Monthly Archives: July 2015

Room Trailer: First Look at Brie Larson as Captive "Ma"

Folks, this one looks like a winner.

The trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Room has been released and I can honestly say that it's one of the first trailers heading into the awards season to actually give me goosebumps.

Room is a “captive drama,” starring Brie Larson as “Ma,” a woman trapped for years with her son Jack (Jacob Tremblay) in a small shed that they call Room. The trailer details Ma’s attempts to secure a sense of normalcy for her boy, who has only ever known life inside the tiny space. It also previews their eventual, tense escape from the confines of their prison.

The film was adapted from a novel of the same name, penned by Irish author and international bestseller Emma Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay. This is definitely a good sign – Donoghue is a critically-acclaimed writer and we have definitely seen bestselling novels’ movie adaptations achieve monumental critical and commercial success when penned by their author (Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, anyone?)

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (director of the critically-acclaimed Frank), Room stars Brie Larson, Joan Allen, William H. Macy and Jacob Tremblay. It is slated to debut during the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival in September, followed by an October 16th limited release in New York and LA, and an eventual nationwide premiere on November 6th

Room official teaser trailer

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi – Red Band Trailer

Unless you've had your head in the sand for the past several years, you've heard of the Benghazi situation. Here's the gist which may or may not be the official tagline (it plays out through the trailer):

To protect CIA outposts and personnel in unstable regions, the agency employs elite ex-military operators. In 2012, the threat level in Benghazi, Libya was deemed critical.

Well, now it's getting the Michael Bay treatment, and darn if it doesn't look pretty decent. Admittedly, I'm not a Bay hater. I enjoy rah-rah America movies. Getting to see John Krasinski (The Office) really teetering to the opposite edge of his usual roles will be worth the trip, and I'm buying him in the trailer. Pablo Schreiber is currently starring in HBO's The Brink as a whacked out drug-addled soldier, so the timing may not be the best for him to take on a role with this serious vibe under Bay's direction, but he has the chops to pull it off.

It's pretty obvious they're hoping to ride a little on the coattails of American Sniper here. The sentiments of many of the American people where this story is concerned could get them there, as long as those same folks enjoy Michael Bay movies or are willing to put any fear at his direction aside.

Toby Stephens, David Denman, James Badge Dale, Max Martini and David Costabile also star in this film from Paramount Pictures opening January 15, 2016. 

 

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The 33: Watch First Trailer about Chilean Mining Disaster

In 2010, the world watched after a mine collapsed trapping 33 miners 200 stories below the surface of the earth.

Could they have possibly survived? With no way of knowing, rescue efforts commenced. They were buried for a remarkable 69 days before being rescued. 

Starring Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Rodrigo Santoro (There Be Dragons), Juliette Binoche (Godzilla) and Lou Diamond Phillips (and I don't want to forget Cote de Pablo for Ziva and NCIS fans!), the Warner Bros. picture will detail what happened during those 69 days both above and below the surface.

People who stayed abreast of the coverage already want to know if the film will cover the exploits of one of the miners who was discovered to have been having an affair while he was trapped. His mistress met him upon rescue, but his wife was nowhere to be found at the time. Something tells me that won't make it to the movie, but it's worth a watch to see, right?

Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you're in for the uplifting tale.

 

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Spotlight Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams Battle Catholic Church Sex Scandal

It looks like Michael Keaton is following up Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) with a role that is just as likely to earn him another Academy Award nomination.

The first trailer is out for Spotlight, the new film focusing on the reporters at the Boston Globe who in 2003 successfully uncovered the Boston's Archdiocese massive cover-up of sexual abuse, eventually leading to the Cardinal Bernard Law as well as a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for the group of reporters who investigated the story.

Keaton stars, as well as Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), Liev Schrieber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Brian D'Arcy. Tom McArthy and John Singer wrote the screenplay and McArthy directs. 

Something to note if you're a TV and movie buff is that McAdams and Schrieber both star in Sunday evening television dramas airing at the moment. Notably, Schrieber's Ray Donovan belongs to a family who find themselves deeply embedded with the Catholic church after suffering abuse at the hands of priests as young boys and facing the consequences throughout their adult lives. It's rather cathartic to see Schrieber get a chance to conquer the church in a meaningful way here!

The film will be released on Nov. 6, 2015.

 

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It Follows Movie Review: This Is What Indie Horror Has Become

I hadn’t watched It Follows until now because, frankly, I had no idea it existed until just the other day. That’s just one downfall of living under a rock and still hoping to find great horror films that have little publicity to begin with – I digress.

If sex before marriage resulted in constant stalking by a non-threateningly slow, yet still somehow terrifying figure, I’m pretty sure everyone would still be doing it. It’s too bad in this case the recipient of the nightmarish virus-being didn’t know that her life would essentially be ruined forever until after making the prurient decision – but I guess that’s always the case with these kinds of things, right? 

Jay Height (Maika Monroe) is a carefree college student living in Michigan, and it’s the classic story of girl meets boy, boy convinces girl to do something before she’s ready, girl winds up with a paranormal creature that’s destined to follow her the rest of her life unless she’s willing to continue the cycle and pass it onward – by sleeping with someone new, how else? So her jerk boyfriend Hugh (Jake Weary) knocks her out with chloroform (no mention of where he got such a controlled substance, of course), ties her up, and shows Jay her grim fate before dropping her off – in her skivvies no less – and leaves town now that the weight is off his shoulders.

Now poor Jay – with the help of her sister and a few friends (all of which are seemingly in love with her, which is significant to show I guess?) – grapples with logic and ethics as she tries to figure out how to pass the sinister torch.

It could look like someone you know or it could be a stranger in a crowd. Whatever helps it get close to you.

Huge

In this glaringly indie film, there’s promiscuous sex, slow-burning and well planned out fear, and surprisingly great acting coming from this relatively green cast list. The cinematography is phenomenal, which probably serves to cover the fact that nothing really happens, although that isn’t always a bad thing. It works well in stories like The Babadookwhere the development of plot and characters is entirely more important for the scare-factor than the monster figure anyway, who is an ancillary specter at its best.  

With It Follows, the main character’s innocence is all but drained, and the comparison of her doom to the continued normal lives of her friends (not the one Jay sleeps with though, It gets him, and resumes its pursuit of her again almost just as immediately) becomes an overarching theme. Her apparently less attractive, less liked sister and their sea shell reading friend are in the background as clear support characters, and it winds up being secondary character Paul (Keir Gilchrist) that evolves beside Jay. 

It’s true what they say; love is blind, and it has the power to make us do very, very stupid things. 

Pleasantly lit, seemingly safe suburban environments turn sinister in this slow-burn type of horror film that doesn’t crutch itself on cheap scares and overabundant gore, and because of that it’s the psyche thriller type that really lasts. Just as we start to believe things are ok – really let our hair down – BAM, the arcane form is back again, not necessarily doing anything but being all the more terrifying because of it.

And as soon as I thought I’d figured everything out, I realize maybe there was no figuring it out. For instance, is it really the rule that sex passes the mystery-thing? The only way we know this is because Hugh says it to Jay (after assault and battery, but whatever), but are we sure he has the whole story?

That’s what I liked about It Follows. It’s an original idea that doesn’t take itself too seriously. What’s so horrific about it is that you don’t know what’s so horrific about it. It doesn’t hold your hand and tell you its evil plan, it just follows you, an insidious – often really gross looking – entity. And slowly, but surely, when you’re alone in the dark or casually lounging on the beach, it’ll get you. Somehow, someway, It’s always following.

And the most terrible agony may not be in the wounds themselves but in knowing for certain that within an hour, then within 10 minutes, then within half a minute, now at this very instant — your soul will leave your body and you will no longer be a person, and that this is certain. The worst thing is that it is certain.

Yara