10 items from 2010
With the untimely death of Quentin Tarantino’s long-time collaborating film editor Sally Menke earlier this year it raises the question; just how important is a film editor to director’s vision? Sidney Lumet says in his book, Making Movies, the two main elements of editing are, “juxtapositioning of images and creating tempo.” So it would follow that in order for a director with a strong style (like Tarantino) to maintain that style throughout his career, finding a good film editor is essential.
There are several highly stylistic directors who collaborate with the same editor multiple times. For example, Baz Luhrmann worked with Jill Billcock on his first three films – Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! All three films have a very similar feel to them, so much so that they are referred to collectively as the Red Curtain Trilogy. For his fourth film, Australia, Luhrmann worked with a different film editor – Dody Dorn. »
Warner Catalog! Christopher Nolan is now the most beloved director of the fanboy set for realizing a dark and realistic take on the Dark Knight. For the critical community he was already championed for having directed one of the masterpieces of the 21st century with Memento, and now it seems both parties are coming together to celebrate Inception. Insomnia was Nolan’s transition film into the big leagues to show that he could handle a larger budget and big names. It’s more important as a transitioning film, than as an actual piece of art. Al Pacino stars as Will Dormer, a Los Angeles detective flown to Alaska to help hunt a possible serial killer (Robin Williams), only to accidentally shoot his partner (or perhaps not)?
- Andre Dellamorte
Providing some hope for the Hollywood machine, Christopher Nolan found his way to the high-profile remake Insomnia with, all things considered, very little on his resume. Small-budget hits Following and Memento have become such cult favorites that they’ve transcended “cult,” but you rarely see such a director getting the chance to shoot straight to a big money venture with such names as Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank.
While not the biggest fan of Inception you’ll find, I am quite the Nolan fan, and even if I am torn as to the necessity of this remake (the original being brilliantly constructed), there is great ability at work here.
Deceptively simple, the story follows an L.A. homicide detective (Pacino), and his effort to track a criminal in a small Alaskan town so far north that, this time of year, the sun never sets. Teaming up with the local police, »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – In many ways, Christopher Nolan’s “Insomnia,” recently released on beautiful Blu-ray, is the perfect companion piece to his new masterpiece, “Inception,” now playing in theaters. The film may not get the international attention of “The Dark Knight” but it stands as further proof that this man is one of our best living directors.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
A follow-up to the highly-buzzed “Memento” was bound to be difficult for any director and so Chris Nolan turned to a remake of an excellent foreign film and made it distinctly its own. Al Pacino, in one of his most underrated performances, plays a police officer sent to Alaska to find a killer. He’s already weary from a world that keeps bringing him down and his problem worsens in the land of the midnight sun.
Insomnia was released on Blu-ray on July 13th, 2010
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
While totally thrown off his game mentally and physically, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Before watching Warner's Blu-ray for Christopher Nolan's psychological thriller Insomnia the only other time I'd seen the film was in 2002 upon its theatrical release. It was touted as being from the director of Memento (a film I loved at that time), it starred Al Pacino and featured Robin Williams in his first of two creepy movie roles of that year. It was a combination of actors and a director that got me interested, but it did very little for me then and it still doesn't move me eight years later.
Adapted from the 1997 Norwegian movie of the same name (buy it here), Insomnia tells the story of Will Dormer (Pacino), a Los Angeles detective under investigation by Internal Affairs as he is sent to the fictional city of Nightmute, Alaska to head the investigation of a local murder case. Stressed due to troubles back home and having a hard »
- Brad Brevet
We have a brand new exclusive clip from the upcoming Blu-ray debut of Insomnia, which hits the shelves in high-definition for the first time on July 13. Click on this exclusive clip below, which Al Pacino and Robin Williams having a friendly chat.
Exclusive: I'm Not Who You Think I Am
Invited to Nightmute, Alaska, to head a murder case, a veteran Lapd detective finds his investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on him - and by personal guilt over a second crime that may be real...or a figment of his increasingly unstable consciousness. Director Christopher Nolan (whose other credits include Memento and Batman Begins) crafts another jolting psychological thriller to remember, guiding Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank in Insomnia. In »
You can bring home director Christopher Nolan's 2002 thriller home in high definition this July. Insomnia will be released on Blu-ray on July 13. We have no cover art images at this time, but the Bd disc will be priced at $24.98 Srp and you can take a look at the special features below. The film stars Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan and Nicky Katt.
Invited to Nightmute, Alaska, to head a murder case, a veteran Lapd detective finds his investigation disrupted by an ever-shining midnight sun that wreaks sleep-depriving havoc on him - and by personal guilt over a second crime that may be real...or a figment of his increasingly unstable consciousness. Director Christopher Nolan (whose other credits include Memento and Batman Begins) crafts another jolting psychological thriller to remember, »
Warner Bros. has announced a Blu-ray release of Christopher Nolan’s 2002 film Insomnia. The film, starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank, is a remake of the 1997 Norwegian film of the same name. The release is set for July 13th, three days before the release of Nolan’s upcoming film Inception. As an incentive to pick up Insomnia, the Bd will include ‘movie money’ ($7.50 value) that can be used for an Inception ticket.
Special features for the Bd include two commentaries, one with Christopher Nolan and another with Wally Pfister, Hilary Swank, Editor Dody Dorn, Screenwriter Hillary Seitz, and Production Designer Nathan Crowley, as well as four featurettes (“Day for Night: Making the Movie”, “180°: A Conversation with Christopher Nolan and Al Pacino”, “In the Fog: Cinemtography and Production Design”, “Eyes Wide Open: The Insomniac’s World”), the theatrical trailer, an additional scene, and a still gallery. »
Today's collection is a complete, eight-page look at all of the preliminary 2011 Oscar Contenders I've featured over the week in one complete post. There are a few I'll be adding, such as yesterday's Welcome to the RIleys suggestion and hopefully a few more documentaries, before the doors to the new "The Contenders" section opens up in April, but until then this is your one-stop-shop.
As we move along add any thoughts or films you think should be added in the comments below or send me an email directly if you have thoughts on additional contenders or news on any of those on this list. Your suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.
127 Hours Release Date: Release date not yet set Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures Directed By: Danny Boyle Cast: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara Quick Thoughts: Directed by Danny Boyle whose last film, Slumdog Millionaire, racked up eight Oscars including Best Picture, »
- Brad Brevet
Part three arrives and it comes with 20 more films to keep an eye on this year as potential Oscar candidates. If you missed parts one and two, the links for both of those can be found on the bottom of page two of this post.
With today's list of films it brings the total previewed thus far to 60 early Oscar contending films and already one reader has sent in a potential new candidate I am looking into further to see if the list again will grow from it's current total of 73 films to 74 and what may amount to a fifth film for Helen Mirren. With no films this year for Meryl Streep, it looks like Mirren is stacking the deck.
I will again remind you, this is merely a guide to potential nominees, not a guarantee, not a lock, but simply films that could potentially go on to be remembered at the year-end Oscar race. »
- Brad Brevet
10 items from 2010
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