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Love crosses all racial boundaries.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents. When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. The Big Sick is directed by Michael Showalter (Hello My Name Is Doris) and produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, This Is 40) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, The Royal Tenenbaums).
Lrm was on the red carpet for its movie premiere in Hollywood, »
- Gig Patta
The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), 2017.
Directed by Noah Baumbach.
The estranged, middle-aged children of a New York artist reconnect with each other in the wake of their father’s illness.
After a spate of juvenile comedies, Adam Sandler has found a nurturing guide in the form of Noah Baumbach. The Greenberg and Margot at the Wedding director serves up prime material for Sandler and the rest of his A-list cast to sink their teeth into, and it’s a joy to watch.
In The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), Sandler plays Danny, one-third of the offspring of Dustin Hoffman’s Harold, a New York sculptor and university lecturer. The thrice-divorced Harold is on his latest wife, an eccentric drunk named Maureen (Emma Thompson), and the couple split their time between comfortable homes in the city and countryside. »
- Sara Hemrajani
Editor's Note: "Quick Takes," as the name suggest, are initial impressions on movies from our man-on-the-ground at Cannes.
The Meyerowitz Stories is a run off the mill portrayal of the modern American family. Gen X siblings dealing with their Boomer father, his wives, illness and trying to navigate the tangled mess of inconsiderate tripe the old man left them in since they were born.
It was like watching The Royal Tenenbaums without the twee pastel and cooky shite of a cupcake aesthetic that Anderson gives to anything. Same humor, same narration, same unfathomable void behind everything.
Seeing Adam Sandler actually portraying a responsible adult for once was refreshing, but that's really nothing [Continued ...] »
It’s not easy being raised the child of a celebrated artist. Truth be told, it’s not so great being raised the child of a minor, mostly unrecognized artist either, which is closer to the dynamic writer-director Noah Baumbach wants to explore with “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” a chatty New York comedy featuring the best role in 15 years for Adam Sandler. It’s the story of a messed-up clan that seems never to have heard of therapy, but could definitely use it, and the family crisis that conveniently allows them all to say their peace.
Sandler plays Danny Meyerowitz, the oldest son of seventysomething New York sculptor Harold Meyerowitz (Dustin Hoffman, who’s always been funny, but gets to really sink his teeth into some of his best material here). With no shtick to fall back on, Sandler is forced to act, and it’s a glorious »
- Peter Debruge
Following its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it won rave reviews across the board, Kumail Nanjiani‘s acclaimed film The Big Sick has just premiered its new theatrical trailer. Written by Nanjiani and his wife Emily V. Gordon, the story of their real-life courtship also stars Anupam Kher, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter, and Zoe Kazan. It will be released in theaters by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate on June 23 in select cities followed by a nationwide rollout on July 14.
Check out the brand new trailer of the funny, moving, romantic film!
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the »
- Stacey Yount
Author: Zehra Phelan
The first trailer for Sundance sensation, The Big Sick has made an appearance, and we’re very happy about it. The romantic comedy looks to break with the norm, removing the requisite sick bag from this genre to give audiences something just a little more real to sink their love filled fangs into.
Related: The Big Sick Sundance 2017 Review
When we say real, the story is actually penned by lead actor Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon who have based the story on their own actual interracial love story. Kumail plays himself and is joined by Zoe Kazan to play Emily. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter play Emily’s parents, who Kumail is forced on in the trailer. The trailer goes from 0-100 real quick with Emily and Kumail just after a one night stand to Kumail attending the hospital after Emily is put into an enforced coma, »
- Zehra Phelan
The Big Sick went over big at Sundance, where many critics praised it as a genuinely emotional twist on standard romantic comedy cliches. In our review, we said, “In every conceivable way is this film a crowd-pleaser, pushing you to laugh and laugh until you cry.”
Produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Stella and Wet Hot American Summer alumnus Michael Showalter and written by Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick is based on the real-life relationship between Nanjiani and Gordon, with Nanjiani playing a version of himself while Zoe Kazan stands in for Gordon. The couple go from a one-night stand into something more serious, to the chagrin of Kumail’s traditional Muslim parents. Things are complicated further when Emily is stricken with a mysterious illness, forcing Kumail to deal with the medical crisis alongside Emily’s parents, played by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.
When it »
- The Film Stage
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he’s never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart.
Photo by Nicole Rivelli.
- Melissa Thompson
Let’s get this out of the way right from the top: Wes Anderson has never made a bad movie, and — in all likelihood — he probably never will. He’s too particular, too immaculate, too in command of his craft. Of course, the fact that he has always been so sure of himself only makes it more tempting to chart the progress of his career and to measure his films against each other. Or maybe it’s just fun because there are still only eight of them, and everyone seems to have their own favorite. Who could say?
Read More: Wes Anderson’s Style: Watch 10 Iconic Movies That Influenced Him
Here are all of Wes Anderson’s feature films, ranked from “worst” to best.
8. “Bottle Rocket”
Wes Anderson arrived fully formed (or close to it), and so much of his cinematic ethos can be distilled from the very first shot of his very first film, »
- David Ehrlich
Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with FilmStruck. Developed and managed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, FilmStruck features the largest streaming library of contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films as well as extensive bonus content, filmmaker interviews and rare footage. Learn more here.
Wes Anderson has one of the most original voices of any filmmaker working today, but his movies are full of clues as to which directors have influenced him the most. From Orson Welles to François Truffaut to Federico Fellini, some of the most iconic filmmakers in the history of cinema have had a hand in inspiring Anderson’s distinctive style. Here are 10 films that had a lasting impact on the indie auteur.
“The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942)
Orson Welles’ period drama about a wealthy family that loses its entire fortune at the turn of the 20th century »
- Graham Winfrey
…Let’s hope the dogs don’t die.
On Tuesday, the first poster for Wes Anderson’s newest feature film since 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel was released. Whilst not much is known about the story of Isle of Dogs, its poster reveals small details about what to expect, and, more importantly, the influence of Akira Kurosawa on the stop-motion animation.
Set in Japan, the poster’s large, red font places the Japanese title at the center, with its English translation held within the script. Wes Anderson’s posters usually have either one clear defining image at the forefront or a depiction of the ensemble cast, so Isle of Dogs is a slight departure from what Anderson’s audience are used to.
The poster for The Royal Tenenbaums places family at the center while Anderson’s classic Futura font title stayed beneath the family as something that was not meant to draw attention. Moonrise Kingdom »
- Sinéad McCausland
In search of male desire in a twee world.
Here’s a thesis: with the singular exception of his animated adventure story, Fantastic Mr. Fox, the movies of Wes Anderson are fundamentally about nice, fiery desire. But while a number of his movies explore this through the conventional terrain of the heterosexual relationship and its discontents — The Royal Tenenbaums and Moonrise Kingdom come to mind — others explore more curious expressions of desire, leaving Anderson’s plain and plaintive ladies behind. Shared aesthetic characteristics, from the constantly reprised Cornell boxes to the carefully referenced dead Eastern European novelists, are subject of much ruthless discussion among Anderson acolytes. And, considering Anderson’s diligent cooperation with turning a collection of essays and interviews into a $35 coffee table book, that seems to be the dissection that Anderson embraces. But what are those other, male-centric movies actually about? Most critics, when forced to give something like a serious and meaningful answer, will »
- Andrew Karpan
The film about a group of young New York City teenagers might not tell you all that much that is truly revelatory, but it’s well made and wide-ranging
There’s a symphony of uptalk and a chorus of vocal fry in this documentary about a group of teenage girls growing up in New York City, and also a small but distinct drawl of entitlement. It’s a film with a shrewd, ambient sense of atmosphere, tonally controlled and well shaped in the edit. It may not tell you that much – or perhaps anything – new. But the girls’ personalities come across with great clarity. Each is introduced with a first name flashed up in big sans serif lettering, the film’s one obvious stylistic indulgence, and maybe even a nod to Wes Anderson: one participant rather knowingly references Margot Tenenbaum, Gwyneth Paltrow’s character from The Royal Tenenbaums. They hang out with each other, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Late last summer, we featured a video that took a look at some of the visual influences and references of filmmaker Wes Anderson. The director of The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, Grand Budapest Hotel, Fantastic Mr. Fox and more has a unique visual style that is unmistakable. But just like most great filmmakers, he steals […]
The post Votd: See Even More of Wes Anderson’s Visual Influences & References appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
It says much about the strength of Mexico’s documentary production that the first pick-up announced from last year’s Morelia Festival was a docu-feature, Everard Gonzalez’s “Devil’s Freedom,” a harrowing account of the devastating psychological and emotional damage of Mexico’s drug wars.
Children’s adventure from María Novaro (“Danzon”) revolves around the joys of growing up on Mexico’s idyllic Barra de Potosi coast, as 6-year-old Dylan and friends search for Captain Drake’s treasure.
Mexico’s Interior Xiii (“I Promise to You Anarchy”) co-produces Chilean Camila Donoso’s story of a couple of transvestites that run a Mexico City hideout for men seeking to freely express their desires.
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Decider Joe Reid on the repetitive lie that Oscar shuns popular movies
Interview shared a Winona Ryder interview from 1990. I can't tell you how formative this was for me. I had the photoshoot plastered all over my bedroom. I was obsessed with her quotables.
Playbill Broadway aimed Moulin Rouge! will be trying to cast its Satine (!!!), or at least a temporary Satine for readings and such, on February 17th at an Equity-only audition
Mnpp Great Moments in Movie Shelves visits The Royal Tenenbaums game closet
Av Club IMDb is shutting down its message boards
Deadline file this under "it's about time" - Sarah Paulson is finally getting lead roles in features! She'll headline Lost Girls, a serial killer drama in which she plays a mother searching for her daughter
The Guardian we need to be listening to Middle Eastern cinema right »
- NATHANIEL R
More fuel for the reboot and remake fire that is burning strong in Hollywood has just arrived, this time from the battlefield of big screen war drama. Back in the early 2000s, Owen Wilson quickly rose to fame thanks to roles in films like Shanghai Noon, Meet the Parents, Zoolander, The Royal Tenenbaums and Behind […]
The post ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ Is Becoming a TV Series at Fox appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
The final part of Wes Anderson’s “Owen Wilson trilogy” (the last Wilson co-wrote) is a typically oddball family opera. From the opening scene we see the Anderson tropes: A muzaked cover of a classic rock tune (Hey Jude); an erudite narrator (Alec Baldwin) presenting a cast of quirky characters; meticulously stage-crafted framing; precision pans and zooms; and photography swathed in bold primary colours.
The Tenenbaum children were once destined for social excellence. Chas was a precocious business genius; Richie was a champion tennis player; and adopted daughter Margot was a promising playwright. Jump past their 20s, however, and we find that Chas (Ben Stiller) is a widower who’s so obsessed with his children’s safety that he’s forgotten how to live; Richie (Luke Wilson) threw away »
- Rupert Harvey
The artist Joseph Cornell took glass-fronted boxes and placed things such as birds, springs, ice cubes, and balls inside them, turning these everyday and otherwise benign objects into microcosms for something bigger than any of us can ever be. These boxes were referred to as “shadow boxes”, “memory boxes” and “poetic theaters,” and with each box the viewer is given an invitation to enter a new world. This world is not unknown to the individual viewer, but instead a collective and shared world in which memories exist. As the artist’s website states: “using things we can see, Cornell made boxes about things we cannot see: ideas, memories, fantasies, and dreams.” The boxes, both tragic and beautiful, present an artist trying as hard as they can to turn something intangible, something »
- Sinéad McCausland
By: Carson Blackwelder
While last night’s Golden Globes unequivocally belonged to La La Land, it started out with one of the biggest shocks of this awards season: Aaron Taylor-Johnson winning Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Nocturnal Animals. Does this surprise upset mean the British thespian is gearing up for winning Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars?
It’s important to first note that even Taylor-Johnson’s Golden Globes nomination wasn’t expected by most awards season prognosticators and, if someone from Tom Ford’s latest flick were to have a shot at the trophy, their money was placed on co-star Michael Shannon. And when it came to winning most had their money on Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water), Dev Patel (Lion), or even Simon Helberg (Florence Foster Jenkins) — not Taylor-Johnson. »
- Carson Blackwelder
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