7 items from 2017
Berlin–Barcelona-based Rodar y Rodar — the prestige producer of successful psychological thrillers such as “The Orphanage” and “Julia’s Eyes”– will produce “The Photographer of Mauthausen,” the third outing as a feature film director of Mar Targarona (“Kidnapped”), Rodar co-ceo with Joaquín Padró.
Vicente Canales’ Film Factory has acquired international rights. The historical thriller will be produced in partnership with Belgium’s Umedia. Also backing the projects are Spanish public broadcaster Tve and its Icaa and Icec film institutes.
“Mauthausen” recreates the travails of Catalan photographer Francesc Boix, an inmate in the Mauthausen concentration camp from the winter of 1942, when he was 22, alongside his father and 1,500 Spanish Republicans, were imprisoned by the German army during their exile in France after the Spanish Civil War.
- Emilio Mayorga
Madrid — In a huge achievement for a first film, actor-turned-director Raul Arevalo’s ‘The Fury of a Patient Man’ took best picture and best first feature at the 31st Spanish Film Academy Goyas on Saturday night.
An outstanding genre-blending romantic drama which soon morphs into a road movie then brutal vengeance thriller, “The Fury of a Patient Man” also snagged original screenplay (“David Pulido, Arevalo) and supporting actor for Manolo Solo.
Produced by Beatriz Bodegas at Madrid-based Canica Films, “Fury” – which is set in a “normal” Spain rarely seen in movies, depicting its bars, roadside motels, card games and family fiestas – seemed as if it would have to settle for a clutch of awards as J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls, ” starring Liam Neeson, Jennifer Jones and Sigourney Weaver, swept every prize it was nominated for during most of Saturday’s Goya ceremony. But its original screenplay win over “A Monster Calls »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Adult Babies gets an exclusive reveal at Horror Channel FrightFest Glasgow 2017, in anticipation of the event, actress / producer Joanne Mitchell – star of Before Dawn and Bait; and creator of Adult Babies – answers 10 scary questions…
When did your fascination for horror films begin?
I’ve been interested in horror since being a young kid. I liked to be frightened, whether it be reading a scary book, or watching one of the Hammer House of Horrors. But it wasn’t until my 30’s that I really became fascinated with the whole genre after making ‘Before Dawn’ and watching back to back movies at FrightFest!! The fans are so loyal and open minded and really know their stuff.
What was the first horror film you saw?
I’m pretty sure it was ‘The Thing’. If I remember rightly my brother and his mates had managed to get a copy and I snuck in! »
- Phil Wheat
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A Bayona.
A boy seeks the help of a Tree monster to help his mother with her terminal illness.
Here is a swift foolproof process on how to determine whether or not someone has a soul: Show them A Monster Calls, and if they are deeply moved, then all is right. If they feel nothing, smack that person across the face. Or just politely ask “what the f***is wrong with you”.
Based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, A Monster Calls sees director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) covering heavy material and themes he is no stranger to, this time with a giant humanoid Lian Neeson voiced yew tree monster. The titular Monster visits young Conor (Lewis MacDougall) every night at 12:07 Am sharp with »
- Robert Kojder
By the time we actually see another standalone Superman movie in the DC Extended Universe, it will have probably been at least six years since Man of Steel, which came out in 2013. Warner Bros. is going to make it happen at some point and Man of Steel 2 is in the development process. One of the next steps will be getting a director attached to help get the movie in shape and it looks like Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona would possibly be interested in the job, should Warner Bros. come knocking.
The director recently did an Ama on Reddit in order to promote his latest movie A Monster Calls, which is currently getting some serious awards season buzz. During the course of the Ama, J.A. Bayona revealed that the 1978 Richard Donner Superman was the first movie he ever saw and that helped him decided he wanted to be a filmmaker. »
A Monster Calls, 2016.
Directed by J.A. Bayona.
A young boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal illness is visited by a talking yew tree that tells him stories.
With his first two films (The Orphanage and The Impossible) director J.A. Bayona proved himself adept at tackling emotional material that didn’t shy away from harsh realities and dark situations, and his third feature continues that trend. Conor (Lewis MacDougall) is a young boy with a young mum (Felicity Jones) who is battling terminal cancer and running out of treatment options, a situation not made easier by an overbearing grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) and a group of boys who are bullying him at school. Then one night he is visited in a dream by a walking, talking yew tree that says he will tell Conor three stories, »
- Amie Cranswick
Welcome back to the first Weekend Warrior of 2017, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out (when applicable).
We’ll bypass the past couple holiday weekends cause that was so 2016, and we’ll instead get right into the new movies opening on Friday including two that opened in select cities and are expanding nationwide.
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Plot: The vampire death dealer Selene (Kate Beckinsale) finds herself facing both Lycans and vampires, both of them trying to use the blood of her daughter to create new hybrids, so she and David (Theo James »
- Edward Douglas
7 items from 2017
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