Mr. Nobody

Jared Leto in Mr Nobody

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Mr. Nobody Nemo Nobody (Jared Leto) is 118 years old and on his death bed. He’s the last human doomed to die in a world where mankind has achieved a level of immortality and no longer faces an expiration date. Before he passes on, Nemo gives an interview to share the story of his life, but the tale he tales is an impossible one featuring multiple outcomes and events that simply couldn’t all be true. Or could they? This gorgeously shot and endlessly fascinating film is actually from 2009 and only now getting a release here in the U.S. for reasons unknown. It’s far from a traditional film, but if you like science fiction that explores humanity in surprising ways then you owe it to yourself to seek this one out. Leto does some incredible work here as a man shifting in and out of multiple threads of his own life, moving between different loves and events, and the supporting cast (Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-dan Pham) is equally strong. This Blu also includes both the R-rated cut and the extended international cut that runs an additional 16 minutes. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Making of, deleted scenes, featurette, trailer]

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This year promised a number of great original science fiction movies from Hollywood, and then it turned out most of them weren’t even good let alone great — the sort that left us with way too many unanswered questions regarding their plot holes. Meanwhile, in the fantasy genre, we continued to see the studios churning out one YA adaptation after another in the hopes of it being the next Hunger Games (or still the next Harry Potter or Twilight or even Star Wars in the case of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and ironically having no clue how to find the *magic* in the appeal of these kinds of stories. And of course there’s the ever-growing subgenre of superhero movies, which really only disappointed this year because they arrived in the wake of 2012′s The Avengers, not simply because most of the output was sequels (Iron Man 3; Thor: The Dark World; The Wolverine) that were merely okay rather than totally awesome. As I’ve noted in the past, I don’t consider Gravity to be sci-fi (even after learning that some tech in the film doesn’t exist yet), but I’ll let it be known that if I were to qualify the outer space thriller, I’d put it in the number 6 slot on account of its gripping visual storytelling and little else. As for another popular choice (one that made a few FSR staffer’s best of lists, as well as our democratically voted top 10), Pacific Rim might have made this […]

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dallas_buyers

This November is a diverse month. Come Thanksgiving, there are all kinds of pictures to experience with your family: a boy preparing for war; a time travel romantic comedy; James Franco antagonizing Jason Statham; and Josh Brolin bashing a few skulls in with a hammer. If only every month had that level of variety, because this November has it in spades. One glaring omission from this list is Thor: The Dark World. I predict James Franco’s performance in Homefront alone will make that Sylvester Stallone-written actioner more of a must-see than Marvel’s biggest clunker to date. Despite Thor: The Dark World, there are still plenty other options to go with. Here they are:

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Mr Nobody

If you’re a Jared Leto fan, then this is your lucky weekend. Leto has two movies arriving in theaters, and both of them feature two of his strongest performances to date. The one that will be the most talked about is Dallas Buyers Club. That awards contender is an all around good film, but the Jared Leto performances that will truly shake minds are in Mr. Nobody where Leto plays many versions of a man floating through several different versions of his life. The long-delayed film is finally coming to the United States this weekend. The only question is: is it one of the best films of 2009 or 2013? The $47 million production is a pricey personal project for director Jaco Van Dormael, but the gamble paid off with a beautifully ambitious drama. With Mr. Nobody finally hitting theaters, we’ve got an exclusive clip to share. Here’s a young Nemo Nobody meeting his future wives (played by Diane Kruger, Sarah Polley and Linh-Dan Pham):

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Ender

The first weekend of November is hallmarked by a continuing wave of prestigious Oscar contenders and pockmarked by the chaff that studios are still dumping into a handful of contractually obligated theaters. How else do you explain Last Vegas and Dallas Buyers Club landing on the same week? Beyond those we’ve got a boy vying to be the last starfighter, a pair of biopics that look difficult to swallow and a ton of limited releases that show promise. Get up off your knees, reach for the stars, and check out the trailer-ized list of movies coming out this weekend.

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mr. nobody

Four years after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, and six years after production began, Jaco Van Dormael‘s Mr. Nobody is finally seeing the light of day in the United States. If you were one of the lucky jerks who got to see this ambitious and beautiful-looking film during its original release, then I guess this news isn’t too exciting for you. But the rest of us will have to just fawn overly the new trailer for the film, which gives a little more structure and substance to Jared Leto‘s character than the 2009 version. In this bizarre little snippet of the film, Leto’s Nemo Nobody, the last mortal man alive, attempts to recount the events of his long and storied life but has great difficulty remembering how things actually occurred. The trailer, like the film itself, is nonlinear and warped, jumping from present to childhood to somewhere in between without pattern or cause. It makes for a fascinating watch. Check it out for yourself here:

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Rush

With the mega popcorn movie season over we’re starting to see summer recap articles flooding in, and so far, most have painted summer 2013 as underwhelming or downright horrible. Maybe some of those writers just didn’t see White House Down. But, in general, this past season was packed with a variety of good-to-terrific options, from the likes of Frances Ha, Only God Forgives, and The Way, Way Back to The Great Gatsby, Fast & Furious 6, and This is the End. There were a lot of gratifying offerings. There were letdowns, too, but what summer doesn’t have a few disappointments? The same will go for this fall movie season, which, as of right now, is looking excellent. Here are 10 movies that should make going back to school, work, or whatever else you got going on a little more tolerable:

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mr. nobody

Four years ago, a little-known bizzaro drama named Mr. Nobody premiered at the Venice Film Festival. The film starred Jared Leto, Diane Kruger, Rhys Ifans, and Sarah Polley, and despite that list of talent, the film has taken four years to hit stateside. The movie opened successfully in Belgium, for instance, three years ago. Whatever the reason is for the delay, it’s a shame because Mr. Nobody, by far and away, is the best film of 2013. I say 2013 because the damn thing is finally coming out this year. Magnolia has set a VOD and iTunes release for September 26th and a limited theatrical run to kick off on November 1st. I would say see this movie as soon as you can, but it’s a gorgeous film that should be experienced in a theater. Here’s an old internationl trailer which gives you a decent sense of what to expect:

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The Holiday Gift Guide: DVD and Blu-ray

Merry Christmas movie/TV/goat-cheese lovers! As part of our week-long gift guide extravaganza thingamajig we’ve put together a list of Blu-rays, DVD and a few other ideas for you to use when shopping for others or for putting on your own Christmas list. Or both. Some of the films below are from years past, but they all hit Blu-ray and/or DVD this year so they totally count for this gift guide. Click on the links to be magically transported to Amazon, AmazonUK and other places where lovely things can be found.

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Cannes is just a few months away, and since we’re tired of caring about the Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has released a list of possibles that’s too good not to dissect.

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