I once asked Mike Phillips and A.O. Scott what do you say when a movie is well made; the pace is appropriate for the story; the score is perfect; that cast are acting their hearts out – and the film just connect with you.
One of them replied that I already had my answer. And The Girl on the Train is a perfect example of the kind of movie I was referring to.
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In the new trailer for Universal Pictures’ Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt’s Rachel is a bit on edge. And no wonder – she’s gone from being a possible witness to a possible suspect.
Check it out after the jump. Girl on the Train opens on October 7th.
Continue reading Off the Rails Trailer: Girl on the Train!
The Girl on the Train is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. Starring Emily Blunt, Justin Theroux and Rebecca Ferguson, it follows Rachel who, devastated by her recent divorce, finds herself imaging a perfect life for a couple she sees on her daily commute.
When the woman disappears, there seems to be circumstantial evidence that she may have killed the woman and she has to try to find the killer before she winds up in prison.
Based on the novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train opens on October 7th. The UK trailer follows the jump.
Continue reading Off The Rails Trailer: The Girl on the Train!
‘If It’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before,’ says the narrator in the new trailer for The Huntsman: Winter’s War – the prequel to Snow white and the Huntsman.
Considering how little we wanted a follow-up to the first film, I have to say that this new trailer is more dark fun than I expected. Check it out after the jump. The Huntsman: Winter’s War opens on April 22nd.
Continue reading Coldly Flashy Trailer: The Huntsman: Winter’s War!
This weekend, Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario opens in wide release. Sicario, the film tells us, is the Mexican word for hitman. It also tells us that it was the Hebrew word for the one who hunts the ones who killed us (i.e. Romans – it’s a very old word).
Sicario is a deeply disturbing film about an idealistic FBI agent who leaves her division – which deals with kidnapping and hostages – to volunteer for a joint taskforce that ostensibly is to take down a Mexican cartel.
Continue reading Sicario – Idealism Versus Pragmatism in an Ugly World!
Although Disney’s Into The Woods is doing well in theaters, it was considered to be a risky move – taking a three-hour hit Broadway musical and turning it into a two-hour movie. Plus, there was the fact that Into The Woods is not the lightest exploration of fairy tales.
On the plus side, director Rob Marshall was an old hand at adapting Broadway hits into movie form – his Chicago nabbed a few Oscars® – and the screenplay for Into The Woods was adapted by James Lapine, who, with Stephen Sondheim, created the original musical.
So, what did it take to take Into The Woods from stage to screen? Follow the jump to check out a video dealing with that very topic.
Continue reading Behind The Scenes: Into The Woods – From Stage To Screen!
Into The Woods takes four classic fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel – and looks at what happens after their happily ever after endings. There have been several films in recent memory that have tackled this idea, but when Into The Woods debuted, it was a radical new idea. It’s still the best take on the idea.
Continue reading Into The Woods – What Comes After Happily Ever After?
One of the highlights of Into The Woods is the moment that Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) realises that the Prince is pretty smart.
Follow the jump to hear her sing On the Steps of the Palace. Into The Woods opens on Christmas Day.
Continue reading Sneak Peek: Into The Woods: Anna Kendrick Sings
A new featurette for Into the Woods gives us a look at the characters and storylines in the film – and a chance to hear cast members, from James Corden to Meryl Streep, sing.
Into the Woods opens December 25th with an all-star cast that also includes Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp. Check out the featurette – The Story – after the jump.
Continue reading Into The Woods: Meryl Sings!
Disney has released the poster for its adaptation of the James Lapine-Stephen Sondheim musical Into The Woods – and it’s certainly darker than I was expecting. I like it.
Check it out after the jump. Into The Woods premieres on December 25th.
INTO THE WOODS opens in theatres December 25, 2014!
Continue reading Disney Goes Dark With Into The Woods Poster!
When Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark Broadway take on fairytales, Into The Woods, was optioned by Disney, there was a lot of fear that it would wind up being Disnified – so much so that Sondheim had to go on record as saying that that just wasn’t so.
Now the first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks a couple shades darker than the usual Disney version. Check it out after the jump.
Continue reading Not-Quite-A-Fairytale Trailer: Into The Woods!