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Some filmmakers often have various different professions in the film industry before that directorial debut, whether it be writing, editing or working in visual effects, to name a few. Charles de Lauzirika had the opportunity to observe countless A-list filmmakers on the set while working as a producer and director of behind-the-scenes documentaries that are found on the bonus features of Blu-ray and DVD releases, before making his directorial debut with Crave. This indie thriller stars Josh Lawson as Aiden, a freelance crime scene photographer, who makes his living by capturing gruesome murder scenes on film, while he slips into his own equally-dark fantasy world to escape his reality. I recently had the chance to speak with Charles de Lauzirika for Crave, which co-stars Emma Lung and Ron Perlman, about his first feature film, debuting in theaters December 6. »
Hot on the heels of the success of 2012’s “The End,” Hicham Lasri weaves another post-war tale with apocalyptic undertones in “They Are the Dogs.” The sophomore feature comes to its home fest of Marrakech after making the festival rounds at Cannes, Dubai and Hamburg. Lasri wrote and directed the film, which follows a TV crew at it follows a man who is released after 30 years in prison and forced to navigate modern Morocco: a world he doesn’t recognize. Just like the protagonists’ blurred reality, the movie itself teeters between fictionalized drama and documentary.
Tell us about your film “They Are the Dogs.”
“They Are the Dogs” is a story of initiation involving an individual who was rounded up during the so-called “bread riots” in Casablanca in June 1981. After 30 years in secret detention, during which time he was thought to have died, he is released at the height of »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Costume Illustrations by Christian Cordella Click to see uncensored version Concept Art by Robert McKinnon Click to see uncensored version Total Recall is an action thriller about reality and memory, inspired anew by the famous short story “We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” by Philip K. Dick. Welcome to Rekall, the company that can turn your dreams into real memories. For a factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell), even though he's got a beautiful wife (Kate Beckinsale) who he loves, the mind-trip sounds like the perfect vacation from his frustrating life - real memories of life as a super-spy might be just what he needs. But when the procedure goes horribly wrong, Quaid becomes a hunted man. Finding himself on the run from the police – controlled by Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston), the leader of the free world – Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) to find »
Feature Andrew Blair 22 Nov 2013 - 06:43
Doctor Who exists to scare children. It introduces them to Horror in a way that can prepare them for the increased intensity and gore of adult films, while its limited budget and family viewing constraints also mean it has to get under your skin in more creative ways. This list is not intended as anything remotely definitive, more a collection of fifty scary moments, scenes, and ideas that the show has given us over the years. There are obviously hundreds more out there, and a Comments Thread waiting for your suggestions. We begin at the beginning, but not necessarily in that order.
1. The first Tardis journey
Following an unsettling twenty-five minutes of investigation, torture and kidnap, our favourite family show was born. The Doctor decides schoolteachers Ian and Barbara have »
French filmmaker Michel Gondry’s ingenious new hand-animated documentary, Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?, takes an imaginative look at the life of controversial MIT professor, philosopher, linguist, anti-war activist and political firebrand Noam Chomsky. Complex, lively conversations with Chomsky accompanied by innovative, often playful illustrations by Gondry reveal the life and work of the father of modern linguistics and explore his theories on the emergence of language. The film is both a beautifully animated work of art and a vivid portrait of one of the foremost thinkers of modern times and its unique visual style broadens the concept of documentary filmmaking. In an exclusive interview, Gondry talked about the inspiration behind his visually inventive juxtaposition of animation and documentary, how he used hand-drawn illustrations and humor to bring to life a series of intellectually stimulating interviews with Chomsky on a variety of complex topics, and why he hopes »
- Sheila Roberts
Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games book series has often been compared with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels, primarily because both center on a young female protagonist and have become phenomenons for their shared young-adult demo. This is arguably an insult to the novel and the big-screen adaptations, since The Hunger Games is leagues above Twilight in artistic credibility. The sense of familiarity of The Hunger Games goes much further back, recalling everything from William Golding to Phillip K. Dick to even Stephen King. Here are 12 films that come highly recommended, and should be essential viewing for any fan of the Hunger Games franchise.
Written and directed by Kinji Fukasaku
The concept of The Hunger Games owes much to Koushun Takami’s cult novel Battle Royale, adapted for the cinema in 2000 by Kinji Fukasaku. The film is set in a dystopian alternate-universe, in Japan, with the nation utterly collapsed, »
- Ricky da Conceição
“Based on a Philip K. Dick short story, Minority Report is about a cop in the future working in a division of the police department that arrests killers before they commit the crimes, courtesy of some future-viewing technology. John Anderton has the tables turned on him when he is accused of a future crime and must find out what brought it about and stop it before it can happen.” (courtesy IMDb)
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- Nigel Honeybone
Ambiguity can be a film-maker’s best friend, especially when it’s understood correctly and harnessed properly. To my mind, it should go something like this – sometimes, you need to understand that less equals more, because in certain situations it’s far more poignant and powerful to leave the ending up to the viewer. Think Total Recall’s dogged determination not to tell you if Quaid was hallucinating, or Blade Runner’s dancing around the issue of Deckard being a replicant. Hell, to get out out Phillip K. Dick-inspired fare, think of whatever the damn hell happened at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey, or the is-it-a-delusion finale of The King Of Comedy.
My point is this – in certain situations an open ending can really aid a film, because occasionally bashing the audience around the head with heavy-handed moralising or signposted endings can jar with the experience. It »
- Edward Owen
If this post does anything I hope it will get those of you that never saw 2011's Pariah to give it a shot because it's great. Directed by Dee Rees and featuring a powerful performance from Adepero Oduye (who plays Eliza in 12 Years a Slave) and a surprising performance from Kim Wayans it narrowly missed my Top Ten of 2011. Oh, and if you need any more reason, it's only 87 minutes long so it won't take too much of your time. amz asin="0547572573" size="small"I mention all of this because Rees hasn't delivered anything new since, despite being attached to an HBO project with Viola Davis and a couple other projects that have yet to find their way to our eyeballs. However, she appears to have found yet another potential property to consider as Deadline reports she will get to work adapting Philip K. Dick's "Martian Time-Slip" a story »
- Brad Brevet
In the wake of 2011's excellent "Pariah" it was no surprise that writer/director Dee Rees was getting lots of work. She wrote a script called "Large Print," teamed with Viola Davis on a project for HBO and lined up an indie romance, "This Man, This Woman." But disappointingly, none of those have yet borne fruit. Nonetheless, we're glad she's still plugging away and now, on an intriguing new venture we couldn't really have imagined with Rees' name attached. Deadline reports that Rees will adapt and direct Philip K. Dick’s "Martian Time-Slip" for the big screen. As as is usual for anything from the pen of Dick, the story concerns space, paranoia, faceless authority and much more. Here's the Amazon synopsis of the book: On an arid Mars, local bigwigs compete with Earth-bound interlopers to buy up land before the Un develops it and its value skyrockets. Martian Union »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If we haven't already reached it, we must be coming close to the time when more Phillip K. Dick novels and short stories have been optioned than not. The last title to be optioned was "Ubik," a movie we haven't heard much about since the original announcement but while we assume that that is somewhere a little further down the pre-production line, there is news that an adaptation of "Martian Time-Slip" is also in the works.
The project is being produced by Dick's daughter Isa Dick Hackett through Electric Shepherd Productions, a company setup and operated by the Dick children. They were previously respon [Continued ...] »
Joining those recently announced adaptations of Ubik and The Man In The High Castle in the ever-growing lineage of Philip K. Dick adaptations, a big-screen version of Dick’s 1964 science-fiction novel Martian Time-Slip is in the works. As reported by Deadline, Pariah director Dee Rees will be helming the project, whose story revolves around an autistic young man in a Martian colony who perceives reality in such a way that allows him to see time itself from a variety of angles, and thus assemble the single, ideal version of Blade Runner in his mind's eye and consequently lecture »
Martian Time Slip Film Adaptation Coming. The Philip K. Dick novel entitled Martian Time-Slip will be the author’s latest work adapted into a motion picture. The movie adaptation will be written and directed by Dee Reeves. “Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of Philip K. Dick, will produce for Electric Shepherd Productions, [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
New Delhi, Oct 9: Tom Hanks has revealed himself to be an extremely emotional person, who sometimes feels that he weeps too much.
During an interview with Entertainment Enquirer, the 57-year-old actor, who was recently diagnosed with diabetes, confessed that he gets affected by certain incidents, even though he may be able to put on a brave front in front of the public.
Talking about his emotional state during the preparation of his role as Captain Richard Phillips, Hanks said that he is a snappy guy who weeps over human connections that are somehow reflective of this tenuous place we all have in this world.
The versatile. »
- Machan Kumar
One sign of success in Hollywood is controversy. Well-reviewed Somali pirate saga "Captain Phillips" is hanging in at the box office against the fall onslaught because it combines a powerful true story with consummate moviemaking from director Paul Greengrass, who not only efficiently builds tension but shows us the points-of-view of the heroic kidnapped Captain Richard Phillips and his crew as well as their Somali pirate torturers. Right on top of the October 11 opening of this David and Goliath tale, which was adapted by Billy Ray from Phillips' memoir of the 2009 hijacking, "A Captain's Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea," some Phillips' seamen, who filed a 2009 lawsuit against the Maersk line, spoke out about the dangers Maersk put them through, asserting among other things that the film was inaccurate and their captain irresponsible. In the film Phillips (Tom Hanks) is worried about security as he checks over the. »
- Anne Thompson
Earth citizens of the future may look back on cinema in the late 20th and early 21st century and assume that Philip K. Dick was the only successful science fiction writer that ever lived, considering how often Hollywood dips into his bibliography. As a fan, I see little wrong with this, and the most recently announced adaptation of his work has me quite excited and intrigued. Electric Shepherd Productions, the production imprint of the Dick estate, will be producing a feature adaptation of the 1964 novel Martian Time-Slip, and they.ve tapped Dee Rees to direct. Beyond the story.s obvious potential merit as a film, it.s Rees. involvement that makes this project so interesting. Martian Time-Slip will be her second feature, following the 2011 film festival favorite Pariah, which won Rees the Excellence in Cinematography Award at Sundance, as well as a Grand Jury Prize nomination. It tells the story »
To celebrate the release of Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks (at cinemas today) we are giving away three Tom Hanks Blu-ray/DVD bundles to you lucky Thn readers! You’ll be picking up Sleepless in Seattle, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code and the unforgettable Philadelphia.
Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates. It is – through Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalisation. The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi). The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, »
- Dan Bullock
’Captain Phillips’: ’Incomplete’ and ’less than completely satisfying’ (photo: Mahat M. Ali, Tom Hanks, Faysal Ahmed in ’Captain Phillips’) In Paul Greengrass’ thriller starring Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, the titular Captain is a merchant ship’s skipper whose cargo vessel, the Mv Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in March 2009. The event became worldwide news in nearly real time after the Captain was taken hostage by the pirates, who fled the merchant vessel in one of its lifeboats. In short order, the four pirates, with Captain Phillips under armed duress, found themselves pursued and surrounded by several American naval war vessels intent on preventing the Captain from being taken to Somalia — the inference being quite clear to all. Mostly adapted from the Captain’s memoir — a book with the unwieldy title A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea — Captain Phillips is conversely »
- Tim Cogshell
How precise to the actual events is something we’ll never know, but that doesn’t take away the fact that this is one awesome, intense, edge-of-your-seat piece!
It seems like yesterday I recall talking about this real life ordeal. For a while we’d heard of pirates off the coast of Somalia taking over cargo ships, cruise ships, yachts, etc., but never encountering (unless it’s been kept on the hush) any American vessels. Well, inevitability has a way of creeping its way into our lives until it happened. Now the news stories and images were doubled because it was an American ship and we didn’t dance well to the beat of that drum. I knew one way, or another, it wasn’t something this country would have taken lightly—and considering it was only Obama’s third month in office (March, 2009), this was practically baptism-by-fire in terms »
- Kellvin Chavez
Warner Bros. Pictures' senstational sci-fi thriller drama Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney has topped the box office for a second weekend over Sony's debuting Somali pirate actioner Captain Phillips with a big $44.5 million sophomore run. That's very impressive, showing just 21% change compared to its debut weekend gross of $55.7 million. That brings the film scripted by Alfonso Cuaron and Jonas Cuaron's, (helmed by Alfonso) total to over $123.3 million, already covering its $100 million production budget. This is undoubtedly one of the best films of the year, and could land Bullock her third Academy Award. Tom Hanks starrer Captain Phillips grossed an estimated $26 million on its debut weekend. The Paul Greengrass film which has also received excellent reviews, , averaged $8,609 per theater and is scripted 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. Barkhad Abdi, »
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