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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those who didn’t know, there is another 1990′s television show that will be getting a blockbuster reboot. Saban’s Mighty Morphing Power Rangers is currently being prepared for a July 22nd 2016 release date. Even though it’s being written by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, who also wrote Thor and X-Men: First Class, the new flick has already lost it’s director. Get more info after the jump.
My lovely girlfriend Jalisa turned me on to this inspiring local Minnesota film story that I felt compelled to share with Movie Mash readers. Jalisa’s college friend Jon Sedah is a filmmaker whose looking to share the journey of his father, Sohrab, with the world, with the help of the Kickstarter community. The film project, Send Dad Home, aims to raise money to help Sohrab go back to his home country of Iran, which he hasn’t been able to return in over 42 years, due to a number of unfortunate circumstances. It’s a pretty cool story, hit the break for more.
Note: The film is being released in different versions, notably ‘Him,’ ‘Her’ and ‘Them,’ which combines the first two into a single 2-hour film. This review is for ‘Them.’
Immediately after the end credits of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby appeared on the screen, I found myself thinking back to its very first scene. The film opens with Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Connor (James McAvoy) at the restaurant. They’re about to leave without paying, run as fast as they can, and laugh and kiss about it. It is not an original moment, I have seen this many times at the movies, but it is well acted and it is exciting. I needed to remind myself that it happened because two hours later, it all had seemed to fade away: the joy, the thrill, the love. That first scene was a flash-back showing us the beginnings. The present of the film is much different. Tragedy has struck the married couple who is left trying to put the pieces back together, each on their own. This, I believe, is the film’s ambition: understanding how broken people can move on, if they can at all. Chastain and McAvoy are glowing with talent and finesse. New director Ned Benson follows them delicately in a stylish, shallow-depth-of-field fashion. The result is an intelligent, rarely interested drama that puts its audience directly in the shoes of two lost souls, as beautiful or demanding as that proves to be.