Filmmaker Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, The Life of Pi) continues to push cinematic boundaries as his latest film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, was shot at 120 frames per second. The 3D, 4K resolution film centers on the titular character, a 19-year-old private (Joe Alwyn) who is being honored (along with his fellow soldiers) at a Thanksgiving Day football game.
Juxtaposing events from the football game and flashing back to Bravo Squad’s experiences during an Iraq battle, the multi-layered narrative is also one of Ang Lee’s storytelling trademarks. Steve Martin, who co-stars in the film as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, said that all of this ground breaking technology didn’t detract from the “natural experience” of making the film.
“I was impressed by the idea of the technology,” said Martin. “But by the time I got there, I had just kind of done enough and be in situations where crazy things (and) shooting under crazy circumstances. The camera was actually quite physically beautiful. I became attracted to it (laughs). It’s a gorgeous piece of machinery and the operation of it is so skillful.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Steve Martin humorously discuss the prospect of seeing his 70-year-old face projected on the silver screen with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
Co-starring Kristen Stewart, Vin Diesel, and Garrett Hedlund, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens nationwide November 11th.
One of filmmaker Ang Lee’s many strengths lies in his creative restlessness. Lee could have continued to flourish in the indie film universe of The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman, but he had much different ambitions. Movies such as Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, and Life of Pi are just several examples of Lee’s storytelling acumen. Now he’s back with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, a movie based on Ben Fountain’s acclaimed novel.
The story centers Billy (Joe Alwyn), a 19-year-old private who is being honored along with his fellow soldiers during the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game. Through Billy’s flashbacks during his tour of duty, we discover the real events behind the Iraq battle. Vin Diesel, Steve Martin, and Kristen Stewart co-star in the feature.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is also achieving a first in movie history, as portions of the movie were shot at 120 frames per second (in comparison, Peter Jackson shot The Hobbit at 48 frames per second).
Click on the media bar below to hear Ang Lee discuss his decision to shoot Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk at 120 frames per second.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk opens Friday, November 11, 2016.
On episode 28 of CinemAddicts, Anderson Cowan and I review Woody Allen’s Café Society, a feature that marks the third collaboration between Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart (they also worked together on Adventureland and American Ultra). The 1930s set feature, which centers on a Bronx youth’s (Jesse Eisenberg) romance with his uncle’s secretary (Kristen Stewart) in Los Angeles, is gorgeously shot by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, Last Tango in Paris).
During the second segment we take on The Infiltrator, the true story of federal agent Robert Mazur’s (Bryan Cranston) attempts to take down Pablo Escobar’s drug trafficking ring. Diane Kruger and John Leguizamo are the agents who help Mazur’s mission, with Bratt playing one of Escobar’s top lieutenants. Brad Furman, whose previous credits include The Lincoln Lawyer and Runner Runner, directs.
Anderson’s streaming pick of the week is the first rate Western Slow West which stars Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, and my DVD recommendation is evocative coming of age film My Golden Days.
Check out episode 28 of CinemAddicts as well as our ‘180 Seconds or Less’ review of Café Society.
Adventureland pair Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are back at it with the action comedy American Ultra. The story centers on Mike Howell (Eisenberg) a stoner who was actually trained by the CIA and much to his chagrin is a one man wrecking crew. When the agency plans to take him out, it’s up to Mike to turn the tables and save his girlfriend (Stewart) in the process.
The chemistry between the two leads has always been apparent, and Eisenberg views Stewart as a “wonderful actress.” Though Adventurelandfeatured wonderful work from a talented ensemble (Ryan Reynolds and Margarita Levieva), Stewart and Eisenberg proved to be the film’s biggest one-two punch
Kristen Stewart reunites with her friend Jesse Eisenberg in the action comedy American Ultra opening in theaters this Friday. This marks the second time that Stewart and Eisenberg have worked together, the last time being in 2009 when they starred in the coming-of-age comedy Adventureland.
In Adventureland the two shared great onscreen on chemistry and the same goes for American Ultra. Although Stewart praises her co-star for his “intimidating” intelligence, she also feels a relative sense of ease working with Eisenberg which inevitably leads to solid performances from the pair.
Click on the video to see Stewart discuss her collaboration with Eisenberg.
But can the actors successfully blend action and comedy and throw in some pothead flair into the mix? Does this movie feel a bit like Pineapple Express? Feel free to comment below and tell us if you’re excited about American Ultra!