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Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.
Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Actress Frances McDormand will be honored with the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival. McDormand will receive the award on September 1, following by a screening of Olive Kitteridge, a project that McDormand initiated by optioning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Elizabeth Strout. The four-part HBO miniseries directed by Lisa Cholodenko also stars Bill Murray and Richard Jenkins. McDormand executive produced alongside Jane Anderson, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks. “Thanks to her long-standing experience in theatre, film and TV, dedicated to the search for truth, the career of Frances McDormand is
- Ariston Anderson
With the fall film festival circuit imminent, the 2014 Venice Film Festival has start to unveil images from some of the films that will screen in Italy later this month. We previously shared new images from Good Kill, Your Right Mind, and Hungry Hearts, as well as James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, and now we have new images from another trio of films slated to screen in Venice. Briefly: She’s Funny That Way – Previously titled Squirrels to the Nuts, director Peter Bogdanovich’s (Paper Moon) ensemble comedy stars Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, and Imogen Poots. The Humbling – Star Al Pacino reunites with director Barry Levinson (You Don’t Know Jack) for the story of a famous retired stage actor in decline who becomes reinvigorated by moving in with a much younger woman. Olive Kitteridge – Director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) helms the HBO miniseries adaptation »
- Adam Chitwood
This is the Pure Movies review of God's Pocket, directed by John Slattery and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Eddie Marsan and John Turturro. It’s about Philip Seymour Hoffman. Like Heath Ledger films after he was gone, Hoffman films will continue to trickle out, and we will greedily and mournfully await and consume, like the last air pocket in a slowing sinking ship, or watching that last West African Black Rhino’s troubled pregnancy; we didn’t know how precious they were until they became profoundly finite. This was a fine and sturdy Philip Seymour Hoffman role, but the film is not a landmark of his career, like Synecdoche, New York or Magnolia or Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead. Not his fault. »
- Dr. Garth Twa
The cast is amazing and the film has a certain grim visual beauty. But ultimately there is little here but ugly senselessness. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The cast is amazing: John Turturro, Christina Hendricks, Eddie Marsan, Richard Jenkins, and — in one of his final performances — Philip Seymour Hoffman. *sniff* The film looks beautiful… by which I mean its evocation of the (fictional) 1970s working-class Philadelphia neighborhood known as God’s Pocket is grim, dirty, ugly, miserable, and depressing, as if actor turned first-time director John Slattery shot the entire movie through the grime-encrusted windshield of a big old Detroit gas guzzler. Pity the story meanders all over the place, loses sight of the motivations for some of its sad-sack characters, and doesn’t decide until about »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Renowned, most predominantly, as playing Roger Sterling on the popular Us drama series Mad Men, actor John Slattery is now trying his hand at directing a movie, as he presents God’s Pocket, starring fellow Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Slattery discusses with us how he went about achieving such a gritty, bleak atmosphere in his debut production, and whether it was always his intention to eventually direct a feature film. He also speaks about working with such an esteemed cast (which also consists of Richard Jenkins and John Turturro), while paying tribute to Hoffman, who, as expected, turns in a quite incredible performance in this unforgiving drama.
God’s Pocket is released on August 8th.
- Stefan Pape
Director: John Slattery; Screenwriter Alex Metcalf, John Slattery; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, Richard Jenkins, Caleb Landry Jones, Jack O'Connell; Running time: 88 mins; Certificate: 15
Given how fresh the pain of Philip Seymour Hoffman's passing still feels, it's perhaps a relief that gloomy tragicomedy God's Pocket – which marks one of his final roles – never engages seriously with the reality of death. The sight of Hoffman's downtrodden Mickey lugging his stepson's corpse from the morgue, making an ill-fated attempt to prop it upright along the way, embodies both the film's notion of morbid black humour and its somewhat lacking execution.
Making his feature directing debut after cutting his teeth on several episodes of Mad Men, John Slattery smartly casts his co-star Christina Hendricks as grieving mother Jeanie, whose arc becomes the emotional touchstone in the otherwise dispassionate proceedings. She's the only one in her tight-knit blue-collar community shedding a tear »
★★★☆☆The feature debut from Mad Men's John Slattery (who plays the wonderfully urbane Roger Sterling in the hit AMC show), God's Pocket (2013) may not share the same air of sophistication as the stylish ad industry ratings winner, but this sleazy tale of small town Joes and two-bit hustlers is easily pulled through by its impressive ensemble cast. For his first film, Slattery calls on the talents of Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks, the sorely missed Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his penultimate role), the always excellent Richard Jenkins and John Turturro, alongside a host of other familiar faces. Though missteps are made, Slattery strikes an effective balance between black comedy and noirish morbidity.
- CineVue UK
In one of his last roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a petty crook whose life in the tough Philadelphia 'hood of God's Pocket takes a series of downturns when his no-good stepson is killed in a workplace 'accident'. Suspecting foul play, the boy's mother (Christina Hendricks) demands the truth. Unfortunately, the local hack who catches the case (Richard Jenkins) is more interested in her body than her story, and her husband has enough on his hands just trying to lay the body to rest. »
Richard Jenkins needs no introduction—if you believe he does, you simply haven’t been paying attention to the movies over the past four decades. The Oscar-nominated actor has deservedly earned the reputation of being one of the best character actors in the business, who can move from blockbuster roles to indies, from drama to comedy, with ease, skill and craft. His career has seen him work with the likes of the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Matt Reeves, Andrew Dominik, Tom McCarthy and many more, all the while maintaining an ambition to play interesting characters, in distinct movies. The actor’s latest effort, in “4 Minute Mile,” may not boast auteur credentials, but it’s another opportunity for Jenkins to sink into the kind of part best played by him. He portrays a down-and-out track coach, who takes on training a troubled kid with tremendous potential. Together they form an unlikely bond, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There’s a moment in John Slattery’s feature film debut God’s Pocket, where a disgruntled barman calls last orders, and switches the lights on to indicate his wish for everybody to go home. The brightness is unforgiving, shining a light on this swamp of gaunt, decrepit punters, who, much like the viewer, have to adjust their eyes to the harsh glow, wishing for it be dark again. In a sense, this one moment is emblematic of the entire film, as we cast a light over a society, who don’t want to be seen, perfectly content with a life spent in the shadows.
Our entry point into this world – and one of the many people drowning their sorrows in the aforementioned sequence – is Mickey Scarpato, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. When his ignorant, unhinged step-son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is killed in an incident at work, when a »
- Stefan Pape
Director: John Slattery
Running Time: 88 minutes
Synopsis: In a small community known as God’s Pocket, a young racist (Jones) is murdered by a man he’s been targeting. The murder is covered up, but the boy’s mother (Hendricks) suspects something while the stepfather (Hoffman) tries to pay for and organise the funeral arrangements.
God’S Pocket is notable for being the directorial debut of Mad Men’s John Slattery, as well as being the last lead performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. No surprise then that the film is surrounding by an air of expectation which in many respects is unfair. The film obviously never intended to have such a notable presence, and so assumptions may impact the enjoyment of this wonderfully dark and twisted tale.
The film takes »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Eight years later, Hendricks is recognised by millions. Here she talks about being bullied at school, working with Philip Seymour Hoffman and her new film role as a grieving mother
Ryan Gilbey on God's Pocket: carrying corpse humour to the grave
Christina Hendricks hated her high school. When she was 13, her parents moved from the small town of Twin Falls, Idaho, to Fairfax in Virginia because of her father's job with the United States Forest Service. Hendricks felt "uprooted" and resentful. Then she had to start at a new school: Fairfax High.
She stood out from the beginning. In Twin Falls she had been part of a children's theatre group. She wore Birkenstocks and "hippy dresses". She was surprised when she saw the other girls her age in Fairfax "carrying purses [handbags]. I was like, 'Ooh, purses!' To me, »
- Elizabeth Day
Running is a very hard sport to depict onscreen. Without a rousing score by Vangelis or the horns of “Gonna Fly Now” blasting through the speakers, it is very hard for any filmmaker or actor to show off a character’s speed or endurance in a memorable way. Leg power does not often translate to emotional power on the screen, which is one of the many problems facing 4 Minute Mile, a sports drama that barely goes the distance to be either inspirational or inspired.
Our plucky underdog is Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz), a track-and-field senior in Seattle who has a drug-dealing brother (Cam Gigandet), an absent mother (Kim Basinger, also mostly absent from the film) and a dead father. Besides these autobiographical details, there is not much to Drew. He likes to run and he hopes his speed can catapult him out of a life being a mule for his »
- Jordan Adler
Lacing up the spikes of sports movies past, Canadian filmmaker Charles-Olivier Michaud’s “4 Minute Mile” is a by-the-numbers tale of inspiration through perspiration. Engaging performances by the principal players, including Richard Jenkins as a legendary coach beset by personal demons, are almost enough to win the day, but in the end, the cliched narrative is too slight to put the picture over the finish line. A brief lap in theaters and dutiful jog through ancillary might include cable, where most of the thesps have run their qualifying heats.
Drew Jacobs (Kelly Blatz, TV’s “Aaron Stone”) is a promising high-school track star with a chip on his shoulder. He’s being raised by a single mother (Kim Basinger) who can’t protect him from the criminal influence of his older brother, Wes (Cam Gigandet, “Twilight”), who uses him as a courier to menacing drug supplier Eli (Rhys Coiro, the mercurial »
- Bill Edelstein
"You've got something deep inside you, and you've got to face that fear," an ex-track coach (Richard Jenkins) tells his pupil (Kelly Blatz) in 4 Minute Mile. "Otherwise you'll turn out to be me — and you don't want that. But if you do face that fear, it'll change your life."
Ham-fisted dialogue dominates this picture, with characters expressing central plot points in a manner that makes hammering a nail seem subtle. This isn't the film's only problem — 4 Minute Mile is cobbled together with every sports underdog cliché imaginable. There's the talented youth (Drew) from a troubled background striving for a better life with his skill (running); an older brother (Cam Gigandet) who's mixed up with the wrong crowd; a poor, helpless mother (Kim Basing »
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery"
What's It About? David Lynch's two season TV series had viewers riveted to figure out who killed the beaming blonde homecoming queen Laura Palmer. And maybe, just maybe, some of us fell a little in love with Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), the curious FBI agent sent to investigate Laura's murder while enjoying many damn fine cups of coffee.
Why We're In: This ten-disc set comes with both seasons of "Twin Peaks," as well as the movie "Fire Walk With Me," plenty of featurettes, and deleted scenes (!!!!) from the beloved TV series. Not that we'll ever really know what happened in the strange little town of Twin Peaks, Wa.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Jenni Miller
Even though it features a boatload of stars and tackles compelling subject matter, "Lullaby" may have escaped your attention when it opened in theatres earlier this year. But if it passed you buy, we've got a way for you to catch up with this one. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Richard Jenkins, Amy Adams, Jessica Brown Findlay, Anne Archer, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Barden, the movie follows an estranged son who discovers his father has decided to take himself off life support in 48 hours. That decision refracts outward to a family grappling to stay connected, with love, laughter and forgiveness key components of how they'll deal with this trying time. And for those interested, we have a few copies of "Lullaby" to give away on DVD. To snag one, email us your name, address and tell us your favorite Amy Adams performance. Good luck! Update: Contest closed, winners will be contacted via email. »
- The Playlist
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Variety listed the Venice films upcoming. A Lisa Cholodenko film called Olive Kittredge, playing out of competition, caught my eye immediately. It is not a feature, of course – do they make features like this anymore? »
- Sasha Stone
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