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Like it’s 1999: Ruizpalacios’ Sprightly Directorial Debut
There’s something in the air of Alonso Ruizpalacios’ directorial debut, Güeros, a beautifully shot period piece examining a particular moment in time in a familiar coming-of-age package. Playful in a way that’s earned the director comparisons to the early works of fellow Mexican auteur Alfonso Cuaron, particularly 2001’s Y Tu Mama Tambien, you may not remember the particulars of the mise en scene here, but the film is a vibrant string of inspired visuals significantly enhancing the kind of narrative we’ve seen done to death across a multitude of cultures. But Ruizpalacios displays a unique mastery of cinematic language, and his impressive film marks him as a director to keep an eye on.
We meet thirteen year old Tomas (Sebastian Aguirre) as he drops a water balloon off of a roof onto a distressed mother. Briefly guilty for his »
- Nicholas Bell
How does one follow up the award winning “Birdman?” You set out to make a grim revenge western about a fur trapper, of course. While Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” has gone over schedule–by at least three months, according to Tom Hardy–we can spend the time waiting for that movie reexamining the Oscar-winning director’s filmography thanks to a video tribute by Miguel Branco. To date, Iñárritu has the least amount of feature-length films to his name than the rest of the Three Amigos–five to Alfonso Cuaron’s seven and Guillermo del Toro’s soon-to-be nine – but he’s also the only one that has stayed firmly in the arthouse realm when both Cuaron and del Toro have gone Hollywood. Iñárritu made his feature-length debut with "Amores perros" in 2000, a powerful and confident film that tracks three distinct stories in Mexico City all linked to a car crash. »
- Cain Rodriguez
A sobering social-issue movie set in a milieu so different from our own that it practically feels like science fiction, Jose Luis Rugeles’ “Alias Maria” embeds audiences among a group of Colombian guerrillas, where children are forced to fight alongside adults, and where the young ladies in the group are used for sexual recreation, but forbidden to bear children. Stories like this can be arduous to watch, and here, the unease is amplified by long, dialogue-free passages in which a small squad of fighters — including teenage Maria, who protects an obvious secret — find time to reevaluate their allegiances while undertaking a dangerous mission. The movie itself falls short of its objective, failing to engage as a straightforward thriller, but represents the iceberg-tip of a far larger effort, a grass-roots re-educational campaign the sheer importance of which should land “Alias Maria” countless more fest berths after Cannes.
Compelled by a noble »
- Peter Debruge
The making of threequels can be a thorny business, especially when it comes to the most beloved of franchises, but that hasn't held back the creation of some truly phenomenal third films.
With the recent arrival of the The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in Sky Store, we're celebrating some of the best threequels out there:
The Harry Potter series gave us a unique chance to watch a group of young actors growing up over more than a decade from cute little kids to major stars with some serious blockbusters under their belts.
As with Jk Rowling's original novels, The Prisoner of Azkaban revealed the full potential of the series. It is darker and scarier, sure, but also richer and more complex with some great character moments from its young cast.
Director Alfonso Cuarón brings a touch of magic to »
Actually, this picture of Reese was kind of my face when I saw this news.
The Hollywood Reporter broke on Thursday that Witherspoon is set to star in yet another live-action property from Disney. This time, they are bringing in the actress to play Tinkebell in the movie Tink, an adaptation of the Peter Pan character. Witherspoon will also produce the picture.
This isn’t the first live-action adaptation that Disney has set for the future. They already have a slate that includes live action Jungle Book, Mulan, Pinocchio, and Dumbo, which all come after adaptations of their own animated features with Maleficent and Cinderella. While all of those properties have big name directors behind the projects, right now no director is attached to helm Tink.
According to THR, »
- Zach Dennis
While there’s a film festival going on in Cannes, so much of the festival and the buzz comes, like it is with Sundance, from purchases and pickups of many of the titles being screened there, and even those that aren’t. There are countless deals being struck, but we did our best to round up just a few of the more notable titles that will some day be arriving stateside.
First up, Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions. Atom Egoyan’s Remember, starring Christopher Plummer, was picked up by A24. The comedy Geezer, starring Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, has been picked up by Hyde Park International. Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman has been picked up by Atlas Distribution for a planned September release. »
- Brian Welk
Chicago – Far more marvelous than imperfect, “Interstellar” is the answer for moviegoers who have lost the zeal for massive films, citing a lack of ideas, heart, or general passion for filmmaking. Director Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space odyssey is an event of beauty, with the rare experience of showing viewers something they haven’t seen before.
As a blockbuster of familiar features but unique successes, “Interstellar” welcomes comparisons to numerous films but consistently stands apart from them. Nolan has fashioned a singular experience that works with the busy simplicity of his previous movies, like “Inception”: It’s recognizable and easy to follow along, but with a clear interest in the philosophy that puts these tales into action.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Variety has revealed that Gareth Edwards has cast his male lead for the ‘about to start shooting’ Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One, the stand-alone Star Wars movie from Lucasfilm. The film already has British actors Felicity Jones and Riz Ahmed amongst the cast, along with potentially Ben Mendelsohn, but the trade is reporting that none other than Mexican actor Diego Luna, most famous for his movies with Alfonso Cuarón (Y Tu Mama Tambien) and the Us hits The Terminal and, more recently, The Book Of Life.
There is no mention of the exact character that Luna will play, but it is said to be one of the leads in the tentpole movie.
‘Rogue One’ is heavily in pre-production with the plot revolving around a group of soldiers who steal plans for the Death Star. It will be set in the Star Wars universe that we all know and love, but »
- Paul Heath
Director Alfonso Cuarón will chair the jury at this year’s jury of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival which takes place this September. Cuarón will »
- Jazz Tangcay
Alfonso Cuarón has agreed to chair the international competition jury of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12, 2015), which will award the Golden Lion for Best Film and other official prizes. Oscar-winning "Gravity" played Venice as the opening film in 2013. Back in 2001 "Y tu mamà también" won the Osella Award for Best Screenplay (by Carlos and Alfonso Cuarón) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award (Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna), and "Children of Men" also played the fest in 2006, winning the Osella Award for Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. On September 12 the Venezia 72 International Jury of 10 will award the following prizes for the feature films running in the competitive section, Venezia 72: − Golden Lion for Best Film − Silver Lion for Best Director − Grand Jury Prize − Coppa Volpi for »
- Anne Thompson
Two years after his Oscar-winning juggernaut "Gravity" opened the Venice Film Festival, director Alfonso Cuarón has been tapped to preside over the International Jury for the upcoming 72nd edition of the fall festival season kick-off. Cuarón's history with the fest dates back to 2001, when "Y tu mamà también" won the Osella Award there for Best Screenplay (shared with his brother Carlos), as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award for stars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna. Five years later, "Children of Men" won the Osella Award for Best Cinematography for Cuarón's long-time collaborator Emmanuel Lubezki. Speaking of which, with "Gravity" and "Birdman," the last two years have been kind to Lubezki on the Lido. But I wouldn't hold out much hope for a return this year as Alejandro González Iñárritu's "The Revenant" isn't expected to be ready for the early fall festival gauntlet. Other possibilities for the line-up include »
- Kristopher Tapley
The new issue of Theory & Event features a symposium on Lars von Trier. Also in today's roundup: Glauber Rocha on Jean-Luc Godard, Luc Moullet on Samuel Fuller, Peter Bogdanovich on Orson Welles's The Other Side of the Wind, Fernando F. Croce on Luchino Visconti's La terra trema, Dennis Cooper on Karen Black, plus news: Alfonso Cuarón will head the jury in Venice, Spike Lee's lined up Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson for Chiraq, and we have notes the passing of Chris Burden and Elizabeth Wilson. » - David Hudson »
Cuaron is indeed a Lido aficionado. His connection to Venice dates back to 2001, when his Mexican coming-of-age comedy “Y tu mama tambien” won a screenplay nod and also took the Marcello Mastroianni acting prize for co-protags Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna.
Cuaron’s latest work is science-fiction television show “Believe.” Cuaron directed the pilot episode and produced the entire series for Warner Bros. Television and J.J. Abram’s Bad Robot Productions. The show was broadcast by NBC in the U.S.
The Venice Film Festival will run September 2-12.
- Nick Vivarelli
Gravity director to preside over the jury of the 72nd Venezia.
Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón is to preside over the International Jury for the Competition of the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (Sept 2-12), which will award the Golden Lion for Best Film and the other official prizes.
The winner of two Oscars – for Best Director and Best Film Editing for Gravity, which opened Venice 2013 – Cuarón has won four more Oscar nominations, all of them for films screened as world premieres at the Venice Film Festival: Y tu mamà también (2001, Best Original Screenplay), Children of Men (2006, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing), Gravity (2013, Best Film).
Cuarón’s connection with the festival dates back to 2001, when Y tu mamà también won the Osella Award for Best »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuarón will chair the International Jury for the Competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival in September. The appointment by the board of directors comes two years after the helmer’s Gravity opened the festival out of competition and one year after his pal Alejandro G. Inarritu raised the curtain with Birdman. Both men went on to win the directing Academy Award (among others) for their respective pics. Two of Cuaron’s other Oscar nominated films… »
If at first you don't succeed… Last year's big Universal Pictures/Angelina Jolie (Pitt) prestige fall/winter release, "Unbroken," didn't exactly make Oscar season waves upon arrival. But the actress/filmmaker was hard at work on her follow-up throughout, so I'm sure that did a lot to take her mind off how many nominations the film wasn't receiving (and how many nasty things were being said about her in hacked corporate emails). And so she and the studio will give it another go later this year with "By the Sea," starring Jolie and husband Brad Pitt. Universal has announced that the film will be released November 13 domestically. Written, directed and produced by Jolie Pitt, the film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. It follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, »
- Kristopher Tapley
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. "Mulholland Drive." "Donnie Darko." "Spirited Away." "Ghost World." "The Royal Tenenbaums." "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." "Wet Hot American Summer." "Pulse." "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." If you're not stunned by the sheer variety of greatness in the above list of films, you probably won't be on board with my argument for 2001 as the greatest year in movie history. And if you're puzzled by the exclusion of "A Beautiful Mind," then you might as well stop reading now. "A Beautiful Mind," of course, won Best Picture at the Oscars the following year, an honor that felt undeserved at the time and positively baffles in hindsight. The Ron Howard-directed drama was an ephemeral triumph, the kind of middle-of-the-road Hollywood »
- Chris Eggertsen
August actor-director Alan Rickman effortlessly charmed audiences on a balmy London evening as he took a stroll down memory lane for the latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Recalling a career that has seen him work with some of the film industry’s most talented and eclectic directors, including Neil Jordan, Alfonso Cuaron, Tim Burton, Ang Lee and the late Anthony Minghella, Rickman mused on his late start in the film business. “To be perfectly honest, having a film… »
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced some of the best in Bollywood from 1989’s Parinda, to 2003’s Munna Bhai Mbbs and the follow up Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2005, Parineeta in 2005, 3 Idiots in 2009 and last year’s big hit Pk. After making some brilliant films in Bollywood, the director decided to pursue a long held dream of making a film in Hollywood. What is even cooler is that he is just not producing the film, he also wrote and directed the thriller titled Broken Horses. The film stars a huge cast of Hollywood stars including Vincent D’Onofrio (The Judge, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Alpha Dog) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) along with Spanish actress, Maria Valverde (Exodus), Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flannery.
Broken Horses is about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
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