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One of the definitive joys of covering the Berlinale is combing through the vast program of its sidebar sections. Featuring literally hundreds of movies this side of the glamorous competition, it’s often where programmers get to be creative and screen some of the best-kept secrets of the festival. The queer-licious Panorama section won us over with such titles as God’s Own Country, Close-Knit and Skins. Meanwhile, the more experimental-leaning Forum section served up the expected oddities including Somniloquies and Animals, a trippy mindf*ck from Switzerland/Austria.
The setup seems straightforward enough: Nick (Philipp Hochmair) is a chef, about to take six months off to travel the Swiss countryside and collect regional recipes with wife Anna (Birgit Minichmayr), a children’s book author suffering from a case of jealousy and possibly also writer’s block. On the eve of their departure, Nick brings home a good-looking acquaintance »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965) is showing January 31 - March 2 and Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) is showing February 2 - March 3, 2017 in the United Kingdom in the double feature Gone Girls.In Peter Weir’s Australian classic, Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975), an injured, delirious Englishman being ferried away by doctors hands over a piece of lace he found on “the Rock,” as the locals refer to it. It is a scrap torn from the dress of one of three schoolgirls who went missing days earlier during a lunchtime picnic, and who all believe are lost, surely dead. This, his desperate look says, is proof the girls are up there somewhere. Halfway through Otto Preminger’s late masterpiece Bunny Lake is Missing (1965), a distraught mother seizes upon a paper stub that she finds in a wallet, »
Xx – an all-female directed horror anthology – couldn’t push against genre representation at a better time. You’d think those involved would come out fiery, focused and full of appropriate rage given current gender voicelessness. This was a chance for horror to champion female filmmakers, yet assertions are tepid at best. Even past the failed settling of gender scores, Xx lacks horror establishment of the basest engagement. Only one chapter stands out (victorious because of competition), while three more efforts drag their feet without enthusiasm. No statement is made, no mic is dropped and no lasting message lingers past the credits. Enjoy another mixed bag of spooky stories that do no bumping in any night.
Please note, such disinterest isn’t because my feeble male brain can’t comprehend a different perspective. Three of the four main characters are mothers, all caught in family dilemmas. That’s not where my disconnection stems. »
- Matt Donato
"Its given me everything: money, love." "At what cost?" Broad Green has revealed a trailer for a horror film titled Wish Upon, about a teenager in high school who starts messing around with a mysterious magic box that her father brings home one day. The box grants her wishes that she uses to make her life better, but of course things start to go wrong and different people start to die after she makes a wish. This reminds me a bit of Richard Kelly's The Box. Joey King (seen in The Conjuring, White House Down, Wish I Was Here, Stonewall) stars, along with Sherilyn Fenn, Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Röhm, Shannon Purser, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park and Alice Lee. This actually looks fun, I always love mystery boxes. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for John R. Leonetti's Wish Upon, originally from Yahoo: Years after her mother's suicide, »
- Alex Billington
Groundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionGroundhog Day and 10 more films about time, dreams, and perceptionAdriana Floridia2/2/2017 10:30:00 Am
Today is Groundhog Day, where the myth lives on that a groundhog who sees his shadow will doom us to a longer winter than we deserve. Then there is Harold Ramis’ Groundhog Day, the film in which Bill Murray’s weatherman, Phil Connors mysteriously finds himself living the same day over and over again. On a traditional level the movie is a comedy, but it actually touches upon some really dark philosophical themes. It’s estimated by the filmmakers that Phil lives the same day for 10 years.
In honour of Groundhog Day, we’re taking a look back at ten other films that deal with time, memory, dreams, and repeated experiences. While there may be no film that tackles the topic as precisely as Groundhog Day, these »
- Adriana Floridia
The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.
It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).
This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.
Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)
The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a »
- Paul Heath
Some people loved it, some people hated it, but Donnie Darko was definitely a movie that captivated audiences both with Jake Gyllenhaal and his sister Maggie's performance, and the fact that the movie was left open to interpretation. It is rare that an open-ended movie becomes this big of a cult hit, but Donnie Darko did just that and fans still wonder today if they got it right about the entire movie being a parallel universe set up to create the wrongs of the primary universe, or if it was simply just a mind f%@k.
We may get to learn the actual truth in the upcoming years as director Richard Kelly is questioned about the reissue (4k in some places of the world) that would disregard the almost unseen S. Darko (a failed offshoot). He is asked by HMV if we could return to the Donnie Darko world in a sequel. »
- Drew Carlton
I know what some of you are thinking, didn’t a Donnie Darko sequel already happen? Yes, it did. It was called S. Darko, and Donnie Darko writer-director Richard Kelly and Darko Entertainment publicly denounced it . Kelly had no control over the rights of the original film, so the sequel moved forward without his approval. The director and his producing partners didn’t even […]
- Jack Giroux
Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko is one of those movies that a lot of people really love because of the impact it made on them when they were in their angsty teenage years, and while that passion has made it into a certifiable cult classic, it has also set the bar for any official follow-ups impossibly high. Still, Kelly has announced that he’s planning to revisit the film someday, telling HMV that “there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe.”
Of course, Kelly’s vision for a more ambitious Donnie Darko film would be—in his words—”big and expensive,” so he’d want to make sure an appropriately large budget is in place before he moves forward with anything. That way, he’d be able “to do it justice” and not compromise anything. He doesn’t offer any details beyond that, though, leaving »
- Sam Barsanti
Will we finally get Donnie Darko 3, a true sequel to the Jake Gyllenhaal sci-fi classic? Last year, the 2001 thriller Donnie Darko celebrated its 15th Anniversary with a 4K re-release in select U.K. theaters, although it never made it to the U.S. Now that the re-release is available on Blu-ray, writer-director Richard Kelly revealed in a new interview that he does have plans for a true follow-up that will return to this unique universe. While he doesn't offer specifics, the filmmaker explained that it will be even bigger and more ambitious than the original.
"I think there's something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It's big and expensive and I think there's time to get to that. I want to make sure we've got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place. »
The world of Richard Kelly‘s cult classic sci-fi mind-bender Donnie Darko — which we named one of the top 50 sci-fi films of the 21st century — has had a 16-year rest period. (Also: as a rule of thumb, we don’t speak about S. Darko.) So fans truly committed to Sparkle Motion should rejoice at the news that Kelly has plans to put his “stupid man-suit” back on for something, “much bigger and more ambitious” set in the world of Donnie Darko. However, Kelly seems set on doing the material justice, and would only make it if all the funds were in place.
While we eternally live in a period of sequel- and franchise-mania, the grace period between the original and this proposed follow-up feels more like a genuine enthusiasm for another story, rather than a hapless grab at banking on a cult classic brand. (The fact that he plans on »
- Mike Mazzanti
Director Richard Kelly exploded onto the scene in 2001 with his acclaimed feature debut Donnie Darko, following it up with the divisive Southland Tales in 2006 and the 2009 Richard Matheson adaptation The Box before pretty much disappearing off the radar as he tried unsuccessfully to get several projects off the ground.
Now, chatting to HMV to promote the 4K restoration of Donnie Darko, Kelly has revealed that he has plans for another film set in the same universe, which he plans to focus on once he’s completed his next movie.
“I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe,” said the director. “It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Scott Davis
Cult classic Donnie Darko has been in the news again recently after the film was re-released on Blu-ray and DVD to celebrate its 15th anniversary (you could still win a copy in our competition which closes tonight). Writer/director Richard Kelly has been speaking about both the restoration of the film and the impact it has had in the period since it was first released, for which he says may not be over with just yet.
Speaking to hmv, Kelly spoke about the film and the “universe” the film is set in and said that he is not opposed to returning to it at some point in the future, saying:
“I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve »
- Scott Davis
Kirsten Howard Jan 26, 2017
Cult favourite Donnie Darko has held up well since its release in 2001. The time travel flick was an unexpected minor hit with moviegoers around the world, especially on home release, and launched the career of Jake Gyllenhaal into the stratosphere.
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Gyllenhaal played the titular character of the film, a teenager plagued by apocalyptic visions of a rabbit-suited man who eventually leads him to his grisly fate, accompanied by an 80s-themed soundtrack that is now virtually impossible to separate from the film's events.
An inevitable sequel followed in 2009, S. Darko, which focused on Donnie's little sister Samantha. The film was objectively a bit of a mess, »
15 years after the release of Richard Kelly’s beguiling original, the director has announced that he has plans for a follow-up to Donnie Darko, and he’s promising “something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe.”
Though there’s nothing official in the works at this point, Kelly seemed pretty confident that he’ll be able to get something off the ground (eventually) during an interview with HMV to promote a 4K restoration of the first film that was just released on Blu-ray:
It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place. I need to get my next film out of the gate and then we can »
- Mark Cassidy
Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko was unleashed upon the world over fifteen years ago, and, although its box-office take didn't impress at the time, it soon developed a strong cult following and it seemed that almost everyone had an opinion on just what the heck was going on in the film. Kelly's next two projects, Southland Tales and The Box, weren't received nearly as... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Richard Kelly isn’t done with “Donnie Darko.” 15 years after his cult classic first arrived in theaters, the writer/director says he thinks there’s “something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe” — not that anything is official at this point. His comments, which come from an interview with HMV, are occasioned by a 4K restoration of the film that was just released on Blu-ray by Arrow Video.
“It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that,” Kelly says of what he has in mind. “I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place. I need to get »
- Michael Nordine
The story of director Richard Kelly is one of breakout talent, high expectations, a colossal crash and a fading away from the spotlight. Sixteen years ago this month, the filmmaker became the toast of Sundance with “Donnie Darko,” and by the end of 2001, Hollywood was his oyster. Kelly used his cachet to make “Southland Tales,” a sprawling, star-studded misfire that went into the Cannes Film Festival for its big premiere and never recovered from the reviews.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Caroline Preece Jan 25, 2017
Skins debuted on E4 10 years ago. We revisit a bold and unique adolescent drama that kick-started countless careers...
It’s been a decade since Skins, E4’s controversial teen drama, premiered. At the time, it was a source of anxiety for parents about what teenagers were getting up to when they weren’t looking, but for television executives it was pure gold. It achieved that rare feat - it got young people to watch and talk about it - and, after seven years of drinking, drugs and general debauchery, it bowed out in 2013.
Now it’s simply another teen drama of the past, perhaps remembered by most for the real-world ‘Skins Parties’ it inspired rather than the steps it took or the ground it broke. Whether it was casting complete unknowns, »
Louisa Mellor Jan 25, 2017
Yes no brilliant very good very strong news: behind-the-scenes BBC documentary W1A is returning for a third series.
Ian Fletcher, Head of Values at the BBC, said the following of the series three announcement: "We are lucky to have the cameras back at an exciting time for the BBC. In a period where we're looking to identify as many Creative Efficiency Opportunities as possible we've been faced with some tough choices, but the good news about that is that in lots of ways tough choices are actually easier than easy choices because there are fewer options to choose from so that's all good.”
The new series will show Fletcher and co. »
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