12 items from 2016
A new trailer has arrived online for Paul Verhoeven’s “user generated” experimental film Tricked. Split into two parts, the first details Verhoeven’s experience on the crowdsourced project, while the second features the film itself. Take a look below after the official synopsis…
Part behind-the-scenes documentary, part narrative feature, Verhoeven’S Tricked is the result of an ambitious experiment in filmmaking. The first section follows director Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, Total Recall) as he navigates the production of a crowd-sourced film. Shooting only four minutes of a prepared script, the remainder is culminated from thousands of submitted pages. In the second section, the finished film unfolds. Verhoeven’s initial premise offers the hint of a plot involving a pregnant former mistress and a struggling business, but thanks to the crowd-sourced script the story that develops is anything but predictable. With a brisk pace and exhilarating zigzag of a plot, »
- Amie Cranswick
Lead-produced by Said Ben Said’s Sbs Productions, a company which has a strong line in films from some of Europe and America’s biggest name directors – one of its largest successes was Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” — “Elle” stars Huppert as the head of a top European video games company, a woman who seems indestructible, has it all, is always in control, is ruthless in business and is in love.
One night, as she lets the cat in, a masked man in a ski suit bursts into her home, and rapes her.
The attack changes Michele’s life forever. She reacts, resolutely, learns to fire a gun, sleeps with a hammer on her pillow, begins to suspect the assailant may be one of her employees, »
- John Hopewell
We’re excited enough for Paul Verhoeven‘s Elle to name it one of our most-anticipated films of 2016, so consider us pleasantly surprised that another, new-ish work will be arriving even sooner. The project is Tricked, a (shocker!) darkly comic thriller with sexual undertones that premiered as part of a crowdsourced project that left much of the creative control to regular folks, with a 30-minute documentary supplement giving background. When it played at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2013, Verhoeven was asked if any of the results were particularly strong. His response: “No. But there were enough elements that were Ok and interesting and a lot of things that I wouldn’t have really not invented, you know, because I don’t think that way.”
- Nick Newman
We recently saw the release of the trailer for 10 Cloverfield Lane, which started life as an independent film unrelated to Cloverfield but was rewritten as a sequel (of sorts). This got us thinking about other films that were conceived as original projects but were altered by studios to become sequels to existing franchises.
When 10 Cloverfield Lane started out, it was an independent film called The Cellar, about a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) who wakes up injured and locked in the bunker-like cellar of a man (John Goodman) she’s never met before. The strange man tells her that he found after an accident and brought her there to minister to her wounds but then a cataclysmic disaster ravaged the surface world and she has to stay there. She doesn’t believe him and spends the rest of the film trying to escape, while her memories of the night of her accident slowly return. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Towards the end of last year, we ran a series of posts bringing together rare-ish behind the scenes we’d found of a collection of older movies. There are links to some of them down at the bottom of this piece.
If you click on the posh gallery widget at the top of this article, though, you’ll fire up a collection of promotional shots and behind the scenes images we found from the original production of Labyrinth.
Labyrinth is available on DVD and Blu-ray now, and is, of course, quite awesome.
See related Total Recall (1990): rare behind the scenes pictures The Naked Gun trilogy: »
Did you know Paul Verhoeven's got a new psycho-sexual thriller starring Isabelle Huppert coming in 2016? The cat-and-mouse style revenger with a great cast looks to be a promising return for the Dutch director.
For some reason Verhoeven fell off my radar after his World War II thriller Black Book. I don't even remember hearing about his 2012 film Tricked, but I'm glad this one caught my eye.
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Mich&egra [Continued ...] »
Palmer Luckey, Oculus Vr founder has been brought back to reality (sorry) over a confidentiality agreement signed when he worked for Total Recall Technologies.
As reported by Reuters, Recall are claiming that “In 2011 and 2012, Luckey received feedback and information to improve the design of [their] display” during his time with the company, to which he then used “when he launched a Kickstarter campaign for his own head-mounted display called the Oculus Rift”.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup gave the case the go ahead on contractual terms, but threw out civil claims that included fraud. Oculus Vr was bought by Facebook for $2 million in 2014 and is also currently undergoing a separate lawsuit from Bethesda/Fallout parent company Zenimax, who claim intellectual property rights over work by former employee and designer John Carmack, who now works at Oculus.
Luckey claims the lawsuit by Total Recall is “A brazen attempt to secure »
- Steven Turner
The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...
The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.
However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention. »
Critically acclaimed director Paul Verhoeven (Robocop, Total Recall) is returning to the director’s chair for the French-speaking thriller Elle. A new poster and international trailer have both recently been released and can be viewed below…
Michèle seems indestructible. Head of a successful video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game-a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.
Elle will be released in France on September 21st, meanwhile there is no word on a Us or UK release date yet.
- Robert Kojder
Paul Verhoeven's films can usually be divided into one of two camps: heavy-masculine sci-fi action (Total Recall, Starship Troopers), or heavy-feminine psychosexual thriller (Basic Instinct, Showgirls). He has returned after nearly a decade's absence, and his new film, Elle (based on the novel by Philippe Djian, who also wrote Betty Blue), clearly seems to fit into the latter category. In a bit of a departure, the film is in french, and stars Isabelle Huppert, one of the great ladies of french cinema. The first trailer (in french without subtitles) has landed.Huppert plays Michele, the wealthy owner of a video game company, who is brutally raped in her home by a stranger. After the event, she first becomes paranoid, then starts to seek out her rapist...
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In the late 1980s/early ‘90s, Dutch filmmaker Paul Verhoeven was everything. "RoboCop," "Total Recall," and "Basic Instinct” is about as perfect a run as you can get, and these films made a huge pop cultural mark that will likely never be erased. But like Joe Eszterhas, the hot screenwriter paid exorbitant sums of money for his scripts, Verhoeven tumbled rather hard with the Eszerhas-penned “Showgirls.” His next film, “Starship Troopers,” was a bit of a critical reclamation, but it didn’t quite light up the box office. From there it was diminishing returns until the filmmaker took a long break from Hollywood. Read More: Interview: Paul Verhoeven On 'Tricked' & What's Next Including 'Rogue,' 'Hidden Force' & 'Jesus Of Nazareth’ Verhoeven roared back with the excellent and critically acclaimed “Black Book” in 2006, but his 2012 follow-up, the experimental “Tricked,” which used mobile apps and tied into a user-generated TV show, »
- Edward Davis
Genre distributor Terror Films has unveiled its 2016 slate, which includes the horror anthology “Patient Seven,” a documentary on the making of Stephen King‘s “Pet Sematary” and a trio of haunted house movies, TheWrap has learned. “Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary” is a documentary that includes interviews with the director and cast of the classic horror movie as well as never-before-seen footage from the set in Maine. “Patient Seven” is an original horror anthology that follows seven patients in a mental hospital. The cast includes Michael Ironside (“Total Recall”) and Jack Plotnick (“Reno 911”), with segments starring Amy »
- Jeff Sneider
12 items from 2016
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