13 items from 2017
I am going to spend a lot of time telling you how scary Get Out is, but I want to take a moment at the top of this review to tell you how fresh it is. Jordan Peele is a first time director and he’s made a movie that isn’t like anything I’ve seen before. He seems to understand his actors so well he gets performances that are frankly unbelievable. I could spend an entire afternoon trying to describe the range of emotions in a 30 second sequence of this film and still feel inadequate, so I don’t know how you get someone to do it on camera. Horror movies are about metaphor and tempo control, and both are handled here in ways I’ve never seen before— and while I’m not enough of a horror maven to guarantee it’s never been done before I »
- Arthur Tebbel
From Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsFrom Alice in Wonderland to Beauty and the Beast, here's your guide to Disney's live-action adaptationsAdriana Floridia2/20/2017 10:50:00 Am
It's another year, and so we have been blessed yet again with a new live-action adaptation of a classic Disney film.
The highly anticipated Beauty and the Beast hits theatres this March with a dream cast including Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson and Josh Gad. We could not be more excited to re-live the magic of one of our favourite stories. We're also using this as an excuse to look back at previous Disney live-action remakes and look forward to what's to come.
Already Released Alice in Wonderland
- Adriana Floridia
This isn’t fake news. Periscope Entertainment has announced today that David Guy Levy will direct their upcoming psychological sci-fi thriller “The Mandela Effect,” which is written by Steffen Schlachtenhaufen. The film “a man who becomes obsessed with facts and events that have been collectively misremembered by thousands of people. Believing the phenomena to be the symptom of something much larger, his obsession eventually leads him to question reality itself.”
The title refers to the strange phenomena of mass groups of people collectively “remembering” events or things that never happened. The theory pulls its name from the bizarre case of many people believing that Nelson Mandela died in prison — going so far as to “recall” clips from a televised funeral — though the civil rights leader actually died in 2013. Other examples of the so-called effect include misquoted movie lines (“Luke, I am your father” is a biggie, so is ““Life is like a box of chocolates, »
- Kate Erbland
One of my favorite horror movies of 2016? Nicolas Pesce’s austere and disturbing black and white drama “The Eyes Of My Mother,” a startling directorial debut. Featuring no known stars to speak of, the slow-burn horror thriller centers on a woman traumatized by the death of her parents at a young age. With little guidance as she grows up, the girl’s fascination with the surgical, a skill passed down from her mother, takes a dark and twisted turn.
- Rodrigo Perez
Murtada here. With her duties as Alice over, Mia Wasikowska is turning to smaller indies. Announced this week is Piercing, a psychological thriller from director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother). Wasikowska plays a prostitute who tassles with a family man client intent on murder. That part is played by Girls and James White star, Christopher Abbott. This film is so indie it flew under the radar while it was in production. The announcement mentions that it is already completed. Also complete is her other indie Damsel in which she reunites with her Maps to the Stars co-star Robert Pattinson. Directed by David Zellner (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter), little is known about the plot except that it’s a period western.
- Murtada Elfadl
Based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name, “Piercing” follows the story of a man (Abbott) who leaves his wife and daughter at home as he says he’s heading on a business trip. However, he checks into a hotel and calls an escort service with the intention of killing the unsuspecting call girl, played by Wasikowska. After arriving at his room, the seductive and enigmatic prostitute manages to hinder his plan of killing her.
Wasikowska is known for her work in such films as “Jane Eyre,” “The Kids Are All Right” and last year’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” Abbot has appeared in films like “James White” and “A Most Violent Year, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Following up his harrowing debut Eyes of My Mother, according to Variety, director Nicolas Pesce has just finished wrapping his new film Piercing with stars Mia Wasikowska and Christopher Abbott (James White). An adaptation of Ryu Mirakami’s novel, the film follows Abbott’s crazed protagonist who plans on murdering an unsuspecting call girl at a hotel. Unfortunately for him, he becomes allured by the mysterious woman who shows up (Wasikowska), which starts a dangerous game of chance and chase. Mirakami’s works are often dense and psychological, and it will be interesting to see how Pesce handles the material.
In more adaptation news, Léa Seydoux has joined Colin Firth and Matthias Schoenaerts in a film based on the book Kursk, which tells of the gripping real-life events of a Russian submarine disaster, according to Screen Daily. Helmed by director Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt), Kursk is penned by Robert Rodal »
- Mike Mazzanti
Have you seen The Eyes of My Mother yet? Well, hurry up because that film’s director Nicolas Pesce has another film in the can titled Piercing. Don’t let the silly artwork fool you. This one’s reportedly pretty damned dark. Variety… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Making it back to back years, team Borderline folks didn’t waste much time pushing the career of their protégé. After turning heads and churning stomachs with The Eyes of My Mother (our ★★★★ review), filmmaker Nicolas Pesce borrows from Takashi Miike’s Audition (seminal J Horror film) source material adapting Piercing alongside Mia Wasikowska and oft utilized Borderline Films creative collab Christoper Abbott.
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- Eric Lavallee
The duo will write and direct the project, titled “Star Worlds Episode Xxxive=MC2: The Force Awakens The Last Jedi Who Went Rogue.” Covert Media’s CEO Paul Hanson (“District 9”) is producing the film alongside Broken Road Productions’ Todd Garner (“True Memoirs of an International Assassin”).
The film is currently in pre-production targeting a fall shoot. “Star Worlds” is being fully financed by Covert Media who will launch worldwide sales on the film at the Berlin Film Festival.
“Jason and Aaron are a powerhouse duo who have proven time and time again that they are fully tapped into the what audiences love,” Hanson said. “Their fearless take on pop culture has us beyond thrilled to tackle the world’s most »
- Dave McNary
“Piercing” is based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. His plan is thwarted by the alluring and mysterious call girl — played by Wasikowska — who arrives at his room, leading to a pulsating game of cat-and-mouse.
Memento Films International will launch sales at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the film and will co-represent North American rights with Wme.
“Piercing” is produced by Borderline Films’ year-old label Borderline Presents. »
- Dave McNary
Jake Gyllenhaal isn’t known as a crooner, but that may change this month. The actor stars in the upcoming musical “Sunday in the Park With George,” which comes to Broadway in just a few weeks. As a sort of preview, the actor has shared a video of himself singing “Finishing the Hat” that Cary Joji Fukunaga directed. Watch below.
“This is what happens when Riva Marker (the badass president of NineStories) and I invite Cary Joji Fukunaga to rehearsals for our new Broadway musical. Check out this video we made!” wrote the former Donnie Darko on Facebook. The actor was most recently seen in “Nocturnal Animals” and, in addition to “Sundays in the Park” (which opens on February 23), has several films slated for release this year.
- Michael Nordine
Sometimes a movie is worth waiting for. If you know anything about the production of motion pictures you may know that it can take years, sometimes decades, to get a film made. One such Hollywood story was the movie Jacob’s Ladder, the script for which became legendary as having been read by almost every producer, director and actor who works in the production of movies. When it finally did get made, well, if you’ve seen it, you probably know its pretty damn good.
In the 1980s I read Robyn Davidson’s book Tracks about her crossing the Australian Outback with camels starting at Alice Springs, the largest town in the outback. The journey was almost 2000 miles and was covered by a photographer from National Geographic, at Robyn Davidson’s request.
Her book was fascinating, and at the time,( this was in the 1980s,) I thought it would make a great movie. »
- Sam Moffitt
13 items from 2017
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