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To Go On Two Legs: Gregory’s Fascinating Recapitulation of a Cinematic Train Wreck
Documentarian David Gregory graduates from an extensive history of shorts with his first feature length achievement, the verbosely titled Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s The Island of Dr. Moreau. However, the title is something of a misnomer, much like another recent examination of a project that never came to fruition with its originating director, Jodorowsky’s Dune. Stanley, who had gained a successful cult following in the early 90s for Hardware (1990) and the Miramax distributed Dust Devil (1992), would engage in the sort of uphill production battle that rivalled historical studio horror stories. Weather, nervous producers, pampered diva personalities, and ultimately, Stanley’s own limitations in reigning in such aggressive setbacks would result in his being fired from the set. However, the strangeness doesn’t stop there. Gregory manages to convey the extremity of a much maligned production, »
- Nicholas Bell
By Alex Simon
John Boorman first made his name as a filmmaker to be reckoned with upon the release of 1967’s Point Blank, one of the seminal films of that decade. Classics such as Deliverance (1972), Excalibur (1981) and The Emerald Forest (1985) followed, with 1987’s Hope and Glory, Boorman’s personal memoir of growing up in Ww II London during the Blitz, being one of his career high points, garnering five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, as well as winning a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (comedy) and sweeping that year’s BAFTAs in every major category.
2015 finds John Boorman, now 82, releasing what he says might be his swan song as a filmmaker, Queen and Country, the long-awaited sequel to Hope and Glory. The film finds Boorman’s alter ego Bill Rohan (Callum Turner) serving in the British army during the Korean War, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
One of the all-time greatest cinematic train wrecks is given blow-by-blow chronicling in “Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau.” The creation of the H.G. Wells’ story’s third official screen incarnation was beset by disasters even more bizarre than the delirious mess of a feature finally released in 1996, with stars Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer reportedly rivaling even Mother Nature as destructive on-set forces. Though not so imaginatively packaged as another recent unmaking-of docu, “Jodorowsky’s Dune,” David Gregory’s pic can hardly help but fascinate with its mix of archival materials and surviving-collaborator testimonies. A hit at genre fests, the pic should do well in specialized cable sales and home formats.
Writer-helmer Stanley was an Aussie horror/sci-fi prodigy who’d attracted favorable fan notice with modestly budgeted thrillers “Hardware” (1990) and “Dust Devil” (1992). A fan of Wells’ tale since childhood, he was »
- Dennis Harvey
Tour of Duty: Boorman Returns to Autobiographical Elements
Now at 82 years of age, British auteur John Boorman returns with Queen and Country his first feature since 2006. It is a follow-up to one of the director’s most cherished titles, Hope and Glory (1987), which documents war-torn England through the eyes of a child as his family survives the blitz. Though it’s been nearly thirty years, Boorman sets this follow-up chapter only nine years in the future, leaving behind the horrors of WWII for the Cold War ethics of the Korean conflict. Much like he managed with the film’s predecessor, Boorman achieves success by making the film a personal, insular story about a small group of characters’ experiences. The powerful emotional possibilities of the child’s perspective is left behind, now a young man discovering who he wants to be and what values he wishes to cherish. This makes for a more reserved, »
- Nicholas Bell
At first glance today's MPAA ratings bulletin didn't appear to include much of interest. Hell, I thought the G rating for the upcoming Disney short film "Frozen Fever", which will premiere in front of the live action Cinderella on March 13 might be the biggest title. But then I looked a little closer and a few more started to pop out. First off there's the much talked about horror film It Follows, which has secured a grisly R-rating and then there's Slow West starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, which A24 picked up at Sundance. And Sisters, the upcoming Tina Fey and Amy Poehler comedy that has secured itself a nice R-rating. Finally, Anomalisa is the new stop motion animated film from Charlie Kaufman, co-directed by Duke Johnson. The picture was started via Kickstarter and features the voices of Jennifer Jason Leigh, David Thewlis and Tom Noonan. The film does not, »
- Brad Brevet
The Theory of Everything is one of the eight movies nominated for Best Picture at The Academy Awards this weekend. Based on Jane Hawking's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen and directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire), the acclaimed film is an unforgettable portrait of a singular marriage and the two exceptional souls who built it. The Theory of Everything is nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Best Actress (Felicity Jones), and Best Adapted Screenplay (screenwriter Anthony McCarten). In case you haven't had a chance to watch it in theaters, the critically-acclaimed drama debuts on Blu-ray and DVD February 17 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and we have an exclusive deleted scene with commentary from director James Marsh.
Set to the music of Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award winner for Best Original Score, »
Watson stars in the thriller as Angela Gray, a young girl who accuses her father of a horrible crime in 1990.
However, as Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) investigates the case, it appears Angela's father has no memory of the accusation.
As a psychologist is bought in to help uncover forgotten events, a much bigger mystery is unveiled.
Regression is released in UK cinemas on August 28, 2015. »
Love, family, and genius powerfully combine as the brilliant astrophysicist Professor Stephen Hawking and his courageous wife Jane live extraordinary lives against all odds in The Theory of Everything, an inspiring love story coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack including Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet™, and On Demand February 17, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on Jane Hawking’smemoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen and directed by Academy Award® winner James Marsh (Man on Wire), the acclaimed film is an unforgettable portrait of a singular marriage and the two exceptional souls who built it. The Theory of Everything is nominated for five Academy Awards® including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay (screenwriter, Anthony McCarten).
- Movie Geeks
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming "Regression" thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson. Check it out below. Plot: Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. The new movie is written and directed by Alejandro Amenabar (The Others) and is set to hit theaters on August 28th. Trailer: »
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
- Gary Collinson
With Ethan Hawke coming off Boyhood and also finding himself in Andrew Niccol’s latest, and Emma Watson being cast as Belle in Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, Alejandro Amenábar Regression has made an interesting pairing with two actors currently hitting a powerful stride. Regression is a creepy thriller about a young woman (Watson) who confides in a detective (Hawke) and a psychologist (David Thewlis) about how her father sexually assaulted her. The first trailer has the tense ticking of a metronome and the chilling imagery of a cult that both feel miles away from the Oscar winning melodrama of Amenábar’s The Sea Inside.
Regression releases August 28. Watch the trailer below:
- Brian Welk
A young woman's accusations could put both her and a detective at risk in the international trailer for Regression, which is based on the true story of a 1990 Minnesota murder case. The trailer comes just eight months after the first photo, which debuted as production got under way in June. The thriller marks the return of internationally-acclaimed director Alejandro Amenábar, in his first film since 2010's Agora.
Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (Devon Bostick) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.
Alejandro Amenábar delivered one of the most haunting ghost stories of this century with 2001’s The Others, so it’s fair to say that his upcoming thriller Regression is already on many critics’ lists of films to watch out for this year.
Starring Ethan Hawke (currently Oscar-nominated for Boyhood) and The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson, the film follows a detective investigating a young woman who has accused her father of unspeakable crimes. Today sees the release of the first English-language teaser for Regression, following yesterday’s Spanish preview, and it definitely looks like a film to watch out for.
The moody visuals and suspenseful use of a ticking metronome make this a chilling, if not all that insightful, first look at the thriller, which seems to involve a cult made up of lots of creepy old people. Though there have been more than a fair share »
- Isaac Feldberg
Alejandro Amenábar, the filmmaker behind tense debut Thesis, surreal thriller Open Your Eyes (later remade as Vanilla Sky) and fantastic Nicole Kidman creeper The Others is returning to genre with an eerie-looking, 1990-set thriller involving cover-ups and cults. See the first trailer for Regression. Starring Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis and Emma Watson, Regression “tracks detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) as he investigates…
The post Regression Trailer has an Eerie Rhythm appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
So, it's Spanish-dubbed, but the international teaser trailer for "Regression" still makes this film look pretty damn freaky. Amenábar returns to the genre stomping grounds of "Abre Los Ojos" (remade into "Vanilla Sky") and "The Others" in this thriller about a detective (Hawke) whose investigation of a young girl's (Watson) gravely serious accusations against her father (David Dencik) unearths a powerfully scary conspiracy. Hawke's Detective Bruce Kenner is aided by a psychologist (David Thewlis) who performs regression therapy on the father, also uncovering more unhappy memories. On board the creative team are "Pacific Rim" production designer Carol Spier, "The Last Days" Dp Daniel Aranyo and VFX supervisor Felix Berges ("The Impossible"). "Regression" doesn't hit Us theaters until August 28th, 2015 via TWC-Dimension. But then again, we've waited this long. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's been six years since his decline-of-the-Roman-Empire film Agora, but Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar is finally back with a new feature, Regression, due out this summer. And it looks like after his forays into biopics (with the Oscar-winning The Sea Inside and historical epic, Amenábar is returning to his dark genre roots.Set in Minnesota in 1990 (and filmed in and around Toronto), detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) is investigating a strange case involving Angela (Emma Watson), who has accused her father of a terrible crime. When the father confesses his guilt, a renowned psychologist (David Thewlis) is brought in to assist.The trailer is dubbed in Spanish, but the images give a fair amount of details as to the plot, which looks to contain a lot...
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Alejandro Amenabar's Regression is one of my Top 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015. The psychological thriller stars Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke and centers on Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) who's investigating the case of young Angela (Watson), whom has accused her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. Amenabar is known for The Others and The Sea Inside and while his last film, Agora, was a bit of a mess I'm really hoping he delivers with this one. Just below is the first international trailer to arrive. Dimension is currently planning an August 28 release. yt id="_t99MPCAo_c" width="640" »
- Brad Brevet
Who needs 50 Shades Of Grey when you can have 50 year old Sharon Stone sexy choking The Walking Dead's Governor with a belt? Basic Instinct 2 (2006) Director: Michael Caton-Jones Stars: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis Catherine Tramell hops the pond to uncross her legs for London. Basic Instinct 2 starts with Sharon Stone engaging in a sexual act that immediately turns in to a car crash. I could not make up a more »
- Jason Adams
If you're betting on "Boyhood" to win big at the upcoming Academy Awards, think again! Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" was deemed to be the big Oscar frontrunner but a double-dose of guild awards over the weekend tamed those prospects down. First, the Producers Guild of America gave their top honor to Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the Screen Actors Guild followed suit!
"Birdman" took home the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture award! But, since the movie is about acting, this award is just fitting.
My biggest surprise, and it'a welcome surprise indeed, was "The Theory of Everything's" Eddie Redmayne taking home the Outstanding Male Actor trophy. Sorry Michael Keaton! I think Redmayne truly gave the Performance of the Year award!
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