3 items from 2013
Kristen Stewart: ‘Sils Maria’ set photos Kristen Stewart co-stars opposite Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) and Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass, the upcoming Carrie remake) in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria, a psychological drama currently being filmed in Germany and Switzerland. A Kristen Stewart fan site on Twitter has posted a series of images showing Stewart, wearing a jacket and glasses, on the Sils Maria set. Warning: Be extremely careful when visiting the photo site where the Kristen Stewart images are stored. I’ve removed the link from this post because twice when clicking on the images, popups attempted to install phishing software. (Now, please scroll down to check out the "full-body" shot of the bespectacled Kristen Stewart in Sils Maria.) Set in the Swiss area known as Sils Maria, writer-director Olivier Assayas’ movie tells the story of a middle-aged former stage star, Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche, in a »
- Andre Soares
Directed by: Tim Fehlbaum
For quite a while now, environmental horror has been the province of mostly North American productions. For some reason, the apocalypse just doesn't seem quite as popular in Europe. But that changes with Tim Fehlbaum's feature debut, the 2011 post-global warming potboiler, the rather amusingly titled Hell (in some parts of the world it's been released as the even more generic Apocalypse). Produced by Roland Emmerich (of course it is), Hell is a good deal less stupid than Emmerich's own 2012 or The Day After Tomorrow, but it never quite gets out of second gear.
A hurried text piece sets up the story: In 2016, a series of massive solar flares have raised the earth's temperature by 10 degrees Celsius and made the sun burn brighter than ever. »
- Dan Coyle aka Deadpool
The Tin Drum is a story of Europe’s nasty history in the first half of the 20th Century and, like that tortured history, the film features an intoxicating mixture of the profound and the profane. Rewarded in 1979 with an Oscar and the Palme d’Or, Volker Schlöndorff’s satiric epic manages to reduce WWII’s enormous struggles to simple, precisely stated metaphors that entrance, shock and mystify. Schlöndorff’s intent is not to increase viewers’ historical understanding of that dark period, but to serve up its murky vicissitudes with a freakish lingua franca that simultaneously amuses and repulses; that seduces while it brutalizes.
Based on a sprawling 1959 novel by Günter Grass, The Tin Drum is set in Danzig, a nominally autonomous region on the Baltic coast established in 1920 by the Treaty of Versailles. The story’s chief concern is the life and times of Oskar Matzerath (David Bennent), born »
- David Anderson
3 items from 2013