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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Richard Linklater’s Bernie

Jack Black’s stock has perhaps plummeted to its lowest point, and I have a feeling that this true crime story exploring the darker side of the human condition is the counter-programming role that might do the trick. Linklater calls it his Fargo. I call this a must see. Mike Leigh’s dp Dick Pope lenses for a second consecutive time for Linklater.

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#33. Bernie

Director: Richard Linklater
Writer(s): Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater
Producers: Liz Glotzer, Judd Payne, Celine Rattray, Martin Shafer and Ginger Sledge
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: Based on the true story of Berhardt “Bernie” Tiede, features Jack Black as a mortician who becomes companion to an 81 year old widow, Marjorie Nugent (MacLaine). Tiede was convicted of shooting Nugent in 1996 and hiding her body in a freezer for nine months, pretending as though she was still alive. McConaughey will play the town’s district attorney, always angling for re-election and suspicious about the widow’s death.…(more)

Cast: Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine and Rip Torn

List Worthy Reasons…Jack Black’s stock has perhaps plummeted to its lowest point, and I have a feeling that this true crime story exploring the darker side of the human condition is the counter-programming role that might do the trick. Linklater calls it his Fargo. I call this a must see. Mike Leigh’s dp Dick Pope lenses for a second consecutive time for Linklater. 

Release Date/Status?: This probably just wrapped up and is well into post. Look for a fall festival release and unlike Me and Orson Welles, a potential bidding war for the distribution rights.

 
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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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