12 items from 2015
The Collision has been re-launched as The Collider Podcast. It’s still the flavor of The Collision you know and love, but with the great taste of iTunes updating with the latest episode. On the debut episode of The Collider Podcast, Matt, Adam, and Allison discuss the first seasons of Better Call Saul and The Last Man on Earth, returning series Game of Thrones and Mad Men, and new Netflix series Daredevil, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bloodline. And like we did with The Collision, we’ll always finish up with our recommendations for more movies and TV shows you should check out. Click here to get the first episode of The Collider Podcast, click here for the final episode of The Collision ("Steven Spielberg, Hugh Jackman Leaving Wolverine, and Spectre"), and click here to find us on iTunes. And if you like the podcast, please leaves a positive review on iTunes. »
- Matt Goldberg
You wanna watch out for that Darren Aronofsky. He might just surprise you. After a good couple of decades making grim, magical realist dramas like Requiem For A Dream and Black Swan, he was surrounded by rumours that he was due to direct either/or the second Wolverine film or that ill-fated Robocop remake. In the end he did neither: instead, he did a big-budget retelling of Noah And The Great Flood, in a way that displeased the faithful and was of no interest to his usual audience.
That seemed like something of a left-turn for the auteur director, but it was on the cards for a good while before. Because, not so far back in the mists of time, Aronofsky was approached with an even stranger proposition. Warner Bros were floundering in the wake of their critically and commercially disappointing Batman sequels, eventually canning Joel Schumacher’s plans for another total camp-fest. »
- Tom Baker
We've already got a number of reasons to be excited for "High-Rise." Of course, there's director Ben Wheatley. There's the awesome ensemble cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Elisabeth Moss, Luke Evans, and Stacy Martin. And now we've got the score to get buzzed about. Film Music Reporter reveals that the great Clint Mansell will score the movie. The composer is probably best known for his work with longtime collaborator Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "The Fountain" are particular highlights), but he has also lent to his talent to films as diverse as "Filth," "Faster," and "Last Night" (his work on the latter is particularly underrated). Needless to say, we're very excited to see what he brings to the J.G. Ballard adaptation about what happens when madness and violence envelop a luxury high-rise. No release date yet for the film, but fingers are crossed and we're »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite having only six feature films under his belt to date, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky has firmly made his mark in the film world, garnering critical acclaim for, among other things, the cinematography of his work. One key aspect of his features involve tracking shots, where his camera follows the subject from behind, seeing what they see, while not getting a look at the focal performer’s face, only the back of their head. It is this aspect of Aronofsky’s cinematography that’s the focus of a new video essay by Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney, who has edited together instances where Aronofsky has used these techniques in each of his film. This is what Swinney had to say about the video.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Debuting over the weekend was the new TV project from Will Forte. He's taken the lead in The Last Man On Earth, a show he's also created. The first episode screened on Fox in the Us over the weekend, with The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street's Chris Miller and Phil Lord directing it. The pair came up with the original idea, were looking at turning it into a movie, and took the plan to Forte. He then reworked it a little, and in turn took the project to television.
And it seems as though the success of The Last Man On Earth will have some bearing on another Will Forte project, MacGruber 2. Chatting to The Wrap, Forte admitted "it seems like we have a realistic shot at getting [MacGruber 2] made", adding that »
When last year brought “Noah,” a spiritual and special effects-laden Darren Aronofsky film with its own companion graphic novel (produced since Aronofsky wasn’t sure the film would ever come to fruition), fans of the director had a feeling of deja vu. Eight years earlier, he had made “The Fountain,” a similarly spiritual film running over with special effects and accompanied by a companion graphic novel. Although the film's 10th anniversary is next year, maybe it's not too early for another look at Aronofsky’s troubled third film, this time in a way you’ve never seen before. The folks over at The Film Stage (via Reddit) have found a new fan edit of the film by Paul Herrin. Based on Aronofsky’s graphic novel with Kent Williams, this recut version dumps the non-linear storytelling and puts all the elements in mostly chronological order. If you need a refresher, Aronofsky’s film tells three stories, »
- Cain Rodriguez
I haven't yet watched this "remix" of Darren Aronofsky's 2006 film The Fountain, but the idea of it has me intrigued, though I guess it has me just as intrigued as much as that chronological cut of Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction from a few years back, which I also didn't watch. But that's what you're getting here folks, YouTuber Paul Herrin has edited Aronofsky's movie to tell the story spanning from the 1550s to 2500 linearly. I'm not sure what the purpose would be, but without watching I can only imagine the impact will be lessened considering the edits were meant to work hand-in-hand rather than in a linear fashion. amz asin="B000O7667K" size="small"Herrin offers his own reasoning writing: I hope this provides an additional perspective of the film to better understand the impact of non-linear narrative in post-literate visual storytelling experience. Thematic, structural, and spatio-temporal »
- Brad Brevet
Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
It’s kind of hard to believe Darren Aronofsky only has six features to his name, especially since his first one, “Pi,” came out in 1998. Still, the director has proven a unique talent over his sparse career, one deemed worthy of an Oscar nomination in 2011 for his work on “Black Swan.” Among the many idiosyncrasies of an Aronofsky film, Vimeo editor WarmBakedBread argues that an emphasis on his characters’ eyes is a key feature. And he made a four-minute video titled “Pupil’ to prove his point. The short cuts together every single Aronofsky feature, including the aforementioned two, as well as “The Fountain,” “The Wrestler,” “Noah,” and “Requiem for a Dream.” (Side note – remember “The Wrestler”? Damn, that was some good filmmaking.) At first, watching the video, you might think, “yeah, actors have eyes; point made.” (And okay, is it just us, or does the rock monster from “Noah” looks »
- Zach Hollwedel
Bradley Cooper, Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, and Meryl Streep are among the Academy Award contenders who set records on Thursday morning. Below, 14 facts, stats and records regarding this year's Oscar nominations. -Break- 'Birdman,' 'Grand Budapest' lead Oscar nominations with nine Three in a row With his Best Actor bid for "American Sniper," Bradley Cooper received his third consecutive nomination. The last man to do that was Russell Crowe (1999-2001). And that nomination in the top category for his film also means that Cooper has appeared in three Best Picture nominees in a row (following "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle"). Robert Duvall breaks the age record At 84, Robert Duvall ("The Judge") is now the oldest nominee ever for Best Supporting Actor. He beats out Hal Holbrook ("Into the Wild"), who was 82 when he contended in 2007. If Duv...' »
If hanging a tear-off flyer is good enough for selling used couches and finding lost pets, it’s good enough for finding a fellow survivor of the apocalypse, right?
That’s the premise put forth in this exclusive key art for Fox’s upcoming single-camera comedy, The Last Man on Earth.
Will Forte (Saturday Night Live) plays the title character, Phil Miller, who mysteriously makes it through an event that wipes out the rest of humanity in the year 2022. Now, he travels North America in an Rv, hoping to find other survivors.
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
12 items from 2015
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