5 items from 2014
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Playing Off-key: Satrapi’s English Language Debut a Grating Misfire
Iranian born director Marjane Satrapi, best known for her 2007 debut, Persepolis, and a 2011 follow-up, Chicken With Plums, breaks into the English language market with The Voices, a rather oddly concocted mixture of slapstick, black comedy, and grisly violence as it attempts to explore the point of view of a schizophrenic serial killer. Oh, and he’s played by Ryan Reynolds. While there are certainly enough elements to attract intriguing minds, especially for those with a humorous morbid streak, Michael Perry’s screenplay is only superficial at best, launching a series of grotesqueries at us with a heap of buttery antics on the side. While profane violence and guilty guffaws are certainly possible, though generally hard won, whether they be from more high (Coen Bros.) or low (John Waters) brow vantage points, here we have a rather sluggish and tonally awkward »
- Nicholas Bell
There’s a certain kind of oddball film that seems like it could only have its coming-out party at a place like Sundance. Marjane Satrapi’s dark serial killer comedy The Voices is one of those films. The best way I can think to describe it is: imagine Fight Club if Brad Pitt’s part was played by a talking dog and cat.
Tyler Durden comparisons aside, Satrapi, the Iranian director of 2007′s Persepolis, has created a totally unique, genre-defying film. Which isn’t to say The Voices is great. Far from it. It’s wildly uneven and it never »
- Chris Nashawaty
• Full coverage of Sundance 2014
Ryan Reynolds is a Hollywood star whose matinee idol looks are so cartoonishly clean-cut that they verge on the cheesy, whose high-voltage grin can be positively creepy. The actor has appeared in blockbusters, indie flicks and stinkers alike, but he finds what may be his perfect niche in The Voices, Marjane Satrapi's lurid tale of an ostensibly ordinary Joe who skips his medication and becomes a psycho-killer assailed by demons.
Iranian-born Satrapi started out as an illustrator, won the Cannes jury prize for her animated Persepolis and melded cartoons with live-action on 2011's winsome Chicken With Plums. On The Voices, working off a script by Michael Perry, she rustles up a kind of flesh-and-blood horror comic. Everything here is deliberately exaggerated and amplified and soaked in gore. »
- Xan Brooks
Five days into the festival, Scott Davis has a look at some of the early Us films garnering both praise and distributors at the famous festival, and what to look out for in 2014.…
It’s Sundance time again in the Us. 30 years since it’s inception by screen legend Robert Redford, Sundance has been responsible for helping the indie scene from across the globe get exposure and on their way into the public domain. Last year, it helped films find distributors, such as The Way, Way Back, Prince Avalanche, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (the latter two still to see releases in the UK.) This year is no different, and the line-up has the potential to be one of the best it has seen. Five days into proceedings, and many films have already worked up some steam, some finding distributors, others still to be picked up. Below »
- Gary Collinson
5 items from 2014
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