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In The Two Faces of January—a sumptuous adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1964 novel of the same name that opens Friday—Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst portray Chester and Colette MacFarland, a golden couple embarked on a whistle-stop tour of southern Europe’s most glittering capitals.
Exuding wealth, privilege, and a uniquely American post-war pluck, the immaculately turned-out jet-setters’ fortunes grind to an abrupt halt in Athens where they meet an American tour guide named Rydal (Oscar Isaac)—an expat grifter with a straw fedora and palpable lust for Colette.
An accidental murder sets the three on the run together »
- Chris Lee
Plot: A married couple on the run meet up with a charming young con man and involve him in their dilemma in 1962 Greece. Review: Anyone who yearns for the good old days when thrillers were elegant, subtle and romantic will find themselves thoroughly pleased with The Two Faces Of January, a sumptuous and massively enjoyable suspense yarn based on a Patricia Highsmith novel. As Highsmith also wrote the source material for The Talented Mr. Ripley, this film is likely to draw comparisons to »
- Eric Walkuski
Kirsten Dunst, Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and The Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen make up the central triumvirate of The Two Faces of January (2014), a handsome sixties-set thriller adapted from The Talented Mr. Ripley scribe Patricia Highsmith's novel of the same name by Hossein Amini, who makes his directorial debut. To celebrate the eagerly anticipated DVD and Blu-ray release of The Two Faces of January this coming Monday (15 September), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Amini's film to give away, kindly provided by the fine folk at StudioCanal. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Michael Cusumano here to review the latest stylistic throwback based on the writing of Patricia Highsmith.
When people gripe “They don’t make ‘em like they used to” films like Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January are the kind of movie they mean. It’s adapted from the work of an acclaimed novelist whose books were the source of such beloved films as The Talented Mr. Ripley and Strangers on a Train. It features big stars in sumptuous foreign locales. It is made with a careful attention to detail. It doesn’t dumb things down or clutter the plot up with needless action. It is fair to say I was primed to love this movie, yet it never quite jolts to life. At some point my investment in the story passed from suspense to impatience. It never went so far as indifference, but I was pretty far from the edge of my seat. »
- Michael C.
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
From the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension to the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked past pictures in the blood bucket. But with his adaptation of author Joe Hill’s novel, Horns, coming out this Halloween, Aja has just signed on to helm another book-to-screen project that’s more psychological thriller than bloodbath: The 9th Life of Louis Drax.
Based on the 2004 novel by Liz Jensen that follows a boy plagued by violent occurrences, The 9th Life of Louis Drax will star actor Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) as Dr. Allan Pascal, who tries to figure out the mysteries surrounding 9-year-old Louis Drax’s near-fatal accident. Aja will direct off a script by first-time scribe Max Minghella (who co-stars in Horns). Shooting on the Miramax film is set to begin this October in Vancouver, Canada. We have the official press release with full details below.
- Derek Anderson
Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha, and Haute Tension director Alexandre Aja is keeping really busy, and rightfully so as he's talented x10! Word of his latest project just hit the wire, and we have your details right here.
From the Press Release:
Global film and television studio Miramax today announced the production of the psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax and has cast Jamie Dornan (pictured; Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) to star in the film with Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct.
Marking his screenwriting debut, Max Minghella has written the feature screenplay based on Liz Jensen’s best-selling novel of the same title. The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be produced by Minghella and Tim Bricknell (The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Breaking and Entering) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures, and Aja. The film »
- Steve Barton
Global film and television studio Miramax today announced the production of the psychological thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax and has cast Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall) to star in the film with Alexandre Aja (Horns, The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension) to direct.
Marking his screenwriting debut, Max Minghella has written the feature screenplay based on Liz Jensen's best-selling novel of the same title. The 9th Life of Louis Drax will be produced by Minghella and Tim Bricknell (The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Breaking and Entering) of Antcolony Films, Shawn Williamson (The Interview, 50/50) of Brightlight Pictures and Aja. The film will be executive produced by Rosanne Korenberg (Half Nelson, Hard Candy).
Principal photography will commence this October in Vancouver, Canada. Zanne Devine, Miramax's Executive Vice President, Production and Development, will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. Sierra/Affinity will serve as the international sales agent. »
To celebrate the release of Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong (in cinemas September 5th), we are offering 3 of you the chance to win a copy of the Before I go to Sleep novel, the official poster and The Others and The Talented Mr. Ripley on DVD.
Based on the International Best-Selling Novel by S. J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep is a tense psychological thriller starring Academy Award® Winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Academy Award® Winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man) and Mark Strong (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). After a traumatic accident, Christine Lucas (Kidman) wakes up every day without being able to remember the day before. With the fear of living each day with no memory, she attempts to piece together the events of her past, uncovering terrifying truths that force her to question everyone around her, »
- Dan Bullock
The art of film editing isn't exactly a subject that will get even the most devoted of cinephiles excited. It's a hidden art, a laborious task and often an undersung skill in the filmmaking world, with few "celebrity" practitioners. Martin Scorsese's regular collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker is probably the most "famous," and ranking right up there with her is Walter Murch. The Oscar winner was the man who brought "Apocalypse Now" down to size, helped reshape Orson Welles' "Touch Of Evil" and lend his touch to "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The English Patient." And if you're going to listen to someone talk editing, he's the guy you'll want to pay attention to. Murch recently sat down with Jon Favreau at the Academy event "Movies in Your Brain: The Science of Cinematic Perception," and this excerpt of their talk is pretty fascinating stuff. The discussion kicks off with Francis Ford Coppola »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I met up for coffee with the man who plays H in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition, to talk about his work as a first time actor, Cary Grant improvising for Leo McCarey with Irene Dunne in The Awful Truth, Alain Delon with Maurice Ronet interpreting Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley in Purple Noon, and his newfound appreciation for the Grudge Match antics between Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. Liam Gillick talked parallel lives, what cinema means to contemporary artists, and how it felt to become material. Robert Bresson and Hermann Hesse were assigned as homework by Hogg to prepare him for his role opposite Viv Albertine's D in Exhibition.
Liam had just arrived »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »
It’s been nearly six months since Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, and yet his presence is still heavily felt throughout Hollywood. In addition to a lengthy and acclaimed filmography, the Academy Award winner kept up a busy work schedule until the time of his death. He had three films slated for 2014 release: John Slattery‘s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and A Most Wanted Man. With the latter hitting theaters today, we thought we’d give you a look every Psh film currently available for your streaming pleasure. Whether as cynical music writer Lester Bangs in Almost Famous or hopelessly lonely boom mic operator Scott J. in Boogie Nights, Hoffman managed to steal the scene in each one of his films. If you have a Netflix account, log in and get caught up on some of the greatest performances in the last 20 years. »
- Emily Exton
The Two Faces of January has the makings of a pretty fantastic movie. It's based on the book by Patricia Highsmith, who is the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley. It was written and directed by Hossein Amini, who is the guy that wrote Drive. It has an incredible cast that includes Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, and Kirsten Dunst. The movie has been getting solid reviews while screening at the festivals, and this trailer sold me on it.
The story is set in Greece and Istanbul in the year 1962, it follows a couple of wealthy American tourists named Chester MacFarland (Mortensen) and his young wife Collete (Dunst). They meet an "American expat Rydal (Isaac), a scammer working as a tour guide. Instead of becoming his latest marks, the two befriend him, but a murder at the couple’s hotel puts all three on the run together and creates a precarious »
- Joey Paur
Winter of Our Discontent: Amini’s Problem with Narrative Pabulum
Few crime writers can boast such a weighty lineage of cinematic adaptation as that of Patricia Highsmith, probably falling somewhere between Agatha Christie and Ruth Rendell, if one were to measure. Wim Wenders, Rene Clement, Anthony Minghella and Liliana Cavani have all reincarnated her most celebrated character, Tom Ripley, to the big screen, while Hitchcock, Michel Deville, Claude Chabrol (and later this year, Todd Haynes) have adapted some of her signature titles. And so, it is with great regard that screenwriter Hossein Amini arrives with his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January, a promise of scrappy ne’er-do-wells conning each other for money or guilty pleasures of the carnal sort, performed by a trio of renowned actors that rival Minghella’s starry line-up of The Talented Mr. Ripley. And yet, there’s something unnervingly stale about the whole endeavor, »
- Nicholas Bell
When three people are mixed up in a crime that could cost them their lives, who can be trusted? More importantly, who will crack under the pressure first? Those are the questions posed by the new trailer for screenwriter Hossein Amini’s (Drive) directorial debut The Two Faces of January, which can be watched above.
The Two Faces of January is based on a 1964 novel by prolifically adapted thriller and suspense author Patricia Highsmith, whose more well known works include Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. Strangers was of course famously brought to the big-screen by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, making it quite fitting that the trailer for Two Faces puts off a noticeably Hitchcockian vibe in mood, performance, wardrobe, and setting.
For those unfamiliar with Highsmith’s novel, The Two Faces of January is set in 1962 Greece, and centers ...
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- Michael Kennedy
Last time we checked in on The Two Faces of January, the film didn’t have a Us release date set. There was reason to hope for one, as the film stars Viggo Mordetensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac in an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr. Ripley). This Two Faces of January […]
- Russ Fischer
Written and directed by Hossein Amini
USA and UK, 2014
Anyone acquainted with Roman theology or a pub quiz will know that January is a Anglicisation of the Roman god Janus, the two-faced figurine who stands at the cusp of the new year, simultaneously musing backward at recent lessons and experiences, and peering forward to the murky and elusive future ahead, a guardian at the crossroads of the past and present. These twin impulses swirl in the miasma of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January, first published in 1964. It’s a lesser-known work of her serrated literature, which is obsessed with psychological and sexual criminal deviancy, most famously brought to the screen by Hitchcock in the minor classic Strangers On A Train and by Anthony Minghella in 1999’s acclaimed The Talented Mr. Ripley. After decades of intense wrangling, accomplished screenwriter Hossein Amini (Jude, »
There is a lot of talent in front of and behind the camera for thriller The Two Faces of January. First up, it is based on the novel of the same name by renowned thriller author Patricia Highsmith, responsible for, amongst many others, Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley. It also marks the directorial debut of Drive scribe Hossein Amini (again on scripting duties), and has trio of talented lead actors in the form of Viggo Mortenson, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac. Unfortunately, this amount of talent can't stop the movie from ultimately falling flat. It's 1964, and wealthy American couple Chester (Mortenson) and Colette McFarland (Dunst) are holidaying in Greece where they meet Rydal (Isaac), a supposed tour guide who uses this as a front to scam gullible tourists. When Chester's dirty dealings catch up with him, he is forced on the run with Colette, Rydal unwillingly brought along for the ride. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
For the highly anticipated release of The Two Faces Of January, released in cinemas May 16th, we are giving three lucky readers the chance to win a fantastic bundle which contains the following:
X1 DVD collection; Rush, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy and The Ghost
X1 signed poster (signed by Kirsten, Oscar and Viggo)
From the producers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the writer of Drive and the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Two Faces of January is an intensely gripping, stylish, clever and visually stunning adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, starring three actors at the top of their game – Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. It’s 1962. A glamorous American couple, the charismatic Chester MacFarland (Viggo Mortensen) and his alluring younger wife Collette (Kirsten Dunst), are in Athens during a European vacation. While sightseeing at »
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