Tag Archives: Susan Sarandon

[Review] – Cloud Atlas

4 Nov

Title: Cloud Atlas
Year: 2012
Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski
Writers: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski, based on the novel by David Mitchell
Starring: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Bae Doona, Ben Whishaw, James D’Arcy, Zhou Xun, Keith David, David Gyasi, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant
MPAA Rating: R, violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use
Runtime: 172 min
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Metacritic: 55

Oh, Cloud Atlas. So much has been said about this film, that I don’t know where to start. I also don’t know where to start because this film has so much going on. I mean, it’s an independent movie with a budget of more than $100 million. You could start there, with how independent sources backed up this project and how Andy and Lana Wachowski put up mortgages on their houses to get money for funding. You could also start by saying that it adapts a brilliant novel that pretty much anyone who had read it deemed totally “unadaptable” because of how it had six super different interwoven story lines. You could also start by noting that it has some top notch Hollywood talent taking on multiple roles, playing different races and sexes. You could start by saying it’s one of the most ambitious films ever made.

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[Review] – Arbitrage

2 Oct

Title: Arbitrage
Year: 2012
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Writer: Nicholas Jarecki
Starring: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling, Laetitia Casta, Nate Parker
MPAA Rating: R, language, brief violent images and drug use
Runtime: 107 min
IMDb Rating: 6.9
Rotten Tomatoes: 85%
Metacritic: 73

I’ve been looking forward to watching Arbitrage for quite some time. The film, which premiered at Sundance this year, had gotten some really neat reviews and the buzz surrounding Richard Gere‘s lead performance was pretty loud, many predicting an Oscar nod for the never-nominated actor. Well, I’ve just seen the film and let me tell you something: it’s very, very good. And the fact that it’s very, very good is pretty much all about the cast which is tremendous and Mr. Gere does indeed give a superb performance as Robert Miller, a hedge-fund magnate in New York.

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[Review] – Robot & Frank

7 Sep

Title: Robot & Frank
Year: 2012
Director: Jake Schreier
Writer: Christopher D. Ford
Starring: Frank Langella, Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Susan Sarandon, Jeremy Sisto
MPAA Rating: PG-13, some language
Runtime: 89 min
IMDb Rating: 7.5
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Metacritic: 67

Ever since I heard about this film, with good word coming out about it from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, I’ve been eagerly anticipating the moment I got to watch it. The plot was just tremendous and impossible to resist: you have an old man who used to be a cat burglar and his kids who no longer think their dad can be left alone and instead of sending him to a home they buy him a robot that walks, talks and is supposed to impove their father’s health, both mental and physical. What happens instead is that their dad enlists the robot to help him carry out a heist and win the affection of the local librarian.

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[Trailer] – Arbitrage

26 Jun

Watch the first trailer for Arbitrage, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, after the cut.

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[Trailer] – Robot and Frank

25 Jun

Robot and Frank, which premiered earler this year at Sundance and has a pretty cool premise, just got a trailer, which you can watch after the cut.

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[Review] – That’s My Boy

24 Jun

Title: That’s My Boy
Year: 2012
Director: Sean Anders
Writer: David Caspe
Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon
MPAA Rating: R, crude sexual content throughout, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
Runtime: 116 min
IMDb Rating: 4.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 22%
Metacritic: 30

Oh, Adam Sandler. You were responsible for what was to me the second worst film of all 2011, Jack and Jill, one of only two I gave a D- to (there’s been three of those already this year), a film that got you four Razzie Awards, including Worst Actor and Worst Actress, and that was the first in the history of that infamous awards show to earn the dubious honor of sweeping all of its nominations. That film made me so mad that you had become such a shameless kind of entertainer, a guy who would dress in drag to play his own sister alongside himself in a PG-rated movie, the kind of film that’s centered on a single joke that would make even an eight-minute SNL skit seem frustrating, one that was blatantly made to make money and to have roles for all your buddies in it so that they could make money too.

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[Review] – Jeff, Who Lives At Home

11 Apr

Title: Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Year: 2012
Directors: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Writers: Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass
Starring: Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, Susan Sarandon, Rae Dawn Chong
MPAA Rating: R, language including sexual references and some drug use
Runtime: 83 min
IMDb Rating: 7.2
Rotten Tomatoes: 74%
Metacritic: 60

By now you may be somewhat familiar with the mumblecore filmmaking movement. Coined about a decade ago, the term is used to describe independent films with a very much DIY filmmaking style with low budget and production values, and a film that’s driven more by characters than by plot points, and one that counts with a very naturalistic approach to both performances and dialogue, which is many times heavily improvised by the cast. Brothers Jay and Mark Duplass are a big part of the movement, with their first feature, The Puffy Chair, being one of the first movies to come out of it, and their follow-up to that one, Baghead, continuing to fall in line with that overall aesthetic.

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