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There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh. »
- Drew McWeeny
Chicago – The contemplation of beauty gets a little more truth in a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) entitled “The Neon Demon.” It features Elle Fanning as Jesse, a naive girl who wants to break into the world of modeling, and does so in an unexpected way. The symbolic film has both strange drama and touches of horror.
Director Nicholas Winding Refn has been a known cinema force since his breakthrough with “Drive” in 2011. The Danish born filmmaker began his career in his native Denmark with the film (and subsequent trilogy) “Pusher” (1996). He built his reputation film-by-film, as the John Turturro starring “Fear X” (2003) next got him noticed. The Sundance Film Festival gave praise to “Bronson” (2008), nominating the film for the Grand Jury Prize. The breakthrough film “Drive” came three years later, and garnered two Oscar nominations. “The Neon Demon” is Refn’s tenth feature film.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Film Independent, which produces the Indie Spirits, the L.A. Film Festival and Film Independent at Lacma, has chosen eight fellows for its 2016 Directing Lab, an eight-week intensive that allows emerging filmmakers to rehearse and shoot scenes from their in-progress feature films, under the guidance of industry veterans — including, this year, creative advisors Daniel Barnz ("Cake," "Phoebe in Wonderland"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen") and James Ponsoldt ("The End of the Tour," "Smashed"). Other 2016 mentors include casting consultants Meg Morman and Sunday Boling; producer Joan Scheckel ("Beginners," "Transparent"); and editing advisor Darrin Navarro ("Talullah," "The End of the Tour"). After selecting, workshopping, and shooting scenes from their feature-film projects, with digital camera, lighting »
- Matt Brennan
3 items from 2016
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