13 items from 2015
Good Kill isn’t a science fiction film, but its premise could easily come from a dystopian novel - or a darkly prophetic story by Philip K Dick.
Ethan Hawke plays Major Thomas Egan, a veteran pilot who controls unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones, as they’re often dubbed by the media) as they circle the skies of the Middle East. At the orders of those higher up the command chain, these drones can strike targets from 10,000km in the air - so high that someone on the ground could look up and not even see the craft gliding above them. »
Since his feature filmmaking debut began in 1997, writer-director Andrew Niccol has made diverse movies united by similar themes. Many of them deal with the way technology either impacts us in the present or will affect us in the future. More still meditate on social injustice.
Good Kill shares the concerns and thought-provoking tone of Niccol's best films, such as The Truman Show (which he wrote, and Peter Weir directed), In Time, Lord Of War and his masterpiece, Gattaca. Set in 2010, it's about the experiences of Major Thomas Egan (Ethan Hawke) - a distinctly 21st century brand of soldier. Once an adept pilot, he now clocks into work at a military base just outside Las Vegas, sits in an office chair, and launches aerial drone strikes over Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East. »
It’s all there in that swooning opening music: Gattaca isn’t just another sleek film about the future. The feature debut of New Zealand-born director Andrew Niccol, the smart, elegant, intensely moving Gattaca may just be his finest film to date.
The film introduces us to Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who’s in the process of a carrying out a painstaking daily ritual: shaving every stray hair from his body, exfoliating his skin and burning the material left behind - it’s as though Vincent’s treating himself as a crime scene.
Vincent lives in a future where genetic profiling has divided society into Valids - those whose DNA has been fettled to perfection by scientists before birth - and In-valids - those conceived naturally, with all potential genetic flaws it involves. »
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Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. But when Jimmy’s estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
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- Dan Bullock
Will Andrew Niccol's latest feature capture the imagination of the movie going public in a similar fashion to American Sniper? On the surface, both films share a number of commonalities, not the least of which are soldiers having to kill their enemies from afar, with a certain unquestioning detachment. But unlike Clint Eastwood, Niccol has made a career out of questioning the emotional and psychological significance of where we are and where we are going in terms of technology and its applications. From the sci-fi genetics drama Gattaca (also starring Ethan Hawke) to synthetic actors in S1Mone, to his screenplay for Peter Weir's The Truman Show, the man has a knack for this particular line of inquiry. Here he gets to play in the theater of the...
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Shonda Rhimes’ trio of jaw-dropping dramas returned Thursday night, with enough earth-shattering moments to keep us glued to the couch for three straight hours.
Don't ask me what I'm doing tonight like you don't know scandal, greys and how to get away with murder is coming back on... #TGITisback
— Chelsey (@chelseylanean) January 29, 2015
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Baby mama drama! April and Jackson spent the episode freaking out over their baby’s osteogenesis imperfecta diagnosis, but when the two were finally able to have a moment together, April revealed her bittersweet news: It’s a boy!
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— madison (@clairesbelle) January 30, 2015
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Murder and torture are mainstays on Scandal. But it's still the kind of steamy drama you watch curled up on your couch with a glass of red wine in one hand and your phone teed up with sassy tweets about Scott Foley's abs in the other. Not this week. From the How to Get Away with Murder-like time jumps (we see you, Shonda) to the Homeland-style setting, this wasn't the Scandal we've grown to love. It was something new, something darker and far more sinister than Pope & Associates has ever tried to fix. Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), the woman »
- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston
Tom Hanks had Philadelpha, Jim Carrey had The Truman Show and now Jason Segel has The End of the Tour. It’s a powerhouse movie announcing to the world that this comedic actor is a dramatic force too. But that’s just one of the many, many good things that can be said about director James Ponsoldt’s […]
The post Jason Segel’s Big Dramatic Debut Is One Of Many Great Things In ‘The End of the Tour’ [Sundance 2015] appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
Ten years after graduating from Yale University, New Yorker Noah Emmerich began mapping his route to the big screen. Unlike many others, whose sights are set on being a leading man in Hollywood, Emmerich found his voice in character roles such as friend and traitor, Marlon in Peter Weir’s, The Truman Show, or the compulsive yet merciful ex-cop, Larry Hedges, in the drama Little Children; all of which have earned him both respect and admiration from peers and audiences alike and a reputation as the actor to call on for nuanced layered performances.
But it is Emmerich’s commanding portrayal of troubled FBI agent, Stan Beeman, in FX’s hit spy thriller The Americans, which is earning the actor the biggest accolades and fanbase of his career. Rarely does a character evoke such contrasting emotions; as audiences are compelled »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past three decades, Dennis Gassner has had a hand in creating many of Hollywood's most memorable on-screen worlds, from classic period ("Bugsy") to surreal contemporary ("The Truman Show") to other-wordly fantasy ("The Golden Compass"). This year, he's back at it again with "Into the Woods," his first foray into the classic movie musical. His work on the film earned an Oscar nomination last week, his fifth to date after "Barton Fink," "Bugsy" (for which he won), "Road to Perdition" and "The Golden Compass." Currently in Austria working on the "Skyfall" follow-up, "Spectre," Gassner recently spoke to HitFix about crafting the eponymous forest environment for the Stephen Sondheim adaptation, among other elements. The design began during a Skype chat between Gassner and director Rob Marshall that the production designer attempts to recreate. On his direction, I go to Google and type "Angel Oak." My reaction: "Wow," which was exactly »
- Gerard Kennedy
Can you imagine dodging paparazzi everywhere you go or having diehard fans scream your name when they see you? Sounds amazing, right? Those that live that life don’t always think so.
To some celebrities, that kind of attention is off-putting and scary. Can your favorite A-lister eat their food in peace?
From Kristen Stewart spazzing out on the paps to Johnny Depp comparing celebrity to living like a fugitive, here are stars that love their craft but hate the loss of privacy and the creepy attention that follows.
In 2012, K Stew made public statements about her dislike of fame. “People expect it to be easy because there you are, out there, doing the thing you want and making lots of money out of it,” she told Vogue U.K. in 2012. Two years later, the actress says she’s gotten used to it.
Fame has made »
- Georgette Pierre
The first trailer for drone-war drama Good Kill has been released online, and we have it for you below…
Written and directed by Andrew Niccol of Lord of War and The Truman Show fame, the film stars Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), January Jones (Mad Men), Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Zoe Kravitz (X-Men: First Class).
See Also: First poster for Good Kill
Good Kill sees Hawke as an Air Force major who now pilots drones twelve hours a day, taking on his targets from a computer screen. But the toll begins to weigh on the soldier as he questions his unending mission and struggles to find the purpose in his mission and in his relationship with his partner (Jones).
The film received some good reviews when it premiered at last year’s venice Film Festival, with many praising Hawke’s performance. However, we may still have a while to wait to »
- Scott J. Davis
There was a time that a brainy anti-drone movie like "Good Kill" would be mid-priced studio fare. Kiwi native Andrew Niccol, who launched his Hollywood career by writing "The Truman Show," is one of those maverick indies who writes the movies that interest him, from "Gattaca" and "Lord of War" to "In Time." And Ethan Hawke is eager to collaborate with the filmmaker, even when the global marketplace is resistant to thoughtful original movies like "Good Kill." Returning for his third go-round with Niccol, Hawke stars as a former Top Gun who is benched in a Las Vegas military base trailer piloting drone aircraft. He goes home to his wife (January Jones) every night, but dropping bombs in Yemen and Afghanistan from 7,000 miles away is not his idea of how to fight a war--especially when the CIA gets involved. The film also stars Zoe Kravitz, Bruce Greenwood, and Jake Abel. »
- Anne Thompson
13 items from 2015
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