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Today’s film is the 2007 short Welcome. The film is written and directed by Kirsten Dunst, and stars Alexandra Gold Jourden, John Hawkes, and Winona Ryder. Ryder first came to public attention with a key supporting role in 1988′s Beetlejuice, before garnering the lead role in Heathers in the following year. Her filmography includes features such as Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, The Crucible, Girl, Interrupted, and A Scanner Darkly. Her newest film, titled Homefront, opened in wide release in American theatres in the past week.
- Deepayan Sengupta
I had a pretty horrific nightmare on Wednesday night, after I got home from the comic book shop. I dreamt that I was Back in the comic book shop, looking for issues of the ongoing series currently being reviewed in this column. Anything would do; ‘Hinterkind’, ‘The Fox’, ‘Pretty Deadly’, ‘Letter 44′, anything… but as I scanned the “New This Week” rack, I found myself in a panic; There Was Nothing! Not a single ongoing title! Surely, I thought, I wasn’t look closely enough. But my intensified search was for naught; it was as I feared. I had no choice but to resort to picking up three New titles to review. Confidently, I once again perused the rack of fresh titles of the day, and the pit in my stomach sank to a depth beyond what I’d ever known. I Beg Of You, I screamed silently to the comic book gods, »
- Chris Melkus
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
When it comes to independent films and major releases, animation is fairly underutilized medium. There are exceptions, but for the most part, it’s generally used for kid-centric stories or to paint a lush, if slightly more adult, world. That’s why movies like A Scanner Darkly and The Congress are so special. They use animation for drama and to express ideas that go beyond a few pretty shots. Both films shouldn’t be compared past that point, but they are both emotional, visual, and mental exercises — rides that you either go along with from the start or don’t. If director Ari Folman‘s The Congress grabs you from its first frame, then expect a rich science-fiction film packed with commentary, ideas, laughs, tears, and beauty. Speaking of beauty, Robin Wright (played conveniently by Robin Wright) has lost it, at least according to some slimy agist studio executive we meet working at Miramount. She »
- Jack Giroux
"An eye for an eye means everyone ends up blind." So opens the documentary The Time Is . . . Now, with a tidy example of its problem with logical fallacies: It ignores the fact that most of us have two eyes. Rife with hasty generalizations, tautologies, and false choices, the movie is also tricked out with plenty of visual kitsch, most prominently frame-filling flames reminiscent of The Hunger Games movie poster. Director Vishal Hiraskar wants to "show common people trapped in uncommon situations and how they turn out to be survivors instead of . . . victims." It takes 20 minutes to get to the stories, animated in A Scanner Darkly style. A Kenyan recounts his brother's slaying in a brutal ethnic cleansing and credits God for his strength. Another man improbably sur »
The Gotham Independent Film Awards have named indie stalwart Richard Linklater as the recipient of the kudos’ annual director tribute.
Filmmaker will be honored alongside Katherine Oliver, the commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, who takes home the Gothams’ industry tribute. A couple of more tribute honorees remain to be announced for the 23rd annual ceremony, presented by New York-based nonprofit Independent Filmmaker Project.
Linklater had an arthouse hit earlier this year with “Before Midnight,” the third in a trilogy of films that began in 1995 with “Before Sunrise” and continued in 2004 with “Before Sunset.” The director-writer-producer scores the Gotham honor for a body of work that also includes “Dazed and Confused,” the 1993 pic set for a special anniversary screening at this year’s New York Film Festival, as well as “Slacker,” “School of Rock,” “A Scanner Darkly” and “Bernie,” among other titles. He’s also the a. »
- Gordon Cox
The Independent Filmmaker Project will honor Richard Linklater with its Director Tribute at the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, set for Dec. 2 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. Linklater, whose most recent film is this year’s Before Midnight, distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, has been making films since 1988's It’s Impossible to Plow by Reading Books. He made his name with 1991’s Slacker and 1993’s Dazed and Confused. His credits also include Suburbia, The Newton Boys, The Waking Life, Bad News Bears, A Scanner Darkly and
- Gregg Kilday
The movie that most embarrasses Julianne Moore is back to haunt her on TV this weekend. Revel in its silliness
• Julianne Moore calls Next her worst film
• Nicolas Cage: 'People think I'm not in on the joke'
• More film on TV recaps
Spoiler Alert: This blog is published ahead of the screening on Channel 5 on Sunday at 10pm. Do not read if you have not seen the film and don't want to know anything about it.
"I've seen every possible ending. None of them are good for you" – Cris Johnson
Next was one of the first indications that Nicolas Cage's quality control had gone haywire. Looking back, it's easy to see it as one of the gateway films leading him from borderline respectability into a world of boggle-eyed lunacy. But it also marks the precise moment that Hollywood fell out of love with Philip K Dick, too. The »
- Stuart Heritage
Right up there with the Mona Lisa, she is one of the centuries’ many curiosities and subject of endless fascination, Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” will be included in Sony Pictures Classics fall curriculum. After recently picking up Alex Gibney’s Lance Armstrong docu, they’ve now acquired the worldwide rights to Teller’s (of Penn & Teller fame) Tim’s Vermeer and as reported earlier this morning, the docu will be shown at Tiff and other fall fests before receiving a theatrical release next year.
Gist: This follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison’s epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology — lenses and »
- Eric Lavallee
Sony Pictures Classics announced today they have acquired worldwide rights to the documentary Tim's Vermeer, directed by Teller of Penn & Teller fame. Produced by Teller's stage partner Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler, the film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all of art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photo-realistically, 150 years before the invention of photography? Jenison's epic research project ultimately succeeds as he uses 17th century technology - lenses and mirrors - to develop a technique that might have been used by Vermeer, supporting a theory as extraordinary as what he discovers.
Spanning a decade, Jenison's adventure takes him to Delft, Holland, where Vermeer painted his masterpieces; on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney; and eventually even to Buckingham Palace, »
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to the art documentary "Tim's Vermeer," directed by Teller, the famed magician of Penn & Teller fame. The film follows Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, as he attempts to solve how 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer managed to paint photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography. The film features a score by composter Conrad Pope ("My Week With Marilyn") and cinematography by "A Scanner Darkly" Dp Shane F. Kelly. "My buddy, Tim Jenison, told me over supper he was going to try to paint a Vermeer," said producer Penn Jillette. "Tim is a genius, but I'm a skeptic. I wanted to see him do it. Teller has been the Penn & Teller de facto director since our beginnings so we made a movie of Tim's whole monomaniacal trip. Having Sony Pictures Classics as the first words on the screen means it's more than »
The superb third film in Richard Linklater's series captures the melancholy of long-term romance
For those of us of a certain age, the screen love story that has slowly played out between Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke over the course of two decades – and now three movies – is part of the fabric of our cinematic lives.
In Before Sunrise, the actors (whose improvisations and revisions added much to an original script by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan) played two sparky young travellers whose lives cross during a talk-filled night in Vienna. Nine years later, Delpy and Hawke were sharing screenwriting credits (and an Oscar nomination) for Before Sunset, wherein the couple meet for only the second time, their respective lives having moved on, but the brief encounter spark between them still clearly very much alive. That film ended on an ambiguous note – a teasing spine-tingler that left the audience »
- Mark Kermode
Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.
Note: There was two ties.
Launching into this is always going to be a fairly thankless exercise. The sheer number of animated films makes this tricky enough, let alone the variety in style, tone and technique.
Classic hand-drawn animation (The Jungle Book), anime/manga (Fist of the North Star), CG animation (Toy Story), overlaid animation (rotoscoping – A Scanner Darkly), stop-motion (Chicken Run), performance capture (Beowulf). We could go on. Indeed a Top Ten list could be compiled for any one of those techniques and you would still come nowhere near scraping the barrel.
It is indeed a rich art form. So, at the risk of reducing the list too much and also at the risk of leaving out too many beloved films, I’m going to go for range and variety rather than trying to rank every animated film in order of quality and then skim off the top six.
With the recent (and lacklustre »
- Dave Roper
It's been a while since we've seen Keanu Reeves really kick somebody's ass. Sure, he unleashed an unholy amount of whoop ass in the three "Matrix" movies, but since then he's preferred mellower roles like a doctor who's weirdly attracted to Diane Keaton in "Something's Gotta Give," and whoever he played in whatever "A Scanner Darkly" was. Thankfully, he's returning to his hyper-violent ways with his directorial debut, "Man of Tai Chi." Yay.
The trailer starts out intriguingly, with a man in a chilly grey room instructed to look towards a two-way mirror, then commanded to "Fight" (sort of like "Mortal Kombat," except chillier.) We then see Keanu on the other side of the mirror, looking like a creepo who orchestrates these fights. Later, we see that he has tasked a tai chi practitioner (Tiger Hu Chen, who was Reeves' stuntman in the "Matrix" movies — look at those flowing locks! »
- Drew Taylor
There's always been a lot of tripping in movies, and man, is it hilarious. People trip all the time. Why, just the other day, I had dropped my backpack on the floor of my apartment right when I walked in, and as I circled back around really quickly I ended up stepping right into ...
Oh. Ohhh. That type of tripping. The one with hallucinogenic drugs. Okay, got it. Yeah, that type of tripping is funny, too. And hey, that's in a bunch of movies as well! Like, say, this week's "This is the End." Or so we hear.
We've counted down for you the Top 15 "tripping" scenes in movies, ranked in order of ... trippiest? We guess?
15. 'Batman Begins' (2005)
The tripping scenes in "Batman Begins" are underrated to the degree that a) they're not done for fun — quite the opposite, in fact — and b) they're kind of an afterthought »
- Nick Blake
The Hunter was one of this writer’s favourite films of last year- at once thrilling and heartbreaking, mysterious and involving, it tells the tale of Willem Dafoe’s silent hunter, hired by a shady corporation to attempt to track down the legendary Tasmanian Tiger, thought to be extinct for years. But once he starts to get involved with the family whose house he is living in, and gets on the wrong side of the aggressive townspeople, things start to go terribly wrong. It is a well-acted, well-paced, poetic and original film of which we see little these days. I suggest you seek it out. Another factor to praise it for is its direction, and that is entirely down to Daniel Nettheim.
- Oscar Harding
When a Blade Runner sequel was announced, fans were happy to hear that Ridley Scott was returning to direct. Later, it was revealed that Blade Runner screenwriter Hampton Fancher would be writing the new script, but it has been announced that a new writer is being brought in to work on a rewrite.
“Los Angeles, CA, May 31, 2013—Writer Michael Green is in negotiations to do a rewrite of Alcon Entertainment’s “Blade Runner” sequel penned by Hampton Fancher (“Blade Runner,” “The Minus Man,” “The Mighty Quinn”) and to be directed by Ridley Scott. Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set some years after the first film concluded.
Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove will produce with Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, along with Ridley Scott. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
Green recently completed rewrites »
- Jonathan James
Alcon Entertainment has been working on the project for over two years, since announcing in early 2011 that it had secured film, TV and ancillary franchise rights to produce prequels and sequels to the iconic thriller. In August 2011, Scott committed to direct.
Watch the New Trailer For ‘Ender’s Game’
Alcon has noted that Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of “Blade Runner” as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” from which “Blade Runner” was adapted.
Fancher’s original story/screenplay is set several years after the first film concluded in a dystopian version of Los Angeles.
Alcon co-toppers »
- Dave McNary
Environmentalist. Cannabis spokesperson. Playwright. Vegan. Cannabis enjoyer. Woody Harrelson is a complex individual and a multifaceted presence on screen, his roles running the range of clean-cut cowboy to cold-blooded killer. But no matter who he's playing there always seems to be a lingering essence of the real Woody, and that's why he rules.
This week sees the former TV star getting "Cheers" for his role as a stage-magician-cum-bank-robber in "Now You See Me" and this November he'll reprise the part of Haymitch Abernathy in his first-ever sequel, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." We're stoking the fires of Woody worship as we pay tribute to our favorite High Times cover boy with nine of his quintessential roles.
9. 'A Scanner Darkly' (2006)
- Max Evry
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