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Transcendence Review

18 April 2014 3:05 PM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

For the last few years, Wally Pfister has been the cinematographer of choice for Christopher Nolan, providing the stunning imagery for the likes of Memento, The Dark Knight, and Inception. Now, with Transcendence, Pfister is trying his hand at directing, crafting a sci-fi thriller full of big ideas, that unfortunately falls down marrying these ideas to an effective narrative. Musing on the current state of technology, and what path it can take in the future, is nothing new. While the likes of Her kept it small, Transcendence goes as big as it can with the tale of Will Caster (Johnny Depp), whose life work is to create a viable artificial intelligence. Fatally injured in an attack by a militant anti-technology group, R.I.F.T., Caster's mind is uploaded to a computer by his distraught wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), becoming in death what he strove to create in life. Ever evolving, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Transcendence

18 April 2014 7:31 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Transcendence

Directed by: Wally Pfister

Cast: Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy

Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 18, 2014

Plot: A scientist (Depp) has his brain downloaded into a computer to save it. When anti-tech terrorists try to destroy him, his wife (Hall) uploads him to the internet.

Who’S It For? Those who can watch a science-fiction movie without demanding concrete logic. At the very least, don’t expect this movie, executive produced by Christopher Nolan, to be like his own films.

Overall

The Internet is for real in Transcendence, a B-movie with grade-a production quality, loaded with terabyte-size open-ended questions, so long as one can accept it lastly with a scientific mindset. It is a film that perceives technology to be more expansive than a box of wires and computer chips, and actualizes the expanse of the internet as limitless to the realm of spiritual. »

- Nick Allen

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‘Transcendence’ a bland, low-key, and ultimately silly techno-thriller

17 April 2014 9:05 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Transcendence

Written by Jack Paglen

Directed by Wally Pfister

United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014

It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in the body of a heartthrob to a full-fledged movie star, and it may be the worst thing that happened to his career. Depp’s Mvp-like turn as the louche Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was stunning to audiences worldwide; he managed to appear in a big-budget blockbuster based on a theme-park attraction without seemingly selling out, crafting an utterly daffy and instantly iconic character. And in many ways, it has been Depp’s creative undoing. He’s able to choose whatever projects he wants now, as many of his bigger films are prone to grossing a billion dollars at the box office, even the garish Alice in Wonderland. »

- Josh Spiegel

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Review: Transcendence

17 April 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Wally Pfister has spent almost fifteen years as Christopher Nolan's go-to cinematographer. From Memento to The Dark Knight Rises, he's been behind the camera capturing incredible action-packed movies. For his directorial debut he chose a cyberthriller and packed it with terrific actors, even getting Nolan to serve as an executive producer. This is all quite an impressive pedigree for a first-time director, but it's also why the finished project, the movie Transcendence, feels so disappointing. 

The story begins in the not-too-distant future with Max Waters (Paul Bettany) wandering around the chaotic streets of Berkeley, California. We learn there is no power and the phones are down thanks to an "unavoidable collision" of mankind and technology. After spending just a few moments in this dystopia, we flash back five years to try and understand why. Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall play Will and Evelyn Caster, a research team and loving »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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After Wally Pfister's Transcendence, 13 More Artists Who Should Shift To Directing

17 April 2014 10:33 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It doesn't take much to grasp the visuals of a Christopher Nolan film and see that there are two filmmakers at work. Which is why no one was surprised that the Oscar-winning cinematographer behind those films would shift into directing. Wally Pfister shaped the Nolan aesthetic from Memento into the Dark Knight films, and now he's got a big shiny blockbuster all his own: Transcendence, a star-packed sci-fi story that expands his customary sleek visuals and film (not digital) aesthetic. Pfister's not alone. Hollywood is just brimming with directing talent that has yet to be discovered. The industry is peppered by people who have the talent, the vision, and the mileage to be the primary storytelling force behind the scenes. All they're lacking is an opportunity. Pfister's shot is rare, given that this is an industry that would rather trust filmmakers with prolific track records over first-timers. Here are 13 established »

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The HeyUGuys Summer Preview – Interstellar

17 April 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

 

Director Christopher Nolan is known for the secrecy that surrounds the production of his films. Think locked rooms, surreptitiously delivered scripts, each page watermarked with the name of the actor, and endings that are verbally delivered. In fact, during the filming of the final scene from The Dark Knight Rises (Spoiler), Christian Bale was on set in order to prevent leaks about the ending. Although, considering the recent escapade surrounding the Quentin Tarantino Hateful Eight leak, one can never be too careful. Nolan has been as evasive as ever about Interstellar, which will be his first film since the end of The Dark Knight Trilogy in 2012. But, since the release of the teaser trailer in December, hints about the up coming science fiction picture are slowly beginning to emerge.

“We have always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible.” So begins the teaser to Interstellar. What follows is »

- Hannah Campbell

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Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Pompeii

16 April 2014 12:34 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014

Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray $35.99, Blu-ray 3D $45.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Director Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil: Retribution) tackles the classic tragedy of Pompeii in this 2014 movie.

Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington stars in the film as Milo, a stave-turned-gladiator who’s trying to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning, Sucker Punch) from being forced to marry a corrupt Roman Senator … all while Mount Vesuvius erupts, pouring lava and ash over the city.

Carrie-Anne Moss (Memento) and Keifer Sutherland (Melancholia) also star in the film, which is rated PG-13.

Critics did not care for Pompeii much, giving it only 24% approval, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Moviegoers liked it only minimally better with 46%. The reviews could be why the movie came and went from theaters, grossing only $23 million.

The Blu-ray and DVD carry these special features:

filmmakers’ commentarycast and character featurette “The Assembly”special effects featurette “The Volcanic Eruption. »

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'Transcendence' (2014) Movie Review

16 April 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The idea behind Transcendence is big, ambitious and nearly impossible to pull off in a two hour feature film. For a logic-based narrative such as this one it becomes troubling when it ends up with logic flaws of its own, largely as a result of the film's running time as it would take nearly four hours or one thousand pages to properly set this story up so critical audiences wouldn't ask questions such as, "Why hasn't the government noticed this yetc" However, it's the underlying fabric of this story, the questions it poses about our future, that I found compelling, even if the characters and scenarios involved are a little hokey and ridiculous. Transcendence takes a look at "what's next" for humanity, with the increasing influence of technology in our lives, and how it will be used in the future, driving the narrative. Looking into the idea of what's next »

- Brad Brevet

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Transcendence Interview with Director Wally Pfister

14 April 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wally Pfister has worked with the great Christopher Nolan as his director of photography in movies like .The Prestige,. .The Dark Knight Rises,. Memento,. and much more -- pretty much in all of Nolan movies. But now, the Oscar-winning cinematographer from .Inception. is branching out and making his debut as a director in .Transcendence. starring Johnny Depp.

The film explores the possibility of sentient computers, able to perceive and feel. In this interview, we talked about his interest in making the movie, research, and his talented cast.

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- Manny

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Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall And the Cast Of ‘Transcendence’ Talk The Singularity Of Wally Pfister’s Directorial Debut

14 April 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Since their first partnership on 2000’s “Memento," the work of Oscar-winning Dp Wally Pfister has helped shape and define the trademark style of Christopher Nolan and his output. His influence has proved so pronounced that Nolan’s upcoming “Interstellar” will mark an unclear break in DNA, it being “The Dark Knight” director’s first outing in 14 years without his usual collaborator. Not that bad blood had anything to do with the split, however. Instead, Pfister harnessed the years of working alongside Nolan into his first directorial effort, “Transcendence," starring Johnny Depp. An ambitious cyber-thriller in the vein of “The Lawnmower Man," the film still boasts a lineup of familiar faces to any fan of Nolan’s work, but in a recent Los Angeles press conference, members of the massive cast, along with Pfister and screenwriter Jack Paglen, set about discussing the unique aspects to the cautionary tale. “Technology is probably »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Sundance London 2014: Line-up includes ‘Frank’, ‘Fruitvale Station’, and ‘The Voices’

13 April 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The third Sundance London Film and Music Festival hits the capital from April 25th-27th, bringing in a variety of great independent films, as well as live music, panel discussions, and special anniversary screenings to the capital’s O2 Arena.

As well as the 21 feature films and 18 shorts, the festival will be hosting special screenings of three films highlighted in the past at Sundance: Grand Jury Prize winner Winter’s Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Quentin Tarantino’s heist classic Reservoir Dogs; and Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Memento. These three screenings are being shown as a joint celebration of the festival’s 30th anniversary, as well as the 25th anniversary of Empire Magazine.

Highlights of the festival include the following:

Frank

An offbeat comedy starring Michael Fassbender, Scoot McNairy, Domnhall Gleeson, and Maggie Gyllenhall, directed by Adam and Paul helmer Lenny Abrahamson. Joining an avant-garde rock band, an aspiring musician »

- Katie Wong

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The Best Film, Music and Panel Events from Sundance London 2014

10 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We are a couple of weeks away from the Sundance London film and music festival hitting the O2 arena in the capital. The full lineup of panels, music events and films was announced last week and we’ve decided to dive in and surface here with our picks of the festival.

As you’ll see we have chosen a number of films to keep an eye on, noted a couple of the panels and highlighted an event or two. You can find more information on all of these events right here at the Sundance London homepage or keep an eye here on HeyUGuys as we’ll be bringing you the best coverage of one of our favourite festivals.

 

Film – Frank

It’s hard to pass up the opportunity to see Michael Fassbender take on one of the oddest figures in the last thirty years of British popular culture. Papier Mâché »

- Jon Lyus

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The Secret Lives of Christopher Nolan Movies

6 April 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Christopher Nolan has gone Interstellar.

It’s a half-hearted pun that many have made since last August, when the title and basic premise of Nolan’s latest film was first announced. With a November release date set, and only the most teasing of teaser trailers put forward, little is known of the project beyond its startlingly starry cast. Anticipation couldn’t be more feverish, an indicator just how much the English filmmaker has grown in the 14 years since Memento, his first cinematic effort and instant classic. In many ways, he has replaced the listless Ridley Scott as one of the movie business’ most exciting exponents, his every release dripping in not just hype but substantial promise.

He may have lost essential and trusted cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has enjoyed Transcendence into the realms of directing himself (another half hearted word play), but this has not diminished Nolan as a force. »

- Scott Patterson

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The Best Summer Blockbusters Ever: An introduction. (Plus: ten that didn't make the cut)

1 April 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

To misquote Ned Stark completely: Summer is coming! And summer brings us so many things. Heat. Sunlight. A complete absence of teachers, who reportedly spend the season hibernating inside their coffins in the North Pole. Most of all, summer brings Summer Blockbusters. Raucous comedies. Huge-budget action movies. Low-budget wonders. Fun-for-the-whole-family animated adventures. The rare-but-potent Serious Film that grabs big audiences with big themes. And as we anxiously await the beginning of Hollywood’s Summer 2014, EW has come up with a list of the twenty best Summer Blockbusters ever.

This deep into Hollywood’s decadent period, it can sometimes feel like »

- Darren Franich

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Christopher Nolan Bashes 3-D and Digital Filmmaking at CinemaCon

27 March 2014 6:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Writer-director Christopher Nolan ("Memento," "Inception") isn't convinced that digital formats can compare to 35 mm film and he wasn't shy about telling the crowd of exhibitors at CinemaCon his belief that film is the "best" way to project an image. "I’m a fan of any technological innovation, but for me, it's going to have to exceed what came before -- and it hasn’t yet," Nolan told attendees yesterday at the industry conference, according to The Los Angeles Times. Despite the industry's conversion to digital projection, Nolan insists on shooting on film. Paramount Pictures will make an exception from its commitment to digital projection by releasing Nolan's upcoming "Interstellar" in both film and digital. Nolan also made it clear that he isn't a fan of 3-D. "It’s not the best thing if you’re looking at a shared audience experience," he said, although he praised Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby, »

- Paula Bernstein

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10 Incredible Things You Didn't Know About Christopher Nolan And His Movies

26 March 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Christopher Nolan is without question one of the biggest directors in modern Hollywood. First breaking out at the turn of the century with Memento, the filmmaker has spent the last 14 years making epic, thought provoking movies on various scales and has earned both critical and box office love. In addition to being a fantastic filmmaker, however, he is also a tremendously interesting individual, as I learned listening to him speak for nearly a full hour this afternoon. Earlier today, the filmmaker took part in a special luncheon at CinemaCon called "From Passion To The Big Screen: The Work of Christopher Nolan" where he spoke with The Hollywood Reporter.s Todd McCarthy about not only his entire body of work up to this point, but also about his upcoming science-fiction epic Interstellar. The interview was packed with all kinds of fascinating info, so read on to discover what we found out! »

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Sundance London unveils 2014 line-up

24 March 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler, comedian David Cross and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker among those set to attend the festival.Scroll down for full line-up

Sundance has revealed its programme of films and panel discussions for the third Sundance London film and music festival (April 25-27), held at the O2.

The festival will include 21 feature films and 18 short films across five sections. A total of 23 films will make their world, international, European or UK premieres and seven are by first-time feature filmmakers.

The films collectively received 12 awards when they premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and filmmakers expected to attend are Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and Arrested Development star David Cross, who brings his directorial debut Hits.

Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi will bring the international premiere of her latest feature, The Voices, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a  disturbed factory worker who hears advice from his pet dog and cat.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sundance Presents Cross-Section of U.S. Indie Fare, Music-Themed Pix at London Festival

24 March 2014 4:58 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — As the lineup for the third Sundance London film and music festival is unveiled, Variety talks to John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming, about the selection (see below for full lineup).

Sundance London, which runs April 25-27, will include 21 feature films and 18 shorts across five sections, as well as live performances by a number of musical acts, which will be linked to movies screening at the fest, and a series of panel discussions.

Cooper says that when Robert Redford and the Sundance team set up the London event, one of their motivations was to give added exposure to U.S. indie films in the international market.

“We realized that the international life of an American independent film was crucial to its success,” he says. The London fest’s creation was partly driven by an impulse to do “anything we »

- Leo Barraclough

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11 Cinematographers Who Became Great Directors

21 March 2014 11:13 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The examples of actors who have gone on to direct films are presumably rather widely known. You have your Afflecks, your Eastwoods, your Jolies and numerous others. Screenwriters may be somewhat less famous when they try their hands at directing their own features, but there are many of these too, such as Charlie Kaufman, Shane Black, and Paul Schrader, to name but a few.

Cinematographers seem less likely to make the jump from shooting a film to directing one, and I won’t even hazard a guess as to why this may be. Actors-turned-directors are commonplace by now, and screenwriters are always presumed to be wannabe directors in some way or another, but it seems as though cinematographers are perceived as talented eyes with little aptitude for complete storytelling. This is surely false when you think about it for a moment—the visual identity of a film is as intrinsic »

- Darren Ruecker

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Movies This Week: March 14-20, 2014

14 March 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

After such an active SXSW schedule, it's understandable if you need take a few days to recuperate. It will be another week or so before specialty screenings are back at full speed, but there are still a few standout titles to let you know about. Also, two of the biggest SXSW premieres from this week are hitting area theaters. For those of you who got shut out of those, you should have more luck now.

The Marchesa just spent its first year as a SXSW venue, so the Austin Film Society will be springing back to action again this week with some cool events. They've got the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Square as an area premiere on Tuesday night. Richard Linklater is back on Wednesday with Melvin And Howard, a 1980 selection from Johnathan Demme for his "Jewels In The Wasteland" series, and Essential Cinema has the 1997 Arabic film Destiny on Thursday. »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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