7 items from 2014
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar
No matter if his protagonists are deranged or distraught, happy or sad, or if his stories are light or dark, comedic or tragic, the films of Pedro Almodóvar are usually at the very least enjoyable. Even at their most disturbing, there is something inescapably jubilant about his lavish use of color, his vibrant characters, and his unceasing passion for life and filmmaking. And when he aims to make something purely amusing, the results can be astonishing. It is for all of these reasons that Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, surprisingly the first Almodóvar film released by the Criterion Collection, is such a treat.
In this 1989 feature, made just after Almodóvar’s award-winning breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Victoria Abril stars as junkie porn star turned respectable leading lady Marina Osorio, the object »
- Jeremy Carr
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
The rambunctious 1990 dark comedy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar’s (Broken Embraces) colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome.
The film stars Antonio Banderas (Haywire) as an unbalanced but alluring former mental patient and Victoria Abril (Walking Vengeance) as the B-movie and porn star he takes prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.
A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodóvar’s international sensation Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the international cinema’s most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director’s great cinematographer José Luis Alcaine »
The titles are produced by film production company El Deseo, operated by Almodovar and brother Agustin Almodovar.
“We have a long lasting relationship with El Deseo which we value tremendously and we are delighted to strengthen it with these new amazing productions “ said TF1 International CEO Daniel Prejlocaj.
El Deseo is supervising a restoration of Almodovar films including “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” “Kika,” “Talk to Her” and “Volver,”along with production of exclusive material for home video editions. »
- Dave McNary
• Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) is in early talks to join the cast of Disney’s Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct, with Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) reprising their roles as the Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively. Details of the plot are being kept secret, with filming expected to begin toward the end of the year with a May 27, 2016, release date. [Variety]
- Jake Perlman
An intimate woman’s drama, laced by moments of comedy, “Ma ma” turns on Magda, a woman who reacts valiantly to tragedy, digging deep into her interior. “She and those in her intimate circle will live unsuspected scenes of humor and of delicate happiness,” a press release announced Tuesday.
Though Medem is now based out of Los Angeles, “Ma ma” will shoot entirely in Spain in Spanish this spring. It will co-star Luis Tosar (“Miami Vice”) and Asier Exteandia (“Broken Embraces”). Medem will co-produce. Madrid-based Morena Films, one of Spain’s still active significant production houses that has recently opened L.A. offices, will associate produce. Alvaro Longoria, producer of Medem’s “Room in Rome,” will produce out of Spain. »
- John Hopewell
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Cameron Diaz (Bad Teacher) is part of an ensemble cast. She plays Malkina, the manipulative girlfriend of drug kingpin Reiner (Javier Bardem, Skyfall). Reiner is behind a big new deal that has attracted the involvement of his lawyer (Michael Fassbender, Shame), the titular Counselor.
Meanwhile, the Counselor sees the potential new big paycheck he’s expecting as the opportunity to step things up with his girlfriend (Penelope Cruz, Broken Embraces). But when things go bad, the Counselor finds himself at risk of losing everything.
7 items from 2014