17 items from 2015
By winning the Best Cinematography Oscar for a second year in a row, "Birdman" director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki has joined a truly elite club whose ranks haven't been breached in nearly two decades. Only four other cinematographers have won the prize in two consecutive years. The last time it happened was in 1994 and 1995, when John Toll won for Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Mel Gibson's "Braveheart" respectively. Before that you have to go all the way back to the late '40s, when Winton Hoch won in 1948 (Victor Fleming's "Joan of Arc" with Ingrid Bergman) and 1949 (John Ford's western "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"). Both victories came in the color category, as the Academy awarded prizes separately for black-and-white and color photography from 1939 to 1956. Leon Shamroy also won back-to-back color cinematography Oscars, for Henry King's 1944 Woodrow Wilson biopic "Wilson" and John M. Stahl »
- Kristopher Tapley
Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
“We can only try to believe that there’s meaning to this,” murmurs Charlotte Gainsbourg midway through “Every Thing Will Be Fine” — voicing viewers’ thoughts for the first and only time in Wim Wenders’ labored, lumbering melodrama. An inglorious return to narrative filmmaking for the German master, this protracted study in grief and forgiveness does little to suggest his time hasn’t been better spent making documentaries for the past seven years. Imprisoning James Franco in the role of an emotionally constipated writer taking 10 years to process a fatal car accident, “Fine” is unlikely to arouse much empathy from auds, who may instead spend most of the running time wondering why Wenders chose to dramatize these dingy proceedings in advanced 3D. Despite this arthouse novelty and a name cast, the conviction of the title will not be echoed by’s conviction.
Coming from many other veteran auteurs, a film as »
- Guy Lodge
From the Berlin International Film Festival, Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman continue our series of festival dialogues. Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups had its world premiere in the Berlinale's Competition.
Daniel Kasman: I must admit it's a bit difficult to begin speaking of this overwhelming film so immediately after seeing it, and especially in the atmosphere here in Berlin of almost immediate derision. I remember the boos that instantly followed the final shot of The Tree of Life's in Cannes and here I'd swear I felt that negative energy going into the giant Berlinale Palast, the anticipation of yet more Malick. Whatever that means. Few still describe well his method as a filmmaker, and whatever you may think of his last film, To the Wonder, it certainly revealed more about how Terrence Malick, a very unique filmmaker, thinks about cinema as a language, and how his cinema "works"—moves, »
When Terrence Malick showed his last film, To the Wonder, at the Venice film festival two years ago it seemed to me a bold and heartfelt movie about the possibilities of rapture in everyday lives. It was indulgent, certainly, but visually striking, ambitious, a thoroughly worthwhile companion-piece to his great award-winner The Tree of Life - and moreover able to withstand noisy denigration from pundits who seemed to receive all sorts of identikit movies elsewhere in respectful quiet.
With his latest film Knight of Cups, however, Malick has frankly declined. There are moments of visual brilliance here, moments of reverence and even grandeur. He is always distinctive, and anything he does must be of interest. But his style is stagnating into mannerism, cliche and self-parody. Where once »
- Peter Bradshaw
You go into a Terrence Malick movie expecting a gorgeous collage of sound and image, but not necessarily the sight of a neon-lit strip club, a Caesars Palace pool party, or a fashion shoot where a model is told to pose like “a dirty f—ing housewife.” In other words, there’s something at once vividly familiar and strikingly different about “Knight of Cups,” a feverish plunge into the toxic cloud of decadence swirling around a Los Angeles screenwriter gone to seed. Having made contemporary American life seem both recognizable and alien in “To the Wonder,” Malick now extends that film’s tender romantic ballet into a corrosive critique of Hollywood hedonism — a poisoned valentine to the industry by way of a Fellini-esque bacchanal. Those who have had their fill of the director’s impressionistic musings will find his seventh feature as empty as the lifestyle it puts on display; for the rest of us, »
- Justin Chang
When you look at a beautiful thing, do you ponder its electrons? Have you ever tried to take love apart to see how it works? When you think of the world, do you ache for all the moments of meaning that must go unseen? If so, you are already a Terrence Malick fan, "To the Wonder" was probably a masterpiece, and his latest film, "Knight of Cups" will delight you, as it has many. But if you are anything less than enraptured by these concepts, or if you feel like the ambitious desire to shred a whole life's worth of memories, images, regrets, hopes, and losses into fine slices, the better to pack them all into a two-hour box, seems quixotic at best, you may be less engaged. Those of us who had hoped that "Knight of Cups" might see Malick changing tack a bit after the progressive steps toward »
- Jessica Kiang
Terrence Malick's recent burst of work — starting with "The Tree of Life" in 2011 and continued with 2012's "To the Wonder" — has shown an increasing disinterest in the boundaries of conventional narrative. "Knight of Cups" is no exception. The gorgeous, meandering portrait of empty Hollywood-fueled hedonism and a burnt-out screenwriter (Christian Bale) struggling to escape its clutches pushes the abstract qualities of the director's late period output to its extremes. Filled to the brim with whispery voiceover narration, roaming camerawork and an unending collage of lush images to evoke its forlorn character's desire to escape the clutches of vapidity, "Knight of Cups" is always lovely to regard — but only diehard Malick fans may not tire of watching the same tropes rearranged indefinitely for this two hour montage of denial, regret and spiritual yearning. Read More: 'Knight of Cups' Plays Berlin: Terrence Malick Follows Christian »
- Eric Kohn
Having swung so far out of orbit on To the Wonder to have been sucked into a creative black hole, Terrence Malick makes it about half-way back to terra firma with Knight of Cups. A resolutely poetic and impressionist film about creative paralysis, indecision, father and sons, female muses and life slipping away as surely as water down a river, the seventh feature from this takes-his-time writer-director is far more partial to free association and stream-of-consciousness notations than to conventional storytelling. The upshot is a certain tedium and repetitiveness along with the rhythmic niceties and imaginative riffs. But whereas his last work of
- Todd McCarthy
Having had its premiere over the last weekend at the Berlin Film Festival, the first poster for Terrence Malick’s (Badlands, Tree of Life) new film Knight of Cups has now been revealed by FilmNation Entertainment…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Knight of Cups
Rick (Bale) is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer.
In Terrence Malick’s seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. Once again a voiceover is laid over images which also seek their own authenticity. And once again Malick seems »
- Scott J. Davis
The move by Broad Green, a distributor launched last summer by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Hammond, follows the acquisitions of Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” last week at Sundance and several titles at Toronto including “99 Homes,” starring Andrew Garfield.
The Hammond brothers will also executive produce “Voyage of Time,” joining more than a dozen other exec producers including Tanner Beard, Mary Bing, Yves Chevalier, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Jacques Perrin, Ryan Rettig, Donald Rosenfeld, Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and Sophokles Tasioulis.
- Dave McNary
I have a weird relationship with Terrence Malick. It's a one-sided relationship, obviously, since he doesn't even know I exist and it isn't specifically with Malick as much as it's with his online groupies. Then again, I'm probably equally a fan of directors such as David Fincher, Nicolas Winding Refn and Jacques Audiard so I guess I can understand the blind desire to see whatever he has in the pipeline, but it's just a general disinterest in the kind of films Malick has been working on as of late that cause me to question the interest from others. Granted, behind Tree of Life, which I enjoyed but didn't love as others have, To the Wonder is all that he's released. Coming up next is Knight of Cups, which will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and after that we have Lawless (or at least that's what it was once called) and Voyage of Time, »
- Brad Brevet
I know there are plenty of people out there who like Terrence Malick, even if I can't stand his films. So, for all you folks itching to see Knight of Cups, I have a little present for you: a long synopsis! For some, the original, short synopsis just wasn't enough. They need more words to satisfy their anticipation. Probably more words than will actually be spoken in the film. Rick is a slave to the Hollywood system. He is addicted to success but simultaneously despairs at the emptiness of his life. He is at home in a world of illusions but seeks real life. Like the tarot card of the title, Rick is easily bored and needs outside stimulation. But the Knight of Cups is also an artist, a romantic and an adventurer. In Terrence Malick's seventh film a gliding camera once again accompanies a tormented hero on his search for meaning. »
- Mike Shutt
Terrence Malick's "To The Wonder" "makes 'Tree of Life' look like 'Transformers,' " Ben Affleck said in 2012, just a few weeks before the film was unveiled to audiences for the first time in Venice. Some viewers loved it, but not everyone was impressed. One thing we can probably all agree on, Affleck’s comments, while well-intentioned, were a bit ridiculous, even meaningless (especially given that he kind of backtracked and sort of suggested the “half-crazy” experience was a bit frustrating). Producers and billionaire scions Ken Kao and Alex Walton, Kao being one of the financiers on the project, gave a few more details about Malick's latest film, "Knight of Cups," in an interview with THR. We know the movie is about excess in Hollywood, but Kao filled in a few more details. “Christian Bale plays Rick, who is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in California,” he said. “From the outside, »
- Edward Davis
London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Rachel Glassman edited together the tribute that brings in scenes from Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line, The New World, The Tree of Life, and most recently, To The Wonder. With the video, she goes into the visual moments that create a Malick film and the many places, such as oceans or fields, that bring out the best in the filmmaker’s work.
Watch the nearly three minute meditation on the director’s work and prepare for Knight of Cups (watch the trailer here) which is set to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February and stars Christian Bale.
The post Watch highlights of the visual motifs of Terrence Malick appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
- Zach Dennis
Take another look @ footage from actor Ben Affleck's past films, plus a trailer from his latest film "Gone Girl", to give you an idea of his ability to play 'Batman' in director Zack Snyder's "Man Of Steel" sequel, "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice":
Film clips also include "Runner Runner", "Argo", "The Town", "To The Wonder", "The Company Men", "Hollywoodland", "State Of Play", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Smokin' Aces", "Gigli", "The Third Wheel" and "Daredevil".
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Ben Affleck...
- Michael Stevens
17 items from 2015
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