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The Vampire Diaries season seven finale is the least eventful in the show's history...
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7.22 Gods And Monsters
So we've finally reached the end of our first Elena-free year of The Vampire Diaries, and it's been a perplexing year for the show. Not a series that could ever be described as consistent, season seven has been more up and down than most (which beats completely down), and this finale really just sums up that journey.
Gods And Monsters is such an odd episode for season seven to end on, because it's actually a very average episode of the show. I'd go as far as to say that it's the least eventful finale of the entire series, and that's even stranger when you consider that the penultimate episode featured the kind of big, sweeping emotional moments that we've come to expect. Here, it's one big »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLiam Neeson in Martin Scorsese's SilenceWe're still waiting for Martin Scorsese's new film set in 17th century Japan, Silence (an adaptation of the same book Masahiro Shinoda's 1971 film is based on), but things may be moving quickly for his next project, the long-in-gestation The Irishman, set to star Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. We'll believe it when we see it, but we sure want to see it!Cannes begins! If this week's Rushes seems a bit threadbare, it's because we've arrive at the Cannes Film Festival and can't think of anything else. Stay tuned on the Notebook for our festival coverage.Recommended VIEWINGOur very favorite video essayist, Tag Gallagher, has made a new one for Sight & Sound on Raoul Walsh's classic noir western, »
Bonnie's rehabilitation and a very heightened emotional situation make for an interesting episode of The Vampire Diaries...
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7.21: Requiem For A Dream
Nothing impresses me more than when a television show can bring a character back from the depths of audience hatred - when the writers finally wake up to an actor's talent or a character's potential and craft them some good material. The opposite of this has happened a lot of The Vampire Diaries (Matt, we'll get to you later), but it's rare for a show to really pull it off as well as these guys have with Bonnie.
Damon's speech at the end of Requiem For A Dream, in which he recounts all of the things Bonnie has had to overcome since season 1, and how much he admires her for it, was thus a high point of the whole series for me. »
If anyone actually thought that saving Bonnie with a plan that involved Rayna was a good idea and that nothing would go wrong, well, you clearly have never watched The Vampire Diaries.
"Requiem for a Dream" sees Bonnie's friends trying to appeal to her to not kill them, even with her brain rewired to "see vampire and kill vampire." But in doing so, they give her the opportunity to mark them, and even when they do find a way to possibly save her, it just means a lot more trouble. But nothing can ever be easy for them.
In this episode, the consequences of Damon's attempt to save Bonnie force everyone to band together to help her pull through. When a new threat leaves Caroline's life in jeopardy, Stefan makes a rash decision that forces them to face the fallout from their relationship. Also, Enzo tries to hold it together while watching Bonnie in the fight of her life, and Matt takes matters into his own hands to save one of his closest friends.
A movie that approaches and separates itself from a familiar storyline.
Self-destruction has been a popular cinematic theme since the silent era. One of the first examples being Charlie Chaplin’s The Cure from 1917, a film about a drunk who goes to a spa hoping to cure his addiction. Almost 100 years later, the most recent contribution to this popular narrative is Krisha, Trey Edward Shults’s first feature film. The film stems from Shults’s short film released the year prior titled Krisha, and, spanning over a single day, tells the story of a woman returning home after having disappeared for a number of years.
Krisha isn’t the first film to screen addiction, as stated above. To name a few movies of this genre: Miles Ahead (2016), Trainwreck (2015), Thanks for Sharing (2012), Shame (2011), Requiem for a Dream (2000), Man With a Golden Arm (1955), The Lost Weekend (1945), and Sadie McKee (1934). Yet since its festival circuit and (limited) release as of »
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Pierce Brosnan stars in head-spinning drug thriller Urge. Pierce Brosnan, the man formerly known as James Bond, plays an evil overseer to a drug-fueled bacchanalia from Hell in Urge, director Aaron Kaufman’s berserk thriller that also co-stars That 70s Show Danny Masterson. Lions Gate Films have picked up the insane looking flick, which looks…
- Chris Alexander
The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.
The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.
“Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”
Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »
- Dave McNary
Plus: IFC MIdnight acquires Us rights to Let’s Be Evil; and more…
Ellen Burstyn, a rare triple winner of an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy, will collect the honour during the San Francisco International Film Festival on April 25.
Burstyn will also take part in an on-stage interview and screening of Requiem For A Dream, for which she earned a best supporting actress Academy Award nomination.
IFC Midnight has taken Us rights from Submarine to Martin Owen’s Let’s Be Evil. The film centres on a learning programme for gifted children that spirals out of control.Magnolia Pictures head of worldwide sales Christina Rogers and vp »
For centuries, annual holidays have been widely celebrated as a time to put aside one’s worries and responsibilities in order to come together with loved ones and enjoy each other’s company. Holidays are magical, not only because they represent a time of love and harmony, but also because many of them are commemorated on a global scale, making them not only a positive junction, but a universal one that can be shared by nearly all of humankind.
Although we can all look back on our happy moments as a collective people, we can also all relate to the sense of dread that often goes hand-in-hand with an approaching festivity. Holidays like Valentine’s Day can be ridiculously expensive, Christmastime can mean grueling hosting duties for many, as well as fights with family. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can bring emotional baggage with it if a person has a lost parent, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Ah, nostalgia. I can still remember rushing home from school on a Friday and having my grandmother drive my best friend and I over to Blockbuster Video. We’d always rent two movies (and overdose on candy and popcorn, no doubt), immediately go home and watch them back-to-back and maybe, if we were lucky, sneak in another viewing on Saturday before having to rush back to the Quik Drop. This is how I came to see films like Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream,” and how I came to fall in love with old movies like “The Thin Man” and everything Hitchcock. Read More: 15 Great Directorial Debuts By Actors Sure, now, everything is at our fingertips –– and inching closer to our cerebrums by the second –– but there is something to be said about enjoying that evening with your family or friends, passing the time together strolling around the store »
- Samantha Vacca
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.News Jan Němec, the Czech director of Diamonds of the Night (1964), has died. Keyframe has an overview of his work. Above: the Czech poster for Němec's 1966 film, A Report on the Party and the Guests, via Adrian Curry's blog Movie Poster of the Day.Speculation around the 2016 Cannes Film Festival selection is raging, but Variety is pretty sure it will include several new American films, including new movies directed by Sean Penn, Woody Allen and Jeff Nichols.The Criterion Collection has announced its next lineup of releases, which includes Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Olivier Assayas's Clouds of Sils Maria, and Michelangelo Antonionio's Le amiche.New issues of Cinema Scope and Senses of Cinema are out. Yes, »
Loving Vincent is recounted through the Dutch post-Impressionist’s paintings and the characters that inhabit them. The cast includes Douglas Booth in the lead role and this year’s Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.
Noelter’s team at Cinema Management Group have closed deals in France (TF1), Middle East (Front Row), Switzerland (Praesens), China (Bright East Films), Taiwan (Way Sent international), Hong Kong (Sundream), and Thailand (M Pictures).
Further deals closed in Portugal (Outsider), South Korea (First Run Pictures), Argentina (Impacto Cine), former Yugoslavia (2i Film), Czech/Slovak Republics (Bohemia Motion Pictures), Philippines (Solar Motion Pictures), Greece (Cine Trianon), and airlines (Captive Entertainment.)
Noeltner expects a Us deal to close in the next few weeks and said over the past few weeks a short teaser had been viewed more than 70million times. Silver Reel, run by »
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The rise of Clint Mansell's career has been impressive to watch. Breaking out by tuning up the dread in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem For A Dream," in addition to becoming the director's go-to composer, the artist has logged impressive credits with Park Chan-Wook ("Stoker"), Duncan Jones ("Moon"), Joe Carnahan ("Smokin' Aces"), and more, and this year sees him add another auteur to his belt: Ben Wheatley. Mansell has penned the score for the director's upcoming "High-Rise." Read More: Tiff Review: Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans & Elisabeth Moss Based on J.G. Ballard's book, the starry movie — featuring —Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando and Keeley Hawes — tells a wildly surreal tale of a luxury apartment complex that is soon overcome by disorder and madness. Mansell's score slides right in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The loose network of hackers known as Anonymous recently declared all-out war on Donald Trump, and today it has released what it claims is Trump’s personal information. The release of the info was announced in a YouTube video (above) in which a sternly anti-Trump statement is given by a crudely animated figure in a Guy Fawkes mask and spoken by a text-to-speech vocalizer. An orchestral version of the theme from the film “Requiem for a Dream” plays in the background. The statement makes numerous comparisons between Trump and Nazi Germany, asserting that “Donald Trump is an enemy of the »
- Phil Owen
This week, Neil Calloway looks at Batman movies that were planned but never shot…
If you are over 30, by the end of this month you will have seen five actors play Batman on the big screen. That might seem like a lot, but it’s entirely possible that there could have been even more Batman movies down the years.
It appears like there has never been a time when a Batman film was not in some stage of development hell. After the 60s TV series spawned a film, the next attempt to get Batman on the big screen was Batman in Outer Space in the late 70s, probably designed to cash in on the success of Star Wars (similarly, the producers of James Bond made Moonraker instead of For Your Eyes Only in 1979 to ride on the coat tails of Han and Luke).
Before Tim Burton revived the series in 1989, various writers, »
- Neil Calloway
Time and again, we've noted that the cast for Ben Wheatley's "High-Rise" —Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy, Peter Ferdinando and Keeley Hawes— is pretty killer. However, one name has is slightly less mentioned in the run-up to the release of the movie: Clint Mansell. Read More: Tiff Review: Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Starring Tom Hiddleston, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans & Elizabeth Moss The composer who has scored such films as "Moon," "Black Swan," "Requiem For A Dream" provides immediately recognizable work. And he brings that unique touch to "High-Rise," and you can get an indication as such with the track "Cine-Camera Cinema" below. But first, you can check out the first clip from the movie, in which Hiddleston's Dr. Robert Laing meets Jeremy Irons, playing the architect of the building that will soon collapse into chaos. "High-Rise" »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before Christopher Nolan relaunched the Batman franchise with Batman Begins, Warner Bros. had enlisted Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream) for an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic Batman: Year One, with Miller himself helping to pen the script.
Aronofsky’s plan was to “toss out everything you can imagine about Batman” and start afresh, with the duo collaborating on a dark and gritty script that would have seen a radical departure from the traditional Dark Knight continuity, and one which ultimately proved too dark for Warner Bros., who pulled the plug on the project.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Miller has spoken about his work on the project, stating that:
- Gary Collinson
Batman too dark? Don't tell the rabid fan base that, they'll never believe it. Over the years, with Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy and this month's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even Tim Burton's 1989 Batman to some degree, the caped crusader has edged closer and closer into the abyss, with each take darker than the next. But apparently director Darren Aronofsky, best known for his gritty critical hits Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan, was set to take Gotham's iconic vigilante to the depths of depravity. And that's why his Batman movie was doomed!
Batman has a very long and distinguished history on both the big and small screen. And he's been a fan-favorite since he was first introduced in the pages of Detective Comics back in 1939. But 1997's god awful Batman & Robin brought his silver screen career to a screeching halt. Before »
Before Christopher Nolan reinvented the Dark Knight with Batman Begins, director Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, The Wrestler) had planned to helm a loose big-screen adaptation of Frank Miller's Batman: Year One. The pair completed a screenplay but frequently butted heads about the iteration of the Caped Crusader each wanted to use. Apparently Aronofsky's take was far too dark - even for the man credited with giving us the most ruthless, gritty Batman to date. Here's what Miller had to say about what ultimately led to the project being cancelled during an interview with THR. “It was the first time I worked on a Batman project with somebody whose vision of Batman was darker than mine. My Batman was too nice for him. We would argue about it, and I’d say, “Batman wouldn’t do that, he wouldn’t torture anybody,” and so on. We hashed out a screenplay, »
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