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Movie Review – The Homesman (2014)

23 November 2014 7:20 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Homesman, 2014.

Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

Starring Hilary Swank, Tommy Lee Jones, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Meryl Streep, John Lithgow, Jesse Plemons and William Fichtner.

Synopsis:

Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.

The old adage ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ could be applied to pretty much most genre film making depending on your outlook of American cinema in 2014, but never more so could that be said of a genre than the Western. Westerns, like too many films not based on established properties, have been pushed away and forgotten in favour of the easy sell and easy buck. Sure, there’s always a True Grit which shows a brief spike in audience »

- Gary Collinson

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‘The Homesman’ sees Tommy Lee Jones direct the weirdest western in quite some time

21 November 2014 6:47 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Homesman

Written for the screen by Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, and Wesley A. Oliver

Directed by Tommy Lee Jones

France/USA, 2014

“That’s all there is, there ain’t no more.”

Set during the pioneer era, The Homesman subverts the usual trajectory of westerns set in this time by instead focusing on a journey from what will eventually become Nebraska territory in the West to more Eastern Iowa, wherein defeat via the frontier is a primary concern, whether it be a defeat of the mind, body, soul, or all together. Director Tommy Lee Jones’s last theatrically released film was The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005), a contemporary neo-western with shades of Sam Peckinpah in its flavour. The Homesman may have the set dressing of a more traditional, old-school genre entry, but this film, adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s 1988 novel, is much more offbeat than one might expect. »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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Lkff 2014: Kundo: Age Of The Rampant Review

6 November 2014 3:43 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Yoon Jong Bin.

Starring: Gang Dong Won, Ha Jung Woo, Lee Kyoung Young, Lee Sung Min, Ma Dong Seok, Cho Jin Woong.

Running Time: 137 Minutes

Synopsis: A power struggle between the classes erupts as Kundo, a gang of righteous thieves, set about restoring balance to the people. Meanwhile an adopted son attempts to earn a place in his family as heir by performing sinister deeds.

“Rampant” may not be a word we see much in film titles, but it perfectly sums up this enjoyable mix of spaghetti western, martial arts, action film. Given the honour of being the London Korean Film Festival’s opening film, Kundo: Age Of The Rampant comes across as a film looking to break into the mainstream by appealing to Hollywood tropes, yet has enough spice to add a very distinguished Korean taste.

Set during the Joseon dynasty, there’s a lot of plot to »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Ben Wheatley Says His Us Debut 'Free Fall' Is a Modern '70s Movie

5 November 2014 9:54 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

"Kill List," "Sightseers" and "A Field in England" director Ben Wheatley will at last make his way across the pond to shoot "Free Fall," a hardboiled crime thriller that is the Brit provocateur's first Us production. Welshman Luke Evans (recently in "Dracula Untold") will take the lead in this $10 million gangster picture about an east coast arms deal gone horribly awry in 1978 Boston. The rest of the impressive cast so far includes Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Wheatley righthand man Michael Smiley, who played a British soldier turned contract killer in Wheatley's brain-bending 2011 horror movie "Kill List." Wheatley is no genre moviemaking virgin. In a new interview with The Guardian, he promises a thriller in the vein of Sam Peckinpah, classic Bogie noirs, Scorsese, "Le Samourai" and "The French Connection." "'Free Fire' will take you and stick you in the middle of the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Q&A: David Hayter talks Wolves, Metal Gear, and X-Men

30 October 2014 9:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Cinelinx's Victor Medina speaks with David Hayter about his new film Wolves and his prolific career!

David Hayter is known to millions as the iconic voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear video game series, but you’ll also likely recognize his name as the screenwriter of such hit films as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen. This month, Hayter is making his directorial debut with Wolves, a werewolf horror flick now available through Video On Demand, with a theatrical release on November 14. Hayter recently sat down for an interview in which he discussed his new film, sitting in the director’s chair for the first time, and his career.

Q: There was a pre-release screening of Wolves in Manhattan during the New York Comic Con. What was the response?

Hayter: It was great. There were a lot of hard core fans of me, and they are always very nice. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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Q&A: David Hayter talks Wolves, Metal Gear, and X-Men

30 October 2014 9:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Cinelinx's Victor Medina speaks with David Hayter about his new film Wolves and his prolific career!

David Hayter is known to millions as the iconic voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear video game series, but you’ll also likely recognize his name as the screenwriter of such hit films as X-Men, X2: X-Men United, The Scorpion King, and Watchmen. This month, Hayter is making his directorial debut with Wolves, a werewolf horror flick now available through Video On Demand, with a theatrical release on November 14. Hayter recently sat down for an interview in which he discussed his new film, sitting in the director’s chair for the first time, and his career.

Q: There was a pre-release screening of Wolves in Manhattan during the New York Comic Con. What was the response?

Hayter: It was great. There were a lot of hard core fans of me, and they are always very nice. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Victor Medina)

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Evans, Wilde Join Wheatley's "Free Fall"

24 October 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following their work together on the upcoming "High-Rise," filmmaker Ben Wheatley and actor Luke Evans are re-teaming for the action film "Free Fire" at Protagonist Pictures, Rook Films and Film4.

Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley are all onboard the project which has a tight budget of $10 million.

Set in Boston in 1978, Wilde plays a woman who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy, Smiley) and a gang led by Hammer and Evans who are selling them a stash of guns.

When shots are fired in the handover, a heart stopping game of survival ensues. The plan is to do a "muscular, tough and spare" 1970s-style crime movie along the lines of Sam Peckinpah's "The Getaway".

Wheatley is writing and will direct the project which aims to begin shooting in the Spring. Andy Starke will produce and StudioCanal has already nabbed the U. »

- Garth Franklin

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David Ayer interview: Fury, war, tanks, Suicide Squad

20 October 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to writer-director David Ayer about his war film Fury, getting it made, and more...

Released in 2012, police thriller End Of Watch arguably marked a major turning point in writer-director David Ayer's career. While he'd directed films before, they hadn't received this level of critical acclaim or financial success - and with good reason. Featuring a great pair of performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as a pair of cops cruising the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, it was an engrossing, intense film, where death seemed to lurk at every turn.

Fury is something of a departure for Ayer, whose films, whether he wrote them (Training Day, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T) or wrote and directed them (Harsh Times, Street Kings). It leaves the streets of Los Angeles far behind for a bold and intensely visceral look at the final days of World War II, »

- ryanlambie

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Fury review

15 October 2014 2:20 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

End Of Watch writer-director David Ayer returns with the intense war film, Fury, starring Brad Pitt. Here's Ryan's review...

The opening shot is like something from the apocalypse: a lone figure on horseback, a grey silhouette moving like a ghost among a graveyard of dead soldiers and the burning carcases of tanks. This is writer-director David Ayer's Fury - his own, nightmarish take on the last days of World War II, a time when the Nazis were all the more dangerous in the throes of defeat.

Brad Pitt is the headline star, playing war-weary sergeant Don 'Wardaddy' Collier, but it’s Logan Lerman’s fresh recruit who provides the eyes and ears in Ayer’s story. Lerman plays Ellison, a typing clerk pressed into service as the co-driver of Fury, a Us Sherman tank trundling through the fields of Germany, its crew’s task: to finally break the enemy’s will, »

- ryanlambie

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Lumière Festival Continues to Celebrate Female Filmmakers with Ida Lupino Tribute

14 October 2014 12:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Now in its third year, the Lumière Festival’s ongoing Permanent History of Women Filmmakers section isn’t a series of disconnected annual retrospectives — its three editions thus far build a chronological narrative of female innovation behind the camera. In 2012, the festival appropriately began at the beginning, celebrating narrative cinema pioneer Alice Guy; 2013 kept the focus French, as Impressionist filmmaker Germaine Dulac was put under the spotlight.

This year’s Lumiere fest expands the gender conversation beyond its own borders, with Hollywood feminist trailblazer Ida Lupino the subject of 2014’s section.

British-born actor and filmmaker Lupino’s onscreen work alone would earn her a place on the historical honor roll of American studio cinema: Her intelligent, decidedly modern star presence was put to memorably flinty use in such films as Raoul Walsh’s “High Sierra” and Sam Peckinpah’s “Junior Bonner.”

Yet it was as a helmer that Lupino did her most influential work. »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Knife in the Water’ anticipates Roman Polanski’s creeping dread

13 October 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Knife in the Water

Directed by Roman Polanski

Poland, 1962

Certainly a stretch to categorize as horror, Roman Polanski’s debut feature anticipates the creeping dread and tense blocking that will characterize his later, truer films of the genre.

Husband and wife Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) pick up a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz) on their way to a sailing outing. The young man joins them on the water and tensions rise among the three as the men jockey for power.

Coming after a number of murky, eerie shorts – including 1957’s grim A Murder – Knife in Water is Lifeboat meets Dead Calm but with Polanski’s signature brooding unease rather than overt, textbook suspense or violence. Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant make up the director’s “Apartment Trilogy,” and though Knife in Water is almost exclusively on open water it may as well mark the beginning of a “Claustrophobia Quadrilogy. »

- Neal Dhand

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What should the final shot of 'Sons of Anarchy' be?

13 October 2014 10:46 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter announced Sunday that he'd finished the series finale script with a screen grab of an "early draft" of the final shot. Apparently some fans missed the joke, because he felt the need to clarify (in his traditional Nsfw way). Yes. I finished writing the finale. No. That wasn't it. I'm not that big of a cunt. — kurt sutter (@sutterink) October 13, 2014 From chatting with Sutter for EW's recent cover story, we know the final frame is one he spent a lot of time debating. “You know, I totally understood the whole ­Sopranos cut-to-black thing,” he said. »

- Mandi Bierly

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Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ Enters The Oscar Season Fray Off The Fest Circuit – Can It Be A Hit And A Contender?

10 October 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The New York Film Festival is winding down this weekend with its closing film, Birdman tomorrow. The AFI Fest is early next month. Venice, Toronto and Telluride have come and gone. But one film, rumored to be an Oscar contender and opening next week, has decided to take another route and skip that circuit where so many awards hopefuls show up. Rather than let “the air out of the bag” at a film festival as one source told me, Fury will be released by Sony Pictures on October 17. Writer/director David Ayer’s fierce and intense World War II story starring Brad Pitt as a battle-wise army sergeant commanding a Sherman Tank and its crew at war’s end, in my opinion, deserves to be a powerful new contender, not just for Picture and categories like Cinematography, Editing and Sound where these kinds of films generally show up, but also »

- Pete Hammond

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‘The Visitor’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

7 October 2014 7:07 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Mel Ferrer, Paige Conner, Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Sam Peckinpah, Glenn Ford, Joanne Nail, Wallace Wilkinson | Written by Louciano Comici, Robert Mundi | Directed by Giulio Paradisi

Some films just defy explanation, even to the point that to some people they are just a mess.  These films are often labelled as bad, yet they tend to build up a legend around them and gain a cult status just for the insanity you see on the screen.  The Visitor is a film that was made with The Exorcist very much on the mind of its makers, but what we end up with is something truly…special.

Looking at the IMDb page for The Visitor the description of the film states that John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior.  This warrior comes to Earth at the request of a Jesus-like character to battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl (Paige Conner »

- Paul Metcalf

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Live From Delta House – Belushi and Me

3 October 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

One of our favorite writers, Dennis Cozzalio, is with us again for today's Saturday Matinee. Dennis, not coincidentally, presides over one of our favorite film blogs, Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule. The occasion is the premiere of Allan Arkush's commentary for John Landis' Animal House which will run this coming Monday. Dennis happened to be an extra on the film so we asked him to share his experiences. We're also pleased to present some rare production stills courtesy of Katherine Wilson, the movie's local casting director in Oregon. Enjoy! Eugene, Oregon, Fall 1977. I was a first-term freshman trying to squeak out at least a 3.0 Gpa my first time at bat at the University of Oregon. I had enrolled in the film studies department, officially proclaiming it my major, fully expecting to broaden my horizons by seeing a lot of films to which I had never had the opportunity to be exposed. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Reveals Schedule Ahead of Re-Opening

27 September 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After closing down in late August for a month-long remodeling, Los Angeles’ New Beverly Cinema, which is owned by Quentin Tarantino, is nearly ready to re-open on Oct. 1 with an eclectic schedule focusing on tributes, rarities and some of the filmmaker’s titles.

Screening on Oct. 1 and 2 are two movies by the late Paul Mazursky, “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice” and “Blume in Love.” The following week “Pulp Fiction” will play for six nights with “The Professional,” both of which are 20 years old this month.

All movies will be shown in 35mm  in line with Tarantino’s new policy to preserve the moviegoing experience, and the theater has upgraded the sound system and installed a 16mm projector. The New Beverly had recently purchased a digital projector, leading to Tarantino’s decision to take over programming from the longtime programmer Michael Torgan, whose family had run the theater for decades.

Many of »

- Pat Saperstein

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Trailers From Hell Stops at 'Comanche Station'

15 September 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

From 1960, the last of seven collaborations between director Budd Boetticher and star Randolph Scott (under Scott’s production company Ranown) is one of their best. Scott plays a (typically) lone gunman, a bounty hunter who specializes in retrieving women abducted by hostile tribesmen. The 62-year-old Scott made only one more movie after this, Sam Peckinpah’s lyrical tribute to the cowboy careers of Scott and Joel McCrea, "Ride The High Country." »

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Comanche Station

14 September 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The last of seven collaborations between director Budd Boetticher and star Randolph Scott (under Scott’s production company Ranown ) is one of their best. Scott plays a (typically) lone gunman, a bounty hunter who specializes in retrieving women abducted by hostile tribesmen. The 62-year-old Scott made only one more movie after this, Sam Peckinpah’s lyrical tribute to the cowboy careers of Scott and Joel McCrea, Ride The High Country.

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Second Opinion – The Rover (2014)

19 August 2014 11:35 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Rover, 2014.

Directed by David Michôd.

Starring Guy Pearce, Robert PattinsonScoot McNairy and Tawanda Manyimo.

Synopsis:

10 years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner pursues the men who stole his only possession, his car. Along the way, he captures one of the thieves’ brother, and the duo form an uneasy bond during the dangerous journey.

The title card tells us we’re in ‘Australia, 10 years after the collapse’. Guy Pearce’s Eric sits in his car, a nondescript BMW, as the wind outside howls through the open desert landscape. The world outside the car is desolate, dry, and dust clings to the window like a reminder that it will never go away. This, we will learn, is Eric’s sanctuary and safe place and there aren’t many of them.

When Eric leaves his car and gets a drink, another car loses control, crashes, and is stuck. The three men inside have guns, »

- Gary Collinson

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Writer Max Evans Reflects on the Colorful Sam Peckinpah With New Book

14 August 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s perhaps no writer who more vividly and colorfully expresses New Mexico cowboy culture than Ol’ Max Evans, as just about everyone, including his wife, Pat, refers to him. A call to the Albuquerque home of the 88-year-old cowboy, miner, raconteur and author of “The Rounders,” “Hi Lo Country,” “The One-Eyed Sky” and other Southwest classics will usually get answered by Pat, who offers to “get Ol’ Max on the phone.”

One of Ol’ Max’s most colorful compadres was the late film director-writer Sam Peckinpah.

Not content with penning “Sam Peckinpah: Master of Violence,” his book about their adventures while Peckinpah was making “The Ballad of Cable Hogue,” Evans has completed “Goin’ Crazy With Sam Peckinpah and All Our Friends” with Robert Nott (U. of New Mexico Press).

The book is chockablock with wild and woolly tales, but according to Evans, the Peckinpah who regularly visited him »

- Steven Gaydos

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