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Dominik Moll has not been prolific, The Monk (2011) being only his fourth feature film. But on the strength of the three films widely seen, there is little doubt that he is one of the most inventive of filmmakers and among the greatest storytellers to have come out of world cinema. Moll is primarily known for two ingenious thrillers – With a Friend like Harry (2000) and Lemming (2005). Both these films take suspense to a new high in as much they have us gripped from start to finish without our guessing till the very end the direction the narrative is likely to take.
Lemming, for instance, begins bafflingly with a young couple discovering that their kitchen drain is clogged. When the husband opens up the drain, he discovers a Lemming (a Scandinavian rodent believed by Malthusians to commit mass suicide). Both these films include the motifs of murder but setting Moll apart from »
- MK Raghvendra
Ron Perlman makes an action packed return to film with the release of The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption on Blu-ray and DVD from February 27th 2012. In his latest role, screen-legend Perlman stars as Horus – the powerful and inspirational King of Egypt – who dispatches Mathayus (Victor Webster), a deadly assassin for hire, to protect his kingdom and allies from imminent attack. In return for his services, Matahyus is promised Princess Silda’s hand in marriage and the legendary Eye of the Gods medallion.
Well-known for his role as the superhero Hellboy in 2004, and in the sequel Hellboy II (2008), Perlman is a man of many talents although he often flies below the radar, or at least behind the microphone in some of his most iconic roles. In homage to Perlman’s career so far, and to celebrate the release of the latest action-packed adventure The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, »
For director Jean-Jacques Annaud ("The Name of the Rose," "Quest For Fire," "The Bear"), having served as President of the Features Jury some years ago, returning to the Marrakech International Film Festival with his new film "Black Gold" in tow was in some ways coming full circle. "[Marrakech] is a special city because this is the first Arab city I ever visited. There is no doubt that the beauty and the medieval ambience of the place inspired my desire to make a movie about this world -- this movie," he explained when The Playlist got to sit down with him prior to his Masterclass. Perhaps surprisingly, Annaud is comfortable with, and indeed encourages, a contemporary political reading of his films, despite the fact that on the surface anyway, many of his period films seem designed as pure entertainments. "I like history when it reflects contemporary times, when it can show the constant functioning of society. »
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Rather prophetically, Black Gold opens with the line “Tears are a waste of water”; a great quote for a film that opens a festival in a country concerned about its resources. Only in this film, set in Qatar, the most important and fought over resource is oil.
The 3rd edition of Doha Tribeca Film Festival (Dtff 2011) opened with the world premiere of the ‘Arabian’ film Black Gold amid much fanfare on Tuesday. And what a perfect choice it was to open the festival. Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Name of the Rose, The Lover, Enemy at the Gates), Black Gold is an epic film set in the desert during the 1920s. Concerned with »
Being a Christian in the 21st century is difficult at the best of times. Even without Mel Gibson constantly putting his foot in it, or Westboro Baptist Church spitting venom at the very people they are supposed to be helping, we have to contend with a media backlash whenever a seemingly ‘Christian’ film is released.
The problem seems to be that people don’t mind Christianity per se: if people are Bible-bashing in the streets, they can ignore them or talk back. What they resent, or appear to resent, are films with Christian undertones – allegories or parables which introduce Christian beliefs or ideas in a supposedly secular context. When The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe came out in 2005, The Guardian’s Polly Toynbee accused it of “invad[ing] children’s minds with Christian iconography… heavily laden with guilt, blame, sacrifice and a suffering that is dark with emotional sadism.” Ouch. »
- Daniel Mumby
I added The Big Year, an adaptation of Mark Obmascik's 1998 book "The Big Year: A Tale of Man, Nature and Fowl Obsession," to the database back in March 2010. Since then I had pretty much forgotten about it entirely until Fox sent out a first image from the film promoting the upcoming October 14 release and offering the following synopsis: Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me, comes a sophisticated comedy about three friendly rivals who, tired of being ruled by obligations and responsibilities, dedicate a year of their lives to following their dreams. Their big year takes them on a cross-country journey of wild and life-changing adventures. Curiously, that description doesn't seem »
- Brad Brevet
Memorably scripted by Oliver Stone and boasting a fine yet often overlooked ensemble cast, Scarface is a big movie in every sense. But what happened to the key players, both in front of and behind the camera, once the fake gunfire faded and the theatrical blood was washed away? Join us as we find out.
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Herr Frankenstein would be proud. Thanks to CGI, three iconic actresses have been resurrected to appear with Charlize Theron in a Dior commercial for its J'Adore perfume. In the ad Theron, the face of the fragrance, is seen getting ready for a runway show at the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, changing into a gold gown while exchanging glances with Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe.
- Harley W. Lond
Deadline contributor Elizabeth Snead files this Emmy report: Gabriella Pescucci the costume designer and costume supervisor Ulivia Pezzetti are nominated for their painstakingly detailed costumes for the lavish Showtime series The Borgias starring Jeremy Irons, Francois Arnaud, and Holliday Grainer. Nominated for Outstanding Costumes For A Series for the episode "Lucrezia’s Wedding", this is the first Emmy nod for Pescucci, who has been nominated for two Academy Awards (The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) and won an Oscar in 1993 for The Age Of Innocence. Pescucci says she approached the Showtime series as she would a feature film like The Name Of The Rose, another of her credits. “Never did I think of the costumes for the TV. The color, embroidery, jewelry, this was on such a grand scale. Never in my long years of doing this job did I ever have this number of costumes. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.
The Buzz: I wish there were something better out this Friday, I wish Rise of the Planet of the Apes wasn’t my Movie of the Week. Consolation prize is: James Franco rules. Freida Pinto ain’t too bad either. I suppose this could make for a good popcorn-munching party, during an el cheapo matinee anyway.
Yeah, Rise of the Planet of the Apes »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
Your Weekly Source for the Newest Releases to Blu-Ray Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
Better Off Dead (1985)
Synopsis: Lane Meyer is a depressed teen who loses his girlfriend Beth. Her given reason for breaking up is: “Lane, I think it’d be in my best interest if I dated somebody more popular. Better looking. Drives a nicer car.” Anyway, poor Lane is left alone and thinks up treacherous ways of killing himself. He finally meets a French beauty called Monique and falls for her. Simultaneously, he must endure his mother’s terrible cooking which literally slides off the table and his disgusting next door neighbour Ricky (and his mum) while he prepares for the skiing race of his life – to get his old girlfriend back! (blu-ray.com)
Special Features: Theatrical trailer.
Synopsis: Black Sheep - A gubernatorial candidate hires a wormy special assistant whose only job »
- Travis Keune
Here’s the official list of comic books, collections and posters arriving in comic stores this week.
For more information on any of these titles, and on upcoming mighty Marvel releases, please visit http://marvel.com or contact your local comic book retailer. Come back each week for a brand new list of Marvel releases so that you’ll never miss your favorite Marvel heroes in action!
Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #520
Captain America #619
Captain America #619 I Am Captain America Variant
Deadpool #39 I Am Captain America Variant
Disney*Pixar Presents: Cars 2 #1
Fantastic Four: The Last Stand #1
Fear Itself #2 2Nd Printing Variant (Fi)
Incredible Hulks #631
Iron Man 2.0 #6 (Fi)
Journey Into Mystery #622 2Nd Printing Variant (Fi)
Journey Into Mystery #623 2Nd Printing Variant (Fi)
Marvel Zombies Christmas Carol #2
Moon Knight #1 2Nd Printing Variant
Mystery Men #2
Namor: The First Mutant #11
New Mutants #26
Secret Avengers #14 (Fi)
I am trying to think if there has been a truly great monastic thriller - or even a good one, it's not exactly a bustling genre - since 1986's The Name Of The Rose and, frankly, I'm drawing a blank. Director Dominik Moll (Lemming) is hoping to break that streak with The Monk.Adapted from Matthew G. Lewis' 1796 cult gothic novel, The Monk follows the tragic destiny of Brother Ambrosio in 17th century Catholic Spain. Abandoned at birth at the gates of a Capuchin monastery, Ambrosio was raised by the friars. Today, he has grown into a preacher admired far and wide for his fervor. Feared, though, for his righteousness, he is believed to be immune from temptation. The arrival of a mysterious apprentice »
Remember Sleepers? The acclaimed 1996 drama film starring Brad Pitt (Seven), Kevin Bacon (Tremors) and Robert De Niro (Little Fockers) is coming to Blu-ray on Aug. 2 from Warner Home Video along with two other dramas, Sean Connery (Highlander) starrer The Name of the Rose and Copycat with Sigourney Weaver (Alien).
Sleepers is our favorite of the three movies. Directed by Barry Levinson (The Natural), the film tells the disturbing story of a group of boys who, after pulling a prank, are sent to a detention center and brutalized by the guards. Ten years later, the boys are grownup and get their chance for revenge. Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Minnie Driver (Barney’s Version), Jason Patric (The Losers) and Dustin Hoffman (All the President’s Men) also star in the R-rated film, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Score.
The winner of two BAFTA awards, »
Christian Slater will be taking yet another shot at television with Breaking In on Fox. The show premieres on April 6th, and I will have something more like a review shortly, because if the pilot is truly a workable representation, then I'm going to be a fan of this one.
I got a chance to talk with him about the show on a Q & A Press call recently, and he was great to talk to. Hints of the Christian Slater we (ok, I) grew up with have melded with a very down-to-earth, clever... I want to say "fellow" for some reason, but it seems wrong.
The conversation kicked off with Captain Kirk's chair, and we couldn't seem to get away from it for long. Eventually, »
- Marc Eastman
With the weekend arriving and with so few offerings at the multiplexes, lots of movie freaks are turning to online options, and many agree that Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service is among the very best. So here are a few recommendations to those who need an escape from whatever juggernauts are landing in cinemas this weekend:1. Basket Case (1982) Frank Henelotter's cult classic horror flick deals with a lonely loser who arrives in a grungy part of New York City with a large basket under his arm. Inside said basket is his brother, Belial. Low-budget but highly creative, the original Basket Case is both creepy and oddly amusing -- and the sequels aren't half-bad, either.2. The Name of the Rose (1986) A certifiably weird but pretty »
Apparently prosaic, these grids hide portals to the underworld. Follow us down into the sewers of a cinematic obsession
On the face of it, a manhole cover isn't particularly romantic. It keeps a lid on the sewer and a floor on the road. The only time you notice them is when there's steam pouring out around them … or when they're simply not there at all and you fall into the hole one was covering. They're not as interesting as what's above or below, or what happens going between the two.
Pause for just a moment, though, and the cover becomes something far less prosaic. It's covering up a slim, mysterious passage that's already been opened up. Either someone needs access to the sombre underbelly of the street or to preserve an exit route from it. The cover itself means you have to make the decision to get in or out »
Jean-Jacques Annaud‘s career is one defined by epic mediocrity, which is to say the man makes epics that are at once stunning to watch and stunningly easy to forget. Whether it be the monk whodunit The Name of the Rose, the “white man gets renewed life courtesy of foreign people” drama Seven Years In Tibet or the oddly-engaging WWII sniper thriller Enemy At The Gates, Annaud’s films slip through the cracks of cinematic canonization, thanks in large part to his immense lack of narrative risk-taking. His films seem to abide by some set of commercial rules that prevent any ambitious detours or memorable failures/successes from occurring. What does an Annaud film look like? It’s hard to say, even after all of these years.
- Dan Mecca
The sudden death of Bernd Eichinger in Los Angeles last month has left a hole too big to fill in the German and international production scene.
Like Italian powerhouse Dino De Laurentiis, who died just months before, Eichinger was one of the tiny handful of producers who was as successful in Europe as in Hollywood and who moved easily between commerce and art house cinema. What other filmmaker has credits that include the Hitler drama Downfall, Oscar-winner Nowhere in Africa, literary adaptations The Name of the Rose, Perfume, Smilla's Sense of Snow and Atomized alongside popcorn franchises like Resident Evil and Fantastic Four?
Add to that the dozens of German-language comedies -- Maybe, Maybe Not, Manitou's Shoe, Werner – seen by millions inside Germany. Eichinger launched the international careers of Wolfgang Petersen, Roland Emmerich and Til Schweiger. More than anyone else, he turned Germany's tiny auteur film scene into a film industry. »
Updated through 1/31.
Bernd Eichinger, the German producer of Oscar-nominated films including Downfall and The Baader Meinhof Complex, died suddenly of a heart attack yesterday at his home in Los Angeles." Scott Roxborough in the Hollywood Reporter: "The 61-year-old producer, whose credits also include The Name of the Rose, Perfume: The Story of a Murder and The Fantastic Four, died during a dinner Monday night with family and friends."
In 2009, Jahsonic put together a collection of clips and links. And back in 2008, Ambrose Heron spoke with Eichinger (in English) about The Baader Meinhof Complex, a conversation you can still listen to now. For those who read German, Spiegel Online has put together a collection of the pieces on Eichinger it's run over the years. »
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