19 items from 2015
The eastern boys of French-Moroccan director Robin Campillo's beautifully acted new film are a gang of undocumented East Europeans headed by a gorgeous, cruel Boss (Danil Vorobyev). They live together in a shabby suburban hotel and go into Paris each day to earn or con the money to survive. The most sensitive and intriguing of the boys, Marek (Kirill Emelyanov), is Ukrainian and delicate, aloof. Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin), a bourgeois Parisian, cruises Marek at a train station and invites him back to his swank, modern flat. In doing so, Daniel accidentally involves himself in the gang's messy violence. Later, Marek lets the older man fuck his limp, languid body for money; the two fall into a strange, unnerving relationship; lonely Daniel tries both to date and to paren »
A king and queen don't live in a house. They live in a palace. And on the new series The Royals, which is centered on a fictional, modern-day British monarchy led by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) and King Simon (Vincent Regan), the royals live in a lavish palace along with their two children, Prince Liam (William Moseley) and Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park). Surrounded by acres of land and dozens of servants to tend to their every need, this is certainly one family that knows how to live in style. But what about the real-life royals? As it turns out, they're living extremely well too. Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence for royalty since 1837, which means that Queen Elizabeth, Prince »
Directed by Susanne Bier.
In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of a timber empire becomes increasingly complicated when its owner marries.
What a strange Serena Williams biopic this is. There’s practically no tennis.
In its place are breathtaking panoramic shots of the Smoky Mountains. They live up to their name; there’s smoke everywhere. It creeps up hillsides, engulfing trees and wildlife without discrimination. There’s a metaphor in there somewhere: losing sight of your original intention, getting pulled under by the personal, how unedited versions of these landscapes should be uploaded as desktop wallpapers – they are truly majestic, for which cinematographer Morten Søborg deserves considerable credit.
It’s just a shame the rest of the film gets in the way.
Serena is an overwrought, poorly structured melodrama that works against its characters’ relationships. Individually, the players »
- Oli Davis
★★★☆☆ If Clio Barnard's The Selfish Giant (2013) was a fairytale set in 'It's grim up north' territory, this year's Glasgow Film Festival offers up a Yorkshire western in Daniel Wolfe's bleak, windswept thriller Catch Me Daddy (2014), which unexpectedly broods over the multicultural integration of northern Britain. British-Pakistani Laila, played with conviction by non-professional actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed, and Aaron (Canor McCarron), are two teenagers in hiding. They live in a trailer park out of town, arguing about whether they can go out at night. Laila wants to meet her mate from work at a local nightclub, but Aaron barks urgently at her not to because it's too dangerous. He's right to be worried.
- CineVue UK
For a first-time coach, Rita Ora did pretty well during the blind auditions on The Voice UK - she was the second to complete her team. Read on for your round-up of the 12 contestants batting for Team Rita...
1. Clark Carmody
Blind audition song: 'I'm Not The Only One' - Sam Smith
What you need to know: Hairdresser Clark picked Rita Ora as his coach because - as he joked - his friends would never let him live it down if he did anything else! He wants to pursue a music career to provide for his baby daughter Primrose.
Blind audition song: 'Shy Guy' - Diana King
What you need to know: In case you didn't guess, Shereen and Sophia are identical twins (Shereen is 16 minutes older). They live and work together but call "team meetings" if one of them is being negative.
3. Joe Woolford
From: Ruthin, »
In the middle of what’s maybe John Carpenter’s most celebrated moment, collector’s label Scream Factory is gearing up to release their fifth of the director’s titles: perennial fave, Escape from New York. Following Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live, Escape From New York will hit Blu-ray in a two-disc…
The post Scream Factory Details Escape From New York on Blu appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Those sounds you hear? They're the sobs of Cumberbabes across the world. Benedict Cumberbatch is officially off the market. The Imitation Game actor tied the knot with theater director Sophie Hunter on Saturday. The private ceremony took place at St. Peter and St. Paul's Church in Mottistone, located on the Isle of Wight in England. A reception followed at Mottistone Manor. The medieval church was constructed in the 12th century. The manor is maintained by the National Trust and was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, which was completed in 1068. The oldest parts of the home that currently stands on »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
In the run-up to its world premiere Feb. 9 in Berlin, Paris-based Funny Balloons has closed two key major territories — France (Wild Bunch Distribution) and the U.K. (Network Releasing) — on Berlin competition player “The Club,” directed by Chile’s Pablo Larrain (“No,” “Tony Manero”).
Described by Funny Balloons’ Peter Danner as “a powerful drama with the tension of a thriller,” and shot under the radar in Chile, “The Club” turns on four men who live together in a secluded house in a small, seaside town. Each of them has been sent to this place to purge sins from the past. They live according to a strict regime under the watchful eye of a female caretaker, when the fragile stability of their routine is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man, a newly disgraced companion.
Lending “The Club” immediate social point, the five men are priests.
“I was raised in Catholic schools. »
- John Hopewell
Cry For Cindy
(dir: Anthony Spinelli, 1976)
“Which is the real Cindy?”
Amber Hunt (Long Jeanne Silver, Sexworld) stars as Anna and she’s cute as a button in that almost strange sort of way. She’s a humble hairdresser who spends her free time with her boyfriend Dennis, played by Spencer Travis (Big Split). Things are going Ok, but when Nora and Yvonne, a couple of Anna’s clients played by Mitzi Fraser and Maryanne Fisher (in their only starring roles) give her an offer of becoming one of their high class prostitutes, she realises that her financial situation could be better so she reluctantly agrees and begins her new life as Cindy. It goes well at first, but of course it causes tension between herself and Dennis. This leads Anna to making the decision of ending the relationship for the better. Understandably broken, Dennis tracks her down and finds »
- Mondo Squallido
Writing on John Carpenter’s cinema usually adheres to a few safe subjects: his pulsating synth scores, his ingenious use of negative space, his signature 2.35:1 frame, (specious) comparisons to Howard Hawks, etc. Ideally, his oeuvre is ripe for analysis, so formally and tonally consistent is his cinema, so rigorous the progression of his favorite themes and subjects. Phases begin and end, roughly. Experiments can be recognized, one-offs noted, dozens of through lines traced. And yet Carpenter, among the most coherent of filmmakers in a variety of contexts, is seldom subject to thoughtful criticism, and if so, is largely marginalized to a handful of admittedly excellent but overly-canonized and under-representative works.
If clung to for bruising, relentless films like Halloween (1978), The Thing (1982), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), Prince of Darkness, and They Live (1988), Carpenter comes off rather severe, even despairing. One cannot deny this element in his work, a powerful vein »
- John Lehtonen
Filmmakers from 24 countries, including the Us and Italy, to receive funding
The Doha Film Institute has announced recipients of the autumn 2014 session of its grants programme. The announcement has come just ahead of the Berlinale (Feb 5-15) where four of the Institute’s previous grantees will be presented, including three world premieres.
Some 21 projects from 24 countries – comprising nine narrative feature films, eight feature documentaries and four short films – will receive funding for development, production or post-production.
It marks the ninth session of the grants programme, which supports new cinematic talent, with a focus on first and second-time filmmakers.
A total of 11 of the projects are from the Middle East North Africa (Mena) region; eight are from the Oecd’s Development Assistance Committee list of countries (Dac); and two are from the rest of the world.
For the first time, filmmakers from Italy, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nepal, The Philippines and Us will receive grants.
Among the 21 projects »
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“Colony,” which stars Josh Holloway (“Lost”) and Sarah Wayne Callies (“The Walking Dead”), is executive produced by Carlton Cuse (“Bates Motel,” “The Strain”) and Ryan Condal (“Hercules”). A co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, it will shoot in Los Angeles.
Set in the near future, “Colony” centers on a family — headed up by Holloway and Callies — who must make difficult decisions as they balance staying together with trying to survive. They live in L.A., which has been occupied by a force of outside intruders. While some people have chosen to collaborate with the authorities and benefit from the new order, others have rebelled — and suffer the consequences.
“Carlton and Ryan have created an intriguing ride that uniquely provides a humanistic take on a story set in the near future,” said USA president Chris McCumber. »
- Debra Birnbaum
It's week four of blind auditions on The Voice and the show ain't messing around - we're getting fifteen acts taking to the stage this week in a bid to win an all-important chair spin from the coaches.
And if you want to know a little bit more about those 15 hopefuls, you're in luck, because we have all their pictures, song details and info. Read on for everything you need to know before Saturday night...
1. Tim Arnold - 39, London
Song: 'Running Up That Hill' - Kate Bush
What you need to know: Tim's mum is Polly Perkins who played Rose Cotton in EastEnders - June Brown is a close family friend. Tim also had a taste of success with Britpop band Jocasta in the '90s, but they were dropped on the day their album came out (way harsh). He's still working on music and recently recorded with Gary Kemp. »
Flattop haircut; high-waisted acid-washed jeans; thick gold chains worn around the collar of a top-buttoned shirt. If all you saw was the wardrobe alone, you’d think you’d stepped into a time machine set to 1995 — until, shortly into the film, a gangster wields a gun in one hand and an iPad in the other. "Dope" delivers a smooth blend of anachronistic hip-hop culture and modern technology, which manages to accomplish the bi-fold purpose of setting protagonists Malcolm (Shameik Moore), Jib (Tony Revolori), and Diggy (Kiersey Clemons) apart from their high school peers and connecting with tech-savvy contemporary audiences. The movie is writer-director Rick Famuyiwa's fifth feature, following his 2010 comedy "Our Family Wedding," which starred Forest Whitaker and America Ferrera. "Dope" reunites Famuyiwa with Whitaker, who narrates the story of Malcolm and his buddies Jib and Diggy, a loyal trio of friends obsessed with old-school '90s hip-hop. They live. »
- An Banh
If you’re looking for a word to describe the Doctor’s legion of devoted followers (no – not that word!), then ‘passionate’ pretty much sums them up. Doctor Who fans don’t just watch their favourite programme. Of course they don’t. That would be silly, wouldn’t it? They live, dream and breathe it.
In fact, they’re so passionate about the ongoing escapades of TV’s favourite Time Lord that they even turn on each other whenever the opportunity presents itself. Don’t get us wrong, as a community the Doctor Who fandom is generally a nice place to be. Every now and then, though, something happens that manages to rip us apart. Over the following pages you’ll see 10 examples of show developments that proved to be so controversial that they even sparked a war within the show’s fandom itself. Forget the Time War, these »
- Dan Butler
Described by Funny Balloons’ Peter Danner as “a powerful drama with the tension of a thriller,” “The Club” comes virtually out of the blue, being shot without media coverage in Larrain’s native Chile: The first thing known about it has been the Berlin Festival’s announcement today that it had scored a main Competition slot.
“The Club” marks Larrain’s follow-up to the Oscar nominated “No,” which starred Gael Garcia Bernal, sparked rave reviews – Variety called it “tense throughout, distinctive” – and won the top Art Cinema Award at Cannes 2012 Directors’ Fortnight.
Shot in Cinemascope, “The Club” turns on four men who »
- John Hopewell
As bad ass as nine-time Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson is, it couldn’t save her from being fired Monday night by Donald Trump on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And she blames “Real Housewives” diva Kenya Moore for her downfall.
“Kenya totally got in my head, instead of being strong with the decision I made, I second-guessed myself and that was probably Kenya’s plan all along,” Anderson told TheWrap about backtracking on who to put up for elimination.
Also read: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Recap: Two Athletes Get Bounced
- Alicia Banks
As a drama, "Banshee" is preposterous. It is ludicrous. It regularly defies laws of both plausibility and physics, and there's usually at least one moment per episode where I have to pause the action because I can't stop laughing at how ridiculous it all is. And that is why I've come to love it. "Banshee" is a show that should have no business working at all, let alone returning for an incredibly strong third season Friday night at 10 on Cinemax(*). At first glance, the premise — ex-con assumes the identity of a small-town Pennsylvania sheriff — feels extremely limited, like something better-suited to a straight-to-Netflix movie than an ongoing cable drama, even on HBO's pulpier sister channel. The amount of mayhem visited on this small burg in the middle of Amish country, and the colorful nature of the people perpetrating said mayhem, makes the place often seem a closer approximation of Gotham »
- Alan Sepinwall
19 items from 2015
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