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Christian Bale often oscillates between two acting modes. First, there's Christian Bale the big-screen populist, who springs up in the likes of "Terminator Salvation" and the three Christopher Nolan-directed Batman movies with cocksure swagger and something wounded underneath. Then there's Christian Bale the serious actor, who starves himself for "The Machinist" and "Rescue Dawn" and makes all other actors feel like they simply aren't doing enough earnest morphing for their roles.
Both of those modes are on display in "Out of the Furnace," the new film from co-writer/director Scott Cooper, whose last film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges a long-deserved Oscar. Bale is clearly gunning for the same recognition here (more on that in a minute) as a steelworker who seeks to untangle a mystery involving his Iraq War veteran brother (Casey Affleck, wonderful as always), looking into the iffy hills of the Appalachian backwoods to find answers. »
- Drew Taylor
Pardon me, that'd be The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford. A nationwide revival of Andrew Dominik's beautiful meditative western kicks off December 7th at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY and Twitch has two sets of passes to give away to the now sold out screening. All you have to do to enter is be an NYC area reader, follow @TwitchFilm and @JesseJamesRev on Twitter, tweet this post with the hashtag #JJTwitch and include @JesseJamesRev. Do this by December 6th at 12am Est and you'll be golden. Dominik will be attending, and please be aware, if you aren't one of the lucky winners, keep yer peepers open for there could be a stand by line forming that...
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Briefly: A remake of the French thriller Tell No One, which involves murder and layers of deception, has been in the works for years, with a variety of directors including Ben Affleck and Andrew Dominik attached to the movie. Now Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is in talks to make the movie as a follow-up to Jane Got a Gun. Chris […] »
- Russ Fischer
I have no idea why this trailer for Killing Them Softly was banned, but Annapurna Pictures just tweeted it out and considering it was one of my absolute favorites of last year and the fact director Andrew Dominik is receiving some much deserved attention as of late, not only for this film but also for the resurgence of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I felt I must share it. amz asin="B009AMALBM" size="small"If you have yet to see Killing Them Softly, first off "shame", secondly it's an adaptation of George V. Higgins' novel following professional enforcer, Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt), who investigates a heist that occurs during a high stakes, mob-protected, poker game. The film also features Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Max Casella, Sam Shepard and Bella Heathcote. Check out the banned trailer directly below, »
- Brad Brevet
The production of the Warner Bros. western "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" is a unique entry in the annals of cinema history. The studio had been courting Andrew Dominik for some time, eager to work with the director of 2000's "Chopper," and he had a gem of a project for them to consider: a film about the outlaw Jesse James, based on a dense novel he found at a second-hand bookstore in Melbourne, Australia, with Brad Pitt in the iconic role. Surely the studio saw dollar signs. Brad Pitt as Jesse James? It must have felt »
- Kristopher Tapley
Though the book it’s based on burned up the New York Times Best Seller list when it was released back in 2009, director James Gray has been finding it surprisingly hard to get traction on a film adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z. Benedict Cumberbatch signed on for the lead role of explorer Percy Fawcett earlier this fall, but not much other information about the status of the project has emerged since. Today, however, Screen Daily announced that Robert Pattinson has joined the cast of the film in a major role.
Pattinson’s involvement was unveiled during this week’s American Film Market, and Screen Daily revealed the casting in their first Afm-centric print issue of the year.
The film has had a long road to the big screen but with Pattinson and Cumberbatch both on board, I can’t imagine that The Lost City of »
- Isaac Feldberg
In the years since the 2007 release of Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," an even longer, deeper-realized cut of the 160-minute western has been a sort of holy grail for the film's acolytes. Mostly that's because of how within reach the possibility seems. This isn't a six-hour "Thin Red Line" that can't see the light of day by both reason and practicality. It's something that already has the willingness of the director going for it and could just use a little support from the studio to be realized. When he was making the press »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Dish On Di: Hirschbiegel’s Dissection of Princess’ Last Two Years a Trifling Affair
Whether ambivalent or not about Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Princess Di biopic, Diana, which focuses on the last two years of her life leading up to her tragic death, the film’s legacy amounts to little more than a missed opportunity, a judgment that seems to be agreed upon in even the kindest of critical circles. Hirschbiegel, a German director whose best two titles are now at least a decade old, forges onward in a procession of underwhelming English language vehicles and his latest is unlikely to win him any new fans, though it’s evident that a great deal of effort went into making this a respectful and overly sympathetic portrait of the famous princess. Perhaps if the project had debuted before something like Stephen Frears’ 2006 film The Queen, which unfurls from a much more complicated, »
- Nicholas Bell
It’s strange to think that we’re in need of a revival (and a “revival” in the truest sense of the word) of a film that’s not even a decade old and that features star turns from big names like Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, and Sam Rockwell, but such is the case when it comes to Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The critically beloved (it has a strong 76% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, though we think that should still be a fair bit higher) box office flop (it pulled in less than $4m at the worldwide box office in a very small release, a real mess considering its reported budget of $30m) is currently set for a two-night revival at New York City’s own Museum of the Moving Image, and that’s just the beginning. The best part of getting Dominik’s modern masterwork back on the »
- Kate Erbland
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “A Fan’s Mission: Resurrect a Little-Watched Movie” — The New York Times profiles Jamieson McGonigle, the very cool fan who screened The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford at his bachelor party and got Andrew Dominik to attend. “Re-Collecting David Bowie: The Next Day and Late-Career Stardom” — Our very own Landon Palmer puzzles over Bowie for an academic journal of note. Garth Marenghi‘s brief, hilarious reign of terror” — A new Av Club feature about single-season shows launches with much love for the Darkplace. “Criticwire Survey: Off-Camera Info” — This week’s question pings off the Blue is the Warmest Color spats, but there’s little consensus. “Bryan Singer Hypothetically Recasts The Usual Suspects for 2013” — A fan asks, and the director answers. Benedict Cumberbatch for Verbal Kent? »
- Scott Beggs
Museum of the Moving Image, working with a longtime Museum member, will present a rare big-screen showing of the 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, and Sam Shepard, with director Andrew Dominik in person. Arguably a cult favorite since its release, this masterful and magisterial film was described by Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty as an "epic film that's part literary treatise, part mournful ballad, and completely a portrait of our world, as seen in a distant mirror." The screening on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. will take place in the Museum’s Sumner Redstone Theater, with the post-film conversation moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz.
“Jesse James is the thing that I've done in my life that I'm most proud of,” Dominik said. “I think it's a movie that really benefits from being on the big screen, »
- Press Release (Museum of Moving Image)
It was announced yesterday that New York's Museum of the Moving Image will present a rare big-screen showing of Andrew Dominik's 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell and Sam Shepard with Dominik in attendance on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. The screening will take place in the Museum's Sumner Redstone Theater, with the post-film conversation moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. amz asin="B0010V60XE" size="small"The film is being included in the Museum's ongoing See It Big! series, a special edition devoted to "Masters of Cinematography" and in the case of Jesse James, it was filmed by 10-time Oscar nominee Roger Deakins. It's also the first time a film has been screened in the series with the director in attendance, all due to one fan and Museum member, Jamieson McGonigle, who tracked down »
- Brad Brevet
It seems that no matter how hard they try, Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt can't get anyone to see their films. Their first collaboration, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," suffered through a difficult editing process only to be indifferently released by Warner Bros. (Thankfully, it has attained cult status since, and is slated for a retrospective screening at the Museum Of The Moving Image in December.) Their second pair-up, 2012's "Killing Them Softly," did better commercially, but hardly the kind of blockbuster numbers one expects from a Brad Pitt movie opening in wide release (7th place in its first weekend, with a tepid $6 million) and critics found it hard to embrace the film's darkly funny, sour core. Their loss. One can debate the reasons why "Killing Them Softly" failed to connect, as it was sold as a slick hitman thriller with much of its »
- Kevin Jagernauth
No eulogies. Whether or not you've seen this film before, this is a must-attend event if you're in New York. We're helping promote an event at the Museum of the Moving Image, a revival screening of the western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, featuring an appearance and Q&A with director Andrew Dominik (of Chopper & Killing Them Softly, too). The event is taking place on Saturday, December 7th at 6Pm, a one-time showing of the little-seen, beautifully-shot (by Roger Deakins!) story of Jesse James & Robert Ford. It's an exquisite film, one of my favorites of 2007, we're happy to support this. If you're interested and want to attend, tickets will be on sale soon. Tickets are $20 public / $12 Museum members and free for Silver Screen members and above. Museum members have an exclusive window to purchase advance tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the public on October 19th. »
- Alex Billington
Director Andrew Dominik’s masterful 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is one of the most criminally underseen films of the past decade, but a revival for the pic is now in the works to rectify this issue. As part of the Museum of Moving Image’s “See It Big!” series, The Assassination of Jesse James will be returning to the big screen once again on Saturday, December 7th, followed by a Q&A with Dominik. The pic will be shown in Dcp format as instructed by Dominik, which should do well to showcase Roger Deakins’ jaw-droppingly gorgeous cinematography. This screening is planned as the first of many, and as a massive fan of the film this makes me very, very happy. An official revival has been kicked off with campaigns on Twitter, Facebook, and a full website. Now if only we could get a »
- Adam Chitwood
Struggling through a fraught post-production and eventually given a cursory, half-hearted theatrical release by Warner Bros., Andrew Dominik's epic, lyrical and beautifully tragic "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" has only gained in critical and cult standing since it first arrived in 2007 (and named one of The Playlist's best movies of that year). The film, featuring some career best work by Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck, is an exploration of the false allure of myth, setting its story around the legendary outlaw Jesse James, whose Robert Ford soon discovers isn't the same man that's written about in newspapers and books. It's the kind of movie that deserves, and needs, to be see on a big screen to fully take in Roger Deakins' breathtaking cinematography (which we recently discussed here), and for those of you in New York City, you'll get your chance. Museum of »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Any longtime reader of this blog ought to know full well my affinity for Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." The film instantly won me over the moment I saw it on the heels of its Venice Film Festival world premiere and Toronto Film Festival North American premiere in 2007, and it definitively held the top spot on my list of the decade's best films. (It also, by the way, took the top spot on another list: the inaugural Top 10 Shots of the Year column). It is a masterpiece, and any chance to soak »
- Kristopher Tapley
[Press Release] Astoria, NY, October 18, 2013—Museum of the Moving Image, working with a longtime Museum member, will present a rare big-screen showing of the 2007 Western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, starring Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Rockwell, and Sam Shepard, with director Andrew Dominik in person. Arguably a cult favorite since its release, this masterful and magisterial film was described by Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty as an “epic film that’s part literary treatise, part mournful ballad, and completely a portrait of our world, as seen in a distant mirror.” The screening on Saturday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. will take place in the Museum’s Sumner Redstone Theater, with the post-film conversation moderated by Chief Curator David Schwartz. “ »
- Pietro Filipponi
Finally a rom-com for adults about love after divorce that's actually funny and romantic
• Interview: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
• Enough Said: watch the trailer
As Etta James might say: at last. A romantic comedy that is romantic and funny and not simply an insult to the intelligence of all carbon-based life forms. Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said is a step up for this director, in whose previous work I have sometimes heard a few false notes – inaudible, I should however confess, to many others. She has created a thoroughly likable and genuinely funny film and its stars, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini, are a revelation, singly and together. Like their director, they unassumingly but decidedly took it to the next level on this movie. The fact that Gandolfini still had so much to offer as an actor is desperately sad. »
- Peter Bradshaw
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