Screen Junkies » Adrian Brody http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:46:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ Adds The Luminous Starpower Of Tilda Swinton And Adrien Brody http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-adds-the-luminous-starpower-of-tilda-swinton-and-adrien-brody/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wes-andersons-grand-budapest-hotel-adds-the-luminous-starpower-of-tilda-swinton-and-adrien-brody/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:39:11 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252618 Christmas came late this year. Or whatever gift-oriented holiday is applicable to you.

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Not to settle with the presence of merely Jude Law, Jeff Goldblum, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, and Jason Schwartzman, Wes Anderson has decided to not stop casting until he surpasses Altman’s The Player in terms of gratuitous casting. So he’s picked up Tilda Swinton, who can be really funny when she wants to be, even though she rarely wants to be, and Adrien Brody, who is also funny, but only because he resembles an Afghan hound.

The film is set in the 1920′s in a Hungarian hotel, so it‘s guaranteed to shatter box office records on those premises alone.

But if that’s not enough, he’s sweetened the pot with Brody and Swinton. And what a sweet pot it is.

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Review: Wrecked http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-wrecked/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-wrecked/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 21:07:12 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205699 Definitely outstanding work for a first feature.

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Wrecked is the perfect movie for the video on demand venue, where it premiered. It’s a low rent high concept premise. Filmmakers are getting really good at these limited scenarios (127 Hours Buried and I haven’t even seen Frozen) and what a compelling actor to focus on for this journey.

A man (Adrien Brody) wakes up in a car crashed in the woods. Stuck in the passenger seat, he’s got to survive, escape and figure out who he and the dead driver and other passenger are. That’s it: guy in a car in the woods.

This is a compelling premise but these movies become more about the exercise than the story. We care more about how a filmmaker will fill 90 minutes of “stuck in a car” action than whether or not this guy survives.

Screenwriter Christopher Dodd certainly packed the story with eventful incidents. What the man can see in the rearview mirror is important. Reaching for something on the driver’s side floor is a challenge. He catches rain water to drink and grabs the backseat passenger’s coat to keep warm. He even wakes up having to pee. Dodd went there.

30 minutes into the movie the man gets the door open, but that doesn’t help much. He’s still got a leg wound to deal with. The script gives Brody a little bit of muttering and swearing to do but it never cheats by having him talk for the camera’s sake. There’s a dream sequence, a vision that keeps popping up and a dog, but the film has the balls to let the man shut up unless there’s absolutely a good reason for him to speak out loud. Even Cast Away didn’t have the balls to let Tom Hanks be quiet.

Wrecked never pads out the running time. It is the story of the man in the car in the woods. The detours only add complexity to that story, and the mystery has a good reveal and payoff. The moral of the story is: wear your seatbelt. That’s a positive message I can get behind.

Director Michael Greenspan shoots the car and the woods in skillful ways. He’s careful to show only what the man could see and keeps the camera close to him. Greenspan makes the forest look never-ending, and he probably just camped out in the same patch for a few weeks. Only the opening shots of the film, the blurry hazy flashes of the crash, feel like a cheap way to establish the movie. Spielberg wouldn’t do that. He’d show you exactly what he wants you to see. But the movie gets going and Greenspan becomes a pro. Definitely outstanding work for a first feature.

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Sony Pictures Classics Gets a Woody, Maybe a Spurlock http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/sony-pictures-classics-gets-a-woody-maybe-a-spurlock/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:49:49 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15263 That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

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That strange, omnipresent force that compels Woody Allen to make movies has struck again, and the result has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. This time, the movie is called Midnight in Paris, and it’s probably about a writer who’s traveling in Paris when he has an existential crisis or something. The cast, as always for a Woody Allen movie, is impressive: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, and Adrian Brody are the biggest names in the cast, which also includes French comedians Gad Elmaleh and Manu Payet.

Sony Pictures Classics is also interested in the latest documentary from Super Size Me McAuteur Morgan Spurlock, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold. It appears to be kind of a documentary-about-a-documentary depicting Spurlock’s attempts to get sponsors for his movie, etc. Expect a fun moral about the evils of advertising and corporate sponsorship. Spurlock himself recently told The Hollywood Reporter: “Everywhere you look it seems like something’s being brought to you by some sponsor or some corporation. So we said, ‘Why not make a doc that looks at that and have the brands actually pay for it?’” Brought to you by Toyota! (IndieWire)


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‘Predators’ International Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/predators-international-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/predators-international-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000   The new Predators red band international trailer is here, and you know what that means: blood! How refreshing. I wish I lived in international instead of the United States. In international, they don't kowtow to fat housewives and Methodist ministers when it comes to on-screen violence. At any rate, if you're as excited as I am about the Predators movie, I'd like to invite you to join my cool new club, the Pred-o-philes! To join, head over to your local police station and tell the officer on duty that you want to register as a Pred-o-phile, and he'll take care of all the necessary paperwork. Don't forget to tell 'em Jame sent you!  Watch the Predators red band trailer below.

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The new Predators red band international trailer is here, and you know what that means: blood! How refreshing. I wish I lived in international instead of the United States. In international, they don’t kowtow to fat housewives and Methodist ministers when it comes to on-screen violence.

At any rate, if you’re as excited at I am about the Predators movie, I’d like to invite you to join my cool new club, the Pred-o-philes! To join, head over to your local police station and tell the officer on duty that you want to register as a Pred-o-phile, and he’ll take care of all the necessary paperwork.

Don’t forget to tell ‘em Jame sent you! 

Watch the Predators red band trailer below.


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‘Predators’ Trailer Hits the Airwaves http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/predators-trailer-hits-the-airwaves/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/predators-trailer-hits-the-airwaves/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 We have to use a camcorder on our own TVs? Did we lose a friggen war, or something?A television spot for Predators has hit the airwaves, and if you're in to poorly dubbed video segments recorded with a camcorder, then we've got the clip for you!The spot, which is airing on Spike, features decloaking Predators, strange, four-legged animals, and a giant, hook-nosed bird-creature played by Adrian Brody. He must have spent hours in the makeup chair to look that menacing. (Dead Central)See the new Predators TV trailer after the jump.

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We have to use a camcorder on our own TVs? Did we lose a friggen war, or something?

A television spot for Predators has hit the airwaves, and if you’re in to poorly dubbed video segments recorded with a camcorder, then we’ve got the clip for you!

The spot, which is airing on Spike, features decloakin Predators, strange, four-legged animals, and a giant, hook-nosed bird-creature played by Adrian Brody. He must have spent hours in the makeup chair to look that menacing. (Dead Central)

See the new Predators TV trailer after the jump.

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Review: ‘Splice’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-splice/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-splice/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Splice is the latest mistake from the sci-fi horror genre, having no thrills or logic in its pseudo-hipster science.   A major disappointment comes from its talented cast of Adrien...

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Splice is the latest mistake from the sci-fi horror genre, having no thrills or logic in its pseudo-hipster science.
 
A major disappointment comes from its talented cast of Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, as scientist power couple Clive and Elsa. Sadly, they spend more time dressing up in hipster chic than finding logic in creating their newest creation: a protein-human hybrid named Dren (played with bizarre eroticism by Delphine Chaneac).
 
Cult director Vicenzo Natali of Cube and Nothing, explains that the movie is about the cycle of life that Dren takes from conception by her half-witted scientific parental unit, who wants to keep reminding each other that it’s for the betterment of mankind—a warning to all audiences that they will create absolute horror, as Dren grows into fetal form of a hormonal teenager and then finally taking a sexual metamorphism into a grown male monster, which the regular movie audience might find shocking, but for sci-horror fans it’s simply the same old song and dance number of violence and gore.
 
Director Natali seems to be heavily inspired by The Fly and Dead Ringers, both of which are by his fellow Canadian director David Croenberg, who is known for his hybrid style of sci-fi goo and eroticism that creates a special kind of biological horror movies. With Splice we have a movie that knows the words, but not the music.
 
What should be noted about Splice are the performances and especially details of Chaneac’s Dren, because we have this amazing physical and verbal performance from the unknown actress as she creates this Frankenstein-type character ambit the most idiotic scientific couple.
 
The movie has a promising start from the slick and gooey opening credit roll, but once Brody and Polly find themselves taking care of their hybrid child, the movie amounts to a series of ridiculous events helped with a badly acted supporting cast, ending in a climax that is as sterile as a petri dish.
 
Grade: D+

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SPLICE http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/splice/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/splice/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Director: Vincenzo NataliCast: Adrian Brody, Sarah PolleySynopsis: Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism.Release Date: June 5, 2010

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Director: Vincenzo Natali

Cast: Adrian Brody, Sarah Polley

Synopsis: Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism.

Release Date: June 5, 2010

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Who’s Your Daddy Now, ‘Predators’ Trailer? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whos-your-daddy-now-predators-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whos-your-daddy-now-predators-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Brody faces off with a Predator disco ball. Now you all can finally see what those lucky f*cks at SXSW saw last Saturday. I'm considering being on board for this new Predators installment, but I can't yet fully commit. I have to first suspend my disbelief that Adrian Brody can play a mercenary (isn't that nose a hazard in the field?), and that Lawrence Fishburne can't stop a Predator cold in its tracks by simply shooting it the stink-eye. Here's your context from IGN:  Brody plays Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they've been brought together on an alien planet... as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators. Yakuza and death squad members finally working together. And they say progress isn't being made in the world. Isn't that right, Walton Goggins? Walton: "Who's your daddy now?!" Man, I hope his character dies in the first act... Check out the trailer after the jump. Predators rips theaters a new asshole July 7.

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Brody faces off with a Predator disco ball.

Now you all can finally see what those lucky f*cks at SXSW saw last Saturday. I’m considering being on board for this new Predators installment, but I can’t yet fully commit. I have to first suspend my disbelief that Adrian Brody can play a mercenary (isn’t that nose a hazard in the field?), and that Lawrence Fishburne can’t stop a Predator cold in its tracks by simply shooting it the stink-eye. Here’s your context from IGN: 

Brody plays Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers – mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members – human "predators" that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alie Predators.

Yakuza and death squad members finally working together. And they say progress isn’t being made in the world. Isn’t that right, Walton Goggins?

Walton: "Who’s your daddy now?!"

Man, I hope his character dies in the first act…

Check out the trailer after the jump. Predators rips theaters a new asshole July 7.

 

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‘Predators’ Footage Rocks SXSW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/predators-footage-rocks-sxsw/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/predators-footage-rocks-sxsw/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Opening night of the South by Southwest film festival featured a preview of footage from Predators. Austin local Robert Rodriguez brought a teaser trailer and clip and spoke to the audience about the upcoming sequel. More from him and director Nimrod Antal later, but first some thoughts on the footage. The teaser trailer, which Rodriguez said was likely to release with Repo Men, got the tone of the original Arnold movie right. It’s all shots of the human characters getting stalked. The camera pushes in on their faces as they turn around to face their unseen (for now) attacker. There are a few hints of familiar creature features, and a brief money shot, but it’s all buildup. Check out the teaser and more after the jump.

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Opening night of the South by Southwest film festival featured a preview of footage from Predators. Austin local Robert Rodriguez brought a teaser trailer and clip and spoke to the audience about the upcoming sequel. More from him and director Nimrod Antal later, but first some thoughts on the footage.

The teaser trailer, which Rodriguez said was likely to release with Repo Men, got the tone of the original Arnold movie right. It’s all shots of the human characters getting stalked. The camera pushes in on their faces as they turn around to face their unseen (for now) attacker. There are a few hints of familiar creature features, and a brief money shot, but it’s all buildup.

Check out the teaser and more after the jump.

Predators is set on an alien planet, which seems to mostly consist of jungle. It harkens back to the jungle of Predator though it’s not an Earth jungle, and it has a few spaceship-like corridors and windy, sandy shots to indicate a vast planetary biosphere. The predators set some cool traps for the humans as some of the cast go up in nets. They even show a kill. (Spoiler alert: Walt Goggins doesn’t make it.)

The footage totally riled up the audience, and rightfully so. It’s the perfect tease, full of potential to come this July. To me, it’s not the second coming. I’m not THAT hard on Predator 2 and I actually thought the second AVP was exactly what a monster mashup movie should have been.

Predators still has the clichés of badasses, whether they’re criminal or military. I really don’t care who they are. I still want an all monster film, but as long as there’s good action, it’ll be fine. It looks like they know what they’re doing.

Rodriguez and Antal talked about the importance of having real actors do these movies, that playing fear and tension is a crafted skill. The one full scene they showed demonstrated that. Adrian Brody leads his team in the jungle, all looking effectively stalked. When Fishburne, presumably a veteran predator escapee, shows up, he looks like he can handle his sh*t.

The emphasis is on the elements of the original Predator. It was all about the hunt, the stalk. That’s what they’ve gone back to, instead of inner city gang wars or underground pyramids. If that’s what you’re into, it’s not so much about the big reveal, which you know they’re going to have cool predators. The message tonight was this is the first Predator sequel done in the style of the original.

Check out a sneak peak of the footage at the Predators official site.

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‘THE BROTHERS BLOOM’ REVIEW http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-brothers-bloom-review/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/the-brothers-bloom-review/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 I loved Rian Johnson's first film, Brick* - the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongst high school social circles.  It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson's brother.  I saw it three times in the theaters.  Even bought it on DVD.  But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson's followup, The Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me.  No way he can do it again, I thought.  Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson's contemporaries.  It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson.  Not necessarily a bad thing (I'm one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn't promising to be a revelation like Brick...

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I loved Rian Johnson’s first film, Brick* – the neo-hard boiled detective story set amongs high school social circles.  It was the one with a bespectacled Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the anachronistic dialogue and the fantastic score by Johnson’s brother.  I saw it three times in the theaters.  Even bought it on DVD.  But as I sat down for my screening of Rian Johnson’s followup, Th Brothers Bloom, a wave of doubt washed over me.  No way he can do it again, I thought.  Besides, the trailers made it seem like a hodgepodge of styles culled from Johnson’s contemporaries.  It was Hudson Hawk through the off-kilter lens of Wes Anderson.  Not necessarily a bad thing (I’m one of the few with fond memories of Hawk), but it wasn’t promising to be a revelation like Brick

Well, turns out The Brothers Bloom wasn’t Brick.  It was totally different, but in a nonetheless welcome way.  Rian Johnson’s sophomore effort unabashedly demonstrates the filmmaker’s respect and passion for the magic of storytelling, which is ultimately what the movie is about.  It’s joyous, masterful, cinematic sleight-of-hand, and worth viewing multiple times just to try and see the artifice behind the trick. 

Essentially, it’s the story of two brothers, Stephen (Mark Ruffalo) and Bloom (Adrian Brody), who’ve been successful con artists since childhood, always two steps ahead of everyone else.  (The opening sequence, narrated by P.T. Anderson and David Mamet mainstay Ricky Jay, features the young brothers, one of whom is played by Max Records, who stars in the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are.)  They’ve always worked the same way, with Stephen creating the cons – essentially telling the stories – and Bloom befriending the mark – essentially playing the lead part in the Brothers’ plays, which wind up costing their audience members a pretty penny, usually a savings account. 

Flash forward to, presumably, present day – the film smartly lacks certain trappings that obviously assign it a time period, like cell phones – and the Brothers have added another to their ranks – the virtually dialogue-less Bang Bang, a demolitions expert played with impeccable comic timing by Babel’s mute Japanese girl, the oh-so-hip Rinko Kikuchi.  But a malaise has set upon the the younger romantic Bloom, who’s ready to leave the conniving life. Stephen convinces him to go after one last mark, however, the eccentric heiress Penelope (Rachel Weisz), who lives all by her lonesome, collects hobbies, and has a penchant for crashing Lamborghinis.  I should mention here that if you’re a Rachel Weisz fan, just stop reading the review and go see the movie.  It’s one of her best performances, and… well… Darren Aronofsky is one lucky dude.

Without giving too much away, Stephen’s scheme to rob Penelope blind involves Bloom getting close to her, and he of course gets way too close.  But perhaps older brother Stephen expected this very thing to happen… What follows is a fast-paced, lighthearted second act in which the plot thickens, as the Brothers – who’ve now "recruited" Penelope into their cadre of gentlemen thieves under false pretenses – travel across Europe and attempt to steal away with a rare book that’s ultimately just bait.  They also have a run-in with a shady man from their past, Diamond Dog (Maximilian Schell), whom the Brothers refer to as their "Fagan."  (For all you young’uns out there, that’s a reference to the bad dude from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.  Rent the movie.)  His couple of scenes on-screen belie his great importance in the film’s climax. 

At face value, The Brothers Bloom is a flat-out fun flick about funny con artists.  But all the little Easter Eggs to be found throughout make it much more.  And the ending – a testament to the love and selflessness among brothers – was surprisingly emotionally satisfying.

Admittedly, that’s something not even the great Hudson Hawk provided. 

The Brothers Bloom opens today in New York & Los Angeles, then starts a limited run in other cities on May 22nd. 

* For all you Brick lovers watching Brothers Bloom, look for a dialogue-less cameo by Joseph Gordon-Levitt; and a slightly less microscopic part for Nora Zehetner, who played femme fatale Laura in Brick. 

P.S. Check out this piece Rian Johnson wrote on Con Man films for the Huffington Post

 

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