Playing in select theaters, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) is a French drama centering on several teenagers who decide to form a club wherein free love sans complications reigns supreme. Confidently directed by Eva Husson, the movie is beautifully shot by Mattias Troelstrup. Coupled with a subtly hypnotic score from M83’s Morgan Kibby and a star making performance from newcomer Marilyn Lima (she plays the film’s bold as love protagonist George), Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) is an unforgettable and ultimately polarizing experience (fyi I loved the film).
Hollywood Outbreak talked to Husson about her film, and unfortunately a section of the conversation was clipped as attempted to find her way through the streets of Hollywood. Check out our interview below!
Can you talk about your collaboration with the film’s cinematographer? There’s a very rich, visual look to your film.
I met my DP through my film school (and) through a mutual friend of ours. He thought we had a very similar visual eye. To me, it’s a little bit like casting actors. (You need) someone who understands you well. I trusted him and that was crucial to the process because it makes things extremely fluid and easy, which is quite lovely. We worked through a lot of references. We watched movies together and we talked a lot about the work Gus Van Sant (director) and Harris Savides (cinematographer) accomplished together where you work with the available light and you always hide something in that image. Whether it is framing or lighting, you pay attention to the world and you make it different from reality. That’s a big part of the job - the prep. We always tried to find something interesting but to never overdo it. We were always motivated by character.
For example when George (Marilyn Lima) skates after having sex with Alex (Finnegan Oldfield) for the first time, it feels like she’s gliding through the frame. It was really about her state of mind. She was completely delusional (laughs). I wanted to show her out of touch with reality - there’s actually no lighting in that shot. We just show her gliding through life.
Can you talk about working with the actors in your film? Marilyn Lima has crazy star quality.
For all of them, it was their first roles. Finnegan Oldfield did another film that was released before mine but he shot (Bang Gang) before that other film (laughs). Marilyn Lima is definitely an amazing actress. I am extremely proud of having cast her and having had her in the film. She definitely doesn’t need me now. She was spotted by one of the best agents in France and she got signed and I think she’s already shooting her second feature film. So that’s amazing. With Marilyn, it took us 14 months to find her and I saw a lot of people. When I saw her, it was evident.
Do you have a theory on why coming-of-age stories are mainly told through a male’s perspective?
I don’t need to have a theory. I think the numbers speak for themselves. When you have (a certain percentage) of female directors and protagonists on the page, you won’t have many coming-of-age stories with female protagonists. It’s unfortunate - there aren’t enough women to decide which movies are going to get made. Men tend to just select what they feel close to. It’s not even an aggressive or negative bias - it’s a very pragmatic bias, you know? You just relate more to something that is close to your life.
What type of reactions have you received from your film?
I feel very lucky from the reactions because basically a lot of people understood what I was going for. The film polarizes - some people don’t get it at all which I knew was going to happen but I sort of took a risk. I couldn’t do (this story) in a half-assed (fashion) - I needed to go all the way. I’m thankful the results are overwhelmingly positive. A lot of people understood the questions I was raising and the dreamlike quality of the movie.
Is it easier to make a film these days with more readily available technology or is it just as hard as ever?
I think it doesn’t change the fact that it takes hard work to tell a good story. That said, what I found extremely beautiful and inspiring is that people who have never had access to storytelling and have talent now have access to that. It’s just a different paradigm but all in all, I think it doesn’t change the bottom line (on the necessity) of hard work and talent.
I really loved your film, thank you for your time, and I hope you find wherever you’re going to.
(Laughs). I’ll be fine! Thank you very much.
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words is a documentary that, although its directed by lifelong Zappa enthusiast Thorsten Schütte, is not a reverential, talking head documentary on the acclaimed musician. Instead, the 90-minute film takes a deeper look at Zappa through interviews and rare archival footage taken from various moments of his unpredictable and inspired career.
The picture, made in association with The Zappa Family Trust, has a loyal supporter in Moon Zappa, as she appreciated Schütte’s approach to the project.
“Even if my father wasn’t the subject of this documentary,” said Zappa. “The style of storytelling - of having the subject tell their own story in their own words is such a thrilling way to get to know somebody. The fact that it is Frank Zappa, this wild character, brings it to another level. And the fact that it’s a story about somebody wanting to be seen in a way that the world hasn’t seen him, at all costs and staying that course . . . that’s a human story. I think it’s going to get an Oscar!”
In the clip below, Moon Zappa talks about the hit song “Valley Girl,” a track which is featured on Zappa’s album Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch.
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words opens Friday, June 24 in New York and Los Angeles. For the full interview with Moon Zappa, check out our sister site Deepest Dream.
Many Marvel fans are waiting to see the next Spider-Man reboot with Spider-Man: Homecoming which will be released in July 2017. As the many know, Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, pretty much stole the show in Captain America: Civil War. Holland will be reprising his work as the wise-cracking webslinger in Spider-Man: Homecoming and told us we are going to see a much different Spider-Man than we have seen in the past. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Holland)
Premiering next tonight night on ABC is the new music reality show Greatest Hits. While there are many different reality shows airing this summer, Greatest Hits may be the most intriguing one. Legendary late night talk show host/comedian Arsenio Hall co-hosts the series and explains Greatest Hits is definitely a very intriguing music show for viewers as well as the A-List music stars who are participating. (Click on the media bar below to hear Arsenio Hall)
Dwayne Johnson continues to show his star power with the box office hit Central Intelligence. If that is not enough Johnson also stars in the popular HBO series Ballers. Johnson has proven that hard works pays off, and not many can pull off transitioning from a WWE wrestler to one of the top movies stars in the world. While many in his position would take all the fame they have for granted. Johnson told us he is deeply appreciative of the success he has received through years of hard work. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Hollywood Outbreak is giving away Two (2) Blu-rays to the nail-biting military thriller Eye In The Sky. Directed by Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), the picture centers on Col. Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren), a high ranking British officer who coordinates a hunt for terrorists in Kenya. Aaron Paul is the American pilot who questions Powell’s tactics and attempts to delay the drone strike after a young girl’s life is threatened in the kill zone.
Now available on Digital HD, Eye in the Sky hits Blu-ray and DVD on June 18. To enter our giveaway, please follow these instructions:
2. Comment below and name your favorite Helen Mirren or Aaron Paul movie and briefly explain why you love it!
3. Entrants must live in the United States.
4. Winners are chosen at random and we will announce the winners on our Facebook page. The contest ends Friday, July 8 at 5 pm pt. Good luck!
Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s (Drive, Only God Forgives) uncompromising and mesmerizing narratives are polarizing, and his latest film The Neon Demon leads off the first segment of CinemAddicts. Centering on a 16-year-old model (Elle Fanning) who finds a bit of fame and danger in Los Angeles, The Neon Demon also stars Keanu Reeves, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee and Jena Malone.
Though I have a deeper love for The Neon Demon than podcast co-host Anderson Cowan, we both agreed that Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the story of a youth’s (an engaging Julian Dennison) life in the New Zealand bush with his cranky foster uncle (Sam Neill), is a total charmer. The film’s director, Taiki Waititi, is currently directing the upcoming feature Thor: Ragnarok.
Wiener Dog, director Todd Solondz’s latest effort, is one of my favorite films of 2016. Centering on a dachshund’s life with several guardians, the movie features Solondz’s continuing take on life’s tragedies and absurdities. Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, and Ellen Burstyn star in Wiener Dog. Matthew McConaughey’s latest film Free State of Jones and the teen comedy Seoul Searching are also briefly discussed.
Anderson’s streaming pick of the week is the thriller Hush and my Blu-ray recommendation is the Warner Archive release Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Check out our latest episode of CinemAddicts below:
Last but not least, here’s our “180 Seconds or Less” take on The Neon Demon:
Justin Timberlake is one of the most dynamic performers in the world. For over two decades, he has been performing on television, acting on the big screen and of course singing. Starting out and achieving fame at a young age, things could have easily gone wrong for the entertainer. Thankfully, that did not happen, and he credits his parents for infusing his life with balance and a refreshing level headedness. (Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Timberlake)
Timberlake has another single on music charts with “Not a Bad Thing” from the upcoming animated film Trolls. He’s also part of the voice cast for the film which opens November 4.
The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth is ready to become one of Hollywood’s top leading men as he’s front and center with Independence Day: Resurgence, which is now theaters. When the first Independence Day opened in 1996, Hemsworth was just six years old! Hemsworth recalls seeing the movie on a VHS video tape and recalls watching the film for the first time. (Click on the media bar to hear Liam Hemsworth)
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Ever since it was announced Ghostbusters was going to be rebooted with an all-star featuring Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy it has been getting a lot of hate from loyal fans of the 1984 original. When the trailer was released, it became the most disliked trailer in YouTube history. All of this negativity has been generated for a still unreleased film!
Ghostbusters fans should simply watch the reboot and judge it for themselves. That is something that director Paul Feig, who previously directed hit comedies Bridesmaids and The Heat, says he understands the outcry, but before you pass judgement, just wait to see the film! (Click on the media bar below to hear Paul Feig)
Ghostbusters opens in theaters July 15.
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