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Ryan Lambie Sep 26, 2016
Great storytellers can see dramatic possibilities in the most ordinary places. New York filmmaker Jc Chandor has, in his career to date, spun three lean, tense movies out of such unlikely premises as the financial crisis, boating, and a small heating oil business in the early 1980s.
In the trio of movies he’s made so far, Chandor has, I’d argue, marked himself out as one of his generation’s most exciting filmmakers. As both writer and director, he fills his films with crisis and uncertainty; whether they’re weathering the storm of a banking disaster or bailing out a sinking yacht, his characters are constantly dealing with the ground moving between their feet. Chandor’s movies may be low-concept, but their high-drama makes them endlessly absorbing. »
The Promise is visually arresting and befittingly nostalgic, but no where near enough so to warrant or rectify the film’s atrociously underdeveloped protagonists and threadbare plot. Director Terry George fails to materialize the sobering and engrossing pathos elicited by genre heavyweights like Schindler’s List and, to a certain extent, George’s own Hotel Rwanda. As a result, The Promise falls subsequently flat.
Co-writers George and Robin Swicord’s (heavily revised) vision of a whimsical, fleeting love-triangle trope backdropped by the Armenian genocide is as bad a narrative combination as it reads, exploiting the atrocity and its victims as mere devices of tragedy in an attempt to humanize characters that scarcely qualify as people that are even remotely worthy of triggering compassion. The only genuine humanness residing in the otherwise haughty film is its desire to produce a movie that’s accessible and informative regarding the plight of the Armenian people. »
- Joseph Falcone
When you’re dealing with the end of the world, things can get deadly serious. But as you will see on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, even in the face of grave danger, the cast makes plenty of time to get wacky. Bloopers are always an amusing part of the filmmaking process, but when then outtakes […]
- Ethan Anderton
Little known fact: One of my favorite ways to unwind is to watch gag reels. While I'm basically an entertainment-consumption machine, when I need a break from movies and TV series I fill the time by watching my favorite casts from my favorite projects make arses of themselves. I always jump at the chance to see the actors cutting loose, having fun, and making light of the often absurd scenarios that they're being charged with bringing to such serious life. Today I'll share with you the newly released gag reel for X-Men: Apocalypse.
In the gag reel below, you'll see nearly all of the stars of X-Men: Apocalypse goof around or botch a seminal moment, and there's some definite gold scattered around. Enjoy!
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Take a look @ newly released 'gag reel' blooper footage from director Bryan Singer's 3D feature "X-Men: Apocalypse", starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Olivia Munn, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Lucas Till, Josh Helman, Lana Condor and Ben Hardy, available October 5, 2016 on DVD:
"...since the dawn of civilization, 'Apocalypse', the first and most powerful mutant, was worshiped as a god. Amassing the powers of many other mutants, he became immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it.
"And recruits a team of powerful mutants to cleanse humanity and create a new world order over which he will reign.
"As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, 'Raven' with the help of 'Professor X' must lead a team of young 'X-Men' to stop their nemesis. »
- Michael Stevens
"...Rendulic's illustrations showcase alt designs for 'stun guns' used by the 'William Stryker' force...
"...also showcased is a pendant with a wolf design, originally worn by 'Nina', the daughter of 'Magneto'...
"...the cage for transporting 'Kurt Wagner', aka 'Nightcrawler'...
"...the 'Cerebro' helmet worn by 'Professor Charles Xavier'...
"...plus visors for 'Cyclops ..."
...sparked criticism because of its depiction of "violence against mutant women..."
As a 'shape-shifter', 'Mystique' aka 'Raven' (Lawrence), can alter the formation of her biological cells at will. As a result she can cause herself to look and sound like an exact duplicate of any human of either sex, wearing virtually any kind of clothing.
- Michael Stevens
Exclusive: What a fitting legacy for Kirk Kerkorian. Because of the late Armenian mogul, the first mainstream film about the genocide of Armenians at the hand of the Turks has finally been produced in Hollywood. Terry George’s The Promise starring A-list talent including Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale had its its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sunday night and screens again tomorrow. The filmmakers are currently in conversations with possible… »
Plot: In the final days of the Ottoman Empire, an Armenian medical student (Oscar Isaac) falls in-love with a French-educated Armenian woman (Charlotte Le Bon) who’s the mistress of a cynical American journalist (Christian Bale). Already facing hardship due to his betrothal to another woman, the two soon find themselves caught-up in the horrifying Armenian genocide and on the run for their lives. Review:... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
A battle is brewing between Steven Spielberg and Harvey Weinstein as both Hollywood heavyweights set in motion films based on the 1858 kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. As previously announced, Spielberg is set to direct Tony Kushner’s adaptation of David Kertzer‘s book “The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,” with cast members Mark Rylance and Oscar Isaac already confirmed to star. Weinstein, meanwhile, is moving forward with his own version of the story, with Robert De Niro reportedly circling a role.
The true story, set in 1858, centers around a six-year-old Jewish boy in Bologna, Italy who is taken from his family and raised Catholic. His family takes it upon themselves to bring their son back, though the matter is complicated by a growing conflict with the Papacy. Rylance is playing Pope Pius IX in Spielberg’s drama, »
- Zack Sharf
Just as Empire Strikes Back broke course from A New Hope and took George Lucas’ budding new franchise into darker territory all those years ago, it seems that Star Wars: Episode VIII will uphold tradition by ushering in a tonal shift from J.J. Abrams’ lucrative crowd-pleaser, The Force Awakens.
At least, that’s according to Adam Driver, who is back on board as the erratic galactic menace in training, Kylo Ren. Left wounded and without a father when the credits rolled on last year’s mega-hit, Driver shed some light on the thinking process behind Episode VIII, and how that aforementioned tonal shift is in many ways brought about by the change of director, with Rian Johnson taking point in lieu of J.J. Abrams.
Rian is coming into something that we kind of set up and he just took it to the next level in a really great way. »
- Michael Briers
With many comparing Star Wars: The Force Awakens to George Lucas’ A New Hope, it would make sense that one of the movie’s stars is comparing the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII to The Empire Strikes Back.
“It’s similar to how The Empire Strikes Back has a different tone,” Adam Driver told Collider. “For that people always go ‘oooh, it’s dark’ but I don’t know that it necessarily is. It’s just different in tone in a way that I think is great and necessary but also very clear. [Johnson] trusts [that] his audience is ready for nuance and ambiguity. He’s not dumbing anything down for someone and that’s really fun to play”.
“Rian’s writing is so clear,” he adds. “I learned a lot of things about my character through his writing. Some things we talked about before and some things we didn’t. He »
- Luke Owen
Nick Harley Sep 14, 2016
The Promise, the latest film from gifted Hotel Rwanda director Terry George, is a love story set in Wwi-era Constantinople, that finds brilliant Armenian medical student Michael (Isaac) falling for Ana (le Bon), a sophisticated young woman, amongst the backdrop of the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Ana finds herself in country after following her boyfriend Chris (Bale), an American Associated Press reporter there to cover the war.
Wwi, and specifically the Armenian Genocide, which saw the estimated deaths of between 800,000 and 1.5 million Armenians, is one of the most overlooked chapters in history. After shedding light on the underrepresented genocide in Rwanda, director George hopes to use the narrative of a love triangle »
With “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” opening this week, TheWrap takes a look at 10 of the highest-grossing Christian-based films, adjusted for inflation. “The Nativity Story” (2006) Catherine Hardwicke directed the movie starring Oscar Isaac and Keisha Castle-Hughes. With a budget of $35 million, the film grossed $37.6 million in 2006, which would be $44.8 million today in inflation-adjusted dollars. “Son of God” (2014) The 20th Century Fox film retells the life of Jesus and grossed a domestic total of $59.7 million in 2014, which would be $60.7 million today. “Miracles From Heaven” (2016) The Jennifer Garner film made $61.7 million this year on a budget of $13 million, good for »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
I can’t tell if the core premise of The Promise is glibly offensive or admirably old school in a Hollywood Golden Age kind of way. Here’s a sweeping, epic romance starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale, two of the most recognizable actors on the planet…that happens to be set against the backdrop of the Armenian […]
- Jacob Hall
After the incredible success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII has now become perhaps the most anticipated movie of all time, continuing this new trilogy set in a galaxy far, far away. Production has already wrapped, with director Rian Johnson starting work on editing the first cut last month. Today we have some new details from star Adam Driver. The actor had nothing but high praise for directors J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson, comparing this next advanture to the classic Empire Strikes Back, perhaps the most beloved installment in the entire franchise.
Before starring as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Adam Driver was best known for his role on HBO's Girls and indie films like Inside Llewyn Davis and Frances Ha. While promoting his latest indie Paterson at the Toronto Film Festival, Adam Driver spoke with The Toronto Sun, where he »
The Promise review
The film opens with a truly eye-opening and terrifying title card – one that states that 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish during World War I. I was aware of the terrible genocide that occurred during the war, but my sheer ignorance wasn’t aware of its horrific scale.
Terry George directs this epic, ambitious depiction of this horrific mass genocide from one hundred or so years ago. Set in Turkey, the film follows medical student Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant young man who takes the firm decision to settle down with a local girl (Angela Sarafyan) to secure his position at a prestigious school in Constantinople (now »
- Paul Heath
X-Men: Apocalypse had some pretty interesting advertising during its marketing campaign, including several '80s style promos such as a retro enrollment video hosted by Jubilee, and a documentary about Apocalypse. Now, the X-Men Movies Facebook page has released a new video to coincide with the Blu-ray and DVD release of X-Men: Apocalypse, this time spotlighting Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters. There's also a new deleted scene featuring Xavier (James McAvoy) attempting to reach Storm (Alexandra Shipp), in an effort to dissuade her from aiding En Sabah Nur (Oscar Isaac). X-Men: Apocalypse releases October 4th, on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD. Will you be picking up a copy? Sound off below! #XMenApocalypse Deleted Scene- 'You don't know me' Featuring @AlexShipppp as Storm! Amazing performance ⛈⚡️ pic.twitter.com/zwVx8pPOsj — X-Men Updates (@XMenUpdates) September 12, 2016 Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most »
“Our revenge will be to survive, and have children,” rallies the mayor of an Ottoman city whose Armenian population is targeted for annihilation in Terry George’s “The Promise” — “…and one day, to make movies,” he might as well add, since that is ultimately what “The Promise” is about: Aiming to do for the 1915 Armenian Genocide what “Doctor Zhivago” did for the Russian Revolution, this sweeping romantic epic intends to dramatize a dark chapter so often denied and so seldom depicted onscreen — and yet, the events in question deserve better than a sloggy melodrama in which the tragedy is forced to take a backseat to a not especially compelling love triangle.
Willed into being by Armenian investor-philanthropist Kirk Kerkorian, who established Survivor Pictures in order to finance this project before he passed away last year, “The Promise” was conceived as a glossy, English-language entertainment — not to be mistaken for the »
- Peter Debruge
Terry George‘s The Promise begins with a title card that appears on-screen stating that 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish government during World War I. It’s a tragedy that has been depicted before in film, perhaps most notably in Atom Egoyan’s underwhelming Ararat, with ample room still made available to deliver the definitive version. Despite formidable talent on both sides of the camera, unfortunately we’ll have to wait longer for such a drama to arrive.
The film takes place on the brink of World War I in Turkey. Michael (Oscar Isaac), an intelligent, compassionate Armenian, decides to settle down and marry a girl (Angela Sarafyan) that he’s not completely smitten by, but claims that with time he will indeed love her. He lives in Armenia, but opts to journey to Turkey, without his wife, to study medicine at the Imperial Medical School and become »
- The Film Stage
Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac star in a new drama set against the backdrop of what is known as the Armenian genocide. Christian Bale And Oscar Isaac To Star In ‘The Promise’ The Promise, directed by Hotel Rwanda director Terry George, is set in 1914, during the last days of the Ottoman Empire. Isaac’s Turkish medical student Michael and […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
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