When Simon Kinberg’s The 355 opens in theaters this week, it will be the first time in a long time that audiences are seeing an ensemble spy thriller, as that genre usually is dominated by solo agents such as James Bond or Jason Bourne. The movie’s also notable because of it’s high-profile and all-female cast, constructed for a premise conceived by Jessica Chastain and boasting ladies who usually find themselves in the Oscar race, not the arms race.
It’s exciting that The 355 could end up being the gateway-drug movie into the action genre for teenage girls, who normally look at action offerings and see Chris Hemsworth (Extraction), Chris Pratt (The Tomorrow War), or Liam Neeson staring back at them. Not quite role models to which women can relate. So when I sat down with The 355 cast, I asked them which action stars were the ones they saw growing up who made them think, “I’d like to do that one day.” And Jessica Chastain told me the action icon she pretended to be as a young girl, explaining:
So badass. This is why Jessica Chastain has been able to hold down gritty war films like Zero Dark Thirty, or kick a ton of tail in The 355. She has been training for this assignment since her earliest days on the playground, mastering pull ups and mimicking Linda Hamilton’s iconic T2 character. To be fair, as you can see in the video above, Chastain’s gut reaction to the question took her in a different direction, which is also acceptable. She told me:
There is an awful lot of that on display in The 355, an action thriller starring Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Diane Kruger, and Fan Bingbing play international agents forced to work together to retrieve a piece of groundbreaking tech, while also keeping the non-lethal Penelope Cruz alive. It could be the start of a franchise, which easily mixes in a slew of other actresses, and possibly compete with the Gunpowder Milkshakes of the world.
Look for The 355 in theaters this weekend. And bookmark our 2022 Upcoming Movie Calendar to see what else is coming to theaters in the next few weeks and months.
It may not feel like it sometimes, but any upcoming movie has the chance to be named “the greatest movie ever made” by someone out there. However, that honor does have some specific caveats if you’re someone like filmmaker Quentin Tarantino. Not only has the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director chosen a Steven Spielberg classic for that very distinction, Tarantino also explained just why that title is very specific.
In an upcoming interview with our in-house podcast ReelBlend, Quentin Tarantino made his fourth appearance to talk about all things movies; the first since the big live show at the New Beverly Cinema. Promoting his new co-hosting gig on The Video Archives Podcast, Tarantino had yet another spirited discussion about cinema, which led to his pick of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws as the greatest “movie” ever made. That distinction is important, as the Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood director made that perfectly clear through the following remarks:
Leave it to Quentin Tarantino to separate his tastes in movies into those two separate, important camps: “movies” and “films.” In this case, the designation of a movie almost sounds like it’s shorthand for the blockbuster opuses that Steven Spielberg made a name for himself with. Which means that “films” are presumably more of the independent/art house titles that have higher pedigrees, and usually end up on the lists of best picture nominees every year.
Strangely enough, Jaws is one of six horror movies to have Best Picture nominations, so the line could blur just a bit in that respect. Putting aside the “movies” versus “films” debate, Quentin Tarantino isn’t using that separation to be a snob. Later on in the conversation, he explained how spectacles such as this are their own form of art, and how Steven Spielberg came to be someone who perfected it:
Spielberg, and “cohorts” like George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Copolla all latched onto genres that were pulpier entertainments in their childhood, only to make them into something new. Through films like Jaws, Star Wars, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather, we saw a generation of directors taking movies they loved and reviving them through their own personal lenses. Which is exactly what Quentin Tarantino would do when he stepped onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction; and it’s also why he’s such a staunch supporter of the cinematic experience.
If this conversation boils down to anything, it’s game recognizing game. Much as Steven Spielberg idolized the movies that helped make Jaws, Quentin Tarantino has reverence for the bearded director and his dedication to making the movies that sparked his love of cinema. Though considering the history his collaborator Samuel L. Jackson has had with sharks, you have to wonder if this has already sparked any sort of humorous conversations between the two?
You’ll be able to watch, and listen, to Quentin Tarantino’s latest appearance on ReelBlend, as it’s set to hit YouTube tomorrow. Meanwhile, Tarantino may not have his tenth and final film in the works just yet, but you can still enjoy the man’s gift for words in two very cool ways.
Tarantino’s Video Archives podcast, which he co-hosts with friend and collaborator Roger Avery, is currently streaming wherever you find fine listening material. However, if you also want to read the man’s thoughts on ‘70s filmmaking in his upcoming book Cinema Speculation, which you can currently preorder on Amazon (opens in new tab); or any other fine bookseller.
The stars of “Prey,” Amber Midthunder (“Naru”), Dakota Bevers (“Taabe”), Dane DiLiegro (“The Predator”), director Dan Trachtenberg and producer Jhane Myers discuss their new “Predator” movie in this interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. They discuss the “Prey” audition moment that landed Amber Midthunder her role and more!
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” stars Chris Pratt (Peter Quill / Star-Lord), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Will Poulter (Adam Warlock), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Sean Gunn (Kraglin / On-Set Rocket), Chukwudi Iwuji (The High Evolutionary) and writer Director James Gunn discuss their upcoming Marvel film and conclusion of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” trilogy in this post-Hall H interview with CinemaBlend at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
00:00 – Chris Pratt on Finding “Your Side”
00:35 – Chris Pratt Teases What’s Ahead For Star-Lord and Gamora In GOTG 3
01:24 – Karen Gillan LOVES ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Fan Reactions
02:00 – Karen Gillan Weighs In On Nebula Unaliving Nebula in ‘Endgame’
02:32 – James Gunn Teases a “Darker” ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Movie
03:20 – Sean Gunn on Baby Rocket’s Difficult Backstory
04:30 – Pom Klementieff on Welcoming New Marvel Actors to the ‘Guardians’ Family
05:15 – Pom Klementieff Teases A More Badass Mantis In ‘Guardians 3’
05:35 – Will Poulter Teases Adam Warlock Origins in ‘GOTG 3’
06:32 – Chukwudi Iwuji on The High Evolutionary and His Motivations
07:20 – Chukwudi Iwugi Praises James Gunn’s Dialogue
08:15 – Chris Pratt Recalls His Last Day of Filming the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trilogy
08:55 – James Gunn Is Literally Always Writing and Rewriting Scripts
09:49 – Will Poulter Wants to Play Adam Warlock Again “If Marvel Will Have Me”