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11 items from 2012


We Need To Talk About Kevin Blu-ray Review

19 June 2012 4:01 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Lynne Ramsay is one of the prime examples of how directorial talent doesn’t ensure an easy cinematic career. She started her career explosively, captivating Cannes in the mid-90s with her student shorts, before releasing her critically lauded and Criterion-captured freshman feature Ratcatcher in 1999, and the daring Morvern Callar in 2002. But then Ramsay disappeared from the cinematic landscape, plagued with behind-the-scenes creative and financial woes. She spent four years adapting The Lovely Bones, before it was handed over to Peter Jackson for a less than stellar adaptation. She was courted for Jane Eyre, but refused the offer when she wasn’t allowed to adapt the material herself. Her luck began to turn when Lynne Ramsay settled on Lionel Shriver’s We Need to Talk About Kevin. The road was hard, as the filmmaker battled financial woes and rigid timeframes, but Ramsay persevered to create one of the most captivating »

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Blu-ray Review: Tilda Swinton Captivates in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

1 June 2012 6:22 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Many critics failed to take Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin” seriously, dismissing it as an art house retread of “The Omen.” Such a simplistic label fails to take into account the film’s carefully textured portrait of a deeply fractured mother-son relationship. Though the film takes its premise to melodramatic extremes, it does harbor considerable insight into the repercussions of a disconnect between parent and child.

Eva (Tilda Swinton) is the sort of mother who causes strangers to wince while passing her in the supermarket. She can barely contain the intense dislike that she feels for her child. Motherhood is a form of entrapment in her eyes, and her attempts to care for her young son lack any sense of genuine compassion. When she snaps on a hollow smile to calm her crying son, the moment is both chilling and darkly funny. It only gets »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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We Need To Talk About Kevin | Blu-ray Review

30 May 2012 3:10 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Lynne Ramsay likes to trudge through the dark depths of the human spirit, and after a nine year period without a film in the can, she’s made a return to form that surpasses her early work in nearly every way. We Need To Talk About Kevin is a masterfully made, soul pummeling psychological drama about the depth of motherly responsibility, and the malicious psychopathy of unwavering evil. Her third feature shines with a power house performance by the always wonderful Tilda Swinton, as well as strong showings by a cast of different aged kids (from eldest to youngest – Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, and Rocky Duer) that portray her utterly terrifying son with unhinged brilliance. But it’s not just the astute acting that shines. Ramsay’s choice in seamless non-linearity, and a striking visual palette that constantly prophesies the violent climax we all knew was inevitable, culminate to make »

- Jordan M. Smith

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We Need to Talk About Kevin in May

2 April 2012 3:37 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We were very much on the fence for a long time in terms of covering We Need to Talk About Kevin, and I'm glad we came to our senses because what we have here is a truly chilling tale of madness. The good news? You can see it for yourself this May!

We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, and Ashley Gerasimovich.

Per DVD Active, Oscilloscope Pictures has announced DVD ($29.99) and Blu-ray ($34.99) releases of We Need to Talk About Kevin for May 29th. Extras will include extra footage from the famous "La Tomatina" tomato festival in Spain, an interview with author Lionel Shriver, two featurettes ("Behind the Scenes of Kevin", "In Conversation - Telluride Film Festival Honors Tilda Swinton"), the original theatrical trailer, and an exclusive essay by psychologist Mark Stafford.

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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite »

- Uncle Creepy

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Win a Limited Edition We Need to Talk About Kevin One-Sheet

7 March 2012 11:01 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We were on the fence about covering Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin for a long time around here because we weren't sure how much of a horror flick it is. Having just seen it, we are happy to report that, yes, it's well within our genre, and we dug it a lot!

So much so that we set out to score you cats a chance to win yourself the special limited edition one-sheet for the flick. To enter, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.

We Need to Talk About Kevin stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, and Ashley Gerasimovich. Look for it in limited theatrical release opening wider each week.

Synopsis

Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. »

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[Interview] ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’ Director Lynne Ramsay Talks Casting John C. Reilly, Framing, Tomatoes & More

27 January 2012 10:00 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Lynne Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin made waves earlier this year when it played at the Cannes International Film Festival and the drama has enjoyed a slew of critical praise since. Focusing on the rearing of a child that goes horribly wrong at the hands of Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, this is a film that asks more questions than it answers. In other words, it will spark discussion (or talk, if you will).

Last month I had the pleasure of speaking with Ramsay over the phone. We discussed a film with a similar premise, the difficulty with making the film, how they shot the opening sequence that depicts the La Tomatina festival, and much more. Below you can find the full transcript, and you can look for the film in limited release now.

The Film Stage: First off, let me say that I loved the film. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Film Review: Oedipus Wrecks Tilda Swinton in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

27 January 2012 7:34 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The mother and son relationship is perhaps one of the most complicated ever invented. In giving birth to an opposing gender, the woman must then deal with a maturation process foreign to her own, with all the potential psychosis attached. Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller play the game in “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Adapted from a novel in bold emotional detail by director Lynn Ramsay, “Kevin” pulls no punches in following the mother/son conundrum from birth to adolescence, chronicling a born-to-be-bad social misfit and the desperate means he practices in the push-pull of dear old Mom. The Oedipal Complex – boy wants to have his mother and kill his father – is also thematically on display, with stark ramifications for a combination of that theory with a modern, violent society.

The story is told in flashback through Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton), a woman who is living in »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Interview: Actor Ezra Miller Knows ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’

26 January 2012 12:14 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the new film, “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” there is a breakout performance that is simply mind-blowing. Playing opposite the conflicted mother – portrayed by the great Tilda Swinton – is Ezra Miller, as her son Kevin. The character is a teenager in crisis, motivated by forces beyond his control.

We Need to Talk About Kevin” is remarkable because it casts no judgment as it presents the members of a typical American middle class family. In this circumstance, the son is born to be bad, and increases his erratic behavior in crossing over to adolescence. How Tilda Swinton reacts as his mother and John C. Reilly as his father is the consequence of a bad dream-like situation. The film is as real as it is exaggerated, and adds insight to the modern expectations of the “perfect” nuclear family.

Ezra Miller Rosins Up the Bow in ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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We Need to Talk About Kevin Retro Poster

18 January 2012 1:33 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new poster has debuted for We Need to Talk About Kevin, which expanded to theaters nationwide on January 13 after a successful run in limited release. Tilda Swinton stars as the mother of a mysterious child named Kevin (Ezra Miller), in a story that follows her family's horrific plight through both present day and flashbacks. Take a look at this retro 1-sheet below, which is reminiscent of horror poster designs from the 1960s.

We Need to Talk About Kevin was released December 9th, 2011 and stars Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon, Alex Manette. The film is directed by Lynne Ramsay. »

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Lynne Ramsay Talks We Need To Talk About Kevin, the Patti Smith Biopic, Adapting Frankenstein & Her Sci-Fi Take On Das Boot Meets Moby Dick In Outer Space

15 January 2012 10:22 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We Need To Talk About Kevin has been gathering acclaim since its debut at last year's Cannes Film Festival.  Lynne Ramsay's first film since her 2002 critical hit Morvern Callar, paints a claustrophobic nightmare for the mother of an evil son whose committed unspeakable acts. The film begins a gradual, national rollout this weekend in New York as its star, Tilda Swinton is a Best Actress nominee (Motion Picture-Drama), across the country, at Sunday's Golden Globes in Beverly Hills.  Ramsay's also seen her share of glory for Kevin, including a Best Director win at the British Independent Film Awards (England's equivalent of the Indie Spirits).  The writer/director made time for Collider during a hectic press tour.  Hit the jump for the transcription and audio of her interview about Kevin, including lots of exclusive details on why she probably won't give Patti Smith's autobiography a big screen treatment, other »

- Ron Messer

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[Review] We Need to Talk About Kevin

9 January 2012 10:04 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We Need to Talk About Kevin represents an immensely exciting piece of filmmaking from Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar). That might seem like an odd label for this adaptation of Lionel Shriver‘s best-selling novel, considering the relentlessly harrowing subject matter in question, but it’s hard to come up with any other phrase to describe the sheer vivacity of Ramsay‘s directorial approach. This is indeed a film that keeps your emotions in constant flux — terrorized by the actions of the titular character in one moment, happily floored by Ramsay’s consistently fresh choices the next.

It’s worth mentioning, too, that Ramsay, along with Rory Kinnear, wrote the film’s screenplay, which is a unique feat of adaptation in its own right. Like a few recent films — Sean Durkin‘s Martha Marcy May Marlene jumps immediately to mind — We Need to Talk About Kevin bleeds the past into the present, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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