Descendants

Divergent Trailer and Infographic

There seem to be so many adaptations of Young Adult novels lately that it’s become increasingly hard to keep track of them. Although studios are hoping for another Hunger Games some end up just being Ender’s Games.

Shaileen Woodley is also a name that has been popping up quite a bit lately, but I only remember her from her wonderful performance in The Descendants which we reviewed on an earlier Upodcast episode, which you can find here.

If like me you are quite lost on what Divergent is going to be about, the trailer gives a pretty good idea.

They did manage to put a pretty good cast together of young  actors like Theo James, Miles Teller but I am most excited to see Kate Winslet play what looks like a villanous role, I’m sure she’ll enjoy sinking her teeth into that.

Director Neil Burger is probably best known for Bradley Cooper’s Limitless but I liked his work on The Illusionist too (a movie that got overshadowed by The Prestige which released the same year).

DIVERGENT will see a UK release on April 4 2014.

Here is an Infographic explaining the 5 factions of Divergent as well as the New Quad Poster:

“In this most recent look at the highly anticipated dystopian action-adventure based on the series of novels by Veronica Roth, we learn more about the society within which Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) live and the dangers and choices they have to face… “

 

 

 

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The Way, Way Back Trailer

Coming of age stories are a dime a dozen, and especially coming from the team that brought you “Little Miss Sunshine”, you might have a good idea what the story beats might be.

But the directing duo Jim Rash and Nat Foxon collaboration was picked up at the Sundance Festival bringing together quite an eclectic cast, following up their oscar winning The Descendants (check out our Upodcast Review here) with Steve Carrell  playing a bit of a doucebag and Sam Rockwell who is supposed to be Pool Side Yoda.

From the Press Release:

THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin).  Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen (Sam Rockwell), the carefree manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer that will change his life.

 

The Way, Way Back, is out in UK cinemas on Wednesday 28th August

 

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Oscars 2012 Wrap Up and The Descandants

Upod goes Oscar crazeee!  Only joking, we’d never stoop that low.

The Upod Oscar special isn’t really about how much we like the awards or the ceremony, but it’s a great chance for us to dissect the top movies of the final year and 9 times out of 10, tell the Academy where they went wrong.  With The Artist garnering the 3 major wins and given the competition it faced, we didn’t have much of a leg to stand on this year.  Hugo did of course match The Artist in sheer volume of wins (5 each) but these were predominantly technical.

Naturally, two of our favourite movies of 2011 were nowhere near the red carpet: Drive and Source Code.  Perhaps there’s just too much existentialism in both of these – that or the “eeeuuuwwwww” factor (for seeing Jake Gynenhall all wired up on a drip and for Christina Hendricks’ brain being blown into 11 354 little pieces in the motel).

The main event for this week’s episode and tying in nicely with Oscar, is The Descendants.  Alexander Payne’s acclaimed film that tells the story of a man who tracks down his soon-to-die wife’s lover to tell him she’s dying was the darling of the nominations.  Artfully shot and never straying onto the sugary side of the street, “Gorgeous” George’s latest performance is certainly praiseworthy and the film itself merited the acclaim that came its way.  We give a typical Upod take on this…and also tell you where the director got it wrong!