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The home entertainment release of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives has been no stranger to the interactive experience. Following Empire Magazine’s competition for one lucky reader to design the cover of the Steelbook Blu-ray edition, Only God Forgives has stirred up a new interactive phenomenon on YouTube for audiences. This coincides with last week’s DVD, Blu-ray and Steelbook home entertainment release.
Julian (Gosling) runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for a drugs operation. He has everything he desires until his brother is murdered, and his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), the head of a powerful criminal organisation, arrives to collect her son’s body. Furious with grief, she dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’. The stage is set for a bloody journey of betrayal and vengeance towards a final confrontation and the possibility of redemption.
Fans of the divisive and mesmerising »
- Gary Collinson
Title: The Invisible Woman Director: Ralph Fiennes Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan, Perdita Weeks, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, John Kavangh, Michael Marcus. Claire Tomalin’s book ‘The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens’ lands on the silver screen, through the direction of the eclectic Ralph Fiennes. A woman (Felicity Jones) strides across the deserted beach in 1885′s Margate, England. She is Ellen, called Nelly, a married mother and school teacher, haunted by the memories of her youth. As an eighteen year old – when she was an actress who performed and toured with her mother and two sisters – she [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The film, which centres on a family who flee the rice fields of the Philippines to start a new life in Manila, won Best Director, Best Achievement in Production and Best British Independent Film.
The Best Actor prize went to James McAvoy for Filth, while Le Week-End's Lindsay Duncan took home the Best Actress award. Imogen Poots collected the Supporting Actress gong for The Look of Love and Ben Mendelsohn won Best Supporting Actor for Starred Up.
Special awards on the night were handed to Julie Walters, who took the Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to British film, and Paul Greengrass, recipient of the Variety Award for helping to shine the world spotlight on the UK.
The Bifa winners in full are as follows:
Best British Independent Film
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It’s a very important night for British film. Celebrating, in a way the BAFTAs can’t, the vital new talents emerging in this country. The British Independent Film Awards is one of our favourite nights of the year, as much a routemap for the people to watch over the next year as it is a celebration of them.
The sheer variety of films nominated is evidence of the potent creative landscape of Britain. From the crowd pleasing and inspirational journey of Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in Philomena, through the haunted and surreal discovery of Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, to the barren urban clash of Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant this country has an independent film industry to be proud of.
There was a great swell of support for one film in particular but the awards point to many successes here. It’s great to see »
- Jon Lyus
Berlin – Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” was the big winner at the European Film Awards on Saturday in a wintry Berlin, where the Italo pic took home prizes for best film, director, actor for Toni Servillo, and editor for Cristiano Travaglioli.
Among the femme luminaries of the Euro film scene on the red carpet were Catherine Deneuve, who was feted with the European Film Academy lifetime achievement award, Noomi Rapace, Kristin Scott Thomas and Diane Kruger. Helmer Wim Wenders, the Efa prexy, gave the award to Deneuve and said that it was difficult to stand before her as she “had made such an impact on the young filmmaker I once was.”
The male leading lights of European moviemaking at the event included Ennio Morricone, »
- Leo Barraclough
Marrakech, Morocco– While in Marakkech to give a masterclass and participate in a tribute to Scandinavian cinema, Danish helmer Nicolas Winding Refn sat with journos to discuss his projects and philosophy on filmmaking. The director, who showed up wearing black sunglasses, was in a chatty and playful mood, giving us a taste of his staple dark and provocative sense of humor. His last film, “Only God Forgives” premiered in competition at Cannes.
Refn: I guess it’s part coincidence and partly to do with the fact that I approach everything like a pin-up magazine. I make movies about what arouses me. I don’t have an interest in the result in the end, because I enjoy the process of creativity more than the actual, finished product. It usually starts with a basic idea. Ryan and I »
- Elsa Keslassy
The director of Only God Forgives believes all men are chained to their mother's womb and that when art connects with an audience, it is a sexual experience
Hey Nicolas, how are you?
I feel weak and my body's aching. (1)
Maybe a whisky?
I don't drink alcohol. I would like it too much. And I don't like the taste.
So, you're in London shooting a clothing advert with David Beckham. I won't do commercials for anything involving or marketed to children. I will not do soft drinks, fast food, cigarettes, chemicals, washing powder. Anything that's harmful to animals or any form of religious belief.
How do you feel about meat?
I love a steak. I think we were made to eat meat; that is why we have teeth and claws.
Have you ever killed an animal?
Are you kidding? I don't do anything dangerous.
But you have teeth and claws. »
- Catherine Shoard
It’s always exciting news when Syfy picks up a brand new scripted series, and we have high hopes for Dominion, based on characters from the 2010 movie Legion, as Syfy today announced its series order. We have equally high hopes that Syfy is making room for the new series on a new night – like maybe Thursdays? – and isn’t making room by finishing off one of our favorite no-longer-new series. Please.
Syfy Greenlights Dominion To Series For 2014 Supernatural Action Drama Produced by Universal Cable Productions Series Stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale
New York – December 4, 2013 – The ultimate celestial battle between good and evil will descend to Earth in 2014 as Syfy officially greenlights the scripted drama Dominion (working title) to series, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and filmed in Cape Town, »
- Erin Willard
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Extras: Audio commentary with Nicolas Winding Refn, 2 x Trailers, Alternative Artwork Gallery, Fan Art (Photo-Gallery), Limited Edition All City Poster Concepts (Photo-Gallery)
There’s no doubt that Drive set a high standard for director Nicolas Winding Refn and it was another intelligent leap in Ryan Gosling’s acting career and exposure. We’d seen many sides of the leading man after the romance of The Notebook in the tremendous Half Nelson and Blue Valentine but Drive was the one that truly sent him to the top of the acting stratosphere. In Only God Forgives, the director and actor are reunited for an unforgettable delve into the dark, seedy side of Bangkok with no holds barred.
In this world Gosling plays Julian, a martial arts club owner who uses »
- Dan Bullock
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Gordon Brown, Yayaying Rhatha Phongam, Tom Burke, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Pitchawat Petchayahon, Charlie Ruedpokanon | Written and Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Written and directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson), Only God Forgives was released earlier this summer to critical acclaim, but a mixed response from audiences across the globe. Some found the dark, mysterious and artistically minded style and pacing of the film to be beautiful, creepy, entertaining and thought provoking, while others found it to be patronising, obnoxious and, dare I say it, hollow.
It takes a certain kind of film to divide opinion so heavily, and this film is that certain kind of film. Winding Refn, here, has crafted a surrealist thriller that uses its long and personal shots of violence and landscape to fill in for its purposeful lack of dialogue. The cast is a remarkable assembly, with Ryan Gosling at the forefront, »
- Chris Cummings
Only God Forgives, 2013.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
A hell coloured assault on the senses, Nicholas Winding Refn's grim spiritual fantasy takes cinema to the outer edges. Dancing wildly on the edges of sanity, this is a film that will literally split audiences in two. Some view it as pretentious art-house meandering, using ultra-violence as a means to unbalance the viewer. Others see the production as a skilfully created piece examining the consequences of guilt and existential crisis smothered in a tidal wave of fantasy realism. I happen to be firmly of the latter opinion.
Refn's second team up with Ryan Gosling in »
- Gary Collinson
A who's who of European cinema is expected to grace the red carpet for the 26th European Film Awards on Dec. 7 in Berlin. Among the A list names scheduled to attend are Germany's Diane Kruger, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and British star Kristin Scott Thomas, according to organizers. Other luminaries attending include Oscar-nominated directors Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders and Oscar winners Volker Schlondorff and Pedro Almodovar. Almodovar will receive a lifetime achievement honor for his contribution to European cinema. The European Film Academy will also honor legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve. A whole fiesta of Spanish stars
- Scott Roxborough
Director: Pascal Bonitzer
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Damien is a professor of Chinese civilization who promises his partner, Iva, to ask his father Sébastien, a state councilor, to intervene in favour of Zorica, an illegal immigrant. In theory, Sébastien Hauer is influential enough to keep Zorica from being expelled from France but his relationship with his son presents problems.
The film isn’t one of the best French language movies (if you’re looking for a good French movie- watch Entre Les Murs). The storyline is sadly not very engaging or exciting and by the end it’s all incredibly predictable- you easily guess whom the characters’ true identities are and what’s going to happen. The movie describes itself as a comedy but to be honest, it’s barely satirical. The situations aren’t funny, just unfortunate. You’ll cringe »
- Ellen Daniels
Two aged American heroes saunter on to small screens this week. No surprise that the one fighting fit is Clark Kent himself, back in moneyed, near-machine-like condition in Zack Snyder's sturdy, appropriately metallic and largely humourless Superman update Man of Steel (Warner, 12). Less expected is that it's dustily unfashionable lawman The Lone Ranger (Disney, 12) who gets far the more thrilling film. Unjustly maligned by critics who smelled blood as inevitable commercial failure loomed, it re-emerges on DVD looking to harvest as cultish a following as any Disney mega-production can hope for.
Man of Steel may boast the airbrushed visual sheen and positively homoerotic muscularity that is Snyder's directorial signature, but it's otherwise focus-grouped to the nth degree: the dominant creative presence is not Snyder but producer Christopher Nolan, whose recent Batman trilogy set the tone of stern, »
- Guy Lodge
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"Drive was going to feel like really, really good cocaine and Only God Forgives will then be very strong acid," says director Nicolas Winding Refn on the commentary to his latest team-up with Ryan Gosling. While Drive had a solid B-movie plotline to adhere to, Only God Forgives is an untethered beast, with stronger connections to Refn's earlier, obtuse, expressionistic films such as Valhalla Rising.
With Gosling as a drug-dealing, Muay Thai-kickboxing gym owner looking to avenge his brother's death, it certainly starts off conventionally. But it soon becomes apparent, with its unfixed relationship with reality and generally hallucinogenic mood (the acid analogy is dead on) that Refn and Gosling have no interest in going down a well-worn path. It's one »
- Phelim O'Neill
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is officially still in the running for this year’s Oscar race, with Paramount willing to push Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit into January to give Scorsese the Christmas slot in its place.
And with the renowned director reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio once more, it’s really not surprising that there’s so much buzz surrounding this one.
The studio treated us to the first clip from the movie last week, and now a handful of great images has surfaced, along with two new posters.
A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
DiCaprio is joined by one of the finest casts of the year, starring alongside Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner, and Spike Jonze. »
- Kenji Lloyd
The story follows a pediatrician out on a lake with his wife when she suddenly vanishes and he is attacked. She turns up dead and is declared the victim of a serial killer.
Years later, more bodies turn up and the doctor becomes the prime suspect, while at the same time he is given evidence that his wife wasn’t dead at all and has gone into hiding for something related to the work she did.
The project has been in limbo since the departure of the previously attached Ben Affleck as director. With O'Connor onboard, development is resuming using the existing script by Chris Terrio ("Argo"). Frank Marshall is producing.
The film will have to compete with Guillaume Canet's well-regarded and »
- Garth Franklin
Ralph Fiennes follows up his modern Shakespeare adaptation and directorial debut, Coriolanus, with a look at the latter life of legendary author Charles Dickens. Fiennes directs and leads The Invisible Women, a biopic of the famed Brit novelist centred on his secret love affair with mistress Nelly Ternan.
The Invisible Women is slated (perhaps appropriately given Dickens’ seasonal work, A Christmas Carol) for Us cinemas on 25th December and the UK on the 7th February.
- Craig Hunter
‘Tell No One’ thriller to get Hollywood remake (photo: ‘Tell No One’ 2006, with François Cluzet and Marie-Josée Croze) Gavin O’Connor, among whose credits are Tumbleweeds, Warrior, and the upcoming Natalie Portman action drama Jane Got a Gun, "is in negotiations" to direct Universal and Warner Bros.’ thriller Tell No One, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whether the film will be a direct remake of Guillaume Canet’s Ne le dis à personne (2006), starring François Cluzet and Marie-Josée Croze, or be based on the original source — Harlan Coben’s novel Tell No One — is unclear. Canet and Philippe Lefebvre were credited for the screenplay of the French movie. Frequent Steven Spielberg collaborator Frank Marshall (The Color Purple, War Horse, Jurassic World) is producing the new Tell No One. Academy Award winner Chris Terrio (Argo) will be writing the adaptation. Curiously, Argo director Ben Affleck had been previously attached to this »
- Andre Soares
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- Michael Stevens
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