June 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm #187901
Saw this at Sundnace, really enjoyed it. It’s a bit heavy-handed at times but I think it’s accessible without dumbing down details of the housing market shenanigans. I think Michael Shannon could have easily been nominated had the movie come out last year. This year it’ll at least hopefully help Andrew get a nom for Silence if that comes out.June 3, 2015 at 2:39 am #187902
I heard promising things, which makes me excited! Hopeful to see some more greatness from Andrew Garfield, and Michael Shannon is almost always one of my favorite parts of anything he’s involved in.June 3, 2015 at 3:44 pm #187903
Trailer has been released — http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sfttvNCIJvEJune 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm #187904
Looks like a fabulous showcase for Garfield!June 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm #187905
The plot is so weird but I don’t know… The cast is pretty stellar!June 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm #187906
I would love for this to be a big awards contender. It would be awesome if we end up with Laura Dern, Diane Ladd (Joy), and Bruce Dern (Hateful Eight) all nominated! Hopefully they all have meaty rolesJune 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm #187907
I’d love for this to actually get some kind of awards push, especially for Garfield if ‘Silence’ doesn’t come out until next year.June 4, 2015 at 9:08 am #187908
This is Michael Shannon’s movie. The actor cast as Garfield’s son is too old to be Garfield’s son. Notice they have Dern cast as his mother instead of wife or lover!
Shannon should be a lock for his second Supporting Actor nomination.August 13, 2015 at 12:04 pm #187909
I’m seeing that September 25 is the release-date. I’m really anticipating this, as I am a huge fan of all three actors, Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern.
I’m hoping that since Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man reboot has been shut down, that he will now get back to doing the work he did in The Social Network and Never Let Me Go. He’s so talented and was so above the writing Spider-Man gave him. Hopefully, he at least got a nice payday out of it and can now afford to do small more character-driven work. 99 Homes looks like a step in that direction.
Michael Shannon also has a supporting role in the upcoming Freeheld, but that appears to be more of a showcase for both Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. I don’t think his performances would cancel each other out because 99 Homes seems like the more obvious project to go with. If anything, maybe Freeheld will help keep his performance in 99 Homes in voters’ minds.And certainly, he’s due for a win after his genius work opposite Jessica Chastain in Jeff Nichols’ 2011 gem, Take Shelter.
What can I say about Laura Dern? She may be America’s most underrated actress. She should be garnering the same roles and films that contemporaries Julianne Moore, Naomi Watts, and Nicole Kidman are getting. Ever since HBO’s Recount and Enlightened, she seems to have had a career-resurgence. She even managed to be Oscar worthy in the film that was way better than expected, The Fault in Our Stars. I don’t know if she can pull off a nom here like she did for Wild, but it would be nice. I’m already rooting for her to be stellar in her Oscar vehicle next year, The Founder, opposite Michael Keaton.October 7, 2015 at 6:50 pm #187910
One of the most remarkable movies of 2015 so far. Never has a movie about the economy struggles of recent times ever been so well done with powerful and heart wrenching scenes that are so convincing it makes you feel like you are watching a documentary. Andrew Garfield is one of my favorite actors and this was a wonderful showcase of his talents. Though he was great in the Spiderman movies, this is a great reminder of what dynamic and emotional work he is capable of like we saw in The Social Network. He gives this character so much compassion and really speaks for all of the viewers if they were in his shoes with the concept of morality that is an overall theme to this movie. Michael Shannon has been a huge force in the indie world this decade so far with many critics going as far to saying he is one of the best actors working today. I liked Shannon but never felt that but with this performance, I can see why people say such a thing. He is so devious in this role reminding me a lot of Michael Douglas’ performance as Gordon Gekko in another economy based movie, Wall Street. Shannon gives one of the best supporting actor performances of the year. Laura Dern is also fantastic as always giving us some of her best work since 1996’s highly underrated Citizen Ruth. If I had one complaint with this movie it would be that I would have liked to see her more as well as Garfield’s son in the movie. We haven’t really gotten a great movie like this that tells the side of the victims of the economy but more often the villains of the economic struggles like it Wolf of Wall Street and Wall Street so it was very refreshing to see this story be told. The screenplay is so bold, honest, and filled with riveting dialogue that matches The End of the Tour as one of the best screenplays of the year so far. Garfield and Shannon’s chemistry is so wonderful in this movie that other actors in these roles wouldn’t have been able to match. A scene at a pier after a wild rave party at Shannon’s house spoke to this movie’s main message. Garfield asks Shannon something along the lines of “Is it all worth it” which strikes into the morality tale that Garfield faces at every corner of this movie. Is it worth cheating out people that were in your shoes so that you can reclaim your house by taking others out of their’s? Is it worth cheating the government when they’ve cheated you all this time? This movie does what rarely movies do to me and made me think deeply about it afterwords. I was a bit worried throughout the movie asking myself if I was truly blown away with it but when the montage of Garfield evicting tons of families out of their homes arrives, it validated those feelings. I listened to an interview with the director after the movie was over in a podcast talk about how Garfield did not meet any of the actors (who many weren’t professionally) ahead of time and only had his eviction speech to work off of in those scenes dealing with reluctant families, families with new born babies, angry people with guns, and the most heartbreaking scene with an elderly gentleman that knew none of his neighbors and had no family to go to. Those scenes were so powerful and raw. Having lived in the setting of this movie Orange County, Florida for 2 years now and walking past many homeless people often, this movie hit a special place in my heart. The director of this movie is Ramin Bahrani who is featured in the amazing documentary Life Itself about Roger Ebert who championed Bahrani. Roger clearly knew what he was talking about because I want to catch up on his past work. Bahrani dedicated this movie to Roger at the very end. Roger would be proud. 5 stars
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