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Video Interview: Alex Garland Chats Sci-Fi, Filmmaking + 'Ex Machina'

16 April 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Go into a shoot with a bad script, and you're in big trouble." Playing in theaters now is the new sci-fi film Ex Machina, directed by screenwriter turned filmmaker Alex Garland. Garland is making his directorial debut with this film after writing the scripts for The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. A few years back I met up with him for an interview about Dredd, and we talked a lot about science fiction, and how the genre pushes itself forward. I met up with Alex Garland again, this time while he was in New York City to promote Ex Machina, and we again chatted about sci-fi and how much he loves the genre. As always, it was fun to sit down and talk with Alex about filmmaking and much more. Fire it up! "Really interesting areas are beginning to exist that only a handful of »

- Alex Billington

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Interview: Director Alex Garland Seeks Humanity in ‘Ex Machina’

16 April 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Who are we anyway, when as inventors of artificial intelligence, we can create a new wave of thought process? That is what writer – and now director – Alex Garland (“28 Days Later…,” “Sunshine”) has been grappling with his entire career. His directorial debut is the stunning and prescient “Ex Machina.”

The film relates a story of Artificial Intelligence and robot/androids, supposedly invented by a Bill Gates type of world conqueror, portrayed by Oscar Isaac. When he brings a low level worker to interact with his new robots – designed to look like beautiful young women – the implications of the brave new world become apparent. The film works on many interesting levels, including the very question of what being alive means.

Lead Actor Alicia Vikander Talks On-Set with Alex Garland for ‘Ex Machina’

Photo credit: A24

Alex Garland has been an influential novelist and screenwriter for over a decade within the Science Fiction and film industries, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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Ex Machina: Cerebral Sci-Fi

9 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

At last, a science-fiction film that’s more about ideas than explosive visual effects. Alex Garland, the novelist-turned-screenwriter of such films as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go makes his directorial debut with this stylish mood piece, set in the very near future. Domhnall Gleeson plays a bright code-writer at a major Internet firm who wins an office pool. The coveted prize: a week’s getaway at his boss’ private compound, nestled in a remote location that’s reachable only by helicopter. The Big Cheese is played by an almost-unrecognizable Oscar Isaac, who adds another exceptional performance to his growing résumé. His extreme physical...

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- Leonard Maltin

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A very deep conversation with Alex Garland about his new Sci-Fi classic 'Ex Machina'

9 April 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For a man whose directorial debut has earned almost uniformly stellar reviews, Alex Garland seems slightly pessimistic about what might come next.  It's likely because of his experiences writing "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd."  All three earned some heaping of critical praise, but either disappointed or had middling success at the box office.  "Ex Machina," which has already had success on the other side of the Atlantic, may break that trend. A contemporary science fiction thriller, "Machina" finds a young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), dropped off at the remote estate of his company's mysterious and genius founder, Nathan (Oscar Isaac).  Caleb has won a contest at their Google-like company to spend a week with this powerful, Steve Jobs-esque figure, but he soon learns, however, that he's been recruited for a specific experiment.  Nathan has secretly been developing an artificial intelligence that "lives" within a walking and talking robotic body. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Why Oscar Isaac Channeled Stanley Kubrick for 'Ex Machina' (Exclusive)

9 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There are good science fiction movies, and there are science fiction movies that realign your perception of the world, while thrusting you into some new or otherworldly space, full of unfamiliar technology or biology. Alex Garland is in the business of making the latter. The British novelist breathed life into the zombie movie with his script for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," and took audiences to the far flung reaches of space with their second collaboration, "Sunshine" (if you haven't seen it, please correct the error of your ways -- it's fabulous). Garland also adapted a beloved novel for the cloning saga "Never Let Me Go" and an equally beloved cult comic book for "Dredd" (again: outstanding, especially in 3D).

This week, Garland makes his directorial debut with "Ex Machina," a twisty-turny little science fiction film that stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a coder for a Google-like monolith called Bluebook. »

- Drew Taylor

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Review: Alex Garland's Gripping, Brilliant, And Sensational 'Ex Machina'

8 April 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review that ran in January for the U.K. release of the film. After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” would be any good. If the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph. It's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Ex Machina | Review

6 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Imitation Game: Garland’ s Compelling Debut Explores Human’s Technological Hubris

Excitingly presented and intelligently written, screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is certainly one of the more well-versed modern examinations of man kind’s moral struggles as pertains to the symbiotic relationship with the continued honing of artificial intelligence.

Presented as a sort of take on The Island of Dr. Moreau but with a madman amongst gendered machines, Garland manages to create a series of narrative levels within the film. Unconcerned with the how or why of the scenario, Garland glides us straight into a lithe and increasingly intense narrative centered on the concept of manufactured manipulation. Effective without getting hung up on certain questions that would seem impossible (even unnecessary) to answer, Garland achieves his desired outcome, examining the moral quandaries that accompany the possibilities of expanding horizons of intelligence in a future potentially nigh.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Sony Classical To Release Composer Craig Armstrong’s Far From The Madding Crowd Soundtrack On April 28

1 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.

On April 28, Sony Classical will release the original motion picture soundtrack recording of Far From The Madding Crowd.

In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).

The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »

- Michelle McCue

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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This April

31 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

#1 Ex Machina (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Alex Garland   Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? This is the first film directed by Alex Garland, the writer behind wonderful projects like "Never Let Me Go," "Sunshine," and "28 Days Later." In "Ex Machina," Garland takes his knowledge and love of sci-fi to new heights. The story focuses on Caleb, a young coder at the world's largest internet company, who is the lucky winner of a competition to spend time at the CEO's exclusive mountain retreat. But when Caleb gets there, he is made to participate in a bizarre experiment with a beautiful robot girl, the world's first true being of artificial intelligence.   #2 Clouds of Sils Maria  (April 10)   (Film Page)  Director:  Olivier Assayas Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, »

- Indiewire

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Our Favorite Films From SXSW

25 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Kelly and Aaron both had the chance to go to SXSW this year and cover it for Cinelinx, here's their top movie recommendations that they had the chance to see and you need to see once they're released.

Kelly's SXSW Top 3

1. The Final Girls 

This film took me by surprise, in all honestly I was debating on not going but decided last minute to see it and I am glad I did. I was expecting it to be it a little entertaining because it does have an all star comedy cast including Adam Devine and Thomas Middleditch but i was blown away. With hilarious diagloue and a great meta storyline about modern day teens getting stuck in a 1980's sleep away camp horror, be sure to keep this one on your radar for it's release date. It's one of the most original movie concepts I have seen in a long time, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Kelly McInerney)

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Top SXSW Movie Picks

25 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Kelly and Aaron both had the chance to go to SXSW this year and cover it for Cinelinx, here's their top movie recommendations that they had the chance to see and you need to see once they're released.

Kelly's SXSW Top 3

1. The Final Girls 

This film took me by surprise, in all honestly I was debating on not going but decided last minute to see it and I am glad I did. I was expecting it to be it a little entertaining because it does have an all star comedy cast including Adam Devine and Thomas Middleditch but i was blown away. With hilarious diagloue and a great meta storyline about modern day teens getting stuck in a 1980's sleep away camp horror, be sure to keep this one on your radar for it's release date. It's one of the most original movie concepts I have seen in a long time, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Kelly McInerney)

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Cinderella review: A warm, fleet-footed fairytale

25 March 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Kenneth Branagh; Screenwriter: Chris Weitz; Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter, Stellan Skarsgård; Running time: 105 mins; Certificate: U

On the surface of it, Disney's decision to frontload their updated live-action Cinderella with a brand new Frozen short looks like a bad move. A large part of Frozen's appeal with critics (if not with kids) was its subversive treatment of familiar storybook tropes like "true love's kiss", where Princess Elsa's relationship with her estranged sister became the central focus and romance was an afterthought. Surely attaching Frozen Fever could only emphasise how creaky and regressive the Cinderella story now looks.

But of course, Cinderella has endured for a reason. Director Kenneth Branagh has a steady handle on both the wonder and the humanity of the story, which was originally set to be adapted by Never Let Me Go's Mark Romanek. Though an intriguing prospect, Romanek's »

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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

22 March 2015 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went »

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SXSW 2015 Ex Machina Roundtable Ft. Writer/Director Alex Garland and star Oscar Isaac

21 March 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Ex Machina was without argument the hottest premiere at SXSW 2015. The line around Paramount circled, back and forth and began wrapping the adjacent building even. When Director Alex Garland and stars Oscar Isaac, and Domhnall Gleeson hit the stage to present the film the rally cries violently approved. And the energy wasn't all for nothing, Ex Machina proved exceptionally seductive cinema. I was fortunate enough to attend the Ex Machina roundtable, with Alex Garland, and Oscar Isaac, to get a first hand opportunity to work out the big ideas and questions the film provokes. 

All non cinelinx labeled Q's, asked by other Film Journalists. And all non-cinelinx answers Paraphrased.

 

Q. On that dance scene...

 

A. Oscar Isaac explains that there was a lot of preparation, and rehearsals, and that Alex Garland (Writer/Director) would look over it, and join in on occasion. 

 

Q. On the dance coming out of left field. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Aaron Hunt)

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'Ex Machina' (2015) Movie Review

21 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've made no secret about my love of theater on this website. Granted, a lot of that love has been reserved for musicals, but the love really stretches beyond that. Theater has the ability to put two people in a room and let dialogue and acting dictate a story in a way I find endlessly engrossing. Movies that employ this kind of storytelling are often dinged for being "too stagey" or "not cinematic enough". People want plays and musicals opened up for a more visual, less aural experience. It's not necessary, and can actually hurt what makes the piece interesting to begin with. Ex Machina isn't adapted from a stage play, but it employs the stage tactic of simply sitting two people in front of one another to hash out their ideas and emotions verbally. The result is intelligent, entertaining, pulp science fiction at its best. The questions proposed in »

- Mike Shutt

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Review: Alex Garland's 'Ex Machina' Asks Provocative A.I. Questions

20 March 2015 4:14 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Artificial intelligence seems to be a popular topic in science fiction these days–between giving life to a robot in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, to extending life in Wally Pfister's Transcendence. The latest A.I. tale is Ex Machina, the feature directing debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland, whose past work includes 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. How does he fare bringing to life his own script? Better than expected. Ex Machina is an engaging, amusing sci-fi thriller that literally asks provocative questions, with smart lines of dialogue that touch upon fascinating, honest topics. Garland digs deep with this movie, bringing up questions and concerns about artificial intelligence that not many others have really addressed. There's no question that Garland is a very capable science fiction storyteller, and his expertise in writing is obvious as the script for Ex Machina is sleek and sexy. Essentially, »

- Alex Billington

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New ‘Ex Machina’ Trailer: Alex Garland Sympathizes With an Artificial Intelligence

18 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter and producer Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) may be the antidote for your original sci-fi blues. At least that’s what the response in the film’s run in the UK and other countries suggests, and what the very positive reviews out of SXSW seem […]

The post New ‘Ex Machina’ Trailer: Alex Garland Sympathizes With an Artificial Intelligence appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Watch: Fascinating, Side-by-Side Examination of the First and Final Frames from 55 Films

17 March 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »

- Brad Brevet

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SXSW: 13 Buzziest Movies at This Year’s Film Festival

13 March 2015 11:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

SXSW kicks off on Friday, with thousands arriving in Austin, Texas, to attend the film festival component. While there won’t be as many distribution deals as at Sundance or Toronto, SXSW can offer a strong launching pad for upcoming releases — last year, both “Neighbors” and “Chef” attracted lots of attention in Texas to  before they went on to becomes box office hits. And, of course, the festival is also as a showcase for smaller films seeking buyers, such as the Katie Holmes drama “Mania Days.” Here are the 13 buzziest titles playing at SXSW this year.

1. “Trainwreck

The hottest ticket at SXSW will be for Judd Apatow’s new comedy starring Amy Schumer as a thirtysomething journalist who, after a series of one-night stands, sparks a connection with a subject she’s profiling (Bill Hader). Over the years, Apatow has helped launch the careers of some of Hollywood’s biggest »

- Ramin Setoodeh, Justin Chang and Dennis Harvey

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