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Transmission will launch the film shot in England and Scotland in Pctober Australia and The Weinstein Co will distribute in the Us.
.Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once, in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility,. declared The Hollywood Reporter.s Leslie Felperin. .Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, »
- Don Groves
— Festival de Cannes (@Festival_Cannes) May 23, 2015
Certainly, in the more than 400 years since its first publication, it has been one of the most frequently adapted; revived regularly on stage and re-envisioned time and again in the age of cinema and television.
In his review, Guy Lodge (Variety) praises the director’s “thrillingly elemental new adaptation. Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period.”
- Michelle McCue
Cannes — This Scottish General is a mad warrior. He takes down one victim after another, seemingly fueled by an endless stream of rage. He applies war paint to the faces of his teenage soldiers and throws them onto the battlefield, eventually haunted by their wasted deaths. Constant war has made Macbeth a man on the edge of madness, and that’s exactly what director Justin Kurzel wants to exploit in his stylistic new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play. One of Shakespeare’s most acclaimed creations, “Macbeth” has been adapted as a film or TV film at least 15 times in some form or another, with the most notable interpretations coming from Orson Wells, Roman Polanski and Akira Kurosawa (“Throne of Blood”). Kurzel differentiates his predecessors by incorporating a striking and gritty aesthetic to the proceedings while also abridging the story to allow for a shorter movie-going experience. (Polanski’s »
- Gregory Ellwood
Reviewing Macbeth in Cannes, Variety's Guy Lodge notes that "while Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet get dusted off at least once a generation by filmmakers, the Scottish Play hasn’t enjoyed significant bigscreen treatment since Roman Polanski’s admirable if tortured 1971 version. The wait for another may be even longer after Justin Kurzel’s scarcely improvable new adaptation." The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw: "As Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard are a dream-team pairing." And at Indiewire, Kaleem Aftab praises "the magnificent cinematography by Adam Arkapaw." We've got clips and we're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson »
Show people may superstitiously refuse to call Macbeth anything other than "the Scottish play," but the producers of this latest film version have lucked out by assembling cast and crew elements that make for an intensely compelling work. Although tradition is upheld with a Dark Ages-Early Christian period setting, actually shot in Scotland for once (unlike the 1971 Roman Polanski version), in most other respects Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) filters Shakespeare's tragic story of murderous ambition through a resolutely modern sensibility. Comparisons with Game of Thrones will be inevitable, and not always flatteringly intended, but they won't
- Leslie Felperin
As the shortest, sharpest and most stormily violent of William Shakespeare’s tragedies, “Macbeth” may be the most readily cinematic: The swirling mists of the Highlands, tough to fabricate in a theater, practically rise off the printed page. So it’s odd that, while “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hamlet” get dusted off at least once a generation by filmmakers, the Scottish Play hasn’t enjoyed significant bigscreen treatment since Roman Polanski’s admirable if tortured 1971 version. The wait for another may be even longer after Justin Kurzel’s scarcely improvable new adaptation: Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it’s a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period. Though the Bard’s words are handled with care by an ideal ensemble, fronted by Michael Fassbender and a boldly cast Marion Cotillard, it’s the Australian helmer’s fervid sensory storytelling that makes this a Shakespeare pic for the »
- Guy Lodge
Roman Polanski's Macbeth is generally considered one, if not the best, onscreen adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play and though some may argue that we don't need another version, it's been a very long time since we've seen a fresh take on the material and even longer since this much talent has been attached.
Australian director Justin Kurzel erupted on the scene a few years ago with the The Snowtown Murders (trailer), a beautiful and bleak crime thriller based on real events which unfolded in Snowtown. It's no surprise Kurzel was instantly lumped in with David Michôd as up-and-coming Australian talent but he's been a little slower on the follow-up th [Continued ...] »
His first name may translate as "cool breeze over the mountains" but it's more a case of "shitstorm in the kitchen" for Keanu Reeves in exploitation homage Knock Knock. The Eli Roth home-invasion thriller has a new trailer to watch below.Knock Knock finds Reeves as a seemingly happily married man living with his wife (Ignacia Allamand) when two beautiful young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) show up. They seduce him and end up wrecking his perfect life. With knives and guns and whatever else comes to hand. Ouch.It's another chance to see Reeves doing genre work, with John Wick's success - and planned sequel - showing there's plenty of appetite for that. On this evidence, though, he's on the receiving end of the majority of the punishment, until the tables, presumably, get turned.Roth has billed this one as a "psychosexual thriller" in the spirit »
TV Picks: Make sure to get your time machine ready and set to record “Aquarius” next Thursday, May 28 at 9/8c on NBC.The series stars David Duchovny in a period crime drama that focuses on a fictionalized Charles Manson. The real Charles Manson, back on August 8 & 9, 1969, had members of his cult kill five people in movie director Roman Polanski’s Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills, California house. Polanski’s pregnant wife, actress Sharon Tate, who was eight months pregnant, was stabbed to death. The victims also included writer Wojciech Frykowski, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and celebrity hair stylist Jay […] »
- April Neale
Ever since Joe Mantell uttered the immortal words, “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown” to Jack Nicholson at the end of that Roman Polanski movie in 1972, that line has been a touchstone for summing up how some situations are just too corrupt, too screwed up to comprehend, much less remedy. A variation on the line popped up in Pete Docter’s great animated film “Inside Out” at the Cannes Film Festival this weekend, and now Canadian director Denis Villeneuve has made a feature-length exploration of the drug trade, in which the entire movie pretty much says to Emily Blunt‘s character, »
- Steve Pond
This week Neil Calloway looks at what winning the Palme d’Or can do to your box office…
So we are in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, and it’s easy to dismiss it as a two-week publicity vehicle for beautiful actresses to get photographed next to middle-aged European film directors on the Croisette, or a time for oligarchs and their trophy wives to entertain fading Hollywood stars on their super yachts. However, the importance of the festival to the film industry cannot be understated.
Cannes is the biggest film industry event of the year; the Oscars comes close but that only lasts one night. It is, in fact, one of the biggest annual events of any kind. As William Goldman points out in Hype and Glory, his entertaining memoir of sitting on the juries for both Cannes and the Miss America Pageant, the World Cup and Olympics are bigger, »
- Neil Calloway
Having produced films by Roman Polanski (“Carnage”) and Brian De Palma (“Passion”) and co-produced David Cronenberg’s “Map to the Stars”), Said Ben Said’s Paris-based Sbs Prods. will not only produce but distribute in France and sell internationally Isabelle Huppert starrer “Elle,” only the second film in 10 years from Paul Verhoeven.
“I had a strong feeling with this one that I was doing something that I’d never done before, which applied when I made ‘Robocop,’ ” Verhoeven told Variety.
Written by David Birke (“13 Sins), “Elle” is based on “Oh…,” a novel by France’s Phillippe Dijan in which the protagonist, Michelle, played by Huppert, has a son whose girlfriend is pregnant, but by another man. Michelle herself is divorced and having an affair with her best friend’s husband, while her »
- John Hopewell
This year's Cannes Film Festival kicks off tonight, with big blockbusters and art house offerings sitting side-by-side. Digital Spy runs down the 11 most exciting films that will be screening in the south of France over the next two weeks.
George Miller's eagerly-awaited return to the world of Mad Max is already drawing rave reviews thanks to its explosive action sequences and intense turns from Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. For us mere mortals outside of Cannes, there won't be long to wait to see it - Fury Road hits cinemas on Friday!
On paper Woody Allen and Joaquin Phoenix may not seem like a natural fit, but with the latter playing a "tormented philosophy professor" who romances Emma Stone, this has us very intrigued. Allen's last film was the brilliant Blue Jasmine, suggesting that he's rediscovered his mojo. »
The Toronto International Film Festival is in its 40th year, and the Tiff CEO and Artistic Director this morning announced the programmers for 2015’s festival.
Tiff runs from September 10 to September 20. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a reveal of the full film lineups. Read the press-release for this year’s festival programmers below:
40th Toronto International Film Festival Announces Its Programmers
Toronto — Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, reveal the team of 22 programmers who will make the selections for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®, which runs Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Europe, City to City: London, Special Presentations, Gala Presentations
Handling is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tiff. He has held this position since 1994, and is responsible for leading both the operational and artistic growth of the organization. Under Handling’s direction, »
- Brian Welk
Later this year, Adam Driver will exploring the Dark Side in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," but this summer he'll appear in the eerie indie "Hungry Hearts." After riding the festival circuit last year, the film is coming to theaters and a new U.S. trailer is here. Including Alba Rohrwacher alongside Driver in the Saverio Constanzo directed movie, the story follows a seemingly perfect couple who start to unravel with the arrival of their first child. When the mother is driven to obsession to keep to her child pure from the world's contaminants, her husband has step up to save not only his child, but his wife and their relationship. The film picked up four awards at last year's Venice Film Festival, and as you'll in the trailer below, we called it "a suspense more in line with Roman Polanski than Alfred Hitchcock." "Hungry Hearts" hits VOD and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After working with Quentin Tarantino, Michel Gondry, Roman Polanski, Terry Gilliam, and more, Christoph Waltz is taking his skills to the director’s chair. THR reports he’s set to make his directorial debut with The Worst Marriage in Georgetown, a crime drama he’ll also star in. Based on Franklin Foer‘s NY Times article, it’ll follow Waltz as […] »
- Leonard Pearce
Logging time with Quentin Tarantino, Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Roman Polanski, and currently Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz has certainly been guided by filmmakers with distinctive voices and visions. It's good schooling as the actor now ventures behind the camera for his first stab at moviemaking. Screen Daily reports that Waltz will direct and star in "The Worst Marriage In Georgetown." Based on the New York Magazine article (read it here) by Franklin Foer, and adapted by David Auburn ("Proof," "The Lake House"), the story follows the social climbing Albrect Muth, who ran in some of the most elite circles of American power and influence, but soon ran into trouble when his wealthy wife was found murdered. It's a meaty role that's well suited for Waltz's more flamboyant tendencies, but directing a movie is hard. And directing yourself is even harder. Read More: Christph Waltz May Play The Villain Role In »
- Kevin Jagernauth
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask »
- Daniel Fienberg
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. While I tend to think of the '80s as a crassly commercial lull between the artistic adventurousness of the '70s and the independent experimentation of the '90s, there were things about the '80s that i hold dear in terms of what I love about movies. And if you're talking about the best of the '80s, the year that crystallized all the things the decade did well was 1988, a year that looks upon closer inspection like an embarrassment of riches. One of my twenty favorite films of all time, as outlined in this article, was released in 1988, which automatically makes it a year worth closer consideration. The '80s may have begun with one of his strongest films, but »
- Drew McWeeny
If you haven’t seen “Ex Machina” yet, then you’re not doing 2015 right. This dazzling, morosely funny power play between a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, his creation and the unwitting pawn in the story’s sinister game of chess is the one to beat as far as films released so far this year. Directed by screenwriter/novelist Alex Garland —who has explored similar thematic material in pictures like Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go”— owes a degree of its success to its cinematic forebears like David Cronenberg, and specifically the film’s spartan, three-character narrative, claustrophobic air of dread and sexual menace bring to mind the early pictures of Roman Polanski. And yet “Ex Machina” is a true original, if for nothing else due to giving us the year’s most unforgettable dance sequence featuring Oscar Isaac. Garland’s film works simultaneously as a crackerjack genre exercise, an alluringly »
- Nicholas Laskin
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