In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »
- Dennis Cozzalio
The Neon Demon is the latest feature film to be directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The director has made a name for both himself and actor Ryan Gosling with previous films Drive and Only God Forgives. This time he’s working without Gosling, instead switching to a female lead in the form of Elle Fanning. Our story tells of young girl Jessie (Fanning) as she arrives in Los Angeles aspiring to be a model. An instant success, she soon has to deal with the envy and dark desires of those around her. The film screened at Cannes earlier this year and was received with a bizarre mixture of boos and cheers. The Neon Demon it seems is a true marmite movie, you either love it or hate it. So where does Thn sit? »
- Kat Hughes
Nicolas Winding Refn’s provocative modern fable follows a young model into the dark, dangerous woods of the La fashion world
“Am I staring…?” This neon-noir fantasia from Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director of Drive, Bronson and the Pusher trilogy, is a modern fairytale of beauty as a beast, a horror-inflected, high-fashion fable replete with wicked witches and big bad wolves ready to devour a flaxen-haired youth in the wild woods of Los Angeles. Less Prêt-à-Porter with teeth than The Company of Wolves from hell and in heels, it offers a bloody chamber of symbolic provocations (lunar cycles, occultist trappings) cooked up by a film-maker taking weekly tarot readings from the Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky and driven by an intoxication with the superficiality of the photographic image.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Nicolas Winding Refn has turned into a total cinematic enigma. If his earlier films such as “Drive,” “Pusher,” and “Bronson” had critics on his side, his last two features have split the cinematic world in half and left many audience members in total and utter puzzlement. Refn followed up “Drive,” his greatest critical and commercial […]
- Jordan Ruimy
The Neon Demon, 2016.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Style over substance – the go-to phrase poured over Nicolas Winding Refn’s most recent works as the director showcased his grandiose artistic endeavours while perhaps never giving his written work quite so much love and affection. With The Neon Demon however those fears can be laid to rest, as this is his richest and most compelling work since Bronson. From the mesmerising opening moments, as colours twinkle and cascade across the credits, you are summoned into his new whirlwind of lucid images and blushing textures that hypnotises you and never let’s go, »
- Scott J. Davis
Rob Leane Jul 6, 2016
Apparently, Winding Refn once applied to direct an episode of Who. "They wouldn't hire me", he told the Metro.
The newspaper also reports that Winding Refn expressed an interest in making a film version of Doctor Who, but there isn't a specific quote in the article to confirm that. »
David Crow Jul 6, 2016
If you thought the relationship between Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld and Daniel Craig’s James Bond seemed odd before, just imagine what it would have looked like if director Nicolas Winding Refn had taken the helm of Spectre.
Indeed, well before Sam Mendes agreed to come back and attempt to follow up his gargantuan 007 success in Skyfall, Nicolas Winding Refn was briefly offered the job of directing the 24th James Bond movie. Refn has made a splash in international cinema after his Pusher trilogy and Valhalla Rising. But his biggest commercial success to date is the still hypnotic Drive, a mesmerising film of style and old school cinematic heroism that throbbed to day-glo ‘80s synth beats. That film, along with his subsequent reteaming with Ryan Gosling in 2013’s Only God Forgives, »
We've celebrated the male performances, the heroes and villains, cinematography & production design. So let's hit Nathaniel's (c'est moi) favorite craft category costume design, as we wrap up our halfway mark festivities this week (actresses still to come). Who would I choose and who might Oscar choose if the year had ended June 30th?
Halfway Mark Beauty Break ~ Best Costume Design
(January to June theatrical releases only)
Achievements in Overall Costume Design
If I were drawing up my year end ballot right now (January to June releases) I'd pick these five films though there will inevitably be strong competition to come -- will any of them be nominated at year's end?
While Benach doesn't manage anything as iconic as her scorpion jacket for Drive, few films do so you can't hold that against this film. Between the dichotomous looks of the innocent ingenue (half sexual / half »
- NATHANIEL R
“Spectre” had a much bloodier future in store.
Nicolas Winding Refn says he was tapped to direct the most recent Bond film, but turned down the big-profile gig.
According to Refn, Eon Productions approached him to take the reins of the latest installment of the long-running franchise before Sam Mendes signed on to helm the film. But he refused the offer, the director told the Telegraph, saying his interests don’t lie in franchise projects.
“Well, I don’t know yet,” Refn responded when asked if his upcoming spy thriller “The Avenging Silence” will be his version of a Bond film. “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”
- Lamarco McClendon
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
Coming off the back of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes remained coy about his chances of returning at the helm for Spectre – then known as Bond 24. History tells us that the Oscar-winning filmmaker eventually signed along the dotted line, but amid the uncertainty, Sony and MGM drew up a shortlist of potential replacements; one of them being Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Doing the press rounds for The Neon Demon – press rounds that have also unveiled the director’s ambition to helm a Batgirl movie, not to mention his close encounter with Wonder Woman – the Danish auteur confirmed to The Telegraph that he had been approached to take the reins of Spectre at one point.
- Michael Briers
The filmmaking world has become Nicolas Winding Refn’s oyster in the wake of “Drive,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and became a minor pop-culture sensation. Considering the kind of projects he’s said to have been offered — “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella,” even “Spectre” — the Danish auteur’s follow-ups “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon” might seem especially strange. Refn tells the Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin that his brief meetings with Eon Productions convinced him that “Bond” wasn’t quite his cup of tea, however, and he’d rather keep doing his own thing: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”
Not that his new project is entirely divorced from the world of »
- Michael Nordine
My first exposure to Cliff Martinez's film work came with Joe Carnahan's Narc and I was immediately hooked. His ambience-filled, dark toned sounds provide an eerie and ethereal feel to any images they accompany and can be quite powerful when used to his full strengths, such as films like Traffic, Drive, Spring Breakers, The Knick, and much more. Now, the former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
It looks like 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold have found a composer for Wolverine 3, with Film Music Reporter revealing that Cliff Martinez has signed on to score Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swansong.
Martinez’s previous credits include the likes of Spring Breakers, Drive and Only God Forgives, as well as The Neon Demon, which is out in the States now. His upcoming credits include War Dogs and The Foreigner.
See Also: Wolverine 3 set photos feature Hugh Jackman’s Logan, and a young X-23?
Wolverine 3 is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and will see Hugh Jackman joined in the cast by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with new additions Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. It is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
After scoring a number of films for acclaimed directors Nicolas Winding Refn & Steven Soderbergh over the years, composer Cliff Martinez is ready to embark on a whole new kind of challenge in the world of comic book movies. Earlier today, Film Music Reporter learned that Martinez has signed on to score James Mangold's upcoming Wolverine sequel, which stars the Academy Award-nominated Hugh Jackman in his final outing as the fan-favorite hero. He'll take over from Marco Beltrami, who scored 2013's The Wolverine. Details on the film's plot are being kept under lock-and-key, but it's been heavily rumored that the film could possibly be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan and/or Death of Wolverine storylines. Principal photography is currently underway in New Orleans. Martinez is best known for his work on over ten different Soderbergh projects for film and television, including Sex, Lies, and Videotape, King of the Hill, »
Composer Cliff Martinez, known for his work on “Drive,” “Traffic” and many other hit films, has just committed to score the upcoming third and final “Wolverine” film, according to Film Music Reporter. This marks the first time Martinez will work on a superhero movie.
Plot details for Hugh Jackman’s last appearance as the “X-Men” mutant are sparse, but James Mangold is directing the film written by David James Kelly. Patrick Stewart is also reprising his role as Professor Xavier.
- Liz Calvario
“He assembled a temp score [existing music used during editing], which was very influential and exerted a pretty strong influence on ‘Drive,'” said Martinez in a recent interview with IndieWire. “On ‘Neon Demon’ he really threw me a curveball, he had it temped from top to bottom exclusively with music of Bernard Herrmann.”
The scores of the legendary Hollywood composer Herrmann, most commonly remembered for creating big, dramatic orchestral music for films like “Citizen Kane,” “Pyscho,” “Vertigo” and “Taxi Driver”, are in a different sonic universe from Martinez’s scores, which are defined by sparse, modern music that gives his films a dark, electronic undertone.
“Nicolas said, ‘I »
- Chris O'Falt
Acclaimed "Drive," "Spring Breakers," "Traffic" and "Only God Forgives" composer Cliff Martinez has joined the world of superheroes with Film Music Reporter today reporting that he has signed on to score James Mangold's upcoming "Wolverine" film - the third solo and apparent final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant.
Details on the film's story are being kept secret, but it has been heavily rumored that the film will be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan storylines from the comics. Shooting is now underway in New Orleans.
Martinez takes over from Marco Beltrami who scored 2013's "The Wolverine". Martinez scored "The Neon Demon" currently in cinemas, is doing the score for the upcoming "War Dogs" and most recently did the scores for Cinemax's "The Knick" and the video game "Far Cry 4". »
- Garth Franklin
Veteran screen adapter Hossein Amini (The Two Faces of January, Drive) teams up with famed author John le Carré for yet another big screen espionage thriller joint with Our Kind of Traitor. Le Carré, who serves as executive producer, brings his typical granular approach to Government and institutional betrayal his novels are famed for. The focus is on Dima (Stellan Skarsgård), a career criminal for the Russian mob who has decided to betray his comrades when he learns that his financial know-how of the business has put him and his family in the cross-hairs of Prince (Grigoriy Dobrygin) his ruthless leader. When a chance encounter in Morocco with the unhappily married British couple Perry and Gail (Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris) gives Dima the chance...
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From director Todd Phillips comes War Dogs, a comedic drama based on true events, starring Oscar nominee Jonah Hill and Miles Teller. Just in time for the Fourth of July, we have the new full-length trailer for this explosive thriller. We also have the just debuted one-sheet that celebrates 'Money, Corruption and the American Dream!' This could very well end up being this generation's Scarface.
War Dogs follows two friends in their early 20s (Hill and Teller) living in Miami Beach during the Iraq War who exploit a little-known government initiative that allows small businesses to bid on U.S. Military contracts. Starting small, they begin raking in big money and are living the high life. But the pair gets in over their heads when they land a 300 million dollar deal to arm the Afghan Military, a deal that puts them in business with some very shady people, not »
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