You know the old saying about how it’s an honor just being nominated? It is. An Academy Award nomination is a win no matter the final outcome on Oscar night. For one thing, it guarantees a major boost in profile and an upgrade in the caliber of roles an actor gets offered. There’s no way, for example, that any Oscar nominee will accept the sorts of roles you’re about to see below.
There are the sequels that the public demands, usually framed up in the final scene of their preceding installment, often by an eyepatch-clad Samuel L. Jackson. There are the sequels that are foisted upon us — who could have asked for The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature, which is a very real film? But the greatest sequel of all is the sequel we never even knew we wanted, your Magic Mike XXLs, your Mad Max: Fury Roads. So while it’s doubtful that legions of David Cronenberg superfans were demanding a follow-up to his 2007 gangster drama Eastern Promises, that may be what we’re getting anyway, and aren‘t we all the better for it?
Having already won raves at Sundance and secured a slot in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section, Captain Fantastic will arrive this summer with a stellar pedigree. But movies have a funny way of playing a little differently in America’s neighborhood cineplexes than in huge auditoriums in France...
The beginning of writer, director Matt Ross’ ‘Captain Fantastic’ feels like both a naturalistic utopia and a cult of dangerous ideas. Bodevan (George McKay), the eldest of Ben Cash’s (Viggo Mortensen) six children, hides in the woods in camouflage as he waits to attack a deer. After the slaughter, Ben smears the animal’s blood across his son’s face and offers him the heart consume. This is the Cash family’s version of a Bar Mitzvah, Bodevan’s rite of passage into manhood.
Director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon are reuniting for the upcoming fifth Bourne film, and they’re bringing a familiar face with them. Julia Stiles, who appeared in the first three Bourne films as CIA agent Nicky Parsons, has signed on to reprise her role for the fifth. In addition, Universal also has their sights set on Viggo Mortensen to play the villain in the upcoming sequel.