The Anticipation: The Canyons (2013)

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The first official trailer of Paul Schrader’s The Canyons just surfaced on web today, there were some others trailers before, but this one was said as the official one. The films premiere in selected theaters on August 2nd and VOD. And it will premiere at The Venice Film Festival in the end of August.

Synopsis: Christian (James Deen) it’s a young filmmaker who’s financing a horror film simply to keep his dad off his back about doing something with his life. He has been dating Tara (Lindsay Lohan) for about a year — she was an aspiring actress/model who settled down with him when the reality of the business became apparent to her. She’s now just Christian’s bored plaything. Christian’s assistant Gina is casting the film with assistance from Tara. Gina is pushing Ryan, her boyfriend and struggling actor, for the lead. Unbeknownst to either Christian or Gina, Ryan and Tara were a couple three years ago. When Ryan came back into Tara’s life during the auditions for the movie, they reignited their affair. But Christian, a dangerous control-freak, finds out about the affair and starts playing cruel mind games with both Tara and Ryan, which escalate into an act of bloody violence.

Oh, come on! Let’s be honest, it’s exciting to see a new film from the writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, director of American Gigolo and the writer of American Psycho and Less Than Zero, these are all classics! And there’s another plus, we’ll see the most (probably) controversial and most talked actress of nowdays, (most for the wrong reasons, but who doesn’t love a good comeback story? We should not doubt of someone’s talent and acting hability) miss Lindsay Lohan acting in a non-romcom or a bad-biopic movie (lol). And they just had the amazing idea of team up Lohan with a famous porn star, James Deen whose director was not sure about casting, but then was convinced when saw his performance, I’m in no position to judge, is any of us? I’ve learn to not hate/criticize in a bad way something that I have not seen it yet. But does it sound like a good idea?

Probably not, but Schrader himself praised Lohan for her performance, comparing her with Ann-Margaret or even saying she’s more talented than Monroe (perharps you should take it a little bit slowly Mr Schrader), even tho the infamous New York Times article reveals what a nightmare it is to work with someone like Lohan and Schrader described just like this: “But that’s life with Lindsay, she’s an uber magnet of public fascination. That has an upside and downside, but for me mostly upside. Every film is difficult for different reasons. LL tried my patience but in the end, she was worth it. So, would I do it again? Yes!” but to be honest, I had never doubt of her talent as an actress, I’ve learn that you can not compare someone’s work to his/her personal life, america praised this girl once, they’ll probably do it again.

That said, this is definitely a film to watch it with your mind open, expecting to be so bad that it’ll become so good (or at least I’m sure it won’t be as bad as Spring Breakers was, I’ll write about it soon). If you don’t understand what’s the movie is about, check the trailer.

Tv series: The Killing (2011)

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The Killing
Developed by: Veena Sud
Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

★★★★★

“Be careful what you uncover”

Synopsis: Follows the police investigation of the murder of a young girl, tying together three interlocking stories as investigators chase a variety of leads.

The Killing is an american crime/drama television series, and it’s based on the Danish show “Forbrydelsen” and it airs on AMC on Sundays 9/8c. 

This show will blow your mind, I mean it. I have no idea why I started watching it, but it was barely a week ago, and I already watched the 1st and 2nd season, and I’m glad it will have a 3rd one (the show was actually cancelled by AMC but then Fox picked up and made a deal for one more season). It’s addictive, believe me. Because you WANT to know who’s the killer and the show gives you tons of options, mostly of the time you’re like “Oh it’s the teacher!!” “No, it’s the boyfriend” “Maybe it’s the grandma” “It was the dog I’m sure”, it makes you feel like a detective, you root for the detective Sarah Linden (played by Mireille Enos), you get angry with everyone who tries to stop her and of her hilarious partner Stephen Holder (played by Joel Kinnaman). 

I will never say any spoilers, don’t worry. The greatest thing about this show it’s the many suspects, it’s how suspicious you get by every single one of them, all the time you think the murder is someone, but believe me, you’ll be wrong. It’s full of twists, it envolves politics and corruption around an election and the connections with the death of a 17 year old good girl, the pain of the family and how they deal with their irreparable loss. Also it focus on the life of Linden and her 13 year old son, Jack. And until you find the real killer, everyone is a suspect. It’s really worth-watching, the 1st & 2nd season you can find on the internet for download and the 3rd season started airing past sunday on AMC.

Review: Stoker (2013)

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Directed by: Chan-wook Park
Written by: Wentworth Miller
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman

★★★☆☆

He used to say, sometimes you need to do something bad to stop you from doing something worse.

Synopsis: After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

This is the first english-speaking film from Chan-wook Park (director of Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance) and the script was included in 2010’s Black List of best unproduced screenplays, it was written by Wentworth Miller (from Prison Break). So, you kinda expect a lot from it.

The movie itself it’s good, there’s a nice art direction and photography and the performances are extremely good. It’s enjoyable, even if its beginning it’s quite slow but then later things start happening and you feel like you need to watch till the end to understand it, so this is not a movie that you’ll stop in the middle of it. For his first time writing a script, Wentworth Miller did it right it. It’s dark, gothic, mysterious and morbid. Now let’s talk more about the plot.

After India’s father dies, she becomes a very sad young girl (obviously, we all would guess) living with an unstable mother that seems she was never that close of. India is played by Mia Wasikowska, gladly by the way, since a few of the actresses that were considered to play India were awful choices (Kristen Stewart, Emma Roberts, Bella Heathcote, seriously?) even tho other great ones were considered as well (like Rooney Mara, Carey Mulligan, Emily Browning). Mia’s performance it’s exactly what to expect from a girl who just lost her father in her 18th birthday, she’s sad, lonely and suspiscious of everything around her. She becomes even more suspicious after her uncle show up out of nowhere (she never knew about him before), a very mysterious young man played by Matthew Goode (which by the way finally got a convicing american accent) with a Norman Bates vibe around him, but still he’s very charming. Nicole does a great job as the repressed, recently widowed Evie. The uncle, Charles, was there for a reason all the time, and was not to seduce the lonely mother, but to connect with his nephew. I won’t get in any details or spoilers, the movie was not released worldwide and it’s expect to be in June 14.

Overall, it’s a good movie, great directing and writing and the cast did an amazing job as well, but we could’ve used more scenes with Jacki Weaver, she’s always great. There’s a lot of tension in the scenes and the camera work it’s sensacional, the piano scene is probably the best in the movie. Watch it, you won’t regret it and by the end of it, you’ll see that you can watch a good film even its end is predictable.

Films watched so far in 2013

I created this blog mainly because I was bored, secondly because I was tired of Tumblr (it’s a good plataform, but too much about “how many followers do you have”) and I needed something new, more about me and less about the others.

I really love films and I want to be/work in the film industry somehow (probably acting, I love what actors do but I’ll talk about it another day) but it’s a tough industry to get in and I’m still quite young (19). What basically I’ll write here is about films, tv shows, reviews (personal thoughts), recommendations, sometimes some personal posts may happen. Anyway, since it’s already middle of 2013, of course I have seen some movies already, not as much as I thought I did (probably because around January till March I was working like crazy with no time for internet/movies/tv shows) but still I did watched some, so I’ll post a list and my rate on the following films I had watched this year so far, but if you want to get more into it and ask what’s my real opinion on any of them, leave me a reply and I’ll make a bigger post about it!

Films watched in 2013 and it’s respectively rate:

Rating:

★☆☆☆☆ – Bad! Stay away from it, hateful, agonizing, ridiculous, pure shit.
★★☆☆☆ – It’s one of those movies: it’s bad but you can handle it till the end.
★★★☆☆ – Good! Watchable, it’s good vibes mate.
★★★★☆ – Awesome! A very good movie, great directing, writing, performances.
★★★★★ – OMG! A+, sensacional, marvelous, wonderful! It’s one of those movies that let you speechless and desiring more.

  1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Drama, 2004) directed by Michel Gondry, with Jim Carrey & Kate Winslet – ★★★★☆
  2. Boogie Woogie (Drama/Comedy, 2009) directed by Duncan Ward, with Gillian Anderson, Alan Cumming, Heather Graham, Amanda Seyfried – ★★☆☆☆
  3. Struck By Lightning (Drama/Comedy, 2012) directed by Brian Dannelly, with Chris Colfer, Rebel Wilson, Allison Janney – ★★☆☆☆
  4. Silver Linings Playbook (Drama/Romance, 2012) directed by David O. Russell, with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Jacki Weaver – ★★★★★
  5. Smashed (Drama, 2012) directed by James Ponsoldt, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul – ★★★★☆
  6. Les Misérables (Drama/Musical, 2012) directed by Tom Hooper, with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne – ★★★☆☆
  7. Safety Not Guaranteed (Romance/Comedy, 2012) directed by Colin Trevorrow, with Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson – ★★★☆☆
  8. Eden (Drama, 2012) directed by Megan Griffiths, with Jamie Chung, Beau Bridges – ★★★☆☆
  9. Moonrise Kingdom (Drama/Romance, 2012) directed by Wes Anderson, with Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward – ★★★★☆
  10. Argo (Drama, 2012) directed by Ben Affleck, with Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman – ★★★★☆
  11. A Ressurection (Horror, 2013) directed by Matt Orlando, with Mischa Barton, Devon Sawa, Michael Clarke Duncan – ★☆☆☆☆
  12. The First Time (Comedy/Romance, 2012) directed by Jon Kasdan, with Britt Robertson, Dylan O’Brien – ★★☆☆☆
  13. Wanted (Action, 2008) directed by Timur Bekmambetov, with Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy – ★★☆☆☆
  14. Anna Karenina (Drama, 2012) directed by Joe Wright, with Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson – ★★★★☆
  15. James Dean (Drama/Biography, 2001) directed by Mark Rydell, with James Franco, Michael Moriarty – ★★★★☆
  16. Buried (Thriller, 2010) directed by Rodrigo Cortés, with Ryan Reynolds – ★★☆☆☆
  17. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Drama/Fantasy, 2012) directed by Benh Zeitlin, with Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry – ★★★★★
  18. Crush (Thriller, 2013) directed by Malik Bader, with Crystal Reed, Lucas Till, Caitriona Balfe – ★★★☆☆
  19. What Richard Did (Drama, 2012) directed by Lenny Abrahamson, with Jack Reynor, Lars Mikkelsen – ★★★★☆
  20. The Babysitters (Drama, 2007) directed by David Ross, with Katherine Waterson, John Leguizamo, Cynthia Nixon – ★★☆☆☆
  21. Good Will Hunting (Drama, 1997) directed by Gus Van Sant, with Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard, Minnie Driver – ★★★★★
  22. A Mother’s Nightmare (Thriller, 2012) directed by Vic Sarin, with Annabeth Gish, Jessica Lowndes, Grant Gustin – ★★☆☆☆
  23. The Dreamers (Drama, 2003) directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, with Michael Pitt, Eva Green, Louis Garrel – ★★★★★
  24. Beautiful Creatures (Romance/Fantasy, 2013) directed by Richard LaGravenese, with Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, Emmy Rossum – ★★★☆☆
  25. Blue-Eyed Butcher (Thriller, 2012) directed by Stephen Kay, with Sara Paxton, Justin Bruening – ★★★☆☆
  26. Enter Nowhere (Thriller, 2011) directed by Jack Heller, with Sara Paxton, Scott Eastwood, Katherine Waterston – ★★☆☆☆
  27. Pretty in Pink (Comedy/Romance, 1986) directed by Howard Deutch, with Molly Ringwald, Harry Dean Stanton, Jon Cryer – ★★★★☆
  28. Movie 43 (Comedy, 2013) directed by 13 different directors, with Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris… – ★★☆☆☆
  29. Side Effects (Drama, 2013) directed by Steven Soderbergh, with Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Catharine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum – ★★★★★
  30. Warm Bodies (Comedy/Horror, 2013) directed by Jonathan Levine, with Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Dave Franco – ★★★☆☆
  31. Angie (Drama, 2013) directed by Marcio Garcia, with Camilla Belle, Andy Garcia, Colin Egglesfield – ★★★☆☆
  32. Memoirs of a Geisha (Drama, 2005) directed by Rob Marshall, with Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li – ★★★★★

That’s it (so far) and the upcoming ones I’ll post in a bigger post with my personal review, if you want me to talk more about any of these movies, feel free to ask me.