13 items from 2017
Good Time, 2017.
Brothers Connie and Nik pull off a bank heist which, while it appears to go smoothly, ends up with the vulnerable Nik being caught and sent to Rikers. While inside, he’s badly beaten up, leaving Connie on the outside trying to raise the bail to set his brother free.
Shaking off that Twilight association hasn’t been easy for Robert Pattinson and it’s not for a lack of trying. Cosmopolis, Maps To The Stars and, more recently, The Lost City Of Z have all offered him opportunities to flex his acting muscles with varying degrees of success. Good Time could turn out to be what he’s been waiting for.
This comes from the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, who have created a »
- Freda Cooper
In their feature films, directors Josh and Ben Safdie have always walked a fine line between fact and fiction. Not quite documentaries and not quite traditional narratives, their work takes on an air of alarming spontaneity, threatening to jump off the screen at you. Between Daddy Longlegs and Heaven Knows What, the Safdies captured a gorgeously grainy snapshot of their home city of New York, both painfully truthful and deeply impacting.
Their latest, Good Time, returns to New York City, this time bringing a pulp edge to their naturalistic aesthetic. After a botched bank robbery lands his brother Nick (Ben Safdie) in jail, Constantine (Robert Pattinson) is forced out of Queens into the city to bring his brother home, at any cost.
Our review describes Good Time as “in parts a heist movie (iconic masks included) and a chase movie, but not an homage in any sense — more an evolution, »
- Tony Hinds
Robert Pattinson is not a fan of being interviewed -- or being famous.
The 31-year-old actor covers the September issue of GQ, in which he talks about his unconventional career path after Twilight made him a household name. Clearly, Pattinson was affected by his extreme lack of privacy after the stunning success of the films, and describes the measures he took to evade paparazzi.
Pattinson says that during the height of the Twilight phenomenon, he would ride in trunks of cars frequently to avoid being seen, or trade outfits with his friends in restaurant bathrooms and have them each call Ubers in different directions so that photographers wouldn't know which car he got into. He recalls once driving around for hours until the sun came up after realizing he was being tailed by photographers, so that they wouldn't know where his new house was.
By now, Robert Pattinson shouldn't have to prove he can act. Cosmopolis, The Rover, Maps to the Stars and The Lost City of Z – they all show that his brooding Twilight days have passed into teen-movie myth. But if doubters still need proof, check out the Pattinson tour de force in Good Time. The title makes the movie sound like a romp. Instead, it's a hellish ride through a New York night. As directed by the Safdie brothers, Josh and Benny, the movie rips through 100 minutes of screen time like Wile E. »
Robert Pattinson has been transforming his career over the last several years with work in “Cosmopolis,” “Maps to the Stars,” “The Rover” and “The Lost City of Z,” but he finally confirms in “Good Time” what many of us have been expecting for quite awhile: He’s one of the most exciting actors working today.
“Good Time” finds Pattinson teaming up with New York indie darlings Josh and Benny Safdie, whose last feature, “Heaven Knows What,” earned acclaim on the international film circuit. “Good Time” debuted to positive reviews at Cannes, where Pattinson became an instant Best Actor contender. He ended up losing to Joaquin Phoenix, but the fact remains this is the best work of Pattinson’s career thus far.
Pattinson plays Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a small town criminal who embarks on a »
- Zack Sharf
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Abel Ferrara's King of New York (1990) is playing June 16 - July 16, 2017 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.“In striving to sin, to blaspheme, Ferrara’s heroes assert with Lucifer their moral autonomy, their sovereignty, their heroic identity, their glory, pitifully”—Tag Gallagher We’re introduced to Frank White (Christopher Walken) with one of director Abel Ferrara’s iconic roving pans, creeping left–right from the darkness of the prison wall to the harsh white of Frank’s cell. Frank is placed small in the frame, positioned slightly off-centre towards the bottom corner, his back to the camera as he prays silently. The prison bars dominate the composition, abstracted into silhouettes by Ferrara’s chiaroscuro lighting. A police baton enters the frame and knocks twice on the cell door, jarring Frank out of his concentration. The door is then »
Robert Pattinson almost lost the role that made him a household name.
The 31-year-old actor is best known for playing vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, but he recently told The New York Times that his rebellious behavior on the set of the first film, released in 2008, nearly got him fired.
Fortunately for Pattinson and his legion of fans, his agents flew in to smooth things over — and the actor now calls working on the series “an amazing luxury.”
“I didn’t have to kiss anybody’s the entire time. I don’t think I did, anyway,” Pattinson told »
- Stephanie Petit
The film, from Josh and Benny Safdie, will make its world premiere as a competition title at this year’s 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. The film also stars Benny Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Buddy Duress, and Barkhad Abdi.
The film follows a bank robber’s race to evade the police dragnet that threatens to send him behind bars. Josh and Benny Safdie directed the movie from a screenplay by Josh Safdie and Ronald Bronstein.
Variety first reported the A24 acquisition in October.
The Safdie brothers are well known in the indie film community for their work on “Go Get Some Rosemary” and “Heaven Knows What.” Pattinson shot to fame as the brooding vampire in the “Twilight” films and has starred in David Cronenberg films “Map to the Stars” and “Cosmopolis, »
- Dave McNary
He’s taken one of the most fascinating and unconventional routes with his stardom.
The thinkpiece-industrial complex is running at full speed this spring to update the cinephile community’s consensus of major stars. In case you’re behind, adjust your opinions to reflect the following changes: Reese Witherspoon is still good, Kristen Stewart is now really good, Anne Hathaway is great because her haters were sexist, and Nicole Kidman is underappreciated despite receiving an Oscar nomination this very year.
One star whose evaluation has yet to appear from the hot take factory is Robert Pattinson, who features in two theatrical releases this April, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert (quickly dumped in theaters and VOD over two years after its 2015 Berlin premiere) and James Gray’s The Lost City of Z. Five years ago, the cultural ubiquity of “R-Pattz” was so enormous that the future President of the United States tweeted about him six times »
- Marshall Shaffer
Robert Pattinson is extending his list of films that will have their world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival with “Good Time,” which follows a bank robber who finds himself unable to evade those who are looking for him. The film will play in Competition at Cannes. Pattinson’s previous Cannes movies include David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and “Maps To The Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover.”
Good Time, the film we’ve been slaving over for the past 19 months, will world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the main competition! Here’s a still of #RobertPattinson as Connie. He and everyone else in the film are incredible. »
- Graham Winfrey
In what has become a near-annual occurrence, actor Robert Pattinson has yet another film making its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Previous years have included David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis,” and “Maps To The Stars,” David Michôd’s “The Rover” and now, in 2017, the Safdie Brothers’ “Good Time,” a crime drama playing in competition.
- Rodrigo Perez
Low budget horror takes on Cronenberg’s classic
If you stopped some dude on the street and asked them about their thoughts on Fly, they would probably think you were talking about The Fly, the 1986 movie directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeff Goldblum as an unlucky teleporter. Of course, true buffs will know that Cronenberg’s Fly is but the second iteration of man-made insect beast. And now there’s going to be a third: 20th Century Fox, the studio behind Cronenberg’s version, announced negotiations were being made with indie-horror director J.D. Dillard (Slight) to helm yet another remake of The Fly.
While this remake news might have fallen under the outrage radar thanks to a certain picture that Warner Bros. is thinking of rebooting, people around the web are still outraged. Birth. Movies. Death, the official blog of Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, opened their coverage with “We have some terrible news.” Metro »
- Andrew Karpan
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Paul Verhoeven’s latest treatise on high / low art isn’t going to appeal to everyone, and, as this awards season has shown, it’s already deeply offended some. But its messiness and blurred moral provocations are key to its power as a piece of cinematic trickery. A masterful character study, Elle dresses up a pulpy morality play with an austere European arthouse sheen, then sends its powerfully passive lead through a minefield of ethical conundrums, »
- The Film Stage
13 items from 2017
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