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Welcome to shaky cam 2.0. Writer-director Nacho Vigalondo doesn’t have a character running around “Open Windows” with a camera in his hand, but he does have one in the midst of a Skype-type call, another with an active iPhone camera, an abundance of security camera perspectives and more. Think you’ve seen those point-of-views before? Perhaps, but not just via a laptop screen. Nick (Elijah Wood) runs JillGoddard-Caught.com, a website that offers an endless stream of photos of Hollywood starlet, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Under the impression he’s won a fan contest and will get to have dinner with Jill, Nick flies to Austin, Texas to meet her while she tours [ Read More ]
- Perri Nemiroff
Nacho Vigalondo, the man who brought us the mind-fucktastic Timecrimes (07), is back with the mystery thriller Open Windows, a film that twists, turns, and shocks, setting countless narrative precedents along the way (here is Peter's review). One flagrant innovation is Vigalondo's achievement in telling a story that exists entirely within the space of laptop computer screens and mobile devices. With a stellar cast including the tone perfect Elijah Wood and sometimes actor, Sasha Grey, in a performance that begs for further roles in the fiction film industry, Open Windows is a rare marvel that further proves director Nacho Vigalondo is one of today's most unique and far-out storytellers.Twitch: Can you talk a bit about the genesis of the project?Nacho Vigalondo: The idea came from outside....
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Nacho Vigalondo, better known for Timecrimes and Extraterrestrial made his crossover debut at SXSW with Open Windows. The film is Nacho’s first attempt to cater to Hollywood by shooting the film entirely in English.
Open Windows is highly sophisticated thriller about a man obsessed with a kidnaped actress. All the action of takes place on the screen of a laptop connected to the Internet. Vigalondo wants to explore boundaries of intimacy and social media in a hyper connected world.
The release of the film was delayed for a year, because of the complex post-production process cutting the 100 minute runtime out of 72 hours of footage. Elijah Wood plays the lead a character who is obsessed with an actress played Sasha Grey. Neil Maskell rounds out the cast as the villain. In a nutshell, the hero needs to rescue the girl before it is too late, only using the Internet.
- Hector E Rivas
2007′s Timecrimes is a sharp time travel film that makes you believe the unbelievable in a movie with an impossible concept. Unfortunately, Nacho Vigilando fails to capture that same magic with his latest film, Open Windows. It’s a mixed bag that shows promise at the start before fizzling out in the last 30 minutes. Its technique is ambitious, but the final result is not. Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) is visiting Austin to meet his favorite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). She’s in town for Fantastic Fest to promote a comically terrible-looking cheap sci-fi sequel. Based on the clip, Jill is the kind of bad actress who still has her fans, including Nick, who runs a fansite for her. He was flown down to Austin to have dinner with Jill for an interview, but it’s unexpectedly cancelled by a mysterious figure (Neil Maskell). Since that figure’s voice is an English accent, you »
- Jack Giroux
Secret Sasha Grey Spotted Inside 'True Detective' Opening Credits! (Update: It's Not Her) The former porn star didn't know her image popped up on the HBO show. by Liam Mathews Correction: The picture is not of Sasha Grey. It's a model named Machete, and she was photographed by Derek Woods, who verifies his picture here. I take back the mean things I said about HBO (you're great, HBO. I love you), and encourage you to follow Derek Woods, who is an excellent Nsfw photographer. Whoever is in charge of stock images at HBO is not on top of their game. Sasha Grey already appeared on HBO back in 2010, when she played Vinny Chase's girlfriend on Entourage, everyone's most favorite show ever (that's a joke). And now here she is again, in a topless picture with a glowing cross Photoshopped into her hair. [...] »
- Liam Mathews
While “first person” style horror certainly isn’t going anywhere thanks to a minimal budget/maximum profit scenario, I’m momentarily giddy because directors are once again looking for inspiration elsewhere. Recently I reviewed a Chatroulette inspired horror film called The Den, whose ingenuity I ended up praising. Following hot on the technical heels of Zachary Donohue is Nacho Vigalondo’s own internet hacking nightmare, Open Windows.
Vigalondo’s title refers to the numerous open program windows on his main character’s computer, representing the portal for our viewing experience. Mixing elements of suspense, home invasions, voyeurism, and celebrity idolization, Vigalondo makes us fear a culture of hackers who can re-write history with a simple keystroke – through a convoluted story more tangled than the interwebz.
- Matt Donato
President Obama guest stars on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifanakis. Posted only yesterday, it has racked up 11 million views already! This is so very entertaining and proves what we’ve been saying for years: Between Two Ferns is one of the hippest talk shows that takes place between two ferns. Enjoy.
Of course President Obama had to do some shopping since he was out of the office. The President showed up at The Gap in New York City and bought some real Hip clothes for Sasha and Malia. So, out of all the awesome clothing stores in New York City, President Obama went to the Gap.
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Kevin Bacon makes a plea to millenials not to forget the 80s. Finally! A celebrity that can bring back the 80s! Sbarro! Blockbuster! Nukes! We can’t wait to break out our parachute pants. »
- Leslie Nesbit
Early on in Open Windows, Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo invites easy comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, but then, pardon the expression, he throws them out the window. What begins as an homage quickly morphs into a thriller with its own unique, wildly enjoyable, and altogether satisfying identity. The creatures who inhabit this cheeky cyber-sphere are the usual suspects found in techno-thrillers. Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) is the perfect patsy, an innocent citizen caught up in events that spiral out of control in a heartbeat. Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) is the 21st-century version of Grace Kelley, a glamorous actress with an exploitable personal life. She is also easily-positioned as Nick's imaginary girlfriend, though he would never dare to say that out loud. He worships her...
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You know when you’ve got so many windows open on your computer that you hit the point where you can’t keep track of them all, forget some are open and also why you opened them in the first place? The same thing happens with the laptop point of view movie Open Windows. Hit the jump for my full review of Open Windows from the SXSW Film Festival. Elijah Wood leads as Nick Chambers, the man behind JillGoddard-Caught.com, a website dedicated to providing you with an endless stream of photos of one of the hottest stars out there, actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey). Under the impression that he’s won a fan contest and will get to have dinner with Jill, Nick flies to Austin where she’s promoting her latest movie and preps for his big night out. Trouble is, before he can even leave the hotel, »
- Perri Nemiroff
If it were any other production, I would think it surprising to hear about Emily Ratajkowski being cast in any sort of role. But because Entourage is built around the world of Hollywood and pop culture, it’s not shocking at all that Ratajkowski would be scooped up for the former HBO series upcoming film continuation. This is, after all, the series that cast prolific porn star Sasha Grey. If Ratajkowski’s biggest claim to fame is that she took her clothes off for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video, then that’s good enough for Entourage. She’s already demonstrated her comfort with nudity and you just know Entourage is going to need nudity.
According to MTV, Ratajkowski is going to be playing a version of herself, but beyond that there are no details of what sort of role she’ll be playing in the film version of Entourage. »
- Brody Gibson
Scheduled To Appear: *Days subject to change Monday (tentative schedule, times in Cdt/Pdt): 11:00/9:00 a.m.: Ted Hope, Chris Kelly Fandor 11:15/9:15 a.m.: Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey, Nacho Vigalondo “Open Windows” 11:30/9:30 a.m.: Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp Spandau Ballet 12:00 p.m./10:00 a.m.: Leigh Janiak, Phil Graziadei ”Honeymoon” 12:30 p.m./10:30 a.m.: Larry Abrahamson ”Frank” 1:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.: Shaq, “Shaq Fu 2″ 1:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg “Neighbors” 2:00/12:00 p..m.: Kerry Trainor Vimeo 2:20/12:20 p. »
- Wrap Staff
Now in its 27th year, SXSW is like the late bloomer who stuns his parents by announcing his basement-based online venture is now worth a million bucks. The Austin, Texas-based festival isn’t glamorous, like Cannes, or corporate, like Toronto, or even insistently anti-Hollywood, like Sundance. Compared to its more-pedigreed rivals, SXSW is simply more chill. It puts the festive back in festival — there’s a giant music and growing interactive element as well — and artists of all sorts are eager to come to the party. Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast there for a week. Lady Gaga will drop in. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Stars: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Eliza Dushku, Garrett Dillahunt, Gina Gershon, Sasha Grey, Kunal Nayyar, Billy Campbell, Michael Imperioli, Ashlynn Yennie, Richard Riehle | Written by Dan Schaffer | Directed by John Suits
Based on the graphic novel by Dan Shaffer (Doghouse), The Scribbler is the latest “comic book movie” to grace our screen, telling the story of Suki, a lonely woman dealing multiple-personality disorder, who moves into a halfway house for recently released mental patients. But her arrival coincides with the deaths of other residents, residents who are dying at an alarming rate. Continuing her dissociative treatment at “home” Suki, undergoes an experimental procedure to cure her illness involving ‘The Siamese Burn’ machine which is designed to eliminate her unwanted identities one by one. But each time she uses the machine she black out and the machine changes, doing something new, something that turns her world inside out.
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- Phil Wheat
Nacho Vigalondo's new techno-thriller 'Open Windows' will have its premiere at this months SXSW festival in Austin, Texas and so when better to slip a new and twisted one-sheet into the arena. The movie stars Elijah Wood ('Maniac') who appears on the new poster donning a rather dominating outfit and looking creepy as ever. Ever since his excellent performance in Franck Khalfoun's remake of 'Maniac' it's difficult to look at the guy in the same way anymore and with this movie, tense thriller 'Grand Piano', and horror-comedy 'Cooties' all lined up for the actor he is certainly making the genre his own. 'Open Windows' also stars former porn star Sasha Grey ('Would You Rather') and British actor Neil Maskell ('Kill List', 'Utopia'). Head below to check out the new poster. »
We've been talking about Nacho Vigalondo's (Timecrimes) first English-language film, Open Windows, for a couple of years now, and we're happy to report that it's finally set for a world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Badass Digest just scored a creepy new poster for the flick, which plays SXSW Monday, March 10th, at 9pm at Alamo Ritz - with Vigalondo and star Elijah Wood in attendance.
Check it out below along with the trailer and plot crunch!
Elijah Wood stars as a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), and as the winner of an online contest, he gets the rare chance to have dinner with her. However, when dinner plans are cancelled, someone named Chord says he can make up for it.
Chord gives Nick (Elijah Wood) the tools to spy on Jill from his computer in a way that no fan could ever dream of. »
- John Squires
Last fall we caught a trailer for Nacho Vigalondo's interesting thriller Open Windows starring Elijah Wood. The film is poised to premiere at SXSW next Monday, March 10th, and we have a creepy new poster for the film with a gimp framing a shot for his body-mounted camera. For those who don't know the film follows Wood as Nick, a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey) who has won an online contest to have dinner with her. But when the plans get canceled, a stranger named Chord tries to make up for the loss by allowing Nick to spy on Jill from his computer, all leading to a much more sinister plan in mind. Look! Here's the new poster for Nacho Vigalondo's Open Windows from Badass Digest: Jill (Sasha Grey) is a famous actress who has refused to have dinner with Nick (Elijah Wood), a fan who »
- Ethan Anderton
Nacho Vigalondo made a name for himself with his interesting time travel movie Timecrimes. His follow-up, Extraterrestrial (read my review here), wasn't bad either as he took the idea of an alien invasion movie and turned it into something of a romantic comedy. Next up is Open Windows, a film that sounds like it's entirely a horror/thriller starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey (The Girlfriend Experience). Here's the plot: Elijah Wood stars as a fanboy of actress Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), and as the winner of an online contest he gets the rare chance to have dinner with her. However, when dinner plans are cancelled someone named Chord says he can make up for it. Chord gives Nick (Elijah Wood) the tools to spy on Jill from his computer, in a way that no fan could ever dream of. After each demand Chord gives Nick, it becomes apparent that »
- Brad Brevet
Michel Majerus Matthew Marks Gallery, NY "I create, you copy nature." Pablo Picasso, in conversation with Balthus "In the 90s painting didn’t repel criticism; it absorbed it… fake painting created fake criticism." Dr. Hope Ardizzone, The Death of the Death Motif in Post-Millennial Painting "Even the paintings looked dead…" Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale The audience has a taste for shit. The critics have a taste for shit. James Franco, Actors Anonymous "Wie man dem toten Hasen die Bilder erklärt" Joseph Beuys, Action, 26 November 1965 at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf
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James Franco's body was found yesterday in the toilet of a club called Cisboi, so we are at one of the Gagosian galleries tonight sitting shiv and waiting for Marina Abramović and Willem Dafoe to read excerpts from Franco's many books [James Franco: Dangerous Book Four Boys, A California Childhood, Actors Anonymous, Palo Alto: Stories] -- the "we" being Michael Lee Nirenberg, »
Sundance just ended, and we are already preparing for the next big film festival, South By Southwest. Not too long ago, the festival announced a few of the films premiering this year, but now they’ve announced the main slate. The midnight selections and some inevitable late-breaking additions are still to be announced, but this should be more than enough to get you excited. Along with many World Premieres, and Sundance favorites like Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Gareth Evans’ The Raid 2, the line up also includes an anniversary screening of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and an extended Q&A screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson. SXSW 2014 runs March 7 through 15 in Austin, Texas. Check out the line up after the jump.
Narrative Feature Competition
Eight world premieres, eight unique ways to celebrate the art of storytelling. Selected from 1,324 films submitted to SXSW 2014. Films screening in Narrative »
The 2014 SXSW "Film Features Program" includes 115 titles, and along with the previously announced zombie culture documentary Doc of the Dead, there's a lot for the horror crowd...
...including special screenings of the original Godzilla and Texas Chain Saw Massacre, early looks at upcoming TV shows "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" and "Penny Dreadful," the U.S. premiere of Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Dance of Reality, and new films from the Spierig brothers, Nacho Vigalondo, and Jim Jarmusch.
The genre-heavy "Midnighter" lineup will be announced next week along with the list of short films, but in the meantime here are the horror highlights (or what we assume will be of interest given their descriptions) to be on the lookout for during the fest.
Note that new for 2014, they've introduced the "Episodic" category, created to highlight innovative new work hitting the small screen.
The 2014 SXSW Film Festival runs March 7-15 in awesome Austin, »
- Debi Moore
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