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Since lensing 2008’s “Let The Right One In” for Tomas Alfredson, cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (who we've had our eye on since we put him in our On The Rise feature in 2010) has become a popular choice for auteurs when their usual director of photography is unavailable. Hoytema stepped in for frequent Spike Jonze collaborator Lance Acord on “Her” and he subbed in for cinematographer-turned-director Wally Pfister on Christopher Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar.” As if replacing those two great DPs wasn’t tough enough, the “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” cinematographer is going to have to fill some very big and iconic shoes for his next gig. We found out earlier this year that the amazing and legendary Roger Deakins would not be returning to work on “Bond 24” with Sam Mendes, and now HitFix is reporting that Hoytema will be filling in instead. Interestingly, there’s a possibility – not »
- Cain Rodriguez
Deakins replaced with Nolan's new favourite shooter. With celebrated cinematographer Roger Deakins not returning to the Bond franchise after his fantastic work on Skyfall, director Sam Mendes has been on the search for a replacement. So it makes a lot of sense that he's settled on the same name as Christopher Nolan, whose next movie Interstellar required him to replace his own collaborator, Wally Pfister. »
It was incredibly disappointing to hear that cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 after doing such a stunning job on Skyfall. However, as production on the next Bond installment is poised to get underway in December, director Sam Mendes has now settled on Deakins’ replacement, and it’s an excellent choice. In Contention reports that Hoyte van Hoytema will be the cinematographer on Bond 24, marking yet another fantastic notch in what’s becoming a heck of a run in the director of photography’s career. The Dutch-Swedish cinematographer first came to prominence for shooting the original Let the Right One In, going on to do equally arresting work on films like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last year’s Her. Most recently, though, he nabbed his most high profile film to date as Christopher Nolan hand-picked him to replace his longtime collaborator Wally Pfister on the upcoming Interstellar. »
- Adam Chitwood
BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has been turning heads ever since his stunning work in the stylish Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In" crossed the Atlantic six years ago. And lately, he's just getting all the good gigs, having stepped in for Spike Jonze regular Lance Acord on last year's "Her" and for Christopher Nolan's right hand man Wally Pfister on the upcoming "Interstellar." Well, you can add another big pair of shoes for the talented director of photography to fill. With Roger Deakins exiting the James Bond franchise after 2012's "Skyfall," we can confirm that director Sam Mendes has tapped van Hoytema to shoot the still untitled 24th installment of the series. Deakins won the Asc prize for "Skyfall" two years ago, but as is often the story, he watched someone else take the Oscar (in this case, Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi," which is »
- Kristopher Tapley
Empire has unveiled the all-new poster for Christopher Nolan’s hotly-anticipated sci-fi adventure, Interstellar. The ambiguous, space-set one-sheet situates Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper amidst an alien landscape and while it doesn’t exactly reveal much in terms of new information — this is Christopher Nolan, after all — this latest posters hints at the stark visual style we can look forward to come November. Interstellar will take place in the not-so-distant future, a time when Earth has essentially entered its twilight years and is no longer able to sustain human life. So, in order to find a new place and call it home, mankind rallies together a dedicated band of astronauts — Bruce Willis and co. were out of town, unfortunately — to venture forth into the far reaches of space. Joining McConaughey on the intergalactic voyage are Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow and Christopher Nolan’s own good luck charm, »
- Michael Briers
It's that time again, when I ask you which film didn't fulfill your hopes and expectations. In 2012, the majority of the votes went to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises and last year, Shane Black's Iron Man 3 received the most votes. Which film will it be this year? Please remember, do not vote for a film that you haven't seen yet. Also, do not vote for the film that you thought was the worst, unless you were truly disappointed with it based on your expectations. As for me, I'll briefly share with you the three films from 2014 so far that I found to be most disappointing - in no particular order. I'll start with Transcendence, a film directed by first-time director Wally Pfister - Nolan's longtime cinematographer. My expectations were incredibly high as I had expected some of that Nolan magic might've rubbed off on Pfister but »
★★☆☆☆From former Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister and packing an all-star cast, there were plenty of reasons to be excited about Transcendence (2014). Sadly, the end result is a disappointing mess of a movie which fails to deliver on its strong premise. Transcendence follows Will Caster (Johnny Depp), one of the leading minds in artificial intelligence research along with his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall). That makes them the target of anti-tech extremists, and an assassination attempt leaves Will wounded and dying from a radioactive bullet. With time running out, Evelyn and colleague Max (Paul Bettany) hatch a desperate plan to upload Will's consciousness into a sentient A.I. construct.
- CineVue UK
Not a lot to say in the pre-amble to this week’s selection of titles. Should probably apologise for the negativity in advance because a lot of the below is dreck this week across any content provider apart from the occasional bright spot and a new Netflix exclusive. Hopefully you will be able to at least find something worth a look that floats your boat.
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
There really isn’t anymore praise that I can heap on Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space thrill ride that hasn’t been heaped upon it already. Upon repeat viewing what impresses more and more is the technical marvel that this film represents with Gravity being a massive leap forward in the use of virtual sets as well as animation that looks like real people.
There are apparently whole entire scenes here featuring Sandra Bullock and »
- Chris Holt
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 »
- email@example.com (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
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