14 items from 2014
A lot of people see cinema as a way to capture reality. Quite frankly, I do not see it that way. It is an artificial medium, and everyone watching knows it. The capturing reality mindset is needed for some pictures, but it is not a hard and fast rule. I think filmmakers embracing film's artificiality can make for very interesting products. One of my favorite ways to highlight that is by directly breaking the fourth wall, a storytelling technique that addresses the audience in very a direct way. It can make them complicit in a nefarious plot. It can accuse them. It can bring them in on a joke. It is a very fun device to use, and, for the most part, it works when it's used. Below is a pretty fun supercut of breaking the fourth wall in movies. Here, though, breaking the fourth wall is translated as looking directly at the lens. »
- Mike Shutt
An innocent conversation between two passengers after just boarding a plane eventually results in the realization they each happen to have a history with the same person. One was an instructor at a prestigious music school at which a young man applied and she was the young man's boyfriend at the same time of his application. As fate would have it, they just so happen to be on the same flight at the same time, or does fate have anything to do with itc This is the first of six short films that comprise the whole of director Damian Szifron's Wild Tales, a title that couldn't be more apt and a movie that would be hard-pressed to be any more darkly hysterical. That being said, I'm reluctant to say much more and will be as vague as possible from here on out. After reading that opening paragraph you now know »
- Brad Brevet
If you’re making a movie about a rugged 19th-century stagecoach adventure, you’re presumably familiar with the idiom “putting the cart before the horse.” But Quentin Tarantino has always operated outside convention. So it’s oddly appropriate that a teaser trailer for his next movie, The Hateful Eight—a film that doesn’t even go into production until early 2015—will debut in theaters next weekend before screenings of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Though The Weinstein Company—which is distributing both films—declined to comment, sources close to the production tell EW that reports of a theater-only teaser are correct. »
- Jeff Labrecque
One of the greatest strengths that Antonio Banderas possesses as an actor is his ability to be beloved by audiences for entirely different reasons.
For many, especially children, he’s the perfectly (I avoided a cat pun there) charming voice of Puss in Boots in all the DreamWorks incarnations, as well as the father of some uniquely problematic youngsters in the Spy Kids franchise. He’s also developed a rather substantial following of older viewers who appreciate his more romantic and smouldering side in the likes of Evita, Original Sin and Interview With The Vampire, as well as his earlier and racier work with Pedro Almodóvar.
However to me, as well as many of our readers I suspect, Banderas has made a great action hero over the years. »
New Indie: It racked up lots of buzz on the film festival circuit, and now Cheap Thrills (Drafthouse Films) makes it to DVD for those who missed its theatrical run earlier this year. This exceedingly dark comedy follows two old pals (played by Pat Healy and Ethan Embry) who find themselves pushed by economic circumstances into accepting increasingly dangerous and degrading bets and dares from an eccentric rich couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) over the course of one unforgettable night. In one sense, the film is a close cousin to that episode of “Roald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected” that inspired the Quentin Tarantino segment of Four Rooms, but Cheap Thrills definitely has chutzpah, constantly upping its own sleazy ante and leaving us wondering if...
- Alonso Duralde
The 2014 BAFTA TV Awards were down around 900,000 viewers from last year, overnight data reveals.
The awards ceremony attracted 5.1 million (23.5%) at 8pm, while Countryfile topped the evening overall with 5.7m (31.3%) at 7pm.
On ITV, Catchphrase entertained 3.0m (18.1%) at 6.45pm (149k/0.5% on +1). Off Their Rockers amused 2.9m (15.5%) at 7.30pm (120k/0.5%).
The Vera finale was seen by 5.2m (23.5%) at 8pm (308k/1.6%), followed by Perspectives with 1.6m (9.9%) at 10pm (142k/1.8%).
Channel 4's Four Rooms attracted 703k (3.9%) at 7pm (212k/1.0%), while For the Love of Cars was seen by 950k (4.4%) at 8pm (195k/0.9%). Fargo's latest episode appealed to 1.0m (4.7%) at 9pm (201k/1.4%).
On Channel 5, X2 thrilled 1.1m (5.1%) at 7.30pm (201k/1.0%). 21 Jump Street attracted 965k (8.5%) at 10pm (107k/1.9%).
“I am positive that if my mentor John Cassevetes were around today he would use Kickstarter to make his films.” Whether Alexandre Rockwell‘s statement about Cassavetes is true or not (we’ll never know), it hardly seems implausible as we see yet another indie film legend going the crowdfunding route. It’s been a long time since Rockwell was a significant name in cinema, but he’ll always be remembered as an important member of the Sundance class of ’92, his quirky black and white feature In the Soup winning the grand jury prize that year over strong contenders like Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Allison Anders’s Gas, Food Lodging. He then came up with the idea for the anthology feature Four Rooms, on which he collaborated with Tarantino, Anders and Robert Rodriguez. More recently, he directed the Peter Dinklage comedy Pete Smalls Is Dead. His latest project, which »
- Christopher Campbell
We've heard it mentioned in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Four Rooms, Death Proof, From Dusk Till Dawn and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and now the Big Kahuna Burger will open for business tomorrow night as it makes its on screen debut in a commercial during the third episode of the El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. But we don't have to wait that long, as the commercial (written and directed by Robert Rodriguez) has arrived online, and you can watch it right here...
From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series airs on the El Rey Network on Tuesday nights. »
- Gary Collinson
Coronation Street, Broadchurch's Olivia Colman and Luther actor Idris Elba were the big winners at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards on Tuesday (March 18) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Broadchurch won the award for Drama Serial, with Colman picking up the Female Actor prize. Educating Yorkshire won Best Documentary Series as star Michael Steer hit out at Education Secretary Michael Gove in his acceptance speech.
It was only a matter of time before the recent hyper-raunchy comedy style exemplified by "The Hangover" (and repurposed, in watered-down form, for things like "Identity Thief" and "Horrible Bosses"), would take a dark, seedily indie-movie turn. And that's what "Cheap Thrills" really is: it's the hysterical, son-of-"Jackass" tomfoolery of "The Hangover" taken to an absurdly nihilistic degree. For the most part it works, despite some tonal wobbliness, although it should be noted that "Cheap Thrills" is not for the squeamish or easily offended.The plot of "Cheap Thrills" is the stuff of a million hastily scribbled short stories (it also bears, at least in passing, a superficial resemblance to the Quentin Tarantino section of anthology movie "Four Rooms")—a schlub and new father (Pat Healy from "The Innkeepers") is facing total financial ruin. He's about to get evicted from his apartment and he goes to ask his boss »
- Drew Taylor
ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.
With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.
Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial, »
- John Plunkett
ITV thriller Broadchurch leads the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.
The ceremony, hosted by Tim Vine, will be held on March 18 at Grosvenor House and honours excellence across all genres of television programming.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for Entertainment, »
Feature Mark Harrison 3 Mar 2014 - 07:02
Roald Dahl has often been referred to as one of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century. His books have delighted children for generations, with their dark and inventive sense of humour and their eccentric, dastardly adult characters.
Likewise, his written work for adults has just as much wit and creativity, and over the years, he also worked as a screenwriter on a number of projects, including TV work on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and his own anthology series, Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.
Given how it doesn't even take the likes of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer five years to have their popular works adapted by Hollywood, there has inevitably been an extensive crossover between Dahl's written work and the big screen. »
Quentin Tarantino's plans for making another Western have quickly gone south. After telling Jay Leno in November that the experience of making Django Unchained had inspired him to want to make another film in the genre, he's made an about face. Deadline reports that the director was so upset when the script for The Hateful Eight leaked, that he no longer wishes to make the movie right now. The script was given to a small pool of actors and he learned of the leak when his manager began receiving »
14 items from 2014
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