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Egoyan’s brilliant erotic thriller ‘Exotica’ looks desperation in the eye

12 April 2015 3:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Exotica

Written & Directed by Atom Egoyan

Canada, 1994

Atom Egoyan’s serpentine erotic thriller, Exotica, is a flawless exercise in understated urgency. Flashbacks, arresting visuals, and Mychael Danna’s score slowly reveal a web of strangers inextricably linked by one man’s suffering. It’s less a cinematic puzzle than an organic realization. When all of the mysteries are unraveled, you know a little bit more about the Human condition. Though many consider The Sweet Hereafter to be Egoyan’s masterpiece, Exotica is fearless indie filmmaking at its best.

From the very first images of Exotica—a languid tracking shot across an artificial tropical landscape—we have the unsettling feeling that something terrible is lurking in the weeds. “You have to ask yourself what brought the person to this point,” an unseen narrator advises us. Egoyan then spends the next 100 minutes re-constructing the events that irrevocably shattered each of his characters. »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Watch: First Trailer For Atom Egoyan's 'Remember' Starring Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz & Dean Norris

31 March 2015 4:36 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There was a time when a new film from Atom Egoyan was an exciting prospect, but recently that isn't as true. The filmmaker has swung very hard and missed with recent efforts like the "Prisoners"-lite "The Captive," movie-of-the-week style "Devil's Knot," and the corny, erotic thriller "Chloe." But could this new effort find him back on the right track? We'll see, as the first trailer for "Remember" has arrived. This thriller, in which history and a tale of revenger come together, has a pretty solid cast. It includes Christopher Plummer, Martin LandauBruno GanzDean Norris, and Jurgen Prochnow. Here's the official logline: “Remember” is a compelling thriller in which the darkest chapter of the 20th century collides with a contemporary mission of revenge. No word yet on a release date, but given that Egoyan is a Cannes regular, perhaps this will make its World Premiere on the Croisette? »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Wild | Blu-ray Review

31 March 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Grossing just under forty million domestically and scoring two Academy Award nominations (for its actresses Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern), Wild arrives on Blu-ray on it’s cushion of critical acclaim. French-Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee’s follow-up to the 2013 The Dallas Buyers Club is less problematic in its examination of a notable real life personality, but follows his verve to chart descent and ascent as juxtaposition on a linear, clearly defined timeline. Though Witherspoon’s sometimes showy performance tends to feel a bit too glossy, even if just for its ability to seem like predictable awards consideration fodder, the film succeeds in surprising ways both in how it tries to address the realities of sexual addiction to mask emotional pain and as an excellent showcase for the too often underrated Dern.

Arriving at the end of star Witherspoon’s auteur binge is one of her most rewarding turns in years. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Christopher Plummer gets revenge in exclusive trailer for Remember

31 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

With The Sound of Music celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year, our fondness for Christopher Plummer, the musical’s leading man, is at an all-time high. The eighty-five-year-old Order of Canada recipient has enjoyed an upswing in prominence in recent years, becoming the oldest person to win an Academy Award.

In his newest film, Remember, Plummer discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some seventy years ago is living in the States under an assumed identity. Will Zev (Plummer), an old man himself, successfully embark on a cross-continent road trip for justice, uncovering long-hidden secrets, or is it much too late?

Directed by Canadian film icon Atom EgoyanRemember also stars Martin Landau and “Breaking Bad”’s Dean Norris.

Watch the exclusive trailer for Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, below!

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- Sasha James

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Man From Reno | Review

25 March 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Reno 911: Boyle’s Indie Neo-Noir an Enjoyable Pulpy Exercise

For his fifth feature, indie filmmaker Dave Boyle pays homage to film noir tropes with his twisty, engaging Man From Reno. Along the lines of the light, comically inclined indie sleuthing of Aaron Katz’s Portland set Cold Weather (2010), Boyle gives noir a fresh face in the culturally ambiguous city of San Francisco. Though not all of its tangential elements feel quite successful, Boyle’s screenplay, co-written with his regular collaborators Michael Lerman and Joel Clark, features an unpredictably dark third act that more resolutely recalls the films it’s inspired by than most of its modern counterparts.

Recently escaping from a book tour back home in Japan, famed pulpy mystery author Aki (Ayako Fujitano) finds herself alone in San Francisco while her disappearance causes a dramatic furor. She runs into a sexy stranger who calls himself Akira (Kazuki Kitamura »

- Nicholas Bell

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’24’ and ‘Spanking The Monkey’ actress Alberta Watson passes away at 60

23 March 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Character actress Alberta Watson passed away on Saturday due to cancer, her agent has reported. Watson was 60.

Watson began her acting career in Canada with national broadcaster CBC, gaining notice for a key role in the 1978 feature In Praise of Older Women. Watson went on to a variety of roles in movies such as 1981’s Black Mirror and 1983’s The Keep, as well as guest stints on shows such as Kane & Abel.

Watson got her first major television role in Buck James, following that up with guest appearances on shows such as The Equalizer and Street Legal. As the 90s came around, she became a more prominent fixture in television, appearing on shows such as Law & Order and The Outer Limits. Watson also appeared in David O. Russell’s 1994 feature Spanking the Monkey, garnering acclaim for her role of Susan Aibelli. She followed that up with roles in the 1995 feature Hackers, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Alberta Watson, Star of ‘La Femme Nikita,’ ’24,’ Dies at 60

23 March 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Alberta Watson, the Canadian actress who starred in USA Network’s “La Femme Nikita” as Madeline, the ruthless, Machiavellian second-in-command of secret agency Section One, recurred on the CW’s reboot series “Nikita” as Senator Madeline Pierce and memorably appeared as the mother in David O. Russell’s first film, “Spanking the Monkey,” died Saturday at a Toronto hospice. She was 60 and had fought a long battle with cancer.

La Femme Nikita” ran on USA from 1997-2001. Watson was also a series regular as director of CTU Los Angeles Erin Driscoll during season four of Fox’s “24.” Earlier she was a season regular on the brief 1987 ABC drama “Buck James.”

The actress also had a long career in films, especially in her native Canada. In Russell’s “Spanking the Monkey,” she played the bedridden mother to Jeremy Davies’ sullen, priapic teen; the two eventually have a sexual encounter. She won »

- Carmel Dagan

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Alberta Watson, Star of ‘La Femme Nikita,’ ’24,’ Dies at 60

23 March 2015 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alberta Watson, the Canadian actress who starred in USA Network’s “La Femme Nikita” as Madeline, the ruthless, Machiavellian second-in-command of secret agency Section One, recurred on the CW’s reboot series “Nikita” as Senator Madeline Pierce and memorably appeared as the mother in David O. Russell’s first film, “Spanking the Monkey,” died Saturday at a Toronto hospice. She was 60 and had fought a long battle with cancer.

La Femme Nikita” ran on USA from 1997-2001. Watson was also a series regular as director of CTU Los Angeles Erin Driscoll during season four of Fox’s “24.” Earlier she was a season regular on the brief 1987 ABC drama “Buck James.”

The actress also had a long career in films, especially in her native Canada. In Russell’s “Spanking the Monkey,” she played the bedridden mother to Jeremy Davies’ sullen, priapic teen; the two eventually have a sexual encounter. She won »

- Carmel Dagan

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The End of Violence | Blu-ray Review

17 March 2015 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Olive Films is Wim Wenders’ 1997 existentialist take on the definition of violence and its depictions with The End of Violence. A film that was re-cut after its poor reception after playing at the Cannes Film Festival in competition, its underwhelming limited theatrical release did little to spark much interest in the title, though Wenders would receive an Indie Spirit Award nod as Best Director. Feeling very much like the type of philosophically overbaked yarns that we’ve come to see frequent the later period of Atom Egoyan, Wenders’ Hollywood metaphor exploring voyeuristic societal issues at large is trapped by its fascinations with its own ideas. On paper, it sounds intriguing, as we’re dealing with the provocative hypothesis that, at a base level, asserts the mere act of ‘looking’ or ‘seeing’ something will eventually render the necessity of violence to be obsolete. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Movie Review: The Voices

16 March 2015 6:11 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

In the pantheon of talking animal movies, The Voices is a decided outcast. Animals aren’t the only unusual talkers here either – there are also a couple chatty, severed heads in the fridge.  Okay, The Voices is an outcast in every imaginable way. From anything.  The Voices is its own genre. Somewhere between a dream movie, a slasher, a dark comedy, a goofy rom-com, and by ending something Really unexpected, is where it lies directly in the center. But that’s the charm of the film in that by playing with these different tones and genre tropes it’s wildly unpredictable and superbly entertaining. Prepare yourself.

Ryan Reynolds is Jerry a quiet, handsome office clerk that all the girls have a crush on. They don’t know that Jerry has some serious issues, though. He has deep rooted psychological issues, and not taking his medication leads to a self aware imagination becoming really, »

- Mike Hassler

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Watch: New Clues Emerge in Exclusive 'The Captive' Deleted Scene

3 March 2015 12:27 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Released theatrically by A24 last year, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is bringing writer-director Atom Egoyan's 2014 film "The Captive" to Blu-ray and DVD today, March 3. Eight years after the kidnapping of their daughter, a series of curious incidents give Matthew and Tina Lane (played by Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos) renewed hope that their daughter may still be alive. In this exclusive deleted scene from "The Captive," Enos' character shares new physical evidence with the cop (played by Rosario Dawson) who has been working the case. Watch the full clip below: Read More: Watch: Ryan Reynolds Hunts for Long-Lost Daughter in 'The Captive' »

- Shipra Gupta

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Fright At Home: March 3Rd -Blacula, The Captive, and some Italian Post-Apoc Greatness!

3 March 2015 10:22 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It’s a great day for DVD/Bluray when it comes to horror (and another genre or two), and with Fright At Home, we like to highlight some of the titles that for one reason or another, we feel that we would like to give you fright fanatics a heads’ up on. This week sees multiple releases from Scream Factory, Lionsgate and Cinedigm, as well as others, but we’ve singled out some highlights to shine the proverbial flashlight on. Read on!

 

Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream (Dir. William Crane, Bob Kelljan)

Easily the standout release of the week, as far as I’m concerned, Scream Factory’s Blacula/Scream Blacula Scream double feature Bluray debut is a one-two punch of two of the coolest vampire movies around. Somewhat light on the supplemental end, but definitely worth picking up, you won’t find a vampire who takes less crap from his »

- Jerry Smith

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'The Captive' Blu-ray Preview with Ryan Reynolds | Exclusive

27 February 2015 10:29 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos break down their tormented characters Matthew and Tina in an exclusive preview for the thriller The Captive, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD March 3 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Released theatrically by A24, the tense action-thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson follows a man who must unravel the mystery of his daughter's disappearance before it's too late.

Eight years after the disappearance of Cassandra, some disturbing incidents seem to indicate that she is still alive. Her parents and detectives, and Cassandra herself, will try to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. The Blu-ray and DVD, featuring audio commentary by writer/director Atom Egoyan, a behind-the-scenes featurette, an alternate ending and deleted scenes, will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Ryan Reynolds reveals that he loved following this family who "doesn't let go" eight years after his child was abducted, while »

- MovieWeb

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Bluebird | Review

26 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Lives of Quiet Desperation: Edmond’s Masterful, Eloquent Debut

“I stand in awe of my body. This matter to which I am bound,” is the poetic quote form Henry David Thoreau opening Lance Edmands’ impressive directorial debut, Bluebird. Dealing with a tragedy that has a rippling effect throughout a northern rural community in Maine, we’ve seen this type of dramatic dynamic countless times before, yet Edmands manages a haunting portrait of unhappy, increasingly desperate lives within a small community of deferred dreams and staunch facades. Originally premiering at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival, the title ends its weary trek through the festival circuit to a much deserved theatrical release, though this type of grim, upsetting drama may have difficulty finding an audience due to its sobering subject matter. Dramatically restrained, Edmands deftly navigates the sadness of disconnect in our daily lives, and how terrible circumstances are often the impetus for waking up from that slumber. »

- Nicholas Bell

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First Trailer And Poster For Ryan Gosling’s ‘Lost River’

10 February 2015 2:04 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

After surpassing Atom Egoyan’s The Captive for the title of worst film at Cannes last year, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River has finally been given a release date by Warner Bros..

Their President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Sue Kroll, announced that Lost River will have its North American premiere during the SXSW film festival which runs from 13-21 March, and will open with a same day multi-platform window in the Us on April 10 so that the compelling and original work can:

‘target the right audience and give ‘Lost River’ a bigger and more focussed voice than it would have if we put it exclusively in theatres’.

Gosling’s fantasy neo-noir follows struggling single mother Billy (Christina Hendricks) who lives a dreary life in the dystopian town of Lost River. When she falls behind on her mortgage, Billy is threatened with eviction unless she agrees to »

- Sacha Hall

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Film Review: The Voices

6 February 2015 9:50 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The new dark comedy "The Voices" opens this week in limited release. It is directed by Marjane Satrapi, of "Persepolis" fame, in her first solo helming effort. Ryan Reynolds stars as Jerry, an upbeat factory worker hiding a dark past and an even bigger current secret. You see Jerry hears voices in his head, and those those voices belong to his pets, a cat and a dog. The dog is quite understanding and helpful to Jerry, but the cat, Mr. Whiskers, has other ideas. He implores Jerry to kill, and it's not long before he follows through on the cat's orders. At first, Jerry is reluctant to murder, but once he becomes embroiled in trouble, it's much easier to stab away his troubles rather than try to explain them.

Jerry's coworkers and objects of his affection at various points in the film are played by Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick. »

- Daniel W. Tafoya

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Daily | Lists and Awards | Europeans and Guilds

4 February 2015 11:32 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Mike D'Angelo's informal poll of critics, the Skandies, has begun its countdown with #20 (Whiplash). The Dissolve has posted an annotated list of the best films of the past five years, noting that "Boyhood won this poll by a healthy margin." Atom Egoyan's listed his top ten Criterion releases. #1: David Lynch's Eraserhead (1977). In France, Timbuktu has scored at the Lumières and with the French Union of Critics. Lars von Trier has made his first appearance ever at a national film awards presentation in Copenhagen to collect a slew of awards for Nymphomaniac. And we've got more awards news as well. » - David Hudson »

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“All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies

31 January 2015 6:47 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Taking public transportation on the bus in everyday life is essential for workers worldwide as we need to make that daily grinding trek to the workplace, shopping malls, school, doctor’s appointment or whatever our destination may be at the moment. In particular, there is a love/hate relationship with buses as it presents all sort of social challenges: anxiety, chattiness, impatience, friendliness, kindness, anti-socialism, invasive behavior, alienation, nervousness, sense of unity, etc.

Well in the world of movies the bus-related experience can be more colorful and adventurous for the imagination at heart. Thus, it brings up this prolonged thought: what is your favorite or memorable moments dealing with buses on the big screen? Does it compare adequately to the triumphs or tragedies that overshadow or downplay your dealings with real-life bus-related interaction?

In “All Aboard”: Top Ten Bus-Related Moments in the Movies we will look at a handful of selected scenes, »

- Frank Ochieng

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Sundance 2015: Ben Mendelsohn is the jackpot in otherwise middling ‘Mississippi Grind’

28 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mississippi Grind

Written and Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

USA, 2015

The first shot of the film is a rainbow: The rainbow becomes a sort of plot device for Gerry (Ben Mendelsohn), a down and out gambler who strikes up a friendship with drifter Curtis (Ryan Reynolds) and the two head out on a road trip through the South to win back Gerry’s losses in writers/directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s character driven road trip. For them the rainbow is a symbol of their friendship, a sign of good luck for bets, and ultimately what both are searching for – the beauty after the rainy storm both of them are experiencing.

Mississippi Grind is a fine film, but would be pretty forgettable without Ben Mendelsohn. Mendelsohn has built a small empire on playing varied scumbags in his career, but here he plays something entirely different – he plays someone tragically sympathetic. »

- Dylan Griffin

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Sundance 2015: ‘Princess’ is one of Sundance’s best

28 January 2015 7:36 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Princess

Written & Directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer

Israel, 2014

Evoking the same unsettling brilliance of Atom Egoyan’s best work, Princess is a challenging psychological drama that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.  Israeli filmmaker, Tali Shalom-Ezer, takes on the unspeakable subject of child molestation in a brave, creative way, empowering rather than pitying her victim.  This is a haunting, beautiful film that shines a unique light on a very dark subject.

Adar (Shira Haas) is a bright but disaffected 12 year-old girl who spends most of her time sleeping or avoiding school.  Her mom, Alma (Keren Mor), works as a nurse, which means her boyfriend Michael (Ori Pfeffer) and Adar spend most of their days alone together.  Michael is playful and gregarious with Adar, engaging her more as a peer than a protector.  There’s nothing overtly wrong with their rambunctious play sessions, but every time Michael calls Adar his “little »

- J.R. Kinnard

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