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Though the films were released four years apart, video blogger Fernando Andrés realized there are myriad similarities in Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash.” In this insightful video essay, he explores the preoccupations of both films with extremities, particularly hands and feet, amongst others. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller Leads With The Different Beat Of A Very Different Drum First he considers the immediate parallels of the films’ protagonists, Nina and Andrew. Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning turn as Nina, the obsessive, naive dancer certainly can compare to Miles Teller’s portrayal of Andrew, the compulsive drummer. Both are students in the merciless New York art scene in their respective crafts; both begin each film white-clad, doe-eyed, and ready for whatever life’s going to throw at them; both characters let their craft consume their lives to the point of teetering on the margins of. »
- Samantha Vacca
Often times those behind the camera do not receive the same recognition for their work as those that star in front of the lens, but having a talented cinematographer is a vital component of what ultimately makes a film great.
This year there are a number of films whose subject matter may not have been on Oscar’s traditional radar, but thanks to some brilliant work by lensers who have made names for themselves with former Academy-recognised films, they have warranted awards conversation.
Straight Outta Compton, the music biopic focusing on the formation and early career of rap group N.W.A., featured the work of cinematographer Matthew Libatique. Libatique received an Oscar nom in 2011 for 2010’s Black Swan from director Darren Aronofsky, who Libatique also collaborated with on 2000’s Requiem for a Dream and 1998’s thriller Pi.
Libatique’s work helped elevate Compton into the Oscar conversation, »
- Patrick Shanley
It’s what most horror films are known for: the gore that splatters on the screen. But when done right, the flying viscera becomes more than just gallons of red stuff, it becomes a chilling reminder of the fragility of the human body and of the ingenuity of filmmakers in making our most twisted fears and fantasies into a stomach churning reality. Grab your barf bag!
Antichrist (2009)- His and her pain
As far as horror sub-genres go, torture porn is up there with found footage as the most understandably reviled by audiences. With Antichrist, Lars Von Trier attempted to write a film that dealt with his personal demons. Confessing that he had been suffering from depression while writing the screenplay, Trier ended up bringing torture porn to its logical conclusion by taking the title of the sub-genre all too literally and creating a macabre near-masterpiece out of trashy genre origins. »
When I was a kid, I used to love a scary movie. I remember catching the original The Haunting (1963) one night on Channel 9’s Million Dollar Movie when I was home alone. Before it was over, I had every light in the house on. When my mother got home she was screaming she’d been able to see the house glowing from two blocks away. The only thing screaming louder than her was the electricity meter.
That was something of an accomplishment, scaring me like that. Oh, it’s not that I was hard to scare (I still don’t like going down into a dark cellar). But, in those days, the movies didn’t have much to scare you with. Back as far as the 50s, you might find your odd dismemberment and impaling, even an occasional decapitation, but, generally, the rule of the day was restraint. Even those rare dismemberments, »
- Bill Mesce
The pursuit of greatness has been a topic of numerous films over the years, from true-life biopics and documentaries to fictional stories that look at the destructive downsides of doing so. Among the more recent films exploring the latter idea have been Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 ballet drama Black Swan and Damien Chazelle’s 2014 drumming drama Whiplash. Both films have been critically acclaimed, with Black Swan garnering a Best Performance Oscar for lead actress Natalie Portman, and Whiplash earning supporting actor Jk Simmons a Best Supporting Performance Oscar.
Now Vimeo user Fernando Andrés has put together a video essay exploring the similarities between the two films, which go beyond just being well-regarded films that delve into the same theme in two different artistic professions. Andrés had this to say in the video description.
“I was perfect.”
My first video essay, quickly cut together to detail my realization that Black Swan and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Wershe was ultimately arrested for drug trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
Logan and Noah Miller penned the script, with John Lesher producing alongside his Lbi Entertainment partners Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn. Studio 8 is also in talks to acquire a script by Andy Weiss that is also about the Wershe story, with Wershe himself consulting and Protozoa’s Scott Franklin and Darren Aronofsky serving as producers. Wershe will continue to help develop this project, and Franklin and Aronofsky will join Lesher and the Yorns as producers.
The studio will help finance the film through funding from the Chinese-based Fosum Group, with Sony handling distribution.
Demange, who broke out after directing Jack O’Connell’s “’71,” is currently developing a handful of films, »
- Justin Kroll
The project has been inspired by the true story of teenager Rick Wershe Jr., an undercover informant for the police during the 1980s. He was ultimately arrested for drug-trafficking and sentenced to life in prison.
Studio 8 is in final talks to acquire a script penned by Andy Weiss which was previously setup at Scott Franklin and Darren Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures. Franklin and Aronofsky, along with John Lesher, Rick Yorn and Julie Yorn will produce.
Wershe will consult on the project and shooting kicks off early next year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Just three months after signing on to direct 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero spinoff Gambit, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt backed out of the project two weeks ago. The departure was attributed to a shift in the Gambit production schedule, which was supposed to begin in November, but was then changed to March 2016, which reportedly conflicted with an unspecified project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter claims that the split happened because 20th Century Fox started questioning whether or not the filmmaker was truly committed to the project.
Ironically, just weeks before Rupert Wyatt signed on this past June, a report surfaced that actor/producer Channing Tatum was having trouble finding a director for Gambit. He reportedly approached his Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller, along with Darren Aronofsky (Noah), Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year). All of those filmmakers passed on the project. But even after Rupert Wyatt signed on, »
Below is an excerpt from Scott Kenyon Barker and Mark Baranowski's "From Despair To Beloved: The Provocative Cinema of On Mark Productions." The book serves as an introduction to the controversial independent films Baranowski made between 2001 and 2011 with his wife and creative partner, model-actress Ryli Morgan, and it takes readers behind the scenes of their production. Find out more information about the book here. Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services We're all hustlers. Each of us has something to sell, whether our own goods or someone else's. I learned this at a young age, and I determined then that I would never be happy selling anyone's goods but my own. Life happens, however, and to this day, the fruits of my creative labor—books, movies, music and art—have yet to accumulate to the point where I can finally shake »
- Zack Sharf
On the occasion of the screening of his latest film "Carol," starring Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes was invited by the Zurich Film Festival to participate in a masterclass. Since his directorial feature debut, the science fiction drama "Poison," garnered the main award at Sundance in 1991, Haynes has earned more than 46 international awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Cannes for his glam rock homage "Velvet Goldmine" (1998), the Special Jury Prize at the Mostra in Venice for his Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There" and an Academy Award nomination for "Far from Heaven" (2002). Read More: What Quentin Tarantino and Darren Aronofsky Think of Netflix and Other Streaming Services During the discussion at the Zurich Film Festival, he answered questions about his varied and illustrious career as well as about "Carol," which is widely considered to be an awards contender. Here are some of the highlights: 1. »
- James Berclaz-Lewis
Most video stores are long gone, but Quentin Tarantino still has use for VHS tapes and DVDs.
The director shared his views on present-day streaming services in Tom Roston’s new book, “I Lost It At The Video Store.” In the Wake Up Streaming chapter, Roston interviews filmmakers about the rise and fall of American video stores.
“I am not excited about streaming at all,” Tarantino said in an excerpt, first posted by IndieWire. “I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all. I don’t have any sort of delivery system.”
Despite the rising popularity of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and VOD services, the director expanded his library with video tapes when he bought the contents of California-based video rental store Video Archives. The store is also known as the place where Tarantino worked pre-“Pulp Fiction. »
- Mannie Holmes
Director Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to shock and awe on the big screen thanks to flicks like "Django Unchained" and "Kill Bill," but it's some recent remarks he's made about streaming that are truly jaw-dropping.
In an excerpt from author Tom Roston's new book "I Lost it at The Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanished Era," Tarantino and other directors discuss services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and what they mean for the future of movies. While many of Tarantino's peers say they've embraced the new technology as an inevitable part of Hollywood's evolution, Tarantino remains unconvinced.
"I am not excited about streaming at all," Tarantino says in the book. "I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can't watch a movie on a laptop. I don't use Netflix at all."
Instead, Tarantino said, he relies on his library of approximately 8,000 VHS tapes and DVDs, »
- Katie Roberts
Earlier this week we ran a trailer and information about a new book titled I Lost It At The Video Store. The book by Tom Roston features a compilation of interviews with filmmakers such as John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell giving an oral history of the video store era of cinema history. The Playlist published an excerpt from the book, but […]
The post Quentin Tarantino Refuses To Use Netflix, Still Records Movies On VHS Tapes appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
Read More: Directors from Quentin Tarantino to Kevin Smith Remember the Video Store With the much-lamented shuttering of Blockbuster in 2014 came the realization that the once-thriving film culture of the video store had become a thing of the past. In tribute to this bygone era comes The New York Times author Tom Roston's "I Lost It At The Video Store: A Filmmakers' Oral History of a Vanisher Era," a loving collection of interviews with filmmakers like Joe Swanberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Darren Aronofsky on their relationship to the dying institution. Last night at Brooklyn's beloved bookstore Book Court, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Tim Blake Nelson, Doug Liman and Video Free Brooklyn owner Aaron Hillis sat down with Roston to discuss his new book and the lasting culture of the film rental. Check out some of the highlights from the event below. On Roston's reason for writing the book "When »
- Aubrey Page
You’ve seen actor Cliff Curtis slip into the skin of countless characters before, taking on numerous ethnicities as a true chameleon of the big screen. The New Zealander is one of the most prolific and accomplished character actors of his generation, having wracked up a list of filmmaker collaborators that would make any colleague jealous.
The list is impressive, probably because great directors know what they’re going to get out of the actor: David O. Russell (“Three Kings”), Martin Scorsese (“Bringing Out the Dead”), Michael Mann (“The Insider”), Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”), Frank Darabont (“The Majestic”), Darren Aronofsky (“The Fountain”), Danny Boyle (“Sunshine”) — each presenting a unique opportunity to stand out in an ensemble cast.
- Kristopher Tapley
Actor/producer Channing Tatum is finally starting to get one of his passion projects off the ground, literally and figuratively. We reported last week that director Darren Aronofsky has signed on to direct an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic for Sony Pictures, which has long had Channing Tatum attached to star in and produce. While we still don't know when production will begin, it seems the actor has already started his motorcycle training, posting a new video to his Instagram page earlier this week, where he is seen going over a few small jumps on a motorcycle.
It isn't known which of these two riders in the video is Channing Tatum, or who the other individual is, although we assume that the other person is the actor's trainer. The actor admitted that he has "a lot to learn," but he also called the experience fun and "completely terrifying in a good way. »
A trailer has appeared for Tom Roston's new book titled “I Lost It at the Video Store: A Filmmakers’ Oral History of a Vanished Era”. The book is a compilation of interviews with filmmakers like John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell and many others who, like me, came of age during the reign of video rentals.
The book “constructs a living, personal narrative of an era of cinema history which, though now gone, continues to shape film culture today.”
About the Book:
For a generation, video stores were to filmmakers what bookstores were to writers. They were the salons where many of today’s best directors first learned their craft. The art of discovery that video stores encouraged through the care [Continued ...] »
"Everything changed in a blink of an eye." Cohen Media Group has debuted the official Us trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, a film that premiered at Cannes and has been winning awards at other festivals as it plays this year. Mustang is set in the north of Turkey, about five sisters who "fight back against the limits imposed on them". I've heard some rave reviews about this, including one from Darren Aronofsky who tweeted from Tiff about the film: "holy shit. how good is #mustang !?" From the looks of it, very good. I am more than intrigued by the footage in this trailer, and from here I just can't wait to catch a screening. The film opens in November in select theaters right during the awards season. In the meantime, take a look. Here's the first trailer for Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, found on YouTube (via The »
- Alex Billington
Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions' upcoming Jack Reacher sequel, which has Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) on board to direct, has found its lead villain in Patrick Heusinger. Details about his role are being kept under wraps, but his character has been described as "the hunter," so take from that what you will. Heusinger joins a cast that is headlined by 3x Academy Award-nominee Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) and is also set to feature Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), and Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn). Outside of his breakout role on Bravo's Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce, the 34-year-old actor has also had roles in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan and on several television series including The CW's Gossip Girl, NBC's 30 Rock, Fox's Bones, and ABC's Castle. Production on Jack Reacher 2, which is expected to adapt Lee Child's Never Go Back, »
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema – including a potentially huge Star Wars: Episode VIII spoiler, who the main villain might be for DC’s Justice League movie (or Man of Steel 2, depending on who you believe), and Mark Hamill nearly dying during shooting The Force Awakens…
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We begin how we left last week – The Jungle Book trailer is out. The predominant reaction is ‘Disney are such money-grabbing, corporate demons; remaking and ruining our childhood with the director of Swingers and that horrid CGI stuff.’ Take a step back, naysayers. Bill Murray is playing Baloo, and he doesn »
- Oli Davis
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