Trailer: Sabotage Redband


For most, the draw of the upcoming Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage is the man himself but for more discerning types, the real attraction of Arnie’s new movie is writer/director David Ayer, the man behind Harsh Times and End of Watch. I must also admit that the fact that Mireille Enos is found in the mix of a movie that seems fully loaded with testosterone really makes me glee with joy.

Schwarzenegger is the head of a DEA task force who is being targeted after they take down a cartel safe house. And when the bad guys kidnap Arnie’s family, the Governator loses his shit. Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway and Olivia Williams also star.

It’s basically the high octane law enforcement dramas Ayer is best known for – on crack.

Sabotage opens March 28th.

Trailer: Prisoners (aka WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER.)

Ratcheting up tension of police procedural and parental vigilantism, the phrase “Where’s. My Daughter.” threatens to become an internet meme with Hugh Jackman’s delivery in Prisoners. Joking aside, I believe that this film is worth a look for it’s wonderful cast: Along with Jackman, there is Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo. More importantly, helming the picture is Denis Villeneuve, director of the exceptional Incendies, as well as a lengthy resume of challenging Canadian dramas (his school shooting flick Polytechnique is both haunting and experimental.) This being a larger studio picture (with Roger Deakins shooting it) the drama looks a tad bit over-baked. Couple that with with Gyllenhaal as lead investigator, this is a far cry from Zodiac 2; but that may just be the trailer talking. I cannot wait to see this one in September, expect it to play at TIFF in conjunction with its commercial release.

Video Review: Dead Man Down

Andrew called this out earlier, praising the directorial excess and the nice cast (Noomi Raapace, Colin Farrell, Isabelle Huppert, Terrence Howard) as one of the hidden gems to look for in this dour spring moviegoing season, but he was only going by the trailer. Now, Mamo!’s Matt Price has seen the film, and video reviews Niels Arden Oplev’s stylish action thriller, Dead Man Down; heaping it with praise in, exactly that, good direction. And as a part of The Substream‘s Watch This Instead (WTI) format he goes on recommends an even more stylish action thriller to accompany it. We’re on the same page today, Mr. Price.

Trailer: The Company You Keep

Outside the Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford is kind of a cottage industry for earnest political tinged thrillers. The Company You Keep is indeed one of these, focusing on the trials and tribulations (and family) of two Weather Underground members. It came and went without a peep at the 2012 edition of TIFF.





Robert Redford, Julie Christie, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Terrence Howard, Richard Jenkins, Shia LaBeouf, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, and Stanley Tucci.

Furthermore, it’s penned by Lem Dobbs (The Limey) and scored by Cliff Martinez (Solaris, Drive)

Trailer: On The Road

A day or two late with this, but I was on the road myself (ba-ching!) Walter Salles’ adaptation of the famous and iconic Jack Kerouac beat-travelogue, “On The Road,” strangely keeps the name changes of all the characters; the book’s definitive republishing “The Original Scroll” loses all Dean Moriartys and Carlo Marxs and Sal Paradises and puts back in everyones real name.

Judging from the trailer and overall cast of the film it is certainly not anything like the faces and places that went through my brain upon reading the novel, but there is a hazy-dream quality that cinema imparts to these things that has in no way dampened my enthusiasm for the property. Not the showiest of trailers, but it gets the job done (in terms of fueling interest) better than, say, The Rum Diaries.

Sam “Control” Reilly, Garett “Tron” Hedlund star in the film, while Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Terrence Howard, Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, and Alice Braga all pop up over the course of Sal and Dean’s adventures.

Movie Club Podcast #23: Crash and Crash

The FilmJunk crew has bowed out this week; but do not fret. Other exciting guests have entered the fray to help make the Movie Club Podcast go back to what it was originally intended to be: an always rotating panel of movie buffs and bloggers. This go-round sees the likes of RowThree favorites Ryan McNeil of The Matinee and Jim Laczkowski from The Director’s Club Podcast. Which Crash is your crash? Are you a lover of both, dismissive of both or somewhere in between. The sexual nuances of David Cronenberg’s 1996 Cannes award winner are teased out, while the subtleties of Paul Haggis’ Oscar winner are actively searched for. It’s a Thanksgiving Crashtacular, your mileage may vary!


The Movie Club is as much for the listeners as it is the contributors. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section over at the Movie Club Page. (Comments are turned off on this post.) The Next Episode will be recorded probably sometime in January (maybe, but do not hold us to that; regularity is not our strong suit!) and the films on discussion will be Paris, Texas and Southland Tales.

Cinecast 168 – The Hacksaw Dilemma

Revenge is a dish best served cold. So claims an old Klingon proverb. While probably not technically accurate as to the origin of the phrase, it is apropos of this weeks cinecast. It would perhaps be even more appropriate to say that revenge is a dish served often, and in a versatile and diverse number of ways! Even though that does not exactly roll off the tongue – we present a couple of lists to prove it. Tying in with this weeks top ten is our full (and shockingly spoiler free!) review of the Michael Caine revenge drama, Harry Brown. Though there are only two of us to go back and forth this week, we still find some DVDs to discuss and maybe grump out a bit at dismal outlook on our near future at the multiplex.

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Cinecast Episode 109 – The Business of Selling Candy


Episode 109:
This week we take a hard look at the Steven Soderbergh epic, Che, as well as a SPOILER REVIEW Eastwood’s Gran Torino. We also have DVD picks for this week and other banter.
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