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Sienna Miller has starred as an escaped mental patient in a music video for British indie band The Hours. The actress is shown lying in a Prada store in a medical gown, wandering barefoot through a deserted street and smashing up a hospital ward in director Tony Kaye's seven-minute promo for 'See The Light'. During a therapy session in the video, Miller declares: "Death feels like the safest place for me right now." The music video (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
">The Hours - See The Light Sienna Miller is trapped in a Prada store – in a hospital gown. But don't worry, her fashion meltdown is just an act for a new music video. In the seven-minute video for the British band The Hours' song "See The Light," the 26-year-old actress escapes the designer shop before proclaiming in therapy, "Death feels like the safest place for me right now." Raw and emotional, she runs barefoot through the streets, is confronted by disemboweled cows, trashes a hospital room and finally, in the unremitting grip of the breakdown, crawls along a country road. »
- Pete Norman and Courtney Rubin
When looking to cast a hard-drinking womanizer of the 1920s, the first name that springs to mind probably isn't Dustin Hoffman. Nevertheless, the NY Post reports he wants to take a walk on the naughty side and play Maynard Nottage in a proposed biopic.
Nottage was a PR pioneer in the silent film era, helping to create the all-consuming celebrity culture we live in today. The next time you pick up a People Magazine, say a little prayer of thanks to Nottage -- or curse him, depending on how you feel about Brangelina. He lived a pretty wild life himself, touring with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, and enjoying the booze and the babes he encountered along the way. His partying ways caused him to fall out of favor in the moralistic Prohibition era, and he died, a Hollywood outcast, in 1965.
But as if that's not movie-worthy enough, there's more! »
- Elisabeth Rappe
Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno comes out on Oct. 31, meaning that its publicity machine is getting into full swing right about now. One pretty unorthodox method of drumming up interest, though, was inviting director Tony Kaye (American History X, Lake of Fire) to make a short film about what Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks think about the simulated sex they make for the screen. Mean Magazine features this short as part of their cover story about the film. A bit reminescent of Errol Morris, Mean describes the short by saying, "Sex sells. Sex kills. Sex thrills. 'This Is Not Sex' pays homage to the subject of the upcoming Kevin Smith flick, Zach and Miri Make A Porno, whilst taking you through a ride of sexual misperception through the lens of director Tony Kaye." »
The following video is a promo for Zack and Miri Make a Porno... I think. If it is a promo, it's the most bizarre promo I've ever seen for anything. It does however contain many scenes of Elizabeth Banks faking orgasms and engaging in scantily clad hula hooping. That, along with several shots of Seth Rogen dressed as a pilgrim while being hung from a rope, makes it worth watching, even if it is a bunch of pretentious, artsy fartsy shit. It's directed by Tony Kaye, who also directed American History X and judging from this video, should have a huge career in directing German porn. Watch: »
"Honestly, if you had to have an orgasm in front of a room full of random strangers you've never met and screamed really really loud at the top of your lungs, you'd probably cry. " -- Elizabeth Banks
I'm not entirely sure what is going on in this video, but I'm oddly attracted to it. Apparently, the controversial (and hard-to-handle) Tony Kaye (American History X) directed this short experimental film for Mean Magazine starring Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks called This Is Not Sex. And what we're looking at is an assortment of scenes connected through famous quotes about sex in which both Banks and Rogen do some pretty strange things -- like, say, have an orgasm while working a hula hoop ... or, um, wear a noose and hang themselves. Yeah. Exactly.
Here's the description from the site: "Sex sells. Sex kills. Sex thrills. This Is Not Sex pays homage to »
- Erik Davis
I wrote and rewrote the intro for this video about 100 times and I'm having an increasing amount of difficulty describing what this is. Apparently Tony Kaye, who you might remember as the director of American History X before Ed Norton had his way with him, filmed this video for Mean Magazine to promote Zack And Miri. What goes on in the video is the subject of debate. Elizabeth Banks having an orgasm with a hula hoop. Seth Rogen dressed like a Puritan hanging from a noose. It's »
- Mike Sampson
Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock may be responsible for making documentaries more popular, profitable and mainstream-accessible, but from an artistic point of view, their influence has been far less enriching. The rise in cutesy graphics, the preference for superficial contentions conveyed by cursory human-interest vignettes, and the employment of spurious causation arguments have become the norm in domestic non-fiction filmmaking, with only the rare exception -- anything by Werner Herzog, Tony Kaye's in-depth Lake of Fire -- to remind viewers that serious, comprehensive explorations of real-world stories and topics are still viable. Alas, the latest politically conscious doc to hit stateside, Irena Salina's Flow: For Love of Water, is another example of the -Moore-ish technique, not because it mimics his aesthetic -- her approach and tone are of a sober, graphics-free sort -- but because it tackles an important topic in a dubious manner. Jumping back and forth between various issues, »
- Nick Schager
After years as a jaded critic and cinephile, I pride myself—if “pride” is the right word—for my ability to watch just about anything. Last year, I saw Tony Kaye’s explicit, B&W, 152-minute abortion documentary three times. Of the 24 entries on our Inventory about great films too painful to watch twice, I’ve seen 17 at least two times and own 15 of those on DVD. To me, the subject matter of a film never really matters: Much like Roger Ebert, I subscribe to the notion that great movies are happy-making and bad ones are depressing. Give me a fellow suspended from hooks on the ceiling and doused in hot oil, as in Ichi The Killer, and I’ll keep on watching through webbed fingers. Point being, there’s very little that can sear these well-worn retinas. With that said, had I not volunteered to review HBO’s Recount, »
- While they may not have any films in competition, the Brit sales agent and production company Capitol Films is in town with a couple of film reels for the market. Among the more interesting projects are Taylor Hackford (Love Ranch), Philip Noyce's Mary Queen of Scots and Tony Kaye Black Water Transit. Black Water Transit by Tony Kaye - CompletedBLACKOUT by Rigoberto Castaneda - CompletedCHINESE Wall by Clark Johnson - Pre-Production Distant Thunder by Mark Deeble,... - Production Incendiary by Sharon Maguire - CompletedLOVE And Other Impossible Pursuits by Don Roos - Pre-Production Love Ranch by Taylor Hackford - Post-Production Mary Queen Of Scots by Philip Noyce - Pre-Production The Boys Are Back In Town by Scott Hicks - Pre-ProductionTHE Edge Of Love by John Maybury - Completed »
- In recent years I've often criticized the Academy Awards for not having the foresight and fortitude to include docu films that have not only completely reinvigorated the genre, but have pushed the medium to new possible artistic and narrative terrains. This year's short list of 15 titles only further confirms that the Academy has tremendous difficulty in acknowledging the wider scope of films that merit year-end salutations. The formula for the docu-filmmaking and docu movie-going experience has significantly changed since Y2K, yet the most prestigious award film ceremony seems to come up short when it comes to new trends in storytelling and filmmaking. Today IndieWIRE reports Aj Schnack will collaborate with online independent film distributor IndiePix to launch a new nonfiction filmmaking awards event, set for March 18, 2008 at IFC Center in New York City. Below you find a Top 15 list of films that will be nominated for eight categories, »
11 items from 2008
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