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We have added a set pictures from the event 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival – ‘Madame Bovary’ Screening. Guests included Mia Wasikowska, Sophie Barthes, Laura Carmichael and Mia Wasikowska and Laura Carmichael. Photos are copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. Mia Wasikowska attending the 58th Annual BFI London Film Festival for the “Madame Bovary” Screening at the Odeon West End, Leicester Square in London, UK. Photo is copyright by Landmark / PR Photos. »
- James Wray
At least outwardly, David Fincher’s Gone Girl is a film defined by its knife-edge turnabouts, orchestrated with an elaborate tangle of dread brought upon by a thrilling script, masterful direction, as well as an equally noteworthy score. If not for David Fincher’s sway, however, Gillian Flynn’s tale of passionate, domestic misanthropy could have easily atrophied to pulp. Is a film so gravely reliant on its many twists and turns worthy of ubiquity in praise, or is there simply more to Fincher’s Gone Girl, perchance subtler but more sizable than gender roles and suspense?
At this point in his career, Fincher is only outmatched by Alfred Hitchcock in his ardent championing of pulp. The two directors are particularly matchless in their ability to rework sensationalism and masterfully emphasize its underlying pathos instead. In the wake of Zodiac and The Social Network, Fincher no longer needs to attest »
- Morad Moazami
Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)
Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?
2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)
4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)
The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »
- Sharon Knolle
"Like any journey, it's not what you carry, but what you leave behind." Continuing our latest feature, the Monthly Must See profile, this time around I'm highlighting an extraordinarily beautiful film called Tracks, set in Australia directed by John Curran of We Don't Live Here Anymore and The Painted Veil previously. Tracks is now playing in limited theaters and first premiered at the fall film festivals in 2013, where I first caught it. Actress Mia Wasikowska stars as Robyn in the true story of an independent young woman who decides to hike 1,700 miles across the Australian desert on her own. Aside from her dog and three camels. Tracks is a very dream-like experience, filled with never-ending, gorgeous landscape cinematography from Mandy Walker complimented by a remarkably beautiful score by Garth Stevenson (I really, really love this score - currently listening to it while writing this up). I first saw the film »
- Alex Billington
Director: Sophie Barthes
Running time: 118 minutes
Synopsis: The beautiful wife of a small-town doctor engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, Madame Bovary is not exactly a new story but in the hands of director Sophie Barthes and with Mia Wasikowska in the titular role it certainly is a film that will appeal to new audiences.
In this adaptation, Emma Bovary (Wasikowska) goes from being a young woman, waiting for her life to start, to one so desperate for excitement she doesn’t stop to think of the consequences as she starts a series of passionate affairs. It’s a transition captured beautifully and with great maturity by Wasikowska, an actress who can capture both the naivety and self-destructive nature of the character.
- Amanda Keats
David Cronenberg has claimed that all his films are comedies.
He admitted that they may not follow the "traditional definition of a comedy" but he considers there to be a "humorous aspect" to every project.
"At Cannes, someone said, 'Have you ever considered making a comedy?'" the veteran filmmaker told Vulture.
"And I said, 'I've done nothing but'. Not maybe the traditional definition of a comedy, where it ends with a feel-good kind of thing, but for me, there is an observed and humorous aspect to the human condition and, of course, exploring the human condition is really what art is about.
"And I can't imagine not having humour be part of it. I just can't imagine it."
For better or worse Shia Labeouf is consistently making headlines around Hollywood; mostly because the world thinks he has gone insane. Seriously, he wore a paper bag that said “I’m not famous anymore” to a premiere of Nymphomaniac, was caught plagiarizing scripts, harassed Mia Wasikowska on the set of Lawless to the point where she almost left the project, and has seemingly just lost all of his marbles.
His latest stunt comes from filming the upcoming World War II drama Fury, where Shia reportedly cut his own face and had some of his teeth removed to make the movie feel more real. And before you think Shia’s being a pathological liar again, his co-star Logan Lerman actually confirmed everything in an interview with GQ. Here’s what he had to say:
On Shia cutting himself: “We were in make-up and they were putting cuts on Shia and I said, »
- Robert Kojder
Maps to the Stars, 2014.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A twisted tale about the inner workings of a Hollywood family and the tragic past that they can’t escape.
For the first time in his career David Cronenberg has made a movie in America and what a film it is. Maps to the Stars is a deliciously satirical take on Hollywood which examines the twisted culture that so many love.
We’re firstly introduced to the burnt and scarred Agatha (superbly played by go-to Indie girl Mia Wasikowska) as she arrives in the brilliant sunshine of La. Through a series of meetings and a cameo from Carrie Fisher, she starts work as a personal assistant to washed up actress Havana Segrand (Moore). Havana is one of those characters that you love to hate. She’s selfish, »
- Helen Murdoch
It was upcoming for 36 years. What took so long? Well, this was the kind of saga that did not really translate to a Joe Roth movie starring Julia Roberts. She was going to star in a plot line about falling for a fashion photographer during a shoot in the outback. Sidney Lumet and Helen Hunt also flirted with the material. "Robyn was against the movie for a long time," Smolan tells me over coffee. "As we get older we get more practical." Movies tend to get made when they're ready. In this case, the producers of "The Kings Speech" and director John Curran took the film over the finish line with homegrown actress Mia Wasikowska as Davidson and Adam Driver as Smolan. In truth, Smolan fell "madly in love" with the blunt-spoken Davidson, who distrusted journalists, and managed to convince her that taking pictures of Aborigines might build awareness of their bad treatment. »
- Anne Thompson
With "The Double," English writer/director and sometimes-comedian Richard Ayoade establishes himself as more than just the Wes Anderson acolyte we first met with his quirky 2010 directorial debut feature "Submarine." Set somewhere outside of time, this 2013 Tiff premiere stars Jesse Eisenberg as Simon James, a joyless, virtually invisible data clerk whose life is but an endless chain of hours, shuttling back and forth between a dead-end desk job, where he's mostly ignored, and his spartan apartment in a cluttered industrial tenement. His coworkers regard him as "a bit of a nonperson," but something like life sparks within him when he spies Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), on his morning commute -- and again at night, from the handy vantage point of his window via telescope. A Kafkaesque rigamarole of petty bureaucracy and life's little obstacles set the tone for this eerie dark comedy: Simon can't get into his own building because the security guard doesn't. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The 3-day gross was $US70,951 for a per-screen average of $2,534, bringing the 10-day cume to $103,098.
Tracks underlines how tough it can be for Australian films to crack the mainstream Us market, while deals for a limited theatrical release or straight to DVD and VOD are becoming more common.
.A theatrical release in North America would require a substantial P&A commitment that is better spent pushing the VOD release,. said Soto, »
- Don Groves
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.
"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »
- Jenni Miller
John Cusack will truly say anything. The actor, 48, opened up to The Guardian in a recent interview, candidly discussing his relationship with Hollywood, and criticizing the film industry for its faults. "I got another 15, 20 years before they say I'm old," the veteran star told the publication. Cusack is currently acting in Maps to the Stars with Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, and Mia Wasikowska, among others, in a story that looks at the obsession with celebrity and stars' falls from grace. In the upcoming film, screenwriter Bruce [...] »
Maps to the Stars, 2014.
Directed by David Cronenberg.
A tour into the heart of a Hollywood family chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Some plot details lie below…
Watching Maps To The Stars is like watching a waking nightmare, one you cannot wake up from and one you feel intimately part of – whether you like it or not. It is also a new kind of horror from film maker David Cronenberg, a film maker who made his name with superior bodyshock horror pictures, and may be the director at his most cynical since Videodrome over thirty years ago. All of this makes for a film experience which is as disturbing as it is humorous, yet never anything less than brilliant.
- Gary Collinson
The top stories of the week from Toh! Awards: Is Al Pacino Heading for Oscar? Updated: Foreign Language Oscar Contenders Box Office: Fall Specialty Box Office Takes Off with Doc "20,000 Days," "Pump" and "Art and Craft" Top 10 Box Office Takeaways: Ya "Maze Runner" Scores, Numbers Rebound Features: "Tracks" Oscar Contender Mia Wasikowska Forges Unique Career Path Festivals: 14 Genre Features That Dominated Fantastic Fest Nyff: Ethan Hawke Introduces "Seymour" Screen Talk: New York Film Festival Preview, Awards Update Tim League Unleashes Shocking Auteur Horror at Fantastic Fest Secret Screening Why RADiUS Nourished Its Superb Genre Film Slate at Fantastic Fest Interviews: How "Boxtrolls" Composer Marianelli Waltzes Through Stop-Motion Steampunk Madness How "Jimi: All Is By My Side"'s Ridley and Benjamin Found Hendrix in London Why Matthew Warchus Returned »
Chicago – “Do you ever wonder if the things that are meant to connect us … actually disconnect us?” This cheesy hypothesis as found in many millennial dramas has only caused the film world go to in circles about the quandary of handheld screens and social media. With its cool air, John Curran’s low-key adventure “Tracks” takes a line straight through that argument, providing a story of disconnection from distraction as set in a world when Apple products were only gadgets on re-runs of “Star Trek.”
The story of “Tracks” is a true one, and follows free-spirit Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska), a young woman in 1970s Australia who dreams of crossing 1,7000 miles through the western desert with four camels and her dog, while carrying only the necessities, like a compass. To get funding for the venture, she appeals to National Geographic Magazine, who agrees to fund her ambitious venture so »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
He may be an acquired taste for some, but you’re always guaranteed an experience with a David Cronenberg movie. And yes, some of those experiences can leave alot to be desired. However, with Maps To The Stars, the director is firing on nearly all cylinders. Centralised around two main plots, which interweave with each other and a secondary story line that also manages to connect in when required, Maps To The Stars is quite the rollercoaster. The movie delves into the heart of Hollywood, as Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) desperately tries to remain current while Benjie Weiss (Evan Bird), a huge child star, starts battling his demons. That’s the core of the story, but the real heart of it all lies around Mia Wasikowska’s character, Agatha as she turns up and after befriending Carrie Fisher (playing herself here) becomes Havana’s personal assistant. In a nutshell, everybody »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
The film-festival circuit this time of year is not unlike presidential-primary season. Venice or Telluride are sort of like the Iowa caucus, an important first step for a film to generate some name recognition and Oscar buzz—but not exactly the setting for a coronation. Toronto is the traditional Oscar-campaign battleground, a sort of New Hampshire primary that often separates the contenders from the pretenders. Last year, Toronto unofficially nominated 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and Dallas Buyers Club, and those films went on to collect major awards.
But this year, the races still remain wide open after the first new rounds, »
- Jeff Labrecque
The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
“It’s a whorehouse, and people go mad,” said John Cusack in describing present-day Hollywood in an interview with The Guardian published on Friday. Promoting his latest film, David Cronenberg's Maps to The Stars, Cusack didn't hold back, criticizing ageism in Hollywood, as well as misogyny and what he sees as an increasingly broken studio system. Maps, which screened in Cannes this year, is a satire of Hollywood with Cusack starring as a wealthy self-help guru and an ensemble cast that includes Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska. See more 'Maps to the Stars' International Trailer
- Abid Rahman
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