Although it doesn’t come out until November 4th, I wanted to jump on the Loving train as soon as possible to predict that Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton deliver one of this year’s best performances.
Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga) are best known as the couple behind the Loving v. Virginia case of 1967. With the Supreme Court invalidating laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the landmark civil rights case would firmly place the Lovings in the annals of history.
Director Jeff Nichols doesn’t turn Loving into a by the numbers courtroom drama but instead focuses on the close knit and often unspoken bond between the couple, and this intimacy gives a deep level of resonance and truth to the material.
Director Jim Jarmusch’s documentary Gimme Danger, a look at the seminal rock band The Stooges, is also reviewed on CinemAddicts. My personal Blu-ray pick of the week is the Warner Archive title On Dangerous Ground, and Anderson Cowan’s streaming choices are the anthology series Black Mirror and the documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang.
This week’s episode of CinemAddicts, a podcast that’s a collaboration between Hollywood Outbreak and Cold Cockle Productions, can be heard below. Check it out and please comment below!!
Kim Tae-ri & Park Chan-Wook, "The Handmaiden" Press Conference
DirectorPark Chan-Wook’s (Stoker, Oldboy) The Handmaidenis a visually arresting romance thriller set in 1930s Korea, Kim Tae-ri is Sookee, a con artist who, along with a fellow criminal (Jung-woo Ha) conspire to swindle a fortune from a Japanese heiress (Min-hee Kim).
Clocking in at 144 minutes, the picture, based on the British novel by Sarah Waters, has its share of engaging twists and turns. Roundly acclaimed by critics, the film’s labyrinthine narrative is also infused with heated sex between Kim Tae-ri and Min-hee Kim.
“I am such a big admirer of Kim Min-hee, and she’s an actress I’ve respected,” said Tae-ri through a translator. “Coming into those scenes where we needed to be intimate wasn’t such a difficult thing for me to do. We became very close quite quickly. There was no discomfort between us.”
Another challenge for Kim Tae-ri was learning Japanese, a process she started several months before The Handmaiden’s shooting commenced. “It wasn’t very difficult for me to deal with the Japanese dialogue that my character had to say,” she added. “The thing about my character is that her Japanese doesn’t have to be so refined as the other characters in the film. Comparatively, I think I got the easy part when it comes to the Japanese dialogue.”
Writer/director Paul Schrader, whose seminal work includes Light Sleeper, Blue Collar, and the script for Taxi Driver, is being honored at New York’s Metrograph Theater starting with an October 29th screening of his new film Dog Eat Dog. Schrader will take part in a Q&A after the film.
The project, which reunites Schrader with previous collaborators Nicolas Cage (Dying of the Light) and Willem Dafoe (Affliction, Auto Focus), is based on Edward Bunker’s 1995 novel of the same name.
Schrader’s films Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Blue Collar, Patty Hearst, Affliction, and American Gigolo will also be screened for the retrospective. For more info, please go to Metrograph Theater’s official site.
Dog Eat Dog centers on three ex-cons (Cage, Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook) who are hired to kidnap a baby for a mob boss. When the operation goes sideways, the trio become the target of both the cops and the criminals. Self-survival is the name of the game for these men, who are most likely headed down the proverbial dead end street!
Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Living in the Age of Airplanes is a documentary directed by Brian J. Terwilliger that took six years to make. Shot in 18 countries with 95 different locations, the project’s attempts to show how airplanes is an integral aspect of our interconnected world ends up an engaging experience due to a variety of aspects.
For one, the film’s score was created by James Horner (Glory, The New World), the late composer who was at the top of his field. Harrison Ford, whose passion for aviation has been well documented, is the film’s narrator.
“Of course you want a famous star and a recognizable voice and a good narrator’s voice,” said Terwilliger. “But above all else, they need to be able to carry that story and really truly transcend the words on the page and make people feel totally engrossed. And he did all of those things. He was so committed to doing it, and I explained the expectations up front and he signed up for an incredible journey that was incredibly committed to all the way through the end.”
Blessed with what Terwilliger describes with an “A team” of talent, Living in the Age of Airplanes encourages us to look at planes with an entirely deeper perspective, and it’s this different flight plan that lifts this narrative to greater heights.
“When we think about planes, we often think about where we go with them or who comes to us,” he added. “We’re going to a meeting, a vacation, or going to see grandma or grandma is coming to see us. And you forget about how the world is coming to us. And for people who’ve never been on an airplane, the airplane is bringing the world to them every day.”
Living in the Age of Airplanes is now out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital.
Friends star Matt LeBlanc returns to network television with his new CBS sitcom Man With a Plan. After spending ten seasons on the television classic Friends, LeBlanc quickly jumped into the spinoff Joey which was considered a major flop.
However, he quickly he redeemed himself starring in the Showtime series Episodes which garnered him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy. The series will be back for one more season sometime in 2017. During this time, LeBlanc was looking at many scripts and when he read Man With a Plan he knew he found the right project. LeBlanc, who’s also producing the show, always has a vision of how he envisioned the series and told us he understands the highs and lows of working on a television series. He goes on to say that the audiences are going to see a new side of him that he has rarely played on television. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt LeBlanc)
Man With a Plan airs Monday nights 8:30/7:30 on CBS