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Check Out This Beautifully Written And Directed Scene From Rian Johnson's THE BROTHERS BLOOM!

Beaks here...

It's been a long, agonizing wait, but Rian Johnson's wonderful THE BROTHERS BLOOM is finally headed to theaters this month. Starring Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo as brothers in the art of the con, and Rachel Weisz as the lovely eccentric who comes between them, the film is a throwback to a lively and sophisticated style of filmmaking that seemingly died in the 1960s - right around the time Jules Dassin married Melina Mercouri. But it's also got a touch of Ashby and Truffaut sprinkled throughout. It's a singular work, and a very impressive follow-up to Johnson's brilliant debut, BRICK. There have been trailers floating around since BLOOM premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival, and while some of them do a fairly effective job at selling this tough-to-categorize movie, the best way to prove you've got the goods is to showcase full, uninterrupted scenes. That's what Summit Entertainment did last week when they got Hulu to host the first seven minutes of Johnson's film. And if that didn't win you over, then please check out this elegantly staged (and played) scene between Adrian Brody and Rachel Weisz. THE BROTHERS BLOOM opens in limited NY/LA release on May 15th (so there's your excuse to skip ANGELS AND DEMONS). It then expands to "select cities" on May 22nd, and finally goes nationwide on May 29th. How "nationwide" might be contingent on how well it does in the major markets, so to our big-city readers, make sure you support the movie on opening weekend to ensure that our film geek friends in Wichita will get to enjoy BLOOM on the big screen (as Johnson intended).

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  • May 7, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by BlindOgre

    First :)

  • May 7, 2009, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Wow, really, no one commented yet?

    by askholia

    I thought Brick was superb. I am betting from looks that this movie is a million times better. I think Rian Johnson is poised to take my favorite director spot. He has a sharp ear for dialog and sharper eye for environments.

  • May 7, 2009, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Damn you Blind Ogre

    by askholia

    DAMN YOU!!!

  • May 7, 2009, 2:51 p.m. CST

    No comments because...

    by BlindOgre

    The clip linked above put folks to sleep... that, and just about everyone is getting in line for Star Trek... speaking of which... almost time for me to go :)

  • May 7, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Add this to the list of films Harry is gonna push

    by Jugdish

    whats the deal with this one- oy yeah- "The Wife" loved it.

  • May 7, 2009, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by ReturnoftheCreepyThinMan

    The reason why is that I automatically suspect everyone of trying to con everyone else so you get the feeling that you’re being jerk around. For instance, when I saw the trailer for Matchstick Men I knew that Nicolas Cage’s “daughter” was scamming him with Sam Rockwell. I’ll guess right now that the twist in this movie is that Rachel Weisz turns the con around on these dipshit because, HEY, she collects hobbies blah blah fucking blah…

  • May 7, 2009, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Fuck you whiny bitches...

    by gavdiggity

    those 7 minutes was be better than 90% of what will be released this year.

  • May 7, 2009, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Elemeno Pee

    You couldn't be more wrong.

  • May 7, 2009, 3:21 p.m. CST

    How anyone would find this boring

    by Elemeno Pee

    is fucking beyond me. Yet you guys love Transformers.

  • May 7, 2009, 3:43 p.m. CST

    He couldn't be more wrong about not liking something?

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Will you people stop cluttering up the the talkbacks with your Mini-Mussolini comments?<p> I'm looking forward to this personally. Anyone who isn't is a "moron" and should "die and leave Earth to normal people who have the exact same opinion as me."

  • May 7, 2009, 3:54 p.m. CST

    i thought this movie came out already...

    by nalapou

    I saw it at the world premiere at TIFF last september. Rachael Weisz is extremely skinny and hot in real life. Sat 4 seats and 1 row from her! The movie is hilarious.

  • May 7, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    i cant wait...

    by gumkicker

    i loved 'brick' so fingers crossed...

  • May 7, 2009, 4:21 p.m. CST

    It's unfortunate..

    by Aphex Twin

    This film will get so little attention with the other 'blockbuster' releases coming out also. My butt will be in the seat for this one, it looks fantastic!

  • May 7, 2009, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Brick was a solid film...

    by Mistahtibbs

    ...I'm looking forward to this one. That is all.

  • May 7, 2009, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I mean he couldn't be more wrong about

    by Elemeno Pee

    his assumption with the movie's twists

  • May 7, 2009, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • May 7, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Wes Anderson + Cohen Bros....

    by Phil Connors

    Doesn't seem to be altogether different. I guess I'll have to watch it myself.

  • May 7, 2009, 6:04 p.m. CST

    Why is this a May release?

    by My friends call me Killjoy

    Counterprogramming during the summer months never works. They just screwed this film. Should've been a March or September release. <p> Am I right? I SAID "AM I RIGHT"? (Ha! Peanuts reference)

  • May 7, 2009, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Loved Brick.

    by OutlawsDelejos

    Feel like it was one of the last times I walked out of a cinema truly satisfied. I still recommend that film to people, I'll definitely be checking this out.

  • May 7, 2009, 6:52 p.m. CST

    This looks very professional

    by Stollentroll

    The Bale would approve of it.

  • May 7, 2009, 7:36 p.m. CST

    BRICK pretty damn good

    by Six Demon Bag

  • May 7, 2009, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Seriously "Mr." Beaks

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    This looks nice enough and i am sure i'll check it out, but please Beaks, learn to shut the fuck up! Nothing is more grating than the pretentiousness of a stupid person who thinks he's smart. <P> "...a lively and sophisticated style of filmmaking that seemingly died in the 1960s - right around the time Jules Dassin married Melia Mercouri" I can't even begin to tell you how strongly i feel the urge to decapitate you when you write shit like that, you twit. Someone so sophisticated like you should be able to copy out of his lexicon of film properly at least and recognize that her name is MeliNa, but apparently the few cells your brain has left aren't even enough for that menial task, you stupid child.<P> So again, PLEASE, shut the fuck up and simply report the news without your annoying brand of fluffing out the piece. Nobody cares.<P>

  • May 7, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    to make it clear

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    My main criticism isn't that you're unable to write names correctly. My main criticism is that you are a pretentious half wit. <p> Just so you don't get confused on why exactly you suck...

  • She is perdy. Oh and Bloom looks great.

  • May 7, 2009, 10:28 p.m. CST

    could have just been a typo

    by frank cotton

  • for it, so assclowns, QQ - get bricked - and do I personally care on a personal level of personalities? - no - either way, MOVIES these days are trifling poppycocks - SC power for Rian though. FIGHT ON!

  • May 8, 2009, 12:52 a.m. CST

    This looks great!

    by brattyben

    I think people miss the point of the card trick. It isn't about the trick. It's about her story. And the way it's edited, and the camera movements. I was totally hooked. I'll be buying a ticket for this. Thanks, Beaks!

  • May 8, 2009, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Great Little Movie

    by The Helper Monkey

    I've seen it twice and loved it both times. Go see it if you get the chance.

  • May 8, 2009, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Dear Haters who haven't seen the movie:

    by Shigeru

    suck my balls. This movie was fucking amazing.

  • May 8, 2009, 3:14 p.m. CST

    This flick might be good...

    by Davidia

    But I grow tired of the "Quirky! Zany!" style of films popularized by Wes Anderson.