The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Trailer Shows Noah Baumbach’s Dysfunctional Family Drama

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Netflix has released a new trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories. Directed by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha), the film follows the titular Meyerowitz family as they gather together to celebrate the work of their father. This type of dysfunctional family drama is something Baumbach often incorporates into his films, particularly with While We’re Young and Mistress America. The Meyerowitz Stories premiered to strong critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, so it’s quite possible this one could be in contention this awards season. What’s even better is that star Adam Sandler looks to finally be getting back into more the complex characters that we’ve missed from him over the last few years.

The Meyerowitz Stories also stars Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Driver, and Emma Thompson. The film will be released on Netflix and in limited theaters on October 13th, 2017. Check out the new trailer below.

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Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father Selected For Oscar Foreign-Language Category

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THR reports that Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father is officially Cambodia’s submission for best foreign-language film at this year’s Oscars. Directed and co-written by Jolie, First They Killed My Father tells the horrifying true story of a young girl’s experience through Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide. The film was shot entirely in Cambodia and also employed thousands of native workers. And despite it being financed entirely by Netflix, First They Killed My Father is currently screening at major theaters in Cambodia. Jolie’s approach to the film is clearly an incredibly progressive move for the movie industry — in more ways than one. Let’s hope it has some staying power in the coming months.

The U.S. released First They Killed My Father theatrically on September 15th in the Top 10 markets, and it’s also currently available for streaming on Netflix.

Source: THR

Episode 13: It and Little Evil

Episode 13 of The Film Buds Podcast will cover Stephen King’s It and the new Netflix horror comedy, Little Evil. We’ll also tackle J.J. Abrams’ official boarding of Star Wars: Episode IX, some of our other favorite Stephen King adaptations, and maybe even a little movie trivia. It’s going to be a great show! And don’t forget, the Steven Soderbergh special show is now available on Bandcamp for just $1! Thank you so much for your support!

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Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), It tells the terrifying story of a group of misfit children who are preyed on by a shapeshifting creature who takes the form of a clown. It  stars Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Chosen Jacobs, and Finn Wolfhard.

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Little Evil

Newly released on Netflix, Little Evil follows a father who suspects the young son of his new wife is the Antichrist. It stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation) and Evangeline Lily (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies).

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Episode 10: Logan Lucky and What Happened to Monday

Episode 10 of The Film Buds Podcast will record Wednesday morning! We will be reviewing Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and Netflix’s new science-fiction thriller, What Happened to Monday. Later we will cover the new trailer for Colin Farrell’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, as well as the Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff, Apple’s $1 billion investment in original movie and television content, and much more!

Logan Lucky

Despite his voluntary retirement from filmmaking a few years ago, director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike) has come back to Hollywood with flying colors. Logan Lucky follows two brothers who attempt to pull of a heist during a Nascar race, but require the help of many other wacky criminals to successfully pull it off. The caper comedy is chockfull of talented stars like Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, Katherine Waterston, Hilary Swank, amongst others.

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What Happened to Monday

Starring Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus), What Happened to Monday? tells the harrowing story of a dystopian society where families are forced to only bear one child, or face legal prosecution. Rapace plays seven different characters, all of whom are sisters — named after the days of the week. The film also stars Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close. It’s now available to watch on Netflix.

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Review: Okja

When a movie immediately makes you alter your lifestyle (as long as its a righteous change), then you have something very special on your hands. Now there will be plenty of people who will watch the exact same movie and not be equally affected, but that’s beside the point. I’ve been a meat-eater all of my life – but somehow Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja has genuinely made me become a vegetarian. And what makes my case better is that Okja is just an overall fantastic movie. So there.

We first meet the titular “super pig” – a delightful hippopotamus-like creature – as she plays with her lifelong friend Mija, a young girl who lives deep in the mountains with her grandfather. The two are inseparable, and before you know it you fall in love with sweet Okja, too.

Not only is the storytelling by Snowpiercer director Bong Joon-Ho just as charming and smartly childlike as Okja, but even the animation of the creature is breathtaking. Joon-Ho makes a point to include small details like showing delicate parcels of light running alongside Okja’s gray hide, and even a wonderfully goofy scene of excretion (trust me, it’s funny). All is seemingly well in their quiet life – until someone feels the need to disrupt it.

The arrival of eccentric animal rights activist Dr. Johnny Wilcox – played hilariously by Jake Gyllenhaal — is where things go terribly awry. The beloved creature is taken away, and Mija is forced to travel out of her home to save Okja. She meets up with a decades-old activist group, the Animal Liberation Front, who are determined to rescue the factory-made animals from slaughter.

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Early on, we get many worrying hints of widespread corruption and denial of unethical animal treatment by CEO Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) – all of which are handled effortlessly by Joon-Ho. You laugh, cry, and are often disturbed by the film, but you can’t look away.

One of Okja‘s most surprising achievements is its ability to take a seemingly simple story about a girl and her animal friend, and turn it into something incredibly deep. It comments on corporations, ethics of food consumption, the bias of media coverage, and so much more. And – even more incredibly – it communicates those ideas with with the utmost charm and beauty. It felt like a perfect blend between Spielberg and Miyazaki.

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While the film also has a limited theatrical release, hopefully the heated controversy over its Netflix distribution will at least help it get more curious viewers in the long run. What I do hope, however, is that people do come to their senses and allow the wonderful Okja to be up for awards come Oscar season. Please, Academy. Please.

Rating: 4/4