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To mark the release of Transcendence on 25th August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Sci-fi thriller directed by Wally Pfister and starring Johnny Depp. Dr. Will Caster (Depp) is one of the leading scientists in the world due to his pioneering work in creating sentient artificial intelligence. However, with fame and success comes the attention of a technophobic extremist group seeking to put an end to his work before he creates something beyond human control. When Caster is shot by a member of the group and falls victim to radiation poisoning, there is no hope for his survival. With the help of his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and friend Max (Paul Bettany) he decides to continue his latest project by linking his mind with that of the computer and creating technology more intelligent than the collective capability of the entire human race. While his earthly body dies, »
Chicago – The Internet is for real in “Transcendence”, a B-movie with grade-a production quality, loaded with terabyte-size open-ended questions, so long as one can accept it lastly with a scientific mindset. It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual.
Like the notion of titling a wide-released movie “Heaven Is for Real”, the experience of “Transcendence” depends on believing in the possibility of the film’s philosophies, and through a mostly meditative state about what an internet connection can really achieve. Its hyper reality is to be accepted, do-or-discard. For some, it will play off as glossy Ed Wood, but for those who choose to roll with its prophesying, “Transcendence” will challenge and intrigue by raising questions beyond the usual blockbuster scope.
Presented as an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In one of his regular Uncut series of editorials following the release of Before Midnight, esteemed critic Mark Kermode posed an intriguing question; what is the perfect film trilogy? Given the subject, naturally Richard Linklater’s Before… trio was mooted, along with the more traditional suggestions of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and The Godfather, and the perhaps most objectively reasonable pick of Toy Story. Regardless of your personal choice, there can be little doubting that movie trilogies as a whole wind up becoming divisive. There are few consistent enough to merit consideration as a perfect whole. The aforementioned Godfather is let down by its third entry, numerous notches below the masterpieces of Parts 1 & 2. Likewise Star Wars. Even Lord of the Rings suffers naysayers regarding Fellowship and Two Towers. Could it be that, in such a tricky field, The Dark Knight saga is worthy of an honorable mention?
It is a strange thought. »
- Scott Patterson
Comic Con took place last week and Laremy and I dig into some of the reveals, offering thoughts on a few of the trailers that premiered, the images and new movies that were announced before answering your questions and voice mails, which bring up topics such as video game movies, Rotten Tomatoes and our favorite actors. Then we finish things off with our regular allotment of games. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Though anticipation for Gotham is high, there are challenges facing it as it tries to establish its own separate corner in the burgeoning DC television universe.
Blessed with the enviable Batman rogues gallery, there is much potential, but without the use of Batman, Gotham will have to establish a bond with the audience through the eyes of a hero (Jim Gordon) who has always been more of an ancillary character, even as played by Gary Oldman in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. A trilogy that presents another challenge.
Audiences have been spoiled rotten by Nolan’s vision of Gotham City, and when the Gotham series starts up, some may judge it harshly against the look of the films. Really, it’s an unfair comparison because one simply can’t match the visual “wow” factor of Wally Pfister’s cinematography on the small screen.
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- Jason Tabrys
Transcendence Blu-ray With numerous high profile actors, a script that made the Blacklist in 2012 and a pretty high budget, Transcendence had all of the makings of a blockbuster success story. In fact, due to director Wally Pfister.s prominent past working on Christopher Nolan.s well-received films, Nolan even signed on to executive produce the story. Unfortunately, the final product doesn.t completely work. It.s more of a letdown than an actual failure, though. It.s a high concept story filled with images meant to inspire wonderment and performances meant to capture a variety of emotions, neither of which fully accomplish the goals. First time director Wally Pfister is a man with a vision. Transcendence shuffles between stark footage of nature and intricate footage of the nanotechnology that makes up the heart of the film. It looks especially crisp on Blu-ray. It.s very full of pretty bells and »
In a shocking and dispiriting turn of events, Wally Pfister, the talented cinematographer of Inception, The Dark Knight and practically every other Christopher Nolan film, chose Transcendence, surely one of the most jaw-droppingly brainless sci-fi movies in years, as his first directing gig. And Pfister will hopefully get out just about unscathed from this agonizing trainwreck, because his consistently stylish and visually pleasing direction is the only reason Transcendence should get any stars.
But I still must ask, what was he thinking? How is it possible that an Academy Award winner who worked on one of the best and most thoughtful sci-fi films of the last decade could have looked at the story of Transcendence and thought, “Yup, sounds good”? I can’t think of a wannabe blockbuster in recent memory that has ever been as gruesomely mauled to death by its script as Transcendence – after learning that screenwriter Jack Paglen »
- Isaac Feldberg
This week: A rough ride for Depp & Schwarzenegger, 'Billie Jean' finally comes to Blu, and get the collection basket out for 'Heaven is for Real.' ► Few movies got ripped worse than Transcendence this year. To be fair, at least first-time director Wally Pfister tries making a sci-fi movie about ideas and morality instead of spectacle, with Johnny Depp as an AI researcher whose body is dying after »
- John Law
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Jude Law dons impressive chops and gold teeth to play a sleazy
safecracker fresh out of jail. Dom took the fall without ratting out his boss (Demián Bichir), and now it's time to pay the piper. Richard E. Grant co-stars as his best friend, whom Dom enlists on his quest to get paid. Emilia Clarke (the mother of dragons!) plays Dom's estranged daughter, Evelyn.
Why We're In: We love darkly funny crime thrillers, and it's cool to see Jude Law back in action.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
The Essential Jacques Demy (Criterion)
What's It About? This box set comes with the most beloved movies by the French auteur: "Lola," "Bay of Angels," "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," "The Young Girls of Rochefort," "Donkey Skin," and "Une Chambre en Ville."
Why We're In: In addition to the digital restorations of these delightful classics, »
- Jenni Miller
Earlier this week I wrote about the whole of DreamWorks Animation, which came after I — no joke — revisited all 28 features released by the studio so far and attended a screening of the studio's latest, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" (hitting theaters next week). That hotly anticipated sequel, which bowed at the Cannes Film Festival last month, comfortably took the top spot, with the 2010 original firmly at #2. Because these, to me, are the crowning achievements of DreamWorks so far. I imagine the campaigns behind such competitors as "The Lego Movie" (Warner Bros.) and the still unseen "Boxtrolls" (Focus Features) would cringe at reading something like what I'm about to write, but I'm going to write it anyway: the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar race seems all but over, and I really have to say, I think "Dragon 2" deserves to be in the Best Picture conversation later this year as well. »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a time where science fiction is struggling to hold solid ground, from an awfully forgettable Robocop to Johnny Depp’s abysmal Transcendence, is Focus Features ready to blow audiences away with the next District 9? No, not a sequel to District 9 – sorry to get your hopes up Wikus fans – but another lesser-known genre production that sweeps the sci-fi community off their feet. If you’ve inquisitively clicked on this review, you already know that hopeful film is The Signal, a small festival flick that made a pretty huge impact on some power players. Of course, we here at Wgtc are the power-iest players of all (or so I tell myself), so what’s our take on William Eubank’s techy darling? Since I walked out with an invigorated grin, I’d rank The Signal leaps and bounds beyond the “intellectual” drivel I’ve witnessed so far this year – but will you agree? »
- Matt Donato
The Two Faces of January, 2014.
Directed by Hossein Amini.
A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.
Halfway through The Two Faces of January I couldn’t help but be reminded of the great Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr Ripley for the similarities are many; Americans abroad in the 1960s, a man who is not what he seems on face value, temptations, hidden pasts, lies, murder, and an attractive cast to boot. As the credits rolled I saw it was indeed based on a novel by the same author, Patricia Highsmith, and aside from giving myself a mental ‘pat on the back’ it helped in my realisation of why this film is so very good. »
- Gary Collinson
Some people just wanna watch the world burn. Christopher Nolan might be one of them. It’s been almost half a year since our last tease, but this new Interstellar trailer gives the full force of the fire. Our wonderful planet is doomed, so the only hope for humanity is to find a new place to live. That’s where engineering whiz Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a visionary played by Michael Caine come into the picture. Yet while the larger focus is traveling to another star, Cooper is tethered to this planet by his daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy). Check out the trailer for yourself: Big and epic with an out-of-context edge toward the schmaltzy. What the trailer only barely hints at is the full throttle cast at work here. Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, William Davane, Topher Grace, and on and on. This is either a rounded ensemble operation or even the »
- Scott Beggs
"Basically, there are a few early concepts of the “Bdc” (Brightwood Data Center) - the lab set up by Johnny Depp’s character “Will Caster”, who is at the forefront in the development of sentient computers. It’s a lab set in the near future that utilizes some very forward thinking technology (not to give any spoilers away). There is also the “Pinn Computer Core” - which was a quantum computer core developed by Caster in order to create the foundation for a sentient computer system that could become self-aware. As well, I’ve included some early concepts for the small town of “Brightwood”, where “Evelyn Caster” (Rebecca Hall) has set up shop in order to carry out her husband’s work. I had a great time working with Production Designer Chris Seagers and Director Wally Pfister, who's vision for the film was a blur between the seductive, bright, shiny »
[Update: Scroll down for the official Interstellar teaser poster!]
Christopher Nolan is one of the handful of filmmakers currently active whose name as director on a movie alone guarantees a sizable audience, and this year he’s back with his first original project in four years: cinematic space odyssey Interstellar (following Nolan’s not-so-rewarding venture as producer on his cinematographer Wally Pfister’s sci-fi feature debut Transcendence last month).
In his usual fashion, Nolan is keeping his cards close to his chest on this one, though the film’s initial teaser trailer alludes to a storyline wherein a man named Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) leads an expedition to the stars, in the hopes of finding a ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
The relationship between humankind and technology has long been fertile ground for filmmakers. Feeding easily into a variety of dynamics – good guys and bad guys, the mighty oppressing the weak, corporate facelessness versus heartfelt creativity – the opportunities for story-telling are endless. The latest entry to this catalogue is Transcendence, written by Jack Paglen.
As the directorial debut of Wally Pfister – best known for his work as cinematographer for Christopher Nolan – Transcendence is an update on the ‘technology tries to take over the world’ trope, incorporating global issues such as environmentalism and healthcare into its narrative. Starring Johnny Depp as Artificial Intelligence researcher Dr. Will Caster, we discover that he and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) are trying to create a machine able to achieve sentience and collective intelligence, which Will refers to as ‘Transcendence.’ During a fundraising event, Will is shot by an Anti-ai extremist, with a bullet coated in »
- Sarah Myles
Directed by Wally Pfister.
As Dr. Will Caster works toward his goal of creating an omniscient, sentient machine, a radical anti-technology organization fights to prevent him from establishing a world where computers can transcend the abilities of the human brain.
Do you remember when movies were turned into novelizations to tie-in to their release? Watching Transcendence it dawned on me around the hour mark that this film would probably make for an engaging and fascinating read over the course of 500 pages or more, but when you’re left thinking this, it’s clear the film playing in front of you isn’t working. In a reverse logic to how Hollywood works, this is one film which someone should adapt into a book because the screenplay is essentially unfilmable if the goal »
- Gary Collinson
Wally Pfister recently made the move from Dp to Director, with his sci-fi film Transcendence. As Cinematographer, he has notched up an impressive body of work, shooting Christopher Nolan’s entire output (apart from Following) as well as the rightly admired Moneyball and Transcendence is beautifully shot, if nothing else.
But directorial debuts can be a tricky business, even where the director in question has plenty of background in film-making. Take David Goyer for example – fantastic writer, but steps into the director’s chair for Blade Trinity and kills the franchise stone dead. Jan De Bont, by comparison, shot Die Hard, The Hunt for Red October and Black Rain, before directing Speed to pretty much universal acclaim. Sure, his follow up efforts have tanked, but his debut was a corker.
Here are six of the best directorial debuts.
1. Charles Laughton – Night of the Hunter
It is an enduring mystery and »
- Dave Roper
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 25th – Sunday 27th April 2014…
Despite competition from The Other Woman and Transcendence, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 held on to top spot at the UK box office with a second weekend haul of £3.37 million, with the superhero sequel now on £16.5 million and fast approaching the total haul of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (£18 million).
Turning to the newcomers and the Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman took second place with £2,662,870, followed by Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence, with the Johnny Depp-headlined sci-fi earning £1,181,347 – although over half of that figure came from four days of preview screenings, with its actual Friday-Sunday haul actually leaving it in fifth place. Beyond that, the only other new arrival in the top ten this past weekend was a live broadcast of the Met Opera’s Cosi Fan Tutte, with £362,487 down in seventh. »
- Gary Collinson
Surely one of the more anticipated American films of the year for a lot of cineastes, Transcendence is the directorial debut of the wonderfully named Wally Pfister, a man who up until this film was predominantly known for being one of Christopher Nolan’s key collaborators, shooting all of his films since Memento and in the process heightening Nolan’s cerebral work with a look that is pretty much as polished as you can ever hope for, while also being a vocal proponent of non-digital film formats and keeping the 35mm dream alive. Armed with $100 million for a budget, the ability to use 35mm and a rather starry ensemble cast, critics have been lining up to take a swing at Transcendence and audiences haven’t been lining »
- Ian Loring
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