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Not too long ago, we posted a review of the new Jim Jarmusch movie Only Lovers Left Alive, in which Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play emaciated vampire lovers. The review written by our very own Tom Stoup wasn’t favourable to the film stating, “Jim Jarmusch does not intend to analyze questions but simply to put ideas out there, and as a result, his product ultimately feels lackadaisical and aimless”. It’s hard to believe the director of Down By Law, Ghost Dog and Dead Man (to name a few), could so greatly disappoint, especially while working with such an incredible cast. I still haven’t seen Only Lovers Left Alive, but despite Tom’s negative review, this new clip featuring Hiddleston and Swinton dancing to Denise La Salle’s “Trapped By A Thing Called Love,” has me very excited. Watch the clip below.
Synopsis: After being around for centuries, »
You may have noticed Uncle Creepy posting lots of imagery from films playing at Sundance 2014 earlier today, and now we have the full announcement of which horror projects are included in the Spotlight and Park City at Midnight lineups.
As mentioned when posting the first wave of films screening this year, it's sometimes difficult to tell exactly what's horror-related, so below are our best guesses of what we'll be covering from this latest batch or are films that sound just fringey enough that we'll be keeping our eyes on them:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, »
- Debi Moore
Sundance’s Spotlight section works as a sampling of quality items that dug their knees in the sand of the Croisette, or hit the asphalt payment in Toronto. It’s an acknowledgment of U.S film distributors (in this case: Radius-twc, Magnolia, Music Box Films, A24, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing) who’ve all contributed to my favorite disease – one that is called cinephilia. It’s also a look into 2014 – which is when they’ll be unveiled theatrically. And finally, it’s a way in which to receive the extended Sundance family once again such as Richard Ayoade (preemed his debut feautre here – Submarine) and Jeremy Saulnier (was at the fest as a cinematographer for Matthew Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker). Here are the eight selections:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns »
- Eric Lavallee
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has announced its "Spotlight" category, which they describe as "Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love." They've released new images and brief synopses for the following Spotlight selections: Blue Ruin – Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier; starring Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, and Kevin Kolack. The Double – Directed by Richard Ayoade; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, and James Fox. Locke – Written and directed by Steven Knight; starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, and Bill Milner. R100 – Written and directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto; starring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, and Hairi Katagiri. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th. Images and synopses via Sundance. Blue Ruin / U.S. »
- Matt Goldberg
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Guest,” the latest effort from horror helmer Adam Wingard; “Killers,” a Web-based serial-killer thriller from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers; and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mock-doc collaboration between New Zealand-based directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) are among the eight oddball titles set to make their world premieres in Park City at Midnight at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Having noted that the dramatic competition lineups (unveiled Wednesday) contained a number of films with comedic and horror-thriller elements, festival director John Cooper pointed out that the distinctions between competitive and non-competitive titles were blurring more than ever.
“We considered all the Midnight titles for competition at one point,” he said. “It’s very fluid.”
- Justin Chang
Sundance has unveiled the films selected to screen in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier and new ‘Sundance Kids’ section of films for younger audiences. The fest takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Spotlight brings back movies that the Sundance programmers have admired at other festivals around the world. It's a chance to catch up on lauded films that have been missed or still lack distribution. Of this group, we recommend Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive," starring the incomparable Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as timeless vampire lovers--and a surprisingly nasty Mia Wasikowska--as well as Ritesh Batra's four-hankie love story "The Lunchbox," an independent film starring the great Irrfan Khan that should have been India's official Oscar entry.The Park City at Midnight selection is often the primary target for acquisitions executives. »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Xyz Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
The Sundance Kids strand is programmed in cooperation with Utah children and youth festival Tumbleweeds, and will premiere Ernest And Celestine starring Forest Whitaker and Lauren Bacall and Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang with Javier Gutiérrez.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival programme and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent film-making that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics,” said director of programming Trevor Groth.
The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 16-26 2014 in Utah. Organisers will showcase 117 feature selections, of which 96 are world premieres, representing 37 countries and 53 first-time film-makers, including 34 in competition.
The selections »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Here are the eight films playing in the Spotlight program. Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving to be an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family. Cast: Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, Kevin Kolack. The Double / United Kingdom (Director: Richard Ayoade, Screenwriter: Avi Korine) — Jesse Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid and isolated man who is overlooked at work. When James, a new coworker arrives, he upsets the balance because he is both Simon's physical double and his opposite: confident and good with women. Then James slowly starts taking over Simon's life. Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, James Fox. Ida / Poland (Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Screenwriters: Pawel Pawlikowski, »
The Sundance Film Festival unveiled the 2014 lineup for its Spotlight, New Frontier and Park City at Midnight sections on Thursday. Among the highlights are Richard Ayoade's mistaken-identity thriller The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, and Steven Knight's Tom Hardy starrer Locke. The news comes a day after Sundance revealed its competition slate, with such films as Jim Mickle's Cold in July (starring Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shepard) and first-time feature helmer John Slattery's God's Pocket (starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Richard Jenkins) vying for top honors. Photos: The Scene in Park City at Sundance 2013 The festival, celebrating its 30th anniversary this
- Tatiana Siegel
Glenn, Team Film Experience's resident Australian, here. In all the hubbub surrounding the big wins for American Hustle and Her, it went unnoticed (not surprisingly, but also not without reason) that the nominees for this year's Aacta Awards were announced. Australia's own "Academy" (renamed from the Australian Film Institute several years back) went big for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is hoping for a tech resurgence later in the guild-stretch of the Oscar season, and Kim Mordaunt's The Rocket, which is still holding on hope for an Academy foreign language short-listing. Other famous names like Rose Byrne, Hugo Weaving, Mia Wasikowska, and Naomi Watts also appear across the 14 categories recognising Australian films.
- Glenn Dunks
A first trailer has arrived for John Curran's gorgeously mounted desert adventure "Tracks," starring Mia Wasikowska as intrepid Robyn Davidson, who at age 26 in 1977 undertook a dangerous 1700-mile trek across the unforgiving Australian Outback with four camels and a dog. The film is based on Davidson's memoir of the same title; it co-stars Adam Driver as National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, who met up with Davidson at various points on her excursion. Curran explored another exotic location in 2006's excellent "Painted Veil," set in rural China. "Tracks" debuted on the fall festival circuit earlier this season to positive reviews, and was promptly scooped up by the Weinstein Company. No word yet on a release date, but Australian Wasikowska could be a long shot for a Best Actress awards campaign if Harvey Weinstein decides to chase that goal. Watch a first-look clip here. The lovely cinematography on display is by Mandy Walker ("Australia, »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
Mia Wasikowska is a fantastic young actress that has a long successful acting career ahead of her. She's been in films such as Jane Eyre, Stoker, Alice in Wonderland, Lawless, and several more. She was amazing in all of those, and now she's basically going to carry a whole film on her shoulders with Tracks, which is based on an inspiring true story. This looks like a beautifully shot film, and I'll be checking it out when it is released.
Tracks is based on the inspirational and iconic true story of Robyn Davidson. Robyn's phenomenal solo trek from Alice Springs to Uluru and on to the Indian Ocean saw her traverse 2700km of spectacular yet unforgiving Australian desert accompanied only »
- Joey Paur
Ever wanted to see Mia Wasikowska walk nearly 2,000 miles? Well now you can thanks to her latest drama, Tracks. Admittedly there seems to be more than just walking to this true story of a young woman overcoming adversity. It sees Wasikowska decide, rather out of the blue judging by the trailer, that she will walk 2,000 miles from central Australia to the Indian Ocean. Along the way she meets photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver), and has some camels for company.
It’s not that I’m pessimistic about the film, but it certainly has trouble selling itself in the trailer. The use of the overused musical track and slow motion spinning/turning around to show the appreciation of nature’s beauty don’t exactly scream “Watch Me!” But with the film being such a personal journey, the core will rely on the emotional context of events. Fingers crossed the journey will »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Some people go on vacation to find themselves. They start writing their novel, or get a makeover or eat/pray/love their way to self acceptance. But in 1977, Robyn Davidson took things in a slightly bigger direction when she gathered up some camels and trekked across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the west coast — you know, just because. Davidson’s story is chronicled in Tracks, the adaptation of her revered “National Geographic” article turned memoir that stars Mia Wasikowska as the fearless adventurer and Adam Driver as the NatGeo photographer she picks up along the way to document the journey. Though Davidson’s trek begins as the grandest declaration of “ugh everyone just leave me alone please,” the inclusion of the photographer and the many lively human and non-human companions she meets during those 2000 treacherous miles out on the road allow her to open up to a new mindset about what she wants out of »
- Samantha Wilson
Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver are two of the most fascinating young actors working right now, and both have HBO to credit for their success. Wasikowska burst into the spotlight with Alice in Wonderland but had already gotten rave reviews for her striking turn on In Treatment, as suicidal gymnast Sophie. Meanwhile, Driver is the most electric part of the young adult ensemble on HBO’s Girls. His role as the ill-mannered but intelligent Adam Sackler is a constant, awkward delight. Wasikowska and Driver will be seen on the big screen in Tracks and the trailer for John Curran’s autobiographical adventure drama is now online.
Tracks tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a woman who decided to walk through 1,700 miles worth of Australian desert to reach the Indian ocean, accompanied by camels and a dog. Wasikowska plays Davidson and Driver is Rick Smolan, a National Geographic photographer who »
- Jordan Adler
Based on the acclaimed memoir from Robyn Davidson, See Saw Films. Tracks is a return to the emotional drama for director John Curran (We Don.t Live Here Anymore), whose 2010 thriller Stone just wasn.t up to snuff with the rest of his work. Here.s hoping he didn.t have to take a 2,000 mile journey to figure that out. The trailer, via EW, is quite possibly the most sunshiny thing I.ve ever seen indoors. The film chronicles the 1,700-mile trip through the Australian wilderness that Davidson took with her dog and camels back in 1977. And Mia Wasikowska is absolutely transformed for the role in a complete 180 from her dark look in this year.s Stoker. Not only is she blond, which looks rather strange, but she.s almost always completely sunburnt and covered in dirt. It.s obviously more of a passion project than a vanity project. Davidson »
In 1977, a 27-year old woman by the name of Robyn Davidson set off on a trek across the Australian desert from Alice Springs to the west coast with nothing more than four camels and her dog for company. Robyn didn't do it because she was trying to prove anything or to make some bold statement. She did it because she could and wanted to and her very personal journey made her a role model for other women who could relate to Davidson's push for independence and self discovery by her own terms rather than those dictated by society.
Her National Geographic article was so well received that Davidson later published "Tracks," a book which outlined her preparation for and the subsequent 1,700 mile long trek. Her novel is also the basis of John Curran's film which stars Mia Wasikowska as Davidso [Continued ...] »
Although The Weinstein Company has not set a domestic release date yet, the first international trailer has arrived for Tracks. Mia Wasikowska stars in this true story adaptation as Robyn Davidson, who made the 1,700-mile journey across the West Australian desert with four camels and a faithful dog. Adam Driver and Emma Booth co-star in director John Curran's drama, which debuts in U.K. theaters April 25, 2014.
"When people ask me why I'm doing it, my usual answer is, 'Why not?'"
That's the explanation that Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) gives in this new trailer for "Tracks" for deciding to trek 2,000 miles from the middle of the Australian Outback to the Indian Ocean. The film is based on a true story, making Davidson's decision all the more remarkable, and director John Curran ("We Don't Live Here Anymore," "The Painted Veil") spares no detail in bringing her inspiring journey to life against the gorgeous landscape.
"You want to die out there or something?" an incredulous Driver asks.
But of course, Davidson's journey is about more than the destination, and along with snakes and sunburns, she finds herself. The movie received raves »
- Katie Roberts
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