7 items from 2017
“The Other Side of Hope”
Winsome, sweet, and often very funny, the second chapter of Aki Kaurismäki’s unofficial trilogy about port cities is a delightful story about the power of kindness that unfolds like a slightly more somber riff on 2011’s “Le Havre.” The Finnish auteur’s latest refugee story begins with a twentysomething Syrian man named Khaled (terrific newcomer Sherwan Haji), who escapes from Aleppo after burying most of his family and sneaks into Finland by stowing away in the cargo hold of a coal freighter. His path eventually crosses with Wikström (Sakari Kuosmanen), a newly single restauranteur who could use a helping hand. Part Roy Andersson and part Frank Capra, “The Other Side of Hope” deepens the director’s recognition of how immigrants and refugees are victimized by their invisibility, and its timeliness could help it strike a chord with domestic audiences. “Le Havre” grossed more than »
- David Ehrlich, Eric Kohn and Jude Dry
With Aquaman gearing up to go into production in Australia, director James Wan has revealed that he will be reuniting with The Conjuring 2 cinematographer Don Burgess on the 2018 DC solo movie, with Wan posting the following to Twitter:
Don Burgess. Some upcoming kid I gave a break to on Conjuring 2. https://t.co/BMzyqzrSE3
— James Wan (@creepypuppet) February 20, 2017
Burgess is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, whose extensive C.V. includes Forrest Gump, Contact, Cast Away, Spider-Man, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Polar Express, The Book of Eli, The Muppets, Flight, Allied and Monster Trucks.
Aquaman is set for release on October 5th, 2018 and stars Jason Momoa as the titular hero, along with Amber Heard as Mera, Patrick Wilson as Ocean Master, Willem Dafoe as Dr. Vulko, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, »
- Gary Collinson
Robert Zemeckis is a master craftsman. For decades he's been pushing boundaries and innovating along the way. But unless they're animation heavy, like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or Beowulf, Zemeckis doesn't always make the visual effects such a big selling point for his movies. They're often invisible and used to enhance the world around their actors. Sometimes it's small things, like blending actors with historical figures as in Forrest Gump and Contact. Sometimes it's big things, like recreating the Twin Towers in The Walk. Either way, you can always count on Zemeckis going the extra mile when it comes to visual effects. A great example of that is this behind-the-scenes clip from Allied, which is out now on DigitalHD. It spotlights a moment in the...
- Peter Hall
Yep, yet another fleet of giant alien spaceships has Earth surrounded, but Denis Villeneuve’s movie is not your garden variety invasion fantasy. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have a limited time to figure out how to communcate with alien creatures whose intentions are a complete unknown. It’s a rare sci-fi thriller that succeeds on a personal and emotional level — while teaching us how to converse in coffee stain hieroglyphics.
Blu-ray + Digital HD
2016 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 118 min. / Street Date February 14, 2017 / 39.99
Cinematography: Bradford Young
Film Editor: Joe Walker
Production Design: Patrice Vermette
Original Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
A few science fiction entertainments in the last twenty-odd years »
- Glenn Erickson
Author: Jon Lyus
Last night’s Superbowl gave us a wave of new TV spots and teaser trailers for this year’s biggest films. We saw the return of Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kurt Russell made an appearance concerning the Fate of the Furious (The Fast and the Furious 8’s confusing title), and in our favourite spot Stranger Things are happening in season two of Netflix’s smash hit 80s show. Another film which may not have had the same level of hype orbiting it is Life, a new sci-fi disaster film concerning a crucial discovery that initially seems to have huge implications for the human race. Of course things don’t turn out so well and everything goes wrong, a race for survival begins.
‘I’ve told you, I don’t want my windows cleaned.’
- Jon Lyus
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Nashville recap here.
The Nashville Personality Refinement Program continues its very welcome work in this week’s episode. The latest graduate: Luke “Watch Out, Cake!” Wheeler.
Rayna’s former fiancé shows up in connection with yet another major business opportunity for which Zach so conveniently has the cash and interest. And while, yes, buying Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records and absorbing its artists and catalogue might be a good idea for the fledgling Highway 65, is climbing deeper and deeper into the very deep pockets of a very weird man really a good idea?
Elsewhere in the hour, »
This year the sci-fi drama Arrival has been receiving all sorts of praise. Thanks to the emotional core that ties character drama to grounded science fiction, the film from Denis Villeneuve has been compared to a similar film: Robert Zemeckis‘ adaptation of Carl Sagan’s novel Contact. Contact is a little more visceral and unbelievable than […]
The post You Probably Didn’t Notice This Shot in ‘Contact’ Was Done with Visual Effects appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
7 items from 2017
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