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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:
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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 »
Having given cinema the likes of The Talented Mr. Ripley and this month's The Two Faces Of January, the novels of Patricia Highsmith are a constant well of material for filmmakers. The latest director to tackle one of her books is Andy Goddard, who has Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel, Imogen Poots and Toby Jones lined up to star in an untitled film based on Highsmith’s The Blunderer.Whatever the film ends up being called, it’ll find Wilson as a successful architect named Walter Stackhouse, who enjoys his early 1960s New York life and marriage to the beautiful Clara (Biel). But Walter’s obsession with an unsolved murder may be his undoing, as he digs deeper into the case and comes to the attention of a clever killer (Jones). Soon everything he holds dear is at risk, and his lust for another woman (Poots) threatens to derail his marriage »
Wilson plays Walter Stackhouse, a successful architect with a lovely wife in the 1960s. Walter becomes obsessed with an unsolved murder case, which spirals out of control as he faces both a deadly killer (Toby Jones) and an ambitious detective, all while lusting for another woman (Imogen Poots).
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales buyers for the first time at Cannes, and CAA is overseeing the sale of the project domestically. The film is slated to begin production later this year.
Highsmith’s novel is centered on a successful and handsome man (Wilson) who seems to have it all until the »
- Dave McNary
Sometimes, you just want to watch a trio of actors bite into some decent material and have at it. And that's the hope for "The Two Faces Of January," which brings together Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen for a sun-baked thriller. Based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"), and written and directed by Hossein Amini (screenwriter for "Drive"), the story follows a seemingly innocent and happy American couple, vacationing in Greece, who get mixed up in a murder, and must rely on the assistance of a shady young tour guide to get out of jam. And this latest clip shows the changing dynamics between the three as they fall deeper into trouble, while a batch of new pics from Entertainmentwise dive into the darker corners of the tale. "The Two Faces of January" opens in the U.K. on May 16th. No U.S. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A sun-dappled backdrop against which intrigue, murder and romance play out sounds right up our alley, and certainly, the associated names with "The Two Faces of January" are impressive. It's based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith ("The Talented Mr. Ripley"), is written and directed by Hossein Amini (the guy who penned "Drive") and it features three excellent leads: Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen. And certainly, this first clip from the film shows some promise. The 1962-set story follows an elegant and beautiful American couple, vacationing in Greece, who get mixed up in a murder and must rely on the assistance of a shady young tour guide. The film has a great premise to work from, but does it all come together? According to our Jessica Kiang, it doesn't, writing in her review from the Berlin Film Festival that ultimately, the movie is "a slack, minor entry in the Highsmith canon. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Two Faces Of January is from the producers of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the writer of Drive and by the author of The Talented Mr. Ripley, so you know, it already has some pretty darn impressive history for this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic thriller, that stars 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 the Acropolis they encounter Rydal (Oscar Isaac), a young, Greek-speaking American who is working as a tour guide. Drawn to Colette’s beauty and impressed by Chester’s wealth and sophistication, Rydal gladly accepts their invitation to dinner. However all is not as it seems with the MacFarlands….and so we begin.
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- Dan Bullock
This is Jude Law like you've never seen him before. The Brit hunk doesn't rely on his good looks to carry the title role in Dom Hemingway. In fact, Law's scruff and beer belly in the Richard Shepard-directed flick will almost make you forget how perfectly handsome he was in The Talented Mr. Ripley. The film focuses on Law's larger-than-life character, who is on a mission to reconnect with his long-lost daughter and closest comrade after being incarcerated for 12 years. Chaos ensues in the form of drugs, violence, and an unexpected but not-too-shabby shot of Law's naked bum. And it appears that the actor's dramatic transformation distracts from the, well, otherwise lacking »
Today’s film is the 2013 short Connection. The film is directed by Vladimir Shcherban, and written by Laura Wade and Nikolai Khalezin. Khalezin also stars in the short alongside Daniella Kaliada, Gurpreet Singh, and Jude Law. Law has garnered critical and commercial acclaim for a filmography which includes Gattaca, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Closer, and Contagion. His newest feature, titled Dom Hemingway, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend. Law can also be seen in The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is also playing in American theatres.
- Deepayan Sengupta
It's hard to think of another Hollywood star who has leaned into middle age with as much enthusiastic opportunism as Jude Law. In his twenties, Law was cast as a genetically flawless specimen in “Gattaca” and as a WASPy Adonis in “The Talented Mr. Ripley”; in both films, he was the golden boy whom the striving outsider protagonist wants to become. That meant he was the supporting actor, the role he's occupied for most of his career. Since his leading-man looks haven't done him too many favors, Law has recently picked up a couple of new accessories: a receding hairline. »
- Inkoo Kang
Going bald is the best thing that ever happened to Jude Law. Britain's prettiest export did the best he could with his burden of good looks. He played a genetic ideal in Gattaca, a robotic ideal in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and in The Talented Mr. Ripley, his golden god perfection got him killed.
Hollywood is hard on beautiful men, at least the ones who want to be taken seriously. It prefers its great talents slightly askew. Handsome actors who want to break out of romances and sexual thrillers have only three options: get fat (Marlon Brando, Alec Baldwin), get old (Robert Redford, Rob Lowe), or get weird (Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Matthew McConaughey). Law stalled as long as he could. But after a 10-year stretch of solid, overlooked work, and his 40th »
Updated: It was already very sad news that James Rebhorn had passed away and now Deadline has shared the obituary he wrote for himself. It brings us, and James, an even more honourable look at the life of a man who not only fought for as long as he could but also the respect and love he had for everything in his life. It’s very sad, yet beautiful and reflective and deserves to be shared:
James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, Pa. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or »
- Dan Bullock
New York – James Rebhorn, who died Friday at age 65 at his home in New Jersey after a long battle with melanoma, never neglected his theater roots. A well-known face for his memorable supporting roles in films such as Independence Day, Meet the Parents, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Scent of a Woman, as well as television roles in Homeland, Law & Order and countless other series, Rebhorn's appearances on Broadway stretched over almost thirty years. Despite being a consistently in-demand character actor in better-paying screen gigs, Rebhorn made time whenever possible to return to the
- David Rooney
Ja from Mnpp here with this week's "Viva l'Italia!" edition of our Beauty Vs Beast series - buongiorno and welcome. First a note: I'm going to be out of town next week, so this week's poll will be open for two weeks until Monday April 7th. Where am I going to be, you ask? Well crazily enough I'm going to be in Italy, what a coincidence! (Obviously not a coincidence.)
I didn't choose this week's competition soley due to the fact that I'll be stomping the same grounds that these characters did - oh it didn't hurt, but I've also got The Talented Mr. Ripley on my mind due to the passing of the marvelous character actor James Rebhorn this weekend; he played Dickie's father, the jazz-hater who instigates the whole sordid affair. "I'd pay that fellow a hundred dollars right now to shut up."
That said The Talented Mr. Ripley »
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