A group of friends are having dinner in a nice New York restaurant. Max (Larry Pine) writes tragedies. Sy (Wallace Shawn) writes romantic comedies. The two can’t seem to agree on which deserves to be taken more seriously as an art form or worldview, but hold on: What if tragedy and comedy were just two sides of the same coin? A friend tells them the story of Melinda Robicheaux (Radha Mitchell) and challenges them to tell him if it’s a tragedy or a comedy, but of course it all depends on your point of view. Continue reading
Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free man living in Saratoga Springs, New York with his wife and children. He works as a carpenter and loves to play the violin in his free time. One day two men offer him an opportunity to make easy money working with them for a circus. Solomon isn’t sure about it, but the money is good and his wife seems have a taste for the finer things in life, so he accepts. Turns out that those men where kidnappers who sold him off as a slave. Such bad men. Many lash. Very exploit. Not wow. Continue reading
(Somewhat) critically acclaimed director Steve McQueen has a new film coming out, starring (guess who?) Michael Fassbender. He is not the lead however, that would be Chiwetel Ejiofor. Also co-starring: Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Paul Giamatti and a lot of other talented people.
12 Years a Slave tells the true story of a free man that becomes a slave and then has to fight for his freedom. The way this trailer is cut and scored (good ol’ Hans Zimmer) it looks like they’re aiming at winning every Oscar in every category. Starting with costume design all the way to best picture. Will they succeed? Just watch out for the Weinsteins!
As someone that enjoyed McQueen’s previous work so far (Shame and Hunger) I am kind of looking forward to this film, although it looks too Oscar-baity so far. The film will be out in limited release October 18th, 2013 in the US. The rest of the world will have to wait, as always.