Charlie is and more so who India really is. In the following interview with Wasikowska, she discusses working with Park Chan Wook, India’s ‘self-discovery’, a potential sequel to Alice in Wonderland and her upcoming vampire Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive. For the full interview, hit the jump.
Another clip from Park Chan-wook‘s Stoker has been released. In the clip, the newly-widowed Evelyn Stoker (Nicole Kidman) seduces her deceased husband’s brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode), while her daughter India (Mia Wasikowska) looks on. In addition to this new clip, Fox Searchlight has released Clint Mansell‘s terrific score for the film, and you should definitely give it a listen.
Hit the jump to check out the clip and the score. Click here for my review of the film and click here to read about Adam’s visit to the set. Stoker opens in limited release on Friday.
It’s a breezy fall day in Nashville, Tennessee. Leaves are falling over an expansive estate that’s as haunting as it is gorgeous, and South Korean director Park Chan-wook—the man behind Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst, and many others—is directing his English-language feature film debut in the country music capital of the world.
In September of 2011, Collider was invited to the set of the horror drama Stoker, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney. The production had opted to film most of the pic’s scenes in and around a rather gothic-looking estate in Nashville, so along with a small group of journalists, we were able to spend a day on set and to get a look at how Park Chan-wook was making his Hollywood debut. Hit the jump for my full set visit report.
For his English-language debut, acclaimed Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park has crafted Stoker, a macabre coming-of-age tale set amidst the eerie, improbable and self-contained world of the Stoker family whose quiet, secluded life is suddenly shattered by a tragic accident that reveals a dark family history and lots of bad blood. Directed from a script by actor Wentworth Miller, this deliciously twisted psychological thriller with nods to Dracula and Hitchcock opens in theaters on March 1st and stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
At the film’s recent press day, Kidman, Wasikowska and Goode talked about what drew them to play their unusual characters, their first impressions upon reading the script, collaborating with director Park, their most memorable moments during filming, and their reaction after seeing the completed film. Park discussed what it was like helming his first English-speaking film and how his Hollywood experience compared to directing in Korea. Kidman also commented on her upcoming role in Grace of Monaco. Hit the jump to read more.