18 items from 2013
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Surveillance is everywhere, like it or not, and Ben Fischer has helped to build the world’s most powerful surveillance system, Golden Shield. By utilizing every camera, cell phone and computer in San Francisco, Golden Shield was designed to help battle the city’s crime. But what Ben Fischer quickly finds out is that something that powerful never comes without a price and that his creation cannot properly function without a human brain to operate it.
"Practically every day in the news there's a story about a new interface between man and machine,” stated Garcia. “We've gone from punch-cards to keyboards to touchscreens in a matter of decades, and direct brain-system connections are already being explored. Between that and the ubiquity of wireless networking, »
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Written by Cormac McCarthy
Directed by Ridley Scott
In his later years, the novelist Cormac McCarthy has circled like a vulture around the theme of death, specifically its inevitable grip on humanity. No Country for Old Men and The Road presented very different worlds, both filled with men trying desperately to withstand the inexorable hand of the reaper, and eventually realizing that there wasn’t much left but to give into what comes for us all. Such an existential fear is, perhaps unsurprisingly, the foundation of McCarthy’s newest foray, his screenplay for the crime thriller The Counselor. Its director is the prolific Ridley Scott, and its cast is impressively stacked, but this is a McCarthy story through and through, which is mostly heartening news.
- Josh Spiegel
According to Screen Daily the flick will be based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is produced by Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch, Monsters: Dark Continent).
Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are serving as executive producers. Production will take place in London this winter with casting under way.
Set in a small-town, family-owned mortuary, the film follows father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim – a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, »
- Uncle Creepy
Andre Ovredal, the helmer of fantasy horror movie ”Troll Hunter,” is to direct psychological horror film “The Autopsy of Jane Doe.” Goldcrest Films will fully finance the pic and handle world sales. It will be pitched to buyers for the first time at the Afm.
Based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, “Jane Doe” is produced by Fred Berger (“Taking Chance”) and Eric Garcia (“Matchstick Men”) under their Impostor Pictures banner, alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (“Welcome to the Punch,” “Monsters: Dark Continent”). Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are exec producers.
Pic will shoot in London this winter, and sister company Goldcrest Post will handle post. Casting is to be announced.
Action takes place in a small-town, family-owned mortuary, where father and son coroners receive a mysterious homicide victim — a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, »
- Leo Barraclough
Exclusive: Andre Ovredal’s English-language horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe to shoot this winter.
Based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, The Autopsy of Jane Doe is produced by Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch, Monsters: Dark Continent).
Goldcrest’s Nick Quested and Pascal Degove are serving as executive producers.
Goldcrest will handle global sales and distribution and will introduce the film to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (Afm).
Production will take place in London this winter with casting underway. Goldcrest Post, under managing director Chris Quested, will provide picture and sound post-production services.
Set in a small-town, family-owned mortuary »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
God bless Lovefilm, they seem to know what their customers want and act accordingly.
Every time the summer holidays or half term roll around they add a bunch of kids entertainment and now as we are in October and it’s coming up to Halloween they add a whole load of horror films for your viewing pleasure.
Cinema distributors could learn a thing or two from this model, exactly how many horror films are being released in cinemas this Halloween? Oh that’s right only one, The Haunting in Connecticut 2, which doesn’t even make sense as its set in Georgia.
Django Unchained (2012)
Quentin Tarantino’s most recent film is not his best as some have claimed. Tarantino really milks people’s love of his dialogue in the mid-section which means that the pace drags massively for about 30 minutes. It’s not like in Inglorious Basterds where the pace of »
- Chris Holt
Exclusive: Former MTV programming chief David Janollari is reuniting with more creative auspices he worked with at the cable network. His Universal TV-based David Janollari Entertainment has partnered with Krysten Ritter’s also Uni TV-based Silent Machine Entertainment for Six Months, Three Days, an hourlong project, which has been sold to NBC. Based on the 2012 Hugo Award winning novelette of the same name by Charlie Jane Anders, Six Months, Three Days is a light procedural about a mismatched pair of San Francisco private investigators — an upbeat, free-spirited idealist and a swoon-worthy, brooding fatalist –- both of whom can see the future. Forced to team up, the pair knows their relationship is destined to grow from antagonistic rivalry into fairy-tale true love… but only if they can stop him from being killed in six months and three days. The adaptation will being written by film and TV writer Eric Garcia, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Damon, formerly a writer-actor type with some considerable successes, has finally locked down his opportunity to behind-the-lens it up on a project called "A Foreigner," the script for which was written by Oscar-grabbing "Argo" penman Chris Terrio.
"A Foreigner," per The Hollywood Reporter, is an adaptation of a freaky-true New Yorker article titled "A Murder Foretold" by David Grann, the story of a man who preemptively made a videotape to implicate the Guatemalan president and first lady in his own murder. Eerie stuff.
For those keeping count, this marks Damon's third attempt to make a "Matt Damon, Director" credit happen.
He was originally expected to triple-team "Promised Land" as its writer, lead actor and helmer, »
- Amanda Bell
The upcoming con-artist comedy Focus has gone through quite a series of casting upheavals since it was announced last year. The film, to be helmed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, was originally supposed to re-team Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, the stars of the writer-directors’ last effort, the well-received Crazy Stupid Love.
Scheduling conflicts got in the way, and the film eventually settled on Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart for the lead roles of a veteran conman and the rookie criminal with whom he becomes emotionally involved. However, both of those stars eventually dropped out as well, leaving Focus with Will Smith and Margot Robbie of ABC’s short-lived Pan Am. Now that the dust has settled, it seems like Smith and Robbie are locked in.
Now, 300 star Rodrigo Santoro has joined the film as the antagonist, a “powerful owner of a Formula One race team” who was previously involved with Robbie’s character. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Story follows an ex-Marine who returns from a tour of duty a changed man and becomes a house guest to a military family whose eldest son recently died. Kelley plays the family’s grieving matriarch.
Production just started.
- Justin Kroll
If you saw the trailer for "The Wolf of Wall Street," chances are a few things stuck with you: Leonardo DiCaprio shaking his groove thang, Jonah Hill being a d-bag, Matthew McConaughey acting loony tunes as eff, and buxom blonde bombshell Margot Robbie offering up some sexy baby talk to Big "Daddy" Leo. For Ms. Robbie to leave such an impression among so many impressionables was a nice little feat.
Before "Wolf," Aussie Robbie had a little luck in the TV-sphere , but now that she's got Martin Scorsese on speed dial — okay, maybe she doesn't — she's totally going places, like into Kristen Stewart's old spot opposite Will Smith for "Focus."
Yep, per Variety, Ms. Robbie is now in talks to star opposite Smith in the next pic from the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" writer-director duo, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, as a newbie con artist who turns to a veteran »
- Amanda Bell
With Frost/Nixon, Moon, The Green Mile, Matchstick Men, Seven Psychopaths, Snow Angels, Heist, and (deep breath) Galaxy Quest, there’s a likely chance actor Sam Rockwell has appeared in one of your favorite films from recent memory. With that array of performances, Rockwell has built up a filmography most actors would rightfully be jealous over. He has a political drama, a Stephen King adaptation, a character study rooted in science-fiction, and a David Mamet crime yarn all under his belt, but now he can add another genre to his resume: a coming-of-age summer tale. With The Way, Way Back, Rockwell plays Owen, that cool uncle-esque character every kid would be so lucky to have. It’s a well-known archetype with plenty of templates for Rockwell to learn from. Whenever I interview Rob Corddry, he always says that you and Leslie Bibb are the masters at knowing which movies to watch to prepare for a role. For »
- Jack Giroux
1. Nintendo is in a great position at E3 for one simple reason: Everyone loves Nintendo. Or rather: Everyone wants to love Nintendo. Anyone who cares about videogames almost certainly spent a considerable part of their childhood living in universes created by Nintendo. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Dreamland, Donkey Kong, Starfox: These were experiences inscribed in a couple generations of young people. Growing up playing videogames isn’t like growing up watching movies or reading books, for one simple reason: You are playing along. You are there. It’s like having an amusement park in your living room. »
- Darren Franich
Kingdom of Heaven: The Director’s Cut
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by William Monaghan
Various directors take very differing stances when it comes to the ongoing threat of executive meddling. This, of course, is when the studio moneymen stop what you’re doing and tell you that what you’ve made will simply not cut it at the box office, that key demographics that their marketing department has been stringently working on (usually in the form of charts) will dislike your movie. If you’re Terry Gilliam, you’ll go to war with said studio and prove that you have the significant integrity (read massive cojones) to work yourself into the ground to make sure nobody interferes with your baby. If you’re David Fincher, you’ll probably go home as loudly and publicly as you can manage.
But if you’re Ridley Scott, one of »
- Scott Patterson
Last year’s Prometheus split audiences and critics down the middle, with Ridley Scott’s much-vaunted return to sci-fi in general and the franchise that founded his reputation in particular not going down as well (or at least as consistently well) as he would have liked.
You cannot please all of the people all of the time, but a box office return of over $400m against a production budget of $130m isn’t too bad and some critics actually quite liked it. With Scott deep into post-production on the star-laden “The Counselor“, this is as good a time as any to look back at his best work.
As always, other opinions are available, so hit back in the comments section if you think there have been any glaring omissions…….
Some might regard this as a left-field choice, but bear with me. Undoubtedly a genre shift for Scott, but »
- Dave Roper
He burst onto the scene in controversial, tree-raping circumstances with – to quote legendary author Stephen King – “The ultimate experience in gruelling terror,” (The Evil Dead), but director Sam Raimi is now cemented as one of cinema’s current blockbusting filmmakers. Thanks to his record-breaking Spider-man trilogy, Raimi now has a lot of say in the projects he works on. He’s no longer just a cult horror director of a ‘video nasty’ favourite, or even a fanboy’s wet dream.
With the upcoming release of his family fantasy prequel, Oz The Great & Powerful, Thn has decided to remember his seven best films from what has been a surprisingly varied career so far; from horror and superheroes, to westerns and baseball dramas. Raimi’s directing range reaches across more genres than you may remember, so here are our picks, beginning with…
7. Spider-man (2002)
Although it isn’t perfect, Raimi should be applauded »
- Craig Hunter
18 items from 2013
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