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Black Holes and Revelations: Gilliam’s Cluttered Dystopia a Mixed Return to Form
In what stands as his best film since 1998’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, director Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem still isn’t quite the dystopic juggernaut one might have hoped for, though it does slightly resemble one of his most noted works, 1985’s Brazil. However, this isn’t quite that state of mind, though it does in fact revolve mightily around the state of its protagonist’s conflicted existence and his unrequited search for meaning in a world that instead contends there absolutely is none. Being treated to a demure theatrical release over a year after its premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival, it’s being handled as a boutique title, likely to wallow into the same nether regions as Gilliam’s last several titles, like the valiant exercise The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus »
- Nicholas Bell
If you’ve ever written something about Terry Gilliam, there’s a good possibility he’s read it. Unlike his contemporaries, he makes a habit of checking out everything from reviews of his films to the comments on his Facebook wall. Of course, Gilliam has always been hard to pin down, particularly when it comes to the products he puts on screen. From “Brazil” to “12 Monkeys” to “The Fisher King,” the 73-year-old director is someone who looks to challenge our preconceived notions about personal relationships and the world around us. (Be sure to check out our retrospective and ranking of his films here). For his latest project, Gilliam once again heads back to the land of sci-fi with “The Zero Theorem” (our review). The film, which takes place in a utopian society in the distant future, stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, an anti-social computer programmer who tries to figure out the meaning of life. »
- Alex Suskind
"I'll always be anti-authoritarian, as long as I live," says Terry Gilliam, the comic provocateur who's been taking aim at the establishment for over four decades. The only thing that changes: his targets. In Life of Brian, it was religion. In Brazil, the government. And in his latest film, The Zero Theorem, it's the biggest oppressor of all: big business. Says Gilliam, "Governments are second rate compared to corporations when it comes to power and influence on our lives." The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a reclusive computer drone whose life is at the mercy of his employer, Mancorp. His boss, a godlike figure named Management (Matt Damon), and his underlings dictate everything from Qohen's therapist (Tilda Swinton) to his sexual »
Terry Gilliam is a gifted, ambitious filmmaker who, sadly, may now be more famous for being misunderstood and underfunded than he is for actually making movies. The Zero Theorem isn't likely to reverse that equation. In this half-squirrely, half-torpid sci-fi adventure, Christoph Waltz, with a shaved head and a face devoid of eyebrows, plays Qohen Leth, a lonely, put-upon programmer who toils away for a megacorporation known as Mancom. Qohen is unraveling emotionally. He's been waiting for years for a phone call, one that he's sure will magically change his life. He's so obsessed that he puts in a request to work from home, so he won't miss it when it comes. After a number of humiliating medical evaluations and an encounter with Mancom's big cheese (Matt Damon), his wish »
This was originally reviewed as part of our Fantasia 2014 coverage. Plot: Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) – a chronically reclusive number cruncher – is assigned by his mysterious boss “Management” to work on “The Zero Theorem” an unprovable mathematical theory that has the unfortunate side effect of turning anyone who works on it insane. Review: Hit or miss, Terry Gilliam's movies are always interesting. While no one »
- Chris Bumbray
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Oscar race is in full swing now that the Telluride, Venice and Toronto Film Festivals are coming to a close and for those of you that may be interested, I'll be chatting Toronto and the Oscar race this afternoon around 1:30 Pm Pst on Huffington Post Live with Jeff Wells from Hollywood Elsewhere and Anne Thompson from Indiewire as things are starting to shape up in terms of the Oscar race, though this is looking like it could be a particularly volatile year. In terms of updating predictions, I'm going to begin with the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor races, neither of which I have really given much attention just yet and the Supporting Actor charts I haven't touched since first opening the doors back in early August. So how much have things changedc Well, quite a bit and not so much depending on how you look at it. »
- Brad Brevet
Orlando Bloom – who played orphan-turned-blacksmith-turned-pirate-turned-Davy Jones replacement in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films – was noticeably absent in 2011’s installment, On Stranger Tides. However, according to Bloom himself, he may in fact return to the high seas for the upcoming fifth installment in the swashbuckling series, Dead Men Tell No Tales.
When talking with the Press Association, Bloom said:
“There have certainly been some discussions about it and I’m open to it. The whole experience of working with Johnny [Depp] and [original director] Gore [Verbinski] was really amazing for me.”
Dead Men Tell No Tales doesn’t set sail for a few more years, so Bloom has plenty of time to mull the decision over and decide if he’ll return as Will Turner. Personally, I’d like to see it happen, especially after the disappointment that was On Stranger Tides. The filmmakers tried jettisoning some of the original cast members in the fourth installment, »
- James Garcia
If you squint, you'd think this was an episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Charlie Day is in another car, convincing another one of his friends to do something a little bit crazy. This time Jason Bateman ("Arrested Development") and Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live") are back together with Day on the big screen, trading out murder for the slightly less illegal activity of kidnapping.
Dale (Day), Kurt (Sudeikis), and Nick (Bateman) attempt to start up their own business, but things quickly fall apart when they encounter Christoph Waltz, a backstabbing investor. The guys try to one-up Waltz, and as always, things escalate quickly. So, they kidnap his son (Star Trek Into Darkness' Chris Pine). Of course.
Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey reprise their Horrible Bosses roles with "Breaking Bad"'s Jonathan Banks and Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) in a scene-stealing cameo. John Francis Daley, who you may »
- Sasha James
Warner Bros. Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman’s “Horrible Bosses 2,” which sees the hapless trio attempting to extort a new evil corporate investor (Christoph Waltz) by kidnapping his son (Chris Pine). Luckily for them, Pine’s character doesn’t seem too opposed to the idea.
The film hits theaters on November 26.
- Laura Prudom
I see the "Back For More" tagline at the top of this new poster for Horrible Bosses 2 and it really says all I need to know about the movie, a sequel to a first movie I didn't find to be anything particularly ground-breaking and now I'm told I'm getting "more". Great. Back for more are Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jamie Foxx, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston along with newcomers Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz in a film that finds Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) deciding to become their own bosses by launching their own business in this upcoming sequel. Trouble arises when a slick investor (Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company. »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. has released a second trailer for the comedy sequel Horrible Bosses 2, which sees the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis returning alongside two new antagonists in Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness). Check it out after the official synopsis…
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in Horrible Bosses 2. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
- Gary Collinson
We have another trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 for you to watch, and it's pretty damn hilarious. There's actually a good chance this sequel could be better than the first film. I just really like the whole kidnapping angle they went with, and the addition of Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz takes things up a notch. Pine is featured heavily in this new trailer, and the guy shows off his fun comedic skills. He definitely makes a great addition to the already awesome cast that also includes Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's »
- Joey Paur
Sure, we’re knee deep in film festival season with the Telluride Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and now the Toronto International Film Festival all hitting back-to-back, but that doesn’t mean we’ve lost sight of what’s really important: sequels to terrible studio comedies! With no major releases this weekend —sorry, “The Identical,” no one really knows you exist and “Guardians of the Galaxy” is aiming for it's fourth 1st place finish at the box office anyway— Warner Bros has inexplicably decided to release the second trailer for “Horrible Bosses 2” anyway. Although we already posted a trailer back in July, this new version gives a first look at the sequel’s plot, but just in case you're still in need of a refresher: the trio of Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are trying to start their own business but are screwed over by Christoph Waltz’s shady investor. »
- Cain Rodriguez
"Horrible Bosses," the 2011 comedy that starred Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis as a trio of dim-wits who conspire to off their evil employers, wasn't exactly an obvious franchise-starter. But with a domestic haul of over $200 million (on a budget of just $35 million), a sequel was quickly developed. And come this Thanksgiving, "Horrible Bosses 2" will be unleashed. And thanks to a new trailer and poster, you'll get a better idea of what the sequel is all about.
The trailer opens with Sudeikis and Day collaborating on a ransom note, saying that they are "way better" at kidnapping than murder. When Day is about to glue down the letters for his scary ransom note, Bateman gets in the car and the letters go flying. It's a pretty cute moment. The rest of the trailer, set to the DJ Snake and Lil Jon party anthem "Turn Down for What," sets »
- Drew Taylor
Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprise their roles from the first film, in which they played three men who hatch a plan to kill their overbearing bosses - only this time round, they plan to commit a kidnapping.
In the film, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) are tricked by an inventor and resort to abducting his son to regain control of their company.
Horrible Bosses 2 comes to cinemas on November 26.
Watch the stars of Horrible Bosses talking to Digital Spy below: »
Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis are of course reprising their leading roles once more, and after catching a great first teaser a couple of months back, the studio has launched a brilliant new trailer.
Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business in “Horrible Bosses 2.” But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to regain control of their company.
- Kenji Lloyd
The brand new trailer for Horrible Bosses 2 has landed - and you can see it right here...
Arriving in UK cinemas on November 28th 2014 is the sequel to the surprise comedy hit, Horrible Bosses.
Going by the name of - yes! - Horrible Bosses 2 - the new film reunites the core cast of the first. So Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis take centre stage, with Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Chris Pine, and Christoph Waltz also on board.
A synopsis? Oh, go on then: "Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick (Bateman), Dale (Day) and Kurt (Sudeikis) decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business . But a slick investor soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor’s adult son and ransom him to »
A new trailer has landed online for Horrible Bosses 2, in which Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jason Bateman begin to settle in to their new life of crime. Newly jobless, the trio have settled on kidnapping as their next big moneymaker, with Chris Pine, the heir to the fortune of hard-ass businessman Christoph Waltz, the latest target in their crosshairs. However, life as a criminal isn’t always plain sailing, and it isn’t long before the boys are having to call in a favour or two from some familiar old faces… Take a look at...
- George Wales
Warner Bros just unveiled a new trailer for its upcoming "Horrible Bosses" sequel, bringing back Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey. The rest of the cast includes Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Dale and Kurt decide to become their own bosses by launching their own business. But a slick investor (Waltz) soon pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company. The new movie is directed by Sean Anders (That's My Boy, Sex Drive) and is set to hit theaters on November 26th. Trailer: »
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