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Kill Your Darlings is the third film recently about the beat generation, after Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Howl (2010) and Walter Salles's On the Road (2012). This movie by John Krokidas is superior to both, with Daniel Radcliffe giving an intelligent and considered performance as the young Allen Ginsberg.
There is admittedly some of the same self-consciousness and 50s beat preciousness with polo-necked guys nodding life-affirmingly to live jazz. But it's also revealing about the role played by violence, shame and denial at the birth of beat and of Ginsberg's career. These ignited the poetry, and the film suggests that the poetic impulse is at least initially a flight impulse; an impulse away from a horrible real-world mess to a vantage point from where the mess can be artistically controlled, »
- Peter Bradshaw
★★★☆☆ Beat literature and its purveyors have had a long and varied relationship with the silver screen which has seen no less than three films about them in the last few years. James Franco accepted the challenge of the lead in Allen Ginsberg pseudo-biopic Howl (2010), whilst Walter Salles took on the unenviable task of bringing Jack Kerouac's "unfilmable" On the Road (2012). Now, first-time director John Krokidas tackles the formative years of the movement in his fairly standard period piece, Kill Your Darlings (2013), which boasts an impressive cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster and Michael C. Hall.
- CineVue UK
Director: John Krokidas.
Running Time: 104 minutes.
Daniel Radcliffe is one smart cookie. Here is a man who has picked his post-Potter projects very well. His choices have exceeded expectation in terms of critical acclaim (A Young Doctor’s Handbook) and box office success (The Woman In Black), and he’s such a likeable chap to boot. So, it’s thrilling to say that playing a young Allen Ginsberg is the best thing he could have done because he, and the film he leads, are brilliant.
Whether you’re a fan of the Beat Generation or not, John Krokidas presents a character-led drama that is lighter than you might expect, »
- John Sharp
James Franco is one of the most intriguing gentlemen working in film today. With a career that has led to hugely successful feature films like Spiderman and Oz The Great And Powerful to off the beaten path projects like As I Lay Dying, Interior: Leather Bar or Howl, his choices runs the gamut. The actor, artist, director and writer seems to want to do everything that somebody in his position could possibly do… and why can’t that mean playing the bad guy in a Jason Statham »
Perhaps the most misleading aspect of the new crop of Beat movies that have surfaced during the past few years is that they obscure the fact that there was once an older crop of Beat movies. If your only exposure is Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl, Walter Salles’ On the Road, John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, and Michael Polish’s Big Sur, you might assume that the Beats participated in an artistic movement reserved exclusively for the written word. Yet Allen Ginsberg was front-and-center of experimental film projects like 1959’s Pull My Daisy (narrated by Kerouac) and 1966’s Chappaqua, while William S. Burroughs spent most of his career after the 1970s in independent films (alongside producing spoken word albums). Even Jack Kerouac, the most novelistic of the best-known Beats, showed his media literacy by recording improvisatory experiments in audio technology before he published “On the Road.” The literary Beats not only inspired later independent filmmakers »
- Landon Palmer
Playing the part of George, he'll be joined by Chris O'Dowd in the role of Lenny. O'Dowd initially found fame on British television in The It Crowd before successfully making the transition to Hollywood, appearing in Bridesmaids, This Is 40 and the hit HBO TV series Girls.
Franco originally announced the project in March this year, and gave details of casting and direction a month ago, but the project has been officially announced by lead producer David Binder. The play's director will be Anna Shapiro, who won a Tony for her production of August: Osage County, since turned into a film starring Meryl Streep. »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
Read enough interviews with Hollywood film stars and two themes keep cropping up. Theme one is that the star in question is working on a screenplay. Theme two is that they hope to become a director. Perhaps we can all take some comfort from the knowledge that, however much power and influence these stars may have, the vast majority never finish that screenplay or direct that film.
A few stars do get around to directing when they've passed their acting peak (Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Dustin Hoffman). A few manage the transition once they've established themselves as A-listers (George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes). And some (Ben Affleck) turn to directing in desperation, following several years of lurching »
Moviefone's DVD of the Week:
What's It About? The first installment of Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of the beloved J.R.R. Tolken novel, "The Hobbit," follows an epic quest to retain a treasure. Martin Freeman stars as the titular Bilbo Baggins hobbit (the younger version of Ian Holm's Bilbo), who travels with a pack of dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure from the vicious dragon Smaug.
Why We're In: While Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey" is in no way as grand or as incredible as his "Lord of the Rings" films, it is still a fun and worthy visualization of the book.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"James Dean: The Ultimate Collector's Edition"
- Erin Whitney
No one has a career quite like James Franco. There are his big screen star turns in films like Milk, Howl or 127 Hours, but he’s just as likely to pop up on television in everything from The Mindy Project to General Hospital. Then there’s his own writing and directing projects such as Interior. Leather Bar. Franco always manages to compel us and keep us interested in what he’s up to, including his latest project.
He may have directed the film Sal a few years ago but it’s only been his busy schedule that has kept it from reaching theaters (and VOD) until now. The film, written by Stacey Miller, chronicles the final day in the life of Sal Mineo, the twice-Academy Award-nominated actor (for Rebel Without A Cause and Exodus) who came out in the 1960s and, »
- Jim Halterman
Commercials will never stop finding new ways to entice us into the never-ending abyss of complicit consumerism, and the seductive but anodyne faux-Swede spokesperson for Gevalia coffee Johan is just one in a long line of male pitchmen hunky enough to appeal to American women (and gays) but– we’re guessing here– simultaneously hokey enough not be threatening to American men.
Bad blonde wig aside, Prescott’s Johan is almost as seductive as another recent pitchman with nearly universal appeal, The Old Spice Guy…
Of course, the trope of cartoonishly sexy but goofily charming and wholesome mascot is not particularly new. It dates back to at least to that most sanitary of topmen, »
- Eric Shorey
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Studio: Anchor Bay
In 1972—before the internet, before the adult film explosion—Deep Throat was a phenomenon: the first scripted adult theatrical feature film, featuring a story, some jokes, and an unknown and unlikely star, Linda Lovelace (Seyfried). Escaping a strict religious family, Linda discovered freedom and the high-life when she fell for and married charismatic hustler Chuck Traynor (Sarsgaard). As Linda Lovelace, she became an international sensation—less centerfold fantasy than a charming girl-next-door with an impressive capacity for fellatio. After struggling to break free from Traynor whose endless abuse nearly killed her, Linda made it her life’s mission to fight violence against women. »
Director: John Krokidas; Screenwriter Austin Bunn, John Krokidas; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C Hall, Jack Huston, Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: Tbc
Despite the unruly black hair, the round glasses and the wide-eyed sense of wonder upon entering a brave new world, the most impressive thing about Daniel Radcliffe's turn as Allen Ginsberg in intoxicating melodrama Kill Your Darlings is that you don't for a moment see Harry Potter. Contrary to the expectations of many, it's taken him less than two years to shake off the pall of franchise typecasting.
Set several years prior to 2010's James Franco-starring Howl, this remarkably assured debut from director John Krokidas tracks the young Ginsberg's early days at Columbia, his infatuation with fellow student Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), and the murder that would test his bond with fellow Beat writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac »
Manis Film announced that production started on Big Sky, the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau (the original We Are What We Are). The film will star Bella Thorne (upcoming The Familymoon with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The Closer; The Possession; upcoming films Kill Your Darlings and Reach Me), Frank Grillo (The Grey; End of Watch; Zero Dark Thirty; upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables; Howl; USA's Graceland). Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here's what producer Randy Manis had to say about the production.
"Big Sky is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril. We are very »
Manis Film announced today that production has started on Big Sky , the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau ( We Are What We Are ). The film will star Bella Thorne ("Shake It Up," The Familymoon , Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day ), Kyra Sedgwick ("The Closer," "The Possession"), Frank Grillo ( The Grey Captain America: The Winter Soldier ), and Aaron Tveit ( Les Miserables , Howl ). Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico. .'Big Sky' is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril,. says Randy Manis of Manis Film. .We are very excited to share the talent of our skilled »
Following the Southland preem of “Kill Your Darlings” at the Writer’s Guild Theater on Oct. 3, Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall and others gathered at the Thompson Hotel, where it proved to be a night for celebrating firsts.
Attendees toasted helmer John Krokidas and his co-writer Austin Bunn, for whom “Darlings” is a freshman debut. For Hall, “Kill Your Darlings” marks his first project to be released in the post-”Dexter” era. And for Radcliffe, the film prompted his first foray into a new acting method.
“Dan said to me, ‘I want to treat this like my first film, too,’” Krokidas remembered. “I want to forget everything I’ve known. I don’t want to approach this film like anything else I’ve done before.” Radcliffe offered up high praise for the director’s approach, saying he’s already taken the acting methods he learned from Krokidas on to other projects. »
- Allegra Tepper
Daniel Radcliffe: Gay sex scene in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ will ‘startle’ fans (photo: Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in ‘Kill Your Darlings’) Daniel Radcliffe, 24, has survived Harry Potter. Last year, he starred in the horror thriller The Woman in Black, a major sleeper hit in the United Kingdom and a moderate one in several other countries, including the United States and Mexico. Radcliffe’s next release is the John Krokidas-directed drama Kill Your Darlings, in which the (former) bespectacled Harry Potter plays bespectacled gay poet Allen Ginsberg — whose sexually daring poem "Howl" resulted in charges of obscenity in 1957. And of course, when it came to gay sex, Ginsberg did more than just write poems. And that’s where Daniel Radcliffe will do some unHarry Potterish on-screen business. ‘Kill Your Darlings’ gay sex scene “I felt like I was breaking new ground," Daniel Radcliffe is quoted as saying in Total Film. »
- Andre Soares
Lovelace, the moderately controversial film about porn legend Linda Lovelace is making its way to Blu-Ray and DVD on November 5th. It’s a cast that’s hard to argue with, and a film that is sure to get people talking.
There doesn’t seem to be word on the bonus features yet, and that could be a wild meeting in itself. Get all the info below, and mark your calendars.
From Academy Award® winning directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Best Documentary, Features, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt, 1989) comes the harrowing true story Lovelace, debuting on Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 5th from Anchor Bay Entertainment and RADiUS-twc. The true story of fame, abuse and betrayal set against the sexual revolution of the 1970s stars Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables, In Time) as icon Linda Lovelace and Golden Globe® nominee Peter Sarsgaard (Green Lantern, Jar Head, Flightplan) as her abusive husband, »
- Marc Eastman
The full lineup for the 57th BFI London Film Festival was unveiled this morning, and is being widely heralded as the fest's strongest slate in years.
As ever, several highlights from Toronto, Cannes and Venice are in the mix, with highlights including Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave and Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Colour.
There's also a slew of offerings from first-time filmmakers – among them the Daniel Radcliffe-starring Kill Your Darlings and Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Don Jon, and a strong documentary slate led by Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie.
Digital Spy counts down the top ten films to catch at this year's festival.
When you can see it: October 18 - 21:20 / October 19 – 21:00 / October 20 – 21:00
Why it matters: Tom Hardy, alone in a car, for 85 minutes. This intriguingly »
It seems pretty inevitable that comparisons are going to be made between John Krokidas’ new Beat Generation biopic Kill Your Darlings and the 2010 Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl, which starred James Franco in the lead and focused primarily upon the obscenity trial that followed the publication of the poem of the same name. Already, however, Kill Your Darlings is getting rave reviews from its festival screenings, particularly because of its lead performances, and may well end up outperforming Howl both critically and commercially.
The ensemble cast includes Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) as Lucien Carr, Ben Foster (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) as William Burroughs and Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Jack Kerouac. Kill Your Darlings explores the writers’ youths, the inception of the revolutionary spirit that would mark their generation of poetry ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Call me a pessimist, but I doubt that Daniel Radcliffe will ever free himself from the shadow of Harry Potter. He’s yet to have a role bigger than that of the bespectacled teen wizard (and it’s doubtful that he’ll ever find one), but he’s also never had a role that proves his wizarding success was due to his acting ability and not just his resemblance to the kid on the “Harry Potter” book covers. Kill Your Darlings might be a revelation, but it might also be one more step in Radcliffe’s march from under the towering presence of so much whimsical witchcraft and wizardry. In the film’s debut poster (which you can see below), it’s clear we’re supposed to be seeing an older, wizened man, still wearing the same glasses (Radcliffe is playing the bespectacled Allen Ginsberg, so it’s not like he could just swap them out for »
- Adam Bellotto
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