8 items from 2016
Robert Altman's murder tale reeks of insider access and Hollywood hipster Bs; its main claim to greatness is its fifty-plus star cameos. It may no longer seem as smart as it looked in 1992, but they don't make 'em any slicker than this. The Player Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 812 1992 / Color /1:85 widescreen / 124 min. / Available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 24, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg, Peter Gallagher, Brion James, Cynthia Stevenson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Lyle Lovett. Cinematography Jean Lépine Original Music Thomas Newman Written by Michael Tolkin from his novel Produced by David Brown, Michael Tolkin, Nick Wechsler Directed by Robert Altman
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Robert Altman's filmography is undergoing what looks like a full retrospective through Criterion; even the 1975 title Nashville came out not long ago. This very successful later picture marks a revitalization of the director's career. It's sort of a Kafkaesque spin on Hail, »
- Glenn Erickson
By Seth Metoyer
Colorado is quickly becoming one of the go to filming destinations in America. At the beginning of May, the horror film Gnaw began shooting principal photography -- and it's slated to be one hell of a ride.
Check out the official details below, as well as some behind the scenes images. Stay tuned for more details about this one as they become available.
From The Press Release
Sally Kirkland, Oscar-nominated, Golden Globe and Spirit Award-winning actress (Anna, Valley Of The Dolls, The Sting), joins the already stellar cast of the feature film, Gnaw, directed by Haylar Garcia. The film stars Penelope Mitchell (Curve, CW’s The Vampire Diaries and Netflix's Hemlock Grove), Chris Johnson (xXx: State Of The Union, L. A. Noire, Cursed) and Kyle Gass (Tenacious D In The Pick Of Destiny, »
Exclusive: Richard Bates Jr.’s horror premiered at Sundance.
Co-president Rich Goldberg anticipates a fourth quarter release on the Circle Of Confusion and Snowfort Pictures production about a man who confronts his past and becomes entangled with his wife in a web of lies, deceit and murder.
“Ricky [Bates Jr.] has delivered another cult classic,” said Goldberg. “The film is a wild ride, and performances from Adrian, Angela, and the rest of the cast are fantastic – this is a team we’ve been wanting to collaborate with for some time now and are »
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Dan Ireland, who co-founded the Seattle Film Festival, served as an acquisitions exec at Vestron Pictures and directed films including “The Whole Wide World” (1996) and “Jolene” (2008), starring Jessica Chastain, has died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Chastain tweeted in memory of him.
“The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I’ll miss you baby,” she wrote.
The sweetest angel left us. Called his voicemail just to hear his voice once more. I'll miss you baby. #DanIreland #Jolene
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 15, 2016
“The Whole Wide World,” starring a young Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger, was a biopic of Texas-born pulp fiction writer Robert E. Howard, who created Conan the Barbarian in the early years of the 20th century, and the woman in his life, played by Zellweger (the film was her movie debut).
Ireland was nominated for »
- Carmel Dagan
In less than ten years, filmmaker Richard Bates Jr. has made quite the impact in the world of independent horror. His short film, Excision, led to a stunning 2012 feature film version, his follow-up, Suburban Gothic, was a blistering, supernaturally-infused small-town yarn and with his latest movie, Trash Fire, Bates Jr. takes on adulthood and dysfunctional families.
For the most part, Trash Fire succeeds as a caustic tale of obsession, forgiveness, and the trappings of modern religion, although admittedly things start off a bit rough with the introduction of Owen (Adrian Grenier). We learn almost immediately that Owen is a complete asshole, as he abrasively chats with his therapist (Sally Kirkland) about his past and his general disdain for everyone and everything. Owen’s destructive nature is spilling over into his relationship with longtime girlfriend Isabel (Angela Trimbur), but once she reveals that she’s pregnant, Owen decides he’s ready »
- Heather Wixson
Misanthropy runs in the family in “Trash Fire,” an aggressively unpleasant black comedy with modest horror flourishes from director Richard Bates Jr. Gunning for cult status, the pic may find a small following among those who prefer their dialogue exclusively delivered in the form of insults, put-downs and offensive outbursts. But awkward execution and thriller elements that fail to ignite will keep this oddity limited to, if not the garbage heap, at least the VOD ghetto.
Topliner Adrian Grenier distances himself immediately from laidback “Entourage” Alpha male Vinnie Chase in the role of miserable antihero Owen. As he tells his bored shrink (Sally Kirkland) in the abrasive opening scene, he’s wanted to kill himself for years but could never work up the courage, even after both his parents died in a freak fire that left his younger sister scarred for life.
From that character-illuminating introduction, the pic segues to »
- Geoff Berkshire
Neil Young's surreal 1982 comedy Human Highway will finally get a nationwide theatrical release on February 29th. It will be paired with his 1979 concert movie Rust Never Sleeps and a Q&A with Young and Human Highway cast members Charlotte Stewart, Russ Tamblyn and Devo's Gerald Casale conducted by Cameron Crowe. Tickets for An Evening With Neil Young will be available on January 15th.
Human Highway tells the story of a group of regulars at a small-town diner/gas station, with a nuclear power plant accidentally triggering the end of the world. »
Each received $25,000 grants from the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday at the organization’s annual brunch at the Boa in West Hollywood.
The Truer Than Fiction Award went to Vasarhelyi for “Incorruptible” and the Someone to Watch Award — which recognizes a filmmaker “of singular vision” who has “not yet received appropriate recognition” — went to Thompson for “King Jack.”
Notable guests included Bel Powley, Michael Fassbender, “Carol” screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, Cate Blanchett, Jason Segel, Todd Haynes, “Beasts of No Nation’s” Abraham Attah and Sally Kirkland — who noted that she had won the second Best Actress award at the 1987 Spirits for “Anna.”
- Dave McNary
8 items from 2016
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