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The Conversation is a feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their seventh piece, they discuss Wim Wenders’s modern classic Paris, Texas (1984).
Throughout Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984), Travis Henderson (played by Harry Dean Stanton) carries with him a photograph of an empty lot he bought in the eponymous city, which he later tells his son is near “the Red River” that borders Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The reference automatically draws to mind Howard Hawks’s beloved 1948 Western, Red River, which drew together an unlikely screen pair with John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. That Hawks classic was also featured prominently in Peter Bogdanovich’s canonical 1971 film The Last Picture Show as the “last picture” of the film’s title exhibited at a dwindling moviehouse in an increasingly barren West Texas small town. »
- Landon Palmer
“Midnight Special,” which reteams Shannon with “Mud” director Jeff Nichols, also stars Adam Driver, Kirsten Dunst, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. The film marks the first studio project for Nichols, who directed from his own script.
Shannon portrays a father protecting his uniquely gifted 8-year-old son, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher, while being hunted by a religious sect and a government task force.
“Midnight Special” will open against Lionsgate’s “The Divergent Series: Allegiant — Part 1,” TriStar’s “Miracles From Heaven” and Paramount’s “Monster Trucks.”
- Dave McNary
We expected this was coming, we were just waiting for the announcement. Our friends at ERCBoxoffice have confirmed that Warner Bros is delaying Jeff Nichols' big studio sci-fi movie Midnight Special until March of 2016. It was originally scheduled for release on Thanksgiving, November 25th, later this fall. The film is finished and has been test screening all year along, with reports that it needs some additional work surfacing across the internet. Jeff Nichols' (pictured above) Midnight Special, featuring Kirsten Dunst, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, will now open on March 18th, 2016 next year. Jeff Nichols' (Mud) Midnight Special is taking the slow train--pushed back 4 months to Mar. 18, 2016.— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) July 28, 2015 Jeff Nichols' Midnight Special was being billed as more of a family film, and it certainly has that sounds to it. In an interview Nichols explained the origin of the idea behind »
- Alex Billington
Warner Bros had dated Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special for November 25 but has now pushed the pic to March 18, 2016. The pic stars Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Jaeden Lieberher and Sam Shepard and centers on a father and his 8-year old who go on the run when dad realizes the boy has some kind of special powers. This is indie stalwart Nichols’ first studio pic after the Indie Spirit-winning Mud, the Cannes-winning Take Shelter and Shotgun Storie… »
It was the summer of 1995. Bill Clinton was president, Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, and Oj Simpson was on trial. That summer’s youth-oriented movies included Pixar's first movie Toy Story, the Disney musical Pocahontas — and Kids, in which wayward, stoned teens fuck each other senseless and head-stomp random strangers.
It might be hard to remember just how notorious Larry Clark's indie-skater odysey was. The movie grossed a modest $7 million at the box office that summer — a wild success when you account for the fact that it »
Writer/Director Brian Jun’s Sleep With Me is a dark suburban drama focusing on Paul (Cliff Chamberlain) and Gabi (Danielle Camastra), a young couple unsuccessfully striving to start a family. Paul lives in the shadow of his overbearing father (played by veteran character actor Raymond J. Barry), and Gabi copes by engaging in risky activities that threaten to break up their marriage. Helmed by acclaimed regional filmmaker Brian Jun — whose previous features include “Joint Body” and Sundance competition film “Steel City” — this ensemble drama explores themes of sex, infidelity, and black-market drug use.
Brian Jun took the time to answer some questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of its screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. »
- Tom Stockman
“The Liar’s Ball” focuses on Harry Macklowe and his battles to own and re-develop New York City’s G.M. Building in the 1990s and into the 2000s.
“Commercial real estate in New York City has long fascinated me, to the point where I once had a broker’s license,” Chandor said in a press release. “The story that Vicky has captured through relentless research and interviews explores the drama and the romantic nature of buildings in a city »
- Dave McNary
Sam Shepard, the noted actor and playwright, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Santa Fe, N.M., Monday night. Sam Shepard Arrested Shepard, 71, was stopped by police officers after having a couple of tequila drinks at a local Santa Fe restaurant called La Choza. Shepard had drawn the attention of restaurant security at around […]
- Chelsea Regan
At least Sam Shepard never made it out of the parking lot. The actor and Pulitzer-winning playwright was arrested for aggravated DUI outside a restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., on Monday night after police were called in to check on a patron who seemed too impaired to be driving off on his own. Lt. Andrea Dobyns of the Santa Fe Police Department confirms to E! News that a security guard from La Choza restaurant called the cops after observing Shepard trying to drive off in his blue Tacoma pickup truck with the emergency break still on. "The officers could smell alcohol on him and he had bloodshot, watery eyes," Dobyns says. "Mr. Shepard performed our standard field sobriety tests," during which »
Sam Shepard was arrested for drunk driving after leaving the Santa Fe, New Mexico restaurant La Choza on Monday, Gossip Cop confirms. According to the Santa Fe police, an employee of the restaurant called the cops when Shepard tried to drive away in his pickup after boozing at La Choza. When the police picked up the actor and playwright, the cops say they could "smell alcohol" on him and that he had "bloodshot" and "watery eyes." »
- Michael Lewittes
Two shots of tequila is all Sam Shepard drank ... at least that's the story he unsuccessfully told cops before they cuffed him. The "Bloodline" actor was popped Monday night in Santa Fe, New Mexico outside a restaurant. A security guard called police, saying he feared Shepard was way too drunk to drive. Shepard tried in vain to drive away, thwarted by an emergency brake he failed to release. That was enough evidence for cops to pull him over, »
- TMZ Staff
Sam Shepard was arrested on Memorial Day, May 25, on suspicion of drunken driving, the Associated Press reports. He was in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the time. According to the AP, security personnel at La Choza restaurant called police shortly before 8 p.m. to report a possibly intoxicated driver. Shepard was apparently in his truck, but was struggling to disengage the emergency brake. The Bloodline actor, 71, told officers he'd had two drinks. "Our officer could smell alcohol on his breath, and he had bloodshot, watery eyes," [...] »
Netflix’s new original series Bloodline centers around an affluent family in the Florida Keys, well regarded in the community for the inn and charter tour business run by Robert (Sam Shepard) and Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek). Their business, and indeed world, is turned upside down with the arrival of family black sheep Danny (Ben Mendelsohn), which sends his hometown siblings John (Kyle Chandler), Meg (Linda Cardellini), and Kevin (Norbert Leo Butz) scrambling to figure out what to do with Danny. It’s the first heavy-hitting Netflix original that seeks to fill the juicy drama void between seasons of House of Cards.
But House of Cards is lush in its characterizations, plumbing the diseased actions of complex characters as well as being a fun, hyperbolically cinematic power fantasy. Bloodline plays more like a prime-time soap that would be at home on CBS airing after an NCIS spin-off. Creators Glenn Kessler, »
- Charlie Sanford
Gary McCurry reviews the fifth episode of Bloodline…
Five episodes into Bloodline and as soon as you meet a new character you know that their importance won’t be revealed to you straight away, that’s not how they work. Tedious at times, sure. I’ve become accustomed to discovering the backstory to a character through flashbacks, long monologues and memories unfolding in front of their eyes.
You won’t have to dig deep to find spoilers.
Introducing Detective Lenny Potts (Frank Hoyt Taylor). Immediately we get a sense that even though he’s an old Navy friend of Robert, no warm welcome will be received. In town to attend the funeral of the former head of the Rayburn clan, Robert (Sam Shepard). The death of Robert allows the storyline of his last will and testament (the one that excludes son, Danny) and the quiet showdown with Danny to take centre stage. »
- Gary McCurry
Gary McCurry reviews the fourth episode of Bloodline…
Among the kind compliments I received regarding the first Bloodline piece, a couple of people (one being my father so I’m not sure that one counts) text stating that they plan on starting the show based on what they had read. This is one of the most satisfying aspects of writing and although one had said “Does Bloodline get any better after the first episode? I feel so duped.” she later agreed to continue to watch until episode 4. Here we are then. It’s go big or go home for at least one viewer.
Now for the easiest two words of my review – spoilers ahead.
Instead of the spacious and luxurious setting of the Florida Keys resort where most of the show’s action occurs, we start in the people packed lower deck of a boat. One struggle turns into another »
- Gary McCurry
Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce through their Rabbit Bandini Productions.
The story centers on a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years before to a human evil and is forced to make difficult moral choices to face up to that evil. “The Long Home” was Gay’s debut novel and won the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.
Franco is currently producing, directing and starring in “In Dubious Battle,” based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel about labor conflict. The cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard.
- Dave McNary
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Ben Mendelsohn
The Show | Bloodline
The Episode | Part 2
The Performance | We never thought that anyone could steal the spotlight from the man who gave life to our beloved Coach Eric Taylor, but in the first few episodes of Netflix’s dark drama of family dysfunction Bloodline, a relative unknown (in this country, anyway) has done exactly that. Emmy winner Kyle Chandler may be the star of this engrossing new series, but Mendelsohn is its breakout performer.
In early episodes the Aussie sensation keeps us guessing. It’s tough to »
In the sweltering heat and thick humidity of the Florida Keys, where hard-luck locals dwell not far from well-off property owners and tourists, mistakes have been made. The Rayburn family is at the center of the latest drama by Netflix, and in Bloodline, a mystery (or mysteries) slowly unravels at a pace fit for the setting.
Actress Linda Cardellini plays Meg Rayburn, the only daughter among three sons, all of whom make their way to visit mother and father upon a special occasion. The reunion, however, stirs up the murky past and creates an uncertain future.
“She’s there in the first episode; their dad describes his children and ‘she’s sunshine of the family,’” explains Cardellini during a recent interview that we did with her in Toronto. “But also my first scene in the show, she’s doing something she is not supposed to be doing.”
Cardellini laughs at the introduction, »
- Anthony Marcusa
Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn in "Bloodline"Photo: Netflix Note: This will spoil all of season one of "Bloodline". Don't say you haven't been warned. A slow burn approach to building tension can be very effective. By gradually building to the climax, it can make the payoff so much more rewarding if it justifies the time it took to get there. On the other hand, if the gradual build isn't handled correctly, the story can feel like it is spinning its wheels and stalling. It is a tricky balance to strike, and creators Todd A. Kessler, Glen Kessler, and Daniel Zelman, who also created the show "Damages", take this approach with their latest show "Bloodline". The result showcases both the great sides and the frustrating sides to a slow burn. The latest Netflix drama focuses on the Rayburn family, led by Sam Shepard and Sissy Spacek, who run a hotel in the Florida Keys. »
- Mike Shutt
Yesterday, our own Nikola Grozdanovic went long on on how "Bloodline" Gives Viewers The Tragic Anti-Hero Television Has Been Waiting For Since Walter White. Indeed, the star-studded Netflix drama takes about four to five episodes to really get rolling, so you have to manage a bit of patience. But once it does, it's a terrific family drama, thriller, soap opera, and procedural all rolled into one. Yes, it can be too knotty for its own good at times, and maybe juggles one too many character arcs, but the Rayburns are one of the most interesting families on TV right now, and there will be much more where that came from. Variety reports that Netflix has ordered a second season of the show, with production to start later this year for a 2016 rollout. Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Sam Shepard, Sissy Spacek, Norbert Leo Butz, Jamie McShane, Jacinda Barrett and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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