11 items from 2015
Not everyone found much to laugh about in director Rick Alverson’s 2012 Sundance competition entry “The Comedy,” an extravagantly rude, confrontational and surprisingly poignant study of a dissolute New York slacker waiting to inherit his dying father’s fortune. And not everyone will be entertained by Alverson’s new “Entertainment,” an even darker, weirder odyssey through a soulless American nowhere, with perhaps the world’s most abrasively unfunny insult comic as our guide. But take it or leave it, Alverson’s fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the truly bold voices in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene. General audiences will keep a safe distance, but “Entertainment” should have no trouble finding a fervent cult to call its own.
- Scott Foundas
The Museum Of Modern Art and the Film Society Of Lincoln Center announced the first nine films in the long-lived showcase for new work. They include Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy’s winner of the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes, which is set in a Ukrainian school for deaf and mute coeds and is told entirely in sign language, with no subtitles. The Tribe is one of four films that will make their way to Manhattan from Park City, Utah, where they’re also on the Sundance roster: Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again, about a heartbroken Christmas-tree salesman; Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, a follow-up to The Comedy, about a broken-down comedian doing stand-up across the Mojave Desert and Kornél Mundruczó’s White God, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes about a dog’s journey back to its owner after being abandoned in the city.
Representing 11 countries from around the world, »
- The Deadline Team
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
During a Doug Loves Movies podcast, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was asked about performing the motion capture for Groot’s ‘I Want You Back’ dance at the conclusion of the blockbuster Marvel space opera, during which he decided to give an impromptu performance. Of course, cameras were there to capture it, so take a look at Gunn busting out his moves here…
Guardians of the Galaxy sees James Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, Benicio Del Toro (Sin City) as The Collector, Lee Pace (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Ronan the Accuser, Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) as Korath, John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) as Rhomman Dey, »
- Gary Collinson
“I think I can say this since I didn’t write or direct it, but it’s the best TV show that’s existed in years,” said series star Jay Duplass of “Transparent,” which just won Golden Globes for Best Comedy/Musical Series and Actor for Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Duplass’s on-screen parent. -Break- The Amazon series marks the first regular foray into television for Duplass, who is better known for writing and directing indie (and indie-style) films with his brother Mark. “It’s actually difficult to tell which ones were made independently and which ones were made in the studio system,” said moderator Scott Smith at the Vancouver International Film Festival Industry Conference during an interview with Duplass, who has produced films that have starred Oscar nominees Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener, John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Kristen Wiig. For this multi-hyphenate, the Coen brothers -- prior to their mainstr. »
With his third feature, 2009′s Dogtooth, Yorgos Lanthimos became the forefront of what’s coming to be known as the Greek Weird Wave, a handful of cutting edge, strange, and sometimes violent films from a country recently in the midst of extreme economic upheaval. Lanthimos took home the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes that year, following a slowly building buzz that would eventually earn the film an Oscar nod for Best Foreign Language film the following year. Next, Lanthimos debuted another bizarre, expressly beautiful rumination on guilt with 2011′s Alps, nabbing Best Screenplay in Venice. Lanthimos also starred in Athina Rachel Tsnagari’s 2010 Attenberg. Now, he reunites with his Alps screenwriter for his English language debut, The Lobster, which has also been described as a case-study for inventive co-productions, with British, French, Greece, and Dutch money financing a production »
- Nicholas Bell
The Tale of Tales
Italian director Matteo Garrone reached international renown in 2008 with Gomorrah, which took home the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. However, it was actually Garrone’s sixth feature, a director who started making films only slightly before fellow countryman Paolo Sorrentino, and Garrone’s 2002 title The Embalmer played in the Director’s Fortnight, and he’s made appearances in Venice (Roman Summer, 2000) and Berlin (First Love, 2004) as well. After the success of Gomorra, Garrone’s next film, Reality, would also score the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes 2012. While 2015 will see the second English language feature film from Sorrentino, Garrone makes his English language debut with The Tale of Tales, a film that will be a giant fresco of the Baroque period, based on “Tale of Tales” by Giambattista Basile, the famous author of Neapolitan tales from the 17th century. »
- Nicholas Bell
By Anjelica Oswald
Disney’s Into the Woods, director Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical, is aiming to land a number of Oscar nominations when the nominees are announced Jan. 15. The film opened on Christmas and currently ranks as the fourth highest-grossing Christmas Day release.
Marshall said he loved the musical after first seeing it and the idea to take the stage musical to the big screen was first introduced in the early 2000s after Marshall met with Sondheim to discuss adapting one of his musicals.
Many Oscar predictions are banking on a supporting actress nomination for Meryl Streep’s performance as the Witch, which The Hollywood »
- Anjelica Oswald
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
As “Inherent Vice” continues spreading across these United States in order to liven up the drab and cynical January release schedule, it’s time for film buffs to once again catch Paul Thomas Anderson fever. Press Play, one of Indiewire’s many excellent blogs, recently posted the perfect visual aperitif to indulge in before experiencing Anderson’s latest, in the form of a video tribute wrapped around the many vices of Anderson’s iconic characters. Writer Arielle Bernstein compliments independent digital filmmaker Nelson Carvajal’s tribute with a short essay focusing on these vices. However, the video itself seems to be constructed on three movements: The regret the characters feel about bad decisions they made in the past (a prominent theme in Anderson’s films), the anger that explodes from a lifetime of repressed frustration, and some form of redemption, or at least a moment of clarity, as evidenced by »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
11 items from 2015
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