8 items from 2015
Mateo Gil, co-writer of Alejandro Amenabar’s Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside” and director of Sam Shepard starrer “Blackthorn,” will go into production Monday on his third feature, “Project Lazarus,” a U.S.-set sci-fi love story starring Tom Hughes (“About Time”), Charlotte le Bon (“The Walk,” “Yves Saint Laurent”), Oona Chaplin (“Games of Thrones”) and Barry Ward (“Jimmy’s Hall”).
Also penned by Gil, also a co-scribe on Amenabar’s “Open Your Eyes” and “Agora,” “Project Lazarus” is produced by Ibon Cormenzana for Barcelona’s Arcadia Motion Pictures, which backed Claudia Llosa’s Berlin Competition player “Aloft,” with Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent, a Sony Pictures Classics pick-up for North and Latin America. A co-producer on “Blackthorn” and Isabelle Coixet’s 2015 Berlin opener “Nobody Wants the Night, »
- John Hopewell
Allow me to introduce you to best TV show you've never heard of. About to finish its second season on British TV screens, Peaky Blinders has found its Us home on Netflix, and trust me when I say you need to add this Popsugar UK favorite to your watch list. On paper, Peaky Blinders shouldn't work, even in its home country. A story about working class gangs in Birmingham (not the one in Alabama) in the early 1900s doesn't seem like something with mass appeal. But by writing a killer script and pulling together a cast of internationally renowned talent (including Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, and Helen McCrory), writer Stephen Knight has created something very cool indeed. Peaky Blinders is everything the BBC does best when it comes to drama. It's smart, witty, gritty, and beautiful. Based on true stories of a gang who stitched razor blades into the peaks »
The four-hour limited series event from Downey and Mark Burnett, based on Alice Hoffman’s book of the same name, stars “NCIS’s” Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan, Kathryn Prescott, Diego Boneta and Sam Neill.
Downey said after the huge success of her “Bible” miniseries on History (which drew more than 100 million views), she knew viewers would be “hungry” for “Dovekeepers,” which she decided to produce because she is such a big fan of the novel.
“At its heart, ‘Dovekeepers’ is a love story…there is tragedy, of course, but at its heartbeat, there is beauty and hope,” Downey said on the TCA panel, adding that the dark story of Masada, which was filmed in Malta, is “profoundly moving.”
The net is hoping that de Pablo’s “noisy” fanbase, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Ethan Hawke had a pretty great experience at SXSW this year. It marked the hometown premiere of Richard Linklater's "Boyhood," and he was also there with a new film from Michael and Peter Spierig. He starred in their last film, "Daybreakers," back in 2009, and having him onboard for "Predestination" was what allowed them to get it made. The Spierigs fascinate me. Their first film, "Undead," was stylish and lovely, but I thought it was also dramatically inert, miscast in a critical role. Hollywood's been flirting with them since the moment they made that film, and "Daybreakers" looked like a big step forward, with recognizable movie stars like Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill. It didn't connect, though, and now five years later, they're back with a much smaller film, although no less ambitious than anything they've done so far. When I sat down with them at SXSW, there was »
- Drew McWeeny
2015 marks the ending of a fifteen year hiatus from filmmaking for Polish auteur Andrzej Zulawski, whose last film was 2000’s La Fidelite, which starred the director’s then wife French actress Sophie Marceau. Known for capturing some of the most memorably gonzo performances ever committed to film, Zulawski’s most celebrated title is 1981’s Possession, which starred Isabelle Adjani (who nabbed Best Actress at Cannes for her unforgettable performance) and Sam Neill. Infamous for its inclusion on the dreaded “Video Nasties” list of the 1980s, the title slowly nurtured a cult audience and is still, by far, the most easily accessible title of Zulawski’s impressive filmography. Plagued by Polish censors, the critical success following his first two features, 1971′s The Third Part of the Night and 1972’s The Devil saw Zulawaski migrate to France for the magnificent The Most Important Thing is »
- Nicholas Bell
Just watched the trailer for "The Lazarus Effect" (watch it above), and I'm happy to report that its No. 5 placement on my ranked list of 2015 horror movies so far appears to be justified. At the very least, I predict a serviceable contemporary spin on "Flatliners," with a side of "Pet Semetary" thrown in for good measure. Do not screw with science, y'all. Oh, but wait, there's more! Because I'm a sick person who's watched too many horror movies, my mind was positively buzzing with visual references as I watched this. Below are five other movies (plus one book!) the "Lazarus Effect" trailer reminded me of. "The Others" The part where brought-back-from-the-dead Olivia Wilde is under the sheet conjured up this creepy "I am your daughter" scene from the 2001 chiller starring Nicole Kidman. "Event Horizon" Ollivia Wilde has the blackest eyes...just like Sam Neill's dead wife in this worse-than-you-remember Paul W.S. Anderson sci-fi. »
- Chris Eggertsen
by Grace Fontaine
The following opinion/argument/rationalization/waste of your time is strictly my own. In no way am I speaking for any other person than myself.
Paul W.S Anderson these days could be considered Public Enemy #1 in the genre world. He has ticked off many fans with his adaptations of pre-established franchises such as 'Resident Evil' and 'Alien Vs. Predator' (though the sequel by the Brothers Strausse was infinitely more horrendous). He is a director who seems to value style over substance and doesn't appear to listen to the people who he tries to make these movies for. On top of that, as a writer, let's just say that the fanfiction I write could run circles around his, though obviously he gets paid and I don't. Additionally, he's married Action Amazon Milla Jovovich and has a darling little girl who he helping to protect from the paparazzi. »
Created by Steven Knight
Season 1 premiered on Sept. 12th, 2013 on BBC Two
Season 2 premiered on Oct. 2nd, 2014 on BBC Two
Seasons 1 and 2 released by Netflix in Sept. and Nov., 2014
“Thomas, you’re a book maker, a robber, a fighting man. You’re not a fool”
The first time we see Cillian Murphy’s gangster Tommy Shelby, he’s riding a white horse through a small neighborhood in Birmingham, England. The town is seemingly deserted, with most of its citizens hiding from him, from his reputation. It is one heck of an entrance, not just for the character but for the show. Peaky Blinders has the dirtiest, grittiest, and most enthralling tone of any show of 2014. First premiering in 2013 on BBC Two, the series has since been acquired by Netflix. It’s a fitting move, considering Netflix is perfect for binge watching and the best way to watch a »
8 items from 2015
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