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Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Since its inception in 1991, Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg has not only become a leading international film school but is also home to the country’s renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Post-production.
Among the Filmakamie’s alumni are such diverse industryites as Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Volker Engel, who won an Oscar for “Independence Day” and re-teamed with Roland Emmerich on “Independence Day: Resurgence”; European Film Award-winning cinematographer Franz Lustig (“How I Live Now”); Anne Zohra Berrached, whose acclaimed drama “24 Weeks” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Tanja Krampfert, technical director in Pixar Animation Studios’ character department.
Diversity and learning by doing have been key factors in making the Filmakademie one of Germany’s premiere film schools since its foundation by Albrecht Ade in 1991, according to Managing Director Thomas Schadt. The Filmakademie encourages its students to work and create together and its track record »
- Ed Meza
Variety speaks with German director Sven Taddicken about his latest feature, “Original Bliss,” an adaptation of Scottish author A. L. Kennedy’s 1997 collection of short stories, which has its international premiere in competition at Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
The film, which stars Martina Gedeck and Ulrich Tukur, revolves around a woman in a failing marriage who embarks on an unlikely romance. “Original Bliss” is produced by Frisbeefilms, Cine Plus Filmproduktion and Senator Film. Picture Tree Intl. is handling world sales.
Taddicken’s works include “Getting My Brother Laid,” his debut feature, and “Emma’s Bliss.” When he’s not making films, Taddicken teaches directing and writing at the Met Film School Berlin. He has also taught in Kenya as part of fellow German filmmaker Tom Tykwer’s One Fine Day film-training initiative in Nairobi.
What was it about A.L. Kennedy’s novel that inspired you to adapt it for film? »
- Ed Meza
The time traveling chess match between James Cole and the Army of the 12 Monkeys will continue next year, as Syfy has renewed 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode third season:
Press Release: Los Angeles – June 29, 2016 – Syfy has renewed its critically acclaimed drama series 12 Monkeys for a 10-episode Season 3 order, with new episodes expected to air in 2017. From Universal Cable Productions, 12 Monkeys is co-created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett (“Nikita”) and is based on the 1995 Oscar® nominated and Golden Globe-winning film of the same name. Matalas serves as the showrunner and executive producer. Charles Roven (The Dark Knight trilogy, “Suicide Squad”) who produced the original film, and Richard Suckle (“Suicide Squad”, “American Hustle”) also serve as executive producers. Season 2 of the series currently airs on Monday nights at 9/8 c on Syfy.
“In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series,” said Chris Mc Cumber, President, Entertainment Networks. “Terry and the »
- Derek Anderson
Nazi hunter thriller wins best film at the annual ‘Lolas’.
The co-production between Berlin’s zero one film and Cologne-based Terz Film picked up the evening’s top award - the Lola in Gold for Best Film - as well as the statuettes for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Ronald Zehrfeld), Best Production Design (Cora Pratz), and Best Costume Design (Esther Walz).
Kurth knocks out Klaußner
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
The opening dream sequence of A Hologram For The King finds status symbols of the American dream evaporating into puffs of purple smoke as Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) paraphrases the opening of Talking Heads' Once In A Lifetime - “You may find yourself looking for your large automobile... without a beautiful house, without a beautiful wife and you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?”- to the fourth wall and then the heavens above.
This is representative of writer-director Tom Tykwer's slightly sunnier take on Dave Eggers' acclaimed novel, in which struggling salesman Alan travels to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to pitch a virtual reality conferencing system to the king. Unfortunately, Alan is on thin ice with his company, who »
Even Tom Hanks’s reliable hassled everyman act can’t lift this tale of an It salesman adrift in the Saudi desert
“And you may ask yourself: how did I get here?” After a heavily trailed Once in a Lifetime opening which promises snappy, sassy, satirical thrills, this midlife crisis movie (from Dave Eggers’s bestselling novel) settles into an altogether more sappy stride. Tom Hanks is Alan, an It salesman in the wake of a messy divorce, dispatched to Saudi to sell a virtual-reality system in a city that hasn’t yet been built by a king notable by his absence. Stranded in the desert, penning plaintive missives to his daughter, Alan starts to unravel, blaming his woes on a growing lump on his back, which comes to symbolise his inner sickness. Flashbacks to his home life rub shoulders with a more general malaise about outsourcing home industries to »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
A Hologram For The King, 2016.
Directed by Tom Tykwer.
Top flight businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) has fallen on hard times and takes a job with an It company to recoup his losses. He’s put in charge of the team bidding for a massively lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia but, once there, he faces numerous obstacles in preparing the vital presentation. And that’s while trying to cope with his own personal problems.
Tom Hanks returns to his familiar Everyman role in this adaptation of David Eggers’ best-selling novel. And, as he can play that type of part in his sleep, director/writer Tom Twyker has made sure he has a back-story to chew on. To the outside world, he’s Mr Positive, nothing appears to get him down, but inside he’s in turmoil. Divorce has shattered him, »
- Freda Cooper
Tom Hanks can currently be seen onscreen in Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King — not that anyone would know, considering the total lack of marketing or buzz surrounding that movie. But Sony is taking pains to ensure Hanks’ next movie will not be so completely overlooked. The studio has dropped the first action-packed trailer […]
- Angie Han
Tom Hanks stars in a movie currently in theaters, but you might not be able to tell judging by the absence of advertising, much less critical buzz, for A Hologram for the King. Tom Tykwer‘s gentle (and often lovely) adaptation of Dave Egger‘s novel of the same name was recently released into a few hundred theaters, and […]
The post There’s a Tom Hanks Movie in Theaters and You Didn’t Even Know About It appeared first on /Film. »
- Jack Giroux
With a career that’s been nonstop since setting off cinematic sparks with the kinetic Run Lola Run, director Tom Tykwer spoke to us about his latest film, A Hologram for the King. Tykwer talks of depicting realistic Muslim characters, breaking borders through the internet, and recasting Tom Hanks as the bad guy in Se7en. The Lady Miz Diva: Everyone is used to innovation in your films. I loved the opening music video sequence of Tom Hanks singing the Talking Heads’ Once in a Lifetime. Were there meant to be more surrealistic moments like that in the film? Tom Tykwer: Well, there are, but they are inherent to the film, right? I mean, the whole idea of this guy in this business suit in the middle...
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Tom Hanks has become such a universal actor that you just can expect him to play any role and know that you’ll be entertained - even if one of those roles calls for him to pop a giant cyst growing on his spine. Blood and vomit aside, Tom Hanks shines in A Hologram for the King, a film directed by Tom Tykwer, who also directed Hanks in Cloud Atlas. The film, also starring Sarita Choudhury and Alexander Black, follows Alan Clay (Hanks) as he travels to Saudi Arabia to sell the king hologram technology.
The film remarkably combines excellent visuals with a depressingly lonely story of Alan, almost akin to Lost in Translation. What is so remarkable about the film, however, is that it has no agenda in trying to compare and contrast Saudi Arabia from Alan’s American culture; but rather, we see the world through Alan’s »
- Catherina Gioino
Chicago – Tom Hanks is using his golden years as a vehicle to stretch his performance skills, and his role as a sort of “Death of a Salesman” spin in “A Hologram for the King” gives him an opportunity to keep stretching. The stylish film floats within the focus on his character, and he delivers.
Based on a Dave Eggers novel, “A Hologram for the King” has a lot going on, as Hanks portrays a character with one last shot at making the sale in the oddball Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Director Tom Tykwer (“Cloud Atlas”) adds some European-style visuals to the story, and the whole things works because the blend is right. Hanks handles the path of the role through a nice progression, and uses his world weariness as an older actor effectively. The story peters out a bit towards the end, but in general the movie is entertaining, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Even while it was in production, Tom Tykwer’s A Hologram for the King fostered a dual atmosphere of intrigue and questionability. After all, it was based off a lesser and somewhat inconsequential novel by Dave Eggers, whose own evocative prose styling was the sole reason to experience it on the page. It didn’t boost confidence that most of the book’s most compelling virtues were precisely the sort of nuances that get cut in a cinematic adaptation. On that proverbial other hand, Tykwer isn’t exactly a filmmaker who travels traditional Hollywood pathways when adapting challenging works; he found the odd and distinctive hearts of both David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas (which he co-directed with the Wachowskis) and Patrick Suskind’s Perfume. Perhaps then, it isn’t surprising that Hologram ends up somewhere in the middle of what we would expect; instead of trying to overcome its slight, »
- Nathan Bartlebaugh
Eric here, with a review of the new Tom Tykwer film in theaters, A Hologram for the King, an adaptation of the best seller by Dave Eggers. It's the tale of a desperate American businessman near the end of his professional rope, who travels to Saudi Arabia to sell a holographic teleconference system to the king.
While Tom Hanks isn’t at the peak of his popularity these days, he remains one of the biggest movie stars alive. So it may feel surprising that this film is being released with very little publicity, dumped rather unceremoniously in “arthouse” cinemas...
- Eric Blume
Delivering another understated but heartfelt and memorable performance, Tom Hanks emerges as the primary reason to put A Hologram For The King on your list. On its own the movie is a fresh and rewarding movie experience, but Hanks takes the material one step above. In fact, as I say in my video review above, the movie written and directed by Tom Tykwer and based on Dave Eggers’ 2012 existential novel reminded me of the 1973 Jack Lemmon film Save The Tiger. In that film… »
Tom Hanks has made a career out of playing, with great aplomb, nice guys stuck in weird, confusing, or untenable situations. The actor once again uses that uncanny ability to diverting effect in Tom Tykwer’s meandering yet oddly entertaining A Hologram for the King.
Hanks is Alan Clay, an American It salesman sent to Saudi Arabia to pitch his company’s technology for a city complex being built in the middle of the desert by the King of Saudi Arabia. He arrives, jet-lagged and anxiety-ridden, to find that his It team have been set up in a tent with no Wi-Fi, and that the city, conceived as a home for millions, has not even been built yet.
Clay grapples with everything from recalcitrant officials, absent kings, a personal driver who may be the object of an assassination, and a strange growth on his back, all while trying to hold »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Usually when the Middle East shows up in modern films it’s the setting for dramas and thrillers. The troubled global “hot spot” has been the backdrop for “based on a true story” tales of the military with American Sniper and one of the first flicks to be released this year, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. So it’s surprising that this region has been the setting for two comedies this year (Salmon Fishing In The Yeman tested the waters five years ago). And one big source of the humor is the culture clash when Americans arrive there. It’s the old “fish out of water” recipe for laughs. A couple of months ago, it was Tina Fey butting heads in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And now arriving in Saudi Arabia is the affable everyman (really every-American-man) Tom Hanks, an actor familiar with that comedy trope, going back thirty years »
- Jim Batts
Anyone who missed out on the Tribeca Film Festival this year will get a sample with some Specialty releases this weekend. Tom Hanks' A Hologram For The King by Run Lola Run director Tom Tykwer will get a mid-sized bow in a few hundred theaters starting Friday following its World Premiere at the NYC fest this week. Sony Classics will take Susan Sarandon starrer The Meddler to New York and L.A. this weekend, following the U.S. debut at the festival, which continues through… »
The Tribeca Film Festival has been host to some great conversations this year (check out the hour long talk with Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo), and one of the most surprising pairings saw J.J. Abrams and Chris Rock brought together for a wide-ranging discussion. While Abrams' comments about the similarities between "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope," as well as his tease about Rey's parentage, have been widely reported, that was just a small taste of what he touched upon with Rock. Throughout their conversation, Abrams was candid about his various missteps over the years, and once again fessed up that on "Star Trek Into Darkness," he went overboard with the lens flare. Read More: Tribeca Review: Tom Tykwer's 'A Hologram For The King' Starring Tom Hanks “I’m over that,” he said of the technique. “For a period of time, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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