5 items from 2015
Is it just me or does Guillermo Del Toro seem to be a man divided? I mean, I have nothing against Pacific Rim but personally it’s just not my thing. I could say I was disappointed by it but it wasn’t really my thing. Well, mainly it was the barely tolerable orgy of CGI that wasn’t my thing more than, you know, kaiju-punching giant robots because how could that not be your thing? But I think I speak on behalf of all horror fans that, after the entertaining but awkward Hellboy films, we were hoping for a return to the Del Toro of old, the The Orphanage and Pan’s Labyrinth mastermind who lured his unsuspecting prey into his films with dabs of gothic fantasy before swallowing them whole. It’s not that we can’t share him with non-horror fans; it’s just that we refuse. »
- Chris Melkus
Now that it's festival run is over, Spanish filmmaker Jon Mikel Caballero wants to share his award-winning short film, Hibernation, with you. It is an emotionally driven work of sci-fi with a bittersweet ending. The visual style is reminiscent of sci-fi films from the 60s and 70s. You can watch the full short below. Joseph is an astronaut set to go where no man has gone in the Universe through the hibernation program. But something is wrong between him and his instructor Claire, and decisions that seemed unshakeable begin to tremble.Some folks who worked on TwitchFilm faves lent their skills to this projects. Eugenio Mira, director of Grand Piano and Agnosia composed the score for the short and Sergio G. Sánchez, writer of The Orphanage, was...
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The production may have been troubled, but 2013's "World War Z" proved a smash hit with around half a billion dollars at the box office. Unsurprisingly, talk of a follow-up was soon underway with Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage," "The Impossible") and Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") linked as direct and writer respectively.
Speaking about his decision to accept the job of penning the zombie sequel, Knight dropped a surprising quote about it in an interview with Indiewire: "I thought, why not? What fun. It’s not quite like the other. We're starting with a clean slate. When [the studio and Brad PItt's Plan B production company] have signed off, we're on!"
By 'clean slate', does that mean the franchise will reboot? The film scored decent notices, but also was subject to complaints about being quite different to the acclaimed Max Brooks book upon which it is based. So a big question now is if the sequel will be »
- Garth Franklin
Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona began as one of the talents supported by Guillermo Del Toro, blazing into the international horror realm back in 2007 with The Orphanage, which showcased the wonderful Belen Rueda. But his 2012 sophomore film, The Impossible, which depicted the onslaught and aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that devastated Thailand, that really brought Bayona acclaim. That film snagged Naomi Watts an Oscar nod for Best Actress and proved the director’s penchant and flair for working with big budget special effects. We’re quite excited to see that he’s adapting Patrick Ness’ celebrated children’s book A Monster Calls for his third feature, which concerns a little boy coping with his mother’s terminal illness and being bullied at school with the help of a tree monster. Liam Neeson stars as said monster, while Felicity Jones plays the »
- Nicholas Bell
The American Society of Cinematographers chose the following five films as the best shot of the year. According to Twitter The Imitation Game is the odd man out. It was shot by Oscar Faura who is definitely talented (see The Orphanage and The Impossible) but discussions around this film rarely concern themselves with the quality of its cinematography (which can't really be said for the other nominees here).
1 of roughly 1,890 amazing shots in Mr Turner
Birdman Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki (4 previous Asc nominations, 3 of them won) The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman The Imitation Game Oscar Faura Mr. Turner Dick Pope (1 previous Asc nomination for The Illusionist) Unbroken Roger Deakins (12 previous Asc nominations, 3 wins, and 1 lifetime achievement)
It does remind slightly of when The King's Speech got that perplexing actual Oscar nomination for Cinematography over at least a dozen (at least it bears repeating) well shot and more inspiring choices from »
- NATHANIEL R
5 items from 2015
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