How 'Midnight Special' Proves You Can Make Science Fiction for Adults

How 'Midnight Special' Proves You Can Make Science Fiction for Adults
It started with a single mental image: Two men in a car, driving down dark Southern backroads in the middle of the night, with no lights on. "I couldn't get it out of my head," writer-director Jeff Nichols says, squinting as the sunlight pours through the picture window in his Berlin hotel room. "It was this out-of-nowhere vision of guys going very, very fast, just booking it in a muscle car in the dead of night. It felt cool, you know, but for some reason, I thought: Well, this is a very sci-fi image.
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Sundance 2016: Most Anticipated

The Sundance Film Festival brings the most original storytellers together with the most adventurous audiences for its annual program of dramatic and documentary films, shorts, New Frontier films, installations, performances, panel discussions, and dynamic music events. Since 1985, hundreds of films launched at the Festival have gained critical recognition, received commercial distribution, and reached worldwide audiences eager for fresh perspectives and new voices. Year after year, the Festival pursues new ways to introduce more people to the most original and authentic storytelling.

Love & Friendship

Directed and written by Whit Stillman

Ireland/France/Netherlands, 2016

The Last Days of Disco, Metropolitan, and Barcelona were amongst the best of 90s independent cinema, if one had the stomach for incessant dissections of ego, academia, and capitalism. With more talking than action, director/writer Whit Stillman brought us complex comedies of manners that had to be intently listened to in order to distill satisfaction. Selfish and
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Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee

Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee
With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be a veritable Park City homecoming week in the festival’s 2016 Premieres slate, which was unveiled today along with the Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
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'99 Homes' Is a Blood-Boiling Thriller

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"99 Homes," starring Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern, is one thriller of a movie.

Based on true events about the home foreclosure crisis, this movie will have your blood boiling and you gripping the arm rest in anger knowing people really were losing their homes left and right -- and given only minutes to vacate them.

"99 Homes" centers on a greedy, heat-packing real estate broker (Shannon) who makes money by evicting people from their foreclosed homes. He shows up with sheriff's deputies and a lock smith, and gives people two minutes to pack up all their worldly possessions and get out. Most people are stunned and still on the phone with their lawyers or their banks, trying to modify their home loans but to no avail. One of his evicted victims, Garfield's Dennis Nash, is jobless and so desperate that he goes to work for the man who evicted
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99 Homes – The Review

Hello class, welcome to cinema economics 101. Before you start rolling your eyes, I should tell you that this isn’t about how producers raise the cash in order to fund your favorite flicks. No, we’re going to take a look at the latest entry in Hollywood’s flicks about finance: the very high ups and the low, low downs. This film joins the ranks of the Wall Street series, with more than a passing nod to Arbitrage, Glenngary Glen Ross, and Boiler Room (and the soon to premiere The Big Short). Don’t be too concerned with the poster’s “based on real events” boast because it’s not about one incident, but an overall economic disaster that’s still affecting a whole lotta’ people. We’re talking the very recent housing boom and inevitable bust. How recent? Let’s turn the clock back just five years as we
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Shannon builds ’99 Homes’ into something worth watching

99 Homes

Written by Ramin Bahrani & Amir Naderi

Directed by Ramin Bahrani

USA, 2014

Great actors are a filmmaker’s best friend. Michael Shannon transforms the otherwise heavy-handed economic morality tale, 99 Homes, into something dynamic and alive. Director Ramin Bahrani often favors preaching over telling a compelling story, but it’s a worthwhile sermon as we continue to extricate ourselves from the Great Recession. Mostly, it’s just a pleasure to watch the force of nature that is Michael Shannon deconstruct the American Dream with terrifying precision.

Back in the day, Rick Carver (Shannon) was a legitimate real estate agent. He enjoyed, “Putting people in homes” and giving families hope for a bright future. The de-regulation and reverse-mortgages of the new millennium, however, transformed him into an evictions enforcer. The propulsive opening sequence finds Carver ruthlessly scheduling his next foreclosure, even as he looks upon the lifeless body of his latest “client,
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Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, and Laura Dern on facing eviction in 99 Homes

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Andrew Garfield is at the centre of the Florida housing crisis in the new drama 99 Homes, in theatres this week.

The film, which played Tiff in 2014, sees Garfield as Dennis, a young father who, alongside his mother Lynn (Laura Dern), is evicted from their family home by greedy real estate broker Rick Carver (Michael Shannon). Eager to buy back their home, Dennis faces a moral dilemma; to earn the money he needs, he must work for Rick evicting people from their homes. A complicated relationship between Dennis and Rick ensues as his newfound mentor employs more than a few underhanded tricks to fleece the vulnerable for profit.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani (At Any Price), the film opens in select theatres on Friday. Cineplex sat down the Garfield, Shannon, and Dern to talk about 99 Homes. Watch our cast interview now, plus check out an in-depth conversation with Dern about the film
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99 Homes Review

This review was originally published during our coverage of Tiff 2014.

For more than a century, great artists, novelists and filmmakers have examined the question: What is the American Dream? Their stories of men and women rising from rags to riches, in means dignified and corrupt, have electrified audiences. The latest masterwork to explore that dream state (or the lack thereof) is Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, a masterfully acted and searing look at a fractious time of modern American history: the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, which left both rich and poor out of their homes. However, in a world of enormous disparity between the ultra-rich and the paycheck-to-paycheck poor, a better question would be: Where is the American Dream?

Well, it is certainly not in Florida, where 99 Homes is set, a state where the prosperity of gated communities meets the grind of small-town poverty. Bahrani’s drama opens on a
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99 Homes review: “Heartbreaking and raw…”

99 Homes review: Garfield is superb in this film… 99 Homes review

Fresh off the festival merry-go-round from Sundance to Sydney, Ramin Bahrani’s cyclical tale of abject desperation and affronting indifference during the Floridian Housing crisis is a powerfully direct and intense drama that will have you riveted from its opening sequence.

A metaphoric and literal tale of the one percenter’s feeding frenzy on the remaining 99 percent, 99 Homes points straight out of the gate that Us fortuity in 2010 has gone down the crapper and with, the livelihoods and homes of middle class America. Slouched in the corner on his bathroom toilet; a gunshot wound and blood splattered walls the only remnants of (what once was) life, this solitary figurehead of the dispossessed establishes the tone and panic of homeowners in the ensuing story and the apathetic cruelty of repo men like Rick Carver (Michael Shannon) who strike the blows and
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99 Homes review: Spider-Man and General Zod get in the face of financial crisis

99 Homes review: Spider-Man and General Zod get in the face of financial crisis
Not so much entertaining as it is enraging, 99 Homes gets in your face with the injustices suffered by countless hardworking people in the global financial crisis.

Michael Shannon is just the man to represent the stone-cold face of capitalism as a property developer who cashes in on others' misfortunes, while Andrew Garfield is a young father who could go either way when offered the chance to sell his soul.

This would be box office poison were it not for these two fine performances, constructed in layers (before being stripped to their bare bones), so that neither man is wholly good, or evil. Shannon, however, has the tougher job to convey some sort of humanity as Rick Carver, after a brazen opening scene that finds him resolutely unmoved by the suicide of a man he was about to evict.

Carver acts on behalf of a bank that is foreclosing on mortgage
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'99 Homes' Wins the Deauville American Film Festival Grand Prize

'99 Homes' Wins the Deauville American Film Festival Grand Prize
With the limited release of Ramin Bahrani's "99 Homes" just weeks away, the acclaimed drama has picked up a big honor: the Grand Prize at the 2015 Deauville American Film Festival. The movie, starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, now joins a praiseworthy group of Deauville award winners that includes "Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Visitor," "Crash" and "Take Shelter." The Oscar-winning "Whiplash" won last year's Grand Prize. Read More: Watch: Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield Battle for Housing in Pulse-Pounding '99 Homes' Trailer The drama stars Garfield as Dennis Nash, a construction worker who is forced to move in with his mother (Dern) after he is evicted from his home by an intimidating real-estate broker (Shannon). Unable to find work and hungry to support his family, Nash starts working for the broker, but when the job forces him to...
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Broad Green Pictures’ ’99 Homes’ Takes Grand Prize At Deauville Fest

Writer-director Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes was awarded the Grand Prize today at the Deauville American Film Festival. Starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, the movie opens September 25 via Broad Green Pictures. In the topical thriller, Shannon plays a shrewd and ruthless businessman who makes a fortune by foreclosing on homes. Garfield plays a single father caring for his mother (Dern) and son (Noah Lomax) who is evicted by Shannon’s character and then…
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Michael Shannon Starrer ’99 Homes’ Wins Deauville Grand Prize

Michael Shannon Starrer ’99 Homes’ Wins Deauville Grand Prize
Deauville, France– Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes,” a drama starring Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield and Laura Dern, snatched up the Grand Prize at Deauville American Film Festival on Saturday.

Sold by Wild Bunch, the pic which is both a social drama and a psychological thriller, will be released by Broad Green in the U.S. on Sept. 25. Wild Bunch is planning a digital release in France. Garfield stars a conflicted youth father who starts working for the real estate agent who evicted his family to reclaim his home.

“99 Homes,” which previously played at Venice, Telluride and Toronto, marks Bahrani’s sixth feature. Shannon told Variety that he will likely re-team with Bahrani for a TV series.

“The Grand Prize honors a powerful and important movie, grounded in the North American contemporary society which underscores the talent of its director, Ramin Bahrani,” stated Wild Bunch.

Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance hit “Dope” won the audience award,
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Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in compelling first trailer for ’99 Homes’

It’s good to see that Andrew Garfield has wasted no time continuing on, despite disappointingly losing the web-slinging role, and this first trailer for 99 Homes looks like just the intense tonic.

Written and directed by Ramin Bahrani and based on the true story of Rick Carver (played here by the mighty Michael Shannon), who does well for himself by serving eviction notices. On the flip-side, Garfield is single father Dennis Nash who initially is affected by Shannon’s dirty work but then is given the chance to earn back his family home by working for him.

It’s an impressively intense first trailer for the film that also stars Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, J.D. Evermore, Clancy Brown and Tim Guinee. There were positive reports from our folk at Tiff last year and to be honest, anything with Shannon in is going to have a certain brilliant level of darkness.
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99 Homes Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Tackle the Housing Crisis

Broad Green Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ramin Bahrani’s (Man Push Cart) intense dramatic thriller 99 Homes. Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character. I caught the movie at Tiff last fall and it’s really good. Bahrani walks a fine line between timely and preachy, but Garfield and Shannon both give amazing performances (unsurprisingly), with Garfield in particular doing some heartbreakingly earnest work. It was a thrill to see the actor in his first non-Spider-Man onscreen role since The Social Network, and the guy doesn’t disappoint. Here’s hoping he
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Watch: Michael Shannon Forecloses On Andrew Garfield In First Trailer For '99 Homes'

"Don't get emotional about real estate," Michael Shannon advises in the first trailer for "99 Homes." It's certainly good advice, but during the housing crisis and economic downturn, it was hard for many not to feel the pain of seeing their savings, memories, and more taken away by the very banks who approved high risk loans in the first place. And it's against that backdrop that the latest from director Ramin Bahrani plays out. Andrew Garfield co-stars in the film that follows construction worker, Dennis Nash (Garfield), who is evicted from his home by a charismatic real-estate broker, Mike Carver (Shannon), and is forced to move his mom (Laura Dern) and young son into a shabby motel. In an ironic turn of events, Dennis winds up working for Mike to raise the money to buy his house back, but he'll have to do the same to others that was done to him.
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Watch: Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield Battle for Housing in Pulse-Pounding '99 Homes' Trailer

Watch: Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield Battle for Housing in Pulse-Pounding '99 Homes' Trailer
[Editor's Note: Broad Green Pictures is launching the official trailer on June 3, 2015. What was previously published was illegally posted to YouTube.] Read More: 'The Dark Horse' Joins '99 Homes,' 'Eden' and More in Broad Green Pictures' Impressive Inaugural Slate Ramin Bahrani has become one of the most astute observers of American identity thanks to dramas such as "Man Push Cart," "Chop Shop" and "At Any Price," and his latest film, "99 Homes," should be his most timely effort yet as it tackles the individual and economic effects of the recent housing crisis. The drama premiered to critical acclaim at the Venice International Film Festival last August and stars Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon and Laura Dern. Garfield stars as Dennis Nash, a father and construction worker who is forced to move in with his mother (Dern) after he is evicted from his home by an intimidating real-estate broker (Shannon). Unable to find work and hungry to...
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Sundance 2015: ’99 Homes’ an outstanding, involving tête-à-tête on American morality

Michael Shannon and Andrew Garfield in “99 Homes”

99 Homes

Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi

Directed by Ramin Bahrani

USA, 2014

Director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Goodbye Solo) constructs 99 Homes as a dismal assessment of desperation in hard economic times. Michael Shannon stars as ruthless, e-cigarette sucking realtor Rick Carver, who has used the carnage of the 2008 housing crisis to his advantage, helping the banks toss out homeowners who have defaulted on their bad mortgages. He carries a gun because of how personal and dangerous it can become. He is unabashedly invested in personal gain and his interests are always of the utmost importance. When he evicts Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield) and his family, Nash comes after him, only to find that Carver sees potential in him to be as hard-working and ferocious as himself. With a pulsating score by Antony Partos and Matteo Zingales, 99 Homes frames an outstanding and
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Sundance 2015: ’99 Homes’ is a bold, big and tense examination of the American dream

99 Homes

Written by Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi. Story by Ramin Bahrani and Bahareh Azimi

Directed by Ramin Bahrani

USA, 2015

“America doesn’t bail out losers, America bails out winners!” preaches Richard Carver (Michael Shannon), like a modern day Gordon Gekko of real estate to the young, innocent but determined Dennis Nash (Andrew Garfield). This is what the American dream is now. It’s not enough to work hard anymore, achieving the American dream is to win at all costs. Ramin Bahrani’s examination of the American dream and the corrupt nature of it follows Dennis Nash, a young father who with his son and mother (Laura Dern) are evicted from their family home. To get it all back, Dennis begins working for the man responsible for his troubles, greedy real estate broker Richard Carver. This is the American dream.

Bahrani paces the film with the mechanics of a well-oiled and precisely constructed thriller,
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Sundance: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor Michael Shannon Airs His Beef With Video on Demand (Video)

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The VOD business model disincentivizes theaters and hurts filmmakers, the ’99 Homes’ star tells TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman

Same-day video-on-demand releases undermine theatrical sales, actor Michael Shannon told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Saturday during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“Then none of the theaters want to pick the movie up, because they’re like, ‘Why are we going to show your movie if you’re just going to let everybody watch it at home?'” Shannon said, citing a film he presented at the festival in 2014 as an example.

“I had a movie here last year that
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