Tagged: Jesse Eisenberg

 

One of the advantages that the world of film has seen during the Covid-19 pandemic has been the number of more alternative films that have been given a voice as cinema chains and streaming platforms have scrambled for material. With the Hollywood well not likely to produce any content until late this year film lovers have seen a large number of films screen that normally would be hidden away into obscurity.

One such film is the award winning thriller Vivarium which first came to international attention when it joined the list of winners at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. With cinemas starved for content Vivarium, which stars Hollywood A-Listers Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, has suddenly found itself on screens in Thailand, Australia and across Europe. The good news is if you haven’t been able to see it on the big screen it is also now available on streaming services as well. The Phuket News was lucky enough to recently sit down with Vivarium director Lorcan Finnegan to discuss the film.

“It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment,” says Finnegan laughing when he is asked where the initial idea came from to make a film that literally shows the horrors of modern day suburbia. “The writer, Garret Shanley, and I worked on a short film together in 2011 called Foxes. That film was a reaction to what was happening politically in Ireland at the time – there were all these housing developments springing up everywhere. The economy was doing really well – it really was the time of the Celtic Tiger because Ireland was doing so well with the economy.”

“But then the crash came in 2008,” Finnegan says continuing. “That resulted in a lot of these houses in those developments being left abandoned. Now they are called ghost estates so we set our short film in one of these locations but when we made that film we realised that we were really only scratching the surface for some of the themes that we were exploring so when we finished we wondered how we could explore those themes a little bit more in-depth. We wanted to explore those ideas in a sci-fi way and make it a much more universal story.”

Hence the idea for Vivarium was born and the result was a film that sees Eisenberg and Poots portray a young couple who literally become trapped when they try to purchase their dream home. With such brilliant performances from the film’s leads it comes as a bit of a surprise to learn that they were not up starts for their roles.

“There was actually a bit of a process there,” explains Finnegan as we begin to talk about Poots and Eisenberg. “Imogen became involved first. We met and got on really well and she loved the script. We realised that she was perfect to play Gemma but then we were wondering who we could get to play Tom. There are not many male actors around that age who are willing to play second-fiddle to a female lead, because it really is her story.”

“So we got this list together that had various actors on it and we begun to talk about Jesse Eisenberg,” says Finnegan as he tone noticeably becomes more excited. “Imogen had worked with Jesse before so she knew him and she knew the kinds of films and material that he would respond to and she thought he would like this… and I found that really interesting.”

As a film Vivarium has won over a legion of fans right around the world and Finnegan laughs when our discussion makes him realise that for some people they will be experiencing it for the first time while in lockdown. “I guess after watching the film they will realise that lockdown is not so bad,” he says laughing hard. “It is a weird, surreal story – it was funny, creepy, sad and you are going to have to be a little bit open minded to come out the other side of it because it is a little unconventional.”

 

Vivarium is now available on a range of streaming platforms.

Comic Con

Well Comic Con is over for another year and once again we have seen some amazing trailers released to fans at the con. Let’s take a look at the films that trailers premiered.

 

WONDER WOMAN

Wonder WomanSummary: An Amazon princess leaves her island home to explore the world, and becomes the greatest of its heroes.

Director: Patty Jenkins

Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, David Thewlis

Release Date: 1st June, 2017 (Australia)

 

KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Kong Skull IslandSummary: An action/adventure story centered on King Kong’s origins.

Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts

Cast: Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Johnson

Release Date: 9th March, 2017 (Australia)

 

THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE

The Lego Batman MovieSummary: A spin-off of The Lego Movie centering on Batman.

Director: Chris McKay

Stars: Will Arnett, Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Mariah Carey

Release Date: February 2017 (Australia)

 

DOCTOR STRANGE

Doctor StrangeSummary: After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast:Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Tilda Swinton

Release Date: 27th October, 2016 (Australia)

 

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD

King Arthur Legend Of The SwordSummary: Feature film version of the classic King Arthur story.

Director: Guy Ritchie

Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Eric Bana, Jude Law, Djimon Hounsou

Release Date: 23rd March 2017 (Australia)

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find ThemSummary: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Director: David Yates

Cast: Ezra Miller, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Farrell, Ron Perlman, Jon Voight

Release Date: 17th November 2016 (Australia)

 

THE WOODS (BLAIR WITCH)

Blair WitchSummary: After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his sister’s experiences in the cursed woods of the Blair Witch, Blane and a group of friends head to the forest in search of his lost sibling.

Director: Adam Wingard

Cast: Corbin Reid, Wes Robinson, Valorie Curry

Release Date: September 2016 (Australia)

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE

Justice LeagueSummary: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amber Heard, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Ezra Miller, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Willem Dafoe

Release Date: 16th November 2017 (Australia)

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Queen Of The Desert,’ ‘Money Monster,’ ‘Now You See Me 2’  and ‘Neon’. This episode also contains interviews with Lawrence Johnston, Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Daniel Radcliffe, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman.

Also make sure you listen to this week’s episode to see how you can win a copy of Jason Schwartzman’s new film ’7 Chinese Brothers’ thanks to our good friends at eOne Entertainment. Once you’ve heard the question on the show you can enter on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

And we have a bonus giveaway on this weeks’s episode. Make sure you listen to see how you can win a copy of  ’Blood Punch’  on DVD thanks to our good friends at Bounty Films…. but wait there’s more your DVD will be signed by the star of the film Milo Cawthorne. Once you’ve heard the question on the show you can enter on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

You can listen to The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show or download it for free from our Podcast Channel – Listen/Download here.

Fear The Walking Dead

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Ruben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  2. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jnr, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  3. Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  4. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  5. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  6. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  7. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  8. Sinister 2 (2015) – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
  9. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  10. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  11. Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015) – Robert Downey Jnr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
  12. No Escape (2015) – Lake Bell, Pierce Brosnan, Owen Wilson, Thanawut Kasro
  13. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  14. American Ultra (2015) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo
  15. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  16. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, , Forest Whitaker
  17. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr.
  18. We Are Your Friends (2015) – Zac Efron, Wes Bentley, Emily Ratajkowski, Jonny Weston
  19. Suits (2011) – Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty
  20. Youth (2015) – Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano
  21. Lucifer (2015) – Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Lesley Ann Brandt, Kevin Alejandro
  22. Public Morals (2015) – Edward Burns, Michael Rapaport, Elizabeth Masucci, Austin Stowell
  23. San Andreas (2015) – Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario, Colton Haynes
  24. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  25. Oragne Is The New Black (2013) – Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning, Emma Myles

Straight Outta Compton

We take a look at the most popular movies and television shows online over the past week.

  1. Straight Outta Compton (2015) – O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.
  2. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) – Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicica Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki
  3. Fantastic Four (2015) – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell
  4. Stars Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) – Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver
  5. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2015) – Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg
  6. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) – Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz
  7. Game Of Thrones (2011) – Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey
  8. Mr. Robot (2015) – Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin
  9. Hitman: Agent 47 (2015) – Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciaran Hinds
  10. True Detective (2014) – Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch
  11. The Witch (2015) – Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings
  12. Victor Frankenstein (2015) – Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott
  13. Sinister 2 (2015) – James Ransone, Shannyn Sossamon, Robert Daniel Sloan, Dartanian Sloan
  14. The Gift (2015) – Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Allison Tolman
  15. American Ultra (2015) – Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, John Leguizamo
  16. Trainwreck (2015) – Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Colin Quinn
  17. The Walking Dead (2010) – Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Steven Yuen
  18. Fear The Walking Dead (2015) – Mercedes Mason, Roben Blades, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis
  19. Captain America: Civil War (2016) – Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen
  20. Vacation (2015) – Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Syler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins
  21. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp (2015) – Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Paul Rudd, Michael Showalter
  22. Pretty Little Liars (2010) – Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Laura Leighton
  23. Dark Places (2015) – Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Christina Hendricks, Chloe Grace Moretz
  24. Southpaw (2015) – Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Oona Laurence, Forest Whitaker
  25. The Hateful Eight (2015) – Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins