DVD Spotlight: ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Delves Into Art’s Everlasting Power

The ambitious and immersive animated film Ruben Brandt, Collector centers on the titular character (Iván Kamarás), a psychotherapist who has mental issues of his own. To rid himself of his nightmares, Ruben enlists several of his patients to steal 13 paintings from several of the world’s most renowned museums.

Directed by Hungarian animator Milorad Krstic, Ruben Brandt, Collector is a seamless blend of pop art and film noir, and the feature is littered with references in both the art world and cinema.

“The moment I got to the audition and saw the first concept,” said Kamarás. “I saw the first few frames of the whole movie – the animation was colored and sometimes it wasn’t. Sometimes it was a sketch – animatics it’s called. I immediately could see what potential this movie had and how much power it had on me.”

Click on the media bar to hear Kamarás discuss how the power of art is front and center with Ruben Brandt, Collector:

Ruben Brandt, Collector is now out on DVD and Digital via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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Beanie Feldstein Discusses The “Inclusivity” Of Acclaimed Comedy ‘Booksmart’

Booksmart centers on two students (Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever) who have put their social lives on the backburner in favor of excelling in academics. Now that high school is finished, the pair plan to make their share of memories, even if it means getting outside their secluded box. The picture, which marks the feature directing debut of Olivia Wilde, is receiving rave reviews.

Thanks to her work in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising and Lady Bird, Feldstein’s acting career has been gaining steady momentum, and the critical success of Booksmart should even up the ante.

Feldstein initially met Wilde for tea to talk about the project (the pair were both working on Broadway at the time). “She was just so clear about her vision for this movie so once I knew she was directing it, I was so excited and honored that she thought of me,” said Feldstein, who’s the sister of actor/director Jonah Hill.

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Booksmart is now playing nationwide.

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Elizabeth Banks Engages With The “Incredible Blend” Of ‘Brighburn’ Origin Story

Elizabeth Banks stars in Brightburn, the story of a married couple (Banks, David Denman) who have been trying to have kids but to no avail. As luck would have it, a fiery space capsule crash lands in a Kansas forest near their farm holding a baby. They name this alien Brandon, hoping he would adjust to humanity. But Brandon’s (Jackson A. Dunn) alienation from his classmates, coupled with his own super powers. ends up being a deadly combination, and this town ultimately becomes his playground for violence.

“When I first read Brightburn, I knew it was special,” said Banks. “I knew it was different from things I’d seen before. It didn’t fit into either the horror category or the superhero category. It was an incredible blend of both things.

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Brighburn opens nationwide May 24.

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Edward Zwick’s Cinematic Journey With ‘Trial By Fire’ Bolstered By Acting Leads

Director Edward Zwick’s acclaimed career includes epic filmmaking (Glory, The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall) and incisive personal dramas (Love & Other Drugs, Pawn Sacrifice. What binds his diverse set of films, along with their non-pandering approach to story, is the strength of their actors.

Trial By Fire is the true story of death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham’s (Jack O’Connell) friendship with Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern), a determined woman who fights for his freedom. The picture, which is also an unflinching exploration on the death penalty, is anchored by excellent work from O’Connell and Dern.

“I had seen his work in England and I had even saw his as a young boy in Skins,” said Zwick. “What I really knew about Jack was his courage as an actor. His willingness to tell the truth and go for the authenticity rather than what might have seen more sympathetic. There are certain actors, and I’ll mention no names, who are sort of self protective. And I knew he wouldn’t. It was very important that audiences condemn him at the beginning of the movie as did the people of Corsicana, Texas.” 

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Trial By Fire opens nationwide May 17.

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Anne Hathaway Brings A Different Sort of Funny With ‘The Hustle’

The Hustle centers on two con women (Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson) who team up to scam the rich in hopes to amass their own wealth. Josephine (Hathaway) is the more seasoned of the pair, as she attempts to impart her wisdom to the unpredictable Penny (Wilson). Bedtime Story and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels were previous iterations of this comedic tale.

“I wanted to make a comedy with Rebel since I first saw her in Bridesmaids,” said Hathaway. “When the opportunity showed up and then, ‘Oh we’re playing con women and we get to be in the French Riviera and we get to wear fabulous clothes and there’s a million accents’ then it got better. But really it was about working with her.”

Click on the media bar to hear Anne Hathaway talk about having a different comedic approach to The Hustle than Rebel Wilson:

The Hustle is now playing nationwide. 

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Olivia Wilde Goes For “Intense” Buddy Cop Bond With ‘Booksmart’

Olivia Wilde makes her feature directing debut with Booksmart, and the feature has received excellent word of mouth. The coming of age tale centers on studious teenagers Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) who embark on one final adventure before heading off the college. Feldstein’s previous credits include What We Do In The Shadows and Lady Bird, and Dever is a cast member of TV’s Last Man Standing.

Wilde describes the film as an “intense” look at a pivotal and close friendship. “I was just grateful that someone was making a story about female friendship and one that just wasn’t about them trying to get a guy,” said Wilde. “Or trying to assimilate.”

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Booksmart, co-starring Jason Sudeikis and Lisa Kudrow, hits theaters May 24.

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