Making its debut in its entirety on NETFLIX this weekend, NARCOS is a ten episode original series detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar (a.k.a. ‘The King of Cocaine’) and the extremely bloody battle that took place between the U.S. DEA and Columbia’s ruthless Medellin Cartel. Executive produced and directed by the renowned JOSE PADILHA (ELITE SQUAD), the series is a sweeping epic that takes an unflinching look at a devastating chapter that had a global reach in the war on drugs.
Mixing actual newsreel footage with scripted drama, the film paints a vivid portrait of ESCOBAR as a supervillain who was both terrifying and charming, saint and sinner.
The international cast includes WAGNER MOURA, STEPHANIE SIGMAN, BOYD HOLBROOK, JOANNA CHRISTIE, LUIS GUZMAN and MAURICE COMPTE and the final outcome is a series that NETFLIX should be proud of and can expect to see mentioned come awards season.
Facing reporters at a recent TCA press conference to promote the series, filmmaker JOSE PADILHA admitted that the cocaine issue is still as big as ever and, while his series makes no attempt to offer a solution to the problem, NARCOS makes it very clear that ‘demand’ is as much at fault as ‘supply’. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
The entire 10-episode series NARCOS is streaming now on NETFLIX.
Pierce Brosnan is one of the most liked actors working in films in today. The charming Irishman has been part of the entertainment landscape for over 30 years.
Long before he was James Bond and charming audiences from all over the world, he won many hearts playing the titular suave private detective on the 80’s hit romantic comedy Remington Steele.
Remington Steele ran from 1982-1987, turning Brosnan a worldwide television star. Thanks to solid work in The Fourth Protocol, the underrated The Deceiversand the cult hit The Lawnmower Man, Brosnan has also embarked on a successful film career. Twenty eight years since the series left the air, Brosnan told us that the series still has a very special place in his heart (Click on the media bar below to hear Pierce Brosnan)
Pierce Brosnan stars with Owen Wilson and Lake Bell in No Escape, which is in theaters now.
One on the most anticipated television events if the new fall season is the event series Heroes Reborn.
Since the original series concluded its run in 2010,has lived on in many different variations and is still very much beloved. When NBC announced the show would return for a limited run, the loyal fan base were in heaven and ready to speculate on which “heroes” (and for that matter, villains) will steal the show.
Jack Coleman, who played conflicted agent Noah Bennet, returns for Heroes Reborn, and he told us it’s an incredible feeling to know that Heroeshas transcended time and weather. (Click on the video to see Jack Coleman talk about the lasting impact of Heroes)
Based on the posthumous novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah presents a post apocalyptic world sans zombies or a rubble filled metropolis. Instead, we are introduced to Ann Burden (Margot Robbie), a young woman who lives in a verdant valley sans any family members or friends (they’ve all moved on to greener pastures). With just a loyal dog in tow, Ann farms her land and occasionally travels into town for sustenance, and though she may be the last living person on Earth, she’s determined to survive.
Her solitary existence is thrown for a loop with John Loomis (an unnerved yet always arresting Chiwetel Ejiofor), an understandably paranoid scientist who enters her sphere and accidentally skinny dips in radiation drenched waters. Ann saves and nurses John back to health, and the pair gradually grow a bond which could eventually lead to intimacy (and thus, the continuation of the human race).
Their “Adam and Eve” existence is threatened (or in Ann’s case, expanded) with the discovery of a charming stranger named Caleb (Chris Pine) who inevitably puts a wedge between Ann and Loomis. The oft-used phrase “three’s a crowd” applies to this collection of survivors, and although they team up to build a proper irrigation system that will immensely enhance their sustainability, living in peace may be far out of reach.
Z for Zachariahis a beautifully mounted production, as the wide open and picaresque spaces of New Zealand serves as the perfect backdrop for this intimately told and finely acted drama. Director Craig Zobel (Compliance) doesn’t fashion this universe with zombies, end of the world conflicts or philosophical treatises on humanity. The lack of operatic and thematic fireworks may turn off viewers who were expecting a more action driven, fantastical narrative, but for viewers searching for a nuance rich experience, Z for Zachariah should fit the bill.
Though both Ejiofor and Pine are actors of import,Z for Zachariah is Margot Robbie’s show. This three-hander is actually Ann’s story, as she learns how to navigate and possibly compromise her own values for the greater good. Her love for Loomis, though based on trust and friendship, also exists out of mutual necessity, while her animal attraction to Caleb (whose affections are more forthright than John’s) is also understandable. We see the world through Ann’s prism, and though Robbie stole the show with her colorful work in Focus and The Wolf of Wall Street, she’s also adept at dialing things down. Z for Zachariah proves Robbie can easily lead the show, and it’s safe to assume she’ll be spearheading even more A-list projects.
Huge credit also goes to Zobel for leaving any kind of histrionics or showy visual theatrics at home. Though such end of the world type narratives could easily summon such viscerally thrilling fireworks, Zobel takes an entirely different path. During the story’s final moments, there are still questions that maybe only the viewer can answer, and though this may prove frustrating to some, it’s a creatively courageous move for the filmmaker.
Survival, as well as finding our way in this life, is paramount whether or not it’s the end of the world. Powered by a standout performance by Robbie and solid supporting work from Pine and Ejiofor, Z for Zachariah is first-rate storytellingwhich, amidst its intricate subtleties, packs a powerful punch.
Z for Zachariahis now playing in select theaters (New York & Los Angeles) and On Demand.
Tom Cruise has proven once again why he is one of the Hollywood’s biggest stars as Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation has been one of the top movies for the past month.
Over the span of over three decades. Cruise’s films have grossed over $5 billion at the box office. One of the main reasons why Cruise has been one of the most bankable stars in movie history is because he cares about the audience and when he makes a movie Cruise he takes every element seriously and is very hands on. Whether it’s climbing the side of a mountain or hanging off a plane, Cruise is ready for the challenge.
(Click on the media below to hear Tom Cruise discuss his dedication to film-making)