Jake Gyllenhall Confronts An Enemy In New Trailer For Denis Villeneuve Thriller - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors
From the guy that just brought us Prisoners.
The Mule -
This is getting universal raves.But it’s not just name recognition that makes this a no-brainer. The film also requires you as a viewer to have the strongest of stomachs, because some of the ***** that goes down here is a totally different kind of body horror. Sampson stars as Ray Jenkins, a passive mama’s boy who is coaxed by longtime bad influence Gavin (Whannell) into smuggling heroin from Thailand to Australia at the behest of a very, very bad man (John Noble). Ray takes about two steps back into the airport upon his return before he’s nabbed by the Australian Federal Police (Hugo Weaving and Ewen Leslie in a great and twisty good cop/bad cop dynamic). After a quick trip to the hospital he’s placed into custody in a hotel room where he must stay under surveillance until he has had two full bowel movements.
So yes, this movie is about a man trying not to poop. For a long time. Aided by a charismatic attorney (Georgina Haig) he withstands the temptation to defecate for days… and days… and days. Your mind can fill in some of the blanks here when it comes to the gross stuff (though probably not all of them). But The Mule is also about the people waiting for Ray to defecate. From the cops to the evilly banal crime lord to Gavin, who got him in this mess to begin with. And the movie succeeds at deftly juggling all of these story lines. It’s a classic working class crime film. When I first heard the synopsis, I thought this whole thing was going to be played too broadly – but The Mule actually has a beating heart and a high sense of peril. When people die it can be shocking and brutal, but never in a way that makes it feel like Whannell and Sampson are paying fan service. The film also looks great, wringing an impressive amount of production value from what I imagine was a small budget.
I very rarely address our readership directly in my reviews, I try to discuss horror movies here as though they were any other film and hold them up to the same scrutiny. But when a film categorically fits under a different genre heading I feel a need to let you know why I’m recommending it. With the combo of Whannell and Sampson, you know you’re in able hands. With The Mule‘s stomach churning moments, I guarantee you’ll get your daily kicks. But, more importantly, the film just happens to be a project made by artists (most of) you like that turned out really, really well. Hopefully that’s enough.
I really enjoyed Cheap Thrills. My best advice for this movie is watch the trailer. If you are turned off by the trailer, or if you know for sure it's not your bag, you will almost certainly be turned off by the movie. If you're on the fence due to sensitivities or squeamishness, or if you don't get dark humor, maybe wait for video and/or be prepared to possibly turn it off/walk out. Everyone else, you need to see this in a crowded theatre with a bunch of other people. If possible, do not wait for video. It's a good ride to share.
The Cinefamily show was sold out and packed. Those who've been there know it's not the biggest room. Seemingly, there was a ton of crew there, including director Evan L. Katz, several of the producers (although only on went up for the Q&A afterwards). Also, the advertised principal cast was there, Pat Healy, Ethan Embry and Sara Paxton, plus David Koechner, even though he was not advertised to appear. There were some audience participation stunts in the vein of the movie, which were fun, and an after-party out back (though I did not stick around for the after-party). I don't know if I'll be repeating information you might hear if you see Koechner talk about the movie at another time, but Koechner admitted he saw the script as darkly serious when he read it and even thought there was only one laugh in it when filming it. To be fair, it is very dark and tense, but it has many facets. Paxton said she also thought the script was super dark when reading it, but when they did the table read, she was surprised by the different moods that were there.
Emily Blunt to Star in PRISONERS Director Denis Villeneuve’s Next Film SICARIO
Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve is a busy guy. Last fall saw the release of his Hugh Jackman thriller Prisoners, his head-scratching/terrifying Enemy with Jake Gyllenhaal is in theaters now, and this morning we learned that he’ll be teaming up with Amy Adams on sci-fi thriller called Story of Your Life. However, before he delves into sci-fi, he’ll first direct a thriller called Sicario starring Emily Blunt. Variety reports that Blunt will lead the pic as an officer from Tuscon who travels across the border to Mexico with a pair of mercenaries in order to track down a drug lord. That’s a promising premise with Villeneuve attached to direct, but what’s most exciting about the project is that it’s a female-led thriller with an incredibly talented actress in the lead role.
Hit the jump for more on Villeneuve’s next project and why it’s an admirable choice for the director.
emily-blunt-sicarioPer Variety, Villeneuve will shoot Sicario this summer, and then he’ll begin production on Story of Your Life in early 2015. That’s certainly an ambitious—and interesting—pair of follow-ups, and I’m curious to see if one of them will be more studio-driven while the other more cerebral, like with Prisoners and Enemy, respectively.
It’s also nice to see Villeneuve using his clout to get two female-driven projects off the ground. With massive successes like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen, hopefully studios are starting to be more conscious of the fact that 1.) female audiences are underserved and 2.) a strong female character is not a character that simply “kicks-ass” or acts like “one of the boys.”
COLD IN JULY Trailer and Poster; COLD IN JULY Stars Michael C. Hall
Here’s the official synopsis for Cold in July:
On a hot Texas summer night in 1989, family man Richard Dane (Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) awakens to the sound of a burglar breaking into his home. In a panic, he shoots the intruder dead—but this nightmare is only just beginning. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when the burglar’s ex-con father, Ben (Sam Shepard), rolls into town; hell-bent on revenge. However, not all is as it seems. Misled by the cops and desperate for answers, Richard embarks on an increasingly berserk, bloodstained quest to discover what really happened that night. The plot twists pile up faster than the body count in this blistering mystery of vengeance and vice, directed by Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are) with scene-stealing performances from Sam Shepard and Don Johnson as a pair of Texan badasses. Based on the novel by Joe R. Lansdale.
Read more at COLD IN JULY Trailer and Poster; COLD IN JULY Stars Michael C. Hall