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If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’

If You Loved These Films, You Need to Stream ‘The Strange Ones’
“The things inside your head, they’re only as real as you want them to be. If you want, you can just decide they’re not real.” Early on in “The Strange Ones,” Nick (Alex Pettyfer) tells this to his younger travel buddy Sam (James Freedson-Jackson), before seemingly making a coffee mug disappear. On its surface, the film is about two brothers heading out on a camping trip, but it quickly becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems, from the pair’s names to their endgame (to the existence of their coffee mugs). The film’s co-directors, Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein, may be relatively new to audiences (“The Strange Ones” is their feature-length debut; in fact, it’s an expansion upon their own 2011 short, based on real-life true-crime stories), but movie buffs will recognize flashes of their cinematic inspirations throughout. The film may be intentionally vague, but
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‘Lean on Pete’ Review: Andrew Haigh’s Horse Starts Quick, Then Fades | Venice 2017

Indie movie characters who live in the Pacific Northwest are most often depicted as pioneers in modern times, losing themselves in the wilderness and constantly trying to reinvent themselves, never asking anyone for help. This has been explored by Gus Van Sant from his very first film, Mala Noche and comes back whenever Van Sant gets the itch to return to his indie roots after a studio film, like in Elephant, Gerry, Paranoid Park and Last Days. The newest Northwest indie darling, Kelly Reichardt, has similarly used small moments to explore this delicate evergreen unraveling from Old Joy through Certain …
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American Honey review: Andrea Arnold mislays map on sweet, indelible roadtrip

A firmer hand with the plot – and with Shia Labeouf – might have benefitted this admirably loose-limbed and atmospheric immersion into a little-seen world

Andrea Arnold is the brilliant British film-maker who created two modern gems in the social-realist tradition in the form of Red Road and Fish Tank, and in my view a near-masterpiece in the form of her much-misunderstood Wuthering Heights, a work of such radical simplicity and raw experience it actually seemed to predate the literary work.

Now in American Honey she has created a long, often intriguing and humidly atmospheric film which sometimes dwindles into listlessness. It’s a road movie in the un-accented style of Gus Van Sant – particularly his Elephant and Paranoid Park. The drifting camera shots directed straight up into a blue sky, bisected occasionally with telegraph poles, are very similar to Van Sant’s Elephant. There’s something of Larry Clark or Harmony Korine in the featureless,
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Matthew McConaughey Is Lost Amid The Sea Of Trees In First Trailer

Japan’s infamous Aokigahara played host to Natalie Dormer and Co. for underwhelming thriller The Forest late last year. In swapping psychological thrills and spills for profound drama, director Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) has teamed with Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe for The Sea of Trees.

Due to enter the competition at Cannes come May, today brings forth the first English-language trailer for Van Sant’s latest (prefaced by a Japanese message from Watanabe), placing McConaughey and Watanabe in the shoes of Arthur Brennan and Takumi Nakamura, respectively.

In Japanese culture, Aokigahara is considered a powerful open-air haven of spiritual energy. Situated at the base of Mt. Fiji, The Sea of Trees, as it is known locally, is also the place where people go to commit suicide, and that’s exactly what McConaughey’s despairing Brennan plans to do.

Struggling to come to terms with his wife’s ailing
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First Trailer For Gus Van Sant’s ‘The Sea of Trees’ Starring Matthew McConaughey

Marking Gus Van Sant‘s first film in competition at Cannes since his Paranoid Park, The Sea of Trees unfortunately didn’t go over very well last May. Starring Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe as Arthur Brennan and Takumi Nakamura, respectively, it follows the two individuals who happen upon each other in the forests of Mount Fuji in Japan known as the sea of trees. Brennan plans on committing suicide in the forest whereas Nakamura is geographically lost and unable to find his way out.

We said in our review, “The genuinely captivating ambiguity of these early moments fools you into thinking The Sea of Trees could be a return to form for Van Sant, a tantalizing throwback to the days when a new release by the director was greeted with deserved anticipation. The rest of the film obliterates this promise and punishes you for being so gullible.” While Roadside Attractions
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Joshua Reviews Khavn’s Ruined Heart: Another Love Story Between A Criminal And A Whore [Nyaff 2015 Review]

To cinephiles, few cinematographers get the blood truly pumping quite like beloved and Criterion-approved director of photography Christopher Doyle. Best known for his iconic work in films like Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love (to this very day one of the greatest achievements in film photography), Doyle has honed his craft largely outside of the United States, occasionally coming stateside to work with filmmakers like Gus Van Sant (Paranoid Park) or even Barry Levinson (Liberty Heights). Working numerous times with directors like Wong Kar-Wai, as well as the likes of Zhang Yimou and Edward Yang (Doyle’s first film was Yang’s That Day, on the Beach), he has become a bastion of the world cinema scene and one of today’s most beloved photographers.

Playing this year’s New York Asian Film Festival is his latest journey behind the camera, as Filipino poet/filmmaker/artist Khavn (aka
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Matthew McConaughey stars in clip for Cannes ’15 entry ‘The Sea of Trees’

“Sea of Trees”

While Gus Van Sant’s last movie Promised Land dropped in 2012, the announcement of his latest film The Sea of Trees coming to Cannes felt like a return to a certain kind of art house form for the veteran director. This film marks his first time in Competition for the Palme D’or since 2007 with Paranoid Park.

The Sea of Trees stars Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts, and Ken Watanabe in a story about two men lost in the forest near Mt. Fuji. This first clip with McConaughey and Watanabe gives a hint at their somewhat tense and dreamy search for a way out. Watch it below via DeadlineNow:

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Watch: Matthew McConaughey Enters ‘The Sea of Trees’ In First Clip For Gus Van Sant’s Cannes Drama

One of our most-anticipated titles screening in competition at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival is Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. Marking the director’s first film in competition since his Paranoid Park, the drama stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe as, respectively, Arthur Brennan and Takumi Nakamura, two individuals seemingly lost in a forest in Japan known as the […]
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Cannes: New Photos Of Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Watts & Ken Watanabe In Gus Van Sant’s ‘Sea Of Trees’

Director Gus Van Sant’s has had great experiences at the at the Cannes Film Festival, winning the Palme d'Or in 2003 for his drama “Elephant," and not so great experiences — 2011’s “Restless” was not so warmly received. He’s been on the Croisette several times, and he’ll be In Competition once again for his upcoming film, “Sea Of Trees.” But which Van Sant will show up? The filmmaker obviously vacillates from the commercial (“Milk”) to the more esoteric and introspective (his entire “Gerry” through "Paranoid Park" run, which went from 2002 to 2007 and includes four films, so it'll be interesting to see what flavor we get here). Well, despite the starry cast of Mathew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe (“Inception”), and Naomi Watts, it sounds like the artier Van Sant will appear at Cannes. “Sea Of Trees” sounds like more of an existentialist, minimalist effort, and it follows two strangers who meet
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Cannes ’15 Competition and Un Certain Regard Lineup Unveiled

The lineup for the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival was unveiled Thursday morning, with announcements for the competition, Un Certain Regards and Out of Competition categories all included. Among this year’s lineup are new films from Todd Haynes, Hou Hsiao Hsien, Matteo Garrone, Jia Zhang-Ke, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve and more.

Out of Competition, Woody Allen’s Irrational Man, George Miller’s blockbuster Mad Max: Fury Road, and the new Pixar film Inside Out, will all be making their World Premieres.

In competition and in the Un Certain Regard, some of the highlights include Todd HaynesCarol, his first film since 2007’s I’m Not There, and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, with him making his first return to the festival since 2011, and the first time he is back in Competition since Paranoid Park was nominated for the Palme D’Or in 2007.

Actress Natalie Portman
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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
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Film Review: ‘Violet’

Film Review: ‘Violet’
After his best friend is killed before his eyes in a random act of violence, the teen protagonist of “Violet,” Belgian helmer Bas Devos’s debut feature, wanders around in a state of semi-shock, unable to reconnect with “normal” existence. Devos depicts stages of grief not as a series of emotions but as an evolving alchemy of perception that surrounds the protagonist, distorting time, space, color and light in patterns of dislocation, muffling the synapses that connect sounds and images. Intensely stylized, highly original and utterly mesmerizing, “Violet” could stun arthouse audiences worldwide.

The murder that overshadows the entire film is seen only indistinctly on a silent closed-circuit TV as a night watchman, reflected on the screen, leaves just before the apparently motiveless stabbing. Devos then cuts to the mall itself as 15-year-old Jesse (Cesar De Sutter), obviously in shock, hesitantly steps forward to witness the last breaths and movements of his best friend,
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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road,
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The 10 Best Films Of 2007

With 2015 upon us, we figured it was a good time to look back on the movies the millennium has brought us. We've dug into the archives and are re-running our Best of the 2000s pieces, from way back in 2009 when the Playlist was a little Blogspot site held together with tape and string. Each list runs down the top 10 films of each year (it's possible that, half-a-decade on, we'd put them in a different order and even change some of the movies, but we wanted to preserve the original pieces untouched as far as possible). Check out 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 if you missed them, and today we continue with 2007. The original piece follows below, and thanks to staffers past and present who contributed. 2007 was another near spectacular year for cinema. At Cannes in '07, Cristian Mungiu 's Romanian abortion drama "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" won the Palme d'Or, Gus Van Sant's
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Catherine Deneuve for lifetime achievement, masterclass with Christopher Doyle at Mumbai Film Festival

Catherine Deneuve for lifetime achievement, masterclass with Christopher Doyle at Mumbai Film Festival
Acclaimed French actor Catherine Deneuve, known for her iconic roles in films such as Repulsion (1965), Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970), and more recently in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and 8 Women (2002), will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The festival will screen a selection of her movies as a tribute.

Side bar events of the festival include master classes by internationally acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, of Paranoid Park, Lady in the water, Psycho, In the Mood for love and Chunking Express; and noted director and writer Mahamat Saleh Haroun known for his films, Girgis, Bye Bye Africa, A Screaming Man.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice “Lion of the future” winner Court is the only Indian film in international competition. The India Gold competition will showcase films like Avinash Arun’s Killa, Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Venu’s Munnariyippu, Dr. Biju’s Names Unknown and Vivek Wagh’s Siddhant.
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Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

Secret Cinema, you feel, is becoming something of a misnomer. In 2007, the format launched with a one-off screening of Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, bringing the film's skater milieu to life in a disused railway tunnel. Four hundred people turned up, and an idea – that movies could be enhanced by creating a corresponding world for the audience to explore as they watched – was born.
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Is Gus Van Sant Replacing Shane Black On Death Note?

A film adaptation of the popular manga series Death Note has been brewing for some time now, and last we heard about the project, Iron Man 3 helmer Shane Black was working with his The Nice Guys co-writer Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry on a new iteration of the script. The movie is set up at Warner Bros., which has a strong relationship with Black thanks to the Lethal Weapon franchise and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, so his involvement seemed like a done deal. However, now we’re hearing that Black might no longer be involved with Death Note, and his replacement is none other than Milk director Gus Vant Sant.

Death Note, an English-language adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, follows a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that allows him to instantly kill any person by writing their name within its pages.
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Gus Van Sant may sign his name to the American remake of 'Death Note'

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Gus Van Sant may sign his name to the American remake of 'Death Note'
"Death Note" would have been a very strange Shane Black movie. That alone seems like a reason to have been excited about the possibility of seeing it, but in the grand scheme of things, it seems like a better fit for Shane Black to move on to a new "Predator" movie. Besides, the notion of seeing Gus Van Sant direct a new take on this highly-acclaimed and very strange title is fairly provocative in a different way, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see what he does with it. The original manga series was by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, and it tells the story of a high school student who finds a notebook that grants whoever owns it the ability to kill anyone simply by writing their name in the notebook. By using it, he draws the attention of the Shinigami, a disturbing race of inter-dimensional death gods.
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New director found for live action Death Note movie

Shane Black isn't attached to Death Note anymore. But Gus Van Sant is...

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Plans for a live action movie based on Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note have been bumbling around for the best part of half a decade now. At one stage, Shane Black was attached to the project (as recently as 2013), and was set to write and direct the movie. However, it seems that things may be back on track, as it's being reported that MilkGood Will Hunting and Paranoid Park director Gus Van Sant is now set to take on the film.

Death Note tells the story of a student who happens upon a strange notebook. By writing the name of someone in the book, he can instantly kill them.

A screenplay was in place from Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Whether Van Sant pressed ahead with that or develops one
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Gus Van Sant Will Direct Anime Adaptation 'Death Note'

Gus Van Sant Will Direct Anime Adaptation 'Death Note'
Gus Van Sant has signed on to direct an adaptation of the Japanese manga Death Note, which has been languishing in development at Warner Bros. for several years now.

Back in January 2011, Shane Black signed on to direct from a script by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, but we never heard anything else about the project until now. The Tracking Board reports that the most recent script was written by Shane Black, Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry, and that Shane Black was still attached to direct up until 2013, which is, coincidentally, when his blockbuster Iron Man 3 hit theaters.

Death Note is based on the Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, which follows a young student who finds a bizarre notebook. He discovers that he can kill anyone instantly simply by writing their name in the notebook, as an FBI agent starts tracking him when the bodies keep piling up.
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