Ryan Gosling’s latest big-screen foray is far from traditional Hollywood fare. The Place Beyond the Pines — also starring Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, and Ray Liotta — re-teams the A-list actor with director Derek Cianfrance, the man behind the brilliantly devastating Blue Valentine. As we’ve hinted at before, revealing exactly what makes this film so different would spoil part of the (bleak) fun, but what has been made clear is the basic setup: Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a tatted-up stunt biker who discovers he has a previously unknown son. To try to support his newly found progeny, he turns to a life of crime, robbing banks to bankroll his child’s care. … Read More
We’re officially obsessed with ”movie mimicking,” an ongoing project by world traveler and film fanatic Allen Fuqua, which we first spotted over at My Modern Met. In the photo series, Fuqua goes to far-off countries and takes pictures of himself and his friends standing in for the actors in his favorite films, the shots recreated almost perfectly. The results are amazing — there’s something wonderful about realizing that some of the places inexorably connected to our favorite movies actually exist, and the juxtapositions tap into our subconscious memories in an incredibly satisfying way. Click through to see some of our favorites from Fuqua’s series, and then be sure to check out his website for even more from the project. … Read More
It has been quite a few years since a really good, fun hockey movie has hit theaters here in the US. That’s about to change on Friday when Michael Dowse’s Goon — which currently has a 79% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes — comes to the big screen. Written by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Knocked Up), the film stars Seann William Scott (American Pie) as an incredibly nice (but not so bright) guy who lands a job as the enforcer on a minor league hockey team, and it’s a hilarious take on hockey the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1977 classic Slap Shot. It also gave us a great excuse to run down some of the greatest cinematic hockey scenes of all time. Be sure to let us know your favorite in the comments. … Read More
It always feels like we’re pining for more free time during the holiday hustle, but often, when we’re faced with a few days at home to ourselves, we’re too spent to figure out how to enjoy them. Inspired by the release of the all-new Madden NFL 12 from our friends at EA Sports, we decided to spotlight some rewarding holiday activities you can enjoy in your newly discovered down time. Whether you’ve been celebrating Thanksgiving at home this year by choice or by consequence, we’ve come up with ten ways (Madden included) to keep you entertained — and none of them involve stepping foot out the front door. … Read More
Riding on some serious Sundance buzz, John Stalberg’s stoner comedy High School tells the story of a control-freak small town high school principal (an unrecognizably plump Michael Chiklis) who decides to institute mandatory drug testing for all students. This zero-tolerance policy becomes a problem for the high school valedictorian (Matt Bush), who has just recently tried marijuana for the first time. So he decides to get his entire class high. … Read More
We’ve all seen those groaner moments in a film where a character prominently filibusters in support of some real life product that-surprise!-contributed a hefty sum to said movies financing in exchange for the positive plug. Now, an article in today’s New York Times describes how these product placement deals are being cut progressively earlier in the filmmaking process, with rough scripts and situations prematurely doctored to optimize branding potential. Of course, with ballooning production costs this kind of product placement is almost inevitable. So we say, why not embrace it? … Read More
Don’t be fooled by the title: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice contains no dancing brooms. Instead, the new trailer treats us to Nicolas Cage doing his best Dumbledore impression, his sighing narration so recognizable and hackneyed that it’s unintentionally hilarious. Given that “the very important sorcerer” Cage is addressing is a perplexed-looking Jay Baruchel (him of Knocked Up and She’s Out Of My League), the crushing lack of levity in tone is even more incongruous.
The trailer somehow gets even better: none of the magic used seems to serve any useful purpose, fire appears as a weapon no less than eight times, there are two different dragons, and Alfred Molina materializes from cockroaches creeping from a Babushka doll to take form as a severely-mustachioed villain. After the jump, watch the new trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and follow along with some of our favorite in-detail screen caps. … Read More
You already know that here at Flavorwire, we’re pretty Oscar obsessed. So when this video roundup of past Oscar speeches circulated the Web (to the dramatic tune of Gioachino Rossini’s Guillaume Tell Overture, no less), we were intrigued.… Read More
In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, rock star Aldous Snow was a hilarious car-wreck of stereotypes: the schmaltzy, world-savior lyrics of Bono, the rock-star public persona of Tommy Lee, and the sexual prowess of Wilt Chamberlain (judging from the ridiculous quotes in his Playboy interview, the John Mayer no-filter quotability comparison also wouldn’t be far off). Russell Brand was so memorable as the British maniac that Judd Apatow signed him on for Get Him To The Greek, a spin-off reintroducing Brand as the Infant Sorrow lead-singer and Jonah Hill as the awkward devotee introduced to the rock-star world of debauchery, responsible for getting Snow to a triumphant anniversary show on time. … Read More
Veteran’s Day gives us the chance to reflect on all the service men and women, their sacrifice, and their innate bad-assness. Because, let’s face it, no matter your stance on war, politics, or anything else, there is no draft anymore. These people are putting their lives on the line to protect us by choice. What could be more bad ass than that?
Nothing. So let’s celebrate the real heroes by rounding up some of our favorite fictional ones from film, shall… Read More