October 16, 2015 |
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
August 25, 2014 |
'It was the maddest thing I'd ever read," Michael Fassbender says of the screenplay for Frank , in which an aloof, avant-garde rock singer spends his entire waking life (perhaps his sleeping life, too) encased in a big, cartoonish, papier-mâché head. "The whole story was so bizarre. . . . It was engaging and funny and had some really touching moments. How could I not do it?" And so Fassbender - Magneto in the X-Men's First Class and Days of Future Past and a supporting-actor Oscar nominee for his chilling turn as slave owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave - agreed to try on the giant orb with the blank, sad visage, working opposite Domhnall Gleeson , Maggie Gyllenhaal , and Scoot McNairy in the Lenny Abrahamson -directed film.
March 31, 2014 |
Watch Michael Fassbender - his chiseled mug encased in a cartoonish papier-mâché head - as the title character, the nutty front man for a rock band, in Frank . Watch Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg, doppelgangers going at each other, in a comedic take on Dostoyevsky's The Double . And watch God Help the Girl , a musical from moody Glaswegian combo Belle & Sebastian founder Stuart Murdoch . Over seven...
October 25, 2013 |
IN THE harrowing "12 Years a Slave," Michael Fassbender portrays a slave master who is jealous of the formerly free man forced to work as a slave on his plantation (Chiwetel Ejiofor), jealous of his wife (Sarah Paulson) and angry at himself. The only person he has any affection for is Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o), one of his female slaves. And he beats her. Conflicted much? How does an actor of Fassbender's ability even play such a monster? Not see him as a monster. The Daily News spoke with Fassbender last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Slave" got a hero's welcome.
October 25, 2013 |
"THE COUNSELOR" warns eloquently and at length about the threat posed by spreading drug violence, but the effect is surprising. After an uneventful hour of watching this windy gabfest, here's what you're thinking: "Shoot somebody, already. " I mean, there's not much doubt about what's to come. Among the first images? A couple of swells (Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem) mix Manhattans and watch their pet cheetahs chase down jackrabbits in the border country desert. It's foreshadowing to a fault, and in case you miss the implication, here comes a small army of prestigious actors to drop eloquent hints - via the language of screenwriter Cormac McCarthy - about the carnage to come.
October 17, 2013 |
FOLKS at the Philadelphia Film Festival can't stop talking about their opener, "All Is Lost," which is weird, because in the movie nobody really talks. "All Is Lost," which kicks off the festival tomorrow night, at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center, stars Robert Redford as a solo sailor surviving storms at sea. Redford has virtually no dialogue and no co-stars, not even a volleyball or an imaginary tiger. So, at first glance, "All Is Lost" seems a strange choice to ignite excitement for the two-week festival, which runs through Oct. 27 and features more than 100 movies from dozens of countries (11 chosen by their home nations to vie for Oscars.)
June 11, 2012 |
How do you ask a Knight of the Realm — and a Knight of the Realm with a best picture Academy Award, at that — to move on to the next question? With great difficulty. Allotted 15 minutes to chat with Sir Ridley Scott, who is on the phone from London promoting his dazzling and dark — if somewhat nonsensical — sci-fi thriller Prometheus, this interviewer managed to get all of four questions in before the publicist with the charming accent interrupted with a brusque, "I'm going to have to break this off, sorry.
June 9, 2012 |
Music Sting. A couple of years back, Sting hit the road with a nearly 50-piece orchestra. This time out, it's pretty much the opposite. The 60-year-old megastar's "Back to Bass" tour is actually a "back-to-basics" tour, with Sting, just four other musicians, and a supporting vocalist. No worries, though. This stripped-down Sting harks back to his days with the hit-making late '70s/early '80s power trio the Police. In fact, the former Gordon Sumner — while primarily focusing on his 25-plus-year solo career — isn't above tossing in a few creatively reworked versions of Police hits, such as "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Message in a Bottle.
May 4, 2012 |
The immigrant saga Restless City is winning deserved praise for its stunning visuals, and some understandable gripes about its pokey pace. The movie is directed by Andrew Dosunmu, a Nigerian fashion photographer who came up through the ranks of the Yves St. Laurent empire, and his eye for the artfully arranged composition is evident in Restless City, the story of a Senegalese New York City street vendor (Sy Alassane) in a dangerous relationship with the girlfriend (Sky Grey)
January 20, 2012 |
THE LAST nine months have been auspicious for women in Hollywood. First "Bridesmaids" broke the crass ceiling for women in comedy, and now "Haywire" establishes Gina Carano as the screen's most convincing action star. Two things you notice about Carano on screen - her lovely brown eyes and her neck. The latter looks like something from an NFL linebacker, although it looks a thousand times better on Carano (she's a former mixed martial arts champ). The camera loves her, that's the good news.