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Viggo Mortensen is one of America's finest and most bankable actors, and gets to cherry-pick the best of international movies, because he's fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. Upcoming films include fest favorite "Jauja," in which he speaks Spanish with a Danish accent, and French Tiff entry "Far from Men." While the "Lord of the Rings" star is always eager to work with David Cronenberg on any film, whether as a husband with a secret ("A History of Violence"), a tattooed Russian gangster ("Eastern Promises") or Sigmund Freud ("A Dangerous Method"), he's also willing to take chances on a new screenwriter-turned-director such as Hossein Amini, who adapted Patricia Highsmith for the delightfully Hitchcockian "The Two Faces of January." Mortensen and I talked on Skype (video below) about how he chooses projects and worked with Amini and his costars Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac on this »
- Anne Thompson
There are certain styles of cinema that what a bygone age, classics that you’d not expect to be recreated because modern movie making has changed, whether that is a positive or negative thing. The Two Faces of January is somewhat of a surprise because instead of being a modern thriller it looks back to the styles of directors like Hitchcock and stylistically could easily with such classics as Strangers on a Train; fitting as both are written by author Patricia Highsmith.
The Two Faces of January is the tale of Rydal (Oscar Isaac) an American tour guide working in Athens. Aligning himself with Colette (Kirsten Dunst) and Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) an American couple, they seem to be an easy way to make a quick buck. »
- Paul Metcalf
First of all, something of an apology. I have been writing this column thinking that every single title due for release the following Monday would of course be released via some kind of pay to stream service. Of course it would, we are living in the future, and this is how things are done isn’t it?
Apparently not, last week I included Jeremy Saulnier’s much loved Blue Ruin in the pay to stream section and then it didn’t come out the way I thought it might. Turns out that some companies still have a fairly limited release pattern so Blue Ruin was released by channel 4’s DVD label and appeared on DVD and Blu but didn’t show up to stream on any of the major providers, not even Sky Store or Playstation Network.
So turns out that being a channel 4 release, you can of course rent »
- Chris Holt
Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen make up the central triumvirate of The Two Faces of January (2014), a handsome sixties-set thriller adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley scribe Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray release of The Two Faces of January this coming Monday (15 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Amini's film to give away, kindly provided by the fine folk at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
The Two Faces of January, 2014.
Directed by Hossein Amini.
A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who flee Athens after one of them is caught up in the death of a private detective.
Imbibing the feel and tone of Hitchcockian fear and paranoia these days is as tricky as it ever was to pull off, but first time director and writer of Drive, 47 Ronin and others, Iranian born Hossein Amini has an admirable stab at just that with The Two Faces of January, as he also adapts a screenplay of Patricia Highsmith’s novel.
The story concerns itself with the tale of the MacFarlands, Chester (Mortensen) and Colette (Dunst) and their seemingly fortunate encounter with a tour guide, Rydal (Isaac), whilst on a sightseeing trip to Athens. It is whilst on this trip that Chester’s »
- Steve Leadbetter
Michael Cusumano here to review the latest stylistic throwback based on the writing of Patricia Highsmith.
When people gripe “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” films like Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January are the kind of movie they mean. It’s adapted from the work of an acclaimed novelist whose books were the source of such beloved films as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train. It features big stars in sumptuous foreign locales. It is made with a careful attention to detail. It doesn’t dumb things down or clutter the plot up with needless action. It is fair to say I was primed to love this movie, yet it never quite jolts to life. At some point my investment in the story passed from suspense to impatience. It never went so far as indifference, but I was pretty far from the edge of my seat. »
- Michael C.
Director: Hossein Amini
Running Time: 96 minutes
Special Features: The bonus features on the DVD are substantial and, on top of the great bloopers and deleted scenes, there are numerous interviews and featurettes with cast and crew that each look at the many different elements involved in bringing this film together, not least of which was the incredible influence of Patricia Highsmith, the woman who wrote the book on which the film is based.
Based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces Of January is a dark and beautiful thriller about a tour guide who befriends a wealthy American couple, only to get caught up in their criminal activity.
With much of the film focused on these three central characters, it was imperative that the casting be on point and they have certainly done well in choosing Kirsten Dunst »
- Amanda Keats
The Two Faces of January, which is available now in iTunes and OnDemand and in theaters September 26th, is a wild and inventive thriller based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith. Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst find themselves in a spot of trouble, and Oscar Isaac may be able to lend a hand, but as things escalate into a serious search for the couple, things become… complicated.
The film has released a couple of new clips, and though they don’t exactly reveal a lot insofar as the plot, they certain clue you in to the effort at tension you can expect.
Check them out below, and be sure to catch the trailer (also below) if you haven’t already.
The Two Faces of January Clip 1
The Two Faces of January Clip 2
- Marc Eastman
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy to present his short films as part of a talk at the film festival; two new titles added to programme.
Ukrainian director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, whose debut feature The Tribe screened at Cannes in May, is to present his short films at the Karlovy Vary International Film Fesitval on July 10.
The director will present his short films Diagnosis, Deafness and Nuclear Waste. The session will be held in Ukrainian with a translation to Czech only.
Also, instead of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Kviff will present both original parts of the story directed by Ned Benson - The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. The previously scheduled screening on July 4 is cancelled. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter known for penning such films as “Wings of a Dove,” “Drive” and “47 Ronin." Recently, he’s taken on a more hands-on approach with his directorial debut, “The Two Faces of January,” which will screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, the thriller follows a glamorous American couple vacationing in Europe and the dangerous situation they find themselves in. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? We used the Ari Alexa and old Hawk Anamorphic lenses to try to capture the look of 1960's colour cinematography. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you pull it off? »
- Oliver MacMahon
Hossein Amini is an Iranian-British screenwriter known for penning such films as “Wings of a Dove,” “Drive” and “47 Ronin." Recently, he’s taken on a more hands-on approach with his directorial debut, “The Two Faces of January,” which will screen at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac, the thriller follows a glamorous American couple vacationing in Europe and the dangerous situation they find themselves in. [Editor's Note: Indiewire reached out to filmmakers with films playing at the 20th La Film Festival (June 11-19) to ask them about how they shot their indie, and what advice they had for other filmmakers. We'll be posting their responses throughout the run of the festival. Go Here for the master list.] What camera and lens did you use? We used the Ari Alexa and old Hawk Anamorphic lenses to try to capture the look of 1960's colour cinematography. What was the most difficult shoot on your movie and how did you »
- Oliver MacMahon
The Two Faces of January has the makings of a pretty fantastic movie. It's based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, who is the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley. It was written and directed by Hossein Amini, who is the guy that wrote Drive. It has an incredible cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Kirsten Dunst. The movie has been getting solid reviews while screening at the festivals, and this trailer sold me on it.
The story is set in Greece and Istanbul in the year 1962, it follows a couple of wealthy American tourists named Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Dunst). They meet an "American expat Rydal (Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious »
- Joey Paur
Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, Magnolia Pictures will release Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January on iTunes/OnDemand on August 28 and in theaters September 26. Amini penned the screenplay which is set in 1962 and centers on an American couple, Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst), who arrive in Athens by boat via the Corinthian Canal. While sightseeing at the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide, scamming tourists on the side. Drawn to Colette's beauty and impressed by Chester's wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However, all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands and Chester's affable exterior hides darker secrets. When Rydal visits the couple at their exclusive hotel, Chester presses him to help move the body of a seemingly unconscious man who he claims attacked him. »
- Brad Brevet
"You have no idea what I'm thinking..." Magnolia has debuted the full Us trailer for screenwriter Hossein Amini's directorial debut The Two Faces of January, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst. Ohh, plus should've-been-nominated-for-Oscar Oscar Isaac, too. We've already featured one international trailer for this film once before, but now we have a release date and the final Us trailer, which plays heavily on the very noir / mystery plot in this. Obviously some of the quotes they've chosen reference Hitchcock and how much of a great suspense thriller this is, which it certainly looks to be. I'm not sure how well Oscar Isaac fits in, but usually anything with Viggo is worth watching. And he looks great in this, as always. Enjoy. Here's the official Us trailer for Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January, in high def from Apple: Screenwriter Hossein Amini makes a stylish directing debut »
- Alex Billington
Winter of Our Discontent: Amini’s Problem with Narrative Pabulum
Few crime writers can boast such a weighty lineage of cinematic adaptation as that of Patricia Highsmith, probably falling somewhere between Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell, if one were to measure. Wim Wenders, Rene Clement, Anthony Minghella and Liliana Cavani have all reincarnated her most celebrated character, Tom Ripley, to the big screen, while Hitchcock, Michel Deville, Claude Chabrol (and later this year, Todd Haynes) have adapted some of her signature titles. And so, it is with great regard that screenwriter Hossein Amini arrives with his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, a promise of scrappy ne’er-do-wells conning each other for money or guilty pleasures of the carnal sort, performed by a trio of renowned actors that rival Minghella’s starry line-up of The Talented Mr. Ripley. And yet, there’s something unnervingly stale about the whole endeavor, »
- Nicholas Bell
The Two Faces of January Trailer. Hossein Amini‘s The Two Faces of January (2014) movie trailer stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac, Daisy Bevan, and David Warshofsky. The Two Faces of January‘s plot synopsis: based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, “In 1962, the charismatic Chester MacFarland [...]
Continue reading: Two Faces Of January (2014) Movie Trailer: Oscar Isaac is a Criminal »
- Rollo Tomasi
“The Two Faces of January” is a period piece, set in 1962. And yet, it was a contemporary story when Patricia Highsmith's novel was published in 1964. That pedigree gives the environment depicted a sense of authenticity. The official U.S. trailer for Hossein Amini's film is slick with mood and atmosphere, as a love triangle seems to erupts in a world of crime and deceit. See video: Oscar Isaac Faces Off Against Viggo Mortensen for Kirsten Dunst in ‘Two Faces of January’ Trailer Oscar Isaac stars as a grifter, a tour guide who scams tourists in Greece. He becomes enmeshed in the. »
- Jason Hughes
When three people are mixed up in a crime that could cost them their lives, who can be trusted? More importantly, who will crack under the pressure first? Those are the questions posed by the new trailer for screenwriter Hossein Amini’s (Drive) directorial debut The Two Faces of January, which can be watched above.
The Two Faces of January is based on a 1964 novel by prolifically adapted thriller and suspense author Patricia Highsmith, whose more well known works include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Strangers was of course famously brought to the big-screen by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, making it quite fitting that the trailer for Two Faces puts off a noticeably Hitchcockian vibe in mood, performance, wardrobe, and setting.
For those unfamiliar with Highsmith’s novel, The Two Faces of January is set in 1962 Greece, and centers ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Now that writer-director Hossein Amini's The Two Faces of January has a U.S. release date, albeit a limited theatrical one, a new domestic trailer for the noir thriller has debuted. Amini adapted the Patricia Highsmith novel that follows a charismatic American couple (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) who encounter Rydal, a young Greek-speaking American (Oscar Isaac) while touring the Acropolis. This relationship triangle grows ever more complicated as the couple's dark history is revealed, along with Rydal's true intentions. The first trailer for the film did a great job at establishing dramatic tension, and this domestic cut is equal to the task, though it achieves the same result through a different angle. You'll be able to check it out for yourself on VOD starting August 28th, or in its limited theatrical release on September 26th. Hit the jump to watch the U.S. trailer for The Two Faces of January. »
- Dave Trumbore
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