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Amir is here with your second review of the weekend...
The Congress, Ari Folman’s follow-up to his brilliant debut feature, the animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, starts rather normally. The opening shot is a staggeringly beautiful close-up of a tearful Robin Wright (playing an imaginary version of herself) as her agent Al’s (Harvey Keitel) voiceover informs us that her career is in tatters. Robin has hit the film industry’s glass ceiling age of 45 and with an already troubled reputation as a difficult actress to work with, her options are quickly dwindling. Al is trying to convince her to sell her digital image rights to the Miramount studio headed by Jeff (a remarkably greasy Danny Houston). This would mean that the studio will use her scanned image to create characters in future films in exchange for a fat paycheque and her right to ever act again.
Everything about this opening setup is promising, »
- Amir S.
Ari Folman, director of the bleak animated history Waltz with Bashir, adapted a novella by acclaimed Russian author Stanislaw Lem for the screen in the movie The Congress. Folman's take on Lem's The Futurological Congress is only vaguely true to the source material. Instead of a male hero, we have actress Robin Wright... playing actress Robin Wright. If only this cinematic work didn't hold the talented actress back. While Lem's novella is (supposedly, I haven't read it) a black comedy, Folman's half-animated film is dark and troubling.
Bravo to the director for selecting an older -- by Hollywood standards, anyway -- actress to base this film around. Much is made of Wright's Texan background and decision to age naturally; actually, much is said about Wright, as she sits silently and takes criticism. To put it in terms today's teens will recognize, there is a lot of mansplaining going on here. »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival. The Congress opens today in limited release.] Ari Folman's The Congress is a trip in more ways than one. Its visuals are lush and its ideas are rich. Like Folman's previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn't using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place. The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality. The film can be so head-spinning that it's possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it's as fascinating as it is gorgeous. Robin Wright plays a variation on her real-world self by being described as a hot actress who used to have the world at her fingertips, but a series of bad decisions and bad »
- Matt Goldberg
Ari Folman's "The Congress," aka "Robin Wright at The Congress," aka "Reviewer's Nightmare," evokes Miyazaki and perhaps on-form Gilliam in its best moments, as well as lurching oddly into "Southland Tales" territory in its worst. It's a film we'd be happy to call a fascinating muddle were it not too overstretched to really support even that description. At the very least, however, should your copy of "Pink Floyd's The Wall" have worn out through overuse, we can see "The Congress" having a similar kind of life as a late-night stoner mindfuck. This is Folman's first return to Cannes (and to feature filmmaking; he's been keeping busy writing for TV otherwise) since 2008's Oscar-nominated and universally lauded "Waltz with Bashir." The five-year gap is attributed to his desire to work with a more sophisticated technique rather than the flash animation used in 'Bashir,' among other things. So the. »
- Jessica Kiang
Loosely based on the sci-fi musings of Stanislav Lem, Ari Folman follows up his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir with this ambitious and mostly successful exploration of celebrity, cinema and the subconscious. One of the biggest criticisms of Cinema, and Hollywood in particular, is that there are no good roles for women after they reach a certain age. Once they hit their 30s, their 40s if they're very lucky, then most jobbing actresses either run out of work or find themselves stuck playing wives, mothers, matrons or grannies for the rest of their careers. It is with this sentiment in mind that Ari Folman opens The Congress, his loose yet ambitious adaptation of Solaris author Stanislav Lem's 1971 novel, The Futurological Congress. Robin Wright plays a...
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This weekend, period drama "Belle" is out on DVD; the film follows a mixed-raced illegitimate daughter raised by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. Meanwhile, on TV, "The Leftovers" Season 1 finale airs Sunday on HBO, Adrien Brody stars in History Channel's miniseries "Houdini" as the famous escape artist on Monday night, and "Sons of Anarchy" season 6 is on DVD just in time for its final season this fall.
Also in theaters this weekend: "As Above, So Below" is a subterranean horror movie that follows a team of explorers who venture into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris. Then something bad happens. "The November Man" stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-cia operative brought back in on a personal mission that finds himself pitted against his former pupil. In "The Congress," an aging, out-of work actress (Robin Wright) accepts one last job -- creating a digital likeness for a future Hollywood, »
- Jonny Black
Glee star Heather Morris is getting married - Us Weekly Another celebrity couple bites the dust - HuffPost Celebrity Would Sofia Vergara be a good matchmaker? - Gossip Girl Robert Pattinson hits the town with a mystery girl - Lainey Gossip Benedict Cumberbatch is coming to the Rockies - Hollywood Reporter Kylie Jenner isn't fazed about living with cameras - TooFab Will you see Robin Wright's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Miley Cyrus cuddles her adorable pup - Wonderwall Chris O'Dowd and his wife are expecting - The Frisky »
When it comes to independent films and major releases, animation is fairly underutilized medium. There are exceptions, but for the most part, it’s generally used for kid-centric stories or to paint a lush, if slightly more adult, world. That’s why movies like A Scanner Darkly and The Congress are so special. They use animation for drama and to express ideas that go beyond a few pretty shots. Both films shouldn’t be compared past that point, but they are both emotional, visual, and mental exercises — rides that you either go along with from the start or don’t. If director Ari Folman‘s The Congress grabs you from its first frame, then expect a rich science-fiction film packed with commentary, ideas, laughs, tears, and beauty. Speaking of beauty, Robin Wright (played conveniently by Robin Wright) has lost it, at least according to some slimy agist studio executive we meet working at Miramount. She »
- Jack Giroux
It's the weekend, and you're looking forward to going to the movies, but you don't know which one you're going to see. Luckily for you, Neal Brennan, comedian and host of SundanceTV's "The Approval Matrix" (inspired by the New York magazine feature of the same name), is here to help alleviate your indecisive agony. Here, he evens the playing field and reviews the trailer for the sci-fi drama "The Congress," which stars Robin Wright as an aging, out-of work actress who accepts one last job -- creating a digital likeness for a future Hollywood. Ultimately, the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.
Photo courtesy of Drafthouse Films »
- Moviefone Staff
Slow-witted Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) has never thought of himself as disadvantaged, and thanks to his supportive mother (Sally Field), he leads anything but a restricted life. Whether dominating on the gridiron as a college football star,
fighting in Vietnam or captaining a shrimp boat, Forrest inspires people with his childlike optimism. But the one person Forrest cares about most may be the most difficult to save — his childhood love, the sweet but troubled Jenny (Robin Wright).
From director Robert Zemeckis, the film opens September 5, 2014 exclusively in IMAX® Theaters for one week.
This is a limited engagement and will only be running Friday, September 5 through Thursday September 11.
Local St. Louis area readers are invited to win run-of-engagement passes.
The ROEs, good at AMC Theaters, »
- Movie Geeks
This year will see the release of two different films in which older actors play more tragic and washed-up versions of themselves. In Ari Folman’s The Congress, Robin Wright (The Princess Bride) plays an out-of-work actress who sells the rights to her digital image to a movie studio in exchange for a large sum of money. In Birdman, the surreal new drama from Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), Michael Keaton stars as another aging actor whose career has sharply declined since his younger days of playing a famous on-screen superhero.
Keaton’s character, Riggan Thompson decides to put together a broadway play – an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love – in order to put his life, his career and ...
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- H. Shaw-Williams
Variety was inside Hollywood’s Emmy afterparties as TV’s finest celebrated their golden night with plenty of champagne, dancing and trophy gazing.
Here’s our party timeline:
8:12 p.m. With its impressive haul of Emmy loot — including a best comedy win for “Modern Family” — the mood is festive and upbeat at Fox’s Emmy night fete at Vibiana, where the spread includes roasted fingerling potatoes and field green salad.
8:34 p.m. And Espresso cheesecake donuts!
See Also: More Photos from the Emmy After Parties
- Variety Staff
There was a sense going into the Emmy Awards yesterday that it might be a chance to say “out with the old and in with the new”, so to speak. Essentially, last night was shaping up to be a big battle between old guard winners like Breaking Bad and Modern Family against young bucks like Orange is the New Black and True Detective. I don’t watch enough television to have done official predictions, but I certainly had a rooting interest in seeing some of the top notch new shows take home prizes. Well, last night proved that the Emmy voters like what they like, as old favorite beat back new contenders fairly consistently. I’ll post all of the winners at the end of this piece, but I wanted to focus in on a few of the categories in particular. Mainly the versions of Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Actress for this show. »
- Joey Magidson
It's amazing what a bit of clever editing, some title cards, and a hint of slo-mo can do. In this recut trailer for The Princess Bride, these elements blend to turn a romantic fantasy that was fit for children of all ages into a horror movie in the vein of Single White Female or Dressed To Kill. In 1987, Rob Reiner brought us The Princess Bride, an adaptation of a fairy tale penned by William Goldman. Robin Wright starred as Buttercup, a beautiful--if demanding--princess who'd won the eye of a loyal and dashing farmboy Westley (Cary Elwes). But their love was thwarted when the selfish and vile Prince Humperdink swept in and stole Buttercup away to be his own bride. Everyone knows that Westley returns as the Dread Pirate Roberts to rescue Buttercup from her crooked, crowned captor! But what the trailer above asks is, what he didn't? What if instead »
Last night the 2014 Emmy Award winners were announced with "Breaking Bad" taking home top honors with five wings including Outstanding Drama Series, followed by "Modern Family" with three wins including Outstanding Comedy Series. FX programs "American Horror Story: Coven" and "Fargo" each took home two awards including an Outstanding Miniseries win for "Fargo". Meanwhile, new shows such as "Orange is the New Black" and "Silicon Valley" went home empty handed and for all the fanfare it received in its first season, including 12 Emmy nominations, "True Detective" only took home one win, that being for director Cary Joji Fukunaga". Personally, I don't give a lick about the Emmys, it's right there with the Grammys in terms of worthless awards shows for me. It's a show wherein people must nominate themselves and while most award shows are no better, this one is down there near the bottom for me. So, with that said, »
- Brad Brevet
All hail The Good Wife. Julianna Margulies took home her third Emmy—her second for playing Alicia Florrick on the hit CBS drama—at the 2014 Emmys, beating out Kerry Washington, Robin Wright, Lizzy Caplan, Michelle Dockery and Claire Danes for the honors. During her acceptance speech, Margulies thanked her costars, particularly Christine Baranski—she called her a beacon of light—and Josh Charles. Margulies also honored the show's writers, including creators Robert and Michelle King and took a jab at cable dramas that don't produce 22 episodes a year. The Emmy winner told E! News' Catt Sadler that this year's win is special. "I think mostly because I got to thank my writers »
Digital Spy presents the full list of winners and nominees at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, which took place on Monday night (August 25) at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California.
Outstanding Comedy Series
Modern Family - Winner
Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
William H Macy - Shameless
Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Breaking Bad’s amazing final season always meant that it was a likely winner come awards season. However, the debut of the critically acclaimed True Detective earlier this year did leave many wondering whether it might rob the end to Walter White’s story of one final sweep of prizes at last night’s Emmy Awards.
As it turns out, Breaking Bad would end up being rewarded for those amazing final episodes, though True Detective did earn a very well deserved award for director Cary Joji Fukunaga (who helmed all eight instalments).
The UK was represented by Sherlock, and that too did exceptionally well, walking away with Emmys for Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and writer Steven Moffat. Looking at the results, it’s hard to imagine anyone being too upset with the results, though many Game of Thrones fans won’t be happy to see that it was again snubbed. »
- Josh Wilding
America’s version of the TV BAFTA’s, The Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night. The cream of the televisual crop were out in force to celebrate the occasion. Whilst several big name shows including Game of Thrones and True Detective where up for several categories, it was Breaking Bad that scooped-up the main acting prizes which are whole-heartedly deserved and a fitting way to say goodbye to the show which ended last year.
Other shows that performed well were comedy series Modern Family for which Ty Burrell won best actor, and American Horror Story: Coven which saw both Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates take home the big acting trophies. Everyone’s favourite British sleuth also did well as Benedict Cumberbatch won for his role in series Sherlock. See below for the winners list in full and we’ve also put in the moving tribute from Billy Crystal for his friend, »
- Kat Smith
The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards took place last night, with Breaking Bad scooping five awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Oustanding Lead Actor (Bryan Cranston), Outstanding Supporting Actor (Aaron Paul), Oustanding Supporting Actress (Anna Gunn) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.
Modern Family was also celebrating, taking Outstanding Comedy Series for the fifth consecutive year, , along with Outstanding Supporting Actor (Ty Burrell) and Outstanding Directing, while there was wins for American Horror Story: Coven, Sherlock, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory and Fargo.
Check out a full list of the Emmy winners here…
Outstanding Drama Series
“Breaking Bad” (AMC) (*Winner)
“Downton Abbey” (PBS)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“House of Cards” (Netflix)
“Mad Men” (AMC)
“True Detective” (HBO)
Outstanding Comedy Series
“The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
“Modern Family” (ABC) (*Winner)
“Orange is the New Black” (Netflix)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Gary Collinson
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