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As a celebration of the unprecedented number of Canadian films that competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival, Moviefone Canada is highlighting each of these works.
When Nicholas Winding Refn's "Drive" hit theatres, it startled many moviegoers that had pegged Ryan Gosling as just another in a long line of pretty-boy actors -- sympathetic with clearly defined abs, but a performer who picked relatively safe projects to delve into.
For those paying a closer attention, it was his compelling turn in "Lars And The Real Girl," a tale of a man that falls in love with an anatomically accurate doll, that showed the slightly off-kilter direction that he was heading in.
His previous film with Refn, "Only God Forgives," bowed last Cannes and split the opinion of critics; some lauded it as a masterpiece, some saw it as an indulgent if pretty-to-look-at mess.
Critics were equally split with "Lost River, »
- Jason Gorber
The reviews that are trickling in from la Croisette of Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, "Lost River," are ... mixed, to say the least. But getting your first film booed at Cannes is a rite of passage. It's the cinematic equivalent of a bar or bat mitzvah, you know? So, mazel tov to Ryan Gosling, for now you are a man in the eyes of the film industry!
The official synopsis of "Lost River" sounds pretty bonkers, and is full of tantalizingly overwrought phrases like "the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city" (read: Detroit) and "a macabre and dark fantasy underworld." There's even an underwater world thrown in for good measure. Plus, if you really want to nerd out about it, the director of photography is Benoît Debie, whose dizzying work can be seen in Gaspar Noé unforgettable movies "Irreversible" and "Enter the Void," and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers." We're already reaching for the Benadryl. »
- Jenni Miller
Cannes -- Ryan Gosling has made a concentrated effort to escape his origins in show business, and little wonder. His own personal artistic sensibilities seem to be miles away from the kiddie fare that he appeared in, or "The All-New Mickey Mouse Club." Little by little, as he's been able to pick and choose the roles he wants to play, he has pushed towards darker and moodier work, often collaborating with very strong, challenging filmmakers. Commercial appeal seems to be one of the last things on his mind, and even so, he's built up a dedicated fanbase. His first film as a writer and director, "Lost River," had its premiere this afternoon at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Un Certain Regard section. There are a number of first time directors in the section this year, and in the years that I've been covering this festival, I've come »
- Drew McWeeny
Director Nicholas Stoller has steadily been rising in the ranks, having worked for many years under Judd Apatow on everything from “Undeclared” to a string of successful studio comedies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and 2012’s “The Five-Year Engagement.” (He was also involved with both of Disney’s recent Muppets movies.) But Stoller is about to break into the big leagues with this weekend’s gut-busting “Neighbors” (review here), a film that pits Seth Rogen’s new dad against Zac Efron’s rowdy frat leader in a war for suburban supremacy. We recently sat down with Stoller and chatted about the five biggest influences on his new film, most of which will be very surprising (especially for those that have already seen the film).When “Neighbors” premiered at South by Southwest, Stoller openly admitted that one of the biggest influences for the movie was “Enter the Void,” Gaspar Noe’s neon-lit »
- Drew Taylor
Wild Bunch has unveiled its packed slate of films that it will be shopping around Cannes, with new films in store from great European filmmakers like Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive," "Only God Forgives"), Paul Verhoeven (the original "Robocop" & "Total Recall"), Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible," "Enter the Void"), Abdellatif Kechiche ("Blue is the Warmest Color") and Jean-Francois Richet ("Mesrine").
Refn and William Lustig are set to produce a remake of the 1980s cult classic "Maniac Cop" about the hunt for a New York serial killer. Ed Brubaker ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") penned the script, while the director will be announced at Cannes.
Untitled Paul Verhoeven Project
Paul Verhoeven's next is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian's 2012 novel "Oh!". The story revolves around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.
- Garth Franklin
If you're a serious film buff, you're a fan of Wild Bunch, the European financiers behind films like Enter The Void, Blue Is The Warmest Color, Holy Motors, Only God Forgives and a number of the most exciting, confrontational foreign films to reach American shores. They serve as backer for these and other arthouse sensations, while distributing some of the more exciting American pictures overseas. And at Cannes, Wild Bunch has prepared an incredibly exciting slate of diverse, unusual, and surprisingly commercial pitches. For example, are you ready for another Spring Breakers? Leading the Wild Bunch Cannes slate is Spring Breakers: The Second Coming according to Screen Daily. The project is seeking funding, and will follow the Spring Breakers as they battle "an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them." "It's not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original, »
Paris-based sales and production powerhouse Wild Bunch has unveiled a packed Cannes slate, featuring future films from Paul Verhoeven, Gaspar Noé and Abdellatif Kechiche as well as Spring Breakers 2 and the remake of Maniac Cop.
The untitled Paul Verhoeven project is an adaptation of French writer Philippe Djian’s 2012 novel Oh!, revolving around a psychological game of cat-and-mouse between a businesswoman and a stalker who raped her, a crime for which she is seeking revenge.
“Casting is being finalised. It’s a very intelligent script but it’s also pure Verhoeven, extremely erotic and perverted, so the actress has to be prepared to take that on,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval.
Originally titled How to Catch a Monster, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut was just accepted into the Un Certain Regard selection at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (see the lineup here) under the title Lost River and now we have our first look at two pictures from the upcoming fantasy, which Warner Bros. will release later this year. On top of directing, Gosling also wrote the screenplay, as for the actors, he's cast his Drive co-star Christina Hendricks in the lead role alongside his The Place Beyond the Pines co-stars Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes and Saoirse Ronan, whom he would have starred with if he'd remained in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones. Described as a fantasy/thriller, the film centers on a single mother (Hendricks) who's swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town. These images alone »
- Brad Brevet
After the contentious likes of “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead,” Hollywood’s season of Christian-themed cinema continues in relatively innocuous fashion with “Heaven Is for Real,” a bland, earnest yet appreciably restrained adaptation of Midwestern minister Todd Burpo’s inspirational bestseller about his young son’s miraculous glimpse of eternity. Audiences not inclined to suspend their disbelief, let alone take a leap of faith, will have no use for the film’s corn-fed sincerity or its clean-scrubbed celestial visions. Still, it’s something of a relief to report that the movie isn’t quite the vomitous bucket of spiritual saccharine the ads would suggest, and those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues: a carefully open-minded appeal to skeptics, a wry sense of humor that wards off sententiousness at key moments, and a fine cast of name actors (led by Greg Kinnear) who »
- Justin Chang
My first real attempt at understanding the brilliance that was Stanley Kubrick came in my freshman year of college, when I wrote a research paper on 2001: A Space Odyssey for an English class. After all that work, I only received a B and found myself more confused than ever. But there it was – the spark that Stanley Kubrick’s work produces. Kubrick’s best films were experiences; it’s impossible to “half-watch” one of his many masterpieces. And that’s what the movies on this list do. They take you on an odyssey of visual wonder, psychological tremors, and expect you to do as much work as the people involved in the making of the films. Yet, in the end, Kubrick’s films didn’t feel like homework. They felt like vacations to a world where deep thought is a welcome respite.
20. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Directed by Terrence Malick
What makes it Kubrickian? »
- Joshua Gaul
"Lin Pictures and Warner Bros had seen our in house directed work on Lego® Star Wars® The Padawan Menace  which was the TV short that we worked on with Lucas Films and Lego; they were impressed by the level of detail in that episode and that coupled with our long standing relationship with Warner Bros. helped us land the project,” explains Animal Logic Head of Animation Rob Coleman as to how the Australian visual effects facility became involved with The Lego Movie (2014). “Animal Logic created an animated test that was screened to the Warner Bros. studio executives and that is what fundamentally led to the film being greenlit and awarded to Animal Logic.” The duo behind Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009), Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, »
Given the subarctic winter we've been experiencing in the Northeast this year, South by Southwest (SXSW), which takes place annually in balmy Austin, Texas, was something we were looking forward to even more than usual. Warm weather, spicy Mexican food, and the hottest movies imaginable all added to create a thoroughly thawing experience.
There wasn't a single Omg-you-have-to-see-this movie like there was last year, when "Short Term 12" made its debut, but the festival's lineup was quietly powerful, full of movies that were easy to miss, but at your own peril. There were a handful of loud, shout-y debuts, but some of those missed the mark completely, leaving room for the smaller movies to reach in and steal my heart.
So, a rundown of all of the movies we saw at SXSW -- some were odious, some were wonderful, but all of them we were very happy to watch... and »
- Drew Taylor
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
Austin — To premiere at SXSW, Universal’s “Neighbors” decided to forgo the end credits, a final mix, and the aspect ratio correction, but the sold-out crowd at the Paramount Theater didn’t seem to mind. The Seth Rogen-produced raunchy comedy starring Zac Efron, Rose Byrne, Dave Franco and an often-shirtless Rogen debuted to an audience content to heartily laugh.
While the weather outside was both frightful and wet, inside Rogen half joked that the only person out of the near dozen onstage that attended college was producer James Weaver, who also doubled as the sole member of a fraternity.
The film follows the Radnor family (Rogen and Byrne), who, after having their first child experience the unfortunate circumstance of having a fraternity move in next door (its president is played by Efron). In an attempt to both give their daughter a peaceful environment and yet prove to themselves that »
- Alexandra Cheney
I missed last week’s column, as you no doubt guessed. I’m proud to say that I have the most brutal of excuses; I had my teeth pulled. Two back molars, to be precise. I contend that there are few things as metal as a dental extraction. Unless you’re a big baby and you opt to get put under (more on that later), you’re totally aware for the whole thing. Needles jabbed into your gums? Check. Bone-deep hammer-blows ringing straight through your jaw and into your skull? Check? Uncontrolled loss of blood of the hot and fresh variety? Check. And the most unrelentingly intense part? Watching as they sew shut the gaping wound in your mouth. Nothing quite as surreal as watching that needle and thread go in your mouth, then out through your raw flesh, then in again a few more times. It’s like ‘Enter The Void »
- Chris Melkus
The wildly fun Nurse 3D (review) is coming home in April, and right now we've got the official word on what to expect once it gets here other than a 1080p look at Paz de la Huerta's commanding vagina.
From the Press Release
Sexy starlets Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Enter the Void) and Katrina Bowden (TV’s “30 Rock”) turn up the heat in the wickedly entertaining thriller Nurse, arriving on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet), and Digital HD April 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The film is currently on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. The scintillating horror film about a nurse with a secret double life as a murderous vixen also stars Corbin Bleu (the High School Musical franchise) and Judd Nelson (St. Elmo’s Fire, The Breakfast Club).
By day nurse Abby Russell (de la Huerta) lovingly »
- Uncle Creepy
Director: Ryan Gosling
Writer: Ryan Gosling
U.S. Distributor: Warner Bros.
I’d bet that a little creative process seasoning by the likes of two-time partnerships with Nicolas Winding Refn and Derek Cianfrance might have ultimately pushed Ryan Gosling to move in front of the camera with what sounds like an ambitious, genre-bending project. The picky Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) lenses.
Gist: Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while Bones, her eighteen-year-old son, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive. »
- Eric Lavallee
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
Sexy starlets Paz de la Huerta (HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” Enter The Void) and Katrina Bowden (TV’s “30 Rock”) turn up the heat in the wickedly entertaining thriller, Nurse, arriving on 3D Blu-ray (plus 2D Blu-ray and Digital HD UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital HD April 8 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film is currently on Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. The scintillating horror film about a nurse with a secret double life … Continue reading →
We're less than a month away from the Oscars, and yet "Gravity" is still the topic of much discussion. Granted, much of that chatter has been positive with the movie picking up continued buzz and awards in the race to Oscar night. Then there are folks like Louis C.K. who nitpick the physics of the movie and other minor details without seeing the big picture. And then there's "Irreversible" and "Enter The Void" director Gaspar Noé. The filmmaker recently interviewed artist Matthew Barney for Bomb about his upcoming movie "River Of Fundament," and the conversation briefly touched upon 3D, which of course, led to "Gravity." And Noé didn't waste a moment in urging Barney to check it out with some rather effusive praise: The first two takes are twenty minutes each, but you’ve never seen such a visual roller coaster inside a movie theater. Those two opening takes are incredible, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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