20 items from 2015
This anthology of six bleakly funny shorts is a mixed bag that ranges from anticlimactic but intriguing to “Oh my God, did I just laugh out loud at that?” I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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A huge hit in its native Argentina and an Oscar nominee this year for Best Foreign Language Film, this anthology of six bleakly, blackly funny short films is a mixed bag that ranges from anticlimactic but intriguing to “Oh my God, did I just laugh out loud at that?” Writer-director Damián Szifron, variously borrowing the trappings of genres from suspense drama to action thriller to romantic comedy, connects the individual stories through themes of betrayal, frustration, and revenge that send up human foibles and cultural defects: one story revolves around a man who lashes out at lifelong maltreatment, some of it quite minor, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Thrillers come in all shapes and sizes, from sophisticated legal dramas to high-octane and shocking action features.
With the atmospheric and absorbing Netflix original series Bloodline arriving this week, here are some of the best TV and movie thrillers on Netflix:
Not for the faint of heart, South Korean director Park Chan-wook's Oldboy tells the story of a man who is locked away for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or the reason for his punishment.
When he is released just as inexplicably, he finds himself with only five days to unravel the mystery, save the woman he loves and seek vengeance against the people who destroyed his life.
With non-linear storytelling and a powerful atmosphere of paranoia over five seasons, you'll learn to suspect everyone, »
Today we have the first photo from the upcoming "The Secret in Their Eyes" remake, starring Julia Roberts, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Dean Norris. Check it out below. Plot: A retired legal counselor writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. The new movie is an English language remake of the 2009 movie "El Secreto de Sus Ojos," which won the Oscar for best foreign film. The remake is set to hit theaters on October 23rd. Billy Ray (Breach) directed. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Many Americans are unaware of the story of Newton Knight, but that will likely change after the release of "The Free State of Jones" next year. Directed by Gary Ross, "Free State" chronicles the life of Knight, a Confederate soldier who led a band of deserters (known as Knight Company) against the Confederacy at the height of the Civil War. The group reportedly attempted to form the "free state of Jones" near Jones County, Mississippi. Matthew McConaughey stars as Knight, a man who married a former slave (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and helped form a mixed race community in the era of Reconstruction. The film also stars Kerri Russell ("The Americans," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") and Mahershala Ali ("House of Cards," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay"). Based on the talent involved and the subject matter "Free State" would seem like prime Oscar bait. At the moment, however, distributor and »
- Gregory Ellwood
Stx Entertainment will release their English-language remake of the Oscar winning film The Secret in Their Eyes on October 23 and today we have our first look at Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the upcoming thriller. The story centers on a retired legal counselor who writes a novel hoping to find closure for one of his past unresolved homicide cases and for his unreciprocated love with his superior - both of which still haunt him decades later. Nicole Kidman and Dean Norris also star. For the full, detailed synopsis click here. The original film was released in 2009 and directed by Juan Jose Campanella under the original title, El secreto de sus ojos. It went on to make $33.9 million worldwide and won Best Foreign Language Oscar. Here's the original trailer as well as a very cool oner from the film along with an accompanying visual effects breakdown if you've never seen it before. »
- Brad Brevet
Catapulting Tom Hanks back into audience’s hearts with his compulsive and gripping true story thriller Captain Phillips, director Billy Ray looks poised to do the same for Julia Roberts in The Secret In Their Eyes. A remake of Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning Spanish language feature, the Americanized version boasts a sterling cast that reeks of awards pedigree; Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Dean Norris and Michael Kelly all star alongside Roberts.
Ray will adopt a similar strategy to his previously adapted works Captain Phillips, The Hunger Games and State Of Play by returning to the source material for inspiration. As a result, this U.S. version won’t be a direct copy of Campanella’s movie, but instead re-appropriate the subject for North American audiences. That being said, there are similarities – understandably – between the two.
Currently in production, The Secret In Their Eyes is scheduled for release on October 23rd, »
- Gem Seddon
A couple of key release date changes have taken place in the last few days, including several of this summer's key titles. 20th Century Fox in particular has shaken up its slate, playing musical chairs with three of its upcoming titles.
The "Poltergeist" remake has been moved up by two months to May 22nd, as a result the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy" has been pushed out of that slot and back two weeks to June 5th. On top of that, the road trip tale "Paper Towns" has been moved out of that June 5th slot and into the old "Poltergeist" slot on July 24th.
They aren't the only studio shaking things up though. Stx Entertainment has unveiled its slate of films with an untitled Blumhouse thriller opening July 31st, the remake of the acclaimed "The Secret in their Eyes" opening October 23rd, the horror tale "The Boy" opening January 22nd »
- Garth Franklin
Argentinian filmmaker Pablo Trapero vaulted onto the international cinema scene in 2010 with "Carancho." The film was well received after screening at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard lineup, and a Hollywood remake was kicked around for a hot moment, though now seems stuck in development hell. He returned to Cannes a couple years later, once again relegated to Un Certain Regard, with "White Elephant." It didn't raise the same amount of heat, but something tells me his latest, "The Clan," will spark his name back into the conversation, and maybe see him in the Competition lineup at the festival. Certainly, this first teaser will grab your attention. Starring Guillermo Francella (“The Secret In Their Eyes,” “Heart of a Lion”) and set in the '80s, the film is based on the true story of the wealthy Puccio family, who were responsible for a string of kidnappings and murders. And that little logline, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Written by Damián Szifron
Directed by Damián Szifron
Wild Tales fulfills an Argentine need for release and catharsis. It’s engineered to reflect the zeitgeist or, at least, its own interpretation of the national mood. It stages a multidirectional offensive against marriage, city and national governments, illogical bureaucracy, class and ethnic resentment, and even parenthood. Damián Szifrón, its director and writer, locates six unconnected narratives in clearly Argentine contexts, but mostly avoids specifics: they happen in the present day, are symptomatic of ongoing social and political tensions, but also occur during an unspecified time, as likely today as yesterday and tomorrow, and no people, groups, or parties are explicitly singled out for criticism. No one and everyone is to blame for our spiteful and violent collective moment.
This is no subtle analysis of reasons and origins, only a spectacular, sensational snapshot, or rather an hilarious, infinitely-watchable, and ultimately adolescent cry. »
- Guido Pellegrini
The Weinstein Company on Saturday set an August 14 release for “Underdogs,” the foosball comedy it hopes will be its biggest animated film ever. Pop star Ariana Grande, Matthew Morrison of TV’s “Glee,” Katie Holmes and Bella Thorne will lend their voices to TWC’s English-language remake of Argentinian writer-director Juan Jose Campanella’s “The Secret in Their Eyes.” The “Underdogs” soundtrack will feature three original songs written by British singer/songwriter and “X-Factor UK” judge Gary Barlow, who recorded the vocals for two of them. The third track was recorded by pop duo Kalin and Myles. Also Read: Ariana Grande, »
- Todd Cunningham
By Anjelica Oswald
Of the five foreign-language films nominated this year, Poland’s Ida is the only film to receive an Oscar nomination in another category. The black-and-white film is nominated for best cinematography.
Eighteen foreign-language films have received nominations for their cinematography and four have won. Only six of the 18 films were also nominated for best foreign-language film; however, three of the six won for their cinematography.
The first foreign-language film to earn both a best foreign-language film nomination and a cinematography nomination was Sweden’s Fanny & Alexander in 1984. The film won both awards, as well as best art direction and costume design. Writer-director Ingmar Bergman was also nominated for best director and original screenplay.
Ten years later, Hong Kong’s Farewell My Concubine received both nominations as well. It lost the foreign-language race to Spain’s Belle Epoque and lost the cinematography award to Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Loving the new look, Julia Roberts! The actress debuted a different 'do while on the set of her new film The Secret in Their Eyes, and although we're a fan of her brunette and banged tresses, it's also very possible that Roberts is rocking a wig for the movie (but at least now we know that if she did decide to switch it up, this is a good alternative to her already-lovely locks). Julia also got a sweet visit from her hubby Daniel Moder, who stopped by the set in Pasadena, Calif., to hang out with his ladylove while she took a break from shooting. Billy Ray's remake of the 2009 Academy Award winner for foreign-language (directed by Juan Jose Campanella) is based on the Eduardo Sacheri novel »
Director Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) made an animated foosball movie a couple years ago, called variously Metegol and Foosball, and The Weinstein Company will release the movie in the Us this spring under the title Underdogs. Along with giving the film that new title, the Weinsteins have dubbed the movie with an […]
The post ‘Underdogs’ Us Trailer: Foosball Players Come Alive to Save a Town appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
The Weinstein Co acquired rights to Argentine/Spanish animated feature Underdogs in March last year and has now dropped the first trailer (see above). The film, directed by Oscar winning The Secret In Their Eyes helmer Juan José Campanella, was a huge hit in Argentina and Latin America in 2013 where it went by the title Metegol (the international moniker was Foosball 3D). It is the No. 2 highest-grossing Argentine film of all time in that market with over $14.2M.
The story centers on reluctant hero Jake (Matthew Morrison), a shy, but talented, foosball player whose passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Ariana Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Nicholas Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world’s best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He »
- Nancy Tartaglione
After winning an Oscar for his accomplished crime melodrama The Secret in Their Eyes (which is currently getting the Hollywood remake treatment), director Juan José Campanella has gone down quite a different path for his follow-up, crafting a foosball-focused animated film. Originally titled Metegol, alternatively titled Futbolin in Spain, and now titled Underdogs by The Weinstein Company, the first U.S. […] »
- Jason Michael
The Weinstein Company has unveiled the trailer for its upcoming "Underdogs" animated film, which has a voice cast comprised of Nicolas Hoult, Katie Holmes, John Leguizamo, Ariana Grande, Bella Thorne and Matthew Morrison. Check it ou below. Plot: Jake (Morrison) is a shy, but talented, foosball player. His passion for the game is rivaled only by his love for free-spirited Laura (Grande). With her encouragement, he beats the town bully, Ace (Hoult), in a foosball game. But everything changes when Ace becomes the world's best soccer player and returns years later to turn their village into a new sports stadium. He starts to destroy everything and kidnaps Laura in the process. Just when it looks like all hope is lost, the toy figures from Jake's foosball table come to life. He and the players embark on a wild adventure to save Laura and reclaim their village. With the help of his team, »
There's a chance you might remember an Argentine and Spanish animated foosball film from back in 2013 that was called Futbolin or Metegol. Well, that film got picked up by The Weinstein Company, and they're releasing a dubbed version of the movie featuring an American cast and the new title of Underdogs. Matthew Morrison ("Glee"), singer Ariana Grande, Nicolas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Bell Thorne (Blended), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and John Leguizamo all lend their voice to the film about two childhood foosball rivals who battle as one finds their home threatened by the other. Watch! Here's the Us trailer for the animated film Underdogs from The Weinstein Company: Underdogs is directed by Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and based on a short story called Memoirs of a Right Winger by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa. Eduardo Sacheri, who adapted The Secret in Their Eyes, and »
- Ethan Anderton
The urge to remake successful foreign films as Hollywood movies continues, with the news that Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under The Dome) is joining the powerhouse cast of The Secret In Their Eyes. The original, 2009 Argentinian film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was directed by Juan Jose Campanella (House).
This U.S version of the story will also be adapted from the source novel by writer-director Billy Ray. As a director, Ray previously helmed the thriller Breach, and his literary adaptation skills have been demonstrated particularly by his last three projects – State Of Play, The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips. While synopsis reports of The Secret In Their Eyes are slightly conflicting, it does seem clear that the new version will differ from the book somewhat in its premise.
The original story saw a former judiciary employee and a judge recount their unsuccessful attempts to solve a brutal crime, »
- Sarah Myles
We begin the new year with an extended look at what's coming to Mexican theaters in 2015, courtesy of our correspondent Eric Ortiz Garcia. We also have a trailer for Heroes, a lighthearted new film that's opening in its native Chile this week, as reported by Jaime Grijalba Gomez. Further, we have a rundown on the box office charts in Argentina, both recent and over the past year, as well as a trailer for Papeles en el viento, a new comedy-drama from the author of The Secret in Their Eyes. ...
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By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
20 items from 2015
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