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Young Ones Review

25 October 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Water has run dry, robots carry the workload, and children grow up far too quickly in the desolate future of Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.

This gripping familial drama follows three men at different stages in their life as they navigate a haunting, dangerous world where the scarcity of water has forced the creation of a unique environment. It is part Wild West, part post-apocalyptic future, and all parts arid and hot. It’s so effectively atmospheric, in fact, that you feel like a drink of water or a shower as you watch.

The patriarch of our central family is Ernest Holm, played magnificently (as per usual) by Michael Shannon. He is a protector of his two children (Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning), imposing and determined, making a living working supply routes and tending desperately to his farm land. Ernest doesn’t hesitate to do away with two apparent water thieves as the film begins, »

- Anthony Marcusa

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Composer Nathan Johnson on Scoring ‘Young Ones,’ ‘Kill the Messenger,’ and Vinyl Release of ‘Looper’

21 October 2014 7:55 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Composer Nathan Johnson is a master at making off-beat and imperfect instruments sound distant yet accessible on a number of vastly different narratives (see: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper). His latest work is a pair of scores for films that were both released this month, Jake Paltrow‘s neo-western Young Ones and the journalistic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Johnson has also been producing a couple albums and […] »

- Marc Ciafardini

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Director Jake Paltrow Talks Young Ones, the Challenges of Getting the Project Made, Boardwalk Empire, Future Projects, and More

20 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon’s son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week in New York City I landed a great interview with Jake Paltrow.  He talked about the hurdles he encountered in getting Young Ones made, the way the script changed from inception to release, the challenges and "seduction" of the desert, putting the cast together, dealing with the subject of drought, directing episodes of Boardwalk Empire, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Exclusive Video Interview With Jake Paltrow And Kodi Smit-McPhee On Young Ones

19 October 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Audiences may be overwhelmed by the countless on-screen portrayals of a bleak future, but the sci-fi gem, Young Ones makes for a worthwhile view thanks to a compelling story, gorgeous cinematography and a unique vision.

Set in the stark aftermath of a water crisis, the film centers on the few who have managed to survive it. Ernest (Michael Shannon) and his two children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), struggle to protect their farm from bandits, but an even greater threat may lie in the actions of Mary’s boyfriend, Flem (Nicholas Hoult).

Last week at the NYC press day for Young Ones, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with Smith-McPhee and director Jake Paltrow to discuss with them the inspiration for their new film and its dystopian theme.

Check out what they had to say in the video above and be sure to »

- Matt Joseph

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Nicholas Hoult Talks Young Ones, Equals, Mad Max: Fury Road, X-men: Apocalypse, Autobahn, Kill Your Friends, and Much More

17 October 2014 6:05 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon's son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer. Last week in New York City I landed a fantastic interview with Nicholas Hoult.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what the past few years have been like, the process of making Young Ones, working with Michael Shannon, what it was like making Mad Max: Fury Road with George Miller, working on Drake Doremus' Equals with Kristen Stewart, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Young Ones Review

17 October 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Young Ones opens today in limited release.] There are rare times when everything in a movie can work—its direction, performances, etc.—and yet the picture somehow comes up short. This is the problem with trying to judge movies piecemeal. For all of the different aspects that make up a picture, we have to evaluate it as a whole. Obviously, we can call attention to its outstanding aspects, but they have to lead, for better or worse, to some kind of impression. Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones is remarkable in how it does so much right, and yet it leaves the viewer completely cold. Its strengths are undeniable and its flaws are subtle, so subtle that they can be confusing as to how such a technically superb picture can be so ineffective. Set in post-apocalyptic future, water has become a scarce commodity. There’s no more rain, and Ernest Holm’s (Michael Shannon) well has dried up. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Michael Shannon Doesn’t Care for Robots

17 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

In director Jake Paltrow’s new film “Young Ones,” "Boardwalk Empire" veteran Michael Shannon plays Ernest Holm, a father in a futuristic wasteland tasked with keeping his family together in their quest for water – a scarce resource around town. The film co-stars Nicholas Hoult as his rival and Elle Fanning as his defiant daughter, and blends elements of sci-fi and westerns in look and tone. Shannon’s performance is that of the stoic dad, trying to make ends meet, while »

- Mike Ayers

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Total Isolation Made Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning Fast Friends

17 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee went deep into a remote part of the South African desert to film director Jake Paltrow's sci-fi film Young Ones. At a recent press day in New York City, the three actors joined Jake to speak about how the completely isolated set bonded them - and changed their views on being eco-conscious. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Total Isolation Made Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning Fast Friends

17 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee went deep into a remote part of the South African desert to film director Jake Paltrow's sci-fi film Young Ones. At a recent press day in New York City, the three actors joined Jake to speak about how the completely isolated set bonded them - and changed their views on being eco-conscious. »

- Allie-Merriam

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‘Young Ones’ drops the ball at key moments

16 October 2014 7:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Young Ones

USA, 2014

Written and directed by Jake Paltrow

If ever you should find yourself needing to explain the difference between a film being “well-shot” and “well-directed”, Exhibit A should be the new indie release Young Ones. Writer-director Jake Paltrow has created an intriguing world and spared not one cent out of his indie-sized budget to make it beautiful, but he doesn’t direct it well enough to avoid some storytelling problems.

Paltrow (yes, he is Gwyneth’s brother) imagines a near future in which droughts like the one currently ravaging California have become so intense that the rule of law itself has begun to break down in the American Southwest. In this world Michael Shannon plays a father trying to raise two children, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elle Fanning, against the specter of his wells running dry and the intrusive advances of a local man played by Nicholas Hoult. »

- Mark Young

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Interview: Jake Paltrow On How Spielberg & Anime Inspired 'Young Ones,' Starring Michael Shannon & Elle Fanning

16 October 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The below is a rerun of our interview from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Part western, part science fiction, wholly original—it’s not easy to pin down—writer/director Jake Paltrow’s latest film, “Young Ones,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival (read our review here), is worth an examination. Ernest Holm (a gaunt Michael Shannon) and his two teenage children, Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and Mary (Elle Fanning), resolutely hold onto their farmland in a drought-ravaged near future, stubbornly believing that the water will soon return. (In a town that shares an odd optimism, “Pray for rain” is a common greeting.) Paltrow imbues this landscape—using South Africa as a stand-in for the anonymous American West—with futuristic touches, including both a robotic mule and medical advances that keep the family’s wife/mother (Aimee Mullins) alive. Not too far away, water flows freely in an overcrowded city, glimpses »

- Kristin McCracken

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Young Ones Redeems the Sci-Fi Western

14 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is a dustbowl western with a sci-fi twist. It looks and sounds like the past: The plains are barren, the people wear cheap cotton, and the score, by Nathan Johnson -- all vibrating, beautiful melancholy -- could be layered over any John Ford flick. But when their donkey snaps a limb, peddlers Ernest (Michael Shannon) and his son Jerome (Kodi Smit-McPhee) shoot the animal and replace it with a robot, a high-stepping, spindly machine that looks like a pickup truck on legs.

That robot is easier to love than most of the humans, who've grown hard in this savage imagining of the West where water is more precious than oil. The earth is parched. Everything from the brush to the hills is tumbleweed-beige, as is Shannon's face and hair and funny car »

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'Young Ones' (2014) Movie Review

14 October 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week, I reviewed Aut?mata, which was a post-apocalyptic science fiction film that presented nothing new in terms of ideas or themes. It treaded on familiar territory and made it a bore to watch. Science fiction films need to reflect human nature in an interesting way to be successful, otherwise they become very easy to tune out. In comes Young Ones, a film that uses a near future of a massive water shortage to explore man's pride, greed, and struggle for survival. The film is not wholly successful in its ambitions, shifting away from its themes midway through into a more traditional revenge film, but with the help of a quartet of terrific performances, the film is never something Aut?mata was: boring. A rather subdued Michael Shannon plays Ernest Holm, the patriarch of a family who is clinging onto a 20-acre farm, despite a drought that has dried »

- Mike Shutt

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Review: Young Ones

14 October 2014 4:54 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: In a future where water is the most sought after resource, a farmer and his two children try to make due, although the emergence of his daughter's boyfriend will thoroughly hamper any plans he has. Review: A promising set-up, a bevy striking images and a good cast should be enough to put Jake Paltrow's Young Ones over the top, but its flawed and familiar story - not to mention a very uneven approach to telling said story - is the film's ultimate undoing. A semi-futuristic, »

- Eric Walkuski

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Young Ones | Review

13 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Young at Heart: Paltrow’s Sci-Fi Western is All Dried Up

Dystopic draught heralds the end of times for the parable that serves as Jake Paltrow’s sophomore effort, Young Ones. A mash-up of classic Western and ambitious sci-fi, the whole is not the sum of its parts, fluctuating between flashes of stylized visual flourishes in the midst of a quickly withering narrative, Paltrow seems to squander the abundant opportunities laid out by the promising set-up. It’s this kernel of potential that makes the film seem even more of a disappointment, methodically churning into a stagnant trench of recycled Greek tragedy themes, a familial saga of vengeance, murder, and inheritance never coalescing into a comfortable stride.

In a world gone dry, surviving members of the human race do the best they can to eke out an existence. The oceans having evaporated long ago, families of farmers do what »

- Nicholas Bell

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Watch the Nycc panels for Game of Thrones, Elementary, The Young Ones, The Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman 66

11 October 2014 4:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The New York Comic Con is in full swing, and we’ve scoured YouTube to bring you some of the panels that have taken place so far, including Game of Thrones, Elementary, The Young Ones, The Legend of Korra, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman ’66 featuring the Caped Crusader himself, Adam West!

Kristian Nairn and Daniel Portman for Game of Thrones:

Johnny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu and Ophelia Lovibond for Elementary:

Director Jake Paltrow and Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee for The Young Ones:

Bryan Konietzko, Mike Dimartino, Janet Varney, David Faustino and P.J. Byrne for The Legend of Korra:

Ciro Neili, Brandon Auman, Greg Cipes, Rob Paulsen, Seth Green and Eric Bauza for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:

Adam West for Batman 66 (sorry about the four parts):

See Also: Check out all of our Nycc coverage here

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- Gary Collinson

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Elle Fanning, Newly Sweet 16, Bares Serious Skin at Film Debut (Photos)

10 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Elle Fanning looked like she swiped big sis Dakota Fanning’s clothes or forgot to throw on a blouse over her training bra at the “Young Ones” premiere last night (Oct. 9) in New York City. Fanning, who just turned sweet 16 in April, bared serious skin in a flowered bra top and maxi skirt. Fanning stars opposite rumored Kristen Stewart boyfriend Nicholas Hoult in the science-fiction action thriller written and directed by Jake Paltrow, the younger brother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow . ...Read More »

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Nicholas Hoult Talks about jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photos

9 October 2014 11:36 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Nicholas Hoult has finally spoken out about the unfortunate nude photo scandal that affected ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence.and no lie, it was kinda awkward.

The actor appeared on Good Day New York to promote his new film Young Ones with director Jake Paltrow (yep, that's Gwyneth Paltrow's brother, which only makes this even more interesting since J.Law is now dating Gwyneth's ex-hubby Chris Martin), and in the middle of their interview, the reporter decides to bring up the hacking.

She began by saying, "Speaking of friends, Jennifer Lawrence, she's been making a lot of news lately because of the pictures that were hacked and I think they might have been pictures that were sent to you." Yep, she went there, and kept rambling about the topic until she finally gave Hoult a chance to respond.

Staying cool, calm and collected, Hoult simply responded with, "It's shocking that things »

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Nicholas Hoult Talks about jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photos

9 October 2014 11:36 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Nicholas Hoult has finally spoken out about the unfortunate nude photo scandal that affected ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence.and no lie, it was kinda awkward.

The actor appeared on Good Day New York to promote his new film Young Ones with director Jake Paltrow (yep, that's Gwyneth Paltrow's brother, which only makes this even more interesting since J.Law is now dating Gwyneth's ex-hubby Chris Martin), and in the middle of their interview, the reporter decides to bring up the hacking.

She began by saying, "Speaking of friends, Jennifer Lawrence, she's been making a lot of news lately because of the pictures that were hacked and I think they might have been pictures that were sent to you." Yep, she went there, and kept rambling about the topic until she finally gave Hoult a chance to respond.

Staying cool, calm and collected, Hoult simply responded with, "It's shocking that things »

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Nicholas Hoult Talks about jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photos

9 October 2014 11:36 PM, PDT | icelebz.com | See recent iCelebz news »

Nicholas Hoult has finally spoken out about the unfortunate nude photo scandal that affected ex-girlfriend Jennifer Lawrence.and no lie, it was kinda awkward.

The actor appeared on Good Day New York to promote his new film Young Ones with director Jake Paltrow (yep, that's Gwyneth Paltrow's brother, which only makes this even more interesting since J.Law is now dating Gwyneth's ex-hubby Chris Martin), and in the middle of their interview, the reporter decides to bring up the hacking.

She began by saying, "Speaking of friends, Jennifer Lawrence, she's been making a lot of news lately because of the pictures that were hacked and I think they might have been pictures that were sent to you." Yep, she went there, and kept rambling about the topic until she finally gave Hoult a chance to respond.

Staying cool, calm and collected, Hoult simply responded with, "It's shocking that things »

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