Episode 7: A Ghost Story and Retro Review – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Episode 7 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Tuesday morning!

We will be reviewing the acclaimed new Sundance drama, A Ghost Story, then will do a “retro review” of director David Lowery’s first feature-film, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013). Later we’ll share our thoughts on the new trailers for Suburbicon and Stephen King’s IT, as well as why more “original” blockbusters are flopping, the recent criticisms against the Fast & Furious franchise, and much more! We hope you can join us!

A Ghost Story

Starring Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea) and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), the film follows a recently-deceased ghost who haunts his widowed wife. A Ghost Story received widespread acclaim during its festival run, and could very well become an awards contender come Oscar season.

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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

This indie drama is a poignant love story that hearkens back to the days of Bonnie & Clyde (1967), amongst other fabled westerns. Like A Ghost Story, the film also stars Affleck and Mara in the lead roles, but is still a vastly different type of film from its predecessor. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – even being only a few years old – seems to have already been forgotten, so we figured we should give it another look. We hope you will, too.

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Episode 6: Dunkirk and Retro Review – Inception (2010)

Episode 6 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Tuesday afternoon! We will be reviewing Christopher Nolan’s harrowing World War II epic, Dunkirk, then will complement that with his mind-bending blockbuster, Inception (2010).

Later in our Talk of the Town segment, we’ll tackle the new trailers for Pacific Rim: Uprising, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Netflix’s Bright, as well as our thoughts on the new Ghostbusters movie rumored to hit in 2019, what classic movies we would like to see on the big screen, and more!

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We’ll end the show by giving our personal Picks of the Week, as well as some updates on our website, and any strange final thoughts we may have. We hope you can join us! It’s going to be an awesome show!

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New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer Has Ryan Gosling Fighting to Save Humanity

The idea of Blade Runner 2049 is probably one that many first thought was unnecessary and just downright foolish to attempt. The sequel is having to follow in the footsteps of one of the most renowned science-fiction movies of all time – and it’s coming decades after the fact. But the stunning the new trailer released by 20th Century Fox will probably make all the skeptics out there think otherwise.

2049‘s first trailer wowed us with its beautiful visuals and thrilling action, while also adding a few nice nods to the original. One way 2049 is succeeding is that the film is clearly aware of what’s come before it, but there’s also the mystery in what novel aspects the team is bringing to it. That’s especially true for director Denis Villeneuve, who manages to create both smart and thrilling movies like Prisoners, Sicario, and last year’s Arrival. He has shown his confidence across multiple genres, so 2049 really is a perfect fit for him.

Combing the talents of a Villeneuve with an A-list cast including Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Robin Wright, and original Blade Runner star Harrison Ford, it’s hard to see how this one could turn out anything but phenomenal. The film is looking better and better by the day, and it will surely be around come Oscar-season. So get excited.

There’s a lot to admire in the new footage. It features more gorgeous shots of the dark noir city, and a few intriguing hints at Gosling’s backstory and mission. It’s hard to say at this point how it will all fit together, but this new trailer should convince you of 2049‘s potential to become one of the best films of the year. Take a look at the new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 below the beautiful poster.

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Blade Runner 2049 hits U.S. theaters on October 6th, 2017.

Source: 20th Century Fox

War for the Planet of the Apes and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Episode 5 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Thursday afternoon! We will be discussing the final installment in the new Planet of the Apes trilogy, War for the Planet of the Apes. Then we will do a “retro review” of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) – the third film in Gore Verbinski’s underrated Pirates trilogy. We’ll also delve into a variety of discussion questions and news pieces, give our personal picks of the week, and much more! It’s going to be a great show!

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Tomb Raider Star Alicia Vikander Talks Lara Croft’s Revival

The Tomb Raider reboot is by far one of the most exciting movies coming in 2018. It’s being helmed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave), and stars Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) as the iconic adventurer Lara Croft. Based off the renowned video game franchise, Tomb Raider will again follow Croft on her many wild adventures through ancient landmarks – only in this case, she will be a much younger and less-experienced version than previous depictions.

The character was last seen on the big screen in 2003’s Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, starring Angelina Jolie. And we all know how that one went. Until recently it seemed like there was no chance the series would ever be rebooted – especially with Hollywood’s ongoing losing streak of video game adaptations like Prince of Persia, Warcraft, and even the underrated Assassin’s Creed. Thankfully, Vikander and company made it happen. Not only that, it really seems like the film is heading down the right path.

Speaking to EW, Vikander revealed that her version of Croft will be separate from Jolie’s in more ways than one. She explained how Tomb Raider will be an origin story for the character – meaning that Croft will be a first-time explorer in the film. Furthermore, Croft will first appear as a pretentious businesswoman before she transforms into the tough adventurer that we know today.

She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience. She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet. She thought he was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.

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Vikander is also inspired to bring a strong female action-hero to the big screen after her viewing of Wonder Woman earlier this year:

I went to the cinema and saw Wonder Woman the other day. It’s a mixture of joy and sadness pouring over me, as I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I haven’t seen women onscreen like that.

It will be interesting to see what approach both Vikander and Uthaug take to the film. Croft has a very rich and exciting backstory, so the possibilities are truly endless with what a reboot of this kind could do. And if Tomb Raider performs well, then it could also be the start of a fantastic new franchise.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Tomb Raider hits U.S. theaters on March 16th, 2018.

Source: EW

 

 

Blu-ray Review: The Lost City of Z

There are few times nowadays when movies immerse to the point where you feel like you’ve lived actually lived in a certain world or time. Sure that can be harder (or unnecessary) for films set in the modern day, but it’s very exciting when period films – like James Gray’s The Lost City of Z – makes you step back and realize you’re not really living in the early 1900s like you may have thought during its masterful 141 minutes.

The Lost City of Z tells the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam), who sets out to find a legendary city of gold located somewhere in the Amazon. He leaves his loving wife Nina (Sienna Miller) and son Jack in the hopes of not only redeeming his family’s discredited name, but satisfying his deep-rooted passion for discovering such a fabled piece of history. The journey takes place over multiple decades, all of which are captured beautifully by Gray.

The director, who most recently helmed the fantastic historical drama The Immigrant, captures the early 1900s just as effectively as he did in that film. The Lost City of Z is enveloped in a rustic, sepia color, giving many shots the look of a decades-old photograph or long-lost painting. Gray is, of course, helped much in-part by cinematographer Darius Khondji, who’s recent works like Midnight in Paris, Amour, and 2017’s Okja can speak for themselves. What’s also fortunate is that the film’s undeniable visual elegance is backed up by strong writing and performances – not to mention an always-present highlight of inspired storytelling.

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Being that The Lost City of Z manages to be both a fascinating historical epic and an intimate character-driven film, it often thrives when one accentuates the other. But even with that said, a character can’t thrive without a good actor behind it. And this film is full of many rich performances. Hunnam, in particular, who is known best for blockbusters such as Pacific Rim (2013) and this year’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, bring his absolute best in playing Percy. Even on paper the character is wonderfully confident and complex character, but Hunnam adds another level onto the role. He is also accompanied by other strong performers like Miller, Robert Pattinson (Twilight, The Rover), and Spider-Man: Homecoming star Tom Holland. Everyone here shows that they are more than just a pretty face for summertime fun – they deserve to be in this film.

Another aspect that I really loved – but seems to be divisive – about The Lost City of Z is its complete commitment to the deep period immersion. Much of this is due to Gray’s excellent direction, but his classical pacing and austere storytelling style could leave some wanting more. However, I found this decision to be very beneficial to the film in more ways than one. It takes its time (if not too much) to bring the viewer in, admire the exotic locations, and study the performances and characters. I think Gray’s auteur style is very refreshing in a day-and-age of frantic, overly-kinetic films. You may not – or at least it may be hard to adjust to at first – but I urge you to give films like this one a try.

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There are many more points I could bring up about The Lost City of Z, but hopefully this will be enough to persuade you. It did, as this review’s title shows, recently come out on home media, so I’m making it even easier on you. I hope the film will be considered come Oscar season, but it appears as though it’s been all but forgotten. Like its strong performers, it’s earned its right to be among the best of the year. And it should be treated as such.

Rating: 5/5

The Lost City of Z is currently available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD.

P.S. Yes, we are changing to a 5-star rating system rather than the previous 4-star. So there.

Warner Bros. Eyes The Shallows Director To Helm Suicide Squad 2

It seems like Warner Bros. may finally be getting Suicide Squad 2 up and running. Despite the poor critical reception of the first film, it still managed to bring in $745.6 million worldwide. Suicide Squad featured a collection of iconic DC characters like Deadshot (Will Smith), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), and The Joker (Jared Leto). The film opened up doors for a number of new spinoffs, sequels and prequels – with the most obvious one being Suicide Squad 2. And after a long period of mystery, the studio may have finally found the film’s director.

Suicide Squad was helmed by End of Watch and Fury director David Ayer. It appeared for a while that Ayer may come back to also direct the Suicide Squad sequel, but those plans have since fallen through. Ayer will instead be tackling the upcoming DC spinoff, Gotham City Sirens, which will also feature Harley Quinn. Other recent directors in question to helm Suicide Squad 2 include Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), and Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). But apparently there’s a new big name in the running.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is eyeing The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra to helm Suicide Squad 2. He is reportedly their top choice to direct – so it’s very possible a decision could soon be made.

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Collet-Serra would definitely be an interesting choice for the sequel. Aside from the aforementioned shark thriller The Shallows, the director has plenty of other interesting credits to his name. His works include the horror film Orphan, as well as a couple action movies like Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run All Night. The filmmaker clearly has some experience, which is surely one of reasons why Warner Bros. is considering him.

What remains to be seen, however, is if the studio actually goes through with these plans. Not only that, there’s still plenty of other unknowns about Suicide Squad 2. Leto previously expressed discontent after many of his Joker scenes were cut from Suicide Squad, so his future (and possibly others) in the DCEU are still up in the air. Hopefully Warner Bros. will learn from what they did right with Wonder Woman, and apply that to some of the projects that still remain in unsure waters.

Suicide Squad 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline