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.
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it looks as though Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass will be returning for the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise. This is big news considering Greengrass has adamantly stated since the release of The Bourne Ultimatum that he would not make another Bourne film as he believed the story was complete. Damon also came out saying that he would not do another Bourne film without Greengrass at the helm, so the likelihood of the duo pairing up for another sequel in the franchise seemed like a pipe dream. That is until now.
It’s not everyday that two major blockbusters that have absolutely nothing to do with each other go back and forth in a Twitter battle. But for Zach Snyder (Batman VS Superman: Dawn Of Justice) and the good folks at Bad Robot (Star Wars Episode VII) finding ways of mixing the two franchises has been a lot of fun. But Bad Robot may have taken the cake after the latest entry. Check out how after the jump.
We’ve seen three trailers and a slew of coy interviews with cast members, but only a couple of underwhelming posters for Christopher Nolan’s Interestellar. Today, however, Empire unveiled their upcoming September issue cover featuring Matthew McConaughey walking on the mysterious ice planet featured in the latest trailer. I feel like this should have been released months ago, but hey, it’s something. Check out the poster and the cover after the break.
Fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones will have to go “Hodor”-less for the upcoming fifth season of the acclaimed fantasy series. The actors playing both Bran (Isaac Wright) and Hodor (Kristian Nairn) will be going on a one-year hiatus from the series. The duo will definitely return when the sixth season airs, but what is going to happen as a result of abandoning a major story thread for an entire season is a major question that begs to be asked.
For months there has been very heavy speculation about who Dwyane Johnson will play in the DC Universe. Everything from Green Lantern to Shazam was in play for the superstar to play, but we had no official word until this week. Hit the jump to see who The Rock will be playing.
As Interstellar’s November release approaches, we will be showered with Christopher Nolan interviews on the making of his new space epic. In the mean time, though, it’s kinda fun to take a look back at the film that started it all, his 1999 uber-low budget psychological thriller, Following. VICE and The Criterion Collection have graced the internet with a fascinating 26-minute interview with Nolan, all about the making of Following. For any aspiring filmmaker or Nolan fan, it’s definitely a must-see. Hit the jump.
The story being told more and more often is that we live in a Golden Age of Television. Hollywood stars like Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey and Matthew McConaughey are now doing television work, unashamedly, and the level of writing and production being proposed on the small screen is unprecedented. You might think this means competition is tough and all those amazing shows battle to the death in a tight race, but it isn’t so. Like at the Oscars, which they love to mock while becoming exactly like them, consensus reigns at the Emmys. Breaking Bad won its second Outstanding Drama award, Bryan Cranston won his fourth Lead Actor award, so did Jim Parsons; Julia Louis-Dreyfus won her third in a row and Julianna Margulies her second overall; and Modern Family won a baffling fifth consecutive Outstanding Comedy award. In some cases, this was absolutely deserved, in others perhaps less so. Let’s take a look at the other winners and think about what yesterday’s ceremony tells us about television.
Michael Bay is mostly ripped on for his gratious use of explosions in his films, which has led to many parodies online and off. My buddy Jeff sent me one a couple days ago and it’s pretty good, simply for the absurd contrast with the gleeful innocence of a Pixar film. The parody is titled What If Michael Bay Directed ‘Up’? and it pretty much explains itself. Check it out after the break.