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The Flickering Myth Podcast gets their asses to Mars….
Scott J. Davis and Rohan Morbey are back to sit down and discuss two of the biggest movies out this week: Ridley Scott’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and Anton Corbijn’s Life, starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson.
The Martian looks set to take the box-office by storm this weekend in both the Us and UK, but is it worth the trip into space? And what did our dynamic duo think of the semi-biopic on James Dean in Life?
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See Also: Read out review of The Martian here
See Also: Read out review of Life here »
- Scott J. Davis
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Today is the 60th anniversary of the death of James Dean. Whether you’re a fan of Dean’s or not (I am not, particularly, though it would have been nice to see where he would have gone), there’s no question that he is one of the key figures that helped create the myth of the movie star as icon, partly by dying way too young and just as his talent was beginning to blaze across the screen. His legend received an assist via a propitiously timed photo essay in Life magazine in 1955 — which appeared just months before Dean’s death but probably would have »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Sixty years after these events, he remains an icon, based on only three films. Dean hit a nerve because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. After the Depression and World War II, many American adults wanted things to be “nice” and trouble-free. The affluent middle class moved into new suburban developments, while Madison Avenue started targeting teenagers as a distinct demographic with their own spending money.
The 1950s are often painted as a period of “Happy Days” innocence, but the optimistic attitude only partially masked fears of communists, the atomic bomb, polio and the growing awareness that the American Dream might be more complex than it seemed. And nobody was more suspicious »
- Tim Gray
Earlier today, Universal Pictures announced that the highly-anticipated Pacific Rim 2 has been pushed to a later but unspecified release date, in order to give director Guillermo del Toro and his team more time to get the film ready. The studio also revealed that another sequel, Pitch Perfect 3, will take over the August 4, 2017 release slot formerly occupied by Pacific Rim 2. Pitch Perfect 3 was originally slated to open two weeks earlier on July 21, 2017, but Pacific Rim 2's delay puts Pitch Perfect 3 in a much better spot.
Universal announced in June that Pitch Perfect 3 would hit theaters on July 21, 2017. At the time, its only competition was an untitled animated movie from 20th Century Fox, and EuropaCorp's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen and Dane DeHaan set to star. However, earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that their Untitled Christopher Nolan Movie »
Dennis Stock’s iconic portraits of James Dean clearly have personal resonance for photographer-turned-director Anton Corbijn, and there’s a charge to the darkroom scenes (a recurrent slo-mo image of a red-light filament illuminating) in this eye-catching real-life drama that promises hidden truths revealed. Sadly, the rest is rather more humdrum, as Robert Pattinson’s convincing shutterbug pursues Dane DeHaan’s too-baby-faced Dean around La and New York, before finally following him to Fairmount, Indiana, where he snaps him playing the conga among the cattle. “He’s the symbol of a new movement or something,” Stock tells his Magnum Photos boss John G Morris (Joel Edgerton), in between musing on the universal appeal of photography (“It’s a good way of saying, ‘I’ve been here, you’ve been here’”) and »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Robert Pattinson plays Dennis Stock a photographer in his new movie “Life,” opposite Dane DeHaan, who plays actor James Dean. But Pattinson lacked “the guts, energy and imagination” of the real-life character, says his widow. Susan Richards, Stock’s fourth wife, who married him near the end of his life, said her husband was a “ferocious and remarkable man.” ...Read More »
In an extract from this week’s Guardian film show, Peter Bradshaw and Xan Brooks review Anton Corbijn’s biopic of the friendship between film star James Dean and magazine photographer Dennis Stock. Dane DeHaan plays Dean, while Robert Pattinson is Stock – the film premiered at the Berlin film festival in February and is released in the UK on 25 September
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Dan Susman
Join Xan Brooks and Peter Bradshaw as they review this week’s big releases, including Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield in real-estate thriller 99 Homes, Dane DeHaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as the snapper he befriends in Life, Nanni Moretti’s latest, Mia Madre, featuring John Turturro as a ravening egomaniac and homegrown coming-of-age tale Just Jim
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- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes and Dan Susman
Film Friday is The Hollywood News‘ brand new weekly film show which will feature the week’s brand new releases in the UK, as well as looking at the pick of the pics currently showing at your local multiplex.
This week on Film Friday, we have the new Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon film 99 Homes (we also speak to the two actors), as well as Miss You Already with Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, Dane Dehaan and Robert Pattinson in Life, and Kevin Costner in the Disney drama McFarland.
The Film Friday series will run every Friday at 12pm midday, UK time, so make sure that you subscribe to our YouTube channel to get the latest show delivered to your door each week. Otherwise, simply follow us on Twitter or Facebook where we’ll also be posting links each week.
Catch previous episodes at the end of the links below. »
- Paul Heath
The title is unfortunate. This passionless, somnolent movie from Anton Corbijn has a numbed solemnity and tranquillised moodiness that has more to do with death. A hushed respect for the early demise of James Dean is effectively backdated into the film’s fabric. It’s a period drama that sleepwalks its way through the story of how Life magazine got its iconic 1955 photo spread about Dean: those intimate images of the charismatic young actor on the rainy streets of New York and at home on the family farm. Dean died soon after the pictures were taken. Dane DeHaan is an eerie likeness for Dean and Robert Pattinson plays Dennis Stock, the ambitious young photographer who persuaded Dean to co-operate. Granted, »
- Peter Bradshaw
It must be noted that Robert Pattinson has moved on from the Twilight phase. His A-List status can convey he can choose carefully what his next projects will be and many Pattinson fans will view his next feature just like anyone will view the next Tom Cruise flick. Unfortunately, Twilight fans will be highly disappointed with his next film, Life as the target audience are for people over the age of thirty-five.
Be that as it may, even if you are over thirty-five and want to educate yourself about an era where Hollywood was evolving to new heights, adding onto learning about a cultural icon, then the chances of enjoyment will be adequate. But only adequate is the strongest word »
- Aly Lalji
Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Will Open the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival The Tokyo International Film Festival has announced its slate of Special Screenings, including previously announced opener "The Walk" and new titles like "Life," which stars Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson as James Dean and the Life magazine photographer who made Dean a cover star. Additional films set for the festival include the historical tale "Woman in Gold," starring Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren, the Hilary Swank Asl drama "You're Not You," and the visual epic "Everest," which features Keira Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal and Josh Brolin. The rest of the Special Screenings are nature documentary "Seasons," Japanese thriller "Mozu" and festival closer "Terminal." The festival runs from October 22-31. Read More: Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to Open the 53rd New York Film Festival »
- Karen Brill
Young adults turned out for the Maze Runner sequel while teenagers and families embraced Pixels at Australian cinemas last weekend.
Overall, nationwide takings tallied $11.1 million, on par with the previous weekend, according to Rentrak's estimate, and the B.O. for the year to date is around 12 per cent up on 2014.
Fox.s Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which sees the Gladers searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organisation known as Wckd, rang up $3.5 million and $3.7 million with previews. The 4-day tally is similar to the debut of the original a year ago, which wound up with $16.2 million.
- Don Groves
Directed by Anton Corbijn.
In 2007 Anton Corbijn’s Control focused on the young troubled life of Joy Division’s vocalist Ian Curtis. It was a film unafraid to unpick its protagonist, and to focus its lens on the grit, grime, and even the mundane to portray a fuller, richer character study. As Corbijn returns to familiar territory with film icon James Dean (Dane DeHaan) one expects a similar non-romanticised narrative, and more so given the iconic, almost mythical, status of its protagonist. Consequently, Life lessens its focused vision and allows the mythical lexicon to remain unhindered.
- Matthew Lee
Christopher Nolan: Next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released Nolan's Batman trilogy movies, which collected $2.463 billion worldwide. Besides, the studio handled the sorta sci-fier Inception (2010), which took in $825.53 million, in addition to earning a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The outright sci-fier Interstellar, which received mixed-to-unenthusiastic reviews in North America, opened in Nov. 2014. The film went on to gross $675.02 million worldwide, $188.02 million of which in the U.S. and Canada. Paramount handled the domestic release, while Warners took care of the international distribution. Mystery Movie As for Nolan's upcoming effort, in case there is a screenplay (or a blueprint of one) or any prospective cast members, no details have been given out so far. »
- Zac Gille
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
Norwegian director Andre Ovredal has boarded sci-fi thriller “Emergence,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Xyz Films is handling international sales and plans to meet with buyers at the Toronto Film Festival. StarStream is financing.
Ovredal directed 2010’s fantasy “Troll Hunter,” which generated positive buzz at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with its blend of horror and humor, and the upcoming Emile Hirsch supernatural thriller “The Autopsy of Jane Doe.”
Producers of “Emergence” are Alex Francis (“Moon”) of CastleView Films, Chris Brown (“The Proposition”) of Pictures in Paradise and Jim Duggan of Screen Scene. Xyz Films and StarStream are executive producing.
The film, written by Rowan O’Neill and Jonathan auf der Heide with the story by Chris Kunzmann and O’Neill, is an Australian-Irish co-production with a start date soon to be announced. The story follows a mining crew working on a distant moon that faces a frantic struggle for survival when »
- Dave McNary
Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson in Life One of the most hotly anticipated talents at this year’s 41st Deauville American Film Festival, Twilight star Robert Pattinson pulled out of his Normandy date at the last minute and failed to appear to pick up his New Hollywood award last night (September 6).
The reason given for his absence was that he had been detained in Belfast on the shoot of a new film The Lost City Of Z, written and directed by James Gray. He was due to appear alongside director Anton Corbijn and fellow actor Dane DeHaan. Pattinson and Dehaan team up as photographer Dennis Stock and cultural icon James Dean in Life, a biopic that explores the time the pair spent together during a road trip from California to Indiana prior to Dean’s breakthrough as an actor.
- Richard Mowe
Say what you will about The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, but one thing you can’t fault them for is their pre-planning. From the very first scene of Andrew Garfield’s first film in the Spidey suit, seeds were sown for a long form multi-film arc. What’s the story with Peter’s parents? What are Oscorp really up to? Who’s that guy wearing a trilby?
You could argue that director Marc Webb and Sony played it a little too coy with all their long-running mysteries. It looks a lot like a hubris now, that they would have the confidence to withhold any big revelations for two whole films, »
Following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, “Life” will be released in select U.S. theaters and on Digital and Video on Demand on December 4, Cinedigm announced Tuesday. Anton Corbijn directs “Life,” a film that tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Stock was 26 when he was commissioned to photograph Dean for Life Magazine in 1955. The assignment took the duo across America to Dean’s hometown of Indiana, where Stock snapped black-and-white photographs of Dean that would outlive his short life. “I cannot wait for the story. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
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