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Costume designer Mark Bridges described There Will Be Blood (2007) as his most challenging film, referring to the difficulties he faced in transporting costumes to the remote location in West Texas, after director Paul Thomas Anderson called for a new concept three days before a re-shoot. However these challenges seem to channel the themes of the film itself: hardship, isolation, and the determination to overcome any obstacle to fulfil a goal.
Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis) is a turn-of-the-century prospector, who receives a tip about a giant oil deposit under a family farm in California. The family includes Eli Sunday, a zealous preacher and faith healer who wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his church of the Third Revelation. The two men clash repeatedly as both refuse to give in to the will of the other. Through betrayal, anger and violence, they both ultimately become victims of their ambition, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
What’s difficult about making this list is finding a balance between a successful Kubrickian film that either predates or pays homage to Kubrick and, for lack of a better term, is a ripoff. Now that we’ve hit the apex, it’s clear that these are, regardless of influence, quality films. What sets them apart is their ability to evoke Kubrick’s greatness (or inspire it), while delivering a stand-alone masterpiece. If Kubrick took the helm for any of these films, the result wouldn’t delineate too much. Still. Kubrick is a genius because he always kept us guessing.
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10. Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Directed by Werner Herzog
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s a film about extreme obsession and the unreasonable lengths a man will go to when consumed by it. Fitzcarraldo is the story of Brian Sweeny “Fitzcarraldo” Fitzgerald (Klaus Kinski) and his entry into the rubber industry. »
- Joshua Gaul
This weekend The Brewery was host to the sixth annual Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds awards, which sees budding filmmakers from across the world submit a 1 minute remake of their favourite film. 800+ entries had been whittled down to 24 for Saturday’s global final with entries spanning Indies, blockbusters and Oscar winners. It’s a competition that gets better with each passing year, and the quality of the shorts was once again very high.
No stranger to short films himself, Ben Wheatley was a fitting choice to chair the panel of judges which included his fellow filmmaker Jon S. Baird in addition to returning adjudicators Edith Bowman, Alex Zane and Empire Magazine editor Mark Dinning.
Speaking to us before the ceremony began in earnest, Wheatley told us why he jumped at the chance to be the judger of judges; “I’ve been asked to go on panels for all sorts of stuff. »
- Amon Warmann
Paul Thomas Anderson tries pulp with his next film, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's pot-smoking private detective tale "Inherent Vice". It's a movie that boasts an impressive ensemble cast including one Josh Brolin.
Now, speaking with The Independent, Brolin spoke about the film's shoot: "I just did a movie for P.T. Anderson that I didn't understand. The writing of Thomas Pynchon is so Shakespearean. It was crazy, chaotic but really, really gratifying."
Brolin also revealed that, much like the way "There Will Be Blood" was only a loose adaptation of Upton Sinclair's "Oil!," this 'Vice' film strays from its literary counterpart: "We took it I think in a direction that the book doesn't necessarily go, hoping it will work." That film hits December 12th.
Brolin also recently spoke about being considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs Superman" and why he turned it down. »
- Garth Franklin
It is hard to think of a filmmaker today whose work is as excitingly original as Paul Thomas Anderson’s. For the second time in his career, the director is adapting an ambitious work of fiction: Thomas Pynchon’s dark mystery Inherent Vice. However, similar to how the writer/director used Upton Sinclair’s Oil as a loose foundation for There Will Be Blood, Inherent Vice will stray quite a bit from its source material, according to star Josh Brolin.
In a chat with Ireland’s Independent, Brolin revealed that the film is quite different from the novel. “We took it I think in a direction that the book doesn’t necessarily go, hoping it will work,” he said. Pynchon’s novel received a mixed critical reception when it came out in 2009, with some citing is a failed attempt to merge the tropes and atmosphere of pulp fiction with the »
- Jordan Adler
If there’s one thing that has been proven throughout history, it’s that religion, in any form, can be dangerous. When someone believes in something so passionately, they can be willing to go to very extreme lengths to stand by those beliefs. That kind of fanatical belief is put under the microscope in Mitchell Altieri’s Holy Ghost People, a film that gets under your skin and stays there, long after the film ends.
When Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, Showtime’s Shameless), a young and lost woman comes across the tough as nails ex-marine Wayne (True Blood‘s Brendan McCarthy), she sees an opportunity to talk him into helping her find her missing sister, who had previously sent Charlotte a letter about being involved in a off-kilter borderline cult-like church led by “Brother Billy” (Joe Egender, who had previously worked in most of the Altieri’s other films). Full of poisonous snake-handling, »
- Jerry Smith
Movies can be rewatchable for all kinds of reasons, but the one constant is that they engage; whether that be on an intellectual, emotional or awesome car chase level, there needs to be something that keeps bringing the viewer back. These films are often different, then, to what’s considered ‘quality’ cinema in the eyes of awards bodies and the like. You wouldn’t watch 12 Years a Slave or There Will be Blood on repeat, even though they are exceptional pictures.
Rewatchable movies, on the other hand, have something to see you returning for more – they can be feel good films to help to keep your mood up, complex mysteries requiring your intense investigation, comedies that only get funnier with every watch, or simply damn entertaining genre pictures with stories well told.
There have already been thousands of movies released in the 14 years of this new millennium; here, »
- Brogan Morris
The S-vod platform announced (18) it is expanding into emerging markets through the new premium service Telly Plus and has signed licensing deals with Sony Pictures Television and Miramax.
The new territories cover the Middle East and African regions, with Asia likely to follow.
TV content includes Breaking Bad, The Tudors, Justified and Community. Subscribers are able to see what their friends have viewed and liked.
“Having lived, worked and travelled all over the world, including the Middle East and Africa, I learned that much of the world lacks the cable TV infrastructure of the Us – and with the advent of broadband and wireless, that infrastructure will never really be needed,” co-founder and CEO Mo Al Adham (pictured).
“Hence, the opportunity for Ott content is huge. People are thirsty »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
While "Big Men" opens with quotes about greed from economist Milton Friedman and the film "Treasure Of The Sierra Madre," it's a line of dialogue from another movie struck me watching Rachel Boynton's documentary: "There's a whole ocean of oil under our feet! No one can get at it except for me!" Those are Daniel Plainview's words from Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood," and they seem to be the unspoken sentiment that energizes many of the interested parties in "Big Men," a look at how big business, international politics and oil trading has come to bear in Africa, specifically in Nigeria and Ghana. And while that may sound like the kind of premise easily given to a David vs. Goliath approach, Boynton's film is refreshingly complex, with a look at the issue as it goes from the boardrooms of private equity firms all the way down »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that. Imagine the Paul Thomas Anderson of “There Will Be Blood” making a Brian De Palma movie, or Claire Denis directing Christopher Nolan’s “Memento.” While those superlatives do give you a taste of the striking, sensual disposition simmering in the French-Canadian filmmaker’s engrossing Kafka-eque mindfuck »
- Rodrigo Perez
There will be blood. That's what moviegoers can certainly expect to see in 300: Rise of an Empire, the highly anticipated sequel to Zack Snyder's 300, which hits theaters on Friday. Based on the Frank Miller graphic novel, Xerxes, the plot picks up with the Greek general Themistokles getting ready to battle an invading army of Persians under the mortal turned god, Xerxes. Directed by Noam Murro, the action flick stars Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey and Sullivan Stapleton. Here is a sampling of what the critics are saying about it. • "Anchored by Eva Green's fearsome performance as a Persian naval commander whose vengeful bloodlust makes glowering King Xerxes »
There will be blood flowing down the aisles in theaters soon thanks to Eva Green's menacing turn as the ass-kicking Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire; and for fans of the French-born beauty, they'll get a chance to see even more red come May in her hotly anticipated Showtime horror thriller Penny Dreadful.
In a phone interview Tuesday, Green told me that, while the trailer for the series released last month promises a bloody affair, there's much more to the show than the clip is letting on.
"The trailer for Penny Dreadful has to have an impact straight-away, so there's sex and blood in it," Green told me. "It's definitely bloody, but there's also a lot of complex psychology involved with all the characters."
- Tim Lammers
Oscar 2014 TV ratings: 10-year high in overall viewership in U.S. (image: Twitter hit ‘Ellen selfie Oscars,’ featuring Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and Oscar 2014 company) Hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, whose "Oscars selfie" became a record-breaking Twitter hit, and featuring the likes of Angelina Jolie, Will Smith, and John Travolta as presenters — in addition to a pizza delivery man as part of an extended DeGeneres joke — the 2014 Oscar ceremony hit a 10-year high in overall viewership. In the coveted 18-49 age bracket, this year’s Oscar show drew a 12.9 rating vs. 13.0 last year; overall, in the United States an estimated 43 million people watched at least some segments of the Oscar telecast held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 — up 6% compared to last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and featuring Ben Affleck’s Argo, Jennifer Lawrence, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, and Anne Hathaway among the winners. »
- Steve Montgomery
A seemingly wholesome family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves but behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules the family with a rigorous fervour. When a torrential rainstorm moves in, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. Once the local authorities begin to uncover clues, they are brought closer to the secret that the Parkers have held close for so many years.
Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are is a sort of but not really English-language remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s film about a family of cannibals. I’ve not seen the original. However this version is set in a rainy and forest filled area of the Us and »
- Jack Kirby
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6.91 Iron Man 3
6.16 Man Of Steel
6.14 Despicable Me 2
6.11 Fast & Furious 6
7.46 The World’S End
7.17 This Is The End
6.67 The Heat
6.66 We’Re The Millers
6.59 American Hustle
- Jeff Bayer
Clive Barker fans already have a new version of Nightbreed to look forward to later this year, thanks to Scream Factory, and it has just been announced that they’ll be releasing a Collector’s Edition of Lord of Illusions.
This is a very early announcement, so all they could say is that it will be available later this Fall on Blu-ray. They have not yet started work on the title, so we’ll have more to report this Summer. For those that have not seen the 1995 movie, here’s the synopsis and trailer:
“A private investigator hired to protect a popular stage magician finds himself drawn into a dark, occult underworld in this supernatural horror film from writer-director Clive Barker (Hellraiser, Candyman, Nightbreed).
- Jonathan James
The 2013 awards race will finally come to a close on Sunday with the Academy Awards, so naturally there's no time to waste when it comes to looking at Awards Season 2014. Paul Thomas Anderson's last two films, There Will Be Blood and The Master, both racked up multiple nominations, and Warner Bros. is angling for his next movie, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's detective novel Inherent Vice, to do the same. The studio has set Inherent Vice to open on December 12th. Currently, its competition will be Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus and the family movie Paddington. I'm curious to see if Warners plans to run Vice through the festival circuit before its theatrical release. Hit the jump for more on Inherent Vice and release dates for Entourage and The Intern. Inherent Vice takes place in 1969 Los Angeles, and centers on a pothead/private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello »
- Matt Goldberg
Oscar 2014 presenters range from Alfred Hitchcock heroine to ’12 Years a Slave’ producer (photo: Oscar 2014 presenter Jennifer Lawrence) Expect at least a couple of standing ovations at the 2014 Academy Awards ceremony to be held on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Oscar 2014 producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced earlier today the complete list of movie celebrities — all actors, including a handful of actor-directors / actor-producers — who will be presenters at the ceremony, to be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, and which will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide — even in the United States, via the ABC network. (See the full list below.) Among the Oscar 2014 presenters, you’ll find a number of past Oscar winners and nominees. With a couple of exceptions, not from the very distant past, mind you, as the overwhelming majority of presenters are performers working in »
- Steve Montgomery
Regardless of which side of the fence you find yourself on, chances are you can’t escape the buildup for the upcoming Oscars. And we’re not going to help you. Many believe the Oscars are nothing more than a popularity contest, citing examples like How Green Was My Valley beating out Citizen Kane in 1941, Rocky knocking out Taxi Driver, All the President’s Men and Network in 1977 (a puzzle that will remain unsolved until the end of days) and Crash beating Brokeback Mountain in 2005. And those are just the atrocious examples of Best Pictures. The list is practically endless when you start looking into all of the other categories.
But, once in a while, it’s nice to balance out your scrambled eggs with an order of sunny side up. Yes the awards show is littered with disappointments because of obvious stale choices or glaring robberies, but »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
America’s next Wal-Mart: The indie film industry by Beanie Barnes:
“The indie film industry is cannibalizing itself. Manohla Dargis is right – there are too many films in the ecosystem. And this oversupply didn’t just happen. John Sloss warned back in 2007 that the industry’s problem was not a shortage of films, but a shortage of eyeballs (Mark Gill issued a related warning in 2008). But the industry’s response to this warning has been to make more films. This is creating an economically valueless cycle where unprecedented “cheap” money is flowing into the industry and films are being made at their highest rate ever. Meanwhile the percentage of indie films (let’s say films made for less than $5 million outside of the studio system) that are financially successful has not increased, and the amount of money people make from these films has actually decreased.”
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