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Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on ten films from Krzysztof Kieślowski.
One of Europe’s most prolific and influential directors, whose films wield significant artistic, emotional and political weight.
For those keeping score, Criterion has only officially released five films from Kieślowski so far on home video, but today’s additions to their Fandor picks (which will end up on Hulu soon) shows that we have a lot more to be excited about. Let’s hope the Decalogue is in the works as well!
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- Ryan Gallagher
Many horror fans know Ashley C. Williams as Lindsay from The Human Centipede, but her role in the upcoming revenge thriller Julia will feature the actress as a vastly different character with some bold intentions of her own. With Julia due out in select AMC theaters on October 23rd, we caught up with Ashley for our latest Q&A feature to look ahead at her latest project and reflect on The Human Centipede, as well.
Thanks for taking the time to converse with us today, Ashley. When you first read the screenplay for Julia, what appealed to you the most?
Ashley C. Williams: My pleasure! When I read the script, I really couldn't put it down, which is very rare these days when a script is sent to me. Every page turn I was just sucked deeper and deeper into the dark inner world of this character—her pain, »
- Derek Anderson
It’s all there in that swooning opening music: Gattaca isn’t just another sleek film about the future. The feature debut of New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, the smart, elegant, intensely moving Gattaca may just be his finest film to date.
The film introduces us to Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who’s in the process of a carrying out a painstaking daily ritual: shaving every stray hair from his body, exfoliating his skin and burning the material left behind - it’s as though Vincent’s treating himself as a crime scene.
Vincent lives in a future where genetic profiling has divided society into Valids - those whose DNA has been fettled to perfection by scientists before birth - and In-valids - those conceived naturally, with all potential genetic flaws it involves. »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young – i.e., media friendly – Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on Feb. 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the teen comedy »
- Steve Montgomery
4 items from 2015
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