The new film by the unique Coen Brothers, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, has its first trailer and it is most definitely the idiosyncratic and weirdly delightful trailer you would expect for a Coen Brothers anthology film.
Counting James Franco and Tim Blake Nelson among its cast for the six western tales it tells, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on November 16th.
John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle – a tale of a young man who gets caught up in the labor movement among farmer workers in the 1930s – stars and is directed by James Franco. It opens on February 17th.
Hulu’s 11.22.63 – based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King – finds an ordinary guy traveling back through time to prevent the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy – by stepping through a closet.
11.22.63 stars James Franco, Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber – and premieres on Presidents’ Day, Monday, February 15th. Check out the new trailer after the jump.
True Story is, oddly enough, based on a true story – Christian Longo murdered his family and disappeared. When he was captured, in Mexico, he was posing as a journalist named Mike Finkel. Mike Finkel was a New York Times reporter who was fired for fabricating the subject of an important story – and became the only person Longo would talk to.
Finkel’s book, True Story, detailed those conversations and was a bestseller. The film adapted from the book is intriguing, occasionally compelling but creates a distance between itself and its audience that it almost but not quite earns back.
The Color of Time was made by the members of a class James Franco taught at NYU – a peculiar mix of poetry and biography based on the poems by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. The film’s content is a collection of vignettes composed of memories, poetry and Williams’ struggle to write new material as he prepares for an appearance to read his work.
The reason I say that The Color of Time feels like a student film is not because of any lack of polish, but because it looks and feels free of the need to be commercial; to fit into a specific niche. Franco’s students have clearly been taught well when it comes to both technique and thinking for themselves.
Well, I’ve finally seen The Interview and, let me just tell you, it’s a pretty decent little comedy. Cause for international furor? Not really. More like a modern Rat Pack kind of thing where a bunch of guys get together and make a movie for the hell of it.
Jason Statham has become the king of the mid-range budget action flicks. He’s a better actor than Arnold and a better fighter than Sly (or, at least, capable of executing more complex choreography). With every movie, he shows a few more colors as his range continues to expand – a nastier edge here; a bit more vulnerability there. Homefront gives Statham fans the action they’ve come to expect and a slightly more complex story than usual.