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Trains in cinema have always made for an excitable source within the realm of the comedy, drama, mystery or suspense pertaining to the plot of a particular film. The setting for the featured trains as the driving force of entertainment serves as the heart and soul of the action for the most part.
In some cases using trains as a last minute symbolic theme for a film can generate great impact that thrives and questions the motives and urgency of the characters and storyline (i.e. the climax scene in The Defiant Ones where the salt-and-pepper escaped convicts Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier try and make a desperate dash for permanent freedom on a speeding train en route to permanent freedom). Perhaps a train could also add an extra element of action-packed excitement in a film’s conclusive ending such as the uncontrollable commuter train in Speed?
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- Frank Ochieng
This week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases are an eclectic bunch, to say the least. Not only is Steve Miner’s criminally overlooked horror/comedy creature feature Lake Placid swimming its way onto Blu-ray, but Severin Films is also releasing a trio of controversial cult classics- Bloody Moon, The Baby and Bloody Birthday-all in high definition for the first time ever.
The Time Machine is also getting a Blu-ray release this week, along with Gareth Evans’ stunning action masterpiece The Raid 2 and a handful of indie horror films, including the wickedly entertaining horror musical Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf. Overall, it’s a good week to be a genre fan with oddball tastes because there’s a whole lot of wonderfully weird stuff arriving this Tuesday.
An A-list director. A jaw-dropping storyline. And depraved depictions of suburban violence, »
- Heather Wixson
Back in 2011, Horrible Bosses wound up being one of the biggest surprises of the summer. In addition to banking an impressive $209 million global box office take (on a $35 million budget), the movie also wound up being a successfully funny take on Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train, packed with a fantastic cast. A Horrible Bosses 2 was inevitable, and while it won't be a part of the summer season this year, New Line has just released a debut teaser trailer to get you pumped for the movie. If you're like me, you watched this trailer and immediately asked yourself or the people around you, "What the hell is this movie about?" Instead of providing any information about the story, the spot is really only dedicated towards short funny moments that show off the fact that the entire cast of the original is coming back (well, the surviving ones anyway »
When three people are mixed up in a crime that could cost them their lives, who can be trusted? More importantly, who will crack under the pressure first? Those are the questions posed by the new trailer for screenwriter Hossein Amini’s (Drive) directorial debut The Two Faces of January, which can be watched above.
The Two Faces of January is based on a 1964 novel by prolifically adapted thriller and suspense author Patricia Highsmith, whose more well known works include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Strangers was of course famously brought to the big-screen by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, making it quite fitting that the trailer for Two Faces puts off a noticeably Hitchcockian vibe in mood, performance, wardrobe, and setting.
For those unfamiliar with Highsmith’s novel, The Two Faces of January is set in 1962 Greece, and centers ...
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- Michael Kennedy
“I’ve just been at the Sydney Film Festival and came back through London, which is where I live, before I came here,” he said with a smile. “Now I’m drinking this caffeinated soda.”
Despite the changing time zones, Amini was in an exuberant mood, waxing on at length about his affection for novelist Patricia Highsmith and star Viggo Mortensen — and their ability to bring the dark side of human nature to the fore.
“I love the cruelty in her writing,” he told the audience. “Viggo really embraces the ugly side of characters… not a lot of stars do.”
- Dave McNary
Conscious-free kids who kill, a man living like a baby, and a killer stalking Spanish schoolgirls: Severin Films is plucking these three stories from the old-school horror shelf and bringing them to Blu-ray this summer, and we have the release details for you now.
Set for a July 8th home media release, the Blu-ray releases of 1981′s Bloody Birthday, 1973′s The Baby, and 1981′s Bloody Moon should excite fans of these grindhouse films and bring new viewers in, as well. Here are the release details from Severin Films:
Bloody Birthday Blu-ray:
“Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the ’80s that may also be the most disturbing ‘killer kids’ movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings and beyond. »
- Derek Anderson
It's always an exciting thing when horror flicks hit Blu-ray for the very first time, and Severin Films has three such debuts in store for us on July 8, inviting us to a Bloody Birthday, allowing us to hold The Baby, and encouraging us to howl at the Bloody Moon.
Read on for complete release details for all three!
Bloody Birthday Synopsis
Get ready for the rarely seen slasher classic from the 80s that may also be the most disturbing "killer kids" movies in grindhouse history: Three babies are simultaneously born in the same hospital at the peak of a full solar eclipse. Ten years later, these adorable youngsters suddenly begin a kiddie killing spree of stranglings, shootings, stabbings, beatings, and beyond. Can the town's grown-ups stop these pint-sized serial killers before their blood-soaked birthday bash? K.C. Martel (E.T., "Growing Pains"), Joe Penny ("Jake and The Fat Man"), Michael Dudikoff (American Ninja »
- John Squires
Written and directed by Hossein Amini
USA and UK, 2014
Anyone acquainted with Roman theology or a pub quiz will know that January is a Anglicisation of the Roman god Janus, the two-faced figurine who stands at the cusp of the new year, simultaneously musing backward at recent lessons and experiences, and peering forward to the murky and elusive future ahead, a guardian at the crossroads of the past and present. These twin impulses swirl in the miasma of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January, first published in 1964. It’s a lesser-known work of her serrated literature, which is obsessed with psychological and sexual criminal deviancy, most famously brought to the screen by Hitchcock in the minor classic Strangers On A Train and by Anthony Minghella in 1999’s acclaimed The Talented Mr. Ripley. After decades of intense wrangling, accomplished screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, »
The Two Faces of January, 2014.
Directed by Hossein Amini.
A deadly game of cat and mouse ensues between a con man, his wife and an enigmatic young stranger.
Patricia Highsmith’s novels have been the source of many great adaptations from Strangers on a Train to The Talented Mr Ripley; and now comes the adaptation of The Two Faces of January. Set in 1962 it follows married couple Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and Collette MacFarland (Dunst) as they attempt to run away from Chester’s numerous bad investments and cons in the states. A chance meeting in Athens with the quick witted American tour guide Rydell (a superbly cast Oscar Isaac) leads them on a dangerous path after Chester accidentally kills a Private Detective.
The first thing to say about this taut thriller is that it is a beautiful film to watch. From »
- Helen Murdoch
There is a lot of talent in front of and behind the camera for thriller The Two Faces of January. First up, it is based on the novel of the same name by renowned thriller author Patricia Highsmith, responsible for, amongst many others, Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. It also marks the directorial debut of Drive scribe Hossein Amini (again on scripting duties), and has trio of talented lead actors in the form of Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac. Unfortunately, this amount of talent can't stop the movie from ultimately falling flat. It's 1964, and wealthy American couple Chester (Mortenson) and Colette McFarland (Dunst) are holidaying in Greece where they meet Rydal (Isaac), a supposed tour guide who uses this as a front to scam gullible tourists. When Chester's dirty dealings catch up with him, he is forced on the run with Colette, Rydal unwillingly brought along for the ride. »
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The Two Faces of January is the directorial debut of Hossein Amini, screenwriter of Wings of the Dove and Drive. The film is an old fashioned thriller, much in the vein of Hitchcock and Antonioni, and while it is gorgeously rendered and bursting with acting talent, it is a slightly uncertain debut, despite some interesting layers of subtext.
Oscar Isaac plays Rydal, a young American living in Athens giving tours of the Parthenon and conducting a little petty larceny on unsuspecting tourists. Along come well-to-do ex-patriots Chester (Viggo Mortensen) and Colette (Kirsten Dunst) and they become fast friends. Although, it is not long before Rydal is forced by circumstance to help Chester cover up a murder he has just committed. The three of them flee Athens and sail off to Crete to wait until the heat dies down. It is here that tensions rise between the group and jealousy and »
- Liam Dunn
The classic mystery writer's 1954 psychological thriller centres around New York architect Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), who lives a seemingly perfect life with wife Clara (Biel).
But when he becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder he finds himself embroiled with a cunning killer (Jones) and a beautiful stranger (Poots).
Wilson and Biel previously starred together in The A-Team.
Jones was recently seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and is currently starring in the Hunger Games film franchise.
Highsmith's other novels include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr Ripley.
The Blunderer will begin shooting later in 2014. »
Wilson plays Walter Stackhouse, a successful architect with a lovely wife in the 1960s. Walter becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder case, which spirals out of control as he faces both a deadly killer (Toby Jones) and an ambitious detective, all while lusting for another woman (Imogen Poots).
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales buyers for the first time at Cannes, and CAA is overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film is slated to begin production later this year.
Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the »
- Dave McNary
Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones have joined the cast of the untitled film based on the Patricia Highsmith novel The Blunderer, which will be directed by Andy Goddard. Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa will produce the psychological thriller along with Ted Hope and Sierra Pictures. Sierra Pictures will finance the film. The executive producers are Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer, Marc Schaberg and Kelly McCormick. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales of the project, making it available to buyers for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival. CAA is overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film is slated to begin production later this year. Highsmith wrote the Blunderer novel in between Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr Ripley. Set in early-1960s New York, Walter Stackhouse (Wilson) is a successful architect married to the beautiful Clara (Biel) and leading a charmed and perfect life. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Joel and Ethan Coen, despite the fact that they are a duo, are a singular force in modern cinematic history. That is to say, if you’ll forgive the grammatical confusion, there is only one Coen Brothers. Their outstanding 1996 film is equally singular, despite the fact that there is now a fantastic TV series that shares both its title and geographical setting: FX’s Fargo.
The similarities between the two works stand out enough to give the unacquainted observer a reasonable amount of pause. We’re in a period of film and television history where direct remakes are going out of fashion, but fresh takes on older stories are becoming more and more in vogue, whether they’re the evil Maleficent, the troubled Norman Bates or the up and coming Commissioner Gordon. The surge in this type of adapted storytelling gives rise to a certain skepticism that would caution against »
- Darren Ruecker
As bracing as the snowy vistas in the movie on which it is based, FX’s “Fargo” quickly establishes itself as its own property, possessing the tone and style of the rightly admired Coen brothers classic, but pursuing a new tawdry true-crime tale, albeit in similar environs. The limited series also goes far out on a limb in proclaiming its veracity, saying its story’s being told “exactly as it occurred” — a claim that invites skepticism (artistic license has a way of encroaching), but does nothing to cool the passion the show should inspire. Boasting a stellar cast and hypnotic tone, is “Fargo” worth a 10-episode commitment? You betcha.
Indeed, what looked like a daunting challenge — translating the Coens’ idiosyncratic style to TV — can join “American Horror Story” in FX’s quiver of limited-series concepts that are well-suited to the genre. Only unlike that overheated mess, “Fargo” has considerable latitude »
- Brian Lowry
Rebecca Zlotowski: "This maybe the film Grand Central - someone coming to this new dangerous masculine world and then be driven by desire." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim create electricity in Rebecca Zlotowski's precise and fiery Grand Central with powerful performances by Olivier Gourmet, Denis Ménochet and Camille Lellouche adding to the volatile mix.
Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train and Robert Bresson's Pickpocket come to mind as we meet Gary (Rahim) on a train to a place undisclosed and two noticeable cuts for Seydoux set the tone early - the cut of her shorts in Grand Central and the cut of her hair after the making of Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue Is The Warmest Colour.
Rebecca Zlotowski on scoring the film with her composer Rob: "It was a real challenge…" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Part prison one enters voluntarily, part futuristic neon-white belly of a nuclear whale, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Writer Hossein Amini (Drive, Snow White And The Huntsman) is making his directorial debut with The Two Faces Of January, an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith, who is best known for her books Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The thriller stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac as three people intwined in a murder/conspiracy who end up on the run from authorities. The first trailer for the film presents a mysterious and suspenseful vibe and looks like »
- Paul Shirey
Carol, a drama starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, has added The Office actor Jake Lacy to its cast. Directed by I'm Not There helmer Todd Haynes, Carol follows a young woman (Mara) in 1950s New York who becomes obsessed with another woman (Blanchett) she spots in a store. Lacy will play Richard, Mara's character's boyfriend. Photos: Spike Jonze's 'Her' Premiere Draws Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara The film is adapted from Strangers on a Train writer Patricia Highsmith's book The Price of Salt, which was originally published in 1952 under a pseudonym. The book became famous because
- Rebecca Ford
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