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Is Nicolas Winding Refn Betraying His Own Talent?

10 July 2016 9:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.

The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded »

- Owen Gleiberman

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The Neon Demon review – beauty as the beast

10 July 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Nicolas Winding Refn’s provocative modern fable follows a young model into the dark, dangerous woods of the La fashion world

“Am I staring…?” This neon-noir fantasia from Nicolas Winding Refn, the Danish director of Drive, Bronson and the Pusher trilogy, is a modern fairytale of beauty as a beast, a horror-inflected, high-fashion fable replete with wicked witches and big bad wolves ready to devour a flaxen-haired youth in the wild woods of Los Angeles. Less Prêt-à-Porter with teeth than The Company of Wolves from hell and in heels, it offers a bloody chamber of symbolic provocations (lunar cycles, occultist trappings) cooked up by a film-maker taking weekly tarot readings from the Chilean surrealist Alejandro Jodorowsky and driven by an intoxication with the superficiality of the photographic image.

Swooningly filmed by Natasha Braier, The Neon Demon puts overtly ludicrous flesh on a satirical script co-written with the playwrights Mary Laws and Polly Stenham, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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“Seeing Is Understanding”: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Cinema, Sight, And ‘The Neon Demon’

8 July 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nicolas Winding Refn has turned into a total cinematic enigma. If his earlier films such as “Drive,” “Pusher,” and “Bronson” had critics on his side, his last two features have split the cinematic world in half and left many audience members in total and utter puzzlement. Refn followed up “Drive,” his greatest critical and commercial […]

The post “Seeing Is Understanding”: Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Cinema, Sight, And ‘The Neon Demon’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Movie Review – The Neon Demon (2016)

7 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Neon Demon, 2016.

Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.

Starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Karl Glusman, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Desmond Harrington and Keanu Reeves.

Synopsis:

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

Style over substance – the go-to phrase poured over Nicolas Winding Refn’s most recent works as the director showcased his grandiose artistic endeavours while perhaps never giving his written work quite so much love and affection. With The Neon Demon however those fears can be laid to rest, as this is his richest and most compelling work since Bronson. From the mesmerising opening moments, as colours twinkle and cascade across the credits, you are summoned into his new whirlwind of lucid images and blushing textures that hypnotises you and never let’s go, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Idris Elba to Make Directorial Debut with ‘Yardie,’ an ’80s-set Cocaine Thriller

5 July 2016 3:54 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Idris Elba is a busy guy. Between a recent spate of voice-acting roles (“Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book,” “Finding Dory”), a role in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond” and unending rumors about his potential to be the next Bond, he’s apparently found time in his schedule to get behind the camera. Elba will make his directorial debut with “Yardie,” an adaptation of Victor Headley’s novel of the same name.

Read More: ‘The Dark Tower’ First Art Revealed In New Idris Elba Teaser

The book follows a cocaine courier (what a job title) named D tasked with delivering a kilo from Jamaica to London in the 1980s. Like so many fictional characters before him, he considers it a good idea go behind his employer’s back and sell the product himself. No casting news has been announced, though it’s possible Elba could do the honors himself; “Bronson” co-writer »

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The Neon Demon review

30 June 2016 7:50 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Published Date  Friday, July 1, 2016 - 06:38

“When a film makes you gag, and you leave the cinema feeling kinda weird, then that’s a sign that it’s working.” Director and Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox was talking about David Cronenberg’s debut feature Shivers when he said those words in the 1990s, but he could have just as easily been talking about Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.

This is the film, you may recall, that left people wailing and yelling at the screen when it made its debut in Cannes earlier this year. It isn’t difficult to imagine Refn standing off to one side somewhere and smiling at such a seething reaction, because his films are engineered to provoke and prod. You might not like Refn’s movies - which include Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive (his most commercial film yet) and 2013‘s Only God Forgives, »

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Interview: ‘The Neon Demon’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn on Narcissism and the Essence of Creativity

30 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s name appears many times in The Neon Demon, in both the opening and closing credits. But even if his name weren’t mentioned, nobody would mistake this darkly funny horror movie as anything but a Refn film. This time around, however, the director behind Only God ForgivesDrive, and Bronson tells a story from a woman’s perspective — which […]

The post Interview: ‘The Neon Demon’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn on Narcissism and the Essence of Creativity appeared first on /Film. »

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Batgirl: Nicolas Winding Refn wants to direct the movie

28 June 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Drive and The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn declares his wish to make a Batgirl movie...

There's no shortage of people - us included - who want to see a Batgirl adventure on screen, but we'd never thought that Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon DemonDriveBronson) would want to do it.

Yet when asked if he would have any interest in making a superhero film, the Danish director told Business Insider "God, I would love to make one, it would probably be great fun. I just don't know when it's going to happen. I very much enjoy my freedom creatively, but I also would love to make one of those big Hollywood films that costs a lot of money and has a lot of people running around with cell phones and all that insanity".

When asked which superhero tale he would like to adapt for the big screen, »

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Why Nicolas Winding Refn Had to Make 'Neon Demon'

24 June 2016 5:19 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when that eye belongs to Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, it's a trait to both admire and fear. His breakthrough film, Bronson (2008), featured Tom Hardy's celebrity super-prisoner cavorting violently through visually stunning sets; in Drive (2011), Ryan Gosling curb-stomps an enforcer's head in an immaculately-lit elevator; and Only God Forgives (2013) embeds its stabbings and brutal assaults in a eye-popping version of Bangkok at midnight. And the attraction/repulsion idea of beauty itself is at the center of his latest work The Neon Demon, »

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Review: 'The Neon Demon' offers sleek and sexy scares with a satirical twist

23 June 2016 6:45 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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‘The Neon Demon’ Review: Nicolas Winding Refn Delivers Stylized but Empty Malevolence

23 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After an auspicious start with small-scale gangster pulp (the “Pusher” trilogy) and stylish portraits of brutal men (“Bronson,” “Valhalla Rising”), Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has turned to the world of wispy ingénue models in Los Angeles for his latest, “The Neon Demon.” His first all-female exploration of humankind’s latent awfulness is no less exquisitely realized or captivatingly violent. It’s also significantly shallower, however, as a pointed commentary on the cutthroat world of fiercely protected beauty and ephemeral hotness. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the cascade of formal, brazen imagery, the way you would a lush, »

- Robert Abele

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From Fetishes to Reo Speedwagon, Here Are 11 Of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Most Provocative Statements

23 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“The Pusher Trilogy.” “Bronson.” “Valhalla Rising.” “Drive.” “Only God Forgives.” Even if you’re not entirely caught up on Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn’s entire oeuvre, you’re probably still aware of the infamous receptions many of them have received. You may have been scarred by the screams and punches of “Bronson” or turned off by the comically absurd violence of “Only God Forgives,” but that’s likely the reaction the director wants you to have. After all, this is the same director who, upon shooting a take of “The Neon Demon,” would call out: “Violence, motherfuckers!”

We’ve been fascinated by Refn’s insane quotes and anecdotes from interviews, so below we have assembled a collection of some of our favorites.

Fair warning: You may find some of these incredulous. Or disgusting.

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn Says Nobody Liked ‘Drive’ At First

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- Russell Goldman and Sarah Colvin

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Interview: Nicolas Winding Refn On ‘The Neon Demon,’ Instagram & Wanting To Make A Spy Movie

22 June 2016 12:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

2016 marks the twenty-year anniversary of Nicolas Winding Refn’s emergence as a feature writer/director. His 1996 debut, the street-level Danish crime film “Pusher,” led to a string of other gritty stories of marginalized malcontents, including two “Pusher” sequels. In the two decades since, particularly following the 2008 film “Bronson,” Refn has developed into a provocateur […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Interview: Elle Fanning, Nicolas Winding Refn on ‘The Neon Demon’

22 June 2016 8:14 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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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The Neon Demon Review

20 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

My, what a treat it’d be to spend even five nanoseconds in the mind of Nicolas Winding Refn. Neon strobes, vile torture, cannibalistic corpse-kissing nymphos – Refn’s style blends sinister sleaze with posh, club-centric pop artistry that glows a vibrant, sadistic hue. We all knew The Neon Demon would submerge Los Angeles’ modeling scene in a dead-sexy taste of dog-eat-dog warfare, but with such little storytelling? Even for Refn? Don’t get me wrong, he’s the master of style over substance – and that’s coming from an Only God Forgives apologist – yet his latest piece of work comes off as egotistically narrow-minded.

If you need to be reminded how important that whole “substance” thing is, here’s a perfect example.

Elle Fanning stars as Refn’s muse, a not-quite-legal midwestern beauty with dreams of becoming runway model royalty. As soon as she arrives in town, Fanning’s supple »

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'Aquarius' wins Sydney Film Prize

20 June 2016 3:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brazilian film debuted in Competiton at Cannes.

Director Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Brazilian social justice drama Aquarius has won the $47,000 (Au$63,000) Sydney Film Prize, the major award of the Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19).

Mendonca Filho’s story of a strong-willed homeowner’s battle against unscrupulous real estate developers was awarded the top prize at the closing night of the 63rd Sff on Sunday.

Jury president and UK producer Simon Field said Aquarius, which premiered in Competition at Cannes last month, is “a compelling and relevant statement about contemporary Brazil, and the power of an individual standing up for what she believes.”

“Mendonça Filho has created a film that is both political and personal – witty, sexy and playful. A film of effortless verve and intelligence,” he said.

“At the heart of the film is Sonia Braga’s astonishing and brave performance of a fearless character, resisting pressures from her family, and the corporate »

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The Neon Demon or Another Reason to Hate Top Models and Danish-Born Directors

14 June 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

The Danish-born director, Nicolas Winding Refn, has helmed a few popular movies such as Drive (2011), Bronson (2008), and the Pusher trilogy. This success has been only slightly marred by a handful of far-less-favored works including Fear X (2003) and Only God Forgives (2013) starring Ryan Gosling.

Ironically, that latter disaster supplied grist for one of the best scenes in the documentary, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, which was helmed by Refn's wife, the talented but put-upon Liz Corfixen. Near the end of her engaging feature on her self-absorbed spouse, Refn, lying on his bed after the Cannes opening of Only God Forgives, mutters, "Why do critics have to be so cruel?" Then he reads aloud off his cell phone this Hollywood Elsewhere critique by Jeffrey Wells:

"Movies really don't get much worse... It's a shit macho fantasy -- hyperviolent, ethically repulsive, sad, nonsensical, deathly dull, snail-paced, idiotic, possibly woman-hating, visually suffocating, pretentious... [T]his is a defecation by an over-praised, over-indulged director who thinks anything he craps out is worthy of your time. I felt violated, shat upon, sedated, narcotized, appalled and bored stiff."

What I found so fascinating here, besides Refn's reaction to such verbiage ("That's how you know when you made great cinema. When half love and half hate it."), was that Mr. Wells will be able to reuse his review word for word for The Neon Demon.

This tale focuses upon a sixteen-year-old virgin, Jesse (Elle Fanning), who arrives in Los Angeles to begin a modeling career. Her first job is to lie on a couch with her neck supposedly slit and the fake blood streaming everywhere. The photographer is the young, kind-hearted Dean (Karl Glusman, who exposed his erection throughout Gaspar Noé's equally dull Love (2015)). The chap instantly falls in love with her.

Please don't ask why a nice guy would have a young woman pose with her body mutilated, other than it is a striking visual to open a film with. Anyway, Jesse has no time for love. Admitting herself talentless except for being pretty, she has only one item on her bucket list: to be a top model. Seemingly, she will succeed because when this young woman enters a room, everyone stares. Men. Women. Goats. Chimpanzees.

The very next day she's hired by a modeling agency. Twenty-four hours later she's posing for a top brooding photographer (Desmond Harrington), who after spotting her, has everyone leave the studio, orders Jesse to strip, then rubs metallic paint all over her body. Hopefully, it's not lead-based.

Soon every blonde model in L.A. with an Olive-Oyl physique hates her for stealing their jobs, and to top it off, the manager (Keanu Reeves) of the cruddy motel she's staying in is a rapist with a Lolita fixation. Uh-oh. Can there be more? Poorly directed party scenes, stray wildcats and eyeballs, cannibalism, a vile depiction of a horny lesbian, necrophilia in a mortuary, and a dastardly over-the-top performance by Alessandro Nivola as a shallow fashion designer just scrape the top layer of the slime that slithers about as The Neon Demon.

Mr. Refn has noted his goal was to make a satire about the modeling industry and America's facile addiction to externals. He also wanted to explore the 16-year-old girl that resides within himself. As if that weren't enough inspiration, he's spouted, "One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty."

Now if Mr. Refn had an iota of wit (visual or otherwise) or if he respected women (his wife says he just wants her around as a housewife) or if his half-baked ideas spent ten more minutes in the oven, this offering could have been a gas. Paul Morrisey, John Waters, or even Greg Araki might have shaped this hodgepodge into a tongue-in-cheek funfest. But if Refn is aiming for intentional laughs, he fails. He seems to have been treading more into David Lynch territory but was swallowed up by the quicksand of his own dullardry. More Blue Polyester than Blue Velvet.

That Refn had no idea what he was creating with Demon was not a new occurrence for this vanquished auteur. He has said of a previous effort, "I've spent three years on this movie, and I don't really know what it's about." Then after the filming and the editing of Only God Forgives was completed, he observed to his wife," I wasted six months of our lives." Happily, for us, with his latest, our wasted time clocks in at one hour and 57 minutes. It just feels like six months.

(The Neon Demon, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to several boos, opens in theaters on June 24th.) - Brandon Judell

Mr. Judell has written on film for The Village Voice, indieWire.com, the New York Daily News, Soho Style, and The Advocate, and is anthologized in Cynthia Fuchs's Spike Lee Interviews (University Press of Mississippi) and John Preston's A Member of the Family (Dutton). He is also a member of the performance/writing group FlashPoint.

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Win Passes to See The Neon Demon

14 June 2016 1:55 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Enter here for your chance to win passes to an advance screening of the new film from writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn, The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Karl Glusman, Christina Hendricks, and Keanu Reeves.

For your chance to receive two (2) complimentary passes to see the new film The Neon Demon at the Mjr Troy Theater in Troy, Michigan on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00Pm, just look for the “Enter the Contest” box further down on this page. But hurry because the contest ends at 10:00pm on Sunday, June 19th!

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The Neon Demon: When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has in The Neon Demon, the new horror thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn. The Neon Demon stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games series), Bella Heathcote (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Gods of Egypt, Max Max: Fury Road), Karl Glusman (Love, Stonewall), Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series), Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, The Dark Knight Rises), Alessandro Nivola (A Most Violent Year, American Hustle), and Charles Baker (Breaking Bad, Wild). Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives). (Broad Green Pictures) This film has been rated R.

The Neon Demon opens in theaters on Friday, June 10, 2016!

For more information on The Neon Demon visit: Official Site

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Movie Review – The Neon Demon (2016)

7 June 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Neon Demon, 2016.

Directed by Nicolas Winding-Refn.

Starring Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Desmond Harrington, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee and Keanu Reeves.

Synopsis:

When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.

In a hidey-hole of the cinematic universe lies a select group of filmmakers that dare to reimagine what it means to make movies and what it takes to watch them. Nicolas Winding Refn is such a filmmaker. His movies are like light beams from another world, and when casted against the silver screen, we see the cold, colorful inner space of his dreams and his visions. In Pusher, we saw the nightmarish reality of the Danish underworld, in Bronson we saw the livid, explosive personality of a man who could not exist outside of prison, »

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The Neon Demon Conjures Up New TV Spots And Images

6 June 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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Elle Fanning is ready for her close up in today’s strikingly dark images and TV spots for Nicolas Winding Refn’s soon-to-be-released thriller, The Neon Demon.

But beauty is vicious, as the evocative one-sheet below teases, and after arresting our attention through Bronson to Drive to Only God Forgives, Refn’s latest creative effort casts light on the fashion industry and, specifically, its dark, unspeakable underbelly.

Due to land later this month via Icon Films and Amazon Studios, it is Elle Fanning’s new model on the block Jesse that anchors the story of The Neon Demon, spawning a twisted tale of psychotic jealousy when a group of industry veterans begin to swarm around Fanning’s pure and untainted star-in-the-making like vultures.

As today’s TV spots remind us, Refn has moulded Jesse’s arc into a visceral thriller, with many of the glossy sequences »

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