One of the intriguing aspects of Sicario is experiencing a rather green FBI agent (Emily Blunt) realize the “land of wolves” that dominate the drug wars. With Sicario: Day of the Soldado, Isabela Reyes (Isabela Moner) gets a similar education. Audio of Moner discussing the film is below . . .
As much as I love watching all the superheroes and ancillary characters do their respective thing in the Marvel Universe, a few omelettes need to be broken, so it’s great to see Thanos (Josh Brolin) deliver bone-shattering punishment in the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer.
Sicario, yet another stunning feature from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies), hits Blu-ray and DVD January 5 via Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
As witnessed in Edge of Tomorrow, Emily Blunt is an unyielding force to be reckoned with. That physical and emotional resolve should come in hand playing an FBI agent in Sicario, which makes its debut this month at the Cannes Film Festival.
Joaquin Phoenix’s most frequent collaborations have come with director James Gray (The Immigrant, Two Lovers, The Yards, We Own The Night) and Inherent Vice marks his second cinematic experience with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (their first was the 2012 drama The Master).
During the interviews for Inherent Vice, Joaquin Phoenix talked about why he loves collaborating with Paul Thomas Anderson:
“He’s really inclusive and warm and thoughtful – He’s one of those people that makes you feel you’re important and you have value – even if you don’t. He deserves all the credit.”
Phoenix also added that Anderson’s approach to a scene isn’t based on rigid story structure, but instead the auteur enjoys exploring the creative avenues that each moment of film provides. Click on the media bar below to hear Phoenix’s full answer:
Co-starring Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Waterston, Inherent Vice opens in limited release December 12 and nationwide January 9, 2015.
Paul Thomas Anderson, who last collaborated with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix on The Master, traverses more comedic territory this time around, as he tackles an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice.
A shaggy dog mystery featuring Joaquin Phoenix as a way in over his head private eye, Inherent Vice was screened for select press members at the New York Film Festival (as reported in this Indiewire piece).
I interviewed Josh Brolin, who plays police officer “Bigfoot” Bjornsen in the film, and during the chat he talked about working with Paul Thomas Anderson on Inherent Vice (the discussion occurred while Brolin was promoting the overlooked Spike Lee directed feature Oldboy, and he mentions his Oldboy character Joe Doucett in the clip):
Inherent Vice has a limited run December 12 (for Awards consideration) and opens nationwide January 9.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt enters Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s universe with Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. It’s a plum role for the actor, as he plays a can’t lose gambler who strides into Sin City with the sole purpose of embarrassing Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Unfortunately for Johnny, Roark has the town on a string, and his powerful grip may be too much for our young hero to handle.
To deliver an effective performance with Sin City’s black and white world, one must carry a great deal of imagination. Green screen is their basic canvas, but for Gordon-Levitt that wasn’t a huge problem. “I actually loved working in the green environment,” said the actor. “And just fully embracing an abandonment of realism.”
To hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt talk about the joys of working with Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, click on the media bar below:
Will Johnny’s luck run out during his confrontation with Roark, or does he hit the revenge jackpot? Find out when Sin City: A Dame To Kill For hits theaters August 22.