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Simon Brew Mar 21, 2017
How many of us revisit a film, if it didn't work for us first time around?
A bit of clickbait avoidance. The answer to the question posed in the title is: it clearly depends on the film. But I think there’s a bit more to it than that. Hence this article.
Let’s start, then, with Stephen Fry. In his relatively recent memoir More Fool Me, he spends a welcome chunk of the opening section discussing books, and how memories of books can leak over time. He ties it into Guy Pearce’s character in Memento, thus earning a few extra geek points from the jar.
But there’s a sentence he writes, on page 15, that struck me at the time, and has struck me regularly since. For he simply recalls that “A friend of mine pointed out recently how absurd it was that people reread »
Movies are undoubtedly our most powerful art form: they can make us laugh, cringe, scream and sing. But, they also make us cry. Film, if executed properly (and that varies by genre), reenacts life, and depending on the subject, it can hit close to home for any number of people. For example, if your dog just died a few days ago, watching Old Yeller probably is not the way to go.
However, though these scenes may be upsetting, they are what make the film shine; it’s what we remember; it draws our attention towards and gives us a reason to care about what’s going on. These strong, emotional responses are what filmmakers are always looking to achieve, and when they have their audience reaching for the tissue boxes, that’s how they know they’ve done their job.
It’s true in all aspects of storytelling that time »
- Luke Parker
If revenge really is a dish best served cold, then modern cinema is strewn with some brilliantly icy meals, not least of which is Tom Ford’s critically acclaimed potboiler, Nocturnal Animals, available on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD from March 13th courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Before we get to the fashion icon-come-auteur’s searing second project, though, let’s have a look at some of the best revenge films:
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
In The Shawshank Redemption, arguably one of the greatest tales of redemption we see Andy Dufresne imprisoned for the murder of his wife and her lover. At the start of Dufresne’s stint, the sadistic Warden Norton tells him that salvation lies within and upon realising Andy’s superior intellect and background in finance, uses him to fiddle his books. Dufresne eventually escapes, however this story wouldn’t be complete without his ultimate »
- Paul Heath
Seeking proof of life after death, a man puts out a newspaper ad with a $30,000 reward for anyone who can show him that the afterlife truly exists in We Go On. A horror film with a lot on its mind, We Go On is now available to watch on the streaming service Shudder, and we recently caught up with the film's directors, Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, for our latest Q&A feature.
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us. What inspired you to create We Go On?
Jesse Holland: What inspired us was the universality of the question, what happens after you die? It’s a question everyone asks. We wanted to have a protagonist that anyone could identify with and he’s asking a universal question.
Andy Mitton: The premise of putting an ad out to see if anyone can prove the afterlife was hooky and straightforward, »
- Derek Anderson
At the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Kevin O’Connell just broke the longest streak for Oscar nominations without a win. The 59-year-old New Yorker had been nominated 21 times in total, making 2017 a very good year for him.
Who else among Hollywood’s finest has had to weather a storm of nominations without a win? Well, even just keeping it to over 10 nominations, it’s a healthy list. Let’s take a look.
O’Connell’s win must have been somewhat bittersweet for Russell, who’s directly behind the elder sound mixer in the category of most nominations without wins. »
- Alex Heigl
Originally planned for a November 2016 release, with Channing Tatum starring as the titular card-slingin’ cajun, that date came and went with not even a peep from 20th Century Fox. With Magneto: Origins famously being cancelled back in the mid 2000s, fans of Gambit had every reason to be worried that his appearances on the big screen might be limited to the mind-blowingly dreadful X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
To allay these fears, X-Men producer Simon Kinberg has now stepped in to update us:
“It’s in active development. It’s a movie that we hope will be ready to go by the end of this year and shoot next year. We have two or three X-Men related movies this year so it can wait for a moment. The process »
- David James
Author: Zehra Phelan
Holy Horrors, Jj Abrams and Stephen King fans rejoice – streaming service Hulu has officially put in a 10 episode order for Jj Abrams and Stephen King’s horror/drama Castle Rock series, giving the all-clear for production on the series to start this year.
The not-so-secret Castle Rock is the offspring of a partnership between Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros TV, who released a teaser last Friday which has gained over a staggering 1 million views since appearing. The series has been developed by Manhattan creator Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason for television and is based on characters and situations created by Stephen King. Shaw and Thomason also serve as writers on the show as well as executive producers alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer.
- Zehra Phelan
Joining actress Holly Hunter, the Academy Award-winning actor best known for his performance in the classic prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, will star in the 10 episode family drama from the man behind Six Feet Under.
Robbins will play a philosophy professor named Greg and the series will revolve around a contemporary family as Greg, his lawyer wife, their three adopted kids and one biological child, deal with harbouring rifts that start to affect the family.
Ball will serve as executive producer for this new series along with Peter Macdissi. »
- Samuel Brace
Last week it was revealed that J.J. Abrams and Stephen King were working together on an anthology series for Hulu. Entitled, "Castle Rock", the series is said to weave together characters and themes from those novels that use the Castle Rock location, including the likes of Cujo, The Dark Half, It, Needful Things, The Body and The Shawshank Redemption. An ambitious project, for... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Following Friday night's big announcement that Stephen King and J.J. Abrams have teamed up for a Castle Rock series, it's now been announced that the series has been given a ten-episode order that will start production later this year, and official details on what to expect from the show have also been unveiled.
According to THR, the Castle Rock series has the following official description:
"A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, It and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption are either »
- Derek Anderson
The Academy Award winner will star alongside Holly Hunter in the untitled 10-episode series.
The series focuses on a contemporary multi-racial family: a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep rifts. Then, one of the children begins to see things others cannot — is it mental illness, or something else? The series is described as a tragicomic meditation on the complicated forces at work on us all in America today.
Robbins will play the philosophy professor, Greg. He is questioning his life, his purpose, and the world in which he lives — a world in which it seems the bad guys have won — and his strained relationship with his wife Audrey (Hunter) adds to his overall anxiety.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Rob Leane Feb 23, 2017
The mysterious teaser clip for Castle Rock, the Stephen King-inspired TV series from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company and the American streaming service Hulu, has racked up over a million YouTube views in less than a week.
See related SS-gb episode 1 review SS-gb: trailer and start date for Nazi Britain drama The Man In The High Castle season 2 spoiler-free review
But the teaser didn't contain much information about what the show will actually entail. Thankfully, Hulu has sent a press release around, so now we have this whopping great big description...
"A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. »
A mysterious new project, called “Castle Rock,” from Stephen King and Jj Abrams is coming to Hulu, if a mysterious new trailer is to be believed. King tweeted the link to the 60 second video, which references many of King’s novels, including “Pet Sematary,” The Shining,” Misery” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” before settling on the words “Castle Rock,” the fictional town in Maine. “A Hulu Original” closes out the teaser, and no other information is given. Hulu did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. More to come… JJAbrams and I want to invite you to take a trip to Castle Rock. »
- Linda Ge
You may have visited the town of Castle Rock in a Stephen King book or two. Now it’s coming to TV.
J.J. Abrams will executive-produce a new King-inspired original series, Castle Rock, coming soon to Hulu from Abrams’ Bad Robot production company. Abrams announced the series on Friday via a cryptic tweet:
— Bad Robot (@bad_robot) February 18, 2017
The YouTube link in the tweet led to this (also cryptic) teaser:
Salem’s Lot, Needful Things, Cujo, The Dark Half, Gerald’s Game, Creepshow, The Shawshank Redemption, Misery, Doctor Sleep, It, Sleepwalkers, The Dead Zone, The Shining, and so many more of Stephen King’s tales of terror have one thing in common… they… Continue Reading →
- Steve Barton
Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By: Carson Blackwelder
There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?
As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »
- Carson Blackwelder
(Courtesy: Kimberley French/20th Century Fox)
By: Carson Blackwelder
One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.
Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of »
- Carson Blackwelder
The use of silhouettes in cinematography can be powerful and evocative. One of the masters of silhouettes is cinematographer Roger Deakins, who has earned 13 Academy Award nominations over three decades (but never actually won one yet). One Perfect Shot video editor H. Perry Horton put together this compilation titled "Paint it Black: The Silhouettes of Roger Deakins" profiling some of his best silhouette shots. There's footage from Skyfall, True Grit, Sicario, Assassination of Jesse James, The Hurricane, Jarhead, Prisoners, The Shawshank Redemption, and even the new Blade Runner (because why not?). Watch below. Description from YouTube: "Roger Deakins is quite simply the most accomplished cinematographer of his time, responsible for some of the most breathtaking imagery of the last 30+ years. In particular his acumen with using figures in silhouette to evoke an array of emotional atmospheres is unparalleled. Here are his best." This video was edited by H. Perry Horton, »
- Alex Billington
Samuel Brace argues that quality isn’t subjective…
Many things in life are up for debate. Many things can be interpreted and argued over. Everyone is different; everyone is a product of their own environment, dictated to by their personal tastes. Things like our favourite foods, favourite actors, favourite sports, books, music and yes, films, are all a personal matter. What each one of us loves is indeed subjective. What is not subjective however is quality. Quality is very much objective. And film is either good or it is not.
La La Land is a film that is lauded, and rightly so. It is a film with extraordinary cinematography, great performances, expert direction and an excellent score. These things are true. These things cannot be disproved. You can measure them against a scale of good and not good. You can of course not like any of these things and of »
- Samuel Brace
The Oscars, or the Academy Awards, are one of my favorite award ceremonies of the year for a few reasons. Primarily, it gives all the filmmakers, actors, actresses, and people behind the camera their chance to shine and to be recognized for all of their hard work, they then get to take home that trophy and have "bragging rights" for the rest of their careers. Additionally, the Oscars can create massive controversy like when Citizen Kane, Goodfellows, or Vertigo were snubbed, or lets just look at 1994 when Forrest Gump beat both The Shawshank Redemption and Pulp Fiction. Even more recently, the 2010 awards where The King's Speech won over Inception, Black Swan, The Social Network, and The Fighter. Have you ever tried watching The King's Speech, and if you have, have you been able to stay awake through the entire movie?
Either way the Oscars are still a fun topic of »
- Drew Carlton
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