13 items from 2015
Marble Hornets is a web series created by Joseph DeLage and Troy Magner that debuted in 2009 and quickly created a solid fan base through 87 episodes. It revolves around a young man Tim who discovers the tapes his friend Alex gave to him shortly before disappearing. Alex was in the woods filming a movie called Marble Hornets, which in the process changed his personality, made him paranoid, despondent, and eventually crazy. As Tim delves into the recordings and begins to notice distortion or absence of sound and video, it becomes increasingly more apparent that a supernatural power known as The Operator (aka Slender Man) is behind it. The series is a slow burn for sure, but that makes the scares all the more impacting. Marble Hornets is everything “found footage” should be — slow paced, immersive, engrossing, and terrifying. This is why the film “adaptation” is so very disappointing.
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- Mike Hassler
From writer/director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, the crime drama Broken Horses tells the story of two brothers, Jacob Heckum (Anton Yelchin), a music prodigy who left town as a child, after the death of his father, and his child-like older brother Buddy (Chris Marquette), a simple-minded young man who has been manipulated into working for a notorious drug gang. Jacob feels extreme guilt for having left Buddy behind, and is now faced with the gang’s ruthless boss (Vincent D’Onofrio), who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Vincent D’Onofrio talked about why he found this film and character so compelling, the passion of Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and how impressive he found it to work with Anton Yelchin and Chris Marquette. He also talked about what gets him to sign on for a project, the experience of making Mall, »
- Christina Radish
Goodbye Horses: Chopra’s Nonsensical English Language Debut
The point of Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s English debut Broken Horses seems lost, along with a whole host of other cinematic necessities, in translation. A sort of remake of Chopra’s 1989 film Parinda, the action is transposed from Mumbai to the Us Southwest Border circa 9/11, using a metaphor of brotherly discord to reflect the cultural shift toward dehumanization that occurs in the wake of both large and small scale violence. With several well-known cast members in the mix, the film’s biggest mystery is how none of them questioned the implausibility of their character’s dialogue and a staunchly illogical narrative before or during the making of the film. Hovering somewhere between the realm of watchable camp and stilted, po-faced sermonizing, the final product is insignificantly bizarre.
When their father, lawman Gabriel Heckum (Thomas Jane) is unscrupulously gunned down by »
- Nicholas Bell
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has produced some of the best in Bollywood from 1989’s Parinda, to 2003’s Munna Bhai Mbbs and the follow up Lage Raho Munna Bhai in 2005, Parineeta in 2005, 3 Idiots in 2009 and last year’s big hit Pk. After making some brilliant films in Bollywood, the director decided to pursue a long held dream of making a film in Hollywood. What is even cooler is that he is just not producing the film, he also wrote and directed the thriller titled Broken Horses. The film stars a huge cast of Hollywood stars including Vincent D’Onofrio (The Judge, Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Alpha Dog) and Chris Marquette (Alpha Dog, The Girl Next Door) along with Spanish actress, Maria Valverde (Exodus), Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flannery.
Broken Horses is about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
If there’s a certain type of sub-genre of films that I love as much as the horror genre, without a doubt that type of film is gritty, betrayal-filled Tex-Mex crime noir sun-genre. There’s just something so wonderful about films like Blood Simple, Lone Star and various others that make me giddy like a kid giving freedom to run wild in a toy store. I’m always on the lookout for good films that fall into that type of film, and when a special one comes, it’s like an arrow from cupid, straight to my black heart. Well, fright fanatics who are also fans of the Texas crime thriller film can now add Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s Broken Horses to the list of films that will Without A Single Doubt go down as one of the best of its kind.
Packing one hell of a punch right from the opening scene, »
- Jerry Smith
It's not often that a movie from India gets praise from the likes of James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón, but "Broken Horses" has seen both directors put their promotional weight behind the unique picture. Today we have an exclusive preview of the score by Oscar-nominee John Debney ("The Passion Of The Christ"). Written, produced, and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Thomas Jane, the film promises an intriguing blend of genre elements. Here's the official synopsis: Set in the shadows of the Us-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty and the futility of violence. Debney's orchestral work seems to follow the peaks and valleys of the story, while also capturing the distinct flavor of the modern setting and the musical influences found »
- Edward Davis
The award-winning director, famed for making India's highest-grossing blockbuster of all time Pk, has now set a new precedent by becoming the first Indian filmmaker to make a Hollywood production.
Set in the shadows of the Us-Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence.
Describing the significance of the film's title, Chopra told Digital Spy: "When they take a wild horse and tame it, in the West they call it breaking in a horse. So Broken Horses is about how we get tamed in life. How when we are born we are free, and slowly we become tamed by the world around us.
"In this case of course it's a film that deals with mafia and mobs on the Mexican border. »
As he quite freely admits, Vidhu Vinod Chopra does not have to direct movies for a living. “I mean, it wasn’t a job I was looking for,” Chopra said in New York, where he was working on behalf of “Broken Horses,” his thriller (April 10) starring Anton Yelchin, Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Marquette. As a writer, producer and chairman of Vinod Chopra Films, he’s made some very successful features – 2009’s “3 Idiots,” in fact, is reportedly The biggest box-office hit in the history of Indian cinema. Directing? Not a priority. At the same time, the Chopra-directed, genre-busting “Parinda” (1989) is famous for having broken dramatically from the very same Bollywood mold that makes so many rupees for the Indian film industry, Chairman Chopra included, so he knows his way around a crime thriller. And he knows when he should direct one: “Broken Horses” is evidence of that. The story is twisted; so are its origins. »
- John Anderson
Vincent D’Onofrio and Anton Yelchin are starring in “Broken Horses,” hailing from Vinod Chopra Films and Reliance Entertainment. The film, directed by famous Bollywood director Vidhu Vinod Chopra, also stars Chris Marquette, Maria Valverde, Thomas Jane and Sean Patrick Flanery. “Broken Horses” already has big accolades from the likes of James Cameron and Alfonso Cuaro?n, who have called the film “an artistic triumph” and “overwhelming,” respectively. The film focuses on a prodigy who goes to great depths to save his brother from a life of crime. “Having left town as a child after the death of his father, young music prodigy, Jacob Heckum, returns to his desolate hometown after years [ Read More ]
The great Vinod Vindu Chopra, who has produced some of the greatest Bollywood films including Parinda, 1942: A Love Story, Eklavya: The Royal Guard, Munna Bhai film series (Munna Bhai M.B.B.S. and Lage Raho Munna Bhai), 3 Idiots and Pk, has taken on a new challenge that of directing but he did not do it in Bollywood. For his maiden directorial film, Chopra is presenting an English film, a dark drama titled Broken Horses. This is the first time ever an Indian filmmakers has written, produced and directed a Hollywood film.
Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. »
- Stacey Yount
Vidhu Vinod Chopra has always set benchmarks for the Indian film fraternity and has made some of the most memorable movies that India has cherished such as the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, Mission Kashmir, and Parinda. With Broken Horses, Vidhu Vinod Chopra has become the first Indian filmmaker to produce, direct and write a Hollywood film.
Speaking at the event, Vidhu Vinod Chopra said, “I am grateful to Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan who agreed to launch the trailer of my first Hollywood film Broken Horses. It is a very special film for me and special people launching the trailer will make the moment even more memorable.”
Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is »
- Stacey Yount
The legendary film-maker, who has always set a new benchmark for the Indian film fraternity and has made some of the most memorable movies that India has cherished like the Munnabhai series, 3 Idiots, Mission Kashmir, Parinda, among several others, has once again decided to reinvent the wheel. He has stepped out of his comfort zone and with Broken Horses he becomes the first Indian filmmaker to make a Hollywood Production – it is the first Hollywood film produced, directed and written by an Indian!
Set in the shadows of the Us–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence. The film has been co-written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijat Joshi (Pk, 3 Idiots, Lage Raho Munnabhai, Mission Kashmir »
- Press Releases
Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who has produced such great films as Pk and 3 Idiots, has taken up a new challenge, that of director. His debut film in that avatar is titled Broken Horses and is set to release on April 10th. It may surprise you, but this is not a Hindi film; in fact it is an English language film set in the Us. Chopra also wrote the film and it is being produced and distributed by Vcf (Vinod Chopra Films). In addition, the film stars some of the best, including Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Sean Patrick Flanery, María Valverde, and Thomas Jane. Broken Horses, set in the shadows of the turbulent American-Mexican border, is described as a gritty, epic thriller about bonds of brotherhood, laws of loyalty and the futility of violence.
Synopsis: Having left town as a child after the death of his father, a young music prodigy, »
- Stacey Yount
13 items from 2015
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