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MaryAnn’s quick take… A meditative, enormously sad, and sometimes angry-making portrait; provides a stark peek into a mind mentally ill yet remarkably confident and determined. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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In May 2008, the body of a middle-aged woman was discovered in an empty New Hampshire farmhouse, after one of the coldest and snowiest winters on record. She had been dead for some months. Her identity was not a mystery: she left a note with her name, date of birth, social security number, and other information, including where she would like to be buried. Did she commit suicide? If so, why, and why here, in a house she did not own and that was not fit for human habitation? If not, why did she think her death was a certainty? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Everyone dies alone, but aloneness has degrees, and the death described in painstaking, slow-motion detail in “God Knows Where I Am,” the documentary directorial debut from noted producing brothers Jedd and Todd Wider (“Taxi to the Dark Side”; “Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”) might just be one of the loneliest. Interspersing prosaic talking-head segments with poetically romanced images in a variety of formats, the brothers take care not to disturb the remains of Linda Bishop, whose lifeless body was found in an unoccupied house in New Hampshire, having lain there through a particularly nasty winter. Instead, the film gently and respectfully approaches the subject through the eyes of those who knew her, and also in her own words; excerpts from the diaries that were found by the body are not just read, but vocally embodied by Lori Singer in a vivid voiceover performance. The film gradually thaws out the stark, »
- Jessica Kiang
Starting today, horror fans can check into The Institute at theaters and on VOD via Momentum Pictures, and we caught up with co-director Pamela Romanowsky to discuss collaborating with co-director James Franco, the movie's unique filming location, and much more.
Pamela Romanowsky: Well, the first question for me was “why a horror film?” I like films across lots of genres, but I’m not a horror buff, so this was a first for me. The horror films I do love are genre blending, movies that are character-based and explore things that are dark but still based in reality, and in the dark corners of human psychology. I’ve never really been scared of the supernatural, but people are certainly capable of terrifying and very dark things. »
- Derek Anderson
As Isabel in The Institute, Allie Gallerani experiences unconventional treatments at the hands of Dr. Cairn (James Franco). With Momentum Pictures releasing The Institute in theaters and on VOD this Friday, March 3rd, we caught up with Gallerani for our latest Q&A feature to discuss working with Franco, the influence of Penny Dreadful, and much more.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Allie. What attracted you to playing the role of Isabel Porter in The Institute?
Allie Gallerani: I was drawn to Isabel’s strength, intelligence, and curiosity. These traits were not valued in Victorian society, so she feels like a bit of an outsider. I love playing characters who are a little bit stubborn and challenge accepted norms. As an actor, I’m always intrigued by a character’s transformation and Isabel’s is monumental.
Did any other films or performances inspire »
- Derek Anderson
Beginning March 3rd, Momentum Pictures will introduce viewers to unsettling and unconventional treatments in The Institute, and with the film's theatrical release list now revealed, you can see if the devious doctors of the movie will be paying your town a visit...
Synopsis: "Subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control, Isabel Porter must escape the clutches of the Rosewood Institute and exact her revenge, or else be forever lost."
Directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky from a screenplay by Adam and Matt Rager, The Institute stars James Franco, Allie Gallerani, Tim Blake Nelson, Lori Singer, Eric Roberts, and Scott Haze. Momentum Pictures will release The Institute on March 3rd on digital and VOD platforms as well as theatrically in the following cities:
Los Angeles - The Ricardo Montalban Theatre (1615 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028) Atlanta – AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (7065 Mt Zion Cir, »
- Derek Anderson
Synopsis: “Subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control, Isabel Porter must escape the clutches of the Rosewood Institute and exact her revenge, or else be forever lost.”
Directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky from a screenplay by Adam and Matt Rager, The Institute stars James Franco, Allie Gallerani, Tim Blake Nelson, Lori Singer, Eric Roberts, and Scott Haze. Momentum Pictures will release The Institute on March 3rd.
- Derek Anderson
"I assure you, our dear Isabella is in safe hands." Momentum Pictures has debuted the first trailer for a thriller titled The Institute, co-directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky. Franco also stars in the film as one of the doctors at the "institute". Set in the 19th century, the story is about a young girl who checks into the Rosewood Institute, only to discover their methods for curing patients are totally twisted and violent. In addition to Franco, the film stars Allie Gallerani, Lori Singer, Tim Blake Nelson, Eric Roberts, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, Pamela Anderson, Beth Grant, and Dominic Rains. I'm intrigued to see Franco directing a 19th century thriller, but this just looks instantly forgettable. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Franco & Romanowsky's The Institute, originally from EW: In 19th century Baltimore, a girl stricken with grief from her parents' untimely death, voluntarily »
- Alex Billington
Ahead of its release next month, Momentum Pictures has released the first poster and trailer for the upcoming period thriller The Institute. Directed by James Franco and Pamela Romanowsky, the film also stars Franco alongside Allie Gallerani, Tim Blake Nelson, Lori Singer, Topher Grace, Pamela Anderson, Josh Duhamel, and Eric Roberts; take a look below…
Set in 19th century Baltimore, The Institute tells the story of Isabel Porter (Allie Gallerani), who, stricken with grief from her parents’ untimely death, voluntarily checks herself into the Rosewood Institute. Subjected to bizarre and increasingly violent pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing, and mind control, she must escape the clutches of Rosewood and exact her revenge, or else be forever lost.
The Institute is set for release on March 3rd. »
- Amie Cranswick
The ever-busy James Franco has taken on a darker role in his latest film, “The Institute.” Co-directed by Franco and Pamela Romanowsky, the movie is a period psychological thriller set in 19th century Baltimore. Now, ahead of its March release, Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the first trailer.
“The Institute” centers on Isabel Porter, a young woman (Allie Gallerani) who, after the untimely death of her parents, checks herself into the mental hospital Rosewood Institute. While there, she encounters Dr. Cairnes (Franco) who subjects her to unconventional bizarre, pseudo-scientific experiments in brainwashing and mind control.
“I can give you the freedom you desire,” he says in the clip, “but you will need to trust my methods — unorthodox though they may seem.”
- Liz Calvario
Geez, you go out for groceries, and what do you know, James Franco has another movie on the way. In the case of “The Institute,” it’s a picture he not only stars in, but co-directs with Pamela Romanowsky (who he’s previously worked with on “The Adderall Diaries“), and the results are ropey as per anything Franco-related that arrives seemingly out of nowhere.
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Co-starring Allie Gallerani, Joe Pease, Scott Haze, Lori Singer, Tim Blake Nelson, and Josh Duhamel, the film is set in 19th-century Baltimore, where a young woman becomes subject of the bizarre and dangerous workings of the titular building.
- Kevin Jagernauth
31 January 2017 7:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Set in 19th century Baltimore, the feature is based on true events and centers on a young woman (Allie Gallerani) who, due to grief following the untimely death of her parents, voluntarily checks herself into a mental institute. While there she is subjected to bizarre, pseudo-scientific experiments in personality modification, brainwashing and mind control.
The ever-busy Franco produced the project through his RabbitBandini Productions, and co-directed with »
- Mia Galuppo
11 items from 2017
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