7 items from 2015
Nicolas Winding Refn is a director whose work film fans love to watch. His frames are rich and compelling, his characters are fascinating, and his ability to orchestrate every element, aspect and detail of a production to create his unique vision is formidable, to say the least. For these reasons, his next film has been the focus of much anticipation – which will only increase now that distribution has finally been secured. Audiences will now get to see The Neon Demon in 2016, courtesy of Amazon Studios.
This development places The Neon Demon among a number of titles – including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and Chi-Raq – at the forefront of the ongoing tussle between the ‘traditional’ theatrical release model, and the evolving modernised release model that is emerging through the growth of streaming platforms, such as Netflix and Amazon. While The Neon Demon is apparently scheduled for an initial release in cinemas, »
- Sarah Myles
From Halloween II to The Return of Count Yorga, horror fans have enjoyed the new life given to beloved fright films by Shout! Factory's imprint, Scream Factory. Now the company will begin creating original content, beginning with the horror film Fender Bender from writer/directorMark Pavia (1997's The Night Flier).
Press Release: Los Angeles, Calif., October 20, 2015 – Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, has acquired all rights to the script Fender Bender, a horror-thriller feature written by writer/director Mark Pavia (Stephen King's The Night Flier). The film is being developed, financed and executive produced by Shout! Factory for Shout’s horror genre entertainment imprint, Scream Factory. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos.
- Derek Anderson
Shout! Factory is best known for its exhaustive compilations of Golden Age television shows, comedy legends retrospectives and celebrations of everything from the avant garde to the iconic. Past projects have encapsulated everything from shows like “The Dick Cavett Show” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000” to showcases of Mel Brooks and Steve Martin.
But the media company isn’t just content with providing handsomely appointed box sets perfect for nostalgic binge watching. It’s moving into producing its own content and it’s decided on its first project, a horror thriller titled “Fender Bender.” The film is described as a throwback to the horror films of the 1980s — a time when homicidal maniacs like Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees routinely terrorized hapless teens.
“Over the last few years we’ve built up credibility with these fans,” said Jordan Fields, the company’s head of acquisitions. “We know this audience. We »
- Brent Lang
Before writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn made a name for himself in Hollywood with films like Drive and Only God Forgives, not to mention Bronson before that, Refn came out the woodwork with the Pusher trilogy, a series of film which focused intermediately on three completely different personalities intertwined in one druggie-centric universe. And as the Danish filmmaker works through post-production on his latest project, the female-centric horror film The Neon Demon, it looks as though another semi-sequel could be in the works. Talking with Collider, Refn got to talking about his upcoming slate, which will apparently include a Tokyo-centered spy film called The Avenging Silence, which the filmmaker is currently writing in the midst of editing his latest film for next year. This is apparently a project Refn's been cooking inside his mind for sometime, and it will follow a spiritual character his fans will almost certainly be familiar with. »
- Will Ashton
Danish born filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the most exciting and diverse directors working in and outside the film industry today. A cinephile who states that Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the film that cemented his desire to one day make a picture himself, Refn’s films exude such cinematic passion with a stark, specific vision, and as much style as there is substance in every film he’s created. If you’ve ever wondered on the thought process of such an auteur, then step right up, because My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn delivers that in harsh spades.
My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn (referred here on out as Mldbnwr) chronicles the making of Only God Forgives, Refn’s stylish, Alejandro Jodorowsky dedicated, neon-drenched deconstruction of a leading Hollywood star. Shot and directed by his fellow filmmaker wife Liv Corfixen, we’re »
- Justin Edwards
Rather than take a backseat to “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn, occasional actress and full-time housewife Liz Corfixen fires back with a film of her own, billed as a behind-the-scenes look at her helmer husband’s Bangkok-made “Only God Forgives,” but essentially a loose production diary from her point of view. For anyone who’s ever wondered what being married to a tortured, world-famous director must be like, “My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” suggests the sacrifices required of those who live in an artist’s orbit, but it fails to offer what groupies surely want, which is insight into Refn’s creative process.
Though billed as a documentary, this 59-minute doodle barely rises above homemovie status, featuring more material of Corfixen’s two daughters dancing naked around hotel rooms than it does actual on-set footage — though ambient music from “Drive” composer Cliff Martinez gives her a distinct advantage over most amateur videographers. »
- Peter Debruge
Written and directed by Liv Corfixen
The Life of Nicolas Winding Refn Directed by Me might have been a more appropriate title for Liv Corfixen’s first documentary, which provides a behind-the-scenes insight into the making of her husband’s latest film Only God Forgives. Following on from his remarkable critical and commercial success with Drive, Refn is under pressure to produce more of the same and in doing so satisfy both his financial backers and his artistic ambitions. It is also the first time that Corfixen and the couple’s two daughters have joined Refn for an extended shoot abroad, creating a completely new environment in which he must balance his personal and professional lives.
Regardless of what the title suggests, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn has little to do with Corfixen or the impact Refn’s film is having on her. »
- Rob Dickie
7 items from 2015
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