3 items from 2016
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” soundtrack is among the best, most frequently co-opted film scores of the last decade, and news of further collaboration between the two tends to be welcome among cinephiles. Their latest is David Mackenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” which premiered at Cannes in May ahead of its theatrical release next month. Pitchfork has excerpts from two songs.
“Comancheria” and “Mama’s Room” are the tunes in question, both of them readily identifiable as the work of the Bad Seeds bandmates. Of their work, Mackenzie told Pitchfork that “What I love about Nick and Warren’s film music is that it’s epic and expansive without being grandiose. For me as a filmmaker this hits »
- Michael Nordine
The drama follows brothers Toby (Chris Pine), a recently divorced single father, and Tanner (Ben Foster), an ex-con, who create a scheme to save their family’s farm. Their first heist includes robbing a bank in order to get the money they need.
In our IndieWire review, Eric Kohn described the duo as unstoppable and wrote that the film, “delivers a fantastic set of showdowns, from cars streaking down the highways »
- Liz Calvario
It’s one thing to achieve success; it’s more difficult to sustain it. But the trickiest feat is to use it smartly. On any of those standards, Denzel Washington is off-the-charts successful.
The winner of this year’s Cecil B. DeMille Award has been a star for more than 30 years. He could have played it safe, picking roles that tap into his likability and charisma, and he still would have had a good career. But he has continued to surprise his fans by taking on more complex characters. He has also stretched himself by returning to the stage, and adding on the jobs of producer and director.
But the most impressive thing is that he’s used his clout to help others, both by giving major breaks to some talented (but struggling) artists and by quietly giving time, money and attention to philanthropies.
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. »
- Tim Gray
3 items from 2016
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