whiplash_teller

Grade: A

Whiplash, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, follows Andrew (Miles Teller) , a young Jazz drummer at a prestigious New York conservatory whose aspirations of grandeur echo those of Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), a feared and fearless instructor. As the later takes on a mentor position, he drags the former into a violent spiral of musical training that spins faster and faster until its grandiose finale. The film impresses on many fronts. Teller and Simmons display unmatched virtuosity and presence. Chazelle hits all the technical marks: every shot is immaculate, every cut justified and this is overall the most effective film-making I have seen all year. But what really sets Whiplash apart is the excitement it ignites within the viewers. Almost a week after the projection, I can still hear the beats, relentless. The tempo gets faster and faster as does your heartbeat, and even though the writing grows out of tune in the final act, you barely hear it, because by that point you are fully entranced.

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interstellar_black hole

As Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar inches towards release date (two weeks away!), the promotional blitz is now in full force; with magazine covers, interviews and early screenings bubbling up the anticipation. One of the unique aspects of this particular sci-fi space adventure is its use of real theoretical astrophysics related to Einstein’s theory of relativity, specifically with black holes and wormholes (via Cal Tech Astrophysicist Kip Thorne’s integral involvement with the film’s story and production). Wired just released an awesome, lengthy piece (including a video) that goes way behind the scenes to reveal just how Thorne’s science influenced Nolan’s visual effects team’s deception of black holes. It’s pretty incredible, take a look after the jump.

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Age Of Ultron

Last night the trailer for The Avengers 2: Age Of Ultron leaked online. The quality of the video wasn’t the best but it was good enough for those who simply couldn’t wait another minute to get a peak of the latest Marvel installment. Shortly after, Marvel saw the leak and basically said “Well we were gonna wait a week but… fuck it. Put it out there.”. Now we have the brand new trailer in HD for your viewing pleasure. Check it out after the jump.

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young_ones_simul

Grade: B

Young Ones, which premiered at Sundance in January and has remained under the radar since, is set in a dystopian version of the American West in which water has long vanished and those who remain struggle to survive, waiting for the rain. That’s exactly what Ernest Holt (Michael Shannon) and his two teenage kids Jerome and Mary (Kodi Smith-McPhee and Elle Fanning) are doing. The latter is dating motorcycle-riding Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), an ambitious young man who starts a cycle of violence and deceit that makes up the core of the film’s plot. The cast is excellent and the music and visuals are striking, but Young Ones is uneven and struggles to find itself. Stuck somewhere between the desolation of Mad Max, the moral stakes of There Will Be Blood, the realism of Neill Blomkamp and the magic of Spielbergian Sci-fi, this little film nonetheless intrigues and leaves you literally thirsty for more.

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Rebels Disney XD

Last Friday Disney premiered the brand new show Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD. It’s the first time audiences got to see Star Wars under the ownership of Disney. Since the purchase of LucasFilm about two years ago, many fans have been worried that under Disney, Star Wars would become “Disneyfied”, that it would be too child-like and unrecognizable to previous fans. Those people are simply wrong, and Star Wars: Rebels is the first of many reason why. Find out why the galaxy far, far away is in good hands after the jump.

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tonyalmeida9

Sort of…

Exclusive to the 24: Live Another Day Blu-ray will be a short featuring the fan favorite character. The short will reveal what Tony has been up to since his last appearance on the series as well as his attempts to get himself out of solitary. I hope this short is a preview for a character arc we will see in the next season of 24. A clip from the short is available here, where we can see the set-up for a possible redemption story for Tony.

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interstellar

Here we go, people. As mentioned in our post from Monday with some new Interstellar TV spots, as promised, is the forth and final trailer that debuted on the film’s YouTube channel earlier today. And man is it epic. This trailer features the most space footage thus far, giving us some more glimpses of Saturn, stars and travel. The biggest difference is the music, which really turns up the intensity up a notch. We’ve also got a cool (brief) behind-the-scenes featurette that showcases the science of renown astrophysicist and Interstellar Executive Producer, Kip Thorne, and how he created custom calculations to help accurately depict the space phenomena that takes place in the film. It’s all pretty amazing stuff. Hit the jump.

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Exodus Gods And Kings

When Christian Bale took the role of Moses for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods And Kings, he rented some really odd flicks to get his head wrapped around the role he was about to play. He rented Monty Python’s Life Of Brian, and History Of The World from Mel Brooks. So why not rent The Ten Commandments featuring Charlton Heston? Because this tale of Moses, is nowhere close to that one. It’s  far more visual and massive. If you don’t believe me, check out the new trailer for Exodus: Of Gods And Kings after the jump.

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interstellar tv spot

With months and months of unabashed secrecy from Paramount and Warner Bros. for Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar, it’s kind of crazy to see the massive marketing push reveal so much in just a few days. Just this past week Interstellar graced the cover of Empire’s September issue.  Then a sweet interactive game allowed you to customize your own solar system. Then reactions from secret screenings began the groundswell of Oscar buzz. Now, thanks to some savvy folks in the Nolan Fans forums, we have a slew of new TV spots that aired over the weekend; one extended look during an Australian sporting event, and in the States during last night’s Sunday Night Football game and the Family Guy season premiere. Needless to say, we’re now in the full-on marketing blitz for Interstellar and it’s damn exciting. Hit the jump.

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the interview_seth rogen_james franco

It’s been a while since the initial teaser trailer for The Interview caused an international raucous. You know, the movie where Seth Rogen and James Franco get hired by the CIA to assassinate North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un? Yeah, that one. It looks hilarious. Rogen and Franco have proven to be a dynamic comedic duo, along with Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg; churning out some classic R-rated raunch over the last few years (Pineapple Express, This Is The End). Let’s hope they keep the quality streak alive. And with a premise like this, I don’t see how they can’t. Hit the jump.

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