For those of you interested in Denis Villeneuve and Neil Blomkamp’s work, U.S. audiences will be able to see how the former’s Dune adaptation turned out when it premieres in theaters and on HBO Max October 22. As for the latter, his most recent movie, Demonic, was released last month, and he’s next set to tackle Inferno, which will star Friday Night Lights’ Taylor Kitsch (not to be confused with the same-named 2016 Tom Hanks-led movie).
Director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, Search Party) joins the show to discuss his latest, The Eyes of Tammey Faye, starring Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield.
Stick around for the bulk the show where we talk about Christopher Nolan shifting to Universal Studios for his next film following his apparent fallout with his long-time home at Warner Bros. The deal reportedly came with a laundry list of demands which will provide an interesting stress test for the future of the theatrical market.
When Steven Spielberg drops a trailer, it’s worth talking about. His version of West Side Story is nearly here, and this latest trailer shows off the film’s gorgeous new look.
Timestamps (Approx. Only)
00:02:19 – Weekly Poll
00:12:16 – Michael Showalter Interview
00:35:12 – Christopher Nolan’s New Universal Deal
00:51:54 – New West Side Story Trailer
01:00:55 – Copshop
01:03:30 – Cry Macho
01:10:48 – Blue Bayou
01:15:39 – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
01:24:01 – Our Favorite Alfre Woodard
01:35:41 – Outro
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Emory Cohen (Denny)
Mark O’Brien’s cop character, Ace, has a racist partner named Denny, played in Blue Bayou by Emory Cohen, who debuted in his late teens in 2008’s coming-of-age drama Afterschool, before playing a troubled teen in The Place Beyond the Pines opposite Ryan Gosling and, later, joining the cast of Smash on NBC.
He would continue to appear in challenging dramas (like Hot Summer Nights, Shot Caller, and Lords of Chaos), as well as lighter pieces (such as War Machine or Brooklyn), and even some genre pictures (like Sweetheart and Flashback) and more TV (namely Netflix’s The OA). He will soon star in an upcoming Netflix series called Florida Man, Jeremy Saulnier’s next Netflix movie Rebel Ridge, and appears alongside a star-studded cast (including Oscar Isaac) in Big Gold Brick.
Still, despite being left in the dark, Jessica Chastain enjoyed working with Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg, who made his feature directorial debut with that movie after having been a writer/producer in the X-Men franchise since 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. As a matter a fact, they did end up collaborating again on The 355, the action movie co-starring Lupita Nyong’o, Diana Kruger and Penélope Cruz that’s coming out next January. Will Chastain and Kinberg team up for a third movie? Let’s wait and see.
For the rest of his career, Andrew Garfield will carry a label of “former Spider-Man actor.” This despite the fact that he was brilliant in David Fincher’s Facebook drama The Social Network, earned an Oscar nomination for Mel Gibson’s pacifist war-time thriller Hacksaw Ridge, and has two movies coming out this year that show very different sides of the actor. While doing press for one of them, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, I did make a connection between his character, the televangelist Jim Bakker, and a moment in Garfield’s career when he reached out and emotionally connected with a large “congregation” of fans.
Major spoilers for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings lie ahead.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has finally arrived, and it not only brought a new hero to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it also revealed more about a group fans have known for years. I’m, of course, speaking about the Ten Rings organization, which was first introduced in 2008’s Iron Man. However, this time around, viewers learned the history of the group and its true leader, the enigmatic Wenwu (a.k.a. Shang-Chi’s dad). By the end of the film, the ancient group was left in an interesting position, and it could lead to them popping up in some future MCU projects.
An interesting wrinkle in this piece of the theory is that Neo, Trinity and Morpheus have been respawned in The Matrix Resurrections. However, only Morpheus seems to have changed form, unless that other guy Neo sees in the mirror is his true form. For now, the respawning theory is valid, as classic Matrix figures have returned. But to potentially explain Morpheus’ new face, we have to turn back to the original trilogy.
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After being delayed from its previous December 2020 release slot, Denis Villenueve’s Dune is a little over a month away from hitting theaters. Well, if you live in the United States, that is. But in various international markets like France, Germany, Italy and Russia, the latest film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel from 1965 is now playing, and the movie already collected an impressive amount of money in France alone.
Adapted from author William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 page turner, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Nightmare Alley committed to the screen. A 1947 version, starring Tyrone Power, was coincidentally a product of 20th Century Fox; which probably explains how Guillermo del Toro was able to tackle the project in a more contemporary fashion. But be forewarned, this isn’t merely an adaptation of the previous film. Mr. del Toro, who co-wrote Nightmare Alley’s script with writer Kim Morgan, has gone on record as stating that this is a re-adaptation of facets from Gresham’s original novel.
Amores Perros (2000) – Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu
Ah, love is a bitch, ain’t it?
Well, at least to Alejandro Gonzalez Innarito, it is, because that’s what the title Amores Perros translates to. In this psychological drama film, Amores Perros follows three distinct stories, all of which are connected by a car accident in Mexico City. One centers on a teenager in the slums, another on a model who hurts her leg, and the other with a mysterious hitman, with dogs appearing in all three.
I sort of think of this film as the predecessor to films like Crash, where there are several different storylines but all of them have something to do with one big event. And honestly, it’s such a great example of that. Each of the stories in of themselves are compelling and have characters that you are interested about, but the real draw is that you get to see everything come together beautifully to tie into the same event.