As proven with Miss Sloane,Jessica Chastain proves that she’s at home with rapid fire dialogue, and now she teams up with the master of that aesthetic with Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin. His feature directing debut Molly’s Game is the true story of how skier Molly Bloom (Chastain) became the operator of a high stakes poker game in Los Angeles and New York. Also the author of a bestselling book based on her poker days, Bloom was also in trouble with the law, and Idris Elba co-stars as the lawyer who helps Bloom through the legal process. The picture features standout work from Chastain and hopefully she’ll be remembered come Oscar nominations time.
Also covered on the latest episode of CinemAddicts is Blame and American Folk, two indie January releases that also deliver Grade A narratives. Our divergent opinions on Call Me By Your Name (I loved it) is also covered on the show – take a listen below and feel free to comment!
Now out on Blu-ray and DVD, the first rate adventure/romance drama The Mountain Between Us centers on two strangers who are stranded in a remote area with little hope for survival. Photojournalist Alex Martin (Kate Winslet) and brain surgeon Ben Bass (Idris Elba) were the passengers on a chartered plane which crash lands in this snowy and unforgiving environment, and now both have their own viewpoints on how to proceed. Ben is determined to stay near the crash site and wait for help while Alex wants to traverse new ground in hopes of finding civilization. Though the dead pilot’s (Beau Bridges) dog is also a part of the story, The Mountain Between Us is essentially a visually arresting two hander. Filled with spot on performances between the leads, the feature also is blessed with natural chemistry between Elba and Winslet, and their growing affection towards each other is palpable.
Click on the media bar below to hear Winslet talk about shooting in the high altitudes featured in The Mountain Between Us:
The Blu-ray version comes with several featurettes, and audio commentary from director Hany Abu-Assad, and deleted scenes. The fourteen minutes worth of cut scenes are, like most of the film, beautiful eye candy, and it’s interesting to hear Abu-Assad’s commentary on why these scenes are left out. There’s a particular scene in a cave which is particularly eye-catching, but the filmmaker makes a point to show that each of these sequences repeated similar beats that were already part of the story.
The Mountain Between Us is now available on Blu-ray and DVD viaFox Connect.
Jessica Chastaindelivers another first rate performance in Molly’s Game, the directorial debut of Oscar winning scribe Aaron Sorkin(The Social Network, Jobs). The true story centers on Molly Bloom (Chastain), a world class skier whose career was cut down after an accident. Slated to go to law school, Bloom instead traveled to Los Angeles where she eventually was managing a high stakes poker game. After a successful run in the City of Angels, she moved to New York and launched another successful operation before drug addiction and an FBI raid led her down a dangerous path. Kevin Costner co-stars in the feature as Bloom’s father, with Idris Elba playing the talented lawyer who tries to keep Bloom out of prison.
“Aaron’s been friends with Molly for a long time – he knows her very well,” said Chastain. “He’s very protective of her story and I’m not sure he would have ever felt comfortable handing over the screenplay to another director. I can’t imagine anyone else directing this story.”
Click on the media bar to hear Chastain discuss why she loved the “underdog” aspect of Molly’s Game:
The Mountain Between Us is a drama centering on a photo journalist (Kate Winslet) and neurosurgeon (Idris Elba) who survive a chartered plane crash only to be stuck amidst snowy peaks (the Purcell Mountains in British Columbia). These strangers must band together to survive the wintry chills and dangerous animals that await them (spoiler alert: it’s a mountain lion!).
“I loved this idea that these two characters would sustain an entire film from start to finish,” said Winslet. “I found that really interesting. I had never read a script like that before. I also really believed in what the story says in terms of you can change as a person in immeasurable ways and it’s perfectly possible to experience something in your life and never really go back to what your life once was before or what you thought was life or what you thought your life was going to become.”
Click on the media bar to hear Winslet talk about the challenges of shooting in such high altitudes with The Mountain Between Us.
The Mountain Between Us opens nationwide October 6.
The Dark Tower, an epic adventure that is based on the acclaimed Stephen King series, hits Blu-ray and DVD via Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on October 31.
The storyline centers on Roland (Idris Elba), aka the last Gunsliner, and his attempts to stop the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey) from destroying the Dark Tower. If the Man in Black is successful in his mission, the universe will be destroyed. Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) are part of the film’s ensemble.
Special features on the Blu-ray included deleted scenes, a blooper reel, a segment titled “A Look Through the Keyhole,” and five featurettes (“Last Time Around,” “The World Has Moved On..,” “The Man in Black,” “The Gunslinger in Action,” and “Stephen King Inspirations.” The DVD comes with the blooper reel and the “The Man in Black” and “The Gunslinger in Action” segments.
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