11 items from 2014
Director: Tim Burton
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
This will likely come across as sacrilege, but my disinterest in Tim Burton has grown over the years starting somewhere around the time he gave us his last most ambitious project in Big Fish. Replacing Johnny Depp in favor of the alluring ensemble cast (might be another award mention-worthy turn from Amy Adams) the scaled down dramatic compelling bio-pic fare sees Burton once again work with the same scribes who gave us Ed Wood and additionally know how to write court-room scenes of high value as seen with The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Gist: A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and »
- Eric Lavallee
Trevor Hogg chats with Ales Kot about comics and the creation of Edward Zero...
“What is an artist?” asks Ales Kot. “If anything done sufficiently well is art, then I certainly come from a family of artists. My mother was a social worker and became an interior designer; her mother worked at the post office most of her life and her father worked as a steel worker, an army specialist, and a truck driver. My father worked as a miner, then sold steel and then built up a soccer club; his father worked on a high position in a steel factory and taught physics and mathematics while his mother worked in a store selling food most of her life. Thankfully, I was always encouraged to read and write and think on my own, at least by certain members of the family.” Kot believes, “Any merger of visuals and text is comics. »
By Alex Simon
If you’re a guy of a certain age (think Gen X), Kurt Russell was that actor you discovered as a child who wasn’t just a familiar face on the big and small screen, he was your buddy you grew up with. Not a peer, necessarily, but the cool, slightly older kid who lived next door who you just knew, if you played your cards right, you might grow up to be: handsome, self-assured in sports, with girls and in your place on the planet. Especially if you could hang out with him on a regular basis and learn the tricks to his magic, and magic was something Kurt Russell had from the beginning.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writer: David Nicholls
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
The literature of Thomas Hardy seems to be receiving a sort of cinematic revival, mostly thanks to Michael Winterbottom, who recently re-tooled Tess of the D’ubervilles with 2011’s Trishna (he also directed a version of Jude, 1995, and his 2000 film The Claim was based on The Mayor of Casterbridge). Now we’ll have Danish auteur Thomas Vinterberg revisiting Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, which was famously adapted in 1967 by John Schlesinger, featuring Julie Christie, Alan Bates, Peter Finch, and Terence Stamp. So, there are some huge shoes to fill. We’re curious to see what Vinterberg does with the material, especially with Mulligan (who seems to be attracted to literary adaptations) filling in for Christie. »
- Nicholas Bell
[Mild Arrow spoilers follow]
The CW has had great success with television series based on DC Comics title characters; first with Smallville, which ran for ten seasons (and was then continued in comic book form) and told the story of Clark Kent and his path toward becoming Superman; and now with Arrow, the series based on Green Arrow, starring Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen/Arrow. Next up, The Flash, which is a spin-off of Arrow. The Flash will star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, who was introduced this season on Arrow, and was last seen returning to Central City and being injured in a freak accident in his police lab involving lightning.
The recent news is that John Wesley Shipp has been added to the roster, playing what is only being described as a mysterious person, but who will gradually become a more important part of the storyline. Shipp is remembered as having played »
Pic is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. It features an ensemble cast that includes Samantha Barks (“Les Miserables”), Barry Pepper (“Saving Private Ryan”) and Terence Stamp (“The Adjustment Bureau”).
Pic centers on Yuri (Irons), an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Stamp) and father Yaroslav (Pepper), and to win the heart of Natalka (Barks). He finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army, and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.
Mendeluk co-wrote the screenplay alongside Richard Bachynsky Hoover, from Hoover’s original story. »
- Leo Barraclough
Principal photography wrapped on director George Mendeluk’s epic romance in Kiev on January 30th.
Shot on location in Ukraine and London, The Devil’S Harvest is an action-packed, dramatic tale of love and the importance of family, set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine. Yuri (Max Irons) is an artistic soul born into a family of Cossack warriors, who struggles to win the approval of his grandfather Ivan (Terence Stamp), father Yaroslav (Barry Pepper) and the heart of Natalka (Samantha Barks.) Yuri finds his life changed forever with the invasion of the Red Army and the subsequent persecution of his family and fellow countrymen as Stalin’s regime of terror extends across Eastern Europe.
- Michelle McCue
Check out some first-look images from the following films: The Devil's Harvest - Director George Mendeluk's epic romance set against the backdrop of political upheaval in 1930s Ukraine stars Terence Stamp, Max Irons, Barry Pepper and Samantha Barks. Eisenstein in Guanajuato - Writer-director Peter Greenaway's tale of Soviet Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's experiences in Guanajuato, Mexico stars Elmer Bäck, Luis Alberti, Stelio Savante, and Lisa Owen. Hit the jump to check out the images and for more on each picture. First up are the new first-look images from Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato: Directed by Greenaway ('The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Lover', 'The Draughtsman’s Contract', 'The Pillow Book'), the Eisenstein cast includes Finnish actor Elmer Back in the title role, Mexican actor Luis Alberti in the role of his guide (Palomino Cañedo), South African actor Stelio Savante as Hunter S Kimbrough and »
- Dave Trumbore
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
All Is Lost: gripping tale of adventure and survival on the high seas, with an excellent and unexpected performance from Robert Redford [at Amazon Instant Video] Blue Is the Warmest Color: there’s nothing particularly surprising in this French romantic melodrama… not even the tediously obvious 15-minute all-nude lesbian fuckfest [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Ender’s Game: the Big Sf Ideas of this strange mashup of Starship Troopers and Harry Potter — gifted kids go to fascist military school! — seem positive only if your heart is made of stone [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to streaming
The Fifth Estate: might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be »
- MaryAnn Johanson
[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series, in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014. Here's Julien Kojfer on "Big Eyes"]
A drama centered on 50’s painter Margaret Keane, whose husband claimed credit for her works after she achieved phenomenal success.
Why We Can't Wait
Sure, the perpetually disheveled auteur famously lost his mojo at the turn of the century, when his unique style suddenly froze into a soulless brand of manufactured gothic whimsy, and his name sadly became synonymous with lazy adaptations, predictably misshapen aesthetics, and the obligatory casting of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in cadaverous makeup and improbable wigs.
Which is precisely why no one who’s ever loved Burton could fail to be excited by Big Eyes, because it doesn’t sound like anything he’s made since the 90’s. An adult drama free of fantasy elements with a female protagonist, starring »
- Amir S.
Named for the cinephilic pair of Swinging Londoners who figured that managing the Who would be a good way to get a movie made, “Lambert & Stamp” belatedly realizes their 50-year-old dream. Impeccably directed by first-time documentarian James D. Cooper, the pic, chock-full of tooth-rattling ’60s Who tunes, also serves as a definitive screen bio of the band and its rock-operatic rise, and as an incisive portrait of the two men, Chris Stamp and the late Kit Lambert, who were crucial to making that happen. At least in ancillary, the film’s wallop should rival that from Keith Moon’s kick drum.
Not just for the “maximum R&B” group’s legion of fans, “Lambert & Stamp” stands to appeal to anyone interested in ’60s British pop culture, proto-indie entrepreneurship and/or the interpersonal dynamics involved in any collaborative art.
Lambert, son of a classical musician, died in 1981 and is seen and heard here only in snippets. »
- Rob Nelson
11 items from 2014
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