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★★★★☆Festival favourite Ramin Bahrani returns to the Venice Lido with 99 Homes (2014), a dramatic thriller set at the sharp-end of the housing crisis. The very first shot shows that there is blood on the bathroom walls of America. The recent economic travails are not just some victimless white collar larks - Margin Call style - but rather a human tragedy, the result of an ongoing and systematic fracking of the middle-class, driving thousands of homes into foreclosure and leaving families on the street. Shedding his superhero costume, Andrew Garfield plays Dennis Nash, an ordinary working stiff - a construction worker - living with his son (Noah Lomax) and his mother (Laura Dern) in their small suburban home.
- CineVue UK
The Venice Film Festival is under way in Italy! Kirsten Dunst, Lena Dunham, and Kate Mara got together for a Miu Miu event on Thursday, while Andrew Garfield promoted his project on Friday. Emma Stone attended the famed festival to premiere Birdman, which also stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and sported a shorter hairstyle for the stop. Keep scrolling for more shots of celebrities at the Venice Film Festival, and be sure to check back over the weekend for more stars! »
Title: 99 Homes Director: Ramin Bahrani Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax Ramin Bahrani, defined by the late Roger Ebert as the director of the decade, competes for the Golden Lion at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with ‘99 Homes,’ a story about a father who struggles to get back the house that his family was evicted from, by working for the greedy real estate broker who’s the source of his frustration. The story is very alluring to begin withm since it evokes ‘Faust’ and how wretchedness and the happiness of our loved ones can lead to selling our soul to the devil. Unfortunately though [Spoiler Alert] [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
What do you get if you put Spider-Man and General Zod in a movie together? Lots and lots of swearing – according to the clip from 99 Homes that was just released. That hard-hitting dialogue is indicative of the tone of the film, which is the latest directorial effort from Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price). Starring Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man), Michael Shannon (Man Of Steel) and Laura Dern (The Fault In Our Stars), 99 Homes takes a swipe at the current global economic climate, through the crisis experienced by one family.
Written by Bahrani with Amir Nederi (Manhattan By Numbers) and Bahareh Azimi (Goodbye Solo), 99 Homes addresses the idea of the 99% versus the wealthiest of society, by pitching an everyday guy against a cold corporate entity. In what seems to be a tale of the will to survive, it asks the question, how far would you go to save yourself and those you love? »
- Sarah Myles
Marc Webb’s epic telling of the Spider-Man story continues when The Amazing Spider-man 2 swings onto Blu-ray and DVD this September 1st and to celebrate we’ve got 3 copies of the Blu-ray to give-away!
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone reprise their iconic roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, who face their most dangerous adversaries yet. In The Amazing Spider-man 2, Peter Parker finds there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing his role as New York City’s hero and spending time with Gwen. But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Spider-Man faces his greatest battle yet.
To be in with a chance of winning simply watch the above trailer and answer the following question. Which famous city does Spider-Man call home?
- Dan Bullock
Prepping his Venice Competition title 99 Homes, helmer Ramin Bahrani says he was made “dizzy by the corruption” in the Florida foreclosure system. The film is set in 2010 Orlando and follows Andrew Garfield as an unemployed construction worker and single father whose family loses its home. Michael Shannon, who was warmly welcomed here in 2012’s The Iceman, plays the real estate broker who evicts him. The pair ultimately make a kind of Faustian pact that sees Garfield morph to the dark side. The visceral film is a response to the corrupt system that’s “been rigged for those who win,” Bahrani said. Reactions here have been widely positive, and while the movie is talked about as Man Push Cart and At Any Price helmer Bahrani’s best chance so far to cross over, it might be a tough sell to U.S. audiences reticent to revisit the period. However, the film »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and »
- Scott Foundas
Director Marc Webb's epic retelling of the Peter Parker/Spider-Man story continues when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) swings into stores and online this coming Monday (1 September). Starring British actor Andrew Garfield as Spidey, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and introducing new villains Electro (Jamie Foxx), Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and The Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), our hero really has his work cut out this time. To celebrate the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) this Monday, we have Three DVD copies of the superhero sequel to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
99 Homes opens with a shot of a man who has blown his brains out over his foreclosed home. And it all goes downhill from there. In Ramin Bahrani's latest film, premiering Friday at the Venice Film Festival, Andrew Garfield plays Dennis Nash, a man who loses him home and is thrown out onto the street with his mother and small son. But he's so desperate for a job that the next day he's seen working, literally wading through feces to impress the very man who threw him out of his house, the corrupt Rick Carver, played by Michael Shannon. As the
- Ariston Anderson
Director: Marc Webb
Running Time: 142 minutes
Extras: Making Of, Deleted Scenes, Commentary, Music Video
The reboot nobody particularly wanted spreads its wings into new territory. Having that awkward backstory out of the way means that The Amazing Spider-man 2 can become its own beast. With that in mind, it’s clear to see that this film had absolutely no idea of what it wanted to do. This is The Amazing Spider-man 2’s greatest problem, it is all over the place in terms of tone and plot points. We start off with an interesting sequence set aboard a plane. The scene gives us some more backstory into Peter Parker’s parents’ disappearance. Hitting hard along the lines of spy espionage thrillers or terrorist centred action films of the 90s, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Ramin Bahrani returns to Venice in fine form with his scathing indictment of the mistreated and dispossessed in contemporary USA. Unlike Man Push Cart, these characters are not the marginalised of the country, but the everyman and woman trying to make ends meet and pay the mortgage during a financial crisis.
The film opens in classic police noir style, with a body in the bathroom, a gun on the floor and a flickering clock giving us time of death. Instead of a detective, in walks Rick Carver (Michael Shannon), a real estate broker whose speciality is repossessions. The year is 2010 and Fanny Mae is taking away people’s property by the thousand. The body in the bathroom is one of Rick’s victims: he’s no killer, but he is complicit in stripping away people’s lives.
Next on Ric’s list is Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield), a hardworking blue-collar worker, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
"Ramin Bahrani has established himself as a filmmaker with a flair for dramatizing the experiences of new immigrant communities in the United States with excellent pictures like Man Push Cart and Goodbye Solo," writes the Guardian's Peter Bradshaw. Bahrani's 99 Homes, starring Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern and Michael Shannon, has premiered in Venice and will screen at Telluride and in Toronto. Bradshaw calls it "an exciting and emotionally grandstanding drama about temptation, shame, humiliation and greed—and it’s got something to say about America’s toxic-loan slump and how the taxpayer-funded bailout created a bonanza for big businesses who could make money out of the recession." We've got more reviews and a clip. » - David Hudson »
Marc Webb’s epic telling of the Spider-Man story continues when The Amazing Spider-man 2 swings onto Blu-ray and DVD this September 1st and to celebrate we’ve got 5 copies of the Blu-ray to give-away!
It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: Oscorp.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is available on Digital HD now and on Blu-ray & DVD on 1st Sept and you can buy your copy here. »
Venice — The title treatment for Ramin Bahrani's Venice Competition entry consists of blood red letters on black. Filling the entire screen with blocky all-caps letters and numbers dozens of feet high, we read: 99 Homes. It looks more like the title treatment for a horror than a drama digging into a moral morass of foreclosure, subsistence level employment, and better paid but more spiritually costly work. As it turns out, it is also a horror movie of sorts. The first shot of the film itself is even a post-mortem scene, as Michael Shannon's predatory realtor Rick Carver -- and how's that for a horror movie name? -- gazes almost impassively at blood dribbling down tacky pink bathroom tiles. The contrast couldn't be more stark: Shannon in an off-white blazer so sharp it hurts (costume design by Meghan Kasperlik is on point throughout), gold watch glinting and not a hair »
- Catherine Bray
The summer of 2014 has been a fascinating season for the comic book genre as a whole, but it.s even more interesting when you notice that in the past few months we.ve seen three very distinct looks into the Marvel Cinematic Multiverse. More than just the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which brought us James Gunn.s Guardians of the Galaxy, this broader spectrum also includes the likes of both the X-Men and The Amazing Spider-Man, which all come off the pages of Marvel Comics and just happen to be divided on the big screen by different studios holding the rights to separate and distinct groups of characters. To say that it.s been a bit of a mixed bag would be a slight understatement, as it.s been a season of both disappointments and surprises. Marc Webb.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the sequel to the Andrew Garfield-led reboot »
The number of properties referred to in the title of Ramin Bahrani’s fifth feature may have a literal narrative significance, but it must also refer to the population percentage routinely branded as the victims of Occupy-era economic downturn. in “99 Homes,” which sees Andrew Garfield’s blue-collared Florida everyman enter a Faustian pact with Michael Shannon’s white-blazered real-estate shark. Following the lead of 2012’s underrated “At Any Price” in matching the socially conscious topicality of Bahrani’s early films to the demands of broader-brush melodrama, this dynamically acted, unapologetically contrived pic reps the filmmaker’s best chance to date of connecting with a wider audience — one likely to share the helmer’s bristling anger over corruptly maintained class divides in modern-day America.
- Guy Lodge
Martin Scorsese is planning to direct a biopic of the seminal punk rock band The Ramones, according to a new report at The Wrap.
The band, comprised of singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone and drummer Tommy Ramone, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002 after a legendary career that included influential songs such as "I Wanna Be Sedated" and "Blitzkrieg Pop."
All four band members have passed away, with Jeff Jampol and Dave Frey managing the band's estate, with plans under way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Ramones' first album in the year 2016. There are also plans for a documentary with never-before-seen footage of the band from the 1970s and 1980s, shot by George Seminara, »
There was a time not too long ago when Martin Scorsese was thought of as a critic’s darling, not a crowd-pleaser. However, since The Aviator hit the $100 million mark in 2005, three of his other DiCaprio films (The Departed, Shutter Island, The Wolf of Wall Street) crossed that box office threshold. More popular than ever, the 71-year-old can make the sorts of pictures he wants. While he is about to start filming his long-brewing Silence and premiere his documentary The 50-Year Argument at the Toronto Film Festival, word is out that the master director is now attached to make a film about the legendary punk group The Ramones.
The rockers’ various estates are now in a deal to give archival material to creative sources, including Scorsese, says Jeff Jampol, who co-manages the band’s estate. “Everybody [from the families] is cooperation and moving in one direction together as a team,” Jampol told Billboard. »
- Jordan Adler
Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes has released its first clip.
The video shows Andrew Garfield getting into a confrontation before he gets interrupted.
When Carver offers him a job and his stolen home, Nash finds himself forced to put other families through the same ordeal that his has suffered.
99 Homes will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week. »
The period between Martin Scorsese films is routinely filled with several speculative reports trumpeting fascinating-sounding “next” projects. There’s his long-gestating Sinatra movie, his plans to unite Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in The Irishman, and a biopic about the formative years of Teddy Roosevelt. Maybe they’ll get made someday; maybe not. His next concrete project is Silence, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, which starts shooting next year—but another potential film project is already drawing attention.
Billboard reported that the estates of The Ramones, the ’70s punk band that celebrates its 40th anniversary in »
- Jeff Labrecque
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