Charlie Countryman

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This is a special edition of Short Starts, where we look at the past year of disappointing feature debuts from filmmakers who previously wowed us with their short films. Short films can be good calling cards, but they aren’t always the best proof that a filmmaker has the skills to immediately jump into a feature. Especially a big Hollywood production. In recent years, thanks to the combination of the Internet, social media and cheaper tools for making movies on a personal computer, we’ve seen some awesome short films go viral and then get the attention of studio execs and big time producers. The filmmakers, in only a few minutes of screen time, display a lot of talent and imagination and, most importantly, promise. But they’re often handed properties that are too much to handle even for experienced directors, as we saw with Neill Blomkamp’s assignment of Halo as a feature debut. Fortunately, that never happened and instead we got District 9, an extension of his popular short, Alive in Joburg. It’s fitting that Blomkamp disappointed with his sophomore effort (Elysium) in 2013, a year that overall was pretty dismal for directors transitioning from shorts to features. Terrible movies from people who had broken out with acclaimed shorts isn’t anything new. In the past we’ve seen Oscar nominees like Stephen Kessler and Christian E. Christiansen move “up” to Vegas Vacation and The Roommate, respectively. The past year was particularly heavy on the disappointing newcomers, though. 2013 even finished out with what’s possibly […]

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trailer charlie countryman

Visited by his late mother one strange night in a dream, Charlie (Shia LaBeouf) is prompted to board a plane and journey to Bucharest with no real plans in mind. What starts out as a drug-fueled party trip filled with dancing, pills and Rupert Grint, turns into something more severe when he meets up with a mysterious girl named Gabi (Evan Rachel Wood). Gangsters and gun violence follow. Isn’t that how these things always work out? Fredrik Bond‘s Charlie Countryman (formerly The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman) seems like, at least from the trailer, a story about a man who plays it safe, who now gets to live when thrust into his new surroundings. Though we’re not shown what his life is like before Bucharest, it’s clear that the version of Charlie that gets hunted down by Mads Mikkelsen and parties hard isn’t the norm. But unlike in yesterday’s trailer for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Charlie doesn’t have the years of disappointing life experiences under his belt to be in such a place of overwhelming complacency. Check out the trailer here:

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