Ethan Hawke delivered one of last year’s finest performances in the critically acclaimed film First Reformed, and now he’s playing Pat Garrett in the Western The Kid. Directed by Vincent D’Onofrio (who also has a brief role in the feature), The Kid Centers on a young boy named Rio (Jake Schur) whose life is forever changed thanks to Billy the Kid (Dane DeHaan) and Garrett. Leila George, who’s D’Onofrio’s daughter, co-stars as Rio’s sister and Chris Pratt plays their menacing uncle.
D’Onofrio, Hawke, and Pratt worked together on The Magnificent Seven so The Kid is a reunion of sorts. , The Kid hits theaters March 8.
Other movies previewed on the podcast include the upcoming Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn film Dragged Across Concreteand the Travis Fimmel headlined heist flick Finding Steve McQueen. Take a listen to this month’s episode of CinemAddicts:
On this month’s episode of CinemAddicts, we cover Arctic and Piercing, two under the radar films that are definitely worth your attention.
Arcticcenters on Overgard (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who is stranded in the freezing cold after a plane crash. After a helicopter pilot (Maria Thelma Smáradóttir) crash lands in the same area, he attempts to beat all odds and lead both of them to safety. Directed and penned by Joe Penna (it’s co-written by Ryan Morrison), Arctic is a visually arresting and resonant look at pushing forward even through the bleakest of conditions.
Directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), Piercing centers on a man (Christopher Abbott) who is attempting to commit the perfect murder. His intended victim is an erratic call girl (Mia Wasikowska) who may turn that tables on him during one fateful evening. Pesce, a fan of giallo cinema and director Brian De Palma (the film has several eye catching split screen sequences), is in full command of his material, and if you don’t mind a little blood in your storytelling, then Piercing should be worth your time.
One of Robin Williams’ many attributes was his ability to defy expectations, as he deftly mixed in comedy and drama throughout his career. With the 1996 hit film The Birdcage, Williams was initially offered the showier part of Albert Goldman, a role which Nathan Lane knocked out of the park. Williams decided to play Armand Goldman, a part which was much more conservative and buttoned down.
During the interviews for that film, Williams was inspired by the dry humor of Mike Nichols (who directed The Birdcage) and the peerless writing of Elaine May. “Elaine wrote this script that was so precise,” said Williams. “It’s like espresso – it’s the essence. Mike said, just give (the script a chance) because she’s worked hard on every word and she knows that they have a weight and a dept. It”s timed out. It’s like a piece of music.”
Click on the media bar to hear Robin Williams reflect on his career and why there was a “double drive” when it came to his acting journey.
Some of the best comic book films don’t have to originate from Marvel or DC. Director/writer M. Night Shyamalan’sUnbreakable and Split, while paying homage to the artistic form, have also carved out their own creative territory. Glass, a continuation of this immersive universe, is our most highly anticipated film in January. Having James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson team up with Sarah Paulson should be a thing of beauty, and even though January is a month where most of the films absolutely are forgettable, Glass may rise above the fray.
Other films covered on this month’s episode of CinemAddicts include the choose your own adventure inspired Bandersnatchand State Like Sleep, a thriller headlined by Katherine Waterston which co-stars Michael Shannon and Luke Evans.
What films are you excited to see this month? Feel free to comment below!
The 1995 feature Waterworldwas maligned by critics and journalists even before it came out. Whether it was reports of a creative rift with director Kevin Reynolds (Costner eventually took over the reigns) or its escalating budget, the movie was doomed from the start.
Costner has always been a frank and insightful interviewee, and credit goes to him for sitting down with us and fellow media members at the Waterworldpress junket back in 1995.
During the interview, Costner talked about the reports the film’s budget. “I’m a pretty fiscally oriented person,” said Costner. “I’ve made movies. I’ve financed movies with my own money. The notion of throwing around money, I don’t want to go into where it goes, that’s not an (modus operandi) for me. I’ve had to wear that yolk to of where the money went. The decisions that I make are always fiscally oriented and story oriented.?
Click on the media bar to hear Costner explain why Waterworld was a “difficult” film to make:
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we cover two films that definitely will be remembered come awards time. Both Roma and Cold War come straight from the heart, as the directors used inspiration from their own lives to helm their respective features. The relationship of his parents inspired Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida) pen and direct Cold War, the story of two lovers (Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot) who spend years attempting to solidify their relationship. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma centers on a maid named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) and her life in Mexico City. The project, which was also penned by Cuaron, is inspired by his own childhood and it’s his most personal project to date.
Take a listen to our review of both films in the episode below!
Cold War opens in select theaters on December 21, with Roma landing a December 14 premiere on Netflix.