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FilmBuff has announced it will release the SXSW documentary “Last Hijack” in theaters and on VOD this summer. Directed by Tommy Pallotta (producer of “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly”) and Femke Wolting, the film combines animation and documentary filmmaking to portray the powerful story of a Somali pirate as he hijacks ships off the coast of Africa while also struggling to become the father figure that his family needs. The film was produced by Wolting and Submarine's Bruno Felix. Also read: SXSW: Watch Live Interviews With Seth Rogen, Robert Duvall, Emmy Rossum, Paul Wesley, Kathryn Hahn and More (Video) “Last Hijack” takes an. »
- Jeff Sneider
Producer-directors Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta, both with impressive credits in features and docus, team up for “Last Hijack,” a semi-animated “nonfiction narrative” that reps a rare cinematic attempt to deal with Somali piracy from a pirate’s side (following hot on the heels of the Sundance prize-winning drama “Fishing Without Nets”). Diving into the vogue for cross-pollinating genres, the helmers mix staged scenes with documentary material and handsome animation by Hisko Hulsing (“Junkyard”), hoping to convey the reasons behind the kind of piracy seen in “Captain Phillips.” Hulsing’s illustrations suggest a depth to pirate Mohamed Nura that remains hidden in the flesh, though fests and possibly Euro arthouses will find subject and form interesting.
Wolting’s producer credits encompass “Meet the Fokkens” and Peter Greenaway’s “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse,” while Pallotta’s include Richard Linklater’s “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” Given the amount of media »
- Jay Weissberg
New comic book Wednesday has come and gone. The dust at your local comic shop has settled. An eerie silence descends as you finish reading your last superhero book of the week. Now it's time for something a little more sinister. Welcome to Bagged and Boarded: comic reviews of the sick, spooky, twisted and terrifying!
The Other Dead No. 5
Okay, here's the plot to The Other Dead. Just stay with me on this one. I don't want to lose you right off the bat. All animals in the world have turned to zombies. Now, it's up to a rag-tag team of survivors, including President Obama, to get themselves out of danger. Yes, President Obama, in this issue, hacks at a zombie wolf with an axe. The group is stranded in a small cabin, and have to rush to choppers that come to evacuate them.
Bag it or board it up? »
- Giaco Furino
Richard Linklater is a hard director to pin down. Just when you think you've got him figured out, he makes something completely different to his last project. His last five movies have been Boyhood (Ellar Coltrane, Particia Arquette), Before Midnight (Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy), Bernie (Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey), Me and Orson Welles (Zac Efron, Christian McKay) and A Scanner Darkly (Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr.).
Wait! That's it! His last three movies all began with the letter 'B'. So that's what sort of a director he is. He transcends traditional...huh? His next film is The Incredible Mr Limpet? Which is about a man who can turn into a fish? Auteur theory, be damned.
Linklater will remake the 1964 live-action/animation hybrid. At least there's a small bit of consistency with the director's filmography. Femke Wolting and Tommy Pallotta are onboard, who are the filmmakers responsible for the rotoscoping work »
- Oliver Davis
Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman ("A Beautiful Mind") is set to pen a new draft of the script for the "Divergent" sequel "Insurgent". Brian Duffield ("Jane Got a Gun") penned the previous draft, it isn't known to what extent Goldsman's re-write will be.
Richard Linklater is set to direct the project which will combine live action and animation. Wolting and Pallotta have already begun working on design and animation for the project
Source: THR and Screen »
- Garth Franklin
The two filmmakers are currently in post-production on The Last Hijack, which combines animation and real footage to tell the story of a young Somali pirate preparing for what might be his last mission. It is set to premiere in Berlin’s Panorama Dokumente section next month.
The Incredible Mr Limpet, a remake of a 1964 movie that Richard Linklater is set to direct, is also set to combine live action and animation. Wolting and Pallotta have already begun working on design and animation for the project.
Wolting said: “Tommy showed [The Last Hijack] to Richard Linklater, who we’ve collaborated with previously. Richard loved the animation technique that we used.”
There are few more details about the Limpet remake but [link »
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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 23 Jan 2014 - 05:44
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2006, and a further 25 overlooked gems...
With all the major films that elbow their way into their cinemas every year, there's bound to be some casualties among the big hits. And just like any other year, 2006 was dominated by the likes of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Da Vinci Code and Ice Age: The Meltdown. But in tandem, there were dozens of lesser-seen films which shuffled in and out of cinemas (or occasionally, didn't get a release in cinemas at all) without very many people noticing.
As we're sure you're aware by now, these lists aim to redress the balance a little, and hopefully introduce a few films from any given year that you may have missed. There are also one or two films that, although »
This later chunk of Richard Linklater.s career is marked by films that have something going for them beyond just the story being told, from the animation style of A Scanner Darkly to the faux documentary about real events of Bernie. Almost topping the nine-year gaps between the films of his Before trilogy is the production story behind Boyhood, his coming of age drama twelve years in the making. The film will be making its debut in the most natural place imaginable, at this year.s Sundance Film Festival. We.re assuming they.re showing the entire film, and not just the first of 12 annual ten minute chunks. Those attending Sundance can catch the film.s special preview screenings starting next Sunday, January 19 at the Eccles Theater. To mark the announcement, Sundance released two new stills from the film. This isn.t the kind of movie that revolves around some »
Man is there a lot of new content on streaming services this week. There are literally hundreds of new titles available for your viewing pleasure, I couldn’t possibly have written about all of it because I would be writing into next week! Just know that there is something there for everyone whether your bag is comedy, drama, action or horror.
Most impressively this week, Netflix have stepped up to the plate and unleashed a full load of good stuff. They have also announced that they are going to add an audio commentary to their original show House of Cards, which can only be good news for those holding on to their physical media love and may mean that this most valuable of DVD extras is not going away but will instead be reborn in a different guise.
This week’s new titles are as follows:
- Chris Holt
9 items from 2014
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