Seen last month in the first rate suburban nightmare Mom and Dad, Nicolas Cage continues his run of excellent work with Looking Glass. Directed by River’s Edge filmmaker Tim Hunter, the feature centers on Ray and Maggie (Nicolas Cage, Robin Tunney) a dysfunctional couple who buy a motel that’s housed in a mysterious, and possibly dangerous, small town.
The motel has a crawlspace that connects all of the rooms in the motel, and thanks to double sided mirrors Ray is able to explore his voyeuristic tendencies. Ray’s thrills are short-lived after a murder takes place on the property, and a sheriff (Marc Blucas) believes Ray might be the number one suspect!
Cage is at his unhinged best with Looking Glass, and Tunney (just like Blair in Mom and Dad) proves she’s more than up to the task to verbally spar with the actor (their scenes together are electric). Hunter infused Looking Glass with a graphic comic book, B-movie style aesthetic, and that pulpy flavor absolutely works with Looking Glass. Coming out February 16 in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD, Looking Glass is a must see for Cage fans and, more importantly, devotees to well executed, if not lurid, thrillers.
Other films discussed on CinemAddicts is the Rebecca Hall/Dan Stevens relationship drama Permission and the punk rock feature Bomb City. Both open February 9. Take a listen below to the latest episode of CinemAddicts!
Wonder Woman is a huge box office hit, and more importantly it will hopefully usher in a slew of, whether it stems from Marvel or DC, female driven superhero flicks.
In an ode to perfect timing, Professor Marston & The Wonder Women hopes to give us a deeper look into the creators behind this iconic protagonist. The origins behind Wonder Woman’s creation is just as interesting as Princess Diana’s own background, as Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marson (Luke Evans) was a trailblazer in the comic book arena. Inspired and supported by his wife Elizabeth Marston (Rebecca Hall) and their mutual lover Olive Byrne (Bella Heathcote), the trio bucked convention much to pop culture’s betterment.
Written and directed by Angela Robinson (D.E.B.S.), Professor Marston & The Wonder Women opens nationwide October 27, 2017. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think below!
Forest Whitaker, most recently seen on the big screen in Arrival, has landed a role in the upcoming 2Pac / Notorious B.I.G. murder drama Labyrinth. The film stars Johnny Depp as the disgraced L.A.P.D. detective unable to solve the cases of the two rap icons. Deadline reports that Whitaker will play a journalist who joins the cop on the investigation. Brad Furman will direct.
Willem Dafoe, no stranger to superhero films playing the Green Goblin in the 2002 Spider-Man movie, will reportedly appear in the next Justice League film. Dark Horizons reports that Dafoe will reprise his role as Vulko, the trusted advisor of Aquaman (Jason Momoa). Dafoe was already confirmed to play Vulko in the solo Aquaman film, and both he and Amber Heard (who plays Queen Mera) will reportedly appear in the Justice League film alongside Momoa. Justice League is set for a Nov. 17, 2017 release, while Aquaman will follow on July 26, 2018.
According to Deadline, the latest Sherlock Holmes film update starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly is starting to flesh out the cast. Holmes & Watson will also include Rob Brydon as Scotland Yard Inspector Lestrade, while Kelly McDonald is on board as housekeeper Mrs. Hudson. Rebecca Hall will appear in the film as Dr. Grace Hart, the first female doctor to practice in London. Ferrell will star as Holmes, while Reilly is Watson in the comedy, which is being directed by Etan Cohen.
We’ve seen Robin Hood in many incarnations over the years, and the latest film will take a look at his youth. According to Screen Rant, Robin Hood: Origins will star Taron Egerton in the titular role, with a March 23, 2018 now expected.
It’s mid-October and Oscar watch is definitely upon us. A shoo-in for a Best Actress Oscar is Rebecca Hall for her performance in Christine. Directed by Simon Killer filmmaker Antonio Campos, the film centers on the true story of Christine Chubbuck (Hall), a 1970s TV reporter who committed suicide live on television. Michael C. Hall (Dexter) co-stars as the anchor of the Sarasota, Florida news station, with Tracy Letts playing the station’s often disgruntled manager. Both Anderson and I loved the film, which opens in wider release October 21.
Also reviewed on this program is director Chan-wook Park’s latest film The Handmaiden. Based on Sarah Water’s Victorian set novel Fingersmith, the plot centers on two people (Ha Jung-woo, Kim Tae-ri) who plot on stealing a large inheritance from Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), the resident of a sprawling Korean estate. Anderson’s movie pick of the week is the documentary The Fear of 13. My two film recommendations are Stealing Home, a drama starring Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster, and Stoker, a mystery/thriller starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman that was also directed by Chan-wook Park.
Jason Sudeikis (Race, Mother’s Day) and Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Gift) are talented actors who’ve covered a multitude of genries, and now with Tumbledown the pair try their hand with a Maine set comedy/drama.
Hannah (Rebecca Hall) continues to struggle over the passing of husband Hunter Miles, a gone too soon singer/songwriter whose sole album has garnered its share of acclaim. Andrew (Jason Sudeikis), a New York based writer/professor with an amiable flair for sarcasm, travels to Maine in hopes of convincing Hannah to talk about Hunter (he’s starting a book based on Hunter’s life). Unfortunately, this city slicker is a fish out of water in Hannah’s woodsy, small town world, and she immediately shuts down his proposal.But after a few awkward stops and starts, Hannah gradually lets Andrew into her life, thereby giving him a deeper picture of what truly made Miles tick. The journalist side of Hunter, however, questions if Hunter’s tragic fall during an outdoors excursion was in fact a suicide, and this investigation may cause a rift with Hannah and her family (Blythe Danner and Richard Masur play her parents). Dianna Agron co-stars as Andrew’s girlfriend Finley, with Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike) playing a power company employee who’s essentially Hannah’s friend with benefits.
Though we’ve seen the story of mismatched pairs who eventually form a unique bond, Tumbledown has its share of intriguing elements. Director Sean Me2shaw and screenwriter Desiree Van Til, who grew up in Maine, infuse the film with a real sense of place. A well written dinner scene between Hannah and Andrew, as the pair briefly share past stories, sets a solid foundation for what’s to come, and even though the movie does have its predictable moments, Tumbledown is blessed with solid performances by an invested ensemble. Musician Damien Jurado was also tasked with crafting music inspired by Hunter Miles, and the songs featured in the film are worth a listen, especially if you’re a fan of the melodic and melancholic work of Bon Iver and Nick Drake.
Special features on the Blu-ray include “The Making of Tumbledown,” which features interviews with the cast and crew, and “The Music Behind Tumbledown,” which contains a look at Damien Jurado’s approach to his Tumbledown compositions.
For more on Tumbledown, check out my discussion of the film on CinemAddicts in the media bar below (starting at 55:00).