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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 »
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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 […]
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- 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
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 is 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’s the best new science fiction film I’ve 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 takes a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
Ex MacHina tells the story of Caleb (geeky Domhnall Gleeson from Unbreakable), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opens with him winning an in-company competition for the opportunity to spend a week at the »
- Tom Stockman
According to The Tracking Board Scarlett Johansson is under the microscope a serious contender to star as the leading lady Universal fans still cherish Julie Adams. Johansson a proven versatile performer certainly has the look and the presence to pull off the role and an Alister like herself certainly wont hurt commercial appeal. Its a smart move from Universal and it could be a very intelligent business decision for Johansson who is already a phoenix in the business thanks to recent hits Avengers (the forthcoming sequel Avengers Age of Ultron isnt going to do anything to damage her momentum for the record) Lucy Under the Skin and Hitchcock four films that were met with warm reception. Why not add yet another major marquee »
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
The awards, which announced its nominees today, will be hosted by Melvyn Gregg in London on June 7.
The TV comedy category will see Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, go up against BBC satire W1A, and Sky Living’s Doll & Em. A film version of The Trip To Italy premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Full list of nominees
A Dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream - Ballet Black
Lest We Forget - English National Ballet »
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I’m walking to a bar after seeing Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin in Berlin’s progressively gentrified neighborhood, Neukölln. Our group of four is unanimously in favor of the sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. But by the time we take our seats in the bar, rumblings of an argument have begun. When my challenger brings up male-gaze, I say that its existence in cinema may be fundamentally problematic, but for me, its presence in Under the Skin is necessary in the experience of the film. He says his issue with male-gaze actually relates to the objectification of the male subjects, not […] »
- Taylor Hess
Sci-fi epic Interstellar picked up the best film prize at the Empire Awards in London last night (March 29).
Chastain, who plays Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in the film, was on hand earlier in the evening to present Nolan with the Empire Inspiration honour, which also earned the director of Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy a standing ovation.
Nolan was back on stage shortly after to accept the best director award.
The awards, voted for by the public, delivered a surprise in the best actor category as Andy Serkis picked up the prize for his performance-captured turn in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, beating Oscar-winner »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
“Interstellar” took the awards for director and film, and Nolan was also honored with the Empire Inspiration award, presented to him by “Interstellar” actress Jessica Chastain. Star of “Man of Steel” and the forthcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” both produced by Nolan, Henry Cavill presented the director award, while Kit Harington and Peter Firth, stars of “Spooks: The Greater Good,” presented the film award.
The cast of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the Empire Hero Award in celebration of the popularity of the series, marking the first time an Empire Award has gone to a TV show. As previously announced, the Empire Legend honor went to Ralph Fiennes, who received his award from Liam Neeson.
Andy Serkis picked up the actor award for his role as »
- Leo Barraclough
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was named Best Film and Nolan himself won the award for Best Director, as well as the special Empire inspiration award, while The Imitation Game picked up the prize for Best Thriller.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Newcomer - Male
Ian Hultquist, best known for being a founding member of Passion Pit, has moved onto film composition, working on three features over the last couple of years that have played at South By Southwest and Sundance. You may know his work from Animals or Ivory Tower, but his latest project, the horror film The Diabolical, played at SXSW 2015.
After its premiere, we had a chance to sit down with Ian and discuss the project. During the course of our interview, we talked about how he got his start composing, some of his biggest influences, the importance of music to a horror film, and much more.
Check out the full interview below and enjoy!
Wgtc: How’d you originally get involved with the project?
Hultquist: I had just started working with an agency for the first time early last year. This was the first project they brought to me. They had »
- Alexander Lowe
An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in “Krisha,” an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults. The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction cliches, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role. More festival berths await, and while commercial prospects look decidedly modest, critical support should spur select arthouse bookings and discerning-viewer interest ahead of VOD play.
- Justin Chang
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
It may have turned out only one Academy Award on Oscar night but Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" led the way with nominations from the Jameson Empire Awards. The Alan Turing biopic landed six mentions, including Best Film and Best Actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. It's joined in the top category by fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee "Boyhood" as well as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Interstellar." If you're eager to make your voice heard, you can vote right over here. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be unveiled on March 29. More at The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" "The Imitation Game" "Interstellar" Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Matt Reeves, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Peter Jackson, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
- Kristopher Tapley
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