Justin Kurzel’s new adaptation apes the earlier Polanski film’s rolling fog and blistering exteriors, adding in stylized battles (blood, mud, metal, noise) that make it into something resembling Shakespeare by way of Braveheart. It works; this is one of the best Bard adaptations in recent memory. …Read More
And now it gets heavy. December is when the big guns come out, both at the multiplex and the art house, as awards season is in full swing and distributors …Read More
With Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth set to unleash all the insanity of the cursed “Scottish Play” on October 25, the director and stars Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) and Marion Cotillard (Lady MacBeth) have participated in a featurette revealing their angles for the characters and the filmmaking.
After a couple of very dry weeks, we’ve got so many noteworthy new releases streaming and on shelves today that we had to add another slot to our customary five. Two of last year’s best movies finally hit disc, along with a wonderful documentary from one of the greats, a pair of forgotten flicks from the ‘80s, and a powerful drama that’s finally off the festival circuit.
The trailer for Macbeth—the British drama film directed by Justin Kurzel—is upon us, and it’s everything you could hope for …Read More
“All good things must come to an end” is a truism that, of late, the film and TV industries have been proving to be a false-ism. Until each and every granule of history and previously made art is plucked from its resting place and forced into contemporary “relevance,” we won’t have to face the fearful idea of…new ideas. And, unfortunately, it’s hard not enjoy a lot of these revisitations. Earlier, we ecstatically reported on the release of new images from the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer Netflix prequel, and, on the very same day, photos of the cast from the remake of the O.J. Simpson trial (okay, that was a real-life event) — aka Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson — were released. Check out Paper‘s comparison of these images of the trial’s new cast members to those of the original cast…right, of real people.
Dozing off on the couch Memorial Day evening with a belly full of improperly cooked-out burgers and cheap beer is a bit of a holiday tradition (in our house, anyway), but this year, there’s a particularly fascinating bit of television programming for you to nod off to: Grace of Monaco, in which Oscar winner Nicole Kidman plays iconic movie-star-turned-princess Grace Kelly. This was supposed to be a giant movie: opening the Cannes Film Festival, awards season push by the Weinstein Company, Oscar glory. Instead, it’s quietly making its stateside debut on Lifetime, a network better known for cringe-worthy original biopics and tales of women in jeopardy. So how did such a prestige project end up on a punchline network? Let’s roll the tape.