The 67th Berlin Film Festival, better known as Berlinale, kicks off each year shortly after the Sundance Film Festival ends, and continues with an impressive line-up of independent films, ranging from comedy to drama and even science fiction. This year the festival closed with the premiere of James Mangold‘s R-rated comic entry Logan, which will see the last outing of Hugh Jackman as the immortal and tormented Wolverine, opposite Patrick Stewart reprising the role of Professor Charles Xavier. In addition, director Danny Boyle‘s long-anticipated follow-up to Trainspotting also debuted at the festival, and saw the original cast return for a look at how the characters are dealing with the realities of life 20-years after the drug-induced original. The festival also played host to a solid line-up of independent films. Unfortunately we’re not able to afford the trip (or take the time off) to make it to Berlin for the 10-day celebration, so this all based on reviews and speculation, but here are just a few noteworthy entries we figured were worth mentioning… Continue reading →
Having already been screened at the Berlin and Venice film festivals earlier this year, director Lars von Trier is prepping his new five and a half hour Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac at Fantastic Fest later this month. The Oscar-nominated director released the film in two parts this year (Volumes 1 and 2) and while the two films together run a total of about 4 hours, Trier has added even more uncut footage for the 5.5-hour cut. Volumes 1 and 2 are currently available on Netflix, but is scheduled to hit shelves on VOD this October 2nd. Nymphomaniac follows the story of a woman named Joe who recounts the details of her almost countless explicit and sexual experiences with men since she was a teenager to Seligman, who finds her beaten in an ally in the opening of the film, with Volume 2 drawing on more details from Volume 1 as Joe comes into adulthood. The film is helmed by Charlotte
Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Willam Dafoe and Uma Thurman. If you feel you can muster a five and half hour movie in one sitting (pending an intermission), definitely check it out on the festival scene, or you can wait for the VOD release or go in Netflix and split it in half. Whatever floats your boat really, but it’s definitely worth the watch.
Christoph Waltz has stolen the screen with his last two collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino. His roles in Inglorious Bastards (2009) and Django Unchained (2012) earned him the Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in both films. Now the actor is in talks with Warner Bros. to take the villain role in the upcoming Tarzan adaptation from director David Yates (Harry Potter). The film had originally been scratched due to budget issues, but with Waltz as a potential villain and Alexander Skarsgard on board to play Tarzan, the film may end up happening! Although there is no one on board to play Jane, the plot may revolve around a civilized Tarzan returning to the Congo on a mission to save the jungle from a mine owner, who Waltz is most likely set to play as the character is also a warlord. The project has yet to get an official green-light, and because it had originally been scratched, it’s unclear whether or not David Yates is still connected with the film, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.