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It's all modelling, murkiness and possibly murder in the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn. Elle Fanning stars as a young woman swept into a hallucinatory hinterland of glamour, nightclubs and intense competition. There's a hint of Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan to The Neon Demon's first trailer, though that may just be our interpretation of what is sure to be a far more bizarre and unpredictable film than even this promo suggests.
As such films as Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives proved, Refn's films aree sumptuous-looking but also wayward and highly unpredictable. The Neon Demon will screen at Cannes in May, so we should hear more about a UK release over the next few weeks or so.
More as we get it.
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For folks who loves both baseball and movies, it's incredibly sad that Hollywood's takes on our national pastime continually whiff with a frequency that makes Adam Dunn look like Joe Dimaggio. But 40 years ago today, a film was released that got everything beautifully, hilariously and even painfully right: The Bad News Bears. A tartly-scripted comic saga about a no-hope Little League team from L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, the film — directed by Michael Ritchie from an original screenplay written by Bill Lancaster — shocked and amused audiences with its unbridled »
It's that time of year again. It may still be stomping around in the too-big shoes of the Hunger Games movies, but The Divergent Series: Allegiant marks the third of four instalments in the series of movies based on Veronica Roth's trilogy of novels. You'd never know it from the way it's been presented, but like Katniss and Harry Potter before, we're in Part One and Part Two territory for the first half of Roth's climactic story.
If you haven't been back since 2014's Divergent, you needn't be too concerned with jogging your memory about the series' convoluted caste system, »
Two 1980's science fiction efforts from the 'eighties: Millennium is an expensive book adaptation with Kris Kristofferson and Cheryl Ladd navigating a time travel story about body snatchers from the future. R.O.T.O.R is direct to video and strictly from hunger. Oh, the agony… However, both films surely have lessons to teach the budding filmmaker who thinks moviemaking is easy. Millennium and R.O.T.O.R. Blu-ray Color Scream Factory Street Date February 23, 2016 / 26.99
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Scream Factory plumbs the depths of the MGM library, which includes not only the holdings of United Artists, Orion and the old American-International Pictures, but also an alphabet soup of smaller outfits that were bought up in the 1990s. The independent productions seen on this Scream Factory Blu-ray double bill give us two kinds of science fiction properties. One is an expensive Canadian production with a big star, and the other is a »
- Glenn Erickson
A future-set love story in a world where emotions have been eradicated, Nicolas Hoult and Kristen Stewart participate in the long tradition of this idea in the history of pop literature, and cinema, from the big dumb action of The Island and Equilibrium, to George Lucas' cooler ideological Thx-1138, the flower-powered Logan's Run, ll the way back to George Orwell's seminal novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. It is good happenstance that Ridley Scott, who famously re-purposed the iconography of Orwell for Apple Inc. as a TV advertisement to launch their Macintosh computer, acts as the producer on Equals, a handsome looking indie from director Drake Doremus.I dug the film quite a bit when I caught it at Tiff last year. Maybe it is the sound track, but...
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"Will you risk everything to feel something?" A24 has unveiled a teaser trailer for the new sci-fi romantic drama from Drake Doremus called Equals, which played at the Tiff and Venice Film Festivals last year. The film is set in a futuristic society where crime and violence have been eradicated through the genetic elimination of human emotion, and where those afflicted with the emotional "disease" are forced to go on the run. Sounds a bit like Logan's Run or any futuristic story like this, but with a much stronger romantic angle. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult star, with Guy Pearce, Bel Powley, Kate Lyn Sheil and Jacki Weaver. This footage looks good, but it also really makes me want to watch Her again. Take a look. Here's the first official teaser trailer (+ poster) for Drake Doremus' Equals, on A24's YouTube: Description from Tiff: Equals takes place in a »
- Alex Billington
Where do I get my Big Brother campaign pin and yard poster? Michael Radford's elaborate Orwell adaptation sticks closely to the original book, even after decades of deriviative dystopias have stolen its fire. John Hurt is excellent as Winston Smith, and Richard Burton is his inquisitor. Nineteen Eighty-Four Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 111 min. / Ship Date December 8, 2016 / available through Twilight Time Movies / 29.95 Starring John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher, James Walker, Phyllis Logan. Cinematography Roger Deakins Production Designer Allan Cameron Art Direction Martin Hebert, Grant Hicks Film Editor Tom Priestley Original Music (2) Dominick Muldowney / Eurythmics Written by Jonathan Gems, Michael Radford from the novel by George Orwell Produced by Al Clark, Robert Devereux, Simon Perry, Marvin J. Rosenblum Directed by Michael Radford
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
George Orwell's pessimistic 1948 novel 1984 is probably the most important political book of the last century. »
- Glenn Erickson
7 items from 2016
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