Netflix News: Brad Pitt & Tilda Swinton in teaser for ‘War Machine’ – available May 26th

Oh, Netflix. You are truly worth $11.99 per month.


An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General’s roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody – raising the specter of just where the line between them lies today. His is an exploration of a born leader’s ultra-confident march right into the dark heart of folly. At the story’s core is Brad Pitt’s sly take on a successful, charismatic four-star general who leapt in like a rock star to command NATO forces in Afghanistan, only to be taken down by a journalist’s no-holds-barred exposé.

The Netflix original film is inspired by the book The Operators: The Wild & Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan by the late journalist Michael Hastings. Joining Pitt in War Machine is a highly decorated cast including Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall, Topher Grace, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Emory Cohen, John Magaro, RJ Cyler, Alan Ruck, Scoot McNairy and Meg Tilly. Ian Bryce and Plan B’s Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt serve as producers. James Skotchdopole serves as executive producer. The film will be released on Netflix on May 26, 2017.

Review: ‘The Big Short’ Delivers Big

TBS_1-Sht_Rated Teaser_2_eIf you were to ask anyone what the two scariest things that could happen to this country would be, my guess is that they would answer: terrorism and an economic collapse, both of which have become reality in the last 15 years. The latter is the subject of Michael Lewis’ non-fiction book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” which is now a feature film directed by Adam McKay. The film tackles the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s and failures of the financial district which lead the market to crash, which serves a gut punch to all the experts who allowed it to happen. In short, The Big Short is a film that should become required viewing for all business students and politicians.

Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

In 2005, hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) stumbles upon a major discovery while researching loans bundled into highly rated mortgage bonds. Burry discovered that each and every one of these bonds was loaded with delinquent home loans that he believed would default over the next few years.  Knowing that Wall Street bankers and government regulatory agencies has no intentions of acting to fix this certain doom, Burry invents a financial instrument called the credit default swap in order to “short” the booming housing market, much to the dismay of his hedge fund’s owners and investors. A mortgage broker іѕ a professional whо іѕ licensed wіth thе Real Estate Council оf Alberta (RECA). In order tо obtain thіѕ credential, a mortgage broker іѕ required tо meet educational аnd professional conduct requirements, аnd complete background security checks. A mortgage broker ѕhоuld nеvеr bе compared tо уоur local financial institution. Thе purpose аnd function оf еасh іѕ vеrу different. An independent mortgage broker іѕ just that-independent-meaning thеу hаvе nо association wіth аnу оnе lender. Thаt means it’s thеіr job tо offer уоu unbiased advice. At Metropolitan mortgage corporation you will get best broker, For more information look at this site.

After Burry makes his bet at Goldman Sachs, Wall Street banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) is informed of Burry’s strategy, and decides to uses this knowledge to persuade hedge-fund manager Mark Baum (Steve Carell) that he too should invest millions in credit default swaps. Initially skeptical, Baum and his team (Jeremy Strong, Hamish Linklater and Rafe Spall) undertake their own investigation. Researching the housing market in Florida, they interview homeowners, realtors and mortgage brokers and discover that what Vennett has told them is true and that we are facing the worst economic crisis in decades.

Christian Bale plays Michael Burry in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

Christian Bale plays Michael Burry in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

While visiting NY to make their pitch their hedge fund to some of the bigger banks, money managers Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) and Charlie Geller (John Magaro) also stumble upon the housing-market bubble and with the help of ex-banker Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt), use his connections to help them make their own bet against Wall Street. If all of these men are right,  they will make billions, while millions of Americans lose their homes, their jobs and their retirement savings; if they’re wrong, they’ll lose everything. The gamble against the U.S. economy is on.

The Big Short is nothing short of spectacular. The script by McKay and Charles Randolph keeps a lot of the technical aspects of Lewis‘ book in tact, but helps to assist the average film goers understanding of the subject matter with vignettes that are as much hilarious as they are informative. Director Adam McKay assembles one of the best ensemble casts in decades and each actor brings their very best to this important film. Steve Carell has never been better and turns in a stand out performance. Christian Bale captures the eccentric nature of his character perfectly and Ryan Gosling has perfected the art of ego better than any actor in years.

This is a must see film and an instant contender for awards season.

4 out of 5

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Trailer:

New Trailer for ‘The Big Short’ is Here!

TBS_1-Sht_Rated Teaser_2_eParamount Pictures and Regency Enterprises have released a new trailer for Adam McKay’s newest film The Big Short starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt and you can check it out below!

When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea:  The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.  Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind SideMoneyball),  and directed by Adam Mckay (AnchormanStep Brothers)

The Big Short opens in limited release December 11th before opening wide on December 23rd

Review: The subtle & unexpected ‘By the Sea’ from Writer/Director Angelina Jolie Pitt

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Let’s watch the trailer:

There are three different ways I can describe By the Sea, written, directed and starring Angelina Jolie Pitt opposite husband, Brad Pitt.

  1. Roland and Vanessa (Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt) are a seasoned couple beginning a vacation at a beautiful hotel in the south of France in the 1970s. When a young newlywed couple moves in next door, it brings out a new side of Roland and Vanessa that might just save their marriage.
  2. Three sets of couples, in different stages of life, interact while on holiday in 1970s.
  3. A portrait of a couple trying to avoid the painful memories of their past.

Full disclosure, I love dramas. The American, with George Clooney, is one of my recent favorites. It’s slow and purposeful with beautiful cinematography. Not unlike By the Sea, that reveals slowly with a bit of mystery centering around Vanessa.

Jolie Pitt’s performance as Vanessa is cold, rigid and stoic. One of the only problems I had with the story is why the young, full of life, Lea (Melanie Laurent) would seek out her friendship.

What I particularly enjoyed was the lack of formula, leaving it completely without prediction, yet all actions were plausible. Angelina Jolie Pitt wrote and directed the film before she started directing, so she had no intention of starring in it or for it to be a commercial film. Most of the scenes take place in the hotel, and you really get the sense that there is a beautiful world waiting just outside. While many will be drawn to it because of the couple, this is not the picture of a perfect marriage.

Brad Pitt‘s character, Roland, is full of despair over being with the woman he loves, but not actually BEING with her. He has such painfully anguished expressions and empathy is clearly with him. The feeling of despair reminds me of another really good movie, Sunlight, with Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon which was oddly more uplifting.

The pace was very smooth and at 2 hours, it keeps you guessing so much that you forget the time. I very much enjoyed the journey and wouldn’t have a second thought to revisit. It’s in select theaters now and more to come.

By the Sea

Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt star in new trailer for Adam McKay’s ‘The Big Short’

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When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea:  The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.  Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball),  and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step BrothersThe Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.
 
 
Official Website: http://thebigshortmovie.com
#TheBigShort

Battle of The Actors Round 2 Match-Ups!

Untitled-1Last Week Sarah Jessica Parker, Elizabeth Taylor, Vera Farmiga and Helen Mirren moved on with Eva Green beating Marion Cotilaard to move on in the bonus match-up. This week, round 2 begins!

Brad’s Bracket:

Brad's Bracket- Marlon Brando vs Peter Lorre

  • Marlon Brando (75%, 24 Votes)
  • Peter Lorre (25%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 32

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Jeremy’s Bracket:

Jeremy's Bracket- Paul Newman vs Sam Rockwell

  • Paul Newman (66%, 19 Votes)
  • Sam Rockwell (34%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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Liz’s Bracket:

Liz's Bracket: Tom Hiddleston vs Kevin Spacey

  • Kevin Spacey (65%, 20 Votes)
  • Tom Hiddleston (35%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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Melissas’ Bracket:

Melissa's Bracket- Michael Fassbender vs Guy Pearce

  • Michael Fassbender (64%, 18 Votes)
  • Guy Pearce (36%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Michael’s Bracket:

Michael's Bracket- Robert Downey Jr vs Brad Pitt

  • Robert Downey Jr (68%, 23 Votes)
  • Brad Pitt (32%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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Battle of The Actors Round 1 Matchups Part 3!

Untitled-1Amanda Plummer, Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Julianne Moore moved on in the brackets and Anne Hathaway beat Emma Thompson in the bonus bracket by yet ANOTHER slim margin ..this weeks matchups we switch gears and return to the guys…actors showdown! Let’s get it on!

Brad’s Bracket:

Brad's Bracket- Ernest Thesenger vs Christopher Lee

  • Christopher Lee (96%, 23 Votes)
  • Ernest Thesenger (4%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Jeremy’s Bracket:

Jeremy's Bracket- Brendan Gleeson vs Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Daniel Day-Lewis (88%, 21 Votes)
  • Brendan Gleeson (13%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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Liz’s Bracket:

Liz's Bracket: Oscar Isaac vs Sir Patrick Stewart

  • Sir Patrick Stewart (80%, 20 Votes)
  • Oscar Isaac (20%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 25

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Melissas’ Bracket:

Melissa's Bracket- Edward Norton vs Idris Elba

  • Edward Norton (74%, 20 Votes)
  • Idris Elba (26%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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Michael’s Bracket:

Michael's Bracket- Brad Pitt vs Matthew Mcconaughey

  • Brad Pitt (53%, 18 Votes)
  • Matthew Mcconaughey (47%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

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‘World War Z’ Sequel Sets Release Date

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Paramount Pictures has revealed that World War Z 2 will arrive in theaters on June 9, 2017 and Brad Pitt will return for the sequel with The Impossible‘s Juan Antonio Bayona attached to direct.

Locke writer and director Steven Knight will be providing the screenplay for World War Z 2 with Brad Pitt serving as producer.

20th Century Fox had previously announced Fantastic Four 2 for June 9th setting up quite a showdown for the studios.

More as it becomes available

 

Michael’s Review: ‘Fury’- Ensemble Cast Hits the Target

FURY_DOM_1SHT_TSRFilmmakers of World War II movies, one of Hollywood’s favorite subjects, have a difficult task when portraying the difficulties of war and depicting the sacrifices that each side had to endure. Many wartime films suffer in their portrayal because the filmmakers are either too afraid to go too far in showing the real gruesome nature of war or they scale back their depiction of the war and try to focus more on the toll that is taken on the soldiers fighting the war, but, at times, something seems to be missing. Fury is unapologetic in its tale of the horrors of war and equally focuses on the factors that deprive the characters of their humanity. Prepare yourself. Read More →

4 Guesses for the Surprise Screening at this year’s New York Film Festival

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Film Society at Lincoln Center has a “surprise screening” this year for the New York Film Festival. Two of the movies in recent years have been Martin Scorcese‘s Hugo and Stephen Spielberg‘s Lincoln. I’ve never been lucky enough to get tickets, but this year, I did, so my mind is going wild with the possibilities. Maybe I’m way off base, but here’s my top 5 guesses. What do you think? Which will be the surprise screening? Vote at the bottom!

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