Lights, camera, action! Your favorite screeners have returned for another week of all things movies. With Tommy Smart on the mic, DJ Goski on the board, Brother Wells providing the reviews and Hayley Marks keeping you up to date, the gang is always ready to roll. Even with no feature interview this week, there was still much to discuss.
News on the March
There seems to be a lot up and coming in the world of cinema. Lionsgate is interested in producing a sequel to Cabin in the Woods. Even though the first film was a shocker by many to even make it to the big screen, director and co-writer Drew Goddard appears to be on board with the idea.
Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival prepares for its opening night on Friday, November 6th. The Festival is a signature event of workman arts, produced annually in Toronto since 1993. The central theme of each film is intended to embody the facts and mythologies of mental illness and addiction as presented by the Canadian filmmakers themselves.
After premiering in the New York Film Festival debut of ‘Steve Jobs,’ Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet share that they have many similarities. Fassbender and Winslet, both having accents, had to work equally as hard as portraying American characters for their roles. Fassbender reveals that Winslet kept him on his toes throughout the filming process and congratulated her on being such a great partner.
Psyched about her new role, Susan Sarandon cannot wait to spread awareness about the Transgender community in her upcoming film, About Ray. Elle Fanning who plays the main character Ray in the film, portrays a teenager who transitions from a female to a male. While playing Ray’s grandmother, Sarandon tries to grasp the mentality that her grandchild has in order to spread awareness about something that is so much more than just male vs. female. About Ray will hit theaters soon.
Since her speech at the Oscars, Patricia Arquette has been fighting for equal pay for women and men working in the Hollywood industry. Even though she expressed her feelings during last year’s award ceremony, the fire in her hasn’t burnt out, it’s only just been ignited. Other stars like Emily Blunt have also joined in on her case to stand up for women’s rights.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a… superman documentary? There’s really not too much to explain about this one but the film is set to tackle the ideas about superheroes and how they impact people.
No interview, no problem! The gang filled up this week’s extra time by discussing what’s happening in and out of the box office. In a heated discussion, Christian, Tommy and Mandela agree that the Terminator franchise should be, wait for it, terminated (yes, I went there).
In terms of the script for the terminator films, Christian explains that they keep getting worse and worse. Not even simply for this specific movie, but for all movies, Christian believes that there should be a non-biased group of regular people that react to the scripts and give their genuine feedback.
Christian says, “People who aren’t even associated with the industry should just sit down and interpret the story that the writer presents to them. Bottom line, they need to care more about the script because if they’re half-baked, nobody’s going to care about them.”
Based on a 1974 event, the film depicts Philleppe Petit, the high-wire artist that walked the immense void between the World Trade Center towers.
Mandela says that the story leading up to the main event at the end was pretty good.
“I liked the directional choice and really felt like I was on that tight rope with him. Overall I thought it was a great movie that everyone should see.”
After a group of astronauts venture off to explore Mars, one of the voyagers, Mark Watney gets left behind on a separate planet for quite some time. While he makes a living for himself in his own alternate universe, NASA tries to figure out a way to bring him back home.
Tommy, who compares the movie to Interstellar, says that it was way better in his opinion and even provided a comedic undertone.
The gang says you should see it!
When a FBI agent gets enlisted to aid the escalating war against drugs at the U.S. and Mexican border, things take a turn for the unexpected.
Mandela says that he thought the cinematography was amazing and overall the movie was a good time.
So folks, I guess this week’s a 3/3! You know what that means, get yourself to the movies!
The Martian: 18 million this weekend ; 55 million overall
Hotel Transylvania 2: 7.5 million this weekend ; 65 million overall
Sicario: 4.3 million this weekend ; 15 million overall
The Intern: 11 million this weekend ; 24.3 million overall
Maze: 2.1 million this weekend ; 71.6 million overall
Top 10 Mysterious Roles
10. Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
9. Ryan Gosling as Driver in Drive
8. Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity
7. Hugo Weaving as V in V for Vendetta
6. Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Joker and The Dark Knight
5. James Bond in the 007 Franchise
4. Deep Throat in The X-Files
3. Javier Bardem as Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men
2. The Mystery Man in Lost Highway
1. John Doe in Se7en
There you have it screeners! I hope I filled you in on everything you may have missed this week on The Screening Room. Don’t forget to tune in every Sunday at 10 AM on 88.7 FM WRHU Radio Hofstra University.