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Quentin Tarantino’s films always seem to find the perfect balance between thoughtful story and thoughtless violence. It’s a formula which few other-- if any-- filmmakers have gotten right. Next up in the batter’s box is Oliver Stone and his new movie Savages.
Oliver Stone films haven’t found much love lately. Aside from 2006’s World Trade Center, you have to go back to 1995’s Nixon to find a Stone movie that resonated well with critics. In my opinion, you have to go back to 1987’s Wall Street to find an Oliver Stone movie that resonated well with audiences. There’s no doubt that the man is skilled at making movies, but he seems to have lost whatever it was that allowed him to make good movies long ago.
The end result of his latest film, Savages, is more of the same. However, this film’s largest faults »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Listing the best films of any year comes down to a matter of ordering -- Which film will I say was the absolute best? Listing the worst films of a particular year comes down to being honest with yourself -- Did I dislike it enough to call it one of the worst? However, when it comes to disappointments it's a different story. As a movie critic, maybe it's different for me. People tend to believe critics should walk into every movie without anticipation or excitement. Then, if that perception is held up, those that disagree with your opinion will either say "Yeah, but you didn't want to see it anyway!" or "You were always going to like that film." I do my best to let my opinion be known before seeing most films (running a blog of daily opinions helps). I do my best to avoid expectations (not watching trailers »
- Brad Brevet
Actor Chloe Grace Moretz talks about her role in “Carrie” and the upcoming action film “Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall” by director Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf, Prey, Never Back Down) and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Aaron Johnson, John Leguizamo and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Synopsis: Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
As summer fades into autumn you’d be forgiven for thinking standards could slip. Worry not, whilst the budgets get smaller and explosions less frequent the quality doesn’t drop one bit.
Anna Karenina, based on Leo Tolstoy’s classic serial novel, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson kicked off the month with class and distinction. Our own Jazmine described it as “… fabulous. Charming, engaging, entertaining, it comfortably fits its 2 hours 10 minutes running time. Every scene is key and packed to the brim with talent. Superb!”
Cinema audiences got another glimpse at Man Of Steel hero Henry Cavill in Cold Light Of Day. From director Mabrouk El Mechri (Jcvd), with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver on board, the film sees Cavill on the trace of a briefcase which is needed to save his family. Sound exciting? Well, our man Joe didn’t think so saying “The Cold Light Of Day »
- Sam Carey
"...inspired by the masked vigilante 'Kick-Ass", the identity of 'Night Bitch' is unknown, as is her questionable past.
"Armed with a long pole that matches the color of her costume, she joined 'Justice Forever' and participated in their first mission, to shut down a human trafficking organization..."
"...Hit-Girl trains Kick-Ass to be a better hero while the two try to keep their real identities a secret. »
- M. Stevens
Odd List Louisa Mellor Dec 17, 2012
We've plucked 13 potential little beauties out of the 2013 UK film line-up, feat. sci-fi, comic-book, horror, comedy, thriller & more...
Look ahead to the UK films coming out in 2013 and you’ll see a diverse landscape of filmmakers, genres, actors, budgets and ideas. Next year brings us something new from Joanna Hogg, and something else from Danny Dyer. Irvine Welsh’s Filth will almost certainly live up to its title, but the Absolutely Fabulous film? We’ll see.
Al Pacino’s playing King Lear, and Stephen Mangan’s playing Postman Pat. Shane Meadows is making a film about the Tour de France, and Nigel Cole is making a film about an otter. Steve Coogan will be a porn baron, Bridget Jones will have a baby, Nick Frost will dance the salsa, Martin Freeman will save Santa, and Sean Bean, bless the man, will probably die.
None of »
Keira Knightley captures the essence of Tolstoy’s femme fatale in “Anna Karenina.” Not only is it a lavish costume drama, it conveys the opulence, decadence and corruption of late 19th Century Russia. The latter, of course, was the whole point of the book. Anna is consumed by her own passion and the romanticism of the era. Caught in a loveless marriage with Count Alexei Karenin (Jude Law), who is 20 years older, she eventually pursues the much younger Count Alexei Vronsky (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Check out 15 lavish new photos. [...] »
As crafted by filmmaker Joe Wright (who directed Knightley in Atonement and Pride & Prejudice), the epic tale of a woman who cheats on her politically powerful husband (Jude Law) plays out almost entirely within the confines of a lush theater, which magically shapeshifts into any and all parts of czarist Russia.
But there’s more resonance to the film (which is in theaters now) than clever production design and lavish costumes. Knightley portrays a woman who is no victim, who consciously chooses »
- Anthony Breznican
“Anna Karenina” is wowing audiences all over the country, and if you’re still on the fence about watching the film, we’ve got tons of featurettes for you below the post! Take in the majesty, love and costuming of “Anna Karenina” by watching these featurettes, which focus on the making of the film, the history behind the film, the costume design, the characters and more. “Anna Karenina” stars Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Ruth Wilson, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson. The film is directed by Joe Wright–famous for “Hanna” and other Knightley-led costume dramas “Atonement” and “Pride & Prejudice”–and written by Tom Stoppard [ Read More ]
The post New Anna Karenina Featurettes Focus On Epic Romance appeared first on Shockya.com. »
My high-school class once spent an afternoon watching the 1956 movie War and Peace, and we susceptible sophomores fell hard for the Hollywood-ized love story with Audrey Hepburn, swoony Mel Ferrer and Henry Fonda (despite that flat drawl of "Nataaaahsha," all I can remember about the film now). I decided it would be fun to read Leo Tolstoy's novel (I was also show-offy, but never mind). I found out quickly that the story we adored in the movie was only a small, stripped-down part of a far more complicated novel, which included more of the war and much less of the romance. Plus, everyone had 10 names. The epilogues in particular were quite disappointing. At age 15, I preferred Hollywood over epic Russian literature.
- Jette Kernion
One of the best scenes in Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s Kick-Ass 2 comic book is the brutal and thoroughly satisfying battle between Mother Russia and Hit-Girl, and how well director Jeff Wadlow captures that scene might be the deciding point in the film’s success.
Have a glimpse of that fight in new behind-the-scenes videos posted by the bodybuilder-turned-actress, Olga Kurkulina after the jump.
Kick-Ass 2 stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Jim Carrey, Lyndsy Fonseca, Yancy Butler, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Olga Kurkulina, and Nicolas Cage in a cameo. The film hits domestic theaters on June 28th, 2013 and UK theaters on July 19th, 2013.
- Vesna Sunrider
Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is opening wider across the Us tomorrow, having been playing in a limited release for the past two weeks, with strong Oscar buzz surrounding Keira Knightley’s fine leading performance.
The film was released in the UK back in September – you can read our review here – and is one of the finest and most memorable period dramas in recent memory, making for utterly compelling viewing.
We saw a new TV spot and a new featurette earlier in the week, and now PopSugar have debuted another featurette, giving us an inside look at the creation of the beautiful costumes for the film with Oscar-nominated costume designer, Jacqueline Durran (Atonement, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), who I hope will pick up her third nomination in January.
- Kenji Lloyd
Certainly one of the highlights in Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.'s Kick-Ass 2 comic book is the brutal and thoroughly satisfying battle between Mother Russia and Hit-Girl. How well director Jeff Wadlow captures that scene could make or break the film. Now you can see a glimpse of that fight in new behind-the-scenes videos posted by the bodybuilder turned actress, Olga Kurkulina. Kick-ass 2 based on the comic book created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. and is being directed by Jeff Wadlow. The film stars Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Moretz, Jim Carrey, Lyndsy Fonseca, Yancy Butler, Donald Faison, John Leguizamo, Lindy Booth, Olga Kurkulina, and Nicolas Cage makes a cameo. The film hits domestic theaters on June 28, 2013 and in UK theaters July 19, 2013. »
Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina is now playing in theaters. The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society, and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness. In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through various settings. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams. For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage. At the press day, I spoke to Joe Wright. We talked about when he decided to tell the story in an unconventional way and whether he ever thought about going with a more conventional telling, the studio's reaction when he told them of the change, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The "Monday night premiere," a standing date on the L.A. calendar, was upstaged in New York this week, with Brad Pitt headlining a "Killing Them Softly" screening and post-party in the meatpacking district, while the Gotham Independent Film Awards took place downtown. Top: Pitt, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson gather for Pitt's "Killing them Softly" in New York on Monday night. Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, and the rest of the Weinstein clan lit up the Cinema Society screening at the Sva Theatre in Chelsea. (Right: Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman arrive at the »
- Mikey Glazer
Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina is one of the finest period dramas in recent memory, going above and beyond what you’d expect of an ordinary entrance into the genre, which is precisely why the film is surrounded with Oscar buzz, particularly for leading actress Keira Knightley.
The film was released in the UK back in September – you can read our review here – and is currently on limited release in the Us, and will be opening wider across the country this Friday.
We recently saw a great new featurette focusing on the brilliant script from Academy Award-winning writer, Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love), and now a new TV spot has debuted online, featuring quotations taken from a handful of deservedly praising reviews.
“The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Some of the top actors to receive acclaim in Hollywood over the past few years, came from overseas (in particular the UK). Andrew Garfield took the role of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, Aaron Taylor-Johnson starred in Kick-Ass (as Kick-Ass) and Tom Hardy played Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. Perhaps botox and facials have made American actors a little too glossy for the more haggard roles in cinema.
However, there are still a handful of American actors who bring the grit to movies. In this featurette on Killing Them Softly, James Gandolfini and the film’s cast and crew testify as to why Pitt is one of the best in the business.
He’s just not the superhero type.
- Bags Hooper
Joe Wright’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy‘s classic novel Anna Karenina is now playing in theaters. The film takes place in late 19th century Russian society, and stars Keira Knightley as an adulterer who questions her happiness. In true Wright fashion, this isn’t exactly a straightforward adaptation; the director has set much of the film in a lush theater that uses over 100 interconnected sets to allow the action to move fluidly through various settings. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Matthew Macfadyen, Kelly Macdonald, Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, and Olivia Williams. For more on Anna Karenina, here’s Matt’s review, five clips, and all our previous coverage. At the press day, I spoke to Domhnall Gleeson. We talked about how he prepared for the role, when he found out Joe Wright was changing the way he wanted to tell the story and his thoughts on the change, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The film was released in the UK back in September – you can read our review here – and is currently on limited release in the Us, with Focus Features giving it a strong position for the awards season, and will continue to open it wider in the States this Friday.
We saw a new featurette for the film earlier in the month, and now another great featurette has been released, with a focus on Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love) and his remarkable adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s original novel for the script.
“The third collaboration of Academy Award nominee Keira Knightley with director Joe Wright, following the award-winning box office successes “Pride & Prejudice” and “Atonement,” is the epic love story “Anna Karenina,” adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel by Academy »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director Joe Wright's third collaboration with actress Keira Knightley, after Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, is an adventurous adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's tragic 1878 love story that follows the titular socialite, played by Knightley, and her affair with the affluent Count Vronsky (Aaron Johnson), stepping out on her much-older husband Karenin (Jude Law) and entering into a whole new life in late-19th century Europe.
Wright does his best to explain the tangled web of would-be lovers and unrequited passions as he sits down to talk about Anna Karenina, opening in select theatres November 30, along with key members of his cast.
Premiering at Tiff, Anna Karenina, and specifically Knightley's no-holds-barred performance, has entered the Oscar race talk so get to know more about the fantasy-romance with our interview, after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
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