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Ridley Scott, one of the most respected filmmakers of his generation, has yet to win an Oscar despite three nominations including one for helming 2000 Best Picture champ “Gladiator." This could finally be his year with the overwhelming success of “The Martian,” a film which returns Sir Ridley to his sci-fi roots. With a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a $55 million opening weekend, it has the approval of both critics and audiences alike. Will Oscar voters agree? -Break- Will Golden Globes predict Oscar winners again? In this 3D epic, Matt Damon plays an astronaut who must do whatever is necessary to survive after being stranded on Mars. This is prime material for the director, who infuses it with his usual visual prowess and an unexpected dose of heart, making it one of his strongest efforts in years. Scott's first Oscar nomination was for “Thelma & Louise” (1991), a female-d..."' »
"I'm in a groove now," the venerated director Ridley Scott said of his career as we sat down to record this podcast last Friday, the day on which his latest film, the space-set dramedy The Martian, opened nationwide and was greeted with rave reviews en route to topping the box-office with a weekend gross of $54.3 million. The 77-year-old Brit has been making acclaimed and popular films for 38 years — films as eclectic as 1979's Alien, 1982's Blade Runner, 1991's Thelma & Louise, 2000's Gladiator and 2001's Black Hawk Down. He's been nominated for the best director Oscar three
- Scott Feinberg
20th Century Fox
Sir Ridley Scott finally makes a welcome return-to-form with The Martian; the brilliant, expansive and immersive sci-fi blockbuster aided by a remarkable ensemble cast. After underwhelming consistently with his recent outputs (Exodus: Gods And Kings, The Counselor, Prometheus), the Matt Damon vehicle sees the legendary auteur’s most robust and coherent release since Gladiator.
Hollywood has now mastered the art of space imagery and is truly able to transport their audiences to planets and galaxies far, far away, but despite exceptional visuals and dramatic advances in filmmaking technologies, the principals of great cinema will forever rely upon storytelling and realised characters.
Last year, fanboys across the globe were left stunned and speechless by Christopher Nolan’s operatic and sprawling Interstellar, and clearly enraptured in a haze of Hans Zimmer-Hoyte van Hoytema wonder, forgot that it’s actually an incredibly mediocre movie.
The Martian on the other hand, »
- Chris Haydon
Both Robert Zemeckis’ “The Walk” and Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” made their way to theaters this week, and both have something unique to offer in the Oscar race. No, not spectacle, though they have that in spades as well. Rather, in a season typically packed with deadly serious themes and issues, these movies trade in delighting their audiences.
Zemeckis’ could almost be described as a family film; its jaunty tone and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bubbly persona are an antidote to somber stories on the circuit. Meanwhile, that quality is part of the very fabric of “The Martian,” which finds actor Matt Damon left behind on an unforgiving extraterrestrial world in a story that could, for obvious reasons, have been much darker. As screenwriter Drew Goddard told me this week, “It has this optimistic soul to it, which is not something you see a lot in science-fiction in general.”
- Kristopher Tapley
As of today, audiences can finally see Ridley Scott’s new film The Martian, which is one of my favorites of the year so far. Moreover, it’s a return to form for Scott, who has been on a bumpy road for quite some time. I had been all but ready to write him off as a director, but he’s certainly gotten back in my good graces here. That got me thinking about the best movies of his career. He’s made over 20 flicks over the years (without a Best Director win incidentally, despite a handful of nominations), but below you’ll see what I feel to be his ten best, including The Martian, of course. Enjoy! Here now are Scott’s ten best, at least according to yours truly: 10. Hannibal – Not a great film, by any stretch, but there’s a silly bit of fun to have with »
- Joey Magidson
Ridley Scott still remembers, vividly, sitting down in a movie theater, watching the lights go down and experiencing as a gamechanging moment as 2001: A Space Odyssey sputtered to life onscreen. "It had been out less than a week," the filmmaker recalls, settling into a chair in a cavernous hotel conference room in Toronto. "I sat in theater all by myself in the middle of the day, in Queensgate, London, with a pack of cigarettes — you could smoke in theaters in those days. It was a brand-new 70mm print, and »
The Martian is the film that Interstellar should have been. A rousing, surprisingly funny, and touching space adventure, Ridley Scott has delivered his best film since Gladiator. Matt Damon stars as Mark Watney, a botanist on the Ares mission to explore the surface of Mars. Caught in a sudden storm, the mission commander (Jessica Chastain), gives the order to evacuate. The astronauts lose Watney when he is hit by the communications array and covered in debris. His bio-signs dark, they assume he is dead, and rocket back to the orbital ship. Heartbroken and with the mission a failure, they begin the long journey back to Earth.
Watney regains consciousness, terribly injured, and abandoned. Pure luck kept his space suit from decompressing. What follows next is stomach churning self surgery. Then a cold realization as to the dire nature of his situation. It will take years for a rescue mission to reach him. »
The surprise breakout world premiere of the recent Toronto International Film Festival was Ridley Scott's intimate space epic, "The Martian." The spectacular 3D movie (shot in rust-colored Jordan) is so gratifying for critics and audiences alike--it's currently tracking at 92% on Rotten Tomatoes--that Twentieth Century Fox booked it as a last-minute Sneak Preview at the New York Film Festival. What does that tell you? The studio has awards in its sights for the movie, which is tracking to open huge on October 2. As well they should. Sure, tech nods are in order for screenplay, VFX, cinematography, production design and score. And I will argue that Ridley Scott delivers his best effort since "Black Hawk Down" in 2001. (That was the year "Gladiator" took home Best Picture.) Matt Damon gives his best lead performance in years. He's been laboring in studio land as a major movie star, and sometimes that means not exercising all the muscles. »
- Anne Thompson
It's not every week the Empire Podcast booth welcomes a knight of the realm. Sir Ridley Scott isn't one to stand on ceremony though, so all that silver-polishing and red-carpet-rolling was probably unnecessary. At 77, he's stil a man of action, happier getting out on location than cooped up in a soundstage and not content to rest on his substantial laurels.To the likes of The Duellists, Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise and Gladiator, he's now adding one of his finest films of recent years, The Martian. On a very special podcast Special, he chatted about a wide range of topics, from his love of The Martian's humour to his finest big-screen moments to those projects that got away. Nb Dino is Dino De Laurentiis, not Dino from The Flintstones.The Martian is out on October 2. Head here for Empire's review. »
Ridley Scott's post-Gladiator output has been a decidedly mixed bag. The prolific director knows how to get audiences into cinemas, but many of his recent films have left fans grumbling - Prometheus, we're looking at you.
Fortunately it looks like Scott is back on form with The Martian, his Matt Damon-gets-stranded-on-the-Red-Planet sci-fi based on Andy Weir's best-selling book. Here's an overview of the critical consensus for this week's big blockbuster release.
Digital Spy - Ali Plumb
"The Martian is Ridley Scott's best film in nearly 15 years. Part science lesson, part Robinson Crusoe drama, this is exciting and engaging filmmaking that reminds you just how good the seminal sci-fi director can be with the right script and the right story."
Empire - Ian Freer
"It isn't perfect. The supporting cast feel under-served, the idea that Watney's plight draws crowds of people in Trafalgar Square waiting for the outcome feels forced, »
20th Century Fox
Ridley Scott’s first sci-fi film since 2012’s Prometheus is upon us, and what a marvel it is! Since its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, The Martian has been racking up rave reviews, with many dubbing it one of the year’s best films and a possible Oscar contender.
More so than all this, though, The Martian is a major return to form for Scott, whose recent output has been wildly inconsistent to say the least. With his last film that you could even argue to be great being 2000’s Gladiator, and a ton of disappointing dreck following in its wake, this big-budget, lavish sci-fi adventure is just the sort of tonic his fans, who were no doubt fast losing their faith in the 77-year-old director, have long been in need of.
Everyone loves an epic comeback story, and now it’s time for Sir »
- Jack Pooley
While the sun, Earth and moon lined up to cause a “super blood moon” eclipse Sunday evening, 20th Century Fox held its own celestial event by presenting a sneak preview of Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi film “The Martian” in RealD 3D at the New York Film Festival. Scott, along with his starry cast members Kristen Wiig, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan and Mackenzie Davis, received thunderous applause for their performances in this outer space survival story based on the 2011 bestselling novel by Andy Weir.
The film stars Matt Damon as an astronaut-botanist, who is presumed dead and left behind on Mars by his crew. He is forced to find ways to survive as Nasa officials race to bring him home. Damon was absent from the screening at Alice Tully Hall — due to shooting the fifth installment of the “Bourne” franchise in Europe — but taped a message for the »
- Paul Chi
If you're hoping to find true, awe-inspiring spectacle on the big screen, you can always count on director Ridley Scott. He is perhaps best known for going to space and giving us the iconic creature in Alien, transporting us back to ancient Rome for Gladiator, and storming the war-torn streets of Mogadishu in Black Hawk Down. His latest movie is The Martian, starring Matt Damon as an astronaut mistakenly left for dead on Mars and mankind's mission to get him back. ...
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Some directors struggle to get away from the inherent staginess of Shakespeare's original plays, or at least seem content to let Shakespeare’s torrent of words tell the story. Australian director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, The Turning) goes the other way, telling his story of murder, guilt and madness with sumptuous, captivating visuals while the words ebb and flow in the background. As a result, we don’t have to hang on Banquo or MacDuff’s every word to get the gist of what’s going on - it’s all there in those tortured expressions and ominious landscapes.
Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, the longtime married producers who have had a hand in titles such as The Ring, Gladiator, and American Beauty, among others, are still as busy as ever. They've got a Malala Yousafzai doc unspooling next month, as well as a Barbie adaptation at Sony and finance duties on Tom Hanks's The Circle. In a recent interview, THR asked the industry power couple about all of their current projects, but also took the opportunity to check in on a fan favorite: Men in Black. What does the future hold for the property? Isn't it about time Mib, like everybody else and their mother, was revived? Unfortunately, it's a future that doesn't look like it'll include Will Smith (and who knows about 21 Jump Street), but there's a confirmed, cryptic future nonetheless.Here's the interview portion in question, via THR: THR: You produced Men in Black. Has »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Filming commenced on July 15 in Brindisi, Italy before moving to Rome and onto various locations in and around London, UK.
Gfm and West said they plan to continue their contractual relationship with Falconer in “creating a new action hero franchise”, working with the key creative and producing team on Stratton.
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A starry cast lines up for this true story of survival on the world's tallest peak, but the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley only elevate the film just above the standard of a Lifetime movie.
Even the mountain itself is let down, never seeming as imposing as it should be (regardless of the IMAX 3D effect) largely because of a rather muddled depiction of events by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns).
Brolin is a grounding force and the solid centre around which a large ensemble cast gathers. It's a fine performance, trading on his characteristic stoicism but with a crucial note of vulnerability as one of the older members of a climbing group. He is wealthy Texan Beck Weathers who is determined to summit Everest in 1996. Jason Clarke is their Kiwi guide Rob Hall, who has a pregnant wife (Keira Knightley in a small but heartrending »
Everest comes to the screen from director Baltasar Kormákur, the Icelandic filmmaker who made an impact on cinema with his debut 101 Reykjavík all of the way back in 200. Since then, Kormákur found has found his mainstream Hollywood footing, working alongside Mark Wahlberg on the films 2 Guns and Contraband. In Everest, the talented director has his most ambitious project yet.
Featuring an ensemble, supremely talented cast that includes Jason Clarke, Keira Knightly, John Hawkes, Josh Brolin, Sam Worthington, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal, Everest revolves around a group of adventurers who are face the toughest, and indeed highest peak on the planet. Based on a true story, the film sees Clarke’s Rob Hall lead an elite group of people up the mountain, all of them »
- Paul Heath
In Alcon Entertainment’s fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break, a young FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey), infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Edgar Ramirez). The athletes are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways.
Deep undercover, and with his life in imminent danger, Utah strives to prove they are the architects of this string of inconceivable crimes.
Check out the new trailer and featurette below.
The film is replete with the most daring athleticism ever seen in a motion picture. These action adventure feats are performed by elite athletes representing the world’s best in class in big-wave surfing, wingsuit flying, sheer-face snowboarding, free rock climbing, and high-speed motorcycling.
- Michelle McCue
There has been a trend towards the stars in the past few years in Hollywood, and Oscar has finally begun to take notice. Films set in outerspace are no longer just the realm of niche science fiction, but rather have begun to get serious awards recognition.
The Martian, the new space epic from director Ridley Scott and star Matt Damon based on the novel by Andy Weir, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this past weekend and has high hopes for Oscar gold. Scott has been nominated for best director three times in his career (1991’s Thelma &Louise, 2000’s Gladiator, 2001’s Black Hawk Down) and hopes that his latest will finally earn him the statue.
Space-set films have been getting more respect as potential award season threats, with 2013’s Gravity earning a best director award for Alfonso Cuarón and a best picture nom. The trend is somewhat new, »
- Patrick Shanley
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