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Kill Your Darlings made a splash at Sundance for first-time director John Krokidas, and not just because it starred Daniel Radcliffe as a budding collegiate writer named Allen Ginsberg. It presented a stylish, yet un-romanticized vision of Columbia University in the ’40s, a handful of recognizable stars as young literary icons (including Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs), and a largely unknown story of the murder that brought the Beat Generation together. It’s also a distinctly gay narrative during an awards season that has left us largely bereft of Lgbt characters, with the exception of Dallas Buyers Club and Blue is the Warmest Color. Kill Your Darlings is historical in scope but modern in its depiction of intellectual gay men and their gorgeous muse Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan in a breakout role).
We caught up with Krokidas to discuss the film, how he »
- Louis Virtel
Horror films are often filled with decapitations, amputations, disembowelment, and more; particularly with the introduction of the so-called "torture porn" subgenre, we're seeing a higher level of violence and excess. Sometimes it’s effective; other times watching the film’s cast of characters endure the kind of violence we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemy is kind of a turn-off. What we don’t see a lot of these days, though, is a horror film that actually shies away from on-screen violence, opting for atmosphere over arterial spray... but those films's aren't impossible to find. For a recent example, James Wan's The Conjuring, which opened this summer with a massive $41.5 million, relies on clapping hands, immobile dolls, and creeping shadows to terrify the audience. In fact, some of our most beloved films from years past are less intense than we might remember them. There have been several times »
- Tyler Doupe
Director: John Krokidas.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Daniel Radcliffe is one smart cookie. Here is a man who has picked his post-Potter projects very well. His choices have exceeded expectation in terms of critical acclaim (A Young Doctor’s Handbook) and box office success (The Woman In Black), and he’s such a likeable chap to boot. So, it’s thrilling to say that playing a young Allen Ginsberg is the best thing he could have done because he, and the film he leads, are brilliant.
Whether you’re a fan of the Beat Generation or not, John Krokidas presents a character-led drama that is lighter than you might expect, »
- John Sharp
All right movie geeks, it’s true-life movie origin story time. I’m referring to a sort of pre-greatness biography flick. Of course, when the origin word is brought up you may first think of the comic book heroes that populate multiplexes during the warmer months (well, now a certain Asgardian is establishing a Fall beach head). Said characters usually begin their film or comic series with the story of what happened before they donned cape and mask. And Superman even has a long-running spin-off set in his own past, as Superboy. The movies have done the same thing with real folks many times over the years. There’s Young Mr. Lincoln and Young Tom Edison to Butch And Sundance: The Early Years to Nowhere Boy (about a pre-”fab four” John Lennon). The new film Kill Your Darlings takes us to the college years of famed beat poet Allan Ginsberg of later “Howl” fame. »
- Jim Batts
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
Critics love romance film The Spectacular Now, with Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Colin Covert calling it “the sweetest, saddest, most humane movie I’ve seen all year.”
Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, the independent film stars Miles Teller (Rabbit Hole) as Sutter Keely, a high school senior and partier who’s life is changed when he unexpectedly falls for good girl Aimee Finecky (Sheilene Woodley, The Descendants).
The Spectacular Now had a limited release in theaters, so the DVD and Blu-ray give the movie its biggest audience.
The DVD and Blu-ray carry »
Ryan Murphy’s HBO pilot Open continues to add people to its “modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships.” The cast already includes Fringe star Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh as lesbian lovers, Michelle Monaghan as a gynecologist who might come between them, Scott Speedman as Monaghan’s husband, Wes Bentley as “a handsome blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality,” and Cheyenne Jackson as “a handsome meth addict,” because that’s a true-to-life character type. Now Archer’s Aisha Tyler has booked a guest role in the pilot, as a nurse working at Monaghan’s »
It was as if the Buffalo Club in Santa Monica was transformed into the Cafe Wha? circa 1962 on Nov. 13 as a star-studded crowd packed the venue to be wowed by the power of unadulterated vocal harmonies and acoustic instruments.
The occasion served as a salute to the Joel and Ethan Coen and music producer T Bone Burnett and their film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” about the early Greenwich Village folk scene and one hapless singer’s plight for artistic recognition. Oscar Isaac, who plays the title role, was among the performers, including the Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek and the Milk Carton Kids, singing such songs as “Fare Thee Well” and “Green, Green Rocky Road” from the film’s soundtrack. Steve Martin, too, got up on stage and treated the assembled to a bit of banjo, as well as a certain fiddle player named Sara Watkins, who sang a heartbreaking version of »
- Steve Chagollan
The Disney darling-turned-pop starlet will drop by the Fox competition series this Thursday, Nov. 7 (8/7c) to perform her new hit single, “Slow Down.”
Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…
- Megan Masters
It's hard to think of James Cameron's The Terminator starring anyone other than Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the killer cyborg from the future. But what if Sting was the one traveling back to the '80s to prevent the machines from taking over? Or Bruce Springsteen on the run with Rosanna Arquette? Or Mickey Rourke? A comprehensive new book about the hugely successful franchise, Terminator Vault, reveals some interesting casting choices revealed in memos and other documents from the capricious pre-production process...
Et's Complete Holiday Movie Guide
Back in January of 1983, an offer of $350,000 went out to Sting to take on the role of Kyle Reese, but the Police frontman was not able to accommodate with a world tour coming that June as well as a May 13th commitment to star in Dune (and the world would definitely not want to miss seeing him in that spiky red hair and ridiculous futuristic »
Featuring acclaimed performances by Miles Teller (21 & Over) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), stars of the upcoming 2014 theatrical release Divergent, the disarmingly powerful The Spectacular Now, arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) and DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) January 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Following a successful theatrical run via A24, this winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, "hits you like a shot in the heart" (Rolling Stone) with a story that follows high school senior Sutter Keely as his "live in the moment" outlook on life is changed forever when he meets the not-so-average girl next door. From screenwriters Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer, the upcoming The Fault in Our Stars), the film is directed by James Ponsoldt (Smashed), and co-stars Brie Larson (Don Jon, 21 Jump Street), Bob Odenkirk (TV's Breaking Bad) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games). It also features Jennifer Jason Leigh (Rush, »
Cheyenne Jackson has become a late addition to Ryan Murphy‘s HBO pilot Open, from Fox 21. Jackson will be a series regular playing a new character I hear Murphy has created for him. Open, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. It centers on five central characters played by Michelle Monaghan, Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley, Anna Torv and Jennifer Jason Leigh. I hear Jackson plays a handsome meth addict. Filming is expected to begin in February. Jackson previously worked with Murphy on Glee where he did an arc. The actor, repped by ICM Partners and the Schiff Co., guest stars on the Lifetime pilot Hr. Jason O’Mara (Vegas, Terra Nova) has been cast as the lead in Matt Nix’s USA Network pilot Complications, a gritty medical drama centered around John Ellis (O’Mara), a disillusioned suburban »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
White and Monaghan have been married since 2005. They are parents to a 4-year-old daughter, Willow Katherine. It was revealed in June that Monaghan was expecting her second child.
In addition to her involvement in "True Detective," Monaghan has a busy schedule ahead of her. She's sticking with HBO to star in Ryan Murphy's new series "Open," which will see her as a gynecologist whose sexuality -- and marriage -- come into question when she has a lesbian encounter with Anna Torv's yoga instructor character Windsor.
Chicago – The movies has been berry berry good to 1950s Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsburg. For the sixth time since 2009, his persona is actualized on celluloid – this time by Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe – in the coming-of-age part of the poet’s story, “Kill Your Darlings.”
The title refers to the rejection of past heroes, in this case to forge the new Beat Generation of literary influencers after World War II. There is a murder as well, one of the weaker subplots of this intriguing before-the-beginning overview of Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and their support system. Radcliffe is up to the task, he puts a terrific spin on the Ginsburg sensibility, including a surprising sidebar involving his family. First time director (and script co-writer) John Krokidas shows a frenetic flair in using the camera as a storyteller, but doesn’t maintain the quick-cut pacing as the atmosphere grows more terse. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival. In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or read all of our previous coverage. At this year's Toronto International Film Festival I landed an exclusive video interview with Jack Huston. He talked about what it's like to be part of »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The box sets of three American TV dramas are great for those of us who crave bawdy fun, while Blinkbox threatens to upstage Netflix
I've never cared for the term "guilty pleasure", which ascribes an odd moral burden to honest fun, but it's how most would describe three gleefully salacious Us television dramas, all with new box sets out tomorrow, and all ones I've devoured while sensing that I'm supposed to be cracking on with Breaking Bad.
Revenge (Disney, 15) may be the least fashionable good series on TV right now. Pacing primly at the corner of Dynasty and Desperate Housewives, it's a knowingly ludicrous Hamptons-set mystery swaddled in bales of white linen – all the better to show up the blood. The second season finds knife-lipped Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) continuing in her quest to bring down the billionaire family that in turn brought down her late father. (For baffled newcomers, »
- Guy Lodge
Editor’s note: Our review of Kill Your Darlings originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival, but we’re re-posting it as the film opens today in theatrical release. In Kill Your Darlings, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) is an aspiring writer but one that is trapped under the weight of his successful poet father (portrayed with a reserved performance from the usually comedic David Cross) and his mentally unstable mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh). When Allen gets into Columbia, his father encourages him to go and become the writer he has always longed to be. But in his first poetry class, Allen rubs his professor the wrong way when he questions why poems have to rhyme and follow a certain structure. In doing so, he also catches the eye of one of his fellow students, Lucien “Lu” Carr (Dane DeHaan). Allen makes his way down to his room one night and the two share a drink »
- Allison Loring
Dave is at the London Film Festival, plotting how best to avoid the hoardes of Daniel Radcliffe fans who'll be coming for him soon.
In writing you must kill all your darlings."
The dilemma of how to literally take William Faulkner’s melancholy quote is the central crisis point of John Krokidas’ debut feature Kill Your Darlings. The film is a playful, confident but messy tale of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe) and his obsessive friendship with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a fellow student at Columbia University. Krokidas makes this relationship the heart of his film, aesthetics and narrative bound up in their complex bond, relying heavily on the two young leads who have reached this point in their careers by markedly different paths. Despite the presence of some more seasoned hands in the cast - Ben Foster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Cross - this is a strikingly youthful film, effectively »
Opening this week in limited release is director John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings. The film focuses on the origins of the Beat movement and follows the volatile friendships of Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster), and Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). There’s also a murder wrapped in between the lines. Kill Your Darlings also stars Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Kyra Sedgwick, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Elizabeth Olsen. I caught the pic at Sundance and it was one of my favorites of the festival. In addition, the entire cast was fantastic and Krokidas announces himself as a serious talent to watch. For more on the film, read Matt's review or read all of our previous coverage. Last week I landed an extended video interview with Michael C. Hall. He talked about working within the constraints of a smaller budget, his early fascination with the Beats, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This weekend features nostalgic horror, big action, and a pair of likely Oscar contenders. A man is stranded at sea in "All Is Lost," a free man is sold into slavery in "12 Years a Slave," a telekinetic teenage girl wreaks havoc in the re-imagined "Carrie," and a structural engineer must escape a prison high-security prison in "Escape Plan."
From "Shame" director Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" is an adaptation of Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir. The film stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, a free black man living in the antebellum United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The historical epic, already dubbed the best film of the year by many, also stars Michael K. Williams ("The Road"), Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Quevenzhane Wallis, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, and more. If there's any film you'll want to see before award season strikes, it's this one.
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- Erin Whitney
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