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Oscars 2012: Watch an exclusive clip from Belgium's 'Bullhead'

February 17, 2012 | 10:43 am


"Bullhead" is one of the big surprises of this awards season. A moody, stylish crime picture, the Belgian film is something of a surprise Oscar nominee in the foreign-language category, up against a cadre of more conventionally high-toned dramas. "Bullhead" opens Friday in Los Angeles at the Cinefamily.

In this exclusive clip from the film, the audience meets the main character of Jacky (portrayed in a widely celebrated performance by Matthias Schoenaerts) for the first time. Putting on some 60 pounds for the role, Schoenaerts conveys the sense that Jacky is a wounded animal, trying hard to put his past behind him even as he faces an uncertain future. A cattle farmer, Jacky finds himself caught up in a criminal underworld of hormone-dealing hoodlums. As this scene shows, Jacky is no pushover, but nevertheless winds up in over his head.

In an interview in Los Angeles last week, Michael R. Roskam, writer and director of "Bullhead," talked about the scene as the introduction to this uniquely configured character.

"I wanted to do many things in that scene," Roskam said. "First of all, creating the right tone with the camera and the movement. What's the environment: farms. What's it about: something illegal. The way he talks, it's intimidating and you feel immediately this is a gangster style.

"But at the same time, I want you to look at him the way I am looking at him: with a soft eye, tender almost. And that's the complete atmosphere of the scene. He's brutal and then he turns around and is, in a way, nice." 



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-- Mark Olsen


Photo: Sam Louwyck in the Belgian film "Bullhead". Credit: Savage Films.

Clip: Drafthouse Films

Breakfast gets interesting -- 'Albert Nobbs' exclusive clip

January 4, 2012 | 11:42 am

"Albert Nobbs" stars Glenn Close as a middle-aged sexual innocent who masquerades as a man to secure employment as a waiter in poverty-stricken 19th century Ireland. Quiet and withdrawn, Albert has been leading a double life, taping down her breasts and dressing as a man for so long she's lost touch with who she once was. British actress Janet McTeer plays Albert's confidant, Hubert Page, a lesbian secretly living in domestic bliss with the love of her life.

Based on the short story by 19th century Irish writer George Moore, the movie represents the culmination of a 30-year artistic odyssey for Close, one that netted her both Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. She not only plays the title character (as she did in an Obie Award-winning off-Broadway production in 1982), she also co-produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Irish novelist John Banville and Gabriella Prekop. She even penned the lyrics for the movie's theme song.

Though the film has crossing-dressing woman at its center, Close told The Times the film is not about gender politics, but rather the universal quest for human connection.

"It's not a story about lesbianism,” Close said. “For Albert, it's about survival; it's only about sexual identity in that she has none."

Still, “Albert Nobbs” is rife with double entendres and gender play. In this exclusive clip from Roadside Attractions, Albert brings the heavy-drinking house doctor, played by Brendan Gleeson, his morning “eye-opener.”  The two “men” share a private moment -- could Albert be considering taking a wife?

--Deborah Vankin


'The Lady': Luc Besson's film about Myanmar's Suu Kyi was risky business

November 9, 2011 |  6:42 pm

Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis star in The Lady.
Making "The Lady," the biopic about political dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, was risky business for French director Luc Besson and his crew.

The movie, which stars Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh as Suu Kyi, and David Thewlis as her steadfast British academic husband, was mainly shot in Thailand. Many of the secondary characters and extras who appear are nonprofessional actors and citizens of the country formerly known as Burma, whom Besson recruited from a refugee camp in Thailand.

Myanmar's military government is one of the world's most secretive and oppressive, keeping a tight grip on domestic and foreign media. But, in order to give his film greater authenticity, Besson urgently wanted to shoot some images inside Myanmar. He did so with the help of anonymous, uncredited camera operators who put themselves in substantial personal danger and later smuggled the footage out.

In an Envelope Screening Series panel discussion last week with Yeoh and Thewlis, Besson discussed the challenges of filming in a closed society.


'The Lady': Luc Besson, Michelle Yeoh on Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Screenwriter Kamen is taken with director Besson

-- Reed Johnson

Photo: Cast members Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis at the premiere of "The Lady" at the AFI film festival last week. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

Exclusive clip from 'Best Worst Movie,' the documentary about 'Trolls 2'

May 18, 2010 |  4:13 pm

Troll There have been plenty of laughably bad movies throughout Hollywood's history that have reached "so bad they're good" status -- "Ishtar," "Gigli," "Plan 9 From Outer Space," just to name a few -- but only "Troll 2" -- which, astonishingly, does not even feature one troll and is not actually a sequel -- is so bad that it's now become the subject of a documentary.

The new film, "Best Worst Movie," opens Friday at the Nuart Theatre and centers on the low-budget '80s horror film. The doc is directed by "Troll 2's" child star, Michael Paul Stephenson, and follows Dr. George Hardy, a one-time Alabama dentist cast in the movie who has  returned to dentistry. Audiences also learn in the movie that in addition to performing root canals, Hardy has a slew of admiring fans who view him as the ultimate cult movie star. 

“Up until four years ago, I wanted nothing — nothing — to do with ‘Troll 2.' ” director Stephenson told reporter Yvonne Villarreal on our sister blog Hero Complex last year. “Then, out of nowhere, I started getting these messages from kids all over the country on MySpace asking if I was the Michael Stephenson from ‘Troll 2.’ Some would send pictures from parties they’d throw .... I just stared at them and thought, ‘Why would anyone do this? How can anyone like this film?’ That’s how it all started.”

In this exclusive clip from the film, we see another former cast member, Don Packard -- who played a Nilbog store owner in the film -- talk about how he was cast in the movie on one of his days off from the mental hospital at the University of Utah. Twenty years later, he admits he was stoned throughout production on "Troll 2" and didn't even watch the film until 20 years after its creation.

-- Amy Kaufman (Twitter.com/AmyKinLA)


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