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Departure Day: When it comes to TV, is closure important?
If you happen to follow a decent number of TV critics on Twitter, you may have noticed a minor eruption of late. A schism has emerged, prompted by accounts like The Cancellation Bear, which concerns itself solely with the topic of whether or not series are likely to survive based on current ratings patterns. That may sound perfectly innocent on its own, but quite a few admirers have expressed the notion that they refuse to dive into a series if they get the sense that it will come to a premature end, thereby robbing them of closure. This idea has, naturally, left many critics incensed: isn’t TV a medium founded on chaos, on the thrill of working within limitations and at the whims of fickle audiences? Moreover, isn’t it silly to always want tidy resolution in the context »
The Digital Era: Real-time Films From 2000 To Today
40 years before, in 1960, lighter cameras enabled a cinéma vérité-flavored revolution in street realism. By 2000, new digital cameras suggested a whole new set of promises, including telling stories that would have been unimaginable within minimum budgets for features even ten years before. In 2000, film purists warned that digital still didn’t look as good as celluloid, but that didn’t stop at least three innovative filmmakers from boldly going where no filmmaker had gone before. Mike Figgis’ Timecode (2000) was the first star-supported (Salma Hayek, Stellan Skarsgard, Holly Hunter, among many others) single-shot project since Rope, underlining that earlier film’s timelessness. If Run Lola Run could do one story three times, then Timecode would do three or four stories one time: the movie is four separate ninety-minute shots shown all at the same time, each in one quadrant of the screen. Where do you look? »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.
The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Produced on a shoestring budget with prosumer camera gear and bedroom-made digital effects, Monsters was a minor miracle of a film. Its director Gareth Edwards is now in charge of the Godzilla franchise and working on a Star Wars spinoff, and it's easy to see why when you look back at his 2010 breakthrough. Focusing on two lost souls wandering through Central America's infected zone after an alien invasion, it juxtaposed an intimate human story with bigger sci-fi ambition. Terrence Malick meets monsters from outer space.
Unfortunately, all this subtlety goes out the window for sequel Monsters: Dark Continent, which chooses to make war not love. Edwards remains as executive producer, but directing chores are handed over to Misfits helmer Tom Green, who co-writes with Jay Basu. »
“I thought that I could put together a found-footage type film…but with a twist. I wanted real terror and fear, as raw as possible, fear spawning from humans inflicting pain onto other humans, but without the crutch of the paranormal stuff," director Simon Brand says in the press notes for "Default." And especially coming in the wake of "Captain Phillips," which utilized Paul Greengrass' shaky cam technique for a whole new level of immersion, Brand's goals make a persuasive argument. And we can only imagine that the filmmaker's enthusiasm is what nabbed the attention of rising star David Oyelowo (who features in "Interstellar," "A Most Violent Year," and "Selma" in the next few months) and "The L Word" and "Ray Donovan" actress Katherine Moennig. None of those actors could have been have drawn to the film's script by Jim Wolfe Jr. and Dan Bence. What starts as an potentially intellectually stimulating. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Yann Demange.
A young and disoriented British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971.
’71 opens with two young soldiers knocking the hell out of each other in an army boxing match. No head protection, no padding. These are tough young men and “good lads” in their drill sergeant’s own words, but this is also a very different time when we first see their bloodied faces, a confusing time for all involved in the story and the real events in which it takes place. It is this confusion, the unknowing, and the futility of it all which gives ‘71 it’s edge of other stripped down thrillers, for the goal is simple from the start and remains »
- Gary Collinson
Plans were announced several weeks back that actor Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass were potentially coming back to the Jason Bourne franchise. In doing so, it appeared to leave the in development follow-up to the Damon-less "The Bourne Legacy" in question.
Actor Jeremy Renner indicated last month that more 'Bourne' films with his Aaron Cross character are still in the works, something which Producer Frank Marshall confirmed. Both indicated a fourth Damon-led Bourne and a second Renner-led one were moving forward as separate entities at Universal.
In a new interview with Crave Online, Renner says the script for his film still being tinkered with and ultimately he'd love to see the two characters come together:
"No, it's still moving. Yeah, it's still moving. We have our director who's actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that's happening they're finishing writing the script. »
- Garth Franklin
When it was announced last month that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are bringing Jason Bourne back to the big screen, many wondered what that meant for The Bourne Legacy sequel that is in development, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Jeremy Renner revealed last month that his Aaron Cross project is still happening. He now offers new details in an interview with Crave Online, where he reveals that the writers are still finishing the script while director Justin Lin is working on the first two episodes of True Detective Season 2.
"No, it's still moving. Yeah, it's still moving. We have our director who's actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that's happening they're finishing writing the script. I know Greengrass and Damon... well, I've heard have maybe cracked an idea, a reason to continue the Bourne series, which is fantastic. They have created a very exciting universe, »
You'd be excused for a slight case of déjà vu when reading the description of Cutter Hodierne's feature debut Fishing Without Nets. Somali pirates have been a hot topic lately with both Danish film A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass's Tom Hanks vehicle Captain Phillips earning critical praise in the last couple of years. Add to that the fact that Hodierne's own short version of this film (with the same title) took home the top shorts prize at Sundance 2012. But don't let the abundance of Somali pirate stories scare you away. Fishing Without Nets is a powerful film, deliberate and absolutely beautiful, with plenty still to add to the topic. Set in a starkly realistic, trash-covered Somali village, Fishing Without Nets focuses on Abdi (Abdikani...
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Alex Zane sits down with director Paul Greengrass and star Tom Hanks to talk about their making of their Somali pirate drama based on real events. Tom Hanks takes the titular helm of this maritime thriller based on the true story of the Mv Maersk Alabama, an American cargo ship seized by Somali pirates off the coast of Africa in 2009. As the military rescue is mobilised, Captain Richard Phillips (Hanks) and his crew must endure a terrifying ordeal at the hands of the volatile hijackers. »
Last month it was revealed that Universal is trying to lure Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass back to the Bourne franchise, with producer Frank Marshall revealing that the series “is now on two tracks” – one focussed on Damon’s Jason Bourne, and the other on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, protagonist of The Bourne Legacy.
During an interview with The Huffington Post to promote his new film Kill the Messenger, Renner offered up his thoughts on Damon’s potential return as well as the chances of the two spies teaming up for a crossover.
“I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active… I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan… I love the idea of Greengrass and Damon… or whatever it might be, »
- Gary Collinson
When our exclusive scoop about Matt Damon returning to the Bourne franchise was confirmed a little while ago, many wondered what this meant for Jeremy Renner's spin-off series. When Damon and director Paul Greengrass seemingly concluded their run, Universal went full steam into The Bourne Legacy, with Renner stepping in a new lead character named Aaron Cross. The film failed to ignite a frenzy, but was still a moderate hit.
In a recent chat, while out promoting his new film Kill The Messenger, Renner confirms that his Aaron Cross is still very much alive and that he fully embraces the idea of his character crossing paths with Damon's Jason Bourne. "Let them be adversaries, let them become buddies, whatever the heck it might be, them coming together would be a pretty tremendous thing." The 43 year old actor also says loves the idea of Damon and Greengrass returning to the franchise. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Like a kid trying to prise open a particularly stubborn piggy bank, there's a sense that Universal is still figuring out how best to exploit its lucrative Bourne brand. There's a sequel to the spin-off focused on Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross still rattling around in the tin, and meanwhile Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reportedly back in the fold for Bourne 5. So will Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross eventually team up / fight / hang out in Denny's and have pancakes? Don't bet against it, says Renner. As the actor stressed to The Huffington Post, that dream Bourne, ahem, Cross-over is still on course."I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne’s character active," said Renner of Damon's return during his press rounds for Kill The Messenger. "I think Cross’s character is already going to continue to be active." The bankability of the Bourne »
However, studio Universal has entered talks with Damon and Greengrass to return to the franchise for a sequel due in summer 2016. Renner told The Huffington Post that he wants to see Cross and Bourne together in the same movie.
"I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne's character active," Renner said of Damon's potential series return.
"I think Cross's character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan."
He continued: "I love the idea of Greengrass and Damon, or whatever it might be, »
Perhaps the most frightening thing about blockbuster thrillers and action films is their purposeful lack of empathy, their reliance on faceless others whose deaths — comic and exhilarating — allow the heroes to bond and grow and find their smiles or whatever. A studio film like Richard Fleischer's The Boston Strangler, which devoted its final third to the killer's post-arrest therapy, would be even more surprising today than it was in '68. That explains some of the hosannas that greeted Paul Greengrass's Somali-pirate thriller Captain Phillips last year. Stylishly shaky in camerawork but no great shakes as drama, the movie distinguished itself by daring to look beyond good guys and bad guys and remind us that its antagonists are people. It's not excusi »
Jeremy Renner.s a busy dude. When he isn.t apprehending Ultron as a member of Team Avengers, he.s acting away in Oscar-pedigreed dramas like American Hustle or the upcoming Kill the Messenger. He also tried to put the Bourne franchise on his back once Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass walked away. Now that they are coming back (allegedly), where does that leave Renner and his #chems? In a recent interview with HuffPo, Jeremy Renner made it clear that, in his mind, the return of Matt Damon.s Jason Bourne doesn.t spell the end for his secret agent, Aaron Cross. In fact, Renner said: I think it really opens up the world and it keeps Bourne.s character active. I think Cross. character is already going to continue to be active. I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately »
A few weeks ago we learned that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are reuniting for another Bourne movie; and when the confetti cleared many wondered what would come of the other Bourne franchise starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Now Renner has opened up on what he thinks about Damon’s return and what might happen with the franchise. It’s important to note that the sequel to The Bourne Legacy was never shelved, just postponed, as Damon and Greengrass’s next »
- Graham McMorrow
In the 15 years since “American Beauty” marched to Oscar glory following a triumphant debut at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, the role of fall fests in shaping the ensuing awards season has grown ever more instrumental. But the gap between those early September showcases and eventual release dates can be a long one, and a second wave of festivals now plays a key role in keeping the buzz going. In October, the New York fest ushers in a fresh wave of possibilities, while it’s the BFI London Film Festival that ignites awards talk across the pond.
Now in its 58th year, the London fest is hardly a new kid on the block, but its status as a campaign trail stop for Oscar hopefuls is a relatively recent development, and one festival director Clare Stewart is keen to nurture.
“We take our role in the awards season very seriously,” she says, »
- Guy Lodge
(Cbr) Universal Pictures is looking for its next Robert Ludlum spy franchise, and it has turned to Dwayne Johnson to star. The actor revealed on Twitter that he has signed on for the adaptation of the author’s 2002 novel "The Janson Directive." Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") wrote the screenplay. Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman will write the script. Let’s roll… #Ludlum #Conspiracy #JansonDirective pic.twitter.com/B0tpHu3dL8 — Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2014 Ludlum penned the Jason Bourne novels that inspired four Universal films — three starring Matt Damon, and a spinoff featuring Jeremy Renner. Damon and director Paul Greengrass are looking to reunite for a fifth installment. There’s also a possibility for a more direct follow-up to Renner’s "Bourne Legacy." Johnson continues to add franchises to his already busy workload. "Fast & Furious 7" will hit theaters on April 3, 2015, plus he’s also working on "G.I. Joe »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
It was just a few weeks ago that we learned that Matt Damon would, seemingly, be heading back to the Bourne franchise for another go-round with director Paul Greengrass. That in turn means the likely pushing back of a "Bourne Legacy" sequel featuring Jeremy Renner's spinoff character, Aaron Cross. Now, we are getting Renner's thoughts on the whole issue. "The Avengers" star recently talked to HuffPost Entertainment about his upcoming movie "Kill the Messenger," and they asked him about the potential Bourne changes and the possibility of Renner's Cross, appearing opposite Damon's Jason Bourne. Renner appears to be very much for it all. Renner is quoted saying, "I think Cross’ character is already going to continue to be active." He adds, "I think it will take creatives to bring them together, which is what I think is ultimately the plan." Later in the article, on the subject of the potential team-up, »
- HitFix Staff
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