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Turning an ageless 37, the Mill Valley Film Festival, which open tomorrow (runs until October. 14th), continues to beat to a tune of its own. With the four members of Metallica serving as the Artists in Residence, thematically this year is “heavy” on award season content. While Telluride, Tiff, Nyff serve as major fall season tastemakers, Mvff is the most important one in the Bay Area in terms of visibility and campaigning due to the number of Academy members living in Northern California. And while Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman starring Hillary Swank paired with Jones and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children are receiving spotlight showings, it’s titles such as Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game, Jean Marc Vallee’s Wild, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything, Theodore Melfi’s St.Vincent, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler and Damian Chazelle’s Whiplash that are receiving further traction. »
- Yama Rahimi
By Anjelica Oswald
As predictions are being made for possible contenders at the 87th Academy Awards, the cinematography category has some Oscar veterans making a possible return and a few names could have more than one film up for contention.
Six-time nominee Emmanuel Lubezki has been mentioned as a contender for his work on Birdman, which could earn him a consecutive Oscar following his win for Gravity (2013) at the 86th Academy Awards. Though Interstellar hasn’t premiered yet, the trailer has brought Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography for Her (2013), into the mix as well. With two films that could be up for contention each, cinematographers Bradford Young and Robert Elswit have appeared on multiple lists as possible nominees at the upcoming Oscars.
- Anjelica Oswald
Now that we're moving slowly towards the end of the year, films with awards aspirations are beginning to creep into cinemas. This October sees Gone Girl, Fury and Nightcrawler arrive, a trio of thrillers that could well be dark horses when it comes to the Oscars.
Digital Spy rounds up the 5 must-see movies for October below...
Release date: October 3
Why you should see it: Gillian Flynn's breathless best-seller gets the movie treatment from David Fincher, and the early reviews have been unanimously positive. Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star as a couple whose marriage is on the rocks before the wife, Pike's Amy Dunne, vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. Fincher's film is gripping stuff, housing career-best performances from Affleck and Pike.
Release date: October 10
2013 received a nice slice of 1970s nostalgia with David O’Russell’s crime drama/comedy American Hustle, and now 2014 is getting its own serving from There Will be Blood writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson in the form of Inherent Vice, an adaptation of the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a private investigator with killer sideburns, Inherent Vice is set in Los Angeles in 1970 and stars a broad range of interesting actors in a story that promises to be full of twists, turns and nefarious schemes.
Also starring Benicio del Toro, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson and Maya Rudolph among its cast of improbably-named characters (whose monikers include Bigfoot Bjornsen, Japonica Fenway and Hope Harlingen), Inherent Vice would make for a perfect double-billing with Dan Gilroy’s upcoming modern day L.A. crime comedy/thriller Nightcrawler. Based ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy
Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, has a strong kinship with Sidney Lumet’s Network. Both take a satirical view of broadcast journalism, portraying the profession as a cold-blooded environment where sensationalism takes center stage. If there is one difference that separates the newer film from its 1976 predecessor, though, it is that the former possesses none of the latter’s biting wit. Nightcrawler is incredibly heavy-handed with its message, and the satirical dialogue is far from profound.
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath determined to find career success. While driving one evening, he comes across a traffic accident that is being filmed by a pair of freelance crime journalists (one of whom is played by Bill Paxton). Bloom is immediately intrigued by the profession and soon purchases his own camera. He is fearless as a videographer, going so far »
- Jacob Carter
Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars.
For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).
In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.
Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.
The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in »
- Nick Vivarelli
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler also stars Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, Eric Lange, and Jonny Coyne, and opens in theaters October 31st, 2014. Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to »
- Pietro Filipponi
The 9th edition of the Rome Film Festival will take place in October with a focus on Italian cinema and emerging directors. Organizers, led by artistic director Marco Mueller, unveiled the slimmed-down lineup of 51 official selection films on Monday, including Italian premieres of David Fincher's Gone Girl, Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, and Kevin Smith's Tusk. The Rome lineup is a little over half the size of last year's as the event has been looking to rebrand itself as a smaller audience festival. The festival is doing away with juries this year. All sections will now be competitive, with top prizes being voted
- Ariston Anderson
A few days ago we got a new one-sheet for Nightcrawler, and now we have a new UK quad poster for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy), Rene Russo (Thor: The Dark World), Bill Paxton (Twister) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions). Check it out here…
Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, »
- Gary Collinson
New posters for some of this fall’s most highly anticipated titles have landed online. Briefly: The Imitation Game – The very first The Imitation Game posters feature some wordplay involving the Nazi Enigma Code and the man who cracked it, a genius mathematician named Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the film. Both Cumberbatch and the movie itself will no doubt find themselves in the heat of the Oscar race. The film opens on November 21st. Click here for Matt’s review from Tiff. Birdman – Another potential awards contender is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy, which gets a new theatrical poster ahead of its Nyff screening and release. The film opens on October 17th. Nightcrawler – Also a highlight from Tiff was Dan Gilroy’s dark, twisted psychological thriller featuring a truly unhinged performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. This new poster isn’t near as pretty as the previous one, »
- Adam Chitwood
Open Road Films has released a new poster for Nightcrawler, director Dan Gilroy’s upcoming thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy); take a look below, and check out our review from the Toronto International Film Festival here…
Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
Nightcrawler is set »
- Gary Collinson
In my review of Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler I called it wickedly satirical and darkly humorous and noted the outstanding performance from Jake Gyllenhaal as the film's lead character, Lou Bloom, a man that's not easy to define even though I tried calling him "antisocial and, in the end, a raging sociopath, but he's also one hell of a smart and driven man." The film centers on Bloom who finds himself attracted to the life of freelance videographers as they rush from one crime scene to the next, capturing all the bloody footage news organizations pine for to lead their broadcasts. Lou, eventually, becomes so entrenched in his work it's hard to tell where the work ends and the crime begins. Today Open Road has released a new poster for the flick and it's good in terms of portraying just how innocent Lou appears, but I don't see it putting any asses in the seats. »
- Brad Brevet
While the rest of the Fall fests busily unleash their big Oscar contenders, Fantastic Fest offers a rejuvenating week of counter-programming, turning Austin, Texas into a breeding ground for independent genre film. Founded by Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League, Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th birthday this year with 80 films in eight days, with a surfeit of world and North American premieres. The festival kicks off Thursday, September 18 with the Us premiere of Kevin Smith's turn to horror "Tusk," which met applause in Toronto earlier this month. And Fantastic Fest will close, red carpet and all, with Dan Gilroy's wildly acclaimed "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a nocturnal La journo, another film out of Tiff. Comb the festival schedule and you'll find hidden gems that have been quietly making their way along the festival circuit, and films that will be seen for the first time. Writer/director Jennifer Kent's Sundance gothic creeper "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 10th annual Film Independent Forum will take place in Los Angeles over October 24-26.
For the first time Film Independent and CreatorUp will co-produce a hackathon for filmmakers and developers to make a technology prototype for filmmakers to connect with fans for film projects that create social impact.
Eight filmmakers will be selected and paired with developers and all projects will be presented on October 26.
At the Alfred P Sloan Foundation Reception during the Forum, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Jill Soloway, whose credits include “Transparent,” “Afternoon Delight” and “United States of Tara,” will deliver the filmmaker keynote address on Oct. 25. The executive keynote address will be given the next day by Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Drafthouse Films
“Filmmaking provides the ideal opportunity to reverse the polarity around the seer and the seen,” Soloway said. “I’m so excited to share my ideas about how to make the kind of art that changes the world by captivating and illuminating authentic feelings.”
- Dave McNary
The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »
- Michael Haffner
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival boasted dozens upon dozens of films to sate the cinema-hungry masses, and we’re willing to bet that we saw…well, at least a hearty fraction of them. The festival has just wrapped up, and as we all attempt to recover from ten-plus days of universally excellent film-going, it only seems appropriate to revisit our favorite films of the festival. These are the titles that stuck with us, the ones we recommended to anyone who would listen, the ones we couldn’t quite shake, a big mix of the funny and the fantastic, the sad and the silly, the wild and the weird. Are these the best films of Tiff? We certainly think so. Nightcrawler When did Jake Gyllenhaal learn to be so goddamn terrifying? In Dan Gilroy‘s fierce and fearless directorial debut, the man who would be Prince of Persia (and eventually king, too »
- FSR Staff
Compared to Tiff 2013 where the focus was mainly on mainstream releases, I made the decision to mix things up about by also covering movies that I would not get a chance to see out of the festival circuit such as A Girl at My Door and Phoenix. The other ambition was to expand the number of interviews with the visiting filmmakers and actors but that required getting access to the publicist information ahead of time rather than the day before the festivities. With the help of the Tiff publicity department I was able to get a list of contact names as well a heads up when the press and industry schedule was available online. Added by some luck in finding a press release for Good Kill online which listed a PR contact and a good relationship with another PR firm, I was able to watch some key films and conduct »
- Trevor Hogg
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