December 04, 2016

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“Jason Bourne” brings back Matt Damon to the franchise

Almost every A-list actor seems to have a franchise these days. In the case of Matt Damon, his is the Bourne series, of which he’s starred in three of the four outings (only missing The Bourne Legacy). On Friday, Bourne is back in Jason Bourne, with Damon back as well, alongside filmmaker Paul Greengrass. After a successful trilogy for Damon in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum, he and Greengrass, who helmed Supremacy and Ultimatum, left for other interests. They’re in the fold again though, making this a summer action blockbuster that’s been hotly anticipated. Saw the film earlier this week and while I wasn’t blown away, I suspect fans of the franchise will be satisfied. Jason Bourne is made for them, after all.
The movie is a continuation of the franchise, with Jason Bourne (Damon) living off the grid and mostly unconcerned with the world of espionage. He’s still haunted by his actions, but is trying to move on. When an old ally returns to the fold with information about his past, along with a revelation about his father, Bourne is active once again. This attracts the attention of the director of the CIA (Tommy Lee Jones), as well as a tech analyst (Alicia Vikander) who sees an opportunity in bringing him in. From there, it’s action, spy work, and Bourne doing what he does best. Green grass directs and co-writes with Christopher Rouse (also the editor), while the rest of the cast includes Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp, Vincent Cassel, Ato Essandoh, Gregg Henry, Vinzenz Kiefer, Scott Shepherd, Julia Stiles, and more. Barry Ackroyd once again provides the cinematography, while the score comes by way of the duo of David Buckley and John Powell. Obviously, this is a showcase for Damon, who wears the character like an old glove by now.
Personally, this one didn’t really hit for me like the others have. That’s not to say that this is a bad movie, just a flawed one, with a strange lack of passion behind it. I’d never accuse anyone of doing something just for the money, but in a lot of ways this appears like a paycheck job for Damon, Greengrass, and the like (Jones and Vikander especially are given very little to do). That may not be the case, but that’s just how it comes off, with the feel of a product, as opposed to an […]

“Tale of Tales” is the rare collection of fairy tales for adults

Even though fairy tales themselves have often been dark throughout the years, the translation to film from book form has almost exclusively been directed towards young audiences. Occasionally we get more adult themed fairy tales, but they tend to be few and far between. Lost a bit in the Tribeca shuffle for me was the release last weekend of the new movie from Matteo Garrone, the fantasy film of sorts Tale of Tales. It’s a real unique flick, having debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival before finally now in theatrical release, as of the weekend. It’s interesting enough that I wanted to make a quick mention of it, as it’s really something else.
The film is, more or less, a collection of a few fairy tales, just given a different spin than usual. There’s three main ones, including the obsessive quest of the Queen of Longtrellis (Salma Hayek) to bear a child. That will take quite a toll on her husband, the King (John C. Reilly). Then, there is the King of Highhills (Toby Jones) becoming obsessed with a giant Flea, leading him to ignore his daughter, with less than pleasing results for all involved. There’s also the two mysterious sisters who almost accidentally attract the attention and passion of a king (Vincent Cassel), with everyone crossing paths here and there. Garrone directs and wrote the adaptation of Giambattista Basile’s book with the help of Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, and Massimo Gaudioso. In addition to the aforementioned cast, we also have Hayley Carmichael, Bebe Cave, Jessie Cave, Shirley Henderson, Christian Lees, Jonah Lees, and Stacy Martin, among others. They all do their part in serving the vision of Garrone.
This isn’t a perfect movie by any stretch, but what I liked best is the weird vibe you get. This really does feel like a fairy tale, from the look to the feel. If you weren’t paying attention to the actual content, you might be able to confuse it with something far more family friendly. The attention to detail is just that good. The performances are solid too, but it’s really the direction from Garrone that manages to make this odd proposition work. It’s too long at well over two hours, but it doesn’t wear out its welcome, so that’s something. A lesser filmmaker might not have made it all sustain, that’s for sure.
Awards wise, it’s probably a real stretch to […]

“THE MONK” with Vincent Cassel – Official Trailer and Poster

Watch the corruption of a 16th Century, pious Capuchin Monk as he is led down a dangerous path of sin in THE MONK, the supernatural thriller adapted from Matthew G. Lewis’ classic cult novel.
Raised in a monastery, Brother Ambrosio (Vincent Cassel) grows up into a preacher admired for his fervor and feared for his righteousness, until arrival of a mysterious apprentice undermines his convictions with dark consequences. Get a look at the film by checking out the official trailer and poster now:
POSTER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW16TGsrZDU1bmpMYnRVag
TRAILER: https://www.yousendit.com/download/UW14VWRuQVM3N0RtcXRVag
Starring Vincent Cassel (BLACK SWAN, MESRIN: KILLER INSTINCT), and directed by Dominik Moll, THE MONK will be in select theaters, On Demand, and available for download starting Friday, March 8th.

Awards Season Roundup: Hammond calls “The Town” a “serious” awards contender

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: HollywoodNews.com’s Awards Season Roundup collects insights from around the Internet on films that are running in the Oscar race.
Pete Hammond discusses the importance of private screenings for Oscar voters, then moves on to “The Town” and calls is “a serious awards prospect.”
“The Kids Are All Right” co-stars Julianne Moore and Annette Bening both will compete for a Best Actress nomination, according to Dave Karger. Will they split the vote, or both score nods?
Polled critics say “Meek’s Cutoff” was the best feature at the Toronto film festival. That’s impressive. What’s even more impressive? It topped “127 Hours,” “Black Swan” and audience pleaser “The King’s Speech.” James Franco also won “Best Lead Performance” (ahead of Natalie Portman), while Geoffrey Rush took “Best Supporting Performance” (ahead of Vincent Cassel).
Mike Leigh, director of “Another Year,” has a few mildly unkind things to say about the Oscars and the BAFTAs.
Finally, Lindsay Lohan likely is heading back to jail after failing court-mandated drug tests. Jeff Wells recommends she see David Fincher’s “The Social Network” before heading off to the pokey. Good advice.
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‘Black Swan’ not Aronofsky’s ‘trippiest movie’ per Vincent Cassel

HollywoodNews.com: As audiences bite their fingernails for the screening of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, the film’s leading man Vincent Cassel let go about his role as a ballet teacher to Natalie Portman.
In an interview with Movieline, the actor claims that “Black Swan” isn’t the trippiest film yet from Aronofsky who is known for his offbeat fare such as “Requiem for a Dream.”
“I think the story is much easier to follow than in ‘Pi’ — which I love, by the way,” says Cassel, “I think his trippiest movie might be ‘The Fountain,’ but I think this movie is very accessible.
“It’s more in the early Cronenberg, early Polanski kind of mood, like The Tenant. It’s a thriller, and it’s going to be scary. I haven’t seen it totally completed, but from what I’ve seen, I think you’ll be very surprised. It might be even bigger than people think. It’s a horror movie, in a way.”
Cassel added that the film could have the potential to play beyond arthouse cinemas.
Fox Searchlight press notes divulge the following plot line about “Black Swan” which bows December 1 at the domestic B.O.:
Nina (Portman) is a ballerina in a New York City ballet company whose life, like all those in her profession, is completely consumed with dance. She lives with her obsessive former ballerina mother Erica (Hershey) who exerts a suffocating control over her. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), who impresses Leroy as well. Swan Lake requires a dancer who can play both the White Swan with innocence and grace, and the Black Swan, who represents guile and sensuality. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side – a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.

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Natalie Portman dances through Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fox Searchlight released the first full trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” a drama set in the world of professional ballet starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. It will open the Venice Film Festival, and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. You can see the clip in high definition here.
We’re paying close attention to “Black Swan” for its Oscar potential. Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” scored with the Academy, earning two nominations after his “Requiem for a Dream” earned one. It’s very possible “Black Swan” will continue the director’s streak of luck within the Academy, especially with an expanded Best Picture category.
The clip has the same grit as “Wrestler,” with some of the dreaminess of Aronofsky’s underrated “The Fountain.” Clint Mansell’s score also sounds pretty amazing.
“Black Swan” is on our must-see list at Toronto. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.
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Vincent Cassel’s ‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’ releases official trailer

HollywoodNews.com: Vincent Cassel’s latest film, “Mesrine: Killer Instinct,” has just released the official trailer for the film.
Across Canada, the United States and Spain, through France and Algeria, “Mesrine: Killer Instinct” tells the story of the incredible rise of one of history’s greatest gangsters. Always on the run, a renegade existence only a bullet can stop.
“Mesrine: Killer Instinct” – the first of two parts – charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France’s notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on.
Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy. Both a thriller and a biopic, Mesrine: Killer Instinct explores the man behind the icon.
Watch the new trailer below:
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