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One of the more intense films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's gripping "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (read our review) is a dramatization of a notorious 1971 psychology experiment that went very, very wrong. It's a potent piece of work, featuring a terrific ensemble cast (Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup), and which takes the filmmaker into different territory following his first two pictures, "Easier With Practice" and "C.O.G." Like any filmmaker who can easily switch gears, Alvarez's cinematic tastes are wide ranging. In the latest entry in our series Movies That Changed My Life, Alvarez discloses how films as diverse as "Vertigo," "Showgirls" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" left an impression. "The Stanford Prison Experiment" »
- Edward Davis
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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Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »
- The Playlist Staff
On August 14, 1971, Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo initiated an experiment that has resonated for the succeeding 44 years. Twenty-four volunteers were rounded up and randomly divided into groups of "prisoners" and "guards," with the intent to study the psychology of individuals in the penal system. What happened is dramatized in the harrowing "Stanford Prison Experiment" and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Review: Provocative And Unnerving 'Stanford Prison Experiment' with Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, More Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup star in the movie showing the incremental but intense breakdown in the simulated jail, as the "guards" become mad with power and the "prisoners" are degraded. In the scene below, you get a sense of how things went badly. And yet, despite the notorious outcome »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
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 »
- Joey Magidson
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
This exasperating film, winner of Sundance's screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes, about the price of power tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads, randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard, who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by their sadistic, psychologist puppeteer. (Think a more homoerotic, and claustrophobic, "Compliance".) The cast boasts many a dreamy indie "it" boy, including Ezra Miller (in a ferocious but all too brief turn), Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, uncomfortable and sometimes erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby (in what is mostly a throwaway role) co-stars as Zimbardo's skeptical fiancee. Read »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Between July 4th excitement and the upcoming frenzy of San Diego Comic Con, a cinematic counterbalance to multiplex spectacle might be in order. And particularly with temperatures on the rise, "Red Knot" just might be a welcome respite —today we have exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Review: 'Red Knot' Starring Vincent Kartheiser, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Campbell Directed by Scott Cohen and led by "Mad Men" star Vincent Kartheiser and Olivia Thirlby, the story follows a young writer and his wife who turn his research trip to Antarctica into a belated honeymoon voyage, combining business with pleasure. But once on the ship, they realize their marriage might be more fragile than they previously thought. In this scene, as the couple are surrounded by penguins, some of the issues they've never really discussed are broached. "Red Knot" is one to make some time for —I called it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stars: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Affion Crockett, Jorge Garcia, Dan Gill, Corey Holcomb, Ken Howard, Colin Kane, Cloris Leachman, Mimi Rogers, Aaron Takahashi, Olivia Thirlby | Written by Jeremy Garelick, Jay Lavender | Directed by Jeremy Garelick
Confession time. I’m not the biggest Kevin Hart fan. I don’t mind the actor/comedian in small doses – a supporting actor in films such as the remake of Death at a Funeral and the Scary Movie franchise, but I can’t sit through any of his stand-up shows in there entirety and the last movie hes was the “star” of, Ride Along, was – frankly – awful. However I am always willing to give Hart’s film a go – especially when they look, albeit from the trailer, as hilarious as The Wedding Ringer.
And I’m happy to report The Wedding Ringer is not only a fantastic bro-mance flick (yes, they Do exist »
- Phil Wheat
The film, written and directed by Rafael Palacio Illingworth, has been kept under wraps with a 20-day, Los Angeles-based shoot wrapping June 26. It also stars Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Scott Haze, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Bogdanovich, Betsy Brandt (“Breaking Bad”), John Ross Bowie (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jon Heder and Alison Sudol (“Transparent”).
Producers are Eleonore Meier of Nora Films and Madeline Samit and Bert Hamelinck of Caviar. Executive producers are Caviar’s Michael Sagol, Benito Mueller and Wolfgang Mueller of Barry Films, Michel Merkt and Allen Norin.
Thirlby and Feldman play a couple confronted by the fear that settling down and getting married means their carefree days as city-dwelling young adults coming to an abrupt and depressing end. Both are tempted by the »
- Dave McNary
This exasperating film, winner of Sundance's screenplay and Alfred P. Sloan prizes, tells the real-life story of Dr. Zimbardo's 1971 simulated prison study involving 18 male undergrads, randomly assigned the role of prisoner or guard, who are stripped of their humanity (among other things) by each other—and by their sadistic, psychologist puppeteer. The cast boasts many a dreamy indie "it" boy, including Ezra Miller (in a ferocious but all too brief turn), Keir Gilchrist, Jack Kilmer, Michael Angarano, James Wolk, Tye Sheridan and fresh-faced Sundance breakout Logan Miller. Billy Crudup astutely leads the ensemble as Philip Zimbardo, whose ill-conceived faux prison breaks them down and throws them into degrading, uncomfortable and sometimes erotic scenarios. Olivia Thirlby co-stars as Zimbardo's skeptical fiancee. Read More: 2015 Sundance Film Festival Awards The film is a grueling experience but it works thanks to licks of black humor and Ezra Miller's »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Read More: How I Shot That: Dp Jas Shelton on Capturing the Claustrophobia of 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' From director Kyle Patrick Alvarez ("C.O.G."), "The Stanford Prison Experiment" promises to reenact the horrifying 1971 project that put innocent students behind bars and their untrained peers in control of them as guards. Led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, the infamous psychology experiment had unintentionally detrimental results as the students embodied their roles as guards and became increasingly violent. The film, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, appears to be just as chilling and intense as the experiment itself. The unsettling trailer -- filled with all of the scary signs that made the science that justified the project seem dubious at best -- is sure to make you quite uneasy. The ensemble includes Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby and Michael Angarano. "The Stanford Prison Experiment »
- Meredith Mattlin
Back in August of 1971 on Stanford University’s campus, 18 young men were selected for a psychological experiment simulating the effects of a prison environment on both prisoners and guards. The results were famously shocking and controversial, and the study became a case study of psychology courses everywhere.
For years a version of this story has been trying to get off the ground, and director Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) finally made it happen this year at Sundance. The Stanford Prison Experiment is a scarily accurate recreation of the events, with even the film’s set built to a near perfect model of the actual dimensions the “prisoners” were held in. Lane Scarberry said in her Sundance review that the film is, “a claustrophobic tale of ego and wits under duress that retains suspense not in the outcome but in its execution.” Here’s the full synopsis:
What happens when a college psych study goes shockingly wrong? »
- Brian Welk
Way back in 2006, Christopher McQuarrie was announced as the writer and director of The Stanford Prison Experiment. Nine years later the film is finally complete, but in rather different form than originally planned. McQuarrie is now listed only among the producers, with the screenplay credit going to Tim Talbott (South Park, Medium), and Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G.) in the director's chair. Ezra Miller, Thomas Mann, Billy Crudup and Olivia Thirlby head up the cast, and here's a trailer.The film, of course, is based on the infamous human behaviour study conducted in the early 1970s. The experiment saw a group of Us college students taking on the roles of prisoners and guards to study the effects of incarceration. Within a day, the “guards” resorted to psychological torture and humiliation and the “prisoners” began to riot.It’s been a cultural touchstone for years – and several films based on the subject »
A college psychology experiment takes a terrifying turn in the violent new trailer for The Stanford Prison Experiment.
The film, set in 1971, is based on the controversial experiment carried out at Stanford University by psychologist Philip Zimbardo.
The incident saw a group of college students cast as inmates and guards and placed in a replica jail - with some disturbing results, as some of the 'guards' began to take their roles too seriously.
The new clip certainly gives some clear hints about the shocking turn the experiment took. As Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) looks on, 'guards' begin to deliver beatings to traumatised 'prisoners', one of whom begs to be released.
“I had no idea it would turn out this way,” an ominous voice says over the trailer for upcoming drama “The Stanford Prison Experiment.”
Set in 1971, the film dramatizes Stanford University’s controversial psychological experiment that cast college students as prison guards and inmates pitted against each other in a mock jail. Billy Crudup stars as psychologist Philip Zimbardo, whose book “The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil” inspired the film.
“The Stanford Prison Experiment” bows in theaters and VOD July 24.
- Marianne Zumberge
It remains arguably the most notorious psychological experiment ever conducted by students and to this day sends chills down the spine of many a shrink. In 1971, Stanford University conducted an experiment in which student volunteers were put into a simulated jail where some of the students were made to be prisoners and others were made to be guards as an attempt to study human nature and reaction to authority.
What they failed to anticipate was that the human element went out the window in just days as the personalities of those involved quickly changed to their new roles, the guards becoming sadistic abusers and the prisoners meek and submissive victims.
Now a new indie film has been made which documents the famed incident with Crudup starring as psychologist Philip Zimbardo who was behind the experiment. Olivia Thirlby, Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, Jesse Carere, Keir Gilchrist and Thomas Mann also star. »
- Garth Franklin
“Nobody likes guards.” And these guys seem to get a little too deeply into their role playing in director Kyle Patrick Alvarez's drama based on Stanford professor Philip Zimbardo's infamous social experiment using college kids as prison guards and inmates. The movie that IFC Films acquired out of Sundance took the festival’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for Tim Talbott’s script plus the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. It stars Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby, Ezra… »
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