12 items from 2015
It’s kind of hard to believe Darren Aronofsky only has six features to his name, especially since his first one, “Pi,” came out in 1998. Still, the director has proven a unique talent over his sparse career, one deemed worthy of an Oscar nomination in 2011 for his work on “Black Swan.” Among the many idiosyncrasies of an Aronofsky film, Vimeo editor WarmBakedBread argues that an emphasis on his characters’ eyes is a key feature. And he made a four-minute video titled “Pupil’ to prove his point. The short cuts together every single Aronofsky feature, including the aforementioned two, as well as “The Fountain,” “The Wrestler,” “Noah,” and “Requiem for a Dream.” (Side note – remember “The Wrestler”? Damn, that was some good filmmaking.) At first, watching the video, you might think, “yeah, actors have eyes; point made.” (And okay, is it just us, or does the rock monster from “Noah” looks »
- Zach Hollwedel
Based on a bestselling novel by Tom Rob Smith, Child 44 tells the story of a man (Tom Hardy; The Dark Knight Rises) fighting to reclaim his humanity from a system that requires him to sacrifice it in order to survive.
Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop), Jason Clarke (Terminator Genisys), Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Trilogy) Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman) and Paddy Considine (The World’s End) co-star.
Child 44 opens in the Us and the UK on April 17th.
- Scott J. Davis
Luis Buñuel movies on TCM tonight (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'Belle de Jour') The city of Paris and iconoclastic writer-director Luis Buñuel are Turner Classic Movies' themes today and later this evening. TCM's focus on Luis Buñuel is particularly welcome, as he remains one of the most daring and most challenging filmmakers since the invention of film. Luis Buñuel is so remarkable, in fact, that you won't find any Hollywood hipster paying homage to him in his/her movies. Nor will you hear his name mentioned at the Academy Awards -- no matter the Academy in question. And rest assured that most film critics working today have never even heard of him, let alone seen any of his movies. So, nowadays Luis Buñuel is un-hip, un-cool, and unfashionable. He's also unquestionably brilliant. These days everyone is worried about freedom of expression. The clash of civilizations. The West vs. »
- Andre Soares
One of the great things about awards season is that it provides a rich field for statistic analysis. Attentive viewers can use the Golden Globes (the first major awards show of the season) and SAG Awards (the second) as a sort of predictive measure for the major acting awards at the Oscars. We looked at the Oscar-nominated roles in the four major acting categories (sorry, Jen and Naomi), and cut out anyone who didn't win or get nominated for a Golden Globe and a SAG. Then, we went back five years (because any more than that is insane - who are we, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
As a project like Zomboobies languishes in a level of post-production Hell filmmaker Mike Taylor continues to ply his trade on many Hollywood productions. Yet his heart still burns to make "Off-Beat, VFX, Horror, Gore, Comedy and Heart filled Movies" as per his webpage PretendForReal.com. Taylor let us know that he created a trailer, an homage if you will, to the Troma Films character Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D. He has titled it Sgt. Kabukiman L.A.P.D. "Sing, Dance, Kill". It is a quick dose of lo-fi goodness and really fun gore. Taylor also provided a collection of stills and art for your perusal as well. The Raid meets Black Swan in this gritty, elegantly ultra-violent and magical re-imagining of Troma Films classic comedic super hero "Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D." Independently...
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For the first time since 1998, all twenty of the acting nominees competing at this year's Oscars ceremony will be white. For the first time since 2000, the Best Picture contenders will be exclusively stories about men.
This matters. There will always be those eager to dismiss criticism of the Academy and its practices with some variation on the phrase "Who cares about the Oscars anyway?" The answer is: the entire film industry. The Oscars impact filmmaking at every level, and pretending otherwise is wishful thinking. They affect who gets hired and how much they get paid. They affect what kinds of films get financed and distributed. And they affect what kinds of stories are seen as important.
Going by this year's nominations, the stories Hollywood sees as important are those of white men. Yes, the critically beloved Martin Luther King biopic Selma made it into the Best Picture field, but judging »
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” returned to theaters Friday and “Birdman” doubled its run, as Fox Searchlight looked to take its bounty of Oscar nominations to the box-office bank.
Wes Anderson’s elegant, zany period comedy will be in around 35 theaters across the country, even though “Budapest” has been available on DVD since June. And director Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s surreal showbiz sendup “Birdman” will be in more than 450 locations over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, then look to double that next weekend.
- Todd Cunningham
The former “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress and the actor who starred on ABC’s “Betrayal” are joining Wgn America’s “Salem” for Season 2, which began production on Wednesday. Actors Joe Doyle (“Raw”) and Oliver Bell (“How to Make Love Like an Englishman”) are also set to join the cast of the witch drama, set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, site of the infamous real-life witch trials that resulted in executions of 20 people.
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Lawless, set as a recurring guest star, will play Countess Marburg, »
- Travis Reilly
Reviewed by Robert J. Thompson II
I wasn't sure what to expect, putting this film in. Seth, the gent who runs MoreHorror, simply asked, “would you like to review Starry Eyes?” – what he really asked was, “would you like a free movie?” – of course, I'm going to say “yes”. So, today there's a knock at the door, and an envelope sitting on my deck, and this evening, I pop it in.
And this is just terrible. Terrible, I tell you. Terrible that I had to wait until 2015, to see one of the best films of 2014. No, not one of the best horror films. One of the best films. Now, I'm a man who loves his mainstream films, so when you ask what my favorites of 2014 were, movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Gone Girl”, and “The Winter Soldier” are going to be at the top. “Starry Eyes” has easily made »
The first images from Jane Got a Gun have been released.
The pictures from the much-delayed Natalie Portman Western have been posted by Unanimous.
Portman produced and stars in the Gavin O'Connor-directed movie, which was originally intended to arrive in cinemas in August 2014.
Lynne Ramsay was attached to direct the film but dropped out shortly before shooting was to get under way.
The crew and cast changes led to a string of delays for the project.
Edgerton has said that the making of the movie was "difficult »
“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.”
Whatever you think of Alejandro G Iñárritu’s Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), it's destined to be one of the year's most talked things. Arriving in UK cinemas on New Year's day, it could have played merry hell with most critics' end-of-year lists if it had been released even a few hours earlier, but it's bound to linger in the memory for the next 12 months.
In the film, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up movie star who has privately and publicly disintegrated since his infamous turn in the Birdman trilogy. Now, he's trying to be a triple threat, by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. »
Having had one of the most troubled productions in recent memory – with director Lynne Ramsay quitting, Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper all pulling out, and The Weinstein Company pushing back the release on two occasions – we now have our first look at the upcoming western Jane Got a Gun courtesy of a selection of images featuring Natalie Portman (Black Swan) and Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings)…
Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop gears up for revenge, Jane’s best »
- Gary Collinson
12 items from 2015
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