Friday One Sheet: Complete Unknown

An esoteric, but interesting poster for the new Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon starring picture. When one considers this is the story of a woman who re-invents herself often (note the tagline: “You Are Who You Say You Are”), then the butterfly imagery, along with the play of shadows which compose noew shapes, makes a lot of sense. Whether or not one can figure this out without knowing anything about the movie is less important than that it is eye-catchingly different than most movie posters out there, and in a crowded multiplex lobby, this matters. It is also worth noting that Complete Unknown is the latest feature film from Joshua Marston, who made Maria Full of Grace to much acclaim, back in 2004.

Trailer: The Light Between Oceans

Derek Cianfrance has quite a number of fans in these parts, particularly for his break-out arthouse hit, Blue Valentine and his more complex, if flawed, followup, The Place Beyond the Pines. His films aim for a kind of heightened misery at the cause of circumstance, and how his characters tackle these emotional challenges.

In adapting M.L. Steadman’s book, The Light Between Oceans he looks to continue in this vein. The story of a couple, played by Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, who find a baby girl washed up to their lighthouse home, only to discover many years down the road, the mother of the child, played here by Rachel Weisz continuing her phase of crying a lot on screen (see also, The Lobster and Youth, shows up and forces a dilemma on the non-biological parents who have raised the child for 4 years or more.

The gorgeous cinematography and camerawork here (see trailer below) by Adam Arkapaw (True Detective, Macbeth, Animal Kingdom) looks very much in the style of Emmanuel Lubezki, that I hereby will be referring this film henceforth to, The Tree of Strife.

The film comes out in September 2016.

Trailer: The Lobster

After a long lap around the festival circuit, from Cannes to TIFF and beyond and commercial releases in most of Europe at this point, The Lobster, the latest bit of satiric weirdness from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) nears its domestic release on this side of the pond. And thus, a new trailer, which should be quite familiar to those who remember the previous trailers, only this one has more Olivia Colman which is always a good thing.

For the uninitiated, The Lobster is Lanthimos’ internationally star-studded English language crossover, and features Colin Farrell as a lonely man who goes to a specialized singles resort to find love, at the risk of being transformed into an animal, if coupling is unsuccessful. There he meets several men and women in the same predicament, including John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Angeliki Papoulia and Léa Seydoux. Things come to a head with the boutique hotel after he runs away with Rachel Weisz.

Cinecast Episode 411 – We Wanna See The Business

Despite seeing nearly 100 films combined at TIFF 2015, Ryan from The Matinee and Kurt indulge Andrew by getting out to the multiplex to see the latest Johnny Depp performance, as James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. We have a spoiler discussion on that, but needless to say, no one was overly pleased with Andrew for suggesting it. Kurt and Ryan attempt to wrassle TIFF to the ground after 11 days of shared screenings and food. They, in part, hash out the bests, the beasts and the worsts (or in the cast of Love 3D, the wurst) of some of the films on hand.

But wait, there is more.

Ryan and Andrew have a Watch List which includes re-evaluated Spielberg, various Afflecks and a new-ish film starring Matthew Broderick. Hunker down with your favorite blankie, take out your blue contact lenses, and settle in for the show!

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!




Would you like to know more…?

Trailer: The Lobster

Turbo Kid

Delightlfully unorthodox, and gorgeous to boot, Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’ english language debut, The Lobster, gets a new trailer in which Colin Farrell’s pants are too tight, he flirts with Rachel Weisz and he walks his brother around on a leash. All of this deadpan weirdness is perfectly in sync with the music.


Trailer: Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

Paolo Sorrentino has been a darling on the festival circuit in the past few years with both 2008’s Il Divo and 2013’s The Great Beauty. The latter of which walked home with the Best Foreign Language Oscar of that year.

Here he has oldsters, played by Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel ,struggling with retirement (or rather, impending retirement) at a boutique hotel in the Alps. The trailer for his latest, Youth, angles it as both an emotional and a pedantic experience. That sounds about right. Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano and Jane Fonda also star.

The film certainly looks gorgeous, was well received at Cannes, is playing on this side of the pond at TIFF, and opens commercially in December.

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children’s confused lives, Mick’s enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again.

New Bourne Legacy Trailer is compensating for a lack of Jason

I do not expect The Bourne Legacy to be like this, but the advertising really, really, really wants to to know that ‘the new Treadstone guy’ is far superior to the one from the previous three films; in fact he might actually be a superman of sorts, with the CIA scientists (Rachel Weisz) messin’ with his genes. Either way, I am completely sold on this franchise which is sort of a high water mark of American action cinema going so far as to influence how they make the 007 films. Besides, they have gone added a load of new actors (all showcased here in the trailer) while retaining a lot of the previous players. And if memory serves, they are going to integrate some footage from the previous films into this one, (liked they did in The Bourne Ultimatum.) Oh, and Jeremy Renner really, really stomps on a guys head.

Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder” gets an R rating

Formerly the “Untitled Terrence Malick Project” starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet, the film got both its title, To The Wonder, and its MPAA rating, “R” today. Strange title, it feels like directions to Malick’s awesome yet often obtuse filmmaking style (“This way to the wonder folks! Wonder? Wonder!”) It’s certainly not at Cannes, and who knows if it will come out in 2012, 2013 or whenever. Just passing this along, because, well … Terrence Malick.

Oh, in cause you were curious, the R was doled out for nudity.

“To The Wonder is a romantic drama centered on a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart.”

Matt Brown Video Reviews Dream House (*MAJOR SPOILERS*)

Our very fine friends at The Substream are at it again, sending a most articulate Matthew Brown (the bearded-half of MAMO!) to see a terrible movie and then talk about it. Warning folks, he *SPOILS* the heck out of the movie – the A Tale of Two Sisters-esque Dream House – but does it in such an elegant and charming fashion (particular the Naomi Watts call-out) that you kinda sorta want to hug him for saving you the trouble. Check the review below. And listen to his “Watch This Instead” advice…Although, I have got to say, that I actually kinda dig Eye of the Beholder. Seriously, I am not kidding.

More Malick Already on the Way

The most anticipated film of the year, Terry Malick’s Tree of Life hasn’t even seen the dark of theaters yet and already we’re getting some bits from his next film; an as of yet untitled romance starring Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck. Apparently shooting concluded last week and we’re looking forward to a 2012 release (yeah, I’ll believe that when I see it).

If Affleck / McAdams doesn’t really turn your crank, here’s the rest of the cast which may excite you: Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Barry Pepper Nothing else really to report as details, per usual on a Malick film, are pretty much under wraps. Still, excitement ensues. Check out the first released (Days of Heaven-esque) image of the film below.


Cinecast Episode 177 – Veneer of Terrible

Without the Gamble here to grace us with the newest multi-plex fare and zero interest in anything going on theatrically, Kurt and Andrew got together over a couple of virtual beers and looked at Agora once again with new vigor. There were also some recent DVD screenings to discuss including Kurt’s swan dive into season one of another popular TV show, “Breaking Bad”, and Andrew’s slight reassessment of Rian Johnson’s Brick. And finally(!) the store shelves are seeing a nice selection of newly released movies on video this week including a healthy dose of Blu-ray re-releases which provide enough fodder for a longer than normal walkabout through the weekly DVD picks. All these things and a few nuggets more – hopefully you’re into the whole brevity thing as we are able to keep it under an hour and a half.

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

To download the show directly, paste the following URL into your favorite downloader or right click the link and “save as…”:

ALTERNATIVE (no music track):

Full show notes are under the seats…
Would you like to know more…?