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‘The Rover’ makes Filmstage’s Most-Anticipated Films of 2013 list   2 comments


#23 – The Rover

Synopsis: A dirty and dangerous near-future western set in the Australian desert.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: The last time Guy Pearce starred in a Australian western we got John Hillcoat‘s fantastic The Proposition. This time around, we’ve got Animal Kingdomdirector David Michod, Robert Pattinson (proving his talent in David Cronenberg‘sCosmopolis), the underappreciated Scoot McNairy (Killing Them Softly, Argo, Monsters) and a near-future setting — it’s safe to say we’re quite excited. With a shoot gearing up in a few months, we hope this one will make it to theaters before the year’s end. – Jordan R.

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Great Cosmopolis Review by The Filmstage   Leave a comment

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 There are about a million places you could start with this thing.

Oh, hell: “Brilliant.” Cosmopolis is certainly a brilliant film, one filled with all the subtext and qualities we call “cinematic” that you could ask for, but it presents this in a manner so deceptively simple it can only feel like genius. David Cronenberg’s newest effort says inordinate amounts about our society, often, by saying so little, to the point where it feels as though we, the modern audience, are looking into a funhouse mirror only two degrees off from being an exact portrait.

And that’s more terrifying than anything the Canadian auteur has ever put onscreen.

More unsettling, yet, is Cosmopolis’ insistence on what truly constitutes time. Everybody here is moving, everybody is going toward something, everybody is trying to get away from something, yet they’re not reaching anywhere. Cronenberg’s world is one in which time is an inevitable, unstoppable, horrible form of forward momentum which everyone is consumed by with every passing (nano, zepto, centi) second. Whether we’re inhabiting a 20-foot vehicle on the way to a barber or marching in a funeral procession, there’s no real difference; it’s only taking us one step closer toward the end.

Not that you’d get it from the basic “plot,” as it were, in which billionaire Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) decides he needs a haircut. Nothing about his upper appearance would suggest such work is even necessary — heck, his hair is practically short — but he needs one, and he needs to get it at a specific place. With his loyal guard (Kevin Durand), he sets off into the Manhattan streets; the slow collapse of society is just an obstacle to drive through.

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Posted August 19, 2012 by fastieslowie in Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson

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Bel Ami Review by The Filmstage   Leave a comment

Here’s a new good Bel Ami review

From The Filmstage

Based on Guy de Maupassant’s famous 19th century novel of the same name, the story of Bel Ami centers on a young Parisian named Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson), who has just come back home after a military service in Algeria. Upon returning, he has a chance meeting with his former comrade Charles Forestier (Philip Glenister), who offers him a writing job at a well-respected newspaper. From here, Duroy gains a taste for power, and latches on to it, desperate for more.

Forestier invites him to dinner, and here he is introduced to three sophisticated women. They are Madeleine Forestier (Uma Thurman), Madame Walter (Kristin Scott Thomas), and Clotilde de Marelle (Christina Ricci). Each of these ladies are very different from each other, but Duroy seduces them all with his boyish charm, using them for his own gain. He eventually makes his mark even on the powerful newspaper editor, Rousset (Colm Meaney), becoming an integral part of the boss’s circle.

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Posted March 27, 2012 by fastieslowie in Bel Ami, Robert Pattinson

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