19 items from 2016
Following up Noah, Darren Aronofsky is headed back to more modest-sized territory and getting back in business with Paramount. While we still don’t have a title for his next feature, we do know that Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are leading the domestic drama, and ahead of a 2017 release, more casting has arrived.
THR reports that Domhnall Gleeson, his brother Brian Gleeson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris are all in talks to join the film, which “centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.” While we recently floated the idea that he was inspired by Michael Haneke for a Funny Games-esque drama, we could certainly see that dynamic play out with this new casting.
Since no character details are being provided, in our imagined scenario, the couples played by Pfeiffer & Harris and Lawrence & Bardem get terrorized by two menacing brothers. »
- Jordan Raup
If you've had the privilege to see a film lensed by D.P Adam J. Minnick, you'd have recognized an eye disciplined by the story it's telling rather than by personal inclinations or some sybaritic style that steals from the story. Buzzard, was shot super raw and cold on a 5D, The Alchemist Cookbook was shot formally composed with a warm palllete on an Alexa, and Actor Martinez (Us Premiering this April at Tribeca) was shot with Altman inspired slow zooms on a Red Epic Dragon. The aesthetic decisions and stories speak for his adaptability and understanding of the form. And, his latest release, The Alchemist Cookbook, which hit SXSW hard when it world premiered, has audiences, critics, and filmmakers predominately sitting on the 'loved it' side of its divisive disposition.
We were fortunate to talk with the cinematographer on how the hell the team pulled it off.
Could you »
- email@example.com (Aaron Hunt)
Could you give us a general overview of your working relationship with Joel?
Joel and I are first and foremost friends...he's always been one of my closest. We've been making music, watching films and making little movies together starting in high school. He and I were really the only two buddies in our tight group that pursued visual arts of any sort through college and beyond, so it made sense that one day we could ultimately work together on a professional level, too. There's a trust that I can't really put into words, but we know that it's there. The Alchemist Cookbook was a new endeavor into a different filmmaking experience for both of us, and his trust in me as an image maker was very clear from the beginning. As far as collaborative art goes, I've never been more aligned with anyone, so I consider myself very fortunate »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
Landmine Goes Click, 2015
Written and directed by Levan Bakhia
Trapped standing on an armed landmine, an American tourist is forced to watch helplessly while his girlfriend is terrorized and brutally assaulted.
There’s an audacity to Levan Bakhia’s Landmine Goes Click, a film drenched in misogyny, trying desperately to find existential reasoning in its warped examination of patriarchy. Bakhia isn’t saying anything about the male mind-set, or making a statement on parents, he’s simply playing out a misogynist fantasy of male driven power under the guise of a poorly made, lamely nasty genre flick.
Three American backpackers, Alicia (Spencer Locke), her fiancé Daniel (Dean Geyer) and Chris (Sterling Knight) wander through the mountains of Georgia where Daniel has Chris perform a non-binding marriage ceremony. Devi, a local park ranger arranges for a photo which “inadvertadly” leads to Chris stepping on a landmine. »
- Luke Owen
Exclusive: Director Kasra Farahani’s upcoming thriller The Waiting comes off like an inversion of Michael Haneke’s Funny Games, or perhaps what might happen if that earlier film were crossed with Gran Torino. Starring James Caan, Logan Miller, and Keir Gilchrist, the film sees two boys conducting a cruel experiment on their elderly neighbor: can they convince him he’s being haunted? They set about prodding the older man further and further, only to realize too late that… »
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You wouldn’t think sex and scandal could ever mesh with slavery on a would-be legacy series. You wouldn’t be wrong, either, but because peak TV rewards risk, here’s giving credit where credit is due. To its credit, Underground, Wgn America’s newest breath into the original programming bubble, works hard to slip a sleek cable skin over everything ugly about America’s darkest chapter (if a chapter can last 250 years). Feats that big fall hard, though, and the difficult legacy the show shoulders means that every misstep it takes stands to cripple it.
The story Underground tells is familiar enough. Outside the lush white walls of the Macon plantation, men, women, and children toil in the Georgia summer steam, forced to carry King Cotton on their beaten backs. The slaves “owned” by Tom Macon live as best they can, which »
- Joe Incollingo
An effective horror story about a woman transformed in more ways than one after she undergoes facial surgery
Hats off to Austria for selecting this increasingly alarming chiller from writer/directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (respectively the partner and nephew of film-maker Ulrich Seidl, who produces) as its foreign language entry for the 88th Academy Awards. Opening with an image of Von Trapp family harmony, Goodnight Mommy finds twin boys (Lukas and Elias Schwarz, both brilliant) playing hide-and-seek in the trees and cornfields around a remote modernist house. When their mother (Susanne Wuest) returns from facial surgery, her bandaged visage hides a changed personality. How do they know it’s really her? Suspicion turns to hostility and worse; by the third act, you’ll be hiding your face in wincing terror.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
The Lesson was released via new digital platform Frightfest Presents earlier this week. The film screened as part of last summer’s festival and was hand picked by festival organisers Alan Jones and Paul McEvoy to open the second wave of releases. We at team Thn were very pleased to hear this news as The Lesson was one of our festival favourites.
Writer and director of The Lesson, Ruth Platt, started her career in the industry as an actor. She had roles in Sparkling Cyanide and The Pianist, but stepped away from in front of the camera to get behind it. Prior to The Lesson she created two short films (which you can find out more about here) before making the plunge into features.
The Lesson is a tense and traumatic tale of a young, wayward student and a strung-out teacher whose paths collide in spectacular fashion. »
- Kat Hughes
“Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Deadly” could work as both an alternate title and shorthand synopsis for “Emelie,” a familiarly premised but stringently executed home-invasion chiller that rarely goes for the straight-up scare when a more insidious one will do. Likeliest to prey on the sensibilities of younger parents — and to unnerve anyone who still thinks of gifted Irish actress Sarah Bolger as that preciously innocent pre-teen from “In America” — music-vid helmer Michael Thelin’s lean, lo-fi debut feature calmly pushes against the nastier bounds of its genre territory as it places two young children in the care of Bolger’s profoundly unhinged imposter. This ambiguous protagonist’s backstory emerges a little more predictably than it should, but even with that knowledge in place, Thelin succeeds in keeping any presumption of eventual sanctuary impressively at bay.
From the quiet, the flash-free sangfroid with which he stages a few »
- Guy Lodge
An idyllic summer at a lakeside house turns nasty horror for two brothers in this gruesome debut from Austrian film-maker Veronika Franz
This icy Euro-arthouse horror from Austrian film-maker Veronika Franz has an American-style title, like Michael Haneke’s Funny Games. The original is Ich Seh Ich Seh, or I See I See, which better captures its theme of twins. Franz makes her debut, co-directing with Severin Fala; she is married to the film’s producer, the renowned and terrifying director Ulrich Seidl, known for his own type of extreme ordeal cinema. This movie had its premiere at last year’s Venice film festival, where I first saw it, and now arrives in the UK, where audiences may want to compare it to early Michael Haneke and Jessica Hausner. The twist ending is worthy of a Hollywood director who can’t be named without giving it away. Elias (Elias Schwarz »
- Peter Bradshaw
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSVoyage of TimeWell, the Academy Awards, of course! Here's the list of winners. Who made us smile most for his win of the golden statue? Ennio Morricone and his gracious speech for his ace score to The Hateful Eight. Biggest gaff beyond the central controversy? Setsuko Hara, Manoel de Oliveira, and Jacques Rivette not included in the "In Memoriam."And yet another filmmaker has left us this year. The New York Times reports that Syrian director Nabil Maleh has died at the age of 79.With Terrence Malick's dividing film Knight of Cups about to be released in cinemas in the Us this week, images have come in (including one above) of the filmmaker's mysterious documentary we keep hearing about, Voyage of Time.In New York, the big news this »
Having sold over 4 million copies across multiple platforms, Rocket League has now had a physical release confirmed by officials at Psyonix. The announcement came from Psyonix’s VP of marketing and communications, Jeremy Dunham, earlier today.
Dunham’s announcement also confirmed that the game has generated over $70 million in revenue for the company across the 4 million-odd downloads, but no other release details were revealed at this time. The announcement came in an interview with Kinda Funny Games.
Dunham did go on to explain that further details for the physical, retail version would be confirmed “soon,” and it’s expected that this will include content information, the release date and the details of who will partner Psyonix for the launch.
Rocket League most recently made its way to Xbox One systems with the downloadable version being made available on February 17th. It’s likely that console and PC versions of the physical release will simultaneously, »
- Gareth Cartwright
Metrodome is due to release theatrically in August 2016.
Written by actor-director Corbet (Simon Killer) and Mona Fastvold (The Sleepwalker), the Venice debut stars Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga), Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac), Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones) and Yolande Moreau (Amelie).
In The Childhood Of A Leader an American family settles into the French countryside at the end of the First World War, where the father (Liam Cunningham) is involved in the peace negotiations around the Treaty of Versailles. His wife (Bérénice Bejo »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Though it was previously reported that British actor Sam Riley would be playing this character, according to Variety it’ll actually be Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Funny Games) who will bring the villainous Laughing Man to life in director Rupert Sanders’ live-action take on classic manga/anime, Ghost In The Shell.
This Catcher In The Rye-obsessed baddie is described as “the ultimate hacker, capable of such feats as hijacking multiple video streams simultaneously, taking over someone’s cybernetic brain entirely and editing his own images out of someone’s cybernetic eyes, and all in real time.”
He’ll be the chief antagonist to Scarlett Johansson’s “augmented-cybernetic human” leader of the covert Section 9 team, Major Motoko Kusanagi. Danish actor Pilou Asbaek has also siged on as Kusanagi’s second in command, Batou.
- Mark Cassidy
Variety reports that Rupert Sanders' live-action take on Ghost In The Shell has cast its baddie. According to them, Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire, Hannibal, Funny Games) is in final talks to play The Laughing Man: a Catcher In The Rye-obsessed terrorist/hacker. If he signs on he'll join Danish actor Pilou Asbaek as Section 9 second in command and all-round tough Sob, Batou, and Scarlett Johansson as the "augmented-cybernetic human" leader of the covert team, Major Motoko Kusanagi. It was previously reported that British actor Sam Riley would play this role, but evidently he'll be bringing a different baddie to life. The story "follows a female special ops cyborg who leads an elite task force called Section 9 for Hanka Robotics. Section 9 is devoted to stopping the most dangerous criminals and extremists, led by The Laughing Man whose singular goal is to wipe out Hanka’s advancements in cyber technology." Avi Arad »
If I could properly describe the experience of discovering Jacques Rivette‘s films, I’d compare it to entering a room — a big one; sometimes a very big one — in which a conspiratorial game of deception and obfuscation is already underway between a group of handsome men and beautiful women. (Mostly the latter; sometimes only the latter.) While most directors ask you to sit and observe, you’re here invited to nestle somewhere between spectator and active participant, a patron whose close observation compensates for (or enhances) the fact that the plot doesn’t make total sense and associations between players requires some inference. By the time it ends, you’ll (ideally) come away with, if nothing else, the sense that something thoroughly, almost aggressively different has taken place — a mix of “well, what happened there?” with the desire to enter once more. And then again, and then again, and then again. »
- Nick Newman
"I was working with producer Joe Weatherstone on another script. With that project we went to the then-afc's IndiVision lab, which was a workshop for low-budget features: a million or less. It's a workshop so we kind of pulled it apart, and I don't think we ever really put those pieces back together again"..
"But while I was in that process I had an idea for something that I thought we could make quickly and cheaply. And then eight years later, I got to make it" (laughs)..
Power's debut feature stars Aaron Pedersen, Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Glenane, Maya Strange, and Tiarnie Coupland, and was inspired by an image that floated into the filmmaker's head: of an orange tent in the bush, abandoned.
The production »
- Harry Windsor
On the eve of the world premiere screening to Antonio Campos’ Christine and the soon to be launched theatrically Creative Control, producers Melody C. Roscher and Craig Shilowich have launched a new prod company in Wonder Club and have announced that Roscher will direct her feature debut. Deadline reports that their next venture will be Our Band Is Forever. We imagine there’ll be casting announcements sometime in ’16.
Gist: This revolves around a sequestered American family folk band attempting to tour in Bavaria.
Do We Care?: Nashville meets National Lampoon meets Funny Games. We’re not sure what to expect in this debut — but this producer pairing have exquisite taste in film. »
- Eric Lavallee
After taking on his biggest-budgeted film yet with Noah, Darren Aronofsky is getting back in business with Paramount, but this time for a smaller-scale project. Over the last few months, we got word that Jennifer Lawrence was looking to star in the project, but no details emerged beyond that — until today.
With the studio announcing to Variety they’ve picked up the still-untitled film for a 2017 release, the trade also reports that Javier Bardem is in talks to star in the drama, beating out Idris Elba (who is committed to The Dark Tower), among others. They also have the first plot details for the story which “centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”
With Aronofsky writing, directing and producing the feature, set to shoot this spring, it should be an interesting return to form for him. From that brief logline, »
- Jordan Raup
19 items from 2016
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