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It’s been almost one full year since Shane Abbess’ Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child made its world premiere at Fantastic Fest late September 2016. We recently caught up with Shane to talk about his film. We discussed everything from production design to music to the economy of the film, notably the team’s efforts getting shots both done in budget in a timely manner. However, aside from a handful of scenes, you’d expect that he had the luxury of resources to build this fascinating world.
Culled from favorite childhood experiences/films, cherry-picked tropes from specific genres, and aimed at giving the audience things they’ve never seen before , the result of Abbess’ work is one of the most impressive sci-fi films this year. A long time coming for those of you who missed it on the festival circuit, but the ambitious sci-if gem that is The Osiris Child »
- Marc Ciafardini
Using every cliche in the serial-killer manual, the new BBC show fancies itself as the next Scandi murder-mystery
Such is the ubiquity of crime dramas nowadays that, were I to come across a blood-spattered corpse while walking the dog, I would be more inclined to look around for the attendant film crew than call the police. So how to breathe new life into serial killer series? If you’re Rellik (11 September, 9pm, BBC1), you look to Christopher Nolan’s Memento or Gaspar Noé’s Irréversible for inspiration, and tell the story backwards. If only Midsomer Murders had thought of this.
Rellik (it’s “killer” backwards – geddit?) tells the tale of a murder investigation in reverse chronology. Thus, after seeing the apparent perpetrator cornered, the action spools back in time, pressing play at crucial points to dump great big slabs of exposition into the story while wilfully upending our understanding of »
- Fiona Sturges
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Short Film of the Day: The short film Western Sol was filmed and broadcast live during today's solar eclipse. You can watch the finished product here: Film History of the Day: And in honor of today's solor eclipse, Birth.Movies.Death presented a history of eclipses in the movies and on TV: Easter Eggs of the Day: You've had the whole weekend to watch all of Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix, so here's Mr. Sunday Movies with all the Easter eggs in the series: Vintage Image of the Day: Carrie-Anne Moss, who turns 50 today, receives direction from Christopher Nolan on the set of Memento in...
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- Christopher Campbell
Following a first look at Saoirse Ronan as the title character in the upcoming historical drama Mary, Queen of Scots [check it out here], we now have a first look at Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I; take a look here courtesy of Yahoo! Movies…
— Yahoo Movies (@YahooMovies) August 21, 2017
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. »
- Amie Cranswick
Filming has officially started on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary, Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. See Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen Of Scots below.
Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography ‘My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.’
Joining the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, »
- Paul Heath
Filming has begun on location in England and Scotland on the Working Title Films production of Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role opposite Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I. Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.
The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.
Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy's acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. »
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history. »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
The adaptation of John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots. Will see Ronan joined by Suicide Squad’s Margot Robbie as Mary’s cousin and murderer, Elizabeth I. Joining the ladies on the cast are Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, “Line of Duty”) and Brendan Coyle (“Downton Abbey”, Me Before You). Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”) and Guy Pearce (Memento, La Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).
- Zehra Phelan
photograph by John Mathieson
Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. Focus Features holds worldwide rights and will release Mary, Queen of Scots in the Us and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film internationally.
Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for “House of Cards”, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My »
- Michelle Hannett
Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…
Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.
However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or »
- Gary Collinson
It’s rare a film so convoluted manages to be so determinedly boring. Lucky for you it vanishes from the mind as soon as it ends
Anterograde amnesia, best known as the affliction Guy Pearce suffers from in Memento, is defined as a mental disorder that blocks the formation of new memories. Known causes include blunt-force trauma and The Dark Tower, a film that is not only forgettable but militantly memory-proof.
While sitting through this uniquely flavorless slog, a viewer jolts out of a waking sleep every five minutes or so to realize that they have not internalized a thing. Nikolaj Arcel’s efforts to translate and condense Stephen King’s long-running series of densely mythologized novels amount to being a western without the majesty of the west, a fantasy without anything even coming close to being fantastic.
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- Charles Bramesco
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are reuniting to executive produce City on a Hill, a new drama pilot for Showtime, which is being directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant) from a script by Chuck MacLean (Boston Strangler). James Mangold (Logan) and Jennifer Todd (Memento).
Variety reports that City on a Hill is a fictional account of the ‘Boston Miracle’; taking place in Boston in the early 90s, it follows an African-American district attorney looking to put an end to corruption and racism, who forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran invested in maintaining the status quo. Together, the two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.
“Chuck wrote a pressure-cooker of a script steeped in the tribal codes of a Shakespeare play — family, blood, betrayal, honor,” said O’Connor. “His take on »
- Gary Collinson
Author: Zehra Phelan
Affleck and Damon will executive produce the drama which sees Affleck team up with The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor once again as he takes the helm on the pilot. O’Connor will also serve as executive producer alongside Logan’s James Mangold and Memento’s Jennifer Todd.
Credit: Miramax/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection
Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism were the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet »
- Zehra Phelan
The cabler has picked up a drama pilot “City on a Hill” from the Oscar winners, who will executive produce the project.
Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” In the early ’90s, corruption and racism was the norm in Boston, until an African-American district attorney from Brooklyn arrives in the city, advocating change. He forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran who is invested in maintaining the status quo. The two take on a family of armored car robbers in a case that eventually upends the city’s criminal justice system.
- Debra Birnbaum
Given that he’s one of the most successful and talented directors working today, it’s surprising that Christopher Nolan has still yet to score a Best Director Oscar nomination. He received a nod for Best Adapted Screenplay for Memento, the film that kicked off his career, and he was all but guaranteed a slot for the critically acclaimed The Dark Knight. But the morning the Oscar nominations came, Nolan’s name was nowhere to be found. Surely Inception would be the one right? Critical acclaim, huge box office, and the Dark Knight snub on everyone’s minds would do … »
- Adam Chitwood
Christopher Nolan loves a good easter egg. Whether it’s a sly bit of casting, the use of subliminal imagery, or a line of dialogue with deeper implications then you may realize, Nolan often hides clues and secret messages in his films that are just waiting to be discovered. Of course the internet has devoted a ton of time searching for Nolan’s best easter eggs over the years, and we’ve rounded up 7 of the best hidden gems to look for in his filmography.
Nolan is currently riding high off the success of “Dunkirk,” his WWII drama that exceeded expectations at the box office by opening to $50.5 million this weekend. The film should enjoy a healthy run thanks to strong word of mouth and critical acclaim. IndieWire named “Dunkirk” the best »
- Zack Sharf
Thoughts on, and a place to discuss, the plot points we can’t reveal in our review.
Here is an interesting fact: Dunkirk is the first Christopher Nolan movie in which the fragmented, loopy storytelling doesn’t have some kind of subjective explanation, like a fading memory (Memento) or a mind-warping sci-fi technology (Inception). Oddly, that means it’s used to exclusively subjective effect: to squeeze or stretch a sequence of events to show how different perspectives on one crisis create impressions of urgency and time. The other interesting thing is that the three-piece narrative’s only real twist—namely, the fact that the mute infantryman in the Spielbergian “The Mole” section is actually a French soldier who yoinked a British uniform off a corpse—is unrelated to the structure, and is played totally straight.
Speaking of distended time: the languorous ending stretch might be the closest that Dunkirk has »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
When it comes to telling a story about war, the filmmaking game has been hitting many of the same strides for a couple of decades now. Ever since 1998's Saving Private Ryan and the opening scene set on Omaha Beach, war movies, especially those set during World War II, have been satisfied retreading that same water, rolling with similar tides, giving us much of what we've already seen before. It takes a true craftsman in the game to deliver something fresh but still maintain a sense of scope, compassion, and intensity. That craftsman, apparently, is Christopher Nolan, who has been reshaping genres and defying expectations since his 2000 thriller, Memento, floored audiences with its disjointed structure. Nolan is the craftsman, and Dunkirk, a WWII movie unlike any seen or experienced before, is the stunning result of his craft. Told over the course of one week in the extremely early days of the Second World War, »
- Jeremy Kirk
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk arrives this weekend and it's arriving to predictably good reviews. His poorest reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes is Interstellar at 71%. He has four films (including Dunkirk, so far) reviewed in the 90s. As a director, his movies have grossed more than $4 billion, making Nolan one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. His films are master classes in storytelling, and this is all the more impressive when one considers that, for the most part, he's making all of his films about the same thing.
Christopher Nolan is perhaps the purest of storytellers. All of his movies, over and over again, are stories about storytelling itself. Perhaps this arose when he was yet a boy, at an age somewhere between nine and twelve, when he decided that he wanted to make movies professionally. Perhaps this decision at such a young age is the reason that he »
- Brian Jasper
“There’s no hiding from this, son,” Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) warns Cillian Murphy’s character after he is rescued at sea. Dawson is referring to the German forces that surround the Allies at Dunkirk, but he could be referring to what the audience is experiencing as well. There’s no hiding from Christopher Nolan’s latest masterpiece as it grips you from the first scene and doesn’t let go until the credits start to roll. If you’re looking for moments of levity or comedic relief, you won’t find any in this quick-paced 107-minute adrenaline rush of a film. Nolan is here to tell a specific story about one of the most crucial moments of World War II and he does so by putting the audience right in the middle of the action. While other war films will increase intensity by making the audience identify emotionally with characters, »
- Scott Davis
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