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Taking Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Cinematography at the Oscars, Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "The Revenant" undoubtedly won the awards where they were most deserved, honoring the director's uncompromising filmmaking, Emmanuel Lubezki's impeccable eye for imagery, and Leonardo DiCaprio's commanding performance. And today we have a terrific prize pack for fans of the film. To refresh your memory, "The Revenant" is based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman and trapper who is left for dead after being mauled by a bear, and fights to survive. In the film, DiCaprio takes the role of Hugh, with Tom Hardy as John Fitzgerald, the man who becomes the target of his vengeance. Read More: Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Fierce And Unremitting 'The Revenant' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio And Tom Hardy The prize pack we have available features a Blu-ray along with a hand-crafted book by artist Blaine Halvorson, »
- Edward Davis
Inspired by true events, The Revenant focuses on a legendary explorer named Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio). While on a trip to the uncharted American wilderness, Glass and his young Pawnee son are all that are keeping his hunting crew out of harm’s way. But an attack on Glass by a wild animal leaves him near death in the arctic weather of an American winter. With few left in the party, the captain leaves a couple of men behind to care for Glass until his seemingly inevitable death. Under the care of John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), the young Bridger (Will Poulter) … Continue reading →
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- Paul Hall
Alejandro G. Innaritu’s The Revenant, which walked away with three Academy Awards last month, is the latest film to be given the Honest Trailer treatment by the fine people over at Screen Junkies.
The film, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD in the USA on April 19th, is described in the trailer as “epic Oscar bait” and containing a “poetic ending where he finally gets the revenge the real guy never had.”
The trailer also pokes fun at star Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar win (“literally scratches and claws his way” to the Oscar) and fellow Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki’s cinematography. The film won Innaritu his second straight Best Director Academy Award.
See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here
Inspired by true events, The Revenant is an immersive and visceral cinematic experience capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the extraordinary power of the human spirit. In »
- Scott J. Davis
The fifth time turned out to be "the charm" for Leonardo DiCaprio, who finally took home his first Oscar in his storied career for his critically-acclaimed performance in The Revenant. Many awards season pundits felt that this would finally be Leo's year, and in a night with very few "upsets," they were all proven to be correct. Here's what the actor had to say last month upon learning he was nominated for his performance.
"I am so grateful to the Academy for their recognition of this film. Making The Revenant was one of the most rewarding and collaborative experiences of my life. None of this would have been possible without Alejandro (González Iñárritu)'s talent, vision and determination. Our dedicated crew also deserves to share in this moment. Together, they have created a truly unique cinematic experience. Congratulations to all of my fellow nominees this season. Thank you to the Academy. »
So it looks as though The Revenant might win it all – I can see the gold statuettes in a row, presiding over that vast, reckless wilderness, like the pale, amber sunlight that lurks in the distance behind the film’s final battle between Hugh Glass and John Fitzgerald. And I’m delighted, in the schoolboy way that I long to see Leicester City win the Premier League. The Revenant deserves it: it is the grandest, wildest and most ambitious, demanding and far-reaching film of the year, as well as the most beautiful and cinematic, and the one that insists, amid the wilderness of CGI, there can still be movies that go to the back of beyond, for the real thing. Come on, The Revenant; come on, »
- David Thomson
Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.
For Part 1 of our 2016 Oscar Previews, click here.
Best Actor Nominees
Previously Best Known For:
Walter White - TV’s Breaking Bad
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Interesting Fact: Became an ordained minister while he was in college as a part-time job.
Previously Best Known For:
Jason Bourne - The Bourne Films
Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:
Nomination - Best Actor in a Leading Role 1998 - Will Hunting in Good Will Hunting
Won - Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen 1998 - Good Will Hunting
Nominated - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2010 - Francois Pienaar in Invictus
Interesting Fact: Started a bowling league in Berlin while making The Bourne Supremacy.
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
The 88th Annual Academy Awards will take place Sunday February 28th at 8:30pm Eastern time. Here is our overview of the major awards nominees in case you didn’t get to see them yourself.
There’s always a lot of talk leading up to the big day about who will win what awards. We try to make our predictions based on trends from the past, but we can’t help to be swayed by our own personal opinions. Some movies truly strike a chord with us, while others aren’t interesting at all. Furthermore, Oscar films are usually heavy in the drama department and therefore they aren’t always the easiest or most entertaining movies to watch.
That’s why we’re here. Here is your guide to the nominees of this year’s Academy Awards. We’ve compiled the following brief summaries, interesting facts, and critical reviews for all these films and people. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, Will Poulter, Forrest Goodluck, Paul Anderson, Kristoffer Joner, Joshua Burge, Duane Howard, Melaw Nakehk’o, Fabrice Adde, Arthur RedCloud | Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mark L. Smith | Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The Revenant a simple story of revenge, but the arduous journey from aggrieved to exacting that revenge is anything but simple. This is Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film and is a huge departure from last years eccentric, superhero movie Birdman. We join the history of how the USA was colonised at the point where white settlers from Europe have disrupted and destroyed all prior notions of civilisation to such a degree that Native Americans are reduced to the same killer tactics to survive and thrive as their recent arrivals. These are hard, frontiersmen times. Snow is on the mountainous, untamed ground and peace and tranquility is nothing but a fantasy. »
- Stuart Wright
While it feels like the whole world is waiting with bated breath for Leonardo DiCaprio to pick up the Oscar that fans believe is rightfully his next month, there’s another Academy Award nominated actor from The Revenant who hasn’t received quite the same level of acclaim. Tom Hardy’s turn as John Fitzgerald was so devilishly evil, but still achingly human, and it’s impossible to picture any other actor in the part. But there almost was. In fact, Tom Hardy has now admitted that Sean Penn was originally in line to play Fitzgerald. Tom Hardy explained to De Pelicula how it was a lucky coincidence that he was able to play Fitzgerald in the end, because not only was Sean Penn in discussions for the part, but Tom Hardy was also due to film Splinter Cell at the same time. However, Splinter Cell »
The Revenant, 2016.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
You would assume that with a production history of being passed between numerous directors, taking over a decade to complete, that The Revenant might take on a miss-cut mosaic of scenes moulded to separate styles, with the thumbprint of each director clearly detectable in every segmented scene. However, The Revenant is anything but. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film is a breath-taking and intimate experience. Its tactile approach to cinematography detains its audience forcing them to share in every experience its characters enter into. The film’s eclectic raw qualities keep the narrative consistently captivating and solely unique. »
- Joshua Gill
[Originally appeared in Deadly Magazine #5] For nine seasons (and two feature films), fans of The X-Files became engrossed with FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully’s search for the truth and along the way, we were introduced to numerous supporting characters that helped them (or did their damnedest to foil their efforts) along the way. Here’s a look back at some of The X-Files’ greatest unusual suspects.
Deep Throat (Jerry Hardin)
Mulder’s first informant when the X-Files division of the FBI was established. A member of The Syndicate who wanted to expose some of the secrets the government had tried desperately to keep hidden, Deep Throat was tragically gunned down while trading an alien embryo for Mulder’s life in the first season finale, “The Erlenmeyer Flask.”
Cigarette Smoking Man/Cancer Man (William B. Davis)
Hands down The X-Files’ greatest villain, Cigarette Smoking Man’s presence dominated over the first season »
- Heather Wixson
The Revenant, 2015.
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820’s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.
To say that The Revenant depicts the raw and feral intensity of revenge is an understatement. In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow-up to Oscar success story Birdman, he takes on the near mythical tale of frontiersman Hugh Glass who survived a horrific bear attack in the 1820s and set about taking revenge on those that left him for dead.
Shot in rural Canada and Argentina, The Revenant is a feast for the eyes from its opening shot through to the closing close up on DiCaprio’s face. It is simply breathtakingly stunning amidst the carnage and horrific events that take place. »
- Helen Murdoch
After four straight weeks of box office domination, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has finally fallen. The international blockbuster was knocked out of the top spot for the first time since it opened one month ago, with Universal's Ride Along 2 taking first place in its opening weekend with $34 million. The Revenant, in its second week of its national rollout, stayed in second place with $29.5 million, dropping just 25.9 percent, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens slipping to third place with $25.1 million
Star Wars: The Force Awakens got off to an incredible start last month with a record-breaking opening weekend of $247.9 million, and its second weekend record of $149.2 million is just as impressive. It dropped just 39.8% in its second weekend, which is incredible for a movie of this size, and 39.5% in its third weekend, setting another record with $90.2 million. Last weekend, it finally suffered a "normal" drop, dipping 53.1% to win again with $43.1 million, »
Now I get it. Fresh from shooting the 2016 FX TV series "Taboo" with his father and Steven Knight ("Peaky Blinders," "Locke") and seeing "The Revenant" for the first time at the L.A. premiere ("it's brilliant!"), Tom Hardy—who landed an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor Thursday—explained what was so challenging about shooting "The Revenant" for director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki. Of course, there were obvious uncomfortable logistical challenges from following the unpredictable weather with an entire crew to rugged, remote Calgary locations (which informed his character, scalped trapper John Fitzgerald), but it was learning an unorthodox new cinema language and "that funny old lens" that threw Hardy at first. Iñárritu asked for trust in executing what he called "the tightrope." »
- Anne Thompson
Leonardo DiCaprio goes all in with his latest effort, a two-and-a-half-hour plus epic of a film featuring a mostly all-male cast, little dialogue, grizzly bears and tons of blood, guts and dirt.
Alejandro González Iñárritu goes for the Oscar one-two following on from his 2014 effort Birdman, the Michael Keaton-led drama that won Iñárritu the Best Director award at last year’s Academy Awards. The Revenant, a motion-picture monster that took a whopping nine-months to shoot in the icey conditions in the wilds of Alberta, Canada, follows Hugh Glass (DiCaprio), a fur-trapper from the early 1820s, who, along with a team of fellow pelt-hunters, are ambushed in the mountains by Native American tribe, the Arikara. With the team cut down by two-thirds, the »
- Paul Heath
Imagine you're Tom Hardy, secret rap cover artist, and you're in the bitter cold, burying Leonardo DiCaprio, other secret rap cover artist, alive. What better way to lighten the mood than with a little Bobby Shmurda? That's apparently what Hardy was thinking whilst filming that torturous scene in The Revenant, as he revealed in an interview when he tried to subtly toss in a "Hot Nigga" lyric for added effect. "I said, 'Shut your trap house,' which never made the cut," he reminisced with a giddy Leo. Only that's not quite how the line goes: "And if you ain't a ho, get up out my trap house," is what Hardy was probably going for, which honestly would not have even come close to being John Fitzgerald's worst diss for Hugh Glass. If Tom hits the dab in Chris Nolan's next film, you'll know he's the real Mvp. »
- Dee Lockett
Ask anybody and they will tell you: the five words Hollywood loves more than anything else are, "Based On A True Story." By making films that take inspiration from real events filmmakers not only save time coming up with original ideas, but they also have an opportunity to honor the sacrifice, perseverance, and ingenuity of real life people. This trend has been apparent for years, and the recent Golden Globe winner The Revenant only represents the latest in this seemingly permanent pattern.There.s just one problem with calling The Revenant a true story: it.s not entirely true. Sure, the film follows the exploits of Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) about as accurately as possible, given what little information we have regarding his adventures, but they still took artistic liberties. For example, the real Glass never had a son murdered by John Fitzgerald, and he never got an opportunity to »
In its first four weeks at the box office, nothing could come close to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as it shattered box office records left and right. Disney and LucasFilm's sci-fi adventure has overtaken Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically, with a current domestic tally of $812.7 million and a worldwide total of $1.73 billion, which is still nearly $1 billion shy of Avatar's global record of $2.7 billion. As the blockbuster enters its fifth week in theaters, it faces its toughest test against three new releases, Paramount's 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, Universal's Ride Along 2 and Lionsgate's animated comedy Norm of the North. According to the projections at Pro.BoxOffice.com, Ride Along 2 will be the first movie to dethrone this box office behemoth, with an estimated opening weekend tally of $47 million.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens got off to an incredible start last month with »
Earlier this week, Star Wars: The Force Awakens surpassed Avatar as the highest-grossing movie of all time at the domestic box office, passing its six-year mark of $760.5 million. While there's still quite a ways to go before it breaks that movie's all-time worldwide record of $2.7 billion, the film hasn't even opened in China yet, one of the biggest international markets. As Star Wars: The Force Awakens heads into its fourth weekend at the box office, it faces two new wide releases, Focus Features' The Forest and Freestyle Releasing's The Masked Saint, with The Revenant expanding nationwide. Like everything that has faced the movie so far, neither of these new releases stand a chance this weekend, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens winning for the fourth weekend in a row with $41.6 million.
With all of the box office records Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken so far, many »
Going into his first major film, Forrest Goodluck knew he couldn't allow himself to be star-struck by his costars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. In The Revenant, which opened in wide release on Friday, Goodluck, 17, plays Hawk, the half-Native American son of frontiersman Hugh Glass (DiCaprio). The film was Goodluck's big screen debut, and he says the key to succeeding was to not let himself be distracted by admiration for his fellow actors and director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. "The first step I took into this was trying to see everybody as a whole person," Goodluck tells People. »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
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