10 items from 2013
Inspired by a personal memory of writer and director Olivia Silver, her feature debut wistfully recalls the formative period between childhood simplicity and the painful awareness of adulthood. With redeeming moments of incredible warmth, Arcadia won Crystal Bear at Berlin Int’l Film Festival and Official Selection at Sarasota Film Festival, but tells the ultimately uninventive story of a family journeying 3,000 miles in an old station wagon to their new California home.
The grueling road trip, absent mother and flawed father may bring to mind, purposefully or otherwise, Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas. Much like Harry Dean Stanton’s perfectly lined face, Academy Award nominee John Hawkes has a weathered look of experience – but drawing such a comparison to Paris, Texas’ profoundly enigmatic Travis only underlines the impenetrable surface and unexacting characterization in Arcadia. Rather than challenging expectations of paternity or embracing vulnerability, Tom is carefully rendered as the too-perfect balance »
- Caitlin Coder
Writer-director Olivia Silver's Arcadia is conveyed reflectively from the perspective of Greta (Ryan Simpkins), a 12-year-old who is being forcibly relocated from New England to California by her dad (John Hawkes). Greta shares the cramped backseat of her dad's beat up station wagon with her 9-year-old brother, Nat (Ty Simpkins), while her older sister, Caroline (Kendall Toole), rides shotgun and navigates. Despite their dad's repeated promises of sunshine, horses and swimming pools awaiting them in California, the kids are sad that they had to leave their mom behind; but after six months without a job, their dad just could not turn down a dream job offer, even if it meant relocating his family 3,000 miles across country. While the kids' dad promises that their mom will join them soon, Greta grows increasingly suspicious that he is lying to them. Greta overhears her dad engaging in heated arguments while noticing that »
- Don Simpson
When you’re a young teenager and your dad tells you that you’re moving across the country to California, you kind of have to listen. Even if your mother is mysteriously not joining.
In Arcadia, director Olivia Silver takes viewers on an atmospheric, sun-soaked road trip with Greta (Ryan Simpkins), Caroline (Kendall Toole), and Nat (Ty Simpkins) and their father Tom, played by Oscar-nominee John Hawkes. The reason for the move is cloaked in secrecy. There’s a job in California, and they have to go, but it’s not entirely clear why their mother isn’t there. As the middle child, »
- Lindsey Bahr
At 11 years old, Ty Simpkins already has quite a few credits on his resume. Simpkins has been in movies since he was barely 3 months old, and has roles in flicks such as Insidious, The Next Three Days, and Little Children. Maybe even more interesting is how many times he's been cast in films with his real life sister Ryan Simpkins - they play siblings in Revolutionary Road, Pride and Glory and Arcadia, among others.
Like many kids his age, Ty is a huge Iron Man fan. »
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“The Moment” is a good idea, stretched rather uncomfortably and beyond its weight to fill an hour. People who abandoned careers in exciting fields — in the first two episodes, sports photography and Nascar driving — are given second chances to see if they can live out their dreams. It’s an appealing notion for those who embrace the lyric that life is what happens while you’re making other plans, though the show doesn’t quite possess the necessary heft to pull off the conceit. Indeed, this USA network reality show can’t sustain what in hindsight feels more like a recurring newsmagazine featurette.
As a consequence, the premise must be padded, challenges concocted, and drama stoked. And while none of that’s unusual for the genre (think of how the situation gets milked in something like “Undercover Boss”), in this context, it still makes for a slow shuffle toward the finish line, »
- Brian Lowry
The coming-of-age story is a well-worn, indeed over-familiar mode of narrative, especially in films, but director Olivia Silver's feature debut Arcadia overcomes this pitfall by bringing great sensitivity and a nicely-honed sense of poignancy, as well as some fine performances to the proceedings. Arcadia unfolds mostly through the eyes of 12-year old Greta (Ryan Simpkins) who, along with her older sister Caroline (Kendall Toole) and younger brother Nat (Ty Simpkins, Ryan's real-life brother), are woken up in the very early morning hours by their father Tom (John Hawkes). Tom piles them all in a battered station wagon, setting them off on a 3,000 mile journey from New England to their new home in California. Tom desperately tries to allay his children's fears about being so...
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As you already see from our title – Julia Stiles is set to star in an upcoming Mary Pickford biopic The First, which comes from director Jennifer DeLia. Stiles will join previously announced Lily Rabe, Michael Pitt and Ryan Simpkins, and accodring to the latest reports – she will come on board to play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century!
So, at this moment we know that Jennifer DeLia will direct The First from Josh Fagin‘s script which is based on Eileen Whitfield‘s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood which will tell us the story of a woman so ahead of her time who was living one of the most romantic love stories of all time.
When it comes to »
- Jeanne Standal
She also had a troubled marriage, blighted by the alcoholism and insecurity of her husband (played by Michael Pitt).
Stiles will play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century who collaborated on numerous projects with Pickford.
Shooting kicks off later this year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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[Julia Stiles at the 24th annual Producers Guild of America Awards]
Marion was one of Pickford's frequent collaborators and became the first woman in history to win an Oscar in 1930, taking the 'Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)' award for The Big House.
She later won the 'Best Story' Oscar in 1932 for The Champ.
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[Frances Marion photographed in 1937]
"Julia is someone I could instantly envision in that era and within the world of Old Hollywood," said DeLia. "I've watched her work since I was a kid in the mid '90s when she was emerging as a very cool and very talented actress. »
Julia Stiles is joining the cast of The First, a film about Mary Pickford that director Jennifer DeLia and producer Julie Pacino of Poverty Row Entertainment will be promoting at the Berlin International Film Festival. Stiles will play screenwriter Frances Marion, who often collaborated with Pickford, who will be played by Lily Rabe. The cast of the film, which is expected to begin production this year, also includes Michael Pitt as actor Owen Moore and Ryan Simpkins as a young Pickford. DeLia will direct a script by Josh Fagin, based on Eileen Whitfield’s biography Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. Pacino
- Gregg Kilday
10 items from 2013
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