Mark Ruffalo Set To Co-Star Alongside Emma Stone In Yorgos Lanthimos’ Upcoming Film ‘Poor Things’

No surprise here! Yorgos Lanthimos is putting together an impressive cast for his upcoming adaptation of Alasdair Grey’s novel, Poor Things.

We already knew Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe were set to star, and now it was just announced that Mark Ruffalo will also join the cast.

Poor Things is a Frankenstein-esque tale set in the Victorian-era, described as a story of ‘love, discovery and scientific daring,’ focusing on a young woman named Belle Baxter (Stone) brought back to life by an eccentric but brilliant scientist.

Certainly sounds right up Yorgos’ alley, huh? This is a dude who has brought us films like The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer.

Tony McNamara wrote the script for this adaptation, which is significant because he also co-wrote The Favourite and earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the film.

No word on when filming is set to begin on this flick, but we do know Ruffalo just wrapped filming on the Netflix sci-fi movie, The Adam Project, where he worked with Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Garner.

We’ll keep you posted.

Look At Willem Dafoe In First Look From Disney+’s ‘Togo’ Film

Willem Dafoe will most likely be nominated for an Oscar this upcoming awards season for his performance in ‘The Lighthouse’ but we’re not here to talk about that.

Instead, we’re here to talk about Dafoe’s next film, Togo. The Disney+ film is one of ten original films that will be available to stream within the streaming service’s first year.

Togo was a sled dog who, in 1925, helped prevent a diphtheria epidemic in Nome, Alaska by delivering an antitoxin serum through the punishing elements. Nome is a sparsely populated coastal town in northwestern Alaska whose average low winter temperatures hover at about -2 Fahrenheit.

In 1925, temperatures dipped to -50 with whiteouts and gale force winds. The work of another Siberian Husky, Balto, brought the town into public consciousness that year. He led his dog team on the final run of that same mission. 

Dafoe plays Leonhard Seppala in the film, the veteran dogsled trainer who picks Togo to lead the dangerous run.

“It’s a beautiful story of an underdog (no pun intended) and how we can learn from adversity,” Dafoe told reporters.

Check out the first look image below. Togo will be available to stream on Disney+ December 13, 2019.

Check Out Robert Pattinson In The Latest Trailer For ‘The Lighthouse’

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, if you only know Robert Pattinson from ‘Twilight‘ then you don’t really know Pattinson at all.

He’s actually a really talented actor who has been taking on interesting roles since moving on from the vampire franchise.

He impressed everyone in the indie drama ‘Good Time‘ back in 2017, and now he’s ready to impress again in the A24 drama/thriller, The Lighthouse.

Pattinson co-stars in the film alongside the great Willem Dafoe.

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

In this new trailer, you can see them both descend into madness. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has been getting rave reviews from critics. It currently sits at a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

It’ll hit theaters October 18, 2019. Check out the trailer below…

Reports Claim Paul Schrader’s Next Film Will Be A Western Starring Ethan Hawke And Willem Dafoe

Paul Schrader and Ethan Hawke just teamed up together to create the beautifully unnerving film First Reformed. If you haven’t watched it yet, I suggest you do. But don’t watch it alone, ’cause you might be a little depressed after.

First Reformed was one of my favorite movies of 2018, so when I saw a report claiming Schrader and Hawke would be teaming up again, well…I HAD TO WRITE ABOUT IT!

According to Erick Weber from Awards Ace, Schrader revealed at the Critics Choice Awards that his next film would be a western titled Nine Men From Now. He also said Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe would play the two leads.

 

 

Hopefully this Weber guy is known for his accurate reporting, ’cause I’m already getting my hopes up. No word on a release date. Heck, this hasn’t even been confirmed, but still…it’s something to watch out for.

We will keep you posted.

Willem Dafoe Is In Talks To Star In A24 Thriller ‘The Lighthouse’

2017 was a very good year for Willem Dafoe. He starred in A24’s coming-of-age film The Florida Project and received several nominations for his work in the movie. He’s currently nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. And the three-time Oscar nominee is also set to receive this year’s honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The 62-year-old actor won’t be slowing down in 2018. He’s already set to join Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn, and now we’re learning he’s also in talks to join another A24 project.

According to the reports, Dafoe is about to sign a contract to star in the upcoming thriller titled The Lighthouse. Robert Eggers, the man who directed The Witch, wrote and directed this film. Dafoe will be playing an aging lighthouse keeper. It’s reportedly being set at the start of the 20th century and it’ll be filmed in Nova Scotia.

Not much else is known about this project, but we will of course keep you posted. We are strangely attached to anything A24 touches, so this film won’t slip under our radar.

Movie Review: John Wick (2014) – An Action Movie by Guys who Really Know Action

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While revenge fantasies have been well covered in the theater, there’s still something about them that sucks us all in. Produced by two former stuntmen, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, this is a movie made for people who like action, by a couple of guys who really know action.

Keanu Reeves plays the title character, John Wick. When we meet Mr. Wick, he’s living the quiet life in New Jersey, happily spending time with a puppy bought for him by his dead wife. Then, enter some Russian mobsters, who see his flashy car decide to break into his house and beat the stuffing out of him, as well as murder his dog. What these mobsters didn’t know was that Wick is a retired assassin and apparently, a very passionate dog lover. What follows is Wick leaving a trail of bodies from New Jersey to New York, with no plan to stop until just about everyone is dead.

My biggest gripe? Puppy murder. I really can’t handle that. When a dog dies in a movie, I get so upset, it’s usually pretty hard to concentrate on anything else. On the upside, because it’s a revenge flick, I was able to get behind Wick’s killing spree. Still, I wish they had made it a cat instead.

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Reeves doesn’t have much range. Let’s admit that. But in stylish action, he knows how to shine. He’s pretty much played the same character since the Matrix, but he plays it well. He’s a one man killing machine.

The movie isn’t all about the big explosions. Instead, it follows the slow escalation. Wick’s initially going after some street thugs, and then eventually he’s taking on the entire Russian mob.

Another problem occurred towards the end, when Wick has finally been caught by the Russians. Despite knowing that Wick is just about the deadliest assassin who ever existed, the head of the family decides to talk to him for ten minutes and then leave the room, sure that his henchmen will be able to carry out the murder. Of course, that doesn’t happen.

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This is a good effort for a revenge movie and I liked what he was getting revenge for; puppy murder. Who can’t get behind a guy going after a bunch of pricks who would murder a puppy? I know John Wick is my personal hero for that reason alone. Has anyone considered giving him Michael Vick’s address?

I like it when action doesn’t go over the top in ways of huge explosion and hour long fights, and this movie does well in that. The build up does come to a pretty satisfying conclusion, but you’re not going to go deaf from listening to explosions every twelve seconds.

It’s a unique twist on a revenge movie and the plot is well driven, unfolding at an even pace. It’s entertaining, but not over the top. This is not an action movie that tries too hard. Instead, it’s a stylish movie with a bad guy you can really hate (puppy murderer) and a good guy you can get behind. While not all the plot points meet up, it’s still worth the watch.

WE GAVE IT: 4 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

4 stars

 

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Movie Review: The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

fault-our-stars-movie-posterAn absolute classic tear Jerker

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The Fault in our Stars is currently killing at the box office and wrecking it with critics as well. This combination of commercial and critical success is so rare, that I felt the absolute need to see the movie, no matter how likely it was going to be to depress the hell out of me.

Our protagonist is Hazel (Shailene Woodley of Divergent, The Spectacular Now and The Descendants) who has been dealing with a particular thyroid cancer since she was young. Due to her condition, and the fact that she drags around an oxygen tank, she becomes isolated. Concerned, her parents (Laura Dern and Sam Trammell) get her to start going to as cancer treatment group. There, she meets Gus (Ansel Elgort), a young amputee. Hazel and Gus develop a relationship while cheerfully ignoring the elephant in the room; Hazels impending death sentence from her terminal cancer.

Talk about tear jerker right? What makes this movie even more heartbreaking is that the two actors have turned their characters into the most charming people on the planet. The character development is fantastic and the leads have a great chemistry together. Which makes me feel a little weird, because the two played brother and sister in Divergent.

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That should make me feel icky, but it really doesn’t. I actually didn’t remember them from Divergent until about halfway through the film. It’s amazing what a good script can do.

This is a movie that goes for heart wrenching and wins. It really feels like a true to life view of a girl dying of cancer and how the people around her are preparing to cope with that loss. Hazel’s conflicts, including not wanting to start a relationship when she knows she’s on the way out, as well as her desire to live as normal a life as possible during the time she has left are realistic, heartbreaking and beautifully acted.

It’s easy to go the wrong way with a ‘girl dying of cancer’ movie. You can do it realistically, like in Terms of Endearment or you can really screw it up, like “A Little Bit of Heaven.”

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They hit the nail on the head in this one. There’s enough humor to make you become attached to the leads, while not so much that you feel like they’re making fun of people with cancer. This movie, while heavy, has its light hearted moments that keep it from turning into a Lifetime weep fest.

I’m a bit reminded of “A Walk to Remember”, thought I will say that this movie was lighter and the female lead was much more appealing. I like the way they made Hazel flawed, rather than the stereotypical brave cancer martyr.

Ansel Elgort was much more memorable in this movie than he was in Divergent. His talent really seemed to shine through in this movie, and he really showed some serious skill. I think this is a lead we’re going to be hearing a lot more about in the future.

If you’re not afraid of crying in public, then The Fault in Our Stars is easily worth the watch. But if you prefer to do your crying in private, you might want to wait until this movie comes out on video. Believe this, The Fault in Our Stars is an absolute classic tear jerker.  Watch the official trailer below

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Movie Review: Nymphomaniac (2014)

hr_Nymphomaniac_20No Climax despite it being a movie about Climaxes

2 Stars

It feels odd to go from reviewing a children’s movie to a movie about a sex addict, but whatever. Variety is the spice of life.

Nymphomaniac is the story of Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg). Joe is a self-diagnosed nymphomaniac who has been seriously beaten and is found by older Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård). Think Black Snake Moan. That’s where the similarities end though. As Seiglemn tends to her wounds she tells the story of her erotic travels.

I’m going to be honest. This was a ‘did not finish’ for me, despite the fact that the movie was all about climaxes. I really felt like I was just watching depressing artistic pornography.  But it wasn’t just porn. It was overly smart self important porn. I know that I might be in the minority, but to me this was nothing more than a director making a movie called ‘this is a woman. Now watch how miserable she is because of sex.”

Joe is self destructive and damaged, but Seiglemn sees a hooker with a heart of gold. By the end, you get so sick of her self loathing and his mumblings about The Compleat Angler and the Fibonacci sequence that you won’t care anymore if people think you’re smart. You’ll just leave.

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The writing isn’t strong enough to overcome the overly explicit material. And it is overly explicit, even for a drama about a sex addict. I changed my mind. It doesn’t feel like porn. It feels like a snuff film.

I haven’t seen a snuff film this artsy since the Passion of the Christ.

The writing is juvenile and implausible. The first story in Joe’s stories of conquests is her and her friend on a train, having a contest as to who can hook up with the most men. Yes, I know that the world is crazy and stuff like that does happen, but the director makes it seem as though it is common place.

It seems that filmmaker Lars von Trier has a very bleak view of the world. In fact, I think he may be chronically depressed.

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The whole movie was bathed in grey and there was no spicing things up or making them more attractive. Everyone looks depressed and miserable most of the time. Even when they’re getting it on, most of them manage to look like they’re waiting for the bus on a rainy day.

The score feels pasted on and overly simplistic. “Born to be Wild” and “Burning down the House” are tossed in, while heavy metal music from Rammstein is inappropriately pasted over scenes in a way that is both distracting and irritating.

The movie is dirty, smug and self important. There are virtually no redeeming values to a weak script over actors with no charisma. The in your face symbolism does nothing to save the movie. When originally holding the press conference von Trier claimed he was making porn.

He was telling the truth in some ways. Watching this movie will make you feel dirty and ashamed of yourself. This sleazy drama is best skipped.

Here is the Official Movie Trailer….

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