VIFF Review: ‘Ford v Ferrari’ offers compelling drama and thrilling​ races

Ford v Ferrari / VIFF 2019

Ford v Ferrari is a lot of things: a showcase for two of our greta actors, one of the best car racing movies ever made, a compelling drama. At its core thought it’s a story of two men completely dedicated to what they do, and doing it in spite of the system they work in and the company they work for always asking them to make concessions.

Make no mistake, _Ford v Ferrari is an underdog story, but Ford isn’t the underdog and Ferrari isn’t the villain. The underdogs are Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, toiling away at making the best car in the world while their bosses are telling them to make the best Ford.

There’s a metaphor for filmmaking in there, somewhere.

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Trailer Roundup, VIFF 2019 Edition: Jojo Rabbit, Just Mercy, The Lighthouse, and more!

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That’s right folks, the Vancouver International Film Festival is just around the corner. Here’s a special edition of the trailer roundup just focussing on films we’re excited to see at the festival.

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‘Knight of Cups’ Trailer: Christian Bale Lost And Trying To Find Himself. I Think.

Christian Bale / Knight of Cups

Terrence Malik is back in a big way lately, and this time he’s taking Christian Bale with him. He does interesting, visually spectacular work and this looks like it’s definitely going to be that. Let’s watch!

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Exodus: Gods and Kings Posters: Christian Bale + Joel Edgerton In Egyptian Fashion Ads

Exodus: Gods and Kings

Wow. These are Awful. I mean just look at the poster above. Awkward poses. Black with gold detail. Over the top makeup. These seriously look like the ads you see when you’re flipping through the first million pages of an issue of Vanity Fair looking for some actual content. That’s not a good thing, in case I wasn’t clear.

Setting aside, for now, the issue of Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (English and Australian, respectively) being cast to play characters who in all likelihood weren’t white, they just look terrible. Also, I dunno if it’s the lack of hair, the makeup, or what, but I’ve seen several images of Joel Edgerton in this movie and didn’t recognize him until someone pointed out that it was him to me. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing, but there it is. Hit the jump for two more posters.

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The Trip to Italy Clip: Duelling Michael Caines on Batman and Bain. Try Saying That Five Tims Fast

The Trip to Italy

Remember The Trip? That film in which Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon travel together through Northern England ostensibly to do culinary reviews for a news paper but actually to just do a bunch of improvised comedy over food?

It was a funny, and surprisingly somber, movie which I rather liked. The trailer for it went crazy viral based on a scene in which they duel their Michael Caine impressions.

Now they’ve made a sequel, The Trip to Italy, and the first clip from it is, obviously, more dueling Michael Caine.

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Podcast Episode 58: WiiU, American Hustle, and The Wolf of Wall Street

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We’re back with another episode of the Awesome Friday Podcast/ This week we’re talking about the WiiU as well as American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Review: Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace is a movie that, on paper, looks like it should be amazing. Christian Bale, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, and Zoe Saldana are all talented actors and Scott Cooper’s previous film, Crazy Heart was a solid effort which earned it’s lead actor an Academy Award.

That’s on paper though. Unfortunately if you’ve seen a trailer for Out of the Furnace then you will not be surprised by anything that happens in the movie. In fact, even if you haven’t seen the trailer you won’t be surprised by anything that happens in the movie.

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American Hustle Character Posters: Bad Hair Never Looked So Good

American Hustle

American Hustle looks like it might be another smash hit from director David O. Russell, he of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter fame. You’ve already seen a trailer for the abscam thriller and now you can get a closer look at the characters.

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Out Of The Furnace Second Trailer + Poster: It’s Definitely Awards Season

Out of the Furnace

The first Out of the Furnace trailer made sure you knew everyone that’s in it and that they are all great actors. The second trailer make sure you know that as well as the set up of the “hardworking everyman sets out to find his messed up younger brother” storyline. Let’s watch!

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So…Ben Affleck is Batman

ben-affleck-as-batmanHot on the heels that Warner are following up Man Of Steel with Batman vs. Superman, and that they were taking their story cues from the excellent The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel by Frank Miller, and that they were rumoured to be auditioning older actors to play a Dark Knight who would convey the deep hatred of Supes’ red, white and blue sensibilities, they announced today that they’ve decided to go with…Ben Affleck.

Yep.

He of Daredevil and Gigli fame, who by all accounts is a very nice man, will be donning the cowl and gravelly voice to follow in Christian Bale’s booted footsteps.

I’m kind of hoping it’s a ridiculously convoluted hoax at this point. There’s no denying that Affleck can shine with the right material, but I think casting him as Batman is a terrible decision. At least we know that Warner aren’t going to try and replicate the deep relationships between the two that was the whole backbone of TDKR – this is going to be an effects-heavy cashgrab with some kind of last-minute voodoo magic ensuring that Batman isn’t flicked into the sun within the first 8 milliseconds of their fight.

Come on, Warner. Prove me wrong. Please.

I’d even take Clooney back at this point.

Gah.

 

American Hustle Trailer has Bigger Balls Than You

American Hustle

David O Russell has made some great films and it looks like he’s basically asked everyone who’s been nominated for an Oscar in his last few to come back and be in his new one, American Hustle. The film is a fictionalization of the ABSCAM FBI sting of the 1970s starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. That cast alone is enough to get my butt in a seat, but there’s a trailer now too so let’s check that out.

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