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Fans are eagerly awaiting to see actor Robert Pattinson suit up as The Dark Knight for director Matt Reeves' upcoming comic book caper The Batman. Though many are still quite apprehensive about Pattinson taking on the iconic role, with lots of fans still associating him with The Twilight saga, there are those who have followed the actor's career since and have seen him star in some very excellent, very weird projects. Though, according to Pattinson himself, Twilight can very easily be included on the list of his increasingly weird back catalogue.'Even before Twilight, I was doing weird stuff. And to be honest, I always thought Twilight was pretty weird. It's really just the kind of marketing that made it mainstream. If you look at any interview I did, I would be pushing the chewing through placenta, any element which I could make gross, like I'd push and push and push it to the front. But you know you can't compete with one guy against the whole marketing department going, 'It's a romantic odyssey, it's beautiful.' It's like, 'No, it's disgusting [laughs].''
The act of eating placenta was certainly one of the strange things to take place during the Twilight saga, but it was far from the being the strangest. It really is a contest between the young-adult Jacob imprinting on the child of Edward and Bella, Renesmee, and eventually ending up with the adult version of her even after being in love with her mother. Then there is the fact that Bella ends up falling pregnant to the living dead vampire that is Edward Cullen in the first place.
Oh, as well as the fact that Edward is one hundred years old yet continues to go to high school and then falls in love with a 17-year-old. Add to the fact that the vampires in this universe also sparkle when out in the daylight and it is hard to argue with Pattinson's assertion here. By the sounds of it, had it been up to him, the Twilight movies would have leaned much further into the weirdness.
Since then, Robert Pattinson has chosen much smaller projects by-and-large and has received an incredible critical response to his performances in them. The likes of biographical drama The Lost City of Z to the crime thriller Good Time, as well as the atmospheric sci-fi High Life and psychological horror The Lighthouse, Pattinson has proven himself to be a talent far beyond the confines of Twilight's Edward Cullen.
Robert Pattinson is, of course, all set to take on the role of Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming The Batman. In the movie, Batman will be around 30 years old and neither an experienced superhero nor a beginning crime fighter. The Batman will be set during the second year of Bruce Wayne's vigilante career, and is said to be influenced by film noir as well as concentrating more on the detective side of Batman's skill-set.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who wrote the screenplay with Mattson Tomlin. It stars Jeffrey Wright, Zoë Kravitz, Paul Dano,...
It’s time again to take a look at the latest in physical media. This week finds Joaquin Phoenix dancing up a storm, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe farting, Rian Johnson’s first attempt at a mystery, and some cursed body parts. These are the new Blu-ray releases you should check out this weekJoker
What else is there to say about Joker at this point? The Todd Phillips-directed take on the Clown Prince of Crime generated plenty of controversies before anyone had even laid eyes on it. Then it somehow became an awards season fixture. Then a box office smash. So where do people stand? The movie is unquestionably popular – it wouldn’t have made all that money otherwise. But a growing disdain has arisen for Phillips’ dark, moody, nihilistic film. And it’s understandable – Joker has many flaws, its screenplay being the biggest of the bunch. But at the same time, Phillips does such an exemplary job crafting this tale, creating a Gotham that feels run down and sleazy. Is he ripping off the work of Scorsese and Friedkin? He sure is. But he’s doing it well. Really, though, the main thing that elevates Joker is Joaquin Phoenix. One of our best living actors, Phoenix gives the part his all, and creates a fully realized character. His Arthur Fleck is too nasty to be sympathetic, but it’s easy to pity him. As Arthur goes more and more insane, Phoenix goes deeper into character, and the results are hypnotic.
Why It’s Worth Owning on Blu-ray:
The 4K Blu-ray looks wonderful, capturing the grit and grain that Phillips embedded into the frame. It also comes with several behind-the-scenes featurettes that delve into the process of nearly everything here, from inception to character creation and beyond. Phillips talks about how he approached the film wanting to “make a great character study – and get people to see it.” The result: crafting a character study narrative onto a familiar character. Other topics of discussion: Phillips and Phoenix talk about the creation of Arthur’s weird, haunting dance moves. As they tell it, the first time Arthur dances – in a public bathroom after committing his first murder – the scene was written so that he runs into the bathroom to ditch his weapon. But Phillips felt that wasn’t true to the character, so he and Phoenix hashed things out on set for over an hour until Phoenix struck on the idea that the scene was really about the Joker “emerging” from Arthur, and that the best way to present that would be with this strange, slow dance. The rest is history.
Special Features Include:Joker: Vision & Fury Becoming Joker Please Welcome… Joker! Joker: A Chronicle of Chaos The Lighthouse
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Dream team Abel Ferrara and Willem Dafoe, who most recently collaborated on “Tommaso” and “Pasolini,” have done it again with the upcoming Berlinale premiere, “Siberia.” IndieWire shares the stunning first trailer for the film, which is currently seeking U.S. distribution, below. The film premieres at the Berlin Film Festival on February 24.
Throughout, star Dafoe who recently won an Indie Spirit award for his supporting turn in “The Lighthouse” wanders the nightmares and dreamscapes of the mind. “You’ve destroyed my life,” a woman laughingly tells him, launching Dafoe, whose character is called Clint, on a dark night of the soul across haunting set pieces. The film boasts cinematography from Stefano Falivene, who worked on Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” and also shot Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”
Here’s the official synopsis of the film, courtesy of the Berlin Film Festival. In short, we’re firmly in Ferrara country here, a world of broken men swirling among trippy images: “A man flees from one world to another that is strange and cold. Furs and fires keep him warm; a cave serves as his shelter. He is a broken man who wants to be alone. But even isolation does not bring him inner peace. Once again, he goes on a journey, this time into the self. He explores his dreams, confronts memories and seeks out visions. The rare encounters with other people are in languages he does not speak, determined by bodies that fascinate him, and by types of love he explores and then loses. His journey becomes a dance with demons, but time and again it flares up: light. In cinema history there have been many attempts to portray the mythical as something intimate, and the radical as a personal journey. But there is only one artist who is as wildly anarchistic, metaphysically mysterious, and at the same time god-obsessed and fanatical about the truth: Abel Ferrara, joining forces here once again with his acting alter ego, Willem Dafoe. While his previous film ‘Tommaso’ explored the way desire plays out in families, in ‘Siberia’ the male ego abandons all semblance of everyday life in a tumultuous montage. To expose and discover himself.”
Ferrara wrote the screenplay with Christ Zois, who most recently penned Ferrara’s 2014 “Welcome to New York.”
With so many new comic book movies winning awards and making a killing at the box office, it is difficult to determine which of the current crop will be considered true classics of the genre in time. But for veteran actor Michael Caine, who played Alfred Pennyworth in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy, that particular series is something truly special, as he explained to The Hindu, starting with his first meeting with Nolan.'He came to the front door of my house in the country with a script. I could see him through the glass but I couldn't recognize him. The moment he introduced himself, I knew exactly who he was because I was a great fan of his three small films.'
Today Christopher Nolan is known as one of Hollywood's biggest filmmakers. But back in 2005, he was seen as more of an indie director, with his most acclaimed work thus far being the low-budget thriller Momento. But despite the lack of big-name projects to his name, Nolan had already begun making a name for himself as a filmmaker to watch out for when Warner Bros. brought him on to reboot the Batman franchise towards a more realistic path. Caine was aware of this when Nolan came to him to be a part of the planned origin movie about the Dark Knight, Batman Begins.'I told him, 'I am too old for Batman. Do you want me to play the butler? What would my dialogues be? Would you like another beverage or more custard?' So, I did the movie and it was one of the greatest things I have done in my life.'
Clearly, Michael Caine has a great deal of respect for the world that Nolan crafted for his version of Batman, and most critics and audiences would agree. The Dark Knight trilogy is widely considered one of the best comic book movies of all time, with the second film in the series, often singled out as the best comic book film ever made, with a once-in-a-generation, Oscar-winning turn by Heath Ledger as the maniacal Joker.
The respect is returned by Nolan, who has put Caine in each of his films ever since the two got together on the sets of Batman Begins. There have even been jokes about Caine having become a necessity for a Nolan film to be successful, so much so that the actor was roped in simply to provide a voice-over for Dunkirk, and received a billing in the credit title for the effort.
Caine is also a part of Nolan's latest film, Tenet, which, in typical Nolan fashion, is shrouded in mystery even after the release of its first trailer online. There are rumors of the movie being a sequel to Inception, and involves some elements of time travel. Apart from Caine, the film stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, who coincidentally is set to take over the mantle of Batman for director Matt Reeves's upcoming feature. This news comes from The Hindu.