17 items from 2015
This year’s Oscar race for best visual effects is, as ever, loaded with summer blockbuster fare, prestige pics with eye-popping visuals and layered theatrical experiences that beg for a slowing of the inevitable march to a standard of home viewing. Coming out of the hot months, where a number of these contenders tend to plant their flag, it seems as good a place as any to begin our weekly dissection of the Academy’s 10 below-the-line categories.
At the top of the list would have to be Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk,” which made waves last weekend after a New York Film Festival debut. Working with supervisor Kevin Baillie (“Flight”) and with effects house Atomic Fiction leading the charge, it could be a threat to win the prize at the end of the day. Even if the tone of the film’s first two acts didn’t work for a great many, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The film will hit cinemas on December 11 in the Us and December 26 in the UK, putting it right in the middle of awards season. »
Last year, Warner Bros. released two domestic trailers and an international trailer for director Ron Howard's adaptation In the Heart of the Sea. At the time, the drama was set to hit theaters in March 2015, but the studio ended up pushing it to December 11, 2015, giving it a prime release date for awards season consideration. Nearly nine months after the last footage was released, the third domestic trailer has debuted for this harrowing adventure, based on an incredible true story.
Oscar winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) directs the action adventure In the Heart of the Sea, based on Nathaniel Philbrick's best-selling book about the dramatic true journey of the Essex. In the winter of 1820, the New England whaling ship Essex was assaulted by something no one could believe: a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. The real-life maritime disaster would inspire Herman Melville's Moby Dick. »
One thing many don’t realize about Herman Melville’s inspiring Moby-Dick novel was the fact that the author took inspiration from the near-supernatural events that the crew of New England whaling ship Essex allegedly faced in the winter of 1820. Crossing paths with an immense and violent sperm whale, all aboard the vessel were essentially left at the mercy of the elements, and it’s this man versus nature dynamic that will underpin Ron Howard’s latest feature, In the Heart of the Sea.
Leading an ensemble crew of explorers, Chris Hemsworth leads the charge as first mate Benjamin Walker, and as today’s all-new trailer reveals, it isn’t long before all members of the Essex relaize that they are out of their depth in every sense.
And though there’s a slew of effects shot in this latest sizzle reel, Howard has long made his feelings clear about »
- Michael Briers
Ron Howard‘s new movie In the Heart of the Sea takes its major inspiration from the story of the whaling ship Essex, which ran afoul of a sperm whale in 1820, much to the dismay of its crew. The story was among the inspirations that led Herman Melville‘s creation of Moby Dick, and now Chris […]
- Russ Fischer
Warner Bros. Pictures
Ron Howard is be one of the most under-appreciated modern directors. He not only has a consistent, above average output, but he’s been responsible for some of the tensest movies of the past couple of decades. Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Rush; ignore The Da Vinci Code (hey, everyone has to pay the bills) and its an enviable filmography. But despite all that, he’s never someone people rave about (and with Rush they really should have).
The full trailer for his latest film, In The Heart Of The Sea, has just dropped and if his past successes didn’t already have the true Moby Dick movie on your radar, this should do the trick. The film is based on the real events that inspired Herman Melville’s classic tale, telling the story of a whaling ship (captained by none other than Chris Hemsworth) that comes under attack from a gigantic, »
- Alex Leadbeater
While a delay is usually a bad sign for a finished film, it’s a bit different when a studio places it in prime awards season. Once set for a spring release this past year, Ron Howard‘s In the Heart of the Sea got a boost when Warner Bros. set it for an early December bow, and now today brings a new trailer as it re-emerges.
Led by Chris Hemsworth, the film takes inspiration from Herman Melville‘s novel Moby Dick, but is actually based on Nathaniel Philbrick‘s book In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, which tracks a whaling ship in 1820 that go up against their prey and are stranded at sea.
- Leonard Pearce
The scariest stories are often the ones that are real. "In the Heart of the Sea" is based on the true story of the whaling ship Essex, which was destroyed by a whale in 1820, and was an inspiration for Herman Melville's classic "Moby Dick."
The movie, which has a new trailer, is unrelenting in showing the savagery of the sea. Chris Hemsworth leads the embattled crew, as they attempt to survive the attack, try (and fail) to save the ship, then face the cold, vast ocean on three small rescue boats.
The whale attack is just the start of the crew's horrific ordeal - you can imagine what happens when a bunch of men are stuck in close quarters, with no food or water. This isn't just man vs. nature; it's man vs. man. Can they hold onto their humanity and get home at the same time? The questions the movie seems to pose, »
- Kelly Woo
If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.
“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought »
- Steve Chagollan
Vikingland Director Xurxo Chirro's Vikingland is a notable part of a trend for documentary fiction in the recent cinema originating from Galicia (north west Spain). The film uses found-footage of a specific case of Galician emigration in the early 1990s and arranges it around the structure of Moby Dick - it is screening in Edinburgh as part of the 'Focus on Galicia' strand at the 2nd edition of Iberodocs. We spoke to Chirro about how the film came to be, the influence of Herman Melville on the project, and what the New Galician Cinema consists of.
How did you find the footage in the first place? And what was the process whereby you decided that there was enough material for a film?
Xc: I found the material under the TV in my house when I was changing the VHS machine for a DVD player. I started to clean and there. »
- Rebecca Naughten
The human condition. It is a tricky and complicated concept for us mortals to grasp in terms of our ugly, unpredictable behaviors. However, when one applies a revealing spotlight on the animal kingdom and takes a look at their on-screen aggression against humans it becomes a whole new ballgame. Occasionally, the source of frustration embedded in these wayward creatures is often times triggered by the psychological prompting of the bad seed humans responsible for their behavioral tirade against nature and man.
In Creature Feature: Top Ten Animals Gone Bad in the Movies we will look at the bombastic beasts gone ballistic in cinematic society. Maybe you have your own selections of haywire critters out to cause random havoc? If so then they probably would suffice within the theme of this movie column when detailing the animals that run amok on land, by sea or in the air.
The selections for »
- Frank Ochieng
Originally slated for release in March, the movie was pushed back and is now scheduled to hit in the more lucrative and awards-ripe December 11th. It's a significant delay, and Howard has since explained to THR that the reasoning comes down to marketing data:
"They analyzed the way people are responding to our movie now which is very favorable now that it’s finished, the way people responded to the marketing materials, and they also looked out how the market expanded this last Christmas increasing a wide array of movies.
There was a larger audience. I wanted as many people to see this movie on the big screen as possible and I »
- Garth Franklin
The story that inspired Herman Melville.s Moby Dick was scheduled to hit the big screens in just a few months, on March 13, 2015. The film, entitled In the Heart of the Sea starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy and Tom Holland looks to be a breathtaking adventure filled with sea, survival, and a massive whale. But, director of the film, Ron Howard decided to push back the release even though the film is ready to go in hopes that a winter date will inspire more people to go to the theaters and see the film. Ron Howard, who has brought us an array of stunning films from Cinderella Man to How the Grinch Stole Christmas to A Beautiful Mind has directed and produced many critically-acclaimed films, so why he wants to change the date of the release is a bit confusing. He told The Hollywood Reporter that the pushback is due »
Ron Howard’s film In the Heart of the Sea has been delayed from March until December. The film, which stars Chris Hemsworth, was originally going to open on March 13. Warner Bros. Pictures has moved the Liam Neeson thriller Run All Night to that date from its original April 17 date. This move was probably made so the film will be competitive in the next awards season.
In the Heart of the Sea tells the story of the whaling ship, the Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820, leaving its crew stranded at sea for 90 days.
Other cast members include Ben Wishaw as the famous writer Herman Melville (who wrote Moby Dick), Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Tom Holland, Frank Dillane and San Keeley. Stay tuned for additional details.
In the Heart of the Sea is set for release on December 11, 2015.
Source: The Wrap »
- Munir Abedrabbo
Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, Brendan Gleeson and Jordi Molla also star. The movie is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.”
Neeson stars as an »
- Dave McNary
Howard directed the film, which Charles Leavitt adapted from Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel by the same name. “Sea” follows the doomed voyage of the whaling ship the Essex, which was attacked by a sperm whale in 1820, leaving its crew stranded at sea for 90 days.
- Linda Ge
I had a hell of a time trying to figure out how to tackle a list of my most anticipated movies of 2015. I'm not going to take the time to count the number of sequels, remakes, spin-offs, reboots, parts two of two or re-imaginings that are hitting theaters this year because, quite frankly, it doesn't matter any more. Trying to figure out where a film like Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens fit into a list of most anticipated films that weren't anything like it was impossible. Even then, how much am I "anticipating" the new Star Wars film versus how curious am I to simply see how it will turn out now that it's out of the hands of George Lucas and into the hands of J.J. Abrams, whose last Star Trek film was a complete messc Therefore, I decided on two distinctions in film, the blockbusters and then everything else. »
- Brad Brevet
17 items from 2015
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