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Not too long ago, we posted a review of the new Jim Jarmusch movie Only Lovers Left Alive, in which Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play emaciated vampire lovers. The review written by our very own Tom Stoup wasn’t favourable to the film stating, “Jim Jarmusch does not intend to analyze questions but simply to put ideas out there, and as a result, his product ultimately feels lackadaisical and aimless”. It’s hard to believe the director of Down By Law, Ghost Dog and Dead Man (to name a few), could so greatly disappoint, especially while working with such an incredible cast. I still haven’t seen Only Lovers Left Alive, but despite Tom’s negative review, this new clip featuring Hiddleston and Swinton dancing to Denise La Salle’s “Trapped By A Thing Called Love,” has me very excited. Watch the clip below.
Synopsis: After being around for centuries, »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51
The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...
The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.
Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many, »
Sorry, non-lovers, it looks like you’re out of luck in Jim Jarmusch’s new film, Only Lovers Left Alive. Still, take solace in the fact that those lovers left alive are living in the ruins of Detroit, which is hardly living at all. Really, you’re better off dead. Or at the very least undead.
That is the situation in which Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston find themselves in this new bumper crop of pictures from the film. They’re vampires, you see, and very much look the part. While that’s not a huge leap for Swinton, fans of the ever-charming Hiddleston may be surprised to see him looking a bit pale and bloodlusty.
Hiddleston, of course, is best known for his scene-stealing work as Loki in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World. Swinton was recently in the disturbing indie drama We Need to Talk about Kevin »
- Jeremy Clymer
Forest Whitaker is having himself a British moment, flashing back more than 30 years to his first visit to London. "The first time I ever went out of the country it was to London. I was with the choir from my college and we were touring around all these different churches. I loved it so much I tried to find a way to stay there. I tried to get a job but I had no work permit. I tried anything I could to stay. My feeling then was, this is where I was meant to be. I felt … freedom. I've been back many, many times since, made a lot of friends – and I've played a few Brits, »
- John Patterson
The International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival (Iprhff) kicks off Wednesday Nov. 13th in Nueva York City celebrating the best in Boricua filmmaking. Opening with crowd-pleaser El Clown, Iprhff started just 3 years ago to pay tribute to the legacy of Puerto Ricans, they have a steady roster of films showcasing “pioneering, historically significant films and documentaries, contemporary shorts and features, and other innovative films”. This years spokesperson is no other Rockaway Beach native, Lauren Velez (Dexter). While the festival is still in its young stages and some of these films have been in release (and some shot years ago) it's still a treat for those yet to discover them. LatinoBuzz picked out some of our faves.
Babygirl, (81 minutes)
Director: Macdara Vallely
Set in the Bronx, Babygirl is a bitter-sweet drama about teenager Lena who, since she can remember, has watched her mom Lucy squander her life on a series of deadbeat men. When Victor, her mom’s latest boy toy, starts hitting on her Lena sets up an elaborate honey-trap, hoping to show her mom what a scumbag the guy really is. But the plan backfires. Trapped in a twisted love-triangle between Victor and her mom, Lena finally realizes that the only way out is to stand up and finally confront some difficult home truths. Baby girl premiered at last years Tribeca where lead actress Yainis Ynoa was greatly acclaimed but oddly enough the film didn't get the festival attention it deserved, it did get a limited release.
El Clown , (105 minutes)
Producer: Emilio Rodriguez
El Clown, Emilio Rodriguez and Pedro Adorno’s tale of a circus clown’s rise to stardom as a pitchman, tracks the erosion of creativity through corporate branding with a healthy dose of absurdism. Pic’s sly portrait of the artist as a conflicted clown is rich in the meticulous craftsmanship it celebrates, its consummate slapstick deflating any overwrought Pagliacci operatics or facile art-vs.-commerce preciousness. Intelligent crowd-pleaser reps a rousing triumph for the burgeoning Puerto Rican film industry and, with savvy handling, could conjure a niche for itself under the indie big top. —Variety
Lemon , (85 minutes)
Director: Laura Brownson, Beth Levinson
Three-time felon. One-time Tony award winner. Lemon Andersen is a pioneering poet whose words speak for a generation. But Lemon has landed back in the ‘hood, living in the projects with thirteen family members and desperate for a way out. So he turns to the only thing he has left, his pen and his past. In this intricately crafted documentary, Lemon follows one man’s harrowing journey to bring his life story to the stage while battling the demons from his past.
Read our interview with Lemon Andersen Here
Machetero , (99 minutes)
Director: Vagabond Beaumont
Producer: Vagabond Beaumont
Post 9/11 definitions, ideas and notions of terrorism are challenged in this highly controversial and experimental film. Machetero is an allegorical narrative that follows French journalist Jean Dumont played by Isaach de Bankolé (The Keeper, Ghost Dog, Coffee and Cigarettes, Mandalay) to a New York prison where he interviews Pedro Taino a so called “Puerto Rican Terrorist” played by Not4Prophet (lead singer of the Puerto Punk band Ricanstruction). Pedro is a self-described Machetero fighting to free Puerto Rico from the yoke of United States colonialism. He is obsessed with freedom, freedom for his country, his people and for himself. Jean questions Pedro about his decisions to use violence as a means to achieve that freedom. As Jean and Pedro speak, another story unfolds. A ghetto youth played by Kelvin Fernandez (in his first starring role) grows up in the ghetto streets and crosses paths with Pedro. Pedro sees potential in the ghetto youth and reawakens a revolutionary spirit instilled in from childhood by a mentor in Puerto Rico.
Read our interview with Vagabond Beaumont Here
For their roster and schedule check them out Here
Written by Juan Caceres. LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow @LatinoBuzz on Twitter and Facebook. »
- Juan Caceres
For all his indie filmmaker bona fides, Jim Jarmusch’s output has been rather eclectic over the 30 years he’s been active. Initially known for quirky dramedies such as Mystery Train and Night on Earth, Jarmusch subsequently expanded into other genres – the Western with Dead Man, samurai action with Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, and crime thrillers with The Limits of Control. Of course, all of these offerings retained that signature Jarmusch sense of general weirdness.
Given this willingness to experiment, it should probably come as no surprise that Jarmusch is dipping his directorial toe in the vampire craze with Only Lovers Left Alive. Featuring Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) as Adam and Eve, a pair of immortals increasingly disconnected from human society, the film has debuted a new trailer for the ...
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- Kyle Hembree
Over a career spanning more than three decades, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has established a reputation among the film community as someone to look out for, with movies such as Stranger Than Paradise, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, and Broken Flowers in his filmography. With his last feature having come out in 2009, many fans of his were interested to see what he was working on, and welcomed his return to the film festival circuit with Only Lovers Left Alive. Jarmusch once again takes on writing and directing duties, working with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Jeffrey Wright, John Hurt, and Mia Wasikowska. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below.
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- Deepayan Sengupta
Jim Jarmusch's independent films often provide a refreshing antidote to the formulaic tripe peddled by Hollywood studios. But while difference can be virtuous, it doesn't always make for absorbing viewing - as highlighted by the languid vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive.
Shunning the overfamiliar conventions of the blood-sucking subgenre, Jarmusch's movie is admirably bereft of crucifixes, garlic and stakes through the heart. Instead, the focus is on the domestic affairs of vampires Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) as they rekindle their centuries-old love affair, try to stock up on fresh blood from various benefactors and generally skulk around in silence. The unwelcome entrance of Eve's hedonistic younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) throws their world into turmoil, and briefly helps to rouse a flagging interest in proceedings too. »
Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker has played his share of diverse roles on the big screen. He’s been a solider in combat in Good Morning Vietnam, was the big man on campus in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, been a mafia hitman inspired by the ways of the samurai in Ghost Dog, and commanded our attention in his Oscar-winning performance as brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin.
Director Lee Daniels features Whitaker in a new type of role for the actor, that of a presidential butler who worked his way up through the ranks of the White House servants to head butler, eventually serving eight U.S. presidents over a 34 year career.
Whitaker’s own career has spanned 31 years and countless roles. Which of his roles is your favourite? Hit the jump to cast your vote! »
- Rachel West
Based on the Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” Lee Daniels’ The Butler is an expansive film that tells the life story of our country’s civil rights revolution through the eight presidents-long employment of a black butler in the White House. With the butler played by Forest Whitaker, he is joined by a cast list that includes Oprah Winfrey playing his wife, David Oyelowo as his son, Robin Williams doing a Dwight D. Eisenhower impression, John Cusack waxing Richard Nixon, Jane Fonda embodying Nancy Reagan, and much more.
Whitaker won the Oscar in 2006 for “Best Actor” for his work in The Last King of Scotland. His filmography going strong with two more upcoming performances in 2013, his list of films already features a strong highlight reel of appearances, in movies like Platoon, Panic Room, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, The Crying Game, and Bird. »
- Nick Allen
In "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," Forest Whitaker was a samurai hitman quietly assassinating members of the mob. In "The Last King of Scotland," he was the late Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, overthrowing a government then brutally murdering thousands of his own people (his performance nabbed him a Best Actor Oscar). And in "Bird" he was jazz great Charlie Parker, playing the saxophone and struggling with substance abuse.
These are the types of performances Whitaker is known for: complex roles that require an extraordinary level of intensity and zeal. But in person, Whitaker isn't the towering, intimidating presence you might expect. Instead, he feels closer to a fatherly next-door neighbor, one who's gracious, open-hearted, and a bit introverted.
Coincidentally, these are the same characteristics Whitaker shares with Cecil Gaines, the man he portrays in his latest movie, "Lee Daniels' The Butler." While his Gaines doesn't chew the »
- Alex Suskind
Chicago – In person, Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is a man at peace. His talent has created a demeanor of a guru – soft spoken with transcendent thoughts. His latest film is “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” in which he portrays the title character. As a black man caught between two eras in American history, Forest Whitaker does relate.
Born on family land in Longview, Texas, in the early 1960s, Whitaker’s father staked a claim to the actor’s future by moving his immediate family to Carson, California. He went to college at Cal Poly Poloma on a football scholarship, and switched to voice and drama after a back injury. He was typecast as a football player in his first notable role in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982), but put such an interesting spin on the small part that breakthrough performances in “The Color of Money” (1986), “Platoon” (same year) and “Good Morning, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I'll never pretend to be any kind of expert on the subject of racial diversity in Hollywood. However, there's been a slew of comments recently from director Lee Daniels about his new film that I found so obtuse and baffling that I thought it warranted examination.
Entertainment Weekly ran a series of eight stills from movie to promote the upcoming release of what is now referred to as Lee Daniels' The Butler. This film is fast becoming a sideshow. First there was the battle over the title of the movie between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros. which fast became the most ludicrous tango in recent memory. The solution was to tack the director's name on the front of the film and make it look that much more pretentious on Oscar ballot cards. »
- Flickering Myth
Like his mentor, the 57-year-old enfant terrible Lars von Trier, the 42-year-old Nicolas Winding Refn is equally fascinated by extreme violence and the austere, mystical Lutheranism of Carl Dreyer, the father figure of Danish cinema and still its greatest exponent. His new film as writer-director, Only God Forgives, exhibits both these elements but is set far from Denmark in a stylised, present-day Bangkok, almost entirely at night in underpopulated, garishly neon-lit streets and dark interiors, though there's one memorable, downbeat shot of the oppressive, smog-ridden city in the early morning.
The film's central character is an American expatriate played by Ryan Gosling, who made a serious impression as a getaway driver in Refn's Los Angeles-set Drive. More recently he appeared as a sad fairground performer and criminal in Derek Cianfrance's A Place Beyond the Pines, »
- Philip French
The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated events on a film fan’s calendar, as it stands alongside Cannes as one of the most prominent festivals on the world cinema circuit. Over the years, numerous films have been discovered at the festival by discerning moviegoers, while films that have gone on to receive overwhelmingly positive critical attention and even win Oscars have seen their buzz build from Tiff. Thus, the festival’s lineup itself has become a source of anticipation for many, with numerous films choosing to make their world premiere at the festival, and others choosing to make their North American premieres. Here are 10 features we hope to see in the lineup for Tiff come September.
1) 12 Years A Slave
With a moniker that is shared by one of the most legendary actors in the history of cinema, British filmmaker Steve McQueen already faced an »
- Deepayan Sengupta
There are only two things of which I can be absolutely certain: firstly, I’ll never perform The Black Swan Pas de deux with the outrageously talented Misty Copeland, and secondly, at some point, I am going to die. Any of us who have been touched by the death of a loved one will know that the feelings associated with this sadness are entirely different from contemplating one’s own death. When the death of a loved one occurs life may become unbearable as we, who are left behind, reflect. The agony and dejection we feel may lead us to a place of utter melancholy. I understand the inevitability of Basil Creese Jr no longer existing even though, right now, my own death seems an impossibility. I do not, however, perceive my impending death as a cause for concern.
Part of the reason for this is the movie Ghost Dog, »
- Basil Creese Jr
In consideration of tomorrow's long-awaited theatrical opening of Geoffrey Fletcher's teen assassin thriller, Violet & Daisy (also his feature film directorial debut), for the fun of it, with your assistance, I thought I'd come up with a list of previous assassin movies starring black actors (even though Violet & Daisy doesn't star black actors). Needless to say, pickings are slim with this criteria, which speaks to the already-addressed overall lack of variety in the kinds of roles and projects that black actors are considered for (especially within the studio system). But here's what I could come up with: 1 - Forest Whitaker in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Jim Jarmusch treats genres the same way children treat their Christmas toys—as endlessly fun things to batter around, and if they break in the process, well, at least you can’t say they weren’t enjoyed thoroughly. His version of a Western was the poetic, deadpan Dead Man. His idea of an espionage thriller was the off-kilter aloofness of The Limits of Control. His samurai movie was Ghost Dog. So it should be no surprise that his take on the vampire film would be uniquely his own. Thankfully, Only Lovers Left Alive is the farthest thing from a commentary on Twilight. It’s »
★★★★☆ Director Jim Jarmusch has managed an almost impossible feat with new film Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival - he's made vampires interesting again. British actors Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play Adam and Eve, a pair of night-dwelling bloodsuckers. Eve is based in Tangiers where she hangs out with Christopher Marlowe (John Hurt), who himself acquires blood from a French doctor and complains of his former literary glory: "I wished I'd met him before I wrote Hamlet." Adam, meanwhile, is roosting in Detroit where he collects vintage guitars, composes funereal music and shuns the world.
Adam sates his thirst for the red stuff with regular visits to Dr. Watson (Jeffrey Wright) at a local hospital. He's evidently suffering from ennui, and although Eve comes to stay with him, things only get worse when her sister, Ava (Mia Wasikowska), also turns up. "Families are always a bit weird, »
- CineVue UK
The 66th Festival de Cannes will close on 26th May with a screening of the thriller Zulu, shot entirely on location in South Africa by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey. The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean by Gore Verbinski, Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland by Kevin McDonald, Ghost Dog, La Voie du Samouraï by Jim Jarmush) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study (…). To read more go to www.festival-cannes.fr Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information. Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, »
- Josh Abraham
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