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Mark Wahlberg’s Reincarnation Movie Infinite Needs a Few More Lifetimes of Work

But what makes Infinite confounding isn’t the recalling of past lives but what it opts to do with that idea, which is to use it for an off-brand riff on superpowers. Bathurst wants to end the reincarnation cycle by exterminating not only humanity but all life on earth, yet if it’s possible to be reborn as something other than human, none of the characters mentions it. Funny how much reconnecting with your past lives looks like a day in the life of a movie star, as though those are the limits of the imaginations of the major parties involved. Or, you know, you could use those lifetimes to learn how to deflect bullets with a samurai sword, which is what Mark Wahlberg’s character seems to have done in the new movie Infinite. Jason Mantzoukas shows up briefly and gloriously as a character known as the Artisan, who has devoted his Infiniteness to excess, which is indicated by his wearing eye makeup. Related

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Tags: Evan has just been a series of dashing tough guys over the eons, and Tammy and her Infinite lover are a perpetually hetero couple who keep reuniting at Angkor Wat. Infinite begins by explaining its premise via voice-over in blunt, back-of-the-book terms: There are people who can remember everything from their past lives, who call themselves Infinites; some of them, the Believers, work toward the betterment of mankind, while others, the Nihilists, look to end existence as we know it. Mark Wahlberg in Infinite. Infinite barely tries to make sense of its own timeline: A flashback to Heinrich driving desperately through Mexico City, having made off with the movie’s MacGuffin, looks like it takes place in the present day instead of closer to 1970, as Wahlberg’s age would demand. Wahlberg’s character, Evan Michaels, isn’t simply a guy who was born good at everything but just hasn’t figured it out yet; he’s the reincarnation of Heinrich Treadway (Dylan O’Brien), the Infinite who figured out how to unlock parts of his potential that allowed him to do things “that others might call paranormal, superhuman.”

Mostly, though, Infinite feels like a depressing fable about the movie industry. Evan’s journey is mostly one of self-actualization in which he does upside-down crunches and fight training and then undergoes an experimental procedure that resembles nothing so much as an elaborate dermatological treatment. Not the most dignified gambit, but it worked — at least to the point where the material could provide a nominal peg for Fuqua to assemble a string of shoot-outs and physics-free fight sequences so interchangeable they could be made modular and popped into or out of any big-budget action movie. Here, maybe a half-hour in, a character seems to confirm that by delivering, almost word for word, the same description of what’s going on. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the film is based on the novel The Reincarnationist Papers. Photo: Peter Mountain/Paramount+

If reincarnation were real, and you were able to somehow hold on to your memories across lifetimes, you would experience an off-kilter version of immortality. As the villain, Bathurst, Chiwetel Ejiofor waterboards himself with gasoline and shouts all of his lines with the zest of an actor who realizes that nothing he’s doing matters. In the world of Infinite, characters don’t even appear to be reborn as anything other than the gender they’re assigned at birth. The really damning thing about this ability is that it doesn’t actually look cool. Eric Maikranz self-published the book in 2009 with an eye on getting it adapted, which readers might have gleaned from the note on its first page promising a 10 percent cut to whoever could help him get a deal. The most interesting idea in the movie is that Bathurst has created a gun that downloads an Infinite’s consciousness onto a drive, leaving that person in a digital holding pattern, unable to be reborn. Your body wouldn’t live forever, but your awareness would, accruing millennia of experiences while having to start over anew each time, seeing existence from a different perspective. All the yearning in the world for more original fare from Hollywood won’t matter if the original fare is made to look and feel like everything we’re already being bombarded with. Because it wouldn’t be easy to hold on to wealth, much less status, knowledge would be the main advantage. And that’s the thing about Infinite — it doesn’t just waste the potential of its premise; it’s actively square in its thinking about everything, up to and including matching up its two main women to fight. Author D. When a movie starts this way, it’s usually because test audiences or executives deemed its setup too confusing. But even that’s only seen in passing, a means of upping the stakes, instead of a horror to be explored. There’s cynicism all around, from Maikranz’s mercenary approach to the source material to the way the movie was sloughed off onto Paramount+ to the fact that Wahlberg, who once tried to get his teenage assault on two Vietnamese American men expunged from his record, is effectively playing an Asian man reborn in a white guy’s body. As Evan, Wahlberg is meant to be playing a man plagued by memories that he has always assumed were hallucinations, having been diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 14 after an incident of self-harm. The film makes an aesthetic gesture or two toward Buddhism, but its view of the reincarnation cycle is generally agnostic, with no sense that the way characters behave in their current lives has anything to do with the situation they’re born into next. Sophie Cookson plays Tammy, who is around largely to tangle with Bathurst’s henchwoman, a fellow blonde played by Wallis Day, in the climactic scene. But the movie and its star are so impatient with any character development that Wahlberg just feels as if he’s playing himself, tapping his watch in impatience while he waits for the moment he gets to fight drug deals with a katana forged using past-life know-how. There would be endless opportunities to learn languages, crafts, and sports; to study science, philosophy, and art; to delve into hedonism and asceticism and consider the nature of humanity.

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Watch Post Malone, Mark Wahlberg in the Stressful Spenser Confidential Trailer

Spenser Confidential is directed by Peter Berg and based on the novel Wonderland by Ace Atkins. Spenser Confidential follows Wahlberg as the titular Spenser, an ex-cop and ex-boxer embroiled in a murder mystery that involves a lot of the aforementioned shooting and punching. The trailer also features Iliza Shlesinger as Spenser’s ex-wife, who seems to be playing a version of Heidi Gardner of SNL’s Girlfriend in Every Boxing Movie, as well as Alan Arkin as the wise old pro who’s seen it all. The movie hits Netflix on March 6, 2020. Related

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Tags: Mark Wahlberg, Winston Duke, and Post Malone star in the anxiety-inducing trailer for the upcoming action-comedy Spenser Confidential, and there’s a whole lot of shooting, punching, and thick Boston accents.

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Turns Out Michelle Williams’ Entire All The Money In The World Salary Was Eight Times Lower Than Mark Wahlberg’s

Season-five negotiations are currently ongoing, however, and Ross is reportedly considering cutting back her screen time to pursue guest roles on other shows if she cannot get a compensation package similar to her male co-star’s. In case you want to stay mad, here’s another detail: In the same conversation where Williams’s and Wahlberg’s salaries were discussed, Tracee Ellis Ross shared that she is getting paid “significantly less” than her Black-ish co-star Anthony Anderson. The new information about Williams’s paycheck came from a THR story about actresses starting to open up to each other about compensation in order to bring transparency to the negotiating process. (William Morris Endeavor, the agency representing both actors, donated an additional $500,000 to the Fund.)

That seemed like a very nice end to a very frustrating situation, but it turns out the pay gap between Williams and Wahlberg started with each actor’s base salary for All the Money. As actresses continue to open up more about their paychecks, expect more frustrating news like this to keep breaking. Michelle Williams. It’s definitely relevant that Anderson is an executive producer on the show and was involved with the show before Ross came on board. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Williams was paid $625,000 for her work while Wahlberg made $5 million. The donated amount — which he signed over in Williams’s name — was equal to Wahlberg’s paycheck for the extra filming days, a period of time in which his co-star made just about $1,000 in accumulated per diem fees. The two had roughly equal screen time in the movie, and Williams has been nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance. Tags: Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage

At the end of last week, Mark Wahlberg donated $1.5 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund after it was reported that he made about 1,500 times more than his co-star Michelle Williams for the reshoots necessary to complete Ridley Scott’s All the Money in the World. One could possibly argue that no one could have known ahead of time that Williams would deliver an awards-worthy performance in the film, but since she’s been nominated for four Oscars over the last 12 years — which is two more than Wahlberg — it’s safe to say you can bet on her bringing the prestige buzz to a picture.

Howdy, Enjoy a Photo of Brendan Fraser in a Cowboy Hat

It is a nice hat. Photo: Frederick M. Tags: He seems very proud. You know what? Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

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Brendan Fraser wore a cowboy hat at a Television Critics Association panel to promote FX’s Trust, in which he plays the character Mark Wahlberg played in All the Money in the World (who looks like this). We’re feeling pretty generous today, have a second Brendan Fraser cowboy hat photo, on us.

Somehow, the Kevin Spacey–less All the Money in the World Will Only Be Delayed 3 Days

Paul Getty, will now be released on December 25. They finished the reshoots only last Wednesday. To make his deadline, which Scott says even the studio doubted he could, he and his editor had been working nights to cut each day’s new footage while still in production. That means it’ll no longer have to compete with the big Christmas weekend releases Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Pitch Perfect 3, or The Greatest Showman. It’s a Christmas miracle. If there’s an Oscar for Best Work Under Pressure, it’s got Scott’s name on it. The film, starring Christopher Plummer as Spacey’s replacement for oil tycoon J. Photo: Sony Pictures. He even managed to push out a new trailer featuring Plummer last week. Scott had given himself just nine days to film the reshoots with Plummer, Michelle Williams, and Mark Wahlberg, following multiple sexual-misconduct allegations against the film’s original star, Spacey. Incredible. Ridley Scott had been determined to complete All the Money in the World without Kevin Spacey in time to meet the original December 22 release date, and he’s nearly pulled it off. Tags: