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?
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)
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)
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, best known for their acclaimed show Key and Peele, headed to the silver screen earlier this year with their comedy Keanu, and now the comedy hits Blu-ray and DVD August 2nd and Digital HD on July 19.
The story centers on the misadventures of Clarence (Key) and Rell (Peele), cousins who impersonate intimidating killers in an attempt to infiltrate the street gang (led by actor and Wu-Tang Clan member Method Man) which may be in possession of Rell’s kidnapped kitten. Alex Rubens, who served as a writer and producer of Key and Peele, penned the Keanu screenplay with Peele.
Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD include the featurette “Keanu: My First Movie,” deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Keanu also stars Tiffany Haddish (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Luis Guzman (Carlito’s Way), Nia Long (Love Jones, Uncle Buck) and Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth, Nebraska).