Paul Schrader Lands Joel Edgerton And Sigourney Weaver For Upcoming Thriller Film ‘Master Gardener’

Tomorrow, Paul Schrader’s ‘The Card Counter‘ will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, followed by a theatrical release on September 10. The crime drama stars Oscar Isaac, Tye Sheridan, Tiffany Haddish and Willem Dafoe.

And honestly, the trailer for the film doesn’t excite me. I hate saying that because I’m such a huge fan of Schrader, and all the actors in the movie, but…I don’t know. The trailer is flat. We’ll see what the first reviews say. Trailers aren’t always a good indicator.

In the meantime, Schrader is already focusing on his next project, a crime thriller titled Master Gardener.

According to the Deadline report, Schrader will direct the film from an original screenplay. Sources say Joel Edgerton and Sigourney Weaver are set to srar.

It follows a meticulous horticulturist (Edgerton) who is devoted to tending the grounds of a beautiful estate and pandering to his employer, the wealthy dowager (Weaver). When she demands that he take on her wayward and troubled great niece, it unlocks dark secrets from a buried violent past.

No word on when the project will begin production, but Schrader’s on a roll lately with pumping out projects. At 75-years-old, he shows no signs of slowing down.

We’ll keep you posted as more details are released.

Watch Timothee Chalamet And Robert Pattinson In The Final Trailer For ‘The King’

Two of the most talented young actors in Hollywood are starring in the same movie together.

Netflix’s ‘The King‘ stars both Robert Pattinson and Timothee Chalamet, alongside Joel Edgerton, Lily-Rose Depp and Ben Mendelsohn.

As you can see, that’s a pretty impressive cast right there.

Based on literary icon William Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV Part 1, Henry Part 2, and Henry V,  The King is a modern-day Shakespearean adaptation from the screenwriting duo Michod and Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton, who’ve worked together on Animal Kingdom. 

It will follow the story of Hal, a wayward prince, who ascends to the English throne upon his father’s death, and must navigate the palace snake pit, and inherited war and chaos.

The film has already premiered at a few festivals, and has been receiving mostly positive reviews. No one is going crazy over the film, though, which might hurt its awards season chances.

The King will be released around the world on Netflix on November 1, 2019.

Check out the trailer below…

‘Loving’ Trailer Shows The Struggles To Legalize Interracial Marriage, You’ll Want To Watch This One! (VIDEO)


It’s never too early to start talking about potential Oscar contenders. This year hasn’t exactly been filled with Oscar-worthy films, but there has been one movie attracting a lot of attention from critics: Jeff Nichols’ interracial marriage drama titled Loving.

The film centers around the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who spent nearly 10 years of marriage fighting for the right to live peacefully as a family in their hometown. Their case reached the Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia, leading to a landmark victory for the civil rights movement.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star in the movie, which premiered at the Cannes festival in May. As mentioned above, critics are loving the movie, especially the performances by Negga and Edgerton. In addition to the two leads, Nick Kroll and Michael Shannon also have small roles in the movie.

You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. It will hit theaters on November 4, 2016. You’ll probably want to remember this one.

“From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, “Loving” celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry – and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.”


Movie Review: Black Mass (2015) – Depp Returns To His Element of Playing Complex Characters.

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If you’re as sick of watching Johnny Depp play eccentric, weirdly dressed characters, or dudes in guyliner as I am, then Black Mass will be a welcome respite for you. This movie sees Depp go back to his roots, as one of the best method actors around.

The premise is based on the real life drama that saw one of the biggest criminals in history, Whitey Bulger, become an FBI informant. It focuses on FBI Special Agent (Joel Edgerton), a man who actually knew and admired Bulger when he was growing up in South Boston. Of course, Connelly went the other way with his career and eventually tried to turn Bulger (Johnny Depp) into a FBI informant. Of course, this informant deal is a bit well…unethical. In this case, Bulger won’t inform on any of his Irish mob buddies. Instead, he’ll be ratting on the Patriarca crime family. It isn’t long before Bulger uses the opportunity to get the FBI to take out the competition for him, with bloody and catastrophic results.

The acting in this was extremely well done. Depp is barely recognizable as the balding, paunchy Bulger and Edgerton stand out as an agent whose own moral compass becomes increasingly skewed. Ironically, Edgerton actually reminded me a bit of when Depp played Donnie Brasco.

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I liked that they stuck to accuracy in the Whitey Bulger story. Much of what was presented is widely believed to actually have happened, though there are a few disputes from some of the key players, for obvious reasons. They had to mess with the timeline a bit to make it work, but in reality, I liked that they tried to go with the story and not embellish a story that was pretty good on its face.

On the flip, I think they tried a bit too hard to make Bulger likeable. In one scene, that I highly doubt ever happen, Bulger stops to help some old lady with her groceries, because deep down, he’s just a gentlemanly south Boston boy. Oh, please…I think enough court records and information exists to make it pretty darn believable that if Bulger did ever help a woman with her groceries, it was for the purpose of stealing them. Why does every gangster movie need to focus on the goal of turning said gangster into Robin Hood?

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The sad fact is, sometimes, people are just sociopathic monsters. Bulger falls far more on that side than he does of a saintly robin hood. I can accept the fact that he wasn’t a saint. I don’t need to sympathize with him to understand him. In fact, I don’t want to. I have no desire to join any kind of criminal fraternity. If I need moral ambiguity, I’ll get it from Connolly, the truly sympathetic character in this film.

But that slim complaint aside, I will say this is an enjoyable, well written piece that returned Depp to his element of playing complex characters. I had my doubts about him playing Whitey, but he pulled it off. That alone makes this movie worth the watch.


four and a half stars

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