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Director: Richard Linklater
U.S. Distributor: IFC Films
A nod to Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel creation and a wink to 7-up series from a filmmaker who arguably might have given us his career best just last year with the third chapter in Celine and Jesse saga, perhaps in some parallel manner, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight might have been the test run for what might be one hell of an anthropological dozen year film experiment. Production commenced way back in 2002, so as much as we look forward in seeing three people age before our eyes, and before its unveiling at Sundance, what we were most curious in seeing was how Linklater might have embraced different technologies and how he framed, shifted positions narratively speaking. According to Hawke, the acting is in a league of its own, »
- Eric Lavallee
The article below -- part of a series of recaps for the new HBO series "Looking" -- contains spoilers for "Looking In The Mirror" -- the February 23rd episode. By spending last week's episode intimately focused on just Patrick and Richie (in what felt like an exceptional mini-film in the vein of "Before Sunrise" or Andrew Haigh's own "Weekend), "Looking" achieved new levels of creative development that seemed to win over even its bitchiest detractors (I've always generally been a fan, but I'll definitely agree it was the series' best episode). The series clearly had to bring the rest of the characters back into the fold this time around (yes, even Agustín), and what better way to do that without losing newfound momentum than a boozy, bitchy birthday party in the park. For the occasion of Dom's big 4-0, "Looking" brought almost every character into one setting for the first time, »
- Peter Knegt
[Update: Sources close to LeBron James have refuted this story. Scroll for details.]
1980s movies and TV shows have inspired more remakes/reboots than just about any other cinematic era, with movies like The Clash of the Titans, The Thing, The A-Team, The Evil Dead, Fright Night, RoboCop, and so on coming out in the past decade. The ’90s then must be the decade of the sequel, with Men in Black 3, Before Sunrise, and the upcoming Jurassic World all continuing stories that came out before Y2K.
Now another beloved ’90s movie is getting its own sequel thanks to a famous basketball player’s childhood dream.
Deadline is reporting that LeBron James will star ...
- Casey Cipriani
A decade ago, Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater were some of the strongest American filmmakers working outside Hollywood. Anderson had churned out three distinctive visions ("Rushmore,” "The Royal Tenenbaums," and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou") while Linklater was entrenched in a career steeped in talky, deeply introspective works, from "Slacker" to "Waking Life," not to mention "Before Sunrise" and its equally popular sequel, "Before Sunset." Now? Last weekend, when both men won top prizes at the Berlin Film Festival for their latest features, it looked as though nothing had changed. If anything, the filmmakers' accomplishments suggested that they have achieved greater autonomy than ever before, and that's saying something. Anderson took home the runner-up Silver Bear for his fantastical period comedy "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a slick but unapologetically self-indulgent achievement by a »
- Eric Kohn
Boy meets go-go boy and they try to find a place to hook-up…
That’s the basic premise of Trick, but if you’ve seen the beloved 1999 film, you know it’s actually a sweet and charming romantic comedy that has endured and is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year.
In the New York-based film, directed by Jim Fall and written by Jason Schafer, Gabriel (Christian Campbell) first sees go-go boy Mark (J.P. Pitoc) shaking it at a local gay bar, but a chance meeting on the subway later takes them on an all-night adventure that goes from a piano bar, Tori Spelling (who played Gabriel’s Bff, Katherine), a dance club and Gabriel’s memorable bathroom interaction with none other than Miss Coco Peru.
To commemorate the film, UCLA is hosting an Outfest Legacy screening this Saturday in Los Angeles along with a Q&A with Fall, »
- Jim Halterman
Something of a slower week for me, on Monday I watched RoboCop and right when I got home I watched the original again just for the sake of comparison. My only other theatrical viewing was About Last Night, which my wife and I were going to go see on Valentine's, but it was only showing in two awful theaters nearby and so we decided not to, stayed home and I got her to watch Before Sunrise for the first time. I also watched Mike Nichols' Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfc on TCM and I still have to review Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Snabba Cash II), which I also watched this week and while it's decent, it has some massive plot issues. On top of that, director Babak Najafi is no Daniel Espinosa, but I am curious in watching the third and (I think) final film in the trilogy, »
- Brad Brevet
Asia was the big winner at the 64th Berlin Film Festival, taking home four Bears, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and Silver Bear for Best Actor (Liao Fan) for Diao Yinan’s Black Coal, Thin Ice (Bai Ri Yan Huo).Click here for full list of winners
Another of the three Chinese titles, Blind Massage, picked up the Silver Bear for Outstanding Achievement, which again went to a cinematographer, Zeng Jian. Last year had seen DoP Aziz Zhambakiyev receive the prize for his camerawork on Harmony Lessons.
There were a further six prizes or special mentions for films from Asia in the decisions of the Generation and independent juries (Fipresci and Netpac).
Black Coal, Thin Ice is the fourth Chinese film to win the Golden »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
The 29th annual Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival on Sunday tapped “Noble” as winner of the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a feature made outside mainstream Hollywood.
The honor includes a Panavision camera package worth $60,000. Mark Huberman, who appears in the film, accepted the award for director Stephen Bradley. An honorable mention was awarded to Hill Harper for his performance in “1982,” directed by Tommy Oliver.
Documentary Film Award went to “Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo.” Director Matt Livadary and producer Erin Krozek accepted the award at the press conference and brunch at the Fess Parker Doubletree by Hilton Resort. “Queens” also received the Audience Choice Award, sponsored by The Santa Barbara Independent.
The Nueva Vision Award for »
- Tim Gray
The 29th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival winds up Sunday, after eleven days of tributes and screenings, concluding with back-to-back screenings of the Before trilogy: "Before Sunrise," "Before Sunset," and "Before Midnight," followed by my Conversation with Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, The winners of the 2014 festival competition were chosen by a festival jury for the 2014 Sbiff included Yahoo! Movies writer Thelma Adams, documentary filmmaker Mimi deGruy, Sbiff Founder Phyllis DePicciotto, Tony Award-winning composer Adam Guettel, Academy Award-winning editor Artie Schmidt, actor Alan Thicke, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe. The jury choosing the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, given to a unique independent feature that has been made outside mainstream Hollywood, was actress Frances Fisher and producer Ted Hope. They selected Vietnam period drama »
- Anne Thompson
Julie Delpy will direct A Dazzling Display of Splendor.
The Before Midnight actress is also writing the film, which is set in the early 1900s, reports Variety.
Based in the early days of silent cinema and the automobile industry, the film centres around a family of vaudeville performers that embark on a cross-country road trip.
As they travel from New York to Los Angeles, they work together on a motion picture.
Her most recent directorial outing was 2012's 2 Days in New York.
Casting is currently underway for A Dazzling Display of Splendor. »
Earlier this week we asked for your favorite movies based on books. Now it's time to focus on five specific adaptations recognized as Oscar contenders. Of course, not all of the nominees in the Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) category are based on books. The outsider this year is Before Midnight, which many believe should be considered for the original screenplay award instead. It's not exactly adapted from anything, but it is based on characters previously created for another movie (Before Sunrise). I think this is only the second sequel not to come from a novel to be nominated in the category -- the first also being a third part: Toy Story 3. The other four are based on books, but none are adapted from novels, which is likely another rarity. All works of...
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Written and directed by Anne Émond
Two bodies, first in sexual motion, then in a dark stillness accompanied by conversations of previous grief and existential dread. It’s a subject explored before by Éric Rohmer and in a much lighter sense with Linklater’s Before trilogy. It’s a certain style of romantic trope in cinema history to focus heavily on interesting protagonists as they attempt to connect with each other, revealed who they are with brevity, jokes, and noxious nostalgia. Nuit #1, the first feature of Québécois Anne Émond, aspires to this lineage, taking us from a glitzy, sweaty club nightlife to a dingy, starving-artist-approved apartment for real-time, blunt sex until the title card announces the time for the sometimes illuminating, yet always sophomoric dialogue.
Nikolai (Dimitri Storage) stops Clara (Catherine de Léan) as she takes her exit from what she assumed to be a typical one-night stand. »
- Zach Lewis
Author Jayme K., writer of last Summer's new horror novel 'Disorderly', and illustrator Joel Amat Guell have been given the joint role editors-in-chief of the up and coming literary website 'That Lit Site'. The site which is due to relaunch this coming March will become a full literature website, delivering news, articles, reviews, interviews, and of course quotes on a daily basis. Jayme K. is currently working on a follow up novel tenatively titled 'Crimewave' which is due for publication later this year. Guell has previously worked on commissions and illustrations for bands and indie publisher Before Sunrise Press, where he designed over a dozen book jackets for various horror novels. The duo will also be starting up a new Kickstarter project next month for their upcoming comic book series 'The Extractor.' »
Chatting with the trio behind “Before Midnight” — writer-director Richard Linklater and writer-stars Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke — is a bit like being in one of their movies. The conversation flows freely and quickly, with a great deal of overlapping dialogue and finishing of one another’s sentences.
The three recently gathered at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel the day after winning the Critics’ Choice Movie Award’s Louis Xiii Genius honor for their work on what has come to be known as the “Before” trilogy: 1995’s “Before Sunrise,” 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight.” Or, as Hawke jokingly calls it, “the lowest-grossing trilogy in the history of motion pictures.”
While they may not be making blockbusters, they’re not losing money — “Midnight” has grossed $11.2 million worldwide against a budget of just $3 million. And the triumvirate has achieved something that’s perhaps even more difficult. Over the course of 20 years, »
- Jenelle Riley
Ten of Hollywood’s top screenwriters shared their secrets with their writing brethren Tuesday — with a major focus on the precision needed to create believable characters such as Jesse and Celine in “Before Midnight.”
Delpy appeared during the Writers Guild of America’s “Beyond Words” panel discussion at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. Writers from seven of the 10 screenplays up WGA awards attended the two-hour event, which drew about 400.
Delpy said that a 14-minute car scene — shot in a single take by director Richard Linklater — was by far the most difficult in the film.
Delpy, who is up for WGA and Academy Awards in the adapted screenplay categories with Ethan Hawke and Linklater, said the trio spent years constructing the back story of the »
- Dave McNary
[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series, in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014. Here's Tim Brayton on Boyhood.]
Richard Linklater’s 12-years-in-production epic follows one child from age 7 to 18, as he and his parents grow up in front of our eyes. There’s no readily apparent plot details beyond that -- unless you're reading spoilers from Sundance reviews -- but I’m hoping for robot vampires.
Director-producer-conceiver Linklater is joined by his ever-ready partner in long-form narrative, Ethan Hawke, as well as Patricia Arquette. Ellar Coltrane, in the longest-gestating breakthrough performance of all time, stars as the boy himself.
Why We Can’t Wait
The excellence of the every-nine-years entries in the Before… series have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that Linklater has a unique gift for telling stories about the way that people’s lives, outlooks, and even personalities mature and evolve as the years go by. And if anything, the hook behind his newly-completed project is even more exciting: watching a child »
- Tim Brayton
About a Boy: Linklater’s Unique Experiment a Mostly Enjoyable Endeavor
An experience that is as enhanced by the aura of its experimental nature as it is sometimes hindered by it, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years, has long been gathering a sort of mythic anticipation. The result is a unique and unprecedented experience, and one that may not quite live up to its expectation or even some other far superior titles from Linklater’s own recent filmography. That said, with nearly a three hour running time and daunting shoot, he has created a seamless portrait of childhood, adolescence and parenting that is at times arresting and aggravatingly uninteresting. And just as we watch its engaging cast members grow before our eyes, so do we see Linklater’s own craft as a director and screenwriter transform as well.
We meet Mason »
- Nicholas Bell
The One I Love is Charlie McDowell’s feature directorial debut. It stars Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass as a broken couple who go on a retreat to an idyllic home at the urging of their therapist (played by McDowell’s stepfather, Ted Danson) in an attempt to salvage their relationship. And that’s the only thing you should know about it going in.
“I think we just felt like the movie would play so much better the less you knew about it. That’s why we sort of hinted more at the tone of it. We just felt like »
- Lindsey Bahr
In a surprising Sundance twist, director Richard Linklater's long-awaited film, Boyhood, was the last one added to the film line-up at the festival. It quickly became one of the most anticipated films. For those of you not familiar with Linklater's work, he directed Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and Before Midnight, all of which starred Ethan Hawke. Well, years ago Hawke teamed up with him for this very ambitious film project that turned out to be pretty incredible.
What makes this movie so unique is the fact that is was shot over the course of twelve years! It follows the lives of a boy, his sister, and his divorced mother and father. It was quite spectacular watching these kids and the parents grow up throughout the course of the film. Nothing like this has really ever been done before. The closest thing I can compare to is the Harry Potter »
- Joey Paur
“4,207 days ago, we started shooting this film, and we're really happy to be here,” director Richard Linklater said last night at the Sundance Film Festival, introducing his unique new film Boyhood with a lopsided grin. To call his movie highly anticipated would have been an understatement, since few films have been teased as long as this one: The thing that gives Boyhood its unusual kick is that Linklater has been shooting it in three- or four-day increments for the last twelve years, meaning that in this coming-of-age story, we literally watch the protagonist (played throughout by Ellar Coltrane) age from 7 to 18 years old.No fiction director has ever attempted such a long-lasting project, and if it had been anyone other than Linklater (who has also smartly chartered the passage of time in his years-spanning Before Sunrise trilogy), you can imagine how mawkish Boyhood might have turned out: Before »
- Kyle Buchanan
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