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There’s little mystery to why exactly a new breed of films are engaging our uncertainty with artificial intelligence. Increasingly sophisticated, the technology will take us strange, new places and both the optimism and anxiety is real. What’s exciting is how these films use the conceit to reveal things about ourselves. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina hit earlier…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Festival’s world premieres include Roxette Diaries, Taikon, Odödliga and Drottninglandet.Scroll down for full line-up
“They are one of the biggest bands to come out of Sweden, and this film shows them in a new light. It was filmed during their tours from 1988 to 1995, and of course with Jonas Akerlund directing, it has a real art feel to it, he’s very brave with this material,” Svante Tidholm, Way Out West’s Head of Film Programming told Screen.
Another world premiere at the Gothenburg-based film and music festival will be Taikon, a documentary about civil rights activist and author Katarina Taikon. “She was one of the pioneers of human rights for the Romany community. It’s an amazing story and she’s an amazing character,” Tidholm added.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
It looks like Warner Bros. is taking another stab at its long-planned Logan’s Run remake, with the studio enlisting writer-producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Star Wars Rebels) to write a story and treatment, according to THR.
The remake of the classic 1976 sci-fi movie has passed through the hands of a number of filmmakers, with writers Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Christopher McQuarrie (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) all taking a crack at the script and Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) both attached to direct at various points.
Based on William F. Nolan’s 1967 novel, Logan’s Run “is set in a future society where people are executed upon reaching a certain age and those that seek to avoid their fate are deemed ‘Runners.’ The protagonist, Logan, is one of those executioners, known as the Sandmen, who »
- Gary Collinson
"Logan's Run" has had a long, long history of trying to be remade in Hollywood. The script has been gone over by a number of talented hands (Alex Garland, Will Beall and Christopher McQuarrie) and more recently, landed in the promising hands of Nicolas Winding Refn. At one point his version would've starred Ryan Gosling and featured a score by Johnny Jewel, but it fell apart, partly because Refn wasn't sure he would be able to put his imprint on the material. "When I pulled out of ‘Logan’s Run,’ it was the decision that if I was gonna make one of these mega-blockbusters, I would control the material,” he said in 2013. However, the dormant project has new life. THR reports that Simon Kinberg, the producer behind the "X-Men" franchise and the various "Star Wars" properties (including one of the upcoming spinoffs), is taking a shot at "Logan's Run." He'll »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The new version of a film based on William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson’s sci-fi novel Logan’s Run has been eluding filmmakers and rights owners Warner Bros. for more than a decade now. But things could finally be turning around for the studio’s efforts, with writer/producer Simon Kinberg now aboard to jumpstart a fresh attempt. Warners has been trying to get this one moving for at least 15 years, hiring writers and directors including Alex Garland, Will Beal, Christopher McQuarrie, Bryan Singer and Nicolas Winding Refn to work on scripts and develop ideas, with the latter bringing Ryan Gosling aboard for one of the efforts that came closest to being realised. But try as they might, none of them managed to get it to production.Nolan and Johnson’s book – famously adapted for the screen in 1976 starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter – imagines a future society that appears idyllic, »
Kinberg is being hired to write a story treatment for the film, along with joining Joel Silver as a producer. The script will then be tackled by a writer to be hired in the near future.
The project would be an adaptation of 1967 novel by William F. Nolan which is set in a future society which executes people upon reaching a certain age. Those who seek to escape their fate are called 'Runners' and are hunted by 'Sandmen'. Logan is a Sandman who ends up on the run after he becomes sympathetic with members of an underground railroad of Runners.
- Garth Franklin
When Alex Garland revealed that his next film would be an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation, the first thing I did was order a copy. After all, if this book was worthy of rousing the interest of the man who directed Ex Machina, then it was surely something worth reading. Having now finished the book in a single marathon session (it's a hard one to put down), I see what Garland saw in the material. As written, Annihilation is not a movie...but it is a powerful spark that ignites a fire deep within the imagination. This eerie story is science fiction at its most unsettling and horror at its most ambitious. The book itself isn't particularly cinematic, but the possibilities of twisting it, contorting it, and massaging its ideas into a cinematic shape are...
- Jacob S. Hall
Either I’ve been staying on top of my homework or 2015 has been an exceptionally strong year for film scores already. From blockbuster disappointments to indie oddities and mindless action sequels, film music has once again shown it can transcend its respective dreck just as much as it can enhance the cinematic experience. With film festival season on the horizon, let’s check in with the best movie music of the year:
Neil Blomkamp’s movies seem to be getting worse, but Hans Zimmer’s sensibilities are getting more exotic and daring. Course-correcting from the massive publicity stunt that was The Amazing Spider-man 2, the master of bombast continues to experiment with digital textures, recruiting pupils Kawczyksnki and Mazzaro for a score that humanizes and contextualizes the childish perspective of its Robocop with a heart of gold.
“It’s a Dangerous City” introduces »
- David Klein
Now we've passed the halfway point of the year and summer blockbuster season is beginning to wind down, what better time to deliver our half-term report on 2015 so far?
From Oscar contenders like Selma and Foxcatcher to blockbusters Mad Max: Fury Road and Jurassic World, it's been a strong year for cinema. Read on to find out our rankings then comment below with your favourites...
15. Fast & Furious 7
The Fast & Furious saga's latest instalment carried with it all the insane action sequences and stunts we've come to expect, but few could have predicted just how emotionally affecting the film turned out to be.
The death of Paul Walker in November 2013 meant that production had to be called off while the filmmakers figured out how to complete the movie without him, and they gave him (and character Brian O'Connor) the perfect send off. Sometimes life presents a fork in the road »
A new sci-fi classic Ex Machina: Ex Machina is perhaps one of the most challenging science fiction movies in recent years, not because it contains some kind of Primer-esque plot that's going to require charts and diagrams to figure out, but because so much of the movie is affected by what baggage and preconceived notions the audience brings to it. On the surface the directorial debut of Alex Garland (who wrote Dredd, Never Let Me Go, and Sunshine) is about a brilliant billionaire (Oscar Isaac) who invites one of his employees (Domnhall Gleeson) out to his gorgeous, secluded estate to test out a mystery technology that just so happens to be a robot (Alicia Vikander) with a high level of artificial intelligence. Below the...
- Peter Hall
Arriving on Blu-ray this week is one of our top films of the year so far, Alex Garland‘s debut Ex Machina. We’ve teamed with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to give away five (5) Blu-rays of the film. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, July 19th. To enter, do the first two steps and […] »
- TFS Staff
Hot off the success of this year's thought-provoking sci-fi drama "Ex Machina," filmmaker Alex Garland is prepping his next project - a film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's acclaimed 2014 novel "Annihilation".
The story follows four people - a biologist, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor - who set out on an expedition into 'Area X,' the twelfth such expedition into the mysterious, uninhabited and abandoned area that nature has begun to reclaim. Previous expeditions have been disastrous - fraught with disappearances, suicides, aggressive cancers, and mental trauma.
That book, which won the 2014 Nebula award and the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award for best novel, is the first in a trilogy. Out doing press for the DVD/Blu-ray release of "Ex Machina," Garland spoke with io9 about the progress of his film version and says he's deep in pre-production:
"That's my day job at the moment. Early on this week, I was on a location recce. »
- Garth Franklin
Two guys and a robot girl. That's all you need to make a killer sci-fi movie. Oh, and the brain of Alex Garland, who cooked up the smart, engaging, often stunning Ex Machina as his directorial debut. If you haven't seen it yet, you can fix that now that the hit movie about two men testing an artificial intelligence is out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD. We spoke to Garland, who also wrote The Beach, Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and Never Let Me Go, earlier this week for the Ex Machina home video release and couldn't help but bring up the last time we spoke, which happened to be on the eve of the release of Dredd, the last movie he wrote and produced. That movie has since found its following, but even he'd be the first to say that audiences just were not there for it...
- Peter Hall
If you want to discuss contemporary sci-fi touchstones of the last 15 years, probably somewhere near the epicenter of that conversation has to be writer/director Alex Garland. The writer behind “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” and “Never Let Me Go,” Garland has carved out a niche of intelligent thrillers with thoughtful yet visceral edges and made his directorial debut earlier this year with the well-received “Ex Machina.” One of the biggest indie hits of the year and A24’s highest grossing film to date, “Ex Machina” continues Garland’s moody exploration of dystopian ideas, and how they affect mankind. Featuring a trio of up-and-coming stars —Oscar Issac, Domnhall Gleeson (both of whom are in the upcoming "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") and Alicia Vikander— “Ex Machina” plays with the notions of empathy via artificial intelligence in a futuristic milieu (our review). More specifically, “Ex Machina” centers on a gifted computer programmer (Gleeson) who wins a. »
- Rodrigo Perez
“Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?”
It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina, released this past April, was small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it was the best new science fiction film I’d seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina took a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
- Tom Stockman
Swedish actress Alicia Vikander hasn't elevated her name to a household term just yet but her currently professional trajectory suggests that day is more imminent than questionable. Her relatively quiet yet extensive career in front of the camera seems to be approaching its stride as evidenced in a captivating performance as an inquisitive robot in Alex Garland's new Sci-fi effort, Ex Machina.
To date Ms. Vikander's North American roles have been supporting at best and barely noticeable at worst. Her recent busy cinematic run began two years ago in The Fifth Estate, followed by Son of a Gun alongside Ewan McGregor and the effects-heavy fantasy bust, Seventh Son.
In Ex Machina, making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on July 14, 2015, Vikander is given the opportunity to spread her wings and could reach her largest audience yet on home video. The normally animated and jovial actress taps into an entirely new persona as Ava, »
Alex Garland is a beast when it comes to modern science fiction, and the great thing about his filmography is that no two of his movies are quite the same. The restart-the-sun spaceship thriller Sunshine is a much grander scale than the meditative clone drama Never Let Me Go, which is wildly different from the angry rage virus that is 28 Days Later, which is far more action-packed than his most recent sci-fi outing, the terrific Ex Machina, but also isn't anywhere near as weird and violent as Dredd. If you were afraid Garland's next movie would see him leaving the sci-fi genre, we're happy to report there is nothing to fear. He's sticking around science fiction for the foreseeable future. His next project is an adaptation of a recently published book called...
- Peter Hall
Alex Garland, a hell of a writer behind terrific contemporary genre and sci-fi films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, recently made his feature debut with Ex Machina, which introduced a hell of a director as well. The thoughtful, sleek and unsettling tale of A.I. has wowed many since spring release and anticipation is high…
- Samuel Zimmerman
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander star in this inventive sci-fi thriller from Alex Garland, the genius writer of "28 Days Later." Critics and audiences both gave this one the thumbs-up with "Ex Machina" currently boasting a 91 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. DVD/Blu-ray extras include a "Through the Looking Glass: Creating Ex Machina" 5-part featurette, SXSW Q&A with cast and crew, and eight behind-the-scenes vignettes.
This sequel to the 2012 charmer "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" stars the always engaging Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, and Dev Patel with the welcome addition of Richard Gere. Blu-ray extras include featurettes on "Returning to the Marigold Hotel," "Blossoming Relationships," "The Marigold Wedding," and "Filming in India. »
- Gina Carbone
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year and by far one of the directorial debut standouts for 2015. The film has an incredibly minimalist look and stark colors that define the mood and the sci-fi creepiness of it all. But Garland didn’t get that by accident. As observed by Film Drunk Love in this video essay, cinematographer Rob Hardy carefully frames the robot Ava (Alicia Vikander) and Caleb (Domnhall Gleeson) in submissive and dominant ways to visually communicate who is in control of the other. Subtle touches like the angle of the camera or the two-faced reflection say so much about why the film works as well as it does. Now I just need an analysis of why Oscar Isaac’s impromptu dance number is so great.
Watch the video essay above, but be warned: there are spoilers for the whole film.
- Brian Welk
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