Finally after months of anticipation and sitting through rounds of film festivals around the globe, Oscar-winner Steven Spielberg‘s (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan) new Cold-War drama Bridge of Spies is opening on big screens across the country this week. Starring Spielberg-regular Tom Hanks (Catch Me If You Can, Forrest Gump) in the lead role, the film focuses on James B. Donovan, an attorney who was sent to Soviet Russia by the CIA in order to negotiate the release of suspected U-2 Spy Plane pilot Francis G. Powers. The script was originally penned by screenwriter Matt Charman, but was then re-worked by Oscar-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (Oh Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country For Old Men) before Spielberg began the process of principle photography. Also starring in the film are actors Mark Rylance (The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous), Domenick Lombardozzi (Phone Booth, The Wire), Victor Verhaeghe (August Rush, The Wolf of Wall Street), Alan Alda (MASH, The Aviator), and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone, Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), with Austin Stowell (Behind the Candelabra, Whiplash) starring as Powell. This will be Spielberg’s first directorial project since 2012’s Lincoln, which earned the director two Oscar-nods for Best Director and Best Picture. Look for Bridge of Spies in theaters this Friday. The trailer is available here on MADE.
A new drama from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight) titled The Walk is opening in theaters Friday, October 9th. The film is based on the 2008 documentary Man on Wire by director James Marsh, an adaptation of Philippe Petit‘s novel, which chronicles Petit’s illegal tightrope walk across the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Petit’s successful endeavor came to be referred to as “the artistic crime of the century”, and years later Man on Wire would receive an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2009. The new film by Zemeckis is in the form of an actual drama, and stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) as Petit, with Charlotte Le Bon (Mood Indigo, The Hundred-Foot Journey), James Badge Dale (The Departed, Flight), and Oscar-winner Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Shutter Island) in the supporting cast. Zemeckis and screenwriter Christopher Browne (Pupil, Operation Barn Owl) adapted the script from Petit’s novel To Reach The Clouds. From the looks of the trailer it looks pretty suspenseful, but also loaded with more CGI than I would have expected. But Gordon-Levitt does seem to pull off a decent French accent and we are talking about a Zemeckis picture here, it will likely turn out better than we’re all expecting! Additional information on this new film can be found at the link below. Enjoy!
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.