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By David Kozlowski | 23 June 2017
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Ever wondered how the whole Lego movie craze got started? Witness the evolution of Lego animation from 2001 until today in this amazing, behind-the-scenes video.
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Between the Lego video games, The Lego Movie (2014), and The Lego Batman Movie (2017), it feels like we've been in a Lego world for a long, long time. Way back in 2001 a character named Jack Stone debuted in a 20-minute VHS short, »
- David Kozlowski
Writer/Director Edgar Wright is known for his unique films that both satarize and embrace whatever genre he chooses. We're talking Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and The World's End. Wright's dialogue is always poetic with the sharpest wit and most clever word-plays. His editing style is unmistakable, fast and in your face, smashing one scene seamlessly into another. His shots are colorful, with just as much to say as the dialogue that accompanies them. His action scenes are sincere, brutal, and among the best out there; it's a wonder that Wright hasn't been handed a giant action franchise on a scale even bigger than Baby Driver (Though we guess Ant-Man would have been that film, had he stayed on). Wright's actors are always top notch, selected with care and directed to perfection. All four of his previous releases are winners for these reasons, »
- Nick Doll
Baby Driver, 2017.
Directed by Edgar Wright.
A young getaway driver yearns to break free from the clutches of a local crime boss and start a new life on the road with his waitress girlfriend.
As I sat down to watch Baby Driver, something occurred to me ? even though I’m a big fan of Edgar Wright, each of his films has, in my opinion, been weaker than the last. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are both classics, as clever and inventive as they are hilarious; Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, as cool as it is, occasionally crosses the line between ironic hipster movie and actual hipster movie; and despite giving it several chances to grow on me I didn’t like The World’s End at all. As the lights went down I crossed my fingers that this would be the film to buck that trend, and I’m happy to report that it most certainly is.
Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a getaway driver for Doc (Kevin Spacey), a job he performs as payback for breaking into Doc’s car as a teenager. He has tinnitus in his ears from the car accident his parents died in when he was a child, so he constantly has his headphones in to drown it out. This has led to a habit of sound-tracking everything he does, whether it’s a high-speed car chase or a stroll down the street to fetch coffee (which he does in a great long take where the lyrics to the song he’s listening to appear as graffiti on the buildings behind him). With his debt to Doc soon to be paid off he plans to go on a permanent road trip with an adorable waitress called Debora (Lily James), but Doc isn’t about to let his lucky charm get away so easy.
Edgar Wright has admitted that he wrote the script around the playlist of songs he had in mind, and although for some directors this technique can result in lazy film-making (Cameron Crowe is occasionally guilty of this), in Wright’s case it has resulted in a film packed with gloriously choreographed scenes – in the same way that Scott Pilgrim could be considered a ‘fight-sical’, this could easily be described as a ‘chase-sical’! It’s got the coolness of Drive (and an undeniably similar premise) and the energy, wit and (yes) romance of True Romance. The influence of Wright’s pal Tarantino is clear – the characters are all too-cool-for-school, the violence is stylishly shot, and the dialogue is full of quotable one-liners (my favourite involves a ‘Hate’ tattoo that one of Doc’s criminals had changed to ‘Hat’ to improve his job prospects – “Who doesn’t like hats?”). The only scene where the dialogue feels forced and silly is one where a gun salesman compares his products to pigs, but at least it’s followed by a superb shoot-out.
Baby Driver has been billed first and foremost as a car chase movie, and people who go to see it expecting nothing more than that will definitely be satisfied – Paul Greengrass should really watch this film and take notes on how to effectively shoot and edit a great car chase. And Wright’s love of the original Point Break (as witnessed in Hot Fuzz) is once again illustrated in an exhilarating foot chase that rivals the one in Bigelow’s classic. However, this is so much more than a disposable popcorn movie – the characters are what keep you invested when the action dies down. Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey are both excellent, playing characters similar to the ones they played in Horrible Bosses (albeit more deadly and confident), Jon Hamm veers between laid-back and desperate to great effect, and despite being little more than the ‘dream girl’, Lily James still shines as Debora. The scenes where she and Baby fall in love discussing classic songs with their names in the titles are just the right side of cutesy, and their chemistry gives the audience a real reason to root for them. The only character who I felt was a little bit lacking was Baby himself – he’s certainly an iconic character (his black and white costume giving us a glimpse of what might have been had Ansel Elgort been cast as the young Han Solo), but his trademark silence means he’s more defined by his actions than his words – not necessarily a bad thing, it just means he doesn’t get as many memorable one-liners as some of the other characters.
The final third of the film, involving a bungled heist and a hostage situation, is both exciting and unpredictable, as everyone has to either flee or fight for survival. It’s exciting and unpredictable, but admittedly there were a few moments where the characters’ actions stretched believability – i.e. there were sudden shifts in loyalty, and opportunities not being seized. Also, I felt the epilogue was a strange combination of realistic and unrealistic – not quite the euphoric air-punching finale I was hoping for after two hours of build-up. Still, it shows that Wright cares enough about his main characters to see their story through, rather than to cheapen the whole affair with a flashy yet hollow ending. Minor niggles aside, Baby Driver is still one of the most purely entertaining films of the year – a return to form from one of the world’s coolest film-makers.
Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★★★★★ / Movie: ★★★★★
- Amie Cranswick
Author: Jon Lyus
This sweltering evening in London town saw the return of one of the brightest stars in the cinematic sky. Director Edgar Wright brought his latest film to the capital and we were there to meet him and the cast on the red carpet of Baby Driver.
The new film from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz man Edgar Wright stars Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Ansel Elgort, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, Eliza Gonzalez, Cj Jones, Jon Bernthal, Lanny Joon, and Paul Williams which is a ridiculously good cast. They are elevated in the film by Baby’s Driver secret weapon – the soundtrack. You can see the full tracklist below, and will no doubt have enjoyed the kinetically pleasing trailers. Wright’s command of editing and his keen ear for cinematically apposite music is put to full use in the film, and you can read our 5 star review of the film right here.
Baby Driver is released in UK cinemas June 28.
Baby Driver European Premiere Interviews
Baby Driver Motion Picture Soundtrack Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – ‘Bellbottoms’ Bob & Earl – ‘Harlem Shuffle’ Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers – ‘Egyptian Reggae’ Googie Rene – ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’ The Beach Boys – ‘Let’s Go Away For Awhile’ Carla Thomas – ‘B-a-b-y’ Kashmere Stage Band – ‘Kashmere’ Dave Brubeck – ‘Unsquare Dance’ The Damned – ‘Neat Neat Neat’ The Commodores – ‘Easy (Single Version)’ T. Rex – ‘Debora’ Beck – ‘Debra’ Incredible Bongo Band – ‘Bongolia’ The Detroit Emeralds – ‘Baby Let Me Take You (in My Arms)’ Alexis Korner – ‘Early In The Morning’ David McCallum – ‘The Edge’ Martha and the Vandellas – ‘Nowhere To Run’ The Button Down Brass – ‘Tequila’ Sam & Dave – ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’ Brenda Holloway – ‘Every Little Bit Hurts’ Blur – ‘Intermission’ Focus – ‘Hocus Pocus (Original Single Version)’ Golden Earring – ‘Radar Love (1973 Single Edit)’ Barry White – ‘Never, Never Gone Give Ya Up’ Young Mc – ‘Know How’ Queen – ‘Brighton Rock’ Sky Ferreira – ‘Easy’ Simon & Garfunkel – ‘Baby Driver’ Kid Koala – ‘Was He Slow (Credit Roll Version)’ Danger Mouse (featuring Run The Jewels and Big Boi) – ‘Chase Me’
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
- Jon Lyus
Shot Caller Review Shot Caller (2017) Film Review from the 23rd Annual Los Angeles Film Festival, a movie directed by Ric Roman Waugh, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jon Bernthal, Lake Bell, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Benjamin Bratt, Jessy Schram, Omari Hardwick, Holt McCallany, Michael [...]
Continue reading: Film Review: Shot Caller: An Unbiased Yet Uncompromising Look At Prison [La Film Festival 2017] »
- Reggie Peralta
It’s one of the drawbacks as life as a filmmaker: you can sink months or even years of your life into a screenplay that will never be sold or a movie project that will never go into production. Such was the fate of Ant-Man, director Edgar Wright’s take on the Marvel superhero; Wright departed the project in 2014, eight years after he began working on it with co-writer Joe Cornish. The film was finally brought to the screen by Yes Man director Peyton Reed; like David Cronenberg’s Total Recall or Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, Wright’s Ant-Man became one of cinema’s what-might-have-beens.
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Actors on the red carpet recalled the intensity of the 2015 shoot, which centers on Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s character being transformed from an upstanding family man working in finances to a prison gang leader named “Money.”
“I’ve never been as bad a guy as I was in this,” Jeffrey Donovan mused. “I have the keys to the yard. This was a dark dark dude that I’d never really done before. I put on 40 pounds. It wasn’t hard — I let myself be ugly. My wife was like that’s not a good look for you.” »
- Dave McNary
Last week we brought you a new clip and the first poster for Wind River [check them out here], and now The Weinstein Company has released a second one-sheet for Taylor Sheridan’s upcoming crime thriller featuring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen; take a look below…
See Also: Read our review of Wind River here
Wind River is a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent (Elizabeth Olsen) who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past (Jeremy Renner) to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death.
Wind River is set for release on August 4th in the States and on September 8th in the UK, and features a cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal, Gil Birmingham, Julia Jones, Kelsey Asbille, and James Jordan. »
- Amie Cranswick
Sneak Peek more new images, plus footage from "Baby Driver", the upcoming crime, action comedy feature, written, directed by Edgar Wright, starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal ("The Punisher"), Eiza González, Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") and Jamie Foxx ("Django") opening June 28, 2017:
"....a criminal 'getaway driver', 'Baby' (Ansel Elgort) relies on the personal beat of his preferred soundtrack to be the best in the world of crime.
"When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway.
"But after being coerced into working for a mysterious criminal (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when an ill-fated heist threatens his life, love and chance of freedom..."
- Michael Stevens
People has the exclusive first look at the brand new character posters for the upcoming thriller, featuring the entire star-studded cast in all their criminal glory.
Ansel Elgort plays Baby, a young and talented getaway driver who literally cruises to the beat of the music always blasting through his headphones – which are, of course, featured prominently in his poster.
Doc’s crew is »
- Liam Berry
For your chance to receive a pair of complimentary passes to see the new film Baby Driver at the Mjr Troy Grand Cinema in Troy, Michigan on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because there are a limited number of passes available and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
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Baby Driver: Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a talented, young getaway driver who relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), he sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. »
“He’s a good kid, and a devil behind the wheel.”
That’s Baby (Ansel Elgort), an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he’s got his escape route plotted to the beat of specific tunes that go from his well-curated iPod straight to his ears, and which translate into expertly timed hairpin turns, gear shifts and evasive maneuvers that leave his passengers on the ride of their lives.
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- Tom Stockman
Foxx spoke with Et's Nischelle Turner while promoting his new action caper, Baby Driver -- along with co-stars Ansel Elgort and Jon Hamm -- and the actor opened up about art and burgeoning artists, revealing, "I had Ed Sheeran sleep on my couch for six weeks."
"Before he made it, he came to my crib," Foxx recalled. "So did Anthony Hamilton, Nick Cannon, all these [people]. You gotta press anybody that's got that artistic feel, that touch, you've got to lift them up."
One young artist that Foxx also helped was 23-year-old Elgort, who had nothing but praise regarding his time on set with the Oscar winner.
"He really »
In today's movie news we've got a trailer, a poster, a few clips, and some exciting news coming out of the Marvel universe!
T'Challa (Boseman), the new ruler of the advanced kingdom of Wakanda, must defend his land from being torn apart by enemies from outside and inside the country. Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, and Forest Whitaker round out an all-star cast. Check out the trailer below and catch Black Panther in Cineplex theatres on February 16th, 2018!
A new poster dropped for Wind River over the weekend! This one is looking like this year's ultimate murder mystery movie. »
- Zachary Dent
With writer-director Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller set to arrive on DirecTV next month, a new trailer has arrived online for the upcoming crime thriller which sees Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau leading a cast that includes Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany; check it out below after the official synopsis…
Shot Caller follows the harrowing, often heart-rending journey of successful businessman Jacob Harlon (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) who is transformed into Money, a stoic, ruthless prison gangster after a DUI sends him down the rabbit hole of the American prison system. As he navigates the brutality of his new home, adapting to its violent codes of ethics and rites of passage that will ensure his survival, he slowly loses his previous identity and his relationship to his former life, including his wife and son. The grip of his new family, »
- Amie Cranswick
Shot Caller, which is being distributed next month by Saban Films and Lionsgate in select theaters and VOD, follows the harrowing journey of successful businessman Jacob Harlon (Nicolaj Coster-Waldau) who is transformed into Money, a stoic, ruthless prison gangster after a DUI sends him down the rabbit hole of the American prison system. The film also stars Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt and Holt… »
"The fact is - a place like this forces us to become warriors or victims." Saban Films has revealed an official trailer for a crime thriller titled Shot Caller, from writer/director Ric Roman Waugh. The film tells the story of a family man who gets thrown in prison after a car accident. There he becomes a member of a prison gang in order to survive, and upon release is forced to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jacob, with a cast including Lake Bell, Emory Cohen, Jon Bernthal, Jeffrey Donovan, Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany. This definitely looks like a brutal crime drama, but doesn't seem to stand out in any unique way. Give it a watch. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Ric Roman Waugh's Shot Caller, direct from YouTube: Jacob Harlon is »
- Alex Billington
The tale is familiar: a man gets sent to prison and must learn the inner workings and street code of the hard knock life behind bars in order to survive. But in the case of “Shot Caller,” a pretty decent cast is assembled for what looks like an otherwise standard run through this sort of material.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen, Jeffrey Donovan, Evan Jones, Benjamin Bratt, and Holt McCallany star in the film about an innocent man who gets locked up, and soon becomes transformed by his incarceration.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Last April, a group of fellow journalists and I visited the set of Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver in Atlanta. For those who are unfamiliar with the film, it follows Baby (Ansel Elgort), a young getaway driver who constantly plays music in order to drown out a hearing impairment he suffered as a child. When he falls for a local waitress (Lily James), he must find a way to escape from crime kingpin Doc (Kevin Spacey) and his other criminal associates. The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, and Jamie Foxx. During a break in filming, … »
- Matt Goldberg
In “Baby Driver,” Ansel Elgort plays a getaway driver who constantly has music playing in order to drown out his tinnitus. And, like “Drive” before it, that music seems to be an integral part of the experience in Edgar Wright’s upcoming film, which premiered at SXSW to strong reviews.
“Baby Driver” doesn’t arrive in theaters until later this month, but the tracklist to its soundtrack (which includes three different songs with the word “baby” in the title) is now available courtesy of NME: »
- Michael Nordine
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