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6 items from 2015


A Social Study Goes Haywire in The Stanford Prison Experiment

27 July 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

IFC Films presents a unique drama detailing a true life story that a lot of people probably haven’t heard of. “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” starring Billy Crudup as Dr. Philip Zimbardo, highlights the incredible social experiment involving participants posing as prisoners and guards. The film also stars Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Michael Anganaro, Keir Gilchrist, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Chris Sheffield, Jack Kilmer, Ki Hong Lee and James Frechville. Dr. Zimbardo himself acted as a consultant for the film. “The Stanford Prison Experiment” is now available on cable VOD and will be expanding it theatrical release this week. Here’s more about “The Stanford  [ Read More ]

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'Stanford Prison Experiment' director still hasn't heard from the original subjects yet

18 July 2015 2:19 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You'll be kicking yourself if you don't see "The Stanford Prison Experiment" in theaters.  Seriously.  And, no, I'm not just saying that because I happen to know director Kyle Patrick Alvarez socially or that it's a Sundance Jury Award-winning movie or that it depicts one of the most shocking events to occur at one of America's greatest Universities over the past fifty years.* The real reason is that besides the questions it raises about the human condition and our ability to descend to abject cruelty, "Stanford" features a once in a life time cast that will dominate Hollywood for the next 15 to 20 years.* *It also has earned strong reviews to date including a 71 grade on Metacritic and 78% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on true events, the new drama chronicles the 1971 psychological experiment that found Stanford University students sorted into the roles of prison guard or a generic prisoner.  In theory, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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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 | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com 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 »

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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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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' Puts Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan & More Behind Bars

13 June 2015 4:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The story is true, and even decades later, the story remains shocking and unbelievable. In 1971, Dr. Philip Zimbardo assigned twenty-four male undergraduates to be either a guard or a prisoner, set up a prison simulation, and then sat back to watch the results unfold. But he never realized what he was unleashing. Soon the "guards" began giving in to their worst impulses to maintain control, the prisoners were treated brutally, and things soon spiralled out of control. This is the story. "The Stanford Prison Experiment," directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, brings together the ensemble of Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Michael Anganaro, Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Jack Kilmer, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, and James Frecheville, to tell the tale and it's a movie you won't want to miss. We named it one of The Best Films Of The 2015 Sundance Film »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sundance Film Review: ‘The Stanford Prison Experiment’

26 January 2015 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

An elaborate behavioral simulation spirals shockingly out of control — and to a lesser degree, so does the movie — in “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a grimly staged dramatic reconstruction of Philip Zimbardo’s notorious 1971 scientific inquiry into the psychology of power and the human capacity for inflicting and accepting abuse. In an ambitious step up from his intimate character studies “Easier With Practice” and “C.O.G.,” director Kyle Patrick Alvarez commits to a fully immersive procedural approach that potently conveys the study’s lengthy duration and claustrophobic intensity, making for a viewing experience that is by turns gripping, tedious and deliberately discomfiting. But for all its bludgeoning effectiveness, the film also manages to be at once heavy-handed in some respects and annoyingly vague in others; although sure to have its defenders, it’s probably too strong a dose of foul medicine to catch on significantly with the public.

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- Justin Chang

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