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Lilting: heartbreakingly lovely film about the seemingly insurmountable distances between us when sharing grief is too painful [my review] [Curzon Home Cinema]
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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [iTunes UK]
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Locke: we say things like, “Oh, I’d watch that guy read the phone book,” and this is almost that, except it really is absolutely riveting, and that’s no joke; a tour de force for Tom Hardy [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video]
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- MaryAnn Johanson
2014 hasn’t seen a lot of American animated films. The biggest animated film thus far has been “Planes: Fire and Rescue,” but if that film didn’t do it for you, then perhaps you need to give “Justin and the Knights of Valour” a try. The Arc Entertainment film is directed by Manuel Sicilia and stars Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas, James Cosmo, Charles Dance, Tamsin Egerton, Rupert Everett, Barry Humphries, Alfred Molina, Mark Strong, David Williams, Julie Walters, Olivia Williams and Saoirse Ronan. The film follows Justin, a young man who goes on a quest to become a knight like his grandfather. “Young Justin dreams of following in his grandfather Sir [ Read More ]
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The movie, which features Hendricks as a single mother struggling to survive in a ruined city, debuted to largely negative reviews at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
"People had very strong opinions about it, as they should," Hendricks told Digital Spy. "I'm really proud of it, and it is an art piece, and it is the movie that we thought we were making.
"There was no setup of the kind of movie he was making, it was just 'Ryan Gosling's making a movie', so everyone in their head imagined what they wanted Ryan Gosling to make, and Ryan Gosling made what he wanted to make. It was beautiful, and I think he's really proud of it."
In the Sky With Diamonds: Besson’s Latest a Crock of Crack-pot Sci-Fi
It’s rather a shame to report that Luc Besson’s latest directorial effort, Lucy, is an underwhelming disappointment. A host of intriguing ideas get liquidated by silliness, uncertainty, and rampant narrative contradiction. Sure, at least this film doesn’t generate that kicked-in-the-teeth feeling that his last film, 2013’s The Family so generously employed, but for a film that initially promises to bring us the kind of fetishized ass-kicking females that graced his most notable efforts, like La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element, its inability to reach this potential is doubly frustrating. Oddly structured and clearly uninterested in employing consistent logic in how increased use of brain capacity eventually leads to super powers, the whole endeavor feels like a half-baked idea carelessly patched together.
- Nicholas Bell
Title: Justin and the Knights of Valor Director: Manuel Sicilia Starring: Freddie Highmore, Antonio Banderas, Charles Dance, Rupert Everett, Alfred Molina, Julie Walters, Olivia Williams and Saoirse Ronan Running time: 96 min, Rated PG, Available 07.08.14 Special Features: None Justin (Freddy Highmore) is a geeky redheaded teenager who aspires to become a knight like his legendary grandfather, Sir Roland. Justin’s father on the other hand wants him to stick to his studies and to become a lawyer since knights were banished by the queen and replaced by lawyers to keep the peace and make rules everyday that make the townspeople confused and miserable. Justin is determined to follow his grandfather’s [ Read More ]
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Saoirse Ronan seems to be trying very hard to carve her own little niche in cinema. From Hanna to The Host to Byzantium, Ronan has been building a career as a teenage action star in dystopic/post-apocalyptic worlds. And her latest film, How I Live Now, is another entry on that resume.
Britain is on the brink of World War Three, and American Daisy (Ronan) is forced to spend the summer at her aunt’s country home. The house is full of her rambunctious cousins—Isaac (Tom Holland), Piper (Harley Bird), and Eddie (George MacKay)—but her Aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) has business to deal with and leaves the children alone during this turbulent time. Daisy tries to keep to herself but Isaac is keen on including her, and Eddie is so devastatingly handsome and mysterious that Daisy just can’t help herself (Isaac is also quick to mention that »
- John Keith
From a costume point of view, and therefore a character point of view, The Grand Budapest Hotel (directed by Wes Anderson) is all about uniforms; those worn by men and women in official capacities and those adopted as a life uniform by those trapped in the past. Eccentric La Belle Époque hangover Madame D (Tilda Swinton) is the latter, Moustafa Zero (Tony Revolori), a newly appointed lobby boy in the pinnacle of majestic 1930s hotels, The Grand Budapest, is the former. While Madame D goes nowhere, perhaps because she has already been everywhere, Zero undertakes a journey and evolution of character, which subsequently means his clothing does too. In the grand scheme of Zero’s life it is not a significant costume evolution, but one that bears a mark so significant he chooses never to remove it.
The term lobby boy is not one you will hear much of these days. »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
We all from time to time enjoy a comfortable stay when vacationing anywhere in the world. So why should movie characters not appreciate a great place to stay as well? Interestingly, big screen hotels and motels almost play an important part as an extra movie character in addition to serving as a backdrop to the proceedings.
In Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels let’s look at some special selections where hotels and motels in film are featured and play a primary role in plot and theme. Cinematic room service has never been so accommodating.
The Enjoy Your Stay: The Top 10 Movies About Hotels/Motels selections are (in alphabetical order):
1.) The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel (2011)
Director John Madden’s The Best Exotic Manigold Hotel juggles various topical matters at hand: the aging process, deception in advertising, exotic travel and cultural clashing. Madden assembles a notable cast »
- Frank Ochieng
In the closing scenes of Wes Anderson’s latest and greatest adventure, The Grand Budapest Hotel, aged hotel owner Zero Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) reflects on the larger-than-life presence of his long-time friend and mentor, hotel concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes). “His world had vanished long before he entered it,” notes Zero. “But I must say he certainly sustained the illusion with a marvelous grace.” It seems clear that in that line, Anderson is speaking not only of Gustavem but also of himself.
Out of all the filmmakers working today, Anderson is definitely one of the most wackily distinctive. His films are like elaborate train sets wound up to power themselves, or intricately designed dollhouses possessing a symmetry that doesn’t limit the life inside but enhance it. Characterized by madcap characters and cheerfully intelligent stories, Anderson’s movies are always a joy to watch, both visually and in terms of narrative. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Set in the fictional Republic of Zubrowka, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel is a story within a story within a story within a story. The first takes place in present day and bookends the feature, two small segments where a young girl, carrying a book, is visiting the grave of Zubrowka's "national treasure." The "treasure" is a novelist whose name is never revealed and the book is The Grand Budapest Hotel.
It is here we flash back to 1985 to meet the author (played by Tom Wilkinson) who briefly explains how the book came to be. Flashback two takes us back to 1968, where the younger novelist (Jude Law) is visiting the famous hotel and comes across Mr. Moustafa (F. Murray Abraham) who just so happens to have the story that will become the author's book.
Over dinner, Mr. Moustafa recounts the time he was a lobby boy at the »
My face is unforgettable. From the moment I was born, the bright fuchsia wrapping over the right side of my face, my nose and a little swatch of the left side just under my eye announced to the room immediately: well shit, she’s going to be different. I’m graced with what is known as a “port wine stain” birthmark, a cutesy term for explaining that it kind of looks like someone spilled a glass of wine (burst blood vessels) on my face and couldn’t mop it up fast enough before it soaked into my upholstery. Tragic, since this is expensive canvas. My birthmark is connected (though not all are) to a larger illness called Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a condition that also means those burst blood vessels caused glaucoma in my right eye and a hardened capillary ridge on the right side of my brain that “lights up” whenever it pleases for rounds of excruciating migraines »
- Samantha Wilson
The Grand Budapest Hotel - 20th Century Fox - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Wes Anderson Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jeff Goldblum. Full cast + crew Anyone who doesn't love Wes Anderson movies will easily dismiss The Grand Budapest Hotel as being the most Wes Anderson-y movie yet. It's got all of his signature style - the saturated colors, the elaborate sets, the symmetry, idiosyncratic characters in every role, and so on - dialed to 11. But what makes Anderson's latest film his best isn't what's on the screen, it's what it all means. The Grand Budapest Hotel is about people refusing to give up their sense of civility and identity in the world just because they may be antiquated...
- Peter Hall
In one of the craziest and wackiest comedies from Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” will soon be available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has provided Latino-Review a copy to one lucky reader on the site.
The film has a great cast including Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Saoirse Ronan and Tony Revolori.
Here’s the synopsis:
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” recounts the adventures of legendary concierge Gustave H. and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft of a priceless painting; a raging battle for an enormous family fortune; and a desperate chase on motorcycles, trains, sleds, and skis - all against the backdrop of a suddenly and dramatically changing continent.
· Bill Murray Tours The Town
· Kunstmuseum Zubrowka Lecture
· The »
- Gig Patta
Direct from its world-premiere screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Sff and Vivid Ideas are proud to present the Australian Premiere of the highly anticipated futuristic thriller The Rover and host director David Michôd, actors Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson and producer Liz Watts at the State Theatre on Saturday 7 June. The Rover screens as part of Sff’s Official Competition. Michôd, Pearce, Pattinson and Watts will also give a talk as part of Vivid Ideas at Town Hall on Sunday 8 June.
Actor Cate Blanchett will attend the Festival to introduce a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 the second chapter of the epic trilogy in which Blanchett is the voice of the character Valka. The screening is held at 2pm on Public Holiday Monday, 9 June, at Event Cinemas George Street.
- Press Releases
Last week we showed you the teaser for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, and it was a little, um, puzzling? But it definitely looked intriguing. A couple days later the movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and no one likes it, basically. It has been the subject of some fantastically mean tweets and reviews. Some of the kinder reviews liken it to a student film or a practice run. Apart from calling the movie “unthinkingly offensive,” the main criticism seems to be that Gosling doesn’t have much of a voice yet, so the film feels like an inferior knockoff of other directors’ work.
One of those directors is, of course, Nicolas Winding Refn, Gosling’s bromantic partner and two time collaborator. Vulture caught up with the director at the festival and asked him what he thought of Gosling’s movie.
"I think it's a beautiful, beautiful, »
- Mily Dunbar
The film made its premiere at Cannes to many negative reviews from critics.
However, the Drive filmmaker called the picture "beautiful", and responded to suggestions that there are similarities between the pair's directing styles.
"I think it's a beautiful, beautiful, great movie that will grow on people," he told New York Magazine. "There are images from it that still stick with me
"Because we're twins we make the same movie. Separated at birth, we found each other. That's the thing about twins. We stick together."
Watch the trailer for Lost River below: »
When the first clip from Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River arrived online earlier this week – featuring a shaven-headed Matt Smith yelling “Look at my muscles!” over shots of various things on fire – we noted that the film seemed to be aiming for a certain kind of surrealist tone that can be very tricky to pull off. Also starring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Iain De Caestecker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and Saoirse Ronan (The Host), Lost River is about a single mother who moves to a dilapidated town with her two sons and discovers that it has a dark underbelly.
It’s possible that critics just didn’t look closely ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
★★★☆☆Ryan Gosling has had success before in the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes, starring in the victorious Drive in 2011. Now he's back, hoping that some of that magic will rub off on his directorial debut Lost River (2014), a dark fantasy of a family living in a ghost town to be. Bones (Iain De Caestecker) lives with his young cute moppet of a brother Frankie and his mother Billy (Christina Hendricks) in a small town which is in imminent danger of destruction as banks repossess, houses are bulldozed and residents flee. Next door lives Rat (Saoirse Ronan) with her pet rat Nick and her terminally nostalgic grandmother who spends all her time watching her own wedding films.
- CineVue UK
We'll never stop loving Ryan Gosling. Even if his directorial debut, Lost River, was hammered by critics after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. The film, also written by Gosling, stars his real-life girlfriend Eva Mendes, Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan and Doctor Who's Matt Smith. "Give some credit to Gosling, the Method-hunk star of such indie faves as Half Nelson, Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, plus Hollywoodier fare like The Notebook, The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love, for his mad mash up of horror and social statement, crackpot fantasy and Sundance-style meandering," Time magazine's Richard Corliss wrote. "That means it wavers »
Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, was savaged by critics at the Cannes Film Festival. Now, after spending $3 million for domestic distribution rights, Warner Bros. is looking to shuffle it off to an indie distributor. Among the commentary from critics, comparisons to David Lynch were the most frequently written, along with Beasts of the Southern Wild, Nicolas Winding Refn, Dario Argento and the list goes on and on. By the sound of it, Gosling was stretching his legs, exploring and seemingly attempting to mimic those he most admires. Personally it makes it sound like something work seeing, just to get a taste for his visual eye and word is the score from Johnny Jewel is worth hearing. The film stars Christina Hendricks as Billy, a single mother swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. Ben Mendelsohn, »
- Brad Brevet
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