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Comic Book Review – East of West #14

10 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis reviews East of West #14…

“‘Warbound. The Endless Nation makes the first cut in the carcass once called America. The Apocalypse marches on in East Of West #14.”

Again, East of West jumps from one storyline last issue to a different one here. Sometimes, several months could go by without us ever hearing a peep from our favourite characters. In that way, it somewhat recalls the great American television series as of late – most comparatively the sprawling scope of Game of Thrones - focusing on characters and subplots at will, dedicating entire episodes to minor players. Eventually, this will make a compelling graphic novel, each distinctive issue being much more suited to chapters in a book. As a monthly series, however, the plot lacks drive and momentum.

In issue 14, we open on the aftermath of President Burkhart’s death, an event that happened two issues ago. In a neat flashback, »

- Oliver Davis

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Review: Chilly And Joyless 'War Story' Starring Catherine Keener And Ben Kingsley

29 July 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is reprint of our review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a grim and sad narrative—one so-called “miserablist” movie I love is “Bitiful,” and last year’s bleak “Sunshine Jr.” had a lot of value. These emotions are part of our existence, thus they shouldn’t be shied away from, but rather must be examined. But what is the value when a movie wallows in these kinds of dire feelings without ever illuminating the human condition beyond the superficial notion that grief is difficult? What then? Devastation both personal and removed shrouds “War Story” like an oppressive funeral veil devoid of light. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 20-11

25 July 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.

20. Le locataire (1976)

English Language Title: The Tenant

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »

- Joshua Gaul

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‘I Origins’ Interview with Writer/Director Mike Cahill & Actor Michael Pitt

25 July 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Mike Cahill’s I Origins is sci-fi semi-thriller that takes the debate of science and religion to the unexplainable mystery of the human eye. Actor Michael Pitt plays Ian, a scientist who seeks to find a cure for blindness in order to disprove Creationism. More questions than answers are provided, however, when Ian finds himself in a spiritual journey that challenges his cause-and-effect convictions.

Pitt has worked with an impressive amount of directors in a career that is just starting, with names that include Martin Scorsese, Michael Haneke, and Bernardo Bertolucci. I Origins is the second film written and directed by Cahill, who works with a larger scale production this round compared to his tiny debut Another Earth.

I sat down in a roundtable interview with Cahill and Pitt to discuss the film, what intrigues them about the other, the preparation they did for such a science-heavy movie, and more. »

- Nick Allen

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Wamg At The I Origins Press Day With Michael Pitt And Mike Cahill

24 July 2014 8:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I Origins, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt),tells the story about a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, and finds himself in a struggle between science and spirituality. Recently, I sat down with director Mike Cahill and star Michael Pitt to talk about the film Check it out below!

He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès- Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.

What is the impetus of the idea?

Mike Cahill : This idea »

- Melissa Howland

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Interview: Director Mike Cahill, Actor Michael Pitt on ‘I Origins’

23 July 2014 5:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The debate between science and intelligent design (God) will go on as long as man evolves and searches for answers. A new and provocative film, “I Origins,” takes on the challenge of the debate through storytelling, and features hot actor Michael Pitt (“Boardwalk Empire”), directed by Mike Cahill (“Another Earth”).

Mike Cahill also teams again up with actress Brit Marling, who plays a research co-worker to Pitt’s main scientist character. Her last collaboration with Cahill, “Another Earth” – Marling also co-wrote the script – also investigated the concept of scientific certainly when faced with the mystery of an expansive and perplexing universe. In “I Origins,” the examination of the unique nature of the eye is explored, especially within its definition as a “window to the soul.”

Mike Cahill (center) and Michael Pitt Set Up a Camera for ‘I Origins

Photo credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Michael Pitt is as memorable at times as James Dean, »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Pitt on I Origins, Rejecting Superhero Tights, and the Lasting Impact of Doing Dawson’s Creek

18 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Michael Pitt is the rare actor who, after 15 years in the business (including a stint on Dawson's Creek), remains idiosyncratic and whole. Clocking most of his time with independent filmmakers and esteemed names like Gus Van Sant, Michael Haneke, and Bernardo Bertolucci, Pitt remains a stranger to the throes of studio movies — Murder by Numbers and The Village being rare exceptions. He has never been forced to fit a star mold. His collaborators wouldn't have it any other way. One hundred percent undistilled Pitt ranges from brooding intensity to lunacy of every color. He does what he does, and he does it well. The maturation of television worked in his favor; Boardwalk Empire and NBC's Hannibal have Hollywood sheen and artistic souls. One might describe Pitt the same way.In I Origins, Pitt skews closer to "leading man" territory than ever before. His character, Ian Gray, is a dapper »

- Matt Patches

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An evening with Isabelle Huppert

17 July 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Isabelle Huppert on working with Catherine Breillat Abuse of Weakness and Michael Haneke on The Piano Teacher: "In a way, even with a man director with an actress, the director seems to have the actor reproduce some of them, to a certain level." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York will host An Evening with Isabelle Huppert, the star of Catherine Breillat's fantastic, heavy-duty tour-de-force Abuse Of Weakness (Abus de faiblesse). Cultural icon filmmaker John Waters will moderate a post screening discussion with Huppert on Wednesday, July 30, following the 6:00pm screening of Abuse Of Weakness.

Maud, played by Isabelle Huppert who is formidable in every scene and gesture, wakes up one morning under fresh white sheets and notices that there is something wrong with her left arm. She tries to get up and collapses. The tapestry of her world was struck down »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Hidden In The Woods Gets A New Trailer

15 July 2014 9:19 PM, PDT | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

The Chilean film Hidden in the Woods gained a bit of noteriaty upon its release a couple years back. It was described as "The bastard child of a Ruggero Deodato/Sam Peckinpah/Gaspar Noé pile-up gestated in the loins of Roberta Findlay" and "a deranged frenzy". An English language remake was quickly put into the works, actually being announced a few weeks prior to the original’s North American premiere at Fantasia Fest 2012.  That film was produced by Michael Biehn and Jennifer Blanc, with Biehn also taking a lead role.  Following in the footsteps of such directors as Michael Haneke and Takashi Shimizu, Patricio Valladares once again took the director’s chair.

The plot has remained unchanged.  Hidden in the Woods tells the story of Two sisters, who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, »

- Chris Connors

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This is What Happens When Two Directors Make the Same Script Into Different Movies

15 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

As the most expensive art form, it’s difficult to experiment with filmmaking in the way that the new Starz show The Chair does. Produced by Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa, the program obsessively watches as two aspiring filmmakers turn the same script into different films. The closest cousin to this kind of semi-scientific meddling might be Michael Haneke remaking his own Funny Games. Or maybe Lars von Trier forcing Jorgen Leth to remake one of his short films in The Five Obstructions. Or maybe we can consider this as another in a long list of remakes that just so happens to take place simultaneously so that we can’t say which film is the “original.” Maybe I’m overthinking this (I am), but it’s exciting. Tinkering and deconstructing cinema is almost always fun, or at the very least interesting, for the audience — especially when the filmmakers themselves look to be losing their minds »

- Scott Beggs

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Movie Review – Mr. Morgan’s Last Love (2013)

9 July 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, 2013

Directed by Sandra Nettelbeck

Starring Michael Caine, Clemence Poesy, Justin Kirk, Gillian Anderson


A look at the life-changing connection between a retired and widowed American philosophy professor and a young Parisian dance teacher.

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love is nice. Now when I say nice, what I am really saying is ‘suitable for daytime television scheduling’. In fact, if we’re honest, that is probably the best place for it. Inoffensive, occasionally charming, flimsy and a little bit too twee for its own good, this mostly harmless little tale about the life of widower, Matthew (Caine), living in Paris shortly after the death of his wife is a melancholy picture postcard for those that either wistfully yearn for an eternal love lost or have a romantic notion of Paris that has yet to be realised.

Following the death of his lifelong partner and apparent soul mate, »

- Steve Leadbetter

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Odessa unveils works in progress

8 July 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The Battle of Sevastopol among ten projects being presented next week.

Sergei Mokritsky’s biopic-war drama The Battle of Sevastopol (working title) is among ten projects being presented as ‘works in progress’ at next week’s Film Industry Office programme (July 14-17), taking place during the fifth Odessa International Film Festival (July 11-19).

The €3.6m Ukrainian-Russian co-production between Kiev-based Kinorob and Russia’s New People had been pitched during last year’s Industry Office programme in Odessa, and has been shooting in Kiev and Odessa after an initial shoot on the Crimea at the end of the last year.

The historical drama centres on the life of Lyudmila Pavlichenko who killed over 300 Nazis during the Second World War as a highly decorated sniper.

Yulia Peresild has been cast as Pavlichenko, who enjoyed a 16-year friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt (played here by UK actress Joan Blackham) and inspired a song written by the legendary folk singer [link=nm »

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'Downfall' Director Oliver Hirschbiegel Helming Hitler Assassination Film & More

3 July 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been a decade since filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel arrived with "Downfall," with the film meme-generating, critically acclaimed film, instantly putting him on the map. But he's struggled to maintain that success. "The Invasion" saw the director and studio at odds, "Five Minutes In Heaven" was an intimate thriller that didn't catch on, while last year's "Diana" was simply a disaster. So he's returning to WWII for another tale about Hitler. Hirschbiegel is now in production on "George Elser," following the man "from his early years in the Swabian Alps—when National Socialism arrived in his hometown—to his last days at the Dachau concentration camp, where he was killed shortly before the end of the war at the command of the one whom he himself wanted to kill, Hitler." And if there's one reason to be excited for this, it's that Christian Friedel, the lead in Michael Haneke's excellent "The White Ribbon, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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On the digital legacy of Michael Mann's 'Collateral' nearly 10 years later

2 July 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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“We can’t just keep building the walls…”Diego Quemada-Diez on Cinematic Rebellion and The Golden Dream

27 June 2014 5:05 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

All great debut features come from a place of true inspiration. For Diego Quemada-Diez, those places are dotted all over; with his knockout first film, The Golden Dream, which follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they embark on a mission from Guatemala to the U.S., the elements of his work can be traced back to the director’s influences (of which there are many) while also standing entirely on their own.

He sat down with HeyUGuys for a lengthy chat about the movie, and the political, social and deeply personal aspects that came to shape not only The Golden Dream, but his life.

Warning: this interview contains spoilers.

I found the film to be very powerful, but very sad as well. Did you have any inspirations? Were you thinking of other films while you were making this one?

I’ve been a cinephile all my life, »

- Gary Green

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Dear Link People

20 June 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Cinema Blend Rian Johnson (of Brick and Looper fame) will direct at least one of the new Star Wars movies. Interesting choice

Very Smart Brothas has smart things to say about Yaya DaCosta's casting as Whitney Houston in that upcoming lifetime biopic. (I just discovered this site which I gather is pretty popular on the black internet. Some really funny posts)

Mnpp Michael Haneke's Flash Mob is waiting on its lead actress. But who will it be?

In Contention top 10 performances in Roman Polanski films

Av Club talks Judy Garland and the Oscar fuck-up of 1954. One of my favorite topics!

i09 Pixar's next short is called Lava

Esquire 10 best films set in New Jersey from Atlantic City to Cop Land

Just Jared Matthew McConaughey on the red carpet for more prizes. Curiously talk is spreading that McConaughey won't be back for Magic Mike Xxl. I actually think that's »


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MIchael Haneke Waiting on One Actress Before Shooting ‘Flashmob’

20 June 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

It was just a few weeks ago that we talked about the fact that Michael Haneke is putting together a new film. Called Flashmob, the movie is one he conceptualized a few years ago, before setting it aside to make Amour. The concept has evolved a bit since then, but the basic core still seems […]

The post MIchael Haneke Waiting on One Actress Before Shooting ‘Flashmob’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Michael Haneke Provides Update On 'Flashmob,' Says He's Waiting For A Certain Actress

20 June 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're now over two years since Michael Haneke took the Palme d'Or and won an Oscar for "Amour," and the director is taking his time getting back behind the camera. Earlier this year, it was reported that he was planning to shoot his next picture, "Flashmob," this summer. But it looks like those plans have shifted as the filmmaker seems to still be in the process of figuring out exactly how he wants to present his tale. Haneke was recently in Copenhagen, where he gave a masterclass, and Montages reports the director stated "Flashmob" would likely not shoot this summer. Part of the reason is that he's apparently waiting for a certain, unnamed actress to take a role in the film ("I'm waiting in line," he said) and the other is that he's still not decided on the visual/tonal aesthetic he wants to use. In short, it seems all very early at the moment. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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What to See or Skip This Weekend, From Must-See Indie Sci-Fi 'Coherence' to Eastwood's Musical 'Jersey Boys'

19 June 2014 2:23 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

If you're in New York or Los Angeles this weekend, run don't walk to James Ward Byrkit's dizzying metaphysical horror film "Coherence," or Roman Polanski's elegant pas-de-deux "Venus in Fur." But think twice before heading to Clint Eastwood's 1960s musical biopic "Jersey Boys," meeting a mixed critical response, or Paul Haggis' awful collage of interlocking soap operas "Third Person," currently crashing with reviewers. On the indie side of the spectrum, you can catch Brit Joanna Hogg's "Exhibition," starring Tom Hiddleston, which Indiewire says has shades of Michael Haneke by way of Miranda July; Filipino helmer Lav Diaz's latest multi-hour epic, "Norte, The End of History," will hold court at NY's Lincoln Center after a long festival tour dating back to Cannes 2013, where "Venus in Fur" also bowed; and Jan Troell's austere WWII-era psychodrama "The Last Sentence" hits select markets too. The film to see this weekend is "Coherence, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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The HeyUGuys Interview: Alexandros Avranas on Miss Violence

19 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There are those films that make for an uncomfortable viewing experience, and it would be difficult to describe Alexandros Avranas’ sophomore feature by any other choice of words.

Despite an uncomfortable viewing experience it is a thought provoking piece of filmmaking that stands out as one of the films of the year. HeyUGuys recently spoke with Avranas who took us under the skin of a film whose subject and style of storytelling is universal.

Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?

I studied sculpture, and so I was a part of the art scene for a long time. On a personal level it is very important for me to make art and to make films, because I want to say something political; to say something about the society that I live in. So from my perspective this is the only reason for art and cinema to exist, »

- Paul Risker

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