12 items from 2013
Cut Bank, Montana is famously known for being one of the coldest places in the continental United States, and it.s the setting for a Black List screenplay from Robert Patino that was supposed to go into production last year with an A-list cast and Matt Shakman as director. While nothing became of that particular iteration of the project, it is once again on the fast track to production, retaining a few of the same stars, but with another couple of huge names attached. According to a press release, Kilburn Media.s Cut Bank has attracted the talents of Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Oliver Platt (The Big C) and Michael Suhlbarg (A Serious Man). Impressive, right? And they.re joined by Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies) and the masterful John Malkovich (Red), both of whom were attached to the film last year. »
Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’ is ‘no ordinary movie’ (photo: Matthew McConaughey in ‘Mud’) Ostensibly, writer-director Jeff Nichols’ Mud is about the titular character, played by Matthew McConaughey, who’s on the run from the law and the family of a man he killed for love of a woman, Juniper, played by a bedraggled Reese Witherspoon. That’s a fine, if ordinary, foundation for a thriller — though this is no ordinary movie by any stretch. In fact, Mud isn’t even about the character Mud; instead, it’s a coming-of-age story that’s part mystery, fable, and thriller. Beneath it all lies a love story — indeed, several love stories, all tied together through the heart of a young boy called Ellis (The Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan in an accomplished performance): a witness to the death of love in his family, Ellis feels it in his heart and is willing to do anything, »
- Tim Cogshell
When I was reading Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures a few years ago, I was literally shaken by Biskind’s observation that “in the ’90s there were three New York-based companies comprised of producers making director-driven indies; Good Machine, Killer Films and Tsg.”
My first thought was “Oh, I helped start the Shooting Gallery” and my second thought was “What did the De Niro character say in “Casino”? ‘We had it all, and we fucked it up big time.”
That moment led me on my path to making a documentary, “Misfire,” about the rise and fall of the Shooting Gallery. It was a time in New York City when indie filmmaking was exploding with such emerging directors as Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee and producers like Ted Hope, James Schamus and Christine Vachon.
At the Shooting Gallery, we contributed our own talents to the revolution in »
- Whitney Ransick
Chicago – Cable networks often develop an identity, whether or not it’s through an intentional marketing strategy like “Characters Welcome” at USA or a network like Showtime building shows around TV actors and actresses who have previously found success in the form (Duchovny, Falco, Hall, Lewis, etc.). With the Sundance Channel’s premiere of the brilliant “Rectify” (now available on Netflix Instant, Btw) and tonight’s two-hour premiere of the riveting “Rectiffy,” what identity are they developing? Character-driven, deliberatly paced, genre pieces that transcend the cliches of their form to become something greater. “Rectify” is at once familiar and unlike anything else on TV right now. Yes, it’s great.
Television Rating: 4.5/5.0
Daniel Holden (a beautifully understated Aden Young) has spent the majority of his life behind bars. In fact, his life was supposed to end there. He was on death row for a brutal murder in his small town before DNA evidence exonorated him. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Usually the movie that wins Best Director also wins Best Picture, but it’s not always the case. “Argo” didn’t win Best Director mostly because Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated. The last time a movie won only one of the two while being nominated for both was “Crash” winning Best Picture while Ang Lee won Best Director for “Brokeback Mountain.”
It’s easier to call out an upset immediately or shortly after the winners are announced. But after time, people will have an epiphany and either downgrade the severity of the upset or determine that it wasn’t an upset to begin with. When a movie only wins one, an upset could be accredited to one, both, or neither of the categories. These upsets will only be accredited to the Best Picture category.
This list will have upsets that won either both or just Best Picture…
5. The English Patient »
- Matthew Curry
Directed by Brian Helgeland.
The life story of Jackie Robinson and his history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey.
Every year we get at least one or two inspirational sports films about a team or a player that has to overcome some kind of obstacle in order to succeed. A lot of these particular films deal with race as the obstacle our protagonist must overcome. Sometimes it works great, like in Remember the Titans, and other times it doesn't work quite so well, like in Glory Road. 42 is able to stand out among these kinds of sports films. It ends up being inspirational and a fitting tribute to Jackie Robinson.
The film shows us the life of baseball great Jackie Robinson, »
- Flickering Myth
Once again demonstrating that compelling drama can come from unlikely sources, Sundance Channel expands on the inroads it’s made with miniseries in “Rectify,” a series with a strong indie-film sensibility and slow-as-molasses, hypnotic pace. If that doesn’t exactly scream boffo box office, it does represent the sort of quality that can put a network on the media’s radar, buoyed as it is by Aden Young’s wonderfully stoic performance as a man who spent 19 years on death row before being freed by DNA evidence. Someone understandably refers to the protagonist as “Starman,” but his distant stare and alienation better approximate the vibe in “Sling Blade.”
Young’s Daniel Holden isn’t completely out of the woods when he’s released, since the former prosecutor — now a state senator (Michael O’Neill) — is convinced he got the right man, and the evidence doesn’t completely exonerate him. Whether »
- Brian Lowry
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Meaningless Affect: Marucci’s Interactive Film Project a Dreadful Observation of Social Awareness
Moments into Leone Marucci’s incomprehensibly obnoxious new film, The Power of Few should have one pondering not only how some of the notable cast members signed onto the film but how this received funding in the first place. Assaulting the senses like a New Orleans set Crash (2005) meeting indefinably interconnected drek of something like Answers to Nothing (2011), this amateur circus of poorly conceived nonsense may have been borne out of good intentions, but only serves to reinforce the notion of what path they pave. Developed by writer/director Marucci and producer/star Q’orianka Kilcher as an interactive project meant to involve a global audience, where online voters were able to determine casting, costumes, location, editing, and story development, results in what feels like the product of Communism on filmmaking. “God save us from the innocent and the good, »
- Nicholas Bell
Alex Walton, President of International at Exclusive Media, announced today that the company has closed a number of international sales including a multi-territory deal with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (“Spwa”) for the highly anticipated dramatic thriller Parkland.
Parkland is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a Producer.
Currently shooting on location in Austin, Texas, Parkland is set for a domestic fall 2013 release, to tie in with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and stars Zac Efron (The Paperboy, At Any Price, The Lucky One), Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River, Pollock), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln), Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, Eagle Eye), Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), and Oscar nominated Paul Giamatti (The Ides Of March, »
- Michelle McCue
Exclusive Media Co-Chairmen Nigel Sinclair and Guy East announced today that principal photography has commenced on the feature film Parkland. Based on the book Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, by Vincent Bugliosi, the adapted screenplay is written by award-winning journalist and novelist Peter Landesman, who is making his directorial debut. The dramatic thriller is produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, as well as Exclusive Media, and The American Film Company, which will also co-finance with Exclusive. Bill Paxton is also a producer.
Founded by entrepreneur Joe Ricketts, The American Film Company is dedicated to making films about true stories from American history. The company's last feature, The Conspirator, starred James McAvoy and Robin Wright and was directed by Robert Redford. Ricketts and American Film Company president Brian D. Falk are Executive Producers on Parkland.
“I remember watching Reservoir Dogs and Sling Blade and Swingers and Big Night and The Usual Suspects and all those movies that came through Sundance back when I was working on 3rd Rock From the Sun, and I said to myself, ‘One day I’m going to have a movie at Sundance,’ ” Joseph Gordon-Levitt told VH1 News at the Sundance (and world) premiere of Don Jon’s Addiction on Friday night. And boy has his dream come true in a big way. Since his days as a sitcom alien, Joe’s been in quite a few Sundance films, but Don Jon’s marks his writing/directing debut. You could say he was rather pleased about that: “I’m kind of astonished and flabbergasted and just happy!”
This meant the rest of us got to enjoy plenty of photos and videos of Jgl being astonished and flabbergasted and happy as he »
- Sabrina Rojas Weiss
12 items from 2013
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