18 items from 2014
With the dust fully settled on the Academy Awards, we point our attention northward with tonight’s 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Many of the television winners have already been announced in glitzy fashion during this Canadian Screen Week, but with baited breath, we’re more keen on seeing how the film award honors will pan out. Last year’s Tiff saw Denis Villeneuve bring not one (Prisoners), but a pair of feature films and it is the offbeat, doppelgänger delight Enemy that should reap in the top awards of the evening. Here are my predictions of who will win, who should win, and who should have been nominated in each of the most anticipated film categories.
Best Motion Picture:
Screenie voters tend to favor Canada’s yearly submission for the »
- Leora Heilbronn
Though The Artist star Bérénice Bejo’s last film, the tense drama The Past, inexplicably failed to earn a much-deserved Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the actress is still signing on to projects that have us very optimistic about her future on the awards circuit. Most recently, Bejo has agreed to topline an Italy-set psychological thriller called After The Storm, for The Giraffe’s Neck director Safy Nebbou.
The film, based on the novel Belle famille by Arthur Dreyfus, will find Bejo playing a young mother who, after the accidental death of her five-year old son, instinctively hides his body and covers up the death. As the media descends on her and the police launch a massive investigation into the child’s disappearance, the mother slips further into denial and mental instability.
After The Storm is certainly a significant step away from Bejo’s light and sunny performance »
- Isaac Feldberg
We've already seen a suspenseful trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Enemy, the director's first collaboration with Jake Gyllenhaal before Prisoners even hit theaters. In addition, a cool featurette showed off how the filmmaker had Gyllenhaal act with himself. Now we have one more sexy promo spot that is chock full of some nudity and sex with Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), so it's certainly Nsfw. However, it does offer a glimpse into the madness of Gyllenhaal's character after he comes into contact with his doppelgänger, changing both of their lives for better or worse. Looks pretty intense and worth a glimpse. Here's the sexy new promo for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, direct from A24 Films: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, haunting, surreal approach that »
- Ethan Anderton
Paris– Safy Nebbou is set to direct Berenice Bejo (“The Past”), Laurent Lafitte (“On The Other Side Of The Tracks”), Gregory Gadebois (“The Returned”) and Sergio Castellitto (“The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian”) in the Italy-set psychological thriller “After The Storm” (“Apres la tempete”).
Based on Arthur Dreyfus’ novel “Belle famille,” the film will topline Bejo as a mother who can’t accept the accidental death of her five-year old son and instinctively hides his body. After the child is declared missing, the police launches a massive investigation that sparks a media frenzy, comforting the mother in her denial.
Philip Boeffard is producing at Paris-based Nord-Ouest, the well-established production outfit of Mathieu Kassovitz’ “La Haine” and “Rebellion,” Christian Carion’s “Merry Christmas” and Michel Ocelot’s “Tales Of The Night.”
- Elsa Keslassy
We've already seen the trailer for Enemy, the first collaboration between director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, before last year's Prisoners was even made. Now a new featurette dives deeper into the story based on Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, hitting theaters this spring. While part of it focuses on the plot and how that unfolds, there's also a focus on how Villeneueve made it possible for Gyllenhaal to act opposite himself. Between this film and Jesse Eisenberg in The Double, there's a lot of "twins" on the big screen this year, and fortunately they all look good. Watch now! Here's the new making of featurette for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, originally from IGN: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, »
- Ethan Anderton
Canadian director Denis Villeneuve's (Incendies) gripping new thriller Prisoners (2013) - starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano - arrives on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download this coming Monday (3 February) courtesy of UK distributors Entertainment One. To celebrate the home entertainment release of Villeneuve's latest labyrinthine drama, we're delighted to announce that we've been provided Three DVD copies of Prisoners to give away to CineVue's loyal regular fanbase absolutely free of charge. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
★★☆☆☆ Following the success of his acclaimed Middle Eastern mystery Incendies (2011), Canadian director Denis Villeneuve returns with great promise, an A-list cast and a script from Contraband (2012) scribe Aaron Guzikowski. Films about child abduction are as a rule, a tricky affair that deal with an inexplicable well of emotions, so far that have been exceptionally explored in the stark realism of Keane (2004) and shamelessly exploited in high-gloss claptrap such as Ransom (1996) and The Tall Man (2012). Prisoners (2013) is a dank and excessively damp thriller that tackles abduction from an original perspective.
- CineVue UK
February is traditionally the greyest, dampest month and therefore an opportune time to unleash Prisoners (Entertainment One, 15) into Britain's living rooms: Denis Villeneuve's rain-pelted, Pennsylvania-set thriller is so ostentatiously gloomy as to make the dregs of winter positively sparkle by comparison. That's a compliment of sorts. Solemn, cement-thick atmosphere – Roger Deakins's cinematography has been deservedly Oscar-nominated – elevates the absurdities in this lengthy, engrossing bit of pulp, which follows a suburban kidnapping case through to some very bitter ends.
Hugh Jackman (on unusually steely form) is the rampaging father scorned, Jake Gyllenhaal reprises his Zodiac performance to slightly lesser effect as the dogged detective, Melissa Leo plays the patented Melissa Leo role as the mangy shut-in who may or may not know more than she's letting on. Québécois auteur »
- Guy Lodge
Previously titled An Enemy, the film was actually shot before Prisoners, with both making their debut on the festival circuit last year, with Prisoners officially bowing at Tiff after an appearance at Telluride, and Enemy launching out in Toronto as well.
With the film about to get an early on-demand release, ahead of its theatrical release in the Us in March, Yahoo Movies have launched a new trailer, with A24 also releasing a great new poster for the doppelganger film.
Enemy tells the story of a university lecturer named Adam (Gyllenhaal) who is nearing the end of a relationship with his girlfriend Mary (Laurent). One night, while watching a film, Adam spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by »
- Kenji Lloyd
Before making Prisoners, director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal collaborated on Enemy, an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double. Now the film is headed for theaters this spring and following a couple cool posters for the bizarre thriller, the first trailer has arrived. Gyllenhaal plays a university lecturer who spots a minor actor who looks just like him. Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle. Yeah, it looks strange. Here's the first trailer for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, originally from Yahoo: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, with a hypnotic, haunting, surreal approach that reaffirms the Quebec director »
- Ethan Anderton
"Transfixing. Fascinating. Spellbending." Take a look at this outstanding new poster for Denis Villeneuve's film Enemy, the other one with Jake Gyllenhaal that he directed, that's not Prisoners. We've been featuring this one for a while awaiting the trailer with some excellent posters in the past, including this repetitious red one and the original design from festivals. Now we have another, as A24 Films has released the latest poster that's all yellow, along with some vacant, drifting away faces. Eerie. Remind anyone of Cronenberg's Naked Lunch? It's just an impressive poster to start off 2014 right. Still waiting for a trailer, but I'm fine with this. Here's the latest official poster for Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, direct from A24 via Facebook or on Twitter: Brilliantly adapted from the late Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's 2002 novel The Double, the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies, Prisoners) breathes new life into the doppelgänger tradition, »
- Alex Billington
In 2000, Ted Chiang’s short tale Story of Your Life won the Nebula Award for Best Novella — basically the equivalent of an Emmy Award in the science fiction literary world. In it, a linguist commissioned by the U.S. government sets out to determine if a group of aliens that have landed on Earth are a threat. She comes to learn their complex language, and a series of flashbacks about her daughter help her understand the way the beings perceive time, unlocking a greater mystery. THR reports that Prisoners and Incendies director Denis Villeneuve will adapt the sci-fi story, which he plans to shoot later this year. Hours director and Final Destination 5 writer Eric Heisserer will script the adaptation. Villeneuve has a penchant for cerebral, intense stories and engrossing...
- Alison Nastasi
The screenplay was written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street), and is based on Chiang’s award-winning short story. The film begins when an alien crafts land around the world and an expert linguist is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.
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- Laura Frances
Despite being almost completely shut out of this year’s awards race, it’s hard to argue with the fact that director Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners was one of 2013′s stronger efforts. Though he’d experienced substantial success in the past, most notably with his Oscar nominated film Incendies, it was really the aforementioned kidnapping drama that put him on the map. Now, he’s using the goodwill he earned with that film to put some other projects into development, one of which is a sci-fi drama titled The Story of Your Life, based on the short story by Ted Chiang.
The Eric Heisserer-scripted film will tell the story of a “linguist hired by the military to communicate with an alien craft to try and figure out why they’ve come to Earth. And in the course of her communication with the aliens, she has flashbacks that could reveal »
- Matt Joseph
First announced in late 2012 , FilmNation Entertainment and Lava Bear Films' adaptation of Ted Chiang's short tale Story of Your Life has, according to The Hollywood Reporter , found a director in Prisoners and Incendies helmer Denis Villeneuve. Featuring an adapted screenplay by Eric Heisserer ( The Thing , A Nightmare on Elm Street ), Story of Your Life was originally going to be directed by commercials director Nic Mathieu. Based on Chiang's award-winning short story, the film takes place after aliens land around the globe and follows a linguist who is recruited by the Us government in a race to decipher their intentions on Earth. The film will be produced by 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine with FilmNation.s Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder. Lava Bear.s David Linde, »
Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve actually made two films last year, with the first being the amazing Prisoners and the second on its way very shortly in the form of Enemy. The film sees Jake Gyllenhaal search for his exact double after spotting him in a film. The poster obviously gives the sense of searching for one’s identity, with multiple Gyllenhaal lookalikes stood all in a row.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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Andrew Kasch's Picks
- Uncle Creepy
In a year packed with incredibly dramas like 12 Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Her which tend to play at smaller arthouse theaters, one drama did manage to get wider theatrical release: Prisoners. From Director Denis Villeneuve, whose previous drama Incendies received similar critical acclaim, Prisoners takes a much darker page from man’s search for identity as a father (Hugh Jackman) loses himself in obsession after his daughter and her friend go missing, taking him down a disturbing route as the local detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) follows the clues and tries to solve the case by the book. With a number of red herrings thrown out for audiences to trip over and some terrific performances by everyone involved, Prisoners tells a riveting story that makes its 153 runtime pass by so quickly it feels too soon when the credits start rolling.
- Lex Walker
18 items from 2014
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