11 items from 2015
To begin with a disclosure: I was granted free admission to this year’s True/False Film Festival in Columbia, Missouri, and the festival paid for my travel and lodging as well. I still hope that I’m able to provide insight into the films I saw there.Bitter LakeSince attending the True/False Film Festival last month, I’ve been chewing on some ideas that Adam Curtis, the gifted essay filmmaker behind The Century of the Self and All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace, shared in a lecture-cum-multimedia presentation that he called “Unstoryfiable.” Over the course of an hour, Curtis identified what he considered the major philosophical problems of our time, the unifying theme being a general failure of imagination in western culture. We’ve become a civilization obsessed with data, he argued; in our determination to predict the immediate future based on patterns of past behavior, »
- Ben Sachs
Last month brought news that British television actor Sam Strike had landed the title role in Leatherface, the origin story of the chainsaw wielding killer from the Texas Chanisaw Massacre horror franchise. And now Deadline brings word that Public Enemies and Somewhere star Stephen Dorff will be taking another lead role in the film, and thankfully, details on his character give us an idea of what we can expect from the story. In the film the young man who will become Leatherface escapes from a mental hospital with three other patients, taking a nurse from the hospital with them as a hostage for a deadly road trip. Read on! In pursuit of the escaped patients will be Dorff as a deranged lawman who is out for some kind of revenge. Seems like there's a lot of unhinged characters here that should make for quite a wild prequel. Where is Leatherface going? »
- Ethan Anderton
For once my favorite movie of True/False 2015 was an honest-to-goodness crowdpleaser, a counterintuitively funny film on a grim topic. Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard had the earned gumption to title their film Rules of the Game; in French it’s distinguished from Renoir’s film by the first word being Les rather than La, but that distinction doesn’t translate. It’s not just a cutely attention-getting appropriation: Renoir’s film anatomizes unspoken codes of conduct for French high society which, if observed, should successfully conceal hypocrisies and personal betrayals. Bories and Chagnard’s reworked title refers to clothing, eye contact, portfolio neatness and other job interview variables that — rather than work ethic and qualifications […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Reamworks
Aired on Fox for 1 season (4 episodes aired, 2 unaired + pilot) from April 13 – July 15, 2007
Kristin Lehman as Corinna Wiles
Kevin Alejandro as Winston Salazar
Dylan Baker as John Trimble
Emma Stone as Violet Trimble
Michael Hyatt as Susan Chamblee
Rochelle Aytes as Leigh Barnthouse
Melanie Lynsky as Wendy Patrakas
Taryn Manning as Ivy Chitty
Mircea Monroe as Ellie Laird
All across the country, a secret organization is holding an illegal road race competition, bringing in participants to rally against one another to win a $32 million grand prize. Each racer has been specifically selected by unknown sponsors, who have put them into the game for reasons unknown to the racers, and each of the racers have their own personal »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The True/False Film Festival, now in its 11th year, opens today in Columbia, Missouri and runs through the weekend. Among the titles Filmmaker's Vadim Rizov looking forward to catching are Adirley Queirós’s White Out, Black In, "the French training-for-job-interviews documentary Rules of the Game and adopted-Roma-kids portrait Spartacus & Cassandra, both from Cannes sidebars" and "the Egyptian Revolution report I Am The People… Curatorial winnowing of international cinema is a thing the festival’s reliable at." The Columbia Daily Tribune's Amy Wilder talks with Brett Morgen about Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. Aarik Danielsen talks with Bill Ross and Turner Ross about Western and argues that if "any one person could embody the spirit of True/False, it would probably be Robert Greene." » - David Hudson »
Wolf Hall concludes its superlative series with an episode that makes historical tragedy come alive...
This review contains spoilers.
1.6 Master Of Phantoms
A TV show that can make its audience feel every shaking, terrible moment of a death so muffled by historical wadding that it’s now more playground rhyme than human drama is something to cherish. And something to miss like a brother now that it’s gone.
Wolf Hall made Anne Boleyn’s beheading so rightly, wretchedly real that we could have been watching an online video of one of its horrendous modern day counterparts. With none of Debbie Wiseman’s delicately intuitive score to accompany Anne’s journey to the scaffold, deliberately, you could barely hear her final words over the sound of wind and flapping cloth. Director Peter Kosminsky positioned the audience as an onlooker in the crowd, complicit in an execution we all knew was coming, »
This review contains spoilers.
Two years ago, when I first tuned in to watch Vikings, I honestly wasn’t expecting much, despite my interest in the period and culture it depicts. After all, the show was ostensibly historical material being produced for The History Channel, a cable outlet that hasn’t done much lately in the way of history. I mean, Swamp People and Pawn Stars may bring in the ratings and thus the advertisers, but I doubt they’ll end up in many chronicles of our times.
What I did not know when I sat down to watch the premiere episode was the show’s pedigree. It was created by Michael Hirst who also gave us The Tudors. As someone well-versed in the Renaissance, I had »
Jon Ronson is a renowned investigative journalist who has spent years exploring the more hidden aspects of society for radio, television, and print. His books, including Clubbed Class, Them: Adventures With Extremists and The Men Who Stare At Goats, all feature a narrative structure that is specific to Ronson’s work – setting factual investigation within the gripping flow of his experiences in tracking down the information. Each account has the reader essentially riding shotgun with Ronson as he goes to get the story. The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry, published in 2011, features this structure, too, and is now being developed by Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment as The Psychopath Test, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through The Madness Industry sets out to explore the murky world of psychiatric diagnosis, and in doing so, looks at the mental health industry, including the media, the professionals and the patients – specifically psychopaths. »
- Sarah Myles
The True/False Film Festival has announced the lineup for its upcoming annual event, which takes place in downtown Columbia, Missouri from March 5-8. Selected from roughly 1,200 submitted and solicited films, the 38 chosen titles reflect the festival's typical focus on the art of non-fiction cinema. Many titles will be making their North American premieres, while others screened earlier this year at Sundance. The 2015 True/False Festival Lineup includes: "Something Better to Come" "Spartacus and Cassandra" "Rules of the Game" "Those Who Feel the Fire Burning" "White Out, Black In" "Heaven Knows What" "The Visit" "Drone" "(T)error" "Of Men and War" "Cartel Land" "Western" "Invasion" "Il Segreto" "Tea Time" "Tales of the Grim Sleeper" "Finders Keepers" "Meru" "I Am the »
- Zack Sharf
Chicago – This Thursday marks the beginning of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and yours truly will be in attendance to cover the fest for HollywoodChicago.com. Last year, the Park City, Utah event introduced the world to its 2014-defining sensations like “Whiplash” and “Boyhood”.
Those titles followed in the paths of indie landmarks such as “sex, lies and videotape,” “Clerks,” “Hoop Dreams,” “American Movie,” “Memento,” “Frozen River,” “Winter’s Bone,” and “Fruitvale Station,” among many others.
In pursuit of new favorite films for a new year, I’ve composed a relatively solid schedule so that I can devour as much diverse Sundance goodness as possible. Narratives, documentaries, white supremacists, nasty babies, Neil Hamburger, Chiwetel Ejiofor, stolen cop cars, and much, much more are all in play. But with hopes that everything I witness is the next “Boyhood”-like zeitgeist, I’ll be sure to report back here on what’s worth, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
At the midway point of "Taken 3," there is a visible moment when everyone involved with this half-hearted sequel has decided to go through the motions. In pursuit of a bad guy through the winding hills of Malibu, the inexhaustible Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) has his car rammed from behind and pushed over a precipitous edge, where it tumbles end over end over end before exploding in a gigantic fireball that would nominally kill whoever was behind the wheel. But just a few minutes later, Mills has not only survived without a scratch, but has clambered up back to the road, hijacked a car, made his way to the nearest town, finds the guys who inconvenienced his ride, and promptly dispatches them in a liquor store. The above is not a spoiler, but simply an indication that nothing in "Taken 3" matters. While Mills was indestructible in the first two movies, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
11 items from 2015
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