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This weekend Harrison Ford submitted himself to a Reddit grilling in which, between revelations about snakes (likes them) and David Blaine ("spooky"), he shared his thoughts on the long-mooted Blade Runner sequel. Positive thoughts, too.“I’m quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner", Ford wrote. "If in fact the opportunity would exist to do another, if it’s a good script I would be very anxious to work with Ridley Scott again. He’s a very talented and passionate filmmaker."Despite painful memories of a Blade Runner shoot he still recalls as the most difficult he's experienced, with 50 night shoots in a row and almost constant rain, he said that he's keen to get back under the skin of Deckard. "I think it would be very interesting to revisit the character.”Ridley Scott, of course, is already on record saying that the sequel to »
What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.
courtesy of theweeklings.com
10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Directed by Werner Herzog
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »
- Joshua Gaul
Villordsutch reviews Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie...
Ancillary Justice has been shortlisted as a possible winner of the 2014 Clarke Award. This Ann Leckie debut novel has already secured a shortlisting for every science fiction award, including the Kitschies (where it won the Golden Tentacle), the Philip K. Dick Awards, the Bsfa Awards, the Tiptree and the Nebula Awards. So as you can see this book has certainly impressed a few people since its release with Orbit back in October 2013, and with the Clarke Awards coming up, here's our review...
As regular readers will be aware that I’m rather a large science fiction fan and the prospect of getting my teeth into something which is making critics and award givers stand up and listen is rather exciting. When I received the book I took note of its small size (less than 400 pages)and I’d expected to devour it in »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Jeff Vintar
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Another Philip K. Dick adaptation makes our top 10 for 2015 with this adaptation from Michel Gondry, whose last narrative feature, Mood Indigo, has yet to see release in the Us. While his last several features have received lukewarm critical and/or box office reception, we’re pumped for the talented auteur’s dip into science fiction, a classic text of Dick’s, no less. We should know more about the project once casting is announced, but for now, Gondry’s recent interviews indicates that this is one of his next projects he is working on adapting to the screen.
Gist: Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business—deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, »
- Nicholas Bell
Martian Time Slip
Director: Dee Rees
Writer: Dee Rees
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’ve been waiting for Rees’ next film since her extraordinary 2011 debut, Pariah. She’s been attached to and involved with several projects, and we thought Bolo was set to be her next feature. Instead, last fall it was announced that Rees would be adapting this Philip K. Dick novel, which is exciting news, indeed. We’re hoping this project comes together and can’t wait to see what her adaptation will look like. In the right hands Dick can either be amazing source material or an abysmal mess, but we’re sure Rees will belong to the former.
Gist: Concerns competition for real estate deals on Mars and an autistic child who can see the future.
Release Date: It’s hard to say, but with a project this ambitious, »
- Nicholas Bell
Robots fascinate us, just think of a movie or book that looks at the nature of robotics and you’ll be able to come up with at least one. The Machine is a film that appears to focus on robots, and one of the main characters is in fact just that. Underneath this though is an interesting look at Artificial Intelligence and the question of when does a machine become classed as a living being?
With the UK and China stuck in a cold war where the race for technological supremacy is the key to gaining advantage two doctors are given the task to build an artificial intelligence capable of being self-aware. Vincent (Stephens) and Ava (Lotz) attempt to create this for the good of humanity, »
- Paul Metcalf
Sometimes living in L.A. has great perks, and one of the most recent I’ve enjoyed is the fact that of the four theaters in the U.S. that had The Grand Budapest Hotel on limited release this past weekend, one was just a few blocks from my apartment. I know Wes Anderson isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but as someone who’s been a fan of his films for more than a decade, I find myself increasingly annoyed by the most frequent criticism of his work: he’s making the same movie over and over again. The most common things cited to support this complaint are the look and themes of his films, but I don’t find either of these to be valid arguments.
- Jen Krueger
By coincidence two Australian time-travelling films. had their world premieres at the weekend at the Sxsx festival in Austin, Texas, and both got effusive reviews.
Variety hailed the Spierig brothers. Predestination as an .an entrancingly strange time-travel saga that suggests a Philip K. Dick yarn by way of Jeffrey Eugenides. Middlesex or perhaps a feature-length mash-up of Looper and Cloud Atlas."
The Hollywood Reporter described first-time writer-director Hugh Sullivan.s The Infinite Man as a .semi-comic relationship film about a control-freak inventor trying time and time again to perfect an affair that may not have needed fixing before he started to tinker with it..
Pinnacle will release Predestination in the second half of the year. Starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook and Noah Taylor, it centres on a secret government time-traveling agency designed to prevent future killers and terrorists from committing their crimes.
- Don Groves
An entrancingly strange time-travel saga that suggests a Philip K. Dick yarn by way of Jeffrey Eugenides’ “Middlesex,” or perhaps a feature-length mash-up of “Looper” and “Cloud Atlas,” “Predestination” succeeds in teasing the brain and touching the heart even when its twists and turns keep multiplying well past the point of narrative sustainability. Playfully and portentously examining themes of destiny, mutability and identity through the story of two strangers whose lives turn out to be intricately linked, sibling filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig offer a skillful and atmospheric adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s 1960 short story ” — All You Zombies — ,” and if it’s better in the intimate early stages than in the more grandiose later passages, all in all it’s the sort of boldly illogical head trip that gives preposterousness a good name. Graced by an extraordinary breakout performance from Aussie newcomer Sarah Snook, “Predestination” is likely fated for »
- Justin Chang
The Oscars host ended her monologue by saying there were two possibilities in today's ceremony – that 12 Years a Slave wins best picture, or that 'you're all racists'
• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony
Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres closed this year's opening ceremony with a reference to both the main battle at the awards – Gravity versus 12 Years a Slave – and the difficult issue which partly underpins it.
There were, she said, two possibilities this year: that Steve McQueen's drama would win the best picture Oscar. "And possibility two: you're all racists."
It ended a opening monologue that skilfully blended wry digs at the nominees with self-deprecating humour. She made reference to the heavy rain Los Angeles had been experiencing over the past few days, as well as the fact that many of the nominees were the same as those sharing the limelight seven years ago, when she first hosted the show. »
- Catherine Shoard
Certain nominees clearly are on the Oscar fast track, but there still could be room for some surprises.
Ellen DeGeneres will return as second-time host as ABC televises the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2 ... and she'll have plenty of material to work with, thanks to contenders for the gold statue who have brought life to characters distinctive in and of themselves.
After his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild wins for best actor in a movie drama, Matthew McConaughey has to be deemed a front-runner for his work as a modern cowboy who takes a typically self-styled approach to fighting HIV in "Dallas Buyers Club."
That said, Leonardo DiCaprio has had a similar run on the comedy side for "The Wolf of Wall Street." Their Oscar rivals are Christian Bale (for "American Hustle"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") and Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave").
The same sort of contest has shaped »
The Paul Verhoeven filmography screens at the Tiff Bell Lightbox through April 4th, culminating in a screening of his new “crowdsourced” film, Tricked.
Common wisdom dictates that cynicism and sentimentality are carefully linked, if not outright synonymous. In filmic terms, the most comfortable formulation of that argument is to align, for instance, romantic comedies with socially-acceptable (and, often, utterly noxious) notions of gender politics. Through the deployment of relationships and character profiles that support popular notions of how women and men behave, these movies are able to exploit comfortable mores in order to mainline easy pathos. What’s less common is to consider how that relationship between affect and effect can be subverted, perhaps because it’s relatively rare for truly subversive artists to be handed the proverbial keys to the kingdom.
- Simon Howell
Directed by Paul Verhoeven
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is set in a futuristic society, where “it has become scientifically possible to implant fake memories into a person’s mind, while erasing their previous identity, thus creating a fictitious persona in such that the subject believes he or she is someone else.” The filmmakers took great liberty with the original story, but, luckily Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett (respected writers of some of the greatest science fiction films), whipped up one of the best produced Hollywood screenplays of the 1990′s.
Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as Quaid, a 21st-century construction worker in 2084 who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. In seeking out the truth, he »
- Ricky da Conceição
Based on a Philip K. Dick short story (We Can Remember It for You Wholesale), Total Recall is one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films, and one of the best action films of the 1990′s. Under Paul Verhoeven’s frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, action, and humor that never, for a minute, slows down. The documentary Imagining Total Recall, goes behind-the-scenes with interviews of the film’s stars, director, writers and special effects team. Production designer William Sandell talks about the brutal conditions experienced while shooting in Mexico; Ron Shusett explains how he discovered Philip K. Dick before he was famous; Schwarzenegger describes Verhoeven’s frantic direction; and Verhoeven explains how the project almost went bankrupt. All this and so much more. Enjoy!
The post ‘Imagining ‘Total Recall’ – How Verhoeven and His Team Made the Film appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
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. »
On tap right now are several new stills from Michael and Peter Spierig's (Undead, Daybreakers) latest film, Predestination, which will be playing at the upcoming SXSW 2014 Film Festival. Have a gander.
The Spierig brothers wrote the original screenplay, which chronicles the life of a temporal government agent sent on an intricate series of time-travel journeys designed to stop future killers.
"Predestination is based on the classic Robert A. Heinlein short story 'All You Zombies.' No, it's not a zombie flick, but it's one of our favorite short stories and is unlike anything you've ever read before," said the Spierig brothers. "The short is on many sci-fi lists as one of the greatest short stories of all time and the mother of all time paradox tales. »
- Uncle Creepy
The Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) tonight announced the winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen, television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City.
- Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia PicturesBlue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures ClassicsDallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus FeaturesNebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures
- Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia PicturesAugust: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein CompanyBefore Midnight, »
Last night the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 66th annual WGA Awards, with Her (Spike Jonze) the recipient of the award for Best Original Screenplay and Captain Phillips (Billy Ray) taking home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Among the winners on the small screen were Breaking Bad (Episodic Drama), Veep (Episodic Comedy), House of Cards (New Series) and The Simpsons (Animation), while The Last of Us was victorious in the videogame category.
Check out the full list of winners here....
- Gary Collinson
Her, Stories We Tell and Captain Phillips took home top honors on Saturday night as the big winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen. Television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were also recognized at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. It’s the final precursor guild award leading up to the Oscars.
Below is a complete list of the winners.
Original Screenplay (matched up with the Academy Awards nominations)
Adapted Screenplay (3 for 5 Oscar nominations)
In addition to Captain Phillips, »
- Michelle McCue
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) handed out their annual awards tonight and it was Spike Jonze winning for his original screenplay, Her, while Billy Ray took the adaptation top prize for Captain Phillips, based on the book "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea". Both screenplays are nominated for Oscars this year and, in fact, the Original Screenplay nominations match up exactly, but in the Adapted category John Ridley's screenplay for 12 Years a Slave was one of many deemed ineligible due to WGA qualifying rules. So if you think this makes for an "open and shut" case at the Oscars, that's definitely something to consider. That said, the win for Jonze I see as a very big deal in a tough field of competitors. I have Her at the top of my predictions in the Original Screenplay category and this only solidifies my opinion further, »
- Brad Brevet
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