8 items from 2013
Ari Folman's "The Congress" aka "Robin Wright at The Congress" aka "Reviewer's Nightmare" (last title mine) opens the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this evening and screened for a group of alternately beguiled and baffled press this morning. Evoking Miyazaki and perhaps on-form Gilliam in its best moments, and lurching oddly into "Southland Tales" territory in its worst, it is a film we'd be happy to call a fascinating muddle, were it not a little overstretched to really support even that summation. At the very least, however, should your copy of "Pink Floyd's The Wall" have worn out through overuse, we can see "The Congress" having a similar kind of life as a late-night stoner mindfuck. This is Folman's first return to Cannes (and to feature filmmaking; he's been keeping busy writing for TV otherwise) since 2008's Oscar-nominated and universally lauded "Waltz with Bashir." The five-year gap is attributed to many things, »
- Jessica Kiang
Being one of the first directors to start the “Splat Pack” era, a man Quentin Tarantino jokingly referred to as the “Frank Sinatra of the Splat Pack,” Eli Roth’s popularity among the horror genre has only risen. Though his only featured directing gigs to date are Cabin Fever, Hostel, and Hostel II, Roth has been busy producing and acting in a slew of different films, his most recent being Nicolás López’s Aftershock. Centered around an earthquake which is followed by warnings of an approaching tsunami, Roth plays an American vacationer named Gringo who gets stuck in the chaos and fights for survival.
Running the press circuit today in New York City to promote the release of Aftershock, I was invited to participate in a roundtable interview with producer/actor Eli Roth, and of course said “f#ck yes” in a heartbeat. Have you read any of my other work on this site? »
- Matt Donato
Hi Douglas! We started talking because of Spring Breakers for which you wrote a really impassioned review. What other movies do you think are misunderstood or underappreciated?
Douglas: I find myself defending panned movies all the time. Even when I actively dislike a movie, I can't bring myself to not at least value one aspect of it - whether it be technical or on the level of camp. The horror genre is largely looked down upon unless a respected auteur is behind the movie or if it's more connected with drama. I can't for the life of me see how the ambitiousness of Rob Zombie's films goes unnoticed. His stuff just has a strong sense of style and ownership. His Halloween II film »
- NATHANIEL R
One used to take us for a wild ride down Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive before he checked us in at the Smackdown Hotel. The other is cast in Susan Sarandon movies.
One had his own theme music that strangers sang along to as he entered various American arenas. The other pretends to race cars with Vin Diesel.
One frequently knocked out his scantily-clad colleagues by landing on them with his elbow. The other has probably never done that ... at least not in any kind of official capacity.
The following contest is scheduled for one fall — and for one awesome blog post on NextMovie. Now let's do this!
Advantage: A '99 Pedro Martinez 12/6 curve ball to start the proceedings! Dwayne Johnson can tell people at bars that »
- Nick Blake
Dwayne Johnson, a wrestler-turned-actor formerly known as The Rock, is an oversized personality more befitting a cartoon than a live action movie. He's got a frame that can barely fit through a traditional doorway and an unparalleled ability to convey a host of emotions just in the way that he chooses to stand. His best performances (as a bounty hunter in "The Rundown" or a dogged federal agent in "Fast Five") have taken advantage of both his size and his willingness to manipulate his stature for the sake of the role (in "Southland Tales" his performance seems almost entirely based on Bugs Bunny). He's a physical performer unburdened by the tangled psychology that trips up most actors. However, in "Snitch," the dreary new "based on a true story" action movie about undercover drug informants, Johnson's physicality is restrained, neutered and muted. He's a comic book hero forcibly wedged into a postage stamp. »
- Drew Taylor
Now that Pope Benedict XVI has decided that being God’s chosen spokeman on Earth is no longer for him, the religious world will once more find itself locked in debate as to who will take over, with towers of white smoke on the edge of everyone’s minds in the coming weeks and months.
The early favourite right now is apparently Ghana’s Cardinal Peter Turkson, but that won’t stop the speculation, so we’re weighing in with our own (unconventional) choices from the world of film for people who could take over as the next Pope.
Let’s be honest, Preacher would be the most entertaining possible Pope, but noone’s made a film for him yet, so the hands are tied on that one.
Here’s goes nothing…
A controversial place to start no doubt, but consider this: would »
- Simon Gallagher
Unbelievably once upon a time House at the End of the Street was a directorial project for Jonathan Mostow with Richard Kelly writing the screenplay, but this was back in 2003 before both Terminator 3 and Southland Tales. You could argue about what the better choice was in terms of both moving on but it becomes very apparent half way through the film that there was clearly nothing to the material that either hadn’t been done before or hadn’t been derived from about twenty separate sources.
Current Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence plays a teenager who moves with her mother to a new quiet neighbourhood from Chicago after a messy divorce. As she learns fairly quickly from the obnoxious neighbours, a house in their street drives prices down due to the fact that a young girl murdered both her parents there and fled the scene into the woods never to be found. »
- Chris Holt
Dwayne Johnson always keeps you guessing with his career choices – from his early 2000s action roles (Walking Tall, Doom) to the mid-2000s indie film phase (Be Cool, Southland Tales) to the late-2000s family film phase (Tooth Fairy). Luckily the Fast and Furious 6 star has returned to big-budget action and/or comedy (Pain & Gain), with big budget epics on the docket for 2013 (Hercules).
Today Johnson keeps us guessing yet again, as he is producing and could star in a new film tentatively titled Teddy Bear, which tells the story of the titular cuddly companions’ real purpose in the world; fight monsters hiding under children’s beds, naturally.
As strange (or… awesome?) as that premise sounds, the story of how the film got pitched is even better. THR reports that software ...
Click to continue reading Dwayne Johnson Attached to ‘Teddy Bear’ Adventure Movie
- Kofi Outlaw
8 items from 2013
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