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The Homesman, 2014.
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.
Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.
The old adage ‘they don’t make them like they used to’ could be applied to pretty much most genre film making depending on your outlook of American cinema in 2014, but never more so could that be said of a genre than the Western. Westerns, like too many films not based on established properties, have been pushed away and forgotten in favour of the easy sell and easy buck. Sure, there’s always a True Grit which shows a brief spike in audience »
- Gary Collinson
One of the most exciting movements in cinema in the last decade or two or so has come from Australia. Mostly (but not exclusively) tied to the production company Blue Tongue Films (which includes luminaries like Joel Edgerton, David Michod, and Spencer Susser), but also encompassing experienced figures like Andrew Dominik, Cate Shortland, Julia Leigh, Justin Kurzel, and John Hillcoat, the films are loosely tied together by the simple mark of quality, with great movies like "Animal Kingdom," "Snowtown Murders," "The Proposition" "Somersault," and "Chopper" emerging from the land down under since the dawn of the 21st century. Could the next name to join them be Julius Avery? The director won the Jury Prize at Cannes for his short "Jerrycan," and now makes his directorial debut with crime thriller "Son Of A Gun," which has managed to attract an A-list star and two of the business' busiest, fastest-rising young »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Next year’s full to bursting with potentially brilliant geek films, so to help, here’s our pick of 25 must-see movies out in 2015…
Compiling a list of next year's most exciting films is extremely difficult. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Those are some of the questions we've had to ask ourselves as we drew up the long-list of our most anticipated films of 2015. In an attempt to limit the number of sequels which can fill up a list such as this, we've left out something like Fast & Furious 7, even though we're fairly sure it'll be a lot of fun. With but two significant exceptions, we've excluded some of the films we were looking forward to this year that have been delayed until the next, such as Kingsman: The Secret Service and Frankenstein.
What we're left with, we hope, is a fairly broad selection of action and comedy, »
Briefly: We now have a date for the latest from John Hillcoat (seen above), director of The Proposition, The Road and Lawless. Titled Triple Nine, the ensemble crime drama from a script by Matt Cook is about a group of corrupt police officers who are blackmailed into pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. They plot the murder of a rookie cop in order to orchestrate a "999", code for "officer down", to pull off the heist around town. The impressive cast includes: Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr. Triple Nine will hit theaters starting September 11th, 2015 over a year from now. We'll be watching for updates. »
- Alex Billington
Open Road has set a September 11, 2015 release date for John Hillcoat's new film Triple Nine and I'm largely mentioning this because this is a film with a stacked cast from a director whose work I highly anticipate. Matt Cook penned the script and the ensemble cast includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer and Clifton Collins, Jr. As for the plot, it centers on a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down." Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck action-packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. This is a release date to remember and a movie »
- Brad Brevet
A release date has been set for the police thriller "Triple Nine" from director John Hillcoat ("Lawless," "The Proposition"), which stars a slew of Oscar winners and nominees. Open Road Films has signed up to release the film in September 2015, and it will surely position it as a potential awards player. It boasts an impressive that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer and Clifton Collins, Jr. In the film, a crew of corrupt cops team with the Russian mob for a daring, virtually impossible heist, using a code 999 (the call for "officer down”) as a diversion. Things go awry when the unsuspecting rookie they offer as a sacrifice fights back. Matt Cook is writing the screenplay, while Anonymous Content, Sierra/Affinity and Worldview Entertainment are financing and producing. "Triple Nine" will hit theaters September 11, 2015. »
- Dave Lewis
Nick Cave is a killer rock songwriter, and he and creative partner Warren Ellis have crafted a significant identity as a film scoring duo. Their music for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is among the great western film scores, and they’ve done excellent music for films such as The Proposition and Lawless. […]
The post Nick Cave Really Wants to Score a Horror Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
20,000 Days on Earth directors Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard on Nick Cave with Blixa Bargeld, Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Ray Winstone: "They were all people we thought would draw out a different side of Nick." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
20,000 Days On Earth loosely intertwines Nick Cave with music collaborators Kylie Minogue, Warren Ellis and Blixa Bargeld, submerging us into his unholy earthiness. Ray Winstone, Captain Stanley in John Hillcoat's The Proposition, written by Cave with an Ellis/Cave score, joins the cast of witnesses.
Speaking with Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth in New York, we discussed the importance of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, Nicolas Roeg's The Man Who Fell To Earth, Michel Gondry-like eels, the genesis of the project in an open Cave notebook and the fateful day of recording Push The Sky Away.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Seemingly a little closer in spirit to I’m Not There than, say, Justin Bieber doc Never Say Never, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard’s 20,000 Days on Earth is an apparently “hard to classify” documentary-fiction hybrid about Nick Cave, the Australian rock musician and songwriter who has also dabbled in acting (Ghosts of the Civil Dead…), novels (And the Ass Saw the Angel, The Death of Bunny Munro), film scores (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), and screenwriting (The Proposition, Lawless).
Exploring Cave as both “man and myth”, the docudrama depicts 24 fictitious hours in his life, with appearances by collaborators like Warren Ellis and Kylie Minogue. You can watch the first trailer for 20,000 Days on Earth below.
The post Trailer for ’20,000 Days on Earth’, a unique portrait of Nick Cave appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Drafthouse Films has released the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer online. The docudrama goes inside the life of musician Nick Cave. Personally, I'm only familiar with Cave's work from his amazing score for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (which he composed with Warren Ellis, who also appears in 20,000 Days on Earth) and his screenwriting (he wrote the screenplay for The Proposition, Lawless, and the unmade, completely batshit/brilliant Gladiator 2). I stayed away from this film at Sundance because I thought it could only be appreciated by Cave's diehard fans, but this trailer makes it look like the movie reaches for ideas that anyone can appreciate regardless of their familiarity with the musician. Hit the jump to check out the 20,000 Days on Earth trailer. The film opens in select theaters on September 17th. Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD. Here's official synopsis for »
- Matt Goldberg
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“Films are made into stage musicals, ballet, concerts and sports events are exhibited live in cinemas and every filmmaker wants to speak to Netflix »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Directed by: David Michod
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Release Date: June 23, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: Ten years after a global economic collapse, a loner (Pearce) looks for his stolen car with the help of an abandoned American (Pattinson).
Who’S It For? Viewers who like their thriller spaced out, with ebbs of intensity. On a smaller scale, this movie is also for anyone who has not yet confirmed Pattinson’s acting abilities.
There is a profound interest in impulse within the work of Australian filmmaker David Michod, whose number of features finally reaches two with his anticipated followup to Animal Kingdom, The Rover. Even his co-writing work for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s life-crasher movie Hesher is indicative of a storytelling force jazzed by that which is abrupt and unexplainable, and without worry of how polarizing these weirdo choices may be. With »
- Nick Allen
When it comes to summer movies, Hollywood likes to rely on the same collection of actors to cover certain archetypes. If your script has a goofball character, both Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen fit that bill. A sly temptress that can lure moms and dads? Angelina Jolie is casting wisdom. Need an Everyman American with steely nerve and a big grin? Tom Cruise, your agent is calling. But what if your summer release is a bleak, nihilistic trip through a rough outback wasteland with a social menace, like David Michôd’s new thriller, The Rover? Well, you would be hard pressed to find an actor who can sink into the gallows of that role with as much intensity as Guy Pearce.
Pearce has always been a hard performer to pin down. In many of his notable roles – the disciplined cop in L.A. Confidential, the driven amnesiac in Memento, the »
- Jordan Adler
Cannes - The circus around the Cannes Film Festival is different than any other film festival in the world. It may be less Hollywood than Toronto and less audience-friendly than Sundance, but Cannes truly draws talent of all kinds from every corner of the globe. Only here could you be interviewing rising Australian filmmaking star David Michôd on a hotel rooftop deck while Kylie Minogue belts "Can't Get You Out of My Head" for a live French TV program across the street. And yes, like any good Aussie, he recognized Ms. Minogue immediately. Michôd burst on the scene in 2010 after "Animal Kingdom" became, arguably, Sundance's greatest foreign success of the past decade. Not only did it launch Michôd's career, but it earned star Jacki Weaver her first Academy Award nomination and long=deserved recognition outside of Australia. And directing an actor to an Oscar nomination in your first film is sort of big deal. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Robert Pattinson is an idiot, or at least he plays one in The Rover. A dopey criminal with a mealy mouth and a gunshot wound, he’s the Lennie to Guy Pearce’s George as the reluctant duo hit the road in a vaguely post-apocalyptic Australia. Here’s what we know: ten years after an ill-defined economic and social collapse, the Seventh Continent has attracted all manner of men seeking to capitalize on its mineral-rich resources. Bearded loner Eric (Pearce) doesn’t seem so ambitious; all he has is his car, and all he wants is his car back once a robbery goes south, prompting ringleader Henry (Scoot McNairy) and his panicked partners to steal Eric’s silver sedan and leave Henry’s little brother, Rey (Pattinson), behind. And so Eric and Rey give chase, with the former displaying little sympathy for the latter’s slowness or general well-being. To be more precise, our »
- William Goss
Australia... it's a vast, beautiful, welcoming country. It's also full to bursting with things that can kill you, if the big screen is to be believed. Inspired by Mia Wasikowska's plucky 1,700-mile trek across the Outback in Tracks, we flag up the traps and tropes she should watch out for.
Exotic wildlife proliferates Down Under, most of it deceptively lethal. Witness the baby stolen by a dingo in horrifying Meryl Streep-starrer A Cry In The Dark (1988). The same – real – tragedy loosely inspired Razorback, a mullet-tastic 1984 horror about a giant marauding pig, directed by Highlander's Russell Mulcahy (mooted tagline: 'There Can Only Be Oink'). The less said about the ballet-dancing were-roos of The Marsupials: The Howling III (1987), the better.
So-called existential westerns are making something of a comeback in recent years, with many of them taking place in the Australian outback. Guy Pearce already appeared in one such drama: 2005′s The Proposition. Now, he’s starring in The Rover, a Cannes-selected film from David Michod, the director of Animal Kingdom. Today, in preparation for the film’s premiere, the first trailer has landed online.
Following the collapse of the western economic system, Australia has become a land of criminals and desperate men, drawn to its mineral resources. Pearce plays loner Eric, a traveler in the Australian outback who loses his car to a gang of criminals. Left behind by the gang is the wounded Rey (Robert Pattinson), whom Eric forces to help him track the gang across desolate land.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Variety is reporting that Anthony Mackie is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s upcoming, star-studded cop drama Triple Nine. If he signs on, he’ll join an extremely impressive cast that boasts Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Teresa Palmer.
Named after the police code that’s used when an officer requires “immediate assistance,” the film will follow a corrupt group of cops who plan on carrying out a major heist for the Russian mafia that requires they kill a rookie officer. Of course, things don’t go according to plan and complications ensue.
No word yet on which role Mackie is up for but hopefully it’s a big one. The actor has really proven himself over the last couple of years with strong turns in films like Pain & Gain, Night Catches Us, The Adjustment Bureau and of course, the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »
- Matt Joseph
Hot off the success of the critically acclaimed HBO series True Detective, Woody Harrelson has signed on to join the already impressive cast of John Hillcoat’s upcoming heist thriller, Triple Nine. Shooting will begin this summer, and Open Road has already purchased domestic distribution rights, with plans to give the film a wide release next year.
The script, written by Matt Cook, will follow a group of corrupt cops who are blackmailed by the Russian mafia into executing an impossible heist. The only way for them to pull it off is to produce a “999,” which is police code for “officer down.” Complications ensue when the rookie officer set up to die evades the attack, setting into motion a chain of events fuelled by greed and revenge.
- Jeff Castilla
Just like Tupac, even though Johnny Cash has passed on, new music keeps coming. Later this month, Columbia/Legacy will finally be releasing Out Among The Stars, an album's worth of new cuts by the legendary country singer than he recorded in the '80s, shelved at the time by his label. With the album gearing up to see the light of day again, the folks at the label are putting some effort into it to make sure the music gets its proper due. They've tasked John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "Lawless") to craft a video for "She Used To Love Me A Lot," and he's done a pretty good job. Shot over a month across America, it brings together visuals from the less seen corners of the country, and pairs with a song concerned about the direction the country is going in. Here's what Hillcoat said about the spot in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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