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The Best Movie Scores of The 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

28 November 2016 1:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question:

Last Friday saw the release of Garth Davis’ “Lion,” the musical score for which is the gorgeous result of a collaboration between two giants of the neo-classical movement, Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka. It’s just the latest indication that we’re living in a fascinating, vibrant time for movie music, and December boasts a number of films that will only add more fuel to that fire. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name their favorite film score of the 21st Century.

Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson), The Verge

There are some really striking contenders out there, topped by Susumu Hirasawa’s manic, »

- David Ehrlich

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Momentum Pictures Acquires Guy Pearce-led film Brimstone; Release Set for March

20 October 2016 5:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Confession: Guy Pearce can, in my opinion, do absolutely no wrong. Even in films that I don’t find to be much fun (i.e.- Lockout), Pearce always gives 200% and let’s be honest, just based on L.A. Confidential, the Aussie actor should have a lifetime pass. News that I’m quite excited about, is the newly announced acquisition of the western/thriller Brimstone by Momentum Pictures.

Starring Pearce (Breathe In, Lawless), Dakota Fanning (Man On Fire, The Runaways), Kit Harington (Jon Snow himself people…), Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) and Emilia Jones (Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), the film all set for a theatrical and VOD release in March of 2017 and seriously guys…think of The Proposition and LawlessGuy Pearce is the man.

Brimstone tells the story of a frontier woman turn fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn »

- Jerry Smith

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‘Hell or High Water’ Music Video: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Share ‘Comancheria’ Clip

23 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year Nick Cave and Warren Ellis reunited to score David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” which premiered at Cannes in May ahead of its theatrical release. The duo released the official soundtrack to the critically acclaimed film this past August, and have now shared the music video for the song “Comancheria.”

The two-minute clip doesn’t feature the artists, instead we are shown slow-moving shots from the movie starring Chris Pine and Ben Foster.

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Hell or High Water,” which was previously titled “Comancheria,” follows two brothers who team up to rob a bank to save their family’s farm. Jeff Bridges plays an “almost retired” Texas ranger in pursuit of the crime doers.

Cave and Ellis have previously worked together on the soundtracks to the 2005 film “The Proposition” and 2007’s “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford »

- Liz Calvario

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Exclusive: Hear 2 Tracks By Nick Cave & Warren Ellis From The ‘Hell Or High Water’ Soundtrack

28 July 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Soundtracks don’t get much better or more distinct than Nick Cave and Warren Ellis‘ work as such. The duo has contributed music to films like “Lawless,” “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford,” “The Road,” “The Proposition,” among others. Their work is often evocatively haunting, gritty and intimate, and they bring those qualities […]

The post Exclusive: Hear 2 Tracks By Nick Cave & Warren Ellis From The ‘Hell Or High Water’ Soundtrack appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Edward Davis

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StudioCanal lines up March 2017 release for Dance Academy: The Movie

27 June 2016 5:08 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Xenia Goodwin.

StudioCanal has dated Dance Academy: The Movie.

The film, directed by Jeffrey Walker and starring Xenia Goodwin, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jordan Rodrigues, Dena Kaplan, Thomas Lacey, Alicia Banit and Tara Morice, will hit Australian cinemas on March 23, 2017.

International sales are being handled by Zdf Enterprises Germany.

The show was created by writer Samantha Strauss (Mary: The Making of a Princess) with producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, Ready For This).

The film.s Ep's are Louise Smith (The Square, The Rage in Placid Lake), Bernadette O.Mahony (Worst Year of My Life Again, Mortified), Vicki O.Neil, Arne Lohmann and Nicole Keebe.

Dop Martin McGrath Acs (Muriel.s Wedding), who shot all 65 episodes of the show.s three seasons, is lensing the feature..

Also on board is production designer Chris Kennedy (The Water Diviner, The Proposition, Cosi), costume designer Tess Schofield (The Water Diviner, The Sapphires, Bootmen), hair and »

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11 strange or ill-advised abandoned movie sequels

27 June 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jun 30, 2016

Jessica Rabbit kidnapped by Nazis. Costner rescuing Princess Diana. We look back at a few strange movie sequels that were never made…

The multi-million dollar success of any movie will inevitably leave Hollywood executives clamouring for a sequel. And while there are plenty of movies whose stories are open-ended enough to warrant a return to the creative well, there are many times when coming up with a follow-up idea requires all sorts of imaginative leaps. Just look at something like Alien: Resurrection, which had to come up an elaborate reason why Ripley had (spoiler alert) managed to survive a swan-dive into a lead foundry in Alien 3.

Which brings us to this list, which is devoted to a few of the weirder sequel ideas that never made it to the big screen. An E.T. sequel in which little Elliott gets tortured by aliens? Forrest Gump dancing with Princess Diana? »

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Cinemax Sets "Quarry" Date & Trailer

24 June 2016 7:05 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following on from "The Knick" and the recently premiered "Outcast," Cinemax has set a September 9th premiere date for its original series "Quarry" which boast a pilot by John Hillcoat ("The Proposition," "The Road").

Based on the novel by Max Allan Collins ("Road to Perdition"), Logan Marshall-Green stars in the series as a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public

As he struggles to cope with his experiences at war, he is drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. Peter Mullan, Damon Herriman, Jodi Balfour, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Jamie Hector also star. Check out the first trailer below:

Source: TV Line »

- Garth Franklin

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13 great modern thriller directors

14 June 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




They’ve made some of the best thrillers of the past six years. We list some of the best modern thriller directors currently working...

Director Guillermo del Toro once described suspense as being about the withholding of information: either a character knows something the audience doesn’t know, or the audience knows something the character doesn’t. That’s a deliciously simple way of describing something that some filmmakers often find difficult to achieve: keeping viewers on the edges of their seats.

The best thrillers leave us scanning the screen with anticipation. They invite us to guess what happens next, but then delight in thwarting expectations. We can all name the great thriller filmmakers of the past - Alfred Hitchcock, Carol Reed, Brian De Palma - but what about the current crop of directors? Here’s our pick of the filmmakers who’ve made some great modern thrillers over the past six years - that is, between the year 2010 and the present.

Jeremy Saulnier - Blue Ruin, Green Room

To think there was once a time when Jeremy Saulnier was seriously quitting the film business.

“To be honest," Saulner told us back in 2014, “Macon and I had really given up on our quest to break into the industry and become legitimate filmmakers. So what we were trying to do with Blue Ruin was archive our 20 year arc and bring it to a close. Really just revisit our stomping grounds and use locations that were near and dear to us and build a narrative out of that.”

Maybe this personal touch explains at least partly why Blue Ruin wound up getting so much attention in Cannes in 2013, signalling not the end of Saulnier and his star Macon Blair’s career, but a brand new chapter. But then again, there’s more than just hand-crafted intimacy in Saulnier’s revenge tale; there’s also its lean, minimal storytelling and the brilliance of its characterisation. Blue Ruin is such an effective thriller because its protagonist is so atypical: sad-eyed, inexperienced with guns, somewhat soft around the edges, Macon Blair’s central character is far from your typical righteous avenger.

Green Room, which emerged in the UK this year, explores a similar clash between very ordinary people and extraordinary violence. A young punk band shout about anarchy and aggression on stage, but they quickly find themselves out of their depth when they’re cornered by a group of bloodthirsty neo-Nazis. In Saulnier’s films, grubby, unseemly locations are matched by often beautiful locked-off shots. Familiar thriller trappings are contrasted by twists of fortune that are often shocking.

Denis Villeneuve - Sicario, Prisoners

Here’s one of those directors who can pack an overwhelming sense of dread in a single image: in Sicario, his searing drug-war thriller from last year, it was the sight of tiny specks of dust falling in the light scything through a window. That single shot proved to be the calm before the storm, as Villeneuve unleashed a salvo of blood-curdling events: an attempted FBI raid on a building gone horribly awry. And this, I think, is the brilliance of Villeneuve’s direction, and why he’s so good at directing thrillers like Sicario or 2013’s superb Prisoners - he understands the rhythm of storytelling, and how scenes of quiet can generate almost unbearable tension.

Another case in point: the highway sequence in Sicario, where Emily Blunt’s FBI agent is stuck in a traffic jam outside one of the most violent cities in the world. Villeneueve makes us feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia; something nasty’s going to happen, we know that - but it’s the sense of anticipation which makes for such an unforgettable scene.

Prisoners hews closely to the template of a modern mystery thriller, but it’s once again enriched by Villeneuve’s expert pacing and the performances he gets out of his actors. Hugh Jackman’s seldom been better as a father on the hunt for his missing child, while Jake Gyllenhaal mesmerises as a cop scarred by his own private traumas.

Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Ramsay’s We Need To Talk About Kevin may be the most effective psychological thriller of recent years. About the difficult relationship between a mother (Tilda Swinton) and her distant, possibly sociopathic son (Ezra Miller), Ramsay’s film is masterfully told from beginning to end - which is impressive, given that the source novel by Lionel Shriver is told via a series of letters. Ramsay takes the raw material from the book and crafts something cinematic and highly disturbing: a study of guilt, sorrow and recrimination. Tension bubbles even in casual conversations around the dinner table. Miller is an eerie, cold-eyed blank. Swinton is peerless. One scene, in which Swinton’s mother comes home in the dead of night, is unforgettable. Here’s hoping Ramsay returns with another feature film very soon.

Morten Tyldum - Headhunters

All kinds of thrillers have emerged from Scandinavia over the past few years, whether on the large or small screen or in book form. Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters is among the very best of them. The fast-paced and deliriously funny story of an art thief who steals a painting from the wrong guy, Headhunters launched Tyldum on an international stage - Alan Turing drama The Imitation Game followed, and the Sony sci-fi film Passengers is up next. It isn’t hard to see why, either: Headhunters shows off Tyldum’s mastery of pace and tone, as his pulp tale hurtles from intense chase scenes to laugh-out-loud black comedy.

Joel Edgerton - The Gift

Granted, Joel Edgerton’s better known as an actor, having turned in some superb performances in the likes of Warrior, Zero Dark Thirty and Warror. But with a single film - The Gift, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in - Edgerton established himself as a thriller filmmaker of real promise. About a successful, happily married couple whose lives are greatly affected by an old face from the husband’s past, The Gift is an engrossing, unsettling movie with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall as well as Edgerton.

A riff on the ‘killer in our midst’ thrillers of the 80s and 90s - The Stepfather, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and so on - The Gift is all the more effective because of its restraint. We’re never quite sure who the villain of the piece is, at least at first - and Edgerton’s use of the camera leaves us wrong-footed at every turn. The world arguably needs more thrillers from Joel Edgerton.

If you haven’t seen The Gift yet, we’d urge you to track it down.

David Michod - Animal Kingdom

The criminals at play in this true-life crime thriller are all the more chilling because they’re so mundane - a bunch of low-level thieves, murderers and gangsters who prowl around the rougher parts of Melbourne, Australia. Writer-director David Michod spent years developing Animal Kingdom, and it was worth the effort: it’s an intense, engrossing film, for sure, but it’s also a believable glimpse of the worst of human nature. Ben Mendelsohn and Jacki Weaver play villains of different kinds; the latter a manipulative grandmother who looks over her brood of criminals, the former a spiteful thief. Crafting moments of incredible tension from simple exchanges, Michod launched himself as a formidable talent with this feature debut.

Ben Affleck - The Town, Argo

Affleck’s period drama-thriller Argo won all kinds of awards, but we’d argue his earlier thrillers were equally well made. Gone Baby Gone was a confident debut and an economical adaptation of Dennis LeHane’s novel. The Town, released in 2010, was a heist thriller that made the most of its Boston setting. One of its key scenes - a bank robbery in which the thieves wear a range of bizarre outfits, including a nun’s habit - is masterfully staged. With Affleck capable of teasing out great performances from his actors and staging effective set-pieces, it’s hardly surprising he’s so heavily involved in making at least one Batman movie for Warner - as well as playing the hero behind the mask.

Anton Corbijn - The American, A Most Wanted Man

The quiet, almost meditative tone of Anton Corbijn’s movies mean they aren’t necessarily to everyone’s taste, but they’re visually arresting and almost seductive in their rhythm and attention to detail. Already a celebrated photographer, Corbijn successfully crossed over into filmmaking with Control, an exquisitely-made drama about Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. Corbijn took a markedly different direction with The American, a thriller about an ageing contract killer (George Clooney) who hides out in a small Italian town west of Rome. Inevitably, trouble eventually comes calling.

Corbijn’s direction remains gripping because he doesn’t give us huge action scenes to puncture the tension. We can sense the capacity for violence coiled up beneath the hitman’s calm exterior, and Corbijn makes sure we only see rare flashes of that toughness - right up until the superbly-staged climax.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carre, is a similarly astute study of an isolated yet fascinating character - in this instance, the world-weary German intelligence agent Gunther Bachmann, brilliantly played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Tragically, the film proved to be one of the last before Hoffman’s death in 2014.

Paul Greengrass - Green Zone, Captain Phillips

Mention Greengrass’ name, and the director’s frequent use of handheld cameras might immediately spring to mind. But time and again, Greengrass has proved a master of his own personal approach - you only have to look at the muddled, migraine-inducing films of his imitators to see how good a director Greengrass is. Part of the filmmakers’ visual language rather than a gimmick, Greengrass’ camera placement puts the viewer in the middle of the story, whether it’s an amnesiac agent on the run (his Bourne films) or on a hijacked aircraft (the harrowing United 93). While not a huge hit, Green Zone was an intense and intelligent thriller set in occupied Iraq. The acclaimed Captain Phillips, meanwhile, was a perfect showcase for Greengrass’ ability to fuse realism and suspense; the true story of a merchant vessel hijacked by Somali pirates, it is, to quote Greengrass himself, “a contemporary crime story.”

John Hillcoat - Lawless, Triple 9

We can’t help thinking that, with a better marketing push behind it, Triple 9 could have been a much bigger hit when it appeared in cinemas earlier this year. It has a great cast - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie and Aaron Paul as a group of seasoned thieves, Kate Winslet cast against type as a gangland boss - and its heist plot rattles along like an express train.

Hillcoat seems to have the western genre pulsing through his veins, and he excels at creating worlds that are desolate and all-enveloping, whether his subjects are period pieces (The Proposition, Lawless) or post-apocalyptic dramas (The Road). Triple 9 sees Hillcoat make an urban western that is both classic noir and entirely contemporary; his use of real cops and residents around the film’s Atlanta location give his heightened story a grounding that is believable in the moment. Nowhere is this more in evidence than in the scene in which Casey Affleck’s cop breaches a building while hunkered down behind a bullet-proof shield. Hillcoat places us right there in the scene with Affleck and the cops sneaking into the building behind him; we sense the claustrophobia and vulnerability.

Hillcoat explained to us in February that this sequence wasn’t initially written this way in the original script; it changed when the director and his team discovered how real-world cops protect themselves in real-world situations. In Triple 9, research and great filmmaking combine to make an unforgettably intense thriller.

Jim Mickel - Cold In July

Seemingly inspired by such neo-Noir thrillers as Red Rock West and Blood Simple, 2014‘s Cold In July is a genre gem from director Jim Mickle (Stake Land, We Are What We Are). Michael C Hall plays an ordinary guy in 80s America who shoots an intruder who breaks into his home, and becomes drawn into a moody conspiracy that takes in crooked cops, porn and a private eye (who's also keen pig-rearer) played by Don Johnson. Constantly shifting between tones, Mickel’s thriller refuses to stick to genre expectations. In one scene, after Hall shoots the burglar dead, Mickel’s camera lingers over the protagonist as he cleans up the blood and glass. It’s touches like these that make Cold In July far more than a typical thriller.

Mickel’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone next; we’re intrigued to see what that partnership produces.

Martin Scorsese - Shutter Island

As a filmmaker, Scorsese needs no introduction. As a director of thrillers, he’s in a class of his own: from Taxi Driver via the febrile remake of Cape Fear to the sorely underrated Bringing Out The Dead, his films are full of suspense and the threat of violence. Shutter Island, based on the Dennis LeHane novel of the same name, saw Scorsese plunge eagerly into neo-noir territory. A murder mystery set in a mental institution on the titular Shutter Island, its atmosphere is thick with menace. Like a combination of Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man and Adrian Lyne’s cult classic Jacob’s Ladder, Shutter Island’s one of those stories where we never know who we can trust - even the protagonist, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

David Fincher - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl

After the trial by fire that was Alien 3, David Fincher found his footing in the 90s with such hits as Seven and The Game. In an era where thrillers were in much greater abundance, from the middling to the very good, Seven in particular stood out as a genre classic: smartly written, disturbing, repulsive and yet captivating to look at all at once. Fincher’s affinity for weaving atmospheric thrillers continued into the 2010s, first with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a superb retelling of Stieg Larsson’s book which didn’t quite find the appreciative audience deserved, and Gone Girl, an even better movie which - thankfully - became a hit.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel (and adapted by the author herself), Gone Girl is both a gripping thriller and a thoroughly twisted relationship drama. Fincher’s mastery of the genre is all here: his millimetre-perfect composition, seamless touches of CGI and subtle yet effective uses of colour and shadow. While not a straight-up masterpiece like the period thriller Zodiac, Gone Girl is still a glossy, smart and blackly funny yarn in the Hitchcock tradition. If there’s one master of the modern thriller currently working, it has to be Fincher.

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Triple 9 Blu-ray Clip Gets Dirty with Chiwetel Ejiofor | Exclusive

31 May 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After hitting theaters in late February, the action-packed Triple 9 debuts today on Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you haven't seen this thriller yet, we have an exclusive preview for you to check out, before picking up the movie on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital HD this week. Our exclusive scene features Chiwetel Ejiofor's Michael, explaining to Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins Jr.) the details surrounding his first ever kill.

When a veteran cop and his rookie nephew discover a shocking conspiracy that leads dangerously close to home, they'll stop at nothing to get to the truth in Triple 9, an action-packed tale of corruption and betrayal currently available on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Propelled by John Hillcoat's (The Road, The Proposition) ferocious directorial style and a top-notch cast, Triple 9 races through a world »

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Dance Academy: The Movie begins shooting in Sydney

29 May 2016 11:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Xenia Goodwin on the set of Dance Academy: The Movie.

Dance Academy: The Movie has begun shooting in Sydney, almost six years to the day since the premiere of Dance Academy season one in 2010.

The series began with country girl Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) travelling to Sydney to audition for a place at the National Academy of Dance, the top ballet school in Australia..

Returning alongside Goodwin in the feature film is Dena Kaplan, Alicia Banit, Thomas Lacey (Winners and Losers), Jordan Rodrigues (The Fosters), Keiynan Lonsdale (Insurgent) and Strictly Ballroom's Tara Morice.

The show was created by writer Samantha Strauss (Mary: The Making of a Princess) with producer Joanna Werner (Secret City, Ready For This).

The film.s Ep's are Louise Smith (The Square, The Rage in Placid Lake), Bernadette O.Mahony (Worst Year of My Life Again, Mortified), Vicki O.Neil, Arne Lohmann and Nicole Keebe, »

- Staff Writer

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New to Streaming: ‘Embrace of the Serpent,’ ‘The Mermaid,’ ‘Triple 9,’ and More

20 May 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra)

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here. »

- TFS Staff

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John Hillcoat Is Returning to the Crime Genre Again With ‘Honor for Sale’

11 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

John Hillcoat isn’t done with the crime genre yet. The director behind The PropositionLawless, and Triple 9 will direct Honor for Sale, a true story about corruption and drugs that takes place between 1969 to 1976. In the 1970s, a total of 500 pounds of narcotics were stolen from the NYPD’s Property Clerk Office, and Hillcoat is going to show […]

The post John Hillcoat Is Returning to the Crime Genre Again With ‘Honor for Sale’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Iron Fist Adds Lord Of The Rings And 300 Actor David Wenham As 'Harold Meachum'

11 April 2016 1:23 PM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

As Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist series prepares to kick off production, the cast announcements are coming in more frequently. Earlier today we had word that Arleo Dordar may have signed on in an undisclosed role (though that's still just a rumor for the time being) and now Marvel has officially announced that David Wenham (the last two Lord Of The Rings movies, 300, The Proposition) will be playing the villainous role of Harold Meachum. A ruthless corporate leader, Harold Meachum was partners with Danny Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths. What role he plays in Danny’s past and future will be revealed over the course of the series. “I’m very excited to have David as our Harold Meachum. David is capable of displaying raw, visceral strength as well as extremely keen intelligence,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Scott Buck. “This will add up to a »

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Weekly Rushes. 30 March 2016

30 March 2016 7:48 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.News"Once upon a time, two people met.A woman, a man… Their memory has almost been erased.All that’s left is a picture… torn, faded, almost gone.Cinema is not  eternal but it does sometimes escape oblivion. And it is possible to restore a picture.And what will there be then between these two characters who perhaps stepped out of an English or Italian comedy or an Éric Rohmer film?When you see a poster like this, your imagination fills in the blanks, just like it does at the movies."—Édouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the Directors’ Fortnight, about its 2016 posterSpeaking of Cannes, the festival has revealed its Opening Night Film, Woody Allen's Café Society, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and shot by the great Vittorio Storaro. »

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Hillcoat On Adapting McCarthy's "Meridian"

29 February 2016 1:18 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Four of author Cormac McCarthy's novels have seen screen adaptations such as "No Country for Old Men" and "All the Pretty Horses," but arguably his most famous work "Blood Meridian" has yet to make it to film.

The book follows a teenagers experience with a group of scalp hunters who massacred Native Americans and others in the United States–Mexico borderlands for bounty, pleasure, and eventually out of compulsion. It was infamous for its sheer brutality and has since gone on to be recognised as one of the greatest works of modern American literature.

Various directors have expressed interest in doing an adaptation including Ridley Scott, Michael Haneke, Todd Field and James Franco. One other name that has put up there hand is, like Franco, a helmer who has tackled McCarthy onscreen before - in this case Aussie filmmaker John Hillcoat who adapted McCarthy's "The Road".

Hillcoat has familiarity with the subject matter, »

- Garth Franklin

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Review: Bullets & Bad Guys Make John Hillcoat's 'Triple 9' Another Win

26 February 2016 11:29 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Australian director John Hillcoat has made a name for himself with unforgiving characters committing brutal violence amid some pretty bleak environments. With The Proposition and Lawless, he brought period-set grit to the screen and made the future even less appealing in The Road. The latest from Hillcoat is Triple 9, and it's the director's first opus of violence set in modern day. This fact doesn't keep the violence from being as cold-blooded as the director can make it nor the characters from being their typical, Hillcoat shade of gray. Triple 9 is a relentless look at the lengths to which evil men and women will go, and, though it never fulfills the hope of transcending the action genre, it satisfies the hunger for adult-driven entertainment with an edge. Just don't get attached to anyone. Working from a screenplay by Matt Cook, Triple 9 centers on those doing good and bad in Atlanta, »

- Jeremy Kirk

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[Review] Triple 9

26 February 2016 6:38 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

John Hillcoat is going to make a great film someday. Each of his last three films (Lawless, The RoadThe Proposition) have skirted this quality to various degrees, bringing together top-tier casts, evocatively oppressive atmospheres, and muddied, morally-compromised perspectives, but they’ve never quite coalesced into something spectacular. Triple 9 is Hillcoat’s latest trip into the gray, and despite a pedigree of able performers in front of the camera, it’s an exhaustively cynical, morally-empty crime film that has neither the pacing to work as a B-film or the loftier ideas in place to work as a serious investigation of corruption.

Triple 9 centers on a group of various law enforcement members – detectives, police officers, special operations, etc. – who have been backed into a pact with the sadistic Russian Jewish mafia to rob federal banks. They orchestrate these heists with an exacting set of rules and nonlethal force (sort »

- Michael Snydel

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Movie Review: Triple 9

26 February 2016 5:29 AM, PST | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Australian director John Hillcoat’s got four features under his belt now, and I’m a massive fan of the previous three. All four of them share a few things, most prominently brutality and the darker side of humanity. What his latest film Triple 9 is noticeably different for is a modern setting; both The Proposition and Lawless are tales of the past and The Road is set in the bleak, bleak future. I wasn’t sure how his style would translate to a current story, but the short version is that it’s gritty, dark, and intense in ways his other films couldn’t capture. This is where Heat and Training Day meets The Town, and all of those films are better as a whole. Don’t count it out though.

The cast is…insane. So many great actors tossed into one story with an equal many characters is bound to be complex, »

- Mike Hassler

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Triple 9 | Review

25 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Russians Are Coming: Hillcoat Juggles Strands in Sprawling Heist Thriller

About half way into John Hillcoat’s impressively staged heist thriller Triple 9, it becomes apparent the audience won’t be allowed to develop any sort of sympathy for any of its various characters, a pity considering the potentially rich subtext. Rather than lob gobs of exposition our way, Matt Cook’s screenplay attempts to streamline characterization into the full-tilt madness of criminal legacies and the corresponding demise gilding the future of the powerful and greedy. At times, this congeals into intoxicatingly energetic and disturbingly violent moments of survival play, but whenever the narrative returns to moments of static calm the film has a nagging sense of perfunctory ornamentation, it’s more important elements given short shrift in an effort to balance a variety of odds and ends.

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Contest: Win Triple 9 T-Shirt And Signed Poster

24 February 2016 10:16 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s not too often John Hillcoat steps behind the camera to direct, but when he does, it’s worth standing up and taking notice. Over the past decade the Australian writer-director has helmed The Proposition, transformed Cormac McCarthy’s The Road into a cinematic gem, and directed a star-studded cast in Lawless.

Fast forward to 2016 and Hillcoat is serving up an exercise in nerve-shredding tension with Triple 9, the ensemble crime caper that’s barreling down on a theatrical release. To celebrate the occasion, We Got This Covered has one t-shirt and a signed poster to give away to one lucky reader. The poster itself has been signed by both the director and his enviable cast, including Casey AffleckNorman ReedusAaron PaulAnthony MackieChiwetel Ejiofor and Clifton Collins Jr..

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