8 items from 2014
Dallas Buyers Club swept the award season this year with leading men Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both scooping the big acting prizes at the Oscars. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée who is now underway on his next project Demolition.
The film will focus on a young investment banker who suffers an emotional disconnect after the death of his wife. The script has been described by Vallée as follows:
“Demolition is such a powerful and touching story, written with a strong and sincere desire to try to understand the human psyche, what makes us so unique, so special, what makes us love. This is a script of a rare quality, of a beautiful humanity.”
The plot calls for an actor who can portray disinterested detachment in a believable manner, and Vallée and his production team think that they have found this quality in Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal was sky-rocketed »
- Kat Smith
Directed by Seth MacFarlane.
As a cowardly farmer begins to fall for the mysterious new woman in town, he must put his new-found courage to the test when her husband, a notorious gun-slinger, announces his arrival.
When Ted struck a nerve back in 2012, many were heralding the start of a new, all-conquering career for creator Seth MacFarlane. Fresh from the continued success of Family Guy, his debut into the live-action stakes brought acclaim and buckets of box-office cash. Given a free reign to choose where he went next, he decided to follow a dream to revisit the old west in A Million Ways to Die in the West. Sadly, and heartbreakingly, it’s as misfiring as it’s central character.
A Million Ways… »
- Scott Davis
Our earliest memories of films we love usually come from a trip to the cinema. The strange, silent communion to which we are drawn again and again to live other lives, walk in other worlds and be changed forever. Well, that’s the plan at least…
A cinema trip is a ritual. Precious to some, holy to others. And whether you have your favourite seat picked out in advance, your preferred confection (except Revels – no-one really likes those do they?), go alone or with friends, flip out your phone with the Cinime app or sit in silent anticipation of the BBFC advisory, there is nothing quite like enjoying a film as it was meant to be seen.
Here are our choice moments from five films to feature scenes of our favourite pastime. Down at the front, phones off. The show is about to begin.
Dir: Joe Dante
Taking a »
- Michael Walsh
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36
From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.
Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.
Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »
The 2014 Academy Award nominations were announced this week and the relative snubbing of Captain Phillips, Saving Mr Banks, Inside Llewyn Davis and GI Joe: Retaliation is going to have us all cursing the Academy and discussing the actual quality of American Hustle until about May.
Nonetheless one of the great tragedies of my life is that I cannot actually watch absolutely everything ever that comes out and try as I might to rectify this, there simply are not enough hours in the day. There are a couple of films available on the streaming services that have just been nominated for academy awards this week which I have not had a chance to see thus far.
Those films are; The Square, nominated for Best Documentary Feature and now available on Netflix. The Square is about the uprising in Egypt in early 2011 that made the news around the world and the circumstances around this. »
- Chris Holt
The 30th edition of the Sundance Film Festival begins this Thursday, and after three decades of touting the best in independent film, the folks at Sundance have gone through their archives to find long-forgotten pictures from the fest that now have accrued delightful historical resonance. When you look through these photos — like the one above featuring director Richard Kelly and a 20-year-old Jake Gyllenhaal at the 2001 premiere of Donnie Darko — you'll see some of the most famous, acclaimed people in Hollywood back when they were virtual unknowns, snapshots taken right at the moment they were experiencing their Sundance-aided breakthrough. (You'll also see David Lynch hanging out with Dr. Ruth, because why not?) So take a trip down Park City's very snowy Memory Lane, and marvel at how young everyone looked.In 1995, Before Sunrise kicked off the Sundance Film Festival, and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy took »
- Kyle Buchanan
8 items from 2014
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