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Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is one actor whose career we always like to keep a track of considering his keen eye for directorial talent. He grew to prominence with roles in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Amores Perros," "Babel"); has since worked with names like Michel Gondry ("The Science Of Sleep"), Pedro Almodóvar ("Bad Education"), Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") and Jim Jarmusch ("The Limits Of Control"); and has also been loosely attached to star in Martin Scorsese's next film, "Silence." The actor is now set to team with first time director Cyril Cohen as well as French thespian Marina Fois (most recently seen in the Cannes award winning "Polisse") for a Tel Aviv-set dramedy based on Alona Kimhi's novel "Weeping Susannah." Film takes place in the aftermath of the murder of Israeli prime »
With domestic films repeatedly ranking in the nation's most viewed, the Turkish industry is booming as others around it stall
You couldn't move for new waves in the noughties: even Antarctica looked capable of knocking out its own film scene. But the Latin American buena onda in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, the South Korea extreme-Asia offshoot and the Russian blockbuster boom all had one thing in common. They found it hard to sustain their initial impact, whether it was because the global media moved on to the next big thing, or their key directors were poached by Hollywood, or there was a lack of sustained investment. Gael García Bernal reflected on the Mexican version of the problem at an Nft talk: "When we did Amores Perros, Mexico only made six films that year. There will be 65 films this year. But I don't know how many of those will be seen. »
- Phil Hoad
There is a certain mystical quality to Water for Elephants which is decidedly difficult to attribute to Director Francis Lawrence (of Constantine, I Am Legend, and music videos), but becomes easier to understand when you consider the Director of Cinematography is Rodrigo Prieto (Biutiful, Babel, Brokeback Mountain, Frida, Amores Perros, and many more).
It's the kind of thing that showcases the magic of film, because something, and I very specifically mean some very hard to describe or put your finger on thing, about what you're watching makes it nearly impossible to doubt that you're watching 1931, despite the vast and various failings of all the things that are meant to suggest 1931. That's magic.
It's a story about a young man who loses his parents tragically on the eve of his graduation from Cornell as a Veterinarian. He learns that his father mortgaged the family home to send him to school, and »
- Marc Eastman
New Regency is considering both Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn to play the two leads of the big screen adaptation of the western frontier “The Revenant.” According to Deadline, both actors already met with “The Revenant” director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. Inarritu directed films such as “Biutiful,” “Babel,” “21 Grams,” and “Amores Perros.” The big screen adaptation is based off the novel by Michael Punke. The script will be written by Mark L. Smith. Smith previously wrote “The Hole,” and “Vacancy.” Here is the synopsis from Punke’s book: Michael Punke's The Revenant tells a story of nearly unimaginable human endurance over 3,000 miles of uncharted American wilderness, spanning what is today the Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Based on the real life of fur trapper Hugh Glass, The Revenant recounts the toll of envy and betrayal, and the power of obsession and vengeance. Punke's novel opens in 1823, when thirty-six-year-old Hugh Glass »
I sort of figured that, at some point in their careers, Sean Penn and Leonardo DiCaprio must have crossed paths. They’re two of the most prestigious actors working today, they only pick high-profile material, and they both almost exclusively work with auteurs. So, maybe I’m alone on this, but it really feels like they should have made a film together by now. (They do share one credit on IMDb: The Assassination of Richard Nixon, which Penn starred in and DiCaprio executive produced. No, that doesn’t count.)
If Deadline is correct, Alejandro González Iñárritu will be the man to bring them together. They report that both actors have met with the Babel and Amores Perros director about The Revenant, his adaptation of Michael Punke‘s western novel for New Regency and Fox. Both the source material and the inevitable adaptation center on “an injured fur trapper who’s »
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It looks like the wheels are turning on the next film by Alejandro González Iñárritu. Late this summer it was announced the helmer behind “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and "Biutiful" was setting up his next picture, "The Revenant." Well, it now has backing and two major Hollywood stars are now looking to star. Deadline reports that New Regency--who also have Mark Wahlberg's "Broken City" and Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" as part of their upcoming slate--have come aboard to finance the film, and more, Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn have met with the director about taking roles. An adaptation of Michael… »
Directed by Gerardo Naranjo
You may not know it, but Mexican cinema is alive and has something to tell us. Overshadowed by the big wigs of the American studio system, foreign markets are endlessly trying to compete with the big budgeted, CGI saturated, sequel profiteering that has blindsided artistic talents to go forth and pursue the American cinematic dream: think board and spend big for the sake of mass hysteria. Swedish cinema has become a frontrunner in recent years with commercial and critical success with such examples as Let the Right One In and The Millennium Trilogy, now garnering American attention and adaptations. Although these films like many other foreign favorites are masterful and grand within their own respects, the fact is there’s simply no stopping the Hollywood studios from looking elsewhere to bank on ideas that aren’t their own. As Hollywood rummages outside its »
- Christopher Clemente
Wind down your window, take your ticket and find a space for this week's clips celebrating the magic of the multi-storey
One of the great glories of cinema is that it has the power to take the mundane and make it magical. To most of us, car parks signify a world of pain, where fearsome red-and-white crash barriers dictate our fate and where finding a space is often like finding meaning in the collective works of Martin Lawrence. To others, they meant lost Saturday afternoons spent waiting for your mum to finally come out of Woolworths so you could rush home to catch Terrahawks. Either way, car parks are grey and dull. In the movies, however, they are fantastic places, filled with high-level espionage, high-octane chases and Willem Dafoe going down on Madonna. Here are five car park sequences worth reserving a permanent bay for …
1) The Way of the Gun »
Arthur Schnitzler’s 1900 play La Ronde has had quite a legacy. The author initially wrote it as a private play to share amongst his bohemian friends, but it’s gone on to see numerous adaptations across a variety of forms. There’s the 1989 theatrical adaptation by Mihály Kornis, which set the play in communist-era Hungary. There’s Peter Scott-Presland’s gay musical version, which ran at London’s Rosemary Branch Theatre earlier this year. Even the excellent Alan Alda used the format of the play for a story he wrote for M*A*S*H.
Made up of a multitude of interlinking stories, the play is based on the new sexual relationships of a handful of random characters. As is often the case with these things, there is some thread linking all the storylines and characters together: the thread in the original play is a strain of syphilis, and in Alda’s version, »
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Whilst you’re all revisiting George Lucas’ three classic films on shiny new Blu-ray, or re-reading Simon Gallagher’s utterly fantastic 52 Reasons Why Star Wars Is The Greatest Film of all Time I began to consider the very titular nature of the films themselves…
How much warring in the stars is there, really, in Star Wars? Not too much to be honest, sure there’s a lovely dogfight (no, not the Amores Perros kind) at the end of A New Hope, some land assault type stuff in Empire, another dogfight in Jedi and the much discussed ‘clone wars’ in the prequels, but, for the most part, the saga features more ‘intimate’ character based action than full on intergalatic warfare.
Which lead me to thinking about what other wars in the stars, or star wars, are there outside of the Star Wars universe, and which are the best star wars that »
- Owain Paciuszko
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is set to be honoured for his career achievements at the upcoming Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland.
The 21 Grams director will be the special guest when the festivities kick off on 22 September and he will be celebrated with a retrospective of his work.
He will also share his expert knowledge with budding filmmakers at an open masterclass on 1 October.
In a statement, event organisers say, "Inarritu produced, wrote and directed four consecutive masterpieces and with them clearly illustrated how to reach and deeply move a wide audience."
His other movies include Babel, Amores perros, and the critically-acclaimed Biutiful, which earned two Oscar nominations - Best Actor for Javier Bardem and Best Foreign Language Film - at this year's ceremony. »
Alejandro González Iñárritu is no stranger to difficult subjects, having directed the likes of 21 Grams, Amores Perros and Babel. So it makes a lot of sense that Warner Bros. would want to attach him to dark revenge drama The Revenant. Adapted by Mark L Smith from Michael Punke’s novel, the plot follows real-life frontiersman and fur trapper Hugh Glass, who is left for dead by his companions after a bear attack in the 1820s.Though two men volunteer to bury what everyone assumes is his corpse, they instead rob and then desert him in the freezing cold of South Dakota. Fuelled by rage and driven by revenge, Glass survives and sets out on a 3,000-mile mission to get back at those who have wronged him.Revenant has been something of a troubled child for filmmakers, since it was originally set up by Park Chan-Wook with Samuel L. Jackson in the lead. »
Landing the job of director on Disney’s The Order of the Seven (that’s a Snow White movie, if you don’t know) has been paying off for Michael Gracey. He’s never actually directed a feature, but Variety says that he’s just picked up another film to helm, The Greatest Showman on Earth. A musical biopic of P.T. Barnum that has Hugh Jackman attached to star (as well as producing), it’s written by Jenny Bickman and tells of his time as a showman, how he invented the three-ring circus, as well as “his infatuation with Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind.”
Despite this big movement, the project isn’t something that we’ll be seeing for a little while, due to the busy schedules of Jackman — which includes The Wolverine and Les Miserables — and Gracey, who is scheduled to begin shooting Order next year. The problem with »
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Three-time Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu isn’t exactly a director known for picking up studio work for hire. He’s not the type of guy who takes meetings to discuss the latest board game adaptation. No, Inarritu is an intensely personal filmmaker responsible for such dark, punishing dramas as Amores Perros, Babel, and Biutiful. All of his work to date has been crafted by Inarritu from the screenplay up with a group of regular collaborators. That’s why it’s odd to hear that he’s signed on to direct a film for Warner Brothers based on a pre-existing property. The filmmaker is officially attached to an adaptation of Michael Punke's novel The Revenant: A Novel Of Revenge. Fortunately fans of the filmmaker’s difficult, but often enthralling work needn’t be concerned. This won’t be some sort of Hollywood sell out movie. The material is »
- Phil Brown
Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu looks to have lined up one of his first Hollywood studio projects following directing the highly acclaimed films Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful most recently. The Wrap is reporting that Inarritu is attached to a project called The Revenant at Warner Bros, a revenge story set in the 1800s about a fur trapper left for dead. It's based on Michael Punke's novel and is being produced by Akiva Goldsman at his production company Weed Road Pictures. It's interesting to see Inarritu dabbling in Hollywood like this, but I'm intrigued nonetheless, as this sounds like it could be great. There's no doubt that Alejandro González Iñárritu is a very talented filmmaker, having earned three Oscar nominations. Based on a "true incident of heroism in the history of the American West," The Revenant tells the story of a fur trapper in the 1800s who, after »
- Alex Billington
Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of the films Babel, 21 Grams and Amores Perros, is famous for integrating multiple storylines throughout a film to explore the deepest emotional recesses of what it means to be human. In Biutiful, his most recent work, Iñárritu departs from this “points-of-view” device in favor of focusing most of the screen time on principal actor, Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men). It is because of this decision that Biutiful may be Iñárritu’s best work to date, as Bardem’s broad emotional range is a perfect canvas for Iñárritu’s brush. Biutiful is a relentless downward spiral of one man’s journey to provide for his family and seek forgiveness for his sins. With every new scene, the film somehow becomes bleaker and his situation more desperate. Perhaps the only failing of Biutiful is how rarely we are treated to moments of hope and levity. That shortcoming aside, »
- Dave Trumbore
It's not my habit to skip an Oscar nominee. But things happen. So it was that I missed Javier Bardem's Oscar nominated Best Actor turn in Biutiful (2010). This seems to happen to me about once a decade, so I've already used my "get out of jail free" card for the 'teens.... or the ten's... what are we calling this new decade? (In the Aughts the only nominee I missed was Tommy Lee Jones in In The Valley of Elah.) As the movie began with its somber first notes and black screen the words "Alejandro González Iñárritu" struck dread in my heart. I quickly remembered why I hadn't wept when the film had given me the slip before the nominations in January. Iñárritu's insatiable appetite for Miserabilism has been killing my mood since Amores Perros way back in 2000. I will forever be grateful that he introduced me to Gael Garcia Bernal »
- NATHANIEL R
In an effort to reassess the classic, underrated Mac And Me, Ryan compares its merits with some the most critically lauded movies of all time
Back in April, we proved once and for all that Mac And Me, a film long held in contempt by mainstream critics, is actually a clever, nuanced piece of 80s cinema. On the surface a mere E.T. clone, a shameless attempt to make a quick barrowful of cash from unwary moviegoers, Mac And Me is, in fact, rich with multiple layers of meaning.
The film can be read alternately as a critique on the American dream, the likes of which hasn't been attempted since Hunter S Thompson wrote Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas back in the 70s, or a maverick work of postmodern surrealism.
It's an absolute travesty, I'd argue, that critics continue to pour scorn on director Stewart Raffill's 1988 masterwork. It's been »
Javier Bardem is perhaps one of Spain’s most well-known and respected actors. He has starred in many films and received numerous awards, and has earned recognition in the United States as well when, in 2008, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in No Country for Old Men. He's the first Spanish actor to win said award. His latest film Biutiful, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) is now out on Blu-ray and fans of Bardem and Iñárritu may want to think about picking up this Mexican/Spanish gem.
Nicolas Cage seems to be making midnight movies exclusively these days. He’s a one-man cult-classic machine, pumping out an endless string of demented B-movies like Drive Angry (Summit), a campy action-comedy and huge box-office bomb about a mysterious drifter (Cage) who busts out of hell to save his granddaughter from a Satanic cult. William Fichtner steals the film as Satan’s droll, deadpan accountant. No, it isn’t based on a true story… Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu showed great promise with his electrifying debut feature, Amores Perros, but he’s been spinning his wheels ever since »
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