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Cinematographer Edward Lachman may not be a household name, though he undoubtedly should be. One of the most highly regarded directors of photography in the business, Lachman has collaborated with some of the best filmmakers of his generation: Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz, Paul Schrader, Sofia Coppola, Robert Altman, Werner Herzog, George Sluizer, Wim Wenders, Mira Nair, Ulrich Seidl, and Andrew Niccol — to name a handful.
His career began in 1975 by photographing the infamous Sylvester Stallone–Henry Winkler Brooklyn gang cult-fave, The Lords of Flatbush. In the last 40 years, he’s carved out a truly varied résumé. For example: in 2002, Lachman co-directed Ken Park with filmmaker Larry Clark, before moving onto direct the exercise video Carmen Electra’s Aerobic Striptease in 2003.
Lachman’s most recent feature, Carol — his third partnership with Haynes, and perhaps his finest work — just entered a limited release, so there’s no better time to »
- Tony Hinds
I enjoyed Andrew Niccol‘s Lord of War when it came out in 2005. It was a fast-paced, enjoyable ride down the rabbit hole of the illegal arms trade, but I had no idea Nicolas Cage‘s character Yuri Orlov was based on a real life “Merchant of Death”. His name is Viktor Bout and he wasn’t even arrested until three years after Hollywood sensationalized the myth of his businessman seen as an international criminal throughout the media. As directors Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin sought to tell a tale within this sector of gun smuggling, he of course would prove the logical subject to focus on. The fact he was an amateur filmmaker who documented his travels via home video only made the prospect more intriguing.
Their documentary The Notorious Mr. Bout begins with the 2008 sting operation that brought the titular Russian down. There he sits in grainy black »
- Jared Mobarak
A film adaptation of the classic board game Monopoly has been in the works for some time with no less than Ridley Scott at one point attached as a potential helmer. Now though, a new take is in the works at Big Beach Films with this one set to explore the origins of the board game.
Based on Mary Pilon's 2015 book "The Monopolists" and Ralph Anspach's book "The Billion Dollar Monopoly Swindle," this follows the history of the game back to over a century ago when Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips created "The Landlord's Game" as an educational tool to illustrate the negative aspects of concentrating land in private monopolies.
Thirty years later, Parker Brothers began selling a variation called Monopoly in 1935 with the game set in the streets of Atlantic City. Howard A. Rodman, Wgaw president, has been hired to write the script while Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf and Diane Nabatoffare are producing. »
- Garth Franklin
Unofficial tale detailing ‘scandal’ behind game unsurprisingly does not have the backing of manufacturer Hasbro, which has long planned its own film
If building hotels on all Monopoly’s most expensive properties as part of an evil scheme to bankrupt rival players ever caused you to feel a twinge of corporate guilt, a new movie looks set to confirm the capitalistic pastime’s cruel inception. Hollywood is to bring an origins story for the popular Hasbro board game to the big screen, and it’s no surprise to hear that the toy manufacturer is not involved in the production.
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- Ben Child
Although she’s only 21, Saoirse Ronan has carved out quite a career working with Wes Anderson, Studio Ghibli, Peter Weir, Neil Jordan, Joe Wright, Peter Jackson, Andrew Niccol, and more. So, while it might seem a bit early for a career-spanning conversation, she had much to discuss when she came to the London Film Festival for a screening of Brooklyn, featuring perhaps her most acclaimed performance.
Adapted from Colm Toibin‘s novel by Nick Hornby with direction by John Crowley (Boy A, Closed Circuit), the period drama Brooklyn was one of our favorite films from this year’s Sundance. Ronan leads the story about a young woman’s emigration from Ireland to America in the fifties, caught in the middle of two romances (between Domhnall Gleeson and Emory Cohen). We also have a new U.K. trailer for the film tied to its BFI premiere.
We said in our review, »
- Jordan Raup
Read More: Exclusive: Meet The Man Who Inspired 'Lord Of War' In Clip From Sundance Doc 'The Notorious Mr. Bout' Andrew Niccol's 2005 film "Lord of War" earned Nicolas Cage some of the best reviews of his varied career. Cage played Yuri Orlov, a Ukrainian-American gunrunner, and now the inspiration behind the character is coming to light in a new documentary from Tony Gerber and Maxim Pozdorovkin. Titled "The Notorious Mr. Bout," the doc exposes the wild life and unconvential professions of Russian buisnessman Viktor Bout. The official synopsis reads: "Viktor Bout was a Russian entrepreneur, a war profiteer, an aviation magnate, an arms smuggler and, strangest of all, an amateur filmmaker. Until three days prior to his 2008 arrest on charges of conspiring to kill Americans, Bout kept the camera running, documenting a life spent in the grey areas of international law. Dubbed the 'merchant of death,' Viktor Bout »
- Zack Sharf
The other drone-pilot drama in Toronto this year, buried in the festival’s hit-and-miss new Platform competition section, “Full Contact” will be seen by a tiny fraction of the audience who express interest in the relatively accessible “Eye in the Sky,” but that’s probably just as Dutch director David Verbeek intended it. Featuring expressionless French thesp (and Claire Denis regular) Gregoire Colin as Lt. Ivan Delphine, a cool-as-ice Gallic dude inexplicably recruited to oversee drone strikes for the American Army, the taxing moral drama imagines how the mostly-inscrutable Ivan reacts to the fact that he was responsible for mistaking a Muslim boarding school for an Al Qaeda training facility. What the character doesn’t express in words Verbeek illustrates via punishingly obvious metaphor as Ivan replays the incident in his increasingly troubled mind.
As modern warfare evolves in such a way that trained soldiers can strike and kill faceless »
- Peter Debruge
Lionsgate and Hasbro are moving ahead with the concept of a movie based, in some fashion or other, on Monopoly, which is arguably the most popular board game of all time. According to the press release, the film will be “visually sumptuous, heartwarming, and full of action and adventure” as it tells the story of a boy rising from humble Baltic Avenue to make his fortune (and avoid going directly to jail).
Really, this all sounds kind of unnecessary and is probably further evidence of the popular opinion that Hollywood has truly run out of ideas. But on the other hand, there’s always a slim chance that something so bizarre in nature ends up being really special. And, you have to love the fact that the studio has brought on Andrew Niccol to write the script. He has previously excelled at creating bizarre and dream-like worlds, as he wrote »
- Marc Eastman
According to a post from Screenrant earlier this summer, the long-rumored Monopoly movie is officially happening. The film will be a product of a partnership between board game company Hasbro and Lionsgate, and Andrew Niccol (perhaps best known for having written The Truman Show) is writing a script. The same report provided a small synopsis of the film, which will evidently center on a boy who starts his life at Baltic Avenue and uses classic game elements (Chance and Community Chests) to find success, all while "avoiding jail time of course." The idea as it's presented is meant to be an adventurous and uplifting film for families.
This is a far cry from what previous rumors of a cinematic Monopoly adaptation have suggested, with the wildest idea being that Ridley Scott would direct some kind of bizarre fantasy epic in which a couple of nefarious brothers get sucked into a game board fraught with danger. »
- Eric Parker
The messy complexities of drone warfare trigger command decisions, moral crises, collateral damage and cover-your-backside buck passing in “Eye in the Sky,” a rivetingly suspenseful drama that deftly intertwines elements of ticking-clock thriller and tragic farce. Director Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi”) and scripter Guy Hibbert (“Five Minutes of Heaven”) resist giving their material the extra push that might have transformed the movie into a flat-out black comedy. But much like “Dr. Strangelove,” the Stanley Kubrick classic it often recalls, this teasingly hard-to-label war story has more than a fair share of scenes that generate explosive laughter — until the laughter catches in your throat. Appreciative reviews and enthusiastic word of mouth, along with op-ed analyses and cable-news punditry, could significantly boost box office prospects and ancillary-platform potential.
To be sure, Hood and Hibbert aren’t exactly tilling virgin territory here. In the last year alone, drone warfare has served as subject matter for “Good Kill, »
- Joe Leydon
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
“Equals” director Drake Doremus has good news and bad news about the future. The bad news is that love, sex and anything to do with human emotion has been eradicated, which means it won’t be easy for Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart to follow through on the longing gazes they exchange from across their post-apocalyptic habitat. On the bright side, however, the fashion’s not bad (much classier than those high-waisted trousers the future folk wear in Spike Jonze’s “Her”) and the architecture is downright fantastic, so there’s plenty to satisfy the peepers, even above and beyond this conceptual romance’s already easy-on-the-eyes (and even easier-to-market) co-stars.
Younger-skewing than Doremus’ two first films, “Like Crazy” and “Breathe In,” this simplistic and over-obvious allegory of love — from the emotion’s hesitant origins to its potentially tragic fizzle — should resonate most with the arthouse-going segment of the “Twilight” fanbase, »
- Peter Debruge
Short stories often make the best source material for feature films. They offer pitches with a gem of a concept that can be expanded into a more complex story. Fans of the original short story aren’t as prone to get pissed at changes from the book as fans of novels since they can acknowledge that there naturally are alterations when expanding a short story. Glaring omissions due to time constraints aren’t likely to be a problem like they are when adapting 500-page books to two-hour movies. “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Fly,” “Children of the Corn,” “The Absent-Minded Professor,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Total Recall” (and a slew of other Philip K. Dick sci-fi imaginings) started out as short stories. Neil Gaiman’s uniquely enchanting, haunting imagination has inspired a handful of film adaptations, including stop-motion movie “Coraline” and the far-too-much-fun “Stardust,” which starred Robert De Niro and a pre-“Daredevil” Charlie Cox. »
- Emily Rome
Ethan Hawke takes us inside the daily life of a drone pilot in Good Kill, which was released on Digital HD last month and arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, September 1, from Paramount Home Media Distribution. If you didn't get a chance to see this thriller in theaters, then we have you covered. We have a contest lined up, with one grand prize winner taking home a signed poster and a copy of the Blu-ray.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke »
Stars Ethan Hawke, January Jones and Zoë Kravitz reveal what it's like to work with writer-director Andrew Niccol in our exclusive preview for Good Kill. This drone thriller is available on Digital HD starting today, ahead of its Blu-ray and DVD release on September 1. The will film also be available for sale or rental from cable, satellite and telco providers through its theatrical distributor, IFC Films.
Hailed as "exhilaratingly of the moment" (Guy Lodge, Variety), the compelling thriller Good Kill comes from the producers of The Hurt Locker and writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War). Good Kill features Ethan Hawke's "best screen role in years" (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) as a drone operator in 21st century warfare, where combat unfolds like a video game, but with real lives at stake. Veteran Air Force pilot Tom Egan (Hawke) yearns to get back into the cockpit of a plane, »
Writer-director Andrew Niccol has always had a knack for creating stories that are looking ahead of the curve at the intersection of technology and psychology. With The Truman Show he broke down a culture obsessed with reality TV before reality TV was even in full bloom. With Gattaca he forecasted a future obsessed with micromanaging individuals to a DNA level. With Lord of War he wryly cracked open the mind of a willful cog in our war-enabling society. And now with Good Kill, Niccol is exploring the psychological effects of drone warfare on the people who actually pilot the drones. The tense drama, starring Ethan Hawke as a drone pilot who lives far away from the destruction he's causing, hits Digital HD this week (and DVD/Blu-ray on September 1, 2015) and we've got an...
- Peter Hall
Director: Andrew Niccol
Running Time: 102 min
With Andrew Niccol’s (Lord Of War, In Time) focus firmly fixed on the contentious and unfamiliar world of drone pilots, Good Kill reunites the writer-director with his Gattaca star Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister), to evoke concerns about the use of drone technology and morality in war.
Set it the scorched landscape of a Las Vegas airbase, Good Kill follows the life of fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) as he fights the Taliban via remote control for half of his day, before going home to his wife (January Jones) and kids for the other. Perpetually distant at home and increasingly reliant on alcohol, Egan’s psychological strain only intensifies when his team – led by Lt. Colonel Jack Johns (Bruce Greenwood) – is placed in the hands of new CIA masters, unshackled »
- Mike McCarthy
★★☆☆☆ In 2002 the CIA employed an armed drone in a targeted killing in Afghanistan and since then they have been used thousands of times. To their advocates they are a way of defeating a dangerous enemy without risking the lives of troops; to their critics they are a cowardly form of remote control killing which make murder more acceptable by putting distance between the target and the trigger puller. Contesting for last year's Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival, director Andrew Niccol's Good Kill (2014) - starring man of the moment Ethan Hawke - is a timely intervention in the debate that though occasionally devastating is all too often found off-target.
- CineVue UK
Despite playing everything from dastardly villains to wounded souls over his 38-year career, a certain theme keeps coming up for Bruce Greenwood; authority. He’s played multiple presidents, doctors and military men in his time and with good reason. Capable of bringing a rare balance of kind-hearted but stern gravitas to his roles, Greenwood shone in the likes of Star Trek, Flight and Mad Men, with his recent turn as Lieutenant Colonel Jack Johns in Good Kill continuing the trend.
Casting its beady eye onto the world of drone warfare, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill isn’t your typical war movie. Reuniting Gattaca writer-director with leading man Ethan Hawke, the film takes place far from an explosive warzone, but raises questions about this controversial and largely unexplored subject.
How does Good Kill differ from other war movies?
It takes place in Las Vegas, where a lot of the drone pilots are stationed. »
- Mike McCarthy
From the creator of Gattaca and The Truman Show comes a tense and psychological journey into the morality of drone warfare. Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister) stars as a fighter pilot who now battles with Taliban using just a joystick – but is he saving the world or making it worse?
Good Kill is out on DVD and Blu-ray from 3rd August 2015, and stars: Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Sinister, Gattaca); January Jones (X-Men: First Class, TV’s Mad Men); Zoe Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road, Divergent, X-Men: First Class); and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek, TV’s Mad Men). It is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, The Truman Show, In Time)
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- Phil Wheat
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