That’s right. It’s time for a brand new episode of The Flickcast. And because we don’t really keep to a regular schedule these days, let’s just say this one arrived right on time. Cool? Cool.
On this week’s show Chris and Joe pretty much devote the entire episode to the latest Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. It’s a big movie and it deserves a lot of time for discussion. So, the boys take a lot of time.
They do manage to discuss a couple other things too, but that’s pretty much near the end. So if you’re looking for some Civil War talk, you’ve come to the right place. If you want something else, well, there’s always next week.
Picks this week include, you guessed it, Captain America: Civil War. Unanimously. But really, we don’t have to tell you to go see this one, do we?
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This decent thriller and remake of the Uruguayan film La Casa Muda is more fun than scary — the jumps, false alarms, little girls, bumps in the night, close-ups of the heroine’s boobies, etc. — border on abuse they’re used so often; first it’s spooky, then it’s overused, then it comes back around to being funny, like a joke that goes on and keeps going.
I counted at least three times the heroine hid under something. First a dining table, then a bed, then a pool table while someone ominously walked around and/or spotted and made snatch for her. Three times something crashed off camera and someone else dismissed it.
Twice a character appears to be dead; four times a little girl, ostensibly meant to inspire terror, appears from nowhere; twice does someone mysteriously stuff something down their pants; and a whopping eight-and-a-half times is the heroine surprised by something benign.
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The casting has not come particularly quick or easy for the Spike Lee directed remake of the Korean thriller Oldboy.
Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men, Men In Black III) locked in as the lead character quite early in the process but the quest for a villain so far has involved names ranging from Christian Bale to Clive Owen, with even Colin Firth being in the mix. All have passed for various reasons and the search continues.
Filling the role of Brolin’s love interest, Marie, has been an equally difficult task. Both Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska have been offered and rejected the part of the female lead role. It is now being reported that the role of Marie has been offered to Elizabeth Olsen.
The film follows an average man who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, he soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.
The lesser known Olsen sister, Elizabeth seemingly sprang out of nowhere at Sundance 2011 to become one of America’s most sought after young actresses thanks to parts in the soon to be released Silent House and the under the radar film Martha Marcy May Marlene. With three other projects listed to start in 2013, she’s not going away anytime soon. She’s also got a sizable gap in her schedule before those projects are due to start, which makes this a very plausible option.
While there were plenty of large Summer blockbusters to preview this week, they all seemed to fall short on originality and just show us the same overdone action styles that have become popular over the past few years (Conan the Barbarian). Instead, I thought it was the perfect time to do a spotlight on some of the more obscure independent films coming up, right in the middle of this year’s Sundance hits finding distributers and buzz beginning to form around the film showing at Cannes.
This week we have two breakout hits from Sundance, one disturbing foreign thriller premiering at Cannes, and a documentary that is food for your soul.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
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Yes! There is a third Olsen sister and she can act! While this is only Elizabeth Olsen’s second feature since appearing that in Mary-Kate & Ashley videos as a kid, this film could definitely be a break-out role for her.
The other performance to watch in this trailer is from John Hawkes, an underrated but diverse actor that always delivers solid work in some great projects. You may know him from his comedic role on HBO’s Eastbound and Down, or from his Oscar nominated role as Teardrop in Winter’s Bone last year. This lesser-known cast could be set to become of the strongest ensemble performances of the year.
This film is going to be a hard one to miss, combining strong storytelling with powerful performances. LA Weekly describes the film as “a triller that shifts nearly imperceptibly between dream, memory, and reality.” The subtle psychological element of this trailer is sure to make for an intriguing film.
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