Viola Davis has long been one of the best character actresses on TV and in film, going back 30 years. Especially on television, there are few shows in the 1990s and early 2000s that didn’t get a powerful guest appearance from Viola Davis, but it wasn’t really until her Oscar-nominated turns in Doubt and The Help that she broke out in film. Davis has an ability to be warm and funny but also astoundingly intense in both emotional and cold ways that rival the ability of any living actress. She can be downright scary in her intensity at times. You can pick apart a lot of Suicide Squad, but I don’t think anyone would disagree that Davis was a perfect Amanda Waller for the DCEU. While continuing as one of the premier actresses in film, justly winning an Oscar for her riveting performance in Fences (a supporting actress Oscar for what was really a lead role), she’s also finally gotten a hit TV series of her own with ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder (for which she’s netted an Emmy).
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Today’s Election Day here in the United States, which means as you read this, there is every chance I am in a voting booth screaming and banging my head against the wall. So, I decided to forgo anything thematic and focus on what appears to be the upcoming weekend’s science fiction masterpiece, The Arrival, and more specifically Denis Villeneueve. He first popped on to my radar with the amazing Incendies, then I am still trying to recover from Prisoners, but for most audiences he went mainstream with last year’s Sicario. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Sicario (2015) “Border Crossing”
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Directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario), the film is based on Ted Chiang’s 1998 novella Story of Your Life with a script with Eric Heisserer (The Thing (2011)). When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
“This isn’t a graphic-novel universe or creating a new universe. This happens in our world today, as it exists,” Adams said previously of the grounded approach. “Not having to transport myself to a universe where superheroes exist, which is also fun, really helped me ground the character and the experience.”
Jeremy Renner also stars in the film as a physicist, with the actor saying: “I haven’t played a smart nerdy guy. I thought there was a great challenge in that.”
Renner also spoke about the film’s tone, saying it’s not like a “big Michael Bay alien movie” but instead compared it to the works of Stanley Kubrick and Steven Spielberg. “If you’re a parent, it’s going to wreck you,” he said. “It’s big and there are thriller elements and tension, but it’s going to lean much more into a thinking person’s film.”
Arrival will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 2 before debuting in theaters on November 11.
Denis Villenueve is the best director in Hollywood that no one had heard of. He’s made three flawless films in Incendies, Prisoners, and Sicario, and has developed a reputation for riveting narratives, innovative direction, and stories that leave the audience feeling like someone punched them between the eyes. Arrival, starring Amy Adams, Forrest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner, is a big departure from the grittiness of his other films, but I will go see any film Villeneueve directs the day it is released. This is a teaser with a full trailer promised to arrive soon. Arrival opens in theaters on November 11, 2016.
When mysterious spacecrafts touch down across the globe, an elite team – lead by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams) – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will bring to Blu-ray Denis Villeneuve’s new film, Sicario (2015), starring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Jon Bernthal, and Victor Garber. The release will be available for purchase on January 5.
Synopsis: In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman. In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.
- Stepping Into Darkness: The Visual Design of Sicario
- Blunt, Brolin, and Benicio: Portraying the Characters of Sicario
- A Pulse From The Desert: The Score of Sicario
- Battle Zone: Inside The World of Sicario
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