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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best

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The Films of Darren Aronofsky Ranked, From Worst to Best
Darren Aronofsky is back. The polarizing Oscar nominee is causing a quite a stir with his latest movie, the Jennifer Lawrence-starring “mother!,” but anyone familiar with Aronofsky’s six previous features knows he’s always been a filmmaker who forces a strong reaction out of people. He’s been pushing the boundaries of his own filmmaking voice ever since “Pi” caused a frenzy at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998, and “mother!” proves he has no signs of stopping.

With “mother!” opening in theaters nationwide, we put all seven Aronofsky features against one another for the ultimate director ranking.

Read More:‘mother!’: Inside the Secretive Marketing Designed to Hide Darren Aronofsky’s Controversial Film 7. “Noah” (2014)

Noah” is unquestionably Aronofsky’s weakest film, but that doesn’t mean it’s a total disaster. The biggest misstep the director makes in this $125 million Biblical epic is turning the odyssey of Noah into a sword-and-sandals showdown,
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Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’

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Irish director Jim Sheridan is a six-time Oscar nominee for his work on acclaimed films like “My Left Foot,” “In The Name Of The Father” and “In America,” but his career has had ups and downs more recently — he was the decidedly odd choice to make 50 Cent biopic “Get Rich Or Die Tryin’”; “Brothers” with Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman and Tobey Maguire failed to take off; horror-thriller “Dream House” had a troubled production and died at the box office; and Rooney Mara vehicle “The Secret Scripture” got tepid reviews at Tiff.

Continue reading Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy & Pierce Brosnan To Star In True-Life Prison Escape Movie ‘H-Block’ at The Playlist.
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TV drama made for smart-phones is round the corner

Companies like AwesomenessTV and go90 are focusing on the first generation of “true digital natives”.

High-end drama took centre stage at Miptv this week with Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, Japanese thriller Crisis and works-in-progress such as Tom Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin and Ride Upon The Storm, from Borgen creator Adam Price, among the titles previewing on the big screen at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

And fiction overall continues to dominate the global content market, accounting for 43% of top performing shows world-wide (excluding sport) in 2016, according to the annual global TV trends report of audience monitor Eurodata TV Worldwide which was released during the market.

It is a figure that bodes well for the high-end drama boom but in the backdrop the same report highlighted the continuing decline of real-time viewing in favour of catch-up and personal recording. As well as, more significantly, the move away from the TV set in favour of smart-phones, tablets and computers
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Miptv: TV drama made for smart-phones is round the corner

Companies like AwesomenessTV and go90 are focusing on the first generation of “true digital natives”.

High-end drama took centre stage at Miptv this week with Sky Atlantic’s Riviera, Japanese thriller Crisis and works-in-progress such as Tom Tykwer’s Babylon Berlin and Ride Upon The Storm, from Borgen creator Adam Price, among the titles previewing on the big screen at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes.

And fiction overall continues to dominate the global content market, accounting for 43% of top performing shows world-wide (excluding sport) in 2016, according to the annual global TV trends report of audience monitor Eurodata TV Worldwide which was released during the market.

It is a figure that bodes well for the high-end drama boom but in the backdrop the same report highlighted the continuing decline of real-time viewing in favour of catch-up and personal recording. As well as, more significantly, the move away from the TV set in favour of smart-phones, tablets and computers
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The Honor Farm Review [SXSW 2017]

Some of you will Love The Honor Farm. Let me start by saying that. A prom-night virgin plans her perfect deflowering, only to have carefully-laid plans ruined by drunkenness and the night’s “haunted” escape. It’s a tale of choices, and not being forced into an idealistic “normality.” One illuminated by director Karen Skloss’ ability to capture a full moon’s glow upon backwoods forestation. Very art-house heavy, getting caught up in poetic discussions about “now” being the only moment that will ever matter. “The past is forgotten and the future is unknown.” True about futures, but good luck “forgetting” the lack of completion that devalues The Honor Farm beyond lusty teenage daydreams (beautiful hallucinations, admittedly).

Olivia Grace Applegate stars as Lucy, a cheery teenager with romanticized hopes for prom. Take pictures, dance happily and go all the way with your high school sweetheart. The right of passage so many endure.
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‘Song to Song’ Opens SXSW with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender

‘Song to Song’ Opens SXSW with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender
Terrence Malick typically heads to Europe when he’s ready to unveil his tour-de-force dramas — his recent movies have debuted at film festivals in Venice, Cannes, and Berlin. But on Friday night, the reclusive director stayed close to home in Austin for SXSW’s opening night premiere of his romantic dramedy “Song to Song.”

The movie was shot in Austin, where the city shines as brightly as its cast. Ryan Gosling, who was met with shrieks as he snaked inside the Paramount Theatre, joined Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender for a brief introduction on stage.

The film follows a music executive (Fassbender) who quarrels with his business partner (Gosling) as they both embark on a series of tortured romantic affairs.

Michael Fassbender arrives at the SXSW premiere of “Song to Song.” Buckner/Variety/Rex/Shutterstock

“It’s intense,” Fassbender said of working with Malick. “It’s challenging. It’s rewarding.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Film Festival Roundup: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Announces Lineup, Louisiana Film Prize Announces Sixth Competition and More

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Film Festival Roundup: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Announces Lineup, Louisiana Film Prize Announces Sixth Competition and More
Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center and UniFrance announce the complete lineup for the 22nd edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the celebrated annual series showcasing the variety and vitality of contemporary French filmmaking, March 1 – 12.

The lineup features 23 diverse films, comprised of highlights from international festivals and works by both established favorites and talented newcomers, including François Ozon’s Lubitsch adaptation “Frantz,” set after World War I; Bertrand Bonello’s “Nocturama,” a provocative exploration of a Paris terrorist attack carried out by young activists; Bruno Dumont’s oddball slapstick detective story “Slack Bay,” starring Juliette Binoche; Rebecca Zlotowski’s visually arresting “Planetarium,” with Natalie Portman as a touring psychic who catches the eye of a movie producer in 1930s Paris; and Jean-Stéphane Bron’s “The Paris Opera,
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Here's the Jackie Kennedy White House Tour You'll Be Googling After Seeing Jackie

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You can smell Natalie Portman's Oscar nomination a mile away. It's no secret that the actress's latest performance - as a grief-stricken Jackie Kennedy trying to find her footing after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy - is already generating serious award season buzz. Even from the official trailers for the film, both under three minutes in length, it's not hard to see how dramatically Portman has transformed herself for the role. It's not so much physical changes that make the performance so believable and compelling, even though the costumes and the hairstyle certainly take the character a long way. Rather, it's the mannerisms, the strange accent, and other such idiosyncrasies that really bring the performance home. Related:13 Movies That Already Have Oscar Buzz After an initial viewing of the film, we couldn't help but wonder how accurately Portman portrays the jilted first lady. After all,
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Richly Written Roles Give Actresses Like Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman Much to Build On

Richly Written Roles Give Actresses Like Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman Much to Build On
There’s a reason people pay attention every time Jessica Chastain appears onscreen. The two-time Academy Award nominee has a unique talent for conveying depth to her characters that many of her peers can only dream of. That’s once again apparent in her latest role as Elizabeth Sloane, a savvy Washington, D.C., political lobbyist who finds herself potentially outsmarted in John Madden’s “Miss Sloane.”

Chastain is one of a number of familiar faces returning to the awards arena this season. In the lead actor category you have former winners such as Tom Hanks (“Sully”), Matthew McConaughey (“Gold”), and Denzel Washington (“Fences”). In the supporting actor race, Jeff Bridges (“Hell or High Water”) is facing off against previous nominees including Michael Shannon (“Nocturnal Animals”) and Liam Neeson (“Silence”). The supporting actress field potentially features three former Oscar winners in Nicole Kidman (“Lion”), Lupita Nyong’o (“Queen of Katwe
See full article at Variety - Film News »

First World Problems: The Movie – can audiences ever pity wealthy, attractive heroes?

Knight of Cups is just the latest film out to make us feel sorry for glamorous people cursed with success

‘Where did I go wrong,” mopes Christian Bale’s character in the latest Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups. It’s a question he broods over for two beautifully shot hours. But to the viewer, the answer seems simple: you didn’t go wrong! Your life is fantastic. You look like Christian Bale. You don’t have any health issues or addictions. You’re an in-demand screenwriter, and yet, instead of doing any work, you spend your days wandering around decadent Hollywood house parties and strolling along the beach in an Armani suit. True, you’ve broken up with your wife (Cate Blanchett), but your subsequent girlfriends are played by Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer and Isabel Lucas – and that’s not including all the nubile models
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

First World Problems: The Movie – can audiences ever pity wealthy, attractive heroes?

Knight of Cups is just the latest film out to make us feel sorry for glamorous people cursed with success

‘Where did I go wrong,” mopes Christian Bale’s character in the latest Terrence Malick film, Knight of Cups. It’s a question he broods over for two beautifully shot hours. But to the viewer, the answer seems simple: you didn’t go wrong! Your life is fantastic. You look like Christian Bale. You don’t have any health issues or addictions. You’re an in-demand screenwriter, and yet, instead of doing any work, you spend your days wandering around decadent Hollywood house parties and strolling along the beach in an Armani suit. True, you’ve broken up with your wife (Cate Blanchett), but your subsequent girlfriends are played by Natalie Portman, Imogen Poots, Freida Pinto, Teresa Palmer and Isabel Lucas – and that’s not including all the nubile models
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Best of the Week: Coen Bros. Take on Hollywood, Ryan Murphy Tackles O.J., Why George Miller Deserves the Oscar, More

Best of the Week: Coen Bros. Take on Hollywood, Ryan Murphy Tackles O.J., Why George Miller Deserves the Oscar, More
Arthouse Audit: Natalie Portman Indie 'Jane Got a Gun' Flops, Oscar Shorts and 'Ip Man 3' Soar 'Hail, Caesar!' Review & Roundup: Escapist Hollywood Comedy from the Coen Brothers How 'American Crime Story' Explains Our Obsession with the O.J. Simpson Trial  How the 'People v. O.J. Simpson' Writers Found 6 Characters for Their 'Shakespearean High-Wire Act' How They Designed George Miller's Oscar-Nominated 'Mad Max: Fury Road'  How Sony Pictures Classics Picked Up Four Pictures at Sundance 'Mad Max: Fury Road,' 'The Martian' and 'The Revenant' Take Art Directors Guild Honors Oscars: Evaluating the Best Editing Nominees 'Peak TV' or Peak Ott? From Louis C.K. to Seeso, Players Jockey for Position in a Crowded Market 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Director on Staying True to Jane Austen, Even During the Zombie Apocalypse 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies': World War Zzzzzs (Review & Roundup
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Halloween treat: Top 13 scariest Oscar movies of all time (Photo Gallery)

Halloween treat: Top 13 scariest Oscar movies of all time (Photo Gallery)
In honor of Halloween, let's look back at those horror films that have been honored by Oscar with wins or nominations. True the motion picture academy has only occasionally embraced one of the most successful film genres. But a handful of performances that made our blood run cold proved to be red-hot with Oscar voters. -Break- The first frightfest to scare up an Oscar was "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1932). Fredric March tied for Best Actor (with "The Champ" star Wallace Beery) for his chilling portrayal of a scientist whose experiments turn him into a raving lunatic. The most recent was "Black Swan" (2010). Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance as a ballerina whose obsession with "Swan Lake" drives her insane.  Below, take a tour of the 13 spine-chillers that scared up Oscar nominations.  Photo: Anthony Perkins in "Psycho." Credit: Universal  --Wid...'
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Victoria | Review

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Sleepless Night: Schipper’s Audacious, Single Take Heist Thriller

Actor turned director Sebastian Schipper makes major headway with his fourth effort behind the camera, Victoria. Premiering at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival where it snagged an award for cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grovlen (who also lensed Anders Morgenthaler’s The 11th Hour, which starred Schipper, as well as the 2015 Un Certain Regard winner, Rams), this two hour plus blend of romantic drama and heist thriller was filmed in one, single take, shot in the wee morning hours on the streets of Berlin. Technically accomplished and satisfying as a narrative, the film provides lead actress Laia Costa, playing the titular protagonist, with a spectacular role that should see her international career boom a bit like Franka Potente’s following Tom Tykwer’s Run Lola Run (1998).

Opening in the throes of a dance floor of a packed techno club, Victoria (Costa), makes her way to the exit.
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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions
Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don
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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions
Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Click here for the line-up of titles as they are announced

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don’t know Mel
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Best of Fest – Docs: Citizenfour Continues Historic Run, Patricio Guzmán Makes Triumphant Return

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Award season as come to a close, and we’ve all been witness to what is a historic unprecedented run for one urgent film. The ripple became a wave when we were on hand to witness Laura Poitras collect multiple awards at the Cinema Eye Honors, and as predicted, the Academy Awards capped off a historic awards season run with an Oscar win. Here is our roundup and recap of the previous month’s film festival and award season headlines related to the docu film world.

Academy Awards

While Citizenfour took home the award for best documentary of the year, Ellen Goosenberg Kent and Dana Perry’s Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 was given the Oscar for best short doc.

Berlin International Film Festival - Germany – February 5th – February 15th

When Darren Aronofsky and his presiding jury members announced the Berlinale winners, Patricio Guzmán’s long awaited follow-up to Nostalgia For The Light,
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The Past, Present, and Future of Real-Time Films Part One

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What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.

The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars,
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Three Movies Are the Top Box Office Stories This Weekend: Worldwide, in Brazil, and in the U.S.

Box office movies this weekend: ‘Thor: The Dark World’ worldwide; ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ in Brazil; ‘The Best Man Holiday’ in the U.S. (photo: Taye Diggs in ‘The Best Man Holiday’) The big story at the global box office this weekend, November 15-17, 2013, is going to be once again Thor: The Dark World, which is expected to reach close to $450 million worldwide — more than two-thirds of that figure coming from outside North America. For comparison’s sake, Kenneth Branagh’s Thor 2011 ended its global run with $449.32 million according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. The weekend’s big international box office story is the debut of Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Brazil, the week before it opens in North America and most other international markets. Why only Brazil? Friday was a national holiday ("Proclamation of the Republic") — in other words, that particular market
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Thor Should be Rebaptized? 3D Sequel to Have Solid, But Hardly Outstanding Opening Weekend

Thor 2′ box office: ‘The Avengers’ bump not enough to propel Thor into Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man, or Superman territory (Photo: Tom Hiddleston as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’) Directed by Alan Taylor and starring Chris Hemsworth, Thor 2 — officially Thor: The Dark World — debuted in the U.S. and Canada on Friday, November 7, 2013, collecting an estimated $31.63 million from 3,841 sites, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. That amount includes an estimated $7.1 million from Thursday evening and Friday midnight shows. Note: More than 3,100 North American theaters are showing Thor 2 in 3D. Needless to say, Thor: The Dark World, which also features Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, and Anthony Hopkins, will far surpass its predecessor at the domestic box office. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, Thor 2011 debuted with $65.72 million. Due to the mammoth success of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which featured Thor alongside The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America
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