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.
Check out the latest episode of CinemAddicts below:
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.
Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is absolutely unrecognizable in the trailer for Shot Caller. Directed by Ric Roman Waugh (Felon, Snitch), the crime drama centers on a once successful business named Jacob Harlon (Coster-Waldau) who is now transformed to a ruthless gangster after a DUI sends him to prison. Surviving in the system as part of a prison gang, Jacob (who now goes by the name of Money) is eventually released but realizes law enforcement still has him under their grips. With odds stacked against his own survival, Money must pull off one final crime to ensure his family’s safety.
Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister (aka the Kingslayer) on Game of Thrones, looks to have a plum role with Shot Caller (his previous film credits include The Other Womanand Gods of Egypt), and he’s under the able direction of Waugh, a filmmaker who brings a realistic depth and level of humanity to his crime genre driven work. The film also reunites Waugh with Snitch co-stars Benjamin Bratt and Jon Bernthal. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
Premiering June 16 at the LA Film Festival, Shot Caller hits select theaters and On Demand August 18.
Based on the Jesse Andrews novel, Me and Earl and The Dying Girl scooped up the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. The picture, which centers on Greg (Project X’s Thomas Mann) a high school senior who begrudgingly befriends a cancer stricken classmate (Olivia Cooke), features memorable performances from the leads, and newcomer RJ Cyler (as Greg’s best buddy), Jon Bernthal (playing a tattooed, sage-like history teacher), and Nick Offerman (as Greg’s eccentric, sociology professor father) also deliver wonderful work.
“Every single person who came in (to Me and Earl and The Dying Girl) was just this wonderful, generous, really talented person,” said Andrews. “And it seemed at some point that at some point, that pattern had to break – but it didn’t. And the movie that results, I think, reflects that whole diversity of talent.”
The film, which opens nationwide June 12, has generated a ton of positive buzz and goodwill, but does it actually deliver the goods?
Please check out our in-depth review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl on our sister site Deepest Dream.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl centers on Greg (Thomas Mann), a high school senior forced by his mom (Connie Britton) to befriend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), a fellow classmate who’s been diagnosed with cancer. Based on Jesse Andrews’ novel (he also penned the script), the film won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
During my interview with Olivia Cooke, I asked her if she related to the film’s theme of continuing discovery. As one teacher (Jon Bernthal) sagely says to Greg, “Life can keep unfolding to you just as long as you pay attention.”
“It’s completely reassuring as well that you don’t completely vanish off the face of the earth,” says Cooke, who is best known for her work on Bates Motel. “And especially, doing my job, hopefully if I make good movies – after I’m gone people are still going to watch these movies and keep my memory alive. And I’m going to watch movies of my friends after they’re gone – and that’s me keeping them alive. (And with) just reading books – you’re keeping the author alive. It’s such a reassuring thing that you’re not completely forgotten.”
To hear Olivia Cooke also talk about “being hit by mortality” at age 18, click on the Soundcloud media bar below:
Another audio clip from our Cooke interview has her talking about her early acting dreams and ambitions. To check out the post, please go to our sister site Deepest Dream.
Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, co-starring RJ Cyler as Greg’s best friend Earl, opens Friday, June 12.