Screen Junkies » Neil Burger http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 09 Dec 2014 15:52:49 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Bonnie And Clyde To Get A Seedier And Darker Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bonnie-and-clyde-to-get-a-seedier-and-darker-pic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/bonnie-and-clyde-to-get-a-seedier-and-darker-pic/#comments Mon, 25 Jul 2011 22:34:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221997 "Clyde was raped in prison." This and other fun facts in the upcoming Bonne and Clyde biopic.

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Bonnie and Clyde is a beloved classic, which makes me wonder why it took so long for someone to get around to remaking it. Wait no more, fans of stuff being remade! The project will be helmed by Limitless director Neil Burger, based on a script from Sheldon Turner. The source material for the script, Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde actually differs quite a bit from the 1967 film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. It reportedly doesn’t paint the duo with such a glamourous brush, so I guess one could say it’s “gritty.”

The book posits that Clyde was sexually abused in prison and Bonnie was a whore. Ok. Fine. I’m sold. I will see this film. No word on casting or timeline here, but the wheels are in motion, and with the pedigree of the story, and the recent modest success of Limitless, expect these roles to be a hot ticket in Hollywood. (Deadline)

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Neil Burger Is All Over ‘Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune’ Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neil-burger-is-all-over-uncharted-drakes-fortune-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/neil-burger-is-all-over-uncharted-drakes-fortune-now/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:09:23 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=219258 The 'Limitless' director will totally helm a video game adaptation.

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With David O. Russell having realized that it’s crazy for him to make a video game adaptation, Sony is now in talks with a non-Oscar winner to write and direct the adaptation of Uncharted: Drake‘s Fortune. It looks like Limitless‘s Neil Burger is the man for the job.

There’s no word whether or not Mark Wahlberg will remain attached to star but you’d assume he’d much rather mine for Oscar gold with a Fighter sequel than swing around in the jungle and fall in rivers where weird parasites could swim up his pee-pee. Could this be Nathan Fillion‘s chance? Or is the part totally going to be offered to Limitless star Bradley Cooper? (It’s totally going to be offered to Limitless star Bradley Cooper.) (Variety)

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Review: Limitless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-limitless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-limitless/#comments Thu, 17 Mar 2011 22:24:13 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202282 At its core, it’s just 90 minutes of dumb fun based on a concept that appeals to anyone who has ever struggled to do anything.

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There’s no question: Limitless is a story for the 21st century. A modern man, unable to match the pace of his modern world, ingests a modern drug, achieves modern perfection, and enters the pinstriped ranks of the modern elite. It’s a superhero tale, except the superhero doesn’t help other people; he helps himself. What could appeal more to a generation of young consumers raised on celebrity reverence, pill-shaped miracle cures, and the supreme law of instant gratification?

Of course, that’s not to say Limitless is some corrupt production encouraging people to be shitty. At its core, it’s just 90 minutes of dumb fun based on a concept that appeals to anyone who has ever struggled to do anything. Life is hard, yes, but what if you could take a pill and become the most awesome person ever, for whom life is just one big thrill-seeking shit-show and challenge is merely a nine-letter word? That would be great, right? Here’s a movie about it.

Okay. Now what? That’s where things get sticky. The filmmakers seem to have thrown all their resources into answering the question “How cool would it be if” without ever stopping to consider the bigger picture. Once the hero takes the pill, achieves his dreams, kicks the world in the nuts, and turns back to do a victory lap, the only thing left to explore is the rather obvious terrain of the pill’s unforeseen medical side effects. And while watching a person slowly deteriorate under the crippling effects of drug dependence is certainly an interesting sight, it’s not the kind of thing that carries a movie very far. So they introduce some bad guys, too, and the bad guys do bad things, namely trying to steal the hero’s pills.

But wait, isn’t the hero kind of a bad guy too? Isn’t he acting selfishly and cheating at life and using money to solve his problems and all around just being a bit of a dick? No, no, no, because, you see, he’s a good guy. Not only is he super likeable and funny and kind of a goof ball, he also wants to help people. He states quite overtly at one point that he has good intentions — some pre-conceived plan to achieve some greater good with his newfound powers. That plan, however, is never actually explained. We’re force fed the idea that the hero is meant to be a good person, the guy we all root for, but his motivations are vague at best and his ultimate goal — to do something “important” — comes off as just another empty statement designed to advance the plot and keep the film rolling along. It’s as if the filmmakers turned to one another halfway through shooting the movie and thought, “Wait a minute, this guy might come off as kind of a prick. Better make it seem like he has a grand altruistic vision. Can’t think of one? It’s cool. Let’s just never explain it.” And they never do.

Then again, nobody is going to walk into this movie expecting a thought-provoking analysis of society’s bankrupt moral system. People are going to see this movie because it’s kick-ass fantasy — shameless cultural masturbation at its best. Like all masturbation, however, it’s better done in private. Once yo extract the fantasy, blow it up on the big screen, throw in a cast of supporting characters, and tell all your friends about it, you begin to realize just how empty and sad the whole thing really is. Unless you happen to be taking anti-sadness pills, in which case that shit is nothing short of incredible. Boo-yah, bitch! Now where’s my Lamborghini?

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Limitless http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/limitless/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/limitless/#comments Thu, 03 Mar 2011 23:37:38 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27148 Director: Neil Burger Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro Synopsis: A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities. Release Date: March 18, 2011

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Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Synopsis: A copywriter discovers a top-secret drug which bestows him with super human abilities.

Release Date: March 18, 2011

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‘Limitless’ Trailer Has Its Limits http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/limitless-trailer-has-its-limits/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/limitless-trailer-has-its-limits/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2010 20:55:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=12655 Last time we checked in with Bradley Cooper, he was hawking a pill with the ability to bring out your inner-Bradley Cooper. That was a clever teaser for the film Limitless, which we now have a better look at.

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Last time we checked in with Bradley Cooper, he was hawking a pill with the ability to bring out your inner-Bradley Cooper. That was a clever teaser for the film Limitless, which we now have a better look at.

Hmmm… for a film about unlocking potential, you’d think this wouldn’t look so bland. And what’s with the Lawnmower Man brain graphics? You guys do realize this is playing in theaters, right? I don’t mean to bag on it too hard though. It is a really interesting concept, I’m just not certain it’s done justice by what we’ve seen in this trailer. It’s just that I feel like I’ve seen this movie before, and it starred Jim Carrey.

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