Joe Carnahan is a director I have faith in when it comes to balls-to-the-wall action flicks, not to mention his best film, the down-in-the-dirt and gritty Narc. Carnahan’s tendencies haven’t necessarily been geared toward films such as Narc as of late, but more toward the absurd actioner such as Smokin’ Aces and The A-Team, but The Grey showed he’s still got an eye for more level-headed drama. Stretch, however, appears to be another trip into the absurd and I’m all for it.
Written by noted Los Angeles author Bruce Wagner (“Wild Palms”), David Cronenberg‘s latest apparently sets out to take a stab the celebrity-obsessed society of Los Angeles and instead of attempting to boil the plot down in my own words, I’ll allow the following plot synopsis to set the story straight.
My interest here should be obvious, it’s a Cronenberg film, need I say more?
My highest ranking studio franchise feature is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and now we have news director Matt Reeves has already signed on for the next Apes film so there must be some kind of confidence in the return of Caesar and his furry friends. I wonder, though, can they end it there or will there be an urge to continue the franchise on and on and on, just as they did the original Apes features?
I would assume many of you are familiar with Martin McDonagh (In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths), but I’d also guess a lot of you aren’t as aware of his brother, John Michael McDonagh, who made his directorial debut with The Guard in 2011, a solid, darkly comic tale well worthy of the family name.
Well, John is back with a new film titled Calvary, centered on a priest (Brendan Gleeson) tormented by his community. The film will make its premiere at Sundance this month, so why don’t you check out The Guard before word of how great (I’m assuming) his latest his?