Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fortius

95% Rotten Tomatoes Critics Score
90% Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score
A- Cinemascope
76 Metacritic Score

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman have seemingly been everywhere promoting Stronger, which is enjoying raves from audiences and critics alike. Now if only the box office would catch up...

There have been so many good pictures and fun interviews that it was impossible to keep up. Herewith, a random assortment of shots, stories and clips that appealed to me.










From Jane Goodall's Facebook page:

When on the road, Jane is never sure who she is going to meet. Luckily for Jane, fate was on her side when on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and she crossed paths with the incredible Jake Gyllenhaal and Jeff Bauman - a survivor of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing and the inspiration for the new film 'Stronger'. Their conversations reinforced Jane's reason for hope - the indomitable human spirit - as Jeff is indeed the embodiment of strength and kindness.




The first four are from Greg Russell Photography. Love the (literal) framing.






Don't know who took these, but they are fantastic:







Worth flipping through the series on the above IG post.

Boston premiere:






Patients and others at Spaulding Rehabilitation greet the Stronger crew:



Q&A and other videos









Popcorn with Peter Travers:


Another Jake and Jeff interview


Jake discusses the able-bodied/disabled actor issue with The Frame

An hour with Jake!



Jake raps Kris Kriss:



Podcast with Jake and Jeff/Tatiana and Miranda

Don't forget to download Sunday in the Park with George!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The buzz is getting Stronger







Stronger premiered to rave reviews for Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson at the Toronto International Film Festival. The actors and director were all there, but Jeff Bauman, whose story is depicted in the funny, poignant movie, was the star of the evening.

Some photos, interviews and review snippets of a very special night:

Kate Erbland‏Verified account @katerbland
STRONGER: We really don't talk enough about how damn good Jake Gyllenhaal is. #TIFF17

erickohn ‏Verified account @erickohn
STRONGER is pretty straightforward, but has some of DGG's most emotional filmmaking since SNOW ANGELS. Gyllenhaal sells it. #TIFF

Simon Thompson‏Verified account @ShowbizSimon
It's a phenomenal movie. Saw it this week, absolutely superb.

John Corrado‏ @1Movie5Views
Now that the embargo has lifted, I can finally say that Jake Gyllenhaal delivers an absolute powerhouse performance in Stronger. #TIFF17

Alicia Malone‏Verified account @aliciamalone
STRONGER: another great perfect by future hubs. Could've easily been a glossy Hollywood version, appreciated the gritty realism #TIFF17



Mike Hogan‏ (Vanity Fair digital director) @mike_hogan
I didn't see all of Stronger (had to be back on red carpet) but I saw enough to know Jake Gyllenhaal will be nominated for best actor

Joe Utichi‏Verified account @joeutichi
Jake Gyllenhaal is on top form with #Stronger, about Jeff Bauman. A rousing, emotional story. @tatianamaslany brilliant. #tiff17

Joey Magidson‏ @JoeyMagidson
Jake Gyllenhaal is as good as ever, and Tatiana Maslany might be even better in @StrongerTheFilm. Don't sleep on Miranda Richardson either.

Kristopher Tabley‏ Verified account @kristapley
Jake Gyllenhaal is superb once again in "Stronger." Tatiana Maslany does quite a lot with her own familiar role as well.

jen yamato‏Verified account @jenyamato
Yep. @TatianaMaslany & Jake Gyllenhaal at TIFF for #StrongerMovie makes me want to see them in everything together http://lat.ms/2jdVi4H



STRONGER: Mostly unsentimental study of recovery in the public eye by the fab David Gordon Green. Jake Gyllenhaal will get an Oscar nom. B+

Jake Gyllenhaal was brilliant portraying Jeff Bauman, a victim of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing in the movie #Stronger at #tiff2017

#TIFF2017 Jake Gyllenhaal may have the performance of his career with Stronger. Not a dry eye in room when he embraced Jeff after screening


Gyllenhaal's #Oscar nomination is locked. #TIFF17

Picture this: Jake Gyllenhaal watching the premier of his film Stronger with me sobbing audibly 3 rows behind him #TIFF2017

Standing ovation for #StrongerMovie. Heartbreaking performances by Jake Gyllenhaal & @tatianamaslany.


Variety:
Sometimes movies impress you with their formal daring, their transgressiveness, their experimental boldness. Sometimes movies win you over with visual spectacle, novelty, unpredictability. And sometimes movies don’t necessarily have any of those qualities, they just flat-out work. David Gordon Green’s “Stronger,” a familiar yet undeniably moving film about Jeff Bauman, the everyman Bostonian who lost both his legs in the 2013 Marathon bombing, is a movie that just works. ...

The director certainly gets plenty of help from a superb lead performance by Jake Gyllenhaal, whose recent work has been of such a uniformly high caliber that it’s almost easy to overlook, and who tackles this role with every ounce of his usual commitment.


The Guardian:

It’s a refreshingly unconventional style that also allows Gyllenhaal the opportunity to truly impress. Another actor could have struggled with such naked camera work, the mechanics of their work seeming, well, mechanical, but Gyllenhaal is effortlessly good here. It’s an awards-worthy performance for a star who so often gets miscast and he sells both the good and the bad within Bauman. It’s pleasing, in a field full of overly deferential biopics, to see a fact-based drama based on a book written by the subject, that still contains nuance. Bauman is not a saint: he’s often selfish and immature, and by keeping these flaws in the movie, we become that much more involved in his story.

IndieWire:

Jake Gyllenhaal Is Riveting in David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon Bombing Biopic
At some point in the last dozen or so years, Gyllenhaal became the finest working actor of his age — full stop — and “Stronger” finds him working in yet another gear, one that finds the shades in both Bauman as a public figure and the greater implications of what it means to elevate someone to such a status.

“Stronger” is not a film about Jeff coming to terms with his new body or learning how to walk again, but instead dealing with great personal pain while also struggling with the demands of a notoriety he never asked for. It’s a film about heroes and what we require from them, and why that often leads to wounds that may never heal. For Gyllenhaal, that amounts to a riveting and raw performance that never hits a false note. “Stronger” is a respectful and worthy tribute to Bauman, but it’s also an honest depiction of a devastating event and its ever-evolving after-effects.











Red carpet:







Red Carpet Diary:



Press conference:



IMDb snippets:





Cineplex:



THR snippet:



ET Canada:



ET Canada Extended Interview (not from the press conference):



Series of interviews: Jeff tells Jake to take more time for himself:



Variety Studio:



eTalk Canada

Our collective hearts just stopped.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Okja Okay




We don't know if Jake Gyllenhaal will be on the Croisette for the Friday premiere of Okja, but the film is already making its presence known in Cannes.



At Cannes, IMR International will be selling the rights to The Sisters Brothers, the Jaques Audiard movie Jake will be filming this summer.

The Sisters Brothers is scheduled to begin principal photography in Spain and Romania next month and is based on Patrick deWitt’s darkly comic novel about a pair of brothers who wreaked havoc during the California Gold Rush.

Phoenix and Reilly play the eponymous killers – one of whom enjoys his murderous lifestyle while the other longs for a quieter life.

Everything changes when they are assigned to track down a gold prospector, played by Gyllenhaal, working for their mysterious employer the Commodore.




Red carpet and other event photos to fill up the post :)

Noir et blanc:




Couleur:

















Video highlights:

Jake and the gang arriving for the photo call.

Press conference:



TV interview

Photocall:



Red carpet:





Post-screening reaction:



Jake and Tilda interviews:





Jake at Fandango press conference

Jake and others at the IRC/HFPA event

Jake presenting the big check

Jake leaving the party

Jake on a yacht

Jake in the background applauding after The Killing of a Sacred Deer screening

New character poster: