Synopsis: Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to be an intuitive entity in its own right, individual to each user. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet “Samantha,” a bright, female voice, who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow, in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual love for each other.
Synopsis: Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. Set against the backdrop of 1970′s Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss.
In Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck star as characters who, like the movie around them, are at once almost mythically recognizable, yet also strikingly immediate in the nuance, subtlety, and emotion of their realization.
The sophomore directorial feature from David Lowery (St. Nick), Ain't Them Bodies Saints is a lyrical and romantic drama that is set in the 1970s but captures many traditional elements of an older, distinctly American form: the Western. The film begins with Ruth Guthrie and Bob Muldoon as lovers on the tail end of a crime spree that concludes in a shootout. A crack shot, Ruth takes down a lawman, but when they surrender, Bob claims responsibility and is sentenced to twenty-five years, while Ruth, pregnant with his child, is let free.
Five years later, Bob busts out of prison and sets his sights on Texas, where he'll be reunited with Ruth and meet his daughter for the first time. At home, however, Bob's impending arrival is complicated by Ruth's devotion to her daughter and the attentions of local sheriff Patrick Wheeler, played by Ben Foster (The Messenger), who is keen on Ruth.
Though Ruth and Bob spend most of the film separated, Mara and Affleck ensure that their connection, fraught with melodrama and complication though it may be, remains potent. Both actors are Academy Award nominees on account of their performances in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford, respectively, and both have quite consistently eschewed typical movie star roles, instead opting for more personal fare.
Recently, both actors participated in roundtable interviews to promote Ain't Them Bodies Saints, and IAR was on hand. They discussed what drew them to the film, working with David Lowery, their characters, what differentiates the film from its antecedents, Westerns, getting to know one another through the material, and the overall experience of making the film.
The first trailer for Her strongly suggests that Spike Jonze has made a beautiful, melancholic, perceptive, modern, quietly devastating little movie about a man who falls in love with his operating system.
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Scott Z. Burns has worn many different hats in Hollywood.
The filmmaker first gained attention for directing the 2006 film Pu-239, and would eventually go on to produce former Vice President Al Gore’s Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, as well as write the box office hit The Bourne Ultimatum. But it is his frequent collaborations with Oscar-winning director Steven Sonderbergh, including The Informant!, and Contagion, that has made everyone take notice.
Since then the scribe has penned a draft of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, as well as being attached to write The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is based on the popular ‘60s spy series starring Robert Vaughn. But first, he has reunited with Soderbergh again on, what may be the director’s final theatrical film, a psychological thriller entitled Side Effects, which Burns wrote and produced, and will opens in theaters on February 8th.
Side Effects centers on Emily (Rooney Mara) and Martin (Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s Psychiatrist (Jude Law), which is intended to treat anxiety, has unexpected side effects. In addition to Law, Mara, and Tatum, the excellent cast of actors also includes Vinessa Shaw (Puncture), Mamie Gummer (The Ward), and Academy Award-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago).
I recently had a chance to speak with producer and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns about his work on Side Effects. The accomplished filmmaker discussed the new film, its unique concept, his research, plotting its twists and turns, why he writes every role for Matt Damon, the film’s impressive cast, collaborating with Steven Soderbergh, and if he truly thinks Side Effects will be the acclaimed director’s final theatrical film.
Prior to the release of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Sony Pictures was looking quite bullish about a trilogy of films based on the bestselling Millennium Trilogy by the late the late Swedish novelist and journalist Stieg Larsson. Director David Fincher's adaptation of the first book dropped well over a year ago and progress on the sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, has been slower than anticipated.
So what gives?
Side Effects, which hits theaters in just over one week, is likely to be the last theatrical feature from Steven Soderbergh, one of most prolific and fascinating auteurs. If that's not enough to get folks to pay attention to Side Effects, then the fact that the film looks like a twisty, sexy psychological thriller ought to do the trick.
Open Road Films has released a barrage of abbreviated trailers to promote next Friday's release, and one in particular demonstrates the potential of this drug-addled tale, giving a sense of just how propulsive and dangerous the story gets.
Synopsis: A provocative thriller about Emily and Martin, a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily’s psychiatrist – intended to treat anxiety – has unexpected side effects.
With the film's debut just weeks away, Open Road Films is getting serious about drumming up anticipation for Side Effects, which may or may not be the final theatrical feature from Steven Soderbergh.
Today, the promotional effort means that we get to see the first clip of Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum in action, as well as a spoiler-filled TV spot that puts the focus on Jude Law's character.
Impossibly cheekboned starBrad Pitt is the closest thing David Fincher has to a muse, having starred for the perfectionist director in Se7en, Fight Club, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Now, Fincher is eager to get Pitt playing one of the lead roles in a big-budget 3D update of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, provided Disney actually decides to make the movie.