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With film, things often come in pairs. Sometimes the doubles are explicit; some studio vying with another for a given plot, be it a tale of animated insects or impending asteroid impacts. Sometimes, the twinning takes the form of accidental synergy; say the back-to-back S&M Asian romps of Moebius and R100 that I experienced earlier this week.Tiff brought out a couple more shared connections. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose previous, shattering work Incendies vied for an Oscar, had two films at this year's fest. The first, Prisoners (read Ryland's review) is a big budget, big studio, big concept thriller, showing to a mainstream audience the director's craft. Enemy is a much more subdued affair, yet also shares a key performer in the form of Jake Gyllenhaal. An entirely different film, Richard Aoyade's The Double (read Todd's review) also screened at this...
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The film industry lives to surprise us, but if I were to compile a list right now of Directors Least Likely To Direct A Romantic Comedy In The Near Or Distant Future, I'd feel comfortable placing Québécois atmosphere merchant Denis Villeneuve in the top five. For better or worse, Villeneuve's cinema thrives on a kind of precision-cut, cultivatedly fetid dourness. At its worst, it produces damp, philosophically aspirational melodrama like the abhorrent, Oscar-nominated "Incendies"; last year's gorgeous, luxuriantly trashy thriller "Prisoners" suggested he's better suited to material that knows its own daftness, even if Villeneuve himself doesn't. Or perhaps not. Shot back-to-back with "Prisoners," the equally sombre but very differently scaled "Enemy" practically begs for charges of pretension from its opening onscreen epigraph: "Chaos is order yet undeciphered." It's a red flag signalling that we may be back in lugubrious "Incendies" territory -- certainly, José Saramago's thoughtful source novel »
- Guy Lodge
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that. Imagine the Paul Thomas Anderson of “There Will Be Blood” making a Brian De Palma movie, or Claire Denis directing Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” While those superlatives do give you a taste of the striking, sensual disposition simmering in the French-Canadian filmmaker’s engrossing Kafka-eque mindfuck »
- Rodrigo Perez
Although Denis Villenueve's execution overshadows the material's academic potential as a debate between nature and nurture, “Enemy” comes down firmly on the side of guidance over genes in its portrait of two identical, and yet completely different, men. Villenueve, reuniting with his “Prisoners” star Jake Gyllenhaal for a character study equal in intensity and ambiguity to, say, the first 90 minutes of their previous collaboration, adapts Jose Saramago's 2002 novel “The Double” into a riveting and provocative look at what defines us — and what doesn't. See video: ‘Enemy’ Trailer Finds Jake Gyllenhaal's Doppelgänger on the Loose Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a »
- Todd Gilchrist
Last year’s Prisoners had an atmosphere driven by dread. Still, it was completely accessible and even with a clunky finale still managed to deliver conventional genre thrills. Director Denis Villeneuve‘s followup, Enemy, is a thriller that makes Prisoners light and cheery by comparison thanks in part to screenwriter Javier Gullón‘s ceaseless desire to ask thought-provoking questions throughout his meaty mystery. Villeneuve’s film is an intense experience. Nothing ever feels right in this loose adaptation of “The Double,” even at the start of the film when we see the protagonist’s harmlessly repetitive lifestyle. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a reclusive professor whose personal life is almost nonexistent. The most he has going for him is his distant girlfriend (Melanie Laurent). Everything in his life is on repeat until a fellow staff member recommends a local film to him. This is when Adam discovers Anthony St. Claire (Jake Gyllenhaal), an actor who looks exactly »
- Jack Giroux
This weekend, Aaron Paul is fresh out of prison and looking for revenge in "Need for Speed," Kristen Bell returns to "Veronica Mars" in the film adaptation of the cult hit television show, and Jason Bateman directs himself in the profanity-laced comedy "Bad Words."
"Need for Speed" stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a street racer out for revenge. Recently released from prison, Marshall joins a cross country race to get close to the target of his vengeance, ex-partner, Dino Brewster, but his Brewster has already learned of his plan and places a massive bounty on his head. Directed by Scott Waugh ("Act of Valor"), the film stars Dominic Cooper and Scott Mescudi (Kid Cudi) in supporting roles.
- Jonny Black
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara has signed on to play Tiger Lily in Warner Bros.' upcoming live-action Peter Pan origin tale Pan, which is being directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina).
The lead role of Peter Pan is to be filled by an unknown actor, with Warner Bros. holding open casting calls for boys aged 10 - 12. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman (Prisoners, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is set to play the villain Blackbeard, with Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis) also starring as Hook.
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, where it will face stiff competition from Marvel's first Phase Three offering Ant-Man.
- Gary Collinson
One of my favorite activities each year is compiling a list of actors who really nailed their brief but not necessarily coveted roles. Oh sure sometimes a small part is a true get and key to the narrative. There's no way to watch 12 Years a Slave, for example, and miss the importance of "Mistress Shaw", so perfectly rendered by Alfre Woodard. And some tiny parts are designed as cameos for stars: think Jean DuJardin and Matthew McConaughey in The Wolf of Wall Street. But the bulk of small roles each year in any actor's medium, go unnoticed with the actors adding depth to the ensemble and colors to the director or writer or showrunner's palette. Me, I love looking at the peripheries and seeing which actors are hungry, which find ways to maximize their tertiary characters or simply inhabit them so well that you get everything you need in that one scene or, »
- NATHANIEL R
A24 has already made Denis Villeneuve's Enemy available on DirecTV but it will now come to limited theaters on March 14 and the promotion behind the film has been rather busy. Today I have for you a new poster designed by artist Sam Smyth along with three featurettes for the film the writer/director actually made before one of last year's best movies, Prisoners. Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal in a double role, playing himself and his doppelganger (or is he) and it's hardly an easy film to decipher. Here's the opening to my review from last year's Toronto Film Festival: A giant spider slowly walks across a bleak Toronto skyline. A history teacher sees a man that looks just like him in a random movie. A pregnant woman thinks her husband may be cheating on her. A mother is just happy her son is no longer satisfied being a third-rate actor. »
- Brad Brevet
We have a soundtrack and a poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal to give away before Enemy hits limited release on March 14. Gyllenhaal reunites with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for the thriller about a university lecturer, Adam, who discovers an actor who looks just like him: "Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle." Mélanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini also star. Hit the jump to find out how to enter and more on the film. Here's what we have: Enemy Prize Pack Giveaway (1) Poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal (1) Soundtrack Runners up (1) Unsigned Poster In order to enter the contest, email email@example.com with your name and address and include Enemy Giveaway in the headline. You also need to “like” Collider on Facebook. The giveaway will be open »
- Brendan Bettinger
Here's an exclusive first look at episode three of "The Red Road: So It Begins," SundanceTV's animated companion web series to its original drama "The Red Road," currently airing Thursday nights at 9pm. In this installment, series creator Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") explains the Seneca legend behind the title of this week's episode of "The Red Road," "The Woman Who Fell From The Sky." The digital shorts are animated by Adam Gault Studio. brightcove.createExperiences(); »
- Alison Willmore
Here's an exclusive first look at episode three of "The Red Road: So It Begins," SundanceTV's animated companion web series to its original drama "The Red Road," currently airing Thursday nights at 9pm. In this installment, series creator Aaron Guzikowski ("Prisoners") explains the Seneca legend behind the title of this week's episode of "The Red Road," "The Woman Who Fell From The Sky." The digital shorts are animated by Adam Gault Studio. brightcove.createExperiences();
- Alison Willmore
This coming Friday, Jake Gyllenhaal will take to the silver screen in Enemy, from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve. It’s about a disheveled history professor who sees someone in a movie that looks exactly like him, sending him spiraling down the rabbit hole in search of the truth. Beyond the prestige of a Gyllenhaal/Villeneuve reunion, the film’s also got a killer supporting cast with the likes of Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds) and Isabella Rossellini. It’s usually the kind of mistaken identity story that would be played for comedy, but here it appears to have taken a much darker and brooding turn. I hope this isn’t a guessed spoiler, but it’s giving me a real Orphan Black vibe. In celebration of the release of Enemy, we’d like to give you a little piece of Jake Gyllenhaal. His signature, to be exact. On a poster. We’ll also throw in a copy of »
- Neil Miller
Cinema embraces psychosexually tortured doppelgangers. If Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" were remade and recast with Jake Gyllenhaal as a gloomy professor in place of Natalie Portman's psycho ballerina, it might look something like Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy," a nifty bit of murky fun rife with unsettling imagery and a sense of taut dread even Alfred Hitchcock would have admired. In "Enemy," a faithful adaptation of brilliant Portuguese writer Jose Saramago's 2002 novel "The Double," Gyllenhaal plays two versions of himself: Adam Bell, a university lecturer stagnating in a cycle of detached sex with girlfriend Mary (Melanie Laurent), and Anthony Clair, a middling bit part actor living a posh life alongside his pregnant wife (Sarah Gadon). Adam first spots his doppelganger in a rented film his coworker casually recommends -- immediately throwing him into a spiral of paranoia and obsession. "Enemy," which debuted at Tiff alongside "Prisoners," marks Villeneuve's most personal film to. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
MTV announced today that Academy Award nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg will be honored with the MTV Generation Award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards for his brilliant body of work in the film and television industry. Check out a brief promo with the actor making room on his trophy case for the award.
2014 MTV Movie Awards, Latest Movie News, Mark Wahlberg
Wahlberg, known for his diverse film roles and television producer credits, will fittingly be presented the award by Entourage cast members Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon. This will mark the first public reunion for the cast ahead of their highly anticipated movie release in June 2015. Hosted by Conan O'Brien, the 2014 MTV Movie Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, April 13 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt.
Here's what Stephen Friedman, President of MTV, had to »
You can forget the pulpy throes of the dark hearted Prisoners, the recently released collaboration of Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve, when you sit down for their latest release, Enemy (which was actually filmed first). In the fine tradition of doppelganger cinema, this is certainly a spectacular standout. And if any evidence is needed to point to Villeneuve as a director at the top of his game, look no further. Certain to confuse, perplex, and even irritate, it’s a beautiful, nightmarishly warped universe ripe for multiple readings and psychological explanations concerning hidden desires and oppositions.
A history professor at a Toronto university, Adam Bell (Gyllenhaal), seems to be living a lackluster existence, his life a series of repetitive instances mired in work and an unenthusiastic relationship with his girlfriend (Melanie Laurent). A co-worker recommends that Adam see »
- Nicholas Bell
With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.
Best Motion Picture:
Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »
- Leora Heilbronn
Title: Enemy Director: Denis Villeneuve Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon. Denis Villeneuve had bewildered audiences with his harrowing ‘Prisoners,’ focusing on child abduction. The movie that preceded it, is ‘Enemy,’ presented at 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, that adapted the novel ‘The Double’ by Nobel Laureate José Saramago, which will be out in cinemas on March 14th. In this flick, Jake Gyllenhaal handles quite well the interpretation of the doubles: the university professor, Adam Bell, who seeks his exact look-alike, Anthony Clair, after spotting him in a movie. The female actresses inertly weave in the plot, as they portray two different kinds of supercilious partners: Mary [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), James McAvoy (Filth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michael Fassbender(Shame, The Counselor), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Halle Berry(Monster's Ball, Cloud Atlas), Adan Canto (The Following), Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, American Horror Story), Daniel Cudmore (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Ellen Page (Inception, Super) & Booboo Stewart (The Twilight »
For years, Antoine Fuqua has been trying to get Southpaw off the ground. The low budget boxing film was a passion project, and with Eminem attached to star it seemed like Fuqua had a greenlight. But that greenlight never came, and while the director attracted a sea of leading men to the project, it remained without support. Earlier last year The Weinstein Company got onboard, however, and you sensed that momentum had gathered. And now, they have a picture. Fuqua.s leading man is Jake Gyllenhaal, according to Deadline, and it.s set to be Fuqua.s next movie. Gyllenhaal would play a welterweight champion with a personal life in shambles who attempts to punch his way back to the top of the sport. The one-time Prince of Persia is coming off the success of Prisoners and has a diverse collection of roles on the docket, including the survival drama »
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