March 28, 2016

Nina Simone Biopic, 'The Lobster' & More New Trailers You Missed

Staying on top of the trailer circuit is a full-time job in and of itself. We're here to help.

Love and Friendship (dir. Whit Stillman)

Whit Stillman was at the vanguard of early '90s indie film movement. His low-budget masterpiece Metropolitan (considered one of the first indie films) and similarly iconic Last Days of Disco each captured a slice of the upper-echelon zeitgeist  the waning debutante scene and the disco lifestyle, respectively. Now, Whitman is back with another tale of high society misadventures. Stillman reunites with longstanding creative partner Chloe Sevigny for Love and Friendship, an adaptation of an unfinished Jane Austen novella about a seductive and manipulative woman (Kate Beckinsale).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhvyupqNhL8

Nina (dir. Cynthia Mort)

The road to Nina was a bumpy one, to say the least. Zoe Saldana, who plays Nina Simone in the biopic, has spoken out about the controversy surrounding her casting. The beleaguered film also endured a lawsuit that director Cynthia Mort filed against the British backers of the film, Ealing Studios, for cutting her out of the decision-making processes, thus destroying her vision of the film. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mort's lawyer wrote in the suit that the final cut of the film "doesn't reflect Mort's vision of Simone as a woman." 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9jU_7no1k

Tale of Tales (dir. Matteo Garrone)

A mind-bending mythical journey from the director of Gomorrah, this Cannes alum brings most dark fairy tales to shame. The visual imagery, ranging from macabre to breathtaking, is striking throughout; the performances, from Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Vincent Cassel, and more, are haunting. This is a must-see for fans of Edgar Allan Poe and Guillermo del Toro alike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=leKl49ELkHI

High Rise (dir. Ben Wheatley)

Tom Hiddleston plays a member of the one percent in this Orwellian dystopia in which a group of tenants engages in social warfare in their apartment building. (Delicatessen meets Mad Max, anyone?) A surging synth-based score by Clint Mansell accentuates the film's surreal scenes. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYmY2tBYins

The Lobster (dir. Yorgos Lanthimos)

In the not-so-distant future, a recently divorced man (Colin Farrell) is sent into quarantine for being single. Chock full of deadpan humor, The Lobster is the story of a man who must find the perfect partner before the clock strikes — lest the government turn him into an animal. In the vein of Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos deals in social satire, revealing the absurdity of the dating game through ridiculous circumstances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTNZmOJxuAc      

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Tale of Tales is a movie very, very hard to fully appreciate. The three tales in this film are part of a book of 50 tales published in Italy in 1636 and written in an ancient version of napoletano. They are *heavily* baroque and, on purpouse, they have no definite and clear moral. There's no "punchline" or anything similar. In other words it's one of those experiences where it's the journey that matters, and not the destination.

This adaptation was a huge guess, because in the sole act of translating from napoletano to italian (and then to english) you can't help but having A LOT of "lost in translation". I mean, A L-O-T.

I think the work made by Garrone and his screenwriters is nonetheless pretty good. But a story with this structure (or non-structure) will not be embraced and liked by everyone.

Aside of that, the movie was very well shot, with beautiful cinematography, good acting, and special effects made with actual props and almost nonexistent use of CGI (and it shows... a big plus IMO). The locations are also all real!

March 28, 2016 at 6:12PM, Edited March 28, 6:15PM

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David R. Falzarano
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^^^^Agreed Tale of Tales is a great looking film and the physical/practical look(over cgi) of it is a huge part of that. But it's quite unsatisfying narratively. Still very much worth seeing.

March 29, 2016 at 4:11PM

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chris
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"Metropolitan (considered one of the first indie films)"

She forgot to add "...by absolutely no one on earth."

March 30, 2016 at 6:02PM

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J C
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Got to see the "High Rise" premiere at TIFF last year...definitely worth a watch, just a very bizarre film...if you are a fan of the novel then you might like it more than if you are randomly going to see this movie.

April 3, 2016 at 6:34PM, Edited April 3, 6:34PM

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Christopher Evans
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