Director Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Rango) has teamed up once again with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli (Rock of Ages, Pete’s Dragon) for a new thriller titled A Cure for Wellness. The story follows a young business executive who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO from a mysterious wellness center isolated in the Swiss Alps and comes to suspect that the center, although renowned for its miraculous (if not unconventional) treatments, is not all it’s made out to be. Leading the cast are actors Dane DeHaan (Lawless, Kill Your Darlings), Jason Issacs (The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix), Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac: Volume II, Everest), Ivo Nandi (Sons of Anarchy, Boardwalk Empire), Adrian Schiller (Bright Star, The Danish Girl), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), and Harry Groener (Patch Adams, Road to Perdition). Continue reading →
William Monahan (The Departed, Body of Lies) is taking his second jab at directing his own script with a new thriller called Mojave. Starring Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Garret Hedlund (Four Brothers, Tron: Legacy), the film follows a rich, suicidal artist as he ventures into the Mojave Desert, only to encounter his doppelganger: a homicidal drifter. Appearing in the supporting cast are actors Walton Goggins (Shield, Sons of Anarchy), Mark Wahlberg (The Fighter, Lone Survivor), Dania Ramirez (X-Men: The Last Stand, American Reunion), and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Red State). Monahan’s last writing/directing project was a film called London Boulevard in 2010, but since The Departed opened in theaters in 2004 the writer has really failed to attain a solid following in terms of highly popular projects, like Edge of Darkness (2010) and the remake of The Gambler in 2014. The trailer does look pretty wild, though, making the film read more like a modern Western thriller with a plot of cat and mouse cowboys. Hopefully it will be enough to get Monahan back on the Oscar-worthy list, but we’ll see. The trailer is here on MADE. Enjoy!
Several limited releases will be available in select theaters this week.
1. The Benefactor
First on the list is a new drama titled The Benefactor with Richard Gere (Unfaithful, Chicago), Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Twilight Saga: New Moon), and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening, Insurgent) about a philanthropist who construes the lives of young couples in an attempt to relive his past. This will be the first feature-length film by writer/director Andrew Renzi (Karaoke!, Fishtail), who is also lined up to write an upcoming biographical film on Janis Joplin. Continue reading →
The truth is still out there! Fans of one of the most successful science-fiction series in history, The X-Files, can rejoice. Original writer/creator Chris Carter is bringing the series back to Fox for a 6-episode season that will air on January 24th. Returning from the original series are actors David Duchovny (Evolution, Californication) and Gillian Anderson (The Last King of Scotland, Closure) as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, with supporting cast members Mitch Pileggi (Basic Instinct, Sons of Anarchy) and William B. Davis (Numb, The Messengers) returning to reprise their roles as Walter Skinner and the ‘Smoking Man,’ respectively. This will be the first installation in the series since 2008’s The X-Files: I Want To Believe feature-length film, which found Mulder and Scully years after the show’s conclusion after the two had gone into hiding. Other cast members appearing in the new mini-series are Joel McHale (Community, Ted) and Robbie Amell (The Tomorrow People, Max). It is not yet clear whether or not there will be pending additional seasons after this one, but it has been labeled a ‘reboot’ season, so maybe there will be more X-Files in the near future. The original X-Files series is available on Netflix, so if you want to do some refreshing, consider watching some of the more important episodes. You can find a list of these on Wikipedia, and remember the first film takes place between seasons 5 and 6. Stay tuned.
After the limited release that took place on Christmas Day, writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is now playing in theaters nationwide. Starring Samuel L. Jackson (Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Avengers) Kurt Russell (The Thing, Escape from New York), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road to Perdition, The Machinist), Walton Goggins (The Green Mile, Sons of Anarchy), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), Michael Madsen (Free Willy, Kill Bill Vol. 2), and Bruce Dern (Django Unchained ,Nebraska), the film takes place in post Civil War Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters become trapped in a lodge during a snow storm and end up having to survive both the storm, and each other. Tarantino worked with Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone (The Good The Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon A Time in the West) on the new project, Morricone’s first Western film score since the mid-70s, making Hateful Eight the first film of Tarantino’s to feature an all-out theatrical score and not simply a soundtrack. Those that were lucky enough to catch it in theaters last week have reported nothing but great reviews, so even if you’re not a Tarantino or Western-genre fan, I would definitely put this one on your list. The trailer is available one more time on MADE. Enjoy!
Now that the Star Wars bubble has burst, it’s time to look forward to this week’s Christmas Day releases. The first up is one we’ve been waiting for since last Christmas, when a version of the script was leaked and writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) was urged to file a lawsuit over the incident. The Hateful Eight is the eighth writing/directing project from Tarantino and is another Western outing that takes place in post-Civil War Wyoming, where a group of bounty hunters are forced to seek shelter from a blizzard, only to find themselves in a game of betrayal and deception. This time out, Tarantino’s stylistic approach to filmmaking will be backed by a full score from Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone, whose last Western-film score went to 1975’s A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot, but he is more famously known in the Western genre for his contributions to films like A Fistful of Dollars (1964), The Good The Bad and the Ugly (1966), and Once Upon A Time in the West (1968). Continue reading →
A new biopic from Oscar-winning director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond, Love & Other Drugs), titled Pawn Sacrifice, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The script was penned by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Locke, The Hundred-Foot Journey), and follows the life of American Chess champion Bobby Fischer as he prepares to face-off against the reigning Russian champion Boris Spassky. Starring in the film are actors Toby MacGuire (Spider-Man, Seabuscuit), Liev Schreiber (Scream, The Painted Veil), Robin Weigert (The Good German, Sons of Anarchy), Lily Rabe (No Reservations, All Good Things), and Peter Sarsgaard (Flightplan, Jarhead). The film is expected to be mainly a character study, but the match that the story is based on took place in 1972 during the height of the Cold War, which, all together, should make for a pretty impressive watch. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
Stepping away from the overdone comic-book genre that seems to be dominating big screens these days, a new film titled Sicario from Prisoners and Enemy director Denis Villeneuve will be opening in theaters this fall. The script comes from actor-turned-screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (White Rush, Sons of Anarchy) and centers upon an FBI agent who is recruited by a government task force to aid in the ongoing drug war happening at the US/Mexican border. Starring in the leading roles are actors Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau, Edge of Tomorrow), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black 3), and Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Traffic), with Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jeffery Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling) and Victor Garber (Titanic, Argo) also appearing in the supporting cast. The film received very positive reviews and an Official Selection nod at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and will be open in theaters nationwide this September 18th, a pretty solid contender for Scott Cooper’s Black Mass with Johnny Depp, which opens the same weekend, so mark your calendars! The trailer is available here on MADE.
Yesterday writer/director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained) released the first trailer for his upcoming western The Hateful Eight. The film is credited as Tarantino’s eighth film and as many of you know has already undergone its fair share of controversy. The initial screenplay was leaked to the public on Gawker earlier this year and Tarantino’s filing a lawsuit against them was highly publicized in the press (to his own dismay). But since then the director has completed his final written script and with filming complete, he appeared at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego to showcase the movie with a whole 7-minute clip and a discussion about shooting on 70mm film instead of conforming to the film industry’s shift to digital filmmaking, which he has stated may drive him to leave filmmaking altogether (but nothing is yet set in stone). As for the new movie, it will stand as Tarantino’s second venture into the Western genre and this time will even feature a score (the first of his films to do so) by composer Ennio Morricone, who first achieved fame as a composer for westerns on legendary director Sergio Leone‘s A Fistful of Dollars and The Good The Bad and The Ugly. Making up the cast for Hateful Eight include Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson (Jackie Brown, Django Unchained), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), and Michael Madsen (Kill Bill Vol. 1-2), plus actors Kurt Russell (Escape From New York, Death Proof), Walton Goggins (Miracle at St. Anna’s, Sons of Anarchy), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Road to Perdition, The Machinist), Zoe Bell (Grindhouse, Inglorious Basterds), and Oscar-nominee Bruce Dern (Monster, Nebraska). You can see the new trailer here on MADE. The Hateful Eight will be opening on big screens nationwide January 8, 2016, with a limited release happening this Christmas Day. Stay tuned!
On July 28th, 1995, director Larry Clark‘s eye-opening drama Kids opened in theaters, and not without a storm of controversy. Following a group of teenagers living in New York City, the film paints a vivid portrait of their day-to-day activities, namely smoking weed, drinking, fucking with people, and then fucking each other (unprotected, of course). The movie was given an MC-17 rating for theatrical release, but an unrated version was later released for home video. The rating, however, was only one part of the controversy surrounding the film. Kids also received outraged accusations of child pornography and obscenity, and was a heated subject on major news outlets including CNN and Newsweek, although some critics and sociologists did come forth to protect the film’s merit as a wake-up call to the reality of modern life for teenagers in an urban setting. Kids was the first film by director Clark (Bully, Ken Park) and also the first film for screenwriter Harmony Korine (Gummo, Mister Lonely). It also introduced several stars to Hollywood including Leo Fitzpatrick (The Wire, Sons of Anarchy), Rosario Dawson (Clerks, Sin City), and Oscar-nominee Chloe Sevigny (American Psycho, Zodiac). You can still find copies of the DVD release in some smaller movie stores and there are likely bootleg versions online, but if you haven’t seen it you should be prepared going in. Regardless of the artistic merit of the movie, it is very graphic and was rated NC-17 for a reason. You can see one of the original theatrical trailers from 1995 here on MADE.