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You can’t choose your family, sure — though if there’s one lesson to be learned from the woebegone fraternal principals of “The Snake Brothers,” it’s that you can make any number of your own bad decisions to compensate. A mordantly chaotic comedy about the thin line between unconditional love and loathing, Czech director Jan Prusinovsky’s third feature gains crackle from the casting of real-life brothers Matej and Krystof Hadek as hard-up siblings — barely on opposite sides of the law — whose personal and financial troubles remain inextricably tied well into adulthood. Native auds may be more open than foreign distributors to Pusinovsky’s tart blend of antic melodrama and glum realism, but this serpentine diversion doesn’t want for bite.
- Guy Lodge
“Isn’t it strange, to create something that hates you?”
It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina, released this past April, was small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it was the best new science fiction film I’d seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina took a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
- Tom Stockman
Even though it made Sight & Sound's 20 Best Films Of 2014, Pedro Costa's "Horse Money" didn't have quite the same cachet as films like "Boyhood," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Under The Skin," or "Birdman." But then again, his film stands alone. And after making the rounds on the festival circuit last year, the picture is finally landing in U.S. cinemas. Read More: Watch: Hypnotic Trailer For Pedro Costa's 'Horse Money' & 74-Minute In Depth Talk With The Director The mediative film follows a Cape Verdean immigrant, but it's not a movie that's narrative based in any traditional way, and instead takes viewers on a unique journey. Here's the official synopsis: A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of Colossal Youth, Pedro Costa's Horse Money is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There’s so much outdoor cinema going on these days, it’s threatening to become a turf war. Surely it’s only a matter of time before we get a full-blown Dirty Dancing v Frozen Sing-Along bust-up in a London park
The major pop-up players in and around London are now well-established. Roving the capital’s parks and public spaces are The Nomad Cinema (to 30 Sep, whereisthenomad.com), which has Napoleon Dynamite and Whiplash in Grosvenor Square this week, Pop-Up Screens (24 Jul to 26 Sep, popupscreens.co.uk), and the Luna Cinema (to 27 Sep, thelunacinema.com), which covers not only prime spots such as Kensington Palace, Kew Gardens and Crystal Palace Park but also venues as far afield as Cardiff, Lincoln and Warwick castles. In terms of programming, they’re all pretty similar: vintage crowd-pleasers such as Mamma Mia!, Top Gun and Dirty-bloody-Dancing, plus recent hits like Birdman and The Theory Of Everything. »
- Steve Rose
In today's roundup of news and views: Charles Mudede on John Sayles's The Brother from Another Planet, André Gregory and Wallace Shawn's list of top ten Criterion releases, Terrence Rafferty on Bernhard Wicki’s The Bridge, Mike D'Angelo on John Ford and Native Americans, Philippa Snow on Ana Lily Armirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, Patrick Wang on Lisa Joyce's performance in Jonathan Demme's A Master Builder, Kevin Hatch on Bruce Conner, Ryan Gilbey on Wim Wenders, interviews with Jia Zhangke, Hannah Gross and Deragh Campbell—and more. » - David Hudson »
Back when Greek auteur Yorgos Lanthimos first clambered barefaced upon the international stage with his daring Dogtooth, quite a few hastened to mention its striking resemblance to Arturo Ripstein’s similarly self-contained The Castle of Purity, made some 35 years earlier. In the wake of his first English-language effort The Lobster, one might even go further and compare all that Lanthimos has done thus far to Ripstein’s film: the imposed isolation behind walls that are both physical and psychological, creating a world whose structure is founded upon seemingly intransgressible rules and boundaries. Despite the jump in locale and language, The Lobster is very much a continuation or extension of the themes found in Dogtooth: the sequestered family abode is replaced by an isolated hotel complex; the overprotective father by a domineering hotel manager – the brilliant Olivia Colman. Perhaps the most significant difference, at least on first glance, is that »
- Nicholas Page
Read More: Nicole Kidman Says She's Making A New Movie With Jane Campion, Talks Lack Of Movie Roles For Older Women "Birth" (2004)The visionary director Jonathan Glazer has a way of bringing his lead actresses to a fragile edge (see Scarlett Johansson in "Under the Skin), and Kidman's work in "Birth" is her most psychologically-disoritenting to date as a result. Playing a widow who gradually comes to believe her deceased husband has been reincarnated into a young child (Cameron Bright), Kidman expertly charts her characters mental evolution from stubborn disbelief to tempestuous acceptance, making it that much harder for the viewer to figure out the truth beneath the surface. All you need to do is watch this astonishing long take of Kidman's Anna wrestling with the reality of her situation while at the opera to see why "Birth" will always be considered one of her best. "To Die For" (1995)Gus Van Sant »
The title may be “The Legend of Barney Thomson,” but it’s the protagonist’s near-namesake, Emma Thompson, who earns all the glory in Scottish star Robert Carlyle’s amiably uneven directorial debut. Drawn from the off-kilter comic novels of Douglas Lindsay, this grisly farce finds the helmer giving himself a generous showcase as the eponymous chump, a socially inept barber who quite accidentally becomes a modern-day Sweeney Todd. Still, it’s Thompson’s frayed, frightening turn as his unexpectedly devious mother that gives a salty kick to an otherwise minor diversion, in which simple twists of fate are as thickly matted as the characters’ Glaswegian brogues. A crowd-pleasing curtain-raiser for this year’s Edinburgh fest, “Barney Thomson” is unlikely to secure legendary status beyond Caledonia, but ancillary prospects are solid enough.
“This is the story of what happens when you move chairs,” Carlyle says, in cheerily cryptic fashion, in »
- Guy Lodge
Feature is based on Orhan Pamuk’s novel The Museum Of Innocence.
The Match Factory is handling sales of the feature, based on Orhan Pamuk’s acclaimed book, The Museum Of Innocence.
Marmot confirmed that Italian distribution rights have now gone to the film’s co-producers, In Between Art Film and Vivo Film.
Nobel Prize winner Pamuk has provided original narration for the film, which is in the final stages of completion. Pamuk also appears on screen. The film was shot entirely in Istanbul.
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While it's clear that each new release from Pixar seems to spur people to offer a fresh assessment of the company's entire output, I'd rather not immediately try to figure out where "Inside Out" lands by comparison. It seems like a reductive way to approach this surprisingly sophisticated emotional experience. Co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen have told a very, very small-scale story when you look at what happens in the actual physical world. But in doing so, they've done something very powerful, because they have paid full respect to just how turbulent and important the inner life of a child can be. Ah, hell, who am I kidding? "Inside Out" works because we are all always wrestling with the particular balance required to keep us functioning. The film imagines five distinct beings that work in harmony (hopefully) inside each person: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. To be fair, »
- Drew McWeeny
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<---Look at this amazing Blue Velvet poster making the web rounds. [Hat tip Mnpp]. I so love painted movie posters and it's only 7 bucks. Click on photo to go to the artist's site.
Dissolve Today in Ballsiest News: Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights) who we just celebrated as a Born in '79 Hottie is directing and starring in a feature biopic of Nat Turner, a slave who led a bloody massacre against white captors in 1831. But here's the ballsy part: they're naming it Birth of a Nation (!)
Mubi "Psychopolitical Realism in Mad Max: Fury Road" - provocative piece
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- NATHANIEL R
Jonathan Glazer’s 2004 film, about a ten year old boy who claims to be the reincarnation of Nicole Kidman’s deceased husband, is part psychological thriller and part ghost story. Glazer ("Under the Skin") explores the queasy ambiguities in the film’s premise with an elegant touch and though the movie received exceedingly mixed reviews upon its release, it has gained in favor and appears headed toward an inevitable cult status. Read More: Why Ten Years Later 'Birth' Is Still a Masterpiece »
- Trailers From Hell
Mad Max: Fury Road isn’t just a brilliant film. It’s one of the most important blockbusters in years. Ryan explains why...
That Mad Max: Fury Road even exists is a miracle. This is, after all, a new instalment in a franchise that hasn’t seen any activity for the best part of 30 years. Its director, George Miller, originally conceived the film at the end of the last century, yet it’s taken more than a decade of cast changes, calamitous weather and a punishing shoot in the Namibian desert to get it finished.
Yet after the kind of production that would give a director half his age a heart attack, the now 70-year-old Miller has finished his fourth Mad Max film. Who could have predicted that a sequel to such a relic of a franchise could be so thrilling, so vital, and stand as a beacon of frenzied »
To mark the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s ultra stylish A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, in UK cinemas on May 22nd, we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a copy of the beautiful new UK poster alongside a DVD bundle that includes Under The Skin, Pan’s Labyrinth, Byzantium and Blancanieves.
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is released in UK cinemas on May 22nd.
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- Dan Bullock
Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »
- D. Zhea
Aired May 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
The Host: Scarlett Johansson is a mother in lots of films—that’s what Milf means right?—and that’s because she is supernaturally talented. Her 2013-2014 run of Don Jon, Under the Skin, Her, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Lucy (Chef is in there too as the only arguable demerit) will likely be the greatest string of films by any actor this decade. So it would make sense that with so much star power and charisma in the studio this week, SNL would use it to their advantage. The monologue would seem to indicate that the show would be smartly taking advantage of Johansson’s presence, as she sings what turns out to be a very sexy lullaby that will keep Kenan Thompson up for the rest of his life. »
- Jj Perkins
Scarlett Johansson has hosted “Saturday Night Live” three times before, and each time she’s proven an excellent fit for the show. She hasn’t hosted in four years, so there are a lot of new Not Ready For Primetime Players that have yet to interact with her on Studio 8H. Expect parodies of “The Avengers.” You should probably Not expect parodies of “Under The Skin.” As always, I’ll be grading each sketch in real time. As always, you should comment in real time in the comments. We only have three more episodes in an overall excellent season for the show, so here’s hoping “SNL” goes out on a high note. Come back at 11:30 pm Est when the liveblog officially kicks off. (Note: I'll be referring to the host all night as ScarJo, not because I think it's a good way to refer to her, but it's »
- Ryan McGee
8 1/2, 1963.
Directed by Federico Fellini.
A successful filmmaker struggles for inspiration, and has to reflect on his life and loves to work out where to go in his next film…
“It’s about creative procrastination” said, director of Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer in 2002. While I doubt Michael Bay fails to acknowledge Fellini’s 8 ½ as inspiration (his 8 ½ film sitting somewhere between Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon), when you flip open the pages of any film magazine the artists, from Woody Allen to Wes Anderson and Charlie Kaufman to Terry Gilliam, all owe a debt to Fellini’s masterpiece. In fact, the Best Picture of 2014, Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman, would play exceptionally well against Fellini’s 8 ½.
- Simon Columb
A24 has been making great moves acquiring and releasing films like Under the Skin, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina, and the forthcoming End of the Tour and The Witch. The company is one of a handful of smaller distributors whose name is enough to get me interested in a film. Now A24 is diving […]
The post A24 Sets Cary Fukunaga to Direct the Story of Joe and Jadin Bell appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
One of the most exciting young filmmakers working today just added another potential project to his docket. While Cary Fukunaga broke out in a big way after helming all eight episodes of True Detective, he was already doing stellar work on the big screen with his first two features, Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre. After True Detective, he shot the child soldier drama Beasts of No Nation with Idris Elba, which is set to premiere on Netflix as the streaming service’s first entry into awards season fare. And now Fukunaga is teaming up with the fine folks at A24 to develop and direct an untitled drama from Brokeback Mountain screenwriters Larry McMurty and Diana Ossana. The film is based on the true story of Oregonian father and son Joe and Jadin Bell. Jadin, an openly gay 15-year-old, took his own life as a sophomore in high school after being »
- Adam Chitwood
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