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Wonderful true story about a mixed-race woman raised in an aristocratic British family in the late 18th century; like the best Jane Austen romance with an angry social conscience. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m hungry for stories about women
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Warning: I am about to get sweary about a genteel romantic costume drama.
To everyone who has ever said or believed that white men built the world on their own and bestowed civilization on the rest of us? Fuck you. To anyone who has ever said or believed that the stories of women and everyone not-white haven’t been told because they’re not worth telling because, obvs, they did nothing significant? Fuck you.
That the stories of women and nonwhite people — and nonwhite women! — have been erased from the history books does not »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In a year when one Mexican movie, Eugenio Derbez’s “Instructions Not Included,” finally cracked the U.S. Latino market, and two titles — Gary Alazraki’s “We Are the Nobles” and “Instructions” — raked in a combined 940.6 million pesos ($71.6 million) at the Mexican B.O., the country, its market and its filmmakers have become a new Hollywood obsession.
What the Mexican industry has really achieved, and what it still has left to achieve, is a different — and much debated — question.
Some giant steps forward are obvious. In 2002 Mexico produced 14 features; in 2013 it was 126, the highest number since 1959. And intriguingly, 60% of 2013 productions were debut features.
Hikes in Imcine Mexican Film Institute subsidies certainly bear significant credit, with $18.3 million set aside for 2014. Also offering a boost is the Eficine tax break investment, capped at $53.3 million in 2014, up 40% on 2013.
“One of Mexico’s biggest breakthroughs is the fiscal incentive, which launched an entire generation of new filmmakers: Gerardo Naranjo, »
- John Hopewell
Paris — France’s Nicole Garcia, a well-regarded actress-turned-director who has worked with many of French cinemas greats, will serve as president of the Cannes Festival’s Camera d’or Award jury.
Created in 1978, the Camera d’or prizes the best feature debut at the Festival, whether the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition, or Un Certain Regard), Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week.
Past plaudits have gone to Jim Jarmusch (“Stranger Than Paradise”), Mira Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”), Jaco Van Dormael (“Toto the Heroe”), Naomi Kawase (“Suzake”), Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time For Drunken Horses”) and Steve McQueen (“Hunger”).
Often selecting films from directors who came into Cannes as virtual unknowns outside their country of origin – Mexico’s Michael Rowe, with “Leap Year,” for example – winners very often count among the select group of Cannes arthouse movies which garner bountiful sales in Cannes’ follow-up, though prices paid for winning titles is now another matter. »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
Amy Adams deserves to be the true lead in a film again. She's still been a force in numerous films over the past several years including The Fighter, The Master, Man of Steel, Her, and American Hustle to name a few. But the last time she was truly front-and-center was in 2010's Leap Year. That simply will not do. However, she might be getting back to center stage if she signs on to the sci-fi thriller Story of Your Life. According to Deadline, Adams is in early talks to play the lead. The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners) based on the short story by Ted Chiang and adapted by Eric Heisserer (The Thing remake/prequel), centers on an expert linguist who learns to communicate with aliens who have crash landed around the planet. As she begins to communicate with them, she starts to have vivid flashbacks that could reveal »
- Matt Goldberg
Stay portrays West Ireland's moors and hamlets as stark, brooding terrain on which, by contrast, townies become townier and lovers become cuddlier. Instead of Amy Adams doing slapstick amid a herd of cows, we have Taylor Schilling of Orange Is the New Black as Abby, a much more self-contained heroine but hardly a more capable one.
Schilling's skin is too consistently glowing to pass for a convict's, but it's not a problem in the role of a young Montreal woman who moves to an Irish country house with her former professor, now boyfriend, Dermot (Aidan Quinn) »
Want a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day that doesn't involve heading to the nearest pub to get drunk in celebration of the Emerald Isle? Try watching your favorite celebs in a movie set in Ireland! Whether it's the Amy Adams rom-com Leap Year set against the lush Irish countryside, the Oscar-nominated film Philomena, or an Irish prison uprising in Hunger starring good-looking lad of Irish descent Michael Fassbender, there's plenty of Emerald Isle films to keep you entertained. See some of the best Irish films Hollywood has to offer below. »
It’s March 17th and we can now officially celebrate Ireland’s British born patron saint and stock up on some flicks to get us in the spirit of Saint Patrick.
For a culture enriched with such a storied and turbulent history, ‘Irishness’ is all too often portrayed on screen to the global market as a very primitive and one dimensional identity. It is quite strange considering, the small nation that boasts such a rich artistic tradition, which could rival any on the planet, is so lethargically diluted to idle cliched phrases and beer swilling Paddies.
In spite of the annoying and exhausted stereotypes, there are still a number of movies which embody and adhere to the complexity of Irish identity. Yes, there are a cornucopia of films which depict Irish identity as shamefully opposite. Such inferior silver screen presentations include the likes of Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You »
- Colm McCall
It's our first performance night for the Top 13 Finalists on Season 13 of "American Idol." Lucky 13/13! Follow along for all of the fun with the seven remaining girls and six remaining boys as they sing for Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. 8:05 p.m. Jennifer Lopez is pretty. 8:06 p.m. Our theme tonight is This Is Me. "I love this week is about them," Keith says. J-Lo is hoping we get to know this Top 13, finally. 8:06 p.m. New ways to vote! New ways to vote! Google! 8:08 p.m. Ben Briley and Sam Woolf are going to need help on commercials this season. 8:04 p.m. Our first performer appears to be Dexter Roberts, who is afraid of spiders and once played football. Just like Ryan Seacrest. Singer: Dexter Roberts My Interview Song:"Aw Naw" My Take: Dexter goes electric and he seems to »
- Daniel Fienberg
Director: Michael Rowe
Writer: Michael Rowe
Producers: Possibles Media, Freshwater Pictures
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’ve been a huge of Michael Rowe since his unsettling 2010 debut, Leap Year. An Australian who has lived in Mexico City for the past two decades, Rowe makes his English language debut with his third film, Rest Home, which should film in early 2014. Rowe has been able to work magic with a microbudget, so we’re curious to see how his vision expands as notable names both in front of and behind the camera flock to be a part of his work (Gael Garcia Bernal produced his second feature, 2013’s The Well, which played at the Rome and Morelia Film Festivals). While Us audiences are perhaps most familiar with Australian actress Melissa George from her television work, she’s had memorable roles in works by Christopher Smith, »
- Nicholas Bell
Zombeavers. It’s all in the title. And given that such a title excites us here at Dread Central (but not in a necrophilia-bestiality kind of way, we promise), we figured it was high time to sit down with director Jordan Rubin to get the skinny on his upcoming horror-comedy feature.
Starring Cortney Palm (Sushi Girl), Hutch Dano (Zeke and Luther), Peter Gilroy, Rachel Melvin (Dumb and Dumber To), Jake Weary, Lexi Atkins, and Bill Burr, Zombeavers was written by Jon Kaplan, Al Kaplan, and director Rubin.
It revolves around three college girls who go on a carefree vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration, only to find that their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them.
- Sean Decker
very single meeting I have with a brand or ad agency starts with this sentence: “Okay, but we’d really like is to go viral.” Oh, sweet, beautiful, brands – don’t we all? The problem with “going viral,” other than it sounds like we’re all desperately trying to get the Plague, is that the digital landscape is constantly evolving. The methods by which a video got popular last month might have changed this month, and what worked for one campaign might not work at all for another. So, the question is, what works now? My company and I decided to do a little experiment to try to find out. I run Happy Little Guillotine Studios, a creative agency and production house that has created a lot of successful digital campaigns. Everything from 7-Eleven’s Slurpee Unity Tour that got over a billion media impressions to Leap Year, a two »
- Yuri Baranovsky
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