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An atypical disaster movie, less about the failure of technology than the failure — and perhaps the resurgence — of the human spirit in the face of that. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It wouldn’t take much to destroy civilization: just shut off the power, everywhere, for months on end. That scenario as depicted in Into the Forest is nowhere near as apocalyptic as it could be; read the terrifying novel One Second After by William R. Forstchen for a taste of that [Amazon U.S.] [Amazon Canada] [Amazon U.K.] [iTunes U.S.] [iTunes Canada] [iTunes U.K.]. But it’s still pretty grim.
Sisters Nell (Ellen Page: Freeheld) and Eva (Evan Rachel Wood: Strange Magic) and their dad (Callum Keith Rennie: Warcraft) are pretty comfortable at first in their smart house up in the woods of »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Cinematic audiences have been subjected to their fair share of post-apocalyptic films in recent years. Most allegories for Western society's destructive treatment of the environment are told from either a central male protagonist's perspective or from a distinctively male gaze. Into the Forest, Canadian director/screenwriter Patricia Rozema's first feature since Kit Kittredge: An American Girl in 2008, is a cautionary tale of a world without power or fossil fuels but told from a distinguishably (and refreshingly) female viewpoint. Adapted from Jean Hegland's lyrical novel by the same name, Rozema's visceral film features tour de force performances by lead actresses Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood, playing sisters who stave off physical and mental obstacles in order to survive the apocalypse. We were lucky to speak with...
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Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema has eclectic resume, ranging from her breakout “I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing,” to the romantic drama “When Night Is Falling,” to the Jane Austen adaptation “Mansfield Park,” to the family film “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.” Now she’s taking another stylistic turn with “Into The Forest,” based on the book by Jean Hegland, […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Amazon Studios has closed a multi-year deal with Mattel for four live-action specials based on the toy manufacturer's popular "American Girl" doll franchise. Amazon Studios also has the option to produce multiple seasons of TV series with "American Girl" characters.
Two of the "Amercian Girl" specials will feature characters from the "BeForever" franchise of historical dolls, and one special will feature characters from their Girl of the Year franchise. The first special premieres later this year.
The pricey American Girl dolls were introduced in 1986 and have been adapted for several films in that time including 2008's theatrical release "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and HBO's "An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
4 items from 2016
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