6 items from 2015
There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first Indiana Jones movie, breaking it down shot-for-shot and filming each scene as best as their limited resources would allow over the course of eight summers. The result has become the stuff of fan legend, inspiring magazine articles, movie deals and what feels like the perfect Hollywood ending, which the geek-bait documentary “Raiders!” reveals for the first time, as the original trio reunite a quarter-century later to finish the airplane scene they deemed too difficult to film as kids. Often poignant, occasionally pathetic, but never short of entertaining, “Raiders!” captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations, as exemplified by such pics as “Son of Rambow, »
- Peter Debruge
He’s undoubtedly a rising star and Will Poulter is picking all the right projects after landing his first film role at the age of 14 in the critically acclaimed Son Of Rambow, directed by Garth Jennings. In the big-screen adaptation of James Dashner’s successful Young Adult novel The Maze Runner Poulter plays Gally, early inhabitant of the film’s first environment, and complex antagonist of the tale…
How did you feel when you first read the script?
I was really excited about the prospect of being in something that was a true ensemble piece. I think there are strong perceptions about this genre, it appears that people have hard and fast rules about these action-adventure dystopian films; they’re headed up by a young cast and they’re characterized by a lead female, a romantic thread and the world being in tatters.
And actually none of that is the case with The Maze Runner. »
- David Agnew
The film is to be directed by Gerard Barrett, whose “Glassland” just premiered in Sundance to strong reviews. Poulter also stars in “Glassland.” Barrett will direct from his own screenplay, based on the bestselling memoir by Susannah Cahalan. It is the true story of a young woman’s terrifying and sudden descent into insanity as the result of a mysterious illness. Poulter will play the boyfriend of Cahalan (Fanning) in the film.
Poulter made his breakthrough with “Son of Rambow,” and then appeared in “The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of Dawn Treader,” “Wild Bill,” “We’re the Millers” and “The Maze Runner.” He will shortly be seen starring in “iBoy,” and opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “The Revenant. »
- Leo Barraclough
The story of an overtaxed taxi driver (wholeheartedly embodied by Sundance acting-award winner Jack Reynor) forced to care for his mother (Toni Collette, even better) while she tries to drink herself into oblivion, the Dublin-set “Glassland” doles out a downbeat serving of kitchen-sink social realism with the sink itself thrown in for good measure, overflowing as it is with empty liquor bottles, dirty dishes and he broken dreams. Once again, “Pilgrim Hill” director Gerard Barrett gravitates toward characters too marginal to garner mainstream interest, while approaching his story with an elegant yet demanding ellipticism that overestimates the audience’s ability (or inclination) to connect the dots.
That’s not to say there isn’t something noble in Barrett’s uncompromised style, which flatters the intelligence of those alert and engaged enough to decipher its clues by dispensing with traditional exposition. Barrett plunges us directly into the septic squalor of Irish public housing, »
- Peter Debruge
Park City. Serendipity always plays a major role in Sundance scheduling. Yes, we have an elaborate Excel doc with all of our screenings and interviews and naps and meals programmed, but the best Sundance moments are often when you have a two hour block and duck into the yet-to-premiere Ozarks mystery featuring the girl from "The Bill Engvall," or when you trust the buzz from the night before and trudge a mile through a blizzard to see an indescribable drama starring a little kid named "Quvenzhané." As the Yiddish proverb goes, Der mentsh trakht Sundance un got lakht or "Man plans Sundance, God laughs." [Anybody who attempts to correct my Yiddish gets blocked.] So on Sunday night, I went to the far-flung Temple Theater for an evening screening, only to discover a totally different movie was playing and there was no chance I could get to the correct theater in time to see the movie I intended to see. »
- Daniel Fienberg
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
6 items from 2015
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