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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Feb 2014 - 06:39
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2008 - another great year for lesser-seen gems...
For some, 2008 will be memorable as the year of The Dark Knight, with its astonishingly unhinged turn from the late Heath Ledger. Alternatively, it could be remembered as the year a legion Indiana Jones fans left cinemas glum-faced, having sat through Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull.
Elsewhere, Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan sang and danced on a Greek island in Mamma Mia!, while Will Smith played an alcoholic superhero in Hancock. But as usual, 2008 offered plenty of watchable movies outside the top 10, which is where we swoop in - like Hancock after a bottle of gin.
So as usual, here's our selection of 25 underappreciated films from the year 2008 - starting with a British horror film starring Michael Fassbender...
25. Eden Lake
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New year, new news! (How will I introduce these news posts come February? I'd better start thinking of something now...) Let's kick it off with a double bit of casting news about Vincent Cassel, everyone's favourite menacing Frenchman, who has boarded two European flicks. First is the thriller, “Rien ne sert courir," the next film from French mono-name director Maiwenn, whose “Polisse” played Cannes to some acclaim in 2011. The other new gig for polyglot Cassel is Italian project “The Tale of Tales,” where he'll be joined by Salma Hayek and directed by Matteo Garrone, the filmmaker behind “Gomorrah” and “Reality.” And by the way, the original 17th century Italian title of the source material, is a collection of morality tales, “Lo cunto de li cunti.” Just in case that ever, uh, comes in handy. [Variety/Variety]Also coming in over the wires is some news about a couple of aging action men. »
- Ben Brock
The Tale Of Tales will be the next ambitious project from two-time Grand Prize Jury Winner at the Cannes Film Festival, Matteo Garrone. Garrone directed the brilliant fashion and crime film Gomorra and the comedy Reality, which saw a fishmonger pursuing a role on reality TV. His latest film, The Tale Of Tales will be Garrone’s first English language film, however the production will be kept to Italy where the film will also be set.
Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel have joined the cast and the film will start shooting this spring. The film gives modern twists to Italian folktales and under Garrone’s direction, it promises to be very interesting indeed. We can expect a premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Garrone’s work has impressed me over the years, especially with the unflinching Gomorra. Hopefully this will bring even more attention to his brave work.
Source: Variety »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
While no specific story details were released, the project is based on three stories from Italian author Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti (The Tale of Tales), which was published in two volumes in 1634 and 1636. The stories went largely unnoticed until the Brothers Grimm offered high praise, calling it the first "national" collection of fairy tales. Among the stories included are the earliest known versions of Rapunzel and Cinderella. It isn't known which three stories The Tale of Tales will be based on, but the project is described as an ambitious period fantasy piece.
Matteo Garrone is directing from his own adapted script, with the filmmaker also producing through his Archimede Film company, alongside Jean Labadie's Paris-based production company, Le Pacte. Production is scheduled to begin this spring in Italy. »
The English-language film will shoot in Italy during the spring. Garrone’s most ambitious project to date, the period fantasy is based on three tales from Giambattista Basile’s “Lo cunto de li cunti.”
Cassel is repped by CAA in the U.S. and Adequat in France. Hayek is also repped by CAA and Management 360.
- Elsa Keslassy
Matteo Garrone may be one of Italy's finest and most innovative filmmakers working today, having had back-to-back Cannes Film Festival Grand Prize jury winners with the crime-thriller Gomorra and the modern-day spoof on fame and celebrity with Reality . Now he's getting ready to helm his first English language film The Tale of Tales and he's just signed on Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel to play the leads. The film will start shooting in Italy in the spring, claiming to be Garrone's most ambitious film to date as it will give traditional Italian tales a modern twist. Garrone's production company Archimede Film is producing with Jean Labadie.s Paris-based leading arthouse shingle Le Pacte, who will distribute in France, while HanWay Films will handle international sales. »
6 items from 2014
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