Screen Junkies » Ellen Page http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 13 Dec 2014 01:22:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Ellen Page And Kate Mara To Star In ‘Tiny Detectives’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-and-kate-mara-to-star-in-tiny-detectives/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-and-kate-mara-to-star-in-tiny-detectives/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 16:49:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=265484 Time is a difficult to reach circle.

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We’ve been so caught up in the casting of True Detective season two that we didn’t even notice the casting for Tiny Detectives. It’s fair to say that both Ellen Page and Kate Mara were on the casting short list. BAZINGA!

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The Film Cult Presents: Hard Candy http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-hard-candy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-hard-candy/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:27:29 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=265243 The revenge Page’s character takes out on Wilson is calculated, diabolical. It’s hard to argue that Wilson's character doesn’t deserve it, so I won't. That said, there is a sense of the predatory to Hayley. She’s been working at this.

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Okay, kids. This week, we’re going dark. After reviewing Contact last week, and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work the week before as a tribute to the recently passed comedy icon, I thought it was a good time to take a bite out of a weird, uncomfortable movie that also happens to be awesome.

Before she was Juno, Ellen Page was Hayley, a smart teen who at first glimpse seems innocent and vulnerable. We meet her through a flirtatious online chat she carries out with Jeff, played by the eternally beautiful Patrick Wilson, the all-round good guy photographer with the beautiful LA house and the smile to match. What follows, after they decide to meet in person, is a cat and mouse game that under the helm of any other, less-talented actors would veer into schlocky kitsch. But with Wilson and Page leading the charge, what we get is a psychological thriller about the atrocities of sexual child abuse.

I cannot understate how awesome Ellen Page is in this movie. I’m pretty sure she was born an acting genius. Her acting is acute, visceral. Still only a teen, her timing is perfect, and the breadth of her chops is masterful. From one moment to the next she’s vulnerable then vindictive, logical then irrational.

Her acting is most assuredly matched by Patrick Wilson’s, who’s been making amazing, understated movies for years. He plays the good guy with a secret so well that when you find out he ‘s a child molester you’re so disappointed you can’t help but start to root for Ellen Page’s character Hayley. He’s got that glint in his eye, that charismatic laugh. He’s got it all, just as so many predators do, the perfect blend of nice guy sexy to lure his victims.

The revenge Page’s character takes out on Wilson is calculated, diabolical. It’s hard to argue that Wilson’s character doesn’t deserve it, so I won’t. That said, there is a sense of the predatory to Hayley. She’s been working at this. She didn’t just find this pedophile in the street. She’s been hunting him, just as he’s been hunting his own victims. She’s been working overtime to concoct a trap for her prey. And what a trap it is. I’ve never seen a faux castration play so well on screen. She then, not unlike Hanibal Lector, goes straight for the mind. She knows how to get under Jeff’s skin, whispering what will happen if he doesn’t turn himself in, and ultimately, if he doesn’t kill himself, which is her ultimate goal.

I love movies in which there is no happy ending. For instance, my favorite movie of all time is Rosemary’s Baby. I love when no on wins. I get so sick of everyone living happily ever after. That’s not life. No, in a movie where the two main characters are both a little nuts, and one of them is an actual pedophile, motherfuckers are gonna die.

Using his ex-girlfriend against him, Hayley leads Jeff to the roof of his LA home where she slips a noose around his neck. This scene, in which she convinces him to commit suicide, is reminiscent of the famous scene in Hitchcock’s Rebecca in which Mrs. Danvers tries to convince the new Mrs. de Winter to jump from the window of Manderlay. Thankfully, Mrs. De Winter doesn’t jump. Jeff—the beautiful photographer with the seemingly perfect life—does jump.

One of the great things about this film is what makes other films like Rosemary’s Baby so amazing. Not one moment of child abuse is depicted on screen. The abuse is only ever vaguely spoken of. I don’t like torture porn movies where young people are hurt. I can’t handle that shit. Not only do I think it’s unseemly, but I also think it’s more effective to leave it all to the imagination. That’s where the real danger lies, in our mind.

Hard Candy is a great, low-budget psychological thriller that everyone should see. You’ll never watch Juno in the same way again.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Juno’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-juno/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-juno/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:50:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262317 This film may have served as quirk's (temporary) death rattle.

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Restraint is a concept that Diablo Cody has yet to master. She may practice it these days, but she certainly hasn’t mastered it in Juno follow-ups Jennifer’s Body, Young Adult, and Paradise. And not practicing restraint isn’t necessarily some death sentence or fatal flaw. Oliver Stone doesn’t practice restraint. Quentin Tarantino probably doesn’t. But the reason those guys can get away with it while Diablo Cody catches heat is that they have much more to say in their films than Diablo Cody.

Stone often exercises a painfully political agenda. Tarantino creates a world and an engaging story within it. And Cody talks about a girl in Juno. And there’s nothing wrong about making the story of a girl the alpha and omega of your film.

But when that girl is one of the most annoying and unrealistic characters put on film, it’s a problem. And fortunately for this recurring piece, much of her flaws and shortcomings are closely tied to the soundtrack of the film.

Before going down this path, I would like to briefly address the things I like about the film. I like the songs on the soundtrack. I think it’s very ambitious to introduce an audience to Mott the Hoople or even Sonic Youth. Cody does it in a very heavy-handed fashion, which I will discuss. But the effort is admirable, if misguided.

The story succeeds where the writing lacks. It’s not easy to make teen pregnancy a breezy, charming issue, and again, Cody comes up a little short, but it’s easy to see why people saw promise in her after this film premiered. Much in the same way that people saw promise in Kevin Smith after Clerks.

The performances are pretty great. From Ellen Page, from Michael Cera, from Allison Janney, from J.K Simmons. These were performances that more than forgave the sins of the screenwriter, especially in the case of Page.

So with those four or five backhanded compliments, let’s get to really talking about Juno and its soundtrack.

My major issue with Juno, as it was with Dawson’s Creek, is that it paints its child characters as adorable little adults, except when its convenient to revert them back to children for the purpose of conveying a point or manufacturing sentiment. It’s unfortunate because people don’t really go back and forth like that in reality, and also, children who act like adults are the worst type of people in the world.

This all come to a head when Juno posts up with Jason Bateman, the future adoptive father, to talk about music. This is something very relatable and a completely practical manner in which to bridge the glaring generation gap between the two. Bateman, in an effort to connect with Juno, sees that music resonates with her, then pounces on that topic to endear himself to her. Much like if you see a kid playing a video game, you talk to that kid about video games as best you can.

Here’s how it starts:

In this scene, it’s clear that Jason Bateman knows his shit when it comes to music, because he’s an aging hipster who is realizing he’s waving goodbye to his old life with the birth of his new baby. That half of the conversation works. He talks wistfully about old bands no one has ever heard of, and tries to get someone else to like them. It’s very true to the archetype that he represents.

But the other half – the Juno half, falls woefully short on several fronts. She’s shown as a firebrand, so it’s fine that she gives as good as she gets in the “You don’t know good music, I know good music” convo. Unfortunately, no clips are available of this scene, but it serves as the most obvious demonstration that Juno is a manifestation of an adult’s notion of “cool,” which sells the character woefully short.

Perhaps it can be chalked up to Diablo Cody’s inexperience as a screenwriter at this point (but given her subsequent outings, probably not), but much as a Police Academy movie serves as a collection of scenes that can be played in any order without really affecting the outcome, the scenes with Juno don’t seem to build on each other to get us very familiar with her character.

In the above scene, she sees Jason Bateman’s guitar and suddenly she’s an expert on guitars. When she speaks of music and film, she’s an expert on things that only a 45 year-old at a comic book store would a) know and b) discuss. They could have spent 12 minutes of screen time just listing songs from the Guided by Voices catalog, and it would have been a lateral move.

She speaks knowingly of Dario Argento, Velvet Underground, Moldy Peaches, and Mott the Hoople. She’s 15 years old.

What’s interesting here is that the tastes of Juno’s character, and ultimately the soundtrack were suggested by Ellen Page after director Jason Reitman asked her what he thinks Juno would listen to. Reitman had originally thought she would be a fan of glam rock. While that choice is a terrible one as well, the fault of the writers and soundtrack consultancy here isn’t that they asked the kid what the character would listen to, but that they accepted it.

It’s makes Juno a archetype of cool to uncool audiences, miring her in hamburger phones, dated TV references, and bands people listen to, but really don’t like. The result is an effect that makes the character seem mildly disconnected from the world and into a world of hers. Another, more incidental result is, conveyed contempt from the filmmaker to the audience via affectations that they expect viewers to blindly accept and nod, all slack-jawed. Which is actually a perfectly apt scenario for a teenager. However, the world she withdraws into is one that was formed by a creative committee that apparently had just seen the film Garden State before making these decisions.

As I mentioned, the soundtrack is inspired, catchy, and certainly an education for many people who won’t know these bands or songs. But the line is crossed when these esoteric songs and artists become diegetic and aspects of the Juno’s world. They become as trivial and contrived as that fucking hamburger phone she talks on, which ends up selling everything a little short and serves as a non-major flaw that compromises the rest of the film.

But listen to the soundtrack. It’s not bad, and that recurring song through the film, “All I Want Is You,” WILL get stuck in your head.

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‘Inception’ Supercut: Ellen Page Asks Too Many Questions http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/inception-supercut-ellen-page-asks-too-many-questions/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/inception-supercut-ellen-page-asks-too-many-questions/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 21:14:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255605 She was just as confused as the rest of us.

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Come to think of it, 95% of Ellen Page‘s dialogue in Inception were questions. Acting like some kind of damn Dream Intern.

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Anna Paquin And Ellen Page Back For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-paquin-and-ellen-page-back-for-x-men-days-of-future-past/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/anna-paquin-and-ellen-page-back-for-x-men-days-of-future-past/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 13:05:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253132 Iceman is returning too.

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They’re going to need a lot of trailers on the X-Men: Days Of Future Past set. Bryan Singer tweeted over the weekend that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore would all return for the upcoming sequel. Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Iceman join the returning Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Michael Fassbender as young Magneto, Ian McKellan as old Magneto, James McAvoy as young Xavier, and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. With loads more rumored to be returning for the time-hopping story.

Except January Jones. (THR)

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Woody Allen In: A Woody Allen Picture, Directed By Woody Allen http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allen-in-a-woody-allen-picture-directed-by-woody-allen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/woody-allen-in-a-woody-allen-picture-directed-by-woody-allen/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 17:18:45 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211114 And it's not called 'The Wrong Picture' anymore.

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Woody Allen has been struggling to find a proper surrogate for years now. Jason Biggs, Josh Brolin, and even Will Ferrell have all tried, only to miss the mark in one way or another. And it looks like Woody agrees, since he recently told USA Today that he’s casting himself in his latest movie. No title or plot yet, except the hint that the rumored title The Wrong Picture is, well, wrong.

This is the same movie that also stars Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Roberto Benigni, so the chance of laffs are high, I’d say. For those keeping track, this will be Woody Allen‘s first appearance on camera since 2006′s Scoop, which I, and I alone, liked.

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Page And Eisenberg To Talk Incessantly In Woody Allen’s Next Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/page-and-eisenberg-to-talk-incessantly-in-woody-allens-next-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/page-and-eisenberg-to-talk-incessantly-in-woody-allens-next-film/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:48:30 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206907 Woody Allen is going whole hog after the "people who love actors with annoying cadences" demographic with these two choices.

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10,000 years and 472,000 films into his career, Woody Allen starts to get all trendy. Juno and Mark Zuckerberg will be joining Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz in Allen’s next, yet-untitled film. Well, it’s actually Jesse Eisenberg and Ellen Page that are jumping on board, but 99% of Americans aren’t able to divorce these actors from their high-profile characters, so it’s pretty much all the same.

Ellen Page has always seemed like a Woody Allen character to me, so I’m interested to see how she fares when actually put in that neurotic world. Will she become super-sassy and verbose, or will she find a new gear that gets her outside of the cliche she’s built upon herself? I’m expecting the former, but hoping for the latter.

As for Eisenberg, he does a fairly good job of creating neuroses in any film he joins, so appearing in a Woody Allen film seems a little redundant, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. If we can get another gem like “Winklevii” out of it, then it will have all been worthwhile. (Variety)

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James Gunn Talks ‘Super’, Beating Someone With A Pipe Wrench http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-talks-super-beating-someone-with-a-pipe-wrench/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-gunn-talks-super-beating-someone-with-a-pipe-wrench/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 16:04:35 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204950 Expect plenty of violence in Gunn's film.

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If people think Super is just a comedy about the guy from “The Office” putting on a suit and fighting crime, they should be warned. Writer/director James Gunn not only wrote Dawn of the Dead and wrote and directed Slither, but he hails from the Troma world, where he wrote Tromeo and Juliet and inspired Terror Firmer.

So as Frank D’Arbo, Rainn Wilson does put on a costume to become The Crimson Bolt, but he beats people violently with a pipe wrench. Comic book store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) joins him, but she’s even more bloodthirsty. So it’s a gorefest. Let’s call it “cautionary.”

Gunn went there in the movie, and he was willing to go there with me in an interview about Super. I tried to keep the spoilers minimal this time, so don’t worry too much about plot details.

Q: Most superhero movies seem to ask: Why don’t people try to stand up to crime? And their answer is because it’s really difficult, but the hero ultimately perseveres. Is your point of view that it’s actually irresponsible to do what Frank does?

James Gunn: I don’t know if I’m saying anything. I think this movie’s more about asking questions than giving anybody any answers but that’s definitely one way of looking at it.

Q: That was a question you asked.

JG: Yes, absolutely. I think the question of is Frank insane, is he sane, where’s the morality in this? We see Batman who puts on a cape and cowl and starts beating people up who he thinks are wrong and says that he’s right. We take it for granted that he’s doing the right thing. When we see that really played out, it’s like I don’t know, where do you draw those lines? The world isn’t really black and white like that. It’s pretty gray and where do you decide what’s right and what’s wrong and who gets to decide that and why?

Q: Then he gets Libby involved too.

JG: She pretty much gets herself involved though. That’s the thing. She ups Frank’s ante. She’s crazy as hell. As much as we think Frank has some issues, I think Frank does have some moral beliefs about what’s right and wrong. Libby I think really is in it truly for the violence so it’s kind of fun to see them playing together in their own little weird crazy minefield.

Q: With Crimson Bolt, is the costume irrelevant? Isn’t it just the crazy running around with a wrench that’s scary?

JG: Well, I think in our story in some ways, Super is only a superhero movie because the guy puts on a costume. Other than that, it’s really just the story about this guy and his journey. So yeah, in that way the costume is sort of irrelevant but I think it’s very relevant to Frank because I think that within that costume, he finds the freedom to act out in a way that he’s afraid to when people can see his face. He’s not a very free guy and when he puts on that costume, he’s able to be who he really is a little bit more.

Q: I meant the criminals just see a guy coming at them with a wrench.

JG: Yeah, I think in some ways they’re probably laughing at first when he has a superhero costume on. The costume was a hard thing to get right because we needed to find the right tone for the costume in the film so it was a lot of work actually.

Q: Were there other blueprints that didn’t make it?

JG: Yeah, there were. The costume designer, Mary Matthews, drew a whole bunch of different version of The Crimson Bolt’s costume and I kept being like, “No, no, no, no, no.” Then finally I drew it to show her what I wanted it to look like and that’s basically what the costume is.

Q: What was she getting wrong?

JG: I really wanted that Frankensteinian component of it. When you see his costume, it’s all those little patches and things being sewn together. We need to have the concept that this is some obsessive guy who’s sitting in a basement trying to sew this costume together with absolutely no abilities to sew whatsoever. So he makes it too tight in one spot, needs to open it up and put in another patch. Then it’s too big so he needs to slit it open and sew it back together again and he’s just done that obsessively all over the whole costume until it comes out like this weird scary Raggedy Ann fucked up thing.

Q: Did you work out your own fantasies about who you’d want to hit with a wrench?

JG: I think it’s more about working my own fantasy out but in a way that’s questioning myself. I think that’s really what that scene is about because on the one hand, I love seeing that guy get hit in the face. But on the other hand, I’m going oh my god, why do I like this? What’s wrong with me? That’s extremely violent. I think that’s what the whole thing is about. We’re kind of rooting on Frank as he’s perpetuating these acts of violence and at the same time questioning that we’re rooting him on. It’s something that we sort of naturally do.

Q: Was Libby also working out some sexual issues?

JG: I think Libby has some sexual issues. I talked a little bit with Ellen but I think it’s questionable about what her past has been like in terms of sexuality and how she’s viewed. She’s also an adrenaline junkie that needs to be doing something every two seconds. We never see her not doing something. I think sort of her relationship to sex deals with that as well. At the same time honestly, I also think Libby and Frank are kind of good together. In terms of a romantic team, I think they have real feelings for each other. Frank isn’t willing to look at that because he’s married and he doesn’t want to, so I think there’s a number of different things going on.

Q: I gave Frank credit that playing into Libby like that wouldn’t be the right thing to do, even with her consent.

JG: Part of me is like you know what? He should’ve just gone with it and forgotten about the rest of it and just lived this great life with this little crazy chick and had fun, because look what happened.

Q: Will the violence shock even your fans?

JG: I don’t think what’s shocking is the violence. I think there are many movies that are more violent than super. What’s shocking is where the violence is. I think what’s shocking is what happens in the movie more than the actual violence itself. We’ve become used to thinking we know what’s going to happen in a movie and people find it somewhat comforting that they know what’s going to happen next in a movie. In Super you really don’t know what’s going to happen next and we try to subvert your expectations at every point. I think we do do that. At the same time, I think Super which is one of the weird things, is Super is much more violent than Slither because the violence in Slither was so over the top that Super’s just a little bit more graphic and grounded so it’s actually a little bit harder to watch at times.

Super bolts into theaters today.

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SXSW Review: Super http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-super/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/sxsw-review-super/#comments Sun, 13 Mar 2011 16:44:47 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201415 It’s darkly comical and it has something to say.

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Super may sound like a copy of Kick-Ass. It’s not, but so what if it were? Why wouldn’t you want to see Rainn Wilson put on a costume and fight crime? It beats having two asteroid movies or two volcano movies. In fact, there are lots of people I’d love to see put on a costume and fight crime. Keep doing it as long as it’s awesome.

Kick-Ass was more about how hard it is to be a superhero. The question is actually the same in both movies: Why don’t people stand up and be a hero? Kick-Ass’s reason is: because you could get killed. Then the heroes persevere anyway. Super’s answer is: because it’s crazy and irresponsible to be a vigilante.

And Frank Darbo (Wilson) is crazy from the beginning. He gets the idea from a Christian network superhero show, and has a hentai hallucination anointing him. He admits he’s had visions before, so this is not exactly coming from a socially responsible place. His wife Sarah (Liv Tyler) isn’t just a bitch who leaves him. She’s critical, disinterested and a drug addict. In a flashback you see her say she thinks Frank can save her. (To be clear, that’s an example of how it’s NOT a healthy relationship.)

Also, a crazy dude in a costume hitting people with a wrench would freak out street hoodlums. It doesn’t matter if Frank calls himself The Red Bolt. He’s just dangerous. At a point, he even wails on people for cutting in line, so you see he can’t tell the degrees of crimes and treats them all just as extremely. It’s hilarious and visceral, but you get the point it’s not condoned.

Comic store clerk Libby (Ellen Page) is sincere in helping Frank find his comic book motivation, and excited when she realizes he’s done it for real. She gets so excitable that she’s willing to kill people for even lesser crimes than line cutting. Page makes this character totally real between her genuine admiration and profane excitement. Libby also makes a pass at Frank, so you understand that she needs to be seen sexually.

That’s how you make an edgy movie. You take the story in directions just a little bit outside the conventional narrative. It’s got the underdo fighting big crime, but it goes to the extremely violent, sexual and tragic places (a crying love scene, Frank’s sobbing prayer, ouch!)

The tone remains even. It’s never random that these shocking outbursts happen. It’s more like this is the inevitable outcome for these characters. Late in the movie, words start appearing on screen, ‘60s “Batman” style. That seemed a bit out of character for the film but not too distracting. It’s never irresponsible with the violence. I mean, this is Punisher: War Zone violent, but that’s what happens when unstable people get big ideas.

Super is going to be hard for people to take. It’s darkly comical and it has something to say, but every time it goes someplace weird, it’s going to lose one of the four quadrants. The audience that’s already primed for James Gunn’s work may be better prepared, but it’s still a combination that leaves you unsettled, in an effective way.

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Ellen Page Looks Inappropriately Good In Trailer For ‘Super’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-looks-inappropriately-good-in-trailer-for-super/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/ellen-page-looks-inappropriately-good-in-trailer-for-super/#comments Fri, 04 Mar 2011 20:59:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=100840 You won't have to join NBC Comedy Night's secret fight club anymore, if you want to see Rainn Wilson beat someone over the head with a wrench.

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You won’t have to join NBC Comedy Night’s secret fight club anymore, if you want to see Rainn Wilson beat someone over the head with a wrench. And it’s all thanks to this trailer for James Gunn‘s vigilante comedy Super.

I always wondered how The Punisher would have reacted if his wife up and left him, rather than being viciously murdered. Would he still feel the urge to take back the streets? Probably not. And the world would have to go without one sweet-ass skull design. But, that’s exactly what happens in Super.

Rainn Wilson’s wife leaves him for Kevin Bacon‘s smooth-talking drug dealer and a war on crime is born. And, honestly, it’s about time that someone was brave enough to step forward and tell crime to shut up.

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Review: ‘Inception’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-inception/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-inception/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 PG-13, 148m., 2010Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger with Cillian Murphy and Micheal CaineWritten and Directed by Christopher Nolan Inception...

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PG-13, 148m., 2010
Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Ellen Page, Ken Watanabe, Dileep Rao, Tom Berenger with Cillian Murphy and Micheal Caine
Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan

Inception is this summer’s, if not this year’s, thrill ride. A film so tight and coiled in its storytelling you won’t even know what hit you.

After all these piss-poor big-budget movies to come out over the summer, Christopher Nolan returns to show that he is a master craftsman director, creating a treasure trove of an endless dreamscape. Within this world of endless worlds, Nolan beautifully and complexly exemplifies his love of philosophy, surrealism, and action cinema into a film richly layered with top notch performances.

Everywhere we go on this non-stop, action-packed journey, we are treated to a bubbling melting pot of cinematic moments containing sequences of James Bond adventure, thrilling brush strokes of action movies like Heat and Blade Runner, the encasing moody feeling of film noir, and mesmerizing zero-gravity fight choreography reminiscent of Fred Astaire footwork before the vacuum cleaner commercials.

Yet what is this movie really about? Well you have to see it to really believe it, most definitely in IMAX if possible. But for those who need a preface before entering the theater, let me try to explain a select portion of it without turning the whole premise upside down.

Taking place somewhere in the near future, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a mysterious man named Cobb, an extractor of dreams, who is hired by mega tycoon Ken Watanabe to implant an idea inside the mind of another tycoon played by Cillian Murphy. DiCaprio assembles an Ocean Eleven-like team of  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, and Ellen Page, each person having vast capabilities of shaping and changing each other’s dreams. DiCaprio is also haunted by the memories of his dead wife played by Marion Cotillard, giving us one hell of a great femme fatale performance.

For the rest of the film as they enter the minds of one another’s character’s, going several layers deep with dreams within dreams sequences, trust in Nolan as your guide, he will not lead you down a path that is confusing or contrived, a very rare occasion for a film-going audience.

About 3/4th of the way into the film, one gets a feeling that while it’s a great ride with all of its amazing special effects and mind-bending storytelling, we wonder where is the heart of the film’s characters at? Then it comes to us in an tender scene between Cotillard and DiCaprio, cuts deep with Hans Zimmer‘s intense score, and shows us the kinder side of the usually dark Nolan universe.

The hope in seeing a film with this kind of original epic caliber is that it will find success with audiences. If this happens, it will hopefully spawn a real ‘inception‘ in the filmmaking industry, giving back the power to the filmmakers and creating movies that are original and not just more superhero adaptations, video games, or 3D gimmicks.

With all of this swirling in and around Inception, one must go take the ride that it offers you then kick yourself back into reality and take it all over again. A true mind-blowing experience.

Grade: A

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New ‘Inception’ Trailer Blurs the Line Between Dreams and Reality http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-inception-trailer-blurs-the-line-between-dreams-and-reality/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-inception-trailer-blurs-the-line-between-dreams-and-reality/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 A new trailer for Inception has star-wiped its way online, and features a lot of new footage. We also get a look at each of the characters (including Marion Cotillard's mysterious Mal), and see a bit more about what the hell this movie is about. From this trailer it looks like Mission: Impossible set amongst the perceived reality created by stochastic neurons. Except there's no Ving Rhames. Which is dumb. Usually the only way I know that I'm dreaming is when Ving Rhames appears. But whatever, I trust Christopher Nolan. I'm just disappointed there doesn't seem to be a scene where Ellen Page dreams she showed up for work in the nude. Missed opportunity right there. VIEW THE TRAILER AND BEND YOUR MIND AFTER THE JUMP...

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A new trailer for Inception has star-wiped its way online, and features a lot of new footage. We also get a look at each of the characters (including Marion Cotillard‘s mysterious Mal), and see a bit more about what the hell this movie is about.

From this trailer it looks like Mission: Impossible set amongst the perceived reality created by stochastic neurons. Except there’s no Ving Rhames. Which is dumb. Usually the only way I know that I’m dreaming is when Ving Rhames appears. But whatever, I trust Christopher Nolan. I’m just disappointed there doesn’t seem to be a scene where Ellen Page dreams she showed up for work in the nude. Missed opportunity right there.

VIEW THE TRAILER AND BEND YOUR MIND AFTER THE JUMP…

 

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‘Inception’ Featurette Fortunately Doesn’t Give Away Much http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inception-featurette-fortunately-doesnt-give-away-much/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inception-featurette-fortunately-doesnt-give-away-much/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 In case you don't make it to the theater thirty minutes before your movie to secure good seats so you don't have to sit next to a mouth-breather or texting addict, here's some Inception pre-show entertainment for you. The featurette gives us a teeny-eency-weency more in depth look at Christopher Nolan's upcoming mindf*ck of a film. In fact, if the MPAA and society allowed it, I'm positive the title of Inception would be Christopher Nolan's Mindf*ck. I guess we'll just have to wait for the porno version to be released the following day. Check out the trippy featurette after the jump...

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In case you don’t make it to the theater thirty minutes before your movie to secure good seats so you don’t have to sit next to a mouth-breather or texting addict, here’s some Inception pre-show entertainment for you. The featurette gives us a teeny-eency-weency more in depth look at Christopher Nolan’s upcoming mindf*ck of a film. In fact, if the MPAA and society allowed it, I’m positive the title of Inception would be Christopher Nolan’s Mindf*ck. I guess we’ll just have to wait for the porno version to be released the following day.

Check out the trippy featurette after the jump...

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U.K. Gets ‘Inception’ Spot Yankees Don’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/u-k-gets-inception-spot-yankees-dont/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/u-k-gets-inception-spot-yankees-dont/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Just your average cab ride in NYC. Maybe you didn't watch the last Inception trailer we posted because you want to save your entire load for when the movie comes out, but if you're up for a little butthole tickle (cinematically speaking) the U.K. has a 60 second spot. It entices without giving away the farm. I personally love how I've seen several one-sheets, trailers, and clips for the film and I still honestly have no idea what the movie is about. Sure, I realize it deals with dream interior designing and anti-gravity parkour, but I haven't seen Leo's business card yet. That's really the only way to gain a true perspective on a man. Here, I'll leave mine behind so you can follow up. **Slaps avocado pit down on table ** Check out the spot after the jump.

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Just your average cab ride in NYC.

Maybe you didn’t watch the last Inception trailer we posted because you want to save your entire load for when the movie comes out, but if you’re up for a little butthole tickle (cinematically speaking) the U.K. has a 60 second spot. It entices without giving away the farm.

I personally love how I’ve seen several one-sheets, trailers, and clips for the film and I still honestly have no idea what the movie is about. Sure, I realize it deals with dream interior designing and anti-gravity parkour, but I haven’t seen Leo’s business card yet. That’s really the only way to gain a true perspective on a man. Here, I’ll leave mine behind so you can follow up. **Slaps avocado pit down on table **

Check out the spot after the jump.

 

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‘Inception’ Full Trailer Gives Full Chubby http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inception-full-trailer-gives-full-chubby/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/inception-full-trailer-gives-full-chubby/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Inception set up a viral game called Mind Crime that if you beat it you could watch the new trailer for the film. Well guess what? Screw that noise! Someone else played that shiz and now we're all reaping the benefits. The new trailer looks downright awesome. I still have no idea what the F is going on, but I WANT to know, and someone once told me that's a win on the marketing side of things. This film looks like a serious trip, and with Christoper Nolan behind the wheel I have no doubt the destination will be Giddyland. I'll bring the diapers if you bring the Sour Patch Kids. Check out the trailer after the jump. Inception gets inside theaters and your mind July 15.

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Inception set up a viral game called Mind Crime that if you beat it you could watch the new trailer for the film. Well guess what? Screw that noise! Someone else played that shiz and now we’re all reaping the benefits.

The new trailer looks downright awesome. I still have no idea what the F is going on, but I WANT to know, and someone once told me that’s a win on the marketing side of things. This film looks like a serious trip, and with Christoper Nolan behind the wheel I have no doubt the destination will be Giddyland. I’ll bring the diapers if you bring the Sour Patch Kids.

Check out the trailer after the jump. Inception gets inside theaters and your mind July 15.

 


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New ‘Inception’ Poster May Cause The Dizzies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-inception-poster-may-cause-the-dizzies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/new-inception-poster-may-cause-the-dizzies/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Inception continually insists on spitting in gravity's face. If Sir Isaac Newton laid eyes upon this new poster his powdered wig would spin round from pure outrage. What's the floor?! What's the ground?! City-dwellers have to spend most of the day just trying to maintain their balance. It's the maintenance workers I feel the most sorry for, though. The high rise window washers must curse their existence with each rising sun. (IMPAwards)

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Inception continually insists on spitting in gravity‘s face. If Sir Isaac Newton laid eyes upon this new poster his powdered wig would spin round from pure outrage. What’s the floor?! What’s the ground?! City-dwellers have to spend most of the day just trying to maintain their balance. It’s the maintenance workers I feel the most sorry for, though. The high rise window washers must curse their existence with each rising sun. (IMPAwards)

 

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Hollywood’s Leading Starlets All Vying for ‘Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Role http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hollywoods-leading-starlets-all-vying-for-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-role/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hollywoods-leading-starlets-all-vying-for-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-role/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Every young actress in Hollywood is vying for the lead in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's like their Captain America.Executives at Sony insist that they are nowhere near casting the part, but Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Mia Wasikowska, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Thirlby, and Scarlett Johannsen are actively campaigning for the role all the same. Mulligan has lunched with the screenwriter and Page has written a heartfelt note to the producer. Johannsen gave Hathaway an upper-decker and Kristen Stewart has just kinda stood around looking emo. Despite these sincere attempts, director David Fincher may cast an unknown for the part because he feels the material is strong enough to not require a name actress.Although Brad Pitt has reportedly been offered the male lead. They should just cast Angelina. I'm sure she has a dragon tattooed on her someplace. (Deadline)

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Every young actress in Hollywood is vying for the lead in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s like their Captain America.

Executives at Sony insist that they are nowhere near casting the part, but Carey Mulligan, Ellen Page, Kristen Stewart, Mia Wasikowska, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Olivia Thirlby, and Scarlett Johannsen are actively campaigning for the role all the same. Mulligan has lunched with the screenwriter and Page has written a heartfelt note to the producer. Johannsen gave Hathaway an upper-decker and Kristen Stewart has just kinda stood around looking emo. Despite these sincere attempts, director David Fincher may cast at unknown for the part because he feels the material is strong enough to not require a name actress.

Although Brad Pitt has reportedly been offered the male lead. They should just cast Angelina. I’m sure she has a dragon tattooed on her someplace. (Deadline)

 

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English Doesn’t Help Make Sense of New ‘Inception’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/english-doesnt-help-make-sense-of-new-inception-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/english-doesnt-help-make-sense-of-new-inception-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Leo emerges from a basin of amniotic fluid. The new trailer for Inception has hit, and even though this one's in English I still have no idea what that f*ck is going on. Last week we showed you the French version which made a lot more sense in the sense that it was foreign and foreign things are weird. What I gather from this trailer is what we already know about the movie: Leo DiCaprio is entering people's minds and stealing images/thoughts/dreams/wet dreams with a sleek, metallic vibrator. He also likes to spin a dreidel to work through problems. Can I surmise that his character is Jewish? Oh Nolan, why won't you give me more! Oy vey! Check out the new Inception trailer at Apple.  

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Leo emerges from a basin of amniotic fluid.

The new trailer for Inception has hit, and even though this one’s in English I still have no idea what that f*ck is going on. Last week we showed you the French version which made a lot more sense in the sense that it was foreign and foreign things are weird. What I gather from this trailer is what we already know about the movie: Leo DiCaprio is entering people’s minds and stealing images/thoughts/dreams/wet dreams with a sleek, metallic vibrator. He also likes to spin a dreidel to work through problems. Can I surmise that his character is Jewish? Oh Nolan, why won’t you give me more! Oy vey!

Check out the new Inception trailer at Apple.  

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‘WHIP IT’ TRAILER http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whip-it-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/whip-it-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

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Whip It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/whip-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/whip-it/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2009 23:36:33 +0000 Reza F. Director: Drew BarrymoreCast: Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliet Lewis, Jimmy FallonSynopsis: Roller Girls movie.  Nuff said.

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Director: Drew Barrymore

Cast: Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliet Lewis, Jimmy Fallon

Synopsis: Roller Girls movie.  Nuff said.

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