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I miss Robin Williams, Lord I how I miss that man. I will never forget hearing that he had not only died but apparently by his own hand. This comic genius who brought so much laughter and love to so many people suffered from severe depression. And we lost him because of it, we lost so much.
Now here at last is the final piece of work on his resume, the final movie of Robin Williams. Is it a great movie? Yes, absolutely! Is it easy to watch? No, not at all. Boulevard is a movie with a deep well of sadness, a great epic sadness and loneliness that hangs over this movie and fills every frame like nothing I have ever seen.
- Sam Moffitt
Boulevard Trailer. Dito Montiel‘s Boulevard (2014) movie trailer stars Robin Williams, Bob Odenkirk, Kathy Baker, and Giles Matthey. Boulevard‘s plot synopsis: “A devoted husband in a marriage of convenience is forced to confront his secret life.”
Boy, oh boy. It’s hard to make a trailer for this film without it feeling off. Robin Williams hanged himself and slit his wrists. That’s dark. There’s nothing inspiring or positive or hopeful about any of that. We’re told to celebrate his life, and we sure do. We love his films, and we miss his personality.
Robin Williams has always been his best in dramatic performances. I truly believe that. I know he’s a funny-man, a comedian to most, and probably best known as Ms. Doubtfire. But even in that movie, you can see the emotional intellect behind his face. He was a highly intelligent man, and impossible talented. »
- Marco Margaritoff
The movie follows a 60-year-old married man (Williams) who’s stuck in a dead-end job as a bank manager. The character is in denial about his sexuality until he befriends a young gay street hustler (Roberto Aguire).
“Boulevard” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and hits theaters on July 10.
- Maane Khatchatourian
A 35-year-old bank robbery and shootout will be the basis for the next Mark Romanek movie. The Wrap reports that the director behind One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go and numerous classic music videos will helm Norco, an action thriller dramatizing the events of Norco, California, on May 9, 1980, which left three men dead, including a sheriff's deputy, and the destruction of 30 vehicles on the street plus one helicopter that was shot down by the heavily armed perpetrators. The incident, which went down as the most violent in American history, also led to the local police departments equipping themselves with automatic weapons, reportedly the first step in militarizing law enforcement on that level. So, the movie will be set decades ago but have a certain topicality given...
- Christopher Campbell
The 1980-set true story tale is set around North Corona, California where bank robbers, heavily armed with assault rifles, shotguns and pipe bombs, got involved in a shootout and high speed chase considered the most violent in American history.
The incident saw the destruction of over 30 police cruisers, the downing of a police helicopter and countless injuries. The shootout resulted in officers arming themselves with automatic weapons which led to today's increasing militarization of the police.
Source: MadRiver Pictures »
- Garth Franklin
Think of your summer leisure time -- beaches, baseball, barbecues, vacations, camping, fairs, fireworks, sunshine... What can the TV programmers offer to pull you away from all that?
How about monsters, murders, alien invaders, serial killers, horror, gore, and violence?
Seems counterintuitive, right? And yet, that's what this summer's TV fare looks like, a parade of grimness and bleakness at a time when people are most likely to seek escapism.
This year's summer of darkness began with the launch on Fox last month of "Wayward Pines," the new series based on Blake Crouch''s novels and featuring the signature spooky touch of "Sixth Sense" and "Signs" director M. Night Shyamalan. So far, the show's highlights have included vehicular mayhem, cultish creepiness, mysterious conspiracies, summary executions, and hints of lurking monsters.
- Gary Susman
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
Bippity Boppity…Boo: Branagh’s Fairy Tale for Hire
Does anyone remember when Kenneth Branagh was directing superior cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare before eventually becoming the director known for Thor (2010) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)? Well, in the mix of recent live-action fairy tale adaptations from Disney, he’s scored another cookie-cutter dud with Cinderella, a film so pronouncedly square and resolutely mimed that it could only possibly feel relevant to those severely and distantly removed from the classic fairy tale.
Without any sort of modifications to the culturally prolific tale, whatsoever, we meet a young girl named Ella (eventually played by Lily James), who has rich parents (Ben Chaplin, Hayley Atwell). They’re not royalty, but they are rich, and treat their little girl as perfect as she could be treated. But the mother dies from some kind of a disease, but looks ravishing right till the very end. »
- Nicholas Bell
The South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival has revealed its fourth keynote speaker, producer Christine Vachon, as well as the complex conference lineup for this year's fest, including Conversations with Ryan Gosling, Sally Field, Amy Schumer, Jeff Nichols & Michael Shannon, Henry Rollins and more Convergence sessions. From the release: Christine Vachon Keynote Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past twenty years, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including "Boys Don't Cry" (Academy Award Winner), "Far From Heaven" (nominated for 4 Academy Awards), "One Hour Photo," "I'm Not There," "Hedwig And The Angry Inch," "Happiness," "Velvet Goldmine" and "Safe." In television, Vachon executive produced "Mildred Pierce" for HBO »
- Casey Cipriani
Work on the sequel to Snow White And the Huntsman - which now goes by the name of The Huntsman - is set to get going in earnest later this year. But before it does, there's a change in director that we need to tell you about.
Earlier this week it was revealed that The Shawshank Redemption and The Mist helmer Frank Darabont had dropped out of directing The Huntsman. The reason? "Creative differences" is all we've been told thus far.
So who's going to be stepping into his shoes?
That'd be a man by the name of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Once mooted to helm the reboot of Highlander that Summit Entertainment is putting together, Nicolas-Troyan has thus far built a steady career as a second unit director and visual effects supervisor. On his CV? The likes of Maleficent, »
It was just yesterday when we told you Frank Darabont had left Universal's planned Snow White And The Huntsman prequel/spin-off The Huntsman due to creative differences; well it didn’t take long for them to find a new director. Universal has signed Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, the second-unit director and visual effects supervisor on the original film, to direct The Huntsman. This will be his first feature after years of visual effects work on films such as One Hour Photo »
- Graham McMorrow
11 items from 2015
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