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You only have to look at Zane Lowe's re-scoring of Drive to see how impassioned fans get about film soundtracks. In fairness, that was a brave undertaking, and swapping College & Electric Youth's sublime 'A Real Hero' for The 1975 in that aqueduct scene aside, it wasn't a total disaster. But the DJ's reimagining of the ineffably stylish thriller was still met with widespread scorn.
Admittedly, it was a strange choice of project (why mess with perfection?), although it's perhaps stranger still that altering the soundtrack from a film just three years old could be branded an act of sacrilege and defacement. But it's proof if proof were needed that scores worth their salt can quickly wedge themselves into the Zeitgeist and become as revered as the films themselves.
If there’s one director to have emerged in the past two decades who treats on-screen violence as both an art form and form of honest brutality, it would be Nicolas Winding Refn. Probably first introduced to U.S. audiences en masse with “Bronson” — which was also a huge break for Tom Hardy — Refn has proven himself a master of things gory, unflinching in his depiction of the horrific acts people commit against one another. Dávid Velenczei edited together four and a half minutes of some of the most violent scenes in Refn’s films for Press Play, and the resultant montage raises questions. Primarily, how should we — consumers, filmgoers, people — respond to such graphic depictions of savagery? Given the range of films, settings, and even time periods depicted in the video, we must cast aside the thought that Refn’s violence is restricted to just one of his films. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Ryan Gosling moved into the director’s chair in 2013. Though it was cheered at its reception, Lost River (formerly titled “How to Catch a Monster”) it was jeered by a good majority critics after its premiere screening in the Un Certain Regard section at that Cannes Film Festival this past May. Since then, not a word. Not a sound. No North American premiere, just a release date planned for next February in France. If Warner Bros. still had an indie label, the distinctly art-house film wouldn’t be shrouded in release date mystery. My thinking is: the studio simply don’t know what to do with it. In comes Sundance. A second home to the actor for two segments in his career: the formative years (The United States of Leland, The Believer, The Slaughter Rule) and the break out years (Half Nelson and Blue Valentine). Could Sundance programmers reel in this distinctive, »
- Eric Lavallee
The Drop, 2014.
Directed by Michaël R. Roskam.
Bob Saginowski just tends bar, keeping himself to himself as gangsters use his bar as ‘The Drop’ to funnel cash between gangs in the course of a night. But when the bar is robbed, he gets caught between good guys, gangsters and a pitbull named Rocco.
The Drop, the screenwriting debut of crime novelist Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), might not reach the heights of either of those films, but it’s an entertaining, slow burning crime drama, with a great central performance by Tom Hardy.
Set in the bowels of Brooklyn, where there seems to be more bars than stools for folk to sit on, it’s a low key drama, where every character is hiding something shady about their past. But it’s Tom Hardy’s character, »
- Gary Collinson
Happy 34th birthday, Ryan Gosling! One of Hollywood's hottest hunks is adding another candle to his cake! The super-sexy Crazy, Stupid, Love star turns 34 today. From Gangster Squad to Drive, the actor never fails to bring the heat. Whether it's with shirtless pics or steamy movie rolls, Gosling always looks his best (damn you, Eva Mendes!). In honor of his big day, let's celebrate the new dad's birthday by looking back at all the times he left us breathless with his gifted looks. And happy b-day, Ryan! Stay sexy forever. »
With Ryan Gosling's 34th birthday on Nov. 12, we're looking back on his time in the Hollywood spotlight. He's been winning hearts and weakening knees for two decades, charming fans on screen and off with his witty one-liners and swoon-worthy smirk. Back in the early '90s, he captured the crowd's attention at a talent show before bringing his smooth moves to The Mickey Mouse Club. From there, Ryan became a teen heartthrob, a romantic leading man, and a fan favorite so lovable that people actually petitioned for him to be People's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive. Most recently, Ryan became a dad. Actually, let's rephrase that - Ryan is officially a hot dad. In honor of his approaching birthday, go all the way back to Ryan's adorable days on the Disney channel to see his heartthrob evolution from adorable crooner to Hollywood's hottest Dilf. Source: Getty/Valery Hache/Afp He had the moves early on. »
A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations
Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.
Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring »
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has added a new film project to his pipeline called The Neon Demon. The movie is described as a horror story that is set in Los Angeles, and it features a young female-led cast. The director was developing a film called I Walk With The Dead before this project came along, but according to Deadline, The Neon Demon will be his next project. When talking about the film, to Refn said,
“One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
He’s looking to start shooting the film early next year with frequent collaborators Cliff Martinez (composer) and Matthew Norman (editor). Refn has proven to be an insane director that is capable of telling crazy surreal stories. There's no doubt that seeing a horror »
- Joey Paur
• Kevin Bacon is in talks for Jungle. The thriller is based on the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg, who penned a memoir about his dangerous trip to the Amazon jungle where he was accompanied by two friends and a mysterious guide. If the deal goes through, Bacon will play the Austrian guide, Karl. Greg McLean, whom Bacon worked with on 6 Miranda Drive, will direct. Justin Monjo adapted Ghinsberg's 2005 book for the screen. The film will begin shooting early next year in Australia and Colombia. In addition to the film, Ghinsberg's story also inspired the one-hour Discovery Channel docu-drama series, I Shouldn't Be Alive. »
- C. Molly Smith
Year of Living Stressfully: Chandor Returns with Slow-Boil Scald
Baby, it may be cold outside, but the climate’s sure changing in J.C. Chandor’s flashback to 1981 New York City in A Most Violent Year, the director’s third and most iniquitous portrayal yet of humans struggling for survival or ascension among the ranks. Following the success of his talky yet effective 2011 debut, Margin Call, a slick examination of the viperous tendencies amongst Wall Street’s elite and the 2008 crash, and 2013’s Robert Redford against the elements flick All Is Lost, Chandor extends his dexterity to a period piece that’s already drawn comparison to the heyday of Lumet and the underrated familial dramas of James Gray. With a little luck, Chandor’s title won’t be treated to the same ambivalence as Gray’s films tend to be, but in line with his previous two titles, it’s an equally difficult, »
- Nicholas Bell
Most big-budget action movies these days are just cartoons directed by bad animators. Somewhere between The Matrix and The Bourne Identity, the whole genre lost its brawl. You've seen one superhero defend his city from an airship armada, you've seen every superhero defend his city from an airship armada. Then there's John Wick. Simple story, not-so-simple thrills. The story: Someone kills an assassin's dog, and the assassin (Keanu Reeves) wants vengeance. The thrills: The movie constructs action scenes with patience and delicacy, filming in steady shots that track the careful choreography of Reeves' punch-shoot rampages. John Wick was directed by a stuntman, »
- Darren Franich
Just three years ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive” blindsided everyone with a film in which almost every individual aspect was familiar, but whose total tone seemed to come from a place where the best and bleakest bits of the '80s never stopped happening. The indie landscape now feels different because of it: low-light, high-rise, grease-slicked cities full of nameless loners and revving engines have sprawled across our screens and consciousnesses: see also the recent “Nightcrawler.” But how “Drive” looked was only part of what had us all rushing out to buy muscle cars and scorpion jackets: the soundtrack also played a huge role, encapsulating the alter-80s feel by featuring only current artists, but ones whose music owes a huge debt to the era of synth and groove. Alongside Cliff Martinez’s low-level, pulse-like score, the half-dozen tracks stood out, and are all still immediately memorable: Chromatics’ “Tick »
- Ben Brock
The story follows three estranged and very different women who reunite to resurrect their once chart-topping 80s girl band after a rapper samples their music and sends it to the top of the charts. Annalise Davis, Rajita Shah and Jimmy Harry will produce. [Source: Screen]
David Harrower's script follows two people who once had a passionate affair meet again fifteen years later. What follows is "an unflinching excavation of damaged love" and the consequences of it. [Source: Deadline]
Untitled High School Supernatural Comedy Project
- Garth Franklin
Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's next feature will officially be "The Neon Demon," an La-set, female-led horror film he cowrote with Mary Laws. Refn dipped into genre moviemaking before with his kickass, po-mo noir "Drive," but "Neon Demon" marks the director's first leap into true horror movie terrain. "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty," Refn told Deadline. The project will be up for sale at the American Film Market in Santa Monica this week, via France's Gaumont and Wild Bunch. Refn's usual suspects are on board: editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, who will be joined by Oscar-nominated "Grandmaster" cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd. Most directors start with horror and move on—as was the case for Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Jackson, Oliver Stone and, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
If Far Cry 4's new trailer is any indication, be thankful you can never take a vacation to the fictional nation of Kyrat. Embroiled in civil war, Kyrat is at war with itself as a faction of citizens attempt to take down the dictator Pagan Min (Troy Baker). The protagonist, Ajay Ghale, has traveled to his home country to fulfill his mother's dying wish of spreading her ashes in Kyrat, but Pagan Min makes that a difficult task to complete. All of the game's promised mountain vistas, bloody warfare, and elephants are on display, as well as a bit of Troy Baker's Pagan Min. »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Nicholas Winding Refn's next project will be The Neon Demon.
The Drive filmmaker is moving ahead on the horror movie, which was previously titled I Walk with the Dead.
Refn and Mary Laws wrote the script for the female-led film.
"One morning I woke and realised I was both surrounded and dominated by women," said Refn. "Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.
"After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon. This movie is a manifestation of the strong ties between us and will lead to many more adventures."
Carey Mulligan was previously reported to be attached to the film, but was not mentioned in the latest announcement. The cast is yet to be revealed for the early 2015 shoot.
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Chvrches have unveiled the studio version of new track 'Dead Air'.
The song features on the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack, and is available to purchase on iTunes.
They also recently confirmed on Twitter that their first album The Bones of What You Believe has achieved gold status in the UK.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack is released on November 17. »
After captivating and enchanting audiences with the neon-glowing Los Angeles setting of Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn is ready to return to the Southern California city with his next project. But rather than once again putting Ryan Gosling back behind the wheel while wearing a scorpion jacket, this time the Danish filmmaker will be centering his story on what he describes as a "vicious beauty." Get ready to meet The Neon Demon. As part of the on-going American Film Market, production companies Gaumont and Wild Bunch have revealed that the horror tale The Neon Demon will be the next film brought to the silver screen by Nicolas Winding Refn. While details about the movie's actual plot are rather limited, it has been confirmed that the movie will be led by a cast of young female actresses and is based on an original screenplay by Refn and co-writer Mary Laws. Said »
Many film fans have been waiting to see what project writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn would take on next after bringing the Ryan Gosling-starring flick, Only God Forgives, to the big screen in 2013. At first it looked like the visionary director might tackle a haunted hotel film and then it seemed as if he would helm a movie called I Walk with the Dead, but it’s now been revealed that his next movie is called The Neon Demon.
Plot and casting details are unknown at this time, but filming on The Neon Demon will begin early next year in Los Angeles, satisfying Nicolas Winding Refn’s desire to shoot another movie in the City of Angels (an itch he’s wanted to scratch since shooting 2011’s Drive).
It’s not certain if The Neon Demon is simply a new title for the project known as I Walk with the Dead, »
- Derek Anderson
When Ubisoft went out to enlist talent for Far Cry 4‘s original score, money was obviously not an issue. Why do I say that? Well, they went to none other than Cliff Martinez, whom film geeks will recognize as the man behind the scores of both Spring Breakers and the Ryan Gosling-led Drive. Music fans, on the other hand, will think of him as a former Red Hot Chili Pepper before anything else.
After giving credit to the man behind it all, Ubisoft went on record today to let its fans know that the above-mentioned soundtrack will be available for purchase starting tomorrow. It’ll only be available digitally for now, but a limited run 2-cd set will hit North America and Europe in early December. Following that, a collectible 3Lp version will be released sometime in January.
“Bringing Cliff on board was a no-brainer. Collaborating with him was a dream. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
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