5 items from 2017
F. Gary Gray was 16 when he decided he wanted to become a filmmaker. Always a compulsive planner, he drew up a step-by-step plan to break his way into the film business, and prepared himself to spend years in the trenches manning cameras, getting coffee on set, working as a driver. By his initial set of benchmarks, he hoped to be ready to direct his first feature by the time he turned 45.
As it turned out, that schedule was more than two decades off. Gray is now 47, and preparing to release his ninth feature later this month, nearly a quarter century after accepting his breakthrough directing gig, for Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” video. The most expensive film of his career, “The Fate of the Furious” was shot across three different countries, from New York and Atlanta in the U.S. to Iceland and Cuba. It’s a long way, »
- Andrew Barker
Hollywood, Calif. – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: Return Of Xander Cage x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.
When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it. Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu, »
- ComicMix Staff
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
The stars of Sundance are joining IndieWire for a series of intimate discussions during the next few days in Park City. IndieWire partnered with Chase Sapphire to host conversations at Chase Sapphire on Main, located at 573 Main Street, and with Canon to host panel discussions at the Canon Creative Studio at 592 Main Street.
IndieWire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main will feature “The Little Hours” filmmaker Jeff Baena, “Ingrid Goes West” filmmaker Matt Spicer, “Mudbound” filmmaker Dee Rees, “Golden Exits” filmmaker Alex Ross Perry and “Marjorie Prime” filmmaker Michael Almereyda. Members of the casts of each film will also be in attendance.
Filmmakers participating in the panels at Canon’s Creative Studio include Academy Award-nominees Matt Heineman and Rory Kennedy. Heineman’s “City of Ghosts” is playing in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition section, while Kennedy’s “Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton” is playing in the Documentary Premieres section. »
- Graham Winfrey
XXX : The Return Of Xander Cage
Directed by D J Caruso
D.J Caruso,let’s call him DJ for fun, is a man with a mission. Mission ‘Impassable’. Treading a trickly trippy tactile territory where the slow-drip creativity of the writing team rapidly seeps into the film’s aggressive action rendering it ineffectual and finally redundant, XXX is strictly for fans of Vin Diesel.
They get their money’s worth in his introductory sequence where playing the do-gooder in a Spanish town he steals electrical equipment from on top of a transformer, surf-boards his way through the roads at full speed giving high-fives to the passersby in cars and trucks, and reaches in time to plug-in the community television for a football game for the kids. Awwwwwwww!
Life is all about the simple pleasures of life. XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage could well be one of them, »
- Subhash K Jha
5 items from 2017
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