Kyle's Career Filmstrip: TV Series and Movies

Jul 29, 2013

10 Photos Of Kyle Chandler Giving Someone A Stern Talking To

By Emily Exton (@emilyexton)

When someone asks why there hasn't been a Friday Night Lights movie by now.
Kyle Chandler plays Miles Teller‘s father in this week’s coming-of-age drama, The Spectacular Now. Because he’s the dad of a wily teenager, we’re guessing he’ll give his son one or two strongly-worded talks–just like he did to some local movie-making kids in Super 8, just like he did to a Bin Laden-obsessed Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty, and just like he did to anyone who walked into the Dillon or East Dillon locker rooms on Friday Night Lights. Are we sensing a pattern here?

You can chalk it up to strong features, a calm demeanor, and a certain je ne sais quoi, but if I had to recruit any member of Hollywood’s elite to call me out and set me on the right path, it would be Coach Taylor. He means business.

RELATED: Michael B. Jordan On A Potential Friday Night Lights Film: The Taylors Are Universal

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

Jul 24, 2013

The Spectacular Now Limited Release Schedule

Coming soon to a theater near you!

 Date City & State Theater

New York, NY Lincoln Square 13
8/2 New York, NY Sunshine Cinema 5
8/2 West Los Angeles, CA The Landmark 12
8/2 Hollywood, CA Pacific ArcLight Hollywood 15
8/9 Boston, MA Boston Commons 19
8/9 Cambridge, MA Kendall Square Cinema 9
8/9 Washington, DC E Street Cinema
8/9 Bethesda, MD Bethesda Row Cinema
8/9 Fairfax, VA Angelika Film Center & Cafe 8
8/9 Chicago, IL Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
8/9 Atlanta, GA Tara Atlanta 4
8/9 Plano, TX Angelika Film Center and Cafe
8/9 Dallas, TX Angelika Film Center and Cafe
8/9 Santa Monica, CA Monica 4 Plex
8/9 Sherman Oaks, CA Pacific Arclight Sherman Oaks 16
8/9 Pasadena, CA Playhouse 7 Cinemas
8/9 Irvine, CA University Town Center 6 Cinemas
8/9 Scottsdale, AZ Camelview 5 Theatre
8/9 Seattle, WA Harvard Exit Theatre
8/9 San Francisco, CA Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
8/9 San Francisco, CA Century Centre 9
8/16 La Jolla, CA Arclight La Jolla 14
8/16 Philadelphia, PA Ritz 5 Movies
8/16 Voorhees, NJ Rave Ritz Center 16
8/16 Chicago, IL River East 21
8/16 Evanston, IL Century Evanston 12
8/16 Minneapolis, MN Uptown Theatre
8/16 Dallas, TX Look Cinema 11
8/16 Houston, TX River Oaks Theatre 3
8/16 Austin, TX Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills 8
8/16 Denver, CO Mayan Theatre
8/16 Boulder, CO Century 16
8/16 North Hollywood, CA Laemmle NoHo 7
8/16 Claremont, CA Claremont 5
8/16 Rancho Mirage, CA Century @ the River 15
8/16 San Diego, CA Hillcrest Cinemas
8/16 Santa Barbara, CA Paseo Nuevo
8/16 Bellevue, WA Lincoln Square Stadium 16
8/16 Palo Alto, CA Aquarius 2
8/16 Berkeley, CA Berkeley 7
8/16 San Rafael, CA Regency Cinema 6
8/23 Hadley, MA Cinemark @ Hampshire Mall 12
8/23 Montpelier, VT Savoy
8/23 Buffalo, NY Amherst Theatre
8/23 Bethel, CT Bethel Cinema 4
8/23 Charlottesville, VA Downtown Mall 6
8/23 Columbus, OH Gateway Film Center 8
8/23 Cleveland Heights, OH Cedar Lee Theatres
8/23 Valley View, OH Valley View 24
8/23 Omaha, NE Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater
8/23 Royal Oak, MI Main Art Theatre
8/23 Indianapolis, IN Keystone Art Cinema 7
8/23 Kansas City, MO Palace 15
8/23 Milwaukee, WI Downer Theatre
8/23 Madison, WI Sundance Cinemas Madison
8/23 Frontenac, MO Plaza Frontenac Cinema
8/23 Athens, GA Cine Theatre
8/23 Knoxville, TN Downtown West Cinema 8
8/23 Nashville, TN Green Hills 16
8/23 Charlotte, NC Ballantyne Village 5
8/23 The Woodlands, TX Tinseltown Movies 17 + XD
8/23 Albuquerque, NM Century 14 Downtown
8/23 Santa Fe, NM De Vargas Mall 6
8/23 El Paso, TX Cielo Vista 14
8/23 Memphis, TN Ridgeway 4
8/23 New Orleans, LA Canal Place Cinema 9
8/23 Aspen, CO Isis Theater
8/23 Westlake Village, CA Westlake Village Twin
8/23 Camarillo, CA Paseo Camarillo Cinemas 3
8/23 Ventura, CA Century Downtown 10
8/23 Orange, CA Century Stadium 25 Theatre - Orange
8/23 Palm Springs, CA Camelot Theatre 3
8/23 Lancaster, CA Lancaster Blvd Cinemas 3
8/23 San Luis Obispo, CA Downtown Centre 7
8/23 Las Vegas, NV Century Suncoast 16
8/23 Tucson, AZ Century El Con 20 Theatre
8/23 Oro Valley, AZ Century Oro Valley 12
8/23 Vancouver, WA Vancouver Mall 23
8/23 Portland, OR Living Room 6
8/23 Beaverton, OR Cinetopia Progress Ridge 14
8/23 Grants Pass, OR Southgate Cinemas 8
8/23 San Francisco, CA Stonestown Twin
8/23 Sacramento, CA Century Stadium 14 Theatre - Sacramento
8/23 Roseville, CA Century 14 Theatre - Roseville
8/23 Santa Cruz, CA Nickelodeon Theatres
8/23 Reno, NV Century Riverside 12
8/23 Ashland, OR Varsity Theatre 5
8/23 Salt Lake City, UT Broadway Centre Cinemas
8/23 Park City, UT Redstone 8 Cinemas
8/30 Asbury Park, NJ The ShowRoom

Jul 12, 2013

The Spectacular Now: A Film Worth Seeing. Twice.

By: on July 11, 2013


Before we begin, a note:

While The Spectacular Now might not seem like an obvious choice to be reviewed on a comics website, we thought that there was more than enough general interest on the part of our audience to take a look. Aside from being a vehicle for Divergent‘s (and maybe Amazing Spider-Man 3‘s) Shailene Woodley, it features 2 of the lead actresses from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the main female character reads sci-fi mangas.

The Spectacular Now is a much better film than the opening scene indicates. What starts off looking like an indie reboot of American Pie quickly morphs into a very sweet and true to life coming of age story.

Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is a High School Senior who has just broken up with his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson). Surprised when his usual charm and eloquence fails to win her back, Sutter gets very drunk and wakes up on the front lawn of the shy and quiet Aimee Finicky (Shailene Woodley), a classmate Sutter doesn’t even recognize. Sutter and Aimee begin to spend more and more time together, even as Sutter continues to test the waters with Cassidy and insists to his best friend that he is simply being altruistic to the unpopular girl. Sutter manages to be both a good and bad influence on Aimee, she does her best to help him through a few unresolved issues as well. But while Aimee and everyone else in his life is looking towards the future, Sutter insists on simply enjoying the spectacular now.

Miles Teller owns the movie from the start, with a terrific performance. The character of Sutter, who is an irresponsible alcoholic (He literally is seen drinking in over half the scenes in the movie) could easily be an unlikable protagonist. Instead, Teller manages to charm the audience with the same ease that his character charms the other people around him. As Aimee, Shailene Woodley gives a very strong performance to a somewhat weak character. Aimee has potential at first, she is skilled with math and reads sci-fi mangas about strong female characters, but all that is forgotten quickly.

With so little of the character fleshed out besides these few interests and the occasional glance at her dysfunctional family life, it is a bit hard to see why Sutter falls for her in the first place. Still, Woodley manages to infuse Aimee with sweetness and heart, and her chemistry with Teller is undeniable. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is great and unfortunately underused as Sutter’s older sister Holly, with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brie Larson as his mother and ex-girlfriend, playing the films stronger female characters very well. The rest of the cast is also good, with Kyle Chandler especially standing out.

As a whole, The Spectacular Now is a very good film that is worth seeing. Twice.

Emily Donn is an actress who lives in L.A. and occasionally also puts words on paper. One day she would like to be on the sort of TV show that will keep her invited to Comic-con 40 years after its too early cancellation.