Mixing genres never works, especially surrealist comedy and character-based drama. Indie filmmakers often try it, and the seesaw of quirk and forced pathos is what makes people roll their eyes and wish for "a real movie." But once in a while it does work - and when it does, as with Lenny Abrahamson's 'Frank,' the result is something of a miracle.
'Frank,' co-written by Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy') and Jon Ronson (the journalist/author of 'The Men Who Stare at Goats' and 'The Psychopath Test') and starring Domnhall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy and, wearing that ridiculous papier-mache head, Michael Fassbender, is a readymade cult classic.
While 'Star Wars: Episode 7' has been gearing up for production, plenty of names have been rumored to have taken meetings with J.J. Abrams for roles in the upcoming trilogy. Now comes word of three actors whom Abrams has been eyeing for a possible leading role: Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and 'Girls' star Adam Driver. And we've also got some details on Abrams' reworked script, which is said to focus more heavily on Luke, Leia, and Han.
20th Century Fox and director Bryan Singer are still keeping details on 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' the recently announced sequel to 'Days of Future Past,' under wraps, but potential details have been leaking out. The biggest question on many fans' minds is, how will the sequel build off of 'Days of Future Past'? As of now, it looks like that will happen via the post-credits scene, which has been revealed in its entirety.
This past week saw the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an event that has left many still pondering what really happened at Dealey Plaza, and if Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. The latest conspiracy theory is completely fictional, but believable in its way: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' character Magneto (Michael Fassbender) caused the bullets to behave as they did.
Almost 20 years ago, 'The Usual Suspects' hit theaters and stunned audiences, turning Kevin Spacey into an Oscar-winning actor and Bryan Singer into an A-list director. But, what if he had to do it all over again?
Responding to a fan's question on Twitter, Singer revealed that if he had to cast a 'Usual Suspects' remake in 2013, this is who he'd want for the iconic roles.
It was only Thursday that Fox announced the first 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer will drop online this coming Tuesday, October 29, and now we have more of a preview than just a six-second-long teaser. Get a load of the new photos, featuring the ultimate mutant team-up.
Ridley Scott's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's original screenplay starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, et. al. is one frustrating movie. At its very best – if you buckle down and really work to piece together the nearly inscrutable plot – you aren't going to come away with much. “Crime doesn't pay,” is the gist of it.
Director Steve McQueen ('Hunger,' 'Shame') is ready to unleash his third film, '12 Years a Slave,' in theaters tomorrow, and you'll be able to see what critics are calling a spectacular, but hard-to-watch film. Just to give you a taste of what's in store, Fox Searchlight has released a batch of clips, showcasing its variety of acting talent.
It would be a lot easier if you could say, "it's just a movie." The sickening thing, the thing that may make it difficult to convince you to buy a ticket, is the opening card that reads, "based on a true story." But facing the cruelty of America's original sin is what '12 Years a Slave' is all about. That's what Solomon Northup did.
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