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Take Me Review: The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Movie

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Take Me Review: The Perfect Post-Thanksgiving Dinner Movie
It's Thanksgiving. You and the family have just finished your meal. And you want some lighter fare, suffering from the tryptophan buffet you just willingly engorged yourself with. The kids are off playing on their tablets. The game is over, and the adults need a swift 80 minute distraction before tearing into pumpkin pie and cobbler. Why not check out one of Netflix's looked-over gems from the past few months. It's the perfect little slice of desert before the desert. Don't spend hours searching the queue, arguing over what you're going to watch. Just select Take Me and go!

Take Me, while not a Netflix Original (it is only "Presented By Netflix"), is a home run for all the parties concerned. This whimsical tale of a simulated kidnapping gone very, very wrong is probably the first film to truly pull off this motif since 1986's Ruthless People or 1988's A Fish Called Wanda.
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William Baldwin joins the cast of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young

Actor William Baldwin has joined the cast of Too Old To Die Young – the upcoming Amazon series by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Refn is always an interesting director to watch, not exactly a fan of the mainstream, the Danish filmmaker enjoys presenting unsettling imagery and surreal plots for his films.

And it looks like his next TV endeavour won’t be any different, with Amazon’s Too Old To Die Young exploring the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following various killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai in the City of Angels.

William Baldwin has now joined the cast, linking up with the likes of Miles Teller, Jena Malone, and John Hawkes.

Refn updated the cast via his Instagram, posting a photo of the actors’ photographs with him holding Baldwin’s image while wearing his trademark white shirt and sunglasses.

Refn is set to direct the entire series and Baldwin’s character,
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‘Too Old To Die Young’: Billy Baldwin Cast In Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series

Billy Baldwin has joined the cast of Amazon's upcoming original drama series Too Old to Die Young, from Nicolas Winding Refn. Written by Refn (Neon Demon, Drive) and Ed Brubaker (Captain America: Winter Soldier, Westworld) and starring Miles Teller, Too Old to Die Young explores the criminal underbelly of Los Angeles by following killers' existential journeys in becoming samurai. The entire series will be directed by Refn. Baldwin’s character details, along with the…
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Exclusive Interview: Ana Lily Amirpour on The Bad Batch and working on Legion season 2

Rafael Motamayor chats with director Ana Lily Amirpour

Flickering Myth had the pleasure of asking the director of The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour about visual storytelling, having her movie on Netflix and directing an episode of Legion.

The Bad Batch is a very visual movie with not that much dialogue, how do you craft a story like that?

I am hard of hearing, I am 30% deaf actually. I was born that way so I’ve always been interested in feeling what I’m seeing if you know what I mean. I’ve always relied on visual stimulation and I don’t listen to conversation. So in the movie, there’s a lot that happens without words, and I guess it makes people uncomfortable if nobody is talking.

How do you use genre to tell a story? Specially westerns in your two feature films.

I just like cinema that makes you read the real world.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Hateful Eight,’ ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ ‘Creep 2,’ ‘Atomic Blonde,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Atomic Blonde (David Leitch)

There’s a bargain underlying the whole of Atomic Blonde, wherein director David Leitch wavers between its more cheeky qualities and its adherence to the conventions of generic spy fare. The film is, by definition, “cool” in every sense. Despite some wonky plotting best described as Diet John le Carré and a heavy-handed soundtrack that occasionally gets in its own way, Charlize Theron plows full
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Nicolas Winding Refn Is Launching A Free Streaming Service Online

Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn has revealed that he is setting up his own online streaming service, which will be 100% Free. byNWR.com will launch in February and is currently allowing users to subscribe early.

The service is a quarterly curated digital platform dedicated to restored movies and other cultural content with a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, and photography.

The first volume will apparently focus on the exploitation works from the American South and will include a restored version of the rate 1965 cult film The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, and will be guest edited by Russ Meyer biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough.

The second segment will be edited by Britain’s own Little White Lies and will feature forgotten works of American independent cinema, including a newly 4K restored version of Curtis Harrington’s 1963 Night Tide,
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Nicolas Winding Refn Launching Free Streaming Service

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It’s pretty cool that we can stream pretty much anything we want, anytime we want, but let’s face it, subscribing to multiple outlets can be a burden on the wallet. With Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Mubi, FilmStruck and more all offering compelling reasons to sign up (if you haven’t already), the last thing you want is yet another service to consider. So, when Nicolas Winding Refn announced he was going to launch his own online destination for movies, we braced ourselves a bit….until we learned it’s going to be free.

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Check Out The UK Trailer & Poster For Robert Pattinson Starrer ‘Good Time’

One of the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival back in May was the Robert Pattinson-led drama Good Time from the brothers Josh and Ben Safdie (The Pleasure Of Being Robbed, Daddy Longlegs). The film was warmly received by critics and the public, and the film has been given a release date in the UK and Ireland of 17th November. We have the first Good Time UK trailer and the poster below.

Good Time UK Trailer and Poster

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine Nikas (Robert Pattinson) embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Constantine finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself,
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Restorations ‘Non-negotiable’ for Video Streaming Deals, Says Gaumont’s Jérôme Soulet

Lyon, France — With U.S. video streaming platforms advancing across Europe and the rest of the world, restorations are a necessity if French film distributors want to ensure a future for their heritage film libraries, Jérôme Soulet, head of video, television and new media at Gaumont, said in his keynote address at the first day of the Lumière Festival’s International Classic Film Market.

“If you want to sign an agreement with a platform, an HD restoration is necessary, otherwise they won’t do it; it’s non-negotiable,” he added.

Soulet shared his views on the challenges facing heritage film in market increasingly dominated by U.S. Svod platforms.

Despite a rich film history, France’s heritage market is facing an uncertain future due to the country’s dearth of domestic video streaming services, Soulet said.

Soulet, joined by industry analyst Pascal Lechevallier, presented sobering statistics and warned that French distributors needed to take concrete steps to ensure
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Lumière Festival: Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro talk Michael Mann

Lumière Festival: Michael Mann, Guillermo del Toro talk Michael Mann
Lyon, France — Director Michael Mann, a guest of the Lumière Festival, discussed his decades-long career and creative process on Sunday before introducing a restored version of “Heat” never seen before in France.

Speaking with Institut Lumière director Thierry Frémaux and fellow filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, Mann said he saw himself as an auteur, adding: “It’s not about self reflection, it’s about responsibility. Everything, good or bad, the creative choices, whether it’s an actor, the folds in the curtains, the fashion, the music, the cut, it’s all my fault, my responsibility. And that’s what’s always so exciting to me about cinema.”

Turning the discussion to the characters in Mann’s works, del Toro pointed out that his films, whether “Heat” or “The Last of the Mohicans,” often dealt with men struggling as relics in their own time as history leaves them behind. “And they seem to be holding a very intimate set of
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Lumière Festival: Guillermo del Toro on the Catholic Church, his Holy Trinity and Boris Karloff Epiphany

Lumière Festival: Guillermo del Toro on the Catholic Church, his Holy Trinity and Boris Karloff Epiphany
Lyon, France — In a wide-ranging discussion at Lyon’s Lumière Festival on Monday, Guillermo del Toro talked about the creative and disturbing influence of the Catholic Church, his own personal Holy Trinity, the unique aspects of cinema, his desire to work with Michael Mann and George Miller on a book project and his Boris Karloff-inspired epiphany.

Asked how he is able to translate nightmares into beautiful dreams, Del Toro quipped, “I had a f****d up childhood.”

The imagery of Mexico’s Catholic Church, which Del Toro described as second only to that of the Philippines in goriness and anatomical accurateness, was a main factor.

“There was a Christ in my church with an exposed bone fracture, and it was kind of green and purple, but his face looked like he was coming. And then they said, ‘The body of Christ,’ and I said, ‘No thank you.’

“In Guadalajara, of all f*****g cities,
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Graphic Nature: Artist Laurent Durieux on Creating the Oldboy (2003) Vinyl Score Artwork for Milan Records

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Released in 2003, Park Chan-Wook’s Oldboy is often heralded as a cult favorite and masterpiece of Korean cinema. Venturing to emotional extremes with its grim violence and extraordinary sadomasochism, it is a film that is compulsive viewing for anyone with a petulance for gore or a good revenge story. As tense as it is tragic, Jo Yeong-wook’s composition work mirrors the film’s dark beauty—filled with melancholic moments and infectious melodies. Looking for a visual artist to complement the project, Milan Records enlisted the talents of Laurent Durieux, whose captivating, lucid style immaculately captured the overcast essence of the film.

Left to his own devices, Durieux was able to showcase a unique, personal perspective of the film without being constricted by the label or design teams. “Milan hardly had any input in the creation of the poster,” informs Durieux. “They trusted me completely and they knew that it is the way I work,
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Nicolas Winding Refn is launching his own streaming service

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Based on his movies, Nicolas Winding Refn seems like a man with very particular tastes. Drive, for instance, seems like a straightforward car chase movie about a quiet guy in a cool jacket, but it’s more of an homage to retro European action flicks than it is an artsy take on The Fast And The Furious. For people…

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Nicolas Winding Refn Launches Free Content Platform: byNWR.com

Divisive Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) will launch a new online content platform called byNWR in February. The site is currently live and accepting email subscriptions. The platform, which will offer films and other curated content free of charge, will be "an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts," said Refn at the Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France. When speaking about the free model, Refn stated that he believed that in the future "all entertainment will be free." byNWR.com will update quarterly with a diverse range of content, including fully restored feature films, essays, music, video, photography and more. The first batch of content will explore exploitation works from the American South, including The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds, a rare film...

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Lumière Festival: Nicolas Winding Refn Unveils New Streaming Platform byNWR

Lumière Festival: Nicolas Winding Refn Unveils New Streaming Platform byNWR
Lyon, France — Director Nicolas Winding Refn on Monday announced an ambitious new online project at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon that will showcase restored films and other content with the aim of inspiring a new generation of cinephiles.

Dubbed byNWR.com, the site, set to launch in February, will offer rare and forgotten films that have been restored as part of an ever expanding free content platform.

“I thought it was interesting coming to the place where cinema was born because now we can celebrate the death of cinema,” Refn said at a press conference. “So for the next 10 seconds, we should wait in silence and experience whatever we go through in our minds,” he added, remaining silent for 10 seconds before exclaiming, “And now, cinema is reborn.”

Refn is developing the project with London-based agency Bureau, the Harvard Film Archive, streaming service Mubi and music production and promotion firm Milan Records. Mubi members
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Nicolas Winding Refn is Launching a Free Curated Website of Films, Essays, and More Art

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Nicolas Winding Refn is Launching a Free Curated Website of Films, Essays, and More Art
Nicolas Winding Refn has announced he is launching a curated website of films, essays, photography, and more art in February 2018. The website, entitled “byNWR.com,” will be completely free for users, including the streaming films. Refn made the announcement during an appearance at the Lumière Film Festival in Lyon, France, where he described the project as “an unadulterated cultural expressway of the arts” that will “create a modern idea of what cinema will become.”

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The website’s mission statement reads: “byNWR shares Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, breathing new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Quarterly volumes of content divide into three monthly chapters, each featuring a fully-restored film. These revived cinematic gems inspire a wealth of original content, curated by special Guest Editors.”

The
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Nicolas Winding Refn to Launch 'byNWR' Content Platform

Nicolas Winding Refn to Launch 'byNWR' Content Platform
Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, The Neon Demon) was on hand at the ninth annual Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, France, to launch his brand-new content platform byNWR.com.

The director's new venture is a quarterly curated website which will officially launch online in February. The diverse range of content will include a fully restored feature-length film streaming online each month, as well as essays, music, video, photography and other “cultural ephemera.” Access to the platform will be completely free.

Refn unveiled the platform during a press conference Monday at the Institut Lumiere, which is headed up by Cannes topper Thierry...
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‘Blade Runner 2049′ Review

Stars: Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto, Robin Wright | Written by Hampton Fancher, Michael Green | Directed by Denis Villenueve

Films like this make me glad I don’t need to give a star rating. Because films like Blade Runner 2049 – and there aren’t many of them – take time to absorb, to fully comprehend. It’s a most unlikely mega-budget blockbuster: slow and long and extravagantly cerebral; the absolute antidote to YouTube instant reaction culture. Give me another 35 years and I might have finally made up my mind.

Where the 2019-set Blade Runner was a hardboiled noir in future-gothic clothing, Blade Runner 2049, its direct sequel, is an exacting detective procedural sketched on a desolate canvas. Except both those descriptions are hopelessly reductive, which is precisely what makes both films stand out amongst their peers. There’s so much going on here, so mesmerising in its execution,
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Ryan Gosling's Love Letters to Los Angeles

Ryan Gosling's Love Letters to Los Angeles
Ryan Gosling's most frequent co-star isn't Emma Stone. It's Los Angeles.

Over the past 10 years, Gosling has starred in seven movies where Los Angeles not only serves as the setting, but as a character. And he's the first to admit that the sunny, messy, dynamic sprawl is one of the keys to his storytelling.

"'L.A. worships everything and values nothing.' That was something my lady said to me one day, and I thought it was so funny I asked her if I could put it in the movie," Gosling told Et's Denny Directo during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where he was promoting 2016's La La Land. (The lady in question, of course, is Gosling's longtime partner Eva Mendes, although this being L.A., we do love the noirish connotations of him not identifying her by name.) "She was kidding, but it's a funny thing to say... I loved when
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William Friedkin’s ‘Sorcerer’ comes to cinemas/Blu-ray in UK!

Sorcerer, William Friedkin’s hidden gem from 1977 is released back into cinemas and onto Blu-ray for the first time this November. This tense thriller starring Roy Scheider (Jaws, The French Connection) is a brutal exploration of fate and destiny… A remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear, the film hasn’t seen the light of day in the UK in years, this release marking the disc-based debut for the movie.

Exiled from their home nations, four strangers from separate corners of the earth agree to undertake a dangerous mission to transport unstable dynamite through the hot, dense jungle of South America in order to earn their passage home. When the slightest bump in the road could equal instant death, the real question is not whether these men will survive this nerve-shredding ordeal but who will they have become if they return at all?

Now, 40 years since its release,
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