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Friday
Sep092016

"Nocturnal Animals" Posters

by Chris Feil

Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals is one of our most anticipated (even if our opinions of Ford's A Single Man are all over the map), and the positive reviews have amplified our enthusiasm. What originally sounded like a sexy thriller now promises to be a surprisingly funny and metafictional feat of storytelling, with performances from Laura Linney and Michael Shannon being the delectable standouts. We've had so few glimpses of the film thus far, but now we have an intriguing set of character posters!

So the overall ripped aesthetic of these character posters recall the fantastic ones from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - but if those posters were sexysad and wanted to kill you. 

Amy Adams may have more heat forArrival, but if Nocturnal shows her to be the low-key femme fatale of this poster, consider me excited. Those eyes!

Gyllenhaal and more after the jump...

Brooding Jake does not always equal sexy Jake, but it does often equal great Jake - so we'll see what he delivers for Ford. There hasn't been much word of him in the reviews, so maybe this is less of his showcase even as a lead.

 

On the other hand, Aaron Taylor-Johnson gets his own poster and those reviews haven't mentioned him at all. And why so extra destructive to Michael Shannon? Luckily his poster tells us who we're looking at, because what remains of his face is all but obscured.

Where is The Lovely Laura Linney's own poster? We were promised she has a legendary bouffant and we need to see this now!

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Yes, Amy looks gorgeous and she is getting great reviews. I particularly like the below quote from the Telegraph.

"Yet you sense Ford’s eyes are mostly on the remarkable Adams, who gives Susan a brittle resilience that feels like peak-form Nicole Kidman, but galvanizes it with a crispness of expression that’s entirely her own."

I'm still not convinced she'll get in this year though. There is ALOT of competition AND Adams tends to expertly underplay and tell you so much just through her eyes (which unfortunately means she can make it look easy and she doesn't get the credit she deserves).

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWhatWhatinThe

I look forward to seeing it and will be doing so at TIFF, but I thought A Single Man was 2009's worst film. I don't think I can recall leaving a film as angrily as I left that one.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Adams I read somewhere may go supporting for this to avoid clashing with Lead for Arrival

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMARK

"Yet you sense Ford’s eyes are mostly on the remarkable Adams"

Everyone and -thing is seen through her pride then self-doubt. Including the flashbacks. If she's not the strongest, coherent character who sees others in piecemeal (Shannon and ATJ get to kick up genre tropes), there wouldn't be THE conflict at all.

Her decision, early in life, made an ex helpless and distraught. Took away his "agency" - a concept great for Austin Wright to play out reader-writer theories. It takes on other dimensions when Tom Ford ( and his casting) are the filters for their own type of sociocultural parable (hinted at during Venice presser).

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKatz

Just noticed with some amusement, the World and North American premiere dates for this film. Maybe they're coincidences, or they're are especially poignant within a discernible pattern of exorcising and confronting old ghosts in Jake's projects lately.

Which means, if Amy get double/single noms, her frontrunner for a win makes for a kind of poetic "justice" (as Shannon's Bobby Andes calls it.)

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterKatz

I don't think this will be Oscar's cup of tea, but I am very excited about this one. The reviews have been stellar. Adams seems to be on a roll this year.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

After 'doing time' in Superman movies in the thankless role as Lois Lane, I'm ecstatic that Adams is breaking out this year with 2 juicy roles. Looking forward to seeing this, and who knows with Oscar this year - she's in the running, that's what counts.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

So pleased by the comments so far on this post. Usually there's an onslaught of Adams' criticism from some who frequent TFE. I'm particularly excited for this because of her (I happen to believe she's good in everything, even in mediocre movies) and Michael Shannon.

Wish I was at TIFF. Maybe next year?

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Off-topic to Pam & Nathaniel:

What we were discussing after the Tonys: Splendor & Misery.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

She's a very exciting actress shame everyone jumped on that other red headed bandwagon Chastain,could she do Junebug,Enchanted,The Fighter,American Hustle,Sunshine Cleaning,Man of Steel,The Master and Big Eyes in 10 yrs.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordon

Adams is definitely more proven and consistent BUT Chastain can be tremendous (see ZDT & Take Shelter). No need to put them together. With that said, I've thought that ppl predicting Chastain for Sloane are going out on a limb but, hey, that's what you do early in the year.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterHuh

Aesthetically, I am not so crazy about the posters. They seem to focus on Tom Ford, and I don't know if he is a major drawing card, and they obscure the actors' faces too much. Unless the viewer is a niche cineaste, I could see him/her looking at the posters, scratching their heads and walking away, without wanting to actually see the film.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Tom Ford is in my opinion the major draw of that movie. He brought a fresh style to A Single Man and anyone who watched that movie will show up for his next effort.

No need to put Adams against Chastain. Not sure about the usefulness of this practice. They're more comparable because they're both redheads? hmm. World is big enough for all good actressing. Personally I have always thought that Amy Adams can be incredibly sexy and it seems this movie is letting her show it. She went through the Doubt and The Master phase with the deglam and I'm glad she's taking roles allowing her to explore that more commanding side of her.

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTony T

Paul Outlaw--yay! You lucky guy. I just saw Daveed's perf on James Corden. Were you there too?

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Pam, I was landing at LAX (after seven weeks away) when they taped that!

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

If Adams goes supporting for this that'd be a shame because it would ruin Linney's chances. This "lead role demoted to supporting" thing has gotta stop!!

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R

@ Michael R - Adams has been nominated alongside fellow supporting actresses for both Doubt and The Fighter and the category seems (at least for now) a little barren, so maybe she and Linney can pull off joint noms? Some people have referred to the movie as an ensemble piece so supporting campaigns for all cast members wouldn't be out of the ordinary (like Spotlight last year). Are we sure it would be category fraud?

@ Lady Edith - It really is great seeing her bounce back to good roles in good films. If she gets lead for Arrival and supporting for Nocturnal Animals, I believe she'll finally have the narrative to win this year (in supporting).

September 9, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

hmmm supporting?! That's not gonna happen. Your Spotlight argument makes NO sense.

(a) Sometimes if there are multiple lead roles of the same gender, one gets demoted to supporting (see Training Day). That is not the case here as Adams clearly has the big female role in this thing.

(b) Sometimes if there are multiple roles of relatively equal size/importance of the same gender (see the Spotlight men ensemble), they all get put in supporting. That is not the case here as Adams clearly has the big female role in this thing.

(c) Sometimes if you are the biggest role of your gender in the film but your role is clearly supporting (read McAdams in Spotlight), you get put in Supporting. That is not the case as the reviews tend to say Adams is the biggest role of the film and takes much of its focus.

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterWhatWhatinThe

Strange to cover up such a hot looking cast.

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

she is the lead in the film everyone. the story begins and ends with her and it's all about her relationships and her reacting to Jake Gyllenhaal's novel. She's definitely THE lead. with Gyllenhaal as Co-lead and everyone else supporting or cameos

September 10, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

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