6 items from 2015
David Opie sits down with director Jennifer Peedom to discuss Sherpa, an inspiring documentary that follows a climbing expedition from the often overlooked perspective of the Sherpa community. The film is currently having a successful run at film festivals worldwide, winning Best Documentary at the London Film Festival, and our four star review is available to read here…
David Opie: Congratulations on winning The Grierson Award for Best Documentary at the London Film Festival. Sherpa is an astonishing achievement. What aspect of the film are you most proud of?
Jennifer Peedom: I think it would have to be the response from the Sherpa community. We just screened Sherpa at the Kathmandu Film Festival over the weekend and I’ve received so many messages from them there. Also, the film has had limited screenings in L.A., New York and at various film festivals, where there’s always been this big Sherpa turn-out. »
- David Opie
Who was the real Marlon Brando? Those unfamiliar with the Method-acting icon’s electrifying early work with director Elia Kazan might recall him as a bloated recluse, sequestered away in his Mulholland Drive compound or his Tahitian retreat, only to emerge when scandal hit or to rake in a quick million with work that was beneath him.
But “Listen to Me Marlon,” which opens in New York on July 29 and in L.A. July 31, goes a long way toward debunking the myths behind the legend, who died in 2004.
“He did take acting very seriously, even to the end,” says the film’s writer-editor-director Stevan Riley. “He would do intensive research for roles, scribbling in the margins of books and scripts. Everything he learned he would somehow squeeze into a film if he had an interest in it: things about mythology, the nature of good and evil, Freudian analysis. He was »
- Steve Chagollan
Oscar winner Chris Cooper is among seven actors cast in 11/22/63, Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 bestseller starring James Franco. Kevin Macdonald, who helmed The Last King Of Scotland and won an Oscar for his feature documentary One Day In September, will direct the first two of the nine-episode event series. The story centers on Jake Epping (Franco), an unassuming divorced English teacher who stumbles upon a time portal that leads to September 1958 and goes on… »
Black Sea is a gripping adventure that takes audiences to the depths of human greed in a suspenseful underwater search for sunken treasure that becomes a fight for survival. Directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, The Last King of Scotland) and starring two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain), the suspenseful Focus Features thriller debuts on Digital HD on April 21, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD as well as On Demand May 5, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Black Sea centers on a rogue submarine captain (Jude Law) who, after being laid off from a salvage company, pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As the captain and his crew embark on their expedition, greed and desperation take control on board their claustrophobic vessel »
- Movie Geeks
Chicago – The old fashioned paranoid thriller lives, with the release of ‘Black Sea,’ a submarine movie that combines elements of the silent running of those underwater tin cans with the motivation of finding treasure – in this case Nazi gold – that has been buried where it sunk 70 years ago. The director of this film, Kevin Macdonald, creates a nail biting tension in the will-they-or-won’t-they survival mode of the British and Russian members of the submarine’s crew, led by Captain Robinson (Jude Law).
The Scotland-born Macdonald began his career as a notable documentary maker, winning an Oscar for his documentary “One Day in September” (1999), about the raid by Palestinian terrorists of the 1972 Munich Olympics. But he has also spun some Oscar gold in the narrative category, as Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for the Macdonald directed “The Last King of Scotland.” He continued to produce both features (“State of Play, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Prepare to see a grave (and aquatic) side of two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law.
In Focus Features’ suspenseful adventure-thriller “Black Sea” — which premiered in New York on Wednesday night — Law gives a charged performance as an abruptly unemployed submarine captain who’s commissioned to lead a team of shoddy British and Russian sailors in search of a Nazi U-boat filled with gold that was lost during World War II.
For the taxing but rewarding project, Law gained weight (by eating lots of steak), shaved his head and learned to speak with a heavy Scottish-Aberdeen accent.
“This was a role that I had never done before, and it was challenging,” Law, 42, told Variety prior to the film’s screening at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. “I was immediately fascinated by my character’s complexity. He’s a man torn between revenge and reclaiming his dignity. He wasn’t a hero, but more of an anti-hero. »
- Paul Chi
6 items from 2015
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