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Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to review the best new films in UK cinemas. This week they discuss Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot; the latest film from director Nicolas Winding Refn ,The Neon Demon; Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore in Maggie’s Plan; and The Legend of Tarzan, starring Alexander Skarsgard and Margot Robbie….
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- Scott J. Davis
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present and future.
In the spring of 1999, Sofia Coppola’s feature directorial debut, a big screen version of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel “The Virgin Suicides,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A delicate, deeply feeling and achingly human portrait of suburban ennui and teenage depression, the film was anchored by a performance by a then-17-year-old Kirsten Dunst. As Lux Lisbon, the prettiest and wildest and most broken of the five Lisbon sisters that the film so intimately chronicles, Dunst was tasked with straddling the gap between deep pain and flickering hope.
The film follows the Lisbons after their youngest sister, Cecilia, twice attempts suicide, completing the act on her second try, all during party thrown by her terrified parents in hopes of cheering her up enough to keep her alive. The Lisbons, by and large, are suffocated by their »
- Kate Erbland
Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.
Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »
- Sean Wilson
Adam Keen has resigned as head of publicity for Broad Green Pictures, TheWrap has learned. The executive stepped down voluntarily to pursue other opportunities, an individual familiar with the decision said. The film company, run by the Hammond Brothers, has also laid off roughly five junior staffers in the publicity department, the insider added. Keen is expected to stay on and help with a transition. He formerly served as a vice president of publicity at Warner Bros. He joined Broad Green as Evp of communications in March 2015. Also Read: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'The Neon Demon' Gets Us »
- Matt Donnelly and Rasha Ali
Few summer 2016 releases have grabbed more advance attention that Sony’s female “Ghostbusters” reboot. During this feast-or-famine summer, its modest initial performance is far from great, but mainly positive.
The weekend brought few new releases, another reason grosses fell short of the same weekend last summer.
The Top Ten
$50,560,000 (-51%) in 4,381 theaters (+11); PTA (per theater average): $11,541; Cumulative: $203,148,000
2. Ghostbusters (Sony) New – Cinemascore: B-; Metacritic: 60; Est. budget: $144 million
$46,000,000 in 3,963 theaters; PTA: $11,607; Cumulative: $46,000,000
$11,120,000 (-47%) in 3,551 theaters (-40); PTA: $3,132; Cumulative: $103,050,000
$11,040,000 (- »
- Tom Brueggemann
After working with the Coens, Steven Soderbergh, Ridley Scott, Nicolas Winding Refn, Alex Garland, J.J. Abrams. and Rian Johnson, Oscar Isaac is now adding the most accomplished name in blockbuster filmmaking to his resume: Steven Spielberg. He’s in talks to join the director’s next next feature The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, which already has Mark Rylance on board, Variety reports.
Adapted by Tony Kushner based on David Kertzer‘s book, it follows a secretly baptized Jewish boy in Italy who is kidnapped to be raised as a Christian, which ignites a larger political battle. Spielberg plans to shoot the film early next year after wrapping Ready Player One, which recently went into production. As we wait for more details, including Isaac’s exact role, check out Amazon‘s description of the book below, followed by a new video essay on the historical accuracy of Saving Private Ryan.
Bologna: nightfall, »
- Jordan Raup
Will Matt Damon join Ben Affleck in the upcoming Batman Reboot? The actor is currently out making the rounds for his latest movie Jason Bourne. He has reunited with director Paul Greengrass for the fifth installment of that franchise, which is a pretty big deal. Inevitably, the subject of playing a superhero came up. And apparently Damon is not opposed to the idea, as long as his friend and Good Will Hunting partner is behind it.
Matt Damon was speaking with JoBlo during the course of his press tour, and revealed that he is actually open to playing a superhero. It just has to be under the right circumstances. Those circumstances just so happen to include his Bff Ben Affleck. Who just happens to be directing a new standalone Batman movie that he will star in and co-write. Here is what he had to say.
"I'd consider anything with the right director, »
Recently, the dark side of the modeling industry was explored in the genre bending Neon Demon, a florescent gem from director Nicolas Winding Refn where our desires lead to a bloody consumption. While Model Hunger shares similar tropes, it’s actually a completely different movie that dares to have all shapes and sizes on the screen.
Lynn Lowry plays Ginny, a former model who takes advantage of her hard of hearing neighbor and tortures young models and eventually eats them. The torture scenes are actually pretty funny and at times gruesome. Ginny lives alone, has a lot to say, and I loved hearing her snide remarks about her hatred for women who prefer salmon over steak. Lowry completely steals the show in Model Hunger and brings a dark humor to the tone that makes the movie fun to watch.
Her discreetness is threatened when she gets a new neighbor named Debbie played by Tiffany Shepis, »
Shock’s resident poet Nigel Parkin pays tribute to Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon with these SHOCKing Sonnets. 1 – Dark (Jack) Welcome to my darkness, Jesse. Stand still. Let me look at you. Your reluctance is Very appealing. That’s what we all want. It’s what I need to capture. That fragile, Uncertain look in…
- Chris Alexander
Sometimes, a film comes along and most audiences just don’t know how to wrap their head around it. Some of those films find a strong life in the coming years on home video platforms, while others sink into the perpetual blackhole of mediocrity. While the jury is still out on lasting impact of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon — with a $7 million budget, it will end its domestic run with just over $1.2 million at the box office — one writer-director has some clear thoughts on the matter.
Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, Listen Up Philip) has written an article for The Talk House exploring what he considers the inherent issues in independent distribution that have been exhibited by The Neon Demon and its perceived failure by many. Perry posits that Demon is a staggering masterwork of modern cinema — putting to shame all the “weird” indie films that aren »
- Mike Mazzanti
Justin Kelly has landed his dream cast of Riley Keough, Caleb Landry Jones and Abbey Lee for his next film, THR reports. The writer-director of 2015’s “I Am Michael” and this year’s “King Cobra,” which IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called “the ‘Boogie Nights’ of gay porn,” will direct the untitled project that he also wrote.
“Abbey, Riley and Caleb have proven themselves to be some of the most talented, versatile actors working today, capable of imbuing tough, challenging characters with emotional depth and empathy,” Kelly told THR. “They are truly the perfect cast to bring this twisted, mysterious story to life.”
Here’s the official synopsis for the film: Alice arrives unannounced at her estranged brother Ethan’s house in an attempt to reconcile, but bizarre visions, the return of his strange girlfriend Misty, and Alice’s paranoia and suspicion force the siblings to cling onto reality amidst mysterious circumstances. »
- Graham Winfrey
To mark the release of The Neon Demon on 8th July, we’ve been given a copy of the sountrack to give away along with a poster signed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Jesse (Elle Fanning) moves to Los Angeles just after her 16th birthday to launch a career as a model. The head of her agency […]
The post Win The Neon Demon soundtrack and signed poster appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.
The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded »
- Owen Gleiberman
The Neon Demon is the latest feature film to be directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The director has made a name for both himself and actor Ryan Gosling with previous films Drive and Only God Forgives. This time he’s working without Gosling, instead switching to a female lead in the form of Elle Fanning. Our story tells of young girl Jessie (Fanning) as she arrives in Los Angeles aspiring to be a model. An instant success, she soon has to deal with the envy and dark desires of those around her. The film screened at Cannes earlier this year and was received with a bizarre mixture of boos and cheers. The Neon Demon it seems is a true marmite movie, you either love it or hate it. So where does Thn sit? »
- Kat Hughes
Nicolas Winding Refn’s provocative modern fable follows a young model into the dark, dangerous woods of the La fashion world
“Am I staring…?” This neon-noir fantasia from Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director of Drive, Bronson and the Pusher trilogy, is a modern fairytale of beauty as a beast, a horror-inflected, high-fashion fable replete with wicked witches and big bad wolves ready to devour a flaxen-haired youth in the wild woods of Los Angeles. Less Prêt-à-Porter with teeth than The Company of Wolves from hell and in heels, it offers a bloody chamber of symbolic provocations (lunar cycles, occultist trappings) cooked up by a film-maker taking weekly tarot readings from the Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky and driven by an intoxication with the superficiality of the photographic image.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon” opened to a less-than-expected opening weekend. The visually stunning thriller was released in 783 U.S. theaters on June 26 and made a total of $589,014. Its per-screen average was $752, which by industry standards is considered a flop. According to The Numbers, “The Neon Demon” has made a total of $1,321,725 worldwide.
Filmmaker Alex Ross Perry wrote an article on The Talkhouse titled, “How ‘The Neon Demon’s’ ‘Failure’ Reveals a Major Problem in Indie Film,” in which he gave his thoughts on Refn’s “masterpiece” and blames the film’s distribution method for its “failure.”
The film was released a month after it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and after it was heavily marketed, failed to win big at the box office. Looking at the picture’s opening numbers, Perry pointed out »
- Liz Calvario
Today marks the UK release of Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, and if you’re on the fence about checking it out, here’s a new horror-themed TV spot that should whet your appetite. The Neon Demon (review) stars Elle Fanning,… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
There were few films as divisive at this year’s Cannes Film Festival as Nicolas Winding Refn‘s glittery, ghoulish “The Neon Demon.” But few films survive that kind of scrutiny and leave the Croisette with just as much buzz and anticipation as it had going in. So it seemed logical that Amazon Studios and their theatrical distribution partner […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Nicolas Winding Refn has turned into a total cinematic enigma. If his earlier films such as “Drive,” “Pusher,” and “Bronson” had critics on his side, his last two features have split the cinematic world in half and left many audience members in total and utter puzzlement. Refn followed up “Drive,” his greatest critical and commercial […]
- Jordan Ruimy
Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon is a beautifully shot yet polarizing film. It’s either shallow, pretentious, sensationalistic and self-indulgent or a bold haunting hypnotic work of suspense. I’m still not sure if I liked it or not, but It has certainly remained with me since my viewing of the film over the weekend. My reaction is typical […]
The post The Neon Demon Ending & Movie Explained: Your Questions Answered appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
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