12 items from 2016
Eddie Murphy will star in the forthcoming film, Mr. Church, and from the looks of the trailer, it's a more dramatic role than usual for the typically comedic actor. It's his first leading role in four years, following 2012's A Thousand Words.
The film explores the bond that develops between a girl named Charlotte (played by Robertson) and cook Henry Joseph Church (portrayed by Murphy) whom her dying mother (played by McElhone) hires. »
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2016
Marred by a troubled production, Event Horizon was a box office flop in 1997. But time has been kind to the sci-fi horror, Ryan writes...
In the spring of 1997, movie journalism was dominated by discussions of doomed ships. James Cameron’s Titanic, originally scheduled for the lucrative 4th July slot that summer, had suffered yet another delay. It added fuel to the growing speculation that Cameron was at the helm of a potential disaster akin to Heaven's Gate. The cost of making the movie had swollen to such huge levels - $200m according to some accounts, and possibly higher according to others - that the financial burden was shouldered by two of Hollywood’s biggest studios, Fox and Paramount.
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Following February’s successful World Premiere at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Native, starring Rupert Graves (Di Lestrade in BBC’s Sherlock TV series) and Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones and iFeatures backed ‘The Levelling’), gets its European Premiere at the East London Film Festival.
Native is the debut feature film for Liverpool born director and co-writer Daniel Fitzsimmons and his producer/co-writer Neil Atkinson (known to 1000s of football fans as the boundless host of the multi-award winning, independent Liverpool Fc podcast ‘The Anfield Wrap’).
Native is a stylish and cerebral Sci-fi drama about two travellers through space tracking a signal from the other side of the universe. They look like us, but they’re from a race of people who function without a need for feelings, emotions or for experience. Over the course of this arduous journey Native challenges you to consider what it might mean to be human. »
- Stuart Wright
Now in its ninth year, Krakow’s Film and Music Festival (Fmf) brought together film composers and music professionals for a series of masterclasses and concerts in the heart of the city’s historic old town. This year’s festival ran from May 24-30, with an additional concert concluding its musical showcase on May 31.
The festival kicked off with a special distinction award for Roman Polanski, who was honoured by the Polish Filmmakers Association (Spf) for his contribution to Polish cinema. The 82-year-old Krakow native, who survived the Nazi’s Second World War takeover of Poland, leapt to the stage to receive his accolade and said: “I’m just a boy from Krakow, I never thought I would get this far.”
Polanski is back in the headlines this week after the Polish government said it will appeal a court’s decision »
When it comes to movie stars, few actors in Hollywood better encapsulate what you want out of a veteran A-lister than George Clooney. Not only is he an accomplished actor with an Academy Award on his mantle, he’s a highly regarded writer and director, with an Oscar for producing under his belt as well. He’s a jack of all trades, and with a new star vehicle out on Friday in Money Monster (which I actually see tomorrow), I thought it was high time to go over his best performances to date. There’s no shortage of quality on Clooney’s permanent record, so finding his top works so far won’t be hard, on top of being a pleasure. He’s had a great career that’s only about at the midway point, so there’s not only tons to look at, but plenty more to come as well! »
- Joey Magidson
If a film gets a Cinemascore of B or C, it's often classed as a disappointment. But what is a Cinemascore?
The process of marketing a movie is now an operation that lasts many months across all sorts of media, from bus stop posters to social media campaigns, all in pursuit of making sure the movie makes an impact in its opening weekend. Tracking and analytics can give an indication of how audiences are responding before the movie even hits cinemas, but it's only in that opening weekend, once they've actually seen the movie, that you can get a more accurate read on public opinion.
Box office aside, one way in which Hollywood's studios reads public response after release is Cinemascore, the Las Vegas-based market research firm which conducts nationwide exit polls. Billed as “Hollywood's Benchmark”, the company's researchers gathers information from filmgoers and the results, expressed as letter grades, »
What horrors will we find on the planet Yoo-rah-nuss? A cyclopean dinosaur? Nasty spider monsters? A megalomaniac cerebellum that can turn our X-rated sex fantasies into flesh and blood people? Let's go! Sid Pink's flashy and slightly idiotic adventure stars space cadet John Agar as an average guy willing to have sex with a phantom from his own imagination. Say, doesn't Woody Allen make dirty jokes about that? Journey to the Seventh Planet Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1962 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 77 min. / Street Date April 5, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ann Smyrner, Greta Thyssen, Peter Monch, Ove Sprogoe, Louis Miehe-Renard, Ulla Moritz, Mimi Heinrich, Annie Birgit Garde. Cinematography Aage Wiltrup Visual Effects Krogh, Wah Chang, Jim Danforth, Ronny Scheemmel. Art Director Otto Lund Editor Tove Palsbo Original Music Jerry Capeheart, Ib Glindemann, Mitchell Tableporte Written by Ib Melchior & Sid Pink Produced by Samuel Z. Arkoff & Sid Pink »
- Glenn Erickson
Savant goes back five years to praise Steven Soderbergh's superb pandemic thriller, the one that warns us to never, ever shake hands with a gourmet chef. Don't worry, only between 25 and 40 million people die... in the first year. Now go wash your hands. Contagion Blu-ray Warner Home Video 2011 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 106 min. / Street Date January 3, 2013 Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotilliard, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Ehle, Elliott Gould, Bryan Cranston, Anna Jacoby-Herron, Demetri Martin . Cinematography Peter Andrews (Steven Soderbergh) Film Editor Stephen Mirrone Original Music Cliff Martinez Written by Scott Z. Burns Produced by Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher Directed by Stephen Soderbergh
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
This is something of a grudge review for Savant. Whenever I'm completely exhausted and want to relax I'll pluck a favorite off the shelf and do what everybody else does, settle in with a total comfort movie. »
- Glenn Erickson
Martin Carr reviews the thirteenth episode of Supergirl…
Feeling like a throwback to Alien and those programmes confident enough to put two people in a room for an hour with no action. Supergirl hit her stride yet again with pitched battles, comedic elements and alien parasites. Coupled with moments of pathos in an episode which represents a new high water mark for the series.
Such are the relationships and familiarity of these characters that anything is acceptable now. People waltz in and out of the Deo as if it were a drive through burger chain. Henshaw has become the curmudgeonly father figure who holds sway over errant daughters. Whilst Winn and Olsen are now a wholesome double act who bounce well off each other. Making more sense as allies than they ever did as rivals for Kara’s affection.
Benoist continues having fun and demonstrating her versatility as Henshaw takes on another persona. »
- Amie Cranswick
Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has »
- Glenn Erickson
12 items from 2016
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