On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we cover the films we’re looking forward to in the month of November. Topping that list is Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri which is opening in limited release November 17. The flick, which is getting a ton of critical praise, will surely net another Oscar nomination for Frances McDormand who plays a mother who is trying to find justice for her daughter’s murder.
Several films are also reviewed in the podcast, as I discuss the upcoming films My Friend Dahmer, Sweet Virginia, and Blade of the Immortal. Ross Lynch gives one of this year’s best performances as the young Jeffrey Dahmer, and this Disney and music star proves he can take on challenging dramatic material (the house featured in the film is Dahmer’s actual childhood home). Opening November 17, Sweet Virginia is a first rate, Alaskan set thriller starring Jon Bernthal and Christopher Abbott. Blade of the Immortal, like My Friend Dahmer, opens November 3 and is director Takashi Miike’s latest samurai masterpiece.
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October is upon us and the most highly anticipated film of the month is Blade Runner 2049. Already receiving stellar reviews, Blade Runner 2049 may be one of the rare movies that improves upon the iconic original. Directed by Arrival and Sicario filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, the feature marks the return of former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford). Ryan Gosling is simply known as K, the officer who’s searching for Deckard. Blade Runner 2049 opens nationwide October 6.
Critics darling Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven) is back with Wonderstruck, a storyline that follows the journey of two children living in different time periods. Julianne Moore, who previously worked with Haynes in Far From Heaven and Safe, reunites with Haynes in the feature that’s adapted by Brian Selznick’s book. Wonderstruck opens in limited release October 20.
Better Watch Out, the Harry Dean Stanton headlined Lucky, and Una (which features Carol actress Rooney Mara) are also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts. Take a listen below and feel free to comment!
On the latest episode of CinemAddicts we preview the September releases Mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, It, and American Assassin.
One smaller scale feature that’s worth a look is Rebel in the Rye, a biopic on Catcher in the Rye author J.D. Salinger (NicholasHoult). Kevin Spacey is Whit Burnett, the writing teacher who had a huge influence on Salinger’s life and ZoeyDeutch plays Salinger’s girlfriend Oona O’Neil (she would later marry Charlie Chaplin).
Directed by Danny Strong, Rebel in the Rye is based on the 2011 biography J.D. Salinger: A Life and it’s powered by a first rate performance by Hoult as the reclusive scribe. Strong has a ton of events (Salinger’s college life, Oona romance, WWII years) to fit into a 106 minute running time and he does it seamlessly. Fans of Salinger’s work looking for a bit more insight into the writer, or movie buffs who love narratives centered on the art of writing (the Salinger and Burnett relationship is the film’s strongest aspect) should definitely check out Rebel in the Rye.
Rebel In The Rye opens in select theaters September 8 via IFC Films. Check out this month’s episode of CinemAddicts and feel free to comment below!
July should prove to be a strong month for films, and on the latest episode of CinemAddicts we review War for the Planet of the Apes, an excellent closing to the critically acclaimed trilogy. Andy Serkis once again delivers an inspired performance as the strong willed leader Caesar. Woody Harrelson does layered work as The Colonel, the leader of an intimidating army that’s focused on eliminating the world of apes, and Steve Zahn is also memorable as Bad Ape, a new member to Caesar’s family. War for the Planet of the Apes opens nationwide July 14.
Although the official review for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is currently embargoed, we are allowed to officially give our reaction to the Luc Besson directed flick. Headlined by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, the movie fulfills Besson’s lifelong desire to make a movie that’s based on a comic book series he loved as a kid. Visually immersive in 3D, the picture is definitely worth a look when it hits theaters July 21.
Magnolia Pictures’ Person to Person may not be a blockbuster like the aforementioned films, but if you’re looking for a smaller scale and more intimate experience, this Michael Cera comedy-drama is a memorable one. Shot in 16mm by Dustin Guy Defa, Person to Person centers on several New Yorkers as they go about their day. Cera plays an erratic, punk rock loving newsman in the picture, and he’s just one of the more memorable characters who populate the story.
It’s a big year for Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker, as their passion for and extensive knowledge of cars began as a YouTube Channel and it’s now on full display with their freshman TV program Everyday Driver. The pair initially had designs of making Everyday Driver as a TV show but they’ve been able to garner a loyal and informed audience thanks to their Everyday Driver Car Debate Podcast and aforementioned YouTube Channel (it’s garnered over 36 million views).
“From a television perspective we are reaching people that I don’t think we might have ever reached before,” said Schmucker, whose extensive automotive industry resume includes working with Ford Motor Co., Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA, and Autodesk, Inc. “It seems strange to think that there are some people that don’t watch YouTube (but) funnily enough it’s probably still true . . . We never want to be more on the Consumer Reports side of things where we always fall back on statistics because that doesn’t tell you – will you like the car or not? That’s what we want from the television experience.”
With Schumucker’s career focused on automotive design work, Deeken served as Director of Post Production of over 250 films during his time at New Line Cinema. With Deeken’s filmmaking career (he serves as primary editor and director for Everyday Driver’s content) and Schmucker’s nuts and bolts knowledge of the industry, Everyday Driver is a seamless blend of two seemingly different worlds.
“I would say I’m much more of the 10-year-old of the two of us,” joked Deeken. “Because of (Paul’s) design background, he has a high end perception of the world. He takes things into a very high level. I take things as a child. My seven-year-old son will soon surpass me in maturity!”
Deeken is obviously (and refreshingly) self-deprecating, and the truth is the two have been building their Everyday Driver universe since 2007. Whether it’s the intimacy of their podcast or the Grade A production value of their new TV series, the pair are dedicated to helping people learn a little bit more about car culture but, more importantly, enjoy their driving experience. Whatever the case may be, viewers and listeners are also part of this immersive driving experience. “Paul and I are really close and we can banter,” added Deeken. “But we are also very different people. So you can decide, like the original Siskel & Ebert, and go ‘Well the long haired guy is an idiot but I also like what the other guy says’ or vice versa. You can figure out who you line up with and hopefully it will educate you on what the car is really like.”
Everyday Driver airs Saturday mornings on Velocity.
On episode 70 of CinemAddicts, we make a huge change with the podcast by switching from a weekly review program to a monthly service that previews films that are coming out. The reduction of episodes is due to scheduling and time constraints which we detail on this week’s show, but we’ll make sure we’ll give listeners as much bang for their buck (actually our iTunes program is free to download) on a monthly basis. Films we preview on this installment include Alien: Covenant, The Commune, Wakefield, and Baywatch.
I was also able to sneak my movie pick of the week, as the documentary Burden is a must watch. The project chronicles the life of Chris Burden, a performance artist whose lifelong passion for sculpting eventually led to his acclaimed work with installations and sculptures (one of his most famous pieces is Urban Light, which is housed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Burden, who died in 2015, is an intriguing artist whose distinct point of view led to acclaim for his often controversial work.
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