Continuing our coverage in anticipation of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we’ve got some more first look images and synopses for films that will be screening as part of the Premieres category. Briefly:
- Love Is Strange – Directed by Ira Sachs; starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, and Cheyenne Jacksons.
- A Most Wanted Man – Directed by Anton Corbijn; starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, and Robin Wright.
- Nick Offerman: American Ham – Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; starring Nick Offerman.
- The One I Love – Directed by Charlie McDowell; starring Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
Black Friday is almost here, and like most people who love a good deal, you’ve mapped out your plan of attack (make sure this attack doesn’t involve trampling). You know what you want, where to get it, and Thanksgiving dinner be damned, you’re going to camp out in front of a store or in front of your computer. While we admire your enthusiasm, we have some suggestions for items you might want to add to your wish list. And they don’t necessarily have to be for you; they could also be for someone you know.
Adam, Dave, and I have nine items we’d like to recommend: three small items (“Stocking Stuffers”), three moderately priced items (“Under the Tree”), and three expensive items (“Extra Nice”). More importantly, we each have a charity to recommend since we truly believe it’s better to give than to receive (unless you’re receiving a trip to outer space; nothing beats a trip to outer space). Hit the jump to check out our 2013 Gift Guide.
Last night I had the chance to check out We’re the Millers with a group of friends and while I wouldn’t classify it as a “Must See!”, it’s a plenty serviceable R-rated comedy. As you can probably tell from the trailers, English actor Will Poulter delivers some of the biggest laughs and, for my money, it’s hard to go wrong with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn in most anything. Aside from its tendency to settle for just being “OK”, my only real gripe would be that the film’s premise exceeds its execution. On paper, it has the potential to be a hilarious, yet incisive, play on the nuclear family. On screen, it turns the convention on its head before ultimately forcing its characters to conform to many of its tenets.
Although I’m sure you can never get enough of my one paragraph film reactions, we must move on to this week’s Top 5. Included this week is the new trailer for Thor: The Dark World, Elysium interviews with Neill Blomkamp and more, the new Doctor Who, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters interviews, and a slew of We’re the Millers interviews with the cast and director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Per routine, a brief recap and link to each of the above kindly requests your attention after the jump.
Opening this week is director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) R-rated comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family comprised of his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). The supporting cast also includes the hilarious Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn. For more on the film, watch seven clips or read Matt’s review.
The other day I landed a phone interview with Nick Offerman. Besides making me laugh a number of times, he also talked about what the last year has been like for him, making We’re the Millers, working with the great cast, how often he laughs during takes, the future of Parks and Recreation, filming the upcoming season premiere in London and how the locals treated Ron Swanson. In addition, Offerman talked about working with Terrence Malick on Knight of Cups, who he plays, and the way Malick filmed his scenes. Finally, he talked about his work on The Lego Movie and Lake Bell‘s In a World. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.
The quaint idea of the nuclear family is one that’s been skewered a thousand different ways. It’s a portrait of American domesticity that never really existed except on television in the 1950s. We’re the Millers tries to knock the nuclear family ideal and yet feels strangely beholden to it. Filled with hilarious, mean-spirited comedy, Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s movie swings between a cold, dead heart completely immune from sentimentality and then over to a mushy center where characters inadvertently bond and learn important life lessons. The space in between is filled with plenty of great jokes that you’ll struggle to remember mere moments after leaving the theater.
The first trailer for Oscar-winning Juno and Young Adult scribe Diablo Cody’s directorial debut Paradise has landed online. Formerly titled Lamb of God, the film centers on a young woman (Julianne Hough) who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life. Once there, she encounters a couple of unlikely companions—a bartender (Russell Brand) and a card dealer (Octavia Spencer)—who aid her on her “journey of sin.” Though this trailer doesn’t really tease anything too spectacular, Cody appears to have crafted an entertaining and heartfelt little dramedy for her first foray behind the camera.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter. Paradise will be available VOD on DirecTV starting August 8th before hitting theaters on October 18th.
New Line Cinema has released a red-band trailer for Rawson Marshall Thurber‘s comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, the dealer puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter), and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts) as a cover for his smuggling operation. I wasn’t even aware that this was an R-rated comedy, but there are some good jokes in here. In all fairness, this movie hasn’t really been on my radar, which is surprising because I’ve been waiting for Thurber to do a comic follow-up to Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. I was also a big fan of his “Terry Tate, Office Linebacker” commercials.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. We’re the Millers opens August 7th.
Warner Bros. has released a very large batch of new high-resolution images from director Rawson Marshall Thurber’s (Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story) upcoming comedy We’re the Millers. The film centers on a single, small-time pot dealer (Jason Sudeikis) who ends up in debt to his supplier (Ed Helms). In order to bring the next shipment of drugs up from Mexico, he puts together a fake family from his stripper neighbor (Jennifer Aniston), an eager teen (Will Poulter) and a streetwise punk (Emma Roberts). These new images tease many of the hijinks that ensue, including what looks to be a substantial appearance by the great Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn.
Hit the jump to take a look at the images. The film also stars Molly Quinn, Tomer Sisley, and Luis Guzman. We’re the Millers opens on August 7th.
After yesterday’s brief but great trailer for The LEGO Movie, and international version with new footage has gone online. Reading over other responses to both trailers, some are pointing out that The LEGO Movie is a giant toy commercial, and that’s true, but it doesn’t really bother me as it would for some other movies. Perhaps it’s because LEGO has eased us into accepting their creations as animated entertainment through Telltale’s video games, which feature animated and humorous cut scenes. Also, even blockbuster movies that aren’t based on toys are designed to sell toys. But mostly, it’s because The LEGO Movie looks like tons of fun, and I have full faith in directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, a duo that delivered two of my favorite movies of the past several years: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street.
Hit the jump to check out the international trailer. The film features the voices of Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie. The LEGO Movie opens February 7, 2014.
Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer and poster for writers/directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s new film The LEGO Movie. The story centers on Emmet (Chris Pratt), an average LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for the most extraordinary person in the LEGO world and is looked upon to save his people from an evil tyrant named President Business (Will Ferrell). The animation style is quite interesting, as it quite literally looks like a movie made out of LEGOs. The trademark goofy comedy of writers/directors Lord and Miller that they so expertly displayed in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street is here in spades, as there are some excellent gags with regards to the numerous kinds of LEGO minifigs in existence. We also get brief glimpses of Will Arnett‘s Batman and Morgan Freeman as a God-like character (what else?), and there are sure to be plenty more recognizable folks along the way. Count this firmly among one of my most anticipated films of 2014.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster. The film also features the voices of Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman, and Alison Brie. The LEGO Movie opens in 3D on February 7, 2014. Click here for the international trailer.
Roadside Attractions has released a trailer for Lake Bell‘s comedy, In a World… Bell stars as Carol, a voiceover actress who feels marginalized both by the sexism in her profession and the success of her father (Fred Melamed), who is famous in the voiceover profession. When I saw the film at Sundance, I enjoyed it despite some glaring flaws, and this trailer gives an idea of what a better movie would have looked like. It streamlines the themes and the plot of the picture, and wisely leaves out the distracting subplot involving Carol’s sister Dani (Michaela Watkins) and her boyfriend Moe (Rob Corddry).
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Ken Marino, Lucy Punch, Nick Offerman, Eva Longoria,, and Demetri Martin. In a World… opens in limited release on August 9th.
A red-band trailer for director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ coming-of-age comedy/drama The Kings of Summer has been released online. The story centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods. Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, and while I wasn’t as smitten with it as most people, it’s undeniably a unique piece of filmmaking. This trailer does a nice job of teasing the film’s tone and attitude, which I’d describe as a bit like a reverse Step Brothers meets Stand By Me by way of Terrence Malick. There’s also a tease of the film’s funniest scene by far, which involves Nick Offerman interacting with a delivery boy played by Kumail Nanjiani.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer, and click here to view four clips. The film also stars Alison Brie, Megan Mullaly, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Erin Moriarty. The Kings of Summer opens on May 31st.
With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House) opening May 31st, CBS Films has provided us with four clips. The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods. Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy. The film landed great reviews at Sundance, and I can tell you it’s definitely worth seeing, as it’s a very unique coming of age story with some great performances. The film also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Megan Mullally. Hit the jump to watch the clips, and look for some exclusive video interviews with the cast and Vogt-Roberts during the week of release.
CBS Films has released the trailer for Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ dramedy The Kings of Summer (formerly Toy’s House). The plot centers on Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and Biaggio (Moises Arias), three teenagers who are fed up with their parents and decide to live in a house they build in the woods. Reported missing, the boys enjoy an idyllic summer until their friendship begins to strain from mistrust and jealousy. I saw the film a couple weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn funny with Arias being a scene stealer along with Nick Offerman, who plays Joe’s father. Also, at times it manages to evoke the adventurous, free spirit of Calvin & Hobbes, which is about the highest praise I can give. The trailer does a good job of selling the film while not giving away too many of the great jokes.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Alison Brie and Megan Mullally. The Kings of Summer opens May 31st.
One of the many films to premiere at Sundance this year was director Jordan Vogt-Roberts offbeat coming-of-age comedy Toy’s House. Written by Chris Galletta, the film is about three unhappy teens (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias) “who flee to the wilderness where they build a makeshift house and live off the land as masters of their own destiny.” Toy’s House also stars Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, Megan Mullally, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.
Shortly after the premiere I sat down with Nick Offerman. We talked about being back at Sundance (he was there last year with Smashed), how he got involved with Toy’s House, making movies with his wife Megan Mullally, how does he pick projects, and more. In addition, we talked about The Lego Movie (he voicing the pirate Metalbeard), Parks and Recreation, and more. Hit the jump to watch.