Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
In naming Under the Skin the second-best film of the decade thus far, we said, “Scarlett Johansson has never been better than in Jonathan Glazer‘s visual monster of a film, playing an alien huntress praying on Scottish locals. Deliberately paced and pointedly told, Under The Skin feels like exactly the film Glazer set out to make; a singular vision with a delicate touch filtered through a sci-fi genre narrative. Brilliant from start to finish.”
It looks like we’re not alone in our affection for the film as writer-director Rian Johnson, who has talked with both Christopher Nolan and Terry Gilliam about his love for science-fiction, came to BFI to introduce the film, and now it’s available online. The director of Looper and perhaps a little Star Wars film you’ve heard about talks about being “knocked out” by the film and compares it to few other experiences. »
- Leonard Pearce
While the talk about who should play the next James Bond is never ending — Idris Elba! Tom Hardy! Damian Lewis! — how about focusing on the next director? Sam Mendes has indicated that "Spectre" will be his last time out with 007, and assuming he doesn't flip-flop like he did with "Skyfall," that means MGM and the franchise producers are going to need someone behind the camera. Over the years, the series has seen both journeymen and craftsmen take the gig, while folks like Christopher Nolan entertained loose talks about getting behind the camera (though that scenario would likely never happen given how much creative control he's used to). But if we're talking about dream filmmakers for 007, we can go ahead and put "Sicario" director Denis Villeneuve on that list. "...I understand that each genre has its own specific rules, but for me, they are all movies. I’m just attracted to try to do different things, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Bloopers of the Day: With the superhero sequel hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, Marvel released another gag reel from the making of Avengers: Age of Ultron (via /Film): Movie Takedown of the Day: Also in anticipation of its home video release, Honest Trailers smashes Avengers: Age of Ultron: Movie Science of the Day: In anticipation of The Martian, here's a video featuring everything wrong with Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, and it features Neil deGrasse Tyson so it's legit in its science: Celebrity Activism Triumph of the Day: Actually, it's not the triumph we'd like to showcase so much as the reaction to the triumph...
- Christopher Campbell
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was a very heavily researched film, with the filmmakers attempting to make all of the science in movie as close to reality as possible. However, that doesn't mean that it's safe from the folks over at Cinema Sins, who have released a new video dedicated to the movie... featuring none other than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson! When compared to the 234 point-scoring Transformers: Age of Extinction, this is a rather soft episode from the folks at Cinema Sins - but it definitely makes some sharp observations about the film, and has Neil deGrasse Tyson delivering some science bombs to educate us while also entertain us. The world-renowned astrophysicist is on record saying that that he very much appreciated Christopher Nolan's sci-fi vision, but he also has some very valid complaints about some of the choices that are made by the lead characters and pretty much »
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be just like the Dark Knight trilogy, as it's been given a PG-13 rating by the Motion Picture Association of America.
Director Zack Snyder's much-anticipated movie - starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman - was handed the age classification due to "its intense sequences of violence and action throughout, and some sensuality".
Everything we know so far about Batman v Superman: Spoilers, trailer and latest rumours
Earlier today, Universal Pictures announced that the highly-anticipated Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed to a later but unspecified release date, in order to give director Guillermo del Toro and his team more time to get the film ready. The studio also revealed that another sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, will take over the August 4, 2017 release slot formerly occupied by Pacific Rim 2. Pitch Perfect 3 was originally slated to open two weeks earlier on July 21, 2017, but Pacific Rim 2's delay puts Pitch Perfect 3 in a much better spot.
Universal announced in June that Pitch Perfect 3 would hit theaters on July 21, 2017. At the time, its only competition was an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, and EuropaCorp's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan set to star. However, earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that their Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie »
In a statement, Universal and Legendary Entertainment, the film’s primary financial backer, says that it is delaying the film’s production and release indefinitely, but wants to use the extra time to ensure that the follow-up is “the vanguard, fully-immersive experience that the franchise deserves.”
Reports broke earlier this month that the film had been scrapped, but while hawking his upcoming film “Crimson Peak,” director Guillermo del Toro has hit back, claiming he is working on the script. The first film was originally released under Legendary’s distribution agreement with Warner Bros. It was a box office disappointment in the U.S., but a hit overseas, pushing ticket receipts to $411 million. That would have been a respectable result had the film not cost $109 million. »
- Brent Lang
The first six Star Wars flicks aren’t scintillating paradigms of virtuoso screenwriting. There’s no labyrinthine Mamet-style plotting, no idiosyncratic flair a la the Coen brothers, none of the twisting, thought-provoking narrative you’d get from a Christopher Nolan movie.
These are fairly standard adventure stories for a family audience – good, clean, uncomplicated fun, and the majority are written by one George Walton Lucas Jnr., a man not known for his way with words. He’s a canny builder of worlds, like J.R.R. Tolkien, and he’s clearly invested a huge amount of time and energy in the creation of this fabulous, chaotic sci-fi setting a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… but he’s a born producer, not a writer. He’s always found the craft of writing a slog (hence farming out The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi), and it shows. »
- Ben Cooke
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
No critic is infallible. It’s an open secret that few of them will admit, but would be remiss to deny. As valuable a resource as the informed film critic can provide when appraising a motion picture, we’re prone to the same random prejudices and peccadillos as anyone else. Sure, professionalism dictates that we diligently strive to check them at the door, but few of even the very best films are recognized as classics on first sight, and any number of random factors – including real-life experience – can skew our perception as we weigh the many factors that lead to a film’s ultimate success or failure.
Citizen Kane (1941), The Wizard of Oz (1939), and Blade Runner (1982) were all panned by critics upon initial release, yet today they’re rightfully considered classics. So what stuck in Pauline Kael’s craw when she turned up her nose at The Graduate, and who »
- Jason Buchanan
The Netflix catalog is not what you would describe as static. Every month . if not every few weeks . there are both new movies being added, and others being taken away. October will be no different, but now the streaming service has revealed the big shakeups that will be going down. We.ve combed through the list of films that will be both arriving and leaving Netflix next month, and picked out the best of the best that you should definitely try to see sooner rather than later (especially in the case of those that will be departing the service). Read on for the update! Coming: Batman Begins Along with Bryan Singer.s X-Men and Jon Favreau.s Iron Man, Christopher Nolan.s Batman Begins helped completely change the definition of "comic book movie" within the film industry . and it partially did so just by being really damn good. The adaptation »
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It’s hard to believe that Batman Begins was released over a decade ago now. Before Christopher Nolan came along and revitalised the movie franchise, the character was in the toilet creatively thanks to Joel Schumacher’s wretched Batman And Robin, and Begins felt like a breath of fresh air, a gritty shift away from the mouldy camp that defined his last few outings.
As visionary as Nolan’s interpretation of the material was in both Begins and his later sequels, he certainly didn’t do it all on his own. Nolan and co-writer David S. Goyer drew extensively from the huge back catalogue of Batman comics, some iconic classics and others less well-known, but all contributing significantly to crafting some of Begins’ most memorable moments.
Some classic comic book panels have been painstakingly recreated by Nolan, whereas other ideas have been repurposed in the movie in »
- Jack Pooley
The live action feature film version of an American Akira is like Rasputin; no matter how many people try to kill it dead, it has enough resolve to live on. Similar to Shia Labeouf’s resume, the project has been passed around from one Hollywood shot-caller to the next, in hopes that someone will be brave enough to pick it up.
Akira is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by the revered Katsuhiro Otomo, who later directed an anime film of the series that is widely regarded as one of the best animated films of all time. The original story of Akira is set in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo, 2019, and follows bikers Shotaro Kaneda and Tesuo Shima. Tetsuo develops telekinetic powers, leading Kaneda to try and stop him from releasing a powerful entity known as Akira.
Akira has yet to find a visionary brave enough to not only tackle its sprawling, »
- Vince Cicchino
Matt Damon recently said that he doesn't feel the need to follow in Ben Affleck's footsteps and play a superhero because he considers Jason Bourne the ultimate superhero. But in a new interview, he revealed that the one comic book hero he would consider playing is actually the one that Affleck already played, Daredevil. "I'd consider it if the right thing came along," he explained. "For us it was always 'Daredevil' — that's the comic we read when we were kids. But when that one came along [in 2003], I chickened out because I couldn't tell [whether it would be agreat movie]. I hadn't seen [director Mark Steven Johnson's] work and I didn't know. So I just said, 'No.' Ben was like, 'I gotta do it.' And the movie ended up doing very well, even though I don't think Ben was ultimately very proud of it." When asked if he would consider playing the superhero again if another opportunity came along, »
Damon opened up in a new interview about the much-panned 2003 Daredevil movie starring his friend Ben Affleck, which he admitted he "chickened out" of even though both read the comic when they were children.
"I hadn't seen the director [Mark Steven Johnson's] work and I didn't know. So I just said, 'No'. Ben was like, 'I gotta do it,'" he told the New York Daily News.
"The movie ended up doing very well, even though I don't think Ben was ultimately very proud of it."
Damon also revealed that he would rather direct a superhero movie than star in one, »
Every week the entertainment world provides us with the unfortunate, the inexcusable, and the questionable. Here are this week’s disappointments.
None of this is surprising or even worthy of mention. When they figure out how to get Harold Ramis to appear in the film, wake me up.
Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in seven movies. One and a half of those movies were good. Maybe we should stop pretending his Wolverine was some kind of genre defining role and that we’ll all be lamenting his departure. Tom Hardy is already a better Wolverine than Jackman based on the grunting he did in Fury Road.
Apparently Damon does not have a Netflix subscription. »
- Anghus Houvouras
During an interview with the New York Daily News to promote the release of his latest film The Martian, Matt Damon was asked if he could see himself taking on a superhero role. The actor revealing that he believes the opportunity may have passed him by, although he would be tempted to play The Man Without Fear – if he could reunite with his Interstellar director Christopher Nolan.
“For [myself and Ben Affleck], it was always Daredevil. That’s the comic we read when we were kids, but when that one came along I chickened out, because I couldn’t tell. I hadn’t seen the director [Mark Steven Johnson’s] work and I didn’t know. So I just said, ‘No.’ Ben was like, ‘I gotta do it.’ [I don’t] think Ben was ultimately very proud of it. If Chris Nolan came up to me and said, ‘I want to do Daredevil,’ I would be in.”
Of course, with Charlie Cox »
- Gary Collinson
Longtime friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became international stars after writing and starring in the 1997 drama Good Will Hunting. Just a few years later, Matt Damon became a bona fide action star in The Bourne Identity, although Ben Affleck suffered a temporary career setback, or sorts, by starring in the comic book adaptation Daredevil, which wasn't received too well by fans and critics alike. Both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are at the top of their game now, with the former starring in the critically-acclaimed sci-fi drama The Martian and the latter taking on the iconic role of Batman in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While promoting The Martian, Matt Damon revealed he was actually offered the Daredevil role first, but he passed because he wasn't familiar enough with director Mark Steven Johnson's work.
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