8 items from 2010
The American Beauty and Jarhead actor read the script and allegedly dismissed it as "the most absurd thing I've ever read". Instead, Robert De Niro ended up playing the hardline Texas politician, which is actually a better outcome.
The odd 'fun Bobby' moment (I'm thinking his Meet The Parents stuff and the whole stoner smoking a bong with Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown affair) is refreshing if you aren't in the mood for Taxi Driver or Raging Bull.
Nevertheless, the issue here isn't De Niro's evaluation of potential jobs, but Cooper's. "The most absurd thing I've ever read"? Really? Has he never »
If you’ve been anxiously waiting since 2007’s Grindhouse to hand over some of your hard-earned pesos and witness the further exploits of ex-Federale agent Machete (Danny Trejo), then it hardly matters how any critic feels about the product.
In case you are still reading, fans of the character will be relieved to find exactly what they were hoping for, in some cases quite literally (with almost every shot from the fake Grindhouse trailer recreated). Machete is a B-movie thrill, deliriously gory and ridiculously over-the-top with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
“Machete doesn’t text” our über-grizzled title character states early on. What the hulking, old-school action hero does emphatically do is brutally execute just about every two-faced crook he comes in contact with. Of course, Machete is forced into his campaign of vengeance after being set up by the sneering, gravel-voiced businessman Booth (Jeff Fahey). Other bad guys in the mix include racist, »
- Glenn Kay
Robert Rodriguez’ Machete could use some serious cuts. Despite adopting the tone of a lean, mean exploitation flick, the film feels flabby and is burdened with too many characters and a convoluted plotline that reduces the screen-time of its Mexploitation hero. It’s particularly frustrating when what works in the movie works so damn well. The action is exciting and the jokes are hilarious. But Rodriguez runs up against the same problem he had with Once Upon a Time in Mexico when he reached for an epic and neglected the power of the angry little bloodbath at his disposal.
Ex-Federale/total badass Machete (Danny Trejo) was left for dead three years ago by drug kingpin Torrez (Steven Seagal). Now working as a day-laborer, Machete is hired by Booth (Jeff Fahey), a shadowy figure who doesn’t want gardening as much as he wants the grizzled Mexican to assassinate the bigoted »
- Matt Goldberg
Fox Searchlight announced on Friday that Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Mila Kunis, will open in select theatres on December 1st and expand from there. It was previously announced that the film would open the 67th Venice International Film Festival.
Excerpts from the earlier press release:
Opening Film Of The 67Th Venice International Film Festival
.Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be the opening film . in competition – of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. A psychological thriller set in the world of New York City ballet, Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the »
- Michelle McCue
Darren Aronofsky does a 180 degree switch in the world of physical competition. Going from Pro Wrestling to Ballet. And it looks like the plot of the film is going to feature intrigue over intimacy. That photo is an unrecognizable Natalie Portman in make-up, trumping those pesky Star Wars Prequels for hiding the actress. I'm hoping that the film is not trying to one-up Matthew Barney. The stills are a lot less hair and sweat than The Wrestler, but will Black Swan be more compelling than Robert Altman's The Company? The fact that Vincent Cassel is in there is a mighty fine clue.
Fox Searchlight Press Release is below:
"Black Swan, the highly anticipated new feature film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Golden Lion recipient in 2008 at the 65th Venice Film Festival for The Wrestler), will be the opening film - in competition - of the 67th Venice International Film Festival. »
With Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler) at the helm, and an excellent cast led by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, we’ve been anticipating the psychological ballet thriller Black Swan for some time now. Fox Searchlight has Swan slated for release sometime later in the year, but it turns out we’re just over a month away from the official unveiling. The Venice International Film Festival has selected Black Swan to kick things off as the opening film on September 1st. Hit the jump for the official announcement, plus new photos from the film.
Here’s the official press release:
- Brendan Bettinger
The Lido will have it's Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky who brought The Wrestler to the festival a couple of years earlier will go in without having to worry about bidding wars and the such as it is Fox Searchlight that owns the title and will be opening (and not as I had predicted Focus Features The American) the oldest film festival that matters. Though Searchlight doesn't have the picture pegged with a release date, my thinking is they'll insert the title into their post Conviction line-up: juggling the title with Boyle's 127 Hours for either a November or December release. A Toronto Int. Film Festival Gala screening should be in the cards. Written by Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, set in New York City, this centers on a veteran ballerina (Portman) who finds herself locked in a competitive situation with a rival dancer (Mila Kunis), with the stakes and »
Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with a new rival at the company (Mila Kunis). The story plays out through the psyche of the young ballerina, whose starring role as the duplicitous swan queen turns out to be a part for which she becomes frighteningly perfect. Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder also star and Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin wrote the screenplay.
The Festival runs from the 1st until the 11th of September. The official line-up of all the films »
8 items from 2010
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