17 items from 2014
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
A Hollow World of Obligations
Ole Giæver’s sophomore feature, Out of Nature, very much resembles—in setting, structure and thematic preoccupation—his short film work and prior, less effective, feature effort, Fjellet. Like those works, his latest similarly presents a situation where enlightenment and introspection stems from one’s engagement with nature, only the template is less manufactured and more intimate, making the obviousness of the metaphor far more palatable.
Here, Martin (played by Giæver himself), a meek, diffident man lacking basic social skills plans an escape to the mountains for the weekend, leaving his wife (Marte Magnusdotter Solem) and son (Sivert Giæver Solem) behind despite some unspoken tensions. This sojourn, which consists of Martin’s persisting inner-dialogue accompanying images of him hiking, running, sitting around, pissing and occasionally masturbating, is a passive-aggressive act of empowerment unto itself. Rather than confront the problems in his life, he flees from them and avoids them. »
- Robert Bell
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Nudity on-screen is no new thing, obviously. Way back in 1934, Tarzan and His Mate engaged in a very lusty, full-on naked swim, which shocked Depression era audiences everywhere. But that’s the thing, nudity in movies is usually about sex. Not so when comedic actors do it. They use their un-yoga’d, un-tanned, non-waxed naked bodies as a tool for being funnier. Take Jason Segel in Finding Sarah Marshall. As his girlfriend dumped him, he stood a thousand percent nude — and limp – in his apartment (for what felt like hours), and we howled. When Frank the Tank (Will Ferrell) went streaking in Old School, his exposed full moon wasn’t about being hot, it was about being hilarious.
- Tia Williams
John Green has announced that his novel Looking for Alaska is being adapted for the big screen.
He tweeted: "So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska."
I'm a Huge fan of Sarah's movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am So Very Excited.
— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
If you’ve managed to heave yourself back into your safety canoe after floating away adrift in a sea of your own wracking sobs for the past three weeks, no thanks to The Fault In Our Stars, maybe you’re finally emotionally stable enough to hear word about John Green’s next tearjerker — Looking For Alaska. The news comes from the author himself; Sarah Polley (Stories We Tell, Take This Waltz, Away From Her) has signed on to adapt Green’s other novel, taking on both writing and directing duties with the coming-of-age dramedy. You can stop holding your breath right now, because this one is devoid of any and all cancers; don’t get too relaxed, though, because it’s still going to be a nightmare of emotions and feelings and worries about your misspent youth. Were you ever really that carefree and beautiful? Or knew that many literary references offhandedly? Kids »
- Samantha Wilson
Not only was the swell and emotional drama The Fault in Our Stars one of the biggest surprise successes of the year, but the film is also poised to be one of the most profitable. Following positive reviews and a hefty opening weekend, the pic just recently crossed the $100 million mark at the box office against a budget of just $12 million. Author John Green—whose who wrote the book—was a big presence during the film’s marketing campaign, and now another one of his books is poised to get the feature treatment following the success of Fault. Paramount Pictures is currently in talks with filmmaker Sarah Polley to write and possibly direct an adaptation of Green’s debut novel, the coming-of-age story Looking for Alaska. Hit the jump for more. Per Deadline, Take This Waltz, Away from Her, and Stories We Tell writer/director Sarah Polley has been tasked »
- Adam Chitwood
We're not sure what's in the water right now, but in the last 48 hours or so, it seems every director around the world is lining up new gigs. Maybe they're looking for a summer project to keep them busy? We have no idea, but we'll run them down, so let's get to it: "Crazy Heart" and "Out Of The Furnace" director Scott Cooper is looking for another intense drama to tell. This time he'll helm the true story tale "about the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew that perished in a wildfire that blazed in Prescott, Az. In June, 2013, 19 members of the elite firefighting crew perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Only one of them survived in what became the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in 80-years." Ken Nolan ("Black Hawk Down") will write the script. [Deadline] Sarah Polley ("Away From Her," "Take This Waltz »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After scribing and sitting behind the camera on indie Take This Waltz and documentary Stories We Tell, it may be time for actress/writer/director Sarah Polley to hit the big time. Deadline reports that Paramount is eying her to adapt Looking for Alaska, working from the novel by The Fault in Our Stars writer John Green.
Apparently, Polley, who received an Oscar nomination for her debut screenplay Away from Her, made a strong pitch to Paramount, which led to studio execs signing her to adapt. Polley may also direct the film, but that hasn’t yet been determined. Though the actress starred in Dawn of the Dead and Splice, writing and directing has taken priority for her in recent years. Both Take This Waltz and Stories We Tell received rave reviews, which likely factored into Paramount’s decision.
According to Deadline, Green’s novel, his first, centered on a “16-year-old boy named Miles Halter, »
- Isaac Feldberg
My dear President, dear festival director and dear colleagues,
Once again, I thank you for inviting me to the festival, but you know I haven't taken part in film distribution for a long time, and I'm not where you think I am. Actually, I'm following another path. I've been inhabiting other worlds, sometimes for years, or for a few seconds, under the protection of film enthusiasts; I've gone and stayed.
[Cut to a scene of Eddie Constantine as Lemmy Caution in "Alphaville"]
Eddie Constantine/Lemmy Caution: "I don't feel comfortable in this environment anymore. It's not longer 1923, and I'm not longer the man who fought through the police barricades, the man who fought behind the scenes with a gun in my hand. Feeling alive was more important than Stalin and the Revolution."
The risk of solitude is the risk of losing oneself, assumes the philosopher because he assumes the truth is to wonder about metaphysical questions, which are actually the only ones the everyone's asking. »
This week on The Collision, we talk about Nicholas Stoller's Neighbors. We discuss his growth as a director, the surprising great performances from Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, the refreshing dynamic between a married couple, the evolution of Seth Rogen's on-screen persona, Judd Apatow's lasting influence on modern comedy, and much more. As always, we finish up with our reccomendations. Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood. Adam's Recommendation: I Give It a Year Matt's Recommendation: Take This Waltz
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- Matt Goldberg
“Neighbors” conquers this weekend’s box office. Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne and Zac Efron, it is the story about a couple with a newborn baby facing unexpected difficulties after they are forced to live next to a fraternity house. “Not only is he (Seth Rogen) one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and co-directed This is the End (along with having co-written The Green Hornet, Pineapple Express, and Superbad, to name a few). He’s probably the most successful of the Judd Apatow troop so far, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. By and large, his best films often are broad comedies (like his newest movie opening this week, the very funny flick Neighbors), with Rogen being a likable oaf. He’s a rare leading man who doesn’t look like a leading man. Sometimes, like in »
Here we go with another installment of my Spotlight on the Stars series (the return of it too after a few weeks spent looking at more under the radar folks). As a refresher, each week I’ll look at an A-list actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of a way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like most weeks, honestly) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first mainly comedic actor, and that would be Seth Rogen. Not only is he one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet, he’s also a multi-hyphenate, having co-written and »
- Joey Magidson
Seth Rogen's being a grown-up again. Fear not, those who remember Ro-Bro's crying scene in Take This Waltz this time the relationship stuff is played way down in the dirt. Neighbors writer-director Nicholas Stoller's smart, disgusting gutter-dweller has little time for the intricacies of long-term love and commitment. Instead it crashes Project X into a Joe Swanberg movie, invites it to chug the drinks and throw up all over the rug.
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- Henry Barnes
Sarah Silverman has landed a recurring role in the second season of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Silverman will recur in the guest-starring role of Helen. No word about Helen’s function in the show, but we’re guessing she has something to do with sex. Production on season two is currently underway in Los Angeles, and will premiere Sunday, July 13th. Silverman received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for The Sarah Silverman Program, and was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Monk. But these days she’s maybe best known for the Emmy she won — for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics, as one of the writers of that hummable tune I’m Fucking Matt Damon for ABC’s late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! Silverman will next be seen starring in Seth MacFarlane’s soon-to-be released feature A Million Ways to Die in the West »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 05:44
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2011, and a great year for lesser-seen gems...
Even a cursory glance at the top 10 grossing films of 2011 reveals something strange: nine of the entries are sequels. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 brought the fantasy franchise to a close with a staggering $1.3bn haul. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon wasn't too far behind with just over $1.1bn. On Stranger Tides continued the Pirates Of The Caribbean series' wave of success, despite mixed reviews.
Elsewhere in the top 10, you'll find another Twilight, a fourth Mission: Impossible, a second Kung Fu Panda, a fifth Fast, another Hangover, and further Cars. Standing alone on the list is The Smurfs, the adaptation of Peyo's Belgian comic strip. In fact, 2011 saw the release of no fewer than 28 sequels - the most we've yet seen in any given year. »
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
Even if you don’t buy into the game and you prefer not to live in a world in which the term “Oscar snub” is used with a straight face, sometimes a lack of recognition for worthy nominees can still sting a little. Such was the case with the conspicuous absence of Sarah Polley’s name when the Best Documentary Feature nominees were announced two weeks ago. After two strong narrative explorations of romantic relationships in the bitter winter of old age and the summer splendor of late youth (Away From Her and Take This Waltz, respectively), Polley redirected her interest in the world of human coupling by turning the camera on herself – or, more accurately, her family, or, even more accurately, who she thinks may be her family, or… Well, just see it if you haven’t already, because Stories We Tell is one of the more passionate, involving, and »
- Landon Palmer
17 items from 2014
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