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Zipper is a dark political thriller that examines the tendency of men in power to succumb to their more base desires. The film is a return of sorts for writer/director Mora Stephens whose last film Conventioneers was back in 2005.
Produced by Darren Aronofsky, Zipper has Patrick Wilson as a rising-star attorney who finds himself tempted to stray from his marriage to his wife (Lena Headey) by a seductive intern (Dianna Agron). To quell this overt office affair, he instead looks to internet escort services to make a more “transactional” relationship with these women. He soon finds himself addicted to the service and forced to come to terms not only with the legality of his behaviour but its affect on his burgeoning political career.
Cineplex spoke with Wilson and Agron while they were in Sundance to promote the film, along with other members of the strong cast including Richard Dreyfuss, »
- Jason Gorber
Park City. Stop us if you've heard this one before: A handsome Golden Boy politician is moving up the political ladder only to have his progress threatened by a scandal brought about by his sexual appetites. That's the thumbnail sketch for Mora Stephens' "Zipper," which features Patrick Wilson as Sam Ellis, a Southern lawyer on the cusp of a nation election. To deflect temptation away from his firm's attractive young intern (Dianna Agron), Sam spirals deep into the world of high-priced escorts, a secret that could cause issues for his cutthroat campaign svengali (Richard Dreyfuss). "The movie is designed to provoke a dialogue," says director and co-writer Stephens, who previously directed 2006's "Conventioners." "Zipper" had its world premiere on Wednesday night and shortly before the premiere, I stood on a Main Street balcony hoping that it wouldn't rain on Stephens and co-stars Dreyfuss and Agron. ["I won't melt," a game Agron reassured me.] This "Zipper" trio got »
- Daniel Fienberg
Following a potential political sex scandal through the eyes of the politician, “Zipper” plays like an odd hybrid of “Shame” and a season-long subplot on “House of Cards.” Tawdry but cripplingly self-serious, the second feature from Mora Stephens (a full decade after her little seen, and also politically themed, debut “Conventioneers”) benefits from Patrick Wilson’s committed star turn. Still, the awkward end product would inevitably struggle in theatrical venues, making it more advisable to play to the base and go straight to VOD and premium cable.
Federal prosecutor Sam Ellis (Wilson) is on the fast track in national politics. He’s got it all: high-profile career success, good looks, charm, a well-connected and shrewdly strategic wife, Jeannie (Lena Headey), and a clean-cut image as someone who wants to punish the bad and protect the good. Sam even rejects the advances of comely intern Dalia (Dianna Agron) when they share »
- Geoff Berkshire
Park City. That moment when you do an interview about a movie you haven't seen to get the chance to briefly talk about a TV show that has barely begun production. So it was that on Tuesday (January 27) afternoon, I found myself standing on a balcony off of Park City's Main Street chatting with Patrick Wilson about the sex-themed political thriller "Zipper," which wouldn't premiere until Tuesday night. Wilson's an interesting actor and "Zipper" has such a strong cast that I was more than happy to chat with its lead, as well as Dianna Agron, Richard Dreyfuss and director/co-writer Mora Stephens. But I'd be lying if I said that the chance to chat with Wilson after his first week of production on FX's "Fargo" wasn't a big inducement. "Fargo" was my favorite TV show of 2014 and Wilson is joining the new ensemble cast playing Lou Solverson, the younger version »
- Daniel Fienberg
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
By Don Stradley
Charles Bronson was 55 at the time of “St Ives” (1976). He was just a couple years past his star-making turn in “Death Wish”, and was enjoying a surprising run of success. I say surprising because Bronson had, after all, been little more than a craggy second banana for most of his career. Now, inexplicably, he had box office clout as a leading man. In fact, Bronson reigned unchallenged for a few years as the most popular male actor in international markets. Yes, even bigger than Eastwood, Newman, Reynolds, Redford, or any other 1970s star you can name. Many of Bronson’s movies were partly financed by foreign investors, for even if his movies didn’t score stateside, they still drew buckets of money in Prague or Madrid. Some have suggested that his popularity on foreign screens was due to how little he said in his movies (there was »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
6 items from 2015
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