12 items from 2015
'The Sea Inside': Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar. 'The Sea Inside': Outstanding supporting cast help to lift flawed Right to Die drama Alejandro Amenábar's The Sea Inside often verges on melodrama, featuring as its centerpiece a showy performance by Javier Bardem as a tetraplegic man eager to end his life “with dignity.” Its not inconsiderable flaws notwithstanding – including a simplistic “right to die” debate – this real-life-inspired drama is in and of itself both compelling and touching enough to merit a look; but what makes The Sea Inside a must-see are the superb performances of those in Bardem's periphery. The story revolves around Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), a middle-aged man who has been bed-ridden and dependent on the care of others since a diving accident in his early 20s. (Hence the original Spanish title “Into the Sea.”) Yearning for freedom from his mostly immobile body, »
- Andre Soares
Todd McFarlane's (Spawn comics) company McFarlane Toys has created a 10-inch Rick Grimes action figure equipped to seriously injure or hopefully kill some walkers. Also: release details for the Alleluia Blu-ray / DVD and Insidious: Chapter 3 UK Blu-ray.
The Walking Dead Rick Grimes Vigilante Edition: “A former sheriff deputy, Rick Grimes leads the group of Atlanta survivors in their desperate search for a safe haven from the constant dangers that now lurk amongst them. As the group looks to rebuild their lives, Rick initially resists his destined leadership role. But as he discovers that there is more than just the undead to worry about, Rick makes the ultimate choice to do whatever it takes to keep his family and friends alive in this less than moral post-apocalyptic world.
McFarlane Toys’ Rick Grimes Vigilante Edition deluxe figure depicts this transformation from a peacekeeping deputy to judge, jury, and executioner. This »
- Tamika Jones
Read More: Review: The Bizarro Narrative Of 'Alleluia' Works Best Late At Night Fabrice Du Welz may not be a name you instantly recognize, but based on the artistic vision and terror he conjures up in "Alleluia," it's one you ought to start getting familiar with. Inspired by the "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1970s, the fourth feature from the Belgian writer-director follows an isolated woman, Gloria (Lola Dueñas), whose severe desire for a professional hustler (Laurent Lucas) leads her to help in his vicious acts of murder. The story may sound like an urban legend you've seen before, but Du Welz's execution of the material certainly isn't. Exploring the mindset of his protagonist by visulizing her unraveling psyche in his aesthetics, Du Welz replaces cheap thrills with a more experimental and calculated sense of escalating torture. As a result, "Alleluia" seems more at home in the horror atmosphere of »
- Zack Sharf
For many people, when it comes to a film adaption of the real-life horror story of the “Lonely Hearts killers”, it doesn’t get much better than the 1969 film The Honeymoon Killers. The combination of Shirley Stoler and Tony Lo Bianco was just such a great one, that it hasn’t seemed like a modern update would be necessary. With such expectations like those, the fact that director Fabrice Du Welz’s Alleluia, a loose adaption of both the real life crimes and The Honeymoon Killers takes those expectations and gives fans once hell of a retelling that will not be forgotten anytime soon speaks wonders.
Following Gloria (Almodovar regular, Lola Dueñas), a single mother who feels empty and alone in life, Alleluia does a great job of placing us as its audience right in the middle of a woman lost in life, completely alone and in need of something. »
- Jerry Smith
Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz's sensual, brutal version of the "lonely hearts killers"—made into a 1969 film by Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers, and Arturo Ripstein's 1996 Deep Crimson—was a highlight of the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes last year, and is now getting a Us theatrical release through Music Box Films' Doppelgänger Releasing arm. Shot close in intimate 16mm, the film juggles tones deftly to capture the loneliness, desire, horror, humor, and absurdity in an amour fou between two single sociopaths who find in each other an intense, primal attraction. But both persons are so distorted, and the love between them thereby turning so distorted, that it leads not to the greatest, strangest love affair—though you could call it that, I suppose—but the most perverse: the man sets up a scheme to seduce and rob women, and his lover, quickly beset by manic jealousy, ends up killing them. »
- Daniel Kasman
The madness and obsession of love is a recurring theme in Fabrice de Welz's first two films Calvaire and Vinyan, and his latest, Alleluia, continues this trend. Taking on the infamous tale of the Honeymoon Killers (an American couple who conned and murdered several older women in the mid-20th century), with stellar performances by Laurent Lucas and especially Lola Dueñas, Alleluia is a fire-charged thriller than spins a disturbing and all-too-believable web of such madness, jealousy, sex and murder.Gloria (Dueñas) is a lonely single mother working at a hospital somewhere in Belgium. A friend signs her up for a singles website, and Gloria arranges a date with Michel (Lucas), a shoe salesman. But Michel is a also a con artist who bilks lonely women of their...
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Fabrice du Welz's Cannes selected shocker hits Us screens - both in limited theatrical release and on VOD - from Doppelganger Releasing on the 17th, and we're pleased to offer up an exclusive clip from the film here at Twitch.Based on notorious real-life "lonely hearts killers" who make victims of their romantic liaisons, Alleluia is a dark and fascinating love-story-gone-wrong from Belgian horror maverick Fabrice du Welz. Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I'm So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Michel tries to swindle what he can out of...
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Madrid – Completing one of the biggest Latin America- U.S.-Europe co-productions in history, Canana, the Mexico-l.A.-based production house of Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna and Pablo Cruz, has boarded Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama,” one of Latin America’s most awaited and most ambitious movies.
A partner with Im Global in Mundial, a pioneering Latin America sales company, and with Participant Media in Participant PanAmerica, beyond its own lead productions – “Miss Bala,” “Cesar Chavez,” Cannes 2015 Un Certain Regard player “The Chosen Ones” — Canana has been a key driver of first moves to create a pan-regional Latin American film industry, co-producing milestone recent Latin American co-productions such as Pablo Larrain’s “No” and Pablo Fendrik’s “Ardor.”
“We are thrilled to join such a group of colleagues — all admired »
- John Hopewell
It’s been nearly seven years since Fabrice Du Welz unveiled Vinyan to mixed reception at the Venice Film Festival, but early reviews of Alléluia, which premiered as part of Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight sidebar last year, suggest it is something of a return to form. The film stars Lola Dueñas (Talk ToHer, I’m So Excited!) as Gloria, who meets […] »
- Forrest Cardamenis
Belgian director Fabrice du Welz delivered one of the most acclaimed films of 2014 with his Alleluia - a selection of the Cannes Film Festival and multiple award winner at Fantastic Fest - and Us audiences eager to check it out for themselves don't ahve long to wait with Doppelganger releasing announcing that they'll be launching the film on a limited theatrical run and across VOD platforms on July 17th.Michel (Laurent Lucas, With a Friend Like Harry and Calvaire) is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria (Lola Dueñas, Volver and I'm So Excited!) online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she's left completely smitten. Michel tries...
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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
12 items from 2015
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