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The man behind such film classics as Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983) and The Untouchables (1987) has found his next project. Lights Out is being billed as an action/thriller about a blind Chinese girl who uncovers a secret assassination program. Brian De Palma, one of Hollywood’s most decorated directors, has agreed to work behind the camera. […]
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- Jeff Bricker
Trying to pick the most visually striking film moments of all time is like trying to list the greatest films themselves; there are too many to pick from, you’ll change your mind within seconds of finishing and no one will ever agree with you.
Yet just because choosing the best is a fool’s errand, that doesn’t mean you can’t come up with a selection of awe-inspiring shots whose ability to make passer-bys stop and stare is beyond doubt. That’s exactly what we’ve got here, a handful of movie moments that project so much gravitas through a single frozen-in-time image that they could earn their place on a canvas anywhere.
The most striking and poignant scene from a film which set out to shock its audience, the death of Sergeant Elias is harrowing to view even without the »
- Ricky Fernandes
Brian De Palma has become the directorial litmus test of cinephiles everywhere. To supporters, he stands as a startling visual genius with a penchant for set pieces and lurid subject matter. To naysayers, he remains a lowbrow imitator who spends his studio budgets chasing the ghosts of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean-Luc Godard. Great director or high class hack? Inconsistent misogynist or Master of the Macabre? Much like his fractured narratives, the answer is never an easy one to attain.
Both sides provide ample support for their case. De Palma’s resume is riddled with enough hollow imitations (Sisters , Raising Cain ) and bloated commercial flops (The Bonfire of the Vanities , The Black Dahlia ) to sink any director. But even in misfires such as these, an undeniable attention to detail remains.
The split screen cover-up of Sisters or the heartbreaking screen tests of The Black Dahlia are breathtaking in scope and execution, »
- Danilo Castro
The movie will tell the story of “a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.”
- Paul Heath
Brian De Palma has earned his place in cinema with films like Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and others; but despite those classics, I've found it hard to get all that excited about his work over the past decade. Brian De Palma's next film will see the director returning to the land of action thriller's with Lights Out, a film which sounds as though it... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Brian De Palma has been attached to quite a few promising projects over the years. Most exciting of all, the director was going to reunite with his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star, Al Pacino, for a film about coach Joe Paterno. Whether De Palma is still involved with Happy Valley is unknown, and the same can be said for The Key Man and Heat. But […]
- Jack Giroux
Huace Pictures and Arclight Films is pushing ahead with its all-new action thriller Lights Out, and according to Variety, the studios have tapped none other than Brian De Palma to take the reins of the genre piece.
Acting as the director’s first foray behind the lens in almost three years, Lights Out bears semblance to Marvel’s Daredevil comic in some ways in that it orbits around a young and blind Chinese girl who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a clandestine assassination program. Granted, it’s not as though this protagonist actively indulges in vigilantism, but that mixture of urban crime and an inherently vulnerable lead character is certainly rich in potential.
Tailored to be a Chinese production from the ground up, Variety notes that casting is currently underway to find an A-list star to step into the shoes of our heroine. It’ll act as the first motion picture »
- Michael Briers
Brian De Palma, the legendary director known for gangster movies like "Scarface," "The Untouchables" and "Carlito's Way," is set to return to the big screen with the action-thriller "Lights Out." The filmmaker was recently awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He's also the subject of a new documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which A24 will release theatrically next year. "Lights Out" tells the story of Lin Shen, a blind Chinese girl who gets caught up in a conspiracy to expose a top-secret assassination program. The movie will be the first joint venture of Arclight Films and Huace Media under the name Aurora Alliance Films. The plot synopsis sits well with the mission De Palma has taken in the past few years. Once a filmmaker that some critics referred to as a "misogynist," he's now trying to skew his perspective to align more with feminist agendas. »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.
Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.
The film is the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures.
De Palma, an iconic member of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave, is one of Hollywood’s top brand name directors. He was recently »
- Patrick Frater
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
Stayin' aliiive! Everyone has probably seen this already, but it's worth watching again (and again) because it's just so awesome. This video mash-up called Hell's Club came out a few months ago and everyone who sees it goes crazy for it. It's a 7-minute video editing badass footage and cool clips and memorable scenes of characters from all kinds of different movies into one big mash-up. Featuring characters from Star Wars, Scarface, John Wick, Collateral, Terminator, Trainspotting, Saturday Night Fever and many other movies meeting up at the Hell's Club. It's impressively edited and all the footage fits together quite well. Have fun! Description from YouTube: "There is a place where all fictional characters meet. Outside of time, Outside of all logic, This place is known as Hell'S Club, But this club is not safe." Watch out for that big robot dude. "Terminator versus Tony Montana versus Tom Cruise »
- Alex Billington
“Logic” is a word that Brian De Palma uses a lot. It turns out that many of his most notorious scenes weren’t conceived for effect, but as a result of problem solving. The almost comically overblown shootout that closes “Scarface” came about because Al Pacino had injured his hand, so De Palma had to keep filming his assembled gunmen for two weeks while awaiting his star’s return. The great length of drill that kills Deborah Shelton in “Body Double” – its preposterous size adding to the furor from women’s groups – was simply because it needed to be long enough to pass through its victim, her floor and the hero’s ceiling. These observations are made by the director himself in this utterly engrossing documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. And they’re pertinent to so much about him – the controversy that has peppered his career and his »
- Demetrios Matheou
Noah Baumbach isn’t exactly the first name in a list of directors that comes to mind for a documentary about renowned filmmaker Brian De Palma. With Baumbach’s own work as of late revolving around young and somewhat hip New Yorkers (Frances Ha and his recent release Mistress America), it’s not what anyone might naturally expect him to take on as his next project. But he does so with the help of writer-director Jake Paltrow, together delving into the filmmaker’s extensive and diverse filmography in the aptly named De Palma.
Going chronologically through all of his films, De Palma explores the career of a man with many substantial successes under his belt and a handful of failures along the way. The film is essentially one long interview with De Palma, intercut with footage from his movies. The »
- Sarah Pearce Lord
There were not many surprises at this year’s Venice Film Festival, but one film that proved an unexpected joy was De Palma. A simple talking-head documentary, featuring Brian De Palma gassing happily about his entire CV from Murder A La Mod to Carrie to Scarface to Passion, it’s directed by the unlikely team of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow.“I met Noah at a birthday party for Paul Schrader twenty years ago and Jake at a party about ten years ago,” De Palma told Empire in Venice. “And we just had a rapport and a love for movies”.“There were so many conversations we had with Brian and things he would talk about that at a certain point we thought we should just ask him to talk about it on camera,” says Paltrow. “It was selfish at first. So we asked and he was up for it.”The »
You famously like to attend festivals just to watch movies. What’s the special appeal of Venice?
I love the city. I spend a lot of time here because my composer [Pino Donaggio] lives here. Each festival has its ambience, but Venice… The food, the location, the canals, and when you’re at the Excelsior, where I usually stay, you run into all your friends in the lobby. It’s a very casual atmosphere.
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- Interview by Jonathan Romney
★★★☆☆ Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow's unpretentious documentary De Palma (2015) reveals a clear-sighted and fascinating director, who often seems as bemused by the vagaries and inconsistencies in his own career as everyone else. Brian De Palma was initially seen as the most talented of the Young Turks who came to prominence in the seventies. Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Francis Ford Coppola and Steven Spielberg all deferred to him and his fierce intelligence. However, De Palma was to be left struggling in their wake as they all went on to accrue massive commercial and critical success while his own career, despite the occasional peak, suffered from troughs of ever-deeper despond.
The directors eschews the conventional prologue to such 'Extended Features' fare that would involve a chorus of praise from De Palma's peers, perhaps to forestall those obvious comparisons. It's consistent with his no-frills approach, which has De Palma sitting down »
- CineVue UK
A24 acquired worldwide distribution rights to Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s documentary “De Palma,” the company announced Wednesday in advance of its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The film explores the career and legacy of director Brian De Palma, who will be on hand in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. De Palma’s filmmaking career began in the 1960s and his body of work includes such acclaimed and diverse films as “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” Also Read: HBO Suspends Pre-Production of Brian De Palma »
- Thom Geier
Read More: Venice Film Festival to Pay Tribute to Brian De Palma After handling Asif Kapadia's breakout hit "Amy," indie distributor A24 is has just announced their acquisition of another insightful documentary about an icon in "De Palma." Directed by Noah Baumbach ("Mistress America," "Frances Ha") and Jake Paltrow ("Young Ones," "The Good Night"), the film paints a portrait of legendary director Brian De Palma, who is set to be honored this week at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The documentary promises an honest and candid discussion with the one-of-a-kind director, exploring his illustrious 50-year career, in which he went from New Hollywood bad boy to highly respected film veteran, and directed celebrated and diverse films such as "Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "Scarface," "Blow Out" and "Mission: Impossible." About »
- Tarek Shoukri
De Palma will be in Venice to receive the festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award. The movie will also play at the New York Film Festival at the end of the month.
De Palma’s career has included “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Blow Out,” “Scarface,” “The Untouchables” and “Mission: Impossible.” The doc covers De Palma’s singular approach to the craft of filmmaking and his experiences navigating the film business.
“Noah and Jake have not only created a funny, nuanced and deeply insightful portrait of one of the world’s most masterful and uncompromising filmmakers, but they have »
- Dave McNary
The nightclub visit has been a staple of numerous films across genres, whether it’s thrillers, action films, science fiction, supernatural creature features, or even period pieces. Nightclubs, more often than not, are pivotal elements to the story, either providing a key turning point for the plot, or providing a more in-depth look at a character or a group of characters.
Now youtube user Antonio Maria Da Silva has edited together the nightclub visits of several characters into a short film mashup called Hell’s Club. The mashup short brings together characters of all ilk, crossing genres and even having characters played by the same performer, such as Al Pacino’s Carlito Brigante from Carlito’s Way and Tony Montana from Scarface, interact with each other on occasion. The resulting video can be seen below, with a list of films used appearing at the end.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
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