8 items from 2013
Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the most successful talents to emerge from the new wave of independent American filmmakers in the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour time period – and with non-formulaic narratives about seemingly random occurrences – Linklater’s work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum.” In the early 1990s, his debut feature Slacker was hailed as something of a manifesto for Generation X, and ever since, the filmmaker has earned a loyal fan-base world wide with such hits as Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise. As big fans of the filmmaker, the Sound On Sight staff decided to vote on our ten favourite films from the director.
Note: There was two ties.
When Before Sunset was released in 2004, its co-writer and co-star Julie Delpy mused on the popularity of the two sublimely romantic movies she and Ethan Hawke had made with director Richard Linklater: "It's not like Star Wars, but in that small group of people, it really means something to them." Which is to say that, for that small group of people, among whom I loudly and proudly count myself, awaiting a new instalment of the Before trilogy (as it stands, for now) is in fact exactly like Star Wars, just without the lightsabers.
As one who made sure he knew exactly nothing about Before Midnight until the lights went down, I shall refrain from too much spoilerism. Suffice to say, the title presages »
- John Patterson
Update: Prince Charming is already sitting on a throne, at least a "Game of Thrones." Richard Madden, who stars on the HBO series, will play the persistent prince determined to find the mysterious girl he falls for at the ball.
April 30, 2013 - Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull »
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Today’s film is the 2007 short Wish. The film is written and directed by Matt Day, and stars Christian Cooke, Jack Bence, Scarlett Rose Patterson, and Imogen Poots. Imogen Poots has been building acclaim over the last decade with strong supporting turns in films such as 28 Weeks Later, Me and Orson Welles, and 2011′s Jane Eyre. Her newest feature, Greetings From Tim Buckley, opened in limited release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
At Any Price is the story of Henry Whipple (Quaid), a family man running a large farming empire in Iowa corn country. He faces direct competition against Jim Johnson (Clancy Brown), along with opposition to continuing the family legacy from one of his sons, (played by Zac Efron). At Any Price is the story of an American salesman trying to survive brutal competition, especially when “Expand or Die” has become the mantra of all farmers.
Director Bahrani had been a top favorite director of late critic Roger Ebert, and previously has made films like Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo, and Man Push Cart. He co-wrote At Any Price with Hallie Elizabeth Newton.
I sat down with Quaid and Rahmani in a roundtable interview to discuss At Any Price, its relevancy to the nation’s economic crisis, Quaid’s goals as an actor, and more.
At Any Price opens in Chicago on May 3.
- Nick Allen
Update: Emma Watson is not playing Cinderella in Disney's live action rags to riches movie. Instead, Lily James will be playing the role of the downtrodden Ella. She's currently on the BBC show "Downton Abbey" and also played Korrina in Wrath of the Titans.
March 1, 2013 - Emma Watson is in early talks to play the ultimate rags-to-riches character Cinderella in Disney's live-action version. Disney is seeing if the shoe fits with the Harry Potter actress after things didn't work out with lesser known actresses Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Welles), Alicia Vikander (Anna Kanenina) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers). Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) will play the evil stepmother.
Disney is not allowing its live-action Cindrella to turn into a pumpkin, although all the players have changed since it started working on the project. Kenneth Branagh (Thor) replaced Mark Romanek as director. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Directed by Richard Linklater.
In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when he kills her, he goes to great lengths to create the illusion that she's alive.
Director Richard Linklater is one of the most unpredictable film makers working today. Thankfully he is also one of the most consistently successful; from sci-fi (A Scanner Darkly), romance (the ‘Before’ trilogy), charming comedy (Me and Orson Welles), and adult drama (Tape), Linklater is a director who should be a much bigger name in Hollywood than he is.
With Bernie, he yet again shows a talent for tackling a new genre, namely the ‘talking-head’ documentary. The film tells the true story of Bernie Tiede, a man who murdered an 81 year old wealthy widow, who was also his closest friend, in the small town of Carthage, »
- Flickering Myth
The 25-year-old has appeared in a handful of independent films over the last few years, including "Me and Orson Welles," "The Paperboy" and more recently "At Any Price," which he attended the premiere for at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19.
Efron briefly chatted with HuffPost Celebrity on the red carpet, admitting he doesn't know how he became an "indie darling."
"I don't know," he told reporters of what inspired him to make a commitment to films outside of mainstream production. "I’ve been doing a lot of interviews with Dennis [Quaid] and his words of wisdom are sort of just fresh in my mind. Dennis says the only role he sort of had for himself in this »
- Leigh Blickley
8 items from 2013
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