Anderson Cowan and I preview September movies we want to see and recap a couple of flicks we dug (or disliked) from August. Lots of movies to discuss, and I also throw in my two cents on several films from this month that I’ve already seen. Take a listen to the show below!!
Tom Hiddleston takes on own of his most challenging (and what one would assume more gratifying) roles to date with I Saw The Light, a first rate biopic on the complex life of transcendent country singer/songwriter Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston). The film opens in select theaters (NY/LA) on Friday, March 25.
The latest Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer debuted yesterday, and since I’m usually a day late and a dollar short, I didn’t check it out until this morning.
Next week (September 23 to be exact) marks the Blu-ray and DVD release of Very Good Girls (Well Go USA, 91 minutes, R), a coming of age drama headlined by Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Kill Your Darlings) and Dakota Fanning (The Motel Life).
Naomi Foner, best known for as the screenwriter for Running On Empty (she also penned the underrated Halle Berry/Jessica Lange drama Losing Isaiah), makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls. The feature, which centers on New York based best friends (Olsen, Fanning) who aim to lose their virginity by the end of summer.
Everything should be hunky-dory, but when both of them have eyes for the same guy (Boyd Holbrook), their relationship suffers the requisite strain. Very Good Girls also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss. Special features on the disc include interviews with Foner, Olsen, and Fanning.
With such films as Martha Marcy May Marlene, In Secret, and Oldboy, Elizabeth Olsen has displayed ample dramatic chops (she recently landed the role of Hank Williams’ wife Audra Mae in the biopic I Saw The Light). And with Very Good Girls, Olsen has found her way through the coming of age drama. Still, Olsen has much narrative ground to cover, and one area she wants to explore are romantic comedies.
In the Soundcloud bar below, Elizabeth Olsen explains why she’s not on the top of the romantic comedy list. It’s surprising given her talent that casting agents and directors wouldn’t throw romcoms her way, but she gives a great explanation:
Elizabeth Olsen’s independent film work includes 2011’s acclaimed Martha Marcy May Marlene and last year’s Kill Your Darlings. Her segue into studio filmmaking should also be a creatively satisfying experience, as she collaborated with filmmaker Gareth Edwards (Monsters) in the upcoming Godzilla and Joss Whedon in next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
In Godzilla, Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson play husband and wife and they are featured as siblings (she’s Scarlet Witch, he’s Quicksilver) in Avengers: Age of Ultron. For Olsen, working with Taylor-Johnson on both films was an “awesome” experience.
“We only did a few scenes together (for Godzilla),” said Olsen who appeared with Taylor-Johnson in the end credits of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “But we spent time together in Vancouver and I got to know his family…and to play really tight brother and sister (dynamic) it’s really lucky that it’s not with just some guy I’ve just met. I think we both like the fact that we have this other film in our repertoire.”
Click on the media bar on how she prepared for her roles in Godzilla and Avengers: Age of Ultron:
Godzilla, co-starring Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche, opens May 16.