2. Beautiful Boy
3. X-Men: First Class
2. Beautiful Boy
3. X-Men: First Class
PICK Submarine – A dramedy directed by Richard Ayoade, starring Craig Roberts, Noah Taylor, and Sally Hawkins which tells the story of Oliver Tate, a self-absorbed 15 year-old with two major feats on his to-do list: 1. devise a calculated plot to save his parents’ marriage, and 2. lose that pesky virginity of his before his next birthday.
As far as coming-of-age protagonists go, Oliver isn’t entirely likable. He’s melodramatic and kind of a manipulative little punk, but nevertheless, you root for him. Submarine feels at once refreshingly new, and tenderly worn and familiar, like an old blanket. The film marks a wistful directorial debut from Ayoade, who is definitely someone you’re going to want to keep your eye on for more great things to come.
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Trailer Review: The ironically titled Everybody’s Fine is a remake of the 1990 Italian film Stanno Tutti Bene directed by Guiseppe Tornatore. The original is a bittersweet charmer of a film packed with plenty of heart and complex emotions, but it remains to be seen whether Kirk Jones’ adaptation will succeed at capturing the refined lyricism of its precursor.
With an all-star cast including Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, and Sam Rockwell, Everybody’s Fine is a two-generational drama about a suburban father who embarks on a difficult path of self-awareness while trying to reconnect with his four adult children.
In an uncharacteristically subdued role, De Niro plays the mild-mannered Frank Goode, a recent widower and retired telephone-factory worker who has tirelessly strived to give his kids a better life. But now, as adults, Frank’s children all live miles apart and have become too preoccupied with their personal lives to spend much quality time with their dear old dad.
So, after his wife’s death, Frank elects to reach out to his scattered brood of progeny by inviting them to a weekend family get-together. Unfortunately, Frank’s reconciliation plans are foiled when, one by one, all of his children cancel on him without saying why. This is the point when Frank decides to pack his bags and set out on a grand journey across the country to pay a surprise visit to each of his offspring.
Frank’s first stop is New York City to see his son, David, a struggling artist who does not appear to be home. The trailer shows Frank (who is apparently cellphone-less) forlornly sitting on David’s stoop engaged in a little appendage show-and-tell with a prostitute. After New York, Frank travels to Chicago to see his daughter, Amy (Kate Beckinsale), an advertising executive living a picture-perfect life (or so it seems). Next, Frank is Denver-bound to visit his classical musician son, Robert (Sam Rockwell), who turns out not to be the conductor he led his father to believe he was. And finally, Frank finds himself in Sin City, where his most welcoming of children, daughter Rosie (Drew Barrymore), works as a dancer.
Over the course of his expedition, it becomes apparent that Frank’s children have a few secrets about their lives, and presumably David’s whereabouts, that they would rather not disclose to their father, given his health and elevated expectations for each of their accomplishments. The trailer makes a point of highlighting this issue by stressing the recurring presence of the telephone wires that Frank ran for a living, which serve as an ironic visual motif for a family with communication difficulties.
As is evidenced in the trailer, Everybody’s Fine presents plenty of lovely moments for each of the children’s characters to shine. But as charming as Beckinsale, Rockwell, and Barrymore appear to be in their roles, the trailer makes it clear that the film’s main focus is on the evolving patriarch, Frank.
It is refreshing to see De Niro in this tenderly crafted and very relatable role, which will no doubt make every audience member want to reach out to their own father to tell him how much he is loved. Yet, as heartwarming and endearing as the trailer portrays the film to be, it also really hams up the cheese factor. As a result, the trailer imparts the impression that the remake of Everybody’s Fine is going to be far more conventional and predictable than the original and will probably leave the audience wishing for a tic-tac to eradicate the film’s schmaltzy aftertaste.
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PICK Midnight in Paris – A rom-com written and directed by funny man Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Marion Cotillard which tells the enchanting tale of a young, engaged couple, whose family’s business has lead them to the French capital. Gil (Wilson), a frustrated screenwriter who is enamored with Paris in the ’20’s, dreams of writing the great American novel à la Hemingway or Fitzgerald. Gil’s prickly fiancé, Inez (McAdams), however, isn’t nearly as interested in historical nostalgia and ends up taking more of a fancy to Paul (Sheen), an arrogant pseudo intellectual. But that’s alright, because when the clock strikes twelve, Gils gets a first-hand taste of the Paris that he so adores.
Midnight in Paris may not have as much staying power as some of Allen’s earlier work, but this effervescent gem of a film is chock full of charm and does for the city of lights what Allen previously did for the Big Apple in Manhattan. That is, he transforms Paris into so much more than just the film’s scenic backdrop; he gives the city a pulse and turns it into just as much of a scintillating player as any one of the characters in the film.
Check out what Peter Martin of TwitchFilm.com has to say about Midnight in Paris. What do you think?
Trailer Review: An Education is an elegant coming-of-age drama based on the memoir of Lynn Barber. At the heart of the film is Jenny, a clever but impressionable suburban teen, whose older beau and life guide easily lures her away from the ennui of suburbia into a thrilling world full of adventure and glamour. The film stars Carey Mulligan along with Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina, and Rosamund Pike.
Set in London in 1961, An Education explores lessons of youth versus maturity. Jenny (Mulligan) is bright beyond her years and on her way to study at Oxford. Yet, as Jenny spends much of her time lost in reveries about living in Paris, she can’t help but wonder if perhaps she could gain more from life outside of university.
Her opportunity to explore this vacillation comes along during a chance encounter with a man named David (Sarsgaard). Even though he is twice her age, David is a smooth operator, the kind of guy who could talk a dog off a meat wagon, so Jenny, as well as her parents, quickly falls under his spell of urbane charms. David whisks Jenny away into an exhilarating world of cocktails, jazz clubs, and Parisian weekend getaways. Jenny positively thrives in this new environment, learning many things about life that she could never have learned in a classroom. This exceptional education does not come without a price, however, as the threads of David’s sensational world begin to unravel.
As An Education is a coming-of-age piece, the primary aim of the trailer is to foster an understanding of the protagonist so as to set up her growth arc. In the trailer’s opening scenes, Jenny’s character is established as precocious but with a tender, rebellious streak. When the silver-tongued David enters the picture and transports Jenny into a scintillating new dimension, she is left starry-eyed and wanting more. Wearing her plaid, school girl dress, Jenny at first appears to be very naïve and vulnerable in her new surroundings. At the same time, however, the trailer does an excellent job of portraying Jenny’s innate sophistication so she does not entirely seem like a fish out of water.
Ripening in measured steps from fledgling vulnerability to ever optimistic world weariness, relative newcomer Carey Mulligan is outstanding in her portrayal of Jenny, a performance that garnered her an Oscar nomination. The trailer is very adept at choosing clips and dialogue excerpts that effectively showcase Jenny, and concurrently Mulligan’s powerhouse talent, at each of the key stages of her maturation process, creating a simultaneous vibe of ecstasy and heartbreak.
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3. The Silent House (La Casa Muda)