5 items from 2016
Brogan Morris Oct 20, 2016
It stars Tom Cruise, driving a muscle car at traffic at the height of his reckless stunts phase. It has a stellar supporting cast of Oscar winners (Robert Duvall), nominees (Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins), and shoulda-been-nominees (David Oyelowo, two years before he gave one of the performances of the century in Selma). It’s written and directed by the Academy Award-winning Christopher McQuarrie, and adapted from a book in a remarkably popular series of them. And yet, despite all that pedigree, action franchise-kickstarter Jack Reacher remains curiously forgettable.
Reacher, which has sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back out this Friday, is a serviceable actioner, no more no less. Still, if you remember the film at all, »
The first thing you need to understand about the protagonist of Alissa Nutting’s wildly unsettling and wonderfully written 2013 novel “Tampa” is that she’s a monster. While Celeste Price — accurately described as “smoldering” in the book’s official synopsis — is physically stunning (and damn does she work for it), her emotional and psychological landscape is so diseased that whatever cinematic project springs forth from the material will likely look and feel more like a film about bloodthirsty vampires or Frankenstein’s creation or the abominable snowman or something similarly driven by lust and rage than any sort of dramatic offering about overcoming life’s harsh realities.
No one overcomes anything in “Tampa.” No one gets over anything.
“Tampa,” despite a premise that seems tailor-made to be turned into a prestige feature (perhaps in the vein of “Precious”?) or at least a Lifetime-ready movie of the week (think “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? »
- Kate Erbland
Harmony Korine and Werner Herzog are separated by more than 30 years in age and come from two very different filmmaking backgrounds, but the influential directors have maintained a friendship and working relationship that dates back to the ’90s.
In new video for Viceland, Korine explained that when was in his 20’s, he used to prank Herzog by taking advantage of his lack of appreciation for any kind of irony. “He famously has no understanding of irony, so he takes every thing completely literal,” Korine said in the video. “It’s almost like being color blind.”
Korine would frequently call Herzog, who he described as “the least ironic and the most sane director that I know,” and pretend to be a rug salesman, talking on the phone with the German filmmaker for between 20 minutes and a half hour.
“I’d sell him four or five different rugs, and he never knew,” Korine said. “He always takes you at your word. It’s a very special thing.”
While Korine may have had no problem wasting the German director’s time for a gag, it’s worth noting that he did once give Herzog a real job, casting him for a small role in his 2007 film “Mister Lonely.”
To see the Vice clip in its entirety, check out the video below.
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- Graham Winfrey
John (Higgins) and Karen (Dickie) used to have it all. They had uprooted from Scotland with their son to a small, yet idyllic cottage in the beautiful Pyrenees Mountain range of France. However, tragedy struck by the way of a fire that not only left them homeless, but even worse; childless. With their life destroyed, the pair decide to shut themselves off from the rest of the world and live off the land and take shelter in an isolated cave. After Karen is bitten by a deadly spider, John is forced to make his way in to the nearby town in search of some medicine for his wife. Although desperate to save his wife, an apparition of his recently deceased son causes him to panic and he begins to retreat. Thankfully, local farmer Andre (Kircher »
- Mondo Squallido
With remakes and reboots all the rage in Hollywood these days, it.s never a surprise to hear that another old favorite is being prepped to head back into theaters. Now it looks like the Flatliners remake is finally gaining some more traction, as actor Diego Luna is in talks to take on a role in the film. A report from The Wrap says that Diego Luna, who recently finished work on Star Wars: Rogue One, is looking to add his name to the main roster of actors who will be working on the movie. Luna started in entertainment when he was just a child in 1982, but his breakout role came with the 2001 film Y Tu Mamá También. Since then he.s hade a number of appearances in Spanish language and American films, such as, Frida, Open Range, The Terminal, Mister Lonely, Milk, Rudo y Cursi and Elysium, and »
5 items from 2016
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