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Director: Guillaume Canet
Running Time: 127 Minutes
Based on the 2008 French film Rivals, director Guillaume Canet recreates the familial drama in 1970s Brooklyn. With a knockout cast and New York setting Blood Ties was a promising venture, but had much to prove to admirers of the original.
Rivals prevailed in depicting a gritty crime drama that could easily be mistaken for a rediscovered 70s movie. Canet, who starred in the original, provides an unsuccessful remake. There was an expectation for more, especially with a winning cast. Unfortunately Blood Ties is a bland revision that opts for familiar formulaic clichés.
The film details the lives of two brothers, Chris (Clive Owen) and Frank (Billy Crudup). Fifty-year-old Chris has just been released from prison and younger brother Frank, a cop, reluctantly waits for him outside the gates. Frank, hopes that his brother has changed, »
- Ciham Messouki
The showbiz related tweets that made me laugh, smile or think the most this week all collected for your quick perusal. A silly quick diversion from the lengthier top tens on this all top ten day extravaganza.
Also: #Birdman's all-drum score >>>>>>>> the totality of Whiplash.
— Jordan Baker (@jbaker475) October 15, 2014
Imagine a little kid watching a studio movie right now and thinking, "When I grow up, I want to be a franchise brand manager!"
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 15, 2014
Whatever just happened on How to Get Away with Murder made my granny hang up on me.
— Wesley Morris (@Wesley_Morris) October 17, 2014
- NATHANIEL R
Blood Ties, 2014.
Directed by Guillaume Canet.
Two brothers – one a cop, the other a con – discover that not everything is black and white when it comes to family loyalty.
Coming from the same place as Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way, Blood Ties is a crime drama set against the backdrop of 1970s New York and centres around the relationship between brothers Chris and Frank Pierzynski. Chris (Clive Owen) has served nine years for murder when he is released on the condition that he can get a job and go straight. His younger brother Frank (Billy Crudup) is a detective in the NYPD and sets him up with a job and a place to live but old habits die hard and Chris returns to his old ways to make ends meet. »
- Gary Collinson
In what is already being heralded as one of her greatest ever performances, in the Dardennes' Two Days, One Night (2014) French actress Marion Cotillard plays Sandra, a factory worker who has her employment threatened by the very people she works with. Behind her back, upper management offer the workforce a significant bonus if they vote for Sandra to lose her job, leaving her one weekend to change their minds. To celebrate the release of Two Days, One Night this coming Monday, we have Three DVD copies to give away to our readers thanks to Artificial Eye. 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
Paolo Virzi, the veteran Italian director of the new film Human Capital, got his coffee, and upon sitting down at our small table at the Jw Marriott Suite, peaked over my shoulder, proceeded to guess the first question I was about to ask and then lovingly pinched my cheek in jest like a warm Italian uncle from Old Country. This is acceptable behavior when you’ve done hundreds of interviews and you’re twice the interviewer’s age.
Virzi’s 12th film is his darkest yet, a three-part story of intersecting narratives surrounding two families hurt by the financial crisis and an accident involving a biker who was killed in a hit and run. Across each of the three chapters, Virzi experiments with tone and genre, first sticking to his roots of social commentary and bitter, ironic comedy, then paying homage to Antonioni and finally concluding with more of a noir thriller. »
- Brian Welk
Steve Carell has revealed how playing eccentric millionaire John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s reality-based wrestling tragedy Foxcatcher is something that remains with him to this day. "It’s something I still think about," he told reporters at the BFI London Film Festival on Thursday, speaking ahead of the film’s gala screening and U.K. premiere. Watch more Cannes: Steve Carell, Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett Preview Their Upcoming Movies "As a group, we went to Pittsburgh to film this and, without sounding too pretentious, I feel like we all disappeared for a while. And then a few months later
- Alex Ritman
To close out our New York Film Festival coverage for the year, a quartet of takeaways from this annual highly curated celebration of international cinema. Nyff doesn't have a broad selection like a lot of festivals but there were goodies. I've asked each member of our team to send me a top ten list of things they learned (we did not consult each other on our lists).
Nathaniel's Top Ten Nyff Takeaways
1. 17 years after Boogie Nights, Julianne Moore is still 'the foxiest bitch in the world'
2. Birdman has a smorgasbord of quotable lines. My favorite on first viewing:
Popularity is just the slutty cousin of prestige."
3. Marion Cotillard is getting so mesmerizingly authentic onscreen pretty soon she's going to walk right off of it in character like she's reenacting The Purple Rose of Cairo. (I apologize for the image: no one wants to think of the Dardenne Brothers going 3-D. »
- NATHANIEL R
Pretty good update this week as we kick things off with J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year and its R rating, the only "R" rating among the notable titles this week as fellow Oscar contender, Angelina Jolie's Unbroken comes in with a PG-13 rating, though by the sounds of it it's a pretty strong one. Possible foreign language contender, Two Days, One Night from the Dardennes and starring Marion Cotillard scored a PG-13, as did the upcoming Poltergeist remake. Also in the bulletin today is Bill Pohland's Love & Mercy starring Paul Dano as reclusive Beach Boys songwriter Brian Wilson. And, finally Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb takes home a family friendly PG. Oh, and as for The Scorpion King 4: Quest For Power, it's coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on January 20, 2015, and you won't believe it, but on top of starring Victor Webster »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – The 50th Chicago International Film Festival of 2014 gets into gear this week, with a line-up of films from all over the world. The festival breaks down these films in several categories, including the Main Competition, New Directors, Docufest, Out-Look (Lgbt), World Cinema, After Dark and Spotlight Scandinavia.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Nick Allen and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the best of the festival, and offers this preview of the first midweek selections in the two week cinema extravaganza. Each capsule is designated with Na (Nick Allen) or Pm (Patrick McDonald), to indicate the author.
Centerpiece Film “The Last 5 Years”
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
The musical is back, featuring Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick belting out tunes! Based on an Off-Broadway hit that had its roots in Chicago, this all-singing look at a dissolving marriage has moments of inspiration. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The number of countries submitting for the foreign language Oscar keeps going up; all with different ways of picking and choosing. Last year saw 76 entrants. Following the October 1 submission deadline, the Academy has released the final tally of a whopping 83 foreign language submissions for the 2014 Oscar, a record by a mile. Malta, Mauritania and Panama are among the first-time countries. But there are clear frontrunners that stick out from the pack, films that benefit from increased visibility in NY and La with private Academy screenings and New York Film Festival play. We're not betting the farm yet, but Cannes winners "Force Majeure" and Russia's Putin-bashing pick "Leviathan," along with Marion Cotillard starrer "Two Days, One Night," Argentine comedy hit "Wild Tales" and recent Nyff entry "Timbuktu" all stand tall. There is of course Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" playing like gangbusters in his native »
From the brothers Warner to the brothers Weinstein, the movie business has long been a fraternal affair, though sibling director teams (Coen, Hughes, Wachowski) are a relatively new concept, and one that always inspired a raft of predictable questions: How exactly does a directing team collaborate? Does one concentrate on the visual elements while the other works with the actors? Do they stand side-by-side on the set like a mythological two-headed beast? It was in this gentle spirit of inquiry — and cultural exchange — that the two sets of brother directors with films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival sat down to meet last Sunday afternoon, on a large yellow sofa in the patron lounge of Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
- Scott Foundas
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's latest masterpiece of conscience, Two Days, One Night (Deux Jours, Une Nuit), stars Marion Cotillard with Fabrizio Rongione, Catherine Salée, Batiste Sornin, a formidable Olivier Gourmet, Timur Magomedgadzhiev and Catherine Salée, who played the mother of Adèle in Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
The Dardennes and I spoke about fairy tales, their work with costume designer Maïra Ramedhan Levi, finding the right clothes, the use of rehearsals, suspense, seduction versus vulnerability and working with stars.
Marion Cotillard as Sandra: "The pink top she wears, tells a number of things."
After having suffered a nervous breakdown Sandra (Marion Cotillard), a worker in a Belgian solar panel factory, finds out that in her absence, her 16 co-workers were asked »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Polanski wrought "Macbeth" out of deep despair and psychological depression two years after Sharon Tate was murdered. And this very dark and downbeat version of the Shakespeare tragedy shows us what he was going through. A new Blu-ray of the 1971 film is out now from Criterion, which has excerpted a piece of the making-of doc "Toil and Trouble" in the video below. Watch as Polanski talks the freedom he found in mounting Shakespeare -- and how he casted against type to heighten the film's menacing mood. Actors also talk the late Jon Finch, who plays the title king. Next year we'll see Justin Kurzel's take on the film, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the leading roles. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Jose here. You know how sometimes a performer will win a gazillion awards for their breakthrough performance and then never be recognized again, even as they deliver much more complex, superior work? It’s the “been there done that” syndrome, which has sadly made most awards groups forget all about Marion Cotillard, who is once again Best Actress material in Two Days, One Night (Michael reviewed it here)
As the recently laid-off Sandra, Cotillard is unforgettable. We follow her as she visits her co-workers’ homes asking them to help her win her job back. As some show support, others display contempt and pity, making for a harrowing moviegoing experience. The Dardenne brothers, who in the past have been reluctant to work with movie stars, put their trust in Cotillard and the payoff is evident. The actress sheds all her glamour and star presence to play someone so fragile it seems »
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne pose a number of very intriguing questions in their New York Film Festival entry, Two Days, One Night. If you had to choose between getting a raise and laying off a colleague, which would you go for? And what if you were that colleague? Would you fight for your job even after being betrayed by your co-workers? Those are the predicaments that the characters in the film face and while they are engaging to a point, the execution feels frustratingly lifeless, depressing and repetitive - although that's likely the point. The whole thing goes down at a solar panel factory called Solwal. Marion Cotillard leads as Sandra, an employee who’s forced to take a leave of absence due to a bout of depression. While she’s gone, the company comes to realize that they can do with one less employee so, just when Sandra returns to work, »
- Perri Nemiroff
As was the case in Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, the central soured marriage between Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike) only grows more unsettling the more you discover about both parties, the seemingly perfect veneer peeling back inch by inch to reveal festering dysfunction.
We can never get enough festering dysfunction over at Digital Spy, so here are seven more of the big screen's most shining examples of marital strife.
1. George and Martha (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
The crumbling couple that arguably inspired every other on this list. Edward Albee created the archetypal marriage in spectacular meltdown in his blistering 1962 play, and real-life sparring lovers Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor bring George and Martha vividly to life on the big screen.
Watching the central pair inventively tear »
Our Nyff coverage continues with Michael Cusumano on Belgium's "Two Days, One Night" starring Marion Cotillard
The experience of watching the Dardenne brothers latest critically adored Cannes hit, Two Days, One Night, brings home just how conditioned we are to expect our protagonists to be active and fearless. We are not used to heroes that need to be pushed and prodded to stand up for themselves. Our heroes tend to plunge into conflict with nary a second thought. Marion Cotillard’s Sandra is not one of those characters. When Sandra awakes one morning to a phone call informing her that she has lost her job at a company that makes solar panels, her first impulse is to take it lying down. Literally. On an upswing after what we gather is a nasty struggle with depression, Sandra crawls back into bed resigned to let her sickness swallow her whole this time. »
- Michael C.
This latest assured gem from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne recalls the work of their spiritual ancestor Robert Bresson in its rigorous examination of a simple moral dilemma. In a rural French town wracked by economic tough times, Sandra (Marion Cotillard, in a tour-de-force performance) learns that, having just returned to her job at a solar panel manufacturing plant after a leave for clinical depression, she is now going to be laid off, because her sixteen co-workers have voted to fire her rather than lose their 1,000 euro bonuses. This news hits Xanax-popping Sandra hard, given that going back on the dole will take a toll on her family’s financial circumstances – not to mention that it’s a blow to her already fragile sense of self-worth. Nonetheless, Sandra f »
Denzel Washington.s films have raked in more than $4 billion at cinemas worldwide but the superstar.s latest movie was beaten in Australia last weekend by a bunch of barely known youngsters.
Pro-rata that was well below the Us weekend debut of $US35.1 million, which ranks as the biggest September launch for an R-rated film, eclipsing Jackass: Number Two, which pulled in $29 million in 2006.
In Oz the action movie, which casts Washington as a former member of the special forces who comes out of retirement after Russian gangsters ensare a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz), trailed the second outing of sci-fi action/adventure The Maze Runner.
- Inside Film Correspondent
Marion Cotillard's performance is one of the primary draws for the powerful drama "Two Days, One Night," which premieres on October 5 at the New York Film Festival and opens in limited release on December 24, but it's also Belgium's Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film. Can it score bids in that race as well as Best Actress? -Break- Oscars predictions update: Scott Feinberg--Tom O'Neil [Podcast] Belgium has never won the Foreign Film Oscar, despite seven previous nominations, most recently for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," which lost last year's prize to Italy's "The Great Beauty." "Two Days" is written and directed by brothers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, who have never contended at the Oscars despite abundant international acclaim for their work. For Cotillard, it actually hasn't been that long since she won her Oscar for "La Vie en Rose" (2007) &n...' »
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