12 items from 2015
The deal marks the third British film Soda has picked up for release in 2015 via its new Canadian platform that forms part of the wider film and television group Thunderbird Films.
Slow West takes place at the end of the 19th Century as a 16-year-old boy journeys across the American Frontier in search of the woman he loves, accompanied by a mysterious traveller and pursued by an outlaw.
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Anyone walking into "Slow West" expecting all the fixings of a typical western will be in for a curveball. The first feature from Scottish director John Maclean, produced with funding from the British Film Institute and the New Zealand Film Commission, it certainly offers a different perspective on the genre. Combining the brute force of the traditional western with the dreamy reveries of a romance and spurts of quirky comedy, the movie offers a potpourri of reference points that suggests an appeal to viewers who may be resistant to more conventional films of its type. But while that makes for an intriguing experiment, the results are at times befuddling — and, even more often, underwhelming. "Slow West" begins in post-Civil War Colorado, where 17-year-old blueblood Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has arrived from Scotland in search of his sweetheart, Rose, who fled to America with her father after a tragic accident sent them on the run. »
- Anisha Jhaveri
Even those that lived in the more unforgiving 19th century were apparently hopeless romantics. In writer/director John Maclean’s evocative fairy tale Western-adventure starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, the heart leads and the head follows further behind. And in the trail of dead that mark the hard journey to reunion, unlikely families form. In the cruel and merciless landscapes of the Western frontier, a young man has traveled great distances for love. Jay Cavendish (Smit-McPhee) has made a grand pilgrimage from Scotland across America in pursuit of his lost love, Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Having fled the country to America with her father, John (Rory McCann, the Hound from “Game Of Thrones”), the two are wanted for a tragedy that’s more accident than crime. Life is cheap in this remorseless setting and it’s a miracle that Cavendish has gotten as far as Colorado without being killed. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Park City. This doesn't happen often, but I had to stay after the Sundance Film Festival premiere screening of "Slow West" to listen to the Q&A with director John MacLean to get a sense of what the intended tone was for his World Cinema Dramatic Competition entry. Large portions of the second half of the 1870-set Western made me laugh, sometimes fairly hard, but I couldn't quite tell if the aspiration was parody or misgauged sincerity. The answer? Neither. Maclean said he was going for something almost fairy-tale-esque at the bloody climax of "Slow West," which means that something heightened was an aspiration, even if fairy tales very rarely leave me laughing. Sometimes you're just not receiving signals on the frequency that a movie is transmitting and I accept that just may be the case, especially since the first questioner praised "Slow West" for its realism. Realism, eh? The »
- Daniel Fienberg
Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.
Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.
When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »
- Scott J. Davis
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off Thursday and with it come some of the most groundbreaking, experimental, and challenging independent films from Hollywood and around the world.
From films about infamous psychological experiments to degenerate gamblers, and the post-apocalyptic worlds to ill-fated emotional journeys, these are the nine films from this year's Sundance Film Fest that we can't wait to watch.
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What It's About: The Stanford Prison Experiment tells the real life story of an infamous psychological study examining the effects of imprisonment. Two dozen student volunteers are randomly assigned to be guards or prisoners in this mock jail and, as the experiment unfolds, the students begin to disturbingly fall into their roles.
Why We Want To See It: The real experiment was a frightening yet fascinating examination of psychological conditioning and the man who ran the »
Stop-motion wunderstudio Laika‘s latest film, The Boxtrolls, hits the DVD/Blu-Ray market today. You should see The Boxtrolls (if you haven’t already, that is). It’s sweet, it’s extremely strange and its tremendous stop-motion visuals are more than worth whatever viewing fees might be required up front. But if there’s been one complaint I found in this tale of boy, girl, cheese and an army of cardboard-clad trolls, it’d be this: the film suffers from story issues. Well, story “issue,” in the singular. That issue being: The Boxtrolls is the exact same movie as ParaNorman. Before you say anything- yes, there are obvious differences between the two films. ParaNorman is set in the world you and I inhabit, while The Boxtrolls takes place in the fictional quasi-victorian isle of Cheesebridge. ParaNorman deals with witches, ghosts and zombies, while The Boxtrolls‘ one supernatural element hews to the titular trolls. Also »
- Adam Bellotto
Today we have a trailer for the upcoming "All the Wilderness," starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Danny DeVito and Virginia Madsen. Check it out below. Plot: James (Smit-McPhee) has shut himself off from his surroundings, falling into a world of imagination and darkness. Visits with his psychiatrist (DeVito) have proven unhelpful . though he takes a liking to fellow patient, Val (Isabelle Fuhrman). As James begins to rebel against his single mother (Madsen), he ventures into the night where he meets a mysterious kid (Evan Ross) who welcomes him into an eccentric city. Relationships are put to the test as James navigates unfamiliar territory, wrestling with the reality of his own personal wilderness. The new movie is directed by Michael Johnson and is set to hit theaters on February 20th. Trailer: »
In All the Wilderness, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) plays a young guy who isn’t dealing well with the loss of his father. His shrink (Danny DeVito) isn’t making much headway with the kid’s problems, but McPhee’s character meets a group of isolated kids, which leads him into […]
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- Russ Fischer
After his breakthrough role in Let Me In, young actor Kodi Smit-McPhee has grown up quite a bit, as evidence by his pivotal supporting role in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. And now he has the SXSW entry All the Wilderness allowing him to showcase his still impressive acting abilities with the coming-of-age drama about a teenage boy struggling through life after the death of his father. The first trailer for the film has arrived, and it looks beautiful. Reviews have also praised the film's soundtrack that features Sigur Ros and more. It's also nice to see Danny DeVito on the big screen again. It looks like one to seek out. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Michael Johnson's All the Wilderness, originally from Apple: All the Wilderness is both written and directed by first-time filmmaker Michael Johnson. James (Kodi-Smit-McPhee) has shut himself off from his surroundings, falling »
- Ethan Anderton
Editor's note: Sundance Curiosities is a feature designed to preview films at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival. Entries are written by members of the Indiewire | Sundance Institute Ebert Fellowship for Film Criticism. We know a few things about "Slow West": It hails from the coasts of England by way of scraggly, forested New Zealand. It’s director John Maclean's feature debut, a relatively quiet entry in the World Dramatic Competition program, and possibly the devastating upset of its category. Film4’s site describes the film as taking place in frontier America at the end of the 19th century, where "a confrontation occurs in Colorado that would usually result in a duel to the death." It’s here that drifter Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) faces down with Scottish fugitive Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee). "Instead of killing him," the synopsis reads, "Silas offers to protect Jay in exchange for money, and »
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UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
12 items from 2015
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