At this point Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy is something of an underdog. One of 2013’s bigger bombs, the film got shellacked by critics who found it lacking in comparison to Park Chan-wook’s original adaptation of the manga, while audiences had no interest in the movie, which – for whatever reason – opened Thanksgiving weekend. It’s not that bad, it just is hard to watch without comparing it to the original, which is clearly superior. This film tries to do its own things, and there are moments of inspiration, but… Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen star in the remake, and my review of the film on Blu-ray follows after the jump.
Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.
My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.
Who knows what we would have got had Will Smith and Steven Spielberg followed through with their plans to remake Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy, but, odds are, it would have been entirely different than the one we’re getting from Josh Brolin and Spike Lee on Wednesday, November 27th. Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an advertising executive decimating his career and family life with his abysmal behavior and alcohol addiction. At the tail end of one particularly drunken night, Joe is snatched off the street and wakes up in solitary confinement. After 20 years of loneliness and dumplings, he’s suddenly released and challenged to figure out why he served such a lengthy sentence.
With Oldboy nearing its wide release, Lee sat down to talk about working with cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, the intensity of shooting a three and a half-minute one-shot fight sequence, the importance of surrounding yourself with great talent, his Neil Bogart biopic Spinning Gold, and more. Hear it all for yourself after the jump.
Spike Lee’s Oldboy is a stylish reimagining of a legendary tale of vengeance inspired by the Japanese graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi and the acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan Wook. Lee’s new take follows the downward spiral and unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who, one drunken night, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre hotel without any idea of his captor’s identity or motive. When he’s inexplicably released 20 years later, Doucett embarks on a quest to find out who orchestrated his punishment and why. The visceral thriller also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Imperioli.
At yesterday’s Los Angeles press day, Lee talked about making Oldboy his own, why he considers the film a reinterpretation and not a remake, keeping the twists and turns of the story fresh for a new audience, what Brolin and Olsen brought to their roles, why he’s confident fans and audiences will go to see this movie, Film District’s clever marketing strategy, his pet peeves about trailers today, how the process and business of filmmaking has changed since Do the Right Thing, his new HBO movie Undisputed Truth: Mike Tyson, and his latest Kickstarter project, the recently filmed Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Hit the jump to read the interview.
Now that Oldboy is just weeks away from hitting theaters, director Spike Lee has his sights set on a new endeavor, Spinning Gold. News just broke that Lee was in early talks to direct Justin Timberlake in the Neil Bogart biopic, a film that will chronicle Bogart’s rise from a poor kid living in Brooklyn to one of the most influential pop-music record executives of his time.
While talking to Lee about Oldboy, we asked the director about the current status of the production and what familiar artists from Bogart’s roster he’ll include. Hit the jump for more details.
FilmDistrict has released a green-band trailer and new images for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation. Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge. The new trailer is mostly the same as the red-band trailer but with a few bits of new footage. I keep forgetting this movie is coming out, and then I get interested again once I remember. There are definitely going to be some new twists and turns, but I’m still curious how far it will veer away from Park Chan-wook‘s excellent 2003 adaptation of the graphic novel.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer, images, and comments from Brolin on why he prefers the director’s cut. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James Ransone. Oldboy opens on November 27th.
Justin Timberlake has long been attached to play infamous record executive Neil Bogart in the biopic Spinning Gold, but now the project looks like it’s moving closer to reality as a big name director is eyeing the film. THR reports that Spike Lee is in early talks to take the helm of the film, which chronicles Bogart’s rise from dirt-poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn to a multimillionaire who helped define 70s pop culture. Bogart shepherded the careers of artists ranging from Kiss to The Village People to Gladys Knight, and the music-centered project would certainly make for an interesting choice of material by Lee.
Lee most recently directed the remake of the South Korean thriller Oldboy, which opens in theaters next month. In addition to starring as Bogart in the film, Timberlake is also producing Spinning Gold.
We’re about a month out from the opening of Spike Lee’s Oldboy and, to celebrate, we have a behind-the-scenes featurette for the film to share with you. It features commentary from stars Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli and Lee himself. It also gives a nice look at Brolin’s transformation for the role of Joe Doucett, plus a bit of insight into the prison that houses him for twenty years and its innkeeper, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
Also starring Elizabeth Olsen and Lance Reddick, Oldboy opens November 27th. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.
FilmDistrict has released a behind-the-scenes featurette for director Spike Lee’s Oldboy, and it reveals a great deal of new footage from the reimagining of Park Chan-wook’s revenge classic. The story centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation. Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge. In this featurette we see Lee, screenwriter Mark Protosevich, and the main cast discuss the film and Lee’s take on the material. We also get to see to some very promising new footage, including a glimpse at Brolin’s iteration of the famous hallway fight scene.
Hit the jump to watch the featurette. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, James Ransone, and Rami Malek. Oldboy opens on November 27th.
FilmDistrict has released four new images from Spike Lee‘s remake/re-adaptation of Oldboy. The story centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation. Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge. I’m really excited by the visual style Lee is bringing to the picture. It’s unlikely that he’ll be able to eclipse Park Chan-wook‘s 2003 film of the same name, but he might come out with something that’s on par.
Hit the jump to check out the images along with a video of Lee talking about reteaming with Samuel L. Jackson after twenty years and the importance of finding a unique look for the actor. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, and Sharlto Copley. Oldboy opens November 27th.
There’s nothing quite like being reunited with old friends, even if that friend happens to be a bloody hammer. Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) is happy to see anyone at all after emerging from 20 years of forced solitary confinement in Spike Lee’s Oldboy. This reinterpretation of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film sees Doucett go in search of answers and revenge only to find that things are more complicated than he could have imagined. We have a collection of four exclusive images from the upcoming film that feature Brolin and co-star Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), along with a familiar piece of hardware that should please fans of the original film.
Also starring Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, and Lance Reddick, Spike Lee’s Oldboy opens November 27th. Hit the jump to view the new images.
Director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy will now hit theaters a month later than originally planned. Initially scheduled to open on October 11th and then subsequently pushed back to October 25th, FilmDistrict will now release Oldboy wide on November 27th. The reason for the delay is unknown, but the Thanksgiving holiday offers very little serious genre competition for the pic, as it now squares off against Disney’s animated film Frozen, the musical Black Nativity, and the Jason Statham action-thriller Homefront. The first red-band trailer for Oldboy was incredibly impressive and I was really looking forward to seeing what Lee had up his sleeve, so it’s unfortunate that we have to wait even longer to see the full film. That being said, I’d be surprised if Oldboy didn’t pop up at one of the major film festivals earlier in the fall.
For those unaware, Oldboy centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation. Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James Ransone.
FilmDistrict has released the first red-band trailer for director Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy. For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation. Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge. Lee’s fingerprints are all over this trailer, and the film looks to have a rather sinister tone despite its gorgeous cinematography courtesy of Sean Bobbitt. There are a couple of interesting deviations from Park Chan-wook‘s original film that are glimpsed, but there are also a few moments that are shot-for-shot recreations from the 2003 South Korean thriller. Samuel L. Jackson is a welcome presence towards the end of the trailer, and it’s clear that Lee has no intention of toning down any of the story’s violence. This is promising stuff indeed, and I’m really looking forward to checking out the full film in a couple of months.
Hit the jump to watch the red-band trailer. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Lance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James Ransone. Oldboy opens on October 25th.
Today, FilmDistrict has released the first official poster for Spike Lee‘s new adaptation of the manga, Oldboy. The comic was previously adapted by Park Chan-wook, and centers on a man who is inexplicably kidnapped and held prisoner for twenty years only to be released for no apparent reason. The man then sets out to get revenge on his mysterious captor. Park’s film is excellent, and so it’s difficult not to be wary of a new adaptation, but Lee has a unique style plus an excellent cast featuring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Elizabeth Olsen. A couple fun facts about this poster: the title is in Brolin’s handwriting based on the letters he writes to his daughter while in captivity. More interesting is that this image is an actual shot from the movie, not a composite. So why is there a woman in the background with hash marks on her umbrella?
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Oldboy opens October 25th.
It’s been a while since we reported on the status of Gold, which previously had Michael Mann (Heat) attached to direct. Mann left the picture back in March of 2012 and now Spike Lee (Red Hook Summer) has taken control of the helm. The rags-to-riches tale written by Patrick Massett and John Zinman is based on a true story: set in the 90s, it follows an old-fashioned prospector who happens to stumble upon one of the world’s largest gold mines. The Wrap reports that producers are hoping that Gold may be Lee’s next film. Lee is currently in post-production on his Oldboy remake and should be available to start production on Gold this fall, depending on the schedule of their lead, which has yet to be cast.
Mann had departed the picture to focus his efforts on Big Tuna, a biopic of Chicago crime lord Tony Accardo and his young protege Sam Giancana, who eventually replaced him. Mann is prepping the untitled cyber-thriller starring Chris Hemsworth, which goes into production next month.