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20. Story of Ricky (Lik wong) – Starring Siu-Wong Fan as the titular character, Riki Oh, based on a manga series which eventually became an anime, marks the end of an era of Japanese exploitation flicks, before the new generation of filmmakers such as Takashi Miike took over. Unlike Miike’s movies, or other recent entries such as Tokyo Gore Police, Riki Oh’s tone borders on comedy, played up by bad voice dubbing, foolish plot lines, cartoonish gore and eccentric characters (including a one-eyed assistant warden with a hook for a hand). For a prison film, the movie never seems mean-spirited, and if anything it masquerades as a bizarre superhero flick. The effects are the main draw – Riki Oh exists simply to showcase several outlandish set pieces, ramping up the level of violence, gore and action with each new scene. Made before the days of CGI, director Lam relies simply on practical effects, »
An achingly perfect evocation of New York’s East Village in the 1980s and an amazing cast cannot make this tale of adolescent anxiety catch fire. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Adolescent anxiety playing out against the tumultuous backdrop of the late 1980s in New York’s East Village? I’m there. Hell, I was there, as a student at Nyu at the very moment this tale is set, and I can attest that its evocation of the place and time is achingly perfect, from the unrenovated tenements to the funky cafes to the scene at punk club Cbgb to the dangerous excitement in the air. Alas that the story of young Jude (Asa Butterfield: X+Y), who has decamped from boring Vermont to live with his drug-dealer dad, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The ferocious rhymes of hip-hop icons N.W.A.’s controversial 1988 anthem “F–k tha Police” scarcely seem to have aged when they blast on to the soundtrack of “Straight Outta Compton,” echoing into a world where the abuse of black Americans at the hands of law-enforcement officials remains common headline news. But if “Compton” is undeniably of the moment, it’s also timeless in its depiction of how artists and writers transform the world around them into angry, profane, vibrant and singular personal expression. A conventional music-world biopic in outline, but intensely human and personal in its characterizations and attention to detail, director F. Gary Gray’s movie is a feast for hip-hop connoisseurs and novices alike as it charts the West Coast rap superstars’ meteoric rise, fractious in-fighting and discovery that the music business can be as savage as the inner-city streets. A very smart piece of »
- Variety Staff
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It’s great to see married director duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini back at Sundance, the location of their breakout film “American Splendor.” While they’ve put in great work in the meantime, their latest, the excellent “Ten Thousand Saints,” is a roaring return to the fest that made their name. Adapted from the debut novel by Eleanor Henderson, “Ten Thousand Saints” is a melancholy yet sweet and hopeful coming of age story that explores every aspect of life’s complications. Though funny and full of heart, it’s no quirky or lighthearted flick, as a rich vein of darkness and reality courses through the film’s style and content. Set in the late 1980s, “Ten Thousand Saints” is the story of teenage Jude (Asa Butterfield), stuck in Vermont with his hippie mom Harriet (Julianne Nicholson »
- Katie Walsh
New York I Love You: Berman & Pulcini’s Schmaltz Soaked Latest
Nostalgia, especially in large doses, tends to hobble the authenticity of a text, whether in the literary or cinematic realm. On a superficial level, serving as a love letter to a bygone era of 1980s New York, Eleanor Hendricks’ novel Ten Thousand Saints falls under the quirky spigot of directing duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the team behind the Oscar nominated American Splendor from 2003. In the decade since that critically championed title, they’ve continued with a particular strain of fluffy cornball items. Following a brief assay into studio filmmaking with The Nanny Diaries (2007), they were responsible for a pair of sickly sweet titles headlined by prized performers like Kevin Kline in The Extra Man (2010) and Kristen Wiig in Girl Most Likely (2012). Though their latest venture is slightly more sobering, at least in a notable absence of »
- Nicholas Bell
East Village Ennui: Coming of Age Story Displaced, Too Hip For Own Good
A coming of age narrative comprised of the familiar: teen angst, frustration, and ennui–all elements of a universal rite of passage, under the direction of married duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, Ten Thousand Saints is visually glossy and star-studded adaptation of Eleanor Henderson’s 2011 book. Firmly reassured by its star power, the film’s strength originates from the leading performances which ultimately take reign over the underwhelming narrative stretched beyond its capabilities.
Typical adolescents Jude (Asa Butterfield) and best friend Teddy (Avan Jogia) seek out drugs, alcohol, and punk rock in order to temper their hormones, confusion, and anger. After an encounter with his step-sister Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld), Jude finds himself reconnecting with his father Les (Ethan Hawke) when he moves to the spellbinding New York City. There he seeks out his own idea of freedom and redemption, »
- Amanda Yam
Read More: Watch: 'Ten Thousand Saints' Trailer Revives the New York City Punk Scene After premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulicini's "Ten Thousand Saints" has a new poster just in time to prepare audiences for its upcoming theatrical release next month. "Ten Thousand Saints" is the story of three teenagers: New York newcomer Jude, straight-edge musician Johnny and wealthy, yet troubled Eliza, who stray from their parents and create their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, the film shows the influences the 1980's punk scene has upon them and the problems it creates for each of them. The film includes the cultural changes in New York City during that tumultuous time, including the onset of the AIDS epidemic and the creeping influence of gentrification. The film stars Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld and Emile Hirsch. It is based upon the Eleanor. »
- Kaeli Van Cott
Read More: Ethan Hawke on How Indies are Gourmet and Blockbusters are a Barbecue Hoping to bring back the atmosphere of New York circa the late 1980s, "Ten Thousand Saints" depicts troubled teens trying to find themselves amidst the punk period. The film is adapted from Eleanor Henderson's novel and is written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini ("American Splendor," "Cinema Verite"). Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emile Hirsch, Hailee Steinfeld and Emily Mortimer star. The official synopsis reads: "'Ten Thousand Saints' is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980's New York City — Jude (Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, "straight-edge" musician Johnny (Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Steinfeld) -- who break away from their messed up parents (Hawke and Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family." The film will be released in theaters and On Demand August »
- Ethan Sapienza
As a rising star to watch out for, Asa Butterfield is proving his ability to go from mainstream to indie in the blink of an eye. From writer/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor) comes the first trailer for their Sundance 2015 film Ten Thousand Saints, based on the book by Eleanor Henderson. Here’s the official synopsis.
Adapted from the novel by Eleanor Henderson, Ten Thousand Saints is a coming-of-age story about three teenagers in late 1980s New York City—Jude (Asa Butterfield), new to the city from Vermont, “straight-edge” musician Johnny (Emile Hirsch), and troubled, rich uptown girl Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld)—who break away from their messed-up parents (Ethan Hawke and Emily Mortimer) to form their own surrogate family. Set in 1988, a time of great cultural upheaval—against the excesses of the decade, the AIDS epidemic and the gentrification of the city culminating in the infamous »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Ten Thousand Saints," starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, and Emily Mortimer. Check it out below. Plot: The film is set against the backdrop of the New York City of the late 1980s; Adoption, teen pregnancy, drugs, hardcore punk rock, the unbridled optimism and reckless stupidity of the young - and old - all play a role in the story of the son (Butterfield) of diehard hippies (Hawke and Mortimer) and his strange odyssey through the extremes of late 20th century youth culture. The new movie is directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (American Splendor). It already premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is now set to get a limited theatrical release on August 14th. Trailer: »
Set in grungy and dangerous late-'80s era New York, the drama follows teen singer-songwriter Jude as he moves in with his deadbeat dad Les (Ethan Hawke).
Soon, Jude is immersed in the burgeoning straight-edge punk rock scene, and catches the eye of the pregnant Eliza (Hailee Steinfeld).
Hawke is back as a dysfunctional single dad following his critically-acclaimed role of the same type in the Oscar-winning Boyhood.
Archer Gray Productions will release Ten Thousand Saints on August 14 in the Us. A UK release hasn't been set yet. »
"I'm offering you Manhattan champ, don't play hard to get." Screen Media has debuted an official trailer for Ten Thousand Saints, from writers/directors Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (of American Splendor, The Nanny Diaries, Girl Most Likely), starring Ethan Hawke and Asa Butterfield. Hawke plays an estranged father who suddenly "kidnaps" his emo-punk son and takes him to New York City, where he experiences a whole coming-of-age on the streets of Manhattan with new friends. The film is set in the 80's around the punk rock scene and it seems to have a killer soundtrack, of which many of the reviews quoted rave about. Hailee Steinfeld also stars along with Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer. They give away a lot (too much) in this trailer, but it actually looks pretty good. "Have you ever heard of punk?" The trailer for Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini's Ten Thousand Saints, »
- Alex Billington
Ten Thousand Saints, which comes from the American Splendor team of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, has an incredible cast for a story set at a tense period in New York City history. Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer play a collection of characters who create an unlikely extended family finding their way through Manhattan […]
- Russ Fischer
Screen Media has released the first trailer for American Splendor writers/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s coming-of-age drama Ten Thousand Saints. Set in 1988, during the transitional period in New York City when the yuppies started buying up all the “bad” neighborhoods and transforming them into upscale real estate, the film stars Asa Butterfield as an unhappy, bored teenager from Vermont who—after an interaction with a girl—decides to move to New York City, closer to his burnout father (Ethan Hawke). He subsequently develops a closer relationship with said girl (played by Hailee Steinfeld), starts hanging around a straight edge band, and attempts to find himself. I caught the movie at Sundance earlier this year (click here for my review), and while Butterfield’s character is wholly uninteresting, the film’s saving grace is Ethan Hawke. The guy instantly makes any movie he’s in at least 30% better, »
- Adam Chitwood
As they've shown in films like "American Splendor" and "Cinema Verité," directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini have a knack for finding unique cultural corners and making them accessible. And they do it again with the upcoming "Ten Thousand Saints," and the first trailer has arrived. Read More: Sundance Review: 'Ten Thousand Saints' Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, & Hailee Steinfeld Starring Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Emily Mortimer, and based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson, the story follows three teenagers who come together in the straight-edge punk scene of 1980s New York City. The picture arrives in theaters following its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, where our Katie Walsh called it "an instant winner...heart-warming, funny, and real." "Ten Thousand Saints" opens on August 14th. Check out the trailer below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge. That's why screenwriting organization The Black List teamed up with Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to answer your burning questions. Read More: 8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold The panelists—Chris Sparling (Cannes 2015 entry "Sea of Trees," directed by Gus Van Sant), Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries," "Ten Thousand Saints"), Michael Zam ("Best Actress") and Lara Shapiro ("The Americans")—joined moderator Franklin Leonard, creator of The Black List, to discuss everything from finding the right agent to when it's time to quit your day job. 1. Do I have to live in L.A. to have a »
- Emily Buder
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Title: Ten Thousand Saints Directors: Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman Starring: Ethan Hawke, Asa Butterfield, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch Losing a friend at a young age can be a traumatic and formative experience. It is hard to deal with the permanence of the situation and the fact that they are not coming back. That can be especially difficult when that person has unintentionally left behind a remnant of themselves that will be impossible to forget. Where that leads is an individual path paved with memories and aspirations. In Ten Thousand Saints, the death of a close friend leads the film’s protagonist to explore a whole [ Read More ]
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Michael C with a roundup of three Sundance titles we haven't discussed yet.
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s Ten Thousand Saints makes the mistake of thinking that merely by placing their characters adjacent to interesting times, interest will rub off them. Saints does a beautiful job evoking Manhattan in the 1980’s touching on the Tompkin’s Square Park riots, the Cbgb music scene and more. The problem is that foreground is populated with a singularly uninteresting cast of characters working through a coming-of-age formula we’ve seen executed with more spirit and vitality in countless better films. The lead actors do what they can with their thin wisps of character, none too successfully. There is Hugo’s Asa Butterfield, True Grit’s Hailee Steinfeld, and Emile Hirsch as the front man for a hardcore straight edge band. Together they deal with unintended pregnancy, drug overdoses, »
- Michael C.
Sundance never sleeps. Screen Media Films came out on top of a competitive bidding situation for "Ten Thousands Saints," taking Us rights to "American Splendor" directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's film version of the acclaimed Eleanor Henderson novel. Starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch, and Ethan Hawke, the Sundance premiere will arrive stateside in late summer 2015 with a robust 25-market theatrical and day-and-date VOD release. Here's the synopsis: In Ten Thousand Saints, after certain events lead Jude (Asa Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Ethan Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude forms an unlikely bond with his best friend’s brother (Emilie Hirsch) and the daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) of his father’s girlfriend (Emily Mortimer). As the three »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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