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Sundance Hong Kong 2015 Review: The Stanford Prison Experiment Wields Significant Power

26 September 2015 7:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The events that went down at Jordan Hall in August 1971 have been recounted numerous times and inspired at least two films already - Oliver Hirschbiegel's excellent Das Experiment (2001) starring Moritz Bleibtreu and Paul Scheuring's American remake from 2010, starring Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker. For this latest adaptation, writer Tim Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez return to the source for a meticulous account of exactly what happened - and why - at the Californian university.The experiment itself involved converting a disused teachers wing at Stanford University into a prison facility. Volunteers would be paid $15 per day to take part in the two week experiment. After preliminary interviews, the volunteers were then randomly assigned roles either as prisoners or guards. There were very...

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The Stanford Prison Experiment – The Review

30 July 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I first learned about the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment in high school. It was a journalism/newspaper class of all classes – where I had a monthly movie review column, which served as my first foray into film criticism. The idea of a psychology professor taking students and throwing them into a simulated prison system didn’t make much sense to me then. It seemed cruel and unusual, and my naïve, middle-class upbringing didn’t understand the benefit of forcing students to be cruel to other students. Never the less, that experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo (played here in the film by Billy Crudup) in 1971 has always fascinated me due to its unusual nature.

Now that I’m older, I understand its meaning and its relevance. The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film, deftly recreates these intense moments that followed over the case of several days, showing the excruciating stress »

- Michael Haffner

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25 Essential Prison Movies

23 July 2015 11:03 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »

- The Playlist Staff

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“The Stanford Prison Experiment”: One of the best indie films of 2015 so far

16 July 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

True life dramas are sometimes inherently less thrilling because you might already know the outcome. In the case of The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film is as riveting as the actual study was, and perhaps even more so. Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez and his amazing ensemble cast do real justice to the actual event and in turn put forward a captivating look at human nature. Unsettling, even upsetting at times, it’s a challenging movie, but one that’s about as good as any so far in 2015. It’s a small flick, but one that really demands to be seen. It opens this weekend and truly is a must see. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a slightly dramatized look at the historic study of the same name by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup). The professor selected 24 male students out of 75 applicants and had them take on completely randomly »

- Joey Magidson

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'The Stanford Prison Experiment' (2015) Movie Review

15 July 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Stanford Prison Experiment, a tough, unnerving watch based on a real-life research experiment held in the early '70s at Stanford University, says as much about human nature and the effect of power over both the powerful and the powerless as it does about modern society's penchant for reality television and the constant desire to not only witness, but revel in the downfall of others. Are you a good personc You'd probably say "yes", but how closely are any of us looking when asked the questionc The titular experiment was started by Dr. Philip Zimbardo (played by Billy Crudup), a Stanford professor who took 24 college kids over the summer of 1971 and, with the flip of a coin, assigned twelve to be guards and twelve to be prisoners in a simulated prison on the Stanford campus over the course of two weeks. An ensemble led by the likes of Ezra Miller »

- Brad Brevet

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The Stanford Prison Experiment Creates A Trailer

15 June 2015 1:56 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Way back in 2006, Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the writer and director of The Stanford Prison Experiment. Nine years later the film is finally complete, but in rather different form than originally planned. McQuarrie is now listed only among the producers, with the screenplay credit going to Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium), and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) in the director's chair. Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup and Olivia Thirlby head up the cast, and here's a trailer.The film, of course, is based on the infamous human behaviour study conducted in the early 1970s. The experiment saw a group of Us college students taking on the roles of prisoners and guards to study the effects of incarceration. Within a day, the “guards” resorted to psychological torture and humiliation and the “prisoners” began to riot.It’s been a cultural touchstone for years – and several films based on the subject »

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New Stanford Prison Experiment trailer sees college kids turn sadistic

14 June 2015 3:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

A college psychology experiment takes a terrifying turn in the violent new trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment.

The film, set in 1971, is based on the controversial experiment carried out at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo.

The incident saw a group of college students cast as inmates and guards and placed in a replica jail - with some disturbing results, as some of the 'guards' began to take their roles too seriously.

The new clip certainly gives some clear hints about the shocking turn the experiment took. As Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) looks on, 'guards' begin to deliver beatings to traumatised 'prisoners', one of whom begs to be released.

The film also stars The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor Ezra Miller and Dredd's Olivia Thirlby, as well as Thomas Mann and Jesse Carere.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez directs the movie, which was adapted by Tim Talbott from Zimbardo's book »

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Watch: College Students Turn Violent in ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ Trailer

13 June 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I had no idea it would turn out this way,” an ominous voice says over the trailer for upcoming drama “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”

Set in 1971, the film dramatizes Stanford University’s controversial psychological experiment that cast college students as prison guards and inmates pitted against each other in a mock jail. Billy Crudup stars as psychologist Philip Zimbardo, whose book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” inspired the film.

The clip promises a highly tense film full of violence and emotional trauma. Olivia Thirlby, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Jesse Carere, Keir Gilchrist and Thomas Mann also star.

Kyle Patrick Alvarez directed from a script by Tim Talbott based on Zimbardo’s book. IFC Films acquired the film after it premiered at Sundance.

The Stanford Prison Experiment” bows in theaters and VOD July 24.


- Marianne Zumberge

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‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ Trailer: Students Take Role Playing To Extremes

13 June 2015 8:58 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

“Nobody likes guards.” And these guys seem to get a little too deeply into their role playing in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo's infamous social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates. The movie that IFC Films acquired out of Sundance took the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Tim Talbott’s script plus the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. It stars Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby, Ezra… »

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The Stanford Prison Experiment Trailer Explores the Dark Side of Human Nature

12 June 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The pursuit of knowledge in the name of science often uncovers the unexpectedly dark side of human beings, though occasionally the experimenters are every bit as guilty as the subjects. The Milgram Experiments, Henrietta Lacks, The Stanford Prison Experiment. Each of these experiments exhibit instances of human nature gone wrong, on both sides of the statistical table, but the latter has been adapted into a tense thriller by screenwriter Tim Talbott and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Starring Billy Crudup as Stanford University professor Dr. Philip ZimbardoThe Stanford Prison Experiment follows participants of a simulated jail in which some student volunteers are appointed as guards and the others as prisoners. What starts as a simple bit of role-playing soon devolves into a contentious divide between power-hungry enforcers and submissive prisoners. This first look is both powerful and horrifyingly fascinating in part because of the performance of the cast but also »

- Dave Trumbore

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‘Stanford Prison Experiment’ Writer Tim Talbott Signs With ICM Partners

28 April 2015 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Scribe Tim Talbott has signed with ICM Partners. He won the 2015 Sundance Film Festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for The Stanford Prison Experiment. He left CAA. Talbott spent the past three years on Chicago Fire, most recently as an executive story editor, and before that was staffer on the final season of CBS drama Medium. The Stanford Prison Experiment will be released in July by IFC Films. Talbott continues to be managed by Anonymous… »

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IFC Films Acquires Sundance Drama ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ (Exclusive)

5 March 2015 12:54 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A month after “The Stanford Prison Experiment” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews, IFC Films has acquired the psychology drama, Variety has learned.

The distributor is planning both a theatrical and VOD release for the film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, with a cast that includes Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan and Michael Anganaro.

The movie tells the story of a controversial, groundbreaking experiment at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo (Crudup) in 1971 that had 18 male undergraduates take on the roles of either prisoners or abusive guards.

The script by Tim Talbott is adapted from Zimbardo’s book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil,” and the project had been in the works with various casts and directors attached for more than a decade.

Strictly on a technical level, Alvarez’s filmmaking is largely faultless here,” Variety film critic Justin Chang wrote in a review. »

- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang

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Sundance 2015: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’ a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress

6 February 2015 4:36 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s “The Stanford Prison Experiment” Image Courtesy of the Sundance Institute

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Written by Tim Talbott

USA, 2015

Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment is a darkly comedic dramatization of a frightening real life experiment conducted in 1971 by Dr. Phillip Zimbardo. It spun wildly out of control over the course of just 5 days. Two dozen Ivy league men are drawn to the experiment for money. Screened for good mental health and randomly assigned positions as guards or prisoners, conformity is set to be examined under the the microscope in the basement of prestigious Stanford. The experiment starts out informally as they are given uniforms and plopped into their cells and guard rooms. It soon spirals into degrading mental abuse and physical deprivation. That this happened is not in question but how systematic torture ensued couldn’t have been anticipated. »

- Lane Scarberry

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Sundance 2015: My Top Five Picks of Sundance 2015

6 February 2015 10:55 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

My first Sundance is in the books and it went much too quickly.  As evidenced by the fact I’m still publishing reviews, my eyes were obviously bigger than my stomach.  Still, I’d rather see too many movies than too few, and there were some hidden gems in this year’s lineup.  Here are my Top Five films, along with a couple of honorable mentions because I’m feeling generous (and sleep deprived).

Honorable Mentions:

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Written by Tim Talbott

Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

This ultra-glossy dramatization of the infamous Zimbardo psychology experiment didn’t disappoint.  Tense throughout, Alvarez uses an impressive supporting cast and impeccable editing to create a palpable sense of impending doom.  It’s a frightening peek into the human psyche executed with relentless precision.  With the right marketing, this film could make a serious awards run next autumn.


The Forbidden Room

Written by Guy Maddin, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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6 films to watch from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

2 February 2015 3:59 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The question on everyone's lips at this year's Sundance Film Festival was, of course, "What's the new Whiplash?" Now that Damien Chazelle's 2014 Sundance favourite has landed a Best Picture nomination (alongside four other Oscar nods), the industry stakes for Robert Redford's indie fest have never been higher.

Digital Spy takes a look at nine of the buzziest movies coming out of this year's Sundance.

1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Here's your answer to the Whiplash question. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's oddball teen drama pulled off the same double-whammy that Whiplash did at last year's awards, winning both the Grand Jury Prize for drama and the Audience Award.

Described by Rolling Stone as "The Fault in Our Stars for people who like a dose of quirk with their Ya weepies", Earl follows an awkward high schooler (Thomas Mann) and his partner in student filmmaking (Rj Cyler), who befriend »

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Sundance Festival: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl sweeps Sundance Awards

2 February 2015 3:05 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sundance breakout Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a quirky, heartfelt story about a pair of high school film-lovers who befriend a girl with cancer, won both the U.S. dramatic audience award and the grand jury prize at the 31st Sundance Film Festival awards, announced Saturday.

Thomas Mann, R.J. Cyler and Olivia Cooke lead the cast of the idiosyncratic tearjerker from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, who dedicated the audience award to all the filmmakers and artists in his hometown of Laredo, Texas. Nick OffermanConnie Britton, and Molly Shannon also star.

"My love goes out to the entire cast and crew," Gomez-Rejon said. "This movie was about processing loss, but really to celebrate a beautiful life and a beautiful man, which is my amazing father ... to celebrate his life through humor."

The WolfpackCrystal Moselle's documentary about six movie-loving teenage boys isolated from society picked up the »

- and contributors

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Sundance ’15: ‘Me & Earl and the Dying Girl’ wins Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award

1 February 2015 8:17 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following a bidding war that netted the film a sale of $12 million, a record at Sundance, the much hyped Me & Earl and the Dying Girl won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award from the Sundance Film Festival Awards Saturday evening. The previous film to win both prizes was 2014’s Whiplash, which is now up for an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (our own Dylan Griffin raved about it) tells the story of an anti-social high school senior who is forced by his mother to become friends with a girl suffering from leukemia. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Glee, American Horror Story), the film stars Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Connie Britton, and Molly Shannon.

Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush are now planning a 2015 release for the film. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was selected by a jury that included Cary Fukunaga, »

- Brian Welk

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Sundance Award Winners: Slow West and Earl and That Diary Girl

1 February 2015 7:30 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Michael and Nathaniel are both safely back in New York but a few more Sundance reviews are forthcoming as well as an Oscar discussion about the first possibilities for the new film year. The festival closes up tonight for another year and last night, they announced the winners. As with last year when Whiplash one both the Jury and the Audience award, one film took both again this year: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, based on the best seller by Jesse Andrews. Can we expect a similarly Oscar friendly trajectory? 

The Winners

U.S. Dramatic

Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award  Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon

Michael's review coming later today. It's said to be a bit Fault in the Stars-ish young people and terminal illness only better. 

Directing Award The Witch, Robert Eggers 

Michael's rave review. A 1630s set horror film about a religious family in Salem. »


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Me & Earl & the Dying Girl takes top prize at Sundance Film Festival

1 February 2015 6:54 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The winners of this year's Sundance Film Festival awards have been announced, with Me & Earl & the Dying Girl scooping the Us Dramatic Grand Jury Prize.

Starring Thomas Mann, Rj Cyler and Olivia Cooke, the film also received the Audience Award, a double award feat managed last year by Whiplash.

Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon said (via Deadline): "I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas."

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl centres on high school student Greg and his only friend Earl, who make quirky films together. Greg's life soon threatens to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia.

The Directing Award was presented to Robert Eggers for The Witch, a movie about a devout Christian family whose newborn son vanishes, leading them to a supernatural evil lurking in the nearby wood.

The Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award was won »

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Daily | Sundance 2015 Awards

1 February 2015 5:21 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The jury for the U.S. Dramatic Competition at Sundance—Lance Acord, Sarah Flack, Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder and Edgar Wright—has presented its Grand Jury Prize to Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. The Directing Award goes to Robert Eggers for The Witch and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award goes to Tim Talbott for The Stanford Prison Experiment. Crystal Moselle's The Wolfpack takes the top U.S. Documentary prize, while the World Cinema Documentary prize goes to Chad Gracia's The Russian Woodpecker. We've got the full list of Sundance award-winners, plus: What the critics have been saying about them. » - David Hudson »

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