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Come Out and Play, 2012
Written and directed by Makinov
A couple take a vacation to a remote island - their last holiday together before they become parents. Soon after their arrival, they notice that no adults seem to be present - an observation that quickly presents a nightmarish reality.
Remaking the 1976 cult classic Who Can Kill a Child?, the "mysterious" Makinov does a pretty basic 'cut and paste' job of the original movie into a 21st century setting with Come Out and Play. While many have labelled this a failure for following the Gus Van Saant Psycho approach, I think there is some good to be found in this remake.
For starters, Makinov creates a really good atmosphere with a foreboding sense of doom that is genuinely unnerving and some of his shot choices of the children watching are very unsettling. The music »
This is John Krasinski’s time to shine on the big screen. Best known for his role as Jim Halpert on The Office, Krasinski actually graduated as a playwright with honors from Brown University and makes his screenwriting debut with Promised Land.
Krasinski took an original story written by Dave Eggers, writer of Away We Go (which Krasinski starred in) and Where the Wild Things Are, to his good chum, Oscar-winning screenwriter/star Matt Damon, and the two banged out a heartfelt film with an environmental message.
Kransinski and Damon both star (as well as co-produce) and are joined by a stellar cast including Oscar-winner Frances McDormand (Moonrise Kingdom, Fargo); Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married, Company Men), Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild, Water for Elephants). Focus Features and director Gus Van ...
- Tiffany Rose
This weekend sees the wide releases of J.A. Bayona's well-received, heart-tugging tsunami drama "The Impossible," starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, and of Gus Van Sant's divisive fracking drama "Promised Land," starring co-screenwriters Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Michael Apted's "56 Up," the most recent installment in his documentary series following Brit everypeople from age seven onwards, is getting glowing reviews from critics, while Kelly Anderson's gentrification examination "My Brooklyn" is also sitting well on the Tomatometer. Spare yourself from "Texas Chainsaw 3D." "The Impossible" Dir. Juan Antonio Bayona, Spain | Summit | Cast: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland | 79% Fresh | Time: "I hesitate to use this term, since it is so often equated with hokey, but The Impossible is life-affirming." | Toh! Interviews Watts and McGregor. "Promised Land" Dir. Gus Van »
- Beth Hanna
3 items from 2013
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