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Real and imaginary worlds commingle in “The Forest,” an elegantly composed fantasy-drama about an idealistic schoolteacher whose posting to a remote Thai village upsets the local status quo. Intertwining the teacher’s story with that of a mute student who lives in a nearby forest that’s said to be haunted, Bangkok-based British helmer Paul Spurrier crafts an intriguing and visually beautiful tale that taps into universal childhood experiences while painting a realistic picture of life in a community suffering severe economic and environmental hardships. Festival programmers should take a look. After winning the Netpac prize at BiFan, “The Forest” is scheduled for limited local release in late 2016.
The first westerner to direct a Thai-language feature, Spurrier has stepped up impressively from his debut, “P” (2005), a supernatural drama set in the Bangkok go-go bar scene. Working in close collaboration with his wife, Jiriya, Spurrier’s second feature combines fantasy and »
- Richard Kuipers
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
When we last spoke with Canadian director Gariel Carrer (The Demolisher), he was about to unleash some violent Ventablvck conceptual footage at the Frontieres Market at the Fantasia Film Festival. That footage made its way online today and I'm not surprised to see it's as stylistically aggressive as the subject matter. The neon glow paired with underground fighting rings can't help but remind us of Only God Forgives, but I think Carrer's film will be another thing entirely. The cinematography by Scott McIntyre is firing on all cylinders. Synopsis: On the outskirts of a city, violence explodes in an underground fight club where opponents are blind folded. Liam, a lonely and mysterious young man who suppresses violent tendencies, keeps active by working as a pizza delivery driver for...
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Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.
Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating »
- Sean Wilson
Two weekends ago, Nicolas Winding Refn’s glitzy surreal horror film “The Neon Demon” opened on 783 screens, and when the weekend was over the box-office tally was far scarier than anything in the movie. Presented as a “mainstream” crossover thriller, the film had grossed just $589,000, with a mind-bendingly low per-screen average of $752. When a movie that’s striving to be a work of art falls on its face commercially, there’s no shame in that failure. The history of cinema is dotted with great films that didn’t, at first blush, find their audience, and then become appreciated over time. Yet in this case, the failure may contain a lesson.
The reason that Amazon Studios shoved “The Neon Demon” into so many theaters in the first place is that the relatively young company was betting — reasonably, I would say — that the movie, on its gorgeously bloody Day-Glo surface, was studded »
- Owen Gleiberman
The Neon Demon is the latest feature film to be directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. The director has made a name for both himself and actor Ryan Gosling with previous films Drive and Only God Forgives. This time he’s working without Gosling, instead switching to a female lead in the form of Elle Fanning. Our story tells of young girl Jessie (Fanning) as she arrives in Los Angeles aspiring to be a model. An instant success, she soon has to deal with the envy and dark desires of those around her. The film screened at Cannes earlier this year and was received with a bizarre mixture of boos and cheers. The Neon Demon it seems is a true marmite movie, you either love it or hate it. So where does Thn sit? »
- Kat Hughes
The Neon Demon, 2016.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Style over substance – the go-to phrase poured over Nicolas Winding Refn’s most recent works as the director showcased his grandiose artistic endeavours while perhaps never giving his written work quite so much love and affection. With The Neon Demon however those fears can be laid to rest, as this is his richest and most compelling work since Bronson. From the mesmerising opening moments, as colours twinkle and cascade across the credits, you are summoned into his new whirlwind of lucid images and blushing textures that hypnotises you and never let’s go, »
- Scott J. Davis
From the producers of When Animals Dream and Only God Forgives, director Ali Abassi’s Danish/Swedish Gothic chiller Shelley has been favorably compared to Rosemary’s Baby, which is more than enough to pique our interest. The film, an official selection at… Continue Reading →
The post Fantasia 2016: Danish Horror Film Shelley Gives Birth to a Trailer appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
David Crow Jul 6, 2016
If you thought the relationship between Christoph Waltz’s Blofeld and Daniel Craig’s James Bond seemed odd before, just imagine what it would have looked like if director Nicolas Winding Refn had taken the helm of Spectre.
Indeed, well before Sam Mendes agreed to come back and attempt to follow up his gargantuan 007 success in Skyfall, Nicolas Winding Refn was briefly offered the job of directing the 24th James Bond movie. Refn has made a splash in international cinema after his Pusher trilogy and Valhalla Rising. But his biggest commercial success to date is the still hypnotic Drive, a mesmerising film of style and old school cinematic heroism that throbbed to day-glo ‘80s synth beats. That film, along with his subsequent reteaming with Ryan Gosling in 2013’s Only God Forgives, »
“Spectre” had a much bloodier future in store.
Nicolas Winding Refn says he was tapped to direct the most recent Bond film, but turned down the big-profile gig.
According to Refn, Eon Productions approached him to take the reins of the latest installment of the long-running franchise before Sam Mendes signed on to helm the film. But he refused the offer, the director told the Telegraph, saying his interests don’t lie in franchise projects.
“Well, I don’t know yet,” Refn responded when asked if his upcoming spy thriller “The Avenging Silence” will be his version of a Bond film. “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”
- Lamarco McClendon
Martinez last scored The Neon Demon, Nicholas Winding Refn’s new film which opens in UK cinemas this weekend. His previous work includes the scores for sex, lies and videotape, Drive, Only God Forgives, Contagion, Solaris and Traffic, and also Arbitrage, The Lincoln Lawyer and Spring Breakers.
The Wolverine 3, or whatever the filmmakers decide to call it, will be his first comic-book/ superhero movie.
Here’s a sample of Martinez’s work from the outstanding Drive– it’s quite something.
- Paul Heath
Coming off the back of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes remained coy about his chances of returning at the helm for Spectre – then known as Bond 24. History tells us that the Oscar-winning filmmaker eventually signed along the dotted line, but amid the uncertainty, Sony and MGM drew up a shortlist of potential replacements; one of them being Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Doing the press rounds for The Neon Demon – press rounds that have also unveiled the director’s ambition to helm a Batgirl movie, not to mention his close encounter with Wonder Woman – the Danish auteur confirmed to The Telegraph that he had been approached to take the reins of Spectre at one point.
- Michael Briers
The filmmaking world has become Nicolas Winding Refn’s oyster in the wake of “Drive,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and became a minor pop-culture sensation. Considering the kind of projects he’s said to have been offered — “Wonder Woman,” “Barbarella,” even “Spectre” — the Danish auteur’s follow-ups “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon” might seem especially strange. Refn tells the Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin that his brief meetings with Eon Productions convinced him that “Bond” wasn’t quite his cup of tea, however, and he’d rather keep doing his own thing: “I just know this way I can do whatever I want, and that outweighs any money anyone can give me.”
Not that his new project is entirely divorced from the world of »
- Michael Nordine
It looks like 20th Century Fox and director James Mangold have found a composer for Wolverine 3, with Film Music Reporter revealing that Cliff Martinez has signed on to score Hugh Jackman’s X-Men swansong.
Martinez’s previous credits include the likes of Spring Breakers, Drive and Only God Forgives, as well as The Neon Demon, which is out in the States now. His upcoming credits include War Dogs and The Foreigner.
See Also: Wolverine 3 set photos feature Hugh Jackman’s Logan, and a young X-23?
Wolverine 3 is being helmed by The Wolverine director James Mangold and will see Hugh Jackman joined in the cast by Patrick Stewart as Professor X, along with new additions Boyd Holbrook, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Merchant, Eriq La Salle, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Elise Neal. It is set for release on March 3rd, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
Acclaimed "Drive," "Spring Breakers," "Traffic" and "Only God Forgives" composer Cliff Martinez has joined the world of superheroes with Film Music Reporter today reporting that he has signed on to score James Mangold's upcoming "Wolverine" film - the third solo and apparent final outing for Hugh Jackman as the clawed mutant.
Details on the film's story are being kept secret, but it has been heavily rumored that the film will be a loose adaptation of the Old Man Logan storylines from the comics. Shooting is now underway in New Orleans.
Martinez takes over from Marco Beltrami who scored 2013's "The Wolverine". Martinez scored "The Neon Demon" currently in cinemas, is doing the score for the upcoming "War Dogs" and most recently did the scores for Cinemax's "The Knick" and the video game "Far Cry 4". »
- Garth Franklin
It’s a common image in cinema: a beautiful, but vulnerable woman entering a cold and unforgiving world, where good bone-structure and talent become dangerously interchangeable. While navigating the leering male gaze and sometimes heartless competition of female peers, she also must do battle with her own insecurities and self-doubts, all of which can be seemingly cured with the miraculous kiss of success. But for some, that success can lead directly to their downfall. Sometimes, the consequences can even be lethal, the adversary too ruthless to be conquered, and the beauty is left to rust in tragic defeat. And sometimes, it’s more painfully simple. They merely want to cut the poor girl’s throat.
The Neon Demon, the spellbinding new film from director Nicolas Winding Refn, is now playing in theaters nationwide. The plot follows Jesse (Elle Fanning) a 16-year-old girl who arrives in Hollywood with dreams of becoming a successful model. »
- Tony Hinds
Ryan Lambie Published Date Friday, July 1, 2016 - 06:38
“When a film makes you gag, and you leave the cinema feeling kinda weird, then that’s a sign that it’s working.” Director and Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox was talking about David Cronenberg’s debut feature Shivers when he said those words in the 1990s, but he could have just as easily been talking about Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon.
This is the film, you may recall, that left people wailing and yelling at the screen when it made its debut in Cannes earlier this year. It isn’t difficult to imagine Refn standing off to one side somewhere and smiling at such a seething reaction, because his films are engineered to provoke and prod. You might not like Refn’s movies - which include Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive (his most commercial film yet) and 2013‘s Only God Forgives, »
Nicolas Winding Refn‘s name appears many times in The Neon Demon, in both the opening and closing credits. But even if his name weren’t mentioned, nobody would mistake this darkly funny horror movie as anything but a Refn film. This time around, however, the director behind Only God Forgives, Drive, and Bronson tells a story from a woman’s perspective — which […]
- Jack Giroux
To use the world “polarizing” when describing Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn is both an understatement and a cop-out. After his breakout success in both critical and commercial fields with 2011’s Drive, Refn followed it up in a way no one was expecting with Only God Forgives, a quiet, almost avant-garde meditation on religion, power, and family. Rendering Drive star Ryan Gosling even more mute, the asserted study of emasculation was panned by critics and booed by audiences.
Though initially upset — as seen in his wife’s documentary about the film, My Life As Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn — Refn now seems happier than ever with his divisive, neon-coated stylings with his most recent feature The Neon Demon, a film set in the superficial world of modeling. Refn equates filmmaking to sex, saying he rarely storyboards but instead steps onto set and asks himself, “what do I want to see today? »
- Mike Mazzanti
If you didn’t see “The Neon Demon” in theaters this weekend — and its anemic box-office returns suggest that you almost certainly didn’t — then perhaps the dulcet tones of Nicolas Winding Refn can convince you to spend your hard-earned dollars at the theater on his latest movie. The writer/director narrates a scene from his controversial thriller for the New York Times‘ ongoing “Anatomy of a Scene” series, with insights suggesting there’s more to it than meets the eye.
Read More: Nicolas Winding Refn Wants to Make a Batgirl Movie and Truly Be ‘Reborn as a 16-Year-Old Girl’
In it, the aspiring model played by Elle Fanning auditions for a catwalk gig alongside several others — all of them in their skivvies. “The idea of shooting the scene all in underwear, which is a true scenario, is that it makes everything just pure meat — and the idea that you »
- Michael Nordine
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