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This review originally appeared in my column at Towleroad
Have you ever read Jose Saramago's "Blindness"? That genius novel, about a sudden epidemic that renders the whole world blind, is hugely unsettling in content. It's also experimental in form. No character is named, the two protagonists are only referred to as "The Doctor" and "The Doctor's Wife", and punctuation is so scarce that there's nothing to guide you; you have to feel your own way through the blocks of words. The film version in 2008, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore, was too traditional in execution and couldn't capture the mad confusion and haunting power of the book. I haven't read Saramago's novel "The Double" upon which the new film Enemy is based but no one is playing it safe in the transfer this time. This is the kind of movie that feels like a true transfer of surreal text to visuals. »
- NATHANIEL R
Today’s film is the 2008 short Next Floor. The film stars Jean Marchand, Neil Kroetsch, and Mathieu Handfield, is written by Jacques Davidts, and directed by Denis Villeneuve. Villeneuve has made a name for himself on the international film stage with movies such as Polytechnique and Incendies, and made his first foray into English-language feature films in 2013 with Prisoners. His newest feature, titled Enemy, opens in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Miami - One of the pleasures of smaller film festivals, where one's viewing is less dutifully structured around competitions and mandatory big-name premieres, is pick-and-mix scheduling -- selecting the day's viewing on a mixture of gut instinct and chance convenience, and seeing what unexpected patterns and conflicts emerge. Coincidentally enough, I wound up seeing two Brazilian films back to back yesterday -- not such an improbable occurrence in a festival programme that accommodates Latin-American markets so generously, but their wildly contrasting impressions of urban social malaise and personal distrust proved mutually enhancing. Mexico and Germany were selected by the Miami programmers for dedicated showcases this year; on yesterday's evidence, however, Brazilian film is fighting fit. There's a fierce, Pablo Trapero-like sense of purpose to "A Wolf at the Door," a jumpy, pile-driving directorial debut for Fernando Coimbra that seems a gateway to more illustrious things -- as plausibly within »
- Guy Lodge
Jake on the set of Everest (2015)With Enemy, Dennis Villeneuve's trippy new thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal opening this weekend, it's time to look back on this actor we've loved ever since he stared in a mirror and saw a demonic rabbit staring back at him. Jake's been picky in his career making less features than other stars who've been in the business for nearly a quarter century. (Since his parents are both in the industry, he started young.) Jake recently turned 33 -- the Jesus year (!) which we'll pretend explains the hair -- and he's already built an enviable filmography having starred in at least one bonafide classic (Brokeback Mountain) and two others that might also stand the test of time (Donnie Darko, Zodiac).
So the question is now, what kind of a second act is his career going to have now that he's in Hollywood's preferred age »
- NATHANIEL R
What would it be like to meet your exact duplicate? Would you be intrigued? Horrified? All of the above? That's the quandary at the crux of the stylish, unnerving new film Enemy (out today), where Jake Gyllenhaal plays Adam, a college professor who becomes obsessed with his dopplegänger Anthony (also played by Gyllenhaal), a part-time actor whom Adam happens to spy in an old movie. Adam pokes into Anthony's life from afar at first but the more he learns, the more mysterious and complicated their connection becomes, until leather-jacketed Anthony finally agrees to meet rumpled Adam for the first time in a dingy hotel room. What transpires between them in the movie's most pivotal scene? Press play on this Vulture exclusive and find out."It's by far my favorite moment in the film," says director Denis Villenueve, who also directed Gyllenhaal in last fall's Prisoners. "There's something horrible about seeing yourself, »
- Kyle Buchanan
Jason Bateman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Aaron Paul all hit theaters with new movies this weekend, but only one of them is really worth the ticket. Before you head out for the cinema, check out our recommendations below for what to catch and what to skip. See ThisBad Words var brightcovevideoid = '3339476275001'; Bad Words turns out to be a sure-footed step into multi-hyphenate territory for Jason Bateman, even if his boldest directorial choice was casting himself as the worst person in the world. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, an alleged adult who enters the Golden Quill national spelling bee alongside a bunch of pre-pubescent competitors. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
Today, a small movie called Enemy opened in limited release, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and, well…Jake Gyllenhaal. In May, another small flick called The Double comes out, and that one stars Jesse Eisenberg alongside, you guessed it…Jesse Eisenberg. 2014 seems to be the year of the doppelganger, in addition to biblical epics as I mentioned a week or so ago. These are acting showcases through and through, so could Oscar bite for one or both of them? Honestly, I think they’re both too offbeat and weird for Academy attention, so instead of doing specific preview pieces on them and just going through the motions of talking about a likely to be ignored pair of films, I wanted to sort of discuss both of them a bit here in this sort of an article. These could be independent contenders for other awards, so it’s important to give the pair »
- Joey Magidson
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
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