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Flicker Alley's posted a round of essays and interviews in conjunction with its release of its collection of American avant-garde works on DVD and Blu-ray. Discussed here are Stan Brakhage, Bruce Baillie, Lawrence Jordan, Joseph Cornell, Maya Deren, Shirley Clarke and more. Also in today's roundup: Books on Werner Herzog, Groucho Marx, Marlene Dietrich and Leni Riefenstahl, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, David Hare and Christopher Isherwood; new Film-Philosophy essays on Michelangelo Antonioni's L'Eclisse, Busby Berkeley, Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood and Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko, Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox and Samuel Beckett. And more. » - David Hudson »
Well folks, it’s that time once again: time to spend the next few weeks arguing all over the internet about the best game of the year. As for PopOptiq, we’ve already done our squabbling, the result of which can be read below.
There was a veritable barrage of excellent games released this year, from overstuffed triple Aaa bonanzas to a couple of games so indie as to be fully developed by only one person each. You’ll find both manner of games in our list as it follows.
We’re very happy with the way the list came out, and we couldn’t be prouder of the wide-ranging, exemplary titles that our team selected. We hope you will be as satisfied with the list as we are.
10) Axiom Verge
Developed by Tom Happ
Published by Thomas Happ Games
Available on Mac, PC, PS4
At E3 2015, Nintendo caused an »
Those who recall Jake Gyllenhaal’s breakthrough performance as “Donnie Darko” in 2001 might have a tough time reconciling that little-boy-lost character with his pumped-up prizefighter in this year’s “Southpaw.” The latter work conjured the kind of body-and-soul transformations associated with Robert De Niro in his prime, or another child actor-turned-leading man, Christian Bale. In his review for Variety, Justin Chang wrote: “You can practically smell the blood, the sweat and the fierce actorly commitment rising from Jake Gyllenhaal’s bruised and tattooed body.”
Gyllenhaal’s role in “Nightcrawler,” barely a year prior, went in the opposite direction physically, with his nocturnal prowling cameraman with a nose for carnage looking gaunt to the point of sickly. The 35-year-old actor, Variety’s Intl. Star of the Year, offers that it’s “important to have an audience enter a movie being excited about what the actor has done to prepare for a role. »
- Steve Chagollan
Nothing like getting the gang back together after a successful entry. That seems to be the case for the Mission: Impossible franchise, and that includes doing something they’ve never done before.
Variety reports Christopher McQuarrie, who wrote and directed this year’s Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, is in talks to return in both capacities for the sixth entry. If McQuarrie agrees, he would be the first director in the franchise to return for a second entry.
On top of bringing McQuarrie back, Variety adds that stand-out Rebecca Ferguson could also be coming back for the next movie after the studio signed her for an option. Paramount is looking to turn around the next Mi film after Rogue Nation was such a runaway hit.
- Zach Dennis
Jake Gyllenhaal will be presented with Variety‘s International Star of the Year Award during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival’s 12th edition.
Born in Los Angeles, Gyllenhaal shot to global attention in 2001 as the lead in Richard Kelly’s cult psychological thriller “Donnie Darko,” for which he received an Independent Sprit nomination for Best Actor.
Among his best known subsequent roles are leads in Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead” (2005); his BAFTA-winning performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain” (2005); David Fincher’s “Zodiac” (2007); Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers” (2009); Duncan Jones’ “Source Code” (2011); and Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” (2013).
Gyllenhaal’s most recent credits comprise Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” Antoine Fuqua’s “Southpaw,” Balthasar Kormakur’s “Everest,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s offbeat dramedy “Demolition” in which he plays a Wall Street financier contending with the demolishing death of his wife in odd ways.
Gyllenhaal’s performance as a compelling sociopath in “Nightcrawler” earned him Golden Globe, »
- Nick Vivarelli
There are a whole bunch of movies that are featured on a list which is clearly labelled ‘Never To Be Remade.’ One of those movies is Christopher Nolan‘s brilliant 2000 drama Memento, but news reaches us this morning that a remake is in active development over at Ambi Pictures, a company that recently acquired the 400-title Exclusive Media Group library, which Nolan’s break-out movie was included within.
Memento revolved around a man (Guy Pearce in a career-breaking role) that creates a strange system to help him remember things; so he can hunt for the murderer of his wife without his short-term memory loss being an obstacle.
“Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach, »
- Paul Heath
Let's all agree not to shoot the messenger here. We good with that?
The original starred Guy Pearce as a man trying to solve his wife's murder, whilst battling severe memory problems. Co-starring Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano, the film earned a pair of Oscar nominations, and continues to enjoy high acclaim.
However, the rights to Memento have been acquired by Ambi Pictures, and the firm's Andrea Iervolino said that "Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is »
Riding high on the likes of The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, and Interstellar, Christopher Nolan is one of the biggest filmmakers working today. That, of course, wasn.t always the case, and in 2000, the little known director burst onto the scene with Memento, a twisted indie mystery thriller with a clever hook. Despite only being 15-years-old, and a movie that still totally holds up, Memento is getting a remake, because why not. Ambi Pictures recently acquired the back catalog of Exclusive Media Group, a library that also includes Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, Cruel Intentions, and hundreds more titles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, following this windfall, they gave a green light to the Memento remake. In a statement, Ambi head Monika Bacardi said: Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its daring approach. We »
The movie that brought Christopher Nolan into the public eye, Memento, has been rightly hailed as a masterpiece. The superbly edited, non-linear tale of Guy Pearce’s amnesiac trying to solve his wife murder consistently finds itself on top of fans and critics favourite movies list fifteen years on, and is one movie that should never be remade. So, of course, its been targeted by the Hollywood Remake Machine, with Ambi pictures announcing that they have acquired the rights to the film, along with some other cult classics (which include Donnie Darko, Sliding Doors, and Cruel Intentions), with producer Andrea Lervolino saying: Memento has been consistently ranked as one of the best films of its decade. People who’ve seen Memento 10 times still feel they need to see it one more time. This is a quality we feel really supports and justifies a remake. The bar is set high thanks »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled “Memento Mori”, and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Nolan’s original Memento follows Leonard (played by Guy Pearce) who is tracking down the man who raped and murdered his wife. The difficulty, however, of locating his wife’s killer is compounded by the fact that he suffers from a rare, »
- Michelle McCue
Guy Pearce starred in the original, a nonlinear narrative story about an amnesiac who uses clues he has tattooed onto his body in order to seek out the man who killed his wife. Due to his mental condition, he has to frequently put the pieces of his memory back together from these fragments.
Ambi Pictures recently acquired Exclusive Media Group's library of four-hundred titles which includes the likes of "Cruel Intentions," "Donnie Darko," "Rush" and "Sliding Doors". Making use of that library, they've set Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi to produce the new "Memento".
In a statement, Bacardi says they plan to approach the remake with the right amount of reverence:
"Memento is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which »
- Garth Franklin
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi's Ambi Pictures will finance and produce a remake of Christopher Nolan's iconic, twist-laden film Memento. Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted Memento from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, Memento was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. Ambi took ownership of Memento remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed Memento, as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as Begin Again, Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, »
Writer/director Christopher Nolan adapted “Memento” from a short story by his brother Jonathan Nolan titled "Memento Mori", and the unusual, neo-noir psychological thriller took audiences by storm upon release in 2000 and has since achieved cult hit status with a fervent following.
Starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano, “Memento” was lauded for its nonlinear narrative structure and motifs of memory, perception, grief, and self-deception. The film was a box office success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award™ nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Ambi took ownership of “Memento” remake rights when the company acquired the Exclusive Media Group film library, which housed “Memento,” as well as 400 additional critical hits, commercial blockbusters and cult favorites such as “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko, »
- Kellvin Chavez
In a statement, Ambi's Monika Bacardi swore the remake would be just as good as "the original" Memento, which is a thing we all have to say now. The purchase gave Ambi remake rights for 400 films, including Sliding Doors, Cruel Intentions, and Donnie Darko. The Italian film company gained the rights to Christopher Nolan's backwards thriller when it bought the Exclusive Media Group library in September. Hollywood's reboot cycle got a little bit shorter today, as Ambi Pictures announced that it was developing a remake of Memento, a movie that, if it were a person, would just be starting tenth grade. »
- Nate Jones
Putting Christopher Nolan on the map after his debut feature Following, his 2000 Oscar-nominated drama Memento was an immediately well-received, inventive feat of nonlinear storytelling with an emotional center to back it up. 15 years later, and still remaining perhaps his most impressive feature, it holds up wonderfully, so, of course, Hollywood is planning to remake it.
Announced today, Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi‘s Ambi Pictures — the same group that threatened a remake of the Federico Fellini classic La Dolce Vita — are set to finance and produce the remake, although no talent has yet to be attached, THR reports. The problems began this past September when the company acquired the rights to the film, along with a library of 400 others from Exclusive Media Group, who also own Donnie Darko, End of Watch, Sliding Doors, The Way Back, Rush, The Ides of March, and Cruel Intentions. Memento looks to be one of »
- Leonard Pearce
The movie that put Christopher Nolan on the map, and introduced his penchant for narrative-bending storytelling, "Memento" seems like the kind of film that is truly inimitable. But as such things go these days in Hollywood, a remake will be attempted. So, why is this happening? A press release reveals that Ambi Pictures picked up the library of Exclusive Media Group, and among the titles (which also includes "Cruel Intentions" (which is getting a TV series), "Donnie Darko," "Rush," and "Sliding Doors") is "Memento," so one presumes that Ambi have to start figuring out how to recoup on the investment. Thus, we have arrived at remake. And while acknowledging Nolan's movie is a "masterpiece," Ambi execs Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi are gonna do it anyway. “ 'Memento' is a masterpiece that leaves audiences guessing not just throughout the film, but long after as well, which is a testament to its. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Memento, Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout thriller, is getting remade. Ambi Pictures, run by Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi, has announced it will finance and produce the remake. The company has the remake rights due to its acquisition of the library of Exclusive Media Group. The 400-title library also contains such as movies as Cruel Intentions, Donnie Darko, Rush and Sliding Doors, among others. Ambi launched a new $200-million film fund last week, a movie which followed the acquisition of the library, and subsequently greenlit Memento as its latest production. Memento starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking
- Borys Kit
Ambi Group has launched a $200 million film fund to finance a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial feature films.
Monika Bacardi and Andrea Iervolino are the anchor investors in the fund, along with New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management LLC. Ambi will use the $200 million to fully finance five movies in the mid-budget range of $25 million to $30 million and at least 10 smaller movies of under $10 million each.
Ambi and Raven will also continue to co-finance projects with various studio and independent partners outside of the fund.
Ambi bought the 400-title Exclusive Media Group film library last month, which includes “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland” and “Rush.” That deal includes sequel and remake rights.
- Dave McNary
The warchest will finance a slate of high-end, star-driven commercial feature films through the Ambi Pictures production and finance division.
Ambi will deploy $200m to fully finance five features in the $25-30m range and at least 10 budgeted at under $10m.
Ambi and Raven will continue to co-finance projects with third-party partners outside the fund.
Bacardi and Iervolino also hold rights to a number of titles on Exclusive Media Group’s active development slate as well as all sequel and remake rights.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
After several months of relative silence regarding the release of new music, deadmau5 has taken a break from his highly public Twitter tirades to release a new track, dropping “Imaginary Friends” on his SoundCloud account. The track’s title is likely a reference to a line from Donnie Darko, at the suggestion of a fan on Twitter.
“Imaginary Friends” opens with a classic analog mau5 synth, gradually building up to the entrancing arpeggios he’s made his signature. Like much of his work, the new track takes its time, building for several minutes before a steady rolling house beat kicks in, focusing on mood and melody for the first several minutes of the song.
Once the drums get going, deadmau5 fills the speakers with grungy, distorted synths that keep the energy moving. Finally, at nearly eight minutes in lengths, he brings the track to a close with a serene bell melody. »
- Connor Jones
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