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I first learned about the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment in high school. It was a journalism/newspaper class of all classes – where I had a monthly movie review column, which served as my first foray into film criticism. The idea of a psychology professor taking students and throwing them into a simulated prison system didn’t make much sense to me then. It seemed cruel and unusual, and my naïve, middle-class upbringing didn’t understand the benefit of forcing students to be cruel to other students. Never the less, that experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo (played here in the film by Billy Crudup) in 1971 has always fascinated me due to its unusual nature.
Now that I’m older, I understand its meaning and its relevance. The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film, deftly recreates these intense moments that followed over the case of several days, showing the excruciating stress »
- Michael Haffner
Madame Bovary Alchemy Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B Director: Sophie Barthes Screenwriter: Felipe Marino, Sophie Barthes, based on Gustave Flaubert’s novel Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Logan Marshall-Green, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Laura Carmichael, Olivier Gourmet, Paul Giamatti Release date: DVD August 4, 2015 Madame Bovary have been scripted into films on the big screen many times, starting with the 1932 Albert Ray’s version, which was followed by 1949 Vincente Minneli’s, 1969 Hans Schott Schobinger’s, 1991 Claude Chabrol and the latest of 2014 Sophie Barthes’. Director Barthes took some liberties with Flaubert’s novel, by introducing us to Emma (Mia Wasikowska), a pig-farmer’s daughter completing her [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
One of the more intense films to emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's gripping "The Stanford Prison Experiment" (read our review) is a dramatization of a notorious 1971 psychology experiment that went very, very wrong. It's a potent piece of work, featuring a terrific ensemble cast (Michael Angarano, Ezra Miller, Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Johnny Simmons, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup), and which takes the filmmaker into different territory following his first two pictures, "Easier With Practice" and "C.O.G." Like any filmmaker who can easily switch gears, Alvarez's cinematic tastes are wide ranging. In the latest entry in our series Movies That Changed My Life, Alvarez discloses how films as diverse as "Vertigo," "Showgirls" and "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" left an impression. "The Stanford Prison Experiment" »
- Edward Davis
Exactly one year ago, Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced their insane 9 movie line-up that will take them through 2020. It sounded very ambitious, and some didn't think it was possible. But here we are, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in the can, undergoing post-production work as it rockets towards its March 2016 release date. The second movie on the slate is Suicide Squad, which is currently shooting in Toronto. More than three quarters of the film has been completed, and we've already seen the first teaser trailer. Now comes official word that the next two movies in this amazing line-up are ready to go.
Wonder Woman will arrive June 23, 2017. Director Patty Jenkins is currently in London, prepping Diana Prince's first solo big screen adventure. The character will first be seen in next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Gal Gadot has long been attached to play Wonder Woman, »
Two months after Chris Pine entered talks to portray Steve Trevor in Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman, The Wrap reports that the actor has closed his deal for the coveted role. The deal reportedly includes options for multiple movies, so it's possible that he could also be popping up in Justice League Part 1, Justice League Part 2 or any of the other upcoming movies on Warner Bros.' DC Comics slate. The site also reveals that Steve Trevor will be "more than just a love interest" for Gal Gadot's Diana Prince, and there will be "plenty of action to keep him busy."
This deal also means that Chris Pine will not be playing Hal Jordan in another DC superhero movie, Green Lantern Corps. It was rumored that the Wonder Woman negotiations were a "smokescreen," and he was really in talks for Green Lantern Corps., but that proved to be untrue. »
Talking about introducing Batman to the franchise, director Zack Snyder told Empire: "There is just this gravitas to Batman. He is operatic."
Meanwhile, Cavill also talked about how Superman is perceived, sharing: "In this movie, everyone has split into different directions as to how they feel about this alien. Some people love him, some hate him. Other people fear him. Is he a tyrant?"
Read More: Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano on the Dark Side of Human Nature in 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' At 18 years old, Tye Sheridan has a career that would make even the most accomplished actor jealous. In the four years since making his acting debut opposite Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain in Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," Sheridan has continued to work with some of the biggest and most acclaimed names in the business, including Jeff Nichols and Matthew McConaughey on "Mud," David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage on "Joe," Rodrigo Garcia and Ewan McGregor on "Last Days in the Desert" and more. Joining Indiewire over the phone from the Montreal set of another envious project -- Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse," where he's taking on the role of a young Cyclops -- Sheridan spoke about working on his latest heralded indie, "The Stanford Prison Experiment, »
- Zack Sharf
Are people inherently evil? Is society just a barrier between us and our worst impulses, preventing us from exacting violence on one another, albeit through laws enforced with the thinly veiled threat of comparable violence? Must absolute power always corrupt absolutely? If left to our own devices, without checks to our authority, would we abuse it? The Stanford Prison Experiment, director Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s chilling dramatization of the infamous Philip Zimbardo study, posits a painfully pessimistic response to those questions. Not only would abuses of power occur without safeguards in place – they would occur almost immediately.
In the 1971 study at the center of this relentlessly grim thriller, volunteers (college guys, earning $15 a day) are separated by a coin flip into “prisoners” and “guards.” In the basement of a campus building, the guards are given free reign to watch over the prisoners and assert their authority in whatever manner seems most appropriate to them. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Kyle Patrick Alvarez's "The Stanford Prison Experiment," now playing in limited release, took fourteen years to get made, and finally arrived at Sundance 2015 with a stellar ensemble including Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Olivia Thirlby, Tye Sheridan and Michael Angarano. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the uncompromising nature of the film, the reception was divided (our own rave is here) but even those on the more negative end of the spectrum tended to use words like "compelling," "vivid" and "effective" in their critiques. And those are adjectives that this film (which scooped the Screenwriting award for Tim Talbott) shares with the best in the wide and variegated genre of the prison movie. The microcosmic possibilities of life on the inside have been mined many times for dramas, comedies, spoofs and thrillers that, while set in penal institutions or situations that resemble them, actually comment on human psychology or on the society outside. »
- The Playlist Staff
Speaking about the 54-year-old actress's character, make-up artist Kyra Panchenko explained to Entertainment Weekly: "She's over the top, over-tanned, and does everything in the biggest way.
"Tilda kept saying in her cute accent, 'I'm a hot mess'."
Swinton was given full creative control over her pushy character's style and look, and eventually based it on former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld.
"We had a little bit of Carine happening in a very respectful way," Panchenko added.
Comedian Schumer - who makes her first starring role in a major movie with Trainwreck - stars as a commitment-phobic career woman, »
“Nope. No way. Not after Ghostbusters 2.”
The sequel to the live-action/animation Looney Tunes movie Space Jam (Michael Jordan, Bill Murray) has had the cliff face disappear from underneath it more times than Wild E. Coyote in pursuit of Road Runner. After today’s Warner Bros. Entertainment’s announcement that they’re partnering with NBA player LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment, however, the sequel might be back on/believe it can fly again.
In a piece of speculative connect-the-dots investigating, Capital New York reporter Alex Weprin noticed the following:
The plot thickens. Just a month ago, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam. Today they announce the LeBron James partnership. Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara said of the partnership:
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, »
- Oli Davis
On August 14, 1971, Stanford University psychologist Philip Zimbardo initiated an experiment that has resonated for the succeeding 44 years. Twenty-four volunteers were rounded up and randomly divided into groups of "prisoners" and "guards," with the intent to study the psychology of individuals in the penal system. What happened is dramatized in the harrowing "Stanford Prison Experiment" and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Read More: Review: Provocative And Unnerving 'Stanford Prison Experiment' with Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, More Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Moises Arias, Olivia Thirlby and Billy Crudup star in the movie showing the incremental but intense breakdown in the simulated jail, as the "guards" become mad with power and the "prisoners" are degraded. In the scene below, you get a sense of how things went badly. And yet, despite the notorious outcome »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In her new movie Trainwreck, Amy Schumer plays a magazine writer who’s no stranger to a messy one-night stand. Still, even the commitment-averse Amy is thrown for a loop late into the film, when she has one aborted sex romp that’s so out-there and incredibly misjudged that it convinces her to finally get her personal life in order. How did that bonkers sex scene come together? We asked Schumer, but first, here’s a little bit of Spoiler-y scene-setting.The encounter in question comes after Schumer’s character has broken things off with Aaron (Bill Hader), the sweet sports doctor she was dating. At a personal low point, loaded with alcohol and possessed with a fuck-it attitude, Amy decides to go home with her magazine’s weird intern Donald (Ezra Miller), though she’s unprepared for just how kinky and wiggly he turns out to be: Donald climbs all over Amy in bed, »
- Kyle Buchanan
The pioneering 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment may have been hell for its participants, but that's exactly why the new movie based on it was enticing for its many up-and-coming young actors. Foremost among them are Ezra Miller and Michael Angarano, who play two Stanford students drafted to participate in a psychology study that will split young men into groups of prisoners and guards. The experiment was meant to last two weeks, but less than a day in, it had already devolved into an eye-opening treatise on abuse of power, as the guard played by Angarano and the prisoner played by Miller locked horns and were pushed to psychological extremes. Vulture recently caught up with both actors to talk about how well they'd known each other before they found themselves screaming at each other on set for weeks.The experiment in this movie kind of doubles as a metaphor for acting, so »
- Kyle Buchanan
You'll be kicking yourself if you don't see "The Stanford Prison Experiment" in theaters. Seriously. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I happen to know director Kyle Patrick Alvarez socially or that it's a Sundance Jury Award-winning movie or that it depicts one of the most shocking events to occur at one of America's greatest Universities over the past fifty years.* The real reason is that besides the questions it raises about the human condition and our ability to descend to abject cruelty, "Stanford" features a once in a life time cast that will dominate Hollywood for the next 15 to 20 years.* *It also has earned strong reviews to date including a 71 grade on Metacritic and 78% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on true events, the new drama chronicles the 1971 psychological experiment that found Stanford University students sorted into the roles of prison guard or a generic prisoner. In theory, »
- Gregory Ellwood
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? We all know one. Now playing in theaters eveywhere is Judd Apatow's new comedy Trainwreck, starring up-and-coming actress/comedian Amy Schumer as a girl who just can't settle down. That is until she meets a nice guy named Aaron, played by Bill Hader, a sports doctor she is profiling for work. The cast also includes Colin Quinn, John Cena, Tilda Swinton, Randall Park, Ezra Miller, Brie Larson, Mike Birbiglia, Daniel Radcliffe, Marisa Tomei, and LeBron James stealing the show. So how is it? Did you laugh your ass off? One of Apatow's best comedies, or not at all? If you've seen it yourself, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Apatow's Trainwreck. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep »
- Alex Billington
Four years after the Harry Potter movie franchise came to an end with 2011's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, there are still a few burning questions that fans have. One of these questions is how much a young witch or wizard would actually have to pay each year to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Mic.com attempted to answer this query earlier this week, estimating that one year at Harry Potter's beloved school would cost an estimated $43,031, with $42,000 in tuition and $1,031 in books, wands, owls and other costs. As it turns out, though, this estimate was off by $43,031 as author J.K. Rowling revealing that tuition is free!
"There's no tuition fee! The Ministry of Magic covers the cost of all magical education!"
There is never any reference to tuition in J.K. Rowling's books, so it shouldn't be terribly surprising that none of these »
When Warner Brothers and DC announced that Ezra Miller would be playing the DC Cinematic Universe version of The Flash, a lot of people were disappointed, because there was already a pretty great Flash on TV in Grant Gustin. So how does the big screen Flash feel about small screen Flash? Turns out, he kinda loves him. In an interview with MTV, Ezra Miller minces no words about his total love for the fact that there are two Flashs, proclaiming: I think it.s awesome! C.mon, we.re The Flash! It.s parallel universes! Grant Gustin is The Flash And I.m The Flash, don.t you see? It.s the Event Horizon, we crossed it baby! Grant and I are chillin., we.re gonna have a race, it.s gonna be dope. Like Jay Garrick and Barry Allen back in the day. It wouldn't be surprising for Ezra »
Posted via her Instagram a couple of days ago, Trainwreck star Amy Schumer has a new photoshoot in the latest issue of GQ Magazine, which sees the comedian in several racy poses with the droids of Star Wars, C-3Po and R2-D2. The shoot caused quite a stir, but a group of people it seemed to really upset where Lucasfilm, who released a statement about the shoot.
“We’ve seen some conversation on this and want to set the record straight. It’s not surprising that GQ would want to capitalize on the cultural cachet of Star Wars, but Lucasfilm and Disney did not authorize, participate in or condone the inappropriate use of our characters in this manner.”
See Also: Read our review of Trainwreck here
- Luke Owen
We're still a few years away from Ezra Miller's solo Flash film, but due to the popularity of CW's The Flash the chance of both Ezra Miller and Grant Gustin filling out the red suit at the same time seems likely. Ezra Miller spoke with MTV and was asked if he was avoiding CW's The Flash, but the actor was quick to offer up a complimentary response: I'm... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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