Out today on Blu-ray and DVD, Ingrid Goes West is a stalker film that could be considered today’s version of Single White Female. Director Matt Spicer, however, has much more on his mind than telling the story of a mentally unstable young woman named Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) who becomes instantly fixated on a sunny Californian (Elizabeth Olsen). Rather, this flick is a pointed satire on the vapidity of social media, and it’s at its best when it skewers the beguiling the facade of this understandably addictive world.
After a brief stint at a mental institution, Ingrid heads to Venice, Ca. with her mother’s inheritance (she’s left with over $60,000) to stalk an Instagram celebrity named Taylor Sloane (Olsen). After brilliantly insinuating herself into Taylor’s life, Ingrid becomes fat friends with the object of her affections, and their bond leads both down a much darker path. O’Shea Jackson Jr. nearly steals the show as Ingrid’s constantly vaping landlord and Wyatt Russell plays Taylor’s failed artist husband.
Special features on the disc include deleted scenes and audio commentary from Plaza, Spicer, and writer David Branson Smith. The commentary is pretty informative and funny (thanks to Plaza’s deadpan humor), and most of the deleted scenes are actually extended versions of sequences that made it to the final cut. One deleted scene, dealing with a table read conducted by O’Shea Jackson Jr. (the landlord is also a wannabe screenwriter), is actually one of the funniest moments of the narrative and is worth checking out.
Wind River, an action thriller which features The Avengers actors Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner, hits Blu-ray and DVD November 14 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The picture continues the creative momentum of director/scribe Taylor Sheridan, as he previously penned the scripts for Sicario and last year’s Hell or High Water (which earned him an Oscar nod). Budgeted at $11 million, the feature amassed over $31 million at the domestic box office.
The plot centers on a rookie FBI agent (Olsen) who teams up with a game tracker (Renner) to investigate a girl’s killing at a Native American reservation. The Walking Dead vet Jon Bernthal, who previously worked on Sicario, co-stars in the flick.
Click on the media bar to hear Olsen discuss how the unforgiving environment of Wind River serves as an antagonist in the narrative:
Both disc versions come with deleted scenes and a behind the scenes video gallery.
Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner are quite familiar with one another thanks to their work on several Marvel films (including the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War), and now they’re traveling different terrain with Wind River.
Olsen is Jane Banner, a Las Vegas based FBI agent who teams up with a game tracker (Jeremy Renner) to investigate girl’s murder on a Native American Reservation. Jane’s main goal is to turn this investigation has its share of hitches, as her Floridian background doesn’t prepare her for her latest snowbound adventure.
“The character of Jane I found difficult and interesting because she is completely out of her own comfort zone,” said Olsen. “But at the same time she’s trying to do her job the best she can.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Olsen discuss how the unforgiving elements play an important role in Wind River:
Wind River, penned and directed by Sicario and Hell or High Water scribe Taylor Sheridan, opens nationwide August 4.
I Saw The Light, now playing in select theaters, is one of Tom Hiddleston’smost inspired and challenging performances, as playing iconic country singer-songwriter Hank Williams was no easy task. Part of Hiddleston’s journey in becoming Williams included working hours on end with musician Rodney Crowell to effectively capture the artist’s most signature tunes. The actor was also aided by the costumes and suits that also captured Williams’ charismatic persona.
“I think I had actually just got back from London and I dyed my hair black and as I walked into the costume fitting there was a whole rail of these really earthy, brown, sort of khaki tones that Hank wore and the most fantastically printed ties,” said Williams. “Big double-breasted suits and pleated trousers. We had a fitting that lasted about two or three hours and I came away . . . when you put the costume on it makes you feel different and it makes you stand in a different way. All of those costumes were instrumental on how I felt on the day.”
Part of the joy of doing I Saw The Light must have also come from receiving support from members of the Williams family. Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Hiddleston talk about receiving a letter from singer-songwriter Holly Williams(Hank Williams’ granddaughter).
I Saw The Light co-stars Elisabeth Olsen as Hank’s strong-willed wife (and fellow country singer) Audrey Williams.
Based on the book Hank Williams: The Biography, I Saw The Light centers on the aforementioned singer-songwriter (Tom Hiddleston) who would change the face of country music. Elizabeth Olsen co-stars in the feature as Hank’s wife and muse Audrey Williams, a strong-spirited woman who determinedly carved out a music career of her own.
Thanks to their previous work together in the Marvel Universe and their collaboration with I Saw The Light director Marc Abraham, the chemistry between Hank and Audrey, whether grounded in passion or antipathy, is electric. Olsen effectively conveys Audrey’s frustration in being second fiddle in Hank’s personal and professional life, and during this week’s press conference she talked about the creative joy of working a character driven movie (which, by the way, is supported by first rate music).
“For me, it is a breath of fresh air to be on an intimate set and to have momentum,” says Olsen, whose previous credits include Martha Marcy May Marlene and Oldboy. “And to have speed and not wait around and to not be waiting on a trailer for six hours and then you have thirty seconds to save the world in one look, you know? That’s a lot of pressure (laughs)! To me it’s a lot more fun to have a creative argument about how we are blocking or over stepping each other’s lines in a hallway and how we’re going to film that and how we’re going to change it and try something out.”
Click on the media bar to hear Elizabeth Olsen detail the benefits of working in the “moment to moment” feeling behind I Saw The Light (she also breaks down the complexities of and why she loves working on Marvel films).
I Saw The Light, co-starring Cherry Jones as Hank’s dedicated mother Lillie, opens in New York and Los Angeles. To check out our interview with Tom Hiddleston, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.