Certainly a hit or miss director, and still kind of an auteur in his own right. A subdued Michael Bay. A smarter Michael Bay some may say. Others may say Michael Bay with a little help from Paul Greengrass. Whichever it is, Peter Berg is kind of making a niche for himself with these American Hero tragedies. While certainly in the realm of patriotic, they aren’t generally over-the-top ra-ra America stuff. It’s in there, but it’s much more subtle than say a Clint Eastwood might do it.
He takes “actiony” disasters and makes them watchable. More than watchable actually. Entertaining. Well written. Deepwater Horizon was probably the best “explosions and stuff” summer blockbuster we got – and it was released in September!
Having said all that, his newest film is actually called Patriots Day and features waving flags quite prominently. Although, I suppose that’s just the nature of the event that took place on April 15, 2013, in which two bombs rocked the Boston Marathon killing three and wounding scores more. The Boston Police were generally regarded as doing their job well and handling the situation as best as it could have been.
That’s probably because Mark Wahlberg was on duty that day…
The poster for Deepwater Horizon was really cool. And I think the one-sheet for this movie is pretty awesome as well. At first I thought it was just the American Flag in tatters, but upon closer inspection, it’s shoe laces. Well played marketing team!
Festival season has officially landed in Vancouver with the kick-off of the Vancouver International Film Festival last week.
As has become tradition, I’m ((@themarina) joined for our first dispatch from the festival by Bill Harris (@soundjam69) who is now also part of a really awesome podcast we’ve talked about in the past Green Screen of Death.
The intent was for this to be posted yesterday so it’s already a day late however, most of the discussion is still relevant as some of these movies are screening again over the next week + left of the festival, and because talking about movies just never really gets old.
We’ll be coming at you with another dispatch after the weekend of heavy movie watching but until then, be sure to follow-us on twitter, follow the festival hashtag #VIFF and check out the festival website for screening information.
Welcome LOW BUDGET HORROR month here at AFTER THE HYPE. We’ve got some episodes for you this month so stick around! This week we’re talking the Found Footage film PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which really pushed the genre forward. Christopher Ortiz joins us yet again, and like always kills it during our breakdown. There’s a lot here so put down your pro-sumer camera and start listening!
Let the Oscar-bait commence! Actually, that is probably not fair to apply that in a derogatory way to Pablo Larraín’s bio-pic of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and the near-mythic ‘Camelot’ period of the United States of America (a term Onassis herself coined). The Chilean director’s previous Tony Manero and The Club are far from the usual trophy middle-brow. Indeed, in the trailer below, there is a Malick-esque kind of cinematography going on, and a far more challenging approach to the subject matter than one might expect. I now regret not using my TIFF ticket to see this. Either way, the film is getting a release this December.
A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, and placing us in her world during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband’s legacy and the world of “Camelot” that they created and loved so well.
Beautifully shot, languid, haunting, esoteric, and cold. All of these things can be said of Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s latest film, Évolution. The same could be said of her first feature, Innocence, which was about a boarding school for girls. Her latest, coming more than a decade later, is about a strange ‘school’ for boys, but considering the somewhat spoiler-y nature of the trailer below, it’s not really a school in the case, more of a clinic (and it’s not really that either). Some very impressive body horror and formal cinematography abound in this one; both gorgeous shots of the seaside, and what lies beneath.
10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys. In a hospital overlooking the ocean, all the boys are subjected to a mysterious medical treatment. Only Nicolas questions what is happening around him. He senses that his mother is lying to him, and is determined to find out what she does with the other women at night, on the beach… What he discovers is the beginning of a nightmare into which he is helplessly drawn.
Fun Fact: Lucile Hadzihalilovic is married to Gaspar Noe, and their cinema complements each other in interesting ways, she is the yin to his yang, but she is also the better filmmaker.
Joachim Rønning, the Norwegian director of Kon-Tiki and Max Manus has been brought in to make another Pirates of The Caribbean movie for Disney, of which you can find the teaser trailer below. As noted in the recent episode of Mamo!, there is no actual Johnny Depp in the trailer, even though the actor remains top billed in the venerable franchise. Instead you are treated to a black blood spewing Javier Bardem, monologue-ing effectively to a very good Orlando Bloom look-alike.
We’re finally wrapping up our DePalma summer retrospective with what Film Junk readers have deemed the best Brian DePalma film that ever was, the iconic Scarface. Pacino and Loggia whoop-ah it up to eleven as they take over the Miami, gangster underworld. Is that enough to warrant a three hour run time? Can they carry us all the way to the finish? Kurt and Andrew investigate. From there, we travel a few hundred clicks to the west where the deepest oil well in history blowed-up real good with Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich aboard! Deepwater Horizon was a good time for those of us that got to witness it years later with a large 7-Up and hot, buttered popcorn in our lap. Do you concur? Lasty, Kurt revisits the original Star Trek Motion Picture on the big screen which turned out to be quite delightful and Andrew hopes for another positive showing from Woody Allen in a revisit of Vicky Christina Barcelona. Say hello to your little friend: The Cinecast!
As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!
Opening titles, in the words of the master Saul Bass, “create a climate for the story to unfold.” In other words, they set the mood, and they are pretty damn important to stick at the goddam front of the film (with a few exceptions). Video essayist, The Nerdwriter says this in a more polite fashion that I am wont to do in this video essay.