20 items from 2017
Henry Bevan wants to know when animation will get the respect it deserves…
With the live-action Beauty and the Beast breaking records this weekend, it appears Disney’s animated classics are still cherished. Yet, as the original was the first animated film nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, the remake’s success also highlights how Hollywood, and the wider public, view animation.
More times than not, animated movies are unfairly labeled as sub-par films for ridiculous reasons. After I published an article on Lgbtq representation in Disney movies, a commenter dismissed my analysis as being overly PC because “kids” movies shouldn’t be held to the same standards as “grown up” films. It seems there is a myth that cartoons can’t be serious cinema. This isn’t only wrong, but it also sets a dangerous precedent because the moral lessons taught in these cartoons are directly informing how a child views the world. »
- Henry Bevan
Entertainment Weekly has debuted three first look images for the upcoming biographical drama Churchill featuring Brian Cox as the legendary British wartime Prime Minister, Miranda Richardson as his wife Clementine, and John Slattery as future Us President, General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film follows Winston Churchill in the 48 hours leading up to D-Day; take a look below…
May 23rd, 1944: as tensions mount in the 48-hours preceding D-Day, the now-beleaguered Prime Minister Winston Churchill, played by Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, X-Men 2, Zodiac, War & Peace, Troy), must prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army. With the entire War effort ultimately hinging on this decision, the stakes have never been higher. As the Wartime leader clashes with his generals, tension builds with the Americans, and Churchill must wrestle his inner-demons in order to navigate the Allies to victory.
- Amie Cranswick
A wise and wistful love letter from one remarkable character actor to another, John Carroll Lynch’s “Lucky” returns 90-year-old Harry Dean Stanton to the dusty desert environs he shuffled through in 1984’s “Paris, Texas,” and offers the rawboned legend one of the best roles he’s had since. Beginning as a broad comedy before blossoming into a wry meditation on death and all the things we leave behind (a transition that kicks into gear when one of Stanton’s old friends shows up and steals the show), Lynch’s directorial debut is a wisp of a movie, blowing across the screen like a tumbleweed, but it’s also the rare portrait of mortality that’s both fun and full of life.
- David Ehrlich
March 2 marked the 10 year anniversary of David Fincher’s “Zodiac,” and numerous publications spent last week honoring the film as one of the great masterworks of modern cinema. But perhaps the best tribute came from none other than Guillermo del Toro, who spent most of the weekend tweeting up a storm about just how much he adores Fincher’s procedural drama. He ranked “Zodiac” #1 on his list of the best movies Fincher has ever made, saying he watches it “at least twice a year.”
Del Toro also launched an epic twitter thread in which he analyzed the movie in 13 tweets, bringing attention to the way it operates far more deeply than any film that has been released in “recent memory.”
“Every great movie works at many levels,” he wrote. “Some are evident: the dramaturgy (writing, plot, character, structure), image crafting and sound as storytelling tools, »
- Zack Sharf
If you were to mix the dark, menacing vibes of House of Cards with FBI procedural Criminal Minds, your result might be something similar to Netflix's latest original show, Mindhunter. Hoc executive producer David Fincher is heading up the show, which is based on the 1995 book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit. From the major players who have signed on to the series to when you'll officially be able to start obsessing over it (spoiler: we've got a ways to go), check out everything we know about Mindhunter below. Related:These 9 Crime Documentaries on Netflix Will Shock and Amaze You The Story Although the Mind Hunter book follows the accounts of real-life Special Agent John Douglas over the course of his 25-year career, the TV version of Mindhunter will focus on fictional FBI agents. Set in 1979, season one follows FBI Agents »
- Quinn Keaney
Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.
The most ready-made accolades handed out to our greatest film artists are invocations of other art forms. An artist can be labeled “painterly,” “literary,” or perhaps one who’s “sculpting in time.” (But never “theatrical,” by God. »
- The Film Stage
Don Kaye Mar 20, 2017
David Fincher’s Zodiac is now ten years old. The two-hour-and-38-minute film follows the years-long investigation by police and journalists of the Zodiac Killer, a serial murderer who cut short the lives of five people and injured two others during a spree that stretched across 1968 and 1969 in northern California. The Zodiac may have also been responsible for a number of other killings, going back as far as 1963 and as late as 1972, but those have never been confirmed. The Zodiac himself, who wrote a series of letters to the press, was never captured, and a long list of suspects that have surfaced over the years has yet to yield a conclusive answer to the question of his identity.
Nobody investigates the macabre quite like David Fincher. We don't want to say he's obsessed with the world of murderers because his filmography certainly extends well beyond the topic, but he is responsible for some absolutely incredible movies about the minds of maniacs. And no two are the same, either. He's great at the overtly theatrical (Se7en), the quiet and methodical (Zodiac), the conspiratorial (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), and the surreal (Gone Girl). But now it looks like all of those classic movies are colliding a bit in the first teaser trailer for Mindhunter, a new Netflix original series produced and directed by Fincher. The teaser itself is remarkably cryptic, opting for mood and gloom over introducing characters and storylines, but we do know...
- Peter Hall
The cast of Mindhunter should drag you in.
The subject matter Will drag you in.
If we've learned nothing after the countless number of programming hours on television dedicated to the hunt of serial killers, we are absolutely fascinated by them.
Our first look at the upcoming series Mindhunter from Netflix is filled with quotable phrases indicating the 1979 FBI might get in a little over their heads in their hunt for the worst of the worst.
He sounds like he's warning a man who might be the greenest and most excited of the bunch.
His attitude is going to bite him in the ass. He thinks it's his job electrocute them not commiserate with them. »
- Carissa Pavlica
Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, the series takes place in the late Seventies and focuses on the feds' serial killer profiling squad.
According to the Mindhunter synopsis, "An agent in the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit develops profiling techniques as he pursues notorious serial killers and rapists."
The unsettling teaser doesn't provide much footage of the series, relying instead »
Netflix have debuted a first look at their new David Fincher-produced TV series Mindhuster. The new promo was revealed at the streaming service’s Berlin-staged European focussed See What’s Next event this week. You can see the Mindhunter teaser trailer in the player below.
Here’s a little more about Mindhunter:
Jonathan Groff (Looking), Holt McCallanay (Sully), Anna Torv (Fringe) and Hannah Gross (Unless) all star in Mindhunter, which is directed by David Fincher (Gone Girl, The Social Network, Zodiac), Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna), Tobias Lindholm (A War, A Hijacking) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?). Fincher, Joshua Donen (Gone Girl, The Quick and the Dead) Charlize Theron (Girlboss, Hatfields & McCoys) and Cean Chaffin (Gone Girl, Fight Club) are Executive Producers.
“Great storytelling knows no geographic bounds. After four years of original programming and filming in 18 countries, »
- Paul Heath
Netflix presents the First Look at the feature film War Machine, starring Brad Pitt, Emory Cohen, Topher Grace, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Poulter, Lakeith Stanfield, Meg Tilly, Tilda Swinton, and Sir Ben Kingsley. This pitch-black war story takes on hot-shot General Glenn McMahon, a man caught up in a modern war machine that keeps on churning, seemingly to no end.
War Machine is the latest feature film from acclaimed director David Michod (Animal Kingdom). It will be released globally on Netflix on May 26, 2017. It promises to be one of this summer's biggest hits, and if you subscribe to Netflix, you won't even have to leave the comfort of your home to battle the crowds at the multiplex.
An absurdist war story for our times, writer-director David Michod (Animal Kingdom) recreates a U.S. General's roller-coaster rise and fall as part reality, part savage parody - raising the specter of just »
He eats them? The sins of others?
This week’s Arrow does so many things and does them well; it has a bad guy to nab in the central plot, it has a hooking sub-plot with Thea and more Arrow hijinks mixed in with governmental and political action (who knew that could fit so well into this show?) Let’s start big: We get a prison bus break and a trio of femme fatales is on the loose: Cupid, everyone’s favorite obsessed with Ollie psychopath, Liza Warner, rogue cop as part of a killing Swat team from last season and China White, who we haven’t seen since season 2. They somehow got wind of the millions Tobias Church left behind and want it for themselves. They basically go on a killing spree until they find it and in the meantime »
- Jessie Robertson
The name David Fincher conjures up a few buzzwords for film-lovers: “dark,” “elaborate,” “precise.” Also, “many takes” and “tracking shots” (and, in film school, “6K cropped to 4K for maximum stabilization”). When discussing his work, many will point to his game-changing Se7en, his millennium-defining The Social Network, or arguably his magnum opus, Zodiac. However, far fewer talk about how the meticulous auteur broke into the business, and simultaneously learned his craft: music videos. But not just any music videos. Pop — pop only, in fact.
A new video essay titled David Fincher & The Craft of Music Videos by Patrick Willems dives into Fincher’s back catalogue of directorial work, where he shot videos for Madonna, the late George Michael, and Paula Abdul, among others. Studying this work turns out to be fascinating, as it points to many things — namely how Fincher was able to chomp at the bit of filmmaking through these videos, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Unlike the much-celebrated early work of Michel Gondry or Spike Jonze, whose music videos are considered on par with their eventual feature films, David Fincher’s pop videos are generally thought of as merely an interesting addendum to his later work. We do not place Madonna’s videos for “Express Yourself” and “Vogue” alongside, say, Zodiac or The Social Network, and video essayist Patrick H. Willems thinks this is because they’re unabashedly pop, not just because of the artists involved but in their very aim. Unlike artier video directors, who may’ve strived to create short films that functioned on their own alongside the music, Fincher’s goal is clearly to accompany and accentuate the virtues of the artist performing. But looking back at how he did that also shows all of his skills as a later filmmaker—namely, the thoughtful editing, masterful framing, and compositional precision—in full »
- Clayton Purdom
As much as Robert Downey Jr. has defined the Marvel brand after launching it nearly a decade ago, his time commitment to the franchise means less room for films in the ilk of his pre-superhero days of Zodiac and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. So, whenever he decides to team with one of our favorite directors, we certainly await the project. With that said, his most promising film in some time is on the horizon.
According to Variety, Richard Linklater will direct the Tropic Thunder actor in a biopic surrounding Kansas doctor John Romulus Brinkley. While he was the basis for last year’s documentary Nuts! — depicting his time in the early 20th century when he said he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men — they will be specifically adapting the Reply All podcast’s recent episode “Man of the People.”
- Jordan Raup
If yesterday's Hot Rumor turns out to be correct, then Ben Affleck stepping down as director for The Batman last week was only the beginning of what looks like a large scale overhaul. I'll spare you a recap of what the latest rumors are (if you're interested you can Click Here), and instead...dive right into the fun stuff.
Since it's looking very possible that an entirely new creative team is going to be installed for The Batman, complete with a new script, we'd like to take this opportunity to let the incoming team know what we want (and don't want) to see in this movie.
And this isn't a final list. We expect You to add to it in the Comments. We're not intending to speak for you here, so please feel free to add (or subtract) from our list of suggestions for The Batman.
Let's get to it! »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In The Founder, John Carroll Lynch stars as Mac McDonald – who, partnered with his brother Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) – created the first McDonald’s restaurant in California in the 1940s. Based on a true story, the new film from director John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks), follows the trail of how traveling salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach to the kitchen, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process to the ‘founder’ of an economic empire.
Appearing in over 50 films and television productions, John Carrol Lynch first sprang to prominence in 1996 with the Coen brothers’ critically acclaimed, Fargo. His films include Gothika, Things We Lost in the Fire, Zodiac, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. On television, Lynch has starred in such popular series as The Drew Carey Show »
- Paul Heath
The movie is based on Charles Martin’s 2010 bestselling novel about a surgeon and woman who fall in love after being stranded following a plane crash. They must figure out how to escape the mountain wilderness, where the temperature drops to the teens at night, while suffering broken ribs and a leg fracture.
Elba has been attached to “The Mountain Between Us” for the past year. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” writer Chris Weitz penned the most recent draft of the screenplay, and J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank wrote earlier versions of the script.
Mulroney recently starred in “Sleepless »
- Dave McNary
“Television. The strange thing about television is that it – doesn’t *tell* you everything. It *shows* you everything about life on Earth, but the true mysteries remain. Perhaps it’s in the nature of television. Just waves in space.”
Relive the imaginative cult classic, The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring international icon David Bowie, when the Limited Collector’s Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital HD) January 24 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
Relive the imaginative and compelling cult classic, The Man Who Fell to Earth, when the Limited Collector’s Edition arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus Digital HD) January 24 from Lionsgate. International icon David Bowie stars in his unforgettable debut role as an alien who has ventured to Earth on a mission to save his planet from a catastrophic drought. In honor of David Bowie’s legacy, the limited collector’s edition Blu-ray Combo Pack includes never-before-seen interviews, »
- Tom Stockman
20 items from 2017
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