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Roadside Attractions will distribute crime drama Blood Ties in N. America, starring Clive Owen Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldanha. The film seen at this year's Cannes Film Festival is directed by Giullaume Canet, who also writes with James Gray. Based on the story by Jacques Maillot which is set in Brooklyn in the 1970s and tells of two brothers, on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime. Matthias Schoenaerts, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Griffin Dunne and Charlie Tahan also star. »
The first poster and the trailer has arrived for Blood Ties, starring Clive Owen Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard and Zoe Saldanha in the Giullaume Canet film, currently at the Cannes Film Festival. Canet also scripts with James Gray, based on the story by Jacques Maillot which is set in Brooklyn in the 1970s and tells of two brothers, on either side of the law, who face off over organized crime. The film also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Lili Taylor, Noah Emmerich, Griffin Dunne and Charlie Tahan. Catch the trailer below for Blood Ties »
Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival As you read this I am just about to land in New York, before hopping on a plane to Nice as I make my way to the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, something I would not have been able to do had it not been for the generous contributions from the RopeofSilicon readers. It's almost impossible to tell you how much more energized I am to cover this year's festival due to the help from the readers and I have to say, it's quite a line-up I'll be reviewing for you this year, which brings us to the following list. If you haven't yet had a look at this year's line-up I have the complete list right here where you'll find the list of 20 films competing for this year's Palme d'Or, the films selected for the Un Certain Regard, those playing Out of Competition, »
- Brad Brevet
Here is my complete 2014 Oscar Preview in one complete list, with all 40 Oscar Contenders and my thoughts on each over the course of a massive 13-page spread and over 8,500 words. Trust me, I don't blame you if you take your time, but I think it may serve as a helpful list to look back at throughout the year. And, if you missed Parts 1-4 in which I featured each of these films, ten per installment, and just because it's fun to see them all in one place, here's a list of all 40 films included in this preview: The Great Gatsby, 12 Years a Slave, A Most Wanted Man, The Place Beyond the Pines, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Diana, Elysium, The Fifth Estate, Foxcatcher, Frozen, Fruitvale, Grace of Monaco, Gravity, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Labor Day, Lowlife, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, »
- Brad Brevet
The 2013 Oscars have come to a close, but that doesn't mean us dedicated followers of the almighty awards season stop looking ahead twelve months from now when a new film will be crowned king of the world amidst all the backlash and hate that swirls around the event. Instead of focusing on the negative, let's keep positive. Let's look forward to the next ten months of 2013 and ponder what possible great films we may have in store. While we may second guess the decisions of the Academy and consider them out-of-step with current trends in film, at the very least they give us a chance to consider what may be the best the year has to offer and what will be the most talked about films and performances come this year's awards race. Pushing the build-up aside, my early year 2014 Oscar Preview begins today with the first ten films in a 40 movie preview. »
- Brad Brevet
Tim Burton’s latest film is a feature length, black and white stop motion animation remake of one of his own short films, Frankenweenie. It supposedly both parodies and pays homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein, based on the novel by Mary Shelley of the same name. Set in a town called New Holland, where a boy called Victor Frankenstein lives. Victor is a budding scientist, and following the death of his beloved dog, Sparky, he uses science to bring him back to life. The secret of the resurrected dog doesn’t stay hidden for long, and his experiment indirectly ends up causing a lot of trouble.
For an adaptation from a short film, Burton has managed to add enough to the story of Victor »
It seems like over the past decade or so people have given up on Tim Burton. After a string of successful films filled with his trademark stylistic flourishes and quirk, the auteur seemed like he stopped caring. With his Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride it felt like Burton lost an emotional stake in his work. And even though 2010's Alice in Wonderland was his biggest commercial hit ever (a god damn billion dollars?!), it still seemed like he was phoning it in. In 2012 (maybe in order to jump start his creative libido again) he returned to material that got him fired up. One was his interpretation of a gothic '60s soap opera and the other was Frankenweenie - the 3D stop motion animation based on his 1984 short. Find out how the Disney Blu-ray fares after the jump. The subtlety named Victor Frankenstein »
- Patrick Cooper
Sony Classics is putting together their release schedule for the first half of the year and have announced a pair of dates for two highly anticipated features. First is a May 24 release in New York and Los Angeles for my most anticipated film of the year, Richard Linklater's Before Midnight reuniting the writer/director with his co-writers and stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy for the third film in the Before franchise. Delpy and Hawke return as Celine and Jesse, nine years after their last rendezvous in Before Sunset. Almost two decades have passed since their first encounter on a train bound for Vienna, and we now find them in their early forties in Greece. Before the clock strikes midnight, we will again become part of their story. The film received high marks out of Sundance and I can't wait to see where they go from here. Next is »
- Brad Brevet
John McNaugton's last feature-length film was 1998's "Wild Things." In the fifteen years since, he's seen his sordid pot boiler starring Neve Campbell, Kevin Bacon and Matt Dillon achieve cult status that led to a direct-to-video sequel. In "The Harvest," Michael Shannon ("Take Shelter," "Revolutionary Road") and Samantha Morton ("The Messenger," "In America") star as a professional couple married with a sick teenage son (Charlie Tahan) and living in a secluded environment. As their son grows closer to a teenage neighbor (Natasha Calis) who just moved in to the area, the relationship between the boy and his caring, carefully protective mother becomes fraught. Indiewire caught up with McNaughton on the set of the film earlier this month. "My first impressions of the script were that it was a really compelling story and that it was really creepy, really dark," McNaughton »
- Bryce J. Renninger
Genre: Animation | Horror | Comedy
Director: Tim Burton
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 87 minutes excluding bonus features
From Disney and creative genius Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, The Nightmare Before Christmas) comes the hilarious and offbeat Frankenweenie, a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town learn that getting a new ‘leash on life’ can be monstrous.
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This is such a charming, quirky, warmhearted creepy movie. »
- Erin Willard
Not surprisingly, Frankenweenie brought a lot of fans to theaters. A kind of self-tribute for Tim Burton, and a return to animated adventures that have won over millions, Frankenweenie offered a multi-pronged attack on inciting interest.
Though not without its detractors (me, to a certain degree, among them), the film managed a great response, including solid positioning on many a top ten list. Even for those not completely sold on the effort, there is a lot to love about the film, especially if the genre homage lands.
The story, a reworking of Burton’s own short (included with the home release), may include monsters and a certain degree of mayhem, but it delivers on its celebration of friendship, childhood, and a boy’s love for his dog. It’s a quirky mix, but one that showcases the power of sci-fi in telling stories that deliver reality better for their lack of reality. »
- Marc Eastman
Chicago – One of director Tim Burton’s great actor collaborators is the veteran performer Martin Landau. Landau voices Mr. Rsykruski, a science teacher who inspires young Victor Frankenstein in “Frankenweenie,” released on Blu-Ray on January 8th. This is part of Laudau’s magnificent 60 year career in film, television, stage and acting instruction.
It’s difficult to sum up Landau’s career because of it’s depth and breadth. The 84 year old actor was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had an early interest in cartooning for newspapers. He worked as an illustrator for the New York Daily News for five years, before the acting bug bit him. He was in an exceptional era and place for the craft, as Lee Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio was being formulated, and out of the 2000 applicants for 1955 only two were selected – Martin Landau and Steve McQueen. From there he began a stage career in Manhattan, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Frankenweenie has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD Combo pack from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. Directed by Tim Burton with the voices of Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud), Winona Ryder, Atticus Schaffer (The Middle), Catherine O'Hara (Where The Wild Things Are), Martin Short (The Santa Clause 3), Martin Landau (Ed Wood), and Robert Capron. Whenever you watch a Tim Burton movie, you can be sure to experience a unique universe full of interesting characters with dark and creepy tones. Frankenweenie has plenty of that Burton style, and the Blu-ray has a bunch of extra footage that will keep you entertained for hours after the film ends.
John August penned the story that follows Victor Frankenstein (Tahan), a lonely boy whose only friend is his dog Sparky. Victor's parents Edward and Susan (Short and O'Hara) sign their son up for the baseball team in an effort to gain him some friends. Sparky chases »
- Jim Napier
We're deep into it now as we venture into my Top 20 Most Anticiapted Movies of 2013 with numbers 11-20. If you haven't checked out Parts One, Two or Three just yet, don't worry, every installment is linked on Page Three of this post as well as directly below, so check these out and then go check out any you may have missed. Most Anticipated 2013 Navigation #1-10 | #11-20 | #21-30 | #31-40 | #41-50 As for today's ten we have a 1920s magician, a new le Carre thriller, a scary Kidman, prescription drugs, the capper to the "Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy", 1970s organized crime in Brooklyn, art thieves, the mountains of North Carolina, a priest and a New York fashionista coupled with a neurotic. Maybe some of those hints tip you off as to what's in store over the next couple of pages, but hopefully I can offer a few surprises. Either way, I »
- Brad Brevet
From the mind of Tim Burton comes the charming re-telling of the tale of Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan), who has the terrific and terrible (and traumatic) need to bring something he loves back to life. Victor lives in New Holland, a town that screams .1950s., but is actually a homage to any town, any time USA, as the Frankensteins enjoy fondue dipping for supper (wasn.t that a 70s thing?), the cars and furniture look slightly 1960s, and Elsa Van Helsing (voiced by Winona Ryder) is a throwback to the Goth chicks of the .90s. It is fun to spot the different nods to different things, just pop culture in general. Victor sneaks home at one »
- Dana Rae
Directed by: Tim Burton
Running Time: 1 hr 27 mins
Due Out: January 8, 2013
Plot: After his beloved dog Sparky suddenly passes, young Victor (Tahan) brings him back to life with lightning.
Who’S It For? Being familiar with Tim Burton’s shades of morbidity, regardless of one’s age, helps the process of at least “accepting” Frankenweenie. Outsiders will find this story to be impossibly strange; those who know Burton will find it par for a cuter course.
Though Tim Burton has made a coffin full of films about the liveliness of death, his interest with such a topic has rarely gone beyond childish fascination; toying with the the rules of life and death with curiosity, and perhaps wrapping it up with a little love story (Dark Shadows is his most recent »
- Nick Allen
Most of ComicMix’s readers know that Tim Burton made his live action Frankenweenie short (starring Barret Oliver, Shelley Duvall, and Daniel Stern) while at Disney and was too quirky for the Mouse House so left to carve out a career of his own. The short was visually stylish, creepy, and filled with affection for the horror films of his youth. Since then, he has created his own brand of horror (Edward Sciossorhands, Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and has reinterpreted classic works (Batman, Alice in Wonderland, Dark Shadows, Planet of the Apes) with varying success.
Last fall he finally released a feature-length version of Frankenweenie and while it underperformed at the box office, it is a creatively satisfying effort, and a great family feature. This can now run with The Nightmare Before Christmas as annual Halloween viewing for which I am grateful.
As with most great tales, this is a love story. »
- Robert Greenberger
Holiday break is officially over, but hopefully some of this week’s Blu-Ray releases can take away some of the pain you’re feeling from your inflated credit card bill. This week’s featured Blu-Ray, Dredd, is making a solid showing on the Blu-Ray sales charts, followed closely by last week’s featured Blu-Ray Looper. If you’re hesitant about adding the latter to your Blu-Ray collection, you can check out our Looper Blu-Ray review.
Ready for this week’s picks? Then read on.
Release Date: January 8th, 2013
Director: Pete Travis
A British-South African science fiction action film based on the British comic 2000 Ad and its strip Judge Dredd. »
- C.P. Howells
Box Office: $35 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh
Storyline: Tim Burton's feature-length expansion of his stop-motion short is about a boy named Victor who harnesses the power of science to bring his dog Sparky back to life. When Victor's fellow students get wind of his reanimated pooch, they set out to resurrect their own dead pets and discover that getting a second lease on life is scary stuff. "Frankenweenie" features the voices of Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Catherine O'Hara and more.
Extras! Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D, "Frankenweenie" has several making-of featurettes, »
- Robert DeSalvo
Tim Burton's Frankenweenie comes to your homes on a 4-Disc Blu-ray™ Combo Pack January 8th featuring two shorts including the original live-action Frankenweenie short that inspired the stop-motion film. "Captain Sparky vs The Flying Saucers,” an original short starring the lovable stitched up pooch, is also part of the bonus features along with along with behind the scenes footage and character exhibits.
Frankenweenie features an all-star cast including the voices of Emmy Award®-winner Catherine O’Hara, Tony Award®-winner Martin Short, Academy Award®winner Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, and Golden Globe® winner Winona Ryder in a story about a boy and his dog. The offbeat stop-motion animated film by the ground-breaking Tim Burton didn't capture the heart of the masses at the box
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