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When the words 'prison film' are thrown around we often have certain expectations about what that's going to be like: intense, violent, certainly uncomfortable, perhaps introspective and humanistic. This pendulum often swings hard to the left (The Shawshank Redemption) or hard to the right (Oz). Shows like Orange Is The New Black and Rectify have certainly offered us more humorous and philosophic avenues to explore.Filmmaker Theodore Collatos was featured back in my old Indie Beat column with his short docudrama Berlin Day To Night. And today I'd like to highlight a new short of his, Time.Intercutting between six inmates in three cells in a correctional center, the film focuses on the camaraderie and support that can be cultivated under such devastating circumstances. For dealing with...
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Deakins has a long (Oscar-less) career working with the Coen Brothers on No Country For Old Men, A Serious Man, and many of their other hits. But he also is known for his work on The Shawshank Redemption, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Road to Perdition, and most recently in the best shot James Bond movie of all-time, Skyfall.
For some reason Deakins hasn’t won an Oscar for that career yet, but maybe it will change this year with Sicario. If not, the Academy should reevaluate their life choices.
The video is produced by Plot Points Productions.
The post Votd: See the work of Roger Deakins in ‘Deakins: Shadows in the Valley’ appeared first on PopOptiq. »
- Zach Dennis
The Joseph Gordon-Levitt-starring picture, in which he plays French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, is Zemeckis’ first film since 2012’s Flight which earned two Oscar nominations, but none for Zemeckis himself.
Premiering on opening night in New York has led to Oscar success for films in past years, and with a season that has so far not seen a frontrunner, The Walk is hoping to capitalize.
Here’s a look at films that have premiered on New York Film Festival’s opening night and gone on to receive recognition from the Academy:
Chariots of Fire (1981): The drama about two runners competing in the 1924 Olympic Games opened the 19th Nyff on its way to winning four Academy Awards, »
- Patrick Shanley
18 years ago today, U2 performed a concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina while on their PopMart Tour. They were the first major artist to have a concert in the city after the end of the Bosnian War. About 45,000 people attended the show held in Koševo Stadium — which was used as a morgue during the war. Security was tight at the show, and troops surrounded the stadium in case violence broke out. But the soldiers were part of one of the most meaningful moments of the concert, as NME magazine recalled: When the band walked offstage at the end of the show, the audience erupted into applause, and the troops joined in. Larry Mullen, Jr., the band’s drummer, later said in an interview on BBC Radio, “There's no doubt that that is an experience I will never forget for the rest of my life. And if I had to spend »
- Emily Rome
We'd like to wish Stephen King a very happy birthday today by highlighting some of his most memorable movie moments. The now 68-year-old author has inspired many great and some not-so-great adaptations and original works, and we look forward to many more. King's first published novel, Carrie, was also the first of his works to become a movie, which was directed by Brian De Palma. We can probably thank King for giving us one of the most iconic and oft-parodied bits in the history of cinema, seen here: The three best-reviewed movies based on King's works, according to Rotten Tomatoes, are Rob Reiner's Stand By Me, Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. He loves the two...
- Christopher Campbell
The Mist is somewhat of a cult hit. Released in 2007 and directed by Frank Darabont it came out of nowhere and thanks to some smart casting and a kicker of an ending the film has wormed it’s way into the hearts of film fans all over.
Continuing a tradition he started with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, Darabont again looked to the work of Stephen King, The Mist being one of his novellas. Set the in a sleepy town in Maine the story saw David Drayton, his son and half of the town stranded in the local supermarket enveloped in mist. It being a Stephen King story there is much more to the tale than that with the mist housing giant alien insect and marine life reminiscent creatures.
Hoping to strike oil a second time the story is now set to be explored as a television series »
- Kat Smith
Here's a fun bit of trivia. What do these eleven films have in common: "Legends of the Fall," "The English Patient," "Titanic," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "There Will Be Blood," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Inception," "Life of Pi," "Gravity" and "Birdman"? Answer: These films won the Best Cinematography Oscar in their respective years and which prevailed over nominated films from peerless cinematographer and all-round class act Roger Deakins. Deserving as many of those awards might have been, it is, to put it politely, getting a little bit ridiculous. Over the past twenty years since his first nod for "The Shawshank Redemption" back in 1995, Deakins has managed a dozen nominations (even netting two in one year) but zero wins. This week's "Sicario," from director Denis Villeneuve (read our review), is so »
- The Playlist Staff
According to the site, the series “will tell an original story about a seemingly innocuous mist that seeps into a small town but contains limitless havoc. From psychological terrors to otherworldly creatures, the mist causes the town residents’ darkest demons to appear forcing them to battle the supernatural event and, more importantly, each other.”
“The terror and drama in Stephen King’s novella are so vast that we felt serialized television is the best place to explore them in greater depth,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films. “With this show, Christian has created a fascinating band of characters and a story with infinite scares.”
King’s novella was first published in 1980 before featuring in 1985’s Skeleton Crew. »
- Gary Collinson
If Roger Deakins were cast in a movie, he might play a big game hunter, or a celebrated explorer — he has that kind of physical presence. He’s a manly man. Yet there’s sensitivity behind the virility. His nature is calm; his manner soft-spoken; his sartorial style consistent: white cotton Oxford shirt, casual windbreaker and scruffy boots. The outward simplicity reflects an approach he applies to the craft of cinematography. But the result is anything but.
“Everybody uses the same tools, the same technology, the same work flows. But it’s all about your taste and how you apply it,” says Richard Crudo, president of the American Society of Cinematographers. “And I think that’s what makes Roger so compelling. His approach to everything is filtered through his eye and his taste in a way that only he is capable. It’s that simple, if that can be thought »
- Steve Chagollan
William Sadler is one of those actors better known for his face than his name. Appearing in over 154 productions, his cv includes parts in Die Hard 2, The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey. He’s also a popular face on television, starting out in Tales from the Crypt before starring in the full three-season run of Roswell.
With a career so extensive there was no way we could squeeze all our questions into the standard fifteen minute time slot so instead we sought out Mr Sadler, Bill to his friends, and took him out to dinner. Over the course of our meal we delved into pretty much everything he has ever done, finding out everything from how he found directing, to what it’s like to fight Bruce Willis and, of course, whether the Grim Reaper »
- Kat Smith
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Last year, Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar on his 8th nomination in just 9 years (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," though he was competing against himself for "The Imitation Game"). He could easily find himself nominated again for either "Suffragette" or "The Danish Girl" (or both), though it seems likely his primary competition will be a man who has an even bigger losing streak than Desplat had going into last year: Thomas Newman. Since receiving two nominations his first time out in 1995 (for "Little Women" and "The Shawshank Redemption), Newman has totaled 12 overall -- losing every time. Is this his year? Perhaps if Steven Spielberg or James Bond have anything to say about it. Newman has scored both "Bridge of Spies" and "Spectre." Is this time? We won't know until we see those films, but for now it's safe to say it's a strong possibility on paper. Best Original Score predictions below. »
- Peter Knegt
A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with The Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to Mossy Bottom Farm.
Shaun The Sheep Movie powers through visual puns, sight gags and rollicking plot twists to arrive at a hard-won realization: there’s no place like home.
As there is no dialogue from any of the characters, the music plays such an important role in the movie. That’s where the fantastic, colorful score from composer Ilan Eshkeri comes in.
Complete with the Shaun the Sheep theme, lively cues, and songs, including the award-friendly “Feels Like Summer” song, Eshkeri score is a wonderful soundtrack for a very funny film.
Eshkeri’s recent film work includes Still Alice, »
- Michelle McCue
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Read More: IFC Midnight Acquires Tribeca Fest Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Selma BlairBrad Coley's ("The Undeserved") second feature film tells a multigenerational saga through the eyes of Clair, (Rachel Miner) a 33-year-old New Yorker who decides to return to her childhood home in New England for the first time since fleeing after the mysterious death of her mother. As she reencounters locals and her family's murky history, Clair realizes that secrecy pervades her small town, mostly through Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), a local bigwig whose revitalization plans for the town are not what they seem to be. Watch in the clip above as Clair confronts Cryus' son, Frank Byron (Andy Comeau,) and finds that she has more in common with him than she thought. The thriller co-stars Rachel Miner ("Supernatural"), William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Chris Sarandon ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") and Andy Comeau »
- Sarah Choi
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
Warner Bros. Even though the movie business is a commercially-driven industry, high financial returns aren’t exactly a barometer of quality in an age of sequels, remakes, reboots and franchises. For example, the Transformers and Twilight franchises have each earned well over $3bn at the box office despite generally being awful, while at the other end of the spectrum several all-time classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life, The Shawshank Redemption and Blade Runner were considered box office bombs when they were first released, but are now regarded as some of the greatest movies ever made.
With that in mind, this article will take a look at ten notorious box office bombs that are actually pretty good movies in their own right, although admittedly none of them are anywhere near on a par with the aforementioned classics. Despite the fact that many of these movies have some pretty major shortcomings, »
- Scott Campbell
When people are asked what Best Picture Oscar races resulted in the wrong film winning over another, two in the past twenty years immediately come to mind. The first was in 1999 when "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" for the gong.
The second and arguably more incredulous though was 2006 when Paul Haggis' racial drama "Crash" beat out Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" for the honor. On the tenth anniversary of the film's release, Lee and producer James Schamus talked to Variety about the making of the film and Schamus explained how he thinks the loss simply came down to the Academy playing it safe:
"You could sense the lack of excitement in Hollywood after the 847th trophy was picked up, and I could tell that a lot of folks felt there was a safe political narrative (with 'Crash'). The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone at the »
- Garth Franklin
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