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Monday
Nov 27 2017

The Furniture: Building a Way out of Mudbound

"The Furniture,"byDaniel Walber,is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

"I dreamed in brown,"remembers Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan),surveying the near-monochrome dirt of a Mississippi farm.This small pocket of land is owned by her husband,Henry (Jason Clarke),but one doesn't get much of a sense that she'd call it home.He appears not to like it either,but is motivated by a sour sense of duty.Perhaps this is why his agricultural efforts fail,barely introducing any green into this expanse of brown.

Even more obvious,when it comes to metaphors,is the way Mudbound begins.Dee Rees opens her earthbound epic on Henry in the dirt,digging a grave.The deceased is his Pappy (Jonathan Banks),an acrimonious Klan member who has done his utmost to pass his ideology down to his sons.It's largely worked on Henry.Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) resists,but still winds up digging in the mud.

At the bottom of this new ditch,Henry finds a skull.It's a "slave's grave,"he declares;he can tell by the bullet-hole.It's a hint at an old story,one that Rees knows she needn't bother put into words...

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Friday
Oct 20 2017

The Epic and Crowded "Mudbound"

byMurtada

About halfway intoMudbound,the new film from Dee Rees (Pariah),the matriarch of a family of landowners in the Mississippi Delta Laura Mcallan (Carey Mulligan) offers a maid job to Florence (Mary J Blige),whose family are land tenants of Laura's husband Henry (Jason Clarke).The offer comes after Florence had been forced to leave her own family for a few days to help Laura with her sick young daughters.It is a startling offer that comes out of nowhere and Florence isn't given an option to accept or refuse,but rather told it's been decided to hire her.

However before the audience can process the audacity of Laura's offer and Florence's resignation,we are immediately pulled into a combat battle in WWII where Henry's brother (Garrett Hedlund) and Florence's oldest son (Jason Mitchell) have enlisted.Herein liesMudbound's dilemma...

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Friday
Oct 06 2017

C O N S I D E R - Favorite Actors of 2017,3rd Qtr

With only three months of the year to go - eep!-- it's time to look back on the past three months for movieswe saw from July through September(excluding films with firm release dates in the next three months).Herewith Nathaniel's17 favoritemale performancesfrom the year's third quarter (plus first week of October to keep us up-to-date),divvied up into three categories.  (Movies with asterisks have not yet been released.)

Did these men speak to you with their turns?

7 LEADING ACTORS

Daniel Gimenez Cacho as "Don Diego de Zama"inZama*
One of my favorite Mexican actors.Though I found the film impenetrable,he's always strong.

Harris Dickinson as "Frankie"inBeach Rats
Here's to debuts that reveal both fully-formed star charisma and film-carrying craft

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Friday
Sep 08 2017

Dee Rees on 'Mudbound'

byMurtada

Mudboundis having a moment this week.On the eve of its TIFF premiere,the trailer drops and Dee Rees,Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige get the cover at Variety.Rees talks about how difficult it was to find a distributor at Sundance in the year afterThe Birth of a Nationdebacle:

I feel like we were in the shadow of other films.This film is certainly on the level of — if not better than — that.To burden our film with that was unfair.That's the hard thing about Hollywood;you realize it's not fair.It's not a meritocracy.It's like,Come on.

More from Rees plus the movie's trailer after the jump..

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Sunday
Aug 13 2017

Podcast: Detroit,Girls Trip,Atomic Blonde, Landline

NathanielandNickdiscuss six new films.No spoilers.

Index (42 minutes)
00:01 Why you should seeA Ghost Story&Lady Macbeth
04:00 Kathryn Bigelow stumbles withDetroit(what we hope she does next)
16:40Atomic Blondeis a blast,a true feat of direction and Charlize Theron-ness
29:40Girls Tripis crazy well-acted fun
37:00Landlineis a let-down
38:30 Recommendations from 1963 for the helluva it

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Atomic Blonde,Detroit,Girls Trip

Wednesday
Apr 12 2017

Kathryn Bigelow's "Detroit"Trailer Explodes

Chrishere.Kathryn Bigelow'sZero Dark Thirtyfollow-up,Detroit,has been veiled in almost as much secrecy as that Oscar-winning film,our only snippets of information being that it's set during the 1967 Detroit riots.The film also has a pretty packed ensemble cast including John Boyega,Jason Mitchell,and John Krasinski (though suspiciously lacking in black female roles).But now we have a first look at what she's crafted thanks to a tense trailer – and the results are stellar.

Though our mind naturally wanders to Oscar with Bigelow's name and her regular writing partner Mark Boal attached,the film's late summer release (roughly fifty years after the riots) also suggests confidence the film could be aiming to seize the zeitgeist just as we tire of superhero bombast.Though production company Annapurna Pictures has had Oscar success with the likes ofAmerican Hustle,Her,andZero Dark Thirty,this will be their first outing as a distributor.I'm guessing they'll want the cash from making this a hit before betting on a costly Oscar play.However,I'm already rooting for Jason Mitchell's chances this year - he'll also have Dee Rees'sMudboundto keep him in the conversation.

MightDetroitbe included in tomorrow's Cannes lineup announcement?Check out the intense trailer below and tell us your thoughts in the comments.Detroitopens August 4!