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Since he tore up the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's bold biopic Bronson, English actor Tom Hardy has proved a riveting screen presence in films like Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such mesmerizing charisma is an absolute must for his latest lead in the challenging thriller Locke. As you might have guessed from the Yahoo trailer up top, the whole success of this film is dependent on Hardy's performance. While the cast boasts members like Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), their roles come down to voice work. Locke only ever shows Hardy on screen. A man alone on his phone in a car shouldn't work as an engaging film, but look at the pull quotes in the trailer above, and it's pretty apparent this one does. Here's the film's official synopsis: »
Joshua Oppenheimer's study of 1960s Indonesian death squads wins best film, beating Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing has taken the top prize at the inaugural Guardian Film Awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal study of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960s was nominated in three fields – best director, biggest game-changer and best film.
Oppenheimer said of the recognition: "Artistically, it's a far more meaningful award to me than an Oscar."
The film – voted best film of 2013 by Guardian critics, and seventh best of the year by Guardian readers – was also strongly championed by the two external judges, Claudia Winkleman and Adam Curtis; the former calling it "one of the best films I've ever seen »
- Catherine Shoard
The 50-year-old actor, who recently stated that he's "in the process of reinventing" himself, was also pictured with long grey sideburns and a goatee beard. He donned a suit and pair of tinted glasses for the shoot on the Gold Coast in Queensland.
The upcoming thriller, written and directed by Paul Schrader, centres around a CIA agent (played by Cage) who begins to go blind while on his last ever assignment.
Speaking about the film last summer, prior to confirmation of Cage's casting, Schrader explained: "I think Nic Refn will be exec producer or something, »
Mister John, 2013.
Following the mysterious death of his brother, a middle-aged man travels to Singapore to help out with the funeral arrangements and family affairs. There he discovers an exotic, intoxicating world, far removed from his troubled life in London. But as he is drawn towards his brother's beautiful wife and the sexual frankness of the local culture he begins to realise that escape isn't as easy as it seems...
With its first shots, Mister John appears to be heading down an altogether different route to the one it’ll ultimately take – towering fertile jungle drifts by as we pass down a river, the images backed by composer Stephen McKeon’s dramatically feeling theme, echoing Malick’s The Thin Red Line. Then, »
- Gary Collinson
With every awards season comes a flood of “best of” compilations and top ten lists, but film scores can be tricky in that department. After all, different composers are operating on different levels, each one working toward a separate goal in his or her respective picture. Brian Tyler aims for something propulsive and heroic in Iron Man 3, while Saving Mr. Banks’ score apparently features Thomas Newman doing his best Thomas Newman impersonation. Lists can be tough when scores operate so independently of one another
So without further ado, I present my favorite film scores from 2013. Unranked:
Saying Alexandre Desplat likes himself a mean waltz is like saying Johnny Depp likes himself a little eye makeup: they’re both gross understatements. Scoring Stephen Frears’ loose adaptation of Philomena Lee’s search for the son she was forced to give up at birth, Desplat makes his affinity abundantly clear with the title track, »
- David Klein
As director Nicolas Winding Refn once said: “Let’s not forget that human beings were created for violence. Our body parts were created for violence mostly based on instinctual needs to survive. We have a spiritual need for it that we exercise.” It seems like a wild statement but if you consider the popularity of violent images, you’ll have to give Refn at least some credit for his observations as well as his wit for making use of that need for violence in his films.
In a way, Refn is right. We can’t get enough of visualized violence. It’s like an addictive drug we grow up with from day one: even in kids TV and film, characters die horrible deaths, despite the fact that they make it look funny.
In the horror genre, murders are usually pretty nuts – there’s no surprise there. However, thriller movies »
- Manon de Reeper
In 2005, when Mads Mikkelsen learned he’d landed the biggest role of his career to date (Le Chiffre, the cunning, villainous banker opposite Daniel Craig’s James Bond in 2006's Casino Royale), he found it difficult to comprehend why those around him were so worked up. “I’d never seen a Bond film at that point,” he says, laughing. Instead of getting excited, Mikkelsen did what comes most natural: he homed in on the task at hand.
“I have the strange ability to shut things out,” Mikkelsen says. “Otherwise you »
Tom Hardy is in talks to play both Kray twins in a new biopic of the notorious British mobsters, reports Screen Daily.
Described as a thriller, the film will be written and directed by La Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland. It is expected to shoot in the UK later this year.
Hardy has experience with the crime biopic, having made his name with a tour de force performance as the ultra-violent prisoner Charles Bronson in Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 film Bronson. In 2015, the actor is also set to star as Elton John in the biopic Rocketman.
The Krays were feared yet iconic participants in the swinging sixties as owners of a West End nightclub, Esmeralda's Barn. They mixed with figures such as Diana Dors, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, »
- Ben Child
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Though she’s looking to take a short break, Jennifer Lawrence still has her planned reunion with “The Hunger Games” helmer Gary Ross to look forward to. Per THR, Ross has officially signed on to pen the screenplay to the epic two-part adaptation of John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” in addition to sitting in the director’s chair, something he has done for his last three directorial outings. Don’t get too excited though, Ross still has the Peter Pan quasi-prequel, “Peter Pan and the Starcatchers” and his slow-brewing Carey Mulligan-starring sci-fi action film “Outback” on the docket.Initially set to move ahead with Nicolas Winding Refn at the helm, the big-screen adaptation of the TV show “The Equalizer” ended up with Antoine Fuqua in the director’s chair. and he seems to have pulled it together to the studio’s liking. The Wrap reports Sony Pictures is »
- Cain Rodriguez
★★★☆☆ With their feature debut, Helen (2008), British directing duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy toyed with notions of identity as they followed a young woman playing the role of a missing girl as part of a police reconstruction. They plunge into similar thematic waters with their follow-up, Mister John (2013), which once again places its protagonist in a position where their sense of self becomes less and less tethered as they battle their own inner demons. In this instance, Aiden Gillen gives a beguiling lead performance as a figure hopelessly adrift in a setup that shares elements with Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives (2013).
- CineVue UK
After spending years in development hell, Sony’s theatrical reboot of The Equalizer is finally poised to hit theaters this fall. Will it be worth the wait? Sony certainly seems to think so, as the studio is already prepping a sequel.
Sony’s Equalizer reboot has traveled a long, winding road on its way to finally getting made. Russell Crowe was originally in talks to star, and Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis was floated as a possible director for the project. After Crowe and Haggis bowed out, Denzel Washington then came on board to play the titular character. Drive helmer Nicolas Winding Refn was then set to take over as director but that plan didn’t ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Sony Pictures is hoping to get a jump on the presumed-hype for director Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming thriller The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington, by getting the ball rolling on the sequel well in advance. The first pic doesn’t open in theaters until September, but it apparently scored through the roof during a recent test screening, bringing back the highest scores for an R-rated film in Sony’s history. As a result, the studio is keen on developing the follow-up in the hopes that the film makes waves when it hits theaters this fall. Hit the jump for more. The Wrap reports that Sony has brought back screenwriter Richard Wenk to pen a sequel to The Equalizer with the expectation that the first pic will be a box office success when it opens in September. The film is an adaptation of the 1980s TV show of the same name and »
- Adam Chitwood
As of right now all we've seen from Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer is the above picture of Denzel Washington in the lead role as he reteams with his Training Day director to play a man described as a solitary, monastic figure who hates injustice and devotes himself to helping people who are being victimized. With a no-nonsense attitude, compassion and experience with dealing with a wide variety of situations he's a powerful and useful detective. However, test audiences have seen early cuts of the film and are apparently loving it to the point The Wrap reports Sony has already put Richard Wenk to work scripting a sequel to the film, which is set to hit theaters on September 26. Directors such as Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) were on and then off the picture with Refn telling the Los Angeles Times »
- Brad Brevet
Director: Ryan Gosling
Writer: Ryan Gosling
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
I’d bet that a little creative process seasoning by the likes of two-time partnerships with Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance might have ultimately pushed Ryan Gosling to move in front of the camera with what sounds like an ambitious, genre-bending project. The picky Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) lenses.
Gist: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive. »
- Eric Lavallee
Whether you’re currently single or in a relationship, I hope you all had a good Valentine’s Day weekend, dear readers. Unfortunately, aside from The Lego Movie, it’s still slim pickings at our movie theaters right now if you’re looking for something good to watch. But as always, there are upcoming films to look forward to, and trailers for those films for me to examine. And this week’s installment of Trailer Trashin’ takes a look at the upcoming documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune.
My take: Speaking as a cinephile, one thing that has always fascinated me are the stories of famous lost projects – film productions that were supposed to happen, and in many cases had notable people attached, but ended up not »
- Timothy Monforton
via: Fashionably Geek
A few years ago, a little before the wide release of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, we posted a mashup that combined the audio from the trailer for that film with footage from Star Wars. The mashup trailer, which I’ve embedded below, was cut together extremely well. I’m surprised it took this long for a proper piece of art to emerge that also put Han Solo in place of the Driver. Not only does the art do both films (and the mashup) justice, it is also available on a t-shirt. It’s available at TeeFury for only $11. That deal only lasts for today, so act fast!
- Eli Reyes
Jodorowsky’s Dune Trailer. Frank Pavich‘s Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013) movie trailer stars Alejandro Jodorowsky, Devin Faraci, Drew McWeeny, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Dan O’Bannon. Jodorowsky’s Dune‘s plot synopsis: “The story of cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science fiction novel.” More on Jodorowsky’s Dune: In [...]
Continue reading: Jodorowsky’S Dune (2013) Movie Trailer: A Doomed Dune Film Documentary »
- Rollo Tomasi
The ’80s are back in cheap, imitative and soulless form with “Down and Dangerous,” a low-budget, Kickstarter-backed drug thriller from writer-director Zak Forsman. Relying on a synthesized score, over-saturated cinematography and frustratingly cliched dialogue, this is an extremely generic, truly empty tale of a drug smuggler involved with cops and criminals alike. Despite some initial teases in shot composition, nothing much sticks out beyond the generalities at play. It’s hard to believe the film will find much of an audience beyond its social-media backers.
The project’s weird background perhaps explains some of the limitations: Forsman’s father, Robert Sabbag, authored a 1998 memoir titled “Snowblind: A Brief Career in the Cocaine Trade,” which was promptly bought for movie adaptation but has yet to make it to the screen. Unable to license the rights, Forsman instead crafted this original story made in his father’s honor, although there’s hardly anything original about it. »
- Peter Labuza
There were few films last year as divisive as Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives." The near silent, intensely violent, measured, methodical picture didn't carry with it the slick cool of "Drive," and many couldn't get with the movie that featured an emasculated Ryan Gosling hunting down the cop who killed his brother, at the insistence of his viperous mother. And you can count Gary Oldman as among those who didn't roll with the movie. Speaking with Empire, when asked what the last movie he walked out of was, Oldman replied he doesn't really do that sort thing, but: "I suffer it. I was very perplexed by 'Only God Forgives.' I'm a fan of Ryan Gosling and the director, but let's say I had an itch all through that. But I sat to the end." So, the next time you feel like bailing on movie, just remember that »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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