6 items from 2014
Now, at some point, we’re going to have to stop referring to Matthew McConaughey’s amazing comeback, and start acknowledging the fact that this guy just does amazing work, right? How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past are a dim and distant memory. We need never again endure his Failure To Launch. For several years now, McConaughey has been answering casting calls from the likes of Soderbergh, Linklater (again, thankfully), Scorsese and Nolan, and that is a trend that continues with The Sea Of Trees – a collaboration with the legendary and Academy Award nominated director, Gus Van Sant. As the picture above suggests – it seems to be something haunting and beautiful.
Written by Chris Sparling – who wrote the brilliant and devastating Buried – The Sea Of Trees centres on Arthur (McConaughey), who treks into the dense forest at the base of Mount Fuji, known as the ‘suicide forest, »
- Sarah Myles
Andrew Weir’s “The Martian” was marketed as being like Cast Away meets Apollo 13. But the movie version is certainly going to be compared to Gravity. The premise of the novel sees an astronaut stranded alone on Mars as he struggles to survive until a Nasa rescue mission arrives. Since he’s at least on ground, we can say it has a bit of Moon or even better Robinson Crusoe on Mars. But The Martian won’t have a monkey, and also Gravity is such a big deal after raking in so much money and Oscars that 20th Century Fox will be hoping for something more along the lines of Alfonso Cuaron’s outer space disaster thriller, especially if it’s even half as successful. Fortunately, two new valuable assets have joined the mission. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott is set to return to space for the adaptation, which »
- Christopher Campbell
As problems go, it’s a pretty First World one to be saddled with. You’re a movie star pocketing obscene paychecks to appear in Hollywood blockbusters. But something is missing. Fame and box office success alone aren’t why you started making movies. You are an actor If only your fans could see just how cool and fearless and devoted to the craft you really are. What to do? Worry not. There’s a well-trod path laid out that will put this plight behind you once and for all: You will make a boldly uncommercial art film. The weirder, »
- Chris Nashawaty
actually there's only 15 links... 15 link street. Lots of reads for you today, here and elsewhere
The Film Doctor nostalgia in the Smithsonian. Notes on Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Wrap Matt Damon planning to go solo on Mars in the sci-fi thriller The Martian about an astronaut marooned there. Remember when Matt got lost in the desert in Gerry? That was intense. I'm so ready for Matt to impress me again but honestly he's been a little dull onscreen of late. Needs a role that will shake him up.
Cinema Blend 22 Jump Street gets a final red band trailer
- NATHANIEL R
Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time readers of The Film Experience are surely aware, the visual language of cinema is something Nathaniel and the rest of us are very fond of discussing. Films and filmmakers that have a dash of style and understand cinema as a visual medium always get bonus points around these parts. We celebrate great works in cinematography on a weekly basis in Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but it was time to give the people behind the camera their due.
More than 50 cinematographers from all across the world received votes. If the final, somewhat American-centric, list doesn’t quite reflect that, chalk it up to the natural process of consensus voting. »
- Amir S.
One of the nicest sights that viewers at home could see from the celebrity minglings at last weekend’s Golden Globes was watching old friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck chatting together. Now, the Oscar-winning screenwriters and longtime friends may be returning to the big screen as co-stars – that is, if Harvey Weinstein has his way.
The Weinstein Company recently bought the film rights to a recent New York Times Magazine cover story titled A Speck in the Sea, by Paul Tough. The article tells the incredible true story of two lobster fishermen, John Aldridge and Anthony Sosinski. Aldridge fell into the ocean in the middle of the night without a vest, while Sosinski woke up hours later to find his lifelong friend awash at sea. The frantic life-and-death situation eventually required the Coast Guard and other rescue operations to bring Aldridge to safety.
This powerful true story has the »
- Jordan Adler
6 items from 2014
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