15 items from 2015
If you were expecting John Oliver to delicately send his regards to the people of France following the November 13 terrorist attacks, let’s just say you couldn’t have been more wrong.
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Instead, the Last Week Tonight host took advantage of his basic-cable home on Sunday to send members of Isis an explicit warning following their crimes against humanity, which left more than 130 people dead.
“Nothing about what these a—holes are trying to do is going to work,” Oliver said. “France is going to endure, and I »
While “The Daily Show” has become known for its “Moment of Zen” over the years, one of the show’s most successful alums, John Oliver, chose to go a different route when addressing Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris during Sunday’s episode of his HBO series “Last Week Tonight.”
“We begin with a few words about France, which on Friday suffered the deadliest attack on its soil since World War II,” Oliver began soberly. “It’s hardly been 48 hours, and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain. And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can we said without restraint, because after the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity.”
Oliver then launched into an expletive-riddled tirade against the perpetrators of the deadly bombings, »
- Variety Staff
Constance Cummings: Stage and film actress ca. early 1940s. Constance Cummings on stage: From Sacha Guitry to Clifford Odets (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: Flawless 'Blithe Spirit,' Supporter of Political Refugees.”) In the post-World War II years, Constance Cummings' stage reputation continued to grow on the English stage, in plays as diverse as: Stephen Powys (pseudonym for P.G. Wodehouse) and Guy Bolton's English-language adaptation of Sacha Guitry's Don't Listen, Ladies! (1948), with Cummings as one of shop clerk Denholm Elliott's mistresses (the other one was Betty Marsden). “Miss Cummings and Miss Marsden act as fetchingly as they look,” commented The Spectator. Rodney Ackland's Before the Party (1949), delivering “a superb performance of controlled hysteria” according to theater director and Michael Redgrave biographer Alan Strachan, writing for The Independent at the time of Cummings' death. Clifford Odets' Winter Journey / The Country Girl (1952), as »
- Andre Soares
French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre once said, “When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.” It used to be that unless your high school English teacher assigned “Les Miserables” or “All Quiet on the Western Front,” this lesson was taught first hand in combat — war is always in season — or through media like film or video games. Then along came “The Hunger Games” which may be the most nihilistic young adult series since “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman. But where “Hunger Games” diverges is in the execution of the reality of war. Yes, the children of the poor are the ones who suffer the most. But the glossy veneer of adventure and honor perpetuated by the propaganda campaign makes dying seem almost appealing. “The Hunger Games” Instagram account understands this. From Katniss to Cressida, they’ve collected portraits of each Rebel to stoke the fires of patriotism »
- Donna Dickens
Gez Medinger Interview
It’s October and at last Halloween is just around the corner which can mean only one thing – horror films are everywhere. There is nothing better than sticking a good horror movie on the gogglebox as the evenings start to draw in, but what to watch? I know I have my staple films that get recycled every year but it’s always good to add something new. As if reading our minds the guys at Frightfest have combined with Icon Distribution to bring us Frightfest Presents, a new digital platform featuring some of the best films screened at this summer’s Frightfest. One such film is AfterDeath.
Directed by Gez Medinger AfterDeath starts with a group of five people waking up dead. That’s right, waking up dead. It’s a heck of a hook, the film attempting to answer that age old question of what happens to us when we die. »
- Kat Hughes
Many horror fans know Ashley C. Williams as Lindsay from The Human Centipede, but her role in the upcoming revenge thriller Julia will feature the actress as a vastly different character with some bold intentions of her own. With Julia due out in select AMC theaters on October 23rd, we caught up with Ashley for our latest Q&A feature to look ahead at her latest project and reflect on The Human Centipede, as well.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Ashley. When you first read the screenplay for Julia, what appealed to you the most?
Ashley C. Williams: My pleasure! When I read the script, I really couldn't put it down, which is very rare these days when a script is sent to me. Every page turn I was just sucked deeper and deeper into the dark inner world of this character—her pain, »
- Derek Anderson
This year's winner of the Nobel Prize for literature is Belarusian historian and journalist Svetlana Alexievich, the Swedish Academy announced today. Best known for her groundbreaking oral history Voices From Chernobyl, Alexievich was awarded the prestigious prize "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time." She is the 14th woman to receive the award, and the first nonfiction writer since Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964. For each of her works, Alexievich enlists hundreds of regular people to tell their stories of the major events in Soviet and Belarusian history. "I'm writing a history of human feelings," she explains on her web site. "What people thought, understood and remembered during the event. What they believed in or mistrusted, what illusions, hopes and fears they experienced." Besides Voices From Chernobyl, Alexievich has also written Zinky Boys, an account of the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, and War's Unwomanly Face, an »
- Nate Jones
Welcome to the weird, irresistible world of Republic Serials, an art form with rules of content and conduct that have no resemblance to other movies, or any reality we know. "The Phantom Ruler" has plans for world conquest, so get ready for a punch-out every five minutes and a terrific Lydecker miniature special effect in almost every episode. Richard Webb and Aline Towne star, but we love the bad guys, because they try so hard and fail so consistently. The Invisible Monster Blu-ray Olive Films 1950 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 167 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Richard Webb, Aline Towne, Lane Bradford, Stanley Price, John Crawford, George Meeker. Cinematography Ellis W. Carter Film Editor Cliff Hanger, Justin Thyme (as Cliff Bell & Sam Star) Original Music Stanley Wilson Written by Ronald Davidson Produced by Franklin Adreon Directed by Fred C. Bannon
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
- Glenn Erickson
Ever heard of the ‘brain in a jar’ thought experiment? Imagine some mad professor (with frizzy white hair and spectacles the thickness of a Peter F Hamilton novel) has managed to harness a brain, place it within a jar and attach electrodes to it.
He then subjects the brain to a series of electrical stimuli, causing the neurons to fire.
In this scenario, the cackling professor creates a reality for this brain by stimulating certain parts of it such that the brain will truly believe that what’s being experienced and interpreted is reality. Thus, can you ever truly know for certain if the world in which you live in is not just some Matrix-esque simulation?
Now, if you haven’t wandered off to contemplate your own existence, let me introduce you to the world of Soma, the latest horror-fest from Swedish developers Frictional Games. However, before we go on, »
- Andrew Heaton
Venice – Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas’s striking first feature “From Afar,” about a middle-aged gay man who cruises the streets of Caracas searching for young companions, won the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion.
“I want to dedicate this prize to my amazing country, Venezuela. We’ve been having some problems, but we’re very positive. We’re an amazing nation and we’re going to start talking to each other more,” said the beaming debuting director.
The jury was presided by Alfonso Cuaron. This edition of the fest was marked by plenty of prizes going to Latin American cinema and also to debut directors. Cuaron said it’s the first time a Latin American film wins the Golden Lion.
Variety critic Guy Lodge called “From Afar” a “smart, unsensationalized examination of the slow-blossoming relationship between a middle-aged loner and a young street tough.”
Chilean veteran Alfred Castro (“No,” “The »
- Nick Vivarelli
“Which one?” is the obvious question prompted by the title in “The Childhood of a Leader,” a overweening, maddening but not inconsiderable directorial debut for actor Brady Corbet, which plays as something of a straight-faced parody of a well-upholstered historical biopic. For anyone going in blind, it won’t take long to deduce that the nascent leader in question is a product of Corbet’s heavily Sartre-fueled imagination: a toxic pawn in a grueling bad-parenting parable that only reaches its rather inevitable punchline in the final frames. Distinguished by some virtuosic craft — including a cacophonous orchestral score by Scott Walker that will have certain viewers scrambling for the exit in the opening minutes — but significantly shakier on the writing and performance fronts, this “Leader” won’t find many followers in the distribution racket. Still, it’s an aggressive statement of intent from a filmmaker who, one senses, is just getting started. »
- Guy Lodge
Actor/filmmaker Brady Corbet and Norwegian actor-turned-director Mona Fastvold have become quite the creative pair. They co-wrote the underrated Sundance indie “The Sleepwalker,” which Fastvold helmed, and now they’re switching chairs. For their next collaboration, “Childhood Of A Leader,” which they both co-wrote again, Corbet is directing this time and this marks his feature-length debut. Read More: The 12 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Venice Film Festival A historical drama, “Childhood Of A Leader,” is loosely based on Jean-Paul Sartre's short story of the same name and is a parable on the birth of fascism. The movie stars Robert Pattinson, Liam Cunningham, Bérénice Bejo, and Stacy Martin, and it's about a an American boy living in France with his parents who witnesses something that transforms his ego. Here's the official synopsis: This chilling tale tells the story of an American boy living in France in 1918. His father works for. »
- Edward Davis
While strolling through the woods, a self-questioning law student chances upon a sparrow dangling by a string and, obsessed with its significance, begins an inquiry into the interrelatedness of things. Adapted by Polish nonconformist Andrzej Zulawski from Witold Grombowicz’s at times dauntingly surreal novel, “Cosmos” teases with the possibility that its many droll, enigmatic details — which range from slugs on the breakfast tray to a pair of characters played by the same actress, one with a grotesquely disfigured harelip, the other without — conceal some deeper meaning. Knowing what to expect, Zulawski fans have been waiting 15 years (the span since “Fidelity”) for just this chance to be left dangling, whereas mainstream auds would sooner stick to more conventional entertainments.
Of all artistic forms, cinema is the most like dreaming, and yet over the years, moviegoers have relinquished the virtually boundless potential of that medium in favor of rote realism: On »
- Peter Debruge
There's a concept in existentialist philosophy called bad faith. According to Jean-Paul Sartre, a person experiencing bad faith has shirked the responsibility of introspection: in succumbing to the pressure of societal values, he adheres to beliefs that are not his own because they are easier to digest. Thus, he deceives himself. He does not look himself in the eye to find that he is inauthentic. In Tim Blake Nelson's "Anesthesia," bad faith has spared no one. The interlocking narrative features characters undergoing various degrees of self-deception as they navigate an increasingly complex modern world. The stellar cast — Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Gretchen Moll, Mickey Sumner, Jessica Hecht, among others — bring Nelson's vision of New York to life as they struggle with senseless violence, troubled marriages and technology that alienates more than it connects. This is Nelson's fifth directorial effort. He's known for his penchant for »
- Emily Buder
Sex – whether we have loads of it or none of it – is a part of all of our lives. But on the screen, its depiction is often met with shock or silliness. Female actors are often objectified, the reasons for their nudity sometimes having little to do with character, and everything to do with satisfying the male gaze.
In mainstream films and television, male nudity often falls into two camps. On one hand, you have the man whose nudity is threatening. He is, to paraphrase Jean-Paul Sartre, a hunter and his penis is a knife. On the other, you have the beaten-down man, his shrivelled member hanging uselessly between his legs as the subtext screams: “This man is pathetic.” Depictions of penises, »
- Oscar Rickett
15 items from 2015
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